Daily Quran Verse
13:41] See they not that We gradually reduce the land (in their control) from its outlying borders? (Where) Allah commands, there is none to put back His Command: and He is swift in calling to account.
Imam Sadiq [a] said: “The best deeds are: punctual prayer, kindness to parents, and contributing to the Holy War (against the pagans) in the path of Allah.”
Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 74, p. 85
Sayings of Imam Ali (a)
There are many persons whom constant grants of His Bounties turn them wicked and fit for His punishment and there are many more who have become vain and self- deceptive because the Merciful Allah has not exposed their weaknesses and vices to the world and the people speak highly about them. All this is an opportunity. No trial of the Lord is more severe than the time He allows (in which either you may repent or get deeper into vices).
Dua 34 supplication when afflicted: O Allah, to Thee belongs praise for Thy covering over after Thy knowledge and Thy pardon after Thy awareness! Each of us has committed faults, but Thou hast not made him notorious, done indecencies, but Thou hast not disgraced him, and covered over evil deeds, but Thou hast not pointed to him. How many are Thy prohibited acts which we have performed, Thy commandments of which Thou hast told us which we have transgressed, the evil deeds which we have earned, the offenses which we have committed! Thou seest them to the exclusion of all observers; Thou hast the power to make them public above all the powerful! By giving us safety Thou hast veiled their eyes and stopped their ears. So make the shameful things Thou hast covered over and the inward reality
Thou hast concealed our admonisher, a restrainer upon bad character traits and committing offenses, and a striving toward the repentance that erases [sins] and the praiseworthy path Bring the time of striving near and visit us not with heedlessness of Thee! Surely we are Thy beseechers, the repenters of sins. And bless Thy chosen, O God, from Thy creation, Muhammad and his descendants, the friends selected from among Thy creatures, the pure, and make us listeners to them and obeyers, as Thou hast commanded!
Quotes on Imam Hussain a.s.
Sir William Muir: (Scottish orientalist): “The tragedy of Karbala decided not only the fate of the Caliphate, but also of Mohammadan kingdoms long after the Caliphate had waned and disappeared.” (Annals of the Early Caliphate, London, 1883, p.441-442)
Duas & Ziarat
Aamaals for the Month
To whet appetites, here are just 5 appetisers from one of the hundreds of mouth watering, soul nourishing, dishes gifted by the one whom friends and foes refer to as the Ornament of the Worshippers. Savour, act upon and be uplifted by these amazing recipes from Imam Zaynul Abedin’s (a.s.) famous dua Makarim al Akhlaq (Du`a # 20 in Sahifa ).
1. We are sdvised to pray for things that matter: strong faith (yaqeen), pure intention, best deeds:
“ O’Allah, bless Muhammad and his Household. Cause my faith to reach the most perfect faith, make my certainty the most excellent certainty, and take my intention to the best of intentions and my works to the best of works!”
2. Do not nullify your rewards through self-conceit:
“ O’Allah, make me worship Thee and corrupt not my worship with self-admiration! Let good flow out from my hands upon the people and efface it not by my making them feel obliged! Give me the highest moral traits and preserve me from vainglory!”
3. Long life at all costs? Better to die than serve shaitan:
“ O’Allah, let me live as long as my life is a free gift in obeying Thee, but if my life should become a pasture for Satan, seize me to Thyself before Thy hatred overtakes me or Thy wrath against me becomes firm!”
4. Pray for adornments and ornaments of a different kind:
“ O’Allah, adorn me with the adornment of the righteous, and clothe me in the ornaments of the god-fearing, through:
o spreading justice, restraining rage,
o quenching the flame of hate, bringing together the people of separation,
o correcting discord, spreading about good behaviour,
o covering faults, mildness of temper, lowering the wing,
o beauty of conduct, gravity of bearing,
o agreeableness in comportment, precedence in reaching excellence,
o preferring bounteousness, refraining from condemnation,
o bestowing bounty on the undeserving,
o speaking the truth, though it be painful!”
o making little of the good in my words and deeds, though it be much,
o and making much of the evil in my words and deeds,though it be little!
5. Pray for good in both worlds:
“ O’Allah, incite me to remember Thee in times of heedlessness, employ me in Thy obedience in days of disregard, open a smooth road for me to Thy love, and complete for me thereby the good of this world and the next!”
Has the time not come to come together and raise our hands in prayer to be brought out of darkness into light?