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  1. Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem Advices of Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum) There are many Mureedeen who aspire and seek Khilafat, whereas Khilafat is a great responsibility and Amaanah (Trust). Khilafat is also not the objective and goal of the Mureed. In fact, to covet and hanker after Khilafat is against the grain of Ikhlaas. This desire reveals one’s insincerity and one’s desire for position, name and fame – whereas the sincere Saalik only seeks and wants Allah Ta’ala. In the beautiful words of Hadhrat Hajee Imdadullah Makki (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh): “Some are asking for something; some are asking for something else; O Allah! I beg of You to grant me Yourself!” There is an incident about a Mureed who was desirous of getting Khilafat. The Sheikh, discerning that ambition, gave him a cup covered with a saucer and requested that he delivers it to a certain person. He also instructed the Mureed not to remove the saucer. As the Mureed proceeded to the home of that particular person, there was movement and some sound coming from inside the cup. Out of curiosity, he lifted the saucer to see what it was. A little mouse jumped out and disappeared. So the Mureed had to return. He informed the Sheikh as to what had transpired. Since that task had been for the Mureed’s Islaah, the Sheikh said: “When you cannot take care of one small Amaanat, how will you take care of the Ummah?!” Many a time, we cannot even fulfil the rights of our wives, our children, our parents – but we want Khilafat?! Khilafat is also not about being in authority, or having power and influence amongst the people. Mufti Muhammad Farouq Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum) who is the principal of Jami’ah Mahmoodiya in India, and a senior Khalifa of Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh), had related that Mufti Mahmood Hasan Saheb (Rahmatullahi a'alayh) had mentioned some advice given by Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyas (Rahmatullahi 'alayh) who was the founder of the work of Tabligh. Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood (Rahmatullahi 'alayh) mentioned that he visited Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyas (Rahmatullahi 'alayh) during the latter’s last illness and spent a few days with him. In that time, Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyas (Rahmatullahi 'alayh) asked him: "Do you know the meaning of Khilafat and Ijaazat?" Out of Adab (etiquette) and humility, Mufti Mahmood Hasan (Rahmatullahi 'Alayh) replied: "I do not know what it means." Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyas (Rahmatullahi ‘Alayh) then explained: "The Seeker has entrusted his entire life to the obedience and service of his Sheikh. He serves, obeys and follows his Sheikh so much so that everything conforms to the ways and habits of the Sheikh. The Mureed annihilates himself in his efforts to be like his Sheikh. In the Suhbat and Khidmat of the Sheikh, he acquires steadfastness and commitment. When he has annihilated himself and regards himself as insignificant and small, and when serving his seniors become embedded qualities in him, then the Sheikh grants permission, saying:"My dear brother, because of the manner in which you have dealt with me - the Tawaadhu (humility), 'Aajizi (humbleness) and Khidmat (service) - I grant you Ijaazat that you deal in this same manner with the entire creation of Allah Ta'ala - as you have done with your Sheikh. Deal with every creation in this beautiful way. Ijaazat does not mean sitting on the throne of the Sheikh and ordering everyone around. It is to think that one is in the service of Allah Ta'ala's creation and to behave accordingly – having good dealings with all." So Khilafat is not about holding authority and sway over the masses; rather it is serving them for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. It is also the practice of our Mashaa’ikh, that where there is misconduct or some breach of the trust of Khilafat, the Khilafat is cancelled. Khilafat is given for different reasons. One reason is that the Mureed has the capacity for his own Islaah and needs to give attention to his Islaah. If he does nothing, then this Khilafat Nama (certificate) is just a blank paper. We should never entertain the thought: “My Khilafat is a certificate of my piety and my piety is confirmed by my Sheikh.” …Or that it is some certificate of Jannah. We should not entertain any thought that we are pious and that we are now big people in this field of Tasawwuf and as such, we deserve respect and honour… No, we should think that it indicates that we have a lot more work to do regarding our Islaah and Tazkiyah; that we are still far from our goal. A person’s Khilafat will have value when the person has this understanding and together with this, commences Majlis for the same purpose – that is, for Islaah. He will then progress, Insha-Allah. Ideally, he should establish a programme of Islaah in the area that he resides. This is best done in the Masjid. If due to circumstance, it cannot commence in the Masjid, then commence in one’s home. The Niyyat (intention) must be emphatically for one’s own Islaah. When the intention is for one’s Islaah, the person will find benefit. Where a person thinks: “I’m all right. I need to make the others right.” – then this is the stepping stone to one’s own spiritual retrogression. If the correct intention is made, then the person will progress by leaps and bounds. Once, Qari Zaheer Saheb of the Tabligh Jamaat made my Tashkeel to join their Jamaat to Zimbabwe. I asked: “What Niyyat must I make?” Qari Saheb replied: “Solely and only for your own Islaah. Not with any thought of being the principal of a Darul Uloom or an Aalim or to make the Islaah of others.” The Majlis is also not for the purpose to impress with subtle points and deep aspects of Tasawwuf. This does not work. Speak to the people in their language and on their level. Do not talk beyond their understanding and do not talk beyond your own understanding and Ma’rifat. Some discuss levels of Tasawwuf which they have not experienced themselves and they present these as their own Haal and condition. In doing this, the person tries to show that he is of a high calibre and thus able to explain such points. This is the nafs which is stealing from our efforts. ...Like how the Ambiyaa (Alaihimus Salaam) were sent to the people for their guidance, so the 'Ulama and Mashaa`ikh have a duty to guide and correct their people as well. Islaah is on all fronts: Aqeedah, Ibaadaat, Mu’amalaat, Mu’asharaat, Akhlaaq, etc. Moulana Abdullah Phoolpuri (Daamat Barakaatuhum) had mentioned that the objective of the 'Aalim is the concern and Fikr of his people and the effort to guide them on Siratul Mustaqeem – by closely following the mission of Nubuwwah – which is to teach the Qur’aan Sharief and Sunnah and to undertake the work of Tazkiyah. After 23 years fulfilling this mission of Nubuwwah, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) took approximately 124 000 of his companions for the Hajjatul Wadaa’ – companions, who had become shining stars in his Suhbat and under his guidance. The Barakah of that effort continues until today and will continue until Qiyamah. The Khalifa should cling to his Sheikh. Even if the Khalifah is an Aalim, stay under the guidance of the Sheikh. Stay under the guidance of the 'Ulama. Do not become independent. The Khalifa should not be neglectful of his own Islaah nor become content with himself and satisfied with his work. This is very dangerous. As an example: A ball is thrown up. With how much of force it was thrown and with its weight, so much does it go up. When the ball reaches its final height it does not stay there for even a moment, it starts falling down. As long as a Sheikh has got concern for his Islaah, he will progress in this path. When he feels he is not in need of Islaah and he is satisfied that he has reached his height, then like the ball, he begins to come down with speed – even faster than a ball descending. Our Sheikh, Hadhrat Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) would say: ‘He, who is not concerned about his own Islaah, where will he be a guide? He, himself, will not be righteous.’ جو اپنے آپ کو مستقل بالذات سمجھتا ہے وہ مستقل بد ذات ہوتا ہے ‎‎ ‘He who regards himself as independent (and not in need of guidance or a Sheikh), will fall into evil.’ As a Sheikh, the person should avoid rivalry and jealousy, pride and arrogance. It is a common observation that people in the same line of work – whether doctors, businessmen, lawyers or others, sometimes feel threatened when a person of the same profession or business commences work in the same locality. Another incident has been related of a Sheikh who was running his Khanqah in a certain locality. Another Sheikh also moved to the area and established his Khanqah nearby. The first Sheikh sent a tumbler full of water and the second Sheikh returned it with a rose petal on top of the water. The Mureeds did not understand the reason behind this and enquired from the Sheikh. The Sheikh explained: “My message by sending the tumbler of water was that this work is already being done here. However, the Sheikh’s message, by placing the petal, was that there should be no problem with him doing the same; rather the more, the better.” As a Muslim, be big hearted. Be happy that others are also doing this work of Dien and that more people will Insha-Allah benefit and connect with Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam). Jealousy results in destruction of one’s own good deeds, so we need to be very much on guard. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: "Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood."[1] Pride is that path that led to the downfall and rejection of shaytaan. Sometimes, people engaged in the work of Tabligh and Khanqah feel the other to be a threat or insignificant. This should not be so. Both are to complement each other in the service of Dien and both are integral parts of serving Dien. It is a misconception that the Khanqah is for the individual and the Tabligh Jamaat is for everyone. This is a misnomer. The work of Dien which is carried out by the Khanqah is also for everyone, reaching out to everyone. One of our Akaabir had explained: “Is water more important or is air more important? Both are necessary. Similarly in Dien, different works are carried out and each one is necessary.” There are many who are fit to get Ijaazat and Khilafat but the Sheikh does not grant it – with good reason. As said, this is not the objective of Tasawwuf and a Saalik should not consider this Ijaazat and Khilafat as a criteria of acceptance or success. May Allah Ta’ala grant us all a sense of responsibility in this field of Tasawwuf, grant us Ikhlaas in all efforts and forgiveness on all shortcomings, and acceptance despite not deserving. [1] Abu Dawood Link to blog : http://hameediyyah.blogspot.com/
  2. "If a person is blessed with the great quality of Tawakkul (placing his trust in Allah Ta’ala), he will be freed from the anxieties and worries of Dunya."
  3. By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem Whilst in the company of one’s Shaykh, or when in good company, or during the month of Ramadaan, we find an undeniably positive effect in respect to our overall behavior and in our relationship with Allah Ta’ala. It suddenly becomes easy to perform good deeds and abstain from sins. Our hearts become light and happy, after being relieved of the terrible burden of sins. Noor and Sakeenah permeate the heart and life becomes so pleasant - Alhamdulillah. …Then we leave the company of the Shaykh or Ramadaan passes, and we find ourselves susceptible and vulnerable to the invitations and temptations of sins, and we fall prey to nafs and shaytaan. We ask: Why? How come? …We were slowly but surely improving, and then we start stumbling, faltering, falling, and sometimes we are floored by nafs, and even land up in the gutters of sins. May Allah Ta’ala protect us all. We, ourselves, are the reason for our weaknesses and failings. While in the company of the Mashaa`ik or during Ramadaan, we do not develop sufficient Taqwa toinsulate ourselves against sins, against nafs and shaytaan. The Suhbah (company) of the pious and righteous, as well as the month of Ramadaan, offers a special protection. However, we generally visit or keep company with the pious for short periods of time, and Ramadaan visits us once a year. The time certainly comes when we have to face the many challenges outside the company of the pious and outside of Ramadaan. It is therefore necessary to very strongly insulate the heart and soul against the harsh climate of sins. For better understanding, let us take an example: It is an extremely cold Winter’s day. Whilst we are indoors, we keep warm because our homes offer some kind of insulation: the walls and the roof provide a protection; the carpets, heater, fireplace, etc. add to that protection and also generate warmth. If we sit near the fireplace or heater, we will enjoy this warmth. However, when we have to go outside, we obviously cannot carry the heater with us. …We have heard and read of people who climb mountains, covered in snow. What do they do? Do they carry heaters with them? No! …They insulate themselves with warm, thermal clothing. If we have to go outdoors, then knowing the extreme temperature outside, we adopt measures to protect ourselves. In order to keep warm, while we are outdoors, we first insulate ourselves, by wearing warm clothing, thick jackets, warm hats, socks, gloves, and so forth. We may even drink some hot soup or any hot drink to warm ourselves from the inside. …If we adopt all these means prior to leaving our homes, we will be shielded against the icy, bitter cold – Insha-Allah. Similarly, while in the company of the Mashaa`ik or during the blessed month of Ramadaan, we must do our best to insulate ourselves with the qualities of Taqwa, Sabr, Shukr, Zuhd, Tawaadhu, etc. In the company of the Shaykh, we draw the warmth of the love of Allah Ta’ala. This is what is generated from his heart. This then becomes insulation and protection against the demands of nafs and the attacks of shaytaan. It is not possible to be with the Shaykh twenty four hours of every day. He has a life to lead. He will be teaching at the Madrasah, giving talks at the Masjid, traveling out in the Khidmat of Deen, etc. What do we do at such times? In the company of the Shaykh, we prepare for ourselves, for the harsh climate of sins and distractions of the outside work. We adopt the measures of protection just like the person who covers himself with a blanket or wears a heavy jacket, before going out. In the Majlis of the Shaykh, we also insulate the heart with the Sifah of Ihsaan, with the conscious awareness of Allah Ta’ala – keeping before us that Allah Ta’ala is All-Seeing, All-Hearing, All-Knowing, All-Aware – and that nothing escapes the knowledge of Allah Ta’ala. This quality is what we take with us wherever we go. …So even though the Shaykh cannot be with us all the time, but Allah Ta’ala is with us at all times: “And He is with you, wherever you are.” [surah Al-Hadid 57 : 4] If we maintain the conscious awareness of Allah Ta’ala’s presence at all times, then when we have to go to the bazaar, marketplace, university or college, we go well-insulated. Therefore, when we sit in those Majaalis, we should not think that it is just a bayaan, just a talk given. The bayaan will take place, and even if there is no bayaan, the silence of those who are Kaamil, generates a Noor, a light. This enters through the eyes and ears, and lights up the heart with the love of Allah Ta’ala. It gives the person strength in his Imaan. Thereafter when the person goes outside, that spiritual warmth is with him - like the person who wears his jersey and jacket, warm hat and warm socks. May Allah Ta’ala bless us all with well insulated hearts. Allah Ta’ala has granted us such great means for renewed fortification. Our insulation is also found in our Salaah, which needs to be established five times a day, in the Masjid – and that too, with concentration and attention. It should not be a ‘slap-dash’, ‘hit and run’ Salaah as is so common. (Na’uzu Billahi min zaalik). Allah Ta’ala says: “…Verily Salaah restrains from shamelessness and evil…” [surah Ankabut 29 : 45] We also insulate with our Tilawah, our Zikrullah, and our deep-hearted Dua for protection. My Shaykh, Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (RA) would repeatedly make Dua: ‘O Allah! Wherever I am – whether on earth or in the skies – my Taqwa must always remain safe.’ Together with these, we also insulate our lives by ridding our homes of all those elements that will nullify the spirituality that we develop in the company of the Shaykh. We throw out the television, give up music and whatever other Haraam that pollutes our homes and our lives. The Suhbah of the Shaykh and the beautiful month of Ramadaan are opportune times to insulate our hearts and souls – since they facilitate ease in practising on Deen. Thus, when Ramadaan ends or we leave the company of our Mashaa`ik, then despite the harsh climate of sins on the outside and all around us, Allah Ta’ala will protect us and assist us in abstaining from evil because we made a concerted effort to insulate ourselves against the severe and dreadful environment of sins. Of course, to whatever extent we can, we should try to regularly attend Deeni programmes and maintain some connection through correspondence or even telephoning the Shaykh from time to time. This will be very conducive to one’s progress, Insha-Allah. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the Taufeeq. Sometimes, some mureeds are content to just wait for their Shaykh to come from Pakistan, India or some other part of the world and they say: “We will make our Islaah when the Shaykh visits.” …The Shaykh may only visit once a year, and he may be in one’s city for seven days, ten days, or just a few days. Then he is gone and the rest of the year passes. What is to be done? If the person says: “I will not attend the Majlis or programmes of any other Shaykh. I will not accept the Nasihah of any other Shaykh,” then shaytaan will say: “This is a good candidate for me, easy to prey on! This is easy prey because this person has got no Shaykh for the next eleven months.” – Shaytaan will pounce on him. “Suhbat” is something that has to be on a continuous basis. If for some reason there are not many Majaalis in the area or there are no Akaabir or Mashaai’ik, then take the kitaabs of the Shaykh or other Mashaa`ik, and read them, or listen to the cds or programmes via audio-streaming. Insha-Allah, this will keep a person insulated against nafs and shaytaan – otherwise, the person will become like the lone sheep which is easy prey for the wolf. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the understanding and the Taufeeq.
  4. Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem By Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Is’haq Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum) On one occasion, Nabi (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) drew a square on the earth (as an illustration). He (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) then drew a line in the middle, transcending the square, and then drew short lines on both sides of the middle line. Nabi (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) thereupon explained the illustration: The square is the life-span of man. The sides of the square, surrounding him represent death, which cannot be escaped. The middle line signifies man, living his life (till the end of the square). The line continues beyond the square (his death), representing his hopes and desires, which go beyond his life-span. Man constantly faces problems during his worldly stay. The little lines on either side of the middle line, represents those problems, misfortunes, hazards and dangers that are part and parcel of living in this world. …If one misses him, another will get him; if that misses him, there will be another and another. These are the tests and trials at different stages in life. Allah Ta'ala has guided us in regard to dealing with these tests that come our way. Allah Ta’ala also grants us protection from various harms during this journey of life. If we ponder over our circumstances, we will see that we are surrounded by countless causes of deathat every second. For man to be still alive is actually nothing but a miracle. For him to be dead should have been natural – since it is a known fact that thousands are dying, throughout the world, all the time. There is an Arabic saying that if you hear that somebody has died you should not be surprised, but if you hear that somebody is still alive, then this should totally astonish you. However, our condition is the opposite. We are surprised when we hear someone has died – whereas death is inevitable. It will visit each of us – at some time. It is to be expected. MILLIONS OF DANGERS We should reflect and ponder for a little while: We could be lying on our beds, resting, but we are exposed to millions of dangers! …A person’s blood can clot, he can suffer a heart attack or stroke or brain damage. A nerve can twitch and he is paralysed – and we can add many more possibilities. …Man is vulnerable at all times! …His house can catch on fire due to some electrical fault or due to some other reason, or a robbery can take place and he can get killed. He can be a martial artist, a boxer, a wrestler, a weight-lifter and super-strong, but if just one little bullet hits him, it brings him down. He can take a walk and slip on a banana peel or miscalculate a step and fall, and his injuries could be serious to the extent of needing a pelvis joint replacement, or he could be handicapped for life. …Many people even die from a simple fall! He sits in his car to drive (whether to work or elsewhere) and he can be hijacked in his driveway, the car can catch fire, an accident can happen by his negligence or somebody else's fault or no fault, a tyre can burst, etc. At work, in the shop, factory, office, so many things can go wrong: robberies, machines malfunctioning, an argument or a fight where someone pulls out a gun and the person is killed, courtcases, jail sentences, and so many possibilities. May Allah Ta'ala grant us His Special Protection. However, on a little reflection, we realise that all the time, everywhere, what and what could happen and is happening! …Each one of us has had narrow escapes at some time or another in our lives. When we think of those times, we shudder, thinking, that just a few centimetres and what could have happened or just a few seconds and what could have happened! …We should realise that at every split second what and what could have happened, what and what can happen right now! In this contemplation we come to realise that it is only Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu Who protects life. And He has appointed protectors for man - in front of him and behind him! EXCLUSIVE SECURITY Allah Ta’ala informs us: “For each (such person) there are (angels) in succession, before and behind him: They guard him by Command of Allah. Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. But when Allah intends a people's punishment, there is no averting it, and besides Him they have no protector.” [surah Ar-Ra’d 13 : 11] Allah Ta’ala creates the paragon of His Creation: Man. And then institutes a unique system for man’s protection. SubhanAllah. ...The Malaa`ikah (Angels) are appointed to guard man from different harms, evils and calamities. They protect him from jinn, animals and even people. One angel guards him from in front of him and the other from behind him. Every person – Muslim and non-Muslim – has these Malaa’ikah to protect him. The Mufassireen (Commentators of Qur'aan Sharief) have explained that when some calamity is decreed for man, then these Malaa`ikah withdraw from him. After all, this world is a world of test and trial and Allah Ta’ala has informed us that He will be testing us also. Allah Ta’ala also only changes the condition of security to fear, difficulty and so forth, when man changes his state by indulging in sins and ingratitude. Allah Ta’ala says: "And He is the Omnipotent, above His servants, and He sends guardians (angels guarding and writing all of one's good and bad deeds) over you; until when death comes to one of you, Our messengers (the Angel of death and his assistants) take his soul, and they never neglect their duty." [surah Al-'An`ām 6 : 61] Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shaf'i (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) mentions in his Tafsier, Ma’ariful Qur’aan – the gist of which is that