Friday, April 09, 2010


Ayahs of the Day:
As for the upright, they will drink from a cup of a blend of camphor, a source from which devotees of God drink, making it flow freely. They fulfill vows, dreading a day whose ill is impending; and they feed, for love of God, the poor, the orphan, and the captive: "We are feeding you solely for the sake of God; we want no compensation from you, not even thanks. For we dread a dismal day of calamity from our Lord." [76: 5 to 10]

Hadith of the Day:
The one who loves this world loses the Hereafter; the one who is concerned with the Hereafter loses interest in this world. I hope you will choose the lasting over the passing. [Ahmad]

Wise Quote of the Day:
Belief is the life of the heart; worship is the blood flowing in its veins; and reflection, self-supervision, and self-criticism are the foundations of its performance. [Fethullah Gulen]

Guidance of the Day:
The second kind of unpleasant things comprises those which are caused by other men, whether by way of offences to oneself and one's honor, or of some act of withholding. Complete fortitude in this regard means preventing oneself from hating the offender, if he is a Muslim, or wishing him to come to harm, preventing one's tongue from praying to God against him, and not reproaching him at all, which thing should be accomplished either by forbearance or fortitude, through one's reliance on God's assistance, or by reconciliation, in the wish for His reward.

This kind of patience is helped by knowledge of that which is in suppressing one's anger, enduring injuries, and forgiving others. The Prophet, may blessings and peace be upon him, has said: 'God fills the heart of the one who suppresses his anger when able to carry out its demands with serenity and faith.' And: 'A herald will call on the Day of Rising: "Let those whose reward must be granted by God arise!" and there shall arise those men who were forgiving of others.' The one who perseveres in this kind of fortitude will be honored by God with a goodly character, which is the source of all virtues and the foundation of all perfections. [Al-Haddad, The Book of Assistance]

Food for Thought:
Faith in God is the key to mastery of fear. Deep faith eliminates fear. There is much in the world to make us afraid, there is much more in our faith to make us unafraid. A perfect faith would lift us absolutely above fear. Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble -- therefore we will not fear.

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