Keeping alive the Islamic tradition of scholarship, insight, and purification...one day at a time.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
LESSON OF THE DAY 793
In fact your Lord is certainly gracious to humanity, even though most of them are not thankful. And in fact your Lord does know what their hearts conceal, and what they reveal. And there is no mystery in the sky and the earth but it is in an enlightening Book. [27: 73,74,75]
Hadith of the Day:
You gather from this world that which you cannot finish eating. You are ambitious for things you can never have. You build things you do not need. [Bayhaqi]
Wise Quote of the Day:
Surrender yourselves before God in the manner of the devout saints; then God will hold you just as dearly as He did the devout who went before you. [Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani]
Guidance of the Day:
The heart grows when it is in covenant with someone. While there is intimacy, there must also be boundaries. Anger, for example, is one face of love. Anger, so often seen as negative within our society, can be a cleansing force. It is crucial for us to understand the role of anger in moving into the heart. And dealing with anger-----our own and others'-----means setting and accepting limits. These limits, though initially they may seem to, help us as we move toward genuine love.
We have to learn to make one another safe so that we can evolve and heartwork can happen. Genuine love has a lot to do with safety. Without clear boundaries, which act as a protection for the self, we do not feel comfortable opening up to intimacy. And it is empathy for one another's point of view that also aids us in feeling safe. As we work on our boundaries and empathy, we open to intimacy and experience genuine love. That is where a spiritual practice comes in. [Handbook for the Heart]
Food for Thought:
What is a man born for but to be a reformer, a remaker of what has been made, a denouncer of lies, a restorer of truth and good. Reform must come from within, not from without.
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