Shaykh Amin's Quotes

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


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Gist of the Eid Khutba 2006 by Shaykh Amin

There is a simple litmus to see if we are true believers or not. Think about the Munkar and Nakeer's questions in the grave. They will ask: What is your Deen? The answer to us is obvious now in the privacy of our living room. But if this question is posed by our employer in front of other employees at our work place - or in any other confrontational situation - what would our response be and how quickly will we answer the question?

If we believe our answer will come to us naturally and spontaneously, we can say al-Hamdulillah, we are Muslim by faith. But if we feel our response may be delayed or even not forthcoming, then we should fear hypocrisy and ask Allah to strengthen our Iman. The questioning of the Munkar and Nakeer will be confrontational and not against the back drop of Paradise.

Remember, this amount of Iman is the bare minimum that is required of all. May Allah strengthen our iman and make us answer the questions in the grave with ease and comfort.