Sufi Scholar Quotes 1

“The attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem is abhorrent and cannot be justified in Islam; we must denounce it…..Prophet Muhammad PBUH made it absolutely forbidden to kill women, children, elderly & religious people even in state of war…Attacking places of worship of all religions is absolutely forbidden in Islam; Prophet Muhammad PBUH stated it clearly.”

Sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

“Seek repentance from Allah all the time; even if you believe you have not committed any sin; the sins you are not aware of are more serious.” (as a problem)

Sheikh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

“Sufism is the path followed by an individual who, having been able to free himself or herself from human vices and weaknesses in order to acquire angelic qualities and conduct pleasing to God, lives in accordance with the requirements of God’s knowledge and love, and in the resulting spiritual delight that ensues.”

Fethullah Gulen

“Sufism also enables individuals, through the constant worship of God, to deepen their awareness of themselves as devotees of God. Through the renunciation of this transient, material world, as well as the desires and emotions it engenders, they awaken to the reality of the other world, which is turned toward God’s Divine Beautiful Names.

Fethullah Gulen

Sufism allows individuals to develop the moral dimension of one’s existence, and enables the acquisition of a strong, heartfelt, and personally experienced conviction of the articles of faith that before had only been accepted superficially.”

Fethullah Gulen

If all Muslims were Sufis, all people would be Muslims.”

Timothy Winters

“Tolerance, a term which we sometimes use in place of the words respect, mercy, generosity, or forbearance, is the most essential element of moral systems; it is a very important source of spiritual discipline and a celestial virtue of perfected people.

Fethullah Gulen

“Love is an elixir; a human lives with love, is made happy by love and makes those around him or her happy with love. In the vocabulary of humanity, love is life; we feel and sense each other with love.

Fethullah Gulen

“Divine Love is the longing of the slave to meet his Lord and to find His contentment. This means the believer must follow the example of the Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation to do as he said and to keep away from things that he denied. This is clarified in the words of Allah, “If you love Allah, follow Me and Allah will love you.”

Sidi Muhammad Jamal

“Altruism is an exalted human feeling, and its source is love. Whoever has the greatest share in this love is the greatest hero of humanity; these people have been able to uproot any feelings of hatred and rancor in themselves.

Fethullah Gulen

“Criticizing and objecting to everything means an attempt to destruction. If you do not like something, try to make something better than it. Being destructive causes ruins, while being constructive brings about prosperity.”

Fethullah Gulen

“When you look into the face of the guide, what do you see? You see yourself. If you come to the ocean with a cup, you drink by the cupful. If you come with a teaspoon your spoon will be filled.”

Sidi Muhammad Jamal

“If your morale is built on the Umma, beware. If it is built on God, rejoice.”

Timothy Winters

“Those who want to reform the world must first reform themselves. If they want to lead others to a better world, they must purify their inner worlds of hatred, rancor, and jealousy, and adorn their outer worlds with virtue”

Fethullah Gulen

“Compassion is the beginning of being; without it everything is chaos. Everything has come into existence through compassion and by compassion it continues to exist in harmony. Every thing speaks of compassion and promises compassion. Because of this, the universe can be considered a symphony of compassion. All kinds of voices proclaim compassion so that it is impossible not to be aware of it, and impossible not to feel the wide mercy encircling everything. How unfortunate are the souls who don’t perceive this Man has a responsibility to show compassion to all living beings, as a requirement of being human. The more he displays compassion, the more exalted he becomes, while the more he resorts to wrongdoing, oppression and cruelty, the more he is disgraced and humiliated, becoming a shame to humanity.”

Fethullah Gulen

“Only in Islam is Christ (as) at peace in the bosom of Abraham (as).”

Timothy Winters

“Goodness, beauty, truthfulness, honesty, and being virtuous are the essence of the world. Whatever happens, the world will one day find this essence, for no one can prevent such an event”
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Fethullah Gulen

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” .

