“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27 NIV)
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:3 NIV)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”” (Isaiah 52:7 NIV)
God’s peace is a supernatural peace that will quiet your soul in the midst of the turmoil and uncertainty of what’s happening around you.
When you choose to bring peace to those you interact with, even when you are not fully at peace yourself, God is working through you.
Is there a tense or difficult situation occurring in your workplace? How could God work a miracle through you to turn this situation into an oasis of peace?
Is there a colleague or client who is stressed out? How could God work through you to proclaim peace to this person? Allow the Holy Spirit to take the peace you proclaim and work a miracle in this person’s life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, wash away the troubles of my spirit with your peace. Overwhelm me today with your boundless love. Jesus, work through me today to create an oasis of peace in my workplace. Holy Spirit, you see how stressed some of my coworkers are. Work a miracle in their life so that they come to know you as the Prince of Peace, that they may experience your supernatural peace. Bring complete healing to their body, mind, and spirit. Amen.
Bible Plan: Communicating at Work with the Fruit of the Spirit, Day 4, by faithatwork.ca
This letter, written to the Naqib Sayyid Shaikh Farid, explains that all Prophets "alaihimussalam" taught the same iman:
May Allahu ta'ala protect us and you against bifurcating from your exalted fathers' "rahmatullahi 'alaihim ajmain' way! Salam to the highest of your fathers and to all the others!
Allahu ta'ala has guided men to the way of eternal salvation through Prophets "alaihimu 's-salam", and has thereby saved them from endless torment. Had it not been for these beings, Prophets "alaihimu 's-salam", Allahu ta'ala would not have intimated His person or attributes to anybody. Nobody would have known of Allahu ta'ala; nobody could have found a way to Him. The commands and prohibitions of Allahu ta'ala would not have been known. Allahu ta'ala is Ghani. That is, He does not need anything. Pitying men, He has done them a favor by sending them commands and prohibitions. The benefits of the commands and prohibitions are for men. They do not render any advantage to Allahu ta'ala. Allahu ta'ala does not need them. Had it not been for Prophets, what Allahu ta'ala likes and what He dislikes could not have been known or distinguished from each other. Then, the sending of Prophets "alaihimu 's-salam" is a great blessing. Whose tongue could express thanks for this blessing? Who could show this gratitude? We thank our Allah, who has sent us every blessing, who has allowed us to learn the Islamic faith, and who has blessed us with the fortune of believing in Prophets "alaihimussalatu wassalam".
The essentials, the fundamentals of the religions of all Prophets are the same; they are not different; they all said the same thing. What they said about Allah's person and attributes, about Hashr [assembling at the square of Arasat after rising from the graves], about Nashr [dispersing and leaving for Paradise or Hell after the settling of accounts], about Prophets, about the sending of an angel, about the revelation of books through an angel, about the infinite blessings in Paradise and the endless torment in Hell are all the same. Their words agree with each other. But their teachings about the halal and the haram and worships, that is, their teachings pertaining to the furu'at (practices), are different; they do not agree with each other.
In one age, Allahu ta'ala revealed the commandments suitable for the times and states of the people of that age to a Prophet who was ulul'azm (distinguished as the highest), and commanded the people to obey him. For many reasons and benefits, Allahu ta'ala made changes in the rules of the Shariat. Many a time, He sent the same Prophet possessing the same Shariat different commandments for different times. That is, He abolished or changed His former commandments some time later.
One of the never-changing principles which all Prophets stated unanimously is not to worship anything other than Allahu ta'ala, not to attribute a partner to Allahu ta'ala, not to idolize creatures for others to worship. Only Prophets stated this fact. No one was honored with this fortune except those who followed them. No one except Prophets stated this fact. A group of those who disbelieved Prophets said that Allahu ta'ala is one; yet they either said so by hearing it from Muslims or meant that the one with indispensable existence is one. They did not say that only He is to be worshipped. However, Muslims say that He is the only One who is both indispensable and deserves being worshipped. "La ila-ha il-l- Allah" means that there is no deity besides Allahu ta'ala who is to be worshipped. He, alone, is to be worshipped.
The second fact which these great people stated unanimously is that they know themselves as human beings like everybody, and that only Allahu ta'ala is to be worshipped. They invited everybody to worshipping Him only. They stated that Allahu ta'ala has not united with anything, that He has not settled in any substance. But those who disbelieved the Prophets did not say so; especially their chiefs tried to have themselves worshipped, and said, "Allahu ta'ala has entered us. He is in us." Thus, they were not ashamed to say that they were to be worshipped, that they were gods. Exempting themselves from their duties as slaves of Allahu ta'ala, they committed all sorts of heinous and evil deeds. By assuming the status of a god, they thought that they could be irresponsible, that they could trespass upon anything, that they could not be prohibited from anything. Assuming that all their words were true, that they would never go wrong, that they could do anything they wanted, they went wrong, misleading others, too. May such base people be accursed. And shame upon those idiots who believed them!
Another fact which Prophets "alaihimussalam" stated unanimously is that an angel was sent to them. None of those who denied the Prophets was blessed with this high luck. Angels are certainly innocent. That is, certainly they do their duties correctly. They are never wrong, evil, or dirty. They convey the Wahy without changing or forgetting it. They carry Allah's word.
