Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali Quotes

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Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali was a Persian polymath who was born in Tous, Iran and died in the same city on December 19, 1111. Al-Ghazali was a philosopher as well as a popular theologian and mystic of the Islam faith. The words and ideas of Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali continue to inspire millions of people today.

Here are some of the best Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali quotes on knowledge, love, friendship, education and marriage:

Best Imam Al-Ghazali Quotes

best Imam Al-Ghazali quotes

1. Do not allow your heart to take pleasure with the praises of people, nor be saddened by their condemnation. -Imam Al-Ghazali

2. Whoever says that all music is prohibited, let him also claim that the songs of birds are prohibited. -Imam Al-Ghazali

3. No one who possesses snow would find any hardship in exchanging it for jewels and pearls. This world is like snow exposed to sun, which continues to melt until it disappears altogether, while the next life is like a precious stone that never passes away. -Imam Al-Ghazali

4. Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see – Egoism, Arrogance, Conceit, Selfishness, Greed, Lust, Intolerance, Anger, Lying, Cheating, Gossiping and Slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then will be ready to fight the enemy you can see. -Imam Al-Ghazali

5. Men have such a good opinion of themselves, of their mental superiority and intellectual depth; they believe themselves so skilled in discerning the true from the false, the path of safety from those of error, that they should be forbidden as much as possible the perusal of philosophic writings. -Imam Al-Ghazali

6. Whoever determines the truth from people alone will remain lost in the plains of bewilderment. Rather, know the truth, and you will know its people. -Imam Al-Ghazali

7. Dear friend, Your heart is a polished mirror. You must wipe it dean of the veil of dust that has gathered upon it, because it is destined to reflect the light of divine secrets. -Imam Al-Ghazali

8. If you see Allah, Mighty and Magnificent, holding back this world from you, frequently trying you with adversity and tribulation, know that you hold a great status with Him. Know that He is dealing with you as He does with His Awliya’ and chosen elite, and is watching over you. -Imam Al-Ghazali

9. You possess only whatever will not be lost in a ship wreck. -Imam Al-Ghazali

10. Does money upset the hearts of learned men? He answered, “men whose hearts are changed by money are not learned. -Imam Al-Ghazali

11. To completely trust in Allah is to be like a child who knows deeply that even if he does not call for the mother, the mother is totally aware of his condition and is looking after him. -Imam Al-Ghazali

12. Never have I dealt with anything more difficult than my own soul, which sometimes helps me and sometimes opposes me.

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13. Desires make slaves out of kings and patience makes kings out of slaves. -Imam Al-Ghazali

14. Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them is irreplaceable and once gone, can never be retrieved. -Imam Al-Ghazali

15. Do not dispute with anyone in any matter as far as possible. For in argumentation lies much harm and its evil is greater than its benefit. -Imam Al-Ghazali

16. In the intricate paths of life when difficulties and hardships confront a man, and the darkness of difficulty and suffering becomes long, it is patience only that acts like a light for a Muslim, that keeps him safe from wandering here and there, and saves him from the muddy marsh of disappointment, desperation and frustration. -Imam Al-Ghazali

17. The hypocrite looks for faults; the believer looks for excuses. -Imam Al-Ghazali

18. Those who look for seashells will find seashells; those who open them will find pearls. -Imam Al-Ghazali

19. A human-being is not a human-being while his tendencies include self-indulgence, covetousness, temper and attacking other people. -Imam Al-Ghazali

20. People count with self-satisfaction the number of times they have recited the name of God on their prayer beads, but they keep no beads for reckoning the number of idle words they speak. -Imam Al-Ghazali

21. The soul should take care of the body, just as the pilgrim on his way to Makkah takes care of his camel; but if the pilgrim spends his whole time in feeding and adorning his camel, the caravan will leave him behind, and he will perish in the desert. -Imam Al-Ghazali

22. The happiness of the drop is to die in the river. -Imam Al-Ghazali

23. The way to paradise is an uphill climb whereas hell is downhill. Hence, there is a struggle to get to paradise and not to hell. -Imam Al-Ghazali

24. Remember it is the heart and not the body, which strives to draw near to God. By heart I do not mean the flesh perceived by the senses, but that secret thing which is sometimes expressed by spirit, and sometimes by soul. -Imam Al-Ghazali

25. Remember your contemporaries who have passed away and were your age. Remember the honors and fame they earned, the high posts they held, and the beautiful bodies they possessed. Today all of them are turned to dust. They have left orphans and widows behind them, their wealth is being wasted, and their houses turned into ruins. No sign of them is left today, and they lie in dark holes underneath the earth. Picture their faces before your mind’s eye and ponder. -Imam Al-Ghazali

Imam Al-Ghazali Quotes On Knowledge

Imam Al-Ghazali quotes on knowledge

26. If those who do not possess knowledge avoid the scholarly discussions, disagreement will end. -Imam Al-Ghazali

27. Four traits lift a person to the highest ranks, even if their works and knowledge are little: forbearance, humility, generosity, and good character. This is the perfection of faith. -Imam Al-Ghazali

28. Whoever passes forty without his virtue overpowering his vice, let him get ready for hellfire. This advice contains enough for people of knowledge. -Imam Al-Ghazali

29. Knowledge exists potentially in the human soul like the seed in the soil; by learning the potential becomes actual.

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30. Knowledge without action is wastefulness and action without knowledge is foolishness. -Imam Al-Ghazali

31. The essence of knowledge is to know what obedience and worship are. -Imam Al-Ghazali

32. Knowledge exists potentially in the human soul like the seed in the soil; by learning the potential becomes actual. -Imam Al-Ghazali

Imam Al-Ghazali Quotes On Love

Imam Al-Ghazali quotes on love

33. To get what you love, you must first be patient with what you hate. -Imam Al-Ghazali

34. Love for God is the farthest reach of all stations, the sun of the highest degrees, and there is no station after that of love, except its fruit and its consequences. -Imam Al-Ghazali

35. Are you ready to cut off your head and place your foot on it? If so, come; Love awaits you! Love is not grown in a garden, nor sold in the marketplace; whether you are a king or a servant, the price is your head, and nothing less. Yes, the cost of the elixir of love is your head! Do you hesitate? 0 miser, It is cheap at that price!

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36. Live as long as you want, but you must die; love whatever you want, but you will become separated from it; and do what you want, but you will be repaid for it. -Imam Al-Ghazali

37. We are creatures that love to blame the external, not realizing that the problem is usually internal. -Imam Al-Ghazali

Imam Al-Ghazali Quotes On Friendship

38. The real friend is the one who, when you ask him to follow you, doesn’t ask where?

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Imam Al-Ghazali Quotes About Education

39. Teach what you know to him who does not know, and learn from him who knows what you do not know. If you would do this you would learn what you have not known and would retain what you have already known.

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Imam Al-Ghazali Quotes On Marriage

40. Often love between two people intensifies not because of beauty or some advantage, but because of sheer spiritual affinity.

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