God Almighty is the real owner of the hearts and has sovereignty over them, and you, a helpless and weak creature of Him, you cannot claim to be the master of your heart, without His leave. His Will is predominant over ours and other creatures’ resolution. Therefore, your hypocrisy and deceit, if it is meant for attracting the attention of His servants and for earning respect and popularity among them, know that it cannot bear any fruits, for this is totally beyond your powers, and it belongs to the jurisdiction of His power. He is the owner and the ruler of the hearts. He makes the hearts of the people a seat of love for whomsoever He likes.
The more serious you are the more you will benefit God willing. The most important thing is to pray to Allah for success in opening the doors to his book and unlocking the gardens to the verses he has revealed. If he allows us inside those doors then everything in this world will become insignificant for us.
On the basis of traditions, patience is defined as the resistance shown by man on the road towards perfection against mischief, corruption and degradation. Which can be compared to the example of a mountaineer who, in order to reach the peak, has to face internal as well as external obstacles or barriers. The internal obstacles are within his inner self, while the external ones are outside beyond his control. Each of them in their own ways interfere with his climbing efforts. Internal obstacles such as the love for comfort, as well as fear, despair, and different types of similar passions, try to stop him while the feeling of indecisiveness in many forms tries to kill his determination for climbing. On the other hand, external barriers such as stones, rocks, wolves, thieves, and thorns etc. retard his progress.
Someone who is faced with these kinds of barriers will have the options to either drop his journey on this road which is full of dangers and hardships, or to go ahead by offering resistance against them and overcoming each barrier with his power of determination. The second case is defined as patience.
“When you ask for something whether its a spouse, work, family, friends, etc. associate it with gaining the pleasure of Allah whether it be through doing extra good deeds or giving duaa or getting hasnat by praying in congregation. Allah loves seeing us wanting to come closer to him through the tools he has given us on this earth. So next time you make duaa, don’t just pray for the “means” but also remember the “ends”.”—
“Allocate a share of the Holy Quran for your houses, for should the Holy Quran be recited in the house, the affairs are made easy, its welfare increased and those living in it will have abundance. If, on the contrary, the Holy Quran is not recited in a house, those living in it become destitute, have shortages and little welfare.”—Imam Reza (as)
“Whatever I divert and keep away from My believing servant, I make it good for him. So let him be pleased with My decree, and let him bear patiently over My trials, and let him give thanks over My blessings, and I shall record him amongst the truthful ones.”—Hadith al-Qudsi, Al-Hurr al-`Amili: Wasa`il al-Shi`ah 2/899 h.2
“I am amazed by the state of a Muslim, for any of God’s decrees for him is a blessing. Whether he is torn into pieces with scissors, or he is the master of the East and the West, it would be a blessing for him.”—Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as)
“The first thing which happens to the proud man is that he is stripped of his object of pride, so that he will know that he is contemptible and incapable, and he will testify against himself, and that will be a firmer proof against him. This was the case with Iblis.”—Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as)
“Do not keep your eyes on the shining clouds of the world, do not listen to him who speaks of it, do not respond to him who calls towards it, do not seek light from its glare, and do not die in its precious things, because its brightness is deceitful, its words are false, its wealth is liable to be looted, and its precious things are to be taken away.”—Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (as)
Sisters I’m a bit annoyed seeing posts very often about muslimahs complaining about how they wish they were pretty or how they couldn’t pull off the looks of a fellow hijab based on her reblogged picture.
What type of muslims are we that we aren’t thankful to Allah? Allah fashioned each and every single one of us in a form He liked. You should be filled with joy that Allah made you the way HE desired. Isn’t that a honor?
Now go on ranting about how ugly you feel and how you wish you are prettier. But just remember God is hearing and seeing all of this.
Go look at people who went through tragic accidents and wars and have deformed faces. Believe me they all envy you girls.
Instead of worrying about our outer appearance, let’s focus on changing our inner side. How about we fashion our inside, our soul, and believe me our beauty will shine. Be beautiful for God and strive to please Him not the creation.
“We always think that Allah owes us something. We always think that Allah is indebted to us, because of course, others have things that we don’t have. We never look at the things that we have, and therefore, contentment never enters our hearts, and therefore, we are not pleased with Allah, and therefore, Allah is not pleased with us.”—Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour