Ayahs of the Day:
And as for man, whenever his Lord tests him by honoring him and pampering him, he says, "My Lord has honored me!" And when his Lord tests him by restricting his provision, he says, "My Lord has insulted me!" It's not that, but you are not generous to the orphan and don't encourage each other to feed the poor, and you consume inheritance with all-consuming voracity and you love wealth with concentrated love. [89: 15 to 20]
Hadith of the Day:
Anyone who shows the way to something good has the same reward as the person who does it. [Muslim]
Wise Quote of the Day:
To return one sixth of a dirham (illegally gotten) is preferred to spending one thousand (dirhams) in the way of Allah. [Abdullah ibn Omar radi Allah anhu]
Guidance of the Day:
Let go of your expectations -- In no way am I suggesting that you eliminate your preferences or all of your expectations. Certainly there will be times when you will want to insist on certain things or demand certain standards of behavior, and that's fine. But lessening your expectations is not the same thing as lowering your standards! It's entirely possible to have very high standards, yet still keep your perspective about your own expectations.
Keep in mind that our goal here is to improve the quality of our lives and to keep the little things from taking over our lives. It's ultimately in your best interest if you can see the importance of letting go of some of your expectations. That way, you can enjoy more of your life the way it really is and struggle less with the way you would rather it be. [Carlson, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff -- with your family]
Food for Thought:
In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich. The altar of sacrifice is the touchstone of character. To love is to know the sacrifices which eternity exacts from life. Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices. Self-preservation is the first law of nature; self-sacrifice the highest rule of grace.