Oct 14, 2009

Best Islamic Quotes of Wisdom (3)

The Prophet of Allah (PBUH) said :-“Verily your Lord is Generous and Shy. If His servant raises his hands to Him (in supplication) He becomes shy to return them empty .(Ahmad, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi)”

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

Listen to your heart and not your ego. Your ego prompts you to boast of vain assertions to obtain the glory of this world. Turn away from vanity and seek Him in the recesses of your heart and soul
-Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani
[Fayuz E Yazdani]

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.

The one who admonishes his brother secretly, he has advised sincerely and has honored him. If he does it outwardly (among others) then he has dishonored and shamed him.
- Imam ash-Shafi (rahimullah)

A man lost his way in the desert, and wandered aimlessly for several days. He ran out of food, and thought he would die. Then he saw a bag lying in the sand. He opened it, and at first he thought it was filled with grains of barley. He was overjoyed. But when he tried to eat them, he discovered they were pearls�and he plunged into despair.
- Saadi ash-Shiraz, "Gulistan"

It is sometimes said that we drink our religion with our mother's milk.
– abu-Hamid al-Ghazali

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
Your forgiveness was the greater.

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 Hamid al-Ghazali
[part of the advice that the great theologian and mystic put down in his Letter to a Disciple]

Stay close by the door, if you desire all beauty
And leave aside sleep, if you wish to arrive

And make of the spirit your first place of account
To the beloved, whose lights shine as from gold

All of them worship out of fear of the fire �
And consider deliverance abundant good fortune -

Or, so they may dwell in the gardens, and reach
To the meadows of paradise, and there drink from its rivers

Of gardens or fire I have no opinion
I seek no exchange for my dearest love
- Rabia Al-Adawiyya

It is mentioned that a person once came to Ali ibn abi Talib (radiAllahu anhu) and questioned him regarding fate. He replied, "raise one foot", and after doing as he was told, Ali ibn abi Talib (radiAllahu anhu) said, "now raise the other", which he was obviously not able to do so.
The lesson was that some things we have control over, although Allah has knowledge of that also, but some things we have no control over. Taqdeer (destiny).
Similarly, we can say that our partners are written for us but we have some level of choice.

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

Maa ki du'a, jannat ki hawa
mother's dua, [brings] Jannah's air
- Urdu proverb

Try to dissolve out of selfishness into a voice beyond those limits.

Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel.

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)

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

The candle is not there to illuminate itself
- Nawab Jan-Fishan Khan

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

The Righteous Salaf were as fearful of their good deeds being squandered, or not being accepted, as the present generation is certain that their neglect would be forgiven.
- Hasan al-Basri

True devotion is to loose the faculty of being conscious of your devotion; for someone who identifies devotion in his devotion is a person whose devotion is in need of devotion.
- as Sousi

Put aside your pride,
Set down your arrogance,
And remember your grave.
- Ali ibn Abu Talib (radiAllahu anhu)

One of the signs of relying on deeds is loss of hope when a misstep occurs. - Ibn Ata'illah Iskandari

That which God said to the rose,
and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty,
he said to my heart,
and made it a hundred times more beautiful.
- Jalaluddin al-Rumi [Mathnawi, III, 4129]

I have been so naughted in Thy Love's existence that my nonexistence is a thousand times sweeter than my existence
- Jalaluddin al-Rumi

Does money upset the hearts of learned men?
He answered, "men whose hearts are changed by money are not learned"
- abu Hamid al Ghazali

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]
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