Beautiful sayings of Jesus in the Islamic tradition

The following sayings by Jesus (may peace be upon him) are some of the many derived from the Islamic tradition. They’ve been taken from Hamza Yusuf’s book Walk on Water – The Wisdom of Jesus.

Jesus (pbuh) met IblÏs [Satan] and IblÏs said, “Is it not true that only what has been decreed will happen?”

Jesus replied, “That is true.”

Then IblÏs said, “So throw yourself down from the top of this mountain, and let us see if you live or not!”

Jesus answered, “The servant does not test his master; rather, it is the master who tests his servant.”

Jesus (pbuh), the son of Mary said, “God has given me the power to give life to the dead, sight to the blind, sound to the deaf; but He did not give me the power to heal the fool of his foolishness.”

It is related that Jesus (pbuh), the son of Mary,  said, “It is of no use to know something if one does not act upon it. In truth, an abundance of knowledge only increases one in pride if one does not act accordingly.”

Once someone asked Jesus (pbuh), “How are you able to walk on water?”

Jesus replied, “With certainty.”

Then someone said, “But we also have certainty!”

Jesus then asked them, “Are stone, clay, and gold equal in your eyes?”

They replied, “Certainly not!” Jesus responded, “They are in mine.”

Jesus (pbuh) was known to have said, “Virtuous action does not consist in doing good to someone who has done good to you—that is merely returning a favor. Virtuous action consists in doing good to those who have wronged you.”

Jesus (pbuh) son of Mary, said, “Do not speak much without remembering God, for by doing so, you harden your hearts. Surely a hard heart is distant from God though you are unaware. Do not, like lords, look at the faults of others. Rather, like servants, look at your own faults. In truth, humanity is comprised of only two types, the afflicted and the sound. So show mercy to the afflicted, and praise God for well-being.”

Jesus (pbuh), the son of Mary, was known to have said, “Love of this world is the source of every wrong action, and there is much harm in wealth.”

They asked, “What is its harm?”

Jesus replied, “Its possessor is never safe from pride and arrogance.”

They said, “What if he is free of those two? Is there still harm?”

Jesus responded, “Yes, for by nurturing his wealth, he is diverted from the remembrance of God.”

Some people once said to Jesus (pbuh), “O Spirit of God, inform us about the nature of wealth.”

He answered, “The possessor of wealth always has one of three qualities: he either gains it by unlawful means, obstructs it from reaching the one who deserves it, or by accumulating it is distracted from worship of his Lord.”

Jesus (pbuh), the son of Mary, said, “Love of this world and love of the next world can never reside in the heart of a believer simultaneously, just as fire and water cannot be contained in a single vessel at the same time.”

Jesus (pbuh) once said, “Woe to the possessor of this world, since he must die and leave the world behind. He places his hope in it and is deceived. He trusts it and is forsaken.

Jesus (pbuh) once said, “Woe to the deluded, for this world shows them what they detest. In the end, they must abandon what they love, and depart for that which they were promised. Woe to the one whose constant preoccupation is this world and whose grave mistakes are his very actions. What shame they will cause him soon enough!”

Jesus (pbuh) once said, “You will never obtain what you desire except through patience with what you despise.”

Once a woman said to Jesus (pbuh), son of Mary, as he was working, “Blessed be the womb that bore you, and blessed be the breast that suckled you.”

Approaching her, Jesus said, “And blessed be someone who, having read the Book of God, acted in accordance with what was in it.”

Jesus (pbuh) once said, “Work for God and not for your stomachs. Look at the birds: they rise up at dawn and enter into the evening having neither planted nor harvested, yet God provides for them. Now if you say to me, ‘Our stomachs are so much larger than those of birds,’ look then at the oxen, the wild beasts and the donkeys; they neither plow nor harvest the earth, yet God provides for them as well. Beware of the luxuries of this world, and fear them, for the luxuries of this world are filth in the sight of God.”

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  1. what is the source of these quotes?

  2. Masha Allah…this quotes have just reminded us of the ways of Prophet Isa (AS)! Jazaakallahu Khairan!

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