Category Archives: Pearls of wisdom

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

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

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

 

Thank you history!

“Whoever reads history, despair would never enter his heart!

He will see that the world is days which God rotates between people: The rich become poor. The poor turn rich. The weak of yesteryear are strong today. Rulers of yesterday are vagabonds today. Judges are accused. Conquerors are defeated.

Orbits circulate and life never stops. Events never stop running.

People exchange chairs.

No sadness goes on and no joy lasts.”

–Dr. Mostafa Mahmoud

The Base of Virtue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To compel someone to adopt virtue never makes a virtuous man. Also forcing people to have faith never result in faithful hearts. It is freedom which is the base of virtue.

 

 Shaikh Muhammad El-Ghazali

 

 

 

 

Poems by Rumi – Set 5

Rumi “What was said to the rose to make it open, was said to me… Here, in my chest. Full of gratitude, In Love with Whom all belongs.”

“For whom God opens the eyes of the inner self, things hidden and things future are plain to them.”

“The soul has been given its own ears to hear things the mind does not understand.”

“That which is false, troubles the heart, but Truth brings joyous tranquillity.”

“People want to see you happy. Don’t keep serving them your pain.”

“Now be silent. Let the One who creates words speak. He made the door, He made the lock, and He also made the key.”

“I learned that every mortal will taste death. But only some will taste life.”

Jalaal-ud-Deen Ar-Roomi

The conscious believer


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“All humans are dead, except those who have knowledge. And all those who have knowledge are asleep, except those who do good deeds. And those who do good deeds are deceived, except those who are sincere. And those who are sincere are always in a state of worry.”

~Imam Shaafi`i

Poems by Rumi – Set 4

Rumi “The closer I get, the more I see how far I am!”

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere..they are in each other all along!”

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”

“If you enter paradise looking for thorns, you will find none there but yourself.”

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

“Bring anger and pride under your feet, turn them into a ladder and climb higher.”

Jalaal-ud-Deen Ar-Roomi

Poems by Rumi – Set 3

Rumi3 “If you could leave your selfishness, you would see how you’ve been torturing your soul.”

“How could we know what an open field of sunlight is? Don’t insist on going where you think you want to go.”

“Don’t let others lead you.  They may be blind or, worse, vultures.”

“We rarely hear the inward music, but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless.”

“Why use bitter soup for healing when sweet water is everywhere.”

“There is no worse sickness for the soul, O you who are proud, than this pretense of perfection.”

“Only from the heart Can you touch the sky.”

Jalaal-ud-Deen Ar-Roomi