Wednesday, October 25, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 668
We never sent a messenger before you revealing to him that there is no God but Me; so serve Me. [21: 26]
Hadith of the Day:
Even the slightest ostentation (in good works) is associating others with Allah. [Ibn Maja]
Wise Quote of the Day:
Sincerity is to forget to regard men by continuously regarding their Maker. [Abu Othman]
Guidance of the Day:
Wisdom,valor, and chastity and innocence----in their pure state, without any false intentions---are the three guardians of an honorable condition. That condition is called justice. Whatever generates from justice is a manifestation of good character.
A person who has been blessed with good character, whether given naturally or acquired through effort, can preserve it only among other people of good character. Such a person should avoid the company of evil friends who indulge in fun and games, debauchery and drunkenness, and the exchange of gossip and meaningless debates, for this is the environment in which the ego feeds and strengthens and takes over.
What keeps the ego weak and obedient is applying learning and knowledge in good actions; being aware of one's state; meditating upon causes and effects; appreciating the gifts bestowed by good character; and listening to the advice of others engaged in the same pursuit. On such food, our ego will obey its Lord. What we need most is to cleanse our heart of all that is evil and decorate it with beautiful behavior. The truth of Islam is no more than two things: to leave what is bad, and to advance what is best, in one's character. [The Path of Muhammad]
Food for Thought:
Anyone can be a barbarian; it requires a terrible effort to remain a civilized man. Civilization ceases when we no longer respect and no longer put into their correct places the fundamental values, such as work, family, and country. The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 3:48 PM