Saturday, August 20, 2005


Ayah of the Day:
God has promised hypocritical men and hypocritical women and atheists the fire of hell, wherein they will abide. That is enough for them. And God has cursed them; and there is lasting torment for them. [9: 68]

Hadith of the Day:
Your greatest enemy is your ego, that which is between your two flanks. [Bayhaqi]

Wise Quote of the Day:
The one who always leaves his sunnas will eventually be deprived of his fardh, such a person can never taste of the Divine beauty. [ Abdullah ibn Mubarak]

Guidance of the Day:
Having discussed the Islamic conception of men's nature and roles let us now see what it has to say about women. The hadith says, 'I bid you treat your women well, for women were created from a rib, the part of it that is most bent is its head, should you attempt to straighten it you will break it, and if you leave it be, it will remain bent.' The hadith obviously refers to the symbolism of the story of Eve's creation from Adam's rib. That she was created from him indicates that their natures are similar in many respects and that where they differ they are not in opposition but compliment each other.

The emotional charge required by women to function in the role of mother necessarily influences their ability to think detachedly and objectively, especially when their interests or those of their children are at stake. This is why the upper end of the rib is said to be the part that suffers the most bending, that is, the part that is most subject to the sway of emotions. To attempt to straighten it is to attempt to force women to act like men, which, if at all possible, would forthwith deprive them of their ability to care for their children adequately. It is, however, plainly impossible, and that is why it was said in the hadith that it would break the rib, that is lead to disruption of the relationship and divorce.

This in no way means that there are no women who think more objectively than most men, nor that there are no men who are more emotional than most women. But it does mean that these differences should be seen in a positive not a negative light, since the fact that each provides the things the other lacks makes for a differentiation of roles within the relationship and thus for stability. Women are required to be reasonably obedient, well groomed, efficient in the management of the household, solicitous for the chlildren's welfare, and loyal, that is,discrete as concerns her husband's affairs and their mutual relationship. [Man & The Universe]

Food for Thought:

There is no present like the time. Every second and minute is so valuable that the entire world cannot replace it. One will realize this at the time of death. Value your leisure time before you are occupied, value your life before death. Begin work now.

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