Faith has a very important place in the lives of all Muslims. Imam Ali quotes about faith can help us to understand the importance and can guide us to live our lives the way we should with a strong faith in Islam, Allah and prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Faith is one of the important pillars of Islam. Without having a strong faith in Allah, following the preaching of Islam and spending life according to Islam is impossible. Moreover, he has stated on another occasion that you should not let your faith tremble even when you have to face any difficult situation in your life.
Imam Ali (R.A.) has explained the definition of Islam for us to understand it in a better and convenient way. He has told us that the Islam means to have a complete faith in Allah and His powers. But that is not just it as it also requires the fulfillment of obligations. A true Muslim must perform the actions that are required to be a faithful Muslim, just believing is not enough. In the afterlife, your faith can save you only if you have taken certain actions as well that were required by the faith. Followings are some of the well-known quotes of Imam Ali (R.A):
I define Islam for you in a way that nobody dared do it before me. Islam means obedience to Allah, obedience to Allah means having sincere faith in Him, such a faith means to believe in His Power, belief in His Power means recognizing and accepting His Majesty, acceptance of His Majesty means fulfilling the obligations lay down by Him and fulfillment of obligations means actions.
The structure of faith is supported by four pillars endurance, conviction, justice and jihad.
There are three attributes that whoever possesses; has a perfect faith.
- When he is pleased and happy, he should commit anything ill out of happiness.
- When he is unhappy, he should not go beyond the right because of the unhappiness.
- When he gets power, he should not take something from someone that does not belong to him.
Unless a person likes the things that are pleasing to Allah, and dislikes the things which are bad and disliked by Him, his faith cannot be perfect.
He is the wisest and the most knowing man who advises people not to lose hope and faith in the Mercy of Allah and not to be too sure and over-confident of immunity from His Wrath and Punishment.
If you do not know a thing, never feel ashamed to admit ignorance. If you do not know a thing, never hesitate or feel ashamed to learn it. Acquire patience and endurance because their relation with true faith is that of a head to a body, a body is of no use without a head, similarly true faith can be of no use without attributes of resignation, endurance and patience.
To sleep with having sincere faith in religion and Allah is better than to pray with wavering faith.
- patience during difficulty;
- and thankfulness during prosperity.