Sunday, October 18, 2020

Facts about time....

1. Time is free, but it is priceless. 

2. You can't own Time, but you can use it.

3. You can't keep Time, but you can spend it.

4. Once you have lost the Time, you can never get it back.

5. How we spend our Time, of course, is how we spend our life.

6. For every minute spent in an organized and disciplined manner, an hour is earned. 

7. There should be a time for everything, and a thing for every time.

8. Time is what we want most, but we waste most.

9. People talk about killing time, while time is silently killing them.

10. As if one can kill time without injuring one's eternity. 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Pearls of Wisdom 439

1. Actions are lifeless forms, but the presence of an inner sincerity within them is what endows them with life-giving spirit. 

2. So long as you are in this world, be not surprised at the existence of sorrows. For, truly, it manifests nothing but what is in keeping with its character or its inevitable nature. 

3. Among the signs of success at the end is the turning to God at the beginning.  

4. Do not keep company with anyone whose state does not inspire you and whose speech does not lead you to God. 

5. You might be in a bad state; then, associating with one who is in a worse state, you see virtue in yourself. 

6. There is no minor sin when His justice confronts you; and there is no major sin when His grace confronts you. 

7. Let not obedience make you joyous because it comes from you; but rather, be joyous over it because it comes from God to you. 

8. Whoever does not draw near to God as a result of the caresses of love is shackled to Him with the chains of misfortune. 

9. Whoever is not thankful for graces runs the risk of losing them; and whoever is thankful, fetters them with their own cord. 

10. Be fearful lest the existence of His generosity toward you and the persistence of your bad behavior toward Him not lead you step by step to ruin. 

[Ibn Ata'Allah]

Monday, August 31, 2020

Lesson of the day 1437

Ayahs of the Day:

Our Lord! Those whom you will admit to the Fire, You have abased them. For evil doers 

there are no helpers. Our Lord! We have heard a caller calling to faith; "Believe you in 

your Lord!" So we believed. Our Lord! Therefore forgive us our sins and remit from us 

our evil deeds, and take our souls in the company of the righteous! Our Lord! And grant 

us what You did promise to us through Your messengers, and do not abase us on the Day 

of Resurrection. You never break the promise. [3: 192, 193, 194]

Hadith of the Day:

"O people! Give salaams, feed others, and pray at night while others sleep, and you shall 

enter Paradise in peace." [Tirmidhi & Ibn Majah]

Wise Quote of the Day:

In accordance with the real nature of things, it is the human that must conform to the Divine, 

and not the Divine to the human. [Seyyed Hossein Nasr]

Guidance of the Day:

The wealthy soul is one that is content. This contentment is not the kind that originates from 

stupidity or not knowing any better. It is contentment that is found by knowledge and by 

reflection on death and its meaning.

Second, the remembrance of death gives one energy to achieve good deeds: Wealth and sons 

are the ornaments of the life of this world, while enduring righteous deeds are better with your 

Lord in reward and better in hope (Quran, 18:46).

Third, remembrance of death engenders seeking repentance when one slips or errs, Penitence 

rectifies wrong action, and that is the gift of remembering death. When one lives with this 

realization, he or she becomes prompt in seeking God's forgiveness. Those who are heedless 

of death have no compunction in doing wrong, since death is not a factor in their lives. 

They carelessly view the Day of Judgment as some distant event hardly worth worrying about. 

[Purification of the Heart]

Food for Thought:

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness and wisdom. We cannot become 

what we need to be by remaining what we are.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Pearls of Wisdom 438

1. How should God inflict pain on an innocent person? So know that your suffering is the result of some lapse; the blow was inflicted because of your sensuality.

2. The world is like a mountain -- what ever you say good or evil, will come back to you. If you imagine that you spoke beautifully, but the mountain returned an ugly echo, that is absurd.

3. God makes an ingrate man suffer and he flees from Him in ingratitude. But when He sends suffering to a fortunate man, he moves closer to Him.

4. Tribulations and fear for one's life are touchstones -- through them the brave are distinguished from the coward.

5. O you who cannot bear to be without this despicable world! How can you bear to be without Him Who spread it as a carpet.

