Abu Hamed Mohammed Al Ghazali,
Or more popularly known as Imam Ghazali.
He was an authority on sharia and Islamic jurisprudence.
One fine morning, Imam Ghazali found himself doubting everything he came to believe and was following traditionally.
And this prompted imam Ghazali to move away from the general population and go into contemplation.
From writing books about sharia or Islamic laws, since his return from contemplation, he focused largely on esoteric knowledge, and he worked on reviving Islamic practices of his time. Practices which were more spiritual in nature than ritual.
Some famous quotes:
Learning is as same as glorify Allah swt.
Seeking knowledge is as same as going to war in the path of Allah swt.
Teaching knowledge is as same as giving alms, and by teaching our knowledge we gain deed.
“Saying “I don’t know” when you don’t know something is half of knowledge. Not saying “in my opinion” or “I think…” but simply “I don’t know” is a big jihad (inner struggle) because it’s harder on the ego.”
“Knowledge exists potentially in the human soul like the seed in the soil; by learning the potential becomes actual”
“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good; I was actually being re-directed to something better. You must convince your heart that whatever Allah has decreed is most appropriate and most beneficial for you.”
“If we had perfect power to determine our destinies, and perfect vision to see the future and know what is best for us, we would choose exactly the fate that Allah has chosen for us.”
“What is destined will reach you, even if it be beneath two mountains.
What is not destined will not reach you, even if it be between your two lips.”
“Desires make slaves out of kings and patience makes kings out of slaves.”
“Nothing is nearer to thee than thyself, and if thou knowest not thyself how canst thou know anything else?”
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The stomach is the fountain of the body and the veins come out of it. When the stomach is sound, the veins come out with health, and when it is unsound, they come out with disease.”
“If your intention in seeking knowledge is between Allah Most High & yourself, and not merely to gain information, then rejoice! The Angels will spread out their wings for you while you walk, and creatures in the sea will ask Allah to pardon you.”
Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them is irreplaceable and, once gone, can never be retrieved. Do not be like the deceived fools who are joyous because each day their wealth increases while their lifeshortens. What good is an increase in wealth when life grows ever shorter? Therefore be joyous only for an increase in knowledge or in good works, for they are your two companions who will accompany you in your grave when your family, wealth, children and friends stay behind
“ For instance, if a man ceases to take any concern in worldly matters, conceives a distaste for common pleaures, and appears sunk in depression, the doctor will say, “This isa case of melancholy, and requires such and such prescription. The physicist will say, “This is a dryness of the brain caused by hot weather and cannot be relieved till the air becomes moist.” The astrologer will attribute it to some particular conjunction or opposition of planets. “Thus far their wisdom reaches,” says the Koran. It does not occur to them that what has really happened is this: that the Almighty has a concern for the welfare of thatman, and has therefore commanded His servants, the planets or the elements, to produce such a condition in him that he may turn away from the world to his Maker.The knowledge of this fact is a lustrous pearl from the ocean of inspirational knowledge, to whichall other forms of knowldge are as islands in the sea. ”
That should be good enough for now