imam rida (as)

Let the weepers weep over someone like Husayn (a), for verily weeping over him reduces the burden of great sins. As soon as the month of Muharram would begin, my father (a) was never seen laughing, and he would be overcome by melancholy until after the first ten days had passed. When the tenth day dawned, it was a day of grief and sorrow and crying for him, and he used to say, ‘This is the day when al-Husayn (a) was martyred.’
—  Imam al-Rida (a), Wasael al-Shi`aah , v. 1, p. 394, no. 8
Imam al-Rida (as) said, ‘Verily silence is one of the doors to wisdom; verily silence secures love; verily it leads one to all good.’
—  al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 113, no. 1
Let the weepers weep over someone like Husayn, for verily weeping over him reduces the burden of great sins. Then he continued, saying, ‘As soon as the month of Muharram would set in my father (AS) was never seen laughing, and he would be overcome by melancholy until after the first ten days had passed. When the tenth day dawned, it was a day of grief and sorrow and crying for him, and he used to say, ‘This is the day when al-Husayn (AS) was martyred.
—  Imam al-Rida (AS)
Wasael al-Shi`aah , v. 1, p. 394, no. 8
O’ Son of Shabib! If it makes you happy (and you desire) to be with us in the elevated ranks of paradise, then be sad in our grief and happy at our happiness.
—  Imam al-Rida (a), Wasaail al‑Shiah, vol. 14 pg. 502.
Imam Rida (AS) stated: ‘The greatest gain for a man is a faithful woman who, when she sees him, becomes happy and protects his property and her own honour in his absence.
—  Wasa ‘il al Shiah, vol 14, p.23
Imam Al-Rida (a.s.) said, ‘I urge you to use the weapon of the prophets’,
Upon which he was asked, ‘What is the weapon of the prophets?’,
To which he replied, ‘Supplication.’
—  [al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 468, no. 5]

ـ الإمامُ الرِّضا (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): مَن ذَكَرَ اللّه‏َ ولم يَستَبِقْ إلى لِقائهِ فَقدِ استَهزَأ بنَفسِهِ.

‪Imam al-Rida (AS) said, ‘Whoever remembers Allah but does not vie to meet Him has mocked himself.’

Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 357, no. 11

Imam al-Rida (AS) said, ‘Let the weepers weep over someone like Husayn, for verily weeping over him reduces the burden of great sins. Then he continued, saying, ‘As soon as the month of Muharram would set in my father (AS) was never seen laughing, and he would be overcome by melancholy until after the first ten days had passed. When the tenth day dawned, it was a day of grief and sorrow and crying for him, and he used to say, ‘This is the day when al-Husayn (AS) was martyred.‘
—  ’[Wasa'el , v. 1, p. 394, no. 8]

One day, Prophet Solomon said to his companions: ‘Although Allah has granted me a kingdom that no one will ever have its like, made the wind, humankind, jinn, birds, and beasts subservient to me, taught me the languages of birds, and granted me a part of everything, I have never passed a whole day with pure pleasure. Tomorrow, I want to go to the surface of my palace in order to watch my kingdoms. Thus, do not let anybody visit me so that nothing will ruin my pleasure.’

The next day, he took his stick in the hand, went to the highest point in his palace, and leaned on his stick watching his kingdoms cheerfully. Suddenly, a young handsome man came to him from one of the corners of his palace.

'Who permitted you to enter my palace on this day that I have dedicated to my seclusion?' asked the Prophet (a).

'I entered here by the permission of the Lord of this palace,’ said the young man.

Solomon said, 'The Lord is worthier of this than I am. Who are you?’

'I am the angel of death,’ answered the young man.

'What for are you here?’ asked Solomon.

'I am here for grasping your soul,’ answered the angel.

Solomon said: 'Do it, then. This is surely the day of my pleasure, and Allah has rejected for me to have any pleasure other than meeting Him.’

