Monday, July 11, 2005


Ayahs of the Day:
Say to those who scoff, "If you desist, what is past will be forgiven you; but if you resume, the example of the ancients has already occurred." Fight them until there is no more civil strife and all faith is in God. Now if they desist God surely sees what they do. [8: 38, 39]

Hadith of the Day:
Satan is the wolf of humans, like the wolf of sheep; he consumes the lone sheep. Therefore, beware of disagreements (or seclusion), and you should stick with the jama'h, the general body (of the Muslims) and the mosque. [Ahmad & Tabrani]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Watch your eye, should it ever reveal to you the faults of others, say to it: "O my eye, other people have eyes too." [Ahmad al Zarruq]

Guidance of the Day:
A steady diet of gratitude is one of the best-known cures for a crabby habit of mind. Here how the diet works:

1. Each day for one weak, keep track of the times you feel like criticizing somebody important in your life, such as your spouse, a relative, a friend, or a close coworker. Try to come up with atleast five incidents each day, and write them down in your Emotion log.

2. After you have described the critical feelings and the incident that preceded it, find a way to encounter that criticism with praise and appreciation. You may feel some resistance to doing this, especially if you feel that your criticism was justified. But try to ignore that resistance. Just set aside the faults you perceive in that person and look instead for reasons to value him or her.

3. Each day, make a point to share those five bits of praise or appreciation with the people who earned it.

4. Notice what effects these offerings have on your relationships, and write about them in your Emotion log. [The Relationship Cure]

Food for Thought:
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. Both medicine and advice are easy to prescribe but hard to take.

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