Office Of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid M.S.Al-Hakeem - Books-Muslims Guide: Guidance and Edicts - Chapter Twenty One

Books Muslims Guide: Guidance and EdictsChapter Twenty One

  Chapter Twenty

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When we emphasize the importance of group work and how great its benefit is in all what we have already indicated, this does not mean the matter is restricted to it. One should not despair and be too lazy to do any work. He must not seek an excuse from the small number of believers in some lands or the difficulty of reaching them, or he is too busy, or he does not feel responsible for them, their families or even his own group, or towards their religion, principles and values, etc.
 
The basic matter is the work of the individual and his sense of responsibility: Allah, the most Praised and Exalted One, asks everyone about what He commissioned him and enabled him to do; He appreciates one's good deeds and rewards him for them. Allah Almighty says, "We have fastened every man's fate to his own neck: On the Day of Judgment, We shall bring a scroll out for him, which he will see spread open. (It will be said to him:) 'Read your (own) record (of deeds): On this Day, your soul is sufficient on this Day to make out an account against you.' Whoever receives guidance receives it for his own benefit: Whoever strays, does so to his own loss: No bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another: Nor would We visit any with Our Wrath until We had sent a Messenger (to warn)” (Qur'an, 17:13-15); "(As for) those who believe and whose offspring follow them in faith, to them We shall unite their offspring: Nor shall We deprive them (of the fruit) of any of their good deeds: (Yet) each individual is in pledge for his deeds” (Qur'an, 52:21); "Every soul will be (held) in pledge for its own deeds” (Qur'an, 74:38) and "O you who believe! Guard your own souls: If you follow (right) guidance, no harm can come to you from those who stray. Allah is the goal of all of you: It is He Who will show you the truth of all that you do” (Qur'an, 5:105). So, everyone should perform his function as much as he can and carry out his responsibility. He is not to be prevented from doing so by others not cooperating with him although cooperation and coordination among the believers is much better and more useful.
 
This sense of responsibility of each individual is more worthy of standing, of being sustained, because it calls for action, for always moving, and under all circumstances. Thus, there is no excuse for abandoning action and stopping it. If action remains in the direction of doing what is good, for the sake of what is right, though done by a small number, and if it does not stop, it will [eventually] be a cause to take others out of their inattention, and it will continuously be an argument against their apathy. Naturally, this will have its effect even though it may be on a small number, so they are motivated to take action. Thus, work will continue, and with it inviting others to it continues, too. If the suitable circumstances become available for its growth and expansion, it will grow and expand.
 
Moreover, our Imams (peace be upon them) gave importance to individual work, no matter how little it may be, addressing each individual alone in taking the burden, accepting the duty and subjecting the individual for rewards without having to share the work with others and coordinate with them.
 
Their true teachings have been instilled in the souls of a small number of the believers, taking control of them, without the presence of a group to support them or a force to back them up. Rather, they were exposed to the most severe of resistance and confrontations. Yet they did not stop; rather, generations, one after the other, carried the message: The minority has carried it, but this message set roots, grew and spread when the suitable conditions were prepared for it.
 
This much we can draw your attention to here, and we continue to look forward to hearing your news, to be familiar with your problems and troubles and sympathize to them. We know, nevertheless, that your situation is critical, problems are complex, the path is long and the course is distant. But Allah Almighty says: "O you who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy: Vie in such perseverance; strengthen each other and fear Allah (so) that you may prosper” (Qur'an, 3:200).
 
We plead to Allah, Praise and Exaltation belong to Him, through His bounties and kindness to keep your feet firm on His Right Path in this life and in the Hereafter and to increase your faith and to surrender to Him, to grant you refuge from Satan and the accursed and against seditions that mislead. We also plead to Him to sustain you, to look after you, to strengthen all your affairs, to help you with all your needs, to make things easy for you and not abandon you during your hardship, to prevent evil and affliction from reaching you, to protect you from the evil of your enemies, to overwhelm you with His blessings and mercy in order to mend thereby your affairs, repair the crack in your unity, keep you together and grant you happiness in this life and in the Hereafter. Surely He is the best Master, the best Supporter. Surely my success comes only from Allah; on Him do I rely, to Him do I return, and the last of our supplication is: Praise to Allah, Lord of the worlds.
 
Peace of Allah and His mercy and blessings be with you all, wherever you may be on this planet.
 

  Chapter Twenty

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