Islamic Quotes

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Knock, And He'll open the door Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.
Rumi
I challenge anyone to understand Islam, its spirit, and not to love it. It is a beautiful religion of brotherhood and devotion.
Yann Martel (Life of Pi)
Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.
Rumi
لا أدري لماذا لا يطير العباد إلى ربِّهم على أجنحةٍ من الشوق بدل أن يُساقوا إليه بسياط من الرهبة ؟! إنَّ الجهل بالله وبدينه هو عِلَّةُ هذا الشعور البارد ، أو هذا الشعور النافر - بالتعبير الصحيح - ؛ مع أنَّ البشر لن يجدوا أبرَّ بهم ولا أحنَى عليهم من الله عز وجل
محمد الغزالي (جدد حياتك)
It's not radical Islam that worries the US -- it's independence
Noam Chomsky
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.
Malcolm X
Women make up one half of society. Our society will remain backward and in chains unless its women are liberated, enlightened and educated.
Saddam Hussein (The Revolution and Woman in Iraq)
Muhammad has always been standing higher than the Christianity. He does not consider god as a human being and never makes himself equal to God. Muslims worship nothing except God and Muhammad is his Messenger. There is no any mystery and secret in it.
Leo Tolstoy
When you see a person who has been given more than you in money and beauty, then look to those who have been given less.
Anonymous
What has he found who has lost God? And what has he lost who has found God?
Ibn ʻAta' Allah al-Iskandari
Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see.
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali
Regardless of what I think about Islam or Wicca or any other religion, the fact is that it's a group of people. Every faith has its ceremonies. And since it's made up of people, every faith also has its assholes.
Jim Butcher (White Night (The Dresden Files, #9))
Islam appears to me like a perfect work of architecture. All its parts are harmoniously conceived to complement and support each other; nothing is superfluous and nothing lacking; and the result is a structure of absolute balance and solid composure.
Muhammad Asad
There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.
Anonymous (القرآن الكريم)
وصدق من قال: الناس رجلان، رجل نام في النور، و رجل استيقظ في الظلام
محمد الغزالي
The happiness of the drop is to die in the river.
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali
Superstitious." What a strange word. If you believed in Christianity or Islam, it was called "faith". But if you believed in astrology or Friday the thirteenth it was superstition! Who had the right to call other people's belief superstition?
Jostein Gaarder (Sophie's World)
Yes I am, I am also a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, and a Jew.
Mahatma Gandhi
من قال لك أن درب الجنة معبد بالورود؟
أحمد خيري العمري (إدرينالين)
Saying that Islam is in heart, is similar to giving back the exam's paper completely white and saying : knowledge is in brain.
Tariq Ramadan
I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.
Muhammad Ali
To some,Islam is nothing but a code of rules and regulations.But,to those who understand,it is a perfect vision of life
Yasmin Mogahed
The extremists are afraid of books and pens, the power of education frightens them. they are afraid of women.
Malala Yousafzai
Knowledge exists potentially in the human soul like the seed in the soil; by learning the potential becomes actual.
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali
We are nearer to him than his jugular vein.
Anonymous (القرآن الكريم)
I have very carefully studied Islam and the life of its Prophet (PBUH). I have done so both as a student of history and as a critic. And I have come to conclusion that Muhammad (PBUH) was indeed a great man and a deliverer and benefactor of mankind which was till then writhing under the most agonising Pain.
George Bernard Shaw
Reflection is the lamp of the heart. If it departs, the heart will have no light.
ʻAbd Allāh ibn ʻAlawī al-Ḥaddād
As a woman you are better off in life earning your own money. You couldn't prevent your husband from leaving you or taking another wife, but you could have some of your dignity if you didn't have to beg him for financial support.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Infidel)
تبسمك في وجه أخيك صدقة، وأمرك بالمعروف صدقة ونهيك عن المنكر صدقة، وإرشادك الرجل في أرض الضلال لك صدقة، ونصرك الرجل الرديء البصر لك صدقة، وإماطتك الحجر والشوك العظم عن الطريق لك صدقة Smiling in your brother’s face is an act of charity. So is enjoining good and forbidding evil, giving directions to the lost traveller, aiding the blind and removing obstacles from the path. (Graded authentic by Ibn Hajar and al-Albani: Hidaayat-ur-Ruwaah, 2/293)
Anonymous
Language is the key to the heart of people.
Ahmed Deedat
The world is 3 days: As for yesterday, it has vanished along with all that was in it. As for tomorrow, you may never see it. As for today, it is yours, so work on it.
al-Hasan al-Basri
The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr.
Anonymous (القرآن الكريم)
Some are born virtuous, some become virtuous. To be good by nature is indeed fortunate but to become good is like walking on a double-edged sword; it takes a longer time and is more painful.
Umera Ahmed
Begitu banyak hidup orang berubah lantaran sebuah pertemuan. Disebabkan hal itu, umat Islam disarankan melihat banyak tempat dan bertemu dengan banyak orang supaya nasibnya berubah
Andrea Hirata (Padang Bulan)
Democracy is in the blood of the Muslims, who look upon complete equality of mankind, and believe in fraternity, equality, and liberty.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Happiness comes from helping others, by being with others, and by sharing, even if it's only a smile.
Zain Hashmi (A Blessed Olive Tree: A Spiritual Journey in Twenty Short Stories)
إلى البكائين على مافات٫ المتحيّرين وراء تحقيق المعجزات٫ الدائرين حول محور من أنفسهم يصارعون المنى وتصارعهم دون الانتهاء إلى قرار.. ألى هؤلاء نوجّه كلمة ( وليم جيمس ) : "ان بيننا وبين الله رابطة لاتنفصم٫ فإذا نحن أخضعنا أنفسنا لإشرافه-سبحانه وتعالى- تحققت أمنياتنا وآمالنا كلها
محمد الغزالي (جدد حياتك)
Worry is itself an illness, since worry is an accusation against Divine Wisdom, a criticism of Divine Mercy.
Bediüzzaman Said Nursî
If any religion had a chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam.
George Bernard Shaw
How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.
Winston S. Churchill (The River War)
ضع في يدي القيد ألهب أضلعي بالسوط ضع عنقي على السكين لن تستطيع حصار فكري ساعة أو محو إيماني و نور يقيني فالنور في قلبي و قلبي في يدي ربي و ربي ناصري و معنيني
يوسف القرضاوي
True Islam taught me that it takes all of the religious, political, economic, psychological, and racial ingredients, or characteristics, to make the Human Family and the Human Society complete.
Malcolm X
ما يصيب المسلم من نصب ولا وصب ولا همّ ولا حزن ولا أذى ولا غمّ - حتى الشوكة يشاكها - إلا كفّر الله بها مِن خطاياه No fatigue, disease, sorrow, sadness, hurt or distress befalls a Muslim - not even the prick he receives from a thorn - except that Allah expiates some of his sins because of it. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 70, #545)
Anonymous
The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything. When Don Quixote went out into the world, that world turned into a mystery before his eyes. That is the legacy of the first European novel to the entire subsequent history of the novel. The novelist teaches the reader to comprehend the world as a question. There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude. In a world built on sacrosanct certainties the novel is dead. The totalitarian world, whether founded on Marx, Islam, or anything else, is a world of answers rather than questions. There, the novel has no place.