So, every word that the Prophets "alaihimussalawatu wattaslimat" uttered is from Allahu ta'ala. Every commandment or information which they brought is from Allahu ta'ala. Also, every word which they said by ijtihad was confirmed by way of Wahy. When they made an insignificant mistake in their ijtihad, Allahu ta'ala sent Wahy immediately and corrected them. On the other hand, every word of those disbelievers who denied Prophets and imposed themselves as gods and had people worship them by saying, "We have created, rescued you," were from themselves. They presumed their words to be true. Now, let us be reasonable! If a stupid, ignorant person thinks of himself as a god, commands others to worship him, and does every kind of evil, harmful deed, is he to be believed? Is he to be followed?
Translation of a Persian line:
It is known by the Spring how much fruit the year will yield.
We have explained the matter in detail in order that it will be understood clearly. It might as well go without saying that right is different from wrong, and that light is different from dark. As a matter of fact, Allahu ta'ala declares in the eighty-first ayat of the Surat-u-Isra: "When truth comes, falsehood runs away. Falsehood always goes." O our Allah; keep us in the way of those great people! Amin.
You know Sayyid Mayan Pir Kamal well. It would be needless for us to write anything in this respect. Yet it could not go without saying that for some time I have been enjoying his company. He was desirous to kiss the threshold of your door. But lately he has become ill and bed-ridden. After recovering he will be honored with your service and presence.
Remember: prayer need not be in a certain setting, at a particular time of day, or said with specific phrasing. God welcomes our prayers regardless of how or when we speak them, and He welcomes prayers of thankfulness.
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Jerry Wiles on The Power of Image, Narrative and Repetition
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Let nothing disturb or dismay us, O God, for all things are passing and you alone are unchanging. All things are wrought in patience, O God, and those who possess you lack nothing. Our sufﬁciency, O God, is in you alone, now and always. Amen.
Everyday Sahabah: Khalifa Ali bin Abu Talib (RA):PART 448
Ali held that the people should be taxed according to their capacity. There should be no hardship or coercion in the collection of taxes. The system of taxation should be such that the people paid the taxes voluntarily as a religious obligation. The collectors should not indulge in any act which is not liked by the people. They should not collect anything beyond what is enjoined by law. Taxes should be remitted in the case of famine, failure of crops or any other calamity.
What Does Ghusl (Full Ablution) Bring Into Sexual Life?
Since ghusl is a command, there are some more commands related to it. For example, fornication and drinking alcohol are illicit acts. Then, a Muslim who has obeyed the command of performing ghusl will obey the commands like “do not drink alcohol, do not fornicate!”We perform ghusl because Allah commands it. That is to say, in Islam, Allah commands and the Muslim obeys this command. A Muslim does not think I am going to be clean from the dirt. He performs it because it is necessary. However, in the meantime he has been cleanedIt is possible. The main point is obeying the command. Being clean materially is a result happening later automatically.
Now I should indicate that there is also a command of keeping the body pure and clean materially as well as performing ghusl. Therefore, the one performing ghusl, should do all sorts of personal cleaning; this is another aspect.
Since ghusl is a command, there are some more commands related to it. For example, fornication and drinking alcohol are illicit acts. Then, a Muslim who has obeyed the command of performing ghusl will obey the commands like do not drink alcohol, do not fornicate!
Then, a Muslim becomes junub (unclean) in two conditions: one is while having intercourse with his wife, the other is while sleeping.
Having intercourse with his wife depends on his will. He must arrange a suitable time for this and must not miss the prayer time. He should find time for ghusl, he should not be late for his work. He should not have ghusl when the weather is cold and become ill.
If can be seen that the obligation of ghusl prevents man to become junub frequently. As it is known, becoming junub frequently harms mans neural system and brain structure. Some diseases are connected with becoming junub frequently.
Additionally insanity or committing suicide is seen as well as tuberculosis and some psychiatric irregularities in people who become junub frequently. In addition, many experiences showed that it causes the human memory to weaken as well. However, linking every disaster to becoming junub is not scientific. In short, it is a reality that becoming junub frequently affects human health unfavorably.
Having a sexual intercourse during a womans menstruation or after accouchement is illicit. Thus, both the male and female are preserved. The spermatic fluid of man is a source of energy. The body is prevented from getting weak by producing viable cells, which are difficult to produce for the male body, frequently. A males power, thoughts and behaviors are different before becoming junub. It is more different after becoming junub. For example, a male feels himself more powerful and active, comprehends matters better. He shows interest in his wife. However, after becoming junub, those feelings become the opposite.
The female is protected by means of ghusl as well. The obligation of ghusl after becoming junub makes woman avoid from becoming junub, too. Contracting the body and the feeling of excitement and enthusiasm causes a lot of energy dissipation for a woman, too.
A balanced sexual life is a sign of a balanced human character. Negative and positive extremes in sexual life result in abnormal outcomes in behaviors.
Consequently, Allah, who created mankind, who placed suprarenal capsules in the body, who gathered the liquid called sperm in a certain place, gave the necessary orders for the best performance of the body machine,. One of them is ghusl.