بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Welcome to IslamicQuotes.blog.
This blog contains a collection of quotes from classical Islamic scholars, along with reflections that serves to explain and relate these quotes to the world we live in today.
As it is from the Sunnah of our Prophet(ﷺ) to introduce oneself and several of our scholars have stressed the importance of knowing who you take your knowledge from, I will briefly mention a few things about myself.
My name is Yasin Tolsoe and I’m from Denmark. I converted to Islam about 10 years ago and have been rather active in my Islamic community since then. I had a leading position in a larger Islamic organization for several years and regularly give speeches in various mosques. I’ve also lived 5 months in Jordan, to advance my studies of Arabic and the Islamic sciences with various scholars. Here in Denmark I’m finishing my studies in Medicine. Several years after my conversion I started to read lots of translations of classical Islamic books and I feel that these books have had a huge impact on my own development. This is the very reason I choose to start this blog.
One might ask why I didn’t make a blog with Ayat from the Qur’an or Hadith from the Messenger(ﷺ). The first reason is that several blogs like that already exist. The second reason is that the quotes of the scholars are teaching us practical lessons, learned through several Ayat and Ahadith. People are generally encouraged to study the lives of the scholars because their lives reflect how the revelation should be lived. Their comprehensiveness was explained by one of the scholars of Mauritania, who said that the difference between the classical works of the scholars and books of our time, is that a sentence from the classical works could take a book to comment on while the books of our time can be summed up in a sentence. There is definitely some truth to this. For this very reason, I choose to follow each quote on the blog with a brief reflection on some of the lessons that can be learned from it.
Usually the quotes I use will be taken from English translations of Arabic books, so that the reader might be encouraged to study the book itself. Rarely I might take a quote directly from an Arabic text, but this will generally not be the case. I’m careful about where I take the quotes from and in making sure that I understand them correctly (if not I will research it or ask one of my teachers), but if you happen to find any errors or misconceptions I ask you to please notify me.
In these dark times of ignorance the cure for the Muslim Ummah is to rebuild their relationsship with their own tradition and history. I pray that this blog helps facilitate the process and I ask Allah to accept every effort we make in our pursuit for knowledge. May His peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, his family, companions and all of the believers.