“To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.”—Hermann Hesse (via thelittlephilosopher)
After the event of Karbala when Imam Zain al-Abideen (a) returned to Madina, Shiaism was sort of a lost cause, and apparently only four people aside from the Imam’s family actually knew about and acknowledged his Imamate for a period during that time. One of those four was an Afghan from Kabul by the name of Abu Khalid al-Kabuli. He traveled from Kabul to Hijaz to support the Imam and eventually settled there. He became one of the few close disciples of the Imam, and it was through him and others like Abu Hamza Thumali that the Imam’s teachings were disseminated to others.
“If you live for a long time and wander in this world from the west to the east, you will not find anybody who is able to give you happiness or remove your unhappiness except for God.”—Imam Hussein (as)
“If the service to a mother equals the quantity of the particles of sand in the desert and the drops of rain on earth, it will not repay for a single day that she kept you in her womb.”—Prophet Muhammad (saws), Mustadrak ul-Wasa’il (via thelittlephilosopher)
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it—always.”—Mahatma Gandhi
“An ignorant person will say, “How I wish I was never created!” whereas the knowledgeable person will say, “How I wish I am created seventy times so I may tread the path towards the pursuit, then return and tread it anew and am martyred on the path of righteousness anew!” So, do not entertain regrets about life.”—Ayatollah Bahjat (r)
“Shout out to the hijabis that shop in the 2X section in clothing stores because they want to make sure their shirt is lose enough and covers their back side. To the hijabs that make sure when they put hijab on it covers their neck. To the hijabis that wear under pieces to make sure their hair doesn’t “slip” out. To the hijabis that try to maintain the proper image of a Muslima despite what America and society tells you. To the hijabis that don’t believe in the word “swag.” Really? I’m not calling any one out. But to the hijabis that try their hardest and get called “weird” or get criticized for wearing skirts instead of skinnies. Keep your head up and continue doing what you’re doing. That’s what makes you beautiful”—Amanda Chamma
There are very few things in life that we know for certain. You don’t know what your situation will be tomorrow, who you’ll marry, if or when you’ll have kids, etc. But there is something that’s certain and that never changes – Allah responds to those who call on Him. The Prophet (peace be upon him), “Ask Allah when you are sure of His response, and remember that Allah does not accept the dua of the unmindful and neglectful heart.” So for a moment, stop thinking about all the uncertainties in life, have yaqeen, and turn towards Him whose promises are true.
“People think they know you. They think they know how you’re handling a situation. But the truth is no one knows. No one knows what happens after you leave them, when you’re lying in bed or sitting over your breakfast alone and all you want to do is cry or scream. They don’t know what’s going on inside your head—the mind-numbing cocktail of anger and sadness and guilt. This isn’t their fault. They just don’t know. And so they pretend and they say you’re doing great when you’re really not. And this makes everyone feel better. Everybody but you.”—William H. Woodwell Jr.
“When a bird is alive it eats ants, yet when it dies, the ants eat it. Circumstances can change at any time and the tables usually turn over a period of time. Do not oppress, despise or hurt anyone during your lifetime. You may be powerful today but remember, time is more powerful that you! Just like one tree makes a million match sticks, yet when the time comes then only a single match is needed to burn million trees.”—Mufti Ismail Menk (via chador-lover)
“You know there’s two words Allah used to describe the world. Dunya and Alam. Dunya has a negative connotation to it, whereas Alam isn’t negative. Alam is the passive form of Alim, it’s how we know Allah. We don’t know Allah through Dunya, because it’s the aspect of the world deludes you; thinking that your permanent, thinking that you can transgress, thinking that your independent from Allah. Dunya is the illusory element of the world, what takes us away from the akhirah. Islam tells us Dunya is distant. The nature of Dunya is you will never be able to get it, it will always evade you.”—Hamza Yusuf
“Try saying Alhamdulillah when you’re confused, when you lose something, when you’re stressed, when you’re broken or beat, when you fear, when you lose hope, when your heart breaks… Praise the Almighty because if He raises you, nothing can bring you down.”—
“When our heart is broken, we can’t help but concentrate on the break. When we are in emotional pain, we concentrate on the emotional wound. When we have a problem, this is all that fills our mind. All too often, we forget to concentrate on the Healer. We forget to look to the Solver. We forget to look up to Allah, who already knew that we were going to be faced with this heartache, and out of compassion for us has already placed things before us to prepare us for it. For those of you who haven’t yet experienced what it feels like to be completely broken, to completely lose yourself, believe me, you will one day go through it. And when you do, never ever forget that Allah is beside you every step of the way, going through it with you.”—
“God created a very delicate mark on the belly of every human being. No matter who you are or what race you are, you have it on you. It doesn’t wash off. It’s a living sign of the love of a woman that poured every ounce of energy she had into you to live comfortably and grow for 9 months inside her. Your belly button remains as a mark for all of us to never forget where we came from and the woman who through the work of God made our today and life possible.”—
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”—Melody Beattie