Inspiration from Past & Present

January 1, 2013

Knowledge & Action Are Twins

Knowledge and action are twins whose mother is high motivation.

—Ibn al-Jawzī [d. 597H/1201CE]


al-Yawaqit al-Jawziyyah, p. 95

(Read on pg 64, Ibn al-Jawzi, Awakening From The Sleep of Heedlessness. Daar as-Sunnah Publishers. Birmingham: 2012.)

January 1, 2013

Failing to Act Upon Knowledge

Woe one time, to he who does not know and acts! If Allah wants, He will teach him. And Woe seven times to he who knows and does not act upon his knowledge!

—Abū Dardā’ [d. 32H]


Hilyatu’l-Auliyaa by Abu-Nu’aym (1/211)

(Read on pg 39, Ibn al-Jawzi, Awakening From The Sleep of Heedlessness. Daar as-Sunnah Publishers. Birmingham: 2012.)

January 1, 2013

With Knowledge Comes Accountability

Seventy sins are forgiven for an ignorant man, before one sin is forgiven for a scholar.

—al-Fuḍayl b. ‘Iyāḍ [d. 187H]

Hilyatu’l-Auliyaa by Abu-Nu’aym (8/110) & (7/286)

Are those who know equal to those who do not know? (Qur’an S. az-Zumar 39, v 9)

(Read on pg 38, Ibn al-Jawzi, Awakening From The Sleep of Heedlessness. Daar as-Sunnah Publishers. Birmingham: 2012.)

January 1, 2013

Reap Maximal Profit

O youth! You are like a person traveling in the desert while possessing priceless jewels that he intends to sell in the land of reward, so beware of falling into the trap of your treacherous desire so you do not end up selling what you have for less than of what it is worth. Otherwise, when you reach your destination and see those who made great profits, you will cry for your loss and say, ‘Oh how great is my regret over what I neglected in regard to Allah. However, regret shall never restore what has been missed.

—Ibn al-Jawzī [d. 597H/1201CE]


(Read on pg 31, Ibn al-Jawzi, Awakening From The Sleep of Heedlessness. Daar as-Sunnah Publishers. Birmingham: 2012.)