Jamadi Thani 1424 H
Volume 16-08 No : 200
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The believers in Allah whose faith is correct and motivates them to do righteous deeds that reform their hearts and characters, and changes their status in this world and the next, have the basic principles according to which they deal with every kind of joy and grief that they may face. They receive blessings and joys with acceptance and thanksgiving, and put them to use in beneficial ways. When they do this, they feel happy and hope that it will last and will bring them reward for their gratitude, as well as other things that will supersede the original goodness and blessings.
When faced with distress, harm, worries and anxieties, they try to resist them and reduce them as much as they can, and they react with befitting patience to the things in which they have no choice. They gain a lot of benefits as a result, such as: resilience and toughness as is appropriate; useful experience, strong willpower, patience, the hope of reward and many other benefits which reduce the distress felt. Thus their anxiety is replaced with joy and the hope of blessings and reward from Allah, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) stated in the sahih hadith:
“How marvellous is the affair of the believer! Everything that happens to him is good, and this does not apply to anyone except the believer. If something good befalls him, he gives thanks for it, and that is good for him. If something bad befalls him, he bears it with patience, and that is good for him.”
(Source: “Dealing with Worries and Stress”
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid)
Muslim men of letters preferred the study of books to gatherings and discussions, for being close to books was closer to their hearts than being close to the Caliph or the Ruler. When al-Jahiz wanted to visit Muhammad ibn Abd al-Malik al-Ziyat, a literary figure and a minister, he thought the best gift to give him would be the book by Sibawayh, the master of Arabic of his time. The minister accepted the gift joyfully and said to al-Jahiz, “By Allah! Nobody ever gave me a gift more beloved than this gift of yours.”
Sahib ibn Ubad, instead of accepting the highest post in the royal palace of Nuh ibn Mansur al-Samani, opted for the company of books in a library, since he was in love with his library, he could not leave it and could not take it with him. So he preferred to live where his heart was. This was the spirit of learning on whose basis our learned men, the rich and the noble, showed such zealous attachment to books and collected them.
With this spirit of learning, people would compete with each other in purchasing books. As soon as a book neared completion, people approached the author or compiler to buy it. For example, the ruler of Andalusia, Hakam, learnt that Abu al-Faraj Asfahani was writing his famous literary book al-Aghani. He sent him a thousand dinars as the price of one copy of this book and asked him to send it as soon as it was completed. So this book found its way to Andalusia and was being read there long before being available in his own county - Iraq.
(Source: “The Islamic Civilization”
Dr. Mustafa Sibai)
TODAY I WILL ASK ALLAH TO BLESS MY “ENEMY”: If I come across someone who treats me harshly or unfairly, I will quietly ask Allah to bless that individual. I understand the “enemy” could be a family member, neighbor, co-worker, or a stranger.
TODAY I WILL BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT I SAY: I will carefully choose and guard my words being certain that I do not spread gossip.
TODAY I WILL GO THE EXTRA MILE: I will find ways to help share the burden of another person.
TODAY I WILL FORGIVE: I will forgive any hurts or injuries that come my way.
TODAY I WILL DO SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE, BUT I WILL DO IT SECRETLY: I will reach out anonymously and bless the life of another.
TODAY I WILL TREAT OTHERS THE WAY I WISH TO BE TREATED: I will practice the golden rule - “Do unto others as I would have them do unto me” - with everyone I encounter.
TODAY I WILL RAISE THE SPIRITS OF SOMEONE I DISCOURAGED: My smile, my words, my expression of support, can make the difference to someone who is wrestling life.
TODAY I WILL NURTURE MY BODY: I will eat less; I will eat only healthy foods. I will thank Allah for my body.
TODAY I WILL GROW SPIRITUALLY: I will spend a little more time in salaah and dua today: I will begin reading something spiritual or inspirational today; I will find a quiet place (at some point during the day) and contemplate on the purpose of life.!!!