Monday, 20 October 2014 06:34
Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) states:
"Haji Abdur Raheem used to work for my late brother. Once, my first wife complained about him. I immediately summoned him and asked him to stand at the entrance. Thereafter, in her presence I addressed him: 'She has complained about you.’ I then said to her: 'You have made a claim regarding some person. Hence you should be able to prove it.' However, she didn't have any proof and began saying: 'You have made fazeehat of me (disgraced me).' I replied: 'I do not make fazeehat, rather I give naseehat (advice).' This practice of complaining about others is evil. It creates enmity within the hearts of people. It then leads to one having doubts as to whether the next person has said something regarding him or not. (Malfoozaat Hakeem-ul-Ummat 1/173)
Monday, 20 October 2014 06:33
Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi 'alaih) once addressed some associates and said:
"My beloved friends, make an effort to acquire the friendship of Allah Ta'ala. A poet exclaims: The one who wishes to acquire any lofty position has to burn the midnight oil."
Thereafter Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi 'alaih) mentioned that once a person spent some time in the company of Hazrat Moulana Abdul Qaadir Raipuri (rahmatullahi 'alaih). He engaged in zikr and spiritual exercises, etc. One day he said to Hazrat Raipuri, “I am carrying out my zikr, etc., but I do not feel the zikr having any effect on me as yet.” Hearing this, Hazrat Raipuri replied, “Continue to strive. Piety and acceptance is not a type of medicine that I can administer to you. You will have to continue striving to acquire it.” (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/108)
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:38
$426 BILLION. Yes indeed. Four hundred and twenty six billion dollars were spent globally on cosmetics in 2011! Cosmetics are mainly used to beautify oneself. The effect though is exactly what the name suggests – cosmetic, artificial and fake. Real beauty is the beauty of the heart. If the heart has been truly adorned and beautified with good akhlaaq (character), its fragrance will refresh the minds and enliven the hearts of all those around one. On the contrary, if the heart is filled with the decay of bad character, layers and layers of cosmetics will not mask the odour that will emanate from the decaying heart, thus causing pain and hardship to all.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:31
Question: A friend at campus often asks fellow students: “Are you a Muslim or a Hanafi/Shaafi‘ee?” How does one respond to such a question? Please advise.
Answer: The word “or” (in the context of the question) is used between two words of the same species. It is correct to ask someone whether he will eat “rice or bread” since both are food items, but you cannot enquire whether he will eat “bread or paper”. Likewise, if your friend asks someone whether he lives in Durban or South Africa, the question will be absurd. Only one who is ignorant of the fact that Durban is not a country, but a city in South Africa, can ask such a question.
Your friend’s question implies that one can either be a Muslim or a Hanafi. Thus if someone says he is a Hanafi then, Allah forbid, he is not a Muslim!! It is the same as asking whether you live in Durban or South Africa, and that if you live in Durban, then you are not a South African???
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:17
Is your iPad or some other device keeping your child occupied with video games? If yes, think again.
In a study conducted in Canada, Brock University academics found that playing violent video games for long periods of time can hold back the "moral maturity" of teenagers. They also warned of adolescents losing a sense of "right and wrong". Empathy, trust and concern for others, which should develop as teenagers grow up, were found to be delayed. (BBC News website)
Another report states: “Research has long shown a cause-effect relationship between television violence and aggression among children and youth who watch it. Many social scientists expect video games to have an even greater impact for the following four reasons:
Saturday, 18 October 2014 16:26
Majlis of Hadhrat Moulana Ilyas Patel Saheb
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