Tuesday, December 21, 2004


Ayahs of the Day:
And there are certainly among the People of the Book, those who believe in Allah, in the revelation to you, and in the revelation to them, bowing in humility to Allah; they will not sell the signs of Allah for a miserable gain! For them is a reward with their Lord, and Allah is swift in account. O you who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy; vie in such perseverance; strengthen each other; and fear Allah; that you may prosper. [3: 199,200]

Hadith of the Day:
The Muslims in their mutual love, kindness and compassion, are like the human body where when of its parts is in agony the entire body feels the pain both in sleeplessness and fever. [Bukhari & Muslim]

Wise Quote of the Day:
What you love to have with you in the Hereafter, you should advance today. and what you hate to have with you, you should abandon today. [Salman ibn Dinar]

Guidance of the Day:
There are things that benefit a person in the short and long term. Examples of this are knowledge and excellent character. There are also things that are harmful to a person immediately and in the long run, like ignorance and obnoxiousness. Then there are things that offer immediate gratification, but the long term benefits are nil. Carnal desires (shahawat)are generally like this. If a person overeats, he experiences immediate gratification; but in the long term it invites health problems.

Things may be beneficial in the long term but somewhat uncomfortable in the short. It may be difficult for a person to stop himself from eating until he is filled, but the long term benefits are obvious. Ignorance urges people to see only short term relief as a blessing and to ignore the benefits of patience and temporary discomfort. Knowledge opens the eyes to the long term benefit, which lasts for ever.

Food for Thought:
What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. Death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.

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