Allah, the Exalted, does not look at your faces, but He looks at your hearts.
– Imam Ali ar-Ridha (Bihar al-Anwar, vol 67, p. 241)
People of Ma’arifat (recognition) see that the worldly people are more concerned about physical death. While more serious is the death of their hearts within their living bodies.”
– Imam Ali (Nahjul Balagha, Sermon 259)