This wordly life is like a shadow. If you try to catch it, you will never be able to do so. If you turn your back towards it, it has no choice but to follow you.— Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya
The most empowering Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya quotes that will inspire your inner self
A person’s tongue can give you the taste of his heart.
Happiness is attained by three things: being patient when tested, being thankful when receiving a blessing, and being repentant upon sinning.
Women are one half of society which gives birth to the other half so it is as if they are the entire society.
A real man is one who fears the death of his heart, not of his body.
As long as you are performing prayer, you are knocking at the door of Allah, and whoever is knocking at the door of Allah, Allah will open it for him.
If you knew the true value of yourself, you will never allow yourself to be humiliated by committing sins.
He who keeps his heart near God will find peace and tranquility, whilst he who gives his heart to the people will find restlessness and apprehension.
Beware of every hour and how it passes, and only spend it in the best possible way, do not neglect yourself, but render it accustomed to the noblest and best of actions, and send to your grave that which will please you when you arrive to it.
And if a person were given all of the world and what is in it, it would not fill his emptiness.
How strange! You lose a little from you and you cry.
And your whole life is wasting and you're laughing
If you wish to check how much you love Allah, then see how much your heart loves the Quran, and you will know the answer.
The soul will never become pious and purified except through undergoing afflictions. It is the same as gold that can never be pure except after removing all the base metals in it.
Sitting with the poor and less fortunate people removes the ego and pride from your heart.
O people who take pleasure in a life that will vanish, falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity
Love of Allah is the power of the heart, the sustenance of the heart, the light of the heart.
There are six stages to knowledge: Firstly: Asking questions in a good manner.
Secondly: Remaining quiet and listening attentively. Thirdly: Understanding well. Fourthly: Memorising. Fifthly: Teaching. Sixthly- and it is its fruit: Acting upon the knowledge and keeping to its limits.
From the perfection of Allah's ihsan is that He allows His slave to taste the bitterness of the break before the sweetness of the mend. So He does not break his believing slave, except to mend him. And He does not withhold from him, except to give him. And He does not test him (with hardship), except to cure him.
A slave stands infront of Allah on two occasions.
The first during salah, and secondly on the Day of Judgment. Whoseover stands correctly in the first, the second standing will be made easier for him. And whosoever, disregards the first standing, the second standing will be extremely difficult.
The heart, in its journey to Allah, Majestic is He, is like that of a bird;
Love is its head, and fear and hope are its two wings. When the head and two wings are sound, the bird flies gracefully; if the head is severed, the bird dies; if the bird loses one of its wings, it then becomes a target for every hunter or predator.
Sins have many side-effects. One of them is that they steal knowledge from you.
If the heart becomes hardened, the eye becomes dry.
If a man's patience is stronger than his whims and desires, then he is like an angel, but if his whims and desires are stronger than his patience, then he is like a devil. If his desire for food, drink and sex is stronger than his patience, then he is no better than an animal.
Wasting time is worse than death, because death separates you from this world whereas wasting time separates you from Allah
Everything that is loved, if it is not loved for His sake then this love is nothing but distress and punishment. Every action that is not performed for His sake then it is wasted and severed. Every heart that does not reach Him is wretched; veiled from achieving its success and happiness.
Yearning for Allah and His meeting is like the gentle breeze blowing upon the heart, extinguishing the blaze of the Dunya. Whosoever caused his heart to settle with his Lord shall be in a state, calm and tranquility, and whosoever sent it amongst the people shall be disturbed and excessively perturbed.
A tear that runs down a believer's cheek is more beneficial than a thousand raindrops on the earth
As long as one is following the right way, one should never be concerned about the reproaches of those who like to find faults.
The ibtilaa' (testing) of the believer is like medicine for him.
It cures him from illness. Had the illness remained it would destroy him or diminish his reward and level (in the hereafter). The tests and the trials extract these illnesses from him and prepare him for the perfect reward and the highest of degrees (in the life to come).
Every love that leads away from His love is in fact a punishment;
only a love that leads to His love is a heartfelt and pure love.
There is no joy for the one who does not bear sadness, there is no sweetness for the one who does not have patience, there is no delight for the one who does not suffer, and there is no relaxation for the one who does not endure fatigue.
Allah will never humiliate the one who takes his Lord as friend and patron.
Whoever desires to purify his heart, then let him prefer Allah to his desires
The sinner does not feel any remorse over his sins, that is because his heart is already dead
The heart will rest and feel relief if it is settled with Allah.
And it will worry and feel anxious if it is settled with the people.
The keys to the life of the heart lie in reflecting upon the Quran, being humble before Allah in secret, and leaving sins.
Every drop of sweat and every breath we take in life, if not taken for the sake of Allah, will lead to regret and sorrow on the Day of Judgment
Losing time is harder than death, as losing time keeps you away from Allah and the Hereafter, while death keeps you away from the worldly life and people.
The sea of pleasures may drown its owner and the swimmer fears to open his eyes under the water.
Doom comes about because of neglecting to evaluate one's self and because of just following one's whims.
There are no means of attaining faith and certainty except through the Qur'an.
The hijrah to Allah includes abandoning what He hates and doing what He loves and accepts.
There is no captive in a worse state than the one who is captivated by his worst enemy (Shaytan) and there is no prison which is tighter than the prison of hawa (desire) and there is no bond/fetter more strong than the bond of desire. How, then, will a heart which is captivated, imprisoned and fettered travel unto Allah and the Home of the Hereafter?
If the heart is fed by love, the greed for pleasure would disappear.
O you, who spends his lifetime disobeying his Lord, no one amongst your enemies is wicked to you more than you are to yourself
Whoever mocks his brother for a sin they repented from will not die till he himself falls into the same sin.
The heart becomes sick, as the body becomes sick, and its remedy is al-Tawbah (repentance) and protection [from transgression]. It becomes rusty as a mirror becomes rusty, and its clarity is obtained by remembrance. It becomes naked as the body becomes naked, and its beautification is al-Taqwa. It becomes hungry and thirsty as the body becomes hungry, and its food and drink are knowledge, love, dependence, repentance and servitude.
One of the most beneficial of remedies is persisting in du’a.
When a person spends his entire day with no concern but Allah alone, Allah will take care of all his needs and take care of all that is worrying him; He will empty his heart so that it will be filled only with love for Him.
A true believer does not fear physical death, rather he fears the death of his heart