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Thinking before Carrying Out any Action

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Monday, 18 May 2015 15:20

think-act-reflect-cycle1Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

One should think and ponder before uttering any word or carrying out any action. Through thinking and pondering before doing any deed one will save oneself from errors and mistakes. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 8/270)

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Devotion and Concentration in Salaah

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Monday, 18 May 2015 15:21

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) writes:

The Soofiya have written that salaah in reality is an 'ibaadat wherein one supplicates to Allah Ta'ala and communicates with Him. Therefore one needs to have concentration during salaah as the salaah cannot be discharged with negligence. In the case of other 'ibaadaat, even though one does not possess a high level of concentration, the 'ibaadat will take place. Consider the example of zakaat, the essence of zakaat is to spend money for the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala. Spending in itself is so hard on a person that even if he does it inattentively he would feel the pinch of it. Similarly, fasting requires giving up eating and drinking and sexual satisfaction. All these restrictions are extremely difficult on the soul. Even if they are not observed with proper attention and devotion, the 'ibaadat will be discharged. On the other hand, zikr and recitation of the Quraan are the chief constituents of salaah. If these are not done attentively with devotion and concentration, they will not constitute supplication and communication with Allah Ta'ala. (Fazaail-e-A'amaal [urdu], Fazaail-e-Namaaz pg. 87)

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Thrill with some Frill

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:04

Masha-Allah, while we may have the noble desire to listen to the talks of deen, however, the question to ask ourselves is, “What is our intention”? If it is to change our lives and to become better Muslims, then we will definitely be prepared to hear what we need to hear. On the other hand, Allah Ta‘ala protect us, if we seek to entertain ourselves, then we will only hear what we want to hear.

Really, we cannot allow our deen to become a mere thrill with some frill. If someone is truly concerned about his health, he will adhere to the advice of one doctor and at times refer to a specialist for a second opinion. However, nobody will visit every doctor in town in order to enjoy different coloured syrups and tablets. Such foolishness will bring about further complications, rather than any cure. Our spiritual health is many times more delicate and sensitive. Listening to a single poisonous word could leave us spiritually dead.

Hence, instead of listening to the talks of anyone and everyone, watching videos of the most thrilling motivational speakers on YouTube, chasing after variety, confusing our taste buds, digesting nothing and practising nil, we rather hold firmly to the teachings of a few reliable, Allah-fearing and sunnah-adhering ‘Ulama who will not only tell us what we want to hear, but what we need to hear. 

 

Excruciating Pain

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Sunday, 22 March 2015 10:38

P A I N. The word itself makes one feel uncomfortable. Often, the pain of a near and dear one is more painful than one’s own pain. A mother probably feels the pain of her little child more than her own. The closer the bond, the greater the pain felt over the discomfort of the beloved. The greatest bond of every Believer is the bond with his most beloved master, Sayyiduna Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Allah Ta‘ala declares in the Glorious Quraan: “The Nabi is closer to the Believers than their own selves” (Ahzaab, v6). Thus the pain of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is the pain of every Believer. If something hurts him, it should pierce our hearts. When the disbelievers were about to execute the great Sahaabi, Zaid bin Dathina (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), they asked him: “Would you be happier if Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was in your place and you were left free to be with your family?” His spontaneous response was: “By Allah, I cannot even bear that I be sitting comfortably with my family while even a thorn is pricking Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).” This response emanated from true love and was a reflection of the deep bond that he had with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He was happy to lay down his life, but could not tolerate the discomfort of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

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Sweet Words

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Thursday, 07 May 2015 15:20

Majlis of Hadhrat Moulana Ilyas Patel Saheb

Date: 2015-05-05

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Aadaab of Mashwara

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Thursday, 07 May 2015 15:19

Majlis of Hadhrat Moulana Ilyas Patel Saheb

Date: 2015-04-28

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Career of a Muslim Woman

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Thursday, 07 May 2015 15:22

Ladies Tarbiyat Programme of Hadhrat Moulana Ilyas Patel

Date: 2015-05-05

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Following the Correct Procedure

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Thursday, 07 May 2015 15:17

Ladies Tarbiyat Programme of Hadhrat Moulana Ilyas Patel

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Inspirational Advice

In the Dark of the Night

When Zainul ‘Aabideen (rahimahullah) passed away, the people carrying out his ghusal saw that he had scars all over his back. They enquired as to what was the reason for that. They were told that he used to fill bags of flour, load it on his back at night, and personally hand it out to the poor residents of Madeenah Munawwarah. (Hilyatul Awliyaa vol. 3, pg. 160)

Lesson:

1. While the sinners wait anxiously for the night so that they may go ahead in fulfilling their evil desires and filthy aspirations, the pious servants of Allah Ta‘ala make the maximum of this ‘cover’ in doing good actions only for His pleasure.

2. Bringing ease and happiness to the servants of Allah Ta‘ala is an extremely meritorious act. After one’s demise, these very people continuously remember one and make du‘aa in his favor.

3. Actions receive their value in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala in proportion to the level of sincerity with which they were carried out. It is not the quantity of the optional actions, rather the quality which counts. 

 
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