Words of Wisdom

A person's true wealth is the good deeds that he does in this world.
     The Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace)

How one man single-handedly, could weld warring tribes and wandering Bedouins into a most powerful and civilized nation in less than two     decades."
     "The lies (Western slander) which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (Muhammad) are disgraceful to ourselves only."
     "A silent great soul, one of that who cannot but be earnest. He was to kindle the world, the world’s Maker had ordered so."
     Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Heroworship

"If greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare to compare any     great man in modern history with Muhammad? The most famous men created arms, laws and empires only. They founded, if anything at all, no     more than material powers which often crumbled away before their eyes. This man moved not only armies, legislations, empires, peoples and     dynasties, but millions of men in one-third of the then inhabited world… an idea with words."
     "Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is      Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?"
     Lamartine, Histoire de la Turquie, Paris 1854, Vol II, pp. 276-77

“Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him”
     Diwan Chand Sharma, THE PROPHETS OF THE EAST, Calcutta, 1935, pp. 12

The league of nations founded by the prophet of Islam put the principle of international unity and human brotherhood on such universal      foundations as to show candle to other nations.“
     He continues: "The fact is that no nation of the world can show a parallel to what Islam has done towards the realization of the idea of the      League of Nations.
     Today after a lapse of fourteen centuries, the life and teachings of MUHAMMAD (pbuh)have survived without the slightest loss, alteration or      interpolation. They offer the same undying hope for treating mankind's many ills, which they did when he was alive.
     Prof. C. Snouck Hurgronje, Dutch Scholar of Oriental Cultures and Languages

Knowledge raises the low, but ignorance brings down the mighty.
     Ali (ra)

Do not grow weary of your prayers, because nobody has ever been destroyed through prayer.
     The Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace)

Prayer and worship mean closeness to Allah. Life and death are both agreeable to someone who is close to Allah.
     Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi

Be patient. Patience is the most important of all things.
     Abu Bakr (ra)

Learn from the past and labor for good.
     Uthman (ra)

So long as you are close to that which is not Allah, you will always be troubled and sorrowful, ascribing partners to Him, and unable to escape the burden of your sins.
     'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani?

One who regards oneself as being above one's deeds is not humble. A humble person regards himself as lower than his deeds.
     Ibn `Ata' Allah al-Iskandari

If you love one another for Allah's sake, Allah will love you
     Ismail Hakki Toprak

Attaching no value to the world means attaching no undue value to others. Attaching no value to others starts with attaching no undue importance to oneself.
     Sufyan-i Savri

Reflection is the key that opens the door to mercy. Do you not see? One first reflects and then repents!
     Sufyan ibn Uyayna

The most auspicious knowledge is that which awakens respect for and fear of Allah.
     Ibn `Ata' Allah al-Iskandari

True humility is born of witnessing His greatness and the manifestation of His Names.
     Ibn `Ata' Allah al-Iskandari

There are three indications of a person's greatness: not complaining in the face of calamity, not groaning in the face of pain, and not praising oneself.
     Abu Darda

Learn what you will, but know that so long as you do not implement what you learn, Allah will give you no reward for it.
     Muadh ibn Jabal

Those closest to Muhammad (saas) are those who follow him. His enemies are those who oppose Allah.
     Ali (ra)

Believers are those who are aware that God is watching them. Such servants restrain their desires and prepare themselves for the Hereafter. The hijr, an obligation that lasts until Doomsday, is the road that leads from ignorance to knowledge, from forgetting Allah to seeking Him, from sin to obedience, and from obduracy to repentance.
     Sahl ibn Abdi'llah at-Tustari

Those who belittle and mock His servants do not know Allah. Those who love the Creator also love those formed by His artistry.
     Aisha (ra)

Those who show patience when they cannot obtain something, contentment when they achieve it, and fortitude when they lose it are those who have heedfulness
     Imam Ghazzali

Those who love prefer to please those whom they love instead of pleasing others.
     Imam Ghazzali

Believers are like pearls. Wherever they may be, they are beautiful there
     Maliq ibn Dinar

