“I was backing out of a parking lot and I saw an older man and women walking to their car. Before the man got into his seat, he held the door open for the woman and waited for her to get seated and then closed the door for her. It got me thinking about something that’s been on my mind a lot lately. Something has changed today. Something has been lost. Chivalry is dying.”—Yasmin Mogahed
“You are nothing, but your ‘nothing’ is better than existence.
You are drowned in loss, but your ‘loss’ is all gain.
You say, ‘There is nothing in my possession except dust’.
But all the heavens are envious of your ’dust’.”—Rumi
“The objective of life is simple: break every single chain that holds you down; hand the [chains] back to the false masters and say with all your heart, mind, soul and being: here, I only have One Master.”—Yasmin Mogahed
“When Allaah granted Prophet Yusuf physical beauty it caused him to be locked up in the prison. But when Allaah granted him knowledge (when he interpreted the dream of the king) it not only took him out of prison but elevated his rank in society. Clearly showing us the virtue of knowledge, and that physical beauty does not mean a thing.”—Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullah)
“People are elevated with Allah in different ways. For example, some are elevated through their intensity of worship, some are elevated through patiently undergoing hardships, some are elevated through their gratitude, and some are elevated through their service of others. Allah is so kind. He gives each a way according to their nature, subhannAllah.”—Yasmin Mogahed
“Once, two men entered a mosque. One of them was pious and the other was a wrongdoer. They came out of the mosque. The wrongdoer became a veracious man and the pious became a wrongdoer. This is because the pious man entered the mosque while being proud of his devotion, but the wrongdoer was ashamed and asked forgiveness for his sins.”—Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (AS)
“Lower your gaze because you become less of a human every time you stare at a woman and you stare at her like she’s a piece of meat, like she’s an animal. That just means you’ve lost respect for a fellow human being- you’re looking at her like an ape looks at a female ape, like a dog looks at a female dog.That’s all, you’ve turned into an animal. Regain your humanity. Lower your gaze.”—Nouman Ali Khan
“What is important now is our life in this world, and what we want to do in it. This life is the field in which man develops. This life is the one that gives you the golden opportunity to reach perfection. Life in this world is a good period; so, try hard to get to know its value and do not lose it.”—Sayyid Ali Khamenei
“Have we considered a program and a specific time for this distraction (of disobeying the Lord and not acting upon His commandments)? That is, will a day come when we abandon transgression? Or will we continue as we are? If our intention is not to continue this status, let us sit and put a specific time for it, say a month, six months, a year or many years. What is important is that we must realize the seriousness of this situation and at least put an end to it.”—Ayatullah Bahjat (ra)
“When someone hurts you, even if it is a deep wound, forgive them. Forgive them NOT for their sake, but as a sign of gratitude to Allah. Why you ask? For making you the victim and not the oppressor. There is no crime in being a victim, rather it brings you closer to Allah and rids you of sins. But as for the oppressor, they’ll have to face their Lord one day. So in reality, they are their own greatest victims.”—Imam Suhaib Webb
“A man wrote to Abu Dharr (R), “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.”—Al-Kafi, ii, hadith no. 20.
“This world is full of remedies. But you have no remedy until God opens a window for you. You may not be aware of that remedy just now. In the hour of need it will be made clear to you. The Prophet said God made a remedy for every pain.”—Rumi
“Do not look down on even a kafir (non-believer) in your heart. It is possible that the divine light of his inner nature may lead him to faith, and your rebuke and disdain may lead you towards a wretched life in the Hereafter. Of course, to practice amr bil ma’r-uf wa nahy `anil munkar (enjoining right conduct and forbidding bad behaviour) is something different from the inner feeling of contempt.”—Arif Shahabadi (ra)