Thursday, August 28, 2008


Ayahs of the Day:
Hearken to your Lord before there comes a day from God that cannot be avoided; you will have no refuge on that day, and you will have no way of denial. So if they turn away, We have not sent you as a guard over them: your obligation is communication. Whenever We let man taste mercy from Us, he rejoices in it, but when ill befalls him because of what he himself has brought about, then man is a faithless ingrate indeed. [42: 47,48]

Hadith of the Day:
Your Lord is Magnificent and Generous, and is ashamed to turn away the hands of His servant when he raises them to Him. [Ahmad & Tirmidhi]

Wise Quote of the Day:
A heart open to good nature is like a very broad space to bury one's anger and rage. [Fethullah Gulen]

Guidance of the Day:
The aim of meditation practice is to learn to be able to meditate all the time--------not just when sitting with eyes closed, but right in the mainstream of life: in the family, in the office, and at the supermarket. God is to be found in silence, but He is also knowable while taking kids to school, negotiating for a higher salary, and cleaning the bathtub. The idea is to remember who we are------wherever we are.

Out best opportunities to practice the presence of God are in the situations in which we don't think He is. Real learning consists of remaining calm, peaceful, and aware of God in situations which once made us nervous, upset, or afraid. Through practice, we learn to remember our inner peace----meditate-----in the midst of a "threatening" situation. This is exactly the awareness that we came into the world to develop: to know, through experience, that we need not lose our peace in any situation, and that when we find God within our own heart, we find Him everywhere. [Cohen, The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore]

Food for Thought:
Keep me, O Lord, from all pettiness.
Let me be large at thought and word and deed.
Let me leave off self-seeking and have done with fault-finding.

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