Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pearls of Wisdom 394

1. The only way to have a friend is to be one.

2. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

3. It's not what we look at matters, it's what we see that matters.

4. Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those we hold well.

5. The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

6. Life is like a coin, we can spend it any way we wish, but we can only spend it once.

7. It is not the length of life, but the depth of life that matters.

8. The great use of life is to spend it for something that will out last it.

9. Life is not a sum of what we are but what we yearn to be.

Friday, May 20, 2016

What's a secret....

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When a man says something, then glances left or right, his words are a confidence to be kept.” [Hasan hadith. Tirmidhi]

Children make their friends swear to keep their secrets. It is considered necessary to say the words “I promise I won’t tell anyone.” However, this is completely unnecessary for Muslims. A Muslim is bound to keep a secret without swearing or promising to do so. When a person glances furtively left and right, or speaks in whispers, these are indications that the person doesn’t wish others to know what he/she is saying. When a Muslim senses this then they automatically become bound by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) to protect the other’s privacy and keep to themselves what they are being told, as it constitutes a “secret”.

Imam Nahlawi says: “Telling a secret means to inform others of a remark, action, or state which one learns of from someone who wants it to remain hidden, whether it be good or bad. This is hurting him, and hurting others is unlawful.”

“Whenever people meet, it is obligatory to keep secret any act that occurs, any word spoken, or any state attributable to someone, when these concern something one would normally wish to remain confidential.” [al-Durar al-Mubaha fi al-Hazr al-Ibaha, quoted in “Reliance of the Traveller” by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri] The secret may only be divulged if concealing it hurts the Allah-given rights of another. It may then only be divulged to the concerned party.

People get to know their in-laws in ways not known to others. To divulge their weaknesses to others is to harm them and reveal their secrets. Husbands and wives need to be particularly careful regarding what they say to others about their spouse. This is one of the most sensitive and important relationships that needs to be protected zealously.

Children are often sensitive about what is said about them. They get upset when parents tell others the amusing or not so amusing things their children say or do. If the child doesn’t want to be talked about then this too is a secret that should be kept. [Daily Hadith]

Monday, May 16, 2016

lesson of the day 1399

Ayahs of the day:
Are they waiting for anything but for the angels to come to them, or your Lord to come to them, or some of the signs of your Lord to come to them? The day some of the signs of your Lord come, no one will profit from faith in them if he didn't believe in them before, or accomplish good through faith in them. Say, "Wait and see, for we are waiting." [6: 158]

Hadith of the day:
A person's feet will not move away on the Day of Judgment until he is asked about his life and how he spent it, about his knowledge and how he acted upon it, and his wealth and how he earned and spent it,and about his body and how he used it. [Tirmidhi]

Wise quote of the day:
Repentance is not simply a matter of stopping one's sins but it is also to refrain, in the most beautiful manner from sinning and to amend for one's deeds in the best way possible. [Al Raghib al Isfahani]

Guidance of the day:
Vigilance means feeling God's permanent nearness to the servant, His encompassing him, being with him, aware of him, and gazing at him. The prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said: "Excellence is to worship God as if you saw Him, for if you see Him not, He sees you."

Thus vigilance belongs to the station of excellence and he who realizes it achieves awe of God -- shyness lest God sees him where He has forbidden him or misses him where He has enjoined him to be, distracted from His service, forgetful of His remembrance or of proper conduct toward Him. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]

Food for thought:
Peace and justice are the two sides of the same coin. Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. It isn't enough to talk about peace, one must believe in it and work at it. Peace begins with a smile. If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other. Peace is not absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition, benevolence, confidence and justice.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Pearls of Wisdom 393

1. "I can forgive but I cannot forget," is only one way of saying, "I will not forgive."

2. Forgiveness aught to be like a canceled note, torn into two, and burned up,
so that it never can be shown against one.

3. The glory of Islam is to conquer by forgiveness.

4. Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does change the future.

5. Life is an adventure in forgiveness. We are never so strong as when we forgive.

6. He who cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself,
for every man has the need to be forgiven.

7. As long as we don't forgive, who and whatever will occupy rent free space in our mind.

8. To err is human, to forgive is divine.

9. We need to forgive all who have offended us, not for them but for ourself.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Preparing for Ramadan al Kareem....

Cleansing of the heart

May Allah Almighty grant us success, and make this upcoming Ramadan the best for our hearts and spirituality, ameen.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Lesson of the day 1398

Ayahs of the day:
This is my path, which is straight; so follow it. And do not pursue paths that would separate you from this path. That God has commanded you, so you may be conscientious. [6: 153]

Hadith of the day:
Do not say any word -- you will have to apologize for tomorrow. [Ibn Majah]

Wise quote of the day:
What you love to have with in the Hereafter you should advance today, and what you hate to have with you, you should abandon it today. [Salman ibn Dinar]

Guidance of the day:
Beginning of veracity is to avoid lying in all speech, following which veracity should have a share in all works, intentions, states, and stations. Veracity here means steadfastness in all these and performing them in the best and most cautious manner, doing one's best, being serious and resolute to the extreme, both outwardly and inwardly.

 The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said; "Veracity leads to benevolence and benevolence leads to the Garden. A servant is veracious and perseveres in veracity until he is  recorded with God as truly veracious. Lying leads to corruption and corruption leads to Fire. A servant will lie and persevere in lying until he is recorded with God as a liar." [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]

Food for thought:
It's what we do with life counts. Life is not a sum of what we are but what we yearn to be. It is not the length of life, but the depth of life. The great use of life is to spend it for something that will out last it. All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. Life is like a coin -- you can spent it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once. The purpose of life is a life of purpose -- to strive to earn the pleasure of the Creator.