Day 29

DAY 29: RAMADAN THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

7th June 2016

What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in…

DAY 26: RAMADAN THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

7th June 2016

The religious impulse, the quest for meaning that transcends the restricted space of empirical existence in this world, has been a perennial feature of humanity … It would require something close to a mutation of the species to extinguish this impulse for good.  The more radical thinkers of the Enlightenment and their more recent intellectual…

DAY 24: RAMADAN THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

7th June 2016

The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes: ‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown: His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, The…

DAY 23: RAMADAN THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

7th June 2016

Your time is your life, and your life is your capital: by it you make your trade, and by it you will reach the eternal bounties in the proximity of Allah. Every single breath of yours is a priceless jewel, because it is irreplaceable; once it is gone, there is no return for it.  So…

DAY 20: RAMADAN THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

7th June 2016

Adieu, farewell, earth’s bliss; This world uncertain is; Fond are life’s lustful joys; Death proves them all but toys; None from his darts can fly; I am sick, I must die. Lord, have mercy on us!   Rich men, trust not in wealth, Gold cannot buy you health; Physic himself must fade. All things to…

DAY 18: RAMADAN THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

7th June 2016

When you wish to sleep, spread out your mattress facing the qibla and lie on your right side, as one dead lies in his grave. Know that sleep is like death, and waking is like resurrection.  It may be that Allah Most High will take your soul by night, so be ready to meet Him…

DAY 15: RAMADAN THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

7th June 2016

Secular modernity was in many ways benign, but it was also violent and tended to romanticize armed struggle. Between 1914 and 1945, seventy million people in Europe and the Soviet Union died as the result of war and conflict.  There were two world wars, brutally efficient ethnic cleansing and acts of genocide.  Some of the…

DAY 11: RAMADAN THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

6th June 2016

But communication between the Infinite and the finite, the Absolute and the contingent, seems logically impossible and therefore qualifies in the proper sense of the term, as a miracle, which is why the Qur’an is called the supreme miracle of Islam. Across unimaginable distances God speaks to man and is heard, and what cannot be…

DAY 8: RAMADAN THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

6th June 2016

One day during my last term at school I walked out alone in the evening and heard the birds singing in that full chorus of song, which can only be heard at that time of the year at dawn or at sunset. I remember now the shock of surprise with which the sound broke on…

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