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Monday, July 31, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 592
Praise be to God, Who revealed the Book to a devotee, putting no distortion in it. So it is straight, to warn of severe vengeance from God, and to bring glad news to believers who do good works, that there is an excellent reward for them, wherein they will abide forever. [18: 1,2,3]
Hadith of the Day:
Speak the truth even though it be bitter. [Ibn Hibban]
Wise Quote of the Day:
The superiority of amassing knowledge over wealth is that the Pharaoh's vast wealth caused him to say, "Truly I'm deserving of your worship." Whereas the Prophet's (peace and blessings be upon him) vast knowledge caused him to say, "Truly we have not worshipped You as You deserve to be worshipped. [Ali radi Allah anhu]
Guidance of the Day:
Saying No: For many of us, the most difficult word to say is one of the shortest and easiest in the vocabulary: No.
No--simple to pronounce, hard to say. We are afraid people won't like us, or we feel guilty. We may believe that a "good" employee, child, parent, spouse, or a friend never says no. The problem is, if we don't learn to say no, we stop liking ourselves and the people we always try to please. We may even punish others out of resentment.
When do we say no? When no is what we really mean. When we learn to say no, we stop lying. People can trust us, and we can trust ourselves. All sorts of good things happen when we start saying what we mean. If we are scared to say no, we can buy some time. We can take a break, rehearse the word, and go back and say no. We don't have to offer long explanations for our decisions. When we say no, we can say yes to good. Our no's and our yes's begin to be taken seriously. We gain control of ourselves. [The Language of Letting Go]
Food for Thought:
In helping others, we help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 3:38 PM
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