It’s so interesting and comforting to me that God spoke to Job “out of the storm” (Job 38:1 and 40:6). Sometimes, I think it’s so easy to loose sight of God in the midst of the storm, just like Job did. In the middle of his suffering, He lost sight of who God is and focused more on his own circumstances than the power and sovereignty and might of God. He allowed the storm to shroud who God was and what that meant for Job’s life and suffering. And I know that we are no different in the midst of our own storms.

But God spoke out of a mighty storm, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence. He spoke out of the storm and reestablished His might and sovereignty. But He also restored Job. He strengthened Job and restored his faith and trust in God. And I think that’s truly beautiful. Because I know God does the same for us, if we’ll be like Job and simply listen to Him and allow Him to shape us and restore us. 

Just because the storm is raging around you, that doesn’t mean that God has left you, quite the opposite. God is in the midst of the storm with you, and He’s longing to speak to you through it, if you’ll simply listen. Stop paying attention to the storm and turn your eyes to the One who commands the wind and the waves.

Riyad as-Salihin, The Book of Virtues Book 9, Hadith 1235

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Allah the Most High says: ‘From amongst my slaves, the quicker the one is in breaking the Saum (fasting), the dearer is he to me.”’


[At-Tirmidhi].

Daily Bible Verse; September 24, 2018

When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

 “Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

(Matthew 6:5-15)

DAILY DUA

The Islamic greeting #1

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

Translation

“Peace be upon you, and the Mercy of Allâh and His Blessings.”


The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “You shall not enter paradise until you believe, and you shall not believe until you love one another,


Shall I not inform you of something, if you were to act upon it, you will indeed achieve mutual love for one another? Spread the greeting amongst yourselves.”


Ammar (RA) said, “Three characteristics, whoever combines them, has completed his faith: to be just, to spread greetings to all people and to spend (charitably) out of the little you have.”


Abdullah Ibn AAamr (RA) reported that a man asked the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): Which Islam is the best?


He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) replied, “Feed (the poor), and greet those whom you know as well as those whom you do not.”


Notes:

*The best is the one who initiates the salam.


* replying to Salam is Wajib (mandatory) although one person replying is sufficient on behalf of a group.


*It is a Sunnah to give salam to children (in house or outside).


*Salam is also to be said when leaving a gathering (or just someone), not only when meeting them.


Transliteration

as-salaamu ‛alaykum waraḥmatullaahi wa barakaatuh

Sources: Muslim No# 54; Abu Dawud No# 5193; At-Tirmidhi No# 2688; Ibn Majah No# 68, 3692

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life, Amen.”