Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:03
Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) whilst explaining the conditions of the elders of his family mentioned, “In those days most of people were concerned about Deen. Trustworthiness, honesty and the fear of Allah Ta‘ala were found in the men, women, elders and children. They themselves would stay away from deception and oppression and make sure that their children and animals also did not become a means of causing harm to anyone. They would make sure that their animals did not stray away into the fields of other farmers thereby harming the crops of others. They would not allow their animals to walk in the fields of others and even if they did allow them they would first place a muzzle on their mouths so that they could not eat anything.
In this regard, once Hazrat Qari Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned an incident regarding the great grandfather of his son’s father-in-law, Janaab ‘Abdur Rabb Saheb. Once his ox went into the field of a non-Muslim and uprooted a plant. He immediately pulled it out of its mouth not allowing it to eat the plant. For a long period he grieved over the fact that his ox had caused harm to someone’s farm. He could not bear this at all. Thus he began querying as to the owner of the farm until eventually it was told to him that it belonged to this non-Muslim person. He showed the farmer the broken plant and confessed saying, “Today my ox has caused damage to your plantation. Whatever compensation you wish to take from me you may take it. I am willing to pay whatever it is.” That poor non-Muslim fell to his feet and in a very embarrassed tone said, “O my master, whatever I have is because of what you people have given me. Why are you embarrassing me like this?”
They had maintained such excellent relations with their non-Muslim counterparts and such kindness they had portrayed that they always felt indebted to their kindness and were always affected with their good character. (Hayaat-e-Siddeeq, pg. 37)
Monday, 20 February 2017 16:01
Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:
Some pious and learned people have an incorrect notion regarding the meaning of ‘istighnaa’. They feel that istighnaa is for a person to completely cease meeting wealthy people and to totally avoid mixing and interacting with them. Whereas this is not the true meaning of istighnaa. The true meaning of istighnaa is for one to refrain from expressing one’s needs before the wealthy or associating with them with the desire of acquiring wealth and prominence. Hence, to meet the wealthy and interact with them for the sake of Deen and for other Deeni purposes is permissible and will certainly not go against the dictates of istighnaa. Rather, meeting people in general for the sake of Deen is also important and necessary to some degree. Nevertheless, there is one thing of which we should be cautious – meeting and interacting with the wealthy should not lead to the greed and desire for wealth and prominence being created within us. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.14)
Monday, 13 February 2017 16:15
When it comes to food, every individual has a certain preference. Fish may perhaps be the favourite meal for some and a definite distaste for others. It is for this reason at times the host finds out from the guest as to what meal should be prepared. The desire of the host is to please the guest.
In the same way we are all the servants of Allah Ta‘ala. Our object and desire is to please our Allah Ta‘ala. If we were to use our own intelligence and invent ways to please Allah Ta‘ala, then most definitely we would have failed miserably. Our loving Allah Ta‘ala, having mercy on us, sent to us the final messenger Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to teach us how to please our Creator, Allah Ta‘ala. As long as we live our lives on the beautiful and perfect way shown to us by Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) then we will enjoy the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala.
Thursday, 09 February 2017 14:08
Ibnu ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) has reported that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would recite istighfaar seventy times in each majlis (sitting).
(Through this we understand the importance of istighfaar and how necessary it is for us to make istighfaar. Despite Allah Ta‘ala stating in the Quraan Majeed with regards to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam):
لِّيَغْفِرَ لَكَ اللَّـهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِن ذَنبِكَ وَمَا تَأَخَّرَ
Allah Ta‘ala has forgiven all your past and future shortcomings. (Surah Fath, v2)
and him being sinless, yet Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would still make so much of istighfaar in each sitting. Hence, how much more should we endeavour in making istighfaar due to our countless shortcomings.) (Malfoozaat of Faqeehul Ummat, vol. 1, pg. 410)
Monday, 06 February 2017 14:24
My beloved friends! Life and death is something over which there is no guarantee. Remember the advice I wish to share with you! My advice to you is that you should strive to the best of your ability to emulate the mubaarak sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The second advice which I wish to give you is that you should endeavour to establish khaanqahs and halqas of zikr in your localities. Encourage people to engage in zikr and teach them Deen. Do not wait for people to come to you to learn Deen or to acquire self-reformation. In this era, you will have to adopt all means in trying to win people and attract them towards Deen. (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 2/142)
Monday, 30 January 2017 14:20
It often happens that when we commence doing some good action or work, there is some longing, desire, interest and eagerness within us to embark on that task. Thereafter there is a drop in that initial degree of longing, desire, interest and eagerness, and we feel tired and exhausted. When this condition comes upon us, we should never stop doing the good action or work, since this condition is temporary and for a short while. Insha-Allah if we remain steadfast, after a while that initial longing, desire, interest and eagerness will return.
On the other hand if we lose hope and stop altogether, then to attain that longing, desire, interest and eagerness will be difficult. Let us keep this in mind, when it comes to our salaah, Quraan Majeed recitation, zikr and du‘aa – that steadfastness is the key to progress.