❝You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking.❞
❝The most effective thing that makes a blessing last longer is gratitude and the greatest thing by which tribulations are overcome is patience.❞
— Amirul Mo’minin Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (ع) Ghurar al-Hikam p. 522, h. 17
ساکنان دریا بعد از مدتی صدای امواج دریا را نمی شنوند
چه تلخ است قصه ی عـــــــــــــادت
After a while, the residents of the sea do not hear the sound of the waves.
How bitter it is, the story of routine.
❝Do not be a company to the one who does not regard you of equal status with him.❞
❝There is nothing more destructive to the heart than sins. The heart falls on sins and remains that way until sins subdue it and then it turns upside down.❞
— Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (ع) al-Kafi v. 2, ch. 107, h. 1
❝Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.❞
❝Don’t think of the trials in your life (‘balaa’) as just a ‘test’ in the human form. Allah is not like a professor who hands you a test, moves away and just watches from afar to see how you’ll do. Allah is our murabee—the One who raises us with more mercy than a mother raises a child. The Prophet (pbuh) tells us that when Allah wills good for someone, he sends them ‘balaa’ (trials or tests). When Allah wills good for us, He purifies us. That is why each person is tested in what they love most. In other words our greatest possible ‘competitor’ in our love for God is what is withheld or must be sacrificed. This is the purification process because it cures the heart of competitors. Why was Prophet Ibrahim (AS) asked to slaughter the most beloved thing to him? Did Allah actually want him to *kill* his son? No. He didn’t kill his son. He killed the attachment. By being willing to sacrifice what he loved most, he had slaughtered any possible competing love. Allah was raising him, purifying him and elevating him. Allah tell us, “By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you give (freely) of that which you love.” (3:92)❞
❝When Allah blesses you financially, don’t raise your standard of living, rather raise your standard of giving.❞
❝'Know that the world is a place of trial wherein there is no time a person can afford to be idle, for that time will be a source of regret for him on the Day of Resurrection.'❞