Advice to keep light in this world
Your aim (reward or punishment) is before you. Behind
your back is the hour (of resurrection) which is driving you on.
Keep (yourself) light and overtake (the forward ones). Your last
ones are being awaited by the first ones (who have preceded).
as-Sayyid ar-Radi says:
If this utterance of Ali (p.b.u.h.) is weighed with any other
utterance except the word of Allah or of the Holy Prophet, it
would prove heavier and superior in every respect. For example,
Ali's saying "Keep light and overtake" is the shortest
expression ever heard with the greatest sense conveyed by it.
How wide is its meaning and how clear its spring of wisdom! We
have pointed out the greatness and meaningfulness of this phrase
in our book al-Khasa'is.
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