Category Archives: Muslim Scholars and Intellectuals

Same merchandise but…

I love the righteous, though I’m not one of them,
Perhaps I will gain their mediation for me.
And I hate those whose trade is sin,
Though we may both have the same merchandise!”

Imam Al-Shafii

How to deal with insolence

“The insolent one talks to me with all ugliness,
But I hate to be to him a replier.
He keeps getting uglier and I keep forbearing,
Like an incense stick: the more burned the more fragrant!”

Imam Al-Shafii

 

Do you know what the greatest kind of freedom is? That is when you do not allow anyone to invade your insides against your will. One may dominate your body, but your soul remains free, and your thought is still rebellious to be subjugated except to God.

Salman Bin Fahd al-O’da

 

More Awful than Sin

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What more awful than committing sin is when God deprives you of the grace of feeling its bitterness.
Shaikh Muhammad Mutwaly al-Sha’rawy

Ah, the job of a scholar


“The religious scholar enters between a worshiper and his Lord. So, he had better find the exit!”

Ibn Al-Mubaarak

Islamic Fasting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fasting is not just a matter of faith, not just a personal issue concerning the individual alone. It is rather a social commitment. This interpretation of fasting is not perceived in other religions. Islamic fasting is a unit which combines worship, happiness and enjoyment in certain cases. It is one of the most powerful and realistic educational methods. That is because fasting is performed in palaces of kings as well as in cottages of peasants, in a philosopher’s house and in a house of a worker.

Dr. Abdel-Wahab al-Messery

Types of Beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Know that beauty is two types: external and internal. Internal beauty is loved for itself; it is the beauty of knowledge, reason, generosity, chastity and courage. That inside beauty is what God looks at and loves in His servant. Moreover, inside beauty beautifies the external image even if it is not appealing, when the person is covered with reverence, sweetness and beautiful manners as much as his soul acquires of those features. A believer is granted reverence and beauty according to his faith, so he is revered by those who meet him and loved by those who deal with him. This is commonly observed as you can see the righteous, charitable and well-mannered man projecting the nicest impression even if he is plain in looks, especially when he has been blessed with keeping night prayers as they illuminate the face and beautify it.

Ibnul-Qayyem al-Jawzy

 

Proof of Progress

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yielding to emotion is a regression, not a sign of progress. The proof of progress is when our emotion is controlled by our minds; and our minds are subjugated to our will, and our will is led by our ideals.
Dr. Mustafa Mahmoud
 

The Building in Paradise

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The palaces of paradise are built by zikr (the remembrance of Allah); the more you perform remembrance of Allah, the more the angels build for you. If the worshiper stops remembrance of Allah, the angels will stop building!
Ibn al-Qayyem

No sin too big

Grace
“My sin burdened me heavily. But when I measured it against Your Grace, O Lord, Your forgiveness came out greater.”

Imam Shafii