Imam Hussain(Radiallaahu ta ala anhu) said to a man who was backbiting another before him. O you, stop backbiting, for it is the daily meal of the dogs of Hell.
Before Imam Hussain(Radiallaahu ta ala anhu), a man said that favors are worthless if they are done to other than its people. The Imam Hussain (Radiallaahu ta ala anhu) commented: No, this is in accurate. Favors should be like the heavy rain that covers the pious and the sinful.
Some people worshipped Allah for the purpose of gaining His gifts. This is the worship of the merchants. Some worshipped Him for the purpose of avoiding His punishment. This is the worship of the slaves. Some worshipped Him as showing gratitude to Him. This is the worship of the genuine ones. It is the best worship.
Sitting with the intelligent is a sign of successfulness. Disputation with other than the disbelievers is a sign of ignorance. A sign of a scholar is his self-criticism of his sayings and his acquaintance with the various hypotheses.
Beware of things for which you apologize. The true believer should not make mistakes and should not apologize. The hypocrite makes mistakes and apologizes everyday.
He who tries to achieve something through acting disobediently to Allah will miss what he expects and fall in what he fears.