Prophet Muhammad and his Household, Peace be upon them

Teachings of Imam Ali: Abstemiousness

Shiatu Ali


The teachings of the Ahlul Bayt provide us with the correct perspective from which to look at this world. Imam Ali (divine guide and successor of Prophet Muhammad) on numerous occasions explains the realities of this world. He provides us with the required insight, clears our concepts and gives us the correct viewpoint and angle from which to look at this world.

O people! Look at the world in the same way that a Zaahid looks at it. Turn away from it. — Imam Ali, Nahjul Balagha, Sermon 103

A Zaahid (sometimes translated as an ascetic) is a person who is:

  • abstemious
  • detached (materially)
  • temperate
  • moderate
  • self-disciplined
  • restrained
  • austere
  • spartan

The attention and energy we devote to a task is directly proportional to the importance we attach to it. Yes this world is an important place and deserves our attention but from a very different perspective. This world is nothing…

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