The importance of praying for the children

It’s favorable to pray for the children in addition to training them and being kind to them. One of the prayers which contains very beautiful concepts regarding this matter is the prayer no. 25 of al-Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya. Some of its verses are as the following:

 “Oh, God! Do me a favor and save my children and improve them and give me their benefit.”

 “Oh, God! Lengthen their lives and make them healthy and guide them towards the true religion and good character.”

 “Oh, God! Make them pious and insightful and loving and well disposed towards Your friends, and malicious and virulent towards Your enemies. ”

 “Oh, God! Make my name everlasting through them and make them my helper in [fulfilling] the wishes, make them affectionate so that they be loving towards me and obedient to me, not disobedient and disrespectful.”


To be adorned at home

A person who is willing to help Imam Mahdi (PBUH), should take all the words of Ahl al-Bayt as the guidelines for his life. One of the most important recommendations of Ahl al-Bayt to the Shias is to be adorned and beautiful at home and in the presence of the spouse.

Contrariwise, most of the people pay more attention to their beauty outside their houses and do not care about their appearance at home.

One of the most important recommendations of Imam Kadhim (PBUH) to the Shias is that he says: “Man’s adornment for his wife is one of the factors of woman’s chastity.”

(The precious book of “Makarem al-Akhlaq”, p. 97)


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Fasting and holding vigils (to stay awake at night to pray) at home

Imam Ali (PBUH) says “Once Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) entered while Lady Fatimah (S.A) was sitting beside a caldron & I was cleaning lenticel.”

He said: “Oh Ali! Listen to me, I do not speak but from my God. A man who helps his wife in doing house chores, God rewards him with the prayer of fasting and vigil prayers” and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said at the end:

 “Oh Ali! No one helps his wife unless he is a righteous person or a martyr or a man for whom God has predestinated the goodness in this world and in hereafter also.”

(Jaameh al-Akhbar, page 103)

This is one of the important narrations that every awaiting person of Imam Mahdi (PBUH) should act upon and which is one of the major duties of awaiting persons for their family life style.


Approval of the wife’s adornment

When a person loves someone, he goes after his approval. And if he hears a word from him, he goes after accomplishing it right away. Mahdi helpers love the Prophet (PBUH) and in a times when some of the Prophet’s words are not heard or seen, they make their life’s plans according to the words of the Prophet of kindness.

The Prophet of kindness says: “Anytime a woman leaves her house wearing makeup and perfume, and her husband approves it, a house of fire is built for that husband for every step that woman takes.” (Jama al-Akhbar, p. 158)

Let it not remain unsaid that this narration should be noticed with many narrations that recommend good manners. Then if there is a warning, it should be with a soft tongue and a subtle diction.


The importance of serving the husband

One of the prayers which is recited a lot in the mosques at Qadr nights is Joshan-e-Kabir Doa. We merely request one wish from God in this prayer (Doa) and it shows how important and great this wish is as we call God a thousand times in this prayer to only request for one special thing:

 “May God save us from the torment”. But saying this prayer (Doa) alone is not enough. There are some deeds which liberate us from the torment.

The Prophet of kindness (Muhammad (PBUH)) says: “When a woman moves a single thing in her husband’s house for improvement, God looks at her with kindness. And whoever God looks at with kindness, will not face torment.” (Bihar al-Anwar, volume 100, page 251)

The helpers of Imam Mahdi (PBUH), who seek for God’s blessings, should act upon this Hadith.


Honoring genealogical brother

In the current situation of the society, unfortunately the relations have been changed and friends of a person have replaced his brothers in a way that sometimes people spend hours with their friends and talk and enjoy this companionship, but they don’t want to spend this much time with their actual brothers once a month.

Moreover, people don’t respect their genealogical brothers as much as they respect their friends. But an awaiting person is not so. He is attentive and looks for the plans that pleases Ahl al-Bayt. He even sets his priorities with mentioned ones in the narrations.

Whoever honors his brother, Allah (God) will honor him.” Then what do you think is the reward of someone who Allah (God) honors him?


The position (dignity) of elder brother

In western lifestyle people are equal, with no difference from each other. No one has a special dignity. It’s been even observed that in many cases, when people reach the legal age, they leave their family behind as if they know neither the father nor the elder brother.

But the religious lifestyle contradicts this. Everyone has his/her own position (dignity) and deserves a special respect in proportion to the position. An awaiting person who seeks the satisfaction of Imam Mahdi (PBUH) and pursuits this satisfaction in the religious lifestyle, will also look for the lifestyle of Ahl al-Bayt in this matter.

Imam Reza (PBUH) says: “Among the brothers, the elder brother has a special dignity (degree) and he has the father authority  in the family (Tuhaf al-Uqul, p. 442).


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