. Imam Ameerulmumineen (عليه السلام) said ❝No business should hinder you from being busy doing good for the coming world, hence, surely, the length of opportunity is a very short time.❞
📚 Ghurar al-Hikam
. Imam Hadi (عليه السلام) said ❝Remember when you are on your deathbed and your body is lying before your family members, then there is no physician to prevent you (from death) nor no friend to avail you.❞
📚 Bihar al-Anwar
. Imam Ameerulmumineen (عليه السلام) said ❝He who sells his next life for his present life in this world loses both of them.❞
The thankful person prospers more as a result of his thanks than as a result of the bounty which incited the thanks, because bounties are sources of delight whereas [the ability] to thank is not only the consequence [of the bounty] but a source of delight in itself.
Whoever does not scrutinize his actions daily does not belong to us; then if, he found that he has performed some righteous deeds, he should request God-Almighty to increase His Grace, and in case if he has done an evil act, he should seek pardon from God-Almighty by offering repentance.
When a group from those who claim to love Islam betray you, remember that they betrayed your Prophet (saw) on his deathbed, as well.
When they take what is rightfully yours, remember that they took everything from Amir al Mu’mineen, Imam Ali (as).
When they attack the women from amongst you, remember that they broke the ribs of Lady Fatima (as), daughter of RasoolAllah (saw).
When your eyes are fixed on the enemy in front of you, and your own people stab you from behind, remember the axe in the thigh of Imam al Hassan (as).
When they slaughter you and all your family and companions, remember Imam al Hussain (as) and his stand in Karbala.
When they verbally abuse you in a fruitless attempt to provoke ill words from your tongue, remember the manners of Imam Ali Zain al ‘Abideen (as) in the court of Yazid.
When they aim to discredit you in front of the masses, remember the failed attempts to embarrass Imam Mohammad al Baqir (as).
When they call you “Rafidha” (“Rejecter”), remember that Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (as) and his followers were the first to be called “Rafidhoon,” and he said, “This is a blessed name. It is Allah who names you Rafidha for you have rejected falsehood and accepted the truth.”
When they fabricate that you are plotting to overthrow the government and sentence you to death [May Allah protect Sheikh Nimr], remember that the same was done to Imam Musa al Kadhim (as).
When they massacre you with poisonous gas, remember the poison flowing through the blood of Imam Ali ar-Ridha (as).
When they attempt to bribe you with the luxuries of this world, remember the unwavering principles of Imam Mohammad al Jawad (as).
When they imprison you for standing with the truth, remember that Imam Ali al Hadi (as), too, was wrongfully imprisoned.
When you must hide your every move because they are constantly watching you, remember the secret life of Imam Hassan al Askiry (as).
And when you are waiting for justice, remember Imam Mohammad al Mahdi (ajf) is waiting to bring you that justice. How long that takes depends on our character, actions, and faith.
Verily when Allah sent Moses (as), the trend prevalent among the people of the time was magic, so he brought them something from Allah the like of which they were incapable of producing, which thwarted their magic, and with which he demonstrated the proof against them. And verily Allah sent Jesus (as) at a time when paralytic diseases were widespread and people needed medicine, so he brought them something from Allah the like of which they did not have, and with which he brought life to the dead, cured the blind and the leper with Allah’s permission, and demonstrated the proof against them. And verily Allah sent Muhammad (sawa) at an era when the prevalent trend among the people of the time was speech and eloquence – and I think he even said poetry – so he brought to them Allah’s exhortations and wisdoms with which he thwarted their words, and with which he demonstrated the proof against them.
What I would give for an opportunity to go for my only remaining ziyarah…
Another year has come and gone, and pilgrimage to Iraq remains a wish. I don’t have faith in my journey beyond this world, nor in the certainty of intercession due to my actions; and so I seek it desperately in this world through pilgrimage, grasping at anything and everything I can, attaching myself to the holy rituals prescribed with whatever level of ikhlaas my sick soul allows me to practice.
“allah has made the world a place of calamity and the hereafter a place of outcome. he has set the calamities of the world to be the cause of the reward of the hereafter, and has made the reward of the hereafter a substitute for the calamities of the world.”
Indeed Allah has made the world as the house of tribulation and the hereafter as the house of final result. Besides, He has made the tribulation of the world as a cause for the reward of the hereafter, and the reward of the hereafter as a recompense for the tribulation of the world.
Allah cannot be defined except with what He has defined Himself. How can He be defined when wits are unable to perceieve Him, imaginations fail to reach Him, minds cannot explain Him, and the visions cannot encompass Him?