He said: Abul Hasan Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn al-Hasan ibn al-Waleed al-Qummi, may Allah bless him with mercy, reported to me from his father, from Sa’d ibn Abdillah, from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Isa from al-Hasan ibn Mahboob, from Malik ibn Atiyyah, from Abu Hamza al-Thumali, who reported that:

‘Ali ibn al-Husayn, peace be upon him, used to say:

O son of Adam! You will always be your best as long as you have an admonishing inner self; and as long as you are anxious to take your own account; and as long as the fear of Allah is your norm, and sorrow (over your lapses) is your garment. O son of Adam! Surely, you will die one day, and you will be resurrected and made to stand before Allah, Most High, and be questioned. So prepare an answer.

Source: Al-Amali, The Dictations of Shaykh al-Mufid (a.r.) – Fortieth Assembly

Points that can be derived from the above tradition:

  1. Allah is the Most High, and we submit our actions to Him
  2. Fear no one except Him
  3. Self-evaluation and taking stock of all your actions can make you better by the day
  4. Lamenting over one’s wrongdoings is preparation for the hereafter
  5. Death is inevitable
  6. Prepare for the hereafter
  7. Take responsibility, for you are answerable for your own actions

May Allah grant us taufiq to follow the true teachings of the Ahlebayt (asws) and to be among the servants of Hazrat Baqiyatollah (may Allah hasten his reappearance!)