nahj al balagha

By means of the Holy Qur’an, heal the sickness of your hearts and strengthen yourself through it while confronting hardships.
—  Imam Ali (a), Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon-176
Whoever keeps in order his affairs with Allah (follows His orders sincerely), Allah will also put his affairs with men in order. Whoever makes arrangement for his salvation, Allah will arrange his worldly affairs; whoever is a preacher for himself, Allah will also protect him.
—  Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (as),
Nahj al-Balagha, no. 89
He has opened for you the door of repentance; therefore, whenever you call Him, He hears your call, and whenever you whisper to Him, He knows the whisper. Place before Him your needs, unveil yourself before Him, complain to Him of your worries, beseech Him to remove your troubles, seek His help in your affairs, and ask from the treasuries of His mercy that which no one else has power to give, namely length of life, health of body, and increase in sustenance. He has placed the keys of His treasuries in your hands in the sense that He has shown you the way to ask Him. Therefore, wherever you wish, open the doors of His favour with prayer, and let abundant rains of His mercy fall on you.
—  Imam Ali (a), Nahj al-Balagha, Letter 31
Two women came to Imam Ali, one of them was an Arab and the other was a non-Arab. They asked him for assistance. He equally gave money and food to them. One of them protested, saying, ‘I am an Arab woman, and she is a non-Arab.’ He said, 'By Allah, I do not see in this shade that the children of Ishmael have any merit over the children of Isaac.’
—  Sharh Nahj al-Balagha li Ibn Abi al-Hadid, v.2, p.200, no. 201
Know that those who are wary of their duty to God will find through Him a way out of the troubles of trials and a light from darkness.
—  Amirul Mu’mineen Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (ع), Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 183

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): لكنَّ اللّه‏َ يَختَبِرُ عِبادَهُ بأنواعِ الشَّدائدِ، ويَتَعبَّدُهُم بأنواعِ المَجاهِدِ، ويَبتَليهِم بِضُروبِ المَكارِهِ، إخراجاً للتَّكَبُّرِ مِن قُلوبِهِم، وإسكانا للتَّذَلُّلِ في نُفوسِهِم، ولِيَجعَلَ ذلكَ أبواباً فُتُحاً إلى فَضلِهِ .

Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘…But Allah tests His worshippers with many different hardships, He makes them engage in different struggles, and He makes them undergo multiple misfortunes. All this in order to extract arrogance from their hearts, to establish humbleness in their selves, and to make them open the doors to His Grace.’

—  [Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 192]
O’ my Allah, if I am unable to express my request or cannot see my needs, then guide me towards my betterment, and take my betterment and take my heart towards the correct goal. This is not against the mode of Your guidance nor anything new against Your ways of support.
—  Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 225
Learn the Qur’an for it is the best of narrations, and understand it thoroughly for it is the best blossoming of the hearts. Seek cure with it’s light for it is the cure of the hearts. Recite it beautifully for it is the most beneficial of narrations.
—  Imam Ali (a), Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 110