بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Imam Ja’far Al-Sadiq was a scholar of scholars- he is known to have taught Imam Malik, Imam Abu Hanifa and Sufyan Ath-Thawri, among others. The late Sheikh Ash-Sha’rawi describes him as having the most knowledge of the Qur’an. Below is his advice given to Sufyan Ath-Thawri:
“Sufyan, if you have a blessing and wish to enjoy it for long, then continue to praise God and thank Him for it. Allah has said in the Qur’an:
‘If you are thankful, I will give you more’ [Surat Ibrahim, 14:7]
And if you feel that your sustenance is slow coming, seek God’s forgiveness repeatedly. For God says:
‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord: He is ever forgiving. He will send down abundant rain from the sky for you; He will give you wealth and children; He will provide you with gardens and rivers.’ [Surat Noah, 71:10-12]
Sufyan, when you have a problem weighing heavily on you, say: ‘No power works except by God’s leave’. That is the key to its disappearance and one of the treasures of Paradise.”
May we each take benefit of these words.