Shaykh Amin's Quotes Shaykh Amin's Quotes

The key must be smaller than the door.

At a Tafsir lesson, on adhkār related to the Names of Allah , March 2020

Allāh is the one who cares for you the most. If Allah were not our Lord, in one year or five, we would destroy the whole earth.

From the tafsīr of Surah Al-Sāffāt , March 4th 2018

We should not study science to prove that Quran is true. That is retrogressive and counter-productive. You are paddling in a creek without water.

From the tafsīr of Surah Al-Sāffāt , March 4th 2018

The word for man, rajul, is related to the word for foot, rijl. The rajul stays on his feet, no matter what you throw at him.

At a reading of the Mishkat Al-Masabih ,

The need of the hour is for Muslims to distinguish betweem the hukm and the hikmah.

At a tafsir of Surah Al-Ankabut ,

The piety of an 'aalim lies in his learning.

At a tafsir of Surah Al-Ankabut ,

Jannah is not a place for procreation, it is a place for eternal companionship. And so, Iblis facilitated the procreation of the very one he despised. 

At a reading of the Mishkaat al-Masabih ,

We are not afraid (as scholars and students) of kufr, or shirk or sin. What we are afraid of is the weakness of the ummah in representing Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

At a tafsir of Surah Al-Maidah (5:72) ,

The dhikr (remembrance) of Allah is sweet only if the nafs (self) is slaughtered. Otherwise it is sweet poison.

At a reading of the Mishkaat al-Masabih ,

A weak (dha'eef) hadith is not weaker than the one who speaks of it.

At a reading of the Mishkaat al-Masabih ,

As soon as you feel good about yourself, know that the devil has got you, because he is made from fire and he understands the nafs better than you. 

From the Hikam ibn 'Ata Illah lecture series ,

The greatest gift that Allah gave the Prophet is the Quran. The greatest gift that Allah gave the sahaabah is the Prophet . And the greatest gift that Allah gave us (the ummah) is the sunnah. When we apply the sunnah in our lives, in our thinking, and in our decision-making, we are reviving Allah's gift to us, the sahaabah and the Prophet (Peace be upon him).

At a spiritual retreat , December 2007

What you see in dreams (subject to interpretation) is far more real than what you perceive with your five senses.

During a lecture on the etiquette of seeking interpretations of dreams ,

Who can conceive of a fruit that tastes different and better with each tasting? Who can conceive of an angel that has six hundred wings, each wing the span of the horizon? Who can conceive of a horseman that gallops five hundred years yet does not escape the shadow of a tree in Jannah? Who can conceive of this level of vastness and magnitude? Not a poet. Only a prophet can who speaks from what is revealed to him.

The Darul Qasim Sunday Tafseer, conclusion of Surah Al-Shuara ,

It is okay to fall down, but it isn't okay to stay down.

Lecture series The Names of Allah, during a discussion of the name Al-Wakeel, with respect to falling into sin, in the context of losing hope in Allah) ,

These things happen in that world, and I don't think we should deny it because they don't make sense. And that's exactly why we should believe in them - because they don't make sense. We have enough of the "making-sense" rat race twenty-four hours a day.

Lecture series Introduction and Orientation to the Qasidah al-Burdah, with respect to dreams ,

You must know the fiqh to override the fiqh.

At a reading of the Mishkaat al-Masabih ,

In this vast space (of the cosmos) for a human being to assume that nothing else exists except himself is the height of paranoid arrogance.

The Darul Qasim Sunday Tafseer ,

Jannah (Paradise) begins where the collective imagination of all humanity ends.

At a reading of the Mishkaat al-Masabih ,

From the Traditions From the Traditions


Counsel from the Wasiyyâ of Shaykh Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi

If ever you have disobeyed Allâh in any location, then do not depart from that particular location until you do an act of obedience in that [very] location and perform in it an act of worship. For just as that location will testify against you when it is requested to testify, likewise it will testify for you, and at the moment you will be free from it. Similar to this are your clothes [thawb], if you disobeyed Allâh wearing them then do as I mentioned to you: worship Allâh wearing them. Similar to this is that which separates from you from trimming your mustache, shaving the pubic regions, trimming nails, combing hair, and removing any filth.