Beyond perception and comprehension

God’s Essence, as stated in the Qur’an, is beyond the scope of human perception and comprehension. The human imagination cannot possibly conjure up what God is like. Imagination consists of fragments of reality already perceived; the human mind cannot imagine beyond what it sees and experiences in the physical world. The picture-making power of the mind is based on observation; God resembles or compares to nothing in this world.

God or No God by Haya Muhammad Eid

Ponder about the creatures of God and do not ponder about God Himself (His Essence) lest you be ruined.

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

Whatever mental picture you have of God, God is different.

Ibn Hanbal

Stop, recharge, and gain strength

Every now and then, pause. Take stock of your life. Are you pleased with your progress? Which areas need improvement? It’s a blessing to be able to stop, recharge and gain strength before moving forward. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad!

Mufti Ismail Menk (Twitter)

Learn to pause, reflect, remember, and renew.

It’s better to move with purpose at a slower pace, than to constantly spin your wheels aimlessly.

Dr. Omar Suleiman (Twitter)

Polished hearts

Verily, in the body is a piece of flesh which, if sound, the entire body is sound, and if corrupt, the entire body is corrupt. Truly, it is the heart.

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

Wealth is in the heart and poverty is in the heart. Whoever is wealthy in his heart will not be harmed no matter what happens in the world. Whoever is impoverished in his heart will not be satisfied no matter how much he has in the world. Verily, he will only be harmed by the greed of his own soul.

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

No human being will enter Paradise if there is as much as the weight of a seed of arrogance in his heart.

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

There is a polish for everything that takes away rust. The polish for the heart is the remembrance of God.

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

You can’t please everyone

He who thinks that he is free from the criticism of people is a mad man, for even the Lord of the Worlds Himself has been wrongfully criticized.

Imam Al-Shafi’i (RA)

You will never be able to please everyone, rather rectify what is between you and God and do not care about the people.

Imam Al-Shafi’i (RA)

If you do ninety-nine things correct, and one thing incorrect, people will ignore the ninety-nine, and spread the one mistake.

Imam Al-Shafi’i (RA)

If you focused all your efforts into pleasing people, you’d never succeed, so be sincere to God in your actions and intentions.

Imam Al-Shafi’i (RA)

Let not your tongue mention the shame of another, for you yourself are covered in shame and all men have tongues.

Imam Al-Shafi’i (RA)

Open hearts and minds

God will open the hearts of whomever He wants to guide to Islam, but He will tighten the chest of one whom He has led astray, as though he was climbing high up into the sky. Thus, God places wickedness on those who do not accept the faith.

Qur’an 6:125

One whose chest (heart and mind) is left open for Islam (submission to His will) shall receive light from God. Woe to those whose hearts have become like stone against the remembrance of God. They are clearly in error.

Qur’an 39:22