Allah is just in whatever He decides
Praise be to Allah Whose praise is wide-spread, Whose army is over-powering
and Whose dignity is grand. I praise Him for His successive favours and His
great gifts. His forbearance is high so that He forgives and is just in whatever
He knows what is going on and what has already passed. He crafted all creation
by His knowledge and produced it by His intelligence without limitation, without
learning, without following the example of any intelligent producer, without
committing any mistake and without the availability of any group (for help);
I stand witness that Muhammad - the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him
and his descendants - is His slave and His messenger whom He deputed (at a time)
when people were collecting in the abyss and moving in bewilderment.
The reins of destruction were dragging them, and the locks of malice lay fixed on their hearts.
Advice about fear of Allah and an account of this world and its people
I advise you, O' creature of Allah, that you should have fear of Allah because
it is a right of Allah over you and it creates your right over Allah, and that
you should seek Allah's help in it, and its help in (meeting) Allah. Certainly,
for today fear of Allah is a protection and a shield, and for tomorrow (the
Day of Judgement) it is the road to Paradise. Its way is clear and he who treads
it is the gainer. Whoever holds it, guards it.
It has presented itself to the people who have already passed and to those
coming from behind, because they will need it tomorrow (on the Day of Judgement)
when Allah will revive His creation again, take back what He has given and take
account of what He has bestowed.
How few will be those who accept it and practise it as it ought to be practised.
They will be very few in number, and they are the people who correspond to the
description given by Allah, the Glorified, when He says:
... And very few of My creatures are grateful! (Qur'an. 34:13)
Therefore, hasten with your ears towards it and intensify your efforts for
it. Make it a substitute for all your past (short-comings) to take their place
as a successor, and make it your supporter against every opponent. Turn your
sleep into wakefulness by its help, and pass your days with it. Make it the
equipment of your hearts, wash your sins with it, treat your ailments with it
and hasten towards your death with it.
Take a lesson from him who neglects it, so that others who follow it should not take a lesson from you (i.e., from your neglecting it). Beware, therefore; you should take care of it and should take care of yourselves through it.
Nahjul Aalagha, Sermon 191