as long as Allah Ta’ala wills to have man alive, He assigns angels to safeguard him, as a result of which no one and nothing can harm him. And when man reaches the appointed time of death, then these angels become agents towards his death, by giving way to the causes of death, which unfold – on the Will of Allah Ta’ala. ANOTHER TWO COMPANIONS Ibn Khateer (Rahmatullahi 'alayh) and other Mufassireen have explained that besides these two angels who take turns to protect man night and day, there are other angels assigned with the duty to record the deeds of man, night and day. Kiraman Kaatibeen are the two scribes who record the good and the bad deeds of man, respectively. “But verily over you (are appointed angels) to protect you; Kind and Honourable, writing down (your deeds). They know (and understand) all that you do.” [surah Infitaar 82 : 10 / 11 / 12] In this manner, four angels accompany each person during the day and another four angels keep his company during the night. From our respected Mufassireen, we learn that the angels also work towards encouraging man towards good and towards fearing Allah Ta’ala; that he may keep away from any form of disobedience. If the person falls into sin, they even pray for him and hope for him to repent sincerely. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) informed us: “Malaa`ikah take turns around you, some at night and some by day, and all of them get together at the time of the Fajr and Asr Salaah. Then those who have passed the night with you (or stayed with you) ascend to Allah, Who asks them, and He knows everything about you better than they: “In what condition did you leave my servants?' The angels reply: “We came to them while they were praying, and we left while they were praying.”[1] Those who sleep through Fajr and those who miss their Asr Salaah, should reflect over what answers the angels will be presenting to Allah Ta’ala. …What shame and dishonour if the angels were to report that they found us sleeping at Fajr, or missing Salaah because we were engrossed in Rands and cents, or occupied with cricket, soccer and other mundane, useless activities and sometimes even in sinful actions. We should be conscious of these angels because this awareness will be a means of distancing ourselves from sins. We would feel ashamed to engage in anything evil, anything shameless or nonsensical – knowing that we are in the presence of four angels. LIES In addition, when we lie, the stench that emits from our mouths due to the lie is so terrible that the Malaa’ikah flee to a great distance, not being able to tolerate the foul smell. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “When a servant (of Allah) tells a lie, (his) Angel goes away from him to the distance of a mile, because of the foul odour of what it brings.” (Tirmidhi) …Once, we were in the Kruger National Park and came across the carcass of a giraffe which, most probably, the lions had eaten. The remains were being enjoyed by vultures. We stopped at the scene but such a stench was given off that we immediately closed the windows and sped off. The stench was just so bad. But for those vultures, it was the smell of biryani and roast. In the same way when we lie and backbite, we may find some enjoyment but the Malaa’ikah cannot bear it at all! INCREASED PROTECTION Allah Ta’ala has also taught us, through His Beloved (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) different ways whereby we invite and secure for ourselves, greater protection. There are numerous Ayaat that we have been directed to read, which offer protection. Ayatul Kursi is the most well-known Ayah of protection. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said that whoever recites Ayatul Kursi after the Fardh (Salaah) will remain in the protection of Allah Ta’ala until the next Salaah, and if read, before falling asleep, Allah Ta’ala grants protection to the person’s home and family. The Quls were revealed for our protection and the Hadith explain that the Quls are a protection from all harms. Added to these, are many Duas that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) taught us which also offer protection. This is the bonus of Imaan – that the Believer is surrounded by security guards – the Angels, and he is also granted special armour with his Salaah, a shield with his Wazaa`if and a weapon with his Wudhu. So his protection is compounded. Alhamdulillah. Other Ahadith direct us towards different A’maal whereby we are protected even further – through our Sadaqah and through our recitation of Qur’aan Sharief and other good deeds. These will be a means of security for us in this world, in our grave and in the Hereafter. We are also directed towards adopting certain practises whereby our children are protected, and even a person’s animals are protected. For example, a Hadith states: “When the night approaches, prevent your children (from venturing outdoors) because verily shaytaan spreads out at this time...” We are also told that Dua is so powerful that it can avert calamities and as such Dua offers us protection as well. Whilst there are all these measures of safeguarding ourselves, we should also understand that the tests are inevitable - as mentioned at the beginning. Our protection falls away when Allah Ta’ala decrees a test or when we engage in sins. Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur`aan Sharief: “We will definitely test you with some fear, some hunger and some loss in your wealth, in your health and in the fruits (‘fruits’ denote many things). Give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. And when any trial reaches them, they say: ‘Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'oon ’ (from Allah we have come and to Him is our return). They are those on whom are the benefactions of their Lord, and receive His mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones.” [surah Al-Baqarah : 155/156/157 ] Sabr (patience) and Shukr (gratitude) are two qualities we need to adopt in dealing with life’s challenges, that we may pass through the worldly life successfully, Insha-Allah. The tests will come and go – and these are on the Command of Allah Ta’ala, whereby our Jannah is made, Insha-Allah. However, we should keep in mind that we are facing billions of dangers at every split second and are desperately in need of the protection of Allah Ta’ala. Through obedience, good deeds, staying in a condition of Taharah, etc. we protect ourselves from Jinn and Jadu (witchcraft) and other harms. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the understanding, the Taufeeq of appreciating and also of adopting the means of protection and working towards earning the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. May Allah Ta’ala perpetuate His protection over us. [1] Sahih Al-Bukhari
  5. Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem If the proposal has taken place, make the so-called engagement, the Nikah[1], and whatever is to be given to the girl, make that the Mahr[2]. To delay in performing Nikah, which in itself takes only a few minutes, leads to many problems. A person called saying that his daughter who is engaged is already four months pregnant. The question asked: Will the child be regarded as legitimate or illegitimate? If a child is born before six months of the marriage has passed, it is regarded as illegitimate. Because of delay in performing the Nikah, a child will now be illegitimate. One young Muslim girl studying at one of the universities called me and said that she is overcome by the guilt of her sins. She is proposed but her parents said that the Nikah can only be performed after she completes her studies and qualifies. They were not willing to have the Nikah performed before her graduation. She said, herself, that in two years, she had three abortions and now cannot live with the guilt. These are realities which many parents do not want to consider because of their selfish reasons. To delay Nikah so that the Nikah will be performed at a certain Ijtima, Jalsa, or that some Buzurg may perform the Nikah are also not valid reasons in delaying Nikah. In a Hadeeth related by Hazrat ‘Ali (Radhiyallaahu ‘anhu), Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) mentioned three matters wherein there should be no delay: 1.) Salaah when its time arrives, 2.) Offering the Janazah Salaah when the body is brought forth (after the completion of the washing) and 3.) Marriage of a woman whose match is found.[3] Hazrat Abdur Rahmaan Ibn Auf (Radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) married without even inviting Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), who was present in Madina Munawwarah at the time. That was the simplicity and quickness of their Nikahs. May Allah Ta’ala give us the understanding and the Taufeeq of setting noble examples, and discarding all the fanfare, with halls, with receptions and with décor – which is extravagance and wastage. [1] Nikah : Marriage [2] Mahr : Dowry [3] Tirmidhi
