Monday, July 07, 2008


Ayahs of the Day:
Whenever We provide comfort for man, he turns away and withdraws in his own partiality; and calamity befalls him, then he becomes prayerful. Say, "Do you see if it is from God, and then reject it? Who is more astray than he who remains cut off, alienated?" [41: 51,52]

Hadith of the Day:
You are not better than people (of other races) unless you excel in piety (taqwa). [Tirmidhi]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Moral character consists of thinking little of whatever comes from you to God and regarding great whatever comes to you from Him. [Abdullah bin Muhammad al Razi]

Guidance of the Day:
As we begin to see that God is really working for us, we see that His only purpose is our happiness. His commitment to our well-being is so unconditional that if we veer from that purpose and step out of the flow, He is right there to guide us back into it. We must know that for every brake about to wear out, it is God's will to flash that little red light. But it is we who must mobilize our will to follow up the guidance with action. We must "pray with our feet moving." This is the alignment of the Will of God and the will of man. This is when my will becomes Thy will, and the two are one

Life is easy. Love is easy. God is easy. It is we who make them complicated. When our intentions are attuned with the Will of God, we experience life as smooth sailing. Somehow our ship is guided around the reefs, and our course is straight for the port. When our seeing is out of focus with God's vision of Perfection, we experience conflict and turbulent waters. We cannot buck God. We can try, but as the popular play affirms, "Your arms are too short to box with God." Actually, if we really knew that God is always working for our happiness and peace, why would we want to box with Him in the first place? If we quit trying to grab His arms, we might just find Him hugging us. [Cohen, The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore]

Food for Thought:
Charity is never lost: it may meet with ingratitude, or be of no service to those on whom it was bestowed, yet it ever does a work of beauty and grace upon the heart of the giver. True charity is the desire to be useful to others without thought of recompense.
If you desire light, be ready to receive light. Nurture vainglory and become separated from light. If you long for a way out of this prison, bow down in worship and draw near. [Mawlana Rumi]

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