TOWARDS THE YOUTH
First of all, are we ready to belittle our being and ourselves? If we are, then it is easy for evil to penetrate us.
Nobody will believe that a leader or a king or a renowned film actor will lean down to take something valueless from the ground. It is possible that the thing is precious to others, but the position of king or an actor may prevent him from inclining toward it, because it doesn’t comply with his position to do so. Therefore, it doesn’t correspond with our position as human beings to open ourselves to bad morals, or jealousy and or oppressing others, or telling lies, stealing and other evil acts.
Are we among those that underrate our enemies?
We are not expected to do that with our enemies, the enemies of our body, like microbes and viruses. Can we do the same with other microbes and viruses, i.e., the morals viruses?
There is a nice story reported from the companions of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) when they were together with him in a barren land, and the weather was cold. The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) asked them gather some pieces of firewood to make a fire with so as to warm themselves?
They all said: “There is no plant or tree in this dry soil, where we can get firewood.”
Then, he (s.a.w.) said: “Everyone should bring what he is capable of gathering.”
They all went away in search of the little they could find of dried plants, then they came with them to the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.). They were able to gather a huge amount of fire-wood.
Then, the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said to them: “This is how small evil actions are gathered, the way this firewood is gathered. Then, he said, “I warn you against degrading yourselves with small evil actions.”