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The Method to Gain Acceptance in the Sight of Allah Ta'ala

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Monday, 21 April 2014 07:12

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) mentioned:

Once a respected 'Aalim arrived and requested some advice. I told him that you are an 'Aalim of deen, what advice can I offer you? After requesting for the second time, I told him that I only remember one lesson which I continue mentioning. The lesson that I have learnt from my elders is that to the best of your ability, regard yourself as a complete non-entity (i.e. if you wish to gain acceptance in the sight of Allah Ta'ala, then do not attach any importance to yourself and do not have pride). These words had such an impact on the 'Aalim that he immediately began to weep. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 10/ 33)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

 

Turning a Blind Eye Towards Wrong is Contrary to the Sublime Character of Nabi (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam)

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Monday, 21 April 2014 07:09

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) mentioned:

Beloved brothers! Listen attentively to what I have to say and regard my advice as a bequest to you. During the majlis that was conducted after the Asr salaah (wherein the kitaab was read before you), the aspect of good character and sublime conduct was repeatedly discussed. I would like to share some advice related to that. In various places of the Quraan Majeed Allah Ta'ala makes mention of the sublime character of Nabi (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam). Nabi (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) himself mentions:

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Real Value

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Monday, 14 April 2014 14:55

Consider a person with the following profile:

Age: In the prime of life.  Health: Super fit. Beauty: Outstanding. Wealth: Multi billionaire. Qualifications: 7 PHDs. Social Standing: Among the most influential people in the country

     Two days later he passed away. His re-written profile now reads:

Age:  Dead. Health: Not applicable. Beauty: Body decaying. Eyes have disappeared leaving empty sockets. Hair and teeth have fallen off.  Wealth: Left empty handed. Qualifications: Soul did not qualify in anything. Social standing: Besides a few people everyone has largely forgotten him and are not concerned about him in any way.

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Novel Company

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Saturday, 12 April 2014 16:17

A beautiful parable in the hadith compares a good friend with a perfume seller and a bad friend with  a blacksmith. The least benefit one will acquire in the company of a perfume seller is that one will certainly get the beautiful scent of perfume, which will freshen the mind and heart. Likewise, a good friend will always be a means of benefit. Merely being in his company will incline the heart towards good. On the contrary the least harm in the company of a blacksmith is that one will breathe the toxic smoke that will be all around his environment. Likewise the company of a bad friend is spiritually toxic. Merely being in bad company will influence one towards evil and sin.

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Q & A: Indecent Dressing?

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Saturday, 12 April 2014 16:13

Question: I often wear jeans and other western attire indoors. If I leave the home, I always don an abaya over my clothes and also wear hijaab. My husband is ok with my dressing but my mother keeps fighting with me that my dressing is indecent. I do not see anything indecent in how I dress, especially since it is only indoors. Please advise. (summarized).

Answer: There are several aspects in your question. We will briefly deal with some of them in point form.

  • It is most commendable that you don the abaya and hijaab when leaving the home. May Allah Ta'ala keep you steadfast and enable you to progress further towards adopting the true spirit of hijaab.

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Whose Jeans?

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Saturday, 12 April 2014 16:10

The excerpts below (taken from various websites) about the history of jeans reveal some noteworthy points:

  • “Starting in the 1950s, jeans, originally designed for cowboys and miners, became popular among teenagers especially members of the Greaser subculture.  Greasers were a youth subculture that originated in the 1950s in north eastern United States. Their style became popular as an expression of rebellion. Jeans are particularly identified with American culture, especially the American Old West.”

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Faqihul Ummah: What Wrong Have I done?

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Saturday, 12 April 2014 16:05

Respected Mufti Saheb

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh

I am in severe problems and difficulties. I cannot even think why these difficulties have come upon me. What wrong have I done that I have been taken to task in this manner? Kindly make dua for me.

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Inspirational Advice

It’s only a Sunnah

Once Imaam Abu Dawood (rahimahullah), who’s “Sunan” is one of the six classical books of hadeeth, was on board a ship. He heard a person on the shore sneezing and saying “Alhamdulillah” (all praise is due to Allah). So he hired a rowing boat for one dirham (silver coin) and went to shore to reply to this person by saying “Yarhamukallah” (may Allah have mercy on you), as is the sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). When he was asked about this action of his, he replied: “It is possible that this person who sneezed is a person whose supplication is accepted by Allah Ta‘ala.” When the people on board the ship fell asleep, they heard someone calling out: “O people of the ship! Surely Abu Dawood purchased paradise from Allah Ta‘ala for one dirham.” (Risaalatul Mustarshideen pg. 157)

Lesson: Despite the great services which he rendered to Islam, a “small” sunnah like this became the means of his entry into Jannah. We cannot regard any good deed as small or any sin as trivial. Every good deed has the potential of securing us a place in Jannah, while every sin has the possibility of landing us into eternal ruin and misery.

 

Lessons from the Lives of the Pious

I have Forgiven her

A person once came to Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya Sahib (rahimahullah) and said: “Half of my mother’s body is lifeless and the other half is alive (she is suffering from the pangs of death). This is causing her a lot of difficulty. Since she used to abuse you and Hazrat Madani (rahimahullah), I am requesting you to forgive her.” Hazrat Shaikh (rahimahullah) said: “Go, I have forgiven her and I have also forgiven her on behalf of Hazrat Madani (rahimahullah).” This person then left and returned home. As he reached his house, his mother had passed away and that which was difficult became easy.

Thus we understand that it is extremely dangerous to speak ill of the pious, to swear them and to cause them harm. Allah Ta‘ala says in a hadeeth qudsi: “Whoever harbours hatred for a friend of Mine, I announce war with him.” (Malfoozaat of Faqeehul Ummat vol. 2 pg. 470)

 
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