Category Archives: Muslim Scholars and Intellectuals

 

Justice, mercy, wisdom, righteousness and common good are the basics of Islam. Whatever gets out of justice to injustice is not from Islam. Whatever gets out of mercy to violence is not from Islam. Whatever deviates from common good to harm is not from Islam, and whatever dissents from wisdom to imprudence is not from Islam.

Imam Ibnul-Qayyem   

Translated by: Amany el-Morshidy

Have Full Trust in Allah

 

Whoever thinks that falsehood overcomes righteousness, they don’t have full trust in Allah!
 Imam Ibnul-Qayyem

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Freedom or Slavery

Sometimes slavery (thralldom) disguises itself in the garment of freedom. It then appears as breaking away from all restrictions, traditions and customs. It appears as removal from all human responsibilities in this life.

                                                                                            

There is an essential difference between breaking the shackles of humiliation, pressure and weakness, and breaking those of humanity and its related responsibilities. The first means real freedom, while the second means giving up basic factors of humanity that release man from heavy animalism.

It is a false freedom because it is nothing but submissiveness and thralldom to ruffian desires and animalism. Humanity spent centuries on Earth struggling against those bestial desires to get rid of their choking shackles and move into human liberty.

Why does humanity feel ashamed of showing its physical needs? That is because it feels by nature that man’s elevation, despite his urgent needs, is the fundamental definition of humanity. Moreover, breaking away from the shackles of those needs is true freedom. That is because overcoming urges of flesh and blood, and defeating fears of weakness and humiliation, assert the true meaning of humanity!

Sayyed Qutb (a late Egyptian intellectual)

Translated by: Amany el-Morshidy

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Touch the Good Side

 

When we touch the good side in people, we discover that there is much goodness that our eyes may not be able to see at first glance!!
I have tried this myself with many, even with those who appear at first as wicked or having little compassion.
If you show some sympathy to their faults and foolishness; some true cordiality to them and some genuine care- not artificial- to their interests and their concerns, then the spring of goodness in their souls will be revealed to you. That is when they give you their love, cordiality and trust in return for the little things you provide them from your own self whenever you give them in loyalty, sincerity and purity.

Evil is not deeply rooted in the human soul to the extent we may sometimes imagine. It is only in that hard outer shells by which humans face the struggle of life to survive. Whenever they feel safe, this hard shell reveals sweet and pleasant fruit. It only uncovers to those who can make people feel they have peaceful intentions, and can give them true cordiality and real sympathy in their struggle, pains, errors and foolishness as well. Showing some generosity at the very beginning can achieve all this sooner than many would expect. I have tried all of this, tried it myself. I do not raise it as just some winged words resulting from dreams and illusion.

Sayyed Qutb

Translated by: Amany el-Morshidy

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Accept the reality imposed on you then unleash your talents. Thus you turn your ordeal into a gift and pains of your life into flowers and basil.

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Voluntary Night Prayer

Al-Hassan al-Bassry said, “I have found nothing of the acts of worship more vigorous than qiyam (voluntary night prayer). It was said to him, “Why do those, who pray voluntary at night have the best faces?” He answered, “That is because they devote themselves to be alone with their Lord, so He provides for them a ray of His Light”

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The Last Word of God

Islam is the last Word of Allah (God) to all creation; it contains all facts and principles needed for living and resurrection. It guarantees happiness in the worldly life as well as the Hereafter. It suffices mankind not to seek for any other suggested reform or fabricated teachings.

Muhammad al-Ghazali 

 

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The Road of Allah

Al-Albani- May Allah have mercy on him- said, “The road of Allah (God) is long, and we proceed on it as slowly as a turtle. The purpose is not to get to the end of the road, but rather to die on it.”

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Reaching Ramadan

Al-Sa’dy, may Allah be merciful for him, said:

 

“When you call upon Allah asking Him to make you reach Ramadan, don’t forget to ask Him to bless your days in Ramadan as reaching the month is not the issue, it is rather what to do during it.”

Dr. Ahmad Eissa al-Ma’sarawy

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Fasting

Fasting is an ancient ritual which is common in all religions. Those who like controversy always ask, “How come that God creates for us a mouth, teeth, pharynx and stomach to eat and then ask us to fast?! How come He creates beauty and lust then asks us to lower our gaze and be chaste? Is that reasonable?”

I say to them it is the only reasonable thing. God gives you a horse to ride and not to be ridden by it. You are supposed to subjugate the horse and lead it, not to be led by it. Your body is your horse which is created for you to ride, control, lead and use for your own purpose. You are not supposed to be subjugated by your body or used to achieve its lusts and desires. Hence, controlling desire, steering whim and bridling stomach are the signs of man.

Dr. Mustafa Mahmoud

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