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Quotes of Shaykh Qouider Ben Amar

Quotes of Shaykh Qouider Ben Amar

Photo: Shaykh Qouider Ben Amar, the moqaddim of Shaykh Al Alawi in Ghelizane.
 

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​Wise judgement can cure distress, but judgement without the facts can be a snake in your pocket. 

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It is not love that frees us inasmuch as it is what we choose to love in the first place.

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Integrity before men is achievable; integrity when alone is another matter. 

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There are many fights that are just, many causes to uphold. Take care that in the pursuit of what is right you do yourself no wrong. 

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A smile can disarm great anger; humour can diffuse any situation; and a person who laughs from their very heart will gather many friends around them.

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A man who does not love is not whole; a man who loves a woman but not her child is not whole; a man who loves a woman, her child but not animals is not whole; a man who loves a woman, her child and animals is whole; a man who loves GOD only and nothing else is full - but not necessarily whole either.

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You are a sudden spray cast up by ocean waves.
You are a slight swirl in the mist before it is uniform.
You are a flash of red amongst all these autumn leaves.
Then you are gone 

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When kings, emperors and rulers fall silent, it is a bad time to whistle. 

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Men chase a woman to sleep with her, and run when they are done. Pity the man who seduces widows and divorcees for his own thirst then flees: the hand of God shows no mercy to these.

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What makes one may not make the other. There is little sense judging a tree by the standards applied to a rose, or measuring a mole by the standards applied to a leopard. Each must be judged and measured on their own merits, and this before many. 

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The leader who refuses to allow fresh leadership to rise no longer has the cause at the front of their mind. 

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Leadership should not be inherited, but based on the skills and character of each prospect. Dynasties always stumble and fall. 

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The purpose of desire is not to be sated; the purpose of desire is to keep you returning over and over again, so that desire rules you. It is not what is desired that rules you but desire itself and, of all the task-masters one will encounter here, desire is by far the most ruthless and uncaring. 

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A thief does not understand that he steals from himself. A criminal does not understand that they show by their crimes how they view their own personhood. A man who says he does not care about these things hates his very being. The one who is proud of such a state has taken their own life and cast it away. 

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An instant: that is all this is. An instant. 

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Prayer leads to being with God. When being with God removes prayer, one is whole. When wholeness leads to being stationary, one is assured. When assurance leads to assumption, one is taking their salvation for granted. When one takes their salvation for granted, they have become proud. When one is proud, they no longer know God. When one does not know God, they pray.

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God does not intervene in the affairs of men; God intervenes with men. 

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The way a young man looks at a young woman is unexplainable. The way a young woman smiles at a young man is heavenly. The way an elderly couple look at one another is incomparable. 

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Governments run the affairs of men; clerics run the affairs of the mosque; sheikhs run the affairs of dervishes but we have nowhere to lay our head. 

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Who knows why men go to war? Whatever the reason honour is not one of them. 

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When governments stop listening to their people they have moved towards tyranny. 

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Spirituality is pointless if does not manifest itself physically. How to judge spirituality? By its service to people. 

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There is nothing wrong with humour but in the presence of great men, copy them: there will be time to laugh later.

 

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Recommended Reading:

'The Mystics of Islam'
By Reynold A. Nicholson (Author)

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Long considered one of the classic texts in the field respected by both scholars and those ... interest[ed] in [Islamic] mysticism.
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Nicholson's Mystics of Islam was the first book in the West to offer a lucid ... sympathetic picture of Islamic mysticism. 

(Annnemarie Schimmel, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University and author of Mystical Dimensions of Islam)
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