Monday, February 28, 2005


Ayahs of the Day:
And behold! Allah will say: O Jesus the son of Mary! Have you told people : "Take me and my mother as two Gods instead of God (Alone)?" He will say: Glory be to you! It is not my place what I have no right to (say). If I had said it, you would have known it already. You know what is on my mind, while I do not know anything that is on yours. You are the knower of unseen things. I have never told them anything except what you have ordered me to: Worship God as my Lord and your Lord." I was a witness for them so long as I was among them. When you did take me up, You were the watcher over them, and You are a Witness for everything. [5: 116,117]

Hadith of the Day:

Do not abandon an obligatory prayer intentionally, for the one who fails to perform it intentionally has made himself free of the protection of Allah and His messenger. [Ibn Majah & Ahmad]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Flouting the sacred law is a sign that Allah has abandoned one. [Hamza Karamali]

Guidance of the Day:
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "God loathes those who are learned of the affairs of this world but are ignorant of the Hereafter." For it behooves those who have been gifted by God with intelligence and skills to apply these gifts toward what benefits them in the most profound way, to gain knowledge and insight about the Real and the purpose He has created us.

This is not to say one should abandon the world altogether; on the contrary, Islam encourages excellence in things of this world, but not at the expense of matters related to the Hereafter and religious conduct of one's life. Detachment from the world is a thing of the heart, a mental attitude, an objective view of prioritization, so that one does everything that is required to do so, but without inordinate preoccupation.

As for studying the sciences of religion, it is a duty that no Muslim can evade. "Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim man and woman," said the Prophet (peace be upon him). This goes side by side with learning a trade, a craft, or obtaining higher university degrees. [Mutual Reminding--Good Manners]

Food for Thought:
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, loving someone deeply gives you courage. Love conquers all. Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Sometimes heart sees what is invisible to the eye. The hearts of the people are made to incline towards love. Love is a metaphysical gravity.

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