Wednesday, May 31, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 562
The seven heavens and the earth and all beings therein praise God. There is not a single thing that does not extol the praise of God, but you do not understand their praise. God is truly gracious, most forgiving. [17: 44]
Hadith of the Day:
True spiritual excellence is devotion to God as if you see Him; and though you do not see Him, you at least know that He sees you. [Bukhari & Muslim]
Wise Quote of the Day:
Do not ask one who flees from your requests, but instead, ask Allah Most High, the One Who has ordered you to ask of Him. [Ibn al Samak]
Guidance of the Day:
Further advice: Shaykh Muhammad Wasi (may Allah have mercy on him) was among the greatest of the friends of Allah. A man requested advice of him. The Shaykh said, "I will give you such advice by means of which you may become the king of the world and obtain peace in the Hereafter. Adopt zuhd (abstention) in this world. Never have any greed or hope with regard to any man. See all creation to be dependent on Allah. It is then evident that you will become independent of all creation. This is the meaning of becoming a king."
Ruin comes to a person from six avenues: weakness of intention regarding the acts of the Hereafter; obedience to the commands of the devil and striving in that direction; in spite of nearness of death, to entertain distant hopes and plans; to adopt the pleasure of people in preference to the pleasure of Allah; to abstain from the Sunna of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) because of obedience to the desires of the lower self; to cite the errors of previous Friends of Allah as proofs for one's acts and to bury their excellence. [The Path to Perfection]
Food for Thought:
A good deed provides greater benefits to the benefactor--in terms of blessings and recompense and peace--than it does to the receiver. Doing good to others brings happiness to both the heart and the soul.
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 5:11 PM