Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey, they had an argument; and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: Today my best friend slapped me in the face. They kept on walking, until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: Today my best friend saved my life. The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “after i hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?” The friend replied “when someone hurts us we should write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away…. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.” Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in stone. They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.
“When Imam Ali was asked, “O Commander of the Faithful! Do you see the Lord when you devote yourself to worship?”, he replied, “Beware! I would not worship a God that I could not see.” He was asked how he could see God, and he replied: “Beware! Eyes cannot see him with a glance; it is rather the hearts that see Him through the realities of faith.”— (Al-Kafi)
“Once Imam Ali was passing by a man and the man was sending curses on Imam Ali.
Imam Ali just passed by graciously and thought to himself .. there are many Ali’s in this city, he might be just sending curses on another Ali … *sigh, what a man”—
During the period of the leadership of the late Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyid Abu Al-Hasan Isfahani, one night, as he led the congregation for the Maghreb prayers in Najaf-e-Ashraf, a person with a knife stabbed his son - an extremely admirable and exemplary person - to death.
When Sayyid Abu al-Hasan Isfahani was informed of his son’s martyrdom, exhibiting great patience and forbearance he said: “There is no power or strength save with Allah” and then, standing up, he led the ‘Isha prayers.
Later, when the people approached him and sought to know of the action he desired to initiate against his son’s murderer, he simply said: “I have forgiven him.”
“My God, Thou commanded me and I disobeyed and Thou forbade me and I committed […]. Then by what means shall I turn toward Thee, O my Protector!? What, by my ears? Or my eyes? Or my tongue? Or my hand? Or my leg? Are not all of them Thy blessings given to me? And with all of them I disobey Thee, O my Protector! ”—(Dua Arafeh)
“My Lord, my sins have silenced me, and my words have been cut off. I have no argument, for I am the prisoner of my own affliction, the hostage to my works, the frequenter of my own offense, the confused in my intended way, the thwarted […] My Master, and have mercy upon me when my trace is cut off from this world, my name is effaced among the creatures, and I join the forgotten, like the forgotten ones! My Master, and have mercy upon me at the change of my form and state when my body decays, my limbs are scattered, and my joints are dismembered … ”— (Imam Sajjad) …. *sigh
“Even when the means of healing are material, the power that heals is really Divine, for the attributes of the herb of mineral are from the Divine Bestowals. “All depends upon God. Medicine is merely an outward form or means by which we obtain heavenly healing.”—~‘Abdu’l-Bahá
الهی ! از روي آفتاب و ماه و ستارگان شرمنده ام ، از انس و جان شرمنده ام ، حتی از روي شیطان شرمنده ام ، كه همه در كار خود استوا رند و این سست عهد ، ناپایدار
My Lord, I stand ashamed by the sun, the moon, the stars.. I’m ashamed before your creatures, Even before the Shaitan I am ashamed. Each of them are determined on their path, while I stand weak and unable in light of my Covenant with you.
“The true believer is that who learns lessons from what he sees, ponders over things when is silent, mentions Allah when he speaks, thanks Him when he is rich, and becomes patient when a trouble befalls him. He is near to satisfaction and far from discontent. He is pleased with the few gifts of Allah and doesn’t show frustration for the many troubles. His good intentions are too many to be applied. He intends a lot of good but can do only a part of them and sighs for the good deeds that he missed.”—Imam Ali (as)
“Ever known someone who has the biggest smile, always greets and has love in his eyes and as though he is very happy, but then you hear his child died and yet he still smiles as though nothing happened. There are people who complain only to Allah and then there are people who the world listens to their problems.”—
“Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life.”— Mary Manin Morrissey
“Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. When you surrender and let go of the past, you allow yourself to be fully alive in the moment. Letting go of the past means you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now.”—
“My Lord, my sins have silenced me, and my words have been cut off. I have no argument, for I am the prisoner of my own affliction, the hostage to my works, the frequenter of my own offense, the confused in my intended way, the thwarted […] My Master, and have mercy upon me when my trace is cut off from this world, my name is effaced among the creatures, and I join the forgotten, like the forgotten ones! My Master, and have mercy upon me at the change of my form and state when my body decays, my limbs are scattered, and my joints are dismembered … ”—(Imam Sajjad)
“Then it is Him only who deserves unlimited love and attachment. If someone else deserves to be loved it is only due to his being the beloved of Allah (S.w.T.). This is because such a love is itself commanded by Allah (S.w.T.). Divine personalities like the Holy Prophets (a.s.), Imams (a.s.), the angels and the true believers are those whose love is commanded by Allah (S.w.T.).”—Shaheed Ayatullah Abdul Husain Dastghaib Shirazi