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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Said Nursi

Spiritual Teachers and the Animals

 Said Nursi and the Animals

From his Anatolian childhood onwards the great thinker Bediuzzaman Said Nursi had a close relationship with and a real love for the animals and the natural world, which he perceive as the handiwork of God and as a signpost pointing to him. He was fascinated by the living creatures, mountains and streams of the land, and for all the creatures he felt an inner sense of love and compassion.

In his biography Bediuzzaman recorded how, when engaged in study staying in retreat in the mausoleum in Tillo, he shared the food that was brought to him by the villagers, with the ants of that place, calling these little believers and praising them as examples hard work and cooperation.

Bediuzzaman would discourage people from harming or killing wild animals, such as stopping a gamekeeper from shooting nearby partridges, by reminding him it was the nesting season.

One time on of Bediuzzaman’s students killed a lizard and Bediuzzaman became angry with him, asking him whether it was he who had created it? Thus reminding him that it was a creature created by the Creator for a reason that he had killed, one that was merely living in Islam according to Divine designs.

Another time when Bediuzzaman was imprisoned by the tyrannical state apparatus he saw that flies were being killed by spraying for no great reason. He was most upset by this and responded by writing a short treatise on flies.

Bediuzzaman used to develop close ties and companionship with all sorts of creatures, although they may be often limited in intelligence and form compared to the human beings, he could see their essential selves for the pure hearted non-human believers that they are, servants of God who, unlike human beings, never deviate from Islam.

Although not a Sufi in the commonly understood meaning of the word, Bediuzzaman was infused with the inner spirit of Islam and through it he formed relations with the universe and everything around him, enabling him to establish a deep empathic and real relationship with all creatures founded on wisdom that we are all the creations and servants of God and compassion like that which was demonstrated to the creatures by the Holy Prophet.

Abu Yazid and the Animals

One day the great Sufi Abu Yazid Bistami (ra) was walking along a narrow way with his disciples, when a dog approached, coming the other way. Abu Yazid moved to the side to kindly allow the dog to pass, but one of his disciples inwardly disapproved of this act of mercy and secretly he thought to himself that;

‘God Almighty honoured humankind above the creatures and Abu Yazid is the King of the Sufis, with such a following of disciples, yet he makes way for a dog! How can this be?’

Intuiting the disapproval of the disciple Abu Yazid explained to him that upon seeing the dog in this predicament the intuition had come into his head that the dog had mutely communicated; What failings was I guilty of at the dawn of time that I was given the form of a dog and what exceptional merit did you acquire that you were robed in honour as the King of the Sufis?

Sofyan al Thauri and the Animals

And that this was why he had given it the right of way. One day the great Sufi Sofyan al Thauri (ra) was walking through the market when he saw a caged bird for sale that was fluttering and making a pitiful sound. Feeling mercy for it he bought it and set it free, but rather than fly away it lingered round Sofyan’s home and would accompany and watch him as he prayed, sometimes even perching upon him.

When Sofyan passed away the bird was bereaved and it followed the Sufi’s shrouded body as it was carried away by the funeral procession. When Sofyan’s body was buried the sorrowful bird dashed itself upon the ground trying to reach its beloved friend and patron, and as a result it too passed away.

It is said that the people then heard a heavenly voice declare that Almighty God had forgiven Sofyan as a result of the compassion that he had shown to the animals.

Sahl ibn Abdullah and the Animals

In Nawawi’s Bustan ul Arifeen it is recorded that many people of Tustar noticed how Sheikh Sahl ibn Abdullah (ra) used to receive visits from wild carnivorous beasts and he would entertain them as guests, feeding them meat before sending them home.

Rumi and the Animals

Jellaludeen Rumi’s life was an act of charity and from the gifts which the nobles and powerful people would give him he was able to assist many poor people in the city. He would even give things away until he had nothing left and on those days when he had even given his food away he would say that he was being blessed by having the smell of saintliness in his home.

Rumi was an exemplar of mercy and although he was normally mild he would become angry if he saw someone mistreating the weak or needy and remind them that all people were brothers and sisters to one another.

He was a paragon of mercy to all creatures and one day he saw a dog sleeping in an alley thus blocking the way, but rather than move it or step over it he merely waited for it to awaken, however, another pedestrian came along and moved the dog so that he could pass and Rumi chided him for causing needless trouble to the dog.

Another time Rumi was traveling in the country with one of his disciples. He explained to his companions that although asses are the vehicle of the humble many Prophets (may God bless him and give him peace) had ridden upon them, such as Seth, Ezra, Jesus and Muhammad (may the peace and blessings be upon them all).

Soon afterwards one of the asses upon which they were riding began to bray very loudly and the disciple upon it responded by beating the poor beast upon the head to try and quieten it. Rumi ordered him to desist from this and reminded him that the animal was only remonstrating because of his worldly needs and pointed out that as all animals were motivated by such then why would the student not beat all of them upon the head. Seeing the cruelty and foolishness of his ways the disciple dismounted and then kissed and stroked the poor animal.

It is recorded in the Acts of the Adepts that some butchers purchased a heifer to be slaughtered, she broke loose and ran away. A crowd ran after her, trying to return her to the butchers, but she would not return and became aggressive.

Rumi happened to be passing and on seeing him the heifer became calm and quiet. She gently came towards him and then stood as though talking to him with her heart and pleading for her life. Rumi patted and hugged her.

When the butchers arrived Rumi begged for the heifer’s life, explaining that she had placed herself under his protection. The butcher’s therefore let her go free and Rumi said to his disciples that if an animal being led to slaughter, breaks loose and takes refuge with me, God granting it immunity for my sake, how much greater so is the case when a human being seeks God with heart and soul, devoutly turning to Him?

God certainly saves such people from Hell and leads him to Heaven, an eternal abode. The disciples were made happy by these words and thus began a celebration of song and worship that lasted into the night.

Some Beautiful Quotes

Minds should be enlightened with science, and hearts need to be illumined with religion.”
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“So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Attributed to Jesus Christ (as)
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“Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.”

Hafiz of Shiraz

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.”

Attributed to Jesus Christ (as)
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“Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
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Attributed to John the Baptist (as)
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“I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Attributed to Jesus Christ (as)
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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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Said Nursi
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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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Said Nursi
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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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Said Nursi
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“If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
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Attributed to Jesus Christ (as)
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“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”
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1 John 3:17 purported Gospels
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Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
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James 5:1-6 purported Gospels
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“And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
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Matthew 21:12-13 purported Gospels
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“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
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Matthew 6:2-4 purported Gospels

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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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Said Nursi
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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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Said Nursi
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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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Said Nursi
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“What gives life to people is hope, while what kills them is despair.”
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Said Nursi