Sunday, December 21, 2008


Ayahs of the Day:
And how many cities have been more powerful than yours that expelled you: We destroyed them, and there was no one to help them. Is one who follows evidence from his Lord like one to whom the evil of his acts seems good, as they follow their desires? [47: 13,14]

Hadith of the Day:
Do good to others and you will be the best of men. [Ahmad]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Renunciation of the world is followed by peace; its desire brings sorrow. Restrain your desires and discipline your self. [Rabia al Adawiya]

Guidance of the Day:
All acts of charity or giving are valuable only inasmuch as they recognize the same dignity of those toward whom the contribution is directed. Any money or time given to another, without recognizing their full equality, is as chaff in the wind, and serves only the mockery of ego.

No matter what our personal path to God, service is always a necessary step on the path. The student of Truth must teach what he has learned, by living it. The lover of God must love God in his brethren. Awakening is useless unless it awakens the world; wisdom is meaningless unless it is lived; and love is fruitless unless it is given. He who would be worthy of that which has been given to him must share it. [Cohen, The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore]

Food for Thought:
Courage is an inner resolution to go forward in spite of obstacles and frightening situations; cowardice is a submissive surrender to circumstance. Courage breeds creative self-affirmation; cowardice produces destructive self-abnegation. Courage faces fear and thereby masters it; cowardice represses fear and is thereby mastered by it. We must constantly build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

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