Milan Kundera (The Book of Laughter and Forgetting)
Who are your favorite heroines in real life? The women of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran who risk their lives and their beauty to defy the foulness of theocracy. Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Azar Nafisi as their ideal feminine model.
Christopher Hitchens (Hitch 22: A Memoir)
My value as a woman is not measured by the size of my waist or the number of men who like me. My worth as a human being is measured on a higher scale: a scale of righteousness and piety. And my purpose in life-despite what fashion magazines say-is something more sublime than just looking good for men.
Yasmin Mogahed (Reclaim Your Heart: Personal Insights on Breaking Free from Life's Shackles)
إن الدولة العثمانية حبلى بدولة أروبية، وسوف تلدها يوما ما ..! و إن أروبا حبلى بالإسلام وسوف تلده يوما ما ..!
فريد الأنصاري (آخر الفرسان)
If greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astonishing results are the three criteria of a human genius, who could dare compare any great man in history with Muhammad?
Alphonse de Lamartine (History of Turkey)
And when your soul, the flame, the spark, meets with the divine fuel that is so pure and so strong, it results in immense enlightenment: the enlightenment of God. Light upon light, Noorun Alaa Noor.
Zain Hashmi (A Blessed Olive Tree: A Spiritual Journey in Twenty Short Stories)
Small good decisions will lead you to the glorious path of success.
Zain Hashmi (A Blessed Olive Tree: A Spiritual Journey in Twenty Short Stories)
إن الإنسان بفطرته قد يعرفُ الحقيقة فـ «الحلالُ بَيِّنٌ ، والحرامُ بَيِّنٌ ...». بَيْد أنَّ هذه المعرفة لا قيمةَ لها إن لم نحلَّ الحلال ونحرِّم الحرام ، وإن لم تقفنا الحدود الفاصلة بين الفضيلة والرذيلة والعدالة والعدوان
محمد الغزالي (جدد حياتك)
Three Things Three things cannot be retrieved: The arrow once sped from the bow The word spoken in haste The missed opportunity. (Ali the Lion, Caliph of Islam, son-in-law of Mohammed the Prophet),
Idries Shah (Caravan of Dreams)
Islam expect every Muslim to do this duty, and if we realise our responsibility time will come soon when we shall justify ourselves worthy of a glorious past.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Some Westerners […] have argued that the West does not have problems with Islam but only with violent Islamist extremists. Fourteen hundred years of history demonstrate otherwise.
Samuel P. Huntington (The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order)
…a man should say to his soul every morning, "God has given thee twenty-four treasures; take heed lest thou lose anyone of them, for thou wilt not be able to endure the regret that will follow such loss.
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (The Alchemy of Happiness (Forgotten Books))
remember that trying is eighty percent of doing something. So try and don't give up, because not giving up is the other twenty percent.
Zain Hashmi (A Blessed Olive Tree: A Spiritual Journey in Twenty Short Stories)
We were the most humiliated people on earth and God gave us honour through Islam. If we ever seek honour through anything else, God will humiliate us again.
Umar ibn Al-Khattab
Islam was like a mental cage. At first, when you open the door, the caged bird stays inside: it is frightened. It has internalized its imprisonment. It takes time for bird to escape, even after someone has opened the doors to its cage.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Infidel)
Hujung akal itu fikir, pangkal agama itu zikir.
Hamka
Indeed, it's futile to try and use Holy Scripture to support any political position. I deeply distrust anyone who does. Just look at what an Islamic Republic is like.
Christopher Hitchens
Kita butuh Islam ramah bukan Islam marah
Abdurrahman Wahid
وانظر إلى حال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم حين ضربه قومه فأدموه وهو يمسح الدم عن وجهه ويقول : «اللهم اغفر لقومي فإنهم لا يعلمون» فعلى الداعية أن يكون صابراً مُحتسباً
محمد بن صالح العثيمين (شرح ثلاثة الأصول)
The great majority of us are Muslims. We follow the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (may peace be upon him). We are members of the brotherhood of Islam in which all are equal in rights, dignity and self-respect. Consequently, we have a special and a very deep sense of unity. But make no mistake: Pakistan is not a theocracy or anything like it.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Tuhan, di dunia dan akhirat aku ingin mengabdi pada api Islam abadi pimpin aku! berkati perjuanganku! Tuhan, aku ingin maju menerjang rintangan engkar di dadaku biar menggema Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!
Hamka (Cermin Penghidupan)
اذا كان الانسان مع الله كان الله معه وأرسل له عند الحاجة علامات تدل على ذلك.
Malcolm X
Love is and should always be unconditional.
Zain Hashmi (A Blessed Olive Tree: A Spiritual Journey in Twenty Short Stories)
Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire: that is MUHAMMAD. As regards all the standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask IS THERE ANY MAN GREATER THAN HE?
Alphonse de Lamartine (History of Turkey)
Islam and Christianity promise eternal paradise to the faithful. And that is a powerful opiate, certainly, the hope of a better life to come. But there's a Sufi story that challenges the notion that people believe only because they need an opiate. Rabe'a al-Adiwiyah, a great woman saint of Sufism, was seem running through the streets of her hometown, Basra, carrying a torch in one hand and a bucket of water in the other. When someone asked her what she was doing, she answered, 'I am going to take this bucket of water and pour it on the flames of hell, and then I am going to use this torch to burn down the gates of paradise so that people will not love God for want of heaven of fear of hell, but because He is God.
John Green (Looking for Alaska)
Semua orang yang ada dalam hidup kita, masing-masingnya, bahkan yang paling menyakiti kita diminta untuk ada disana agar cahaya kita dapat menerangi jalan mereka
Salim Akhukum Fillah (Dalam Dekapan Ukhuwah)
Successful people enjoy the journeys they embark on, irrespective of whether they reach their destination or not.
Zain Hashmi
The Democratic Party supports criminals and Islamic terrorists but has no sympathy for taxpayers.
Ann Coulter (If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans)
Living in the Islamic Republic is like having sex with someone you loathe.
Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books)
Ilmu pengetahuan itu pahit pada awalnya, tetapi manis melebihi madu pada akhirnya
Hanum Salsabiela Rais (99 Cahaya di Langit Eropa: Perjalanan Menapak Jejak Islam di Eropa)
your life will not end with death. You are Immortal. You were always there and you always will be.
Zain Hashmi (A Blessed Olive Tree: A Spiritual Journey in Twenty Short Stories)
لقد كنت في اسفل سافلين في قاع المجتمع الامريكي وعندما اهتديت الى الله والى الاسلام تغير مجرى حياتي.
Malcolm X
If Husain (as) had fought to quench his worldly desires…then I do not understand why his sister, wife, and children accompanied him. It stands to reason therefore, that he sacrificed purely for Islam.
Charles Dickens
The doctrinal differences between Hinduism and Buddhism and Taoism are not anywhere near as important as doctrinal differences among Christianity and Islam and Judaism. Holy wars are not fought over them because verbalized statements about reality are never presumed to be reality itself.
Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values (Phaedrus, #1))
Some of the fighters wear the best uniforms, do the best drills, but hardly anyone has seen them fighting. Some you won't even think that they are fighters, but they are the best knights on the battlefield.
