Monday, July 25, 2016

Pearls of Wisdom 396

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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Thank the Channel too....

Rasul Allah (Sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “He who is not thankful to men is not thankful to Allah.” [Tirmidhi]

Why is the word “Thank you” so difficult to utter? Some can spit it out, but can they say what it is supposed to mean: “I am grateful to you.” Some think that it is a formality not necessary to use in the immediate family, with one’s spouse, children, siblings, parents, etc; while, in fact, these are the relationships that require acknowledgement the most! If someone gets you a glass of water, or irons your clothes for you, or drives you somewhere, or cooks for you, or helps you with your homework… they deserve your gratitude!

If they did it for Allah’s pleasure, He will surely reward them; but that does not mean that the recipient of the favor should not express his/her gratitude. This is something that Rasul Allah (Sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) promotes in this hadith, that we thank Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) and the channel through which He chose to do us the favor.
[Daily Hadith]

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lesson of the day 1402

Ayahs of the day:
God is the one who made you deputies on earth and raised some of you in ranks over others, in order to test you in what God gave you; for your Lord is swift in punishment, and yet is truly forgiving and merciful. [6: 165]

Hadith of the day:
Giving charity extinguishes sins just as fire extinguishes fire. [Tirmidhi]

Wise quote of the day:
Put aside your pride, set down your arrogance and remember your grave. [ibn Ataillah]

Guidance of the day:
Short hopes, frequent remembrance of death, and preparing for it, their benefits are immense and their merits great. He whose hopes are short and his remembrance of death abundant will be resolute in good works, not subject to procrastination or laziness, detached from this world and desirous of the hereafter, swift to repent and return to God the Exalted, distance from whatever may distract him from obedience to God the Exalted and from following the path leading to His good pleasure. He whose hopes are long and remembrance of death scarce will be the opposite of all this.

If you heed the above advice you will be endlessly happy when death comes, but if you procrastinate and neglect, death will come unexpectedly and you will be endlessly remorseful. When morning comes, people are grateful for having traveled by night. When death comes, certain news come with it; and you shall learn about it in due course. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]

Food for thought:
Nothing will work until you do. Work is not man's punishment, it is his reward, strength and pleasure. Work is the true elixir of life, the busiest man is the happiest man. Opportunities are usually distinguished as hard work. The harder we work the luckier we get. The one thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Eid Mubarak!

Imam Ibn al-Jawzi (ra) in his letter of advice to his son, wrote:

Know, dear son, that days are but hours, and hours are but breaths, and every soul is a container, hence let not any breath pass without any benefit, such as on the Day of Judgment you find an empty container and feel regret! Be aware of every hour and how it passes, and only spend it in the best possible way; do not neglect yourself, but render it accustomed to the noblest and best of actions, and send to your grave that which will please you when you arrive to it."

This world is transitory and our life therein but a moment borrowed, our breaths numbered, yet our indifference reckless. [Abu Bakr al Siddiq]

Strive for Paradise. A small nook within its bliss is better than the whole world and all the riches within. [al Hadith]

A believer is never tired of hearing about good deeds until he enters Paradise. [al Hadith]

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Pearls of Wisdom 395

1. Even when people tell you there isn't any hope, there is. There is always hope, purpose,
and a new magical lesson.

2. Nourishing the soul is a life long journey -- traveled day by day, that is worth making
the most important focus of our lives.

3. Good lies in what God chooses.

4. Contentment is a treasury of good living and ease of life. While greed is a mine of loss
and abasement.

5. The cost of change is high, but the cost of not changing may be higher.

6. Those who change in accordance with the deeper design of life will reap benefits
themselves and those around them.

7. One learns by pain and experience, that one could not control everything, and
that life is temporary.

8. The challenging journey of life requires honesty, integrity, perseverance,
openness, and much more.

9. Life is a generous giver, let's not throw those gifts away unopened.
That which seems hard "bad luck" on the surface, can be a hidden blessing.

10. Continual playing without significance will turn sour. How long can
you just play golf and still respect yourself.

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.