  6. Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem EXTRACT "The real earnings are the earnings of Dien where a person makes little effort yet the returns are so great and permanent. During the month of Ramadaan the stage has been set so perfectly for gaining felicity, Falaah, complete success. Allah Ta’ala had given us fasting, Qur'aan Sharief, Duas, I'tikaaf. On the other hand, the rebellious shayateen are chained. Due to engagement in Ibaadaat, the Nafs is weakened. The spiritually uplifting environment that is created creates the desire of worshipping Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala has prepared the whole stage for us, over and above that, Allah Ta’ala has granted us the ability to spend time in I‟tikaaf..." READ THE BOOK HERE
  7. It is Allah Ta’ala’s great favour upon us that He has instructed us to carry out the same act that He and His Malaa'ikah do – which is conveying Durood Sharief to Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam). Value this privilege by reciting Durood Sharief in abundance. Read Durood Sharief with love and respect. “Indeed, Allah and His Angels confer blessings upon the Nabi. O you who believe, ask [Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [Allah to grant him] peace.” [surah Al-Ahzaab 33 : 56]
  8. Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem “If anyone does evil or wrongs his own soul, but afterwards seeks Allah’s Forgiveness, he will find Allah, Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [surah An-Nisaa 4 : 110] In the Tafseer (commentary) of this ayah (verse), the Mufassireen (Commentators of the Qur`aan Shareef) have explained that Allah Ta’ala makes known to us, the recourse of sins : Taubah(repentance). Whatever the sins committed – be they major or minor, violations of the Rights of Allah Ta’ala (Huququllah) or the rights of human beings (Huququl Ibaad), sincere Taubah (repentance) will secure for one, Divine forgiveness. However, we need to understand that Taubah is not merely a verbal announcement and confession of: Astaghfirullah (I seek Allah’s forgiveness). The validity and acceptance of Taubah is dependent on certain accompanying conditions. The ‘Ulama have stated the following 3 necessary segments which complete one’s Taubah : 1.) Being ashamed and grieved over one’s sins. 2.) Leaving off the sin, immediately. 3.) Having no intention to commit the sin again. If, perchance, one finds oneself entangled in sin thereafter, Taubah should be made once more and forgiveness should be sought. …Allah Ta’ala forgives all sins. However, even though Allah Ta’ala is Most Merciful, Forgiving, Kind and Compassionate, we should not lose sight of and forget His punishment for those who are persistent in sin. Often, many continue in their indulgence in sins, presenting the argument that Allah Ta’ala is Ghafurur - Raheem(Most Forgiving, Most Merciful). One of the deceptions of shaytaan is that he persuades and encourages a person to sins with this very excuse that Allah Ta’ala is Ghafurur-Raheem. This leads to indifference to the laws of Shariah and even deliberate disobedience. Therefore, Allah Ta’ala warns us in the Qur`aan Shareef against such an attitude, saying : “…Let not the deceiver (i.e. shaytaan) beguile you in regard to Allah.” [surah Luqmaan 31 : 33] … Do not be fooled and misled by shaytaan to commit sins because Allah Ta’ala is Most Forgivingand Most Merciful. Allah Ta’ala mentions in Surah Ta-Ha : “And verily, I am indeed Forgiving to him who repents, believes (in My Oneness, and associates none in worship with Me) and does righteous (good) deeds, and then remains constant in doing them (till death).” [surah Ta-ha 20 : 82] Allah Ta’ala is informing us that His Forgiveness extends to those who make sincere Taubah andIstighfaar, believe in Allah Ta’ala, do Amal-e-Sawleh (righteous deeds and actions) and remain steadfast thereon. Allah Ta’ala is Ghafurur-Raheem for those who are afraid of displeasing Him. However, being human, they accidentally sin. We should keep in mind, that even though Allah Ta’ala is Ghafurur-Raheem, He is also Muntaqim – One who takes Retribution. Out of His kindness, Allah Ta’ala gives to us numerous opportunities to make amends and return to His Obedience. If we still persist and insist on sin, and we are bent on disobedience, then His Punishment is something that cannot be escaped. Allah Ta’ala states in the Qur`aan Shareef : ‘…But verily your Lord is full of forgiveness for mankind for their wrong-doing. And verily your Lord is (also) strict in punishment.’ [surah Ra’d 13 : 6] …Taubah and Istighfaar are like the ointment used for burns, which we keep in our homes. Even though we have a remedy for burns, we will not deliberately burn ourselves. Furthermore, forgiveness for those sins in respect to people, will have to be secured from those whose rights have been violated and who were wronged. by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (RA)
  9. Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem In the early days, flour was milled using stone wheels. Flour was then sifted to remove the little stone chips of the millstone and other impurities that got into flour. The sieve or sifter was used to separate the good from the bad, the wanted commodity from the unwanted commodity: The good flour was, in this way, separated from the stone or dirt particles. The good flour passed through the sieve and settled in a dish or container. The stone particles or dirt particles remained behind in the sieve. …Today’s flour goes through modern milling equipment, which removes impurities almost entirely. However, considering the initial methods used to sift flour and separate it, the following analogy came to mind. People like us are engaged in the khidmat of Deen: We give Bayaans, teach in Madrasahs, write books, etc. – and others benefit. They settle in the obedience of Allah Ta’ala and they settle in a life that is in conformity with the Sunnah - like how the good flour settles, having fallen through a sieve. They establish their Deen and occupy themselves in good and their end result is, Insha-Allah, Jannah. And we sometimes just remain in the sieve – like the stone particles or impurities. Despite our knowledge and Khidmat of Deen, our A’maal are so weak. …There is negligence and there is laziness. Sometimes there is no Salaah, no effort to abstain from sins, etc., despite being blessed with a great amount of knowledge of Deen and even propagating the same. Nafs and shaytaan trap us in sins like Takabbur, Riyaa, Ujub, casting lustful gazes, backbiting, etc. and like that sieve holds the unwanted particles back, we are kept back from any progress, spiritually. However, Allah Ta’ala, in His Infinite Kindness, has given the human being the capacity of changing from bad to good, from being sinful to becoming righteous and pious. …If we repent for our shortcomings, and improve in our A’maal, then we too will not be held back by the sieve of sins, the sieve of nafs and shaytaan. We will be able to move through the sieve, out of that grip of nafs and shaytaan, and settle in the obedience and pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. This becomes easy for the one who establishes a relationship with a Shaykh-e-Kaamil. …Even if a person is an Aalim or the person is involved in some service of Deen, he should not remain independent of the guidance and expertise of a Shaykh – because knowledge is not sufficient on this path. The person should humble himself and submit himself to the process of Islaah and Tazkiyyah. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the Taufeeq. Aameen.
