Posts Tagged ‘wisdom’

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.

Islamic Quotes of wisdom -3-

Posted: November 13, 2011 in Islam, Wisdom
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People need comfort. Some people find it in this, some find it in that and some don’t find it at all.Allah in His infinite Wisdom has designed everything on this planet earth, the universe around and within it to ultimately point to Him. The signs are everywhere.Everything points to Him.You just have to look.

The spiritual warrior is he who breaks an idol;and the idol of each person is his Ego.- Imam Abul Qasim al-Qushayri[from al-Risala al-Qushayrriya]

  • Put aside your pride, Set down your arrogance, And remember your grave.- Ali ibn Abu Talib (radiAllahu anhu)
  • To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.
  • Pride is concerned with who is right.Humility is concerned with what is right.
  • Truthfulness is composed of justice and courage.- Ibn Hazm[Kitab al-Akhlaq wa al-Siyar fi Mudawat al-Nufus]
  • Seeking knowledge at an Young age is like engraving on a stone.- Hasan al-Basri
  • When we look for strength in ourselves, we will be weak.When we look for strength in Allah, we will be invincible.
  • The hypocrite looks for faults; the believer looks for excuses.- Abu Hamid al-Ghazali
Never break a Muslim heart by refusing what he offers you, whenyou know that anything that comes to you through him is in reality fromGod, and he is only His powerless and compelled means. Imam al Haddad[from ‘Book of Assistance’]
  • We should be thankful.One of the greatest parts of our spiritual path should be thankfulness.No matter what happens.No matter what happens.
  • Knowledge is not what is memorised.Knowledge is what benefits.- Imam Shafi’ (In other words, that which has results)
  • The Qur’an guides you to the recognition of your illnesses and to their remedies.Your illness are your sins,and your medicine is seeking Allah’s Forgiveness.- Qatadah
  • Every drop of sweatand every breath we take in life,if not taken for the sake of Allah,will lead to regret and sorrowon the Day of Judgment- Ibn Al-Qayyim
  • Ali ibn abi Talib (radiAllahu anhu) in his letter to malik e Ashtar, when sending him to a town which was half Muslim and half non Muslim:”O Malik, remember they are either your brothers in faith or your equal sin humanity”
Never do I argue with a man with a desire to hear him saywhat is wrong, or to expose him and win victory over him.Whenever I face an opponent in debate I silently pray -O Lord, help him so that truth may flow from his heartand on his tongue, and so that if truth is on my side, he may follow me;and if truth be on his side, I may follow him.- Imam Ash-Shafi (rahimullah)
  • If you wish to know which sciences and acts are the most important and beneficial for you, imagine that you are to die the next day and return to God to stand before Him and be asked to account for your knowledge, behavior, and all your affairs and states, subsequently to be taken either to the Garden or the Fire. What you see there as most important and useful to you is precisely what you must now give priority and attachment to; whereas what you find useless, unimportant,frivolous, or simply of no great necessity is what you must neither pursue nor occupy yourself with in this life. Meditate on this matter and reflect well; it is of tremendous benefit to those who have discernment and are concerned about their appointed time, their return to God, their salvation, and their success in the Hereafter, which is better and more enduring (Quran 87:17). Success is in the Hand of God, to whom belong all graces, for He bestows them on whomever He wills; and God’s graces are immense!- Imam al-Haddad[from ‘Knowledge and Wisdom’ translated by Mostafa Badawi, Starlatch Press, 2001]
  • Those who Know they do not Know that to Know is to Know what they do not Know!- (Aveccina) Ali Sina
  • Who does greater evil than he who is reminded of the signs of the Lord,then turns away from them?- Qur’an, 32:22
  • “The word “shams” (sun) is feminine, and “qamar” (moon) is masculine.The sun burns itself out to give light and life to everything around, andthe moon is muneer, meaning it reflects the light. Within itself it has nolight; it radiates the brilliance of the sun. So when we shine as men, theimplication is that we are reflecting the glorious light of our women. MayAllah Subhanahu wa Ta’aala be pleased with them.”- Shaykh Abdullah Adhami
“We need spirited, energetic and strong young people whose hearts arefilled with life, enthusiasm, zeal and dynamism; whose souls are full of ambition, aspiration and vigor and have great goals, rising and aspiringto reach them until they eventually arrive at their destination.”- Hasan al-Banna

Islamic Quotes of Wisdom – 2 –

Posted: November 7, 2011 in Islam, Wisdom
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If you make intense supplication and the timing of the answer is delayed,do not despair of it.His reply to you is guaranteed;but in the way He chooses,not the way you choose,and at the moment He desires,not the moment you desire.- Ibn Ata’illah Iskandari[Al-hikam al-‘Ata’iyyah]

Allah doesn’t like injustice. He loveth not those who do wrong. If you end up suffering injustice, we do not know what Allah has planned inthe bigger picture of things. Allah is The Just; and will bring justice. If not now, then in the hereafter.

All are stricken and you are safe?
All got it wrong and you got it right?
All are blameworthy, and you have excuses?

