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Practising on the Entire Deen

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Monday, 18 September 2017 15:08

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) selected five ahaadeeth from five hundred thousand ahaadeeth. These five ahaadeeth are such that through practising on them, one will be practising on the entire Deen.

After Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah), Imaam Abu Dawood (rahimahullah) selected four thousand eight hundred ahaadeeth from five hundred thousand ahaadeeth and compiled them into his kitaab, Sunan Abi Dawood. From these ahaadeeth four thousand eight hundred ahaadeeth which he compiled into his kitaab, he selected four ahaadeeth and stated that the one who practises on them will be practising upon the entire Deen. All these four ahaadeeth are among the five ahaadeeth that Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahimahullah) had selected. Imaam Abu Dawood (rahimahullah) did not select the fifth hadeeth as he understood that the meaning of the fifth hadeeth can be included in the other four ahaadeeth.

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Unity in Difference

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:55

Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) used to say that differences of opinion in those days were not like how it is today. Nowadays if we have a difference of opinion with someone then we drag his name, respect and honour to the gutters. There is absolutely no understanding and consideration for people left anymore. One does not even go to meet or speak with his counterparts. A veil is thrown over all his good qualities.

Our elders were such that they maintained unity despite having a difference with others. They would show kindness and sympathy to one another, share in one another’s sadness and happiness. In this regard, Hazrat Qari Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentions the following incident,

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From the Grapevine

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 16:16

We are often given “news” and information about people. On the basis of such “news” and information, we formulate opinions and perceptions in our minds about the people concerned. However, if the “news” is of a negative nature, it is compulsory to ignore it until it is verified and established to be true. To formulate negative opinions in our minds with regards to anybody upon hearing something which has not been verified is not permissible. In many cases these bits of information just come “from the grapevine” and have no truth in them. At times they are a mixture of half truths and distorted facts. Often it is pure misunderstanding and/or misinterpretation. Nevertheless, neither must one act on these bits of information without first establishing their authenticity, nor must one harbour ill-feelings or suspicion for any person on the basis of such information.

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Parting Advices

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:41

Obedient children give great importance to the ‘parting advice’ of a parent – the advice given before demise. Any sensible person who realizes that his time to leave the world is imminent will advise his family of things that matter most to him, and which will be of prior importance for their benefit and their protection from harm. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), who is closer to us than our own parents, also gave many parting advices to the Ummah on the momentous occasion of Hajjatul Wadaa’ (the Farewell Pilgrimage), less than 3 months prior to his departure from this world. The aspects which he advised were very close to his heart, hence he highlighted them on this unique occasion, in the presence of more than 100 000 Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). Those who take these advices to heart and adhere to them, insha Allah they will be very close to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) on the Day of Qiyaamah, and will be ushered into the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala.

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Garment Slogans

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Monday, 11 September 2017 16:00

Signs are an easy yet powerful tool for effectively conveying almost any type of message to any group of people. Among the various forms of signs is one that is commonly found but often overlooked –the t-shirt slogan. By one simply plastering a slogan on his chest in bold, attention-grabbing letters, he easily conveys his message to thousands of people.

One of the first people to realize the power of the t-shirt slogan (and then used it to protest the cold war) has the following to say regarding slogans: “Slogans work on so many different levels; they're almost subliminal. They're also a way of people aligning themselves to a cause. They're tribal. Wearing one is like branding yourself.”

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Controversy

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Monday, 11 September 2017 15:54

Q: There are so many serious controversies and differences everywhere. Even if I try to avoid getting involved, I still get caught up into some discussions and debates which I later regret. As a  layman what should I do? How should I react to these issues? (summary of question)

A: You have raised an extremely important and also very sensitive issue. It is beyond the scope of this little pamphlet to deal with such a deep matter. In order to get a proper understanding of how you should conduct yourself and what should your reaction be, study the following two books thoroughly: “Al-I’tidaal” by Hazrat Shaikh Zakariyyah Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) and “Boundaries of Differences” by Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). If you adhere to the guidance in these books, Insha Allah you will remain safe. Nevertheless some general points of advice are mentioned briefly hereunder:

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Inspirational Advice

Sincerity of the Seniors

Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahimahullah), the reviver of the effort of tableegh, was once invited to a tableeghi gathering in Muzaffarnagar. On arrival in Muzaffarnagar, he observed that the people who invited him had brought elephants to the station as they wished to form a ‘procession’ to escort him to the gathering. Moulana Ilyaas (rahimahullah) objected and explained that traveling in this manner was against the fundamental principles of the effort of tableegh. Hence, Moulana (rahimahullah) sat in an ordinary horse carriage and reached his residence.

As planned, the tableeghi gathering commenced, only for Moulana Ilyaas (rahimahullah) to learn, shortly after, that Moulana Sayyid Husain Ahmad Madani (rahimahullah) was delivering a lecture in another gathering nearby. Moulana Ilyaas (rahimahullah) immediately cancelled his lecture and instructed those present saying, “Moulana Madani (rahimahullah) has come. Everybody should go to that gathering and listen to his lecture.”

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