Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lesson of the day 1401

Ayahs of the day:
Say, "My prayer and my devotion, my life, and my death, are for God, Lord of all worlds, Who has no partners; that is what I have been ordered, and I am the first to acquiesce." [6: 161,162]

Hadith of the day:
Nothing repels the decree except supplications and nothing increases one's lifetime except righteousness. [Bukhari]

Wise quote of the day:
Love your Lord by serving Him -- for lovers are but the servants of the Beloved [a poet]

Guidance of the day:
Another kind of reflection is to reflect on this world and how evanescent it is, how full of preoccupations and vexations. Reflecting deeply on this leads to detachment from it, forsaking and losing desire for it.

Yet another is to reflect on the hereafter, how unending it is, how unadulterated its bliss, and how permanent its pleasures and joys. Reflecting deeply on these leads to preferring the hereafter, desiring it, and striving for it with determination.

There are many more avenues of reflection. The sharper a servant's insight and the broader and more abundant his knowledge, the vaster and more abundant his reflection. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]

Food for thought:
Failure is a success if we learn from it. The one who has done his level best is a success, even though the world may write him down as a failure. Always remember that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. Formula for success -- rise early, work hard with ability and courage.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Lesson of the day 1400

Ayahs of the day:
As for those who divide their religion into sects, you have nothing to do with them; their business is up to God, who will inform them of what they were doing. For whoever brings about good, there is ten times its like; and whoever brings about ill will not be repaid but by the same; and they will not be wronged. [6: 159,160]

Hadith of the day:
All humans are sinners, and the best sinners are those who repent much. [Tirmidhi]

Wise quote of the day:
This worldly life is a deceiving form of enjoyment if it diverts the person from seeking the Hereafter. However, if it calls a person  to seeking Allah's pleasure and seeking the Hereafter, then it is an excellent means. [Sa'eed ibn Jubair radi Allah anhu]

Guidance of the day:
Upright reflection has numerous benefits and great benefits. There are different kinds of reflection. The best and most noble is to reflect on Divine acts and signs and wonders of His making in earth and heavens. He who reflects deeply in these gains an increase in his knowledge of God, which is the greatest elixir.

Another kind of reflection is to reflect on the favors and blessings that God bestows upon you, both religious and worldly. Reflecting deeply on these leads to an increase in one's love for God and induces one to thank Him.

Another kind of reflection is to reflect on the immensity of God's rights upon you and your numerous short comings in fulfilling His rights of Lordship. Reflecting deeply on these leads to fear, awe, and shyness of God the exalted and induces one to strive resolutely and in earnest to obey Him and fulfill His rights. [Counsels of Religion by Iman al-Haddad]

Food for thought:
Life is a long lesson in humility. Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream about the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. The great use of life is to spend it for something that will out last it.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pearls of Wisdom 394

1. The only way to have a friend is to be one.

2. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

3. It's not what we look at matters, it's what we see that matters.

4. Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those we hold well.

5. The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

6. Life is like a coin, we can spend it any way we wish, but we can only spend it once.

7. It is not the length of life, but the depth of life that matters.

8. The great use of life is to spend it for something that will out last it.

9. Life is not a sum of what we are but what we yearn to be.

Friday, May 20, 2016

What's a secret....

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When a man says something, then glances left or right, his words are a confidence to be kept.” [Hasan hadith. Tirmidhi]

Children make their friends swear to keep their secrets. It is considered necessary to say the words “I promise I won’t tell anyone.” However, this is completely unnecessary for Muslims. A Muslim is bound to keep a secret without swearing or promising to do so. When a person glances furtively left and right, or speaks in whispers, these are indications that the person doesn’t wish others to know what he/she is saying. When a Muslim senses this then they automatically become bound by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) to protect the other’s privacy and keep to themselves what they are being told, as it constitutes a “secret”.

Imam Nahlawi says: “Telling a secret means to inform others of a remark, action, or state which one learns of from someone who wants it to remain hidden, whether it be good or bad. This is hurting him, and hurting others is unlawful.”

“Whenever people meet, it is obligatory to keep secret any act that occurs, any word spoken, or any state attributable to someone, when these concern something one would normally wish to remain confidential.” [al-Durar al-Mubaha fi al-Hazr al-Ibaha, quoted in “Reliance of the Traveller” by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri] The secret may only be divulged if concealing it hurts the Allah-given rights of another. It may then only be divulged to the concerned party.

People get to know their in-laws in ways not known to others. To divulge their weaknesses to others is to harm them and reveal their secrets. Husbands and wives need to be particularly careful regarding what they say to others about their spouse. This is one of the most sensitive and important relationships that needs to be protected zealously.

Children are often sensitive about what is said about them. They get upset when parents tell others the amusing or not so amusing things their children say or do. If the child doesn’t want to be talked about then this too is a secret that should be kept. [Daily Hadith]

Monday, May 16, 2016

lesson of the day 1399

Ayahs of the day:
Are they waiting for anything but for the angels to come to them, or your Lord to come to them, or some of the signs of your Lord to come to them? The day some of the signs of your Lord come, no one will profit from faith in them if he didn't believe in them before, or accomplish good through faith in them. Say, "Wait and see, for we are waiting." [6: 158]

Hadith of the day:
A person's feet will not move away on the Day of Judgment until he is asked about his life and how he spent it, about his knowledge and how he acted upon it, and his wealth and how he earned and spent it,and about his body and how he used it. [Tirmidhi]

Wise quote of the day:
Repentance is not simply a matter of stopping one's sins but it is also to refrain, in the most beautiful manner from sinning and to amend for one's deeds in the best way possible. [Al Raghib al Isfahani]

Guidance of the day:
Vigilance means feeling God's permanent nearness to the servant, His encompassing him, being with him, aware of him, and gazing at him. The prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said: "Excellence is to worship God as if you saw Him, for if you see Him not, He sees you."

Thus vigilance belongs to the station of excellence and he who realizes it achieves awe of God -- shyness lest God sees him where He has forbidden him or misses him where He has enjoined him to be, distracted from His service, forgetful of His remembrance or of proper conduct toward Him. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]

Food for thought:
Peace and justice are the two sides of the same coin. Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. It isn't enough to talk about peace, one must believe in it and work at it. Peace begins with a smile. If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other. Peace is not absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition, benevolence, confidence and justice.