Occasion: The Martyrdom of Imam Zein Al-Abideen (A.S.)
We offer our condolence to the Master of This Time Imam Al-Mahdi (May God hasten his honorable revelation), the Muslims’ Authority during the absence of Imam Al-Mahdi Imam Al-Khaminaei (May God lengthen his presence among us), all the Muslims, and the resistants for the martyrdom of Imam Ali ibn Al-Houssein Zein Al-Abideen (God’s peace bestowed upon both) on the twenty-fifth of Sacred Muharram.
Hereunder, we will shed the light on Imam Al-Sajjad's letter which he had mentioned the right of God Almighty upon us, the right of our soul upon us, the right of people upon you, and the right of us toward them.
This letter "Treatise of Rights", is a very great and single one for it what contains. It presents the secrets of the humanitarian relations which we are in need to read it always and work by it, so that we can well understand the meaning of the responsibility and not feel weak in front of our desires and appetites. Hence, by this the person will know very well that God Almighty put rules for every single thing in this word and we have rights upon and toward them, among which are the things and the persons, and he himself lives according to what God had planned for him.
The "Treatise of Rights" can be summarized that the person in this life is a responsible person, wherever he goes, he will be responsible even on the day of resurrection when he will be standing in front of God Almighty.
Imam Zein Al-Abideen (A.S.) says: "And the right of your self incumbent upon you is that you employ it in obeying God; then you deliver to your tongue its right, to your hearing its right, to your sight its right, to your hand its right, to your leg its right, to your stomach its right, to your private part its right, and you seek help from God in all that."
The Right of Your Tongue:
And the right of the tongue is that you consider it too noble for obscenity, accustom it to good, direct it to politeness, do not use it except in situations of needs and benefits of the religion and this world, and refrain from any meddling in which there is little to be gained, and there is no security from its harm that accompanies its small benefits.
The Right of Your Hearing:
And the right of hearing is to keep it pure by not making it the direct pathway to your heart, except for noble words that establish some good in your heart or grant you a noble trait. Indeed hearing is the gateway through which various concepts reach the heart -whether good or evil.
The Right of Your Sight:
"as for the right of your sight is that you lower it before everything, which is unlawful to you”, “Say to the believing men that they cast down their looks”, “Say to the believing women that they cast down their looks” (the light: 30-31).
And the right of your sight is that you lower it before everything, which is unlawful to you. And that you abandon using it, except in situations in which you can take heed in such a way that you gain insight or acquire knowledge by it. Indeed sight is the gateway to learning.
The Right of Your Legs:
And the right of your legs is that you walk not with them toward that which is unlawful to you. And you should not direct them in the way that will lead the person they carry to being debased. Your legs will carry you in the direction of the religion and they will help you go ahead.
The Right of Your Hand:
And the right of your hand is that you stretch it not toward that which is unlawful to you. Should you do so, you will be chastised by God in the future. And you are not secure from the blameful tongue of the people now, either. Do not prevent your hands from performing what God has made obligatory for them. You should honor your hands in such a way as to prevent them from engaging in many of the deeds that are not allowed for them. You should let them engage in many deeds that are not harmful for them. If they are now used by the intellect and with honor now, then they are bound to receive a good reward in the future.
Eventually, all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the words.