Zain Hashmi (A Blessed Olive Tree: A Spiritual Journey in Twenty Short Stories)
من قال عليّ ما لم أقل فليتبوأ مقعده من النار Whoever ascribes to me what I have not said then let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire! (Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 3, #109)
Anonymous
الدين علاقة رأسية بين العبد وربه حولناها إلى علاقة أفقية بين المواطن وأخيه
جلال عامر
Come forward as servants of Islam, organize the people economically, socially, educationally and politically and I am sure that you will be a power that will be accepted by everybody.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
It is not Islam that oppresses Muslim women, it is the lack of knowledge or the lack of application of that knowledge that oppresses.
Na'ima B. Robert (From My Sisters' Lips)
I am the servant of the Qur'an as long as I have life. I am the dust on the path of Muhammad, the Chosen One.
Rumi (The Quatrains of Rumi: Complete Translation with Persian Text, Islamic Mystical Commentary, Manual of Terms, and Concordance)
اصحاب العقول الواقفة عند حرفية النص-قرانا وسنة- كثيرا ما تفلت منهم المقاصد والمنافع فيمشون على وجوههم
حنان اللحام (هدي السيرة النبوية في التغيير الاجتماعي)
Wishful thinking about the peaceful tolerance of Islam cannot interpret away this reality: hands are still cut off, women still stoned and enslaved, just as the Prophet Muhammad decided centuries ago.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Infidel)
You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
None of you will have faith till he wishes for his (Muslim) brother what he likes for himself
Richard Spinos
In the traditional Islamic world, the hierarchy of the arts was not based on whether they were "fine" or "industrial" or "minor". It was based upon the effect of art on the soul of the human being.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr (A Young Muslim's Guide to the Modern World)
Jelas sekali bahwasanya rumah tangga yang aman damai ialah gabungan di antara tegapnya laki-laki dan halusnya perempuan.
Hamka (Kedudukan Perempuan Dalam Islam)
The real dawah to Islam is the character of a Muslim.
Nouman Ali Khan
There is nothing in our book, the Qur'an, that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent. Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone lays a hand on you, send him to the cemetery.
Malcolm X
Multiculturalism should not mean that we tolerate another culture’s intolerance. If we do in fact support diversity, women’s rights, and gay rights, then we cannot in good conscience give Islam a free pass on the grounds of multicultural sensitivity.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now)
...But the Mahommedan religion increases, instead of lessening, the fury of intolerance. It was originally propagated by the sword, and ever since, its votaries have been subject, above the people of all other creeds, to this form of madness. In a moment the fruits of patient toil, the prospects of material prosperity, the fear of death itself, are flung aside. The more emotional Pathans are powerless to resist. All rational considerations are forgotten. Seizing their weapons, they become Ghazis—as dangerous and as sensible as mad dogs: fit only to be treated as such. While the more generous spirits among the tribesmen become convulsed in an ecstasy of religious bloodthirstiness, poorer and more material souls derive additional impulses from the influence of others, the hopes of plunder and the joy of fighting. Thus whole nations are roused to arms. Thus the Turks repel their enemies, the Arabs of the Soudan break the British squares, and the rising on the Indian frontier spreads far and wide. In each case civilisation is confronted with militant Mahommedanism. The forces of progress clash with those of reaction. The religion of blood and war is face to face with that of peace.
Winston S. Churchill (The Story of the Malakand Field Force)
I have always thought that if women's hair posed so many problems, God would certainly have made us bald.
Marjane Satrapi (The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis, #1-4))
Esensi sejarah bukanlah hanya siapa yang menang dan siapa yang kalah. Lebih dari itu: siapa yang lebih cepat belajar dari kemenangan dan kekalahan
Hanum Salsabiela Rais (99 Cahaya di Langit Eropa: Perjalanan Menapak Jejak Islam di Eropa)
I am a Muslim, because it's a religion that teaches you an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. It teaches you to respect everybody, and treat everybody right. But it also teaches you if someone steps on your toe, chop off their foot. And I carry my religious axe with me all the time.
Malcolm X
I become more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of Hussein, the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers and his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle.
Mahatma Gandhi
واعلم أن الرجاء المحمود لا يكون إلا لمن عمل بطاعة الله ورجا ثوابها ، أو تاب من معصيته ورجا قبول توبته ، فأما الرجاء بلا عمل فهو غرور وتمن مذموم
محمد بن صالح العثيمين (شرح ثلاثة الأصول)
America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white, but the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all together, irrespective of their color.
Malcolm X
No idea is above scrutiny and no people are beneath dignity.
Maajid Nawaz (Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue)
If he is terrorising the terrorists, if he is terrorising America the terrorist [...] I am with him. Every Muslim should be a terrorist.
Zakir Naik
So often we experience things in life, and yet never see the connections between them. When we are given hardship, or feel pain, we often fail to consider that the experience may be the direct cause or result of another action or experience. Sometimes we fail to recognize the direct connection between the pain in our lives and our relationship with Allah SWT
Yasmin Mogahed (Reclaim Your Heart: Personal Insights on Breaking Free from Life's Shackles)
المؤمن لا تتم له لذه بمعصيه أبداً بل لا يُباشـرها إلا و الحزن يخالط قلبه و متى خلا قلبه من هذا الحزن فليبكي على موت قلبه
ابن قيم الجوزية
Hearts melt when the Beloved of Allah is mentioned.
Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf
در غم ما روزها بی گاه شد روزها با سوزها همراه شد
Rumi
If there is a smoke, there is a fire, the saying goes, That is quite true, but one should find what the fire is, and who lit it.
Tariq Ramadan (What I Believe)
Whoever says that all music is prohibited, let him also claim that the songs of birds are prohibited.
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali
Kekayaan tidak dinilai daripada banyaknya harta tetapi kaya jiwa.
Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat (Tundukkan Hati: Rahsia Keikhlasan Hidup Di Dunia Fana)
لو كان للأديان بصمة لكان العدل بصمة الإسلام
جمال البنا (هل يمكن تطبيق الشريعة؟)
أستطيع أن أجهر في صراحة بأن المسلم لن يتم إسلامه إلا إذا كان سياسياً، بعيد النظر في شؤون أمته، مهتماً بها، غيوراً عليها
Hassan al-Banna (مجموعة رسائل الإمام الشهيد حسن البنا)
أعتقد أن شيئاً مشابهاً يحدث مع كل من يمتلك مبدأ وقضية، يأتي من يساومه عليها. ربما يكون ذلك جزءاً من طبيعة الامتحان الذي لابد منه.
أحمد خيري العمري (ألواح ودسر)
Freedom is a double-edged ideal, because true freedom comes without the protection of laws that also enslave us by defining us--female, male; Christian, Islamic; good, evil. All at the whim of a frail minority.
