This is for my Intro to Islam class and I need 2-3 sentence summary of each and individual quotes.
50. Are not selective about human sympathy, -dignity, -rights, and -justice
51. Do not have malicious joy (shamatah) when others they do not like are in pain
52. Practice the golden rule; love for others what they love for themselves (all freedoms, opportunities,
and rights to the same extent regardless of race, gender, class, caste)
53. Believe in continuous self-improvement; do not expect people to accept them just the way they are
(even when they are unrefined and coarse in manners)
54. Marvelous manners and exemplary conduct is their ultimate mission
55. Work hard and then trust in God; first tie their ‘camel’ before they expect miracles; tawakkul (trust)
is not tawaakul (indifference) or ta’aTTul (vain hopes)
56. Believe in human agency and autonomy; God only change those who want to change
57. Are noble because they are human; God has created them as vicegerents/caliphs on earth
58. Believe in the Oneness of Man (humankind); See themselves as children of Adam and Eve first; every
other allegiance is secondary; race, color, caste, class, and language are less important determinants of
59. All God’s creatures are fellow communities (ummah) like us; the wolves, whales, birds
60. Take blame when they need to; they do not displace blame-at times act like Sparticus
61. Will always choose the middle way (qasd) between extremes
62. To gain Divine proximity, they pray in the middle of the night, and do voluntary fasts
63. Believe that steadfastness (istiqaamah) or consistency is the greatest miracle (karaamah)
64. Think before they act most of the times; at other times take the plunge into the void.
65. Look forward to meet God in the Afterlife whilst God is pleased with them
66. Can only enter Paradise with a pure heart (qalb saleem)
67. When they turn to God they feel empowered and less vulnerable
68. Make time for wise silence (khalwah), contemplation (fikr), and the dark holy (tahajjud)
69. Are able to suppress their anger; only the strongest people can do so.
70. The insolvent/bankrupt are ethically and morally bankrupt
71. Experience ecstatic moments in which they quiver and tremble with holy awe
72. Believe in mutual consultation (shura)
73. Their flight is to God-fa firroo ilallaah.
74. Follow the path of those who turn to God in ease and adversity
75. God is what they perceive God to be; imagining God as gentle and forgiving.
76. Their goal in life is to increase their conviction (yaqeen) and advance in the three levels of yaqeen
(ilm, haqq, & ain yaqeen)
77. Respect the pious, learned, the elderly, clergy, and ascetics
78. Are compassionate and caring especially to the young, weak, and infirm
79. Believe God helps them because of the weak, disabled, and helpless
80. Do not mock people with deformities; the disabled are not unable. Perhaps those we mock are
better than us; mockery ever mocks those who mock
81. Reason, reflection, inquiry, deep thinking, and common sense are part of faith; common sense is
most uncommon among common people
82. Reach out to widows, orphans, set free “slaves”, and fight for the marginalized
83. Do not blame the poor for their poverty; God tests us all
84. Are patient (sabr/tasabbur) in adversity; God will test the faithful with fear, hunger, and loss of
wealth, profit, or loss of loved ones
85. Speak the truth even if it is bitter; only lie to save lives or reconcile between people
86. Practice and teach diplomacy and wisdom (surah Jumu’ah, verse one)
87. When in need of help, turn to God first and then to people
88. God is closer to them than their jugular vein
89. When Allah/God is mentioned they sometimes cry
90. When God is mentioned they feel holy ‘terror’, tremble, or have goose bumps
91. When they invoke God or God’s attributes, their heart throbs with joy
92. When they read or hear about the sacrifices or the prophets, the heirs of prophets, pious and great
souls, they commit themselves to follow their teachings
93. Are not harsh (fadhdh) or hard hearted (ghaleethal qalb); like honey-not like the bee
94. Believe everything has a purpose and they’re in this world for a purpose- not in vain
95. Speak gently to all-even the worst criminal; Moses was ordered to speak gently to the Pharoah; The
Prophet treated the opposition party (munafiqoon) civilly.
96. Do not force others to do and think the way we do; believe in freedom of religion
97. There is no compulsion in religion; Do not insult people who believe and practice differently; do not
offend their sensibilities; laa ikraaha fil din; laa tasubbul….
98. Believe, “Allah is color-blind and so am I; I find judging people based on race as scandalous and
99. “Allah is status blind and so am I; Like Kipling, in IF, I’ll treat the powerful and powerless, the
prince(ss) and pauper, and CEO and janitor the same”
100. Do not double speak or double hear; do not have double standards
101. Intrinsic piety becoming rational is far superior to a show of piety.
102. Prefer others above themselves (ithaar) though poverty becomes their lot
103. Guard their modesty and chastity; “I am modest for the sake of God”
104. The family and community agenda often trumps their personal agenda; they have both an
individual and communitarian agenda-God’s Hand is with the community (jama’ah).
105.People will be in the Afterlife with those they loved in this World-almar’u ma ‘a man ahabbah
106. Believe in contextual justice; if there is not a good reason for any ruling then it is not fair or justGod is All Wise (AlHakim) and Always Just (Al’Adl, al Muqsit).
107. Expect most of my rewards for good works posthumously in the Afterlife
108. God does not mind doubt; doubts are essential for growth; Abraham and many others doubted.
109. Remember death often in order not to leave too many unfinished ‘business’
110. Prune their character, suppress baser instincts (nafs ‘ammaarah bil soo’), and reign in their souls.
111. Do their duties with beauty; God has decreed that they do their best in everything and construct
112. Regularly consult the scriptures or Muhammadan tradition to guide them.
113. Have a sense of humor not a sense of rumor
114. Believe in God’s forgiveness of the worst criminals; forgiveness can set us free, open the skies for
sustenance, augment wealth and progeny, open ways to Paradise.
115. The world will ‘run’ after us if we run towards God
116. Cleanliness is half of faith; God is clean and loves cleanliness
117. Marriage is half of faith; taqwa (righteousness) is the other half
118. Family matters- to God, the community, and the pious.
119. Muhammad’s exemplary ways (uswah hasanah) is the perfume in the Muslim rose garden.
120. Roses grow amid manure; milk is found between feces and blood in a cow; good can grow out of
bad situations. Optimism is mandatory.
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