A Divine Gift

Cordiality and mercy are the divine gift that The Almighty Allah grants for most newly married couples. It is our nature, our hearts and the way we think which determine whether we keep and grow our divine gift to live happily under its shade, or take our gift to slow death.

And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect. (30,21)

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Fasting

Fasting is an ancient ritual which is common in all religions. Those who like controversy always ask, “How come that God creates for us a mouth, teeth, pharynx and stomach to eat and then ask us to fast?! How come He creates beauty and lust then asks us to lower our gaze and be chaste? Is that reasonable?”

I say to them it is the only reasonable thing. God gives you a horse to ride and not to be ridden by it. You are supposed to subjugate the horse and lead it, not to be led by it. Your body is your horse which is created for you to ride, control, lead and use for your own purpose. You are not supposed to be subjugated by your body or used to achieve its lusts and desires. Hence, controlling desire, steering whim and bridling stomach are the signs of man.

Dr. Mustafa Mahmoud

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Beauty of Faith

Beauty is divided into two types: external and internal beauty. The inside beauty is loved for itself; it is the beauty of knowledge, mind, generosity, chastity and courage. This inside beauty is what Allah (SWT) looks at and loves in His servant. Moreover, this inside beauty beautifies the external image, even if it is bare of beauty, and coats it with splendor, sweetness and reverence as much as one’s soul acquires of these qualities. The believer is given sublimity and splendor according to his faith, so he is revered by those who see him and loved by those who deal with him.

Ibn Qayyem Al-Jawzia                             

Translated by: Amany Elmorshidy

 

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