Quotes from Ibn al Qayyim

The Doctor of the Hearts~ Ibn al Qayyim:

“If you are afraid of any creature, you will run away from it. When you are afraid of Allah, you will love Him and seek to be close to Him.”
Ibn Qayyim, Al fawaid, p.71

“With happiness comes sadness. Every house that once was filled with joy will be faced with examples and each one of you is a guest and his money is a loan; the guest will travel and the loan will be repaid.” (Alfawaid, p.265)

“The Person whose love and reverence for Allah in his heart prevents him from disobeying Him, Allah will venerate him in the hearts of creatures so that they will not humiliate him”. (Al Fawaaid, p.75).

“Perhaps one desire causes long term sadness.” (Alfawaid, p.265)

“The hearts of man pass through two phases: activity and inactivity, so seek your hearts while they are in the state of activity and control them in the phase of inactivity”. (Alfawaid, p.264).

The sea of pleasures may drown its owner and the swimmer fears to open his eyes under the water.

 “Everyone will pass through times of sleep and neglect (following his lusts), but do not sink into sleep as the morning of the hereafter is close at hand.” (al-Fawaid p.66)

A sin which leads one to submit (to Allah) is more preferable in the sight of Allah than a good deed which causes one to have pride.(al-Fawaid p.121).

 How can he be rational who sells Paradise and what is in it, for one hour’s pleasure? p. 55

The degree to which a person is helped and aided by Allaah depends on the degree of his intenton, drive, aim and hopes.

“The slave is not afflicted with a punishment greater than the hardening of the heart and being distant from Allah. For the Fire was created to melt the hardened heart. The most distant heart from Allah is the heart which is hardened. If the heart becomes hardened, the eye becomes dry.”

Knowledge is not being able to narrate several accounts but by being pious. (Al-Fawaid p.264)

From the very moment of creation, mankind is on a journey. He is a traveler and is not allowed to halt except when he reaches either Paradise or Hellfire. The wise one among them is the one who knows that traveling is based on hardship and danger. It is usually hard to seek pleasures and relief during it, which are to be acquired after it is completed. Every footstep and every moan made during this journey will not stop him. It is proven that the traveler is preparing supplies, which will take him to his final end. And if he halts, sleeps, or rests, he is doing so while preparing himself to complete his journey. (Al-Fawaid p.331)

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