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The Silent War

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Tuesday, 09 February 2016 15:48

The effort to destroy Islam is almost as old as Islam itself. Ever since Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) proclaimed the message of Allah Ta‘ala, the Kuffaar began plotting ways and means to annihilate Islam and the Muslims. Fourteen centuries later this futile effort is continuing unabated.

Allah Ta‘ala has informed the Muslims from before that the Kuffaar will continue to fight them in an attempt to turn them away from their deen. This “fight” is being waged on all fronts. The physical battle is continuing to this day in many parts of the world where Muslims are being mercilessly gunned down. Their only “crime”: They are Muslims! 

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Simple Nikaah - Leading by Example

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 15:12

Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) performed his daughter’s nikaah in Gangoh according to the sunnah without any customs and innovations. Her in laws requested for the “baaraat” to come over. (Baaraat refers to a large group of people from the boy’s party who come to the home of the bride.) Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) replied, “No baaraat will come here. The purpose of the baaraat is to guard the jehez and I do not give any jehez. Hence no baaraat should come.” Thus the boy’s party then requested to bring about 10 people which Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) allowed. Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) did not call the entire family as a normal custom. He only invited a few relatives and performed his daughter’s nikaah in a very simple manner in exchange of the mahr-e-Faatimi. In this same simple manner Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) performed his niece’s nikaah in Karachi.

Many, who saw this, followed Hazrat’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) example when their daughters got married. Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) received numerous letters saying that if marriages continued in this way many useless customs and innovations would be abolished. At the same time the Ummah’s financial resources will be saved. Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) desired that all Muslims follow this simple manner in their weddings. (Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) – His life and works, pg. 118)

 

Reformation - The Basis of Allah Ta‘ala’s Mercy

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Monday, 08 February 2016 13:36

changeHazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

How can the advice of a spiritual mentor benefit the one who has no interest or desire to change his life? The people who paid the most attention to the reformation of the people were the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam). However, despite receiving the attention and advice of the Nabi, those who had no desire to change remained unaffected. The basis for Allah Ta‘ala blessing a person is the level of desire and thirst within the person to change and reform his ways. Without this desire, absolutely nothing can be achieved. This is the system of Allah Ta‘ala. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 7/272)

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Earn well, Eat well

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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 15:44

Once some youngsters came to meet Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) and requested some advice. Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) replied: “Earn as much as you wish, eat as much as you wish and enjoy as much as you want to, but stay away from haraam and take cognisance of the laws of the sharee‘ah. Allah Ta‘ala will bless you with safety and ‘aafiyat (ease).” (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 205)

   

Shattering our Dear Children

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Monday, 25 January 2016 16:06

At times, the death of a single soul becomes the means of the death and end of many family relationships. All it takes is one member of the family to unjustly take possession of the property of the deceased and there we have it – the heirs are at each other’s throats.

Parents should especially take note that every effort must be made to ensure that all their affairs are in order and totally clear, as well as that they instill deen in their children. Otherwise, the very empire that they leave behind will become a means of tearing their children apart and making them lifelong enemies.

Let us impress on our children the temporary nature of this world and the importance of the preparation for the Hereafter. Remind ourselves that let alone the property, not even the stolen title deeds will come with us into the grave. Unlawful wealth can never bring us happiness, especially if it has broken the hearts of others.

 

Go Green

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Sunday, 13 December 2015 10:06

“Go green” is the current buzz-word to encourage people to protect the environment and conserve natural resources. While the rest of the world woke up fairly recently to the reality that the natural resources that we have been blessed with should not be wasted, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) taught the Ummah more than 14 centuries ago the lesson of conservation and of totally avoiding israaf.

Israaf

To use more than what is necessary is termed israaf. Regarding israaf, Allah Ta‘ala declares, “Verily Allah Ta‘ala does not love the wasters.” (Surah A‘araaf, v31) Among the very great gifts of Allah Ta‘ala is water. To waste water is to literally “flush” the gift of Allah Ta‘ala down the drain. On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked a person who was performing wudhu, “Why are you wasting water?” The person enquired, “Is there israaf even in wudhu?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Yes indeed, (do not waste) even if you are at the bank of a river” (Sunan ibni Maajah #425).

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Success in Salaah and Zakaah

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 14:21

Majlis of Hadhrat Moulana Ilyas Patel Saheb

Date: 2016-02-09

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The Hidden System

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 14:18

Ladies Tarbiyat Programme of Hadhrat Moulana Ilyas Patel

Date: 2016-02-09

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Inspirational Advice

Appreciating our Elders

Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah) mentions: “For the last 30 years, I have not slept without first supplicating and seeking forgiveness for Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah).”

‘Abdullah (rahimahullah), the son of Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah) says: I asked my father, “What type of person was Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah), for I often hear you supplicating for him?” Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) replied, “O son! Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) was like the sun to this world and like health to the people. Tell me, is there anything that can possibly replace the sun and health?” (Risaalatul Mustarshideen pg. 203)

Lessons:

1. Showing respect and honour to the ‘Ulama and our seniors is an important part of our deen. Together with respecting and revering them, we should show appreciation and gratitude for the services and sacrifices they rendered for deen. One way of showing gratitude is to regularly make du‘aa for them.

2. If we cannot show adequate appreciation and respect to these eminent personalities, we should, at the very least, avoid speaking against them. After all, they are the people who paved the path for us to enjoy the deen of Islam today.

3. Just as we respect and honour the ‘Ulama due to them being our spiritual deeni parents, we also respect and honour the parents who are responsible for our physical existence. In fact, the right of the parents and the honour that should be afforded to them is even more than that of the ‘Ulama. We should thus serve them with devotion and faithfulness and daily set aside time to make du‘aa for them. 

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