Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah Quotes On God & Success

Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah Quotes On God & Success

Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah (Sham Al-din Muhammad Ibn Abi Bakr) was an important Islamic jurisconsult, theologian, and spiritual writer. Belonging to the Hanbali school of Sunni jurisprudence, of which he is regarded as ‘one of the most important thinkers’. Ibn Qayyim is today best remembered as the foremost disciple and student of the controversial and influential fourteenth-century Sunni reformer Ibn Taymiyyah, with whom he was imprisoned in 1326 for dissenting against established tradition during Ibn Taymiyyah’s famous incarceration in Damascus. Ibn Qayyim went on to become a prolific scholar, producing a rich corpus of literary works. As a result, numerous important Muslim scholars of the Mamluk period were among Ibn Qayyim’s students or at least greatly influenced by him, including, among others, the Shafi’ee historian Ibn Kathir. May his quotes inspire you to get closer to God so that you may attain true success.

1. “A person’s tongue can give you the taste of his heart.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

2. “As long as you are performing prayer, you are knocking at the door of God, and whoever is knocking at the door of God, God will open it for him.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

3. “Don’t ruin your happiness with worry, and don’t ruin your mind with pessimism. Don’t ruin your success with deception and don’t ruin the optimism of others by destroying it. Don’t ruin your day by looking back at yesterday.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

4. “Whoever thinks of the greatness of God will never be at ease in committing wrong actions.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

5. “One of the most beneficial remedies is persisting in du’a (supplication).” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

6. “How strange! You lose a little from you and you cry. And your whole is wasting and you’re laughing.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

7. “God does not close a door to his slave, out of wisdom, except that He opens two others to him.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

8. “Beware of every hour and how it passes, and only spend it in the best possible way, do not neglect yourself, but render it accustomed to the noblest and best of actions, and send to your grave that which will please you when you arrive to it.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

9. “The crying of the sinners is more loved to God than the tasbeeh (praise/glorification) of the arrogant.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

10. “Wasting time is worse than death because death separates you from this world whereas wasting time separates you from God.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

11. “Never do the love of song and the love of Qur’an come together in a person’s heart except that one expels the others.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

12. “This worldly life is like a shadow. If you try to catch it, you will never be able to do so. If you turn your back towards it, it has no choice but to follow you.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

13. “And if you reflect on most people’s situation you will find that they look at their rights over God and do not look at God’s right over them, and from here is where they broke off from God.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

14. “Love of God is the power of the heart, the sustenance of the heart the light of the heart.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

15. “When you do not have knowledge; someone could bring you dirt and you will believe it to be gold.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

16. “The key to all good is longing for the hereafter and the key to all evil is love of the world and extended hopes.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

17. “Ward off passing thoughts, for if you do not, they will become ideas. Ward off ideas for if you do not, they will become desires. Fight the desires, for if you do not, they will become resolve and determination. And if you do not ward them off, they will become actions. If you do not resist them with its opposite, they will become habits. And it will be difficult for you to get rid of them.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

18. “When a person spends his entire day with no concern but God alone. God will take care of all his needs and take care of all that is worrying him. He will empty his heart so that it will be filled only with love for Him.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

19. “The keys to happiness are three: Being grateful when blessed. Being patient when tried. Hasting to repent when one sins.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

20. “Women are one half of society which gives birth to the other half, so it is as if they are the entire society.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

21. “The one who is truthful does not care about his status in the eyes of the creation.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

22. “A slave stands in front of God on two occasions. The first during salaat (prayer), and secondly on the Day of Judgement. Whosoever stands correctly in the first, the second standing will be made easier for him. And whosoever disregards the first standing, the second standing will be extremely difficult.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

23. “Beware of preoccupying your heart with what it has not been created for.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

24. “The path always starts with trials and tests, then comes the period of patience and reliance (upon God), and the end is enlightenment, guidance, and victory.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

25. “The most beneficial remedy is that you preoccupy yourself with thoughts of what should concern you and not those that should not concern you.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

26. “Sitting with the poor and less fortunate people removes the ego and pride from your heart.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

27. “Truly in the heart there is a void that cannot be removed except with the company of God. And in it there is a sadness that cannot be removed except with the happiness of knowing God and being true to Him. And in it there is an emptiness that cannot be filled except with love for Him and by turning to Him and always remembering Him. And if a person were given all of the world and what is in it, it would not fill this emptiness.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

28. “Whoever desires to purify his heart, then let him prefer God to his desires.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

29. “A real man is the one fears the death of his heart, not his body.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

30. “The more spiritually alive your heart is, the more pain it will feel.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

31. “If a heart becomes attached to anything other than God, God makes him dependant on what he is attached to. And he will be betrayed by it.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

32. “And is bliss other than the bliss of the heart, and is torment other than the torment of the heart?” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

33. “Whoever prefers God to all others, God will prefer him to others.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

34. “The Hijrah (emigration/migration) to God includes abandoning what He hates and doing what He loves and accepts.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

35. “He who keeps his heart near God will find peace and tranquillity.” Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

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