Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

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Al-Ghazali (/ˈɡɑːzɑːli/; full name Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazālī أبو حامد محمد بن محمد الغزالي; latinized Algazelus or Algazel, c. 1058 – 19 December 1111) was one of the most prominent and influential philosophers, theologians, jurists, and mystics of Sunni Islam. He was of Persian origin.


  • To get what you love, you must first be patient with what you hate.
  • Those who look for seashells will find seashells; those who open them will find pearls.
  • The tongue is very small and light but it can take you to the greatest heights and it can put you in the lowest depths.
  • All of a man’s happiness is in his being the master of his ego, while all his suffering is in his ego being his master.
  • As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good; I was actually being redirected to something better. You must convince your heart that whatever God has decreed is most appropriate and most beneficial to you.
  • 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.
  • Soft words soften the hearts that are harder than rock, harsh words harden hearts that are softer than silk.
  • Desire makes slaves out of kings, and patience makes kings out of slaves.
  • Adapt a gentle tone when speaking, for verily the tone at times, has a greater impact than the speech.
  • The reward of patience in the face of misfortune is more than what has been lost.
  • Whosoever complains of the bad character of another man has revealed the badness of his own character.
  • 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.
  • Neglect not your time, nor use it haphazardly; on the contrary, you should bring yourself to account. Structure your litanies and other practices during each day and night. This is how to bring about spiritual blessing in each period. If each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, be not like the deceived fools who are joyous because each day their wealth increases while their life grows ever shorter.
  • An honorable person won’t tell people how great they are, people will experience their greatness just by being with them.
  • The way to Paradise is an uphill climb, whereas Hell is downhill. Hence, there is a struggle to Paradise and not to Hell.
  • Purifying the soul is serious: the hereafter is ahead, the world is behind, death is near, the journey is far and the provisions are light.
  • Knowledge without action is wastefulness and action without knowledge is foolishness.
  • The biggest barrier between you and God is you.
  • There is no way to reach the end without mastering the beginning.
  • We are creatures that love to blame the external, not realizing that the problem is usually internal.
  • Know that thankfulness is from the highest of stations, and it is higher than patience, fear, and detachment of the world.