Wednesday, April 27, 2005

LESSON OF THE DAY 184

Ayahs of the Day:
Say: "Verily my Lord has guided me to a way that is straight--a religion that is established, the path (trod) by Abraham the true in faith, and he (certainly) joined no gods with Allah," Say: "Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life, and my death, are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the worlds. No partner has He, with that I am commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims. [6: 161, 162, 163]

Hadith of the Day:
Say, I believe in Allah, and then stand firm and steadfast to that. [Muslim]

Wise Quote of the Day:
The doer of good is better than it is, and the doer of evil is worse than it is. [Ali radi Allah anhu]

Guidance of the Day:
The company one keeps has major effects. It may lead either to benefit or improvement or to harm and corruption, depending on whether the company is that of pure and eminent people or people who are depraved and evil. This effect does not appear suddenly, but is a gradual process that enfolds with time.

If you wish to know whether those you mix and sit with increase or diminish your faith, religion, and actions, compare your state with regard to good character, praiseworthy intentions, resolution in performing acts of obedience, and goodness before and after their companionship. If you find that these acts have become stronger and more firmly established and that you have become more desirous of and interested in them, then know that this particular company is of benefit to your religion and your heart, and that if you continue with it you will gain even greater benefits and acquire many more good things, God willing.

If, on the other hand, you find that your religion has grown weaker and shakier, know that this company is harmful, that its harm to your religion and your heart is evident, may God protect us. The decisive factor here is whether good or evil is more powerful and predominant. When goodness in that company is more powerful and predominant, then a wicked man who mixes with them may become attracted to goodness and its people, whereas when wickedness prevails and dominates, then it is to be feared that the good people who keep such company may become attracted to wickedness and its people. [Knowledge and Wisdom]

Food for Thought:
Time is the wisest counselor of all, it is the school in which we learn, and the fire in which we burn, we cannot kill time without injuring eternity.

1 comment:

Saba said...

Indeed, it has happened to me many times... when i was perturbed about something... & when i read the 'Lesson of the Day', it calmed, comforted & strengthened me immediately! So very often, it seems like these 'Lessons' apply directly to me or are meant especially for me...subhan Allah. That is what is awesome about these lessons!