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رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : الأملُ رَحمةٌ لاُِمّتي ، ولَوْلا الأملُ ما أرْضَعَتْ والِدَةٌ وَلَدَها، ولا غَرَسَ غارِسٌ شَجَراً.

Expectation is a mercy for my community; without expectation no mother would nurse her child, nor would anyone plant a tree.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 77, p. 173, no. 8; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 272

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : الأملُ رَفيقٌ مُؤْنِسٌ

Expectation is an amiable companion.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 1042; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 273

بينما عيسَى بن مريم (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) جالِسٌ وشَيخٌ يَعملُ بِمِسْحاةٍ ويُثيرُ بهِ الأرضَ ، فقالَ عيسى (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): اللّهُمَّ انْزعْ عنه الأملَ . فَوَضَعَ الشَّيخُ المِسْحاةَ واضْطَجَعَ، فَلَبِثَ ساعةً فقالَ عيسى (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): اللّهُمَّ ارْدُدْ إليهِ الأملَ، فقامَ فَجَعَلَ يَعملُ

‘While Isa son of Maryam (AS) was sitting, he saw a man working the land with a shovel. Isa (AS) said, ‘O Allah, take his expectation away from him!’ The man put his shovel down and rested on the ground for an hour. Then Isa (AS) said, ‘O Allah, give him back his expectation!’ The man stood up and returned to work.’
Prophet Isa (a.s.)
Tanbih al-Khawatir, v. 1, p. 272; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 273

رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : مَن كانَ يَأمَلُ أن يَعيشَ غَداً فإنّهُ يَأمَلُ أن يَعيشَ أبَداً.

A man who expects to be alive tomorrow is a man who expects to be alive forever.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 73, p. 167, no. 31; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 273

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : الأملُ لا غايةَ لَهُ .

There is no end to expectation.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 1010; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 273

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : الآمالُ لا تَنْتَهي .

Expectations never cease.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 639; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 273

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : اتَّقُوا باطِلَ الأملِ ، فَرُبَّ مُسْتَقْبِلِ يومٍ ليسَ بِمُسْتَدْبِرِهِ ، ومَغْبُوطٍ في أوَّلِ لَيلِهِ قامَتْ بَواكِيهِ في آخِرِهِ.

Guard yourselves against false expectation, for many a person who begins the day does not live to see its end, and many a one is envied at the beginning of the night while his mourners have assembled by the end of it.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 2572; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 274

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : الأملُ كالسَّرابِ : يَغِرُّ مَنْ رَآهُ ، ويُخْلِفُ مَن رَجاهُ.

Expectation is like the mirage - it deceives those who view it and leaves behind those who place their hope on it.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 1896; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 274

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : الأمانِيُّ تُعْمي عُيُونَ البصائرِ .

Wishes blind the eyes of insight.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 1375; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 274

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : الأملُ سُلطانُ الشَّياطِينِ على قُلُوبِ الغافِلِينَ .

Expectation is the sultan of the Satans over the hearts of the oblivious.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 1828; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 274

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : ثَمَرَةُ الأملِ فَسادُ العَمَلِ .

The fruit of expectation is the spoilage of deeds.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 4641; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 274

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : إنّ الأملَ يُسْهي القلبَ ، ويُكْذِبُ الوَعْدَ ، ويُكْثِرُ الغَفْلَةَ ، ويُورِثُ الحَسْرَةَ

Expectation causes the heart to forget, breaks promises, increases oblivion, and brings about grief.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 35, no. 117; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 275

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : إنَّ الأملَ يُذْهِبُ العقلَ ، ويُكْذِبُ الوَعدَ ، ويَحُثُّ علَى الغَفْلَةِ ، ويُورِثُ الحَسْرَةَ . فأكْذِبوا الأملَ ؛ فإنّه غَرُورٌ، وإنَّ صاحِبَهُ مَأزُورٌ .

Expectation drives reason away, breaks promises, encourages oblivion, and brings about grief. So distrust expectation, for it is deceitful and its addict is a sinner.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 77, p. 293, no. 2; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 275

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : كَمْ مِنْ نِعمةٍ للّه‏ِ على عبدِهِ في غَيْرِ أملِهِ ، وكَمْ مِنْ مُؤَمِّلٍ أملاً الخِيارُ في غَيرِهِ .

How many a favor Allah grants His servant without his having expected them, and how many a hopeful one entertains high hopes when [Allah’s] choice favours others.
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 71, p. 152, no. 55; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 275

رُويَ أنّهُ [رسول اللّه‏] (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) أخَذَ ثلاثةَ أعْوادٍ فَغَرَسَ عُودا بين يَدَيْهِ والآخَرَ إلى جَنْبِهِ ، وأمّا الثّالثُ فأبْعَدَهُ وقالَ : هَل تَدْرُونَ ما هذا ؟ قالوا : اللّه‏ُ ورسولُهُ أعْلَمُ . قالَ : هذا الإنسانُ، وهذا الأجلُ ، وهذا الأملُ يَتَعاطاهُ ابنُ آدمَ ويَخْتَلِجُهُ الأجلُ دُونَ الأملِ.

