"The angels have surrounded them and peace is showered upon them. The doors of heaven are open for them and the abodes of bliss, of which He had informed them, have been prepared for them. He is pleased with their struggle and admires their station. When they call upon Him, they breathe the fragrance of His forgiveness and mercy."
Imam Ali (as), describing the devout believers
Ibid. pg. 343
"The senses do not perceive Him, and nothing can conceal Him."
Imam Ali (as)
Nahjul Balagha, Sermon 152
"His grief is long-lasting and his ambition is lofty. His silence is much and his time occupied. He is grateful, extremely patient, and immersed in deep thought."
Imam Ali (as), describing the believer
Ibid. v. 69, p. 410, no. 127
"O Lord! You, of all beloved ones, are the most attached to Your
lovers and the most ready to trust those who place their trust in You. You see, You look into their secrets and know that which lies in their conscience and are aware of the extent of their inner vision. Consequently, their secrets are open to You and their hearts look up to You in eager apprehension. In loneliness, Your remembrance is their friend and consolation. In distress Your help is their protection."
Imam Ali (as)
Ibid. Khutab No. 227
"Once upon a time,
Ali Shariati, One, Followed with Indefinite Zeros
there was nothing,
There was nobody,
The God was the Creator,
Is it possible that God does not create?
Suddenly, clouds were created.
And freed them to float in the eternal space,
The clouds that were formed of molecules,
A small universe, called atom:
A sun in the center,
And in its environment, a star, the stars, fly like butterfly.
(A Ka’aba, in its surroundings, worshippers)."
"In this dreamlike world, the human spirit is shrouded by a veil as clouds block out the stars, so it can no longer see its former spiritual abode. The task of the human spirit on earth is to purify its heart to enable it to see through the veil and focus on the spiritual realm. The heart must pierce the mystery of this life and see the beginning and the end with unclouded vision."
There is nothing more frightening than when God finally begins to speak back.
"The truly powerful person is he who has conquered his self."
Prophet Muhammad (saw)
al-Faqih, v. 4, pg. 272
"They lived in the society and participated in its affairs with their
bodies, while their souls rested in the higher spiritual spheres."
Imam Ali (as), describing the earnest souls
Ibid. Hikam, No. 147