Weekly Pearls of Wisdom: Wise Words of Imam Ghazali
Beauty acts as a cause to produce love, because the being, the attributes and the works of God possess beauty, and every one loves that which is beautiful.
MUHAMMAD AL-GHAZALI, The Alchemy of Happiness
‘The intelligent man, on the contrary, follows the advice of the master of the intelligent, Ali-God be pleased with him where he says, “do not know the truth by men but rather know the truth, and you will know its of adherents’.
Al Munqidh min al-Dalal al-Ghazali’s Path to Sufism His Deliverance from Error
Please find below our weekly pearls of wisdom: wise words of Imam Ghazali. Good words have the power to heal. Imam Al-Ghazali, a leading figure in the arena of philosophy and Sufism. I hope you’ll find his quotes as inspiring as millions other do.
Knowledge without action is vanity, and action without knowledge is insanity.
Knowledge exists potentially in the human soul like the seed in the soil; by learning the potential becomes actual.
Dear seeker, you will not be able to rise to carry out the commands of Allah until you monitor your heart and limbs in every moment and every breath.
Advice is easy, what is difficult is accepting it, for it is bitter in taste.
The tongue is very small and light but it can take you to the greatest heights and it can put you in the lowest depths.
Soft words soften the hearts that are harder than rock, harsh words harden hearts that are softer than silk.
The hypocrite looks for faults; the believer looks for excuses.
We are creatures that love to blame the external, not realizing that the problem is usually internal.
The first stage of sincerity is that your private and public state should be the same.
Desires make slaves out of kings and patience makes kings out of slaves.
As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good; I was actually being re-directed to something better. You must convince your heart that whatever God has decreed is most appropriate and most beneficial for you.
It is the states of the heart, the place of our intentions, that holds us accountable.
Never have I dealt with anything more difficult than my own soul, sometimes it helps me and sometimes it opposes me.
If we had perfect power to determine our destinies, and perfect vision to see the future and know what is best for us, we would choose exactly the fate that Allah has chosen for us.
People count with self-satisfaction the number of times they have recited the name of God on their prayer beads, but they keep no beads for reckoning the number of idle words they speak.
One departs from the station of patience through anxiety, exaggeration of complaint, making an exhibition of sorrow, possessions and food.
To get what you love, you must first be patient with what you hate.
What is not destined will not reach you, even if it be between your two lips.
To completely trust in God is to be like a child who knows deeply that even if he does not call for the mother, the mother is totally aware of his condition and is looking after him.
The spirit in man has been created in accordance with the image of beauty, so that whenever it either hears or sees anything beautiful, it may have a propensity towards it, and seek for communion with it.
Beauty of form belongs to the spirit, and not to the body. It is a proof that there is nothing agreeable in the body by itself, that when the spirit is separated from the body by death, no one has any inclination afterwards to look upon the face of the dead, but on the contrary his feelings repel him and he turns away from it.