I was listening to a program on Jamejam and the Sheikh was talking about the hadith that says “a believer is the mirror of another believer”. The typical explanation of this hadith is that you should be like a mirror and tell your brother/sister their faults … We’ve all heard it numerous time …
“The history of Islam is witness to the immense respect that the Prophet (s.a.w.) had for Fatima Zahra (a) which also powerfully reflects on the importance of women in society. If they are not superior to men, they are definitely not any inferior.”—Imam Khomeini (RA)
“O Ali, three men will be stood under the shade of
the (Divine) Throne on the Day of Resurrection: they
are a man who likes for his friend whatever he likes
for himself, a man who stops doing any thing before
he realizes whether it pleases or displeases God, and
a man who does not find fault with his friends before
he himself gets rid of that fault. A man will find a new
fault with himself whenever he gets rid of one. It is
quite sufficient for a man to engage with himself.”—The Prophet (pbuh&hf)
I many times catch myself being really careful of what I do infront of people. I know it’s a sickness because it shouldn’t matter what people think. Br. Kauther mentioned once how it’s a blessing we have that inside us because we sin less just out of our own reputation’s sake. The intention is wrong but at least less sins occur.
I heard this in a speech and it has stuck with me:
When you go to the graveyard you never care what you wear or look like because the people are dead. It doesn’t matter what they think. That’s how we should all think in this life. It doesn’t matter what people think of us because Allah is the only being that is immortal and everybody else will depart …. Remind yourself of that anytime you catch yourself caring about what other people thinking of you. (Ayatullah Yazdi)
“If we say the love of God removes all other loves, it is true. But what is truer is that all other loves come alive and find their spirit through the love of God. And therefore a person becomes full of love and mercy. And let me say it openly: No one except one who has given his heart to Allah knows how to love.”—Shaheed Hemmat
“The infant Muhammad (s.a.w) become lost one day and his nurse Halima, dissolved in tears, was consoled with the words: “Do not grieve, he will not become lost to you. No indeed. But the whole world will become lost in him.”—
“Be very careful if you make a woman cry, because God counts her tears. The woman came out of a man’s rib. Not from his feet to be walked on, not from his head to be superior, but from the side to be equal, under the arm to be protected, and next to the heart to be loved.”—Talmud (totally against the Islamic concept .. but I just thought the explanation was interesting) :)
دلت را خانه ما کن مصفا کردنش با من … به ما درد خود افشا کن مداوا کردنش با من … بیاور قطره اشکی که من هستم خریدارش… بیاور قطره اخلاص دریا کردنش با من… به ما گو حاجت خود را اجابت میکنم آنی… طلب کن هرچه میخواهی مهیا کردنش با من… اگر گم کردهای ای دل کلید استجابت را… بیا یک لحظه با ما باش پیدا کردنش با من… اگر عمری گنه کردی مشو نومید از رحمت… تو توبه نامه را بنویس امضا کردنش با من
Make your heart my house, let the decorations be on me. Share the pains of your heart, let the curing be on me. Sell a drop of your tears because I am the buyer … Bring a drop of sincerity, making it a sea is on me. Tell me your needs and I’ll provide them within a second .. ask whatever you want, preparing it is on me. If you have lost the key of answers, be with me for a second and I’ll find it for you … If you have sinned for a lifetime, don’t lose hope in mercy … You write the repentance letter, signing it is on me …
“One of the companions of Imam fell ill. Imam Ali called upon him and thus advised him: “Be thankful to Allah. He has made this illness a thing to atone your sins because a disease in itself has nothing to bring reward to anyone, it merely expiates one’s sins and so far as reward is concerned, one has to earn it with his good words and good deeds. The Almighty Lord grants Paradise to his creatures on account of their piety and noble thoughts.”—
(translation of one of the earlier farsi postings …)
They say one Thursday night (during the Iran-Iraq war) the Iranian soldiers had turned off the lights except a small one to recite Dua Kumail. The mood and surrounding was very spiritual … one of the brothers takes out a small container of Et’r (kind of like cologne) and starts offering it to the other brothers (it is traditionally polite to do so). Like usual, they each put on a drop or two of on their faces and clothes. The entire atmosphere gets filled with scent and the dua is recited. Once the dua is finished they turn on the lights. Each brother looks at the other and says:
Why is there a smudge on your face
Eh, your face is black too.
Wow, you’re the same …..
Then they suddenly realize that the brother who had initially offered the Et’r had mixed it with black ink and since nobody could see anything in they dark, everybody had rubbed it on their faces and heads.
They go give that brother a good beating and after a good laugh he sits them down and says:
This Dunya (world) is exactly like this perfume you rubbed on your face. In your own ignorance, you don’t see the darkness of the pleasures of this world and only smell the good scent so keep rubbing it on your hearts and make it darker … and when the light of Qiyamat illuminates everything, only then you will realize that all of these worldly enjoyment weren’t beautiful but instead were complete darkness …
“O Allah, terrible was the calamity, and its evil consequences are visible, the covering has been removed, (all) hopes have been cut off, the (plentiful) earth has shrunk (with very little to spare), the heavenly blessings have been withheld. You alone can help, we refer our grief and sorrow to You, we have full faith in You, in the time of distress, as well as in good fortune. O Allah, send blessings on Muhammad and on the children of Muhammad …”—Dua Faraj
I was thinking to myself how sometimes I feel like the daily prayers are a burden on me. It’s really saddening when you see yourself sluggishly heading for prayer. Something you’re doing to help yourself and God isn’t benefiting from.
“..Be mindful of Allah, you will find Him before you. Get to know Allah in prosperity and He will know you in adversity. Know that what has passed you by was not going to befall you; and that what has befallen you was not going to pass you by. And know that victory comes with patience, relief with affliction, and ease with hardship.” -Prophet Muhammad (saws)”—