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“Learning was not to make more money, it was to make a better human being.” Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

Arabic Quotes

Posted: June 30, 2013 in Arabic, Wisdom

” No sadness lasts forever, nor any felicity
Nor any state of poverty or one of luxury.
If you are the owner of a heart that is content
Then you and the owner of the world are equivalent. ”
— Imam Al-Shafi‘ee

” Do not demand love from an ignorant, for one cannot be loved unless he is understood ”
— Elia Abu Madi ( 1889 – 1957)

” Standing on the thresholds of Joy is always better than Joy itself.. Yes, Joy is an easy matter but if you covet it, it will kill you or destroy you ”
— Ibrahim Abdul Majeed (b.1946)

” It is unfair for you to surround her beauty with the ruins of your life.. You are an earthquake, my friend.. so be careful! ”
— Ibrahim Al Mazini ( 1890 – 1949)

” You never feel your middle age so long as you have a mother.. The word “Mama” alone is enough to preserve your youth and bloom ”
— Yusuf Ma’ati (b. 1963)

” A happy balanced human being appears somewhat less productive as his goals are mainly humanistic ”
— Abdel Wahab El-Messiri (1938-2008)


“First, we do not know what is the Truth. Secondly, we usually would not like to know the Truth unless we are absolutely compelled to: i.e. when we are no longer able to be ignorant of it, so we doubt & doubt & doubt until at the end we find doubt to be harder and worse than facing the truth and bearing with it. Thirdly, because knowing the truth would cost us a change in our habits: death itself is not that hard if it was not a change of what we are used to.”

“Will is like a sword rusted by neglect and sharpened by beating and use”

“I do not read for I have renounced life, I read because one life is just not enough for me.”

” As you prepare your breakfast – think of others. Don’t forget to feed the pigeons. As you conduct your wars – think of others. Don’t forget those who want peace. As you pay your water bill – think of others. Think of those who only have clouds to drink from. As you go home, your own home – think of others – don’t forget those who live in tents. As you sleep and count the planets, think of others – there are people who have no place to sleep. As you liberate yourself with metaphors think of others – those who have lost their right to speak. And as you think of distant others – think of yourself and say “I wish I were a candle in the darkness.” ”
Mahmoud darwish

One can almost hear the Prophet’s protestation as recorded in the Qur’an; “Say: I am only a mortal like you. My Lord inspireth in me that your God is only One God. And whoever hopeth for the meeting with his Lord, let him do righteous work, and make none share of the worship due unto his Lord.” (Qur’an 18:110)

The Qur’an repeatedly stresses his mortality; “Muhammad is no more than an Apostle. Apostles before him have passed away. If he dies or is slain, will ye then turn on your heels? And he who turneth on his heels shall not in the least injure Allah. And Allah will soon reward the grateful.” (Qur’an 3:144)

Abu Bakr in his wise and poignant speech at the Prophet’s death made this point clear; “O men, If you have been worshiping Muhammad , then know that Muhammad is dead. But if you have been worshiping Allah, then know that Allah is living and never dies.

The Qur’an points out that not just Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) but all of the messengers were human; “And We sent none before thee, but men to whom We made revelation — question the People of the Remembrance, if you do not know — nor did We fashion them as bodies that ate not food, neither were they immortal.” (Qur’an 21:7-8)

The Qur’an makes it clear that he is not an angel, or an incarnation of God but a human being who would live and die like other humans ; “What kept men back from Belief when Guidance came to them, was nothing but this: they said “Has Allah sent a man (like us) to be (His) Messenger? Say “If there were settled, on earth angels walking about in peace and quiet, We should certainly have sent them down from the heavens an angel for an messenger.” (Qur’an 17:94-95)


Twenty years ago, a 12-year-old girl took the podium at the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro and told a room full of world leaders that they were failing her.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki was only nine when she and her friends created the Environmental Children’s Organization, or ECO, a group dedicated to learning about and educating others on environmental issues. The speech she delivered just a few years later at the 1992 Earth Summit captured the world’s attention and would in many ways shape her life.