Thursday, April 30, 2009


Ayahs of the Day:
Avoid those who turn away from Our remembrance and want nothing but the life of the world. That is the extent of their knowledge. It is your Lord who knows best who has strayed from the sacred path; and God knows best who accepts guidance. [53: 29,30]

Hadith of the Day:

Many among those whose hair are disheveled and bodies covered with dust and who are pushed away from the door (due to their apparent wretchedness) occupy such lofty place in the sight of the Lord, that if they vow in the name of Allah, Allah will fulfill their vow. [Muslim]

Wise Quote of the Day:
There is no Hajj nor guarding the enemy lines and no Jihad which is more difficult than restraining the tongue. [Fudhail ibn Iyaadh]

Guidance of the Day:
We can choose not to suffer. Hurt is inevitable----suffering is not. Life hurts. Fate shows us many different kinds of curves. In a full life we are presented with tough tests: crises and obstacles, pain and hardships, failures and tragedies. For all of us, the journey through life is full of changes and surprises. Few of us find the way smooth and easy. How we experience our own journey is up to us, for we can choose to view life either as a challenge and an opportunity or as a predicament.

We hurt. The human heart is very sensitive. It is natural to feel sad, to be angry, disappointed, or discouraged. The problem is not that we hurt but that our hurt continues so long after events occur. Suffering is extended hurt. Suffering is the persistence of painful feelings long after they were provoked. Just because suffering is common among us does not mean that it is necessary, and yet we often suffer because we do not know what else to do. [Judy Tatelbaum, You Don't Have to Suffer]

Food for Thought:
Education has produced vast population able to read, but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his life to himself and to others. This is the basic architecture of life, the rest is ornamentation and decoration of the structure.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pearls of Wisdom....152

1. When He lets praise of you burst forth, and you are not worthy of it, praise Him for what He is worthy of.

2. Your desire that people know your particular distinction is a proof of insincerity in your servant hood.

3. Make mankind's looking at you disappear by being content with God's looking at you. Slip away from their approach to you by contemplating His approach to you.

4. He who knows God contemplates Him in everything. He who loves Him prefers nothing over Him.

5. Let your asking be for the sake of showing servant hood and fulfilling the rights of Lordship.

6. Sometimes you will find more benefit in states of neediness to Him than you find in fasting or ritual prayer.

7. If you want gifts to come your way, then perfect the spiritual poverty (al-faqr) you have. For "Alms are for the poor."

8. Realize your attributes and He will help you with His Attributes. Realize your lowliness and He will help you with His Sublimity.

9. Realize your impotence and He will help you with His power.

10. Realize your weakness and He will help you with His Might and Force. [Above quotes by Ibn Ata'Allah]

Monday, April 27, 2009


Ayahs of the Day:
By the star when it descends, your companion has not erred and has not gone astray; nor does he speak from desire. It is just an inspiration with which he is inspired: one strong in power taught him, one full of intelligence: he stood up straight at the highest range of view, then he approached near and came near, as close as two bow lengths,or closer, and revealed to the servant of God what is divine inspiration. [53: 1 to 10]

Hadith of the Day:
May he be humiliated (he said this three times); he who found his parents, one or both approaching old age, but did not enter Paradise, (by serving them). [Muslim]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Glad tidings to the one who abandons the Dunya before it abandons him, and built his grave before he enters it, and pleased his Lord before he met Him. [Abdullah ibn Abbas radi Allah anhu]

Guidance of the Day:
The secret of living well is not in the answers we amass but in the actions we take. No matter how many problems we solve, there will always be new ones to take their place. We can be more masterful in life if we allow problems to be an ever-present, challenging, and stimulating aspect of living. Accepting and embracing our own humanity is one of the secrets of living life truly satisfied and free of suffering.

Approach life with a greater commitment to satisfaction than to suffering. This can be an awesome task because of the vast opportunities and experiences we confront. At every moment we get to choose whether to live fully awake and alive to life or closed down and suffering. We are often unaware that how we live is our own choice. My wish is that from now on you will choose how you live and, out of choosing, that you will see your power to transform any and all of your experiences. [Judy Tatelbaum, You Don't Have to Suffer]

Food for Thought:
Death is a law, not a punishment. A faithful life in this world is the best preparation for the next. This world is the land of dying; the next is the land of living. The buried are not lost, but gone before. Worldly faces never look so worldly as at a funeral.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pearls of Wisdom....151

1. Ritual prayer is a purification for hearts and an opening-up of the door of the invisible domain.

2. He knew of the existence of weakness in you, so He made the number of ritual prayers small; and He knew of your need of His grace, so He multiplied their fruitful results.

