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Monday, May 15, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 551
Your Lord knows best what is in your souls: if you act with integrity, God is most forgiving to those who keep returning. [17: 25]
Hadith of the Day:
When you ask, ask of Allah. And when you seek help, seek help from Allah. [Tirmidhi]
Wise Quote of the Day:
We must realize that we will never achieve any meaningful change in our situation relying on our meager resources. We need to turn wholeheartedly to our Lord (in obedience and for help). [imam Zaid Shakir]
Guidance of the Day:
Trust in Allah: The heart's inherent trust in the Creator alone is called tawakkul. Trust is then to act in accordance with Allah's plan: to adopt the principles and commands of the Shari'a, and to resign oneself to Him. In every act or task, the means required for the task must be employed within the confines of the Sharia, and one's trust must be placed in Allah Most High. Sincere and honest belief in the Oneness of Allah establishes true faith in the heart. The effect of faith establishing in the heart is trust (tawakkul). The condition essential for achieving this trust is sincere acknowledgment of oneness. The meaning of sincere acknowledgment is that this oneness permeates the heart to such a degree that there remains no room in one's heart to entertain any other concept.
Assign all affairs to Allah Most High and maintain the heart in the state of peace and tranquility. It entails turning away from all and everything other than Allah. Upon Allah Most High being made the trustee, one resigns in full confidence. Allah Most High, the Trustee, is full of wisdom and is the Benefactor and Protector of the one who has placed trust in Him. There is therefore no need for the heart to toss about in doubt and uncertainty. He will not allow your enemy to vanquish you. In this way when one fully realizes that sustenance, death, life and all affairs of creation are within the direct power and control of Allah Most High, there is absolutely no cause for the heart to labor in uncertainty and suffer any lack of confidence.
The ignorant toil under the misconception that trust entails abstinence from effort, the means, and material agencies. This idea of trust is highly erroneous. Trust does not advocate shunning or abstaining from the material agencies that Allah Most High has created and made subservient to man. Shunning the legitimate use of the material means and agencies for legitimate purposes and needs is not lawful according to shari'a. Trust is acquired by contemplating the bounties of Allah Most High, His Promises, and past occasions in which allah granted one success. [The Path to Perfection]
Food for Thought:
It's so easy to look around and notice what's wrong. It takes practice to see what's right.
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