Wednesday, April 07, 2010


Ayahs of the Day:
Hasn't there been a time when man was nothing worth mention, for We made man from a mixed drop, in order to test him, giving him hearing and sight. We have shown him the way, whether he be grateful or ungrateful: We have prepared chains, yokes, and fire for the ungrateful. [76: 1 to 4]

Hadith of the Day:
Those who backbite their fellow human beings in this life will be made to eat their corpses in the Hereafter: they will wail and scream in horror. [Tabarani]

Wise Quote of the Day:
When He loosens your tongue with a request, then know that He wants to give you something. [Ibn Ata'Allah]

Guidance of the Day:
Thirdly, patient endurance of unpleasant things. These are of two kinds: The first comprises those which come from God without an intermediary, as for example illness, infirmity, loss of wealth, or the death of dear relatives or friends. This kind of fortitude is realized inwardly by forsaking restlessness, which is to become annoyed and irritated, and outwardly not complaining to any creature.This is not incompatible to describing an illness to a physician, or with one's eyes overflowing with tears at a time of loss; but it is, however, incompatible with slapping one's cheeks, rending one's clothes, wailing, and such like.

This kind of fortitude is helped by the knowledge that impatience is painful in itself, in addition to its leading to punishment and the loss of reward. Complaining to one who can neither benefit nor protect his own self is foolish, and such are all creatures. Furthermore, to complain is evidence of not finding one's sufficiency in God. God will give the one who perseveres in this kind of fortitude to taste the sweetness of surrender and find rest in the serenity of contentment (rida). [Al-Haddad, The Book of Assistance]

Food for Thought:
The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Victories that are cheap are cheap. Those only are worth having which come as the result of hard fighting. The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

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