Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Ayahs of the Day:
Does not all in the heavens and the earth belong to God? Is not the promise of God true, even though most of them do not know? God brings life and deals with death; and to God you will be returned. [10: 55,56]

Hadith of the Day:
The first to go on the Day of Resurrection to the shade of God are those when given what is right accept it, when asked for something give freely. [Tirmidhi]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Hoping for Paradise without good works, hoping for the intercession of the Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) without embodying the Sunna, and hoping for mercy while constantly in sin, are nothing but absurdities. [Ma'ruf al Kharkhi]

Guidance of the Day:
The Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) said that Fasting is half patience, and patience is a quality indispensable for a successful life and Afterlife. Satan traffics impatience and despair, while fasting exposes the folly of both. Fasting and patience are deeply related; patience too is an important key to the opening of favors from God.

The great lesson of Ramadan is training the soul to forsake temporary sacrifice for a reward that far exceeds the measure of what we do. The sign of sound rational strength is putting off short-term pleasure for a greater long-term pleasure. It is important to realize also that control of our desires defeats Satan. More than a dozen times the Quran gives notice that Satan is an avowed and open enemy to humanity who seeks to divert people from God's path and send them spiraling down to debasement in this life and the next.

One very important armament against Satan is fasting, which shuts a door through which Satan attacks men and women. One can help oneself through such immensely beneficial acts like Fasting, which vanquish one's caprice and control one's desires. Fasting for religious purposes is becoming increasingly alien in "pleasure societies," where the pursuit of worldly pleasure is so inordinately emphasized. [Purification of the Heart]

Food for Thought:

Many of us believe that wrongs aren't wrongs, if they are done by nice people like us.

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