Saturday, August 17, 2019

Time to reflect....

1. The words of the Qur'an have both an outer and
    an inner meaning, the latter overpowering. Do
    not regard the surface alone, for the devil never
    regarded Adam as mere clay. The surface
    meaning of the Qur'an is like a human torso,
    features visible, but the spirit hidden.

2. Little by little God takes the beauty away.
    Little by little life's luster decays.
    Listen to the passage, "To whom We
   grant a long life, those We cause to decline."
   Seek the essence and not the structure.
   The beauty of heart shall forever abide, for it
   is enriched with the water of life.

3. Every prophet to the world came alone,
    within him carrying a hundred unseen worlds.
    The cosmos was charmed by his depth
    and folded itself into his modest frame,
    The foolish thought he was lonely and weak.
    With the King as his companion,
    how is he weak?

4. We honored man by the gift of free will.
    Half of him is honeybee, the other half snake.
   True believers are stores of honey.
   Stores of poison are those who do not believe.

5. Many prayers are declined because of the
    rank odor of a corrupt heart rising through the
    beautiful words. Let the words be wrong, but
    the meaning right. That flawed utterance is
    dearer to God.  [Mawlana Rumi]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Lesson of the day 1425

Ayahs of the Day: 
Is the man who follows the good pleasure of Allah, like the one who draws on himself the wrath of Allah, and whose abode is in Hell? A woeful refuge! They are in varying grades in the sight of Allah, and Allah sees well, all that they do. [3: 162, 163]

Hadith of the Day: 
Hell lies hidden behind evil (worldly desires) and Paradise is screened behind hard labour. [Bukhari & Muslim]

Wise Quote of the Day: 
Organize your devotional practices and you will find your time is extended due to the baraka (blessings) in it. [Shaykh Ahmad al Zarruq]

Guidance of the Day: 
Fakhr is the loathsome practice of bragging. Exceptionally odious is the practice of bragging about what one has not done or exerted any effort toward, like bragging about one's ancestry and borrowing from some past nobility.

Boasting is a problematic behavior that universally evokes objection and is considered a spiritual disease. No one likes a boaster, the person who cannot be in the company of others without speaking about himself or drawing attention to what he has done.

The force behind the culture of boasting is kibr (arrogance). The most villainous beings in history were filled with arrogance and false pride. God recompenses the arrogant ones by turning them away from understanding His Book, His Prophets, and His Signs placed in the horizons and in one's own self. [Purification of the heart]

Food for Thought: 
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you really want to test a man's character, give him power.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Pearls of Wisdoms 426

1. We need our mistakes. We have to experience how error feels to begin to be free from it.

2. We may become wise enough to welcome difficult times because we can trust that they are, in truth, opportunities for transformation.

3. Death sets a limit on our time in this life and urges us to do what we need to do in the time we are given.

4. Death is a friendly but invisible companion, reminding us to live our lives and not just exist.

5. Whatever prepares us for death enhances our lives. Awareness of our mortality will facilitate important shifts in our priorities and values.

6. The best way to fight evil is to make energetic progress in the good.

7. Prayer and meditation are disciplines on our life journey toward our spiritual journey.

8. Take the spiritual side of life seriously.

9. Practice forgiveness. It changes everything, and its rewards are permanent.

10. Sort out and pass along the things from your attic, garage, basement, closets that you no longer use.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Life Advice....

1. Always be the best person you can be.

2. Be kind even when you are tired.

3. Be understanding even when you are angry.

4. Do more than you are asked, and don't ask
for anything in return.

5. Don't silently expect anything either.

6. Listen when someone talks, and really
listen too, stop just thinking of how you'll
reply.

7. Tell people that you love them and that
you appreciate them.

8. Go out of your way to do things for people.

9. When you mess up, make up for it in the next
moment or minute or day.

10. Never spend your time trying to prove anyone
that you are great, your actions will speak for
themselves.

11. We only have limited time on this earth, don't
waste it.

12. If someone doesn't see your light, don't worry.
Like moths, good people are attracted to flame
and to light, and they will come.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Lesson of the Day 1424

Ayahs of the Day: 
If Allah helps you, none can overcome you. If He forsakes you, who is there, after that,
that can help you? In Allah, then, let believers put their trust. No Prophet could (ever) be
false to their trust. If any person is so false, He shall on the Day of judgment, restore what
he misappropriated, then shall every soul receive its due, whatever it earned and none shall
be dealt with unjustly. [3: 160, 161]

Hadith of the Day: 
Should you come across some mishap, do not say: "Had I only done this and that things would
have turned out so and so; but say only Allah so determines and did as He willed." Because the
Phrase; "Had I" only opens the gates of evil conduct. [Muslim]

Wise Quote of the Day:
You possess only whatever will not be lost in a ship wreck. [Imam Ghazali]

Guidance of the Day: 
Ghill is a malady of the heart that is closely related to rancor, extreme anger, and malice.Rancor
is a pungent emotion that is rooted in being extremely angry at a person to the point that one
wishes harm to come to him. But the ultimate victim of rancor is its carrier.

If a person feels rancor toward a particular person, he should show that person good will. By nature,
people are naturally inclined to love those who do good to them. And if one shows a person good,
feelings of rancor will fall to the wayside. Satan rejoices when believers fight with one another and
bear negative thoughts.

If a person has rancor toward another believer, God shall not forgive that person until he forgives
his brother, for rancor is a serious affliction that festers in one's heart and blocks good things from
coming to one. [Purification of the heart]

Food for Thought: 
Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego
doesn't go with it.

Monday, July 08, 2019

Pearls of Wisdom 425

1. War destroys men, but luxury destroys mankind; at once corrupts the body and the mind.

2. Luxury may possibly contribute to give bread to the poor; but if there were no luxury, there
would be no poor.

3. We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.

4. A simple and unassuming manner of life is best for every one, best for both the body and
the mind.

5. The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone.

6. Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all.

7. A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.

8. Marriage is that relationship between man and woman in which the independence is equal, the
dependence mutual, and the obligation reciprocal.

9. The mind is like the stomach. It is not how much you put into it that counts, but how much it digests.
Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.

10. Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their minds are incompetents
in asylums, who can't, and those in cemeteries.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Alone....

Responsibility is upon our shoulders:

(And Allah will say): "Now you have come to Us alone even
as We had created you in the first instance...."
[surah Al Anaam: 94]

Our survival on the Day of judgment is a personal project....

On this day, we will stand alone....

We will not be able to use the shortcomings of scholars or
people as an excuse for our own,

nor can we blame it on the deviation of the famous or those
who are unknown,

nor on the abandonment and betrayal of those closest to
us or those who are far....

Our life is a test we take alone...

We need to do good for ourself and strive for our soul's salvation,

even if all the people around us are tempted to sin,

and are negligent in religious matters,

and abstain from doing good....

Remember.... We alone will be held accountable for our
actions and not others.