“Your true friend is he who is always with you, and he who harms himself in order to help you, and he who, when calamities of the time break you, scatters his cloak in order to save you.”—ImāmAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib
“The one who eats and gives thanks has the same reward as the one who fasts (who will be rewarded in the Hereafter). The reward of one who is healthy and gives thanks is the same as the one who is suffering and is patient. The reward of one who gives charity and is thankful is the same as the one who is deprived but content.”—Prophet Muhammad (S), Mishkat ul-Anwar (via yaseeneducation)
“It is written in the Torah: O son of Man, if you ‘empty’ yourself (i.e. disengage yourself from all other preoccupations to make yourself available) for My worship, I will fill your heart with richness and I will not abandon you to what you seek and long for. And it will be upon Me to close the door of poverty upon you and to fill your heart with awe for Me. And if you don’t ‘empty’ yourself for My worship, I will fill your heart with preoccupation with the world and I will not close upon you the door of poverty and will abandon you to what you seek.”—
Imam Hussain (a.s.)
Source: Al-Kulayni, Usul al-Kafi, ii, “kitab al-’iman wa a1-kufr’, “bab al-’ibadah”, hadith no. 1.
“He whoever listens to a caller is serving him. If the caller was Allah’s representative, he is then serving Allah. If the caller was the Shaitan’s representative, he is then serving the Shaitan.”—Imam Muhammad al-Taqi (ع) Tuhaf al-‘Uqoul p. 536 (via shiaislam)
Once when the Prophet (ص) was traveling, he dismounted and performed five prostrations. When he mounted again, one of his companions said, “We saw you do something, O Messenger of Allah, which you never did before.”
He said, “Yes, Jibraeel came to me and gave me glad news that Ali belongs in Paradise. So I went into prostration to thank Allah. when I raised my head, he said, ‘Fatimah belongs in Paradise.’ I went to prostrate again to thank Allah. And when I raised my head, he said, ‘al-Hasan and al-Husayn are the masters of the youths of Paradise.’ So I prostrated to thank Allah. And when I raised my head, he said, ‘And those who love them belong in Paradise.’ So I prostrated to thank Allah. And when I raised my head, he said, “And those who love the people who love them (the Ahlul Bayt) belong in Paradise.’ So I prostrated to thank Allah.”
“Test our Shi’a with regard to three things: the prayer times to see how well they observe them, their secrets to see how well they guard them from our enemies, and their wealth to see how they help out their brothers with it.”—Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (ع) Biharul Anwar v. 83, p. 22, no. 40 (via shiaislam)
Being married forces you to fine tune those not-so-great-aspects of yourself and strive to be better. Love comes in here too; when you are in a loving relationship (and in love and loved); you have this amazing reservoir of energy within you that allows you to flourish and nurture.
It brings out the best in you and makes you strive to be better because someone cares and loves you; and vice versa. It is kind of like how we instinctively react to another’s perception of us, when they think well of us and believe in us, we want to do even better; but when they disparage us we will get defensive. Is it any wonder that our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said that marriage is half of faith?
“Some people remember Allah when they are eating while some people think about food when they are praying. Both eat and pray, but they are as far apart from each other as the heavens are from the earth.”—Al Habib Umar bin Hafiz
“When the Almighty sent Moses to Pharaoh to warn him of wrongdoing, He told Moses, ‘Say to Pharaoh that I hurry more in forgiving the sins and have patience with the sinners than taking wrath and chastisement.”—(Udda al-Da’i, by: Ibn Fahad al-Hilli)
If a friend of yours doesn't have a "good reputation", but you still hang out with them because you see so much good in them And want to be the example for them to change their ways , does their negative reputation reflect on you?
Take this all with a grain of salt since I’m not a scholar and this is my 2 cents:
I think it’s important to understand that our reputation and it’s protection comes from Allah, not us. Meaning you can strive and strive to cover your reputation and to show yourself as a good person and in a matter of a second God can reveal you. He’s the protector of our reputation while most of us think it’s people who have a say in our reputation.
We need to do our duty and leave the rest to Allah. However, at the same time Islam does tell us to care about our reputation as far as don’t ruin it yourself and don’t do things that leave people putting question marks on you. So essentially there needs to be a balance: don’t fret over everything you do ,scared of what people might think … but don’t be so oblivious to think, I don’t give a care of what people will say or think about me.
In regards to friends, the first and foremost thing is to be sure they aren’t affecting you. The first person you have to save is yourself not anybody else. If you’re drowning, you can’t go save anybody else since you’re sinking meanwhile. You get your head above the water and then go rescue your friend. So make sure this friend isn’t impacting you at all and you’re the one placing all the impact. If you feel like they are actually changing by your presence and coming towards God more and more, then it’s worth it. I would say hang out with them and because they are changing and people will see that. However, don’t tell me you’re hanging out with the wrong person in the wrong place - because then that negative reputation does reflect on you too. At the end of the day make dua that Allah purifies your intention for this friendship to be for His plesure and for Allah to guide your friend. Insha’Allah you’ll see Allah’s glory shine and that not only you won’t have the negative reputation reflected on you but Allah will also elevate you iA for your sincere intentions.
“Oh God I wish to walk to a valley where there is none but You, I want to cry out Your beautiful names, I yearn to fall to my knees and weep with no masks, and say “Who listens to the distressed soul when it calls on Him, and Who relieves its suffering?””—Quran (27:62)
“You should avoid self-admiration, having reliance in what appears good in yourself, and love of exaggerated praise, because this is one of the most reliable opportunities for Shaitan to obliterate good deeds of the virtuous.”—Amirul Mo’minin Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (ع) Tuhaf al-‘Uqoul p. 169 (via shiaislam)
“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.”—Eckhart Tolle (via wesleepwedream)
“If a person prays from the bottom of their heart for the believing men and women while he doesn’t pray for himself, the angels instead will pray for him. If someone prays for himself, it is possible that due to not fulfilling the conditions of invocation or some other obstacle, his prayer may not be granted, but when angels pray, there are no obstacles or lack of attention and their prayers are surely heard.”—Ayatollah Bahjat (via yaseeneducation)
“Indeed, Allah does not do injustice, [even] as much as an atom’s weight; while if there is a good deed, He multiplies it and gives from Himself a great reward.”—Surat An-Nisā’ (The Women) - سورة النساء, verse 40.
“When goals are not reached and prayers not answered, do we ever stop to think that God’s apparent silence may be for our own good? We are convinced that we know our own needs, it is true. But needs are often confused with wants, and those things that are wanted - but not needed - are sometimes the cause of our downfall.”—Nizami (via chador-lover)