God does not want man to be afflicted with illnesses unaccompanied by pain, for when an illness is accompanied by pain, it forces man to seek a cure, to consult a doctor or go to hospital, but an unfelt illness without pain is more dangerous. By the time one becomes aware of it, it is too late. If mental illnesses were accompanied by pain, this would be something for which to be thankful. Ultimately, man would be forced to find a cure or a remedy. But what can be done about such dangerous diseases for which there is no pain? The illnesses of arrogance and selfishness are without pain. Other sins corrupt the heart and the spirit without causing any pain. Not only are these illnesses unaccompanied by pain, but they also bring apparent pleasure. Meetings and sessions of backbiting are very warm and sweet! Love of the self and love of the world, which are the roots of all sins, are pleasurable. One who is afflicted with dropsy may die from water, but yet enjoy drinking it until his last breath. Naturally, if one gets pleasure from an illness, and it also has no pain, he will not seek any cure for it. However much he is warned that it is fatal, he will not believe it.
Tonight I was in the car with the Kahil’s and we were having a discussion about Imam Mahdi (aj). We were talking about why he isn’t here. We all realize the world is in a disgusting state right now. Much poverty, abuse, diseases, etc.
If I fail and never get into grad school If I never become wealthy enough and have a great job If I never get good grades and graduate with a great gpa If I never reach any dunya related goal I have … that’s fine
I was reading a farsi blog and came across a beautiful point of view that made me really ponder how ungrateful I am …
I remember Dr. Farrokh mentioning that we should be complaining to creation because they can’t do anything for us. Allah only likes you complaining only to Him. This is extremely difficult because typically when you’re going through hard times you want to vent and tell people …
This analogy made it sink for me. Imagine your father was a very hard working man who in his entire life, tried his best to provide anything he could for you to have a happy life. Now just picture you as his child going shopping at a local store and start complaining to the shopkepper how awful your life is and how you have nothing. This news gets to your dad …. how do you think this would make him feel?
Take this in a greater scale between us and God. He has given me and you sooooooo much that we don’t even deserve … and then we keep complaining to other people about how bad our lives are …. and He is watching us be so ungrateful.
I sometimes wonder how much patience God has with wretched servants like me ….
آنقدر که انگار دیگر سخت میشد بر من آسان گرفت و از من گذشت
ولی باز هم به آسانی از من گذشتی
از من گذشتی و بخششم بخشیدی
پیوسته انگاشته ام چه سهل است .. چه سهل است خویش را رها کردن و پر باز نکردن و چه زحمتیست سختی پر باز کردن و اوج گرفتن.. پس به این اندیشه کج رها کردم خویش را و به زمین سقوط کردم و چه میدانم حالا چقدر پرواز و اوج نیاز است برای بازگشت به بهشت
بازگشت به سمت تو .. خداوند !
و هنوز غافلم که در عُسر دنیا دستهای تو یُسرند و پروازم میدهند.. بی هیچ سختی.. به سمت دوباره بهشت .. اگر سخت نگیرم آسانی ات را
Amir ul-Mu’minīn ‘Ali (a.s.) in the following couplets:
“Only the wise could estimate, the unlimited Grace of the Almighty Allah who releases us from calamities, and removes grief from the defeated hearts. On numerous occasions, man is sorrowful in the morning. But by evening his disposition changes into happiness. So when you are surrounded by difficulties, repose absolute hope in the Unique God.”
“Imam Ali Zaynul Abedeen (A.S.): “Strive to acquire a high position in Janna. Remember the more useful a person is to a fellow mu’min the higher his/her position in Janna. At times even the saying of one sentence becomes the source of becoming closer to Allah. Never consider kindness to your fellow mu’min brother/sister to be insignificant for it will be these that will be useful on a day when nothing much will be of any use”—
شبیه مرغک زاری کز آشیانه بیفتد جدا زدامن مادر، به دام دانه بیفتد ز نازکی ز ندامت، ز بیم صبح قیامت بدان نشان که شنیدی، سری به شانه بیفتد به کار آنکه برون از بهشت گشته عجب نیست که در جهنم غربت، به یاد خانه بیفتد نشان گرفته دلم را، کمان ابروی ماهی خدای را که مبادا، دل از نشانه بیفتد دلم به کشتی کربت، به طوف لجه ی غربت چو از کرانه ی تربت، به بیکرانه بیفتد شوم چو ابر بهاران، ز جوش اشک چو باران که دانه دانه برآید، که دانه دانه بیفتد جهان دل است و تو جانی نه بلکه جان جهانی همه سکندر و دارا، کزین فسانه بیفتند خیال کن که غزالم، بیا و ضامن من شو بیا که آتش صیاد، از زبانه بیفتد الا غریب خراسان، رضا مشو که بمیرد اگر چه مرغک زاری از آشیانه بیفتد
“Your remedy is within you, but you do not sense it. Your sickness is from you, but you do not perceive it. You presume you’re a small entity, but within you is enfolded the entire universe. You are indeed the evident book, by whose alphabet the hidden becomes manifest. Therefore you have no need to look beyond yoursel…f. What you seek is within you, if only you reflect.” -Imam Ali”—