Islamic Quotes by Scholars

13 Amazing Ibn Khaldun Quotes which will Make you Think – Must Read

Ibn Khaldun was one of the best minds in the Muslim history and this collection of Ibn Khaldun Quotes will make you think and ponder over various faces and parts of life and society.

Ibn Khaldun is regarded as a philosopher and father of economics among many other things. His most famous work is known as “Muqaddimah” in which he deals with various important topics and subjects of a civilization and society. He had a very keen observation of history and wrote extensively on it.


In sha Allah, you will find benefit in these Ibn Khaldun Quotes and you will enjoy reading it.

11 Ibn Khaldun Quotes to Make You Think 

1. Throughout the history, many nations have suffered a physical defeat, but that has never marked the end of a nation. But when a nation has become the victim of a psychological defeat, then that marks the end of a nation. – Ibn Khaldun Quotes

2. Man is essentially Ignorant and becomes learned through acquiring knowledge. – Ibn Khaldun Quotes

Ibn Khaldun Quotes


3. Government is an institution which prevents injustice other than such as it commits itself. – Ibn Khaldun Quotes

4. If the soul is impartial in receiving information, it devotes to that information the share of critical investigation the information deserves, and its truth or untruth thus becomes clear. However, if the soul is infected with partisanship for a particular opinion or sect, it accepts without a moment’s hesitation the information that is agreeable to it. Prejudice and partisanship obscure the critical faculty and preclude critical investigation. The results is that falsehoods are accepted and transmitted. – Ibn Khaldun Quotes

5. Man is the child of customs, not the child of his ancestors. – Ibn Khaldun Quotes

6. Sedentary culture is the goal of civilization. It means the end of its lifespan and brings about its corruption. – Ibn Khaldun Quotes

7. Blindly following ancient customs and traditions does not mean that the dead are alive, but that the living are dead. Ibn Khaldun Quotes

8. Habits are qualities of the soul. – Ibn Khaldun Quotes

9. Businesses owned by responsible and organized merchants shall eventually surpass those owned by wealthy rulers.

10. At the beginning of a dynasty, taxation yields a large revenue from small assessments. At the end of the dynasty, taxation yields a small revenue from large assessments.

11. The easiest method of acquiring the habit of scholarship is through acquiring the ability to express oneself clearly in discussing and disputing scholarly problems. This is what clarifies their import and makes them understandable. Some students spend most of their lives attending scholarly sessions. Still, one finds them silent. They do not talk and do not discuss matters. More than is necessary, they are concerned with memorizing. Thus, they do not obtain much of a habit in the practice of scholarship and scholarly instruction. – Ibn Khaldun Quotes

12. Geometry enlightens the intellect and sets one’s mind right. All of its proofs are very clear and orderly. It is hardly possible for errors to enter into geometrical reasoning because it is well arranged and orderly. Thus, the mind that constantly applies itself to geometry is not likely to fall into error. In this convenient way, the person who knows geometry acquires intelligence.

Ibn Khaldun Quotes

13. He who finds a new path is a pathfinder, even if the trail has to be found again by others; and he who walks far ahead of his contemporaries is a leader, even though centuries pass before he is recognized as such.


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