Sunday, August 14, 2005


Ayahs of the Day:
Say, "Nothing will happen to us but what God has ordained for us; God is our protector." And let the believers put their trust in God. Say, "Are you expecting anything for us but one of two goods? As for us, we are expecting that God will strike you with divine punishment, or by our hands, so wait, for we are waiting with you. [9: 51,52]

Hadith of the Day:
The Hour will not arrive until time contracts, so that a year becomes as a month, a month as a week, a week as a day, a day as an hour, and an hour as a fiery flare. [Tirmidhi]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Let your main concern be to remove from your outerstate anything that is displeasing, then maintain this state through continual counsel. At this point, it is time to turn inward toward your heart's presence and to it's reality, by way of reflection and remembrance. [Ahmad al Zarruq]

Guidance of the Day:
Another related spiritual gain is contentment (rida), which is the state of maintaining one's joyful serenity in the face of adversity in the knowledge that only God is capable of giving and withholding. He is the only power in the universe, and He is the All-Merciful.

The consequence of this understanding is that one neither pleases anyone at the cost of God's displeasure, nor praises anyone to obtain what are actually God's favors nor blames anyone for what God has chosen to withheld. When you perceive the Divine ability as the power that exists, you neither fear any man enough to try to please him at the cost of committing a sin, nor attribute whatever good comes to you through the created beings by whose mediation it was sent, nor credit created beings with the power to withhold that which is yours by Divine decree.

But it must be understood that this state by no means prompts one to act with ingratitude towards one's benefactors, quite to the contrary, for 'He has not thanked God who does not thank men.' And it must be remembered that these are not mere mental constructs we are discussing, but profound states of being reflected in action. [Man & The Universe, by Mostafa al Badawi]

Food for Thought:
There is no free tuition in the field of experience. Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.

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