Giving advice (Naseehah) to someone or telling him a good thing is like doing a favour to him. Advice has been given in many places in the Qur`an which shows the importance and usefulness of it. In view of its need and importance, our pious predecessors رَحِمَهُمُ الـلّٰـه have also given the best advice to the people.
Imam Husayn رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ also used to advise people of good and admonish them from the harms of evil. The Sultan of Karbala, Sayyid-ush-Shuhada, Sayyiduna Imam Husayn رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ was born in Madina-tul-Munawwarah on 5th of Sha’ban, 4 AH. (Mu’jam Al-Sahabah lil Al-Baghawi, vol. 2, p. 14) While protecting the religion of Islam, he رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ embraced martyrdom against Yazeed, the Wretched in the field of Karbala on Friday, the 10th of Muharram 61 AH.
Here are some selected advices from the sermons and exhortations he delivered in the field of Karbala and on other occasions of his blessed life:
1. When two people quarrel, the one who reconciles with the other first will go to Paradise first.
2. O people! Incline towards good morals, hasten to good deeds, whoever is done a favour by someone and does not give thanks for it, Allah Almighty recompenses him for his deeds. Know with certainty that good deeds are praised and rewarded. If you could see goodness in the form of a man, you would see him as very graceful and pleasing, which the beholder would like; and if you could see reproach and evil in the same way, you would see the worst spectacle which the heart would hate and the eyes would avert.
O people! He who adopts generosity is the leader, and he who adopts stinginess is dishonoured and disgraced. The most generous person is the one who gives generously to the person who does not expect it.
The most virtuous and brave person is the one who forgives despite having the power of taking back revenge. The kindest person to his relatives is the one who connects with estranged relatives. Whoever seeks the pleasure of Allah Almighty by doing good to his brother, Allah Almighty will reward him for it in difficult times and avert severe hardship from him. Whoever removes a worldly misfortune from his Muslim brother, Allah Almighty removes the misfortune of the afterlife from him, and whoever does good to anyone, Allah Almighty bestows His favour upon him, and those who do favour are the beloveds of Allah. (Noor-ul-Absaar fi Manaqib Al-Bayt Al-Nabi Al-Mukhtar, p. 281)
3. Although the world is considered good and exquisite, but the reward of Allah is far greater and more exquisite.
4. Sustenance (Rizq) has been divided by destiny, but it is better for man not to be greedy for monetary gain.
5. When (worldly) wealth is to be left behind, then why is man stingy in wealth?
6. When a person seeks help from someone to inflict pain, those who help him and those who are disgraced and humiliated are all equal. (Noor-ul-Absaar fi Manaqib Al-Bayt Al-Nabi Al-Mukhtar, p. 282)
May Allah Almighty bless us to place these valuable advices in our hearts and follow them.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صلَّی اللہ علیہ واٰلہٖ وسلَّم
1 Leader of the martyrs