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  1. Assalam u alaikum warahmatullah We present to you, the Ramadān Preparation Program (RPP). In this program, you will receive daily check-list of 5 steps with the sole purpose of increasing our a'māl and preparing for Ramadān accordingly. Please note that this is a voluntary activity. These messages will be a self-check list of small deeds that you can do daily. It will include learning du'ās, daily sunnah actions, charity and reflection, and sometimes something more :) Few things we have to understand and make others understand before we start this exercise *What is Ramadan?* Know its worth! Just like a jeweller knows the worth of a diamond. Only those who know would want to prepare for it. *Why prepare for Ramadān?* - It's a sunnah of our Nabī ﷺ to even think/have fikr about Ramadān. - To prepare our hearts from sins to make it ready to receive the infinite mercy of Allah swt in Ramadān *How to set goals for Ramadān?* Know what Allāh swt is offering in this month to set your goals. Don't just restrict yourself to completing 1 Qur'ān and praying all tarāwīhs, and _maybe_ a few extra acts of worship. This Ramadān, set your goals in accordance to the majesty of Allāh and the power of this month! You could ask for:
  2. Islaahi Mazameen: * ​غصہ کو قابو میں کرنے کا طریقہ​* --------------------------------------------- اقتباس : اصلاحی مجالس : جلد 4 مصنف : مفتی تقی عثمانی صاحب --------------------------------------------- قسط 4⃣ * ​یہ حلاوت مفت نہیں ملتی​* لیکن یہ حلاوت مفت نہیں ملتی بلکہ پہلے ان خواہشات نفس پر چوٹ مارتے رہو، مارتے رہو، اور چوٹ مارنے سے شروع شروع میں بڑی تکلیف ہوگی، بڑی مشقت ہوگی، لیکن اس مشقت کو برداشت کرکے چوٹیں مارتے رہو، مارتے رہو، رفتہ رفتہ یہ دل ٹوٹ ٹوٹ کر اللہ تعالی کی تجلی گاہ بن جائے گا- ہمارے حضرت ڈاکٹر عبد الحی صاحب رحمتہ اللہ علیہ ایک بہت خوبصورت شعر پڑھا کرتے تھے کہ : یہ کہہ کے کاسہ ساز نے پیالہ پٹک دیا، اب اور کچھ بنائیں گے اس کو بگاڑ کے جس ذات نے بڑا خوبصورت پیالہ بنایا، اسی ذات نے یہ کہتے ہوئے اس پیالہ کو پٹک دیا کہ اب اس کو بگاڑ کر اور کچھ بنائیں گے- اس دل پر چوٹیں ماریں، اس پر ہتوڑے چلائے، یہ سب کیوں کیا، تاکہ اس کو بگاڑ کر اور کچھ بنائیں گے- * ​برباد دل پر تجلیات کا نزول​* کسی نے اس پر بڑا خوبصورت شعر کہا ہے کہ : بتان مہوش اجڑی ہوئی منزل میں رہتے ہیں، جسے برباد کرتے ہیں اسی کے دل میں رہتے ہیں لہذا خواہشات کو کچل کچل کر جب دل کو برباد کردیا جاتا ہے، تو اس دل پر اللہ تعالی کا نزول اجلال ہوتا ہے اور ان کی تجلیات ظاھر ہوتی ہے- (جاری...)
