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Halaal Livelihood and Barakah

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Friday, 01 July 2016 11:37

From The Discourses of Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih)

To do business is not haraam. In fact it is very virtuous. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “To earn a halaal (lawful) livelihood is compulsory after the completion of other faraaidh (obligatory duties).”

In another hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Glad tidings (of Jannah) are for that person whose income is pure (halaal), his interior and exterior is good and he does not cause any harm to people. Glad tidings (of Jannah) are for that person who practices on his knowledge, spends his excess wealth (on the needy) and does not engage in useless talk.”[1]

So earning a halaal livelihood is 100% deen …but certainly not the way we are doing it at present. …What are we really chasing after? Our rizq (sustenance) is muqaddar (predestined) and it is chasing after us. Allah Ta‘ala wants to give it to us easily but we want it the hard way; so it comes like that. …And if a person falls into the traps of haraam and into unlawful and deceptive dealings, the barakah is all lost and problems prevail.

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Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) Running a Business

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Monday, 27 June 2016 15:13

A First Hand Experience in Running a Business[1]

It was around 1971, when my late father-in-law went for hajj. He was away for four months. In that time I managed his business. Although I had absolutely no experience about business, with the fadhl (grace) of Allah Ta‘ala, I ran the business, during those four months, in a manner that not only benefited my father-in-law, but which became an example for the people of the town also. Alhamdulillah.

The daily routine that was adopted, the set up in the business and the manner of interaction with customers is being outlined and shared, as a lesson. Insha-Allah, that experience will be a means of people, especially businessmen, channeling their efforts towards prioritising deen over dunya and giving preference to earning the Aakhirah (Hereafter) over the chase for money and material commodities. The love for dunya and attaching one’s heart to it inevitably brings destruction to a person’s deen. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Two hungry wolves let loose on a flock of sheep cannot cause as much destruction to the flock as the damage that one’s greed for wealth and fame can inflict upon one’s deen.”[2]

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Divine Protection for the Quraan

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 06:34

(Quraan Series - Part 4)

Yahya bin Aktham (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

Ma’moon Ar-Rasheed, one of the Muslim rulers, used to host gatherings wherein scholars would discuss various issues. On one occasion, a Jew who was well dressed, respectable in appearance and eloquent in speech arrived at the gathering and joined in the discussion. When the crowd began to disperse after the discussion was concluded, Ma’moon called the Jew and asked him, “Are you a Jew?” The man replied, “Yes.” Ma’moon next invited the Jew to embrace Islam. The Jew, however, refused saying, “I cannot leave my religion and the religion of my forefathers.”

One year later, the man returned and had now accepted Islam! On this occasion when he joined the gathering, he was even able to deliver an academic discourse on Islamic Jurisprudence. When the discussion was over, Ma’moon asked him, “Are you not the Jew who attended this gathering last year?” The man replied in the affirmative to which Ma’moon asked, “What caused you to embrace Islam?”

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Respecting the Quraan Saved His Life

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 06:28

(Quraan Series - Part 3)

Fadhlul Haq, who was the minister of Bengal and Calcutta on behalf of the Muslim League, once needed to travel from Delhi to Calcutta. To make the journey, he decided to buy a first-class train ticket.

After boarding the train, he asked his attendant “Where is my Quraan Majeed? Is it aboard the train?” The attendant replied, “All the luggage has not yet been loaded into the carriage, and the box in which we packed the Quraan Majeed still needs to be loaded. I will bring it immediately.” When he heard this, Fadhlul Haq immediately said, “I have told you, on multiple occasions, to ensure that the Quraan Majeed comes into the carriage first. Unload whatever luggage has already been loaded, we will take the next train and ensure that the Quraan Majeed goes into the carriage first.” Saying this, Fadhlul Haq exited the carriage and left the train.

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Blessings of the Quraan Majeed

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 06:25

(Quraan Series - Part 2)

Many people have devoted their entire lives to the service and propagation of the Quraan Majeed. These people spent their days and nights and every available moment they had in the path of the Quraan Majeed. The Quraan Majeed is the speech of Allah Ta‘ala and thus through their devotion to it, they received great blessings and made great strides of progress in gaining the proximity of Allah Ta‘ala. If any person shows devotion and love for the Quraan Majeed, even if it may be according to his limited time and energy, he will also undoubtedly derive great benefit. Hereunder follow two incidents of Imaams of Qiraat which serve as inspiration to us all:   

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Miraculous Cure of the Quraan Majeed

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Thursday, 09 June 2016 06:19

(Quraan Series - Part 1)

A woman named ‘Aaishah, from Pakistan, relates the following experience:

I was once busy reciting the Quraan Majeed, as was my habit, when my eldest son, Shafee’, who was approximately six years old at the time, emerged from the house to play outside. We are still unsure as to exactly how it happened, but he somehow closed the door of the car on his finger! His hand was injured so badly that his third finger was almost totally separated from his right hand. The finger just managed to remain attached to his hand by a thin strip of skin.

I was seated in our home, reciting Surah Ar-Rahmaan, and remained oblivious to what had transpired. My husband, on seeing our son injured, did not wait to inform me of what had happened but instead instantly bundled him into the car and raced off to the nearest doctor. On arriving at the doctor’s surgery, the doctor urged him to rush Shafee’ to the Civil Hospital.

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Inspirational Advice

Muslims Lost but Islam Won

During the initial stages of the British rule in India, there arose a dispute between the Muslims and Hindus regarding a plot of land in Kaandhlah. The Muslims claimed that the plot belonged to the Muslims and was earmarked for a musjid whereas the Hindus claimed that it was theirs for a temple.

After giving both parties a chance to present their case, the English magistrate asked the Muslims, “Is there any Hindu person in whom you have such implicit trust and confidence that, based on his testimony, we will be able to resolve this matter?” The Muslims immediately replied in the negative. When the Hindus were asked whether they trusted any Muslim enough to accept his testimony, they replied, “If the person testifying is either Muslim or Hindu, there will be the fear that he is biased. However, we know of one pious Muslim who has never before been known to utter a lie. Perhaps he will refrain from lying on this occasion as well.” Saying this, they consented to accept the testimony of Mahmood Bakhsh (rahimahullah), who was the brother of Mufti Ilaahi Bakhsh (rahimahullah). 

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