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227 - الشَّيب‏

227. OLD AGE

1078 - الشَّيبُ‏

1078. Old Age

(اللَّهُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ ضَعْفٍ ثُمَّ جَعَلَ مِنْ بَعْدِ ضَعْفٍ قُوَّةً ثُمَّ جَعَلَ مِنْ بَعْدِ قُوَّةٍ ضَعْفاً وَشَيْبَةً يَخْلُقُ ما يَشاءُ وَهُوَ العَلِيمُ القَدِيرُ).1

“It is Allah who created you from [a state of] weakness, then he gave you strength after weakness. Then, after strength, He ordained weakness and old age; He creates whatever He wishes, and He is the All-knowing, the All-powerful.”2

3403.رسولُ اللَّهِ صلى اللَّه عليه وآله : الشَّيخُ شابٌّ على‏ حُبِّ أنيسٍ ، وطُولِ حَياةٍ ، وكَثرَةِ مالٍ .3

3403.The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘The old man is a youth when it comes to his love for his intimate one, his long life and his abundant wealth.’4

3404.الإمامُ عليٌّ عليه السلام :المَشِيبُ رسولُ المَوتِ .5

3404.Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Gray hair is the herald of death.’6

3405.الإمامُ عليٌّ عليه السلام : كَفى‏ بالشَّيبِ نَذِيراً .7

3405.Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Old age suffices as a warning.’8

3406.الإمامُ عليٌّ عليه السلام : وَقارُ الشَّيبِ أحَبُّ إلَيَّ مِن نَضارَةِ الشَّبابِ .9

3406.Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The dignified bearing that comes with old age is more beloved to me than the vigour of youth.’10

3407.الإمامُ عليٌّ عليه السلام : إذا شابَ العاقِلُ شَبَّ عَقلُهُ ، إذا شابَ الجاهِلُ شَبَّ جَهلُهُ .11

3407.Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘When an intelligent man grows old, his intellect remains young [and sharp], and when the ignorant man grows old, his ignorance too remains young [and more reckless].’12

3408.الإمامُ الباقرُ عليه السلام: أصبَحَ إبراهيمُ عليه السلام فَرَأى‏ في لِحيَتِهِ شَيباً شَعرَةً بَيضاءَ ، فقالَ : الحَمدُ للَّهِ‏ِ رَبِّ العالَمينَ الذي بَلَّغَني هذَا المَبلَغَ ولَم أعصِ اللَّهَ طَرفَةَ عَينٍ .13

3408.Imam al-Baqir (AS) said, ‘Prophet Abraham (AS) woke up one morning to find old age in the form of a white hair in his beard, and said, ‘Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds, Who has brought me to this ripe age in which I have never yet disobeyed Him for even the blink of an eye.’14

3409.الإمامُ الصّادقُ عليه السلام : ما رَأيتُ شَيئاً أسرَعَ إلى‏ شي‏ءٍ مِن الشَّيبِ إلَى المؤمنِ ، وإنّهُ وَقارٌ للمؤمِنِ في الدنيا ، ونورُ ساطِعٌ يَومَ القِيامَةِ ، بهِ وَقَّرَ اللَّهُ تعالى‏ خَليلَهُ إبراهيمَ عليه السلام ، فقالَ : ما هذا يا رَبِّ ؟ قالَ لَهُ : هذا وَقارٌ ، فقالَ : يا رَبِّ زِدني وَقاراً .15

3409.Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘I have never seen anything catch up with something faster than old age catches up with a believer, for verily it is a source of dignity for the believer in this world and a brilliant light for him on the Day of Resurrection. Allah, most High, honoured Abraham (AS) with it [old age], who said, ‘What is this, my Lord?’ to which Allah replied, ‘This is dignity’, so Abraham said, ‘O my Lord, increase me in dignity then.’16

1.الروم : ۵۴ .

2.Qur’an ۳۰:۵۴

3.بحار الأنوار : ۷۷ / ۱۷۴ / ۹ .

4.Bihar al-Anwar, v. ۷۷, p. ۱۷۴, no. ۹

5.غرر الحكم : ۱۲۰۲ .

6.Ghurar al-Hikam, no. ۱۲۰۲

7.غرر الحكم : ۷۰۱۹ .

8.Ibid. no. ۷۰۱۹

9.غرر الحكم : ۱۰۰۹۹ .

10.Ibid. no. ۱۰۰۹۹

11.غرر الحكم : ۴۱۶۹ - ۴۱۷۰ .

12.Ibid. nos. ۴۱۶۹-۴۱۷۰

13.علل الشرائع : ۱۰۴ / ۲ .

14.Ilal al-Shara’i , p. ۱۰۴, no. ۲

15.الأمالي للطوسي : ۶۹۹ / ۱۴۹۲ .

16.Amali al-Tusi, p. ۶۹۹, no. ۱۴۹۲

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