Returning after a hiatus, I discusses some finer points from this past week’s khutbah, “Contentment With The World Is The Enemy Of Success”, delivered at Middle Ground on June 16th, 2017.
I came across the following quote that I felt gave good advice to those of us seeking God’s pleasure,
I read about an article in a science journal recently co-written by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman. The scientists surveyed a bunch of women to look at how many of their daily activities brought them satisfaction. Oddly, the stuff they chose to do for hours at a time every, single day, as leisure – namely, watching TV – didn’t bring them satisfaction. Instead, connecting with the present did – via prayer and meditation.
It reminds me of the narration from Mu’awiyah bin Abu Sufyan,
الخيرُ عادةٌ والشَّرُ لَجَاجةٌ، مَن يُرِدِ اللهُ به خيرًا يُفقِّهْه في الدِّينِ
“Doing good is a habit just as doing evil is obstinacy. Whomever God intends good for, He grants that one understanding in Islam (al-Din).” Reported in Ibn Hibban’s Sahih as well as Ibn Majah’s Sahih.
“Everybody’s got a cell phone that makes pancakes so they don’t want to rock the boat. They don’t want to make any trouble. People have been bought off by gizmos and toys in this country. No one questions things anymore.” — George Carlin.
The following audio clip is from a talk I gave at at the Islamic Center of New England (ICNE – Sharon), March 8th, 2013.