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Friday, May 05, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 543
Man prays his prayer for good for the wrong ends; and man is hasty. We have made the night and the day two signs: We made the sign of the night invisible, while We made the sign of the day revealing, that you may seek bounty from your Lord, and that you may know the number of the years, and the count. [17: 11,12]
Hadith of the Day:
The world is the prison of the believer and the paradise of the unbeliever. [Muslim]
Wise Quote of the Day:
The gate of justice is deep consideration of consequences, and its key is other worldliness. Consideration of consequences ultimately involves remembering death and preparing for it by freely parting from one's wealth. Other worldliness involves dealing justly with everyone and being satisfied with what suffices. [Omar radi Allah anhu]
Guidance of the Day:
Love of the World: All things that give pleasure here to the lower self without being of any merit in the Hereafter are termed dunya (the world). We are afflicted with a number of spiritual ailments all having their origin in the love of the world. If this root ailment is treated and cured, all other maladies flowing from it will also disappear. A person overwhelmed by love of the world has no concern and time for the Hereafter. Such a person without care for the Hereafter will not be bothered with righteous deeds nor will he abstain from evil. Utter love of the world entails an utter lack of concern for religion.
The world does not mean wealth and family. The world is the intentional and voluntary adoption of anything evil that causes one to become forgetful of Allah Most High irrespective of what that thing might be. Thus acquisition of wealth and other material means is not evil; love for such material objects is evil. Wealth aids man as long as it remains outside his heart. However, if its love enters the heart it will bring about its destruction.
The Remedy: Remember death often and do not involve yourself in farfetched hopes. The pursuit of distant schemes and material enterprises should be shunned. In this way, the love of the world will be eliminated from the heart. [The Path To Perfection]
Food for Thought:
Good lies in what God chooses. Contentment is a treasury of good living and ease of life. While greed is a mine of loss and abasement.
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 3:51 PM
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