  3. Islaahi Mazameen: * ​غصہ کو قابو میں کرنے کا طریقہ​* ---------------------------------------------- اقتباس : اصلاحی مجالس : جلد 4 مصنف : مفتی تقی عثمانی صاحب ---------------------------------------------- قسط 3⃣ * ​نفس کی خواہشات کو کچل دو​* ہمارے حضرت ڈاکٹر عبد الحی صاحب رحمتہ اللہ علیہ فرمایا کرتے تھے کہ آدمی ایک مرتبہ طے کرلے کہ : آرزوئیں خون ہو یا حسرتیں برباد ہوں، اب تو اس دل کو بنانا ہے ترے قابل مجھے آدمی یہ عزم کرلے کہ دل میں جتنی خواہشات اللہ تعالی کی مرضی کے خلاف ہو رہی ہیں، ان کو کچلنا ہے اور ان کو پامال کرنا ہے اور پامال کرنے کے نتیجے میں ان پر قابو حاصل کرنا ہے- اور جب بندہ ایک مرتبہ یہ کام کرلیتا ہے اور اپنی خواہشات کو کچلتا ہے تو اس کا نتیجہ یہ ہوتا ہے کہ وہ خواہشات مضمحل ہوجاتی ہیں اور کمزور پڑ جاتی ہیں- یاد رکھو! یہ خواہشات مرتے دم تک ختم نہیں ہوں گی بلکہ باقی رہیں گی، لیکن ان کے جوش و خروش میں اور ان کی شدت میں کمی آجاتی ہے- * ​حلاوت ایمانی نصیب ہوتی ہے​* اور جب اس دل پر بار بار چوٹ پڑنے کے نتیجے میں اس کی خواہشات کمزور پڑجاتی ہیں تو اللہ تعالی حلاوت ایمانی عطا فرما دیتے ہیں اور اپنی معرفت عطا فرماتے ہیں اور اس حلاوت ایمانی اور معرفت کی جو لذت حاصل ہوتی ہے، اس کے مقابلے میں خواہشات کی لذت ھیچ در ھیچ ہے، اللہ تعالی اپنے فضل سے ہم سب کو حلاوت ایمان اور اپنی معرفت عطا فرما دے- آمین- اس حلاوت کے آگے گناہوں کی اور خواہشات کی لذت کوئی حقیقت نہیں رکھتی- (جاری...)
  4. Let us try completing this sentence: I wish......... The options for what we wish can be infinite, no? Our wishes and inclinations drive us forward in life and make us who we are. Only a low-spirited, depressed soul would be wish-less because our wishes prove that we are alive and we have feeling hearts. Yes, these wishes can be good or bad, right or wrong, but this much is true that wishing an act is not wrong, it's rather pretty natural. Animals have wishes too. It is just that their wishes revolve around only their basic needs like food, love, territory and safety, while the wishes of us humans are not that narrow. Also, their wishes can make them wild and non-accommodating for each other while humans are, supposedly, different. In fact, it is the way we can wish 'thoughtfully' that makes us humans and them non-humans. So as a basic rule, as far as our wishes don't make us behave like animals, it is alright to wish. In other words, our wishes can be limitless in number but individually, each of them has to be limited. In order to understand, let us consider an example: A typical high-schoolar can wish for good grades, good friends, a good repute among the teachers, and the list can go on. But when it comes to 'how much' he/she should wish for good grades or for good friends etc, it is something that he/she needs to learn to place inside brackets. So our wishes can be in the pattern of a bracket plus a bracket plus a bracket plus......... Now learning to have 'bracketed' wishes is extremely important. And who can teach that skill to us better than Allah SWT; the Wish-Granter Himself? So let us learn! The first thing to know is that Allah SWT knows that we have an inbuilt ability to wish for something wrong or to wish for something right in a wrong manner. And since He SWT knows that it can be harmful for us to do so, He SWT has completely prohibited us from wishing for what is wrong, and for the right wishes, He SWT has shown us the right way to wish. While to wish for something wrong (unlawful as per Shari'ah) is a plainly grievous sin, the wrong way to wish for a permissible thing is to desire that thing in excess; called 'Shahwat'. The term 'excess' needs explanation, but first let's see what is wrong with a wish that is in excess. Our Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has said: "Your love (excessive desire) for something blinds and deafens you." (Abu Daw'ud) This means that when we desire something in excess, it makes us lose our senses and understanding. It might make us unable to see or hear and thus to pay heed to reasonable advice. It then might also make us indulge in unlawful ways of getting that thing because our ability to think is over-powered by that excessive desire and we are unable to see beyond it. Thus the concept of being 'madly in love' with something or someone is what defines Shahwat (excessive desire). Now on the basis of what Allah SWT has taught us, let us see if we suffer from this 'excessive desire syndrome'. DIAGONOSIS/CHECK YOURSELF: You and I need to imagine a time when we really, really desire something; a time when we think our hearts our stuck in that thing and, despite all our efforts, we fail to get it out of our minds. It can be anything: a scoop of chocolate ice-cream, a toy, a gadget, a dress, a book, a sport or hobby, a nod of acceptance from 'someone special' or even a trip to somewhere we have dreamed of going all our lives! How does that wish affect