Advice from al-Sayyid Ali al-Sistani for the Believing Youth


Here is an excerpt from this advice to the youth…which is chock-ful of wisdom and advice for our teens!

“Third: Trying to become a professional and acquire a specialization, and striving and exerting oneself to this end, for indeed there is a lot of blessing in this. One should then spend part of his time working to earn that which he may spend on himself and his family, and then use it to benefit the society and utilize it in charitable works as well as to gain further experience, which will refine his mind and increase his expertise. This will [also] make his wealth felicitous, for indeed whenever wealth is earned through greater toil and hard work, its goodness and bounty increases. Allah also loves the person who is hardworking and who exerts himself to earn and work, andHe dislikes the idle, unoccupied person who is a burden on others, or the one who wastes his time in diversion and play. So let not your youth be spent without gaining proficiency in a profession or specialization, for Allah, the Glorified, has placed physical and psychological vigour in youth, so that one may develop the asset he needs in his life during this phase. It must therefore not be wasted by distraction and neglect.”

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A Day in the Life of Sayyid Ali Khamenei


Remember the letter to the youth by Ayatullah Khamenei?
Mashallah – he really walks the talk!

Check this inspiring narration of his day:
A Day in the Life of Sayyid Ali Khamenei
on: January 26, 2015
In: Analysis, Scholars News

Qolam Shahpasandi, one of the guards of Ayatollah Khamenei, shares the following information on how the Ayatollah spends his day:
If I want to explain a typical day of his, all three points that he mentions for the youth are present in his life (exercising and sports, learning knowledge, and taming and purifying the soul). He usually gets up 1 to 1.5 hours before Fajr prayer and preforms his different acts of worship (night prayer, etc). His days are different from each other and are not similar. One day he prays (salat) more, one day he reads Quran more, one day he reads supplications (dua) more, one day he recites more dikr (remembrance of Allah).
He prays morning prayer (fajr) in congregation (jama’at). The smallest size of jama’at is just him and his bodyguard, and the largest population is anybody present in the building. He prays the prayer in his office and everybody that is at work at that time in the morning joins him – whether it’s guards, secretaries, etc.
After morning prayer, three days a week he goes hiking. For at least 45-60 minutes, he spends time going up a trail on the mountain and spends about the same amount of time coming down.
Some of the mountains are further away, and for the hike to not interfere with his work, the time that Ayatollah Khamenei usually gets up for night prayer and doing personal duas will be spent going to the hike as he does his worship on the way. Once he gets to the foot of the mountain, he prays there. At that time, it is still dark and no one else seems to be awake. The hour we set out to the mountain, the sun is not out yet.

On the mountains, Ayatollah Khamenei is typically wearing a turban. It’s not the same turban that you typically see him in and is rather thinner and smaller.
Right after he comes down the mountain 3 days a week, his work in the office starts. The other 4 days of the week, he does exercising at home. He is not the type to leave any piece of work incomplete in the middle. Any work he performs is complete. He knows the principles on how to be very accurate and precise in his job.
After exercising, he comes to the office. He arrives sometimes at 7 am and sometimes around 7:30 am depending on the mountain and the route that was taken. Thus, at 7:00 am or 7:30 am, he is in his office. If he doesn’t have a private meeting, he goes home and eats breakfast with his family. Then, he comes back to the office and resumes his work.
If he has a meeting, it starts with breakfast. If the meeting is scheduled for 7 am, the group visiting eats breakfast with him. Ayatollah Khamenei is at the office until noon prayer. When they recite the adhan, no matter what he is doing- even giving a speech- he abandons it and says let’s go read the prayers on time.
After prayer, he resumes work. If the meeting goes on, lunch is eaten with him and the members of the meeting. If there are no meetings or visitations, between prayer time until 1-2 hours after, Ayatollah Khamenei eats lunch at home and rests (since the distance between his house and the office is 10-20 footsteps). Then, the next program starts around 3-4pm. He comes inside the office and if there is no meeting, he spends time in his library studying.
Any time you see him, he is either saying dikr or reading Quran. It is impossible for him to be in the state of heedlessness for a second. I haven’t seen it. I will give an example. When you are watching him on TV and the reciter is reading Maddahi (eulogies), you will see his hands are by his lips. He does this so that when his lips are moving, it isn’t apparent or obvious to people.

About reading the Quran, he has told us: My children, read the Quran a lot. The Quran is light. Read is immensely. In my youth, I would finish reading the entire Quran every 3 days. Meaning everyday I would read 10 juz. Now there is not enough endurance like before and I am old. From the aspect of my age, status, job, problems at work, and all these issues, I can’t read the Quran like before. I’ve become really distanced from the Quran. It takes me 9-10 days now to read the Quran cover to cover.
Now that he claims he is far from the Quran, he reads 3 juz a day. If Allah gives us special attention in Ramadhan, we finish the Quran in one month and we think we’ve done a lot. We reprimand God that we read the entire Quran and nothing happened to us. We need the reading of the Quran and God doesn’t need it. We are in need of it.
Ayatollah Khamenei has a big family. Him, his wife, and his 6 kids all lived together until the marriages of his kids and now they have all left. All 8 members of this family have memorized the entire Quran. Being acquainted with the Quran means this. You might have heard the voice of Ayatollah Khanemei reciting the Quran but did not recognize it since the radio plays it sometimes. When it is played, since the people don’t even know it’s him, they mistakenly say it is Mustafa Esmail’s recitation.
If you want to act upon Ayatollah Khamenei words and become closer to our Wali, the prescription is what I mentioned. Studying, purifying, and exercising, and after that Quran. Purifying and studying are two wings that take a person anywhere. If only one of them exists, it is dangerous.

If we want to know the Supreme Leader, we should contemplate on getting to know him and everything will be given to us.

Source: yaseen publications
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