I Qur’anic Verse of the Day


Prudence in Preaching


اُدۡعُ  اِلٰی سَبِیۡلِ رَبِّکَ بِالۡحِکۡمَۃِ وَ الۡمَوۡعِظَۃِ  الۡحَسَنَۃِ وَجَادِلۡہُمۡ بِالَّتِیۡ ہِیَ اَحۡسَنُ ؕ اِنَّ رَبَّکَ ہُوَ اَعۡلَمُ بِمَنۡ ضَلَّ عَنۡ سَبِیۡلِہٖ  وَ ہُوَ  اَعۡلَمُ بِالۡمُہۡتَدِیۡنَ.وَ اِنۡ عَاقَبۡتُمۡ فَعَاقِبُوۡا بِمِثۡلِ مَا عُوۡقِبۡتُمۡ بِہٖ ؕ وَلَئِنۡ صَبَرۡتُمۡ لَہُوَ خَیۡرٌ لِّلصّٰبِرِیۡنَ. (16: 125-126)


Call [people] to the path of your Lord with wisdom and sound advice, and debate with them in the most sensible way. Indeed, your Lord best knows those who stray from His path and those who are rightly guided. And if you seek revenge, let this be proportionate to the wrong you have suffered. And if you exercise patience, then this is the best way for the patient. (16:125-126)


قُلۡ یٰۤاَہۡلَ الۡکِتٰبِ تَعَالَوۡا اِلٰی کَلِمَۃٍ سَوَآءٍۢ  بَیۡنَنَا وَ بَیۡنَکُمۡ اَلَّا نَعۡبُدَ اِلَّا اللّٰہَ وَ لَا نُشۡرِکَ بِہٖ شَیۡئًا وَّ لَا یَتَّخِذَ بَعۡضُنَا بَعۡضًا اَرۡبَابًا مِّنۡ دُوۡنِ اللّٰہِ ؕ فَاِنۡ تَوَلَّوۡا فَقُوۡلُوا اشۡہَدُوۡا بِاَنَّا مُسۡلِمُوۡنَ.(64:3)


Tell [them]: “People of the Book! Come to what is agreed upon among us: we will worship none but God, we will not associate anyone with Him, and none among us shall regard any one other than God as our Lord.” Then if they turn away, tell them: “Bear witness, then, that we are Muslims. (3:64)



II Hadith of the Day


Conduct of Sitting on Pathways


عن أبي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ عن النبي صَلَّي اللّٰہُ عَلَیۡہِ وَسَلَّمَ قال إِيَّاكُمْ وَالْجُلُوسَ في الطُّرُقَاتِ قالوا يٰا رَسُوْلَ اللّٰہِ ما لنا بُدٌّ من مَجَالِسِنَا نَتَحَدَّثُ فيها قال رَسُوْلَ اللّٰہِ صَلَّي اللّٰہُ عَلَیۡہِ وَسَلَّمَ فإذا أَبَيْتُمْ إلا الْمَجْلِسَ فَأَعْطُوا الطَّرِيقَ حَقَّهُ قالوا وما حَقُّهُ قال غَضُّ الْبَصَرِ وَكَفُّ الْأَذَى وَرَدُّ السَّلَامِ وَالْأَمْرُ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَالنَّهْيُ عن الْمُنْكَرِ


Abu Sa‘id al-Khudri (rta) reported that the Prophet (sws) said: “Refrain from sitting on pathways.” The companions said: “We have no option but to sit on pathways because we sit and chat with one another.” God’s Messenger (sws) said: “If you have no option, then fulfill your obligation towards the pathways.” The companions asked: “What is this obligation?” He replied: “Guarding the gaze, removing harmful [things], responding to salam, urging people to virtue and stopping them from vice.”[1]



III Bible Verse of the Day


Acquire Wisdom at Any Cost


Give ear, my sons, to the teaching of a father; give attention so that you may have knowledge: For I give you good teaching; do not give up the knowledge you are getting from me. For I was a son to my father, a gentle and an only one to my mother. And he gave me teaching, saying to me, Keep my words in your heart; keep my rules so that you may have life: Get wisdom, get true knowledge; keep it in memory, do not be turned away from the words of my mouth. Do not give her up, and she will keep you; give her your love, and she will make you safe.


The first sign of wisdom is to get wisdom; go, give all you have to get true knowledge. Put her in a high place, and you will be lifted up by her; she will give you honour, when you give her your love. She will put a crown of grace on your head, giving you a head-dress of glory.


Give ear, O my son, and let your heart be open to my sayings; and long life will be yours. I have given you teaching in the way of wisdom, guiding your steps in the straight way. When you go, your way will not be narrow, and in running you will not have a fall. Take learning in your hands, do not let her go: keep her, for she is your life.


Do not go in the road of sinners, or be walking in the way of evil men. Keep far from it, do not go near; be turned from it, and go on your way. For they take no rest till they have done evil; their sleep is taken away if they have not been the cause of someone’s fall. The bread of evil-doing is their food, the wine of violent acts their drink. But the way of the upright is like the light of early morning, getting brighter and brighter till the full day.


The way of sinners is dark; they see not the cause of their fall. My son, give attention to my words; let your ear be turned to my sayings. Let them not go from your eyes; keep them deep in your heart. For they are life to him who gets them, and strength to all his flesh.


And keep watch over your heart with all care; so you will have life. Put away from you an evil tongue, and let false lips be far from you. Keep your eyes on what is in front of you, looking straight before you. Keep a watch on your behaviour; let all your ways be rightly ordered. Let there be no turning to the right or to the left, keep your feet from evil. (Proverbs, 4:1-27)



IV Discussion Topic of the Day


Let us Refuse to Lose!


[1]. Muslim, Al-Jami‘ al-sahih, vol. 3, 1675, (no. 2121).