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Monday, January 08, 2007
LESSON OF THE DAY 728
And say, "My Lord, I take refuge in You from the urgings of the devils, and I take refuge in You, my Lord, lest they get to me." [23: 97,98]
Hadith of the Day:
Whoever is deprived of gentleness is deprived of good. [Muslim]
Wise Quote of the Day:
The avoidance of nonsensical things is a condition for success and a proof of perfection. [Muhammad al Ghazali]
Guidance of the Day:
It is very difficult to realize that our possessions are not our own, but a gift of God lent to us to be spent on our needs and the needs of others. Yet to believe that our wealth is purely the result of our own efforts and belongs to us to keep, rather than treating it as trust from God, is a sin. It signifies either that one does not believe in God, or else that one belittles God's generosity as the Sustainer of His creation, and is unthankful. The ungrateful sooner or later will lose what they were given. One of the usual ways that wealth is lost is through waste.
Prodigality is as much a sin as avarice. To squander wealth, to throw away God's gifts, is an insult to God and an act of violence toward humanity. More is said and written against miserliness than against waste only because human nature is more inclined to hold on to things than to throw them away. Miserliness expresses fear, insecurity about the future, and doubt of God's generosity. It keeps the miser in want and misery. But the prodigal is as arrogant as Pharaoh, who took himself to be God and built himself pyramids as high as mountains. When such a person squanders his wealth it generally benefits no one. On the contrary, his wastefulness leads himself and others to degradation in this world and in the Hereafter. [The Path of Muhammad]
Food for Thought:
Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul. The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him. To get to heaven, turn right and keep straight.
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