Those servants who trust only Allah are strong true servants.
     Said an-Nabaci

Liberating the heart can be attained through four virtues: humility before Allah alone, needing Allah alone, fearing and respecting Allah alone, and hoping from Allah alone.
     Said al-Hiri

One sign that the heart has died is not regretting advantages one has missed while feeling nothing for one's evil deeds.
     Ibn `Ata' Allah al-Iskandari

Those who constantly speak of their own good deeds are silenced by one error, but no error can silence those who speak of Allah's blessings.
     Ibn `Ata' Allah al-Iskandari

The wise people are those who fear and respect Allah.
     Amir ibn Sharahil

Be among those who fear and respect Allah. Polytheism can be internal or external. External polytheism means worshipping idols, whereas internal polytheism means abandoning Allah and relying on other people, trusting them, and expecting loss or gain from them.
     'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani?

The world rules whoever loves and seeks it, and serves whoever abandons and denies it. The world is that which desires and that which is desired. Whoever desires the world is rejected by it. Whoever rejects the world is followed by it. The world is a bridge over the road to the Hereafter. Cross that bridge, but do not behave as if you will remain on it forever. It is unwise to build palaces on bridges. Take as much from the world as will lead you to the Hereafter, but leave behind that which will prevent you from entering it.
     Yahya ibn Muadh

O Allah, I shelter behind you from all deeds that will displease you. O Allah, I ask for the most essential, the most clean, and the honor You bestow. O Allah, do not make me so busy that I fall into the forgetfulness of those who forget You. May I be worthy of Your approval. O Allah, make me a servant remembered only for loving You, hoping for nothing from his worship! O Allah, fill my heart with joy from You, purify my tongue with Your Names, let my limbs labor on tasks You will find good and of which You will approve. O Allah, eliminate all traces, memories, recollections, and feelings that are not of You!
     Junayd al-Bagdadi

Devout labor is labor expecting praise and reward from Allah alone.
     Ali (ra)

If you love Allah and spread the love of Him, all things in heaven and Earth will love you. Obey Allah, and all those in heaven and Earth will obey you.
     Ibrahim Dassuki

O Allah, make my silence reflection. May I learn when I look. Make my tongue repeat Your Names. May I always remember You.
     Talha ibn Musarrif

Whoever surrenders his heart to Allah alone and concentrates on this, bright sparks of wisdom will rise from his heart and pour from his tongue.
     Yahya ibn Muadh

When you wish the doors of hope to be opened, remember the blessings you have received from Allah. When you wish the doors of fear to be opened, look at what you have done for Him.
     Ibn `Ata' Allah al-Iskandari

O friend, turn to Allah alone and place your complete trust in none other than Him. Everything happens by His choosing and His will. Place the approval of no servant and being above that of Allah.
     Abdulkadir Destuti

The saying "The heart is the abode of Allah" means that the servant must place only what Allah loves in his heart and must keep all that He condemns out of his heart.
     Abu'l Hassan Ali ibn Vafa (ra)

Two friends are like two hands, one of which washes the other.
     Ali (ra)

Turning to Allah at the start of a task is a sign of its successful conclusion.
     Ibn `Ata' Allah al-Iskandari

The best religious observance is to do what is commanded and avoid what is forbidden.
     Umar (ra)

How strange that people rebel against Allah while the flames are burning beneath them.
     Elmalili Hamdi Yazir

Gratitude is not rebelling against Allah with Allah's blessings.
     Junayd al-Baghdadi

Whoever wishes his blessings to be permanent, let him praise Allah and say: "It is He Who is the Lord of blessings, Who imparts them, and does good."
     Abu'l Hassan Ali ibn Vafa

If you do not implement your knowledge, Allah will not reward it.
     Muadh ibn Jabal

Those who were prophets and those who were not obtained the greatest good through patience.
     Maymun ibn Mihran

The person who takes those who turn their backs on Allah as their friends will be belittled by Him in the eyes of His servants.
     Abu'l Hassan Ali ibn Vafa

