Fruits for the Week

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While we are always interested in our body’s needs, we tend to ignore the needs of our souls. That is an important reason why Muslims are ordered to pray five times a day: to keep renewing their connection or unintentionally straying away from the straight path, and thus to supply their souls with an infinite source of energy. It was related that Abu Hurayrah (RA) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah say, ‘If there was a river at the door of anyone of you and you bathed in it five times daily, would you see any dirt on yourselves?’ They (his companions) answered, ‘No trace of dirt would remain.’ He (SAW) added, ‘That is the similitude of the five prayers with which Allah blots out evil deeds.’” (Bukhari)

On the authority of Anas (RA), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (SWT) saying: “Allah, the Exalted, has said, ‘O sons of Adam, as long as you supplicate Me and implore Me, I will forgive for you whatever issued from you, and I will not mind. O sons of Adam, even if your sin reached the clouds of the sky and then you sought My forgiveness, I would forgive you. O sons of Adam, even if you come to Me with nearly the earth’s capacity of sins and then meet Me without associating anything with Me, I will come to you with nearly its capacity of forgiveness.’” (Tirmidhi)

On the authority of Ibn Umar (ra) who said: The Messenger of Allah (saw) took me by the shoulder and said: “Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a traveler/wayfarer.” Ibn Umar used to say: “When evening comes do not expect (to live till) morning, and when morning comes, do not expect (to live till) evening. Take from your health (a preparation) for your illness. And from your life for your death.” (Bukhari)

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