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Thursday, September 21, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 638
My Lord, expand my heart for me, and ease my task for me, and untie the knot in my tongue that they may understand my speech. And give me a counselor from my family. [20: 25 to 29]
Hadith of the Day:
Traveling involves a degree of punishment; it deprives one of his sleep. food, and drink. Therefore, when one has accomplished his purpose at his destination, he should hurry back to his family. [Bukhari]
Wise Quote of the Day:
Whoever proposes to the world, then the world would not be satisfied until he gave up his Deen as dowry. [Malik bin Dinar]
Guidance of the Day:
There are two important things to remember, and all the great scholars will tell us about this. That is to Remember Allah; and to remember our death. Death as a symbol and in reality is a reminder that we are passing through this space, that is life, in the form as we know it, is finite. That all things we regard as precious, and all that we spend our time coveting and collecting, we will one day have to give them up.
It's important to be aware that one day we are going to die. If we are aware of this, then we are also aware of Allah as our Creator. Then we have achieved an awareness of death devoid of fear. Awareness that this life can be used as a preparation, a place to do work and prepare for the other life, which is promised in the Qur'an by Allah. One day, when we are placed in the grave, when none of our friends and loved ones can come with us, when none of our possessions can follow us, the only things that will be there to help us are our good actions.
We don't know the time of our own death. This is a great gift from Allah. Because if we knew when we would die, we would stop building, we would stop working. We wouldn't place one stone on top of another. So unawareness in this case is a benefit. [When you hear hoof beats think of zebra]
Food for Thought:
Death---the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.
Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.
Good men must die, but death cannot kill their name.
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 6:15 PM
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