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Five Arabic Quotes: On Ignorance & Learning

Five Arabic Quotes: On Ignorance & Learning

This is the first post in a new series on the Studio Arabiya blog, in which I hope to share with you some interesting and inspiring Arabic quotes on different themes.

Reading these types of quotes, excerpts, and aphorisms can help us put our Arabic studies into practice, and also appreciate how far we’ve come in our understanding of the language.  In general, I’ll try to avoid anything too linguistically complex, and also exclude excerpts from the Quran and the Prophetic traditions (Hadith) because I feel that those words are quite special and should be handled in a different way.

So, get ready to dive into the world of Arabic quotes in english! Let’s embark on this enriching adventure together.

Arabic Quotes About Ignorance

إن الرجل إذا تواضع لله رفع الله حكمته

“If a man lowers and humbles himself for the sake of Allah, Allah elevates and increases his wisdom.”
– Umar (ra)

“I suffered [in ignorance], so I learned, so I changed.”

Arabic Quotes About Education

من لم يذق مر التعلم ساعة تجرع ذل الجهل طول حياته

“He who has not tasted the bitterness of learning for an hour will gulp the humiliation of ignorance for eternity.”

جسدُ الجاهل قبر يمشي على وجه الأرض

“An ignorant person is like a walking grave on Earth.”
— Ibn al-Qayim

 In conclusion, delving into Arabic quotes about knowledge, both in their original Arabic form and in their English translation, provides a window into a rich intellectual tradition. This generous wisdom, passed down through generations, provides timeless guidance on the importance of seeking knowledge, combating ignorance, and harnessing the power of learning. By understanding these quotations, we can develop a deeper appreciation for the value of knowledge and its role in shaping our lives.

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