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The Reality of Life

Life is a journey and death is not the end.

No human being ever created will ever cease to exist: we were created for eternity.

This life is brief, the next life is forever.

Everything in life is a test. All our deeds, good or bad, will remain with us for eternity.

The material possessions will remain in this world and be inherited by others who may fight over it after we are gone.

We need to prioritize our life and work for our the Akhirah and not just chase after the Dunia.  read more »

Lesson of the Day 1356

Ayahs of the day:
And who is better in faith than the one who surrenders his being to God, and is a doer of good, and follows the way of Ibrahim, rightly oriented? For God took Ibrahim as a friend. [4: 125]

Hadith of the day:
No people ever withhold zakah except that Allah tests them with famine. [Tabarani]

Wise quote of the day:
Everyone in this world is a guest, and his money is but a loan. The guest must go sooner or later and the loan must be returned. [Ibn Mas'ud]

Guidance of the day:  read more »

Father's day -- 365 days a year

Fathers: The Gates to Paradise

It has been related to us by the Best of Creation:
He who thanks not people, can show no appreciation

To the exalted Creator and Cherisher of humanity.
Thus is gratitude one of the keys to unending Felicity.

Many are those who enrich our lives, time and again
During our brief sojourn on this earthly plane.

But near the top of the list, we must never forget
the gratitude we owe the man whose name we inherit,

He who Allah made the cause of our worldly existence.  read more »

Pearls of Wisdom 355

1. The noblest form of mercy is to protect others from yourself.

2. Attentiveness in prayers makes us attentive to life.

3. Should you wish to ascend, look down.

4. Domestic violence -- he should remember that she is not his, she is His.

5. Master your wrath, or taste the Master's wrath.

6. To follow Sunnah is to conform body to spirit.

7. You may sometimes have to pray fast, but always pray well.

8. Do not be proud of what you have done; be proud of what you have been asked to do.  read more »

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