NINE RULES FOR HAPPINESS BY IMĀM ALI (as):
Everyone aspires to be happy in his life. Imam Ali (as) provides you with a nine-point canon to reach this goal thus:
قَوَاعِد الْسَّعَادَة الْتِسع لِأَمِير الْمُؤْمِنِيْن عَلِي عَلَيْه الْسَّلَام:
Nine rules for happiness by the Commander of the Faithful Ali :
أولاً: توكل على الله في السراء والضراء
FIRST: Rely on Allah when pleased and when grieved.
ثانياً: اتق الله في خلواتك و سفرك وحضرك
SECOND: Fear Allah when you are alone, when travelling and when at home.
ثالثاً: لَا تُكْرَه أَحَدا مُهِمَّا أَخْطَأ فِي حَقِّك
THIRD: Do not coerce anyone, no matter how much he wrongs you.
رابعاً: لَا تَقْلَق أَبَدا مَهْمَا بَلَّغْت الْهُمُوْم ذروتها
FOURTH: Do not worry, no matter how high your concerns may pile up.
خامساً: عِش فِي بَسَاطَة مَهْمَا عَلَا شَأْنُك
FIFTH: Live simply no matter how high your prestige may be.
سادساً: تَوَقَّع خَيْرَا مَهْمَا كَثُر الْبَلَاء
SIXTH: Anticipate goodness no matter how serious the affliction may be.
سابعاً: أُعْطِي كَثِيْرَا و لَو حُرِمْت القليل
SEVENTH: Give a lot though you may be deprived even of a little.
ثامناً: ابْتَسِم و لَو الْقَلْب يَقْطُر دَمَا
EIGHTH: Smile even if your heart may be bleeding.
تاسعاً: لَا تَقْطَع دُعَاءَك لِأَخِيْك الْمُسْلِم بِظَهْر الْغَيب
NINTH: Do not stop supplicating for your Muslim brother when he is absent.
Nahjul Balagha نهج البلاغة translated by Yasin T. al-Jibouri
Published by Sheikh Mateen Charbonneau
Joshua Charbonneau is an American Muslim. He was born in 1982 in Sumter, South Carolina. He is of French Canadian and American descent. He was born into a Christian family, and later chose to revert to Shi’a Islam at the age of 17, having studied both faiths. After reverting to Islam he chose the name Mateen which in Arabic means strong, firm and unshakable. His first language is English and he also learned Quranic Arabic.
At age 26 he moved to Washington, DC area and has been an active part of the Muslim community. He took part in a documentary by Al-Anwar Hussain TV entitled Journey of the Spirit where he narrated his incredible story on how he became a Shia Muslim.
Since March of 2013 he has been studying Howza (Islamic Seminary) classes in America and Najaf al-Ashraf under esteemed scholars such as Sheikh Mustafa Akhound, Sheikh Mirza Abbas Shamsuddin, Sheikh Saed Kulayni, Sheikh Mohammad Baghernejad, Sayed Ibn Abbas Naqvi, Sheikh Mohammad Jafar Danesh, Sayed Baqir Imrani, Sayed Raad al-Alawi and Sayed Muhammad Baqir Shirazi.
Sheikh Mateen has also written, compiled and published some very in-depth books entitled The Suffering of the Ahl ul Bayt and their Followers (Shia) throughout History, Christians who defended and died for Prophet Muhammad and his Family (English, Spanish, French), Mystery of the Shia, a Study Guide for Logic and an extensive book of narrations entitled Prophetic Gems, A Commentary to the Faith of Shia Islam (Aqaed Imamiyya) of Allama Muzaffar (4 volumes) and Recalling the Sacrifices of Karbala. These titles are available at Amazon.
In 2014 he founded a nonprofit organization to send free books to prisoners entitled 2nd Chance Books, which was filmed about in a documentary by Ahlul Bayt TV entitled Faith Behind Bars.
He received his turban from the hand of Sheikh Ahmad al-Haeri on the martyrdom of Muslim ibn Aqil (ra) / Day of Arafat in 2016 and also from Marja’ Ayatollah Sayed Muhammad Taqi Modarresi in the Holy city of Karbala on the birth anniversary of Imam Sajjad (as) in 2018.
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THANK YOU, AKHI
SubhanAllah!! Thanks brother for sharing
Thank you very much 🙂
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From the one and only Amir al-Mu’minin.
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Alhamdulillah Mateen, May Almighty Allah with pleased with you!
Thank you brother.
salam / Specifically, where in Nahj is this saying found?
It is in the introduction in the edition translated by Yasin T. al-Jibouri.
Beautiful Reminders! Allah bless your efforts and endeavors.
Amazing and good to know about the BUEATIFUL rules of happyness by imam Ali a.s.
Thank you for this. Just a note – number three has, in my opinion, been mistranslated. ‘Takrah’ in this context means hate, rather than coerce.