33 "Yasmin Mogahed" Quotes And Sayings

Yasmin Mogahed, PhD. is the Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and the author of “Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think” (Wiley). She has conducted several studies on Muslim views on American Muslims and their identity; on women’s empowerment; and on political engagement. Yasmin is the founder and president of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), a non-profit organization that offers training and workshops to empower young Muslims to lead informed public dialogues about Islamaphobia, radicalization, and national security.

Never curse a fall. The ground is where humility lives. Yasmin Mogahed
My value as a woman is not measured by the size of my waist or the number of men who like me. My worth as a human being is measured on a higher scale: a scale of righteousness and piety. And my purpose in life-despite what fashion magazines say-is something more sublime than just looking good for men. Yasmin Mogahed
Maybe the brokenness comes to teach you how to kneel....
Maybe the brokenness comes to teach you how to kneel. Stop trying to ‘be strong’. We cry, to heal. We feel, to stay human. Yasmin Mogahed
Deprived is the one who has never witnessed his own...
Deprived is the one who has never witnessed his own desperate need for God. Reliant on his own means, he forgets that the means, his own soul, and everything else in existence are His creation. Yasmin Mogahed
The human currency of praise is Monopoly money. It feels great for a moment to collect, but when the game is over, it's worthless. Yasmin Mogahed
Speak your heart. If they don’t understand, the message was never meant for them anyway. Yasmin Mogahed
The mind replays what the heart can't delete. Yasmin Mogahed
Beware of what you let enter your heart. There will come a day when you'd give anything to remove it. Yasmin Mogahed
Oh external worshiper, know that worship without heart is motions. Oh seeker of knowledge, know that knowledge without purification is a dangerous weapon of the ego. Oh activist, know that work without orientation of heart is fruitless. Oh lover, know that love without God is pain. Yasmin Mogahed
Tear your heart out of your chest. And hand it to God. There is no other healing. I swear, there is no other healing. Yasmin Mogahed
[A Letter to the Culture that Raised Me] I'm not here to be on display. And my body is not for public consumption. I will not be reduced to an object, or a pair of legs to sell shoes. I'm a soul, a mind, a servant of God. My worth is defined by the beauty of my soul, my heart, my moral character. So I won't worship your beauty standards, and I don't submit to your fashion sense. My submission is to something higher. . Yasmin Mogahed
We hold on so tightly, because we’re terrified of loss. We hold on till our hands bleed. And in that self-shattering persistence, we fail to see the answer: Just let go. Yasmin Mogahed
If given a choice between stoic justice and compassion, I choose compassion. And if given a choice between worldly leadership and heaven at my feet– I choose heaven. Yasmin Mogahed
She stood up. Something inside her had changed. "It was finally time, " she thought. It was finally time to leave the past in the past. And move on. She took her first step. It felt like walking for the first time. It was strange to not be chained anymore. It felt like life. Like hope. Like happiness. Yasmin Mogahed
Allah loves His creation. That’s why He rewards so greatly for serving them. Yasmin Mogahed
Sometimes, the ocean floor is only a stop on the journey. And it is when you are at this lowest point, that you are faced with a choice. You can stay there at the bottom, until you drown. Or you can gather pearls and rise back up – stronger from the swim and richer from the jewels. Yasmin Mogahed
It’s never easy to stand when the storm hits. And that’s exactly the point. By sending the wind, He brings us to our knees: the perfect position to pray. Yasmin Mogahed
Tawakkul is having complete trust that Allah's plan is the best plan. Yasmin Mogahed
With my veil I put my faith on display–rather than my beauty. My value as a human is defined by my relationship with God, not by my looks. I cover the irrelevant. And when you look at me, you don’t see a body. You view me only for what I am: a servant of my Creator.You see, as a Muslim woman, I’ve been liberated from a silent kind of bondage. I don’t answer to the slaves of God on earth. I answer to their King. . Yasmin Mogahed
And while it’s nice of you to want to call us ‘modern’ or ‘moderate, ’ we’ll do without the redundancy. Islam is by definition moderate, so the more strictly we adhere to its fundamentals – the more moderate we’ll be. And Islam is by nature timeless and universal, so if we’re truly Islamic – we’ll always be modern. We’re not ‘Progressives’; we’re not ‘Conservatives’. We’re not ‘neo-Salafi’; we’re not ‘Islamists’. We’re not ‘Traditionalists’; we’re not ‘Wahabis’. We’re not ‘Immigrants’ and we’re not ‘Indigenous’. Thanks, but we’ll do without your prefix. We’re just Muslim. Yasmin Mogahed