Posted by: Dawud Israel | July 29, 2008

What Muslims need to know


It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
-Walter Lippman

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it—and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again—and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
-Mark Twain

Yaqeen and Imaan

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.
-Sir Francis Bacon

A halo only has to fall a few inches to become a noose

Solving Problems in the Ummah

It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking at it that one overcomes it; but, rather, often by working on the one next to it. Certain people and certain things require to be approached at an angle.
-Matthew Arnold

There is always an easy solution to every human problem—neat, plausible and wrong.
-H.L. Mencken

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty…but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong
-R. Buckminister Fuller

Islamic work

In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence
-Peter Principle (Laurence J. Peter)

God, give us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
-Reinbold Niebuhr

We’re all proud of making little mistakes. It gives us the feeling we don’t make any big ones.
-Andy Rooney

Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
-G.K. Chesterton


I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.
-Franklin P. Adams

Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity
-Lady Nancy Astor

People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them.
-Dr. Allan Fromme

There is no squabbling so violent as that between people who accepted an idea yesterday and those who will accept the same idea tomorrow
-Christopher Darlington Morley


Advice is like snow; the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge


I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand starts how not to dance.
-e.e. cummings

Not blindly following shaykhs

Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness.
-George Santayana

The conventional view serves us to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
-Josh Billings


I do not feel obliged to believe that that same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.
-Galileo Galilei

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.
-George Braque

The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.
-James Baldwin

God is in the details
-Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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