Friday, January 21, 2005


Ayahs of the Day:
When angels take the souls of those who die in sin against their souls, they (the angels) will ask:"In what were you engaged?" They will reply: "We were oppressed in the land." (The angels) will say: "Was not Allah's earth spacious enough for you that you could have migrated there in?" As for such, their abode is Hell--What an evil refuge!

Hadith of the Day:
Live in this world as if you are a stranger or a traveler. [Bukhari]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Read and you shall only behold that the most logical of all answers are always right there before your very eyes. [Moez Masud]

Guidance of the Day:
Haya (shame) is associated with the knowledge and active awareness that God is all-seeing of what one does----a reality that is permanent. The nurturing of this realization deters one from engaging in acts that are displeasing and vulgar. This is the essence of the noble prophetic teachings.

One should also have dhul, which literally refers to being lowly, abject, or humbled. What is meant here is humility or humbleness voluntarily assumed before God, which is required for courtesy. It refers to the awesome realization that each of us, at every moment, live and act before the august presence of the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the one God besides whom there is no power or might in all the universe.

When one seriously reflects on God's perfect watch over His creation, the countless blessings he sends down, and then consider the kind of deeds one brings before Him---what possible feelings can a person generate except of humility and degrees of shame? With these strong feelings, one implores God to change one's state, make one's desires consonant with His pleasure---giving up one's designs for God's designs. This is pure adab (courtesy) with respect to God, a requisite for spiritual purification. [Purification of the Heart]

Food for Thought:
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside, wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.

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