3. Cling to the attributes of His Lordship and realize the attributes of your slave hood.

4. How can the laws of nature be ruptured for you so that miracles result, while you, for your part, have yet to rupture your bad habits.

5. Nothing pleads on your behalf like extreme need, nor does anything speed gifts to you quicker than lowliness and want.

6. Whoever honors you honors only the beauty of His veil in you. Therefore, praise is to Him who veiled you, not the one who honored and thanked you.

7. No one is a companion of yours except the One Who, while knowing your defects, is your companion, and that is only your Generous Lord.

8. People praise you for what they suppose is in you; but you must blame your soul for what you know is in it.

9. When the Believer is praised, he is ashamed before God that he should be lauded for an attribute he does not see in himself.

10. The most ignorant of all people is the one who abandons his certitude (Yaqeen) he has for an opinion (Zann) people have. [Above quotes by ibn Ata'Allah]

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Ayahs of the Day:
So patiently await the judgment of your Lord, for you are in My eyes; and extol the praises of your Lord as soon as you arise; and for part of the night praise God, and when the stars withdraw. [52: 48,49]

Hadith of the Day:
A mother is one of the strongest doors of Paradise. If you wish you may pull it down, or if you wish you may protect it. [Tirmidhi]

Wise Quote of the Day:
The slave is perfected only through sincerity and self-control. [Shaykh Abu Madyan]

Guidance of the Day:
To change the world we do not need to manipulate people or events; we need to change our minds. Effective transformation springs naturally from higher vision. As we open to a higher reality, we find evidence to support it. Everyone who has improved the world has seen a bigger picture than the one most people were living, and found the courage to live as if it were already so.

Our history is not our destiny. You and I are here to build and live in a new world. Your role in bringing about that world is much simpler than you have realized. You are not required to become a world leader, invent a revolutionary mode of travel, or discover a miraculous medicinal panacea. Your purpose here is much more personal and relevant to the life you are now living. You are here to discover and release the beliefs that have kept you living in a circle smaller than your potential, and step into a world that honors the greatness within you and everyone you meet. You are here to claim your vision and walk in the light. You are here to be you. [Cohen, The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore]

Food for Thought:
There is no man in this world without some manner of tribulation or anguish, though he be king or pope. There is no man in any rank who is always at liberty to act as he would incline; in some quarter or other he is limited by circumstances. Great and small suffer the same mishaps.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Pearls of Wisdom....150

1. The losses that you suffer because of your silence can be easily compensated for, but the losses that arise out of excessive loose talk are difficult to requite.

2. To guard what you already possess is better than to ask and pray for what others possess.

3. The bitterness of disappointment, privation, and poverty is actually sweeter than the disgrace and humiliation of begging.

4. One who often thinks and reflects develops his foresight and vision.

5. By keeping the company of good people you will develop goodness in your character, and by avoiding the company of a wicked people you will abstain from wickedness

6. Be more concerned for the acceptance of your action action than you are for the action; an action with fearful obedience will not be little. How could an action which is accepted be little?

7. Everyone who is taken by death asks for more time, while everyone who still has time makes time for procrastination.

8. There is no good in wealth without generosity.

9. There is no good in brotherhood without caring for one another.

10. There is no good in supplication without sincerity. [Above quotes by Ali radi Allah anhu]

Friday, April 17, 2009


Ayahs of the Day:
So leave them until they meet their day, on which they will be stunned, the day their cunning will avail them naught, and they will not be helped. And for those who have gone wrong there is agony in addition to that, but most of them do not know. [52: 45,46,47]

Hadith of the Day:
There are three things about which I can take an oath: No man's wealth can be reduced by charity; any man who shows patience in the face of oppression, Allah raises his honor; and a man who opens the door to begging Allah opens on him the door of poverty and want. [Ibn Majah]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Humans are in the midst of troubles or terrors until they reach the final abode of Paradise or Hell. Happy is the soul that has detached itself from troubles and terrors and has attached itself to God alone. [Al-Hujwiri]

Guidance of the Day:
Many seers have issued dire predictions for the fate of the earth and its people. Such warnings are helpful if they call our attention to patterns of action that will hurt us if we continue to pursue them. As the Chinese patriarch noted, "Unless you change direction, you will end up where you are headed." No prediction is a fact unless we make it so by our beliefs and acts. We are not ruled by stars, economics, or viruses. We create our lives by our thoughts and the choices we make.