  10. Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh) In the business field, men and women are often found offering their hand for a handshake. It is formality and considered part of good business dealings and interaction. Many brothers enquire as to how to deal with such situations. As Muslims, we keep before us the Command of Allah Ta’ala: That it is Haraam (forbidden) for us to touch, let alone shake the hand of a strange woman (or vice versa). Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: "It is better for an iron rod (nail) to be driven into the head of a man, than for him to touch a woman who is not permissible for him."[1] Moreover, Allah Ta’ala’s Pleasure comes before any form of social etiquette – when it contravenes Shari’ah. In such a circumstance, where a woman extends her hands, then averting the gaze, politely tell her: “It should not be taken as an insult that I do not shake your hand. It is from my religious teachings that Muslim men are not allowed to shake the hands of those females who are not related to him. It is also out of respect for you and it is out of loyalty to my wife, that I do not touch a strange woman.” Simple. There is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed of; nor is there a need to be apologetic. There is also no need for a lengthy speech. It is evident that such a teaching is full of wisdom and protection, and directs towards modest conduct and respect for others. Similarly, we should lower our gazes and avoid looking at strange women. These are Commandments, which if practiced upon, will truly impress and attract those who are non-Muslims. Many have accepted Islam, observing such high levels of respect, modesty, purity and noble character. [1] Tabrani
  11. Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem “In this day and age of speedy communication and high technology, we find that social media has connected people from all walks of life, from different races, religions, etc. – at the touch of a button. Millions of Muslims have also stepped onto this global platform, and for many, it is with noble intentions – to invite to Islam, to teach and propagate Islam, to correct the distorted views that many people have of Islam, and to serve the community of Muslims, globally – which is greatly rewarding. However, like with any work of Dien, social media also offers tests for all who are serving the Dien of Allah Ta’ala. One such test is the test of Ikhlaas. Taken from the teachings of our respected Sheikh, Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Is`haq Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum), the advices herein, will Insha-Allah, offer valuable guidelines for those serving Dien.” READ THE BOOK HERE
  12. "Allah Ta'ala looks for an excuse to forgive; Allah Ta'ala does not look for an excuse to punish." "When a person abstains from sins and is occupied in good deeds, he is living in the shade of Jannah." "Allah Ta’ala greatly loves that Ibaadah that ends with Istighfaar." "Without any request or application, Allah Ta’ala gave us this passport of Imaan – which is the passport of Jannah. If we lose it and return to the Hereafter without it, there are no application forms that can be filled in for a new passport. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the understanding, the concern and the Taufeeq of all those deeds which will be a means of preserving our Imaan. May Allah Ta'ala protect our Imaan, in these times of great Fitnah."
  13. Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh) Unfortunately, one weakness, from many weaknesses, is that we look at our achievements and successes with an eye of vanity and conceit. Our gaze falls on our efforts – that we are the ones who made the effort. We attribute our success and our achievements to our efforts, our sacrifice and our hard work. …What generally follows is a desire to announce and to boast – to publicize and make known. The nafs asserts itself. It wants acknowledgement. It wants to be credited. So many, in their quest for recognition, will exaggerate their achievements – even to the Shaykh. They exaggerate so that they may be distinguished above others, counted as pious and righteous, and become recipient of praise and applause. Some get carried away by dreams and think that a few good dreams are a surety of their greatness. This condition is not progress; it is a sickness. This is what becomes a Hijaab or a barrier between us and Allah Ta’ala. The person’s gaze is on himself, on his obedience, his attributes, his efforts, his achievements and successes, forgetting The One Who blessed him with ability and capacity. The gaze should be on the Fadhl and Grace of Allah Ta’ala. The person’s good deeds, his Khidmat of Deen, his charity and welfare work, become a fitnah for him because he sees his effort and believes that he is deserving of acknowledgement and praise. As a result, there is no spiritual progress. Ujub is vanity and conceit. The person admires himself and attributes importance to himself. The person considers himself superior. Kibr or pride is looking down upon others, considering them as inferior. Pride and vanity give rise to arrogance and haughtiness; even oppressing or treating people with contempt and disdain. Both Ujub and Kibr cripple a person spiritually. It is truly the Fadhl of Allah Ta’ala if a person increases in humility as his good deeds increase. And this will be so, if the person keeps his gaze on his shortcomings and he has such Ma`rifat (Recognition) of Allah Ta’ala, understanding that Taufeeq is from Allah Ta’ala alone. The Ambiya (Alaihimus Salaam) had the highest degree of Ma’rifat, and we see this evident in their lives. In the words of Hazrat Shu`aib (Alaihis Salaam): “…And my ability to do things comes from none except Allah…” [surah Hud 11 : 88] From another view, we find in this world of fitnah, that the majority seek to display their achievements. Their photographs are published; they widely circulate their accomplishments on media platforms, proud of their successes. Everyone wants to be noticed; everyone wants the limelight. Some say in no uncertain words, that their success is due to their work, their intelligence, their sacrifice… Of course, happiness is different. It is natural. But the desire should be to conceal. Whenever we are talking about ourselves, we must ask ourselves: Why am I behaving in this manner? Why do I talk about my experiences? Is this Shukr and Tahdees-e-Ni’mat, or is it Riyaa which the nafs wraps up in the guise of Shukr? Allah Ta’ala is All-Knowing. If we say and do for advertisement; to publicize and broadcast and announce over radio stations and other platforms, then we should remember that Allah Ta’ala is aware of our intentions. “Allah knows the treachery of the eyes and that which the hearts conceal.” [surah Ghafir 40 : 19] If it is for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala, and Allah Ta’ala wants to make it known, He will make it known. All that a person becomes proud of are on account of the blessings from Allah Ta’ala’s side. Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Shareef: “And you have no good thing but it is from Allah...” [surah an-Nahl 16 : 53] If He gave, He can also take away. Recognize the One who has given and do not consider the bounties as your achievement. … Because every faculty and possession which is a medium of securing any achievement, is in itself, a bounty from Allah Ta’ala – our intelligence, hearing, speech, etc. Keep addressing the nafs: All that I succeed in is due to Allah Ta’ala’s favour. Whilst a person may be doing some meritorious work, much is left to be seen – as to whether such work has been accepted or not. …We will only know on the Day of Judgment as to what has been accepted or not. Whatever work we carry out and whatever other good deed we do, then make Dua thereafter that Allah Ta’ala accepts it. Consider the Tawaadhu of Hazrat Ibraheem (Alaihis Salaam) and Hazrat Isma'eel (Alayhis Salaam), who, after building the House of Allah Ta’ala, and themselves being so accepted by Allah Ta’ala, still made Dua that Allah Ta’ala accept their efforts… Allah Ta’ala relates in Surah Al-Baqarah (verse 127): “And (mention) when Ibrahim was raising the foundation of the house and (with him) Isma’eel,(saying): “Our Lord, accept (this) from us. Indeed, You are the Hearing, the Knowing.” This Dua clearly makes manifest that there was no trace of pride or vanity in undertaking and completing such a great task. There was just beautiful humility and deep concern that Allah Ta’ala accepts. If there is spiritual progress in one’s efforts in treading the path to Allah Ta’ala, then we need to keep before us the Ayah: “…And were it not for the Grace and Mercy of Allah on you, not one of you would ever have been pure: But Allah does purify whom He pleases…” [surah An-Nur 2 : 21] Otherwise the nafs, in its true state would not gain in any good, on its own. “…the nafs is certainly prone to evil, unless my Lord does bestow His Mercy…” [surah Yusuf 12 : 53] May Allah Ta’ala grant us recognition of our nafs and the courage to strive against it, and may Allah Ta’ala bestow His Mercy upon us, that we may be successful on this path to Him.
