“Supplication is one of the causes that is effective in man’s affair; that is, to focus attention on God with the totality of one’s existence in seeking His assistance. There is no doubt that God is well aware of man’s needs and his secret desires, but He has formed a law that govern man’s relation with nature in his life this is, nothing can be attained without struggle and action and that every action bears its fruits. He has laid down the principle that no treasure is uncovered without toil and no reward is conferred without one’s being deserving of it; similarly, with regard to man’s direct relation with God, a system of supplication and its acceptance by God has been determined.”—Shaheed Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini Beheshti (r)
“Eidul Fitr means the “Fitrah’s celebration”. Meaning after one month of spiritual cleansing, we are celebrating the fact that we have insha’Allah gone back to our original pure fitrah given to us at birth.”—Dr. Farrokh Sekaleshfar
How do you convince a strict middle eastern father to not reject a proposal for his daughter just because of the person race...
Perhaps have a sheikh or another uncle figure in the community speak to him. I’m the wrong person to ask about this. Ask a sheikh directly about what approaches to take since I’m sure they’ve had more encounters like this
“Every night in the month of Ramadan, Allah, the Blessed and the Exalted, calls out three times: “Is there anyone who seeks from Me so that I grant him his wish? Is there anyone who turns to Me in repentance so that I may turn to him (in Mercy)? Is there anyone who seeks forgiveness from Me so that I may forgive him?””—Prophet Muhammad (S), Mustadrak al-Wasaail, vol. 7, pg. 429 (via thelittlephilosopher)
A group friends went to a newly married friends house, with chocolates and gifts. They noticed an empty frame on the wall…they knew he wasn’t financially stable, he lived in a small house, but the empty frame left them puzzled.
One of them mustered some courage and asked him if the empty frame was to have the couples’ wedding picture on it, which might not have sufficient hijab. The rest of the group laughed.
And the newlywed replied:
"No, the empty frame is for the picture of Imam Zaman. When he reappears and when everyone sees and knows what he looks like, we will fill the frame with his picture."
"So why have you hung an empty frame from now? Imam has not reappeared yet!"
He immediately replied:
"That’s exactly why…we want a constant reminder that there is something missing in our lives. Every time we look at the empty frame, it tells us to be amongst the ones who are eagerly awaiting his reappearance."
A person was standing next to a lake, when a group of bees attacked him. Wanting to prevent himself from the pain of their sting, he jumped into the water. As long as he was in the water, they could not sting him.
The water, is the remembrance of Allah, and the bees are those worldly thoughts, whims and desires, that are constantly pestering the soul, trying to pull the soul away from seeking its goal of spiritual perfection.
“When they say the ark of Imam Hussein (as) is similar to the ark of Noah it means he lets in any type of living organism in his ship. You can even be turned into an animal with your actions and Imam Hussein (as) will still take you in his ship and guide you.”—Ostad Rafiepour
Ibn Ata Allah mentioned in his Aphorisms (Hikam), “There is not a single breath that you bring forth; except that there is an accompanying decree being implemented [by God].” Every breath is a gift from Allah. Guard it carefully and use the time that it demarcates wisely. Understand that you will be held accountable for everything you do during every moment you spend on Earth. It is said, “Whosoever is heedless concerning his reckoning, will be disappointed with his earning.”
Furthermore, try to make an effort to understand what the decree for each moment is. One of the greatest sources of frustration in our lives arises when we try to do something that Allah is not facilitating at a particular time. Our ship will move much quicker over the ocean of life when our sails are filled with the winds of Providence. Understanding the nature of the moment we are in helps to unfurl those sails
“Had Allah lifted the veil for His slave and shown him how He handles his affairs for him, and how Allah is more keen for the benefit of the slave than his own self, his heart would have melted out of the love for Allah and would have been torn to pieces out of thankfulness to Allah. Therefore if the pains of this world tire you, do not grieve. For it may be that Allah wishes to hear your voice by way of Du’a. So pour out your desires in prostration and forget about it and know, that verily Allah does not forget.”—Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya Rahimahullah
“What is human pain? It does not mean only physical pain. It is a pain considered sacred by mystics and is peculiar to human beings; and for this reason, a human being is preferable to an angel, for an angel is free from pain. That human pain is the pain of seeking God. Man is a reality produced by divine breath in another world, and is not wholly homogeneous with the things of this world. He has a feeling of strangeness and alienation with all other creatures here, since they are all changeable and perishable and not worthy of attachment. Man, however, has a perpetual anxiety, and this is what draws him towards devotion and worship of God, communion with Him, and proximity to Him, as his origin.”—Shaheed Murtada Mutahhari
“Woe to you, son of Adam. You are negligent but not neglected. Your death is the hastiest to you. It is approaching you with sure steps. It is targeting at you and is about to hit you and you will soon take your age in full, the angel of death seizes your soul, and you will be alone in your grave. There, your soul will be given back to you and the two angels, namely Munkar and Nakeer, will break into your grave to examine you and interrogate you so difficultly.”—Imam Zain al-Abedin (ع) Tuhaf al-‘Uqoul p. 291
“Whoever reads from the text of the Holy Qur’an, his eye vision will be strengthened and his parents’ sins will be forgiven even if they are unbelievers.”—Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (ع) Odattol Daee p. 406 (via thelittlephilosopher)
“In our dreams now, when we see a wolf attacking us, we wake up. But there (in barzakh), there’s no waking up. It’s the real thing, you’ll be attacked. By who? Your own actions.”—Sheikh Sekaleshfar (via chador-lover)