Monday, February 01, 2016

Lesson of the day 1393

Ayahs of the day:
And do not partake of anything over which the name of God has not been invoked, for that would be immoral. And the devils will surely inspire their friends to contend with you; and if you were to obey them, you would be idolaters. [6: 121]

Hadith of the day:
Be in the world as though a stranger or a passerby. [Bukhari]

Wise quote of the day:
Allah's generosity is connected to gratitude, and gratitude is linked to increase in His generosity. The generosity of Allah will not stop increasing unless the gratitude of the servant ceases. [Ali radi Allah anhu]

Guidance of the day:
Reliance upon God is one of the most noble stations of the people of certitude and one of certitude's most invaluable consequences. The essence of reliance is certainty that all matters are in God's hand, in His fist, that none other than He can cause either harm or benefit, or give or withhold. The heart must be easy; confident in God's promise and His guarantee, so that it neither trembles nor becomes agitated when stricken by hardships or problems, neither is it to seek refuge and assistance with other than God the Exalted when afflicted by difficulties and worries. Were one ever to seek any of this with a created being, it should never be inwardly, but only outwardly, and according to the dictates of Divine law.

It is not a condition of reliance to abandon worldly means. On the contrary, one may very well join reliance with making use of secondary causes, so long as one relies on God, not on these causes. The sign of sincerity is that one does not depend on them so as to feel at peace when they are available, but anxious and agitated when they are absent and muddled. A servant may well have no worldly means, yet not be reliant. This is when he is attached to them, attentive to created beings, and desirous of what is in their possession. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]

Food for thought:
Faith means not worrying. He who has faith has an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well, even though outwardly it might not be seen that way. Faith is courage, it is creative. In  faith there is enough light for those who want to believe. Faith is passionate intuition.

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