49 — THIRD VOLUME, 35th LETTER
This letter, written to Mirzâ Manû Jahr, gives advice:
May Allâhu ta’âlâ bless you with an auspicious life! Giving you happiness and goodness, He makes you forget about the tragedies that befell you! My child! When a person is young, the desires of the nafs surround him. The time of youth, however, is the most profitable time for learning knowledge and worshipping. During this time, which is the time when lust and fury invade a person, to carry out one commandment of Islam’s is much more valuable than the same worship which is done when one is old. [Especially when other obstacles join them, the worship which is done by overcoming them will increase the blessings so much so that only Allâhu ta’âlâ knows their amount.] For, the difficulty and trouble in doing an act of worship against obstacles will elevate its honour to heavens. Acts of worship that are done easily and without any obstacles to prevent them will remain lower. It is for this reason that the higher ones among men have become higher than the highest ones of angels. This is because man worships despite obstacles. But angels obey the commandments without any obstacles. During the time of war, the value of a soldier increases and one insignificant deed he performs in combat becomes more valuable than all his efforts in the time of peace. The desires of youth are things which the nafs and the devil like, but they are the enemies of Allâhu ta’âlâ.
The things that conform with Islam are the things which Allâhu ta’âlâ likes. It is not worthy of wise and intelligent people to please the enemies of Allâhu ta’âlâ, while, by doing so, angering the real owner who gives all blessings. May Allâhu ta’âlâ bless us with doing reasonable things and protect us against being deceived by the nafs, by the devil, or by the talks and writings of the enemies of religion! [Especially at a time when the irreligious, those who ridicule Muslims, are on the increase, and when propaganda causing Muslim children to deviate from the religion is spreading, little worship will be given much greater rewards, provided that it is correct. Our Prophet ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’ stated: “O my Ashâb! You have come at such a time that you will be destroyed, you will go to Hell, if you omit one-tenth of Allah’s commands, even if you do nine-tenths of them! However, there will come such a time that at that time, Muslims will be saved from Hell if they do one-tenth of the commands and fail to do nine-tenths of them. How lucky for those with îmân at that time.”]