Ellen Hopkins (Impulse (Impulse, #1))
We should have a State in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
We took the liberty to make some enquiries concerning the ground of their pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation. The Ambassador [of Tripoli] answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise. {Letter from the commissioners, John Adams & Thomas Jefferson, to John Jay, 28 March 1786}
Thomas Jefferson (Letters of Thomas Jefferson)
Pergilah, jelajahilah dunia, lihatlah dan carilah kebenaran dan rahasia - rahasia hidup ; niscaya jalan apa pun yang kaupilih akan mengantarkanku menuju titik awal
Hanum Salsabiela Rais (99 Cahaya di Langit Eropa: Perjalanan Menapak Jejak Islam di Eropa)
كل ما شغلك عن القرآن هو شؤم عليك
محمد حسين يعقوب (أصول الوصول إلى الله تعالى)
Kindness is a mark of faith, whoever is not; has no faith.
Muhammad (PBUH)
العلم شيئان : إمّا قول مصدّق أو بحثٌ محقّق، وما سوى ذلك فهذيان
ابن تيمية
The lies (Western slander) which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (Muhammad) are disgraceful to ourselves only.
Thomas Carlyle (On Heroes, Hero Worship and the Heroic in History)
أنت تجد في الشرق أحد اثنين .. تجد من يرفض العلم اكتفاء بالدين و القرآن .. و تجد من يرفض الدين اكتفاء و عبادة للعلم المادي و الوسائل المادية . و كلا الاثنين سبب من أسباب النكبة الحضارية في المنطقة .. و كلاهما لم يفهم المعنى الحقيقي للدين و لا المعنى الحقيقي للعلم .
مصطفى محمود (رحلتي من الشك إلى الإيمان)
Wahai anakku! dunia ini bagaikan samudera tempat banyak ciptaan-ciptaaNya yg tenggelam. Maka jelajahilah dunia ini dg menyebut nama Allah. Jadikan ketakutanmu pada Allah sebagai kapal-kapal yang menyelamatkanmu. kembangkanlah keimanan sebagai layarmu, logika sebagai pendayung kapalmu, ilmu pengetahuan sebagai nakhoda perjalannanmu dan sabar sebagai jangkar dlm setiap badai dan cobaan (Ali bin Abi thalib ra)
Hanum Salsabiela Rais (99 Cahaya di Langit Eropa: Perjalanan Menapak Jejak Islam di Eropa)
من لم يتحرر من الاكراه في صورتيه: اكراه الاخر والخضوع للاخر، لايستطيع فهم هذا الدين وتمثيله
حنان اللحام (هدي السيرة النبوية في التغيير الاجتماعي)
كان التاريخ في ذلك الوقت، كما كان في أكثر الأوقات ،أرستقراطياً لا يحفل إلا بالسادة ،ولا يلتفت إلا إلى القادة
طه حسين (الوعد الحق)
O Allah, You know me better than I know myself, and I know myself better than these people who praise me. Make me better than what they think of me, and forgive those sins of mine of which they have no knowledge, and do not hold me responsible for what they say.
Abu Bakr al-Siddiq
The Orient and Islam have a kind of extrareal, phenomenologically reduced status that puts them out of reach of everyone except the Western expert. From the beginning of Western speculation about the Orient, the one thing th orient could not do was to represent itself. Evidence of the Orient was credible only after it had passed through and been made firm by the refining fire of the Orientalist’s work.
Edward W. Said (Orientalism)
Ki Muhammad se wafa toonay to ham teray hain Ye jahan cheez hai kiya lauho qalam tere hain
Muhammad Iqbal
The only way to show a true respect for God is to act morally while ignoring God’s existence.
Karen Armstrong (A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam)
Islam's borders are bloody and so are its innards. The fundamental problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilisation whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power.
Samuel P. Huntington
Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
I couldn’t understand what the Taliban were trying to do. “They are abusing our religion,” I said in interviews. “How will you accept Islam if I put a gun to your head and say Islam is the true religion? If they want every person in the world to be Muslim, why don’t they show themselves to be good Muslims first?
Malala Yousafzai (I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban)
سياسة الدولة في الإسلام جزء من تعاليمه، والإسلام دين بقدر ما هو قانون، و عقيدة بقدر ما هو نظام كامل للحياة.
محمد سليم العوا (في النظام السياسي للدولة الإسلامية)
إذا أصبت بالفتور، فعليك بالتفكير فوراً في عمل تقوم به.. ابدأ والله يأخذ بيدك.. اعمل ..تحرك..
محمد حسين يعقوب (أصول الوصول إلى الله تعالى)
The faith is not the problem, Bernadette. The problem is the faithful.
Robert Ferrigno (Prayers for the Assassin (Assassin Trilogy #1))
لقد اوسع الحج نطاق تفكيري وفتح بصيرتي فرأيت في أسبوعين ما لم أره في تسع وثلاثين سنة.
Malcolm X
The real question is how much suffering we've caused our womenfolk by turning headscarves into symbols - and using women as pawns in a political game.
Orhan Pamuk (Snow)
أنا لا أفهم البشرية فكريا ً. بل أفهمها من خلال كوني بشرا
Jeffrey Lang
Respect only has meaning as respect for those with whom I do not agree.
Karen Armstrong (A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam)
There is no compulsion for man to accept the truth. But it is certainly a shame upon the human intellect when man is not even interested in finding out as to what is the truth! Islam teaches that God has given man the faculty of reason and therefore expects man to reason things out objectively and systematically for himself. To reflect and to question and to reflect.
Maurice Bucaille (The Qur'an and Modern Science)
إن عبادة الإله الواحد وحدها ستقرب الانسان من السلام الذي يتكلم عليه الجميع ولايفعل أحد شيئاً لتحقيقه.
Malcolm X
The Prophet's character was termed tremendous because his concern was for God alone.
Imam Junayd al-Baghdadi
People who change their religion should face the death penalty.
Zakir Naik
I have learned that one should say "Peace!" to those who shout their hatred for one's being and presence or at one's passage.
Tariq Ramadan (What I Believe)
None of you believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.
Anonymous (The Translation of the Meanings of Sahih Al-Bukhari - Arabic-English (9 Volumes))
Many well-meaning Dutch people have told me in all earnestness that nothing in Islamic culture incites abuse of women, that this is just a terrible misunderstanding. Men all over the world beat their women, I am constantly informed. In reality, these Westerners are the ones who misunderstand Islam. The Quaran mandates these punishments. It gives a legitimate basis for abuse, so that the perpetrators feel no shame and are not hounded by their conscience of their community. I wanted my art exhibit to make it difficult for people to look away from this problem. I wanted secular, non-Muslim people to stop kidding themselves that "Islam is peace and tolerance.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Infidel)
يظن الغمر أن الكتب تهدى ... ... أخاً فهم لإدراك العلوم وما يدرى الجهول بأن فيها ... ... غوامض حيرت عقل الفهيم إذا رمت العلوم بغير شيخ ... ... ضللت عن الصراط المستقيم وتلتبس الأمور عليك حتى ... ... تصير أضل من 'توما الحكيم
أبو حيان التوحيدي
Seek knowledge from the Cradle to the Grave
Anonymous (Al-Hadith: Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad)
By declaring our Prophet infallible and not permitting ourselves to question him, we Muslims had set up a static tyranny. The Prophet Muhammad attempted to legislate every aspect of life. By adhering to his rules of what is permitted and what is forbidden, we Muslims supressed the freedom to think for ourselves and to act as we chose. We froze the moral outlook of billions of people into the mind-set of the Arab desert in the seventh century. We were not just servants of Allah, we were slaves.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Infidel)
They say that Caliph Omar, when consulted about what had to be done with the library of Alexandria, answered as follows: 'If the books of this library contain matters opposed to the Koran, they are bad and must be burned. If they contain only the doctrine of the Koran, burn them anyway, for they are superfluous.' Our learned men have cited this reasoning as the height of absurdity. However, suppose Gregory the Great was there instead of Omar and the Gospel instead of the Koran. The library would still have been burned, and that might well have been the finest moment in the life of this illustrious pontiff.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Discourse on the Sciences and Arts and Polemics)
المجتمع الجاهل يغتفر للرجل إنحرافه، ويقتل المرأة على إنحرافها، مع أن الشريعة أوجبت على كلٍ منهما الإستقامة، وأنكرت من كلٍ منهما الإنحراف، وأوجبت لكلٍ منهما الستر حين الزلل، وحتّمت عقوبة كل منهما حين تثبت الجريمة، فمن أين جاءهم الفرق بين الرجل والمرأة في العقوبة والغفران؟
مصطفى السباعي (هكذا علمتني الحياة)
Mengalah itu tidak kalah, melainkan menang secara hakiki
Hanum Salsabiela Rais (99 Cahaya di Langit Eropa: Perjalanan Menapak Jejak Islam di Eropa)
Tear your heart out of your chest. And hand it to God. There is no other healing. I swear, there is no other healing.
