Principles of Success in Family Life

Dr Sibtain Panjwani – United Kingdom

This short lecture is on letter 31 of Nahj al-Balagha. In this letter, Imam‘Ali b. Abi Talib a.s. is giving advice to his son, al-Hasan or Muhammad b. Hanafiyyah. It appears he does not have long to live and is advising his son on the many facets of life but specifically, how to train one’s self in order to live in society, how to think, become a worthy servant of God and deal with personal dilemmas. He gives advice on the following themes: critical observation, learning from history, reflection, God-consciousness, concern for the hereafter, death, removing doubt and speculation from one’s mind, upholding truth and justice, seeking knowledge, translating knowledge into action.

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