Wednesday, March 08, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 490
God said, "don't adopt two gods, for there is only one God: so let it be Me that you fear." And to God belongs what is in the heavens and the earth; and to God is due perpetual devotion. So do you fear other than God? [16: 51,52]
Hadith of the Day:
Someone who sets forth in search for knowledge is busy in the cause od Allah until he returns from his quest. [Tirmidhi]
Wise Quote of the Day:
The thankful believer is closest to well being. [Abu Bakr radi Allah anhu]
Guidance of the Day:
Think of your problems as potential teachers. Most people would agree that the greatest sources of stress in our lives is our problems. To a certain degree this is true. A more accurate assessment, however, is that the amount of stress we feel has more to do with how we relate to our problems than it does with the problems themselves. In other words, how much of a problem do we make our problems? Do we see them as emergencies, or as potential teachers?
Problems come in many shapes, sizes, and degrees of seriousness, but all have one thing in common: They present us with something that we wish were different. The more we struggle with our problems and the more we want them to go away, the worse they seem and the more stress they cause us. Ironically, and luckily, the opposite is also true. When we accept our problems as an inevitable part of life, when we look at them as potential teachers, it's as if a weight has been lifted off our shoulders.
Think of a problem that you have struggled for quite some time. How have you dealt with this problem up until now? If you're like most, you've probably struggled with it, mentally rehearsed it, analyzed it again and again, but have come up short. Where has all this struggle led you? probably to more confusion and stress. Now think of the same problem in a new way. Rather than push away the problem and resist it, try to embrace it. Mentally, hold the problem near to your heart. Ask yourself what valuable lesson(s) this problem might be able to teach you. Could it be teaching you to be more careful or patient? Does it have anything to do with greed, envy, carelessness, or forgiveness? Or something equally powerful?
Whatever problems you are dealing with, chances are they could be thought of in a softer way that includes a genuine desire to learn from them. When you hold your problems in this light, they soften like a clenched fist that is opening. Give this strategy a try, you'll agree that most problems aren't the emergencies we think they are. And usually, once we learn what we need to learn, they begin to go away. [Don't Sweat The Small Stuff]
Du'a of the Week:
When something bad occurs: Al-hamdu li'Llahi ala kulli hal (Praise be to Allah, in every state)
Food for thought:
Every moment that you spend upset, in despair, in anguish, angry, or hurt because of the behavior of anybody else in your life is a moment in which you've given up control of your life.
Posted by Zaki at 4:57 PM