30 Nuggets of Inspiration (Islamic Inspirational Quotes) to Get You Moving

We all need nuggets of inspiration (Islamic Inspirational Quotes) to keep us going and what better place to reach for this inspiration than Islam? While the well of knowledge in Islam is infinite, here we’ve collected some of the inspirational words that we love at our ProductiveMuslim virtual headquarters. Some of these treasures are from the Noble Qur’an, sayings of our beloved Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), supplications, and from our modern Islamic scholars, philosophers, poets and artists. Enjoy and more importantly, be inspired! And don’t forget to add your own personal favorites in the comments section.Islamic Inspirational Quotes

 

Islam and Productivity

1.) “I asked Allah’s Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) which deed was best.” He (the Holy Prophet) replied: “The prayer at its appointed hour”. [Sahih Muslim]

2.) “If you want to focus more on Allah in your prayers, focus more on Him outside your prayers.” Yasmin Mogahed

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3.) The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) used to seek refuge in Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) from laziness that he used to mention it daily in this dua: “O Allah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by men.” [Sahih Bukhari]

4.) The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “By Him in Whose Hand my life is, it is better for anyone of you to take a rope and cut the wood (from the forest) and carry it over his back and sell it (as a means of earning his living) rather than to ask a person for something and that person may give him or not.” [Sahih Bukhari]

5.) One of the greatest pieces of advice given by the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was: “The most beloved actions to Allah are those performed consistently, even if they are few.” [Sahih Bukhari]

6.) “And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out and will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.” [Qur’an, 65: 2-3]

Get Motivated

7.) “Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” [Qur’an, 13:11] (Click here to tweet this)

8.) “After asking Allah to guide you to the straight path, don’t just stand there … start walking!” – Albaz Poetry (Click here to tweet this)

9.) “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

10.) “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” Via Islamic Thoughts

11.) “Allah knows exactly what to give you to help you return to Him. The events in your life are purposeful, appropriate & non-random.” – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

12.) “My sin burdened me heavily. But when I measured it against Your Grace, O Lord, Your forgiveness came out greater.” – Imam Shafii

13.) (Ibn al-Jawzi) To achieve any objective, we need two things:

  1. Nobel himma (motivation) – will overcome the obstruction
  2. Right strategy.

14.) “O my Lord! Open for me my chest (grant me self-confidence, contentment, and boldness).” [Qur’an, 20:25] (Click here to tweet this)

15.) “And if there comes to you from Satan an evil suggestion, then seek refuge in Allah. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Knowing.” [Qur’an, 41:36]

16.) “And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out and will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.” [Qur’an, 65: 2-3]

17.) “Strange are the matters of believers. For him there is good in all his affairs, and this is so only for the believer. When something pleasing happens to him, he is grateful (shukr), and that is good for him; and when something displeasing happens to him he is enduring patience (sabr) and that is good for him.” [Sahih Muslim]

Feel Better

18.) Abu Yahya Suhaib b. Sinan said that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “No man fills a container worse than his stomach. A few morsels that keep his back upright are sufficient for him. If he has to, then he should keep one-third for food, one-third for drink and one-third for breathing.” [At-Tirmidhi]

19.) Anas reported that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “It a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift (sadaqah) for him.” [Sahih Bukhari]

Work Better

20.) “There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) health and free time for doing good.” [Sahih Bukhari] (Click here to tweet this)

21.) The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“Take benefit of five before five:
Your youth before your old age,
Your health before your sickness,
Your wealth before your poverty,
Your free-time before your preoccupation and
Your life before your death.”
[Mustadrak Al-Haakim]

22.) “If you are grateful, I shall certainly give you increase” [Qur’an, 14:7] (Click here to tweet this)

23.) “Actions are by their intentions” [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim] (Click here to tweet this)

24.) “Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah.” [Qur’an, 3:159] (Click here to tweet this)

Help Others

25.) “None of you truly believes (in Allah and His religion) until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]

26.) “Meet the people in such a manner that if you die, they should weep for you, and if you live, they should long for you.” – Ali Ibn Abi Talib raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him)

27.) “If Allah puts anyone in the position of authority over the Muslims’ affairs and he secludes himself (from them), not fulfilling their needs, wants, and poverty, Allah will keep Himself away from him, not fulfilling his need, want, and poverty.” [Abu Dawud]

28.) The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “If anyone fulfills his brother’s needs, Allah will fulfill his needs; if one relieves a Muslim of his troubles, Allah will relieve his troubles on the Day of Resurrection.” [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]

29.) Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “The believer is not he who eats his fill while his neighbor is hungry.” (Authenticated by Al-Albani, Al-Adab Al-Mufrad Al-Bukhari, Hadith 112)

30.) The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “It is also charity to utter a good word.” [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim] (Click here to tweet this)

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50 thoughts on “30 Nuggets of Inspiration (Islamic Inspirational Quotes) to Get You Moving

  1. jazakAllahu khair and thank you so much brothers and sisters in Islam for sharing this remarakble Islamic advice!