The most fundamental choice we must make is whether we will follow love or fear; whether we will live in a world that reflects the beneficence of God, or bow to the idols of separation; whether we will identify ourself as a body, subject to the mechanistic principles of physical conditioning, or recognize ourself as a spiritual being, bearing the seed of a majestic Creator. Is the world doomed to the illusions, or are we masterful souls with the capacity to bring heaven on earth? [Cohen, The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore]

Food for Thought:
Men are only as great as they are kind. A complete life is not about time, but about our actions.....particularly our acts of kindness. If you want to live a complete life, then find a way to share kindness. If you wonder who, when, and how to help, just look at the person in front of you. Do for him/her what she needs done, now. Perform the acts of kindness we all came here to do.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pearls of Wisdom....149

1. The heart of the lover of Allah desires to sacrifice every thing for the sake of the Beloved.

2. Love of Allah changes the bitterness in a person's life to sweetness. No depression or anxiety afflicts the one who is attached to his Lord.

3. The sole objective of a sincere lover of Allah is to meet his Beloved. He passes his entire life in participation of this meeting.

4. He who reveres the appearance of this world, will always have regret and sorrow. [Above quotes by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad]

5. The lovers of Allah have taken the honor of this world and the honor of the Hereafter, because the blessed Prophet (sws) said; "A man will be with whom he loves." [Samnun Muhib]

6. Love is to find trifling that which is given from oneself to the Beloved, even though it is great; and to find great that which is received from the Beloved, even if it is very small. [Bayazid al Bustami]

7. When the heart is imbued with the love of Allah Most High, then each word creates an impression on the hearts of the listeners. [Shah Abdul Qadir]

8. The avoidance of nonsensical things is a condition for success and a proof of perfection. [Muhammad al Ghazali]

9. The word TRUST contains an ocean of meaning, but underneath it all is the sense of responsibility, the sense of having to appear before Allah and to account for one's actions. [Muhammad al Ghazali]

10. Glad tidings to the one who abandons the dunya before it abandons him, and pleases his Lord before he meets him. [Abdullah bin Abbas radi Allah anhu]

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Ayahs of the Day:
As for those who believe and whose children follow them in faith, We will unite them with their children, and We will not cheat them of anything of their deeds; each individual is responsible for what he has earned. And We will supply them with fruit and meat of their desire. They will exchange a goblet there with no frivolity in it, and no accusation. And servants for them will surround them, like treasured pearls, and they will approach each other asking after one another: They will say, "We were apprehensive for our people before, then God was gracious to us and kept us from the torment of the burning wind. Indeed, we have been calling on God from before; for God is the just, the merciful." [52: 21 to 28]

Hadith of the Day:
The Qur'an is a proof on your behalf or against you. [Muslim]

Wise Quote of the Day:
What you need most is to cleanse your heart of all that is evil and decorate it with beautiful behavior. The truth of Islam is no more than two things: to leave what is bad, and to advance what is best, in one's character. [Imam Birgivi]

Guidance of the Day:
Changes are coming quickly and powerfully. A course in miracles reminds us that all change is good. Change is the most fertile ground for personal transformation. With change comes expansive opportunity. We can look upon what appears to have been lost, or what we stand to gain. Bless the changes in your life, and they will bless you. Whether or not our conscious minds realize it, we have an important purpose which can only be accomplished through mastering the life circumstances in which we find ourselves.

