Ibn Taymiyyah Quotes [Top 25+]

Ibn Taymiyyah was an Islamic jurist scholar, theologian, judge, muhaddith, and philosopher. He is known for his diplomatic involvement with the Ilkhanid ruler Ghazan Khan and for his involvement at the Battle of Marj al-Saffar which ended the Mongol invasions of the Levant. Here are some of the famous Ibn Taymiyyah quotes that will inspire you.

1. “A calamity that makes you turn to Allah is better for you than a blessing which makes you forget the remembrance of Allah” – Ibn Taymiyyah

2. “What really counts are good endings, not flawed beginnings.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

3. “Some people have the disease of criticizing all the time. They forget the good about others and only mention their faults. They are like flies that avoid the good and pure places and land on the bad and wounds. This is because of the evil within the self and the spoiled nature” – Ibn Taymiyyah

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4. “If you do good in secret, Allah will shower His good on you in public.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

5. “Allah will support the just state even if it is led by unbelievers, but Allah will not support the oppressive state even if it is led by believers” – Ibn Taymiyyah

6. “Seek (beneficial) knowledge, because seeking it for the sake of Allah is worship. And knowing it makes you more God-fearing; and searching for it is jihad, teaching it to those who do not know is a charity, reviewing and learning it more is like tasbeeh. Through knowledge, Allaah will be known and worshiped.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

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7. “The disease that knowledge brings is arrogance, and the disease that worship brings is showing off.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

8. “Don’t depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

9. “Men mixing with women is like fire mixing with wood.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

10. “You should not look at what the person used to do, rather you should look at what kind of person they are today. The one who gets bogged down about people’s pasts is just like Iblees who said to Allaah, “You created me from fire and you created him from clay”.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

11. “Beautiful leaving (hijr), is to leave without harming, beautiful pardoning is to pardon without rebuking, and beautiful patience is to be patient without complaining.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

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12. “Imprisoned is he whose heart is imprisoned from Allâh. Captured is he who is captured by his desires.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

13. “Avoiding the temptation to sin and being patient upon that, is greater than being patient whilst being afflicted with trials.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

14. “Remembrance is to the heart what water is to the fish. And what is the state of a fish that leaves water?” – Ibn Taymiyyah

15. “Guidance is not attained except with knowledge and correct direction is not attained except with patience.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

16. “What can you do with me? My Jannah is in my heart! If you take me to jail, I will make zikr of Allah. If you exile me out of my land, I will make takaffur. If you execute me, I would be a shaheed. What can you do with me? Because I am not limited to this Dunya. I am living for al-akhira!” – Ibn Taymiyyah

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17. “A believer to another believer is like two hands, one washes the other (correcting each other).” – Ibn Taymiyyah

18. “When someone offends me, I think it’s a gift from Allah (God). He (Allah) is teaching me humility.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

19. “Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) is to the heart as water is to a fish; see what happens to a fish when it is taken out of water” – Ibn Taymiyyah

20. “Sins are like chains and locks preventing their perpetrator from roaming the vast garden of Tawheed and reaping the fruits of righteous actions.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

21. “If I remained silent and you remained silent, then who will teach the ignorant?” – Ibn Taymiyyah

22. “This whole religion revolves around knowing the truth and acting by it, and action must be accompanied by patience.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

23. “The sincere hearts and the pious supplications are soldiers which can never be defeated.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

24. “How many of us would be able to overcome our desires and resist the temptation of sin? How many of us even lower our gaze when we look upon something that we are not supposed to? The real prisoner is the one whose heart has been kept away from remembering his Lord, and the real captive is the one who has been captivated by his whims and desires.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

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25. “The one who is [truly] imprisoned is the one whose heart is imprisoned from Allah and the captivated one is the one whose desires have enslaved him.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

26. “Verily, I constantly renew my Islam until this very day, as up to now, I do not consider myself to have ever been a good Muslim.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

27. “Everyone experiences bouts of jealousy; but the dignified person conceals it, while the vulgar one acts upon it.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

28. “Allah guards the justice-loving government, even if it is the government of non-Muslims, and destroys the tyrant government, even if it is the government of Muslims.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

29. “Whatever is not done by the permission of Allah will not happen, and what is not done for the sake of Allah will not benefit or remain.” – Ibn Taymiyyah

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