Thursday, December 18, 2008
LESSON OF THE DAY 1073
Those who believe and do good deeds God will admit them into gardens below which rivers flow. And as for those who scoff, they enjoy themselves a while, eating like cattle, but their abode will be the fire. [47: 12]
Hadith of the Day:
Desire for others what you desire for yourself, and you will be the most just of men. [Ahmad]
Wise Quote of the Day:
If God elevates you, you will be firmly established, but if you rely on yourself you will fall. [Shaykh Abu Madyan]
Guidance of the Day:
Too often we want the other person to consider our needs more than we are willing to consider theirs. The quickest way for us to end any strife is to show our "opponent" that we are aware of his or her point of view. The moment he or she feels recognized, even in the slightest way, their wrath will subside, and resolution is possible. When "You listen to me" becomes "I am willing to hear you," peace replaces discord. Agree with your adversary quickly, in this way will harmony be where bitterness was.
The highest form of service is forgiveness. It is very difficult, from human point of view, to forgive. Yet, to see the Light of God within a human being, no matter what their outer circumstance or appearance, is a deep act of love. In forgiving, we are affirming the true worth of a brother or sister who may have been spurned by a heartless world. We are serving him or her by recognizing the holiness within them, though the world would recognize only evil. [Cohen, The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore]
Food for Thought:
Indeed, this need of individuals to be right is so great that they are willing to sacrifice themselves, their relationships, and even love for it. When you are willing to give up being right, you will find peace and happiness. It is when you are ready to learn that, you will be right. If you wish to be happy and free, give up having to be right all the time.
Posted by Mrs. Iffath Hasan at 8:53 AM