Surely Ali is that door that Allah has opened. Whoever enters it will be a faithful and whoever exits from it will be an infidel.
And to sit by nameless shores,
It taught me to weep without tears
There was certainly in their stories a lesson for those of understanding. Never was the Qur’an a narration invented, but a confirmation of what was before it and a detailed explanation of all things and guidance and mercy for a people who believe.
I swear by God that the blow of the sword on my forehead was like a lover being united with his beloved, or like a person looking in a dark night for a well where he could pitch his tent, and is overjoyed to find it. - Imam Ali (as)
Munajat Imam Ali - Part 1
Munajat of Ameerul Mo’mineen (as) - Part 1
Surrender yourselves to the spoken truths of Ameerul Mo’mineen (as) and let your souls take flight.
Let the esoteric beings within traverse the boundaries of this world and take refuge under the throne of their Lord (swt).
Let the cloak of His mercy comfort your frightened souls just as a mothers love protects and brings comfort to her child.
If only for a moment, remove the veils between you and the Beloved (swt) and let His majesty blind you, so your eyes become incapable of seeing other than Him.
قال الله عزوجل الصوم لی و انا اجزی به
Allah (swt) has said: “Fasting is from Me, and I am its reward.”
If one of you sees an evil being committed and is unable to forbid it with his hand or tongue and forbids it with his heart, while Allah knows the truth of his intention, then it is as if he has forbidden it.
This really hit home for me. How often is it that we see things in our day to day lives which we acknowledge subconsciously to be wrong yet in reality these same triggers fail to ignite any emotion within us. How often, if ever, does grief and sorrow overwhelm our hearts when we are witness to the very sins our oaths condemn? When did our faith become deceived by the dark fog of ignorance. When did we unknowingly submit to the world and allow ourselves to be enslaved, dressed in the chains of temptation and desire?