“My dear, remember that desires are endless and ever insatiable. If man takes one step in following them, he will be bound to take a few more. If he submits to one of the desires, he will soon be forced to yield to a number of them. If you open one door to the desires of the self, you will soon be forced to open several other doors to them. Thus a single act of submission will expose you to a number of vices following it and through them you will fall victim to a thousand abominations, until, God forbid, all the roads to God are closed to you.”—Imam Khomeini (RA)
“The Prophet [s] passed by an insane person and asked, ‘What is wrong with him?’ He was told that he had gone mad. The Prophet [s] then remarked, ‘Rather, he is afflicted. The one who has gone mad is the one who prefers this world to the next.’”—Mishkat al-Anwar, no. 270
“O Allah, place us among those whose habit is rejoicing in You and yearning for You, whose time is spent in sighing and moaning! Their foreheads are bowed down before Your mightiness, their eyes wakeful in Your service, their tears flowing in dread of You, their hearts fixed upon Your love, their cores shaken with awe of You….”—Imam Sajjad (as)
Has it every happen to you that when you are guests at somebodies house, they keep going back and forth into the kitchen. You keep telling them:
"please don’t trouble yourself, i’ve come to just see you"
The more the host is special for you, the more you pay attention to not burdening them. You beg them to come sit by you for a bit so you get to see them, talk to them, and just enjoy their company.
Now in this month that we are guests of Allah, with such a Great host, amongst all these duas, how many have came to see Allah? How many have payed attention in this limited amount of time, to have God besides them and just talk to him, to enjoy His presence?
How many of us from the beginning of this banquet said:
"My lovely God, please don’t trouble yourself, i’ve come to just see you"
“Verily, you have been made your own doctor. The malady has been described to you, the sign of health ho also been made known to you, and the medicine has been shown to you. Hence, look how you attend your own soul.”—Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as)
“A man wrote to Abu Dharr, may God be pleased with him: ‘O Abu Dharr, teach me something new of knowledge.’ Abu Dharr wrote to him, ‘Knowledge is vast. However, if you can abstain from wronging someone that you love, do so.’ The man asked him, ‘Have you seen anyone wrong someone that he loves?!’ Abu Dharr replied, ‘Yes. Your own self is the dearest of all things to you. And when you disobey God you have wronged it.’”—Abu Abdallah (as)
“There is an unseen sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness. We are flutes. When the soundbox is filled, no music can come forth. When the brain and the belly burn from fasting, every moment a new song rises out of the fire. The mists clear, and a new vitality makes you spring up the steps before you.”—Fasting in the language of Rumi
“Once someone asked Imam Ali (as), ”How do we know that the problem that has come on us is a punishment or trial?” Imam Ali (as) replied, ”A punishment will take you away from Allah while a trial will take you towards Allah.”—
"We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy's fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure--your perfection--is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the buy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart." — Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
“Deeply think and ponder on your role and purpose in your life, as Allah did not create you without a purpose. The one who knows his purpose in his life and acts upon that accordingly is amongst the believers”—Imam Zayn Al Abideen (as)