A collection of inspirational, touching, and beautiful quotes from sages of ihsan today and in the past.

“You’ve seized my intellect, seeing, hearing, soul, and body, my entirety all together.”
-Abu Madyan

“All that is reflects his beauty”
-Ahmad al ‘Alawi

“Everything you love is in the Being of the Divine.”
-Muhammad Al-Buzidi

“He cannot be called a seeker who longs not for the Divine.”

“O seeker of truth veiled by your own being—the secret lies within you.”

“The greatest intellects are stymied in the face of love.”

“If you come to Me sincerely with a world of sin I’ll gift you a world of forgiveness.”
-Hadith Qudsi

“Whoever is pleased with himself is veiled from his Lord.”
-Shah Al-Kirmani

“The reality of beholding the Divine is His Being and your absence.”

-”Whoever wants pure love, let him practice pure loyalty.”

“The spiritual way is that knowledge becomes vision.”
-‘Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shaghouri

“Your beauty stands before my eyes. To it I turn my entirety.”
-Ibn Al-Farid

“Become a scholar if you are able. If you are not able, then be a student. If you can not, then show love for them. If you are unable to do that, then (at least) do not hate them.”
-‘Umar ibn Abdil-’Aziz (The 5th Khalifa)

“If there be righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there be beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there be harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.
If there be order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.”

“Living well favors a serene death and rebirth in a happy state.”

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
-Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him)

“Be careful who and what you criticize, there will come a time when you or your children will be doing the same thing.”
-Wisdom from Ustadh Usama Canon, on his reflections on “The Book of Assistance”

“There are as many forms of fasting as there are organs of perception and sensation, and each of these have many different levels. So we ask to fast from all that God does not love for us, and to feast on what the Beloved loves for us. Let us certainly fast from the limited mind, and all that it conjures up. Let us fast from fear, apart from fear and awe of His majesty. Let us fast from thinking that we know, when God alone is the Knower. Let us fast from thinking negatively of anyone. Let us fast from our manipulations and strategies. Let us fast from all complaints about the life experiences that God gives us. Let us fast from our bad habits and our reactions. Let us fast from desiring what we do not have. Let us fast from obsession. Let us fast from despair. Let us fast from not loving our self, and from denying our heart. Let us fast from selfishness and self-centered behavior. Let us fast from thinking that only what serves us is important. Let us fast from seeing reality only from our own point of view. Let us fast from seeing any reality other than God, and from relying on anything other than Him. Let us fast from desiring anything other than God and His Prophets and friends, and our own true self. Essentially, let us fast from thinking that we have any existence separate from God.”
-Scholar Fariha Fatima

“Let my gratitude to you for what you have taken away from me be more abundant than my gratitude to you for what you have conferred upon me.”  -Imam Zainul Abideen

“My servant is my own two hands; my riding beast is my two feet, my bed is the earth, my pillow is a rock, my warmth in the winter is the east of the earth.  I sleep and I do not possess anything, and I wake up and I do not possess anything, but there is no one on the face of this earth richer than me.” -Prophet Jesus (pbuh)

“Know that God does not answer supplication from a heedless and a distracted heart.” -Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

“All good is contained in three things: your looking, your silence and your speech.  Looking without reflection is negligence, silence without meditation is unmindfulness, and speech without remembrance is idle talk.  Happiness will be theirs whose looking is a lesson, whose silence is meditation, whose speech is remembrance, who weep because of their mistakes and by whose hand people are safe from evil.” -Imam Ali

“The thankful person prospers more as result of his thanks than as a bounty which incited the thanks, because bounties are sources of delight (in this world), whereas to thank brings bounties in this world and the hereafter.”- Imam Al Hadi

“Wisdom grows in the humble heart and does not grow in the arrogant heart for God has made humility a tool for the intellect and made arrogance a tool for the ignorant.”

“God, most High, has receptacles on the earth, and verily they are the hearts.  The most beloved of hearts to God are the softest ones, the purest ones, and the firmest ones: those that are the softest to their brothers, those that are the most pure from sins, and those that are the firmest in the Path of God.” -Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

“The sleep of a man of intellect is better than the night vigil of an ignorant man.” -Imam Al Kadhim

“The scholar is alive even when he is dead, whereas the ignorant man is dead even though he may be alive” -Imam Ali

“The wise are so occupied with working on their own deficiencies that they do not see the deficiencies in others.”
-Imam Amin Muhammad