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Words of Wisdom of Imam Askari (a.s.)

Abu Hâshim al-Ja‘fari narrates that once a person asked Imam Hasan al-‘Askari (a.s.) the following question:

“Why does a woman get half of the share of a man in inheritance?” The question is about a son and a daughter inheriting from their father or mother: the son gets twice the share of the daughter.

The Imam: “Because jihâd and maintenance of the family is not among the responsibilities of a woman. Even payment of the monetary compensation in case of an accidental homocide is upon the male members of the murderer, not the female  members.”

When he heard this answer, Abu Hâshim said to himself: ‘I have heard that Ibn Abil ‘Awjâ’ asked the same question from Imam Ja‘far as-Sâdiq and he received the same answer.’

Imam Hasan al-‘Askari looked at Abu Hâshim and said, “Yes! The question of Ibn Abil ‘Awjâ’ was the same; and when the question is same, our answer is also the same...The first and the last of us [i.e., Imams of Ahlul Bayt] are equal in knowledge and position; of course, the Messenger of God and ‘Ali, the Leader of the Faithfuls, have their own privileged status.”

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“I advise you to be moderate and refrain from extravagance.”

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“To be humble means to greet whoever you pass by, and to sit wherever you find room [without waiting for the seat of your ‘status’].” He also said, “Humility is a blessing of which no one will be envious.”

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“One who admonishes his brother in private has decorated him; and one who admonishes him in public has disgraced him.”

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“The best self-discipline is to refrain [from doing to others] what you would dislike from others.”

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“Beauty of the face is an apparent beauty, and beauty of intelligence is a hidden beauty.”

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“All evil has been placed in a house whose key is lying.”

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“Generosity has a limit; when one exceeds it, it becomes extravagance.”

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