Monday, November 09, 2015

Lesson of the day 1389

Ayahs of the day:
No vision comprehends God, but God comprehends all vision; and God is most subtle, aware. Insights from your Lord have already come to you: so if anyone sees, it is for his own benefit; and if anyone is blind, it is to his own detriment. [6: 103,104]

Hadith of the day:
Whoever is deprived of kindness is deprived of all goodness. [Muslim]

Wise quote of the day:
The past and almost all that was in your possession during the past is not with you now. You may thus rationally come to the conclusion that the present and all that is in your possession will also leave you. [Ali radi Allah anhu]

Guidance of the day:
The believer will need much patience when performing his acts of obedience, so as not to neglect them out of indolence and to perform them as God commands him to do, with perfect presence, sincerity, and lack of ostentation or affectation in the presence of others. It is natural for the ego to drag its feet in acts of obedience so that the servant needs to impose  them upon it with gracious patience.

The believer also needs patience to refrain from sins and forbidden things, for the ego incites to them and thinks about committing them. He thus needs to restrain it with patience and prevent it from outwardly committing sins and inwardly inclining toward and thinking about them.

The believer also needs much patience to refrain from permissible appetites, those that the ego desires for no other reason than to enjoy the pleasures of this world, when to indulge himself to excess and allow himself free rein in doing so will lead him to fall into the suspect and forbidden, increase one's desire for the world even more, arouse one's greed for it, incite to find comfort and give priority to it, while forgetting the hereafter. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al_Haddad]

Food for thought:
Every day is a new beginning. Our best preparation for tomorrow is the proper use of today. We need to plan our future carefully -- we are going to spend the rest of our life there.

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