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Charity begins at home

The proverb suggests to whom one should extend one’s charity. There are people who bestow charity upon persons outside the circle of their near and dear ones. They think that if they help the people within their immediate circle it will mean their narrowness. So they go to distant people with charity and think that it will bring them a good name. But such an attitude about making charity is entirely wrong. If a man has no feeling for his own people how can he feel for others? So, making charity towards the distant people ignoring the near ones shows a lack of sincerity and off sympathetic feelings. Such charity indicates a mere show or a desire for praise. Nobody has any respect for a man who makes a charity for show or praise. Thus a man should, first of all, help his near and dear ones who associate with him in weal and woe and then go for helping others if possible.

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Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty

Liberty is the birth-right of a man and constant care and alertness is the price he has to pay for its defense. A nation has to achieve liberty if it is under foreign domination. And this liberty has to be obtained by way of a long drawn struggle or even a bloody war. But as soon as it is achieved the struggle or the war ends. Then comes the question of maintaining the liberty earned at a great cost and sacrifice. But to maintain the liberty of a nation is a very difficult task. It is even more difficult than to achieve it. National liberty in the true sense implies both political and economic liberty as well as freedom from poverty and illiteracy. Only the government of a country is not enough to maintain and uphold this liberty. People’s active participation is essential in this behalf, and this participation must be a continuous process. It implies that every citizen should do his utmost to perform his duties and bear his responsibilities. He must respect law and order. He must show loyalty, obedience, tolerance, and perseverance. If the citizens are not vigilant about what is required of them and do not perform their duties with care, caution and perseverance discontent, disorder and anarchy may develop and then national liberty may stand at stake. Thus the citizens should ceaselessly and perpetually remain watchful so that no mischief may develop through their negligence in duty and lack of co-operation with the government and this is the price they have to pay for upholding their national liberty.

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Eid Day

Eid day is day of rejoicing. Who does not want to be joyous? I think everybody wishes to be jubilant. Muslims who feel delighted in observing different religious festivals observe Eid day. Eid-ul-Azha and Eid-ul-Fitar are the two topmost religious festivals for the Muslims. Mainly Eid-ul-Fitar is the gala for the Muslims. Eid is a communion of souls. It is the occasion for thanksgiving to the Almighty Allah. Muslims embrace other each, buy new dresses for themselves, spend thousands of money to celebrate the excellences. In this day Muslims go to the mosque to say their prayers to Allah in the process of observance of this day. Eid-ul-Azha is a day of sacrifice. Animals are slaughtered to show sincerity to the law ordained and revealed by the Almighty Allah. The rich class and the poor class can observe this Eid day with a munificent way. Above all, an Eid day is very favourable to the Muslims.

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Grasp all, Lose all

We know that if we have a heap of things before us and want to pick them up altogether, we are bound to fail in the attempt because our grips are not spacious enough to accommodate them all at the same time. All the things will fall off and we shall suffer a total loss. If on the other hand, we pick them up one by one and secure each in our possession, we shall be in a position to get them all. Thus, instead of coming to a total loss by trying to seize everything at a time, we should pick up only so much of the things in each attempt as our grips can hold. Wisdom teaches us that success comes one after another and man should process step by step. If a man moves about in all the spheres of his objectives at the same time, he will never reach his goal and ultimately, he will come to frustration and grief.

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Handsome is that handsome does

While making a judgment about a man we are often misled. There are both good and bad people in society. But we cannot judge them by their appearance. There are many good-looking people who are actually ill-tempered and bad. But there are also ugly men who are well-behaved. So it is wrong to call a good-looking man ‘handsome’ if he leads an evil life. For character is far more attractive and valuable than good appearance. There is a wise saying- the character is the crown of human life. Physical beauty is often all skin-deep. We may lose it through an accident or for another reason. It is destroyed by illness and old age. So physical beauty is transitory. But moral worth- the beauty of mind and soul- has a wholesome and abiding influence. It helps to provide men with spiritual beauty rather than physical beauty. It endears a man to use more than his attractive outside which we may admire but never love. But many people do not want to find out the spiritual beauty of a person, they only look for their physical appearance, their beautiful dresses and the like. But everyone should avoid this kind of meanness. In fact, beauty lies in man’s deeds and not in his appearance.

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