6. O you who cannot bear to be without luxuries and comforts! How can you bear to be without the Generous God.

7. Until copper becomes gold, it does not know it is copper. Until the heart becomes king, it does not know it is indigent.

8. Intellect is a man's wings and feathers. If he lacks intellect, then let him find the intellect of a guide.

9. You know the value of every merchandise; but you do not know your own value -- that is stupidity.

10. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: 'you have no more faithful companion than your works. If they are good, they will be your friends forever; but if they are bad, they will be the serpents in your grave.' 

[Spirtiual Teachings of Mawlana Rumi]

Monday, August 10, 2020

Lesson of the Day 1436

 Ayahs of the Day:

In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are signs for men of understanding. 

Those that remember Allah standing, sitting, and lying down, and meditate upon the creation of the heavens and the earth. "Our Lord! You have not created this in vain. Glory be to You! Protect us from the punishment of fire. [3: 190, 191]

Hadith of the Day:

A Muslim is the one who avoids harming Muslims with his tongue and hands. And an emigrant (Muhajir) is the one who gives up (abandons) all what Allah has forbidden. [Bukhari]

Wise Quote of the Day:

O' People who take pleasure in a life that will vanish, falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity. Whoever desires to purify his heart then let him prefer Allah to his desires. [Ibn al Qayyim]

Guidance of the Day:

Maurice Bucaille, the well known French physician, said that what attracted his interest in Islam was how North Africans in France faced death. As a physician exposed to disease and death, he observed many of his own country men not knowing how to die or handle death.

The fear of death is natural. Reflexively, one protects himself from it. The Prophet (peace be upon him) encouraged believers to desire a long life for two reasons: to make up for past iniquities or to increase good deeds.

The one who remembers death is ennobled by certain characteristics. One of them is contentment and lack of covetousness. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Contentment is a treasure that is never exhausted." He also prayed, "O Allah, provide for my family with what suffices them and grant them contentment with it." [Purification of the Heart]

Food for Thought:

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude, don't complain. Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you will understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Beautiful advice from Imam Zaid Shakir

1. Try to become an embodiment of compassion and mercy
in your daily life.

2. Do not wait for a situation to occur that will call out these
virtues in you.

3. Rather, seek out opportunities where you can manifest
them along with all of the other prophetic virtues.

4. Do not live your life passively waiting to be used, roused
or stimulated into actions or events.

5. Like an active life wherein you become the one who is
initiating acts of goodness and kindness in all that you do.

6. Be an embodiment of the truth you represent.

7. Let your words and comportment convey the dignity of
the believer to all that you meet.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Pearls of Wisdom 437

1. Every thing is good and perfect in relation to God. For example, in a king's realm there are prisons, gallows, robes of honor, estates, retinue, banquets etc. In relation to the king, all is good.

2. Knowledge and wisdom exist to distinguish the right from the wrong; if everything were the right way, then wisdom would be useless.

3. Look at this: In spite of all the world's bitterness, you are passionately attached to it. Know that bitter tribulation is a mercy!

4. The cruelty of time and of every suffering that exists is easier than distance from God and heedlessness. For cruelty will pass, but distance from Him will not, no one possesses good fortune but he who takes to Him an aware spirit.

5. Religion cannot exist without unbelief, since religion is the abandonment of unbelief; therefore an unbelief must exist for us to abandon.

6. If man can pass beyond his own ego, his spirit can join its original state of purity and unity.

7. Those who are the elect of Adam's children breathe the breath of 'We have wronged ourselves.' Display your need for God -- do not argue like the impudent and accursed Iblis.

8. Hell is a dragon with seven heads; your greed is the bait, and hell is the snare.

9. Each and every part of the world is a snare for the fool and a means of deliverance for the wise. For one person it is candy, for another poison; for one it is gentleness, for another severity.

10. If we do not achieve the state of 'seeing things as they are' in this world, we will certainly achieve it in the next. However, that may well be too late for us to reap any benefit from it.
[Spiritual Teachings of Mawlana Rumi]