It has been narrated that the Prophet (SAWA) took three sticks and set one of them in front of him, another one next to it, and the third far away from the two. He then asked, ‘Do you know what this is?’ to which they replied, ‘Allah and His Messenger know better.’ He said, ‘This one is man, and this is death [next to it], while that one is expectation, which man entertains [about his long life], but death falls upon him prior to his expectation.’
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Tanbih al-Khawatir, v. 1, p. 272; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 275

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : لو رأَى العبدُ أجلَهُ وسُرْعَتَهُ إلَيهِ أبْغَضَ الأملَ.

If man were to see his death [approaching] and the speed at which it draws near to him, he would despise expectation.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 73, p. 95, no. 79; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 276

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : الأملُ يُنْسي الأجَلَ.

Expectation makes one forget death.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 874; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 276

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : أقْرَبُ شَيْءٍ الأجلُ، أبْعَدُ شَيْءٍ الأملُ.

The closest thing is death, and the remotest thing is expectation.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 2920-2921; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 276

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : لا تَخْلو النَّفْسُ مِنَ الأملِ حتّى تَدْخُلَ في الأجلِ.

A soul does not depart from his expectation until it enters the realm of death.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 10844; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 276

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : ألاَ وإنّكُمْ في أيّامِ أملٍ مِن وَرائهِ أجلٌ ، فَمَنْ عَمِلَ في أيّامِ أملِهِ قَبْلَ حُضُورِ أجلِهِ فَقَدْ نَفَعَهُ عَمَلُهُ ولَم يَضْرُرْهُ أجلُهُ .

Indeed you are in the days of expectation that is followed by death. So he who works in the days of his expectation before death arrives will benefit from his work and will not be hurt by death.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 77, p. 333, no. 21; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 276

الإمامُ الكاظمُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : لَو ظَهَرتِ الآجالُ افتَضَحَتِ الآمالُ .

If times of death were revealed, expectations would be debunked.
Imām Mūsā ibn Ja‘far al-Kāżim (a.s.)
A`alam al-Din, p. 305; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 276

فيما ناجَى اللّه‏ُ عزّ وجلّ بهِ موسى (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : يا موسى ، لا تُطَوِّلْ في الدُّنْيا أملَكَ فَيَقْسُوَ قَلْبُكَ ، والقاسِي القلبِ منّي بَعِيدٌ

Part of what Allah, the Exalted, told Prophet Moses (AS): ‘O Moses! Do not extend your expectation in this world’s life lest your heart become hard, for the hard-hearted is far from Me.’
Allāh (s.w.t.)
al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 329, no. 1; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 277

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : مَنِ اتَّسَعَ أملُهُ قَصُرَ عَمَلُهُ.

A man who has high expectations is deficient in his action.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 77, p. 421, no. 40; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 277

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : أمّا طُولُ الأملِ فَيُنْسي الآخِرَةَ.

As for high expectation, it causes you to forget the Hereafter.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 336, no. 3; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 277

رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) ـ لابنِ مسعودٍ ـ : قَصِّرْ أمَلَكَ ، فإذا أصْبَحْتَ فَقُلْ : إنّي لا اُمْسِي ، وإذا أمْسَيْتَ فَقُلْ : إنّي لا اُصْبِحُ ، واعْزِمْ على مُفارَقَةِ الدُّنْيا ، وأحِبَّ لِقاءَ اللّه‏ِ.

Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.) told Ibn MasÝÙd, ‘Lower your expectation such that when you wake up in the morning, you say, ‘I will not see the night’ and when you go to sleep at night, you say, ‘I will not see the morning.’ And be prepared to depart from this life and yearn to meet Allah.’
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 77, p. 101, no. 1; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 277

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : مَنْ أيْقَنَ أنّهُ يُفارِقُ الأحبابَ، ويَسكُنُ التُّرابَ، ويُواجِهُ الحِسابَ، ويَسْتَغْنِي عَمّا خَلَّفَ، ويَفْتَقِرُ إلى ما قَدَّمَ ، كانَ حَرِيّا بِقِصَرِ الأملِ وطُولِ العَملِ.

A man who is sure about leaving his loved ones, dwelling under the earth, facing the final Account, and that he will be needless of what he leaves behind, and needy of what he has sent forth [for the Hereafter] deserves to shorten his expectation and lengthen his action.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 73, p. 167, no. 31; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 278

الإمامُ الباقرُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : تَزَوَّدْ مِنَ الدُّنْيا بِقِصَرِ الأملِ .

Equip yourself with low expectation for this world’s life.
Imām Muhammad ibn ‘Alī al-Baqir (a.s.)
Tuhaf al-`Uqoul, no. 286; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 278

رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : يَقولُ اللّه‏ُ عزّ وجلّ : لأقْطَعَنَّ أملَ كُلِّ مُؤمنٍ أمَّلَ دُوني بالإياسِ

Allah, Mighty and Exalted says, ‘I will cut off the expectation of every believer who places it in someone other than Me [and replace it] with despair.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Sahifat al-Imam al-Reza (a.s.), p. 276, no. 20; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 278

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : مَنْ أمَّلَ إنساناً فَقَدْ هابَهُ .

He who places his expectation in a human is indeed fearful of him.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 79, no. 61; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 278