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Iranian jurist, Death: 19-12-1111 Al-Ghazali Quotes
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Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see - Egoism, Arrogance, Conceit, Selfishness, Greed, Lust, Intolerance, Anger, Lying, Cheating, Gossiping and Slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then will be ready to fight the enemy you can see.
Al-Ghazali

2.
To get what you love, you must first be patient with what you hate.
Al-Ghazali

'In order to attain that which you covet, you must first tolerate that which you loathe.'
3.
Do not allow your heart to take pleasure with the praises of people, nor be saddened by their condemnation.
Al-Ghazali

Do not be swayed by the accolades of others, nor be dispirited by their censure.
4.
Desires make slaves out of kings and patience makes kings out of slaves.
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'Longing turns potentates into captives and forbearance transforms captives into potentates.'
5.
If you see Allah, Mighty and Magnificent, holding back this world from you, frequently trying you with adversity and tribulation, know that you hold a great status with Him. Know that He is dealing with you as He does with His Awliya’ and chosen elite, and is watching over you.
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6.
Knowledge without action is wastefulness and action without knowledge is foolishness.
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Understanding without implementation is futile and implementation without comprehension is recklessness.
7.
Offen love between two people intensifies not because of beauty or some advantage, but because of sheer spiritual affinity.
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Mutual affection between two individuals strengthens not out of physical attraction or gain, but due to a deep spiritual connection.
8.
Whoever says that all music is prohibited, let him also claim that the songs of birds are prohibited.
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Whoever asserts that all tunes are forbidden, let him also declare that the melodies of birds are proscribed.
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9.
Dear friend, Your heart is a polished mirror. You must wipe it dean of the veil of dust that has gathered upon it, because it is destined to reflect the light of divine secrets.
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Beloved companion, Your spirit is a gleaming reflection. Clear away the fog of obscurity that has settled upon it, as it is destined to reflect the brilliance of divine mysteries.
10.
Those who look for seashells will find seashells; those who open them will find pearls.
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Those who search for shells will find shells; those who explore them will uncover jewels.
11.
Never have I dealt with anything more difficult than my own soul, which sometimes helps me and sometimes opposes me.
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I have never encountered anything more arduous than my own psyche, which occasionally aids me and at other times hinders me.
12.
Half of disbelief in Allah in the world is caused by people who make religion look ugly due to their bad conduct and ignorance
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Approximately half of the lack of faith in God is caused by those who sully religion through their misbehavior and lack of knowledge.
13.
Remember your contemporaries who have passed away and were your age. Remember the honors and fame they earned, the high posts they held, and the beautiful bodies they possessed. Today all of them are turned to dust. They have left orphans and widows behind them, their wealth is being wasted, and their houses turned into ruins. No sign of them is left today, and they lie in dark holes underneath the earth. Picture their faces before your mind's eye and ponder.
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14.
The happiness of the drop is to die in the river.
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The joy of the droplet is to perish in the stream.
15.
Neglect not your time, nor use it haphazardly; on the contrary you should bring yourself to account. Structure your litanies and other practices during each day and night. This is how to bring about the spiritual blessing (baraka) in each period. If each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, Be not like the deceived fools who are joyous because each day their wealth increases while their life grows ever shorter.
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The way to paradise is an uphill climb whereas hell is downhill. Hence, there is a struggle to get to paradise and not to hell.
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The path to Heaven is a strenuous journey while the descent to Hell is easy; therefore, there is a battle to reach the former and not the latter.
17.
You must convince your heart that whatever Allah has decreed is most appropriate and most beneficial for you.
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You must persuade your soul that whatever Allah has ordained is most suitable and most advantageous for you.
18.
When you have a bad suspicion about a Muslim in your heart, you should increase your consideration toward him and make dua for him. This way you will infuriate Satan and will be able to drive him away. Because of this, Satan will be reluctant to put evil thoughts into your heart, afraid that you would increase your consideration towards your brother and will make dua for him again.
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19.
To completely trust in Allah is to be like a child who knows deeply that even if he does not call for the mother, the mother is totally aware of his condition and is looking after him.
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To utterly rely on God is to be like an infant who is certain that even if they do not cry out for aid, the Divine overseer is completely cognizant of their state and providing sustenance.
20.
Do not dispute with anyone in any matter as far as possible. For in argumentation lies much harm and its evil is greater than its benefit.
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Abstain from debating with others whenever feasible, for engaging in discourse often leads to more damage than good.
21.
In God, there is no sorrow or suffering or affliction. If you want to be free of all affliction and suffering, hold fast to God, and turn wholly to Him, and to no one else. Indeed, all your suffering comes from this: that you do not turn toward God and no one else.
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22.
O youth.......be assured that knowledge alone does not strengthen the hand......Though a man read a hundred thousand scientific questions and understood them or learned them, but did not work with them---They do not benefit him except by working.....Knowledge is the tree, and working is its fruit; and though you studied a hundred years and assembled a thousand books, you would not be prepared for the mercy of Allah the Exalted except by working.
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23.
The corruption of religions comes from turning them to mere words and appearances.
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The debasement of faiths stems from reducing them to mere verbalizations and facades.
24.
Does money upset the hearts of learned men? He answered, "men whose hearts are changed by money are not learned"
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He responded, "Those whose emotions are modified by wealth cannot be considered wise."
