Inspiration from Past & Present

June 17, 2010

Remembrance: Essential for the Heart

Remembrance is to the heart what water is to the fish.  And what is the state of a fish that leaves water?

—Ibn Taymiyyah [d. 728AH]

(Read on pg 50, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, The Invocation of God. The Islamic Texts Society. UK:2000 .)

June 17, 2010

Polishing Your Heart

Doubtless, a heart grows tarnished like brass or silver, and its polish is by remembrance, which may make it shine like a crystal mirror.  So when one neglects the remembrance it tarnishes, and when he returns it shines.  Since the heart is tarnished by two things- heedlessness and sin- it is polished by two things: remembrance and asking forgiveness.

—Ibn al-Qayyim [d. 751H/1350CE]

(Read on pg 47, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, The Invocation of God. The Islamic Texts Society. UK:2000 .)

June 15, 2010

Importance of Proper Knowledge

Islam will be destroyed by the mistakes of scholars, the arguments of the hypocrites who misinterpret the Qur’an to support their views, and misleading rulers.

—’Umar Ibn Al-Khattab [d. 23AH]

Mahd as-Sawab, 2/717.

(Read on pg 333, Dr. ‘Ali Muhammad as-Sallabi, ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattab: His Life & Times Vol. 1. International Islamic Publishing House. Riyadh:2007 .)

June 15, 2010

Knowledge Before Leadership

Acquire knowledge before you become leaders and pride prevents you from learning and you live in ignorance.

—’Umar Ibn Al-Khattab [d. 23AH]

At-tabyan fee Adab Hamlat al-Qur’an, by an-Nawawi, p. 60; Fara’id al-Kalam, p. 163.

(Read on pg 333, Dr. ‘Ali Muhammad as-Sallabi, ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattab: His Life & Times Vol. 1. International Islamic Publishing House. Riyadh:2007 .)