Monday, March 06, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 488
Or God's seizing them with gradual wastage? Yet it is the fact that your Lord is indeed kind, merciful. Do they not observe what God has created? their shadows revolve from the right and the left, bowing to God as they shrink away. [16: 47,48]
Hadith of the Day:
Pay (regular charity) out of your property, for truly it is a purifier....be kind to your relatives, and acknowledge the rights of the poor, of (your) neighbors, and of those who ask for assistance. [Fiqh us Sunnah]
Wise Quote of the Day:
How strange is the one who claims to know the reality of death and yet can go on enjoying himself heedlessly, and the one who recognizes the evanescence of the world yet longs after it tirelessly. [Othman radi Allah anhu]
Guidance of the Day:
Make service an integral part of your life. To become a kinder , more loving individual requires action. Yet, ironically, there is nothing specifically you have to do, no prescription to follow. Rather, most genuine acts of kindness and generosity seem natural; they stem from a type of thinking where service and giving have been integrated into the person's thought process.
If one of your goals is to help others, you will find the most appropriate ways. Your chances to be of service are endless. The key, is to remember that being at service isn't a one-time effort. It's not doing something nice for someone and then wondering why others aren't being nice too, or doing things for us. Instead, a life of service is a life long process, a way of thinking about life. Does the trash need to be taken out? If so, go ahead and take it out even if it's not your turn. Is someone you know being difficult? May be they need a hug or someone to listen to them. Are you aware of a charity that is in trouble? Could you possibly give a little extra this month?
The best way to be of service is often very simple--it's those little, quiet, often unnoticed acts of kindness that I can choose on a daily basis--being supportive of a new endeavor by my spouse, or simply taking the time and energy to listen. There is an ancient saying, "Giving is its own reward." it's really true. When you give, you also receive. In fact, what you receive is directly proportional to what you give. As you give more freely of youself in your own unique ways, you will experience more feelings of peace than you ever thought possible. Everyone wins, especially you. [Don't Sweat The Small Stuff]
Food for thought:
Be consistently aware of the need to serve God and to serve others in any way and all of your actions. That is the way of the miracle worker.
Posted by Zaki at 3:25 PM