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Friday, April 28, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 537
And if you inflict punishment, then inflict punishment equivalent to the vengeance wrought on you: but if you are patient, that is certainly best for those who are patient. [16: 126]
Hadith of the Day:
The miser is far from Allah, far from Paradise, far from people, and close to the Fire. [Tirmidhi]
Wise Quote of the Day:
Your knowledge must improve your heart and purge your ego. [Imam Ghazali]
Guidance of the Day:
Miserliness (bukhl): Miserliness is to withhold spending when such spending is necessary according to the Shari'a and in order to be generous. Miserliness has two stages: what is contrary to the command of the Shari'a--this stage is sinful; and what is contrary to kindness--this degree of miserliness, although not sinful, is not good. Elimination of even this degree of miserliness is commendable and meritorious.
Miserliness is a severe malady. It is not, therefore, befitting for a Muslim to be miserly. In being miserly one is paving the path to Hellfire. Miserliness is in reality is the effect of love for wealth, which directs man's attention to the world. The consequence of this is the weakening of the bond of love with Allah Most High. At the time of death the miser looks on his wealth with regret and sorrow. He has to embark on his journey into the Hereafter reluctantly and forcibly because, in him, there is no desire to meet Allah Most High.
The Remedy: Constant remembrance of death expels the love of wealth from the heart.
Food for Thought:
The test of generosity is not how much you give, but how much you have left.
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 2:58 PM
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