Essence of Shia Islam

The sun had run his journey o’er the night;
Unveiled, the Dawn revealed her glorious face.
The King who rides the heavens saw her light
And called his brave companions to their place.
‘The time has come at last; to God give praise;
Arise! In fitting prayer your voices raise.
Brave hearts! For strife and slaughter dawns this day;
Here the blood of Muhammad’s race will flow.’
Zahra’s darling, honoured, seeks the fray;
The night of parting fades ‘neath union’s glow.’
We are those for whom the angels weep;
To live this day we sacrificed our sleep.
(I didn’t write this.)

The sun had run his journey o’er the night;

Unveiled, the Dawn revealed her glorious face.

The King who rides the heavens saw her light

And called his brave companions to their place.

‘The time has come at last; to God give praise;

Arise! In fitting prayer your voices raise.

Brave hearts! For strife and slaughter dawns this day;

Here the blood of Muhammad’s race will flow.’

Zahra’s darling, honoured, seeks the fray;

The night of parting fades ‘neath union’s glow.’

We are those for whom the angels weep;

To live this day we sacrificed our sleep.

(I didn’t write this.)

To delay is to lose.
Imam Ali (AS)
Imam Hussain Quotes


1- Almighty Allah bestows His bounties on a person over & above his needs if he offers his prayer & worships Allah in letter & spirit. 

2- When other people turn to you in need, consider it a favour of Allah. Do not be wearied of this favour, or it will move on to someone else. 

3- O God, I have left the world in Your love, am ready to make my children orphans in Your love, my heart could not divert towards anyone but You, even if You cut my body into pieces in Your love. 

4- I am not taking up arms in order to make merry, or be ecstatic over what I possess. I am not making mischief, nor exercising oppression. But I am ready to fight for the sole goal of seeking reform of the ummah of my grandfather, the Prophet of Allah (saw). I want to enjoin good and forbid evil and guide the affairs of the people as my grandfather, and my father, Ali Bin Abi Talib , were doing. 

5- Person, who ignores worldly wealth irrespective of possessor thereof, gathers highest respect. 

6- Beware of your apologies; for a true believer doesnot sin and does not have to apologize, whereas the hypocrite commits sins every day and apologizes everyday. 

7- Neighbourhood is best kind of kinship. 

8- Helping others stands for goodness at heart. 

9- Practice brings experience and experience enhances the intellect. 

10- Hospitality promotes worship. 

11- Cordiality proves wisdom. 

12- O Son of Adam! Your life extends over days, so that passing of every day shortens your life. 

13- Do not be aggressive towards a person who has nobody to defend against u except Allah. 

14- Do not act in a manner that sequels an apology .It is not the practice of a man of faith. 

15- A wise person eradicates sorrow & grief sequel to calamities with strength of his will & utilizes his reason for solving his difficulties. 

16- A person not trapped in chains of wish & desire & contented with what Allah has bestowed on him, is wealthy in true sense. 

17- Experience is a sufficient teacher and old age a sufficient warner. 

18- The biggest pardoner is he who forgives in spite of being strong enough to retaliate. 

19- A man’s grace lies in independence from other people. 

20- Remember! Your souls have no value less than the paradise; do not sell them cheaper. 

21- A person happy over worldly belongings pleases himself with nothing but trifles. 

22- Being thankful for what u have already had, paves way for future blessing from Allah. 

23- Almighty Allah brings insult on a tyrant, makes him a victim of His displeasure & will depute on him bigger tyrant to impose on him disgrace & insult. 

24- Do not say a word, which may make you repent and force you to make excuse. 

25- A man’s merit lies in not interfering with what he is not concerned with. 

26- Speech is like medicine; a small dose of which cures and excess kills the patient. 

27- With virtue one can enslave the free. 

28- Greatness lies in the nobility of aspiration and not in the decaying bones of ancestors. 

29- Silence is graceful. 

30- Keep your tongue tied. Excellence lies in obliging others. 

31- Tolerance is the biggest quality. Keeping your word firm shows real manliness. 

32- When you have to depart from this world and have to meet death (eventually), then why wish delay (why feel nervous about death). 

33- Kind treatment towards relatives is a virtue while true friendship is a blessing. 

34- Pride is undesirable attitude & impetuosity is stupidity. 

35- Company of transgressors & impious results in slander. 

36- Almighty Allah promotes insight & reserves dwelling in paradise for a person who sheds tears over our sufferings. 

37- Make efforts to achieve excellence & proceed to earn pious living. 

38- It is blessing on u from Allah if somebody begs of u something with humility. 

39- Most generous is he who obliges a person expecting favor. 

40- Almighty Allah eliminates sufferings from a person in this life & the hereafter who supports a man of faith in trouble & difficulty. 

41- He who is greedy is disgraced; he who discloses his hardship will always be humiliated; he who has no control over his tongue will often have to face discomfort. 

42- Fighting against self is the biggest crusade, which, in other words, amounts to abstinence from disobedience of Allah. 

43- It is better to die gracefully than to live in insult. 

44- Do not talk about anything not useful for you; it is possible mention of such a thing may lead you to sorrow & repentance. 

45- Piety is the best weapon of defense. 

46- Submission to Allah’s Will is the best companion. 

47- Wisdom is the noblest heritage. 

48- Theoretical and practical knowledge are the best signs of distinction. 

49- Avoid speaking until there is reasonable occasion; those who enter into useless talk, even if expressing truth, are found reprehensible. 

50- Avarice is disgrace; cowardice is a defect; poverty often disables an intelligent man from arguing his case. 

51- All greatness & magnificence stands for the Almighty Allah & it adorns none else. 

52- A poor man is a stranger in his own town; misfortune and helplessness are calamities; patience is a kind of bravery. 

53- To sever attachments with the wicked world is the greatest wealth. 

54- Deep thinking will present the clearest picture of every problem. 

55- The mind of a wise man is the safest custody of secrets. 

56- Cheerfulness is the key to friendship. 

57- Do not be cause of breach of trust by injuring confidence of others. 

58- Truth is a proof for grace & falsehood a sign of weakness. 

59- Keeping secret is a sacred trust. 

60- Patience and forbearance will conceal many defects. 

61- A conceited and self-admiring person is disliked by others. 

62- Overlook and forgive the weaknesses of the generous people because if they fall down, Allah will help them. 

63- The best form of devotion to the service of Allah is not to make a show of it. 

64- Self-importance leads to indignity. 

65- Following are bad qualities of men in power; a) Fear from enemies, b) Cruelty towards weak & helpless c) Stinginess in favoring somebody. 

66- Make no efforts for un gain able matter. 

67- Never wish to have a return better than your action. 

68- Salutation is crowned with 70 virtues, 69 of them belong to the initiator & only 1 remains for him who responds. 

69- Beggar stakes his prestige by begging. Do not stain your personality by refusing him. 

70- Man of trust always stays in safety. 

71- Man of pious heart is always bold. 

72- Man at fault is always worried & in chaos. 

73- Charity and alms are the best remedy for ailments and calamities. 

74- One has to account in the next world for the deeds that he has done in this world. 

75- When some blessings come to you, do not drive them away through thanklessness.

Forgiveness is the crown of greatness.
Imam Ali (AS)