Pearl of Wisdom

I went to visit him [i.e. Imam ?Ali] (AS) on one of the festivals, and he had a small table in front of him on which was wheat bread, and a plate of khatifa and milbana so I asked, ?O Commander of the Faithful, it is a day of celebration and you are eating khatifa?!, to which he replied, 'It is only a day of celebration for whoever has been forgiven.'

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 40, p. 326, no. 7

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If a man of contentedness were to swear that he would eventually be in charge of his two abodes, Allah would confirm him in that, realizing his hope through the immensity of his contentment. How can Allah's servant not be content with what He has allotted him when He says,

We distribute among them their livelihood between them in the life of this world. (43:32)

Whoever yields to Allah, and is not heedless in affirming Him in what He wishes and whenever He wishes, whoever has certainty of His lordship ascribes of necessity the allotment of each man's provision directly to Himself, and does not recognize the reality of causes. Whoever is content with what is allotted is relieved of care, grief and fatigue. Whenever he decreases in contentment, he increases in desire. Greed for this world is the root of every evil; the person who has it is not saved from the Fire unless he repents.

That is why the Holy Prophet said, 'Contentment is a kingdom which does not vanish.' It is the ship of Allah's pleasure, bearing whoever is on board it to His House. Have excellent trust in what you have not been given, and pleasure in what you have been given. Be patient in what befalls you, for this indeed is one of the greatest tasks.

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