Who shall I take as my friend? He who knows you as you are, from whom you cannot hide your true self; in other words, Allah.
     Abu Yazid al-Bastami

Success comes from Allah, as does facility.
     Sayyid Qutb

Putting off service to a later time is the stupidity of earthly passions (nafs [self]).
     Ibn `Ata' Allah al-Iskandari

Words that speak of Allah are beautiful. Thinking of His blessings is the highest religious observance.
     Umar ibn Abd-al-Aziz

How can the public gaze be of any importance when the gaze of Allah is upon you? Leave aside the way of the public and try to see that of God.
     Ibn `Ata' Allah al-Iskandari

Do not ask someone to meet a need that God can meet. How can such a person give you what He does not? How can one who is unable to meet one's own needs meet those of another?
     Ibn `Ata' Allah al-Iskandari

A perfected individual is one who tames one's desires. Allah praises and elevates such a person through the tongues of His servants.
     Abu'l Hassan Ali ibn Vafa

Allah gave you this world so that you may seek the Hereafter with it, not for you to desire it.
     Uthman (ra)

1) The Recollection of the Tongue: Calling on Allah for evil and the flesh to be done away with. 2) The Recollection of the Heart: Attaining the awareness placed in the heart by Allah through sincere reflection. 3) The Recollection of The Self: Calling on Allah not with sounds and words, but sincerely, with feeling and imagination. 4) The Recollection of the Soul: Looking in the light of the manifestation of His delightful Names in the universe and reflecting upon Him.
     Ahmad Cahidi Efendi

Do not fall into despair if blessings come late, even though you keep asking for them, because Allah has promised to heed prayers. Yet the wish to be granted will be granted because He wishes it for you, not because you wish it for yourself.
     Ibn `Ata' Allah al-Iskandari

If you are not content with Allah, can you expect Him to be content with you?
     Yahya ibn Muadh

Let those who seek wisdom not rebel against Allah.
     Bishri Hafi

What is the sign that a person is deprived of Allah's help? Regarding good and auspicious things as ugly, and ugly things as good and auspicious.
     Muhammad ibn Ka'b al-Karazi

Those who make three claims without doing three things, those who claim that Allah loves them although they indulge in what He has forbidden, those who say they desire Paradise although they do not spend their wealth in auspicious ways, and those who claim to love the Prophet (saas) although they do not love the poor. These are liars.
     Hatim al-Asamm

Who is a hypocrite? Those who talk of Islam but does not labor.
     Huzaifa (ra)

Services rendered by people who have not tamed their selves are usually performed for those selves, not for Allah.
     Imam al-Ghazzali

Allah states that the consequence of deviating toward oppressors is the Fire (Surah Hud: 113). Just think: If not being an oppressor but just being close to them can lead one to the flames, what must happen to the oppressors themselves?
     Imam al-Ghazzali

True love appears, or rather manifests itself in three ways: The lover prefers the words of the beloved to those of others, prefers the conversation of the beloved to that of others, and prefers to please the beloved rather than others.
     Imam al-Ghazzali

How can servants capable of reasoning boast of their deeds? To be able to perform a deed is a blessing from Allah. All servants should feel gratitude and humility for being given that opportunity.
     Abu Sulayman ad-Darani

Do not make friends with those whose words do not show the path of Allah, whose states are far from Him.
     Ibn `Ata' Allah al-Iskandari

Why must a person love his friend? Because one sees that he serves our Lord well.
     Abu Safvan ibn Avane

Prolonged exposure to lies, error, and empty and hollow things removes the taste of worship from one's heart. Whoever wishes to remain vibrantly alive must cast all greed and covetousness from one's heart.
     Abdullah ibn Hubayk

The thing that will draw you closer to Allah is to ask from and beseech Him alone. What will draw you close to other people and raise your esteem in their eyes is to ask nothing from them.
     Abu Bakr al-Varrak

Sickness of the body appears with pains and aches. Sickness of the heart appears with sin. Just as food has no taste when you are sick, so the heart feels no flavor in worship when it is mired in sin.
     Dhunnun al-Misri

