Photo: Dervish from Qajar, Iran.
Certainly, God, the Glorified, the Sublime, has made His remembrance the light for hearts which hear with its help despite deafness, see with its help despite blindness and become submissive with its help despite unruliness...There are some people devoted to the remembrance of God who have adopted it in place of worldly matters so that commerce or trade does not turn them away from it. They pass their life in it.
(Ali ibn Abi Taleb)
Quote Source & Recommended Reading:
'Peak of Eloquence Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, Letters and Sayings of Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib'
By Ali ibn Abu Talib (Author), Sayed Ali Reza (Translator), Syed Mohamed Askari Jafery (Introduction)
The Prophet Muhammad referred to his eloquent son-in-law Ali as the “gate to the city of knowledge.” Peak of Eloquence, Nahjul Balagha, is both a compilation of Ali’s sermons, letters, and sayings and a glimpse into his personality. Compiled by Sayyid al-Sharif ar-Radi more than 1,000 years ago, it is considered a literary masterpiece and, by the Shia Muslims, the most valuable text after the Holy Qur’an.