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Fatima is Fatima

by : Dr. Ali Shari'ati

Back You are here: Home Books Family The Principle Of Education (Up' Bringing)

The Principle Of Education (Up' Bringing) - 11.5. Organization and Method

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In the events of life, neither excess nor deficiency can be termed as suitable! What so ever task does one undertake, one has to work for it, while remaining with in the (prescribed) limits. For the provision of the means of subsistence, a balanced attitude is necessary. Experience show that, even quite reasonable persons, once getting settled in their business, make "earnings" as their ultimate goal! and due to this attitude, are neither able to give time to other obligation, nor could they pay heed to their other responsibilities! And ultimately get isolated from the normal life, and besides this have nothing left over for their Hereafter!

It is really nice to play a significant role in economic uplift and financial prosperity, but this does not mean that, a man turns to robot! Sadiq-e-Ale Muhammad Hazrat lmam Jaffar Sadiq (ASWS) says:

"Do not strive so much that you do not find time to relax, and neither be so idle, that if you sit, it is even difficult for you to rise. Both these states are the basis of all the evils.

Remember! if one is lethargic, he can not do justice to his work, and one who, is extra ordinary swift, would even surpass the designated benchmarks, erected by "faith." 150 The objective is, that the "work" should be in accordance with some standard. It may be physical labour, service, agriculture, trade, industry or art, the man has to fulfill his responsibilities in accordance with a set system and a predetermined procedure.

Another guidance from the Sixth representative of the school of Divine revelation, Hazrat Imam Jaffar Sadiq (ASWS), regarding the organization of pre-occupations and engagements is:-

In the context of work and income, on one side you are required to perform better than the lazy and idle, while on the other, you need to have a totally different attitude from that greedy person, who remains contented, even after squandering away everything on this world. 151 Therefore, it is obligatory upon the parents, that right form the very start, they should teach moderation to their children. Safeguard them from greed and veracity. Adore their brains with the Islamic concepts of contentment and keep on stress upon them, that along with the economic progress, it is necessary to fulfill some other significant tasks.

In a message addressed to his obedient son, Imam Hasan (ASWS), Imam Ali (ASWS), invited the attention of the human intellect towards this reality, that for a successful life it is imminent upon a person, to draw his "time table".

Narrator (Mohad'dis) Tu'si (may Allah bestow His favour upon him). with the source of Abu Ham'za Sa'di, says:-

While advising his elder son, he says:

"Oh son! a wise person, should constantly keep on evaluating himself, keep his tongue under control, and be aware of the event and happenings occurring around him." lmam Ali (ASWS) has specially stressed on this point that while fixing and distributing time, the following three important obligations should not only be given preference, but they are of primary importance, He says:-

"It is obligatory upon a believer (mo'min) that he should organize his "daily" routine, in such a way that he should give some specific time for "presenting his yearnings (aspirations, desires)", "prayer and supplication" In Allah's Grace; and duration of time to took after his affairs of earning and economy; and a portion of his time should be devoted for his legitimate and personal entertainments. " 152