40 Beautiful Words of Wisdom from Prophet’s Companions and Scholars

by Fatima Ariadne

“Where have you been, Ariadne???”. Okay guys, I know I know, it’s been a pretty long time (2 months!) I’ve left blogging temporarily. :D Thesis workloads have never been so exhausting and time consuming! Plus my perfectionism syndrome, I couldn’t churn out just any writing if it’s not “perfect” yet.

I’m also looking forward to re-vamp this blog, renewing the freebie ebook and some other things are in incubation, God-willing. But anyway thanks for your patience! I’m not going anywhere, and I will still keep up with Decoding Eden. ;-)

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The Companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and them all) are known for their piety and steadfastness to Islam. They are the founding fathers of Islam and truly men of vision, we’ll never know what this deen would be without them. But their hearts are replete with crystal clear wisdom as well.

In addition with the Companions, I also add some sayings from the classical scholars and several pious predecessors. I hope they make your day!


1) “Satan rejoices when Adam was banished from Paradise. But he didn’t know that when a diver sinks into the depth of sea, he collects pearl and rises up again” (Ibn Qayyim)

2) “To let go of attachment doesn’t mean you should own nothing. It means nothing should own you” (Ali ibn Abi Thalib)

3) “Hearts are vessels of God on earth. And the most beloved heart to Him is the one most clean, pure and pristine” (Ahmad ibn Hanbal in Kitab Al-Zuhd)

4) “It is a big sin to hope for Paradise without doing good deeds. A ship doesn’t sail in barren land” (Ghazali)

5) “Sell your current life for your next life, and you will win both. Do not sell your next life for this life, for you will lose them both. This temporary staying is short, so what are you waiting for?” (Hasan Al Basri)

6) “People praise you for what they suppose is in you. But you must blame your soul for what you know is in you” (Ibn Ata’allah Al Iskandari)

7) “Those who point out your fault is your friend. People who pay you lip service in praise are actually your executioners” (Umar ibn Khattab)

8) “Knowledge is not what is memorized. Knowledge is what benefits” (Imam Shafi’ie)

9)  “For grace and mercy – Be like the sun
For concealing others’ fault – Be like the night
For generosity – Be like the running water
For rage and anger – Be like death
For modesty and humbleness – Be like the earth
Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”

10) “Some people have passed away but their characters keep them alive. Others are alive but their characters have killed them” (Imam Shafi’ie)


Everyone who is being overtaken by death asks for more time. But everyone who still has time make excuses and procrastination.”
(Ali ibn Abi Thalib)


12) “Don’t be arrogant just because you worship a lot. For consider what happened to Iblees (Satan) after he spent thousands of years of worship” (Hasan Al Basri)

13) “To be humble is to accept the truth and submit to it even when you heard it from the tongue of a child, an uneducated one, or an ignorant person” (Fudhayl ibn Iyadh)

14) “Know, O beloved, that man was not created in jest or at random, but marvellously made and for some great end. Although his form is not everlasting, yet his soul lives forever; and though his body is coarse and earthly, yet his spirit is lofty and divine” (Ghazali)

15) “True gratitude is to not taking for granted God’s bounty to do disobedience toward Him” (Junaid Baghdadi, when he was 7-years old)

16) “Blessing is connected to gratitude, and gratitude leads to more blessings – they are attached to one another” (Ali ibn Abi Thalib)

17) “If you desire God to be persistent in granting you the things you love, be persistent in doing the things He loves” (Ahmad ibn Hanbal)

18) “And still, after all this time, the sun never say to the earth ‘you owe me’. Look at the love like that. It illuminates the whole sky” (Hafez)

20) “When one dwelves into knowledge-seeking, he will step three phases :
The first phase, he will be arrogant.
The second phase, he will be humble.
The third phase, he will realize he knows nothing”
(Sufyan Thawri)

21) “Sometimes people with the worst past creates the best future” (Umar ibn Khattab)

22) “Nothing hurts a good soul and a kind heart than to live amongst people who don’t understand it” (Ali ibn Abi Thalib)

23) “What has he found who has lost God? And what has he lost who has found God?” (Ibn Ata’allah Al Iskandari)

24) “If a person is wise enough, his concern over his own sins will distract him from seeing the faults of others” (Imam Shafi’ie)

25) “Taking pains to remove the pains of others is the true essence of generosity” (Abu Bakar As-Siddiq)

26) “Love is a fire that burns in the heart. It burns everything other than what the beloved wants from the lover……. until one no longer sees the ‘love’ anymore, but only witnessed the beloved” (Ibn Qayyim)

27) “To get what you love, you must first be patient with what you hate” (Ghazali)

28) “I liken this worldly life as a person who’s sleeping and dreaming of seeing things he likes and dislikes. Then he wakes up (i.e. in death) and suddenly it’s all over” (Yunus ibn ‘Ubayd)

29) “When someone offends me, I’ll think that God sends that person to teach me humility” (Ibn Qayyim)


“Encompass your mercy and compassion to animals and all creatures. Do not say, “this is inanimate being and has no awareness.” Indeed, it does; it is you yourself who have no awareness! So let existence be as it is, and be compassionate towards it with the compassion of the Creator in the midst of His creation.” (Ibn Ata’allah Al Iskandari) 


31) “To endure a short-lived hardship that are followed by long-lasting ease is better than hurrying a short-lived ease that is followed by long-lasting hardship” (Hasan Al Basri)

32) “Those amongst us with the most sins are those who spend their time talking about the sins of others” (Ibn Siren)

33) “Make a purpose for life, then utilize all your strength to achieve it, you would definitely be successful.” (Uthman ibn Affan)

34) “The slippery tongue is much more dangerous than the slippery feet.” (Uthman ibn Affan)

35) “Do not fear that which you do not understand, nor unable to attain.” (Hussain ibn Ali ibn Abi Thalib)

36) “The highest status amongst the forgiving is of that person who has all the power to avenge, yet chooses to forgive”  (Hussain ibn Ali ibn Abi Thalib)

37) “The best quality a believer could ever have is forgiveness” (Hasan Al Basri)

38) “No amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future” (Umar ibn Khattab)

39) “Knowledge is a comforting friend in times of loneliness, the best companion during travels, and the inner friend who speaks to you in your privacy.” (Muadh ibn Jabal)

40) “How can the heart travels to God when it is tied down by its vain desires? Or how can it be avid to enter the Divine Presence when it hasn’t purified itself from the impurity of its heedlessness? Or how can it hope to understand subtle secrets when it hasn’t repented from its errors?” (Ibn Ata’allah al Iskandari)

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  1. 4 years ago

    Jazak Allah khair for posting this. Some of these quotes really stirred my heart. It’s as if #23 was said specifically about me! (my family are non-believers).

  2. 4 years ago

    JazakAllah for posting this. Very inspiring!

    I came here via Brass Crescent.

  3. 3 years ago
    Egba Jibrin

    Islamic w- books needed

  4. 2 years ago

    Time will tell you how much I love you Syria….
    No matter what you are my land, you are my home, you are my love….

  5. 1 year ago
    Al-Hussayn Abdallah Al-Hassan

    Masha Allah
    What a marvelous post! actually am really glad to see this kind of post may Almighty Allah reward you abundantly.


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