Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said,
‘If people knew the virtue of knowing Allah, Mighty and Exalted, they would never extend their gaze to the splendour and bounties of the life of this world that Allah has granted to the enemies. They would then regard such people’s worldly goods to be more insignificant that the dust under their feet, and they would take great pleasure at attaining knowledge of Allah, Mighty and Exalted, and would savour it as if they were tasting the experience of being in the gardens of Paradise with the friends of Allah. Verily the inner knowledge of Allah is an intimate companion in every type of desolation, a friend in every type of loneliness, a light in every darkness, a source of strength from all weakness, and a cure for all ailments.’
~ [al-Kafi, v. 8, p. 247, no. 347]
If you wish to check how much you love Allah, then see how much your heart loves the Quran, and you will know the answer.
Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah (via al-sabur)
The success which you search for your whole life calls you five times a day.
The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.
How do you know if you’re ready for death? Man’s greatest fear is death. I want to know that if I were to die right now what would my death be like? Would it be painful, would it be pleasurable, would it be sweet? Here is an answer: Your death will be exactly as your prayer is to you right now. Why? Because when you pray salaat what do you do? You go and meet Allah. When you die what happens? You go and meet Allah. If you dislike meeting Allah while you are in this world in the body, why would you want to meet Allah when you leave the body? If salaat is sweet to you right now your death would be sweet if you died right now. If you eagerly wait for salaat, then when death comes to you, you will eagerly wait to be released from this cage and soar to new heights. If your salaat is a burden on you right now, death will be a burden on you if you die right now. If salaat is painful, death will be painful. Look at your salaat, improve your salaat, and you will improve your connection to Allah, because both of these are nothing but a meeting with Allah.
We must never rest until everything inside us worships God.
He’s offering you the whole Kingdom, but you keep begging for crumbs from His servants.
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.
Do not be deceived when Satan makes your acts of obedience appear beautiful in your eye: if he opens ninety-nine doors of goodness for you, it is only so that he may overcome you by opening the hundredth. So meet him with opposition, block his path and reject his charm.
Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammed As Sadiq ع, Lantern of The Path
Whenever you’re feeling lonely, sick, hopeless or betrayed, just remember that there are 114 surahs waiting for you to allow Him to comfort you.
Salaam, You mentioned on your blog that you were studying for boards a few months ago. I have step 1 coming in June 2015 and was wondering if you would please give some advice on how to best prepare myself for this exam. Also, what was the most helpful resources for you to study ?(Kaplan,Pathoma,UWORLD,etc?) Thank you in advance, Sister.
Each person has a different method and style so I would ask various people and do what works for you since by now you know what type of learner you are. I’m a more audio/visual learner so I stuck to doing a lot more videos during the school year (i.e pathoma when taking my pathology class).
I think now that I’m studying for step 2, I realize more and more the importance of doing questions. People tell you dont use up UWORLD now but I disagree. I think you should at least go through UWORLD twice before sitting in and maybe another time over the questions you did wrong. It’s only only about learning material but uworld will teach you how to think and how to eliminate answer choices. I would say start now or pretty soon doing a few questions a day to slowly prepare.
First Aid is a book everybody uses and I did too. It’s a good book but it was harder to read for me so I made sure to annotate in it some extra stuff so it was easier to understand.
Also, uworld has a note taking option for each question which is excellent. Take notes on each question and then if you go under the utilities tab there is a place where it gathers all the notes from all questions and you can just print it. Read over and over those notes since it’s exactly what you need to know.
I didn’t use kaplan’s qbank since some friends told me it’s too detailed. I did use the pharmacology videos though because they were good.
http://sketchymicro.com/ is a fun website that helps with learning the microbiology bacteria if you’re having a hard time.
My advice is to not spread yourself thin. Just stick to Uworld and First Aid as you get closer since if you can master those two, you will be gold iA.
If you dislike someone because of his/her rude behavior then pray for him/her that Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala guide him/her to the straight path.