  14. Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) We know that magnets draw different metals: steel, iron, nickel and other material. Imagine if the Ka’bah Shareef had the properties of a magnet. How much would it have drawn – considering its proportions and weight? …One ton? Two tons? Perhaps ten tons? However, the Ka'bah Shareef is not a magnet, like the magnets of this world. Whilst it is made of stone, it contains Allah Ta’ala’s Tajalliyaat. It thus has a different kind of magnetic effect. It does not draw metal; rather it draws the hearts. Subhanallah. Throughout history, we find that Baitullah drew the hearts of the Ambiyaa (AS) to it. It drew the Mubarak heart of Sayyidul Mursaleen (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), and it pulled the hearts of all the Sahaba-e-Kiraam (RA), the Tabi’een, Taba' Tabi'een, millions of Auliya-e-Siddiqeen, Gauth, Qutub and Abdaal[1] . It also pulls sinful, sinful ones like us. The Ka`bah Shareef has such magnetism, which draws and pulls and attracts millions and billions. …Unlike a magnet, that has limitation in respect to the amount it draws, we find people pouring into Makkah Mukarramah, into Masjidul Haraam, because their hearts are pulled to the Mubarak Baitullah. And there is no end to the numbers of people. …This attraction is not because of the stone; it is due to the Tajalliyaat of Allah Ta’ala which pulls the hearts that have the commodity of Imaan. For a magnet to draw another metal, the metal has to have certain properties. Without which, there is no attraction and no pull. Once these properties are found, the metal is drawn and we see how it clings to the magnet. …Imaan is the necessary component in the heart, which the Tajalliyaat of Allah Ta’ala pulls and a person’s heart desires to be nearer and nearer to Baitullah, desires to cling onto the Multazam, to enter the Hateem, to hold onto the Ghilaaf of the Kab`ah Shareef, to make Istilaam of Hajre Aswad and to touch the Rukne Yamaani. If a knife is taken and it is constantly rubbed against a magnet, it will draw the properties of the magnet and will be able to also draw metals. In the old days, there used to be a shoe maker outside my late father's shop. He used to have a magnet and he used to take a knife or piece of metal and rub it over the magnet. The effect of the magnet would then be evident in the knife or piece of metal, and it would be able to also draw nails and other such items. In those days, we even saw the ladies in the family use magnets to pick up their pins and needles. Since the blade or the knife made contact with the magnet, it drew that magnetic effect. The greater the effort made and the more the knife was rubbed against the magnet, the more it increased in its own magnetic effect. If contact was for a lengthy time, so the magnetic effect will be strong; if for a short time, the magnetic effect will be temporary, and if there was no contact, then there is no effect. The friends of Allah Ta’ala have made such effort on their hearts, with their Mujahadah (Striving) and their Ibaadaat and have “rubbed” their hearts – so to speak - with the Zikr of Allah Ta’ala and with Durood Shareef. Their hearts are filled with such Ishq and Ma`rifat of Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), that their hearts also became like magnets. Similar to how the Ka'bah Shareef pulls the hearts of people, these pious servants also cause the hearts of people to be attracted towards them. …Since the heart has drawn the “magnetic” effect of Allah Ta’ala’s Love, it draws the hearts of people as well. In the company of the Auliya Allah, we will draw that love of Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), that Khashiyat and Yaqeen. Zikrullah and Durood Shareef will increase the strength of our hearts until our hearts too will become like magnets. [1] Various classes of Auliya Allah
  15. Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem By Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Is`haq Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum) On one occasion, I was sitting in the kitchen at home and Aapa was breaking eggs and frying them. To my surprise, the eggs were being broken directly into the frying pan. It came to mind that it was not long ago that when we broke an egg, we would break it in a saucer or a bowl, because it could come out rotten. Thereafter, we would put it into a frying pan. If there had been one rotten egg broken directly into a frying, which already had five or six eggs, all would be spoilt. …Such machines have been manufactured whereby eggs can be tested and the rotten eggs can be identified. We now buy a tray of eggs – 30 eggs – and there is not one rotten egg. In previous times, we expected to find two or three bad ones. An interesting article mentioned the high standard established in the processing and packaging of eggs. This includes cleaning and washing the eggs, drying them and grading them. Eggs are graded based on both their interior quality and their exterior quality. In a dark room, light is shined onto the eggs, to grade them, or the eggs are passed over bright light. This is termed as candling, whereby the interior of the egg can be seen. A person, who has experience in the field, is able to gauge the inside condition of each egg with this light. On the outside, the egg is examined in its appearance - for cleanliness, texture, an uncracked shell, etc. Accordingly, it is graded as 1 or 2, or Grade AA or A or B. Broken eggs are discarded. …In these days, we also find that the rice we purchase is clean and polished. I was present at a Nikah where the brothers were doing the cooking using dhegs. I observed how they just slit open the plastic bags and emptied the rice into the dheg. …So now there is no cleaning and washing of rice. There are no stones, grass and twigs that have to be removed anymore. So much effort on rice and so much effort on eggs have been made - in fact on all food products. Man has established a grading system for the food industry whereby meat is graded; tea, coffee, fruit and vegetables and all other foods are graded. In the domain of education, business, travel, holiday and other worldly work and activity, man places great importance on grading and rating. Sadly, man makes no real effort on himself - on his heart and on his soul. He improves, develops and upgrades everything else except himself. If man is rated in stars – like how he rates hotels, restaurants and other places, then perhaps the majority of us would be conferred a zero star. If we are rated from A-Z, we will receive the lowest grade – because we find such rotten hearts and bad characters. There are some ‘rotten’ spouses – and as a result every other Nikah ends in failure. There are many children who are a clear sign of Qiyamah; children who disrespect, trouble and physically, emotionally and mentally abuse their parents. Some parents describe their own children as a curse, whereas children were meant to be blessings and mercy. We have all kinds of criminals, tyrants, oppressors walking the face of the earth – and causing so much of harm and injustice to the creation – to human beings and to animals! They are in the form of human beings but have no humanity, no mercy, no compassion … as if they don't possess hearts. Very sadly, there is no end to the complaints about man. Hadhrat Moulana Jalaluddin Rumi (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) had very aptly said: “Humanity is not the name for the physical form of man. It is not the name for flesh, bones and skin. Humanity is the name given to the attributes, character and deeds through which Allah Ta’ala’s Pleasure is attained.” In the time of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), the effort was made on man. Things were not advanced like what we find today, but man was advanced… advanced in his character, morality, virtue and ethics. …On one occasion, Hadhrat Jibra`eel (‘Alaihis Salaam) was with Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam). As a Sahabi approached them, Hadhrat Jibra`eel (‘Alaihis Salaam) said to Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam): “Here is Abu Dharr.” Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) asked: “Do you know him?” Hadhrat Jibra`eel (‘Alaihis Salaam) replied: “Abu Dharr is more famous amongst the angels in the heavens than he is in Madinah.” When asked how Hadhrat Abu Dharr (Radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had gained such fame, Hadhrat Jibra`eel (‘Alaihis Salaam) responded that he had two qualities in him that were most beloved to Allah Ta’ala:He would recited Surah Al-Ikhlaas in abundance and he thought nothing of himself. He had the quality of Tawaadhu (humility) and Abdiyyat (servitude). This was the effort made on man which then made him famous in both worlds. Allahu Akbar! …Wherever, the Sahabah (Radhiyallahu ‘anhum) went in the world, they were of benefit and goodness to the people. They were guides for the people. They were a blessing for whoever came into contact with them! From Allah Ta’ala’s side, there is also grading! The Sahabah-e-Kiraam (Radhiyallahu anhum) were tested and they were graded. Allah Ta’ala gave them the certificate of: رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُوْا عَنْهُ “…Allah is well-pleased with them and they are well-pleased with Him…” [surah At-Taubah 9 : 100] They are of such a superior grade that we have been directed to also develop the qualities of the Sahabah-e-Kiraam (Radhiyallahu anhum) : اٰمِنُوْا كَمَاۤ اٰمَنَ النَّاسُ “Believe as the people have believed (i.e. the Sahaba-e-Kiraam (رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمْ)) …” [surah Al-Baqarah 2 : 13] If we do so, we will, Insha-Allah, make the grade for Najaat (salvation) and Jannah (paradise)! Allah Ta'ala also mentions that He will grade us according to His Friends if we tread the path of obedience and work towards developing Taqwa. We will be graded with the Ambiyaa (Alaihimus Salaam), the Siddiqeen (Truthful), the Shuhadah (Martyrs) and Sawliheen (Righteous), Insha-Allah. And what honour this is! “And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger, then they will be with those on whom Allah has bestowed His favor – the Ambiyaa (Messengers), the truthful, the martyrs, and the righteous…..” [surah An-Nisaa 4 : 69] This is the success that follows on Islaah (reformation) and Tazkiyah (purification). Allah Ta’ala states: قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَنْ زَكّٰهَا “Indeed he succeeds who purifies his ownself.” [surah Ash-Shams 91 : 9 ] Allah Ta’ala also grades those who transgress all bounds – as the lowest of the low or worse than animals. ثُمَّ رَدَدْنٰهُ أَسْفَلَ سٰفِلِيْنَ ۙ ‘…The lowest of the low.’ [surah Tin 95 : 5] أُولٰۤئِكَ كَالْأَنْعَامِ بَلْ هُمْ أَضَلُّ ط أُولٰۤئِكَ هُمُ الْغٰفِلُوْنَ ◌ They are like cattle, nay even more astray; those! They are the heedless ones. [surah Al-A’raaf 7 : 179] These are the ones who don’t make the grade for Najaat and Jannah. They return to Allah Ta'ala with the burden of injustice - of Kufr, Shirk and other major sins. They, themselves, broke their relationship with Allah Ta'ala and they allowed the rot of Kufr and Shirk to destroy their hearts and souls. ...Their souls are thus discarded to Jahannum. وَقَدْ خَابَ مَنْ حَمَلَ ظُلْمًا ◌ “…And he will have failed who carries injustice.” [surah TaHa 20 : 111] وَ قَدْ خَابَ مَنْ دَسّٰهَا “And indeed he fails who corrupts his ownself.” [surah Ash-Shams 91 : 10] May Allah Ta’ala protect us from such a miserable fate. For ourselves, we need to introspect and reflect over the condition of our hearts. …Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) had said: Take a reckoning of your deeds before a reckoning is taken from you. …Judge yourself before you are judged. ...Weigh your deeds before your deeds are weighed. In the same vein, we should grade and rate our own hearts before our hearts are graded and rated by Allah Ta’ala. Let us not waste time in developing this heart and making it worthy that it can be graded with the Friends of Allah Ta’ala! If we were to assess the Ummah today, then very sadly, the condition of the Muslim is not a praiseworthy condition. Our characters do not portray the character of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam). Our dealings do not depict Islam’s noble teachings. We have become, in the words of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam): “…You will be froth and scum like that carried down by a torrent (of water)…” What value does froth and foam have? No value… Why is this description given? …Because of the poor and bad condition of our hearts and souls! Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) mentioned two weaknesses in this particular Hadith: Love for the world and dislike for death. And indeed, the love of this world is such a sin which give rise to many more sins. On the outside, there are so many sins: gambling, fraud, interest, adultery, drugs, Gheebat, lies, etc. Our dressing is in emulation of the Kuffaar – on the style of Hollywood and Bollywood – with no resemblance to our Beloved (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and his noble companions (Radhiyallahu ‘anhum). The beard – which should be kept one fist length, and which is Waajib (compulsory) – is not to be seen. Our Sheikh, Hadhrat Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) would say that just as the awe and beauty of a lion is in its mane, so the awe and beauty of a man is in his beard! The lion does not seek to look like its counterpart, the lioness (who has no mane) – but how sad, that man chooses to look more female than male – by removing this great Sunnah, which is the Sunnah of all the Ambiyaa (Alaihimus Salaam)! Today, a person cannot accept and acknowledge his faults. …There is so much of pride that we justify Haraam and we find excuses to continue in the line of disobedience to Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam). There is so much of pride that we cannot even apologise when in the wrong. Yet the Hadith clearly states that a person, who has a tiny grain (or an atom) of pride in his heart, will not be admitted into Jannah.[1] Sometimes, as a customary practise we say ‘Astaghfirullah’ and ask Allah Ta’ala for forgiveness – only to return to our sins. If we have wronged some person, we sometimes superficially ask for Maaf – with no sincerity and reality – and we go back to causing harm and hurt. Sometimes, we apologise and show humility, seeking praise. …There is a myriad of diseases in our hearts. There is jealousy, hatred, anger, Ujub (vanity/conceit), Riyaa (show/ostentation), the love of this world, and so much else. …Our hearts are in a distressing state. In grading us, Allah Ta’ala examines both the inside and outside. The heart has to be sound and clean (Qalb-e-Saleem) and the outside must be in conformity with His Beloved (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) – in deed, character, dressing, etc. Wallah, if we make our Tazkiyah – we purify our hearts and we purify our souls –we will enjoy great blessings and bounties, even in this worldly life. When a person achieves Tazkiyah, what goodness is reaped! What success is achieved! Within the inner self, there is joy. An example comes to mind: There is a principle on which a torch works. The torch has a very small globe but gives a bright light. The cause of the brightness is the reflector which is behind and around the globe. By means of the reflector, the brightness increases and illuminates a dark place. ...If the reflector is dirty, the same brightness will not be experienced. When the reflector is clean, then a small globe can give out bright light. If the heart is clean, then just one drop of Noor will brighten and illuminate the person’s life – will be a means of brightening not only this dark, worldly life, but also the darkness of the grave and the darkness on the Day or Resurrection. Not only will his life be brightened, but all who come in contact with him, will benefit from this brightness. They too will find their hearts illuminated, Insha-Allah. May Allah Ta’ala grant us all the Taufeeq of undertaking this process of Islaah and Tazkiyah and may Allah Ta’ala grade us as worthy of salvation and Jannah! [1] Sahih Muslim Link to blog : http://hameediyyah.blogspot.com/
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