Women do not have the right to lower themselves to the level of objects, nor do men have the right to think of them as such.
― Imam Khomeini (r)
You always learn from observing. You have to pick things up nonverbally because people will never tell you what you’re supposed to know. You have to get it for yourself: whatever it is that you need in order to survive. You become strong by doing the things you need to be strong for. This is the way genuine learning takes place.
When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.
when you do something for someone and they’re not grateful
when you get up to pray in the early hours of the morning while the rest of the world is asleep
when you hold your tongue instead of being rude or disrespectful
when you don’t argue with your parents even though you know you’re right
when you do the right thing when no-ones watching
when you make duaa for your enemies instead of hurting them with bad words
when you do the smallest of smallest of good deeds, so small even you’ve forgotten about it.. Allah knows.
And whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it
I sought for the light of the heart and found it in contemplation and crying. I sought for crossing the Bridge (on the Day of Resurrection) and found it in giving charity. I sought for the light of the face and found it in the night prayer.
― Imam Jafar as’Sadiq (as) - Mustadrak al-Wasail, v. 12, p. 173, no. 13810. (via al-sabur
Even if you know what’s coming, you’re never prepared for how it feels.
― Natalie Standiford, How to Say Goodbye in Robot
Intimacy is not who you let touch you. Intimacy is who you text at 3am about your dreams and fears. Intimacy is giving someone your attention, when ten other people are asking for it. Intimacy is the person always in the back of your mind, no matter how distracted you are.
I think a lot of people compare their insides to other people’s outsides.