Thursday, 30 March 2017 16:02
Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) never harboured ill feelings or evil thoughts about others. In fact, he would go to the extreme in covering up for that person’s action.
He said on one occasion. “A story after all is a story. For every story there are a thousand different versions. Even if one sees something with one’s own eyes, then as far as possible, interpret the action in a good manner because many a times, our sight could be in error. As in the case of a train, it appears to be moving but in reality it is stationary. The reality is that it is the other train that is moving.”
His good opinions of others were such that it became well known to people that he never entertained evil opinions of others. One of his attendants mentioned that he heard him say on numerous occasions: “We entertain only good opinions of others.” (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 126)
Monday, 27 March 2017 15:16
Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:
In Islam, we are commanded to neither hoard wealth nor mise with it. Rather, we should spend it in halaal avenues. While spending wealth, one should be mindful of not transgressing the limits of Shariah by spending the wealth in impermissible or incorrect avenues. One should ensure that he spends the wealth in the correct avenue, in accordance to the manner Allah Ta’ala has commanded, and remaining within the prescribed limits of Shariah. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.18)
Monday, 27 March 2017 14:24
The calico-covered corpse is gently lowered into the grave. Loving hands of sons and brothers receive the body of their loved one and place it in the narrow pit. The strips of plank are placed firmly next to each other. The last plank is placed leaving a dark and lonely grave under it. Spades are grabbed and heaps of sand come crashing down from all directions. However, all around the grave, business goes on as usual.
While the most stark reminder of death is right in front of the eyes, the latest car on the market, the rand/dollar exchange and other gossip continues among many of those present. While they patiently wait for the ‘faatihah’ to commence, the time is passed by idle gossip. Carrying the janaazah on our shoulders and witnessing the deceased being lowered into the grave also does not remind us of our own death. What then will remind us of that moment (which could be extremely soon) when we will breathe our last?
Monday, 13 March 2017 06:54
If there is a disbeliever in front of us, then due to his physical presence, we will be on our guard and will not allow him to influence our mind and ways. However, there is something called the mental presence of a disbeliever. It is when a disbeliever presents to us his heart and mind in the form of words. The novels and newspaper articles that are authored and reported by disbelievers are read by unwary Muslims. Novels and newspapers are read in our free time, when our minds are relaxed and receptive. Over a period of time, we begin to develop an indirect friendship with these authors and reporters who are disbelievers.
What makes a person crave to read another novel authored by a particular author? What prompts a person to continue reading a novel or a newspaper, but finds no time for the Quraan Majeed? Reading the works of disbelievers destroys the desire of doing good. Many Muslims today will read the newspaper, digest it and relate it to others. But when the Quraan Majeed and hadeeth is presented to them, they will question and reject it. Their minds and hearts have become so poisoned with darkness and fiction that they no longer wish to accept the light and truth of Islam.
We need to abandon the poisonous friendship of novels and newspapers, so that once again we may have a Muslim mind and heart that will think and desire as a Muslim ought to.