A Beautiful Path To God : Instructive and Inspirational Sayings Of Ibn Al-Jawzi
A Beautiful Path to God is a collection of profound quotations from Ibn al-Jawzi's renowned books, selected to provide a beneficial and heart-touching mixture of inspiring reminders, snippets of rare and beautiful insights, and guidance toward living a balanced spiritual life modeled after the life of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhe Wassalam) and his Companions.
Among the topics covered are:
- How to increase one's piety and dedication to God.
- Avoiding common pitfalls suffered on one's spiritual journey.
- Purifying one's intentions from pride and the desire to show off.
- Balancing the present-life with the afterlife, neglecting the rights and duties of neither.
The book can be read from start to finish or browsed at random. Helpful footnotes are provided to explain technical points and provide background information where necessary.
"Be glad if you sense a darkness in your heart after (sinning), for if there was no light in your heart, you would not be able to sense the darkness." — Ibn al-Jawzi
"There is not in this worldly life or the hereafter a life better than the life of those who know God, glory to Him, for the knower of God stays in His presence when he is alone, and if a blessing comes into his life, he knows from Whom it comes, and if he experiences something that would have been bitter, it tastes sweet in his mouth because of his knowledge of the One who sent it as a test." — Ibn al-Jawzi
"When a preacher does not act upon his own knowledge, what he preaches will fall off people’s hearts the way water falls off a rock." — Ibn al-Jawzi
"In the sweetness of seeking knowledge, I used to suffer hardships that were sweeter than honey to me, due to the greatness of what I was seeking". — Ibn al-Jawzi
"Know that sins have evil effects whose bitterness is many times greater than the sweetness of the sin." — Ibn al-Jawzi
"There is no true enjoyment of solitude except for the scholar or the ascetic, for they both know the purpose of solitude." — Ibn al-Jawzi
"Whoever ardently seeks worldly desires, he will suffer the anxiety of not accomplishing it, and will suffer bitterness due to the distance of that which he desires. If he suffers poverty, his heart changes, if he suffers subjugation, it changes, and these are due to the fact that he has attached himself to the achievement of his worldly goals and desires." — Ibn al-Jawzi
Author: Ibn al-Jawzi
Translator: Ikram Hawramani
Compiler: Ikram Hawramani
Publisher: Independently published
Size: 14.4 cm x 20.4 cm
Edition Number: 1st
Year Of Publication: 2018
Weight: 0.39 kg
The author, Ibn al-Jawzi (d. 597 AH) was a learned scholar possessing extensive knowledge. He was an erudite scholar of the Hanbali madhab. While still young, he became known as someone who was religious and given to learning. He would not waste his time in idle activities and would scrupulously avoid any food whose source was doubtful. He was a great preacher and his fame was widespread; many people repented and accepted Islam at his hands. He was a prolific writer and authored over one thousand works encompassing a multitude of Islamic disciplines and sciences.