Thursday, December 30, 2004


Ayahs of the Day:
But if you decide to take one wife in place of another, even if you had given the latter a treasure for dower, take not the least bit of it back; would you take it by slander and a manifest wrong. And how could you take it when you have gone in unto each other, and they have taken from you a solemn covenant? [4: 20, 21]

Hadith of the Day:
It is in fact the glorification of Allah to honor an aged Muslim; to honor one who has learnt the Quran by heart or is its interpreter, provided he makes no interpolations in it and does not contradict it by his conduct, and to respect a just ruler. [Abu Dawud]

Wise Quote of the Day:
There are four types of oceans; passions are oceans of sins, the self (nafs) is the ocean of lust, death is the ocean of life, and the grave is the ocean of distress. [Othman radi Allah anhu]

Guidance of the Day:
The action that is beneficial in purifying the heart, also includes that which is done in the absence of witnesses, or action done purely for His love or out of awe of His majesty. If one gives charity openly, this is good, but in secret it is better. This protects against ostentation. An act of worship done for the love of God is a higher station than those acts done out of fear of Hellfire. This view does not belittle the fear of punishment, but it does assign a higher station to guiding one's conduct out of awe of God and a heightened sense of His majesty and greatness.

The purest deed is that done by someone free of worldly wants. The opposite of this is the deed of covetous one whose endeavors are ultimately insignificant. The zahid (ascetic) does what he does for no other reason than the pleasure and love of God. This is the highest action. In Islam, the essence of asceticism is a lack of want. The ascetic is the one who does not have attachment in his heart for material things. [Purification of the Heart]

Food for Thought:
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.

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