Celestial Soul


'You presume you are a small entity, yet within you is concealed the vast universe.'
-Imam Ali (as)

"We shall show them Our Signs on the horizons and in their selves until it is manifest unto them that it is the truth." (Surat al-Fussilat, Ayah 53)

As for the ‘signs on the horizons,’ (ayāt afaqi) they pertain to the knowledge of all existence, apart from Allah (swt), as they really are, and the wisdom in each being, perceivable in accordance with human capacity such as the science of astronomy, the study of the heavens, the stars and the motions and configurations of each of them, the measurements and dimensions of bodies and their properties, the science of the lower world, the composition of mineral, plant and animal constitutions and formations, the celestial and terrestrial spirits, the sources of motion of each of them, and the relevant sciences of numbers, quantities, and that which pertains to them.
As for the ‘signs within the soul,’ (ayāt anfusi) they pertain to the sciences of the bodies and the souls, known through the study of anatomy of simple tissues such as bones, muscles, nerves and veins, the science of the soul and its relation to the body, and the mysteries and wonders of the human soul.
It is true that these Signs have already been sufficiently manifested by Allah (swt), but taking into account the verbal form:
sanurihim (“we show unto them”), this present verb is in the progressive mode indicating that such manifestations are an ongoing process and even if man lives for hundreds of thousands of years, he will discover many mysteries and will notice divine Signs in time, since the mysteries of this world are endless.
Ibn Arabi: Heir to the Prophets by William Chittick
"My God, who can have tasted the sweetness of Thy love, then wanted another in place of Thee?"
Imam al-Sajjad (as)
"I swear by God that to pass the whole night of mine awake on the poisonous thorns of the desert and be drawn in the chains around my neck fettered, is more pleasant to me than to meet God when I have done injustice even to a single one of His creatures or have usurped anything belonging to somebody else."
Amirul Mo’minin Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (ع) Tafsir Mahdi Puya p. 723

(Source: shiaislam, via nasserelamine)

"Who say, when afflicted with calamity: "To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return"" (Surah Baqarah, Ayah 156)
dichotomization:

A pathologist sectioning brain stem at midbrain level.
"The story of martyrdom is so sensitive, so belovedly exciting that it pulls the spirit towards the fire. It paralyses logic. It weakens speech. It even makes thinking difficult. Martyrdom is a mixture of a refined love and a deep, complex wisdom."
Ali Shariati, Arise and Bear Witness 

Shah e mardan Ali

"Allah is He, than whom there is no other god, Who knows all things, both secret and open, He is the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful." (Surah al-Hashr, Ayah 22)
"Oh my honourable mother Fatima (س), they wasted your respect and dignity, and did not regard the sanctity of God."
Imam Musa al-Kazim (ع) Jila al-Ayoon

(Source: shiaislam)

"It is Allah Who sustains the heavens and the earth, lest they cease (to function): and if they should fail, there is none - not one - who can sustain them thereafter: Verily He is Most Forbearing, Oft-Forgiving." (Surah Fatir, Ayah 41)
"One should praise only God and condemn only his own self."

Imam Ali (as)

Nahjul Balagha, Sermon 16
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