How do people who are truly close to Allah live? How should we live so that we are too considered among them?
Imam Ali Ibn Mousa al-Reza (PBUH) was asked about the attributes of truly noble servants of Allah? Imam Reza (PBUH) responded:
First they are the kind people that when they get to do something good and obey the Lord, they get very happy about that.
Second, if they mistakenly do something that is wrong they immediately repent and they don’t just ignore it indifferently.
Third, when Allah grants them a bounty they thank Him and they don’t treat the grants indifferently; they are very appreciative of the blessings they have.
Fourth, if there’s a difficulty in their life, they do not complain to the Lord; but rather they are patient and avoid objections.
And fifth, when they become angry, they forgive and never seek revenge.
Therefore, if our life is in such way that we practice what is address by Imam Reza (PBUH), and then we would be considered amongst the noble servants of Allah (SWT).
Selection: An excerpt of lecture by Ayatullah Mjtaba Tehrani.