Always Be the Best

The sign of Islam is کَلِمَۃُ اللہِ ہِیَ الْعُلْیَا “Allah’s word is the best” and اَلْاِسْلَامُ یَعْلُوْ وَلَا یُعْلٰی عَلَیْہِ “Islam is the best. Nothing is better than it.”1

Islam wishes to instill this spirit into its proponents that Muslims are the best in every field. They should always try to compete with each other in every good deed. Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) said to his close companion, Muhammad bin Muslim:

مَنْ خَالَطْتَ فَإِنِ اسْتَطَعْتَ أَنْ تَكُوْنَ يَدُكَ الْعُلْيَا عَلَيْهِمْ فَافْعَلْ

“If you socialize (with people) and have the capacity to be superior to them, then do so.” 2

Similarly, Imam Moosa Kazim (a.s.) willed to Hishaam bin Hakam

وَ إِنْ خَالَطْتَ النَّاسَ فَإِنِ اسْتَطَعْتَ أَنْ لَا تُخَالِطَ أَحَداً مِنْهُمْ إِلَّا مَنْ كَانَتْ يَدُكَ عَلَيْهِ الْعُلْيَا فَافْعَلْ

“If you socialize with people and you can be superior to those whom you are living with, then do so.”3

It means that Islam wants Muslims to be the best in performing all good deeds. We are blessed to present a few examples here.

  • 1. Mun Laa Yahzohorohu al-Faqeeh, vol. 4, p. 334, H. 5719
  • 2. Jame’o Ahaadith al-Shiah, v. 2, p. 35; Al Kaafi, v. 2, p. 637
  • 3. Jame’o Ahaadith al-Shiah, v. 2, p. 35; Mustadrak al-Wasaael, v. 8, p. 317