    May Allah forgive our sins and mistakes and always grant us His Mercy and Guidance To Jannah/Heaven near the Messenger Muhammad (SallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). Ameen.

    wasalaam

    wisdom.edu.ph

  2. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” This is perfect. Alhamdulillah.

  3. These days my favourite quote is a Hadith of our Beloved Prophet (s.a.w) recorded in Sahih Muslim:
    When Allah loves a slave then his worries are mostly about his lack of fulfilling Allah’s rights (not giving due right of Allah)
    and when Allah is angry with a person then his worries are mostly about the things (of the world) which he has been given.
    I love this Hadith so much because it gives us an important clue to our status with Allah. A believer is always concerned with whether Allah is happy with him or not… so all he has to do is to evaluate his thoughts and see what is his chief conern ?
    Is he worried about fulfilling the rights of Allah and making plans and putting his best effort in doing so?
    or is he just worried about collecting the benefits of this world… happy if he gets them and depressed if he loses anything?
    and this makes me realize the importance of our thoughts… Allah values us for what we think… why? because our actions are a direct consequece of the way we think…
    So if we want Allah to love us then we must re-direct our thoughts away from selfish concerns and focus on the real issue of our life which is to fulfill Allah’s rights and the more we try to make Allah happy the more he will love us and fill our hearts with happiness, peace and contentment.

    1. Thanks so much for adding this very uplifting message!
      And you made quite a fascinating understanding of the message this hadith conveys and also in regards to its great significance! :)
      Thanks for sharing your knowledgeable wisdom because I definately hope to share this new knowledge I have learned! :)

      1. dear Lila… I loved to read your comment but I want to make one clarification: this beautiful message is not a Hadith of sahih muslim…but a quote of “Hammad bin Muslim”… due to the similarity of the name, I misunderstood the reference at the end. I pray that Allah might forgive me this error because we have to be so very careful in quoting a Hadith.
        p.s. do share this message though coz its so very good:)

      1. JazakAllah khairan for writing this comment because it has re-awakened that inspiration in me. May Allah help us to act on these words too so that we spread them through our character and also through our words… ameen

  4. Jazaki Allahu khair for this great post. I am collecting motivational quotes that will be reminders for me and this post has given me many beneficial quotes.

  5. The holy quran says , when sufferrings befall us we must remember and believe , , that to allah we belong and to him is our return. Ameen.may allah give us patience and perseverence. Amazing quotes,keep the good work going.

  6. HI, I AM JUST SO GLAD AND FEEL SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE COME ACROSS THIS WEBSITE WITH SUCH VALUABLE INSIGHTFUL POSITIVE ISLAMIC WISDOM WHICH REALLY SERVES TO ENCOURAGE THE BETTER WELL BEING AND ENRICHMENT FOR THE UMMAH IN SUCH GREAT WAYS! :) ♥ THE WONDERFUL WORDS OF WISDOM ARE CERTAINTY QUITE ENCOURAGING, UPLIFTING, AND MOST DEFINATELY INSPIRATIONAL! THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING, I WILL DEFINATELY BE SHARING THE DELIGHTFUL KNOWLEDGE GAINED WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS! :) ♥

  7. Salam… I am really really appreciate this inspirational quotes,it is make me happy when i open this site,,, thank you very much may Allah (SWT) bless you,,jazakallah khairan jaza

  8. I thank God for this wonderful uplifting site. Everytime i feel down or just having a bad day, i log onto this site and within minutes i feel much better. Praise be to Allah, The Magnificent, The Great and The Greatest. Hamdulillah

  9. In 26th Quote word number 23 there is a spelling mistake please correct it. It should be “love” not “long” (if I am not wrong). JazaakAllahu Khairan.

  10. Waalaikum salaam.Oh brother and sister I noted an error hadith number 23 on Working Better sayings.I hope and appreciate all efforts to achieve sound society.Because of that error allone the meaning of this beautiful hadith is lost.May we correct it. ..
    SALAM

  11. I am on twittter and am using your quites for my charity website muslimtoysanddolls.com and the American state department did an interview on my charity work with muslims and wrote an article about my charity work and published it on their website america.gov thank you for these quotes.Sister Debbie Al-Harbi

  12. Yesterday i was cleaver i wanted to change the world, Today I am wise so I am changing myself, Rumi its awesome and the meaning behind these words. Masha ALLAH

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