25.
A man of bad character punishes his own soul.
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A man of ill repute torments his own spirit.
26.
People count with self-satisfaction the number of times they have recited the name of God on their prayer beads, but they keep no beads for reckoning the number of idle words they speak.
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Tally with delight the times they have invoked the Lord's name on their rosary, yet no beads are kept to enumerate the number of aimless utterances they make.
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If the first inward thought is not warded off, it will generate a desire, then the desire will generate a wish, and the wish will generate an intention, and the intention will generate the action, and the action will result in ruin and divine wrath. So evil must be cut off at its root, which is when it is simply a thought that crosses the mind, from which all the other things follow on.
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28.
This visible world is a trace of that invisible one and the former follows the latter like a shadow.
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This tangible realm is an echo of the intangible one and the former follows the latter like a specter.
29.
The hypocrite looks for faults; the believer looks for excuses.
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The deceiver scrutinizes for errors; the adherent looks for justification.
30.
If your busy with yourself now, you will be busy with yourself then. If you are busy with Allah now, you will be with Him then.
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If you are devoted to yourself at present, you will be occupied with yourself in the future. If you are devoted to Allah now, you will be with Him then.
31.
If those who do not possess knowledge avoid the scholarly discussions, disagreement will end.
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If those who are uninformed abstain from intellectual discourse, discord will cease.
32.
A human-being is not a human-being while his tendencies include self-indulgence, covetousness, temper and attacking other people
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A human-being is not a human-being while their behavior involves selfishness, greed, wrath and aggression.
33.
Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them is irreplaceable and once gone, can never be retrieved.
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Every inhalation is a precious gem, for it is one-of-a-kind and cannot be reclaimed once lost.
34.
You possess only whatever will not be lost in a ship wreck.
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You own only what cannot be lost in a maritime disaster.
35.
Knowledge exists potentially in the human soul like the seed in the soil; by learning the potential becomes actual.
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'Understanding lies dormant in the human heart like a seed in the ground; through education this potentiality is brought to reality.'
36.
Whoever passes forty without his virtue overpowering his vice, let him get ready for hellfire. This advice contains enough for people of knowledge.
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Whoever achieves forty years of life without their morality surpassing their vices, let them prepare for damnation. This counsel contains enough wisdom for the insightful.
37.
Remember it is the heart and not the body, which strives to draw near to God. By heart I do not mean the flesh perceived by the senses, but that secret thing which is sometimes expressed by spirit, and sometimes by soul.
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38.
Are you ready to cut off your head and place your foot on it? If so, come; Love awaits you! Love is not grown in a garden, nor sold in the marketplace; whether you are a king or a servant, the price is your head, and nothing less. Yes, the cost of the elixir of love is your head! Do you hesitate? 0 miser, It is cheap at that price!
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Whoever determines the truth from people alone will remain lost in the plains of bewilderment. Rather, know the truth, and you will know its people.
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Whoever seeks to ascertain the truth from individuals alone will remain lost in a haze of confusion. Instead, gain knowledge of the truth and it will reveal its people.
40.
Men have such a good opinion of themselves, of their mental superiority and intellectual depth; they believe themselves so skilled in discerning the true from the false, the path of safety from those of error, that they should be forbidden as much as possible the perusal of philosophic writings.
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There are two kinds of Riya - Showing off-Ostentation ie pure ostentation and adulterated ostention. In pure ostentation "Riya" a man does a good deed only for worldly benefit. In Adulterated ostentation, a man does a good deed with the intention of reaping the benefits of the world as well as of the Hereafter.
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In the intricate paths of life when difficulties and hardships confront a man, and the darkness of difficulty and suffering becomes long, it is patience only that acts like a light for a Muslim, that keeps him safe from wandering here and there, and saves him from the muddy marsh of disappointment, desperation and frustration.
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Man's nature is made up of four elements, which produce in him four attributes, namely, the beastly, the brutal, the satanic, and the divine. In man there is something of the pig, the dog, the devil, and the saint.
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The soul should take care of the body, just as the pilgrim on his way to Makkah takes care of his camel; but if the pilgrim spends his whole time in feeding and adorning his camel, the caravan will leave him behind, and he will perish in the desert.
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Do not fix hopes on your health, and do not laugh away life. Remember how they walked and now all their joints lie separately, and the tongue with which they talked lightly is eaten away by the worms
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46.
If you do not prepare now for the Afterlife, then when will you do so?
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47.
Know, O beloved, that man was not created in jest or at random, but marvelously made and for some great end. Although he is not form everlasting, yet he lives for ever; and though his body is mean and earthly, yet his spirit is lofty and divine
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48.
The mere physical man is like the ant crawling on the paper, who observes black lettering and attributes its production to the pen and nothing more.
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49.
Anyone who refuses to marry is shrinking his farmwork, wasting the seed, and leaving idle the appropiate tools created by God; he sins against the purpose of creation and wisdom visible in the evidence of natural structure. The man who refuses to marry has severed a chain of being, a previously unbroken chain linking his own existence to that of Adam.
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He who buries his head deep into a nosebag full of food cannot hope to see the invisible world.
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