Hence, the angel grasped the soul of Prophet Solomon while he was leaning on his stick…

—  Imam al-Rida (a), Safinat ul-Bihar; part 2 page 7
There are times when one’s sins create a distance between him and Paradise equal to the distance from here to the Throne [of God]. However, it may be that he repents of his many sins and cries, fearing God so much that the distance between him and Paradise becomes less than the distance between the eyelids and the pupil of the eye.
—  Imam Ja`far as-Sadiq [a],`Uyoon Akhbar ar-Rida
Humbleness

The Prophet said, ‘Why do I not see in you the sweetness of worship?!’ They asked, ‘What is the sweetness of worship?’ He said, ‘Humbleness.’ [Tanbih al- Khawatir, v. 1, p. 201]

The Prophet said, ‘The best of people is a worshipper who humbles himself the more his rank increases.’ [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 77, p. 179, no. 10]

The Prophet said, ‘Blessed be he who humbles himself before Allah for no deficiency, and who degrades himself without poverty.’ [Tanbih al-Khawatir, v. 2, p. 66]

Imam Ali said, ‘There is no sufficiency like humbleness’ [Nahj al-Balagha, Saying 113]

Imam Ali said, ‘The adornment of the noble is humbleness’ [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 75, p. 120, no. 11]

Imam Ali said, ‘Humbleness spreads virtue’ [Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 522]

Imam Ali said, ‘You must be humble, as it is one of the greatest [forms of] worship.’ [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 75, p. 119, no. 5]

Imam Ali said, ‘It suffices for a man…in his humbleness to know his own worth.’ [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 80, no. 66]

Imam Ali said, ‘He who goes to a wealthy person and humbles himself before him because of his wealth, a third of his faith goes.’ [Nahj al-Balagha, Saying 228]

Imam Ali said, ‘How good is the humbleness of the wealthy before the poor in seeking what is with Allah, and better than this is the pride of the poor before the wealthy in relying solely on Allah.’ [Nahj al-Balagha, Saying 406]

Imam al-Rida said, ‘Humbleness is to give to people what you yourself like to be given.’ [Al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 123, no. 13]

Imam al-`Aaskari said, ‘Humbleness is a blessing that cannot be envied.’ [Tuhaf al-‘Uqul, p. 489]

Imam al-Sadiq said, ‘Humbleness is when a man sits in a place lower than his rank.’ [Al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 123, no. 9]

Imam al-Sadiq narrates from his fathers a.s. said, ‘Humbleness is for a man to be content to sit in any place and not a particular place, to greet those he meets, to leave disputation even if he is right, and to not like to be praised for piety.’ [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 75, p. 118, no. 3]

The Prophet said, ‘Humbleness increases the rank of that person, so humble yourselves and Allah will raise you.’ [Al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 121, no. 1]

The Prophet said, ‘He who humbles himself for Allah, Allah will raise him such that he is weak in himself but strong in the eyes of others. And he who is haughty, Allah will degrade him such that he will be small in the eyes of others and big in his own, until he will be more despicable to them than a pig or a dog.’ [Kanz al-`Ummal, no. 5737]

Imam Ali said, ‘The fruit of humbleness is love, and the fruit of pride is abuse.’ [Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 4613-4614]

Imam Ali said, ‘Humbleness clothes you in dignity.’ [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 77, p. 287, no. 1]

Imam Ali said, ‘With the lowering of one’s wing are affairs organised.’ [Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 4302]

Imam Ali said, ‘Humbleness spreads virtue and haughtiness shows up vice.’ [Nahj al-Balagha, no. 522,523]

Imam al-Kazim said, ‘A plant grows on level ground and not on the hard terrain, and similarly wisdom flourishes in the heart of the humble, and does not flourish in the heart of the haughty and overbearing, because Allah made humbleness the instrument of the intellect and haughtiness the instrument of ignorance.’[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 312, no. 1]

Imam al-Kazim said, ‘Allah does not raise the humble in proportion to their humbleness, rather He raises them according to His own Greatness and Glory.’[Tuhaf al-‘Uqul, p. 399]

Imam Ali said, ‘Humbleness cannot be resorted to… unless the heart is healthy.’[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 7, no. 59]

Imam Ali said, ‘Humbleness is the fruit of knowledge.’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 301]

Imam Ali said, ‘It is not appropriate for one who knows the Greatness of Allah to consider himself as great, for verily the elevation of those who know His Greatness lies in humbling themselves before Him.’[Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 147]