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31+ Personal Favorite Hamza Yusuf Quotes – Special Collection

Today’s collection of Islamic Quotes is very near to my heart because it is a collection of (Shaykh) Hamza Yusuf Quotes. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf was one of the first scholars I listened to while learning about Islam and practicing it in the context of 21st century.

I first to his lecture of “Men and Women in Islam” in audio format and rushed to my computer to find out more about this guy who speaks so beautifully and explains so directly about the teachings of Islam. Ever since, I have learned through his lectures a lot.


This list comprises of some of my personal favorite quotes of Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. May Allah put baraka’h in his work and life. Ameen

31+ Hamza Yusuf Quotes – My Personal Favorites

1. Call on your Lord when your heart is brittle, that is a time when it’s in pieces and the Light of Allah can fill the gaps. That is why Allāh is with the broken hearted. – Hamza Yusuf

2. Every civilization: Hindu, Buddhist, Confucianism, Christian, Jewish and Muslim, all of them understood that LEARNING was to make a BETTER HUMAN BEING, LEARNING was NOT to MAKE MORE MONEY;

It was to make a BETTER HUMAN BEING.- Hamza Yusuf Quotes

3. People say to you, ‘you’ve changed’, or something like that, well, I hope, for the sake of God, that you have changed, because I don’t want to be the same person all my life. I want to be growing, I want to be expanding. I want to be changing. Because animate things change, inanimate things don’t change. Dead things don’t change. And the heart should be alive, it should be changing, it should be moving, it should be growing, its knowledge should be expanding.- Hamza Yusuf

4. The weak are dominated by their ego, the wise dominate their ego, and the intelligent are in a constant struggle against their ego.- Hamza Yusuf

Hamza Yusuf Quotes on Ego

5. Practice makes permanent, not perfect. If you practice the wrong thing, you make the wrong act permanent.- Hamza Yusuf

6. Allah knows exactly what to give you to help you return to Him. The events in your life are purposeful, appropriate & non-random. – Hamza Yusuf Quotes

7. Why do we need to justify God’s existence? He exists. We need to justify our own existence. – Hamza Yusuf

8. Religion is here to unite us. It’s not here to divide us. If it’s dividing us, it’s not God’s religion, it’s something else.  – Hamza Yusuf

9. Jihad was given to defend those who were persecuted religiously. The legal rationale behind Jihad was to protect religious communities.  – Hamza Yusuf Quotes

Hamza Yusuf Quotes on Jihad

10. If you don’t wake up for Fajr, then don’t wake up at all – Hamza Yusuf Quotes

11. We live in the age of Noah (a.s.) in the sense that a flood of distraction accosts us. It is a slow and subtle drowning. For those who notice it, they engage in the remembrance of God. The rites of worship and devotion to God’s remembrance (dhikr) are planks of the ark. When Noah (a.s.) started to build his ark, his people mocked him and considered him a fool. But he kept building. He knew what was coming. And we know too.  – Hamza Yusuf

12. Where is your heart? Is your heart with God? Is it with your own ego or your lust? Is it with your greed, your pride, envy, or your resentment? This is a time where you can go into yourself and ask: Where is my heart? Ramadan is a time to give the heart back to the One who possesses the hearts. – Hamza Yusuf Quotes

13. You will find yourself in the Quran, I guarantee you. – Hamza Yusuf Quotes

14. Opinion is not knowledge. You’re entitled to your own opinion but you’re not entitled to your own facts. – Hamza Yusuf Quotes

15. For young people, if someone tells you: you are the future – say No! I’m the present. You have things to do right now. – Hamza Yusuf

16. Everything that we do has a spiritual essence. There is a spiritual dimension in everything. All of life has meaning and everything that you do in life is in preparation for your great meeting. This great meeting is your meeting with your Lord, which is absolutely inevitable. – Hamza Yusuf Quotes

17. If you are looking for happiness in this world (dunya), you’re in the wrong place. – Hamza Yusuf

18. Whatever is for the sake of Allah will go on and continue. Whatever is for other than Allah, it will end and be severed – Hamza Yusuf

19. Islam is based on naql (texts) and ‘aql (intellect). Some people just have the texts – we call them naql-heads. – Hamza Yusuf

20. A democracy is predicated on an educated citizenry. You cannot have a democracy with people that are more interested in what Nicole Kidman is doing or whoever the latest fashion model is. – Hamza Yusuf Quotes

22. And that is the secret of this world. If you remove love of dunya from your heart, the dunya is yours for the taking. You can have the dunya because it’s in your hand and not in your heart. – Hamza Yusuf Quotes

23. Nobody likes to hear your problems. God loves to hear your problems.  – Hamza Yusuf Quotes

Hamza Yusuf Quotes on Allah

23. You cannot honor the prophet by dishonoring his teaching.- Hamza Yusuf Quotes

24. Desire is an attempt to feel the void. – Hamza Yusuf Quotes

25. Without discipline, Religion would be impossible – Hamza Yusuf Quotes

26. When paying charity, one should smile and be humble, allowing the hand of the indigent to be above the giver’s hand. – Hamza Yusuf Quotes

27. The cure for hatred is straightforward. One should pray for the person toward whom he feels hatred; make specific supplication mentioning this person by name, asking God to give this person good things in this life and the next. When one does this with sincerity, hearts mend. If one truly wants to purify his or her heart and root out disease, there must be total sincerity and conviction that these cures are effective. – Hamza Yusuf

28. I’ve had thousands of problems in my life. Most of which never actually happened. – Hamza Yusuf Quotes

29. In essence, what is forbidden to do is likewise forbidden as an object of reflection. Included in this is thinking about the weaknesses or faults of others, whether they are present or not. The Prophet said, “There is a tree in Paradise reserved for one whose own faults preoccupied him from considering the faults of others.” Spending time thinking or talking about other people’s faults is foolish. Time is short and is better invested in recognizing one’s own shortcomings and then working consistently to eradicate them. – Hamza Yusuf Quotes

30. The heart also needs to breathe, and the breath of the heart is none other than the remembrance of God. – Hamza Yusuf

31. Don’t ever diminish the power of words. Words move hearts, and hearts move limbs.  – Hamza Yusuf

Hamza Yusuf Quotes on Words

31. Meanwhile, life passes on and time runs out. The culture of wanting more simply for the sake of more can occupy a person for an entire lifetime. But in the end, life is over. It terminates for the beggar and the affluent just the same, whether one is old or young, rich or poor, happy or sad. – Hamza Yusuf

32. Somewhere on earth there is a door reserved for each soul, and one day each of us will walk through that door never to return to this life again. Where that door is and when we will walk through it are unknowns we must live with and prepare for. Upon death, all of this — this whole world and all of its charms and occupations — will become as if it were all a dream. – Hamza Yusuf Quotes


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