Everybody's Journey The Basics of Islam Audio and Video Thoughts and Writings Album releases by Yusuf Islam

"I was searching for God all my life, and as I moved from one spiritual teaching to another, I came to see them as circles, so I decided to look at what it was at the center of each of these circles; I saw Christianity as a circle, and at the center of it was Christ. I saw Judaism as a circle, and at the center of it was the Jewish identity. I saw Buddhism as a circle, and at the center of it was the Self and overcoming it. When I came to Islam, I saw it as a circle, but at its center I found only God, and God was Whom I was looking for all my life".
Yusuf Islam


"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think."


"A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions. "


"Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself."
Chinese Proverb


"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school"
Albert Einstein
"The best of all medicines is resting and fasting"
Benjamin Franklin
"What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child."
George Bernard Shaw

"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't."
Anatole France
"Education would be so much more effective if its purpose were to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they don't know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it."
Sir William Haley
Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.
Aldous Huxley

Live amongst people in such a manner that if you die they weep over you and if you are alive they crave for your company.
Imam Ali

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Aesop quotes


The Capacity to Forgive

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Martin Luther King, jr


The Journey

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
Ursula K. Le Guin


Good Character

"Cultivate good behaviour, then cultivate Knowledge."
Umar ibn al-Khattab


The Prisoner

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”
Lewis B. Smedes


Forgiveness & Love

“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.”
Robert Muller


Knowledge & Justice

"Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom"


A Night of Peace

"Each morning sees some task begun. Each evening sees it close;
Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Character Revealing

Beware. Nothing is more revealing about a person's character than their pastimes and amusements.


Teachers & Perfect Timing

When the student is ready, the Master appears.
Buddhist Proverb

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
Chinese Proverb



Faith in God is to choose truth where it may harm you over a lie where it may benefit you.
Imam Ali Ibn Abu Talib



If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish prig.


If there were no falsehood in the world, there would be no doubt.
If there were no doubt their would be no inquiry;
If no inquiry , no wisdom, no knowledge, no genius.
Walter Savage Landor

Within the Self
If you're attached to anything, you surely will go far astray.
Only the crystal-clear question yields a transparent answer.
All of the significant battles are waged within the self.
Zen Sayings

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
Andrew Carnegie


The Human Mind
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
Napoleon Hill


Never Quit
"Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do."
Napoleon Hill


Actions & Goals
"A goal is a dream with a deadline."
"Action is the real measure of intelligence."
Napoleon Hill


If you jump to conclusions, you are likely to hurt yourself in the fall.


“Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.”
Elizabeth Harrison


The Glow
"Every one who delights in some act of devotion can't bear to miss it even for a short while. That disappointment and grief are worth a hundred prayers.
What is a formal prayer compared to the glow of humble longing?"


"The eye of the spirit that focuses on the transient
falls on its face wherever it goes
Someone who focuses on the distances, without knowledge may see far
but just as we do in a dream..."


"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."
Mohandas K. Gandhi


"We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in: machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little: More than machinery we need humanity; More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost."
Charles Chaplin



"Student says: I am very discouraged, what should I do?
Master says: encourage others."
Zen proverb



"Thankfulness leads to contentment, and contentment is another word for happiness."



"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open."
Sir James Dewar, Scientist (1877-1925)


Two Wings

"Observe the qualities of expansion and contraction
in the fingers of your hand:
surely after the closing of the fist comes the opening.
If the fingers were always closed or always opened,
the owner would be crippled.
Your movement is governed by these two qualities:
They are as necessary to you
as two wings are to a bird"


"The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self. "
Albert Einstein


"There's too much judgement of others and not enough judgement of ourselves, `too much self righteousness and not enough self knowledge"
Abdul Hakim Winter


And if a storm should come, and if you face a wave
That may be the chance for you to be saved
And if you make it through the trouble and the pain
That may be the time for you to know His name


"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work"
Thomas Alva Edison


"There is a God
You can know Him if you try
You can approach Him if you try... "


"Asceticism is not that you should not own anything, but that nothing should own you"
Ali Ibn Abu Talib (600? - 661)

"All know that the drop merges into the ocean but few know that the ocean merges into the drop"
Kabir (1450 - 1518)

"In history, search for answers about the Unseen, has always been a major force in motivating mankind towards the acquisition of knowledge: first, the teachings were from God, while the first teachers were the prophets of God. Therefore, the best educators ever to appear on the pages of time were all the teachers of God's Words and inspiration: The Prophets (upon whom be peace)."
Yusuf Islam


"It's very difficult to ignore humanitarian disasters. The royalties from my albums continue to support my charity work."
Yusuf Islam


"I found a religion that blended scientific reason with spiritual reality in a unifying faith far removed from the headlines of violence, destruction and terrorism."
Yusuf Islam


"I don't think that God sent us prophets and books to fight about these books and these prophets. But they were telling us, actually, how to live together. If we ignore those teachings...whichever faith you belong, you profess, then I think we'll be finding ourselves in an even deeper mess"
Yusuf Islam


"I always stood for the elimination of conflict and wars, and any of those causes that ignite them."
Yusuf Islam

"I am confident that, in the end, common sense and justice will prevail. I'm an optimist, brought up on the belief that if you wait to the end of the story, you get to see the good people live happily ever after"
Yusuf Islam


"There are three types of people: Those building Bridges; those bent on destroying them; and those waiting to cross"
Yusuf Islam







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