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Khwaja Mu’in ad-Din Jisty (q.s.) on Realisation of God

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Khwaja Mu’in ad-Din Jisty (q.s.) said, “Realisation of God comes to him who keeps vigilance and forgets recollection of self.”

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.): Do Not become a Candle

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) said, “Do not become the candle that gives light to others but itself remains in darkness.”

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Karim al-Qadiri (q.s.) on Sufism

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Karim al-Qadiri (q.s.) said, “Sufism in Islam has nothing to do with the spiritual exercises of Hinduism, nor with arts of magic and tricks of deceivers, nor with discipline invented and developed by heretical innovators.  The Sufism of Islam is the cultivation of the characteristics of the al-Musthafa (s.a.w.), and the illumination obtained from the lights of his noble breast and his gentle heart bestowed upon him by Allah (s.w.t.) through the expansion of his breast.  All of his followers and his community are among those specially Favoured with that expansion and illumination.  Outsiders have no justification for meddling in the significance of Sufism in Islam, for the religion Belongs to Allah (s.w.t.).  The truth is with Him and He is the Fairest of judges.”

Dr. Alan Godlas on “Divine Law” versus “Divinely-Inspired Law”

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Nidal Malik Hasan, born 08th September 1970, was a US Army Medical Corps psychiatrist.  He is convicted of fatally shooting 13 people and injuring more than 30 others in the Fort Hood mass shooting on the 05th November 2009.  Nidal is currently incarcerated at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas awaiting execution while his case is reviewed by appellate courts.  He was a Wahhabi who even wrote to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, and requested to be made a citizen of the so-called Islamic State.
Dr. Alan Godlas wrote, on the 02nd August 2013, about the Nidal Hasan incident, highlighting the incongruency in the spiritual understanding of shari’ah.  He wrote that the difference between referring to shari’ah, consisting of laws and regulations, as “Divine Law”, rather than “Divinely-Inspired Law”, is that the former understanding should be considered shirk, a symptom of arrogance, and a recipe for fitnah and sl…

Shaykh Abu Sa’id Abi al-Khayr (q.s.) on the Means to Closeness with the Beloved

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Abu Sa’id Abi al-Khayr (q.s.) said, “If you are seeking closeness to the Beloved, love everyone.  Whether in their presence or absence, see only their good.  If you want to be as clear and refreshing as the breath of the morning breeze, like the sun, have nothing but warmth and light for everyone.”

Imam az-Zarruq (q.s.) on Examining Our Soul & Obligations

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Ahmad az-Zarruq (q.s.) said, “Examine your soul constantly in matters that you are obliged to do, or are needed to be done.  Anything you are in no need of doing, leave it, even if it is something that is recommended.  That means not involving yourself in anything other than absolutely necessary things, and real discernible needs.”

Imam al-Ghazali (r.a.) on Our Potential for Knowledge

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam al-Ghazali (r.a.) said, “Knowledge exists potentially in the human soul like the seed in the soil; by learning the potential becomes actual.”

Imam az-Zarruq (q.s.): Tawbah is a Key

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Ahmad az-Zarruq (q.s.) said, “Tawbah is a key.  And taqwa is vast.  And istiqamah is the source of rectification.  Furthermore, a servant is never free of either blunders, or shortcomings, or lassitude.  Therefore, never be neglectful of tawbah, and never turn away from the act of returning to Allah (s.w.t. ), and never neglect acts that bring you closer to Allah (s.w.t.).  Indeed, every time one of these three occurs, repent and return.”

Imam ibn Hanbal's (r.a.) Tawaswswul through the Hair of the Prophet (s.a.w.)

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu Nu’aym al-Asbahani (r.a.) recorded, in Hilyat al-Awliya’, “‘Abdullah ibn Ahmad ibn Hanbal narrated, ‘On many occasions, I saw my father placing the Blessed hair of Rasulullah (s.a.w.) on his mouth and kissing it.  He would also place it on both his eyes.  I also saw him passing that Blessed hair in water and then drinking that water to obtain shifa’.  He also had a bowl which was used by Rasulullah (s.a.w.).  He would wash it with water and drink that water.”

