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Wednesday, August 23, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 613
Say, "Shall we tell you whose works are most fruitless? Those whose striving in the world has been mistaken, even as they reckon they are doing good deeds." They are the ones who denied the signs of God and the meeting with God; so their works have been in vain, and We will give them no weight on the day of resurrection. [18: 103,104,105]
Hadith of the Day:
One who treads a path in search of knowledge has his path to Paradise made easy by God. [Riyadh us Saliheen]
Wise Quote of the Day:
Move (turn to guidance) your heart with Quran. If you do not, then it is feared that it may be moved instead by its lowly passions and its desires for fleeting worldly pleasures, and even worse by sins. [Shaykh Fadl]
Guidance of the Day:
Clarity: When we are in the midst of an experience, it is easy to forget that there is a Plan. Sometimes, all we can see is today. If we were to watch a weaver sewing a tapestry for only a few moments, and focused on only a small piece of the work, it would not look beautiful. It would look like a few peculiar threads randomly placed. How often we use that same, limited perspective to look at our life -- especially when we are going through a difficult time.
We can learn to have perspective when we are going through those confusing, difficult learning times. When we are being pelleted by events that make us feel, think, and question, we are in the midst of learning something important. We can trust that something valuable is being worked out in us -- even when things are difficult, even when we cannot get our bearings. Insight and clarity do not come until we have mastered our lesson.
Faith is like a muscle. It must be exercised to grow strong. Repeated experiences of having to trust what we can't see and repeated experiences of learning to trust that things will work out, are what makes our faith muscles grow strong. Trust that the events in your life are not random. Your experiences are not a mistake. You are going through what you need to go through to learn something valuable, something that will prepare you for the joy and love you are seeking. [The Language of Letting Go]
Food for Thought:
All that you achieve and all that you fail to achieve is the direct result of your own thoughts. Your thoughts, not your circumstances, determine how you feel. An absence of negative thought brings forth a positive feeling.
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