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Wednesday, January 25, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 450
We created the human being from clay, from formed mud. As for the sprites, We created them earlier, from the fire of a penetrating wind. Your Lord said to the angels, "I am going to create a human being from clay, from formed mud. Now when I have put him in order and breathed some of My spirit into him, then bow down to him." [15: 26,27,28,29]
Hadith of the Day:
Turn in repentance to Allah, for I do so one hundred times every day. [Bukhari & Muslim]
Wise Quote of the Day:
In a nutshell, intimacy with the Divine means that along with remembering the Supreme name, one is always aware of one's utter neediness. [Hamshad Dinuri]
Guidance of the Day:
Do something nice for someone else and do not tell anyone about it. While many of us frequently do nice things for others, we are almost certain to mention our acts of kindness to someone else, secretly seeking their approval. When we share our own niceness or generosity with someone else, it makes us feel like we are thoughtful people, it reminds us of how nice we are and how deserving we are of kindness.
While all acts of kindness are inherently wonderful, there is something even more magical about doing something thoughtful but mentioning it to no one, ever. You always feel good when you give to others. Rather than diluting the positive feelings by telling others about your own kindness, by keeping it to yourself you get to retain all the positive feelings.
It's really true that one should give for the sake of giving, not to receive something in return. This is precisely what you are doing when you don't mention your kindness to others--your rewards are the warm feelings that come from the act of giving. The next time you do something really nice for someone else, keep it to yourself and revel in the abundant joy of giving. [Don't Sweat the Small Stuff....and it's all small stuff]
Food for Thought:
Shyness and modesty of men is an excellent virtue, but the shyness and modesty of women is even moreso.
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