the attitude of each one of us? - Does the thought of not having that thing affect me emotionally; make me angry or depressed or unmotivated? - If that desire is not fulfilled, does it badly affect me physically as well? Fir example, some people experience headaches or panic attacks if they don't get what they want -even if they are mundane things like tea or sugary foods! - Does the thought of not getting that thing make me have ungrateful feelings towards Allah SWT? - Do I find myself thinking about 'my wish' even during Salah? - Does following that excessive desire make me get carried away often amd disobey Allah SWT openly e.g. miss Salah, look at non-mahrams, listen to music or have unclean thoughts (immodesty, pride, envy, selfishness)? - Do I have a 'want-it-at-all-cost' feeling for it? Do I fancy 'unlawful ways' of fulfilling that desire if I am unable to get it the lawful way? - Does the thought of not getting that thing make me have an urge for violence; to hurt/harm someone or myself in words or through action? A 'yes' to any of the above is a Shahwat indicator for us and it means that our wishes and inclinations towards certain things are out of their 'brackets'. Now the problem is 'what to do'! How to get rid of something so utterly damaging! CURES: Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) once said that if we really knew what we will undergo after death, we would never eat or drink with desire; we would laugh less and cry more. (Bukhari) ....... i.e. if we truely believed that there will be a time when we will be accounted for our deeds, we'd be cautious even at fulfilling our basic needs of eating and drinking. It is only true that many times the only reason for our wishes to be out of their proportion is our short-sightedness; forgetting about the Hereafter and thinking that 'this life is all there is'. This notion makes us extremely greedy and impatient because we feel that 'it's now or never'. The only way to overcome this weakness is to often remember and reinforce the idea that 'I-am-here-temporarily', 'the-real-life-is-yet-to-come', 'Allah SWT-will-ask-me-about-it', and so on. In order to mend this distorted vision of ours, there are a few practical tips: Never forget that..... - I am supposed to be the master of my wishes and my wishes should never be my masters. - I have to reduce the 'opportunities' for myself to be attacked by the 'excessive desire syndrome'. Good company that makes me stay grounded and remember Akhirah (hereafter), sensitivity towards the under-privileged folks and constant gratitude to Allah SWT for what I have, shall be my 'defence' in this never-ending battle. - Even if I ran wildly after my wishes and even if I attained each of them, the satisfaction that my heart desires lies only with Allah SWT and His pleasure. You know, not all the desires that are in excess are bad. Our Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was blessed by Allah SWT with an 'excessive desire' for the night prayer (Tahajjud). And when it comes to really loving and desiring someone, we as believers have the standard set for us already by Allah SWT: "...those who believe are most extreme in their love for Allah." (Al-Baqarah:165) Now these are the things that we are to wish for without any brackets at all. Happy wishing!! Taken from: Radiance Magazine (Vol 2/ Iss 6)
  5. Bismillāhir-Rahmānir-Rahīm 12th March 2017 - Being part of the ummah Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed db وَكَذَلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطًا لِّتَكُونُواْ شُهَدَاء عَلَى النَّاسِ وَيَكُونَ الرَّسُولُ عَلَيْكُمْ شَهِيدًا ‘In the same way, We made you a moderate Ummah (community), so that you should be witnesses over the people,and the Messenger a witness to you…’ [2:143] The concept of ummah in our deen is vast; it is not enough just be a believer. Allāh swt has mentioned many different attributes and features of this ummah - if we don’t have these features in us, we are not really members of the ‘ummah’. With organisations of the world, by merely joining a company doesn’t mean you will the company’s ethos, spirit etc. Just like that, many of us are believers, we are muminīn , but we don’t have the spirit of ummah within us! What does the word ‘wasata’ mean? Many think it means moderate, in the sense of being somewhere between Abu Bakr and Abu Jahl. This is wrong. Moderate isn’t that we are mediocre. Jannah is an extreme place; it has extreme happiness, bliss, joy, purity, and so is Jahaanamm- they will both last forever. What wasata means is that we are an ummah of balance; it means our approach to dunyā should be balanced. We should take from the dunyā according to a reasonable amount of comfort - we should have i’tidāl. One female