العَبْدُ حُرٌ ما قَنِعَ والحُرُّ عبدٌ ما طَمِعَ
A slave is free so long as he’s content, and a freeman is a slave so long as he’s greedy
الدُّنيا دُوَلٌ فَأجْمِلْ في طَلَبِها وَ اصْطَبِرْ حتّى تَأتيَكَ دَولَتُكَ
Earthly life has ups and downs, so only pursue what’s essential, and endure until victory comes.
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الناس رجلان طالب لا يجد وواجد لا يكتفي
There are two kinds of people: those who seek but cannot find, and those who found but still want more.
من قنع عز وإستغنى
Whoever is content will be honorable and rich.
The Imam emphasizes that contentment is the real reason behind honor, dignity, self-respect, self-sufficiency, richness and wealth (wealth not in the material sense, rather the spiritual sense).
لا تحمل على يومك هم سنتك كفاك كل يوم ما قدر لك فيه فإن تكن السنة من عمرك فإن الله سبحانه سيأتيك في كل غد جديد ما قسم لك وإن لم تكن من عمرك فما همك بما ليس لك
Don’t overload your day with worry about sustenance of the coming year, be contented with whatever given to you today. If the coming year is part of your life then Allah almighty will bring you in every new day your sustenance, but if it is not part of your life then why are you worried about something which is not yours?
To understand what the Imam says you have to understand what the Arabic word ( رزق) means, which roughly translates to sustenance or livelihood.
The Imam urges us not to worry too much (or may be not worry at all) about sustenance. Worry being the unnecessary and excessive concern, which is a modern day affliction for all of us ordinary people. He says if tomorrow is part of your life then Allah will bring you food-shelter-clothing-etc…, but if you will not live till tomorrow then why are you concerned about food which you will not be able to eat?