Yasmin Mogahed
Religion is never more tested than when our emotions are ablaze. At such a time, the timeless grandeur of the Law and its ethics stand at our mercy.
Abdal Hakim Murad
والخوف من الله تعالى يكون محموداً ، ويكون غير محمود . فالمحمود ما كانت غايته أن يحول بينك وبين معصية الله بحيث يحملك على فعل الواجبات وترك المحرمات ، فإذا حصلت هذه الغاية سكن القلب واطمأن وغلب عليه الفرح بنعمة الله ، والرجاء لثوابه . وغير المحمود ما يحمل العبد على اليأس من روح الله والقنوط وحينئذ يتحسر العبد وينكمش وربما يتمادى في المعصية لقوة يأسه
محمد بن صالح العثيمين (شرح ثلاثة الأصول)
لم يستبدل الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم حباً بحب , بل أضاف حباً إلى حب
محمد الصوياني (السيرة النبوية كما جاءت في الأحاديث الصحيحة #1)
ومن الزاد خبيئة.. خبيئة من عمل صالح لم يطلع عليه بشر، يصلح للتوسل به في محطات الطريق ومطباته
محمد حسين يعقوب (أصول الوصول إلى الله تعالى)
الخليفة في الأرض، قد يكون، رأس الدولة، لكن ذلك لا علاقة له بمنصبه هناك، وإنما بما يفعله هناك، بالقيم التي تتحكم فيه بينما هو هناك، هل هو ملتصق بقيم الاستخلاف؟.. هل هو واعٍ في مهمته في الأرض؟ هل يؤدي ما يؤديه وقد وضع هذا نصب عينيه، قبل منصبه ؟
أحمد خيري العمري (عالم جديد ممكن (كيمياء الصلاة #3))
Ramai orang berpandangan, Kita perlu bercinta untuk mengenal pasangan, Tanpa perkenalan, mustahil cinta bertandang, Tanpa percintaan, mustahil keserasian dikesan, Mereka sebenarnya terlepas pandang, Dalam Islam ada taaruf dalam tempoh RISIK dan bertunang, Yang melibatkan mahram bukan berdua-duaan, Taaruf itulah mendedahkan keserasian, Cuma takrif 'taaruf' dan 'serasi' dalam fikiran manusia berlainan, Islam mengajar manusia taaruf yang ada sempadan, Terpelihara dan terjaga dari kemaksiatan, Bukan taaruf melalui bercinta sakan, Islam mengajar serasi dengan ajaran Tuhan, Bukan serasi dengan kehendak pasangan, Cinta al-Rahman menjana kebahagiaan, Lantaran itulah, batasan-Nya tidak boleh dipermainkan. -Monolog Asiah Yusra-
Fatimah Syarha Mohd Noordin (Tautan Hati)
The three monotheism share a series of identical forms of aversion: hatred of reason and intelligence; hatred of freedom; hatred of all books in the name of one book alone; hatred of sexuality, women,and pleasure; hatred of feminine; hatred of body, of desires, of drives. Instead Judaism, Christianity, and Islam extol faith and belief, obedience and submission, taste for death and longing for the beyond, the asexual angel and chastity, virginity and monogamous love, wife and mother, soul and spirit. In other words, life crucified and nothingness exalted.
Michel Onfray (Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam)
There are certain verses in the Quran which convey injunctions similar to the following: 'Kill them wherever you find them.' (2:191) Referring to such verses, there are some who attempt to give the impression that Islam is a religion of war and violence. This is total untrue. Such verses relate in a restricted sense, to those who have unilaterally attacked the Muslims. The above verse does not convey the general command of Islam. (pp. 42-43)
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan (The True Jihad: The Concept of Peace, Tolerance and Non Violence in Islam)
It is He Who sent down to thee, in truth, the Book (Quran), confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (Quran) (of judgment between right and wrong). - Holy Quran 3:3
Anonymous (القرآن الكريم)
In the real world, equal respect for all cultures doesn't translate into a rich mosaic of colorful and proud peoples interacting peacefully while maintaining a delightful diversity of food and craftwork. It translates into closed pockets of oppression, ignorance, and abuse.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations)
يبدو اننا جميعا بحاجة كي نؤمن بأحد ما أو شيء ما. فالحياة دون معنى او اتجاه بائسة حقا. ويبدو انه يتوجب ان نحيا من اجل هدف او شيء ما عزيز علينا ونموت من اجله، سواء كان هذا الهدف او الشيء مبدأ سياسي او خطة حياتية او أمة او حلما او فكرة او مالا او اسرة. اعتقد ان التقديس هو جبلة في الانسان، وأن قدرنا هو أن نكون عبيدا سواء شئنا ذلك ام ابينا.
Jeffrey Lang (Even Angels Ask: A Journey to Islam in America)
لا أحد يعرف الوحدة كالملحد. فعندما يشعر الشخص العادي بالعزلة فإنه يستطيع أن يناجي، من خلال أعماق روحه، الواحد الأحد الذي يعرفه ويكون بمقدوره أن يشعر بالاستجابة.، لكن الملحد لا يستطيع أن يسمح لنفسه بتلك النعمة، لأن عليه أن يسحق هذا الدافع، ويُذكِّر نفسه بسخفها. لأن الملحد يكون إله عالمه الخاص به، ولكنه عالم صغير جدًا، لأن حدود هذا العالم قد حددتها إدراكاته، وهذه الحدود تكون دومًا في تناقص مستمر.