Imam Abu al-Hasan 'Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-‘Abidin's (q.s.) Lament

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu al-Hasan ‘Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-‘Abidin (q.s.), when he was harassed by the Umayyad tyrants, lamented:
“O Winds! If someday you pass by the sacred land, then pass my salaam Before the Rawdhah al-Aqdas where the most exalted Nabi rests. The sadness of separation from Madina feels, Like a sword stuck deep into my liver. How fortunate are the people of that city in, Which is the Exalted and Beloved Prophet. O Rahmatan lil ‘Aalamin! Assist Zayn al-‘Abidin, Who is standing alone and in difficulty amongst the tyrants.”

Imam ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad (q.s.) on Guarding the Windows of the Heart

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad (q.s.) said, “Know that hearing and eyesight are two open doors, whatever enters through them reaches the heart.  How many a thing does a man see or hear, which he should not have, but that once they have entered the heart, it proves difficult to remove them?”

‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.): Not Every Person is Enlightened

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) said, “Not every man with a heart is understanding, nor every man with an ear a listener, nor every man with eyes able to see.”

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad on Group Identity

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad said, “We, Muslims, do a pretty good job of turning ourselves into a badge of identity, a stick with which to beat other Muslims, ways of feeling good about ourselves - all kinds of things that we use the sunnah for.  But to use it as a human form that represents liberation from the modern prison is generally not the way that we consider it, unfortunately.  Often, it is just another huzhuzh an-nafs, what the ego desires.”

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad: The Sunnah is Not Found in Self-Righteousness

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad said, “Beware of others or beware of yourself when the energy that moves you in life is actually the ego’s energy, but has found a religious form of expression – that is the most dangerous thing of all.  Self-righteousness that can lead to you eventually blowing yourself up in public – that is the kind of ultimate triumph of the ego: Using the forms of piety in order to magnify the turbulences within.
The sunnah is not to be used as a megaphone for our own internal traumas.  The sunnah is a way of moving away from our own rubbish and to mould ourselves outwardly in the form of somebody who is serene - who despite all of the threats, is always smiling, never had any difficulty sleeping, never had ego issues, always at ease.”

Hajj Malcolm X (r.a.) on Blind Patriotism

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Hajj Malcolm X (r.a.) said, “You are not to be so blind with patriotism that you cannot face reality.  Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”

Habib ‘Umar ibn al-Hafizh on Spiritual Light in the Heart

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Habib ‘Umar ibn al-Hafizh said, “When light engages the heart, it causes an illumination of the path, a purification of the consciousness, an enlightenment of the intellect and an establishment of the foundations of dzikr and shukr and of beautiful worship.”

Dalai Lama: Those on Different Roads are Not Lost

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The Dalai Lama said, “People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.  Just because they are not on your road does not mean they have gotten lost.”

Imam ibn Abi Dunya (r.a.) on 'Ali's (k.w.) Description of Dunya

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam ibn Abi Dunya (r.a.) recorded, in Dham ad-Dunya, “It is reported that some people asked Amir al-Mu’minin ‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) to describe this dunya.
‘Do you want a long description or a brief one?’
They replied, ‘A brief one.’
He said, ‘Its halal leads to Accounts being Taken from you, and its haram leads to the Fire.’”

Advise to Hadhrat ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Aziz (r.a.) on Falling into Hypocrisy

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Hadhrat ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Aziz (r.a.) was advised, “O ‘Umar, beware of being the ally of Allah in open, while being His enemy in secret.  If one’s nature in open and secret do not equate then he is a hypocrite, and the hypocrites occupy the lowest level in Hellfire.”

Hassan ibn ‘Ali (r.a.) on the Best Wealth & Worst Poverty

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Hassan ibn ‘Ali (r.a.) said, “The best wealth is contentment and the worst poverty is humiliation.”

Imam ibn al-Mubarak (r.a.) on the Abandonment of Sins

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam ‘Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak (r.a.) said, “I have seen sins kill the hearts and humiliation is inherited by their continuity.  The abandonment of sins gives life to the hearts and the prevention of your soul is better for it.”

Shaykh Muhammad al-Ninowy's Definition of 'Ilm

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Yahya al-Ninowy said, “‘Ilm is not memorisation of lines from a book or storing mass information in memory.  A computer can hold masses and masses of information.  Rather, knowledge is internalisation of the sacred texts.  Knowledge is presence of soul and state; information that is not internalised and practiced is just information, not real ‘ilm, and has no benefit.  The whole purpose is to be transformed.”

