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In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

All praise be to God, and all blessing and peace be upon our master Muhammad and on all his family and Companions.

  • Rather than welcoming with a smile transient pleasures, one should so welcome transient ailments. Pleasures past lead one to sigh with regret, the cry ‘alas!’ being a sign of a hidden ailment. Ailments past lead one to sigh with relief, which is news of a hidden joy and a favour to come.

  • Forgetting is a blessing in some ways. It leads one to suffer the hardships of the present day, and forget the accumulated store of the hardships past.

  • There are degrees of Divine Favor in every misfortune. Be mindful of the greater misfortune so as to be thankful for the favor of the lesser misfortune. Concentrating on the latter and so exaggerating it only doubles it, making it greater. Its exaggerated reflection in the heart or its imagination makes it real and that gives serious trouble to the heart.

  • In social life each man has a window called status through which he looks out to see others and be seen. If the window is built higher than his real stature, he tries, through vanity and giving himself airs, to stretch himself up to be seen taller than he really is. If the window is set lower than his real stature, he must bow in humility in order to look out, to see and be seen. Humility is the measure of a man’s greatness; just as vanity or conceit is the measure of a low character.

  • The self-respect which a weak man should wear before a powerful man becomes, if the powerful man assumes it, self-conceit. The humility which a powerful man should wear before a weak man becomes, if assumed by a weak man, self-abasement. The solemnity of an administrator in his office is dignity, while his humility in the same place is self-abasement. The same solemnity in his house is self-conceit, but his humility there is humility. Forbearance and sacrifice (of one’s rights) on one’s own account is good and a virtue; but when done on behalf of others, it is bad and a treason. An individual may bear patiently with whatever is done to him personally; but it is impermissible for him to, on behalf of the nation, bear patiently what is being done to the nation. Whereas pride and indignation on behalf of the nation are commendable, on one’s own behalf they are not.

  • Entrusting an affair to God without, at the outset, taking all the necessary precautions, and making the necessary arrangements with regard to it, is laziness. To leave to God achievement of the desired outcome, having first done all that one can, to God, is to put one’s trust in God. Contentment with what one has obtained as a result of all one’s efforts is a laudable virtue which encourages further efforts and reinvigorates one’s energy and industry. Contentment with what one already has is to lack endeavor.

  • A man is free to obey or disobey the commandments of the Religious Law. He is likewise free to obey or disobey the Divine Laws of creation and life. While the return for one’s obedience or disobedience to the former is usually deferred to the Hereafter, the return for obedience or disobedience to the latter usually comes in this life. For example, the reward for patience is success, while the punishment for indolence is privation. Industry brings wealth, and steadfastness victory. Any claim to justice which has not observed equality is a false claim.

  • Being same in rank, age, and similar things causes rivalry and conflict. Complementarity and proportionateness is the basis of solidarity. An inferiority complex provokes arrogance. Weakness of character provokes haughtiness. The origin of hostility and finding fault is impotence. Curiosity about something leads one to learn it.

  • The Power which has created everything with a disposition singular to it has restrained mankind and all the animals, first of all, by means of their neediness (especially hunger), and ranked them in a certain hierarchy. It has also saved the world from disorder and confusion and, by making neediness a motive for civilization, secured progress in every field.

  • Boredom schools a person in (fantasies of) indulgence. Despair leads him into intellectual deviations. Spiritual ignorance, the darkness of the heart, brings him to distress and depression.

  • When men become womanish through over-cherishing worldly whims and fancies, women become mannish through crudity and authoritarianism. 

  • If an attractive woman enters a company of men, sentiments of display, rivalry and envy are aroused among them. The unveiling of women, that is, their mixing freely among strange men, has led to the encouragement in people of bad morals.

  • Pictures and statues, especially obscene ones, have a significant part in the present sinfulness and ill-temper of mankind.

  • Statues – which are prohibited by religion – are either an injustice fixed in stone, or a fantasy personified, or ostentatious pride monumentally exaggerated.

  • If a man follows the injunctions of Islam, strictly and with firm belief and complete sincerity, his desire and efforts to find Islamic solutions to new problems are a tendency toward perfection. Such desire or efforts on the part of one who is so indifferent to the Islamic injunctions as to place himself outside the circle of Islam are a tendency toward ruin. The right course of action in a time of ‘tempests and earthquakes’ is not to throw open the doors to far-fetched efforts to derive ‘new’ laws from the Qur’an and Sunnah; rather to close the doors and even shutter the windows against innovations. Those who are already indifferent to religious duties, free and easy about whether they do them or not, must not be rewarded with special dispensations to release them altogether from those duties. Rather, they should be urged with severe warnings to do them as best they can.

  • The sphere of being to which we belong bears some resemblance to a living organism. If it were compressed to the size of an egg, would it then be a kind of animal? Or if the sphere of a microbe were to be enlarged to the dimensions of our sphere, would one be like the other? If the sphere is living, it has a soul. If the universe were compressed to the size of a man with its stars forming the elements of that man’s constitution, would it not be a conscious, animate being? God has created so many kinds of living organisms like this.

  • There are two kinds of Shari‘a or Divine Laws. One: the kind issuing from the Divine Attribute of Speech, which regulate the deeds and states of man who constitutes the normo-universe. Two: the kind which, greater in number, govern the creation and operation of the universe. They issue from the Divine Attribute of Will and regulate the movement of the universe which is a macro-human. This second group of laws is wrongly called nature.

  • Angels constitute a mighty community and convey, represent and embody the Divine commandments of creation and order, issuing from Divine Will and called the Laws of Creation and Order.

  • When you compare the senses of a microscopic creature and those of a man, you will confront an astounding, mysterious truth. Man is in the form of the sura Ya Sin; in him is inscribed the sura Ya Sin.

  • Materialism is a spiritual plague that has infected mankind, as a Divine punishment, with a sort of terrible fever. So long as false propaganda and cynicism spread among people, so too will that plague.

  • The unhappiest of men, who suffers the greatest distress, is the one with nothing to do. For doing nothing is a close relative of non-existence, whereas working hard is the vigour of the body and the awakening of life.

  • The benefits that come from banks, which are houses of usury and open the doors for usury, go to the unbelievers, especially to the most unjust and the most dissolute among them. The harm they bring to the Muslim world can hardly be denied. They cannot be left alone just because they happen to benefit a portion of mankind. The unbelievers, especially those of them who are aggressive and on a war footing with the Muslims, do not deserve to be respected or defended.

  • The sermons in the Friday prayers are to remind the congregation about the essentials of Islam, not to expound to them its abstract, theoretical points. Therefore, the Arabic phrases in which those essentials are expressed are the best fitted for this reminding.

  • When the Qur’anic verses are compared with the sayings of the Prophet, upon him be peace and the blessings of God, it will be noticed that even the most eloquent of human beings cannot compete with the eloquence of the Qur’an.

Recommended Reading:
Seeds of Truth 1
Seeds of Truth 2

Last Updated on February 07, 2002

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