sahābiyah complained to Nabī ﷺ about her husband, that he fasts all day and prays all night, and Nabī ﷺ said your body has rights over you, your spouse has rights over you - meaning don’t fast all the time, and don’t pray all night. In the āyah mentioned, Allāh subhānahu wa ta’ālā also said ‘you will be a witness’ - why? Because we are the last and final ummah, and we have the last and final book! Nabī ﷺ he was the last and final Messenger, hence we are witnesses to the previous generations. This is an ummah for all of humanity - part of the ummah is that we have a feeling of companionship with fellow believers. Previously we have discussed how to be a true believer in seclusion etc. Tonight, we will discuss how to be a true mu’min as part of the ummah. كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللّهِ ‘You are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allāh…’ [3:110] You are the very best ummah- you enjoy towards that which is known to be virtuous and pure, and you call away from those things which are rejected by Allāh subhānahu wa ta’ālā. This is ihtiyāt! To stay away from those things Allāh dislikes, and to do things which Allāh likes. Whenever I come to England, I’m always amazed at how little capacity we have to do da’wah on the non-Muslims. There is so much capacity in our colleagues, neighbours, friends etc, but so few of them do we bring to dīn of Islam. Sahābah kirām always had fikr. The original meaning of da’wah is to engage with people who don’t have īmān, and then to bring to īmān. We don’t even try; we say we are too scared, and embarrassed. We find it awkward. You’ve known someone for 1 year, 5 years etc, and you can never talk to them about Allāh subhānahu wa ta’ālā? What if they grabbed you on the Day of Judgment, and said my colleague and friend never ever told to me to prepare for this Day. We should at the least do our duty, we should care. We shouldn’t feel awkward. Even if its awkward for a couple of weeks, at least we can say on the Day of Judgment that we tried. Allāh swt puts barakah in da’wah when we are truly sincere - we don’t appreciate and value our own īmān. If you valued it, you would want to share it. For most of us, we didn’t actively accept Islam, since we were born in families of dīn, and hence we don’t appreciate this īmān, and we don’t share it. The core of īmān is tawhīd and ‘ubudiyyah. Our whole focus should be this. Once there was a Shaykh who asked his students, ‘What is tawhīd?’ The students replied it is to believe Allāh swt is one The Shaykh then explained that it is not solely to believe in the oneness of Allāh, but to then to live your entire life for the sake of Allāh SWT. This is called ubudiyyah; Allāh subhānahu wa ta’ālā has many names. One particular one is Mālik, which goes with our identity of slave. We have one name, we are one thing - we are ‘abd. Allāh can be Rahman with us, He can be Wakeel, He can be Mālik, but we will always be ‘abd. We only have this one identity. We are ‘abd ur-Rahmān, ‘abd ul’Halīm, ‘abd ul-Mālik etc. We always remain ‘abd! At the conquest of Makkah, Nabī ﷺ said ‘Alhamdulillāhil-lathī saldana wa’dahu, wa nasar ‘abdahu - Praise is to Allāh subhānahu wa ta’ālā who has fulfilled His promise, granted victory to His slave’ - he didn’t enter as leader, as conqueror; he entered as slave. Even in tashahhud in salāh, we attest he was ‘abd before rasūl. Nabī ﷺ was Rasūlullāh, but he acknowledged that he was ‘abd first. We also need to understand this; ‘abd first, engineer second; ‘abd first, doctor second! True tawhīd and ‘ubudiyyah will make us live a life on yaqīn and tawakkul. You cannot invite others to the dīn without tawhid and ubudiyyah. Whatever difficult circumstance might happen, our faith should not decrease if we have true yaqīn and tawakkul. In the battle of Ahzāb, the disbelievers gathered as a coalition against the believers. This was when they should be fearing the enemy, but how did Allāh subhānahu wa ta’ālā mention this in Qur’ān: الَّذِينَ قَالَ لَهُمُ النَّاسُ إِنَّ النَّاسَ قَدْ جَمَعُواْ لَكُمْ فَاخْشَوْهُمْ فَزَادَهُمْ إِيمَاناً وَقَالُواْ حَسْبُنَا اللّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ ‘– (that is) those to whom people said, \The people have gathered against you; so, fear them - it increased them in faith and they said, ‘Allah is fully sufficient for us, and the best One in whom to trust.’ [3:173] Whenever we sense some opposition, maybe our own nafs, maybe some creation, maybe some enemies - do we have the same yaqīn and tawakkuL?. Most people suffer and fall into laziness, apathy, inaction, anxiety, and depression. They don’t even feel like making du’ā. We only fear Allāh subhānahu wa ta’ālā. فَلاَ تَخْشَوْهُمْ وَاخْشَوْنِي ‘…so fear them not, but fear Me’ [2:150] ‘Ulamā go through difficulties, people doing relief work go through difficulties; individuals go through difficulties; people of da’wah go through difficulties. This world is a world of test - Allāh swt wants to see who is the most virtuous in behaviour. This is the world of test and the world of effort. There is the world with no test - that is the ākhirah. يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ اسْتَعِينُواْ بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلاَةِ إِنَّ اللّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ ‘O’ you who believe, seek help with patient perseverance and prayer; for Allah is with those who patiently persevere’ [2:153] You must persevere in your good deeds, and you must patiently bear whatever difficulties Allāh swt sends your way. Allāh is then with such people. Many times, we aren’t able to do this? Why? وَاسْتَعِينُواْ بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلاَةِ وَإِنَّهَا لَكَبِيرَةٌ إِلاَّ عَلَى الْخَاشِعِينَ ‘Seek help through patience and prayer. It is indeed exacting, but not for those who are humble in their hearts.’ [2.45] Many people have ‘ujub and value themselves as something, and when a difficulty comes to them, they find it extremely difficulty to do sabr. One core attribute is to develop this humility in us. If we are humble, we will be able to survive the tests and trials that come our way, otherwise we’ll just panic. These are things we can’t learn in difficulty. Another attribute we need is taqwa - if we don’t leave sins, we don’t have this feature of ‘ummah’ إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّى يُغَيِّرُواْ مَا بِأَنْفُسِهِمْ ‘Surely, Allah does not change the condition of a people unless they change themselves’ [13:11] So we need īmān, khushū’ and taqwā, and this will all enable us to have sabr and salāh - and it is then that we will have this balance and equlibrium. What is a sign that is person is truly part of ‘ummah’: Nabī ﷺ has said; A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim: he does not oppress him, nor does he fail him, nor does he lie to him, nor does he hold him in contempt. Taqwā is right here and he pointed to his chest three times. [Muslim Sharīf] Taqwā is something internal. It is in the bātin - and if we have this, we will never oppress, belittle anyone. Don’t ever be a zālim (oppressor) - this means husband should not oppress the wife, and vice versa. Children should not oppress their parents and vice versa. There should be no zulm! Don’t be an oppressor, and don’t let anyone be oppressed - do something about it if you see someone else being oppressed. As a believer, we should rescue anyone else who is oppressed. Another thing mentioned was to not view anyone in contempt. Why don’t people care about the Rohingyas so much; because they are not some sacred ethnic group like Palestinians? Many haven’t even heard of the Rohingyas. Many didn’t even know there were muslims in Burma, Cambodia, Thailand etc. They are abandoned, they have no rescuers, illā māshā-Allāh. We viewed them as below our notice/time. Why does this happen? It happens when a person has worldly blessing, or they have some religious blessing maybe - then we start viewing others as haqīr and faqīr! In this hadīth of taqwā, it didn’t mention anything about leaving sins. It was all about our relationship with others! We know Allāh subhānahu wa ta’ālā has said in Qur’ān: إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ ‘Surely the noblest of you, in Allah‘s sight, is the one who is most pious of you.’ [49:13] إِنْ أَوْلِيَآؤُهُ إِلاَّ الْمُتَّقُونَ ‘The friends of Allāh are none, but the God-fearing.’ [8:34] It becomes a fashion for people, that they want to become a ‘walī’ of Allāh, but many think to become a walī is nothing to do with taqwā. They might think its to do with wearing certain clothing, listening to a certain amount of anāshīd, doing certain dhikr. The friends of Allāh are none, but the ones with taqwā. Our pious predecessors would serve the needy, they helped the poor. Yes, they also did a lot of worship and dhikr, and they stayed away from sin - but this was also an attribute of theirs. They had feeling for ummah. How did islam spread in the subcontinent? Shaykh Moinuddin Chisti rahimahullāh sat with the poor people, and there were masses of such people who were known to be downtrodden, subdued, powerless etc in society. They were the lowest in terms of caste. He showed them so much compassion, and they accepted Islam. At least we should have a special feeling to do the same, because many of us owe our imān to such people. Half of the ummah is in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh! 600 million Muslims are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It’s