Lesson Thirty Nine: Foundations of Guidance
Imam al-Jawad (a.s.) said:
اَلْمُؤْمِنُ يَحْتاجُ إلى ثَلثِ خِصَال: توفيقٌ مِنَ اللّه، وَ وَاعِظٌ مِنْ نَفْسِهِ، وَ قَبُولٌ مِمَّنْ يَنْصَحُهُ
The believers require three qualities: divine success, a preacher from the heart and soul, and acceptance from advisers.1
In this life, man travels a path which has much acclivity and declivity and faces innumerable dangers which threaten to derail him. To succeed and become a useful and effective individual in the society, he firstly needs a spiritual relation with God whereby he is supported by God’s pure essence, and then an aware and informed conscience advising him inwardly, and then hearing ears imbibing the thoughts, guidance, advice and consultation of others.
- 1. Montahal-aamal, Mustadrak Alwasail, Volume 8, Page 329. Bihar Al-Anwar, Volume 72, page 329, Tuhaf AlUqul, page 457.