“In the dead night, a Sufi began to weep. He said, “This world is like a closed coffin, in which we are shut and in which, through our ignorance, we spend our lifes in folly and desolation. When death comes to open the lid of the coffin, each one who has the wings will fly off to eternity. But those without will remain locked in the coffin. So my friends, before the lid of this coffin is taken off, do all you can to become a bird of the way to god; do all you can to develop your wings and your feathers.”—[ Farid ud-Din Attar, Translations by Andrew Harvey and Eryk Hanut ] (via sfs)
If a person truly yearns for Allah they are constantly doing dhikr, not for a reward but because they are in love with Allah.
At every opportunity they will do sajdah, not just in salat and shukr sajdah after salat.
When you fall in love with Allah you will not need an excuse to do sajdah, you will find before you got to sleep you will want to do a sajdah just before Going to sleep, when you get up you will want to do a quick sajdah just to thank Allah.
Imam Khomeini said that one of his teachers once taught him that shaitan is the barking dog of Allah.
When a dog sits outside the entrance of the house of his master to whom does he bark?
He barks at strangers, he does not bark at the friends of his master.
The creation of shaitan has a purpose. He sits at the gates of Allah’s kingdom - if the friends of Allah tries to enter the kingdom of Allah he doesn’t bark at them. It is when strangers try and enter the kingdom he barks.
When Iblis was being thrown out and said he will misguide all except your most sincere servants, he wasn’t being nice, he admits defeats that there are those he won’t have a reach on.
“O Musa, I did not create anyone more beloved to me than my creature, the believer. Sometimes I put him to suffering for what is better for him. I give him what is best for him and deprive him of some things for other better things for him. Therefore, he should forbear the sufferings with perseverance. He must agree with my decrees and be thankful for my gifts. And when he does so, I count him amongst the verifiers for he acts according to my will and obeys my commands.”—
A drop of rain trickled from a cloud into the ocean. When it beheld the breadth of its waters it was utterly confounded: “What a place is this Sea, and what am I? If it is existent, verily I am non-existent.”
Whilst it was thus regarding itself with the eye of contempt, an oyster received and cherished it in its bosom. Fortune preferred it to a place of honor for it became a renowned royal Pearl.
Because it was humble, it found exaltation. It knocked at the door of Non-entity that it might arise into Being.
A Sufi master was sitting quietly, when a group of men came to punish him for wrongs he was accused of committing. The men rained blows on the Sufi master, hitting him a thousand times. Yet the Sufi master remained silent, and no sign of pain appeared on his face.
After they had finished beating him, the men took the Sufi master to the court.
The judges asked: “How did you suffer no pain when you were beaten?”
The Sufi master replied:
“When the men were raining blows on me, my beloved wife was looking on. Her love made the pain seem easier. Then I thought that, if the loving gaze of a human being can ease pain, the loving gaze of God can eliminate pain altogether.”
“Verily, it is mentioned in the Book of ‘Ali that of all mankind the prophets undergo the severest of trials, and after them the awsiya’, and after them the elect to the extent of their nobility. Indeed, the believer undergoes trial in proportion to his good deeds. So one whose faith is sound and whose deeds are good, his trials are also more severe. That is indeed because God Almighty did not make this world a place for rewarding the believer and punishing the unbeliever. And one whose faith is feeble and whose (good) deeds are few faces fewer tribulations. Verily, tribulations hasten towards the believer with greater speed than rainwater towards the earth’s depths”—Abu ‘Abd Allah (as)
“One of the dumbest moments of my life: My little cousin is in love with Hannah Montanna so a couple days ago, I hear her play the song “Best of both worlds” and think to myself wow that’s so deep of Hannah … talking about dunya and akhirah. Tonight I just realized what both worlds really meant: referring to Hannah’s switching between her two forms. lol i feel like a retard”—
“Imam Ali (a.s) used to say: “Let your heart include both need for people as well as needlessness of them – your need for them being in order to speak kindly words to them and to share your joy with them, and your needlessness of them being in order to maintain your integrity and to preserve your self-respect.””—[Ma’ani al-Akhbar, p.267]
“Seek a purchaser who will pay you gold. Where will you find one more liberal than God? He buys the worthless rubbish which is your wealth, and pays you the light that illuminates your heart. He accepts the frozen and lifeless body of yours, and gives you a kingdom beyond what you have ever dreamed of. He takes a few drops of tears, and gives you a divine fountain sweeter than sugar.”—Rumi (via ashiqaimmah)
“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”—Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi
“When you want to marry a girl, the first thing you look for should be Faith in God, if she has that, give her a 1. Second if she has beauty, add a 0 to that 1, so now you have a 10. For every good thing, keep adding more 0s…Intelligence: 100, Manners: 1000, so on and so forth. But if you take Faith out, all you have left is a bunch of zeros.”
“If they burn a book have no worries. The book will feel NO pain so neither should you! True destruction of the Quran cannot be done with fire; it is destroyed when we fail to remember & practice its lessons in our daily lives. If this occurs then it is ANOTHER fire that you should truly be concerned about!”—[ Lupe Fiasco ] (via charm-aine)
“When someone beats a rug with a stick, he is not beating the rug – his aim is to get rid of the dust. Your inward is full of dust from the veil of ‘I’-ness, and that dust will not leave all at once. With every cruelty and every blow, it departs little by little from the heart’s face”—~Rumi