Jeffrey Lang (Struggling to Surrender: Some Impressions of an American Convert to Islam)
In this world, unity is achievable only by learning to unite in spite of differences, rather than insisting on unity without differences. For their total eradication is an impossibility. The secret of attaining peace in life is tolerance of disturbance of the peace. (p. 99)
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan (The True Jihad: The Concept of Peace, Tolerance and Non Violence in Islam)
I cannot emphasize enough how wrongheaded this is. Withholding criticism and ignoring differences are racism in its purest form. Yet these cultural experts fail to notice that, through their anxious avoidance of criticizing non-Western countries, they trap the people who represent these cultures in a state of backwardness. The experts may have the best of intentions, but as we all know, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali (The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam)
مطلبي هو الإحترام الواجب للتفاصيل الملموسة للخبرة البشرية، والتفهم النابع من النظر إلى "الآخر" نظرة ود وتراحم؛ والمعرفة التي تُكتسب وتُنشر بأمانة أخلاقية وفكرية؛ فهذه بالتأكيد أهداف أفضل وإن لم تكن أيسر تحقيقا في الوقت الحاضر من المواجهة والعداء الذي يختزل الخصوم ويحقّرهم.
إدوارد سعيد (Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World)
It is for Muslim scholars to study the whole history of Islamic science completely and not only the chapters and periods which influenced Western science. It is also for Muslim scholars to present the tradition of Islamic science from the point of view of Islam itself and not from the point of view of the scientism, rationalism and positivism which have dominated the history of science in the West since the establishment of the discipline in the early part of the 20th century in Europe and America.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr (A Young Muslim's Guide to the Modern World)
There is a dark side to religious devotion that is too often ignored or denied. As a means of motivating people to be cruel or inhumane, there may be no more potent force than religion. When the subject of religiously inspired bloodshed comes up, many Americans immediately think of Islamic fundamentalism, which is to be expected in the wake of 911. But men have been committing heinous acts in the name of God ever since mankind began believing in deities, and extremists exist within all religions. Muhammad is not the only prophet whose words have been used to sanction barbarism; history has not lacked for Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, and even Buddhists who have been motivated by scripture to butcher innocents. Plenty of these religious extremist have been homegrown, corn-fed Americans.
Jon Krakauer (Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith)
Even the Quran, which Sufis respect as the direct speech of God, lacks the capacity to shed light upon God’s essence. As one Sufi master has argued, why spend time reading a love letter (by which he means the Quran) in the presence of the Beloved who wrote it?
Reza Aslan (No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam)
لم يبحث الحسين عن شهادة دخول إلى الجنة أو لتأكيد دخولها, لقد كانت شهادة علينا. شهادة للأمة كلها, و للتاريخ, و للمقاومين بعد مئات السنين, لمواجهة أي يزيد يجئ, بمقاومة الحسين الوحيدة. حجة علينا! أن لا يقف أي واحد منا في أي مقام كنا, و يسأل:((ماذا أفعل و القوم كلهم ظلم, و العصر كله ظلام, و الرفاق انفضو, و الانصار رحلو؟)).
إبراهيم عيسى (دم الحسين)
If you are well-mannered towards those whose views are similar to yours, you may be said to exhibit a fairly good character. But, if you behave properly wit those holding divergent views from you or who criticize you, then you deserve to be credited with having an excellent character. (p. 99)
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan (The True Jihad: The Concept of Peace, Tolerance and Non Violence in Islam)
اود ان اقول لك: ان بعد كل خيار هناك خيارات اخرى.. حياتنا هذه ليست خيارا واحدا نؤديه ونستسلم بعدها لكل ما يحدث بنا. حياتنا ليست مفترق طريق منفرد و وحيد نختار اي جهة سنسلك وينتهي الامر بعدها.. ابدا.. كل خيار يفتح سلسلة من الخيارات. وكل مفترق طريق يحوي خلفه سلسلة من مفترقات طرق.. وفي كل خطوة من خطوات حياتنا يوجد قدران، نختار واحدا منهما بملء ارادتنا..
أحمد خيري العمري (تسعة من عشرة)
GK Chesterton once said that to criticise religion because it leads people to kill each other is like criticising love because it has the same effect. All the best things we have, when abused, will cause bad things to happen. The need for sacrifice, to obey, to make a gift of your life is in all of us and it’s a deep thing. In the Islamic world today, people are trying to rejoin themselves to an antiquated and ancient faith and the result is massive violence when they encounter people who have not done that. We’d say that sense of sacrifice is good but only if you’re sacrificing your own life; once you sacrifice another’s life you’ve overstepped the mark.
Roger Scruton (The Soul of the World)
We have undoubtedly achieved Pakistan, and that too without bloody war, practically peacefully, by moral and intellectual force, and with the power of the pen, which is no less mighty than that of the sword and so our righteous cause has triumphed. Are we now going to besmear and tarnish this greatest achievement for which there is no parallel in the history of the world? Pakistan is now a fait accompli and it can never be undone, besides, it was the only just, honourable, and practical solution of the most complex constitutional problem of this great subcontinent. Let us now plan to build and reconstruct and regenerate our great nation...
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
It takes no more research than a trip to almost any public library or college to show the incredibly lopsided coverage of slavery in the United States or in the Western Hemisphere, as compared to the meager writings on even larger number of Africans enslaved in the Islamic countries of the Middle East and North Africa, not to mention the vast numbers of Europeans also enslaved in centuries past in the Islamic world and within Europe itself. At least a million Europeans were enslaved by North African pirates alone from 1500 to 1800, and some Europeans slaves were still being sold on the auction blocks in the Egypt, years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed blacks in the United States.
Thomas Sowell (Black Rednecks and White Liberals)
...The Qur'an cannot be translated. ...The book is here rendered almost literally and every effort has been made to choose befitting language. But the result is not the Glorious Qur'an, that inimitable symphony, the very sounds of which move men to tears and ecstasy. It is only an attempt to present the meaning of the Qur'an-and peradventure something of the charm in English. It can never take the place of the Qur'an in Arabic, nor is it meant to do so...
Marmaduke William Pickthall (The Meanings Of The Glorious Qur'an (English And Arabic Edition))
The veil deliberately marks women as private and restricted property, nonpersons. The veil sets women apart from men and apart from the world; it restrains them, confines them, grooms them for docility. A mind can be cramped just as a body may be, and a Muslim veil blinkers both your vision and your destiny. It is the mark of a kind of apartheid, not the domination of a race but of a sex.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations)
If the people of this religion are asked about the proof for the soundness of their religion, they flare up, get angry and spill the blood of whoever confronts them with this question. They forbid rational speculation, and strive to kill their adversaries. This is why truth became thoroughly silenced and concealed.
Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi
It is easy to be disgruntled if you are denied rights and freedoms to which you feel entitled. But if you are not coherent, if you cannot put into words what it is that displeases you and why it is unfair and should change, then you are dismissed as an unreasonable whiner. You may be lectured about perseverance and patience, life as a test, the need to accept the higher wisdom of others.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations)
Do not use your energy except for a cause more noble than yourself. Such a cause cannot be found except in Almighty God Himself: to preach the truth, to defend womanhood, to repel humiliation which your Creator has not imposed upon you, to help the oppressed. Anyone who uses his energy for the sake of the vanities of the world is like someone who exchanges gemstones for gravel. There is no nobility in anyone who lacks faith. The wise man knows that the only fitting price for his soul is a place in Paradise...
