Inspiration from Past & Present

March 3, 2013

Difficulty Giving Up Leadership

Giving up positions of leadership is more difficult than giving up the world (and its pleasures).

—Sufyān al-Thawrī [d. 161H/778CE]


(Read on pg 92, Salaahud-Deen ibn ‘Alee ibn ‘Abdul-Maujood, The Biography of Sufyaan Ath-Thauree. Darussalam Publishers. Riyadh:2005.)

March 3, 2013

People Hang On To Leadership

From what I have seen, the one thing that people are least willing to give up is the desire to become a leader of others. You will see a person give up eating and drinking (excessively); he will abandon wealth and (expensive) clothing. But when we assign him a position of leadership, he stands up and becomes antagonistic and defensive (and ambitious).

—Sufyān al-Thawrī [d. 161H/778CE]


(Read on pg 91-92, Salaahud-Deen ibn ‘Alee ibn ‘Abdul-Maujood, The Biography of Sufyaan Ath-Thauree. Darussalam Publishers. Riyadh:2005.)

March 3, 2013

Conquering Thyself

I have never struggled to rectify something that is more difficult to overcome than my soul; sometimes I win, and sometimes I lose.

—Sufyān al-Thawrī [d. 161H/778CE]


(Read on pg 86, Salaahud-Deen ibn ‘Alee ibn ‘Abdul-Maujood, The Biography of Sufyaan Ath-Thauree. Darussalam Publishers. Riyadh:2005.)

March 3, 2013

Dislike of Fame

When I would see men gathering around a person, I would envy him. Then when I was put to trial in the same manner (i.e., when I started to gain fame and recognition), I wished to be saved from them (i.e., from crowds of admirers), so that I could start over with a clean slate, with no sins against me and no rewards in my favor.

—Sufyān al-Thawrī [d. 161H/778CE]


(Read on pg 73, Salaahud-Deen ibn ‘Alee ibn ‘Abdul-Maujood, The Biography of Sufyaan Ath-Thauree. Darussalam Publishers. Riyadh:2005.)