Keeping alive the Islamic tradition of scholarship, insight, and purification...one day at a time.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 508
But if they turn away, your only obligation is clear communication. They recognize the kindness of God, but they deny it, as most of them are ingrates. [16: 82,83]
Hadith of the Day:
The best of you are those who, when you look at them, you remember Allah. [Tirmidhi]
Wise Quote of the Day:
How strange is the one who knows Satan to be his enemy and yet listens to him obediently. [Othman radi Allah anhu]
Guidance of the Day:
Schedule time for your inner work. In the field of financial planning there is a universally accepted principle that it's critical to pay yourself first, before you pay your other bills--to think of yourself as a creditor. The rationale for this wisdom is that if you wait to put money into savings until after everybody else is paid, there will be nothing left for you. The result is that you'll keep postponing your savings plan until it's too late to do anything about it. But, if you pay yourself first, somehow there will be just enough to pay everyone else too.
The identical principle is critical to implement into your program of spiritual practice. If you wait until all your chores, responsibilities, and everything else is done before you get started, it will never happen. Guaranteed. Scheduling a little time each day as if it were an actual appointment is the only way to ensure that you take some time for yourself. You might become an early riser, for example, and schedule one hour that is reserved for reading, praying, reflecting, meditating, exercise, or however you want to use the time. How you choose to use your time is up to you. The important thing is that you do schedule the time and that you stick to it. If you set your mind to it, you can find the time you need. [Don't Sweat The Small Stuff]
Food for Thought:
When you truly know that your life has a grand and heroic mission, then you will realign yourself as a spiritual being.
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