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Tuesday, September 19, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 636
The Benevolent One, sitting firmly on the Throne, to Whom belongs what is in the heavens and what is on earth and what is in between, and what is under the ground. And if you proclaim the word, God knows the secret and the most hidden. God---there is no deity! The most beautiful names pertain to God. [20: 5 to 8]
Hadith of the Day:
A believer is a mirror for a believer, and a believer is the brother of a believer; he safeguards him from destruction and protects him in his absence. [Bukhari]
Wise Quote of the Day:
Adherence to the sunna, increase in one's worship and obedience to the sacred law are all signs of intimacy with the Divine. [Ibrahim bin Dawud al Warqi]
Guidance of the Day:
How we use our words affects not only us. It affects other people. We can transfer our anger to another person and can receive someone else's anger. We have to be selective and understand what we give to someone, how much and in what way. If you continue to nourish the pain or loneliness or anger that you have, eventually you will have to give it a room in your house. It will then occupy a space within you. The Muslims use the broom of la, of no, to sweep out these things from the heart. Muslims live according to the conditions, precepts, and conduct that were brought to them by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
If you allow room in your house for sorrow, laziness, and deceit, these will eventually take over your life, and it will be more difficult to find space for joy, happiness, and bliss. Mawlana Rumi tells us that the grace of Allah bestows a throat on all things. The earth has a throat, and it drinks the water that's sent from the sky and becomes nourished, and in turn gives off plants and herbs. Animals have a throat to eat these plants and herbs and to be nourished by them. Man has a throat, and he eats the animals. The faith that Allah has given us as a gift is a throat that consumes all the vanities and fancies of man. It's like the staff of Moses that ate the snake of the Pharaoh. Within us we have the equivalent of the staff of Moses. We have a faith that can devour the Pharaoh's snake within us. [When you hear hoof beats think of a zebra]
Food for Thought:
Remembrance of the people is a disease, and the remembrance of Allah is the cure. Yet how strange it is that we hasten to the disease and not to the cure!
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 2:42 PM
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