Friday, August 18, 2006

LESSON OF THE DAY 609

Ayah of the Day:
We only send the emissaries as heralds and as warners; but those who scoff dispute by means of vanity, trying to refute the truth with it, taking My signs, and being warned, for a joke. [18: 56]

Hadith of the Day:
If you find earthly passions being obeyed, niggardliness holding sway, this temporal world being given preference, and everyone admiring his own opinion, you should keep to your own private affair. [Tirmidhi]

Wise quote of the Day:
It is the knowledge that guides to sincerity and purity and it is the knowledge that indicates what is the actual following the way of the Prophet, may blessings and peace of Allah be upon him. [Ibn al Qayyim]

Guidance of the Day:
Revenge: At times we may feel an overwhelming desire to punish, or get even, with another person. We want revenge. We want to see the other person hurt the way he or she has hurt us. We want to see life deal that person just rewards. Those are normal feelings, but we do not have to act on them. These feelings are part of our anger but it's not our job to deal justice. We can hold the other person accountable. We can hold the other person responsible. But it is not our responsibility to be judge and jury. Actively seeking revenge will not help us. It will block us and hold us back.

Walk away. unhook. Learn your lesson. Thank the other person for having taught you something valuable. And be finished with it. Put it behind, with the lesson intact. Acceptance helps. So does forgiveness--not the kind that invites the person to use us again, but a forgiveness that releases the other person and sets him or her free to walk a separate path, while releasing our anger and resentments. That sets us free to walk our own paths. [The Language of Letting Go]

Food for Thought:
Tragedy and comedy are but two aspects of what is real, and whether we see the tragic or the humorous is a matter of perspective. People will see what they are prepared to see.

1 comment:

Irving said...

An excellent lesson. Oscar Wilde once said: "The thinking man sees life as a comedy. The feeling man sees life as a tragedy."

Yet, knowledge and compassion are not opposites to the man of faith.

Ya Haqq!