Lesson One Hundred Fifty: Provide For Yourself In The Next World In Advance
Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) said:
ما تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ خَيْر يَبْقَ لَكَ ذُخْرُهُ وَ ما تُؤَخَّرُهُ يَكُنْ لِغَيْرِكَ خَيْرُهُ
Whatsoever you send in advance shall be reserved for you, and whatsoever you postpone, its benefit would be only for the others (and its responsibility is your burden).1
Those who amass wealth madly, employing every means , howsoever illegitimate or unjust, fail to understand that they can neither consume all this wealth during their lifetime nor can they take it with them when they die. On the contrary, they will leave it for others to enjoy while they are left carrying a heavy responsibility and accountability for it in the divine court. What a loss! What a contrast to those who acquire only legitimate wealth and send it in advance as provisions for their next world by spending it in Allah’s way.
- 1. Nahjul Balaghah. Sharh Nahjul Balaghah, vol 18, page 41. Girar Al-Hikam, page 104.