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Dr. Mustafa Mahmud Quotes

Posted: April 25, 2014 in Wisdom
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I have no way other than to choose; I have to choose at every moment, and if I refrain from choosing, this refrain itself is a type of choice.

People change their faces everyday. For this reason do not look for your worth in people’s faces.

Do not look at what the faces paint. And do not listen to what the tongues say. And do not become concerned with tears. All of these are part of the shell of the human, and he changes his shell every day. Look for what’s beyond the shell. And this of course is not the heart, for the heart turns upside down easily. And it is not the mind, for he changes his viewpoint whenever the angel changes. Always look at the moment when he uses his freedom of choice.

The diplomatic is the man who speaks to me when he dislikes me in a way that makes me think he likes me.

Whoever reads history, depression never enters his heart, and he will see that the worldly life is just days that Allah circulates among people: the rich become poor, and the poor turn around and become rich. The weak ones of yesterday are today’s strong ones, and the rulers of yesterday are today’s homeless. The judges become defendants. The victors become losers. The universe goes around and life does not stop, and the events don’t stop happening, and the people exchange their positions, and no sadness continues, and no happiness lasts.

The artist seeks beauty, the thinker seeks truth, the revolutionary seeks justice, the Sufi seeks Allah. They differ in their appearances, but in reality they do not differ, because Truth, Justice, Creativity and Beauty are all names of Allah.

Work and move closer to Allah through seeking knowledge, not through growing beards, shortening your garments, wearing sandals, and holding on to the apparent and secondary things, for the first verse that was sent down in your Book was: “Read!”.

Posted: February 14, 2014 in Islam, Welcome to Islam, Wisdom, Wisdom
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What are we doing here? And where are we gonna’ go?
It’s like we just woke up one morning,
And then it was, “Welcome to the show.”

Don’t ask any question, just go with the flow,
make as much money as you can and try your best not to get broke.
Copy everything you see on the TV from the hairstyle to the clothes,
And don’t think too often, just do exactly as you’re told.
And If you get confused, just turn towards the alcohol.
You still hear your thoughts? Then just turn up the radio,
As you learn to live a lifestyle of drugs, sex and rock and roll.
But, in all honesty, I just need to know:

Is there more to cycle than growing and getting old?
Living and dying just to leave behind a happy home,
And a whole lot of property that someone else is going to own?
I just really need to know before the caskets close,
Because I’m not willing to gamble with my soul,
Nor am I ready to take any chances.

These are just simple life questions
And I’m just searching for some answers,
Like, “What are we doing here?” and, “what is our purpose?”
“How did we get here?” and, “Who made us so perfect?”
And, “What happens when we go?” or, “Is this world all really worth it?”

Questions we don’t answer because apparently we don’t really have to.
There’s no purpose to this life and our existence is merely natural.
Then in that case please let me ask you,

Did you create yourself or is it someone else who had fashioned you?
Cause you’re a being that is impeccable, faultless, and unparalleled,
You’re a product of supreme intelligence and I’m merely being rational.
For there isn’t a camera on this earth that come close to the human eye,
Nor a computer than can compete along the human mind.
And if the whole world was to come together,
We wouldn’t be able to create a single fly.

So many signs, yet we still deny.
Science tries to justify that all this could come from none,
When it’s a simple sum:
zero plus zero plus zero cannot possibly ever give you one.
So from where did all this order come?
For everything has its origins, a maker, a creator of its own,

I mean, the only reason you’re watching this video
Is because somebody had to press upload.
So we can believe in the Big Bang,
But I’d rather believe in He who caused it to explode.
Allah, the Creator of everything along with every single soul.
The Ever-living, the Master, the only One who is in control.
Unlike his creations, beyond our imaginations,
And, no, he’s not a man, nor does he have any part in His association.

He’s on His own. And, no, He did not ever leave us alone.
Just like every manufacturer, he left us with an instruction manual.
The Quran and Islam, and I’m sorry to jump to conclusions,
But it’s the only one possible solution.
The only definition of God is the One and Only, supreme being, it’s logical.

