Thursday, November 02, 2006

LESSON OF THE DAY 675

Ayah of the Day:
The day We roll up the sky like a scroll. As We created original nature, We will restore it, as a promise up to Us, for We are the author of creation. [21: 104]

Hadith of the Day:
Allah does not look at your appearance or wealth but looks at your heart and actions. [Muslim]

Wise Quote of the Day:
You must control your tongue and know your contemporaries. Talk to the people so that they can understand and omit that which they cannot understand. [Shaykh al Junayd]

Guidance of the Day:
By general concurrence and agreement, even religious practice, when it is merely an imitation, is considered a sin. There are a lot of people talking who only pretend to be wise, and a lot of books written that will lead one astray. Of course, long accepted and respected interpreters should be followed. But even in these cases, one should not blindly imitate the branch of Islamic teaching to which one belongs, but study and learn its origins and principles. Only by so doing one will be following the principles of the Holy Book and the Tradition of the Prophet.

Even with the best of intentions, students remain in danger of creating distortions. If you are arrogant, and see and decide on things wholly according to your own mind and opinions, you will establish your own destructive innovations in the practice of religion. That is even worse than blindly following innovations instituted by others. Such danger is yet another example of the power of our egos to fool us into sin. [The Path of Muhammad by Imam Birgivi]

Food for Thought:
Not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. A good memory and a tongue tied in the middle is a combination which gives good immortality to conversation.

1 comment:

irving said...

A worhty hadith and good food for thought.

It is a Sufi tradition that anything one has to say should pass through four gates: At the first gate, we ask, "Is it true," at the second, "Is it necessary," at the third gate, "Is it beneficial," and at the fourth gate, "Is it kind?"

If the answer to any of these is "No," what we are about to say should be left unsaid.

Ya Haqq!