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Saturday, January 07, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 433
Haven't you observed those who exchanged the favor of God for atheism and settled their people in the abode of ruin, hell, where they burn? What a miserable settlement! And they have fabricated idols for God, to distract from the path to God. Say, "Enjoy yourselves, for your journey is to the fire." [14: 28,29,30]
Hadith of the Day:
A pious character, a fine countenance, and moderation represent one of seventy parts of prophethood. [Bukhari]
Wise Quote of the Day:
I have seen nothing more conclusive to righteousness than solitude. He who is alone sees nothing but God, and if he sees nothing but God, nothing moves him but the will of God. [Dhun nun Misri]
Guidance of the Day:
Many old people are not pleasant. They are filled with themselves and their own concerns as are the very young. They ask you to think about their needs and feelings with little or no concern for yours. When you meet such elders, do not be blinded by their unpleasantness. Like young children, they are dependent on the world around them, and they very often fear the loss of their own importance.
They face the uncertainty of death and are often embittered that the world they worked so hard to create is being discarded by the generations now in power. Their bodies are giving out on them. They increasingly find themselves surrounded only by people their own age, because they know that the young would rather be apart from them. They often live in memories.
Look past these surface behaviors. Look to the person, not the infirmities and idiosyncrasies. When you are tired or ill, or full of anger or pain, you, too, may not be pleasant. For many elders these are the conditions of their lives. But beneath the surface of their actions is a level of insight that only age can teach. [Simple Truths by Kent Nerburn]
Food for Thought:
True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right. If you stick to any opinion long enough, it becomes respectable.
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