Monday, August 31, 2020

Lesson of the day 1437

Ayahs of the Day:

Our Lord! Those whom you will admit to the Fire, You have abased them. For evil doers 

there are no helpers. Our Lord! We have heard a caller calling to faith; "Believe you in 

your Lord!" So we believed. Our Lord! Therefore forgive us our sins and remit from us 

our evil deeds, and take our souls in the company of the righteous! Our Lord! And grant 

us what You did promise to us through Your messengers, and do not abase us on the Day 

of Resurrection. You never break the promise. [3: 192, 193, 194]

Hadith of the Day:

"O people! Give salaams, feed others, and pray at night while others sleep, and you shall 

enter Paradise in peace." [Tirmidhi & Ibn Majah]

Wise Quote of the Day:

In accordance with the real nature of things, it is the human that must conform to the Divine, 

and not the Divine to the human. [Seyyed Hossein Nasr]

Guidance of the Day:

The wealthy soul is one that is content. This contentment is not the kind that originates from 

stupidity or not knowing any better. It is contentment that is found by knowledge and by 

reflection on death and its meaning.

Second, the remembrance of death gives one energy to achieve good deeds: Wealth and sons 

are the ornaments of the life of this world, while enduring righteous deeds are better with your 

Lord in reward and better in hope (Quran, 18:46).

Third, remembrance of death engenders seeking repentance when one slips or errs, Penitence 

rectifies wrong action, and that is the gift of remembering death. When one lives with this 

realization, he or she becomes prompt in seeking God's forgiveness. Those who are heedless 

of death have no compunction in doing wrong, since death is not a factor in their lives. 

They carelessly view the Day of Judgment as some distant event hardly worth worrying about. 

[Purification of the Heart]

Food for Thought:

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness and wisdom. We cannot become 

what we need to be by remaining what we are.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Pearls of Wisdom 438

1. How should God inflict pain on an innocent person? So know that your suffering is the result of some lapse; the blow was inflicted because of your sensuality.

2. The world is like a mountain -- what ever you say good or evil, will come back to you. If you imagine that you spoke beautifully, but the mountain returned an ugly echo, that is absurd.

3. God makes an ingrate man suffer and he flees from Him in ingratitude. But when He sends suffering to a fortunate man, he moves closer to Him.

4. Tribulations and fear for one's life are touchstones -- through them the brave are distinguished from the coward.

5. O you who cannot bear to be without this despicable world! How can you bear to be without Him Who spread it as a carpet.

6. O you who cannot bear to be without luxuries and comforts! How can you bear to be without the Generous God.

7. Until copper becomes gold, it does not know it is copper. Until the heart becomes king, it does not know it is indigent.

8. Intellect is a man's wings and feathers. If he lacks intellect, then let him find the intellect of a guide.

9. You know the value of every merchandise; but you do not know your own value -- that is stupidity.

10. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: 'you have no more faithful companion than your works. If they are good, they will be your friends forever; but if they are bad, they will be the serpents in your grave.' 

[Spirtiual Teachings of Mawlana Rumi]

Monday, August 10, 2020

Lesson of the Day 1436

 Ayahs of the Day:

In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are signs for men of understanding. 

Those that remember Allah standing, sitting, and lying down, and meditate upon the creation of the heavens and the earth. "Our Lord! You have not created this in vain. Glory be to You! Protect us from the punishment of fire. [3: 190, 191]

Hadith of the Day:

A Muslim is the one who avoids harming Muslims with his tongue and hands. And an emigrant (Muhajir) is the one who gives up (abandons) all what Allah has forbidden. [Bukhari]

Wise Quote of the Day:

O' People who take pleasure in a life that will vanish, falling in love with a fading shadow is sheer stupidity. Whoever desires to purify his heart then let him prefer Allah to his desires. [Ibn al Qayyim]

Guidance of the Day:

Maurice Bucaille, the well known French physician, said that what attracted his interest in Islam was how North Africans in France faced death. As a physician exposed to disease and death, he observed many of his own country men not knowing how to die or handle death.

The fear of death is natural. Reflexively, one protects himself from it. The Prophet (peace be upon him) encouraged believers to desire a long life for two reasons: to make up for past iniquities or to increase good deeds.

The one who remembers death is ennobled by certain characteristics. One of them is contentment and lack of covetousness. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Contentment is a treasure that is never exhausted." He also prayed, "O Allah, provide for my family with what suffices them and grant them contentment with it." [Purification of the Heart]

Food for Thought:

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude, don't complain. Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you will understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.