Abu Sulaiman Ad-Darani used to say concerning their [strangers] attributes:
“Their longing is not like the longing of the people. And their desire is for the Hereafter contrary to the desires of the people. And their supplication is not like the supplication of the people.”
And he (rahimahullaah) was once asked concerning what the best of deeds was, so he began to weep and said: “It is that He takes over your heart and so you are not seen wanting from this world or the next one, anything other than Him.”
Al-Hasan (rahimahullaah) said: “The believer in this world is like the stranger. He does not become upset when it degrades him, nor does he compete with others with regard to what it gives of honor. For him is a condition and for the people are a condition.”
Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:
“So rush to the Gardens of Eden for indeed
it is your original home, and in it is a place of rest.
However, we are in the captivity of the enemy, so don’t you see?
Shall we return to our homes and find peace?
And it has been determined that when the stranger is far away
and his home has disappeared, then he is lost.
So what type of strangeness is greater than our strangeness
which the enemies amongst us have manifested?”
`Ali (radiyAllaahu `anh) said about strangers:
“And how many of them are there? Where are they? I swear by Allaah, they are the fewest in number, yet the greatest in stature in the sight of Allaah. Allaah preserves His evidences and manifest proofs through them until their likes desist from it and plant it into the hearts of those similar to them…
…They accompany the world with their bodies while their souls are drawn towards the great abode. They are Allaah’s aides on His earth and the callers towards His Religion..”
He also said:
“Tooba [good final state] is for every servant who does not know the people nor do the people know him, yet Allaah knows him, to Himself, being well pleased (with him). These are the stars of guidance. Every darkening evil has been removed from them.”
Taken from Kashf-ul-Kurbah fi wasfi Haali Ahlil-Ghurbah by Ibn Rajab.