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Sunday, January 29, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 454
He Said, "This is a straight path to Me. For you have no authority over devotees of Mine, except those deluded ones who follow you. And Hell is promised to them all; it has seven doors: a distinct segment of them is assigned to each of the doors." [15: 41,42,43,44]
Hadith of the Day:
Seek refuge in Allah from the Fire. Seek refuge in Allah from the torments of the grave. [Bukhari]
Wise Quote of the Day:
What does the one who finds God lose? And what does the one who loses God find? [Ibn Ata iLlah]
Guidance of the Day:
Let others be "right" most of the time. One of the most important question you can ever ask yourself is, "Do I want to be 'right'--or do I want to be happy?" Many times, the two are mutually exclusive! Being right, defending our positions, takes an enormous amount of mental energy and often alienates us from the people in our lives. Needing to be right---or needing someone else to be wrong---encourages others to become defensive, and puts pressure upon us to keep defending.
Yet, many of us spend a great deal of time and energy attempting to prove (or point out) that we are right---and/or others are wrong. Many people, consciously or unconsciously, believe that it's somehow their job to show others how their positions, statements, and points of view are incorrect, and that in doing so, the person they are correcting is going to somehow appreciate it, or atleast learn something. Wrong!
Think about it. Have you ever been corrected by someone and said to the same person who was trying to be right, "Thank you so much for showing me that I'm wrong and you're right. Now I see it. Boy, you're great!" Or, has anyone you know ever thanked you (or even agreed with you) when you corrected them, or made yourself "right" at their expense? Of course not. [Don't Sweat The Small Stuff]
Food for Thought:
The fool's indulgence in petty worldliness is an evil thing, but the indulgence of the learned is even moreso.
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