إِنَّمَا حَظُّ أَحَدِكُمْ مِنَ الْْأَرْضِ ذَاتِ الطُّولِ وَالْعَرْضِ قِيدُ قَدِّهِ مُتَعَفِّراً عَلى خَدِّهِ
Surely, your share of this earth with its great length and width, is merely the size of your body while your cheek is on the dust.
This quote appears in one of the Nahjul Balaghah sermons: sermon 82.
أرْبَعٌ مَنْ اُعْطِيَهُنَّ فَقَدْ اُعْطِيَ خَيْرَ الدُّنْيا وَالآخِرَةِ : صِدْقُ حَديث، وَأداءُ أمانَة، وَ عِفَّةُ بَطْن، وَ حُسْنُ خُلق
Four virtues, whoever has them will have the good of this world and the afterworld: honesty of speech, rendering of trusts (being trustworthy), eating from lawful sources, and possessing good manners.
This quote summarized four important virtues to be perfected by a Muslim in his lifetime. Follow these links to know more about them:
إن اليوم عمل ولا حساب وغدا حساب ولا عمل
Today there are deeds and no judgment, and tomorrow there will be judgment and no deeds.
The Imam is drawing our attention to the opportunity we have been given in this world to prepare for the afterlife. Once we die, we don’t have it anymore and the only thing we have in the afterlife is judgment of our deeds, whether good or bad.
من زهد هانت عليه المحن
Asceticism helps you bear disasters easily.
The Imam says that asceticism (which is avoidance of worldly pleasures) helps you manage your way through tragedies and life trials easily. This is because ascetics are emotionally less attached to worldly pleasures and therefore have a strong foundation of patience and inner strength.