Sunday, April 17, 2005


Ayahs of the Day:
To all are degrees (or ranks) according to their deeds; for your Lord is not unaware of what they do. Your Lord is self sufficient, full of Mercy; if it were His Will He could destroy you, and in your place appoint whom He will as your successors, even as He raised you up from posterity of other people. [6:132,133]

Hadith of the Day:
The one who is pleased to have Allah respond to him during hardships and difficulties should increase his supplications during times of ease. [Tirmidhi]

Wise Quote of the Day:
The biggest failures are those who have failed to win friends, but even bigger failures are those who lose what friends they have made. [Ali radi Allah anhu]

Guidance of the Day:
Whenever you hear of a praiseworthy or meritorious activity and find that you cannot do it, either because it is physically impossible for you or because you are engaged in other activities that are more important to you, then you must have the intention to do it the moment it becomes possible or you have the time. This good intention of yours joins you to those who actually do it, for "the intention of the believer is better than his act," and he may achieve through (good intention) what he cannot achieve by action.

You may hear, for instance, of the merits of jihad, when it is effectively beyond your reach; or of merits of charity and feeding the poor, which you may be unable to do because of your own poverty; or of the merits of establishing justice, truth, enjoining good, and forbidding evil, which may be practically impossible for you because you possess no power and no jurisdiction over such matters. You must have the intention that if those acts were to become possible, you would perform them.

Meanwhile, do whatever you can and help the people responsible for those things by whatever means lie within your power, even if only by praying for them and exhorting them to be thorough in their work. You may thus gain as much in the way of recompense as they do, for the Prophet, said, may peace and blessings be on him, "One who shows the way to an act of goodness is equal to the one who does it." Also, "One who exhorts (people) to right guidance has a reward equal to that of all those who follow him without this diminishing their reward in any way." [Knowledge and Wisdom]

Food for Thought:
Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons. Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.

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