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Ibn Al-Qayyim Quotes

by | Oct 13, 2010

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An accomplished scholar of Islamic science

Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawzziya, the great Muslim scholar, known for his wise saying and Quotes, was born in Damascus, Syria. The real name of al-Qayyim is Muhammad Ibn Abi Bakr. However, He named after His father, who was an attendant in a school named Al-Jawzziya. Ibn Qayyim became a student of renowned Muslim Scholar Imam ibn Tayymiyah. Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya was an accomplished scholar of Islamic science and was mainly known for His commentaries. Some of the famous Quotes by Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawzziya and wise sayings of Ibn al-Qayyim are as follows.

Sayings of Ibn Al-Qayyim al-Jawzziya:

Flying bird

“The heart is like a bird: love as its head and its two wings are hope and fear.” ibn al Qayyim.


“He whom Allah has predestined to enter Paradise, the reasons which will cause his entrance shall spring from calamities; and he whom Allah has predestined to enter the Hellfire, the reasons which will cause his entrance shall spring from lusts.” Ibn Al-Qayyim

Hardening of the Heart

“The slave is not afflicted with a punishment greater than the hardening of the heart and being distant from Allah, for the Fire was created to melt the hardened heart. The most distant heart from Allah is the stone heart. If the heart becomes hardened, the eye becomes dry.” Ibn Al-Qayyim

Collecting of the pearls

“Satan rejoiced when Adam (peace be upon him) came out of Paradise, but he did not know that when a diver sinks into the sea, he collects pearls and then rises again.” Ibn al-Qayyim

Love of Allah

“It’s a stage that all of those who are striving and competing are competing for it, and it is a kind of life that if you are missing it, you are one of the dead.

It is a light that if you are without it, you are in an ocean of darkness. It is medicine or cure that your heart becomes a place of sicknesses if you are without it.

It’s a sweetness or pleasure that if you are without it, life becomes a thing of worries and pain.” Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyya

The Key to the Heart

“The keys to the life of the heart lie in reflecting upon the Quran, being humble before Allah in secret, and leaving sins.” Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah

Illumination of the Heart

“Worship and obedience illuminate the heart and make it stable and steadfast until it becomes like a clear mirror; shining with light.

When Shaytaan draws close, Its light strikes him like those trying to eavesdrop [in the heavens] are attacked by the shooting stars; resultantly, Shaytaan flees from this heart with more terror than a wolf running from a lion. “Al-Qayyim

The servant is between the Hands of Allah.

“The servant exists between the Hands of Allah at two times- while standing during performing prayer; and while standing on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever fulfills the rights of the first standing will be facilitating the second one. And whoever considers this easy and does not pay due attention to it; he will be making the other one difficult for himself.” Ibn Al-Qayyim

Five pillars of Gratitude

“Gratitude stands strong on five pillars: Submissiveness to Allah from the one expressing gratitude; lov­ing Him for it; acknowledging His favor; praising Him for it; and not utilizing it in a way that displeases Him.” Ibn al-Qayyim

Traveler carrying Dirt

“Deeds without sincerity are like a traveler who carries in his water-jug dirt. The carrying of it burdens him; and it brings no benefit” Ibn al Qayyim.

The Divine Decree is always a bounty.

“The divine decree related to the believer is always a bounty, even if it is in the form of withholding (the desired thing), and it is a blessing. Even if it appears to be a trial, and an affliction that has befallen him is, in reality, a cure, even though it appears to be a disease!” Ibn al-Qayyim

The Heart and Body get sick.

“The heart gets sick as the body does, and its cure is in asking for forgiveness and protection. It also becomes rusty as a mirror does, and it is polished by remembering Allah.

The heart can also be naked like the body and can lose its dress and decoration, and it can feel hunger and thirst like the body does, and its nourishment is knowledge, love, trust, and offering service to Allah.” Ibn-ul-Qayyim

Don’t get tired

“Do not get tired of standing at His door, even if you were thrown out, And do not stop apologizing to Him, even if you are returned. If He opens the door for the ones who were accepted, then enter (with them) the entrance of the ones who were unexpected and say, ‘Miskeen (poor) so give me Sadaqah (charity)” Ibn-ul-Qayyim.

Names have meaning and effect.

“Because names have meanings, these meanings will inevitably affect the person who carries the name. Names affect the things that are named, and the things that are named affect their names, whether they are beautiful or ugly, light or heavy, subtle or crude.” Ibn-ul-Qayyim

The Doors of Jannah

“The scholars of evil sit at the doors of Al-Jannah (Paradise), calling the people to it with their speech, but calling to the fire with their actions; every time they speak their words to the people, they rush forward while their actions suggest not to listen to them. If what they had been calling to was true, they would have been the first to respond. Thus they are seemingly guides, but are in fact, highway robbers.” Ibn Qayyim

Tests of a believer

“The ibtilaa’ (testing) of the believer is like medicine for him. It cures him of illness. Had the disease remained, it would destroy him or diminish his reward and level (in the hereafter). The tests and the trials extract these illnesses from him and prepare him for the perfect award and the highest of degrees.” Ibn Qayyim

Trees in the Heart

“Ikhlaas and Tawheed are a tree in the heart. Its branches are good actions. Its fruits are a good life in this world and eternal comfort in the Hereafter, and just like in Paradise, the fruits are supplied limitlessly, and they are not out of reach, likewise are the fruits of Tawheed and Ikhlaas in this world.”

“An action done without Ikhlaas and without following the Messenger is like a traveler whose sock becomes filled with sand, which weighs him down and has no benefit.” “Allah loves from His slave that he beautifies his tongue with the truth, and his heart with Ikhlaas and love, turning repentantly with reliance upon Allah.” Ibn al-Qayyim

No replacement

“And verily for everything that a slave loses, there is a substitute, but the one who loses Allah will never find anything to replace Him.” Ibn al-Qayyim

Calamities and trials are medicine.

“Were it not that Allah treats His slaves with the remedy of trials and calamities, they would transgress and overstep the mark. When Allah wills for His slaves, He gives him the medicine of tragedies and difficulties according to his situation, to cure him of all fatal illnesses and diseases, until He purifies and cleanses him. Then makes him qualified for the most honorable position in this world: being a faithful slave of Allah (‘uboodiyyah), and for the greatest reward in the Hereafter, which is that of seeing Him and being close to Him. Ibn Qayyim al Jawzziyah

The Heart’s rest

“The heart will rest and feel relief if it settles with Allah, and it will worry and be anxious if it settles with people.” Ibn al-Qayyim

Brook in the desert

“Loving Allah resembles a brook in a desert with no millstone, and that is why there are few water-drawers. The lover usually wants to be isolated with his lover in privacy to find delight, the same as the whale resorts to water, and a child seeks his mother.” Ibn al-Qayyim

Life is a fading shadow.

“O people who take pleasure in a life that will vanish; falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity” Ibn al-Qayyim.

Repel, Repel, Repel

“Repel the thought, for if you don’t, it becomes an idea. So repel the idea, for if you don’t, it will become a desire. So fight against that (desire), for if you don’t, it will become a determination and a passion. And if you don’t repel that, it will become an action. And if you don’t replace it with its opposite, it will become a constant habit. So at that point, it will be difficult for you to change it.” Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

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