Tell me what you are doing with your suffering, and I will tell you who you are.
Welcome to our weekly pearls of wisdom. Today, we bring to you top quotes from Tariq Ramadan. He is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Qatar. We hope you’ll find these quotes powerful and inspiring.
“When I pretend to be strong, no one sees my hidden tears except Allah. When I’m sad and need a shoulder to cry on, no one supports me but Allah. Pleasing a human is very difficult, pleasing Allah is the easiest. People sometimes punish me for mistakes I have not done, Allah ignores and excuses the ones that I did. This is Allah, The Greatest, The Most Almighty, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful, and all praise belongs to Him.”
“Teach the heart not to give way to proud emotions and arrogant thinking; bring the mind to heart-soothing solutions that make it possible to control oneself gently and wisely.”
“To be kind is good. To be kind without expecting anything in return is better.”
“Never forget your dialogue with God, it is your strength.”
The more you look into and understand yourself, the less judgemental you become towards others.
Humility is my table, respect is my garment, empathy is my food and curiosity is my drink. As for love, it has a thousand names and is by my side at every window.
You can’t be good to others if you’re not strict with yourself. The more shallow you are with yourself, the harsher you are with others. The more profound you are with yourself, the more generous you are with others.
Behind every great man is not a woman, she is beside him, she is with him, not behind him.
Humility is knowing that you can get an answer from anybody: be it a child, another person, or nature.
If you read the Qur’an with your head, you find repetition. If you read it with your heart, you find depth.
Don’t treat people the way they treat you. Treat them better.
Prayer is better than to sleep. Wake up. Wake up & pray. This is the way you free yourself.
“Integration is a word of the past, the word of the future and the word of the present is contribution.”