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Story 79: A Recommendation

A man very earnestly insisted the Holy Prophet (S) to tell him some words of recommendation.

The Holy Prophet (S) said: "Are you going to apply what I tell you?"

"Yes, O Messenger of Allah!"

"Are you going to apply what I tell you?"

"Yes, O Messenger of Allah!"

"Are you going to apply what I tell you?"

"Yes, O Messenger of Allah!"

After making him promise three times and drawing his attention to the importance of the question, the Holy Prophet (S) said: "Whenever you decide to do something, first of all, think about and contemplate its effect, consequence, and result; if you foresee that the consequence and result is all right, follow it, if it ends up in astray and corruption, renounce your decision!"1

  • 1. Wasa'il, v. 2, p. 457.