Who Was Prophet Ali ( R.A ) ?
ʿAlī, in full ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib, ( born c. 600, Mecca, Arabia [now in Saudi Arabia]—died January 661, Kufa, Iraq ), cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad (ﷺ) and fourth of the “rightly guided” (rāshidūn) caliphs, as the first four successors of Muhammad (ﷺ) are called. As Allah had granted great wisdom to Hazrat Ali ( R.A ). Prophet Mohammad (ﷺ) said,
"I am the house of the wisdom and Ali ( R.A ) is its door."
Sayings Of Hazrat Ali ( R.A )
Sayings Of Hazrat Ali ( R.A ) are most important to us. They can change our life completely.
Some of the sayings of Hazrat Ali ( R.A ) are,
"Smile even if your heart is dripping blood."
"The tongue is like a lion. If you let it loose, it will wound someone."
"Forgiveness is the best revenge."
"Anger is like a ball of fire but, if you swallow it. It is sweeter than honey."
"There are two ways to live a pleasant life, either in someone’s heart or someones’ prayer."
"Do not be a slave to others when Allah has created you free."
"Nothing hurts a good soul and a kind heart more than to live amongst people who cannot understand it."
"Do not disappoint the one whose hope lies in you."
"Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are always beautiful."
"Do not try to run after him who tries to avoid you."
"Beautiful people are not always right but good people are still good."
"When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray."
"The nourishment of the body is food, while the nourishment of the soul is feeding others."
"The doer of good is better than the good itself, and the doer of evil is worse than the evil itself."
"Charity is an effective cure, and the actions of people in their present life will be before their eyes in the next life."
"The tongue of the wise man is behind his heart, and the heart of the fool is behind his tongue."
"He who trusts the world, the world betrays him."
"The best deed of a great man is to forgive and forget."
"Patience ensures victory."
"Remain silent until you are requested to speak, for that is better than speaking until you are requested to become silent."
"If you like somebody, ask God to give them to you. If you still don’t get them, know that somebody else asked God for you."
"See the bad inside yourself, and see the good inside others."
Man’s Deeds in His Grave
When a dead person is placed in his grave, four kinds of fire will cover him, but then the prayer will come and put one of them out, and the fast will come and put another one of them out, and then the charity will come and put another one out, and knowledge will come and put the fourth one out, and it will say: 'If I had come sooner, I would have put all of them out, and given you delight for I am with you now, and you'll not see anything else distressing.
The Truth of This World
Imam Ali (as) wrote to Salman al Farsi (ra): To continue, surely, the likeness of this world is that of a snake: it is soft to touch, and deadly poisonous. The ignorant child is distracted by it, and the one with understanding and intellect is cautious of it. So turn away from what fascinates you in it, for how little of it stays with you.
Whoever wants to be a leader and a guide should educate himself before educating others; before teaching morality to others, he should improve his own morals and character. Whoever educates himself and improves his own morals and character is superior to the person who tries to teach and train others.