a joke in our communities, that when someone gets some money, we upgrade with their neighbourhood. We leave the people. Someone in the family might get a degree, and then they don’t come back to help their neighbourhood, they hang out with the elite university crowd. Been a believer doesn’t mean default, we are a member of the ummah. It involves a lot of features. How many from the 1.2 billion muslims are ‘ummah’. Abu Dharr RA reported Rasūlullāh ﷺ as saying that he reported it from his Lord, the Exalted and Glorious: Verily I have made oppression unlawful for Me and for My servants too, so do not commit oppression. Allāh subhānahu wa ta’ālā also this in Qurān; لَا ظُلْمَ الْيَوْمَ ‘No injustice will there be that Day…’ [40:17] This is the way Nabī ﷺ made society; a zulm-free society! You support the truth, you help the needy, you serve the needy, you help the oppressed, you serve the oppressed. Once Nabī ﷺ was sat with some of the sahabā and he tested them. Rasūlullāh ﷺ said, "Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one. So the sahāba رضي الله عنه asked, "O Rasūlullāh ﷺ, It is all right to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?" Rasūlullāh ﷺ said, "By preventing him from oppressing others." Nabī ﷺ liked that they asked questions. So there are three aspects here. Firstly, don’t yourself oppress others,; secondly, help the oppressed; and thirdly, try to roll back the zulm in the zālim! We have to help the oppressor also! Nabī karim ﷺ had a very different way of thinking; we just brush things under the carpet. Nabī ﷺ said you must go to them, and help them! To show the importance of this, there is another hadīth: It was narrated that ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr said: “I saw the Rasūlullāh ﷺ circumambulating the Ka’bah and saying: ‘How good you are and how good your fragrance; how great you are and how great your sanctity. By the One in Whose Hand is the soul of Muhammad, the sanctity of the believer is greater before Allah than your sanctity, his blood and his wealth, and to think anything but good of him.’” One dent in one brick of ka’bah! We would drop everything to save even one brick of one ka’bah from one dent. that is out passion, emotion and jazbah! One scratch on one believer should be even more offensive to us than even one dent on one brick of ka’bah. K’abah is baytUllāh, but ummah is ‘Abd-Allāh! Forget scratch, slaughter, mass murder is happening! Burma is the lowest we can go. Burma is a backwards third world country; they are not even a superpower- even the Burmese army are slaughtering Muslims. This is how low we have become; we are not ummah anymore! It comes in another hadīth: Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: ’Rasūlullāh ﷺ said, "Verily, Allah, the Exalted, and Glorious will say on the Day of Resurrection: ‘O’ son of Adam, I was ill but you did not visit Me.' He would say: 'O my Rabb, how could I visit you and You are the Rabb of the worlds?' Thereupon He would say: 'Did you not know that such and such a slave of Mine was ill but you did not visit him? Did you not realise that if you had visited him (you would have known that I was aware of your visit to him, for which I would reward you) you would have found Me with him?’ Look at how strongly Allāh subhānahu wa ta’ālā expresses. Sickness is a natural thing! Imagine oppression! ‘O’ son of Adam, I asked food from you but you did not feed Me.' He would submit: 'My Rabb, how could I feed You and You are the Rabb of the worlds?' He would say: 'Did you not know that such and such a slave of Mine asked you for food but you did not feed him? Did you not realise that if you had fed him, you would certainly have found (its reward) with Me?’ Hunger is still less than oppression! Allāhu Akbar! O’ son of Adam, I asked water from you but you did not give it to Me.' He would say: 'My Rabb, how could I give You (water) and You are the Rabb of the worlds?' Thereupon He would say: 'Such and such a slave of Mine asked you for water to drink but you did not give it to him. Did you not realise that if you had given him to drink you would have found (its reward) with Me?"' It shows us how much compassion we should have; we fall into isrāf. How much we waste is amazing. Even when we go ‘umrah, we waste there! Many are blessed to fast Monday and Thursdays, but even there, many roll up so much good food after iftār! There is some extreme poverty in Muslim parts of the world. In another hadīth, Nabī ﷺ has mentioned; "Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allāh will relieve him of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgement. And whoever helps ease a difficulty in the world, Allāh will grant him ease from a difficulty in the