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Friday, November 03, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 676
And We recorded in the Psalms, after the Reminder, that My servants, people of integrity, will inherit the earth. There is indeed in this a message for people who worship. [21: 105,106]
Hadith of the Day:
The closest to Allah of people is the one who begins the salam. [Abu Dawud]
Wise Quote of the Day:
Do not use your energy except for a cause more nobler than yourself. Anyone who uses his energy for the sake of the vanities of the world is like someone who exchanges gemstones for gravel. [Ibn Hazm]
Guidance of the Day:
Another sickness of the heart and cause of faithlessness is sanctimony. Sanctimony in the ordinary sense means attempting to succeed in this world through one's devotion, worship, and prayers, while also making public these acts of devotion. Even simply telling someone about your religious practice without being asked, or without an intention of teaching or correcting religious concepts, is sanctimonious.
Sanctimony is a form of hypocrisy, which is the attempt to appear to be what one is not. Its opposite is sincerity, the foundation of true faith. Sincerity means to undertake good deeds and behavior in harmony with our actual faith and religion, out of concern for salvation and peace in the Hereafter and a pure wish to come close to our Lord. Such actions, devotions, worship, and prayers are kept hidden, away from the sight and hearing of others. The reward for sincerity is the greatest gift of Allah in this world: the conviction that you are in the plain view of Allah while you are performing your worship. [The Path of Muhammad]
Food for Thought:
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure. True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher. It is grace under pressure. The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. One man with courage makes a majority.
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 4:08 PM
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