Most people on the planet are facing their fears. Fear is the doorpost through which we walk to mastery. Fear has no power except that which we give it. We can worship at the altar of fear or we can turn with confidence to our inner source of strength. One result is certain; we will receive more of whatever we give our attention to. Choose wisely. [Cohen, The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore]

Food for Thought:
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance, and a better safeguard than a standing army. Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open mind, and being able to differentiate between what you know and what you do not know.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pearls of Wisdom....148

Allah Most High has provided a key to for each and every goal:

1. The key to Jannah is the testimony of La ilaha illallah.

2. Purity (wudu) is the key to salah.

3. Ihram is the key to Hajj.

4. Truth is the key to righteousness.

5. Well intent queries is the key to knowledge.

6. Patience is the key to Divine assistance.

7. Thankfulness is the key to increased prosperity.

8. True love---------Remembrance of Allah is the key to sainthood.

9. Fear of Allah is the key to success.

10. Greed is the key to stinginess.

11. Failure to observe the Sunnah is the key to bid'ah.
[Allamah Ibn al Qayyim]

Monday, April 13, 2009


Ayahs of the Day:
Verily, the conscientious will be in gardens of felicity, enjoying what their Lord has given them; and their Lord preserves them from the torment of blaze: "Eat and drink with gusto for what you used to do." They will be reclining in couches in rows, and We will pair them with large-eyed beauties. [52: 17 to 20]

Hadith of the Day:
If anyone transgresses and receives punishment in this world, God is too just to repeat the punishment of His servant in the next life. And if anyone transgresses and God conceals it and forgives him, He is too generous to go back on a thing He has forgiven. [Tirmidhi]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Even if you studied for a hundred years and collected a thousand books, you would not be eligible for the mercy of God the Exalted except through action. [Imam al-Ghazali]

Guidance of the Day:
In attempting to change the world according to the ways of the world, we cannot succeed. In working to bring Light to the world according to the way of Light, we cannot fail. Our will has become His will. When we discover that only peace begets peace, we have understood the principle of salvation for all people, and the real answer to the problems of the world. It is true that "unless you are a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem." No man can serve two masters. No man can serve peace while living in discord. And no man can sustain chaos if he is absorbed in harmony.

Absorb yourself, then, in the highest peace that you know, and believe that God, is making this promise to Abraham, who lived for the One God, is making it directly to you: "A great nation shall I make of thee." Believe that from your simple, quiet thoughts and actions will spring forth a new era of peace on the earth. Believe that the destiny of all mankind is in your very hands, for so it is. Believe that you have been put on earth for a purpose, and as you fulfill your purpose, all the people in the world are redeemed. If you believe that it would take a miracle for your life to bring about peace on earth, then believe in miracles, because God sure does. [Cohen, The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore]

Food for Thought:
A mind enlightened is like heaven; a mind in darkness is like hell. The cultivation of the mind is a kind of food supplied for the soul of man. The mind can be compared to a garden, which it is as necessary to cultivate as any plot of earth, if order and beauty are to be manifested through it.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Pearls of Wisdom....147

Allah Most High has provided a key to for each and every goal:

1. Internal inclination is a key to Divine opportunity/ Tawfeeq.

2. Dua is the key to acceptance.

3. Austerity in this world is the key to inclination toward the akhirah.

4. Meditation is the key to Iman.

5. Iman and sincerity is the key to getting close to Allah.

6. Pondering over the Qur'an, dua at the time of dawn and abstention from sins is the key for reviving the heart.

7. Worshipping Allah as though you are seeing Him and endeavoring to benefit the creation is the key for incurring the mercy of Allah.

8. Seeking forgiveness and fear of Allah is the key to sustenance.

9. Obedience to Allah and His prophet (PBUH) is the key to respect.

10. Laziness and the love of luxuries is the key to destruction and deprivation.

11. Falsehood and lying is the key to hypocrisy.
[Above quotes by Allamah ibn al Qayyim]

Thursday, April 09, 2009


Ayahs of the Day:
By the mountain and by a written Book in a spread open scroll, and by the populated house and by the roof raised high and by the brimming sea, the punishment of your Lord will surely come about. None can avert it on the day when the sky sways in agitation and the mountains go into motion: [52: 1 to 10]

Hadith of the Day:
Every faith has an innate character. The character of Islam is modesty. [Muwatta]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Never consider sin to be small. Regard sin as great. He who thinks slightly of sin has considered Allah to be insignificant. [Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanwi]

Guidance of the Day:
The miracle is that each of us really can save the world. Indeed, we must, for what else of value is there to be done? Since there is no order of difficulty in miracles, our desire to save the world must be within our reach. And since the task of our physically maneuvering the world and its people into harmony is unthinkable, there must be some other way.

