Tuesday, September 01, 2009


Ayah of the Day:
Race to forgiveness from your Lord, and a garden spacious as heaven and earth, arranged for those who believe in God and the messengers of God. That is the bounty of God, which God bestows on whomever God will; and God is the possessor of the greatest bounty. [57: 21]

Hadith of the Day:
Faith is known experientially by those who are content with God as their Sovereign, with Islam as their religion, and Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) as their messenger. [Bukhari]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Avoid incurring debts; for a debt is a humiliation by day and a grief by night. [Hakeem Luqmam]

Guidance of the Day:
One of the special secrets of having a life that is satisfying and easy is this: appreciate life instead of resisting it. Appreciation is the ability to get outside of our reasons, story, concepts, and beliefs in order to see the beauty, the value, and the preciousness of life. Appreciation is gratitude for life. We fully appreciate life when we can see the wonder of it all.

As children we naturally appreciate and value everything we see. We can be awed by a set of keys, a baby goat, or assorted pots and pans. We delight in all of it. An experience intervenes, we discover hurt, disappointment, and failure. Then we lose our sense of wonder, so our capacity to see and appreciate narrows. Life intrudes until wonderment and openness are virtually replaced by cynicism and resignation. Once our wonderment disappears, we forget that there is anything for which to be thankful. [Tatelbaum, You Don't Have to Suffer]

Food for Thought:
Keep your distance from bad companions. Life is a gift; embrace it with the temper of nobility. Be on your guard. One is ones own teacher and disciplinarian. Through practice we learn to surrender ourselves. Nothing is impossible when we have faith and we believe in Something beyond ourselves.

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