Wednesday, June 15, 2005


Ayahs of the Day:
When your Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam from their loins--their descendants, and made them testify concerning themselves (saying): "Am I not your Lord (Who cherishes and sustains you)?" They said: "Yea! We do testify!" (This), lest you should say on the Day of judgment: "Of this we were never mindful." Or lest you should say: "Our fathers before us may have taken false gods, but we are (their) descendants after them: will You then destroy us because of their deeds of men who were futile?" Thus do We explain the signs in detail; perchance they may turn (unto Us). [7: 172,173,174]

Hadith of the Day:
Whoever seeks knowledge in order to compete with the scholars or to debate with the ignorant or to have people turn their faces to him will be entered by Allah into the Fire. [Tirmidhi]

Wise Quote of the Day:
One who perseveres patiently will not be without success, even if it takes a long time. [Ali radi Allah anhu]

Guidance of the Day:
Fortitude (sabr)is of four kinds:
Firstly, patiently enduring one's perseverance in acts of obedience. This is realized inwardly through sincerity and presence of heart, and outwardly through holding constantly to them, showing zeal, and performing them in the correct and lawful way. This kind of fortitude is helped by remembering God's promised rewards, both immediate and to come, for obedience. The one who keeps to this kind of fortitude reaches the station of nearness where he will find indescribable sweetness, pleasure, and intimacy in acts of obedience.

Secondly, patient endurance in renouncing sins. This is realized outwardly by avoiding them and by keeping away from the places where they might be committed, and by preventing the soul from discoursing upon them and from inclining to them, for the very beginning of a sin is a thought.

As for remembering previous sins, if this results in fear or remorse it is good, if not then refraining from it is better. This kind of fortitude is helped by remembering God's threats of punishment in this world and the next for disobedience. The one who keeps to this kind of fortitude will be honored by God with finding all disobedience so repugnant that entering the Fire would be easier for him to bear than the committal of the smallest sin. [The Book of Assistance]

Food for Thought:
You fall the way you lean. Your character is what you have left when you have lost everything you can lose. Character is much easier kept than recovered.

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