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad: The World is Allah’s (s.w.t.) Gift

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad said, “Know that the world is Allah’s Gift, and that He needs nothing in return, and that your worship and gratitude are part of His Gift to you.  And if you realise how much He Gives, and how little you deserve or do, you will never stop praising Him.  He is the Infinitely Lovable, the Overlooker of Faults; the Gifter of All Beauty, so we are surrounded by a banquet!
The only rule is: have good table manners, and do not spoil your enjoyment by overindulgence!  Muslims are here to party, giving praise and thanks, and we remember that the swahabah had the most beautiful smiles.”

Mawlana ar-Rumi's (q.s.) Garden of the World

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.) said, “The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson on Our Destiny

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

Imam al-Ghazali (r.a.) on Satisfaction with Divine Decree

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam al-Ghazali (r.a.) said, “You must convince your heart that whatever Allah has Decreed is most appropriate and most beneficial for You.”

‘Umar ibn al-Khaththab (r.a.) on Commitment to the Truth

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
‘Umar ibn al-Khaththab (r.a.) said, “Stick to the truth, even if the truth kills you.”

Seeking the Correct Fellowship

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Muhyi ad-Din Abu Muhammad ibn Abu Swalih ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, (q.s.) said, “Seek the fellowship of those who enjoy fellowship with the Lord.”

The Inevitable

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Sayyidina ‘Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) said, “When you are running away from the world and death is approaching, there is no question of delay in the encounter.”

The Helplessness of Man

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Sayyidina Husayn ibn ‘Ali (r.a.) said, “How helpless and powerless is man! He is unable to have what he desires and is incapable to keep away from what he dislikes.”

Correct Religion Shows on the Face

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad said, “The believer’s greatest argument is his face. True religion lights up the face; false religion fills it with insecurity, rage and suspicion. This is perceptible not only to insiders, but to anyone who maintains some connection with unsullied primordial human nature in his heart.
The early conversions to Islam often took place among populations that had no access to the language of the Muslims who now lived among them; but they were no less profound in consequence. Religion is ultimately a matter of personal transformation, and no amount of missionary work will persuade people - with the occasional exception of the disturbed and the desperate - unless our own transformation is complete enough to be able to transform others.”

Changed by One Book

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Hadhrat Malcolm X (r.a.) said, referring to the Qur’an, “People do not realise how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts their hands on you, make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.”



The Consequences of on Bad Characteristics

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Ja’far ibn Muhammad asw-Swadiq (q.s.) said, “Dishonest and untruthful people never find favour while jealous people never find contentment. Rude and vulgar people never find acceptance and brotherhood, in leadership or amongst citizens.”

Forsaking the World Entirely

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Abu Mahfuzh Ma’ruf ibn Firuz al-Karkhi (q.s.) said, “When you forsake this world, leave behind everything, for if you have in your heart even an atom of what belongs to the world, then even in prostration you should not be able to forget it.”

The Delusion of Immortality

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Muhyi ad-Din Abu Muhammad ibn Abu Swalih ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) said, “A man’s position in life is such that though he is mortal, he is reborn with pleasure in the winds of afflictions.It is that very same life whose consequence is not death.It is that very same comfort which has no extreme anguish.”

Three Wrong Reasons for Seeking Knowledge

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Sayyidina ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (r.a.) said, “Do not learn knowledge for three: to amaze and confound the foolish, to argue with the learned. and to make people’s faces turn towards you. Seek what is with Allah with your hearts and actions, since only that will remain and whatever is besides it will go.”

To be on Fire

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad ar-Rumi (q.s.) said, “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”

Each Breath is a Priceless Jewel

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali (r.a.) said, “Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them is irreplaceable and, once gone, can never be retrieved. Do not be like the deceived fools who are joyous because each day their wealth increases while their life shortens. What good is an increase in wealth when life grows ever shorter? Therefore, be joyous only for an increase in knowledge or in good works, for they are your two companions who will accompany you in your grave when your family, wealth, children and friends stay behind.”