Abu Muhammad Ali ibn Hazm
When, as happened recently in France, an attempt is made to coerce women out of the burqa rather than creating a situation in which a woman can choose what she wishes to do, it’s not about liberating her, but about unclothing her. It becomes an act of humiliation and cultural imperialism. It’s not about the burqa. It’s about the coercion. Coercing a woman out of a burqa is as bad as coercing her into one. Viewing gender in this way, shorn of social, political and economic context, makes it an issue of identity, a battle of props and costumes. It is what allowed the US government to use western feminist groups as moral cover when it invaded Afghanistan in 2001. Afghan women were (and are) in terrible trouble under the Taliban. But dropping daisy-cutters on them was not going to solve their problems.
Arundhati Roy
We live in the age of Noah (a.s.) in the sense that a flood of distraction accosts us. It is a slow and subtle drowning. For those who notice it, they engage in the remembrance of God. The rites of worship and devotion to God's remembrance (dhikr) are planks of the ark. When Noah (a.s.) started to build his ark, his people mocked him and considered him a fool. But he kept building. He knew what was coming. And we know too.
Hamza Yusuf (Purification of the Heart: Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Diseases of the Heart)
We don't worship Satan, we worship ourselves using the metaphorical representation of the qualities of Satan. Satan is the name used by Judeo-Christians for that force of individuality and pride within us. But the force itself has been called by many names.We embrace Christian myths of Satan and Lucifer, along with Satanic renderings in Greek, Roman, Islamic, Sumerian, Syrian, Phrygian, Egyptian, Chinese or Hindu mythologies, to name but a few. We are not limited to one deity, but encompass all the expressions of the accuser or the one who advocates free thought and rational alternatives by whatever name he is called in a particular time and land. It so happens that we are living in a culture that is predominantly Judeo-Christian, so we emphasize Satan. If we were living in Roman times, the central figure, perhaps the title of our religion, would be different. But the name would be expressing and communicating the same thing. It's all context.
Anton Szandor LaVey (The Secret Life of a Satanist: The Authorized Biography of Anton LaVey)
When the sun shall be folded up; and when the stars shall fall; and when the mountains shall be made to pass away; and when the camels ten months gone with young shall be neglected; and when the seas shall boil; and when the souls shall be joined again to their bodies; and when the girl who hath been buried alive shall be asked for what crime she was put to death; and when the books shall be laid open; and when the heavens shall be removed; and when hell shall burn fiercely; and when paradise shall be brought near: every soul shall know what it hath wrought.
Anonymous (القرآن الكريم)
His readiness to undergo persecutions for his beliefs, the high moral character of the men who believed in him and looked up to him as leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement - all argue his fundamental integrity. To suppose Muhammad an impostor raises more problems than it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as Muhammad
William Montgomery Watt (Muhammad at Mecca)
The Scientific Revolution has not been a revolution of knowledge. It has been above all a revolution of ignorance. The great discovery that launched the Scientific Revolution was the discovery that humans do not know the answers to their most important questions. Premodern traditions of knowledge such as Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and Confucianism asserted that everything that is important to know about the world was already known. The great gods, or the one almighty God, or the wise people of the past possessed all-encompassing wisdom, which they revealed to us in scriptures and oral traditions. Ordinary mortals gained knowledge by delving into these ancient texts and traditions and understanding them properly. It was inconceivable that the Bible, the Qur’an or the Vedas were missing out on a crucial secret of the universe – a secret that might yet be discovered by flesh-and-blood creatures.
Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind)
It is when things are at their worst that Allah will raise the best generation. The generation that the Prophet would be told Sahabat should look up to. So maybe the fact that you are living in the darkest of time means that Allah thinks you can be the strongest source of light. Allah thinks you -- you -- were born for this time. That's Allah's decision. Which means you have something significant to offer the world. You have some serious trees to plant. And you have to not get overwhelmed with the news around you. Even if dajjal is tapping you on the shoulders. Say (to Dajjal), "Hold on, I'm planting a tree". You do what you gotta do. You gotta focus.
Nouman Ali Khan
I desired to praise the Chosen One and was hindered By my own inability to grasp the extent of his glory. How can one such as I measure an ocean, when the ocean is vast? And how can one such as I count the stones and the stars? If all of my limbs were to become tongues, even then – Even then I could not begin to praise him as I desired. And if all of creation gathered together in an attempt To praise him, even then they would stint in his due. I have altogether ceased trying – awestruck, clinging to courtesy, Tempered by timidity, glorifying his most exalted rank. Indeed, sometimes silence holds within it the essence of eloquence, And often speech merely fodder for the faultfinder.
Ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi
Anyone who has learned the Quran and holds it lovingly in his heart will 'value his nights when people are asleep, his days when people are given to excess, his grief when people are joyful, his weeping when people laugh, his silence when people chatter and his humility when people are arrogant'. In other words every moment of life will be precious to him, and he should therefore be 'gentle', never harsh nor quarrelsome, 'nor one who makes a clamour in the market nor one who is quick to anger'.
Ibn Mas'ud
In his mercy, He sent the storm itself to make us seek help. And then knowing that we’re likely to get the wrong answer, He gives us a multiple choice exam with only one option to choose from: the correct answer. The hardship itself is ease. By taking away all other hand-holds, all other multiple choice options, He has made the test simple. It’s never easy to stand when the storm hits. And that’s exactly the point. By sending the wind, He brings us to our knees: the perfect position to pray
Yasmin Mogahed (Reclaim Your Heart: Personal Insights on Breaking Free from Life's Shackles)
اقرأ هذه الآية:﴿... الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ...﴾إنها تتكرر بصيغتها أو معناها في القرآن أكثر من خمسين مرة، كأنما تؤكد لنا ضرورة توحيد أمرين اعتاد الناس على الفصل بينهما. إن هذه الآية تعبّر عن الفرق بين الدين (الإيمان) وبين الأخلاق (عملُ الصالحات) كما تأمر في الوقت نفسه بضرورة أن يسير الاثنان معًا. كذلك يكشف لنا القرآن عن علاقة أخرى عكسية بين الأخلاق والدين، فيوجه نظرنا إلى أن الممارسة الأخلاقية قد تكـون حافـزًا قويًا على التدين:﴿لَن تَنَالُوا الْبِرَّ حَتَّىٰ تُنفِقُوا مِمَّا تُحِبُّونَ ۚ ﴾، فمعنى الآية هنا لا يقول: «آمن لتصبح خيِّرًا» وإنما على العكس يقول: «افعل الخير تصبح مؤمنًا». وفي هذه النقطة نرى إجابة على سؤال: كيف يمكن للإنسان أن يقوّي إيمانه؟ والإجابة هي: «افعل الخير تجد الله أمامك».
