Excerpts from Majlis 8: To Thank the Imam in Weal or Woe
(Part 1: Patience) [Source: pp. 51-55]*
*Full citation: Selections from Qazi Noaman's Kitab-ul-Himma fi Adabi Ataba-el-a'emma or Code of Conduct for the Followers of Imam. Translated into English by Prof. Jawad Muscati (Ustad-Fil-Uloomm-Il-Arabbiya) and Khan Bahadur Prof. A. M. Moulvi, M.A. Published by The Shia Imami Ismailia Association for Africa. 1950.
"Patience and gratitude are two great virtues. He who is devoted to God and to His Imams, discharges all the obligations that he owes to them and relies on them in prosperity and adversity. He puts up with discomforts in the discharge of these duties for the sake of God and for the sake of Imams. He belongs to that group of 'Sabirs', i.e., those we bear hardships with patience about whom God days in His Holy book "God rewards the 'Sabirs' beyond one's calculations." (Surah 29, Ayat 10). God has praised them in several other verses of the Quran.
Bt virtue of this quality of patience, the 'sabirs' have kept themselves in check from doing unlawful things and have persisted in their devotion to God. As a reward for this they have received His favours and have settled down in 'jannat', the abode of bliss.
O momins, keep yourselves in check from doing wrong things and make yourselves deserving of divine favours. Persevere in your devotion and train yourselves to put up with discomforts for the sake of the Imams. Do not be discouraged. Rush into them and do not feel depressed. Patience in this respect is an act of devotion to God. Those who practice it will be amply recompensated by God. 'Sabirs' are sure to be rewarded.
It is by patience over the difficulties which the followers of the Imams had to undergo, that their authority has been established on earth and their claims have been recognized by the people. It is through the sufferings of the followers that people have submitted to their authority.
The 'Sabirs' are steady people. They put up will all sorts of hardships for the sake of the Imams. They rush to the Imams and are ever-ready to carry out their orders. If they are appointed to any office they do the job willingly. They are devoted to God and they suffer with patience and firmness what befalls their lot. They abide by the laws of God. They fight for God and they establish His laws on earth. By the virtue of this they win the reward of God. They are the happiest people on earth and their end is the best."