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Thursday, October 19, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 664
We did not create the sky and the earth and what is in between them in jest; Had We wanted to take up a sport, We would have taken it from Our own dominion, were We going to do so. [21: 16,17]
Hadith of the Day:
There is no intelligence like planning, no ability like good character, and no piety like restraint. [Bayhaqi]
Wise Quote of the Day:
A bad thought about someone that occurs in one's heart is a notion suggested by the Devil, and one should not only dismiss it but increase one's concern and respect for him, as this will put off the Devil and he will not suggest the like of it. [Imam al Ghazali]
Guidance of the Day:
The extreme development of understanding is a sharp intelligence, a quick-wittedness, which allows one to decipher hidden secrets such as destiny, or allegorical and ambiguous verses of the Qur'an. Excess of wit may push one to do things that are harmful to other people. Too much of this kind of intelligence leads to unreasonableness, lack of conscience---indeed to stupidity---which blinds the eye of the heart. It may leave a person in such a state that he can no longer tell what is good from what is bad.
The situation with intelligence is similar to the situation with anger. Anger is a necessary capacity. We require it in order to eliminate influences dangerous to our existence. The moderation of anger is called valor---a strength that enables a person to fight destructive forces. But excess of anger is fury, a madness that makes us forget both the reason for fighting and its results. And the deficiency of anger is cowardice, a state that renders us passive before a deadly danger. [The Path of Muhammad]
Food for Thought:
A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
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