Monday, August 22, 2005


Ayah of the Day:
Haven't they heard the story of those who were before them--the people of Noah, and Ad, and Thamud, and the people of Abraham, and the Midianites, and the overthrown cities? Their messengers came to them with clear evidences, and God would not wrong them, but they used to wrong themselves. [9: 70]

Hadith of the Day:
Islam began as a stranger and will revert to being a stranger as it once was. Therefore, blessed are the strangers who remain virtuous when everyone else becomes corrupt. [Muslim, Tirmidhi]

Wise Quote of the Day:
The one who is esteemed by people should deem himself worthy of no such honor or respect, so as not to fall into delusion. [Abdullah ibn Mubarak]

Guidance of the Day:
Man cannot live without some kind of religion: even those who hold that there is no such thing as religion merely substitute one set of beliefs for another.

Religion consists of a doctrine which explains what man is, his position within the universe, and his relationship with the Absolute. It offers a law which regulates man's transactions with his environment, and beyond that, it offers a method of spiritual ascent. It should always be remembered that the memory of the lost paradise lingers on within men as does the feeling of the upward pull of the spirit.

When Christianity lost its credibility and hence its power to explain, it was simply replaced by the more materialistic alternatives on offer. Thus instead of seeking to reach the real paradise, people busied themselves with obtaining as much pleasure from the only paradise left to them--that of immediate enjoyment in this life. And instead of striving along the path of spiritual ascent, they chose the cruder and more materialistic alternative to satisfy this need, which was to reach for the moon. The explanations of religion were replaced by scientific theories, with more conjecture being presented as fact and held onto as tenaciously as any religious belief ever was. [Man & The Universe]

Food for Thought:
People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise. Don't refuse to accept criticism, get all the help you can. We learn and grow and are transformed not so much by what we do but why and how we do it.

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