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1 General quotes on Sun Jul 12, 2009 3:40 pm

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Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah,

I just wanted to share a part from another email that was sent to me today, the message was a very humbling one maashaa' Allah,


Rasulullah (SallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallama) said:

"Do not seek knowledge to compete with the scholars,
nor to argue with the foolish people,
nor to gain control of gatherings;
for whoever does that - the Fire, the Fire!"
(Reported in Bayhaqi)

Wassalaam

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2 Re: General quotes on Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:44 pm

Nurjahan

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It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it. - Arnold Toynbee

hmmm...sounds familiar....

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3 Re: General quotes on Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:47 pm

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The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink - George Orwell

...hmmm...I'm still trying to figure that one out.

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4 Re: General quotes on Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:57 pm

Nurjahan

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...Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O' no! It is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken...

- Shakespeare

(The best thing about quotes are you can fit them into different contexts and situations and they always bring to focus different angles of the subject or thought process. I think of this quote a lot to measure my determination for whatever it is then I'm trying to reach...)

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5 Re: General quotes on Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:23 pm

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I read this today and I smile as I think immediately of our Skype lessons; willingness to learn is everything...

'When the student is ready, the master appears.' ~Buddhist Proverb

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6 Re: General quotes on Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:47 am

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Nurjahan wrote:The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink - George Orwell

...hmmm...I'm still trying to figure that one out.


From my understanding, it's saying 'When the writer is hiding his real intentions, you see him resorting to waffle and cliches, typically - a waste of ink on paper.'

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7 Re: General quotes on Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:33 pm

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'Men who have attained things worth having in this world have worked while others idled, have preserved when others gave up in despair, have practiced early in life the valuable habits of self-denial, industry, and singleness of purpose. As a result, they enjoy in later life the success so often erroneously attributed to good luck'

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8 Re: General quotes on Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:35 pm

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It is important to aspire to the highest level of learning, since man flies by his aspirations as a bird flies with its wings.

[Imam al Zarnuji]

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9 Re: General quotes on Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:09 pm

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'All humans are dead except those who have knowledge; and all those who have knowledge are asleep, except those who do good deeds; and those who do good deeds are deceived, except those who are sincere; and those who are sincere - are always in a state of worry.'

- Imam Shafi (rahimullah)

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10 Re: General quotes on Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:45 pm

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السلام عليكم

I'm just reading something at the moment - first inventor of functional clocks was the great Muslim Engineer Al-Jazari from Diyarbikir in South Turkey. In 1206, he created the 'Elephant clock' comprising of six different inter-continental devices of measuring Time, amongst these or so I've read - were the Greek 'Clepysdras Water Clock', and the Indian 'Perforated Controlled Sinking Water Bowl.' Al-Jazari was a strong follower of the Arabic proverb:

الوقت كالسيف إن لم تقطعه قطعك

Translation: Time is like the sword, unless you cut with it - it will cut you...

(I realised with a smile that this was one of the first Arabic quotes I was ever exposed to regarding the Sword, and it was not only Time that became سيفي...)

مع السلامة

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11 Re: General quotes on Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:02 pm

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That man may last, but never lives, Who much receives, but nothing gives; Whom none can love, whom none can thank,-- Creation's blot, creation's blank...

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12 Re: General quotes on Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:40 am

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Just a little something I say to myself...

Remember, Standard Bearers will always be called ‘Strangers.’

Hadith of ‘Ghuraba’
Abu Huraiyra (رضي الله عنه) narrates that the Prophet said: Islam started as something strange, and it shall return as it started, therefore give glad tidings to the strangers. Muslim Kitab-ul-Iman (1/84)

...The willingness to be different
is an essential quality of leadership...

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13 Re: General quotes on Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:41 am

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'Language is the dress of thought' -- Samuel Johnson

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14 Re: General quotes on Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:07 pm

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قال حكيم

إذا ادخرت المال فأنا بخيل

إذا أضعته فأنا متلاف

إذا شقيت حتى جمعته فأنا مادي

إذا لم اصل إليه على الأطلاق فأنا فاشل


A Wiseman said:
If I store up wealth, I am a stingy.
If I waste it, I am a wastrel.
If I suffer to gather it, I am a materialist.
If I don't ever reach it, I am a loser.

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15 Re: General quotes on Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:23 pm

Nurjahan

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'The best leaders are the best followers.'

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16 Re: General quotes on Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:24 pm

Nurjahan

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If you would like to know Allah's view of the age, see how the blessings of nature are received.

[Shaykh Abdul Hakeem Murad]


...that really makes one stop...and think...

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17 Re: General quotes on Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:28 pm

Nurjahan

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'The breadth of the Garden is reached through the narrow door of humility.'

[Shaykh Abdul Hakeem Murad]

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18 Re: General quotes on Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:18 am

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“The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance.”

Samuel Butler - (English novelist, essayist and critic, 1835-1902)


“Arrogance diminishes wisdom”

Old Arabian Proverb


“Humility is the only certain defense against humiliation”
“We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.”


Rabindranath Tagore (Indian-Bengali Poet, Playwright and Essayist, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

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19 Re: General quotes on Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:44 am

Nurjahan

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We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know - W. H. Auden

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20 Re: General quotes on Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:12 pm

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The test of good manners is to be patient with bad ones. ~Gabirol
The Choice of Pearls

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21 Re: General quotes on Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:33 pm

Nurjahan

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طالبـــة ابـــن منظـــور
A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward - Jean Paul Richter


I don't know, there's many shades to this quote

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22 Re: General quotes on Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:46 pm

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طالبـــة ابـــن منظـــور
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This is surely the Truth;

A true action leads to the path of virtue and good deeds, and virtue paves the way of a person to Paradise, and the said person continues to speak the truth till in the sight of Allah he is named Siddiq or Truthful. Lying leads to vice, and vice leads to indecent acts and if a person goes on lying till in the sight of Allah he is named a liar.
——— The Prophet (s) as reported by Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (r) in Bukhari and Muslim.




A lie will easily get you out of a scrape, and yet, strangely and beautifully, rapture possesses you when you have taken the scrape and left out the lie.
~Charles Edward Montague, Disenchantment




If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said.

——— Mark Twain.

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23 Re: General quotes on Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:08 pm

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Wisdom consists mainly in the ability to recognize human weakness.

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24 Re: General quotes on Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:46 am

Nurjahan

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“Nowadays some (learned ones) suffer under the deception that delivering a speech in Arabic is a great excellence and a source of pride. I maintain that no matter how eloquent you become in Arabic and even if you become Abul ‘Ilm (the father of knowledge), you will not be able to converse in Arabic as Abu Jahl had. If only knowledge of Arabic and ability to speak in Arabic were ‘ilm, then Abu Jahl would be a greater Aalim. But, in spite of the superiority of his Arabic, he remained Abu Jahl (the father of the ignorant).”

Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi

لا إله إلا الله

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25 Re: General quotes on Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:47 am

Nurjahan

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Sincerity is realized through slaughtering one's ego by deeming even one's greatest works as unworthy.

[Shaykh al-Junaid]

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