Hamza Yusuf quotes

  • God is with the broken-hearted. When your heart breaks, it’s a good thing – the breaking of the heart is what opens it up to the light of Allah. The dunya is designed to break your heart, to crush it.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Crush #Heart #Light

  • And that is the secret of this world. If you remove love of dunya from your heart, the dunya is yours for the taking. You can have the dunya because it's in your hand and not in your heart
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Heart #Hands #Secret

  • Practice makes permanent, not perfect. If you practice the wrong thing, you make the wrong act permanent.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Practice #Perfect #Not Perfect

  • Religion is here to unite us. It's not here to divide us. If it's dividing us, it's not God's religion, it's something else.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Dividing

  • Call on your Lord when your heart is brittle, that is a time when it's in pieces and the Light of Allah can fill the gaps. That is why Allāh is with the broken hearted.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Heart #Light #Broken

  • People of the world will reject your reminders, because it reminds them that this world is temporary.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #People #World #Reminders

  • People say to you, 'you've changed', or something like that, well, I hope, for the sake of God, that you have changed, because I don't want to be the same person all my life. I want to be growing, I want to be expanding. I want to be changing. Because animate things change, inanimate things don&'t change. Dead things don't change. And the heart should be alive, it should be changing, it should be moving, it should be growing, its knowledge should be expanding.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Moving #Heart #People

  • Allah knows exactly what to give you to help you return to Him. The events in your life are purposeful, appropriate & non-random.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Inspiration #Giving #Islam

  • Intelligent people surround themselves with people who challenge them, not yes people.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Intelligent #People #Challenges

  • Why do we need to justify God's existence? He exists. We need to justify our own existence.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Needs #Existence #Justify

  • The weak are dominated by their ego, the wise dominate their ego, and the intelligent are in a constant struggle against their ego.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Wise #Struggle #Intelligent

  • If you take a child and you throw the child up there is a point where you see this, they go into this state of complete panic and then when they come back to your arms they are laughing. That is dunya, I guarantee you, that moment, that is your life, you came from God and you are going back to God and there is just a moment when you are in a complete state of panic but just relax, you are in good hands. Just relax.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Children #Hands #Laughing

  • Perhaps, a sin that humbles you is better than a good deed that makes you arrogant.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Arrogant #Deeds #Sin

  • Opinion is not knowledge. You're entitled to your own opinion but you're not entitled to your own facts.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Facts #Opinion

  • You cannot honour the prophet by dishonouring his teaching.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Teaching #Prophet #Honour

  • Islam is based on naql (texts) and ‘aql (intellect). Some people just have the texts – we call them naql-heads.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #People #Islam #Intellect

  • In our inherent contradictions as humans, and in order to validate our own pain, we deny the pain of others. But it is in acknowledging the pain of others that we achieve fully our humanity
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Pain #Order #Humanity

  • For young people, if someone tells you: you are the future - say No! I'm the present. You have things to do right now.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #People #Young

  • You will find yourself in the Quran, I guarantee you.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Finding Yourself #Guarantees #Quran

  • Reality of things is hidden in the realm of the unseen
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Reality #Unseen #Realms

  • Knowledge is taken from breath, not lives in a book
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Wisdom #Book #Taken

  • Everyone’s a believer when things are going fine. The real faith is when one becomes patient with tribulations.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Real #Patient #Fine

  • Hypocrisy is wretched because the hypocrite says with his tongue what is not in his heart. He wrongs his tongue and oppresses his heart. But if the heart is sound, the condition of the tongue follows suit. We are commanded to be upright in speech, which is a gauge of the heart's state.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Heart #Hypocrite #Hypocrisy

  • Force yourself to be humble, until it becomes second nature. Then it will be an unconscious activity.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Humble #Be Humble #Force

  • Without discipline, Religion would be impossible
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Discipline #Would Be #Impossible

  • If you don't wake up for Fajr, then don't wake up at all
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Wisdom #Islamic #Wake Up

  • Where is your heart? Is your heart with God? Is it with your own ego or your lust? Is it with your greed, your pride, envy, or your resentment? This is a time where you can go into yourself and ask: Where is my heart? Ramadan is a time to give the heart back to the One who possesses the hearts.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Heart #Pride #Giving

  • If you are looking for happiness in this world (dunya), you're in the wrong place.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Dunya #World #This World

  • If Islam is not making you happy, then something is wrong with your Islam
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Islam

  • We are in a waking dream... We see worlds where others scheme...
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Dream #World #Waking

  • Everything that we do has a spiritual essence. There is a spiritual dimension in everything. All of life has meaning and everything that you do in life is in preparation for your great meeting. This great meeting is your meeting with your Lord, which is absolutely inevitable.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Spiritual #Essence #Preparation

  • We live in the age of Noah (a.s.) in the sense that a flood of distraction accosts us. It is a slow and subtle drowning. For those who notice it, they engage in the remembrance of God. The rites of worship and devotion to God's remembrance (dhikr) are planks of the ark. When Noah (a.s.) started to build his ark, his people mocked him and considered him a fool. But he kept building. He knew what was coming. And we know too.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Dhikr #People #Remembrance

  • Desire is an attempt to feel the void.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Desire #Void #Feels

  • After that one fitnah, every time it calms down in one place, it starts somewhere else.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Calm #Calm Down

  • Whatever is for the sake of Allah will go on and continue. Whatever is for other than Allah, it will end and be severed
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Goes On #Sake #Ends

  • Language is the crowning achievement of human beings, and that is something Muslims have always known and revered. We are a literate people whose miracle is a Book from an unlettered man, peace and blessings be upon him, who was the most articulate and eloquent human being who ever lived. We honor our Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, in honoring language that he loved so much and used so well.
    -- Hamza Yusuf

    #Love #Book #Men