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Hatred for Music and Dancing

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:21

Hazratjee Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) always hated singing and music. Once he narrated the following incident of his childhood:

“I was a young boy and fell off to sleep one night at home after the ‘Esha Salaah. The Hindus of the village began playing their loud music and my sleep was suddenly disturbed. I began crying in my bed and my paternal aunt came into my room to console me. She immediately went to my father’s quarters and woke him up saying: ‘Maseehullah is crying in his bed.’ My father retorted, ‘He is crying for nothing. Why is he worried about them? He should continue with his work as they are continuing with their work.’ My aunt insisted that he should go and stop them as I was going through great difficulty by having to listen to their blaring music. Eventually my father, who was very respected, as well as feared, by one and all in the village got up and went towards them. Just on seeing him they all immediately dispersed.” (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 11)

 

Exam Time

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Monday, 20 November 2017 16:11

“O Allah, please help me to get an ‘A’. “O Allah, at least let me get a good pass.” “O Allah, save me from failing.”

These are some of the fervent du‘aas made in utmost humility at this time of the year. Many are aspiring for an ‘A’ while others are just praying that they do not fail. Together with fervently praying, thousands of learners burn the midnight oil, sacrifice many leisures and pleasures and toil hard to pass the exams or to excel. Let alone the learners, even their parents and other relatives are praying for their success. 

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Two Categories of People in Deen

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Monday, 20 November 2017 14:16

Moulana Sayyid Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once wrote a letter to Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) in which he mentioned the following:

“Muslims can only be of two types and there is no third type. The two types of Muslims are those who personally go out and strive in the path of Allah Ta‘ala, and those who do not personally go out, but they assist others to go out in the path of Allah Ta‘ala.”

When Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) read this, he remarked, “Moulana has understood this and explained it very well!” Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) thereafter said, “Assisting others to go out in the path of Allah Ta‘ala also includes encouraging them to go out in the path of Allah Ta‘ala.” (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 37-38)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

 

Deeni Atmosphere and Enthusiasm

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 09:01

Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) used to say that the people of his hometown, Hatora had benefited tremendously from Hazrat Qaari ‘Abdur Rahmaan Paani Patti Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). People used to sit and benefit from his lectures. It was through his barakah that people began turning towards Deen. Even little children had the desire to worship Allah Ta‘ala.

Most of the people of the village were punctual on salaah. There was hardly a person who would miss out his salaah. The musjid would be filled with musallis. In Ramadhaan, the musjid would always remain filled with people who were engaged in zikr and tilaawah. At home the women would recite many paras of the Quraan Majeed daily. I had also seen this wonderful environment and it is through the barakah of this environment that Alhamdulillah, this enthusiasm was revived within us.

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An Etiquette of Wudhu

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 15:02

Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was so particular about those aadaab (etiquettes) which we generally consider insignificant. For example, when making wudhu, Hazrat Mufti Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would always wash his hands from the fingertips down to the elbows and not vice versa. The Fuqahaa have written that this is mustahab and more virtuous. Similarly, he ensured that whilst washing his feet, he would wash them from the toes to the heels as the Fuqahaa have written that this is the mustahab method. When Hazrat Mufti Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) became old and sick, then too he would instruct the khuddaam (attendants) to wash his hands and feet in this manner.

When a new attendant came and tried to wash his limbs ‘incorrectly’, Hazrat Mufti Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would immediately pull that limb away and ask, “Who are you?” This was Hazrat Mufti Saheb’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) way of admonishing them. (Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) – His life and works, pg. 116)

 

Conviction in Allah Ta‘ala

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Monday, 06 November 2017 15:37

When something is repeated, it settles deep down in our hearts and we become convinced regarding it. We repeatedly speak of the material world and this has settled deep in our hearts. It is time we beautify and fortify our hearts with the conviction in Allah Ta‘ala.

The one who is convinced that Allah Ta‘ala’s treasures are always full will not be worried and concerned as to what he is going to eat tomorrow. We ask for tomorrow’s food today. However Allah Ta‘ala does not ever ask us for tomorrow’s salaah today.

Everything has been created for us and we have been created for the worship of Allah Ta‘ala. This has to be repeated to the point of conviction, or else we will get consumed with the things of the world and end up forgetting Allah Ta‘ala altogether.

If we are convinced that Allah Ta‘ala Alone decides all matters, then we will remain happy with the decree of Allah Ta‘ala and enjoy ease and peace. Otherwise, due to greed, we will restlessly try for something else and in the process disgrace ourselves, yet we will still only get that what we were supposed to get. How much longer will we be angry with Allah Ta‘ala because our nafs (carnal desires) did not get what it wants? When will we get angry at our nafs for not doing what Allah Ta‘ala wants? Inculcating the right conviction is the simple solution, and it comes with repetition.

   

Inspirational Advice

In Exchange of a Well in Jannah

When the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) migrated to Madeenah Munawwarah, many of them were not used to the water of Madeenah Munawwarah. However, one of the water sources from which the Muhaajireen (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were able to drink comfortably was a certain well which belonged to a Sahaabi from the tribe of Ghifaar. The name of the well was ‘Roomah’, and this Sahaabi would earn his livelihood by selling the water of this well.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) approached this Sahaabi and asked him, “Will you exchange this well (by giving it in the path of Allah Ta‘ala for the benefit of the Muslims) for a well in Jannah?” The Sahaabi replied, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! My dependents and I do not have any means of income besides this well.”

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