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The Importance of Fulfilling People’s Rights

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Monday, 02 May 2016 11:17

balanceHazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

The issue of huqooqul ibaad (the rights of the servants of Allah Ta‘ala) is an extremely serious matter. One will not be forgiven by merely repenting to Allah Ta‘ala (i.e. until and unless one does not make amends by discharging the outstanding rights one owes to the servants of Allah Ta‘ala or seeking their forgiveness, one will not be forgiven). Just as you are the servant of Allah Ta‘ala, so is the person whose rights you have trampled. On the Day of Qiyaamah, in exchange of two rupees taken unjustly, seven hundred accepted salaahs of the person who had usurped the rights will be taken and given to the person whose rights were usurped. If the one who unjustly took the rights of another does not have sufficient accepted salaahs in his account, the sins of the one whose rights were usurped will be loaded onto the usurper in proportion to the injustice he had committed. (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 2/162)

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Hey! Who Am I Really? (Part Three)

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Monday, 18 April 2016 16:13

Many questions have been received with regard to a recently published book titled “Hey! Who Am I Really?” Since many aspects in the book deal with fundamental beliefs, it was deemed necessary to explain the issues in detail in their proper perspective. The explanation will insha Allah be done in several parts.

This is Part Three of the series.

Tawheed and Risaalaah

(The Oneness of Allah Ta‘ala and Messengership of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)

When a child is born, among the first rites is to call out the azaan in his ear, as established from the practice of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) (Sunan Tirmizi #1514). Together with expressing the greatness of Allah Ta‘ala, the azaan consists of two fundamental declarations – tawheed and risaalah. First, the declaration of tawheed is called out: أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ (I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah). Immediately thereafter follows the declaration of risaalah: أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ (I bear witness that Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is the messenger of Allah.)  The azaan will not be fulfilled without this declaration.

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Having Good Thoughts about People

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Thursday, 07 April 2016 16:26

Once, when someone was leaving the khaanqah, Hazratjee Moulana Maseehullah (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) advised him as follows: “As far as possible keep good thoughts about people. If you hear something about someone and it can be interpreted in two ways, i.e. in a good way and a bad way, then choose the good interpretation. Always have good thoughts in your mind about people.

On the day of Qiyaamah, Allah Ta‘ala will not question you regarding the good thoughts you had about people but He will definitely question you regarding the bad thoughts you had about others. Bad thoughts about others create evil and corruption. It is for this reason that the sharee‘ah strongly condemns such an act. Today this has become normal for people. No one is prepared to accept their faults. They have no concern of their own faults but keep on looking out at the faults of others. This is a great weakness in us.” (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 207)

 

Smart Phone

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Thursday, 24 March 2016 16:13

The twentieth century ushered in technological advances never previously seen. From the numerous new and technologically advanced devices that have been produced, perhaps nothing has captivated and addicted people to it to the extent that the “smart phone” has possessed its users.

The “smart phone” is a combination of every media related device. One is now able to carry, in the recesses of his pocket, a device which serves as a phone, internet browser, camera, multimedia player, radio, television and fully functional computer. Unfortunately, the day all these diverse devices were rolled into one super-device – the smart phone – was the day all the negative effects of these technologies were combined into one seemingly harmless device.

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The Effect of Sins

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Thursday, 21 April 2016 15:01

Ladies Tarbiyat Programme of Hadhrat Moulana Ilyas Patel

Date: 2016-04-19

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Yearning for the Aakhirah

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Thursday, 21 April 2016 15:18

Majlis of Hadhrat Moulana Ilyas Patel Saheb

Date: 2016-04-14

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Inspirational Advice

A Heart of Gold

The Sahaabi of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Qays bin Sa’d bin ‘Ubaadah (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma), once fell ill. While recovering from the illness, he realized that none of his friends had come to visit him. On enquiry, he learned that they were reluctant to visit him due to the fact that they all owed him money (and were thus embarrassed or afraid that he would ask them to repay the loan).

When he heard this, Qays bin Sa‘d (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) spontaneously said, “May Allah Ta‘ala disgrace the wealth that deters my brothers from visiting me!” He thereafter instructed a person to go out and announce that he had absolved all his debtors of the amounts they owed him.  

After the announcement was made, so many visitors arrived to visit him that by nightfall, his doorstep had collapsed due the weight of the people climbing to his door! (Siraajul Mulook pg. 155)

Lessons:

1. A Muslim should not allow money to spoil his relationship with his family or fellow Muslims (as is sometimes the case in winding up estates, dissolving business partnerships, etc). Money can always be recovered. A heart which is broken by an insensitive, hurtful remark or callous behavior, however, seldom recovers completely.

2. The money owed to him was something of value. However, the value of the sunnah and the value of taking the du‘aas of people when they come to visit the sick person was far, far greater. He thus happily sacrificed something of much lesser value for that value which cannot be quantified and estimated.

3. The money owed to him was a small, short term investment. By forgiving it he transferred it “off-shore” into a permanent investment that earns several thousand percent more returns.

4. While he sacrificed money, he “bought” immense and untold barakah. Barakah is not always perceived with the eye. It comes in innumerable ways and is the essence of all good in this world.

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