Al Ghazali (ra)

“Malice and hatred are the seeds of Hell that have been scattered among humans by evil spirits. Unlike those who encourage malice and hatred and turn the Earth into a pit of Hell, we should take this forgiveness, and run to the rescue of our people who are confronted by countless troubles and who are being continually pushed toward the abyss. The past few centuries have been turned into the most unpleasant and foul years by the excesses of those who do not know forgiveness or recognize tolerance. It is impossible not to be chilled by the thought that these unfortunate ones could rule the future.

Fethullah Gulen

“Do not allow your carnal self to be a referee in any contest, for it will rule that everyone but you is sinful and unfortunate. Such a judgment, according to the word of the Prophet, the most truthful, signifies your destruction. Be strict and implacable with your carnal self, and be relenting and lenient toward others.

Fethullah Gulen

Whoever says that all music is prohibited, let him also claim that the songs of birds are prohibited.”

Al Ghazali (ra)

“Today, people are talking about many things: the danger of war and frequent clashes, water and air pollution, hunger, the increasing erosion of moral values, and so on. As a result, many other concerns have come to the fore: peace, contentment, ecology, justice, tolerance, and dialogue. Unfortunately, despite certain promising precautions, those who should be tackling these problems tend to do so by seeking further ways to conquer and control nature and produce more lethal weapons.

Fethullah Gulen

“He that is near God is saturated with love and acceptance; he that is far from Him burns in the hell of anger and anxiety.”

Timothy Winters

“…few people seem to realize that social harmony and peace with nature, between people, and within the individual only can come about when the material and spiritual realms are reconciled.”

Fethullah Gulen

Anyone can fear His law, but they only love it who are close to Him.”

Timothy Winters

“Knowledge without work is insanity, and work without knowledge is vanity. Know that any science which does not remove you today far from apostasy, and does not carry you to obedience, will not remove you tomorrow from the fire of hell.”  

Al Ghazali (ra)

“Tolerance is our safest refuge and our fortress against the handicaps that arise from schism, factions, and the difficulties inherent in reaching mutual agreement.”

Fethullah Gulen

“We believe that forgiveness and tolerance will heal most of our wounds, if only this celestial instrument will be in the hands of those who understand its language.”

Fethullah Gulen

“Thanks to their hope for forgiveness, humans can rise above the dark clouds that threaten their horizon and seize the opportunity to see light in their world.

Fethullah Gulen

“Eve is completion, not addition.”

Timothy Winters

“Applaud the good for their goodness, appreciate those who have believing hearts, and be kind to them. Approach unbelievers so gently that their envy and hatred melt away. Like a Messiah, revive people with your breath.

Fethullah Gulen

“If your birth is humble, let the sunna make you a nobleman; if your birth is noble, ensure that your acts are not less so.”

Timothy Winters

“It is impossible for people who have given their heart to seeking forgiveness not to think of forgiving others. Just as they desire to be forgiven, they also desire to forgive.

Fethullah Gulen

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“Minds should be enlightened with science, and hearts need to be illumined with religion.”
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“Those who seek everything in materiality know only what their eyes see, and such eyes are blind in spiritual matters.”
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“Do what you do only for God’s sake, start for God’s sake, work for God’s sake, and act within the sphere of God’s good approval.”
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“The inanimate, lifeless cloud that resembles carded cotton has of course no knowledge of us, when it comes to our aid, it is not because it takes pity on us. It cannot appear and disappear without receiving orders. Rather it acts in accordance with the orders of a most powerful and compassionate commander.”
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“Those who attend to the good side of everything contemplate the good. Those who contemplate the good enjoy life.”
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“Time demonstrates that Paradise is not cheap and that Hell is not futile.”
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“It was to these books that I turned for an answer to the question: What is the meaning of there is no god but God? Again I was disappointed. The books were about Islam, not about God. They covered every subject you could possibly imagine except for the one which really mattered.”
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“If knowledge lacks the insight of the heart, it is ignorance. If the laws of government are not combined with the principles of wisdom, and the bonds of force not combined with the laws of truth, they will not be fruitful among the mass of the people.”
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“A person who sees the good in things has good thoughts. And he who has good thoughts receives pleasure from life.”
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“What gives life to people is hope, while what kills them is despair.”
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“Are we Muslims because we believe in God Almighty, or do we believe in God because we are Muslims?”
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