Know that one of the God-given innate tendencies that are ingrained in the nature of the entire human species is the love of comfort…[And] since such a toilless, painless comfort is the goal of all, everyone imagines that lost comfort to lie in some thing and develops an interest in every such thing which he believes to be associated with that desired goal. This, in spite of the fact that such an absolute comfort is not to be found in any part of this world of ephemeral existence, nor is such an undisturbed peace and rest possible here.
All the bounties and blessings of this world are mixed with tiresome effort and exhausting toil. All the pleasures of the world are surrounded with unnerving pains. Pain and agony, anguish and sorrow, anxiety and grief prevail all over the world. Throughout the entire history of human existence, not a single individual is to be seen whose pains and sufferings are equal to his comforts and whose joys and blessings are equal to his sorrows, distresses, and toils, let alone the possession of untainted comfort and undisturbed rest.
Accordingly, the ultimate human goal is not to be found in this world, and no natural inherent and actual love- and that too a love which pervades the entire species- is possible without the existence of an actual beloved. Hence, there should exist such a world in the realm of existence where comforts will not be adulterated with labor and pain, whose ease and repose be absolute and pure, unmixed by pain, whose joys should be pure, unmarred by grief and suffering. That world is the House of Divine bounty (dar al-na’im), the world of the manifestation of His magnanimity…
Thus, the aspects of the innate love of comfort and love of freedom are two natural tendencies that have been embedded by God in the unchanging nature of the human being. They are the two wings with which man flies towards the higher kingdom of heaven and into the Nearness of God.Imam Khomeini (r), 40 Hadith
It is most hateful to Allah that you should say that which you do not do.Quran 61:3
Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.Holy Qur’an [13:28]
It seems as if one is in quest of something which is not in his possession. Man thinks he is in need of a certain portion of the world, which he pursues no matter what difficulties and risks he will have to endure to attain his goal, and as soon as he obtains it, it loses its attraction and becomes an ordinary matter. His love and attachment then turn to something else more sublime than the previous one, and he starts his toil and endeavors anew. In this way his anxiety will never be subdued. Actually, his love gets ever stronger and his hardships ever increase.Imam Khomeini (r)
The origin of every sin is the love of this world.Imam Sadiq (a), Usūl al-Kāfī, “Book of Faith and Infidelity,” ch. on “Loving this World and Being Attached to it,” hadīth 1.
These people seek relief in this world while We have not created relief and comfort in this world. And where We have created these things, they are not searching there.Hadith al-Qudsi
Your remaining silent until you are requested to speak is better than your speaking until you are requested to become silent.Imam Ali (a), Ghurar al-Hikam, p. 576 #28
Partake in the best of actions and befriend the best of friends; for verily, every person will get that which he has earned and will be with the one whom he loves in the Hereafter.Imam Ali (a), Ghurar al-Hikam, pg 46, #75
He who loves for the sake of Allah is beloved of Allah, and he who is loved for the sake of Allah is also beloved of Allah, since each loves the other for the sake of Allah.Imam Sadiq (a), Lantern of the Path
One who passes his evenings and mornings in such a way that the world be his biggest concern, God ordains poverty between his two eyes and causes his affairs to become disjointed and dissipated, while he does not attain anything except what has been apportioned for him. And as for one who passes his evenings and mornings while his biggest concern and goal be the Hereafter, God puts contentment to his heart and gives a wholeness and unity to his affairs.Imam Sadiq (a), Usul al-Kafi, Vol. IV, p. 8.
Whoever regards his stay in this world as short and temporary, his hope and aspiration gets diminished.Imam Ali (a), Ghurar al-Hikam, pg 36, #40