Behave well with people, and in company, and be compassionate and kind.

Behave well with people, and in company, and be compassionate and kind.

Imam Khomeini advised believers to behave well with people, and in company, and be compassionate and kind.

Imam explains the matter through his theological works as following: 

Repentance is not merely the verbal expression, “I repent before Allah,” rather, contrition and the resolve to abandon one’s sin are also necessary.

Behave well with people, and in company, and be compassionate and kind.

Behave well with the good and righteous servants of God.

Someone from whose hands, tongue and eyes other Muslims are not safe is not truly a Muslim.

To slander one of the servants of God is to slander God.

Someone who pursues selfish desires and who is obedient to Satan gradually turns the color of Satan.

The people of the other world are pure and at peace with one another. Their hearts are overflowing with the love of God and servitude to Him.

The love for the servants of God is the shadow of that very love for God.

The noble Qur’an is a great divine trust. The ‘ulama and ruhaniyyun (clergy) are the bearers of the divine trust.

The responsibilities of the learned are very heavy; the ‘ulama have more duties than other people.

It is narrated that when the soul reaches the throat, there is no longer any chance for repentance and in that state one’s repentance will not be accepted.

If an ‘alim is deviant, it is possible that the community will become infected by deviation.

If an ‘alim is refined, and he observes the morality and manners of Islam, he will refine and guide the community.

In a soul which is unrefined, knowledge is a dark cover.

Knowledge is light, but in a black corrupt heart it spreads wide the skirts of darkness and blackness

A knowledge which would draw man closer to God, in a worldly soul brings him far distant from the place of the Almighty.

Even the knowledge of divine unity (tawhid), if it is for anything other than God, it becomes a cover of darkness.

If man does not cast pollution from the core of his soul, not only will whatever studying and learning he does be of no benefit by itself, rather it will actually be harmful.

It is a corrupt ‘alim who corrupt the worlds.

If, God forbid, you fail to study, then it is forbidden for you to remain in the seminary.

Every step forward which you take in the acquisition of knowledge should be matched by a step taken to beat down the desires of the soul, to strengthen one’s spiritual powers, to acquire nobility of character, and to gain spirituality and piety (taqwa).

If you do not have a pure intention of approaching God, these sciences will be of no benefit at all.

Try to reform and refine yourselves before you enter among the people.

You should refine yourselves, so that when you leave the seminary and become the leader of a people in a city or district, they may profit from you, take advice from you, and reform themselves.

If due to your actions, deeds and unfair behavior, one person looses his way and leaves Islam, you would be guilty of the greatest of the major sins

God forbid that before a person develops himself, that people should pay heed to him, that he should become a personality and have influence among the people, causing him to loose his soul.

Before you loose hold of the reins of your self, develop and reform yourself!

Adorn yourselves with good traits, and remove your vices! Be sincere in your lessons and discussions, so that you may approach God!

If one does not have good intentions, one will be kept far from the divine precincts.

Establish some order and discipline in the seminaries.

With love of self and position, with arrogance and pride, you cannot mount any resistance.

An evil scholar, a scholar who inclines toward the world, a scholar who thinks of preserving his position and administrative post, will not be able to combat the enemies of Islam.

Take a step for the sake of God. Dispel the love of the world from your heart. Then you will be able to engage in combat.

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