In the aftermath of 9/11, I felt as if I had to sacrifice my Muslim identity in order to fit in as an American. But I could not be more wrong. Islam is the light that guides me to see beauty in those around me.
Be always pure and clean, and Allah will increase your years. And if you can remain in the state of purity through the day and the night, then do so; for if you die in the state of purity (taharat), you will die a martyr.
The Messenger of Allah (ص) al-Amaali al-Mufid 7th assembly, h. 5 (via shiaislam)