Hasten to perform such good deeds as you can before death comes.
     Uthman (ra)

Allah loves gentleness in all things.
     The Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace)

None of you can be a perfected believer so long as you do not wish for your brother what you wish for yourself.
     The Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace)

Improve yourself before seeking to improve others.
     Umar (ra)

It is healthy to remember Allah.
     Umar (ra)

Rebel against your desires, but obey Allah.
     'Abd al-Qadir al- Jilani

Hold onto your blessings by giving thanks to Allah.
     A. Arvasi

Our conscience is the most secret witness of an evil deed.
     Umar (ra)

Nothing is as good for the heart as what emanates from it. The purer the heart and the more devoted to Allah, the greater the benefit.
     Umar (ra)

Know what you will, but you can only impart as much as the other person can understand.
     Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi

The most ignorant person is one who sells the Hereafter for another's world.
     Umar (ra)

The best of faith: To know that wherever you may be, Allah is with you.
     The Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace)

There can be no greater shame than not seeing in oneself a fault one sees in others.
     Umar (ra)

Forgiveness is the alms of victory.
     The Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace)

Nobody can change or avoid his destiny.
     Goethe

In the same way that fire swallows up wood, envy swallows up and destroys goodness.
     The Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace)

Justice is the foundation of property.
     Umar (ra)

He Who created the mosquito's eye also created the Sun.
     Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

True freedom is servitude to God.
     Ali (ra)

People first ruin their health for the sake of money, and then spend money to regain their health.
     Goethe

Purify your world. Labor for the Hereafter as if you will die tomorrow.
     The Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace)

Calling on His Names is balm for the heart.
     The Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace)

Two friends are like two hands, one of which washes the other.
     The Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace)

By Him in Whose hand my soul is, a man does not believe till he likes for his brother what he likes for himself.
     The Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace)

Avoid envy, for envy devours good deeds just as fire devours fuel.
     The Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace)

Among the best of you [are they] who have the best character.
     The Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace)

God does not look at your forms and possessions, but He looks at your hearts and your deeds.
     The Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace)

Love for God envelopes the heart, it rules the heart and it even spreads over everything.
     Imam Ghazzali

Acquire knowledge, and for acquiring knowledge learn to be calm and clement.
    Caliph Umar

Everyone is in the world as a guest, and his money is but a loan. The guest must go sooner or later and the loan must be returned.
    Ibn Masud

Know that patience, if viewed against one's affairs is like the head to the body. If the head leaves the body the whole body will be spoiled, likewise, if patience leaves, all affairs will be spoiled.
    Caliph Ali

Patience is of two halves, one half is patience, the other half is thanking God.
    Ibn Masud

Fear more the sin when you are out of sight, it is where your witness is also your judge.
    Caliph Ali

The person I like most is the one who points out my defects.
    Caliph Umar

Intention is the measure for rendering actions true, so that, where intention is sound, action is sound, and where it is corrupt, then action is corrupt.
    Imam an-Nawawi

I looked at all friends, and did not find a better friend than safeguarding the tongue. I thought about all dresses, but did not find a better dress than piety. I thought of all types of good deeds, but did not find a better deed than offering good advice. I looked at all types of sustenance, but did not find a better sustenance than patience.
    Caliph Umar

He Who created the eye of the mosquito is the One Who created the sun.
    Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

Distress teaches vice. Despair is the source of misguidance; and darkness of heart, the source of distress of the spirit.
    Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

Solidarity in a society results in tranquility in all its activities, while mutual envy causes all its activities to come to a standstill.
    Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

The revival of religion is the revival of the nation. The life of religion is the light of life.
    Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

A person who sees the good in things has good thoughts. And he who has good thoughts receives pleasure from life.
    Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Precaution is better than cure.
   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wisdom is found only in truth.
   Johann Wolfgang von Goethehe

Science without religion is lame.
    Einstein

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
    Einstein

True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness.
    Einstein

Two things inspire me to awe-the starry heavens above and the moral universe within.
    Einstein

What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of "humility."
    Einstein

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
    Einstein

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
    Einstein

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
    Einstein

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