I can see both trends among the youths: people who are ready for a constructive, critical and active presence, and others who are ready to become invisible Muslims and to compromise to be accepted. I put my hope in the former and pray for the latter.— Tariq Ramadan
The most contentment Tariq Ramadan quotes that will transform you to a better person
To be kind is good. To be kind without expecting anything in return is better.
I don't like what you`re doing, but I won't insult you.
Why? Because who you are tomorrow may be better than who I am today
Behind every great man is not a woman, she is beside him, she is with him, not behind him
The more you look into and understand yourself, the less judgmental you become towards others.
A true teacher doesn't teach you to think like him, but to think without him.
Arabic is the language of the Qur'an, but Arab culture is not the culture of Islam.
Cultures are never merely intellectual constructs.
They take form through the collective intelligence and memory, through a commonly held psychology and emotions, through spiritual and artistic communion.
Islam doesn't need reform, we need to reform the Muslim mind.
The month of Ramadan is the world's most widespread fast and yet its teachings are minimised, neglected and even betrayed (through literal application of rules that overlooks their ultimate objective).
Advertising, music, atmospheres, subliminal messages and films can have an impact on our emotional life, and we cannot control it because we are not even conscious of it.
Ramadan is, in its essence, a month of humanist spirituality.
The philosophy of fasting calls upon us to know ourselves, to master ourselves, and to discipline ourselves the better to free ourselves. To fast is to identify our dependencies, and free ourselves from them.
You can’t be good to others if you’re not strict with yourself.
The more shallow you are with yourself, the harsher you are with others. The more profound you are with yourself, the more generous you are with others
Our task is to change the world for the better, not to adapt ourselves to the world.
The problem with Salafis is that they are religiously sincere and politically naïve. And they allow themselves to be supported by people who have no religious sincerity but who are politically very smart, especially when it comes to their economic interests.
Modesty is the way you deal with beauty not the way you avoid it.
To live is to love,to serve, to forgive.
Love the One, love and serve humanity. To learn to love oneself and to love is to learn to forgive
Muslims must speak out and explain who they are, what they believe in, what they stand for, what is the meaning of their life. They must have the courage to denounce what is said and done by certain Muslims in the name of their religion.
A good Muslim is not one who is strictest in his judgment, but who is most patient in listening.
You're a man, but the day you raise your voice to your mother, you're not anymore.
Malaysia is a country unlike any other: Full of promise and fragility.
Its history, cultural and religious diversity make it a rich, compelling and surprising land.
Islam came to teach us that there is no faith without intelligence and here we are: destroying our intelligence in the name of faith.
The very moment you understand that being a Muslim and being American or European are not mutually exclusive, you enrich your society. Promote the universal principles of justice and freedom, and leave the societies elsewhere to find their model of democracy based on their collective psychology and cultural heritage.
Never forget your dialogue with God, it is your strength.
We are in a world that is connected, but is not communicating.
Wisdom is always connected to beauty.
When you see someone acting by their principles, their wisdom makes them beautiful.
When you're overwhelmed by your emotion, you listen less and you judge more.
This is also the reality of the dogmatic mind.
You can't say 'I don't do politics,' because silence is a political statement.
Islam can only be modernized from within.
If I state that I condemn the practice of stoning, that this punishment is despicable, it changes nothing. My fellow Muslims will say: Brother Tariq, you became a European, a Swiss citizen, so you are no longer one of us.
The most dangerous prisons are those with invisible bars
We must master our egoism, and through this mastery, step outside ourselves and educate ourselves in giving. Fasting requires that we rediscover all that is alive around us, and reconcile ourselves with our environment.
While criticism of Israel is legitimate and justifiable, it cannot be an excuse - in any way, shape or form - for anti-Semitism.
If you know how to live, even death is good news
There is nothing more Islamic than critical thinking.
Discomfort levels in our societies are rising, or so it would seem.
In theory, we invoke diversity and tolerance. But in real life, we raise our hackles and withdraw into ourselves.
Greek philosophy departs from the assumption that we can understand the world autonomously using our rational faculties. Islam is not saying this.
In Islam, rules are important, like the Prophet said innal halaala bayyinun, wa innal haraama bayyinun ["what is halal is clear, what is haram is clear"]. The goal is not to diminish the importance of rules, but to have the right priorities.
The discriminations that are found in the Muslim majority countries are more Cultural than Islamic. .... I have always said to the Muslim women, please do not nurture the victim mentality. Stand up for your rights.
If people who cherish freedom, who know the importance of mutual respect and are aware of the imperative necessity to establish a constructive and critical debate, if these people are not ready to speak out, to be more committed and visible, then we can expect sad, painful tomorrows. The choice is ours.
If you do your work, if you are committed at the grassroots level, if you have a vision for the long run (not only short-sighted interest), you can change public opinion.
Intellect is a part of a good faith. Intellect is the light, the heart is the direction.
We must re-center philosophy within our frame of reference which I think is the way to deal with it.
We always think from where we come from.
We always think from the sources that shape our understanding. I think about the world through the lens of my Islamic tradition. I accept this but I must also have intellectual humility.
I am dealing with people with both sides.
I see people who are liberating themselves but they want to forget the world. And I see people who want to liberate the world but they forget themselves. Neither is the way I want to go.
Freedom of expression is not absolute.
Countries have laws that define the framework for exercising this right and which, for instance, condemn racist language.
I think that political parties are fuelling this fear in order to create divisions. The more we bring up fear, the more we neglect real political issues. Political debate in France is crumbling since every single issue is brought to Islam now.
What I'm advocating is an intellectual revolution - it's a different mindset concerning the ethical benchmarks by which we live.
When Manuel Valls says there's nothing to understand because "understanding is justifying," he echoes back to Georges W Bush's logic in 2001. When François Hollande says "they are attacking us because of who we are," what does it say about victims in Mali, Baghdad, Ivory Coast or Turkey?
Integration is a word of the past, the word of the future and the word of the present is contribution.