Thursday, January 12, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 438
My Lord, make me constant in prayer, and descendants of mine as well. Our Lord, please accept my cry. Our Lord, forgive me, and my parents, and the believers when the day of reckoning is observed. [14: 40,41]
Hadith of the Day:
Any Muslim who is beset with a calamity, a wound, or an illness will have his/her sins expiated. This is as true for the prick of a thorn as it is for an all-out disaster. [Bukhari & Muslim]
Wise Quote of the Day:
The one who longs for the world will be oppressed by it, whereas one who desires it not, rules over it thereby. [Abul Hasan Kharkhani]
Guidance of the Day:
La ilaha illa'Llah. A phrase sublime in its meaning, brief in its construction, vast in its effect, noble in its rank, brilliant in its light, and unique in its merit. it comprises four words upon which the Faith is founded and the qibla set. Through sound belief and certainty in its meaning, and by submission to it, one attains to faith (iman). But uttering it with sincerity, and truly acting in accordance with it, Islam results. By attaining both sound belief and submission to its authority there draws upon the heart the reality of Ihsan.
The two testimonies are powerfully effective in refining the self, creating rectitude of character, and reinforcing social ties. The testimony of La ilaha illa'Llah liberates the mind from illusions, and purifies souls from the dirt of polytheism, so that they rise up from the mire of devotion to other than God (Exalted is He!), and from the debasement inheres in worshipping idols. Hearts are united by it in the adoration of one God, and faces are united in facing the same qibla.The testimony of Muhammadun rasulu'Llah and belief in his message and His upright Book strengthen morality, reforms souls, and set an excellent example to be followed in all situations.
These two utterances are the believer's treasure and capital. and are the source of his happiness in this life and in the next. Similarly, through them there arise the consequences of following the Noblest Messenger, the Firmest Handhold, the Excellent Example, in every religious and worldly transaction, and in that which relates to what is good for one's daily life and one's abode in the After life, whether this relates to the heart or the body, the individual or the community. Around the pivot of these Two Testimonies revolves the well-being of the human race in both abodes. [Prophetic Invocations]
Food for Thought:
Help is always given to the human being; we are always surrounded by the help of God. The question is to realize it; when it is not known, it is not much use.
Posted by Zaki at 2:36 PM