The importance of Intelligence in Shia narrations  – 9


“In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful”

The importance of Intelligence in Shia narrations  – 9

H 9, Ch. 1, h 9

Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from Al-Nawfali from Al-Sakuni from Abu ‘Abdallah (Imam Sadiq (A)), who has said the following.

“The holy Prophet said, “If you would hear good things about a man, you should examine how good his intelligence is because he will be rewarded according to his intelligence.”[1]


Prophet said, “Look at his intelligence”. See what he says about monotheism. A man had a dark spot on his forehead because of prostration. Whenever we sit down and talk, he talks about money, who steals money, who gets more money, politics, etc. I once said, “Sir, throw these words away; people are talking about these all the time; tell us some of the secrets of Wilayat and monotheism. He did not have anything to say! We should be careful that our prayer is not empty; prayer without knowledge is pointless. Dhikr (remembrance of God) without knowledge is empty.

Avicenna narrates an impressive hadith in his book “Retreat of Ascension” from Prophet Muhammad (S), which was addressed to Amir Al-Mu’minin Ali (A), “O Ali, whenever you see that people approach their Creator with all kinds of good deeds, you come close to God with all kinds of wisdom; if you do that, you will surpass them”[2]. Prophet said that When you see people getting closer to God by doing good deeds, like giving charity, saying Dhikr, worshiping, and reading Quran, you get closer with all kinds of intelligence. Worship is good; we don’t say that worship is bad at all, but if we want to compare action and knowledge, the knowledge is higher. As we said many times, knowledge is the Imam (leader) of actions. 

Muhammad Mahdi Me’marian

All praise is to God to the extent that He deserves it.

[1]– عَلِی بْنُ إِبْرَاهِیمَ، عَنْ أَبِیهِ، عَنِ النَّوْفَلِی، عَنِ السَّکونِی: عَنْ أَبِی عَبْدِ اللَّهِ عَلَیهِ السَّلَامُ، قَالَ: «قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّی اللَّهُ عَلَیهِ وَ آلِهِ: إِذَا بَلَغَکمْ عَنْ رَجُلٍ حُسْنُ حَالٍ، فَانْظُرُوا فِی حُسْنِ عَقْلِهِ؛ فَإِنَّمَا یجَازی بِعَقْلِهِ».

[2]– یا عَلِی اِذا تَقَرَّبَ النّاسُ اِلی خالِقِهِمْ بانواع آلبر فَتَقَرَّبْ اِلَیهِ بانْواعِ الْعَقْلِ تَسْبِقْهُمْ بِالدَّرَجاتِ وَ الزُّلْفی عِنْدَ النّاسِ وَ عِنْدَ اللهِ فِی الْآخِرَهِ

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