A Book with zero contradictions,
With miracles that are both scientific and historical,
All revealed over 1400 years ago.
Like the detailed description of the human embryo;
To the mountains as pegs holding firm the earth below,
And the two seas that don’t mix in a complete separate flow;
To the planets in orbit, alternating night and day as they stay in flow.
The expansion of the universe and the creation of everything, from H2O
to the stories of the past and the preservation of Pharoah;
To identifying the lowest point in the land where Persia defeated Rome;
The gushing fluid that created man in the glands
Between the ribs and the backbone.
And, not a word has changed, it’s still the same,
So please explain how all this was known, over 1400 years ago,

To a man who couldn’t read or write
As he would recite whatever the angels spoke.
And if you still don’t believe,
Please try to come up with something that’s even close.
But you can’t, so we took God as a mockery, and his messages as a joke.

Dismiss descriptions as legends and tales of the ancient folk,
As we live life according to our whims, desires and hopes.
Saying this life is the only home we will ever know,
We will live then die then simply turn to bone:
Yo, Lo, Correction. After the grass dies, the rain arrives and it re-grows,
And Allah promises to do the same thing to your very soul,
And bring you back from your very fingertips to your toes.

As the all-seeing, Supreme Being, He watches us so close,
And we are surely being tested, in our wealth, our health, and our self,
And everything that we’ve been blessed with.
So believe, for we will surely be resurrected,
And be brought back to our Lord and account for every single deed,

As He hands us our books and orders us to read.
From the bad to the good and everything in between,
You yourself are sufficient for your own accountability,
so don’t be mad at me, you were the one who thought,
“He wouldn’t come back to me.”

I gave you a whole life long to search after me.
But you were busy in all that which was temporary,
So, read! And glad tidings to all those who believed.
And if you disbelieve, Read!
And don’t let that day be the first day
You find out what your life really means.

Ali ibn Abi Talib Quotes

Posted: September 24, 2013 in Islam, Wisdom, Wisdom
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  • A poor man is like a foreigner in his own country.
  • Do for this life as if you live forever, do for the afterlife as if you die tomorrow.
  • He who doesn’t tolerate the bitterness of medicine will have lasting pain.
  • When a dishonorable person’s rank increases in society, he cares less about its people. An honorable person would do the opposite.
  • He’s truly your brother who will forgive your mistake, meet your need, accept your excuse, cover your imperfection, expel your fear, and fulfill your expectation.
  • Many tough problems are overcome by leniency.
  • Nothing raises a person like his endeavor, and nothing degrades him like self-indulgence.
  • Nobility is three traits: being generous although you have little to give, tolerating without being humiliated, and abstaining from asking for favors.
  • Four virtues, whoever has them will have the good of this world and the afterworld: honesty of speech, rendering of trusts (being trustworthy), eating from lawful sources, and possessing good manners.
  • Visiting one’s relatives prolongs life and increases wealth.
  • Today there are deeds and no judgment, and tomorrow there will be judgment and no deeds.
  • The best favor done to others is saving those who are desperate.
  • I did not blame someone for revealing my secret, because I could not hide it myself.
  • Faith is: patience during difficulty and thankfulness during prosperity.
  • A worshiper without knowledge is like the mill donkey; it rotates but it does not leave its place.
  • Asceticism helps you bear disasters easily.
  • There is no friend for the arrogant.
  • There are two kinds of people: those who seek but cannot find, and those who found but still want more.
  • The fiercest enemies of any human are his own anger and craving, and whoever controls them will ascend and reach his purpose.
  • Befriending evil people makes you evil, just like the wind: if it passes through a stinking place, it carries a stinking smell.
  • Wisdom is a tree which sprouts in the heart and fruits on the tongue.
  • Silence is composure and safety.
  • Whoever is content will be honorable and rich.
  • Honesty saves you, even if you fear it.
  • Patience insures victory.
  • Don’t be happy with wealth and comfort, and don’t be unhappy with poverty and suffering, because gold is tested with fire, and the believer is tested with trials.
  • Knowledge is the root of all good.
  • Forgiveness is the best victory.

“The two most humiliating ways of gaining a livelihood are employment and treasure-hunting.” Ibn Khaldun


Arabic Proverbs

Posted: June 7, 2013 in Arabic, Wisdom
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” Beat the iron while it is hot. ”

” The dogs may bark but the caravan moves on. ”

” The wound of words is worse than the wound of swords. ”

” Call someone your lord and he’ll send you in the slave market. ”

” Arrogance diminishes wisdom. ”

” Eat whatever you like, but dress as others do. ”

” A neighbor that is near is better than a relative of no benefit. ”

” Blessed be the man who knows his power and abstains from doing evil to others. ”

” He who has knowledge has power. “