Alija Izetbegović (الإسلام بين الشرق والغرب)
I think I have a very good idea why it is that anti-Semitism is so tenacious and so protean and so enduring. Christianity and Islam, theistic though they may claim to be, are both based on the fetishizing of human primates: Jesus in one case and Mohammed in the other. Neither of these figures can be called exactly historical but both have one thing in common even in their quasi-mythical dimension. Both of them were first encountered by the Jews. And the Jews, ravenous as they were for any sign of the long-sought Messiah, were not taken in by either of these two pretenders, or not in large numbers or not for long. If you meet a devout Christian or a believing Muslim, you are meeting someone who would give everything he owned for a personal, face-to-face meeting with the blessed founder or prophet. But in the visage of the Jew, such ardent believers encounter the very figure who did have such a precious moment, and who spurned the opportunity and turned shrugging aside. Do you imagine for a microsecond that such a vile, churlish transgression will ever be forgiven? I myself certainly hope that it will not. The Jews have seen through Jesus and Mohammed. In retrospect, many of them have also seen through the mythical, primitive, and cruel figures of Abraham and Moses. Nearer to our own time, in the bitter combats over the work of Marx and Freud and Einstein, Jewish participants and protagonists have not been the least noticeable. May this always be the case, whenever any human primate sets up, or is set up by others, as a Messiah.
Christopher Hitchens (Hitch 22: A Memoir)
People accuse me of having interiorized a feeling of racial inferiority, so that I attack my own culture out of self-hatred, because I want to be white. This is a tiresome argument. Tell me, is freedom then only for white people? Is it self-love to adhere to my ancestors' traditions and mutilate my daughters? To agree to be humiliated and powerless? To watch passively as my countrymen abuse women and slaughter each other in pointless disputes? When I came to a new culture, where I saw for the first time that human relations could be different, would it have been self-love to see that as a foreign cult, which Muslims are forbidden to practice?
Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Infidel)
The personality of Muhammad, it is most difficult to get into the whole truth of it. Only a glimpse of it I can catch. What a dramatic succession of picturesque scenes! There is Muhammad, the Prophet; there is Muhammad, the Warrior; Muhammad, the Businessman; Muhammad, the Statesman; Muhammad, the Orator; Muhammad, the Reformer; Muhammad, the Refuge of Orphans; Muhammad, the Protector of Slaves; Muhammad, the Emancipator of Women; Muhammad, the Judge; Muhammad, the Saint. All in all these magnificent roles, in all these departments of human activities, he is like a hero.
K.S. Ramakrishna Rao
إن اختياري محمداً ليكون الأول في أهم وأعظم رجال التاريخ قد يدهش القراء، لكنه الرجل الوحيد في التاريخ كله الذي نجح أعلى نجاح على المستويين: الديني والدنيوي، فهناك رُسل وأنبياء وحكماء بدءوا رسالات عظيمة، لكنهم ماتوا دون إتمامها، كالمسيح في المسيحية، أو شاركهم فيها غيرهم، أو سبقهم إليهم سواهم، كموسى في اليهودية، ولكن محمداً هو الوحيد الذي أتم رسالته الدينية، وتحددت أحكامها، وآمنت بها شعوب بأسرها في حيات؛ ولأنه أقام جانب الدين دولة جديدة، فإنه في هذا المجال الدنيوي أيضاً، وحّد القبائل في شعب، والشعوب في أمة، ووضع لها كل أسس حياتها، ورسم أمور دنياها، ووضعها في موضع الانطلاق إلى العالم. أيضاً في حياته، فهو الذي بدأ الرسالة الدينية والدنيوية وأتمها
Michael H. Hart (The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History)
So this is where all the vapid talk about the 'soul' of the universe is actually headed. Once the hard-won principles of reason and science have been discredited, the world will not pass into the hands of credulous herbivores who keep crystals by their sides and swoon over the poems of Khalil Gibran. The 'vacuum' will be invaded instead by determined fundamentalists of every stripe who already know the truth by means of revelation and who actually seek real and serious power in the here and now. One thinks of the painstaking, cloud-dispelling labor of British scientists from Isaac Newton to Joseph Priestley to Charles Darwin to Ernest Rutherford to Alan Turing and Francis Crick, much of it built upon the shoulders of Galileo and Copernicus, only to see it casually slandered by a moral and intellectual weakling from the usurping House of Hanover. An awful embarrassment awaits the British if they do not declare for a republic based on verifiable laws and principles, both political and scientific.
Christopher Hitchens
As a convinced atheist, I ought to agree with Voltaire that Judaism is not just one more religion, but in its way the root of religious evil. Without the stern, joyless rabbis and their 613 dour prohibitions, we might have avoided the whole nightmare of the Old Testament, and the brutal, crude wrenching of that into prophecy-derived Christianity, and the later plagiarism and mutation of Judaism and Christianity into the various rival forms of Islam. Much of the time, I do concur with Voltaire, but not without acknowledging that Judaism is dialectical. There is, after all, a specifically Jewish version of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, with a specifically Jewish name—the Haskalah—for itself. The term derives from the word for 'mind' or 'intellect,' and it is naturally associated with ethics rather than rituals, life rather than prohibitions, and assimilation over 'exile' or 'return.' It's everlastingly linked to the name of the great German teacher Moses Mendelssohn, one of those conspicuous Jewish hunchbacks who so upset and embarrassed Isaiah Berlin. (The other way to upset or embarrass Berlin, I found, was to mention that he himself was a cousin of Menachem Schneerson, the 'messianic' Lubavitcher rebbe.) However, even pre-enlightenment Judaism forces its adherents to study and think, it reluctantly teaches them what others think, and it may even teach them how to think also.
Christopher Hitchens (Hitch 22: A Memoir)
Like the Nazis, the cadres of jihad have a death wish that sets the seal on their nihilism. The goal of a world run by an oligarchy in possession of Teutonic genes, who may kill or enslave other 'races' according to need, is not more unrealizable than the idea that a single state, let alone the globe itself, could be governed according to the dictates of an allegedly holy book. This mad scheme begins by denying itself the talents (and the rights) of half the population, views with superstitious horror the charging of interest, and invokes the right of Muslims to subject nonbelievers to special taxes and confiscations. Not even Afghanistan or Somalia, scenes of the furthest advances yet made by pro-caliphate forces, could be governed for long in this way without setting new standards for beggary and decline.
Christopher Hitchens (The Enemy)
[T]he very multiculturalism and multiethnicity that brought Salman to the West, and that also made us richer by Hanif Kureishi, Nadeem Aslam, Vikram Seth, Monica Ali, and many others, is now one of the disguises for a uniculturalism, based on moral relativism and moral blackmail (in addition to some more obvious blackmail of the less moral sort) whereby the Enlightenment has been redefined as 'white' and 'oppressive,' mass illegal immigration threatens to spoil everything for everybody, and the figure of the free-floating transnational migrant has been deposed by the contorted face of the psychopathically religious international nihilist, praying for the day when his messianic demands will coincide with possession of an apocalyptic weapon. (These people are not called nihilists for nothing.) Of all of this we were warned, and Salman was the messenger. Mutato nomine et de te fabula narrator: Change only the name and this story is about you.
Christopher Hitchens (Hitch 22: A Memoir)
...Turn our thoughts, in the next place, to the characters of learned men. The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. Read over again all the accounts we have of Hindoos, Chaldeans, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Celts, Teutons, we shall find that priests had all the knowledge, and really governed all mankind. Examine Mahometanism, trace Christianity from its first promulgation; knowledge has been almost exclusively confined to the clergy. And, even since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate a free inquiry? The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will soon find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your legs and hands, and fly into your face and eyes. [Letters to John Taylor, 1814, XVIII, p. 484]
John Adams (The Letters of John and Abigail Adams)