The Prophet (SAW) said, ‘Allah, most High, has receptacles on the earth, and verily they are the hearts. The most beloved of hearts to Allah are the softest ones, the purest ones, and the firmest ones: those that are the softest to their brothers, those that are the most pure from sins, and those that are the firmest [at containing] the essence of Allah.’
Prophet Jesus (AS) said, ‘As long as the hearts are not punctured with desires and polluted with greed and hardened by bounties, they will be vessels of wisdom’
They asked ‘Isa (‘a), ‘With whom shall we sit, O Spirit of Allah?’ ‘With one the sight of whom reminds you of Allah,’ he replied, ‘and whose speech increases you in knowledge, and whose actions make you desire the next world.’
A man said to the Messenger of God, “Tell me of some actions I could do which would make me beloved of Allah in heaven and beloved of the people on earth. He replied, “Desire what is with Allah, and Allah will love you, and do without what is with the people, and they will love you
The messenger said, “The Intelligent person is he who sees faults in his self, and acts for the hereafter; the stupid person is he whose self pursues its desires and who thinks he is bestowing favors upon Allah.” ~ Book Prophetic Traditions in Islam
When a man asked the Prophet to explain nobility of character to him, he replied, “It means that you should forgive him who has wronged you, reestablish ties with him who has broken them off, give to him who has denied you something, and tell the truth even if it is against your own interests.” ~ Book Prophetic Traditions in Islam
“Visit Graves and by this remind yourself of the next world. Wash the dead and your heart will be moved, for surely an empty body is a profound lesson. Pray over the dead and perhaps it will make you sad, for surely the sad person is close to Allah.” ~ Imam Ali (Book: Sayings & Wisdom of Imam Ali)
Prophet (‘S) took three sticks and set one of them in front of him, another one next to it, and the third far away from the two. He then asked, ‘Do you know what this is?’ to which they replied, ‘Allah and His Messenger know better.’ He said, ‘This one is man, and this is death [next to it], while that one is expectation, which man entertains [about his long life], but death falls upon him prior to his expectation.’
‘There are three things regarding which Allah, the Exalted, did not allow any flexibility: returning a trust to its owner, be he good or wicked; keeping one’s agreement with both the good and the wicked; and kindness to one’s parents whether they be good or wicked.’ Imam Muhammad Baqir (‘a)
“The body should be preserved and tended with care since it is the frame of the heart.
As a camel is to a pilgrim, so the body is like an animal upon which the heart rides.
The pilgrim is obliged to give food and water to his camel, and to the treat it with attention, that he may read the end of his journey in safety, and by its means be successful in the object for which he travels.
But should the pilgrim be busy with his camel day and night, and should expend all his capital in feeding it, he would lose all that he possessed and would be the victim of unceasing regrets, and ruin would ensue.
Just so is it with the man in general.
If he passes all his days in attending to the preservation of the body, and spend the capital of his life in providing food and drink for the body, he will not reach the mansions of felicity but will wander in the wilderness of destruction, without capital, penniless and a naked vagabond.”
~ Imam Al-Ghazali