“I only like to see the young man from among you occupied in either of two states: learning or teaching, for if he does not [engage in either of these two], he is wasting his time; and by wasting his time, he will lose out; and by losing out, he will be committing a sin; and by committing a sin, he will dwell in the Fire, by the One who sent Muhammad with the truth.”—Imam Ali (as) [Amali al-Tusi, p. 303, no. 604] (via ashiqaimmah)
He reaches an area where a pious worshiper lived. So Jesus starts speaking to the man and having a conversation.
At that moment, a young man, who was famous for sinning passes by. When he sees Jesus and the worshiper, his feet become feeble and he isn’t able to move. He says, ‘O God, I’m embarrassed of my shameful deeds. If your prophet sees me and reprimands me, what am I going to do? God accept my excuses and don’t allow me to become disgraced in front of them.
The worshiper sees the young man and glances at the sky and says: ‘O God, do not raise me with this youth on the day of judgment.
At that moment, Allah sends a revelation to Jesus saying: tell the worshiper that I have granted his supplication and won’t raise him with this young man … because this youth has repented and is of the heavenly people while you, due to your arrogance are of the people of hell ….
Let’s be extremely careful in not to label or judge people and buy hell for ourselves. Especially during the last 10 days of Ramadhan when we feel like we are performing more worshiping acts than other times of the year …
As Dr. Farrokh says it beautifully:
"Never disgrace or dishonor anyone when you posses more disgrace yourself. It will never reach a point that you will have the right to do so. Never feel at ease, we are all such permanent sinners that if Allah revealed us, we would really be naked in the esoteric sense."
“If you can always be in the state of wudu’, than do so; for verily if the Angel of death were to take the soul of a servant of God while the latter is in the state of wudu, martyrdom is written for him.”—Prophet Muhammad (saw)
“Its example is that of a man under a tree who wanted his thoughts to be clear [from distractions], while the noise of the sparrows on the tree [above] disturbed him. Whenever he chased them off by a stick in his hand to resume his state of contemplation, he found them return again. The following, thus, was said to him: ‘Surely this kind of movement is like that of sawani (the camel that is used to draw water from the well and carry the same (); and [such circular movement] shall not change. Therefore if you would like to free yourself [from this state of continual distraction] chop off the tree altogether. Likewise is the tree of material desires: when its branches multiply it attracts various thoughts the way the sparrows were attracted to the branches of the tree and the way a fly is attracted to dirt; it would take a long time to chase it off, for indeed whenever the fly is chased away it returns back [kullama dhabba aba]. That is why it was called dhubab [that which returns whenever it is chased]. Similar is the case with imagination. And these material passions are numerous and hardly does the supplicant lack in having them. And one origin unites them: love for the world, which is the root cause of every misdeed’”—Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali
“…This [trend] made many scholars conjecture that maintaining the bird of imagination and rendering it obedient are among those matters that are beyond the realm of possibility and adjacent to natural impossibilities. However, this is not the case, for it is possible to make it obedient by means of spiritual mortification and training and spending time, to the extent that the bird of imagination is in his hold and does not move except by his will and choice…”—
-Imam Khomeini ( in regards to attention in prayer)
“(Do not near prayers): Do not near the station of presence and secret conversation with Allah when you are (intoxicated) by the sleep of negligence or the intoxicants of mundane desire and love of the world, (until you know what you are saying) in your whisperings and do not occupy your hearts with the occupations of the world and its insinuations ….”—Erfani explanation of the ayah in the quran saying don’t pray while being drunk
“One of our friends would say: “In one of my spiritual observances, I had an inner vision (mukaashafa) that I came before the presence of the Greatest Messenger of Allah (s), and sought a recital of Divine remembrance (dhikr) from him. He said: “I give you the dhikr of silence”—Allameh Hassanzadeh Amoli
“The stomach, due to overeating, transgresses, and the best state of a servant in the presence of God is when his stomach is empty of food, and the worst state of a human being before God is when his stomach is full.”—Hadhrat Imam al-Sadiq (as)
Daylami narrates from the Holy Prophet (s), that God says:
Whosoever loses his state of wudhu, and does not perform wudhu, has turned away from Me; and whosoever loses his state of wudhu and performs wudhu again, but does not recite at least two units of prayer, has turned away from Me; whosoever loses his state of wudhu, renews his wudhu and recites two units of prayer, and thereafter does not supplicate, has turned away from Me; and whosoever loses his state of wudhu, and thereafter performs the same, and recites the prayer, and supplicates and asks for his needs of this world and the Hereafter, and I do not respond, then verily I have turned away from him, and I am not a Lord that turns away.
“Plants grow in plain, not rocky lands. In the same way, wisdom will grow in the hearts of the modest, not the arrogant, because Allah has made modesty the instrument of the mind and made arrogance the instrument of ignorance.”—Imam Musa al Kadhim a.s.
“Our whole goal in this life is to take on the attributes of Allah. Therefore when you ask somebody for a favor and they deny you, if you get upset, know that you haven’t taken on the attribute of “Al-Qani” (self-sufficient). You still don’t have enough reliance on Allah …”—Dr. Farrokh
“Never disgrace or dishonor anyone when you posses more disgrace yourself. It will never reach a point that you will have the right to do so. Never feel at ease, we are all such permanent sinners that if Allah revealed us, we would really be naked in the esoteric sense.”—Dr. Farrokh
“In traditions it is said that some people will be resurrected day of judgment in such a state that monkeys and pigs will be deemed beautiful in comparison to them. Some people will be like worthless termites that people will trample on them while their deeds are being accounted for.”—Dr. Farrokh
“Oh my Shias, when you drink sweet water, remember me. When you hear any account of a traveler martyr, cry for me. I am the grandson of the Prophet who was slain without any fault. And after the assassination, my body was trampled by the hooves of horses. I wish all of you were there and had seen me…how I was asking for water for my infant, and they were refusing to sympathize me.”—Imam Husayn (a.s.)
“And as for those in whose hearts is a disease, it adds uncleanness to their uncleanness and they die while they are unbelievers. Do they not see that they are tried once or twice in every year, yet they do not turn (to Allah) nor do they mind.”—
“Whenever you get paranoid of those people who constantly wrong you and keep apologizing … remind yourself of Allah and how much patience He has with us that we keep sinning and repenting”—Ostad Panahean
“O Ammar, grieve not if the pleasures of this world are kept away from you. Honey, the best and sweetest food, is the saliva of an insect, the bee. The nicest dress is made of silk which is the refuse of a small worm. The most refreshing scent, musk, is the blood of an animal, the deer. The best drink is water which is also used by animals to quench their thirst. The most passionate act is cohabiting in which urinative organs are used.”—Imam Ali (as)