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.
“The best of people in the sight of God is he who likes to act according to what is right, even if it brings him loss and misery, more than what is wrong, even if it brings him profit and increase of wealth.”
“Be fair for God and be fair to people in spite of yourself, and in spite of your close members of your family, and in spite of those towards whom you have inclinations from among your followers, for if you do not do so you will be oppressing.”
God 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.
“O My God! You know me better than myself, and I know myself better than they do. O My God! Make us better than what they think and forgive us what they do not know”
—Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (عليه السلام), [Nahj Al-Balagha, saying 100]
Imam Ali (AS) was once asked which was better, justice or generosity, to which he replied, ‘Justice puts things in their rightful place, whereas generosity takes them away from their course. Justice is a general predominant state, whereas generosity is a transient characteristic. Justice is therefore the nobler and better of the two.’[Nahj al-Balagha, Saying 437]
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 its Light for it is the cure of the hearts. Recite it beautifully for it is the most beneficial of narrations.
الِاسْتِشَارَةُ عَيْنُ الْهِدَايَةِ وَ قَدْ خَاطَرَ مَنِ اسْتَغْنَي بِرَأْيِهِ
Seeking to consult someone [in one’s affairs] is guidance in itself, and the one who suffices himself with his own opinion endangers himself.
Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb (as) [Nahj Al-Balagha p. 506]