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الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): الغَفلَةُ ضَلالَةٌ.

Negligence is deviation [from the straight path].
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 196; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 631

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): فَيالَها حَسرَةً على كُلِّ ذِي غَفلَةٍ أن يكونَ عُمُرُهُ علَيهِ حُجّةً، وأن تُؤَدِّيَهُ أيّامُهُ إلَى الشِّقوَةِ!

Pitiable indeed is every negligent person that his whole life can be used as evidence against him and that his days lead him to wretchedness!
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 64; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 631

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): فَأفِقْ أيُّها السامِعُ مِن سَكرَتِكَ، واستَيقِظْ مِن غَفلَتِكَ، واختَصِر مِن عَجَلَتِكَ.

So come to your senses, O listener, from your intoxication, wake up from your neglect, and reduce your hasty activity.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 153; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 631

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): أيُّها الناسُ غيرُ المَغفولِ عَنهُم، والتارِكونَ المَأخوذَ مِنهُم، مالي أراكُم عنِ اللّه‏ِ ذاهِبينَ، وإلى غيرِهِ راغِبينَ ؟!

O people who are not neglected [by Allah] and yet who neglect that which will be taken to account from them - how is it that I see you moving away from Allah and longing for others?!
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 175; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 632

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): كَم مِن غافِلٍ يَنسِجُ ثَوباً لِيَلبَسَهُ وإنّما هُو كَفَنُهُ! ويَبنِي بَيتا لِيَسكُنَهُ وإنّما هو مَوضِعُ قَبرِهِ!

How many a negligent person weaves himself a garment in order that he might wear it whilst in reality it is his burial shroud, and who builds himself a house in which he may live but which is in fact his grave
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 77, p. 401, no. 26; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 632

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إن كانَ الشيطانُ عَدُوّاً فالغَفلَةُ لِماذا ؟!

If Satan is indeed an enemy, then why the negligence?!
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 190, no. 1; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 632

رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): يا أباذرٍّ، هُمَّ بالحَسَنَةِ وإن لم تَعمَلْها ؛ لِكيلا تُكتَبَ مِن الغافِلينَ.

‘O Abu Dharr, intend to perform good actions even if you do not actually manage to perform them, so that you are not included amongst the negligent
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Makarim al- Akhlaq, v. 2, p. 378, no. 2661; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 632

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): بِدَوامِ ذِكرِ اللّه‏ِ تَنجابُ الغَفلَةُ

Through constant remembrance of Allah is negligence dispelled
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 4269; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 632

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إنَّ مَن عَرَفَ الأيّامَ لم يَغفُلْ عنِ الاستِعدادِ

Verily the one who knows the vicissitudes of time will not neglect preparation.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
al-Tawhid, p. 74, no. 27; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 632

الإمامُ الباقرُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): أيّما مُؤمِنٍ حافَظَ علَى الصَّلواتِ المَفروضَةِ فَصَلاّها لِوَقتِها فَلَيسَ هذا مِن الغافِلينَ

Verily any believer who is mindful of the obligatory prayers and prays them on time is not of the negligent ones
Imām Muhammad ibn ‘Alī al-Baqir (a.s.)
al-Kafi, v. 3, p. 270, no. 14; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 633

لُقمانُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ لابنِهِ وهو يَعِظُهُ ـ: يابُنَيَّ، لِكُلِّ شَيءٍ علامةٌ يُعرَفُ بها ويُشهَدُ علَيها ... وللغافِلِ ثلاثُ علاماتٍ: السَّهوُ، واللَّهوُ، والنِّسيانُ

O my son, everything has a distinguishing characteristic by which it is recognised and witnessed … the negligent person has three distinguishing characteristics: absent-mindedness, amusement, and forgetfulness
Luqman Al Hakeem (a.s.)
al-Khisal, p. 121, no. 113; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 633

الإمامُ الحسنُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): الغَفلَةُ تَركُكَ المَسجِدَ، وطاعَتُكَ المُفسِدَ

Negligence is [manifest] in your abandonment of the mosque and in your obedience of the corrupt.
Imām Hasan ibn ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 115, no. 10; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 633

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): مَن طالَت غَفلَتُهُ تَعَجَّلَت هَلَكَتُهُ

He who prolongs his negligence hastens his own destruction
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 8318; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 633

14ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): مَن غَلَبَت علَيهِ الغَفلَةُ ماتَ قَلبُهُ

The one who is overcome by negligence, his heart is dead.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 8430; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 633

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): دَوامُ الغَفلَةِ يُعمِي البَصيرَةَ.

Continued negligence blinds insight
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 5146; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 633

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إيّاكَ والغَفلَةَ والاغتِرارَ بالمُهلَةِ ؛ فإنّ الغَفلَةَ تُفسِدُ الأعمالَ.

Beware of negligence and delusion about the respite [that you have been given], for indeed negligence ruins deeds.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 2717; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 634

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إنّ العاقِلَ نِصفُهُ احتِمالٌ، ونِصفُهُ تَغافُلٌ.

Verily the man of intellect tolerates [others' ignorance] half of the time and feigns ignorance himself the other half.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 2378; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 634

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): مِن أشرَفِ أعمالِ (أحوالِ) الكَريمِ غَفلَتُهُ عمّا يَعلَمُ.

One of the noblest deeds of a kind person is feigning ignorance of that which he knows already
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Nahj al-Balagha, Saying 222; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 634

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): صَلاحُ حالِ التَّعايُشِ والتَّعاشُرِ مِلْ‏ءُ مِكيالٍ: ثُلثاهُ فِطنَةٌ وثُلثُهُ تَغافُلٌ

The proper way to maintain a state of coexistence and mutual intimacy with people is according to a set measure, two thirds of which are to know each other very well and a third of which is to feign ignorance of each other's faults
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
Tuhaf al-`Uqoul, no. 359; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 634