world and in the Hereafter. And whoever covers (the faults of) a Muslim, Allah will cover (his faults) for him in the world and the Hereafter. And Allāh subhānahu wa ta’ālā is engaged in helping the worshipper as long as the worshipper is engaged in helping his brother." This also could mean, as long as he doesn’t help his brother, then he is in danger Allāh will stop helping him. Sometimes, we have to look at the simple things. Normally we discuss spiritual topics, but sometimes it is important to remember that it is not only about our own ‘ibādah etc, it is also about our own ummah! Practical steps: 1. Begin with those who are closest to you - spouse, siblings, children, neighbours, friends. We fail right here. We fail with our spouses. Your wife is also part of ‘ummah’. Children and parents is also ummah. If you aren’t good at home, how can you be good to the global ummah. Begin close, and Allāh swt will accept us for far. May Allāh subhānahu wa ta’ālā accept this from us. Ameen
  6. Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and her family had the greatest love and concern for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). It was on account of this love and concern for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that if they ever saw him in any difficulty, they immediately did whatever was in their ability to assist him and bring him comfort. Abu Talhah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) once said to Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha), “I heard the blessed voice of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and I perceived that it was weak from hunger. Do you have any food?” Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied in the affirmative and immediately picked up three loaves of barley bread. She then took her scarf and used part of it to wrap the bread, after which she thrust the bundle of wrapped bread beneath the clothing of Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and wrapped the remaining section of the scarf around Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) as a shawl. Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was then sent to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) with the bread. When Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he found him seated in the musjid with the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). As Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) drew closer and stood before them, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked, “Did Abu Talhah send you?” Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “Yes.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) next enquired, “Did he send you because of food?” Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) again responded, “Yes.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thus turned to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) around him and instructed them to stand and join him. They then set out for the home of Abu Talhah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) went ahead of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and reached Abu Talhah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) before they arrived at the home. He immediately told Abu Talhah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was on his way with a group of Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). Hearing this, Abu Talhah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) became anxious and said to Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha), “O Ummu Sulaim! Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has come with the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and we do not have sufficient food to feed them!” Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) calmly replied, “Allah Ta‘ala and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) know best (i.e. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is aware of our circumstances and the amount of food that we have. Hence, he knows why he brought the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to our home. There is thus no need for us to worry. We need to just trust in him).” Abu Talhah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thus went out of the home to receive Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). After meeting Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), they proceeded to the home of Abu Talhah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and entered. As soon as Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) entered, he said to Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha), “O Ummu Sulaim! Bring whatever food you have.” Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) thus presented the bread before Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then instructed her to break the bread into pieces and pour ghee over the bread as gravy. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thereafter recited whatever Allah Ta‘ala wished him to recite (and made du‘aa for barakah) and blew into the food. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) next instructed that the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) be called into the home to eat in groups of ten (due to the shortage of space). When the first group of ten had eaten to their fill, they left the home, allowing the next group to enter and eat. In this way, all the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who had come with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), who were approximately seventy or eighty in number, ate to their fill and left. After they had eaten, the food was still as it had initially been (i.e. it was no less in quantity). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thereafter ate with the family of Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha). Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) then shared the remaining food with her neighbours. (Saheeh Muslim #5316 and Takmilatu Fathil Mulhim vol. 4, pg. 39) This was not the only instance of Ummu Sulaim’s (radhiyallahu ‘anha) generosity and concern for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) made nikaah to Zainab (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) prepared a dish of hais (a dish prepared from dates, cheese and ghee) and sent it to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). (Saheeh Bukhaari #5163) Lessons: 1. Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and every other Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had the greatest concern for the comfort and wellbeing of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). If they ever saw him undergoing any form of difficulty, they were prepared to sacrifice their very lives to try and alleviate his discomfort. In our era, it is the condition of the Ummah and their straying from the path of Deen and the sunnah that will cause the greatest discomfort to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). If we have true love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), we should bring complete Deen into our lives so that we cease bringing pain to his blessed heart. 2. A true Muslim is one who has concern for all his fellow Muslims. Hence, if we see any Muslim in need, we should hasten to assist them in whichever manner possible e.g. if there was a death in a certain home, we can assist them by sending food for them, as they may be too occupied to cook, etc. 3. The response of Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha), when she said, “Allah and his Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) know best”, was testament to her imaan and intelligence. She had total trust in Allah Ta‘ala and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). We similarly need to trust in the teachings of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and firmly believe that our success, in this world and the next, lies solely in adhering to his blessed sunnah. Source: Uswatulmuslimah.co.za
  7. Assalam u alaikum, Could not find this hadith in Sahih Muslim. Please post correct reference.
  8. Received a reply from Mufti A.S. Desai DB ASSALAMU ALAIKUM 3 Rajab 1438 (1 April 2017) In tawriyah, beliefs are not concealed as in Taqiyah. Shiahs conceal their kufr to deceive Muslims. The objective of Tawriyah is to prevent one from speaking a blatant lie. No one’s right is usurped and no kufr is hidden. The objective of Taqiyah is to deceive and entrap the Alus Sunnah. Was-salaam A.S.Desai
  9. Walaikumus salam. In the above fatwa the definition of taqiyyah is the same which you have stated for tawriyah. So both have the same linguistic meaning? Insha Allah i'll post her response over here. Jazakillah
  10. I used to think that taqiyyah and tawriyah are the same, but my sister was told in her madrassah that tawriyah is allowed in islam. Tawriyah refers to a phrase which is used in such a way that the hearer takes it to conform with his own ideas, while the speaker takes it to mean a quite different thing. For example, when someone asks if zaid is at home and you point out in a direction (without him noticing it) and say: No zaid is not there. But isn't it deception? That's why i'm confused. Anyways i'll ask my hadith teacher in sha Allah. Jazakillah u khayran
  11. Assalam u alaikum wr wb. What's the difference between taqiyyah and tawriyah?
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