Saturday, February 06, 2016

Lessons on the seasons of life....

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. In order to teach he sent them each on a quest,to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the fourth in the fall.

When they all went and came back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.
The first son said "the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted".
The second son said "it was covered with green buds and full of promise".
The third son disagreed; he said "it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful".
The fourth son disagreed with all of them; he said "it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment".

The father then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the life of the tree. He told them that we cannot judge a tree, or a person, or anything by only one season -- the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If we give up when it's winter, we will miss the promise of our spring, the beauty of our summer, fulfillment of our fall. We shouldn't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.

We shouldn't judge life by one difficult season. We need to persevere through the difficult patches -- and better times are sure to come sooner or later

Monday, February 01, 2016

Lesson of the day 1393

Ayahs of the day:
And do not partake of anything over which the name of God has not been invoked, for that would be immoral. And the devils will surely inspire their friends to contend with you; and if you were to obey them, you would be idolaters. [6: 121]

Hadith of the day:
Be in the world as though a stranger or a passerby. [Bukhari]

Wise quote of the day:
Allah's generosity is connected to gratitude, and gratitude is linked to increase in His generosity. The generosity of Allah will not stop increasing unless the gratitude of the servant ceases. [Ali radi Allah anhu]

Guidance of the day:
Reliance upon God is one of the most noble stations of the people of certitude and one of certitude's most invaluable consequences. The essence of reliance is certainty that all matters are in God's hand, in His fist, that none other than He can cause either harm or benefit, or give or withhold. The heart must be easy; confident in God's promise and His guarantee, so that it neither trembles nor becomes agitated when stricken by hardships or problems, neither is it to seek refuge and assistance with other than God the Exalted when afflicted by difficulties and worries. Were one ever to seek any of this with a created being, it should never be inwardly, but only outwardly, and according to the dictates of Divine law.

It is not a condition of reliance to abandon worldly means. On the contrary, one may very well join reliance with making use of secondary causes, so long as one relies on God, not on these causes. The sign of sincerity is that one does not depend on them so as to feel at peace when they are available, but anxious and agitated when they are absent and muddled. A servant may well have no worldly means, yet not be reliant. This is when he is attached to them, attentive to created beings, and desirous of what is in their possession. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]

Food for thought:
Faith means not worrying. He who has faith has an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well, even though outwardly it might not be seen that way. Faith is courage, it is creative. In  faith there is enough light for those who want to believe. Faith is passionate intuition.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Pearls of Wisdom 387

1. Begin each morning with a talk with God; Prayer is an armor, do not go into the
day without it.

2. Prayer does one of two things -- it either frees us from the trouble we fear or gives
us the strength and courage to meet the trouble when it comes.

3. If God abides in your home, His presence cannot be hidden.

4. Discontentment makes rich men poor, while contentment makes poor men rich.

5. You can't always have everything, but you can always make the best of what you have.

6. It is nice to be important; but it is more important to be nice.

7. Deal with the faults of others as gently as you deal with your own.

8. For every minute that you are angry with someone, you lose sixty seconds of
happiness that you can never get back.

9. Blowing out another person's candle won't make our's any brighter.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Islamic guidance toward maintaining physical health....

~Eat Less & stay healthy~

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah upon him) said: “The human does not fill any container that is worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat what will support his back. If this is not possible, then a third for food, a third for drink, and a third for his breath.” [Jami at-Tirmidhi]

Commentary: Eating and drinking is not the be all and end all of man’s life. The main purpose of our creation is to fulfill our oath of allegiance to Allah and earn our place in Jannah. To do so a healthy body helps and a healthy body is maintained by keeping a part of our stomachs empty at meal times. We need to stop eating while we still feel a little hungry. To constantly keep eating till we feel satiated causes our stomachs to go bad. We would, therefore, be well advised to eat only as much as is necessary.

Islam’s holistic approach to health includes treating our bodies with respect and nourishing them with, not only faith, but also with lawful, nutritious food. A major part of living life according to the Creator’s instructions is implementing a suitable diet. Choosing wholesome food and avoiding the unwholesome is essential to good health. Allah says in the Qur'an, “Eat of the good things which We have provided for you.” (Qur'an 2:172) “Eat of what is lawful and wholesome on the earth.” (Qur'an 2:168). The Qur'an contains many verses of advice about healthy eating that relate to the interconnectedness of physical and spiritual health.

Also fasting two days a week -- Mondays and Thursdays, is the Sunnah way towards maintaining good health, all of the above has been scientifically proven.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Lesson of the day 1392

Ayahs of the day:
So abandon sin, open or secret; for those who commit sin will be repaid for what they perpetrated.[6: 120]

Hadith of the day:
It is sufficient evil for a  man to look down upon his Muslim brother. [Bukhari & Muslim]

Wise quote of the day:
Every sin is a result of a person's putting the desires of his soul above his love for Allah and His Messenger. [Ibn Rajab]

Guidance of the day:
He who desires and pursues the world, but is unable to acquire it, remaining poor and destitute, he is a poor man, not a renunciate. If he is patient and contented in his poverty, he will have great merit and reward.

As for he who takes a large share of the world and enjoys its pleasures freely, then claims he neither desires nor loves it in his heart, he is presumptuous self deceiver. His claim is groundless and he cannot pretend to be following the example of any of the rightly-guided leaders and virtuous scholars, neither among the ancient nor the latecomers. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]

Food for thought:
Life is an adventure in forgiveness. You are never so strong as when you forgive. Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge. He who cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself, for every man has need to be forgiven. The weak can never forgive, forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pearls of Wisdom 386

1. Act in accordance with what you know for what you do not know to be unveiled to you. [Imam al Ghazali]

2. Your knowledge should improve your heart and purge your ego. [Imam al Ghazali]

3. Whenever you interact with people, deal with them as you would wish yourself to be dealt with them, for a Believer's faith is incomplete until he wants for other people what he wants for himself. [Imam al Ghazali]

4. Not a day or night passes for any person without his death during it being a possibility [Imam al Ghazali]

5. Occupy yourself with inspecting your heart, discerning the features of your personality, giving worldly attachments a wide berth, purging yourself of ugly traits, and you would occupy yourself in adoring God the Exalted, worshipping Him and acquiring good qualities. [Imam al Ghazali]

6. If one is not satisfied with what suffices him, no abundance will ever enrich him. [Omar radi Allah anhu]

7. This world is an abode of tests. The object of life is not to avoid or deny its tests and trials, rather to successfully pass them. [Imam Zaid Shakir]

8. Many think that tests from God are always signs of His wrath. As Muslims, we believe that the trials afflicting us can be signs of His love. [Imam Zaid Shakir]

9. Human suffering is real. However, human perseverance and human dignity are just as real. They allow us to nobly endure the trials of this world. [Imam Zaid Shakir]

10. How bad can any suffering in this world be if it opens the door to unimaginable, eternal good in the life hereafter. [Imam Zaid Shakir]

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Intermittent fasts....

A wonderful TEDx talk at the link below which outlines the latest research that, yet again, confirms the sunnah of our dear Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and discusses how to maintain good physical, mental and emotional health.

We know firsthand, as Muslims, the spiritual upliftment we experience through fasting -- since we connect with the Creator and the best of the creation (peace and blessings upon him):