Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Ayah of the Day:
God is not unjust to people at all; it is people, rather, who wrong themselves. And one day God will gather them, as if they had tarried but an hour of the day; they will recognize each other. Those who scoffed at meeting God will already have lost out, not having accepted guidance. [10: 44,45]

Hadith of the Day:
Whoever does not give up telling lies, (committing) evil deeds and speaking harshly to others God is not in need of his fasting. [Bukhari]

Wise Quote of the Day:
The righteous salaf were as fearful of their good deeds being squandered, or not being accepted, as the present generation is certain that their neglect would be forgiven. [Hasan al Basri]

Guidance of the Day:
The month of Ramadan is a special time for purifying oneself, the greatest opportunity to implement the discussions and cures with regard to the heart. In fact, this is the purpose, blessing, and secret of the month. It is a remarkable event when the new moon is sighted. Qadi abu Bakr ibn al Arabi said in his commentary that the secret of Muslims following a lunar calendar as opposed to a solar calendar is that the sun is used for worldly benefits while the moon is used for other-worldly benefits.

What better time than Ramadan to shed the malady of miserliness (bukhl). It is well known that the Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) was the most generous of people, and in Ramadan he was ever more generous. His companions described him like a wind that bears gifts. Then there is batar, being gleeful and overjoyed with the fleeting things of this world. The person who fasts Ramadan experiences an ever greater joy, one related to this world (the happiness of breaking the fast at dusk) and one related to the Hereafter (the ultimate joy of meeting God and receiving lasting bliss of Paradise).

We know from sound tradition that God keeps secret the reward that awaits those who dutifully Fast and do so with excellence. Their is great disparity between joy in material things and joy in the everlasting acts that survive one's death and accompany them in the next life. [Purification of the Heart]

Food for Thought:
We all need to take a great interest in the future because we will spend the rest of our life there. What you keep for yourself, you lose; what you give away, you keep for ever.

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