Islamic Quotes by Scholars

20 Insightful Ibn Arabi Quotes Everyone Should Read – 2016 Collection

Before readign Ibn Arabi Quotes let us know that Full name of Ibn Arabi was Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī ibn Muḥammad ibnʿArabī al-Ḥātimī aṭ-Ṭāʾī and he was born on 25th July in Andalus, Arab. He is held in high regard in Sufi circles of Muslims all around the world and also many philosophers, Muslims & Non-Muslims alike, also study Ibn Arabi.

He went to perform Hajj when he was almost 48 years of age and it is where he wrote one of his most popular work “Futuhat ul Makkia”.


These Ibn Arabi quotes are selected for their being direct and clear in their message because of most of Ibn Arabi quotes are taken to be having ambiguous or double meaning.

20 Insightful Ibn Arabi Quotes – 2016 Collection 

1. Do not praise your own faith exclusively so that you disbelieve all the rest. If you do this, you will miss much good. Nay, you will miss the whole truth of the matter. God, the Omniscient and the Omnipresent, cannot be confined to any one creed, for He says in the Quran, whosesoever ye turn, there is the face of Allah. Everybody praises what he knows. His God is his own creature, and in praising it, he praises himself. Which he would not do if he were just, for his dislike is based on ignorance. – Ibn Arabi Quotes

2. How can the heart travel to God, when it is chained by its desires?. – Ibn Arabi Quotes

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3. Beware of confining yourself to a particular belief and denying all else, for much good would elude you – indeed, the knowledge of reality would elude you. Be in yourself a matter for all forms of belief, for God is too vast and tremendous to be restricted to one belief rather than another. – Ibn Arabi Quotes

4. There was a time, when I blamed my companion if his religion did not resemble mine. Now, however, my heart accepts every form…. Love alone is my religion. – Ibn Arabi Quotes

5. If you find it complicated to answer someone’s question, do not answer it, for his container is already full and does not have room for the answer. – Ibn Arabi Quotes

6. The ignorant one does not see his ignorance as he basks in its darkness; nor does the knowledgeable one see his own knowledge, for he basks in its light – Ibn Arabi Quotes

7. Whoever builds his faith exclusively on demonstrative proofs and deductive arguments, builds a faith on which it is impossible to rely. For he is affected by the negativities of constant objections. Certainty(al-yaqin) does not derive from the evidences of the mind but pours out from the depths of the heart. – Ibn Arabi Quotes

8. Your personal nature seeks its paradise.  – Ibn Arabi Poetry

9. While you are alive, your worldly self is like a collector of benefits from Allah’s bounties, which come to you from myriads of hands.

10. Each person is oriented toward a quest for his personal invisible guide, or . . . he entrusts himself to the collective, magisterial authority as the intermediary between himself and Revelation. 

11. O God, I ask of you light and guidance. Ibn Arabi Quotes

12. If men knew themselves, they would know God; and if they really knew God, they would be satisfied with Him and would think of Him alone. – Ibn Arabi Poetry

13. The movement which is the existence of the universe is the movement of love. – Ibn Arabi Poetry

14. Choose less over more in it. Be satisfied with what you have, even if it is less than what others have. In fact, prefer to have less. – Ibn Arabi Poetry

15. Great good eludes one, which one does not know except in the state of wakefulness. If one perseveres in this, vigilance pervades the eye of the heart (ayn al-qalb) and the eye of inner vision (ayn al-basira) is unveiled through adhering to remembrance. Then one sees whatever good God the Exalted wishes. 

16. Nothing is lost to me when I have found you.  – Ibn Arabi Poetry

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17. The one who does not possess either a silent tongue or a silent heart is under the domination of Satan and an object of his ridicule. – Ibn Arabi Poetry

18. Therefore, know yourself, who you are, what is your identity. … Consider well in what way you are Haqq, and in what way Khalq, as being separate, other. – Ibn Arabi Quotes

19. What you plant here, you will reap there. – Ibn Arabi Quotes

20. Do everything you do in order to come close to your Lord in your worship and prayers. Think that each deed may be your last act, each prayer your last prostration, that you may not have another chance. If you do this, it will be another motivation for becoming heedful and also for becoming sincere and truthful. – Ibn Arabi Quotes

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