Friday, October 30, 2015

Lesson of the day 1388

Ayahs of the day:
And God is the one who created you from one soul, a residence and a repository. We have made the signs clear to people who understand. [6: 98]

Hadith of the day:
The first to be summoned to Paradise on the day of resurrection will be those who praise God in (both) prosperity and adversity. [Tirmidhi]

Wise quote of the day:
The hijab is indeed an amulet (ta'weez) that wards off the evil eye. [Abdul Hakeem Murad]

Guidance of the day:
Among the greatest of saving things are to bear God's trials with fortitude, receive His favors with gratitude, and detach yourself from this world, for it is distracting you away from Him.

Faith has two halves -- fortitude and gratitude. The believer needs fortitude when calamities strike, in times of hardships, afflictions,or injuries, so that he does not panic, but retains his inner peace and dignity, does not feel anxious and impatient, but  returns to God humbly and submissively, with supplications and implorations, thinking well of his Lord, in the certain knowledge that God the Exalted only afflicted him with this trial because there is much good for him in it, whether it be raising his degree, increasing his good deeds, or expiating his sins. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]

Food for thought:
Faith is like a muscle. It must be exercised to grow. Repeated experiences of having to trust what we can't see and repeated experiences of learning to trust that things will work out, are what makes our faith muscles grow strong.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pearls of Wisdom 382

1. Let not obedience make you joyous because it comes from you, but rather, be joyous over it because it comes from God to you.

2. Whoever is not thankful for graces runs the risk of losing them, and whoever is thankful fetters them with their own cords.

3. Be fearful lest the existence of His generosity towards you and the performance of your bad behavior towards Him not lead you step by step to ruin.

4. He made the Hereafter an abode to reward His believing servants only because this world cannot contain what He wishes to bestow upon them and because He deemed their worth too high to reward them in a world without permanence.

5. The real journey is when the world's dimension is rolled away from you so that you see the Hereafter closer to you than yourself.

6. Far be it for our Lord to recompense with credit the servant who deals with Him in cash.

7. Suffice it is a recompense for you for obedience that He has judged you worthy of obedience.

8. When He gives, He shows you His kindness; when He deprives, He shows you His power. And in all that, He is making Himself known to you and coming to you with His gentleness.

9. Deprivation hurts you only because of the lack of your understanding of God in it.

10. When He loosens your tongue with a request, then know that He wants to give you something. [Ibn Ata'Allah]