That way is the way of Spirit, the way of God, the way of Love, which is not confined to time or to space. When we align our hearts and minds with the intentions of Godly Love, we are joining the forces of that power, indeed the only power that can redeem humankind. We have found the only avenue of action that can have any real effect. We have aligned our intentions with Him whose intention is salvation. [Cohen, The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore]

Food for Thought:
Anxiety is the great modern plague, but faith can cure it. Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due. Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. Worry is the only insupportable misfortune of life. What worries you, masters you.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Pearls of Wisdom....146

1. Be very particular about attending funeral prayers and avoid attending festivities. For, funerals remind one of the Hereafter and festivities divert one's attention towards this world.

2. Don't be so sweet that people swallow you, nor so bitter that they spit you out.

3. Don't delay repentance, for death may take you unawares.

4. Do not make friends with stupid people, lest you develop a liking for their foolish talk.

5. Do not incur enmity of a wise man, lest he should turn away from you in disgust-----------and you would be deprived of getting benefit from his wisdom.

6. Let the pious partake of your food, and always consult scholars in your affairs.

7. The worst of men is the one who does not mind being watched while doing an evil deed.

8. Develop the habit of eating less, sleeping less, and talking less.

9. Do not make hasty decisions.

10. Do not miss any opportunity to good, and get the most out of it.
[Above quotes by Hakeem Luqman]

Thursday, April 02, 2009


Ayahs of the Day:
And admonish, for admonition profits the believers; and I only created sprites and humans for them to serve Me. I do not want sustenance from them, I do not want them to feed Me. For it is God who is the Provider, endowed with solid power. The lot of those who do wrong is like the lot of their counterparts, so let them not rush Me! So woe to those who scoffed, on account of the day they are promised. [51: 55 to 60]

Hadith of the Day:
The deeds most loved by Allah are those, done regularly, even if they are small. [Bukhari & Muslim]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Good character consists in three traits: avoiding that which is forbidden, seeking that which is permitted, and being generous to one's family. [Imam al-Ghazali]

Guidance of the Day:
Each of us can light our own candle, in our own way. We may feel that we have little power to change the destiny of the world, but it is through individuals that the world is changed. One little burning match can start a forest fire. You do not need to be famous or honored to change the world. You need only to be you. As a cab driver, or a housewife, or a tailor, you can bless the world fully.

Greatness is not of the world, but of the heart. Before I offer others salvation, I must have found it myself. Instead of eradicating sinners from the world, I must first eradicate anger, pettiness, and bigotry from myself. Before I can build a house of worship to the Lord, I must first consecrate the temple of my own body and soul. Before I can preach, I must practice. [Cohen, The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore]

Food for Thought:
One of the greatest moments in anybody's developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself, but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is. Stop making excuses and start exorcising today! Then go on to pray for, or send blessings to, all the people in your life. Ask to achieve peace in mind and for the strength to become a loving human being.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Pearls of Wisdom....145

1. Sit in the company of Ulama frequently and listen carefully to what the wise men say, Allah Most High gives life to the dead hearts by the Noor of wisdom, just as He revives the dead earth by heavy life giving rains.

2. Recite frequently "O my Lord forgive my sins." For, there are certain hours during which Allah's special favors descend upon His men and everybody is granted whatever he asks from Allah Most High.

3. No one can perform good deeds, unless he possesses a firm belief in Allah Most High. If a person's belief is unsound, he is very weak in performing good actions.

4. Do not be less capable (in devotion) than a rooster which starts crowing at early dawn and you be lying in bed.

5. If Satan were to create doubts in your mind, let your firm belief over power him and silence his whispers.

6. If Satan tempts you to be negligent in virtues, defeat him by the remembrance of the Day of Resurrection.

7. If Satan tempts you towards joys of this world or makes you afraid of the hardships of this life, say to him, 'One must inevitably leave this world', (neither the luxuries nor the hardships are enduring).

8. He who tells a lie loses the freshness of his face.

9. He who cultivates bad habits will ever remain sad.

10 It is easier to move huge mountains from one place to another than to reform the ignorant, stupid--------don't be one. [Above quotes by Hakeem Luqman]