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28 Quotes by Ibn Taymiyyah

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Wikipedia Summary for Ibn Taymiyyah

Taqī ad-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Abd al-Halim ibn Abd al-Salam al-Numayri al-Ḥarrānī (Arabic: تقي الدين أحمد بن عبد الحليم بن عبد السلام النميري الحراني‎, January 22, 1263 – September 26, 1328), known simply Ibn Taymiyyah (ابن تيمية), was an Islamic jurist scholar, muhaddith, theologian, judge, philosopher, economist, and polymath. He is known for his diplomatic involvement with the Ilkhanid ruler Ghazan Khan and for his involvement at the Battle of Marj al-Saffar which ended the Mongol invasions of the Levant. A member of the Hanbali school, Ibn Taymiyyah's iconoclastic views on widely accepted doctrines of his time such as the veneration of saints and the visitation to their tomb-shrines made him unpopular with many scholars and rulers of the time, under whose orders he was imprisoned several times.

A polarising figure in his own times and in the centuries that followed, Ibn Taymiyyah has become one of the most influential medieval writers in contemporary Islam, where his particular interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah and his rejection of some aspects of classical Islamic tradition are believed to have had considerable influence on contemporary ultra-conservative movements such as Salafi-Jihadism. Particular aspects of his teachings had a profound influence on Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, the founder of the Hanbali reform movement practiced in Saudi Arabia, and on other later Wahabi scholars. Rashid Rida considered him as the renewer of the Islamic 7th century. Moreover, Ibn Taymiyyah's controversial fatwa allowing jihad against other Muslims is referenced by al-Qaeda and other jihadi groups. Their reading of Ibn Taymiyyah's thought has been challenged by recent scholarship.


The disease that knowledge brings is arrogance, and the disease that worship brings is showing off.



Guidance is not attained except with knowledge and correct direction is not attained except with patience.



A calamity that makes you turn to Allah is better for you then a blessing which makes you forget the remembrance of Allah.



The more humble, needy, and subdued you are before Allah, the closer you will be to Him.



Beautiful leaving (hajr), is to leave without harming, beautiful pardoning is to pardon without rebuking, and beautiful patience is to be patient without complaining.



Remembrance is to the heart what water is to the fish. And what is the state of a fish that leaves water?





The one who is truly imprisoned is the one whose heart is imprisoned from Allah and the captivated one is the one whose desires have enslaved him.





Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) is to the heart as water is to a fish; see what happens to a fish when it is taken out of water.



Some people have the disease of criticising all the time. They forget the good about others and only mention their faults. They are like flies that avoid the good and pure places and land on the bad and wounds. This is because of the evil within the self and the spoiled nature.



What can you do with me? My jannah is in my heart! If you take me to jail, I will make zikr of Allah. If you exile me out of my land, I will make takaffur. If you execute me, I would be a shaheed. What can you do with me? Because I am not limited to this dunya. I am living for al-akhira!



A man will never fear something besides Allah unless it be due to a disease in his heart.



Don't depend too much on anyone.

Longer Version:

Don't depend too much on anyone in this world, because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness.





The People of the Sunnah are the most knowledgeable of mankind concerning the truth, and the most merciful of the creation towards the rest of creation.



Among the principles of the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama'ah lie the attitude of peace and purity of their heart and tongue towards the Sahaba of the Prophet.



Verily, I constantly renew my Islam until this very day, as up to now, I do not consider myself to have ever been a good Muslim.



A believer to another believer is like two hands, one washes the other (correcting each other).



Allah will support the just state even if it is led by unbelievers, but Allah will not support the oppressive state even if it is led by believers.



What really counts are good endings, not flawed beginnings.



When people help one another in sin and transgression, they finish by hating each other.





If I remained silent and you remained silent, then who will teach the ignorant?



If you do good in secret, Allah will shower His good on you in public.





Don't depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness.



Everyone experiences bouts of jealousy; but the dignified person conceals it, while the vulgar one acts upon it.


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