If we say the love of God removes all other loves, it is true. But what is truer is that all other loves come alive and find their spirit through the love of God. And therefore a person becomes full of love and mercy. And let me say it openly: No one except one who has given his heart to Allah knows how to love.

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Even a prophet among the prophets may be tested with thirst till he dies thirsty; even a prophet among the prophets may be tested at a deserted place till he dies naked; even a prophet among the prophets may be tested with diseases and illness till he dies; even a prophet among the prophets may come to his people, stay with them so as to enjoin upon them obedience to Allah, and call them to the absolute unity of Allah, yet he may not be spared a night, nor given an opportunity to complete his speech, nor given even a patient listening, until he is killed. Verily, Allah, Most High, tests His servants according to their station in His estimate.

Imam Sadiq (a), al-Amali
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Women do not have the right to lower themselves to the level of objects, nor do men have the right to think of them as such.

Imam Khomeini (r)
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Now some men have followed the intellect to such an extent that they have become totally angels and sheer light. They are the prophets and saints.

In some men, sensuality has dominated their intellects, so that they have totally assumed the properties of animals.

And some men have remained struggling. They are that group who feel inside themselves a suffering, a pain, a distress, a longing. They are not satisfied with their lives. These are the believers. The saints are waiting to bring the believers into their own houses and make them like themselves. And the satans are also waiting to drag them down toward themselves to the lowest of the low.

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Call on your Lord humbly and secretly

Quran 7:55
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My hadith is the hadith of my father. The hadith of my father is the hadith of my grandfather. The hadith of my grandfather is the hadith of Imam al-Husayn. The hadith of Imam al-Husayn is the hadith of Imam al-Hassan. The hadith of Imam al-Hassan is the hadith of Imam Ali. The hadith of Imam Ali is the hadith of the Holy Prophet, and the hadith of the Holy Prophet is the words of Allah, the Majestic, the
Glorious.

Imam Sadiq (a), al-Kafi, H 151, Ch. 17, h 14
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Those to whom the people said: Surely men have gathered against you, therefore fear them, but this increased their faith, and they said: Allah is sufficient for us and most excellent is the Protector.

Quran 3:173
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Know that the loss of anything of this world will not harm you if you have guarded the principles of your religion.

Imam Ali (a), Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 173
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And Allah desires that He should turn to you mercifully, and those who follow their lusts desire that you should deviate with a great deviation.

Quran 4:27
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If you fear and flee from death, you fear yourself, oh friend. Take heed! It is your own ugly face, not the face of death. Your spirit is like a tree, and death its leaves. Whether good or bad, it has grown from you.

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Be careful and do not pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord! I pray to You to protect and guard me from temptations and trials”, for there is none who is not tempted and tried. But beseech Him to guard you against such temptation as may lead you towards wickedness and sins…

Imam Ali (a), Nahj al-Balagha, Saying #93
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There are two groups from my community such that if they are righteous, then the community will be righteous, and if they are corrupt, then the community will become corrupt.” It was asked, “Who are they?” He replied, “The ‘ulama and the rulers.

Prophet Muhammad (S), Khisal [by Shaykh as-Saduq], The Second Chapter, p. 37
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Seventy sins will be forgiven of an ignorant person before one sin is forgiven of a scholar.

Imam Sadiq (a), Usul al-Kafi, vol. 1, p. 59
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Indeed, Allah continues to aid a believer as long as he continues to aid his fellow believer; therefore, benefit from the exhortation and seek the good (of doing this).

Imam Sadiq (a), al-Kafi 2/200 h.5, Wasa`il al-Shi`ah 11/586 h.2.
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This world is like a closed coffin, in which
We are shut and in which, through our ignorance,
We spend our lives in folly and desolation.
When Death comes to open the lid of the coffin,
Each one who has wings will fly off to Eternity,
But those without will remain locked in the coffin.
So, my friends, before the lid of this coffin is taken off,
Do all you can to become a bird of the Way to God;
Do all you can to develop your wings and your feathers.

Farid ud-Din Attar
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