About the Ahlu'l-bayt (of the Holy
Prophet) and their opposers
He who has an intelligent mind looks to his goal. He
knows his low road as well as his high road. The caller has called. The shepherd has
tended (his flocks). So respond to the caller and follow the shepherd.
They (the opposers) have entered the oceans of
disturbance and have taken to innovations instead of the Sunnah (the Prophet's holy deeds,
utterances and his unspoken approvals), while the believers have sunk down, and the
misguided and the liars are speaking. We are the near ones, companions, treasure holders
and doors (to the Sunnah). Houses are not entered save through their doors. Whoever enters
them from other than the door is called a thief.
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The delicacies of the Qur'an are about them
(Ahlu'l-bayt, the descendants of the Prophet) and they are the treasurers of Allah. When
they speak they speak the truth, but when they keep quiet no one can speak unless they
speak. The forerunner should report correctly to his people, should retain his wits and
should be one of the children (a man) of the next world, because he has come from there
and would return to it.
The beginning of the action of one who sees with
heart and acts with eyes it is to assess whether the action will go against him or for
him. If it is for him he indulges in it, but if it is against him he keeps away from it.
For, he who acts without knowledge is like one who treads without a path. Then his
deviation from the path keeps him at a distance from his aim. And he who acts according to
knowledge is like he who treads the clear path. Therefore, he who can see should see
whether he should proceed or return.
You should also know that the outside (of every
thing) has a similar inside. Of whatever the outside is good, its inside too is good, and
whatever the outside is bad, its inside too is bad. The truthful Prophet (peace and
blessing of Allah be upon him and his progeny) has said that: "Allah may love a man
but hate his action, and may love the action but hate the man." You should also know
that every action is like a vegetation, and a vegetation cannot do without water while
waters are different. So where the water is good the plant is good and its fruits are
sweet, whereas where the water is bad. the plant will also be bad and its fruits will be
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