Knowledge is of two kinds: that which is absorbed and that which is heard. And that which is heard does not profit if it is not absorbed.- Ali ibn abi Talib (radiAllah anhu)

  • Joy and sorrow are the light and shade of life;without light and shade no picture is clear.- Inayat Khan
  • Sins.It wouldn’t achieve anything, except points in your book of deeds.
  • The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart- Jalaluddin al-Rumi.
  • Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel.
  • The candle is not there to illuminate itself – Nawab Jan-Fishan Khan.
If it is not truthful and not helpful, don’t say it. If it is truthful and not helpful, don’t say it. If it is not truthful and helpful, don’t say it. If it is truthful and helpful, wait for the right time.

Imam al-Shafi’ in his final sickness said:When my heart was hardened and my courses constrained I made my hope a stairway to Your forgiveness My sin burdened me heavily,but when I measured it by Your forgiveness Lord,Your forgiveness was the greater.

O Lord!
If I worship You from fear of Hell, cast me into Hell.If I worship You from desire for Paradise, deny me Paradise but if I worship You for Your own sake,then withhold not from me Your Eternal Beauty- Rabia al-Adawiya


If you make demands on Him, you doubt Him.If you seek Him, you are absent from Him.If you seek other-than-Him, you are shameless before Him.If you make demands on other-than-Him, you are distant from Him.- Ibn Ata’illah Iskandari[Al-hikam al-‘Ata’iyyah]

‘Work for your terrestrial life in proportion to your location in it, and work for your afterlife in proportion to your eternity in it. – abu Hamidal-Ghazali

My son, when you pray, do it like a person who is bidding farewell to this world, and don’t assume you will have another chance to pray again. My son, know that a believer dies in between two deeds, one he offers for today, where he will get immediate blessings, and the second deed is what he offers towards the day of resurrection, and that is where he will gain the ultimate benefits- Muadh Ibn Jabal (radiAllahu anhu)

Islamic Quotes of wisdom

Posted: November 6, 2011 in Islam, Wisdom
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The World is three days: As for yesterday, it has vanished, along withall that was in it. As for tomorrow, you may never see it. As for today, itis yours, so work in it.- Hassan al-Basri

  • When the world pushes you to your knees, your are in the perfect position to pray.
  • If Allah brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
  • Do your best, And leave the Rest To Allah.
  •  Be yourself beautiful, and you will find the world full of beauty.
  • Whoever follows patience, success will follow him

A friend cannot be considered a friend until he is tested in threeoccasions: in time of need, behind your back, and after your death.- Ali ibn abi Talib (radiAllah anhu)

Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal (rahimullah) was asked about the correctmeaning of this hadith:’When you hear something form or about your brother, ascribe to it thebest interpretation until you can no longer do so.’He replied, Find an excuse for him by saying, “Maybe he said this, ormaybe he meant such and such.”

If the first inward thought is not warded off, it will generate a desire,then the desire will generate a wish, and the wish will generate anintention, and the intention will generate the action, and the action willresult in ruin and divine wrath. So evil must be cut off at its root, whichis when it is simply a thought that crosses the mind, from which all theother things follow on.- Imam abu Hamid al-Ghazzali[Ihyaa Uloom al-Deen, 6/17]

  • Stingyness has nothing to do with how much money you have. Neitherdoes generosity. Its about how much heart you’ve got.
  • Better to avoid the poison altogether than to try to heal from thedamage it causes.

When someone criticises or disagrees with you, a small ant of hatredand antagonism is born in your heart. If you do not squash that ant atonce, it might grow into a snake, or even a dragon.- Jalaluddin al-Rumi[Mathnavi]

Whoever is offered an apology from a fellow Muslim should accept itunless he knows that the person apologizing is being dishonest.- Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu alayhi wasalam)[Mishkat al Tabrizi, Vol III Hadith no. 5052].

Verily those people that make fun of people for them a gate of Jannah will be opened. It will be said to them: Come (and enter). That person will come with all their anguish and depression but when hegets close, the gate will be closed in his face. Then another gate (toJannah) will be opened and it will be said: Come (and enter). So thatperson comes with all his anguish and depression. But when he getsclose, the gate will be closed in his face. This will keep happening to himuntil it gets to the point where it will be said: Come (and enter), and hewill not come from the despair of ever entering paradise.- Hadith – Al-Bayhaqi
  • Cease to sin, because you will not meet Allah with anything [asvaluable] as few sins.- A’isha (radiAllahu anha)
  • If you are aware of your humility, then you are arrogant.- Ibn Ata’illah
  • To admonish your brother in private is to advise him and improve him.But to admonish him publicly is to disgrace and shame him.– Imam Shafi (rahimullah)
  • Knowledge is understanding that a tomato is a fruit.Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

Nobody Can Remove Hurt Except Allah. Even if someone tries to causeyou any hurt, stay firm in your belief and remember that no one can cause you any pain if Allah does not desire it for you”And if Allah touches you with hurt, there is none who can remove it butHe; and if He intends any good for you, there is none who can keepback His favour; He brings it to whom He pleases of His servants; AndHe is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”- Qur’an, surah Yunus; 10:107