Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Ayahs of the Day:
Follow what has been revealed to you by inspiration from your Lord, for God is fully aware of what you do. So trust in God, for God is enough of a patron. [33: 2,3]

Hadith of the Day:
Those who backbite their fellow human beings in this life will be made to eat their corpses in the Hereafter: they will wail and scream in horror. [Tabarani]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Fear is like a candle whose flame helps a person distinguish goodness from evil; and fear of God allows a person to turn away from evil. Those who fear mere creatures flee from them; but those who fear God flee to Him. [Rabi'a al-Adawiya]

Guidance of the Day:
There is a pattern. It is what leaders, legends, heroes, great achievers, champions, and saints do to excel in their given field. This is the way of excellence, from start to finish. The first thing they do is work out where they are------point A-------and who they are------self knowledge. They take a good, long, hard look at themselves. They establish their needs, talents, and desires. They define and list their strengths and weaknesses. They define who they are and where they are. The very next thing they do is work out where they want to go-----point B. They call that the dream, their goal or ambition. They define it precisely.

Now that they know where they are and who they are-------point A------and where they want to go-----point B-----they establish which path will take them there the quickest. They have a vision. There pull together a plan. It may be imperfect plan, but it is a plan nonetheless. Those who fail to plan can plan to fail. The next thing they do is begin to work the plan. They walk the path. They move in the directions of their dreams. They remind themselves of that goal in every waking moment, of every hour, of every single day. They never let that goal out of their sight. They do not let anything get between them and their goal. They are dedicated to their path and plan. They walk the path with unrelenting energy. They begin to use all their time, effort, and energy in pursuit of their goal. They never give up. Success, excellence, and greatness are not accidents. They are the fruit of discipline. They are the result of a well-implemented plan. [Kelly, The Rhythm of Life]

Food for Thought:
If you don't break from the tensions of daily living, they will break you. Slow down. Breathe deeply. Reflect deeply. Pray deeply. Live deeply. Otherwise you will spend your life feeling like a bulldozer chasing after butterflies or a sparrow in a hurricane.

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