Darkness in Words


Monday, 24 October 2016 14:27

The mind and heart of an author is in his words. With his words he captures the minds and hearts of the innocent readers. The written words of a sinner or disbeliever are full of darkness. Each word of his book that we do read fills our heart and mind with darkness. With time we begin to think and desire just as a sinner or disbeliever would.

Hours are spent in reading novels and magazines with full passion and joy. However, a few pages of the Quraan Majeed or some zikr and du‘aa seem to be a burden on the heart. This is a very sad reflection of the condition of our hearts. At the time of death, that which is in our heart will determine how we leave this world. We need to simply fill our hearts with the light of good deeds. 


The Degeneration of Hayaa


Monday, 24 October 2016 11:09

pearl in oysterHazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

It is not in keeping with hayaa and modesty for women to write their names in their articles as is prevalent nowadays. Yes, there will be no harm in revealing their names after their demise. Men have a natural inclination towards women; therefore extreme caution should be exercised in these matters. Despite the Azwaaj-e-Mutahharaat being the mothers of the believers and despite nikaah with them being perpetually haraam, they were commanded with the following injunction in the Quraan Majeed:

فَلَا تَخْضَعْنَ بِالْقَوْلِ فَيَطْمَعَ الَّذِي فِي قَلْبِهِ مَرَضٌ ﴿الأحزاب: 32﴾

Do not speak in soft, alluring tones, lest the one in whose heart is a disease should be moved with desire.

Nowadays, women are carrying out works that are totally against the dictates of shame and modesty. I came across some poetry composed by a woman where she praises the features of her shaikh and expresses her desire to meet him. This is how shameless people have become! (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.482)


Do not Fear, Allah Ta‘ala will Assist You


Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:33

There was a person in Gangoh who narrated an incident about a murder that had taken place near their home. The family of the deceased furnished the name of his father as one of the suspects, whereas he was completely innocent. He further narrates;

“My father had ta‘alluq (association) with Hazrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) who advised him to follow the necessary legal routes and mentioned to him, ‘Do not fear, Allah Ta‘ala will help you.’ Hence, he continued until eventually the date for the case had drawn near. He came back to Hazrat Moulana Gangohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) to inform him about the court case, but again Hazrat Moulana Gangohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned to him, ‘Do not fear, Allah Ta‘ala will help you.’ He had come to Gangoh on foot. The next day when he went to court, the secretary informed him that it was decided that the culprits will be punished. When he asked if his name was also recorded therein, the secretary replied in the affirmative.

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Distribution of Inheritance (Part Two)


Tuesday, 11 October 2016 09:49

On the same topic, Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned that some people, on the passing away of a relative, donate their musalla, lota (jug), chair and other things to the madaaris which they consider to be a very rewarding deed, whereas this is totally impermissible. All the heirs now have a right to this wealth. After the burial arrangements have been completed, fulfilling his debts and carrying out that which he had bequeathed from a third of his wealth are the first things that need to be attended to. Thereafter, his wealth should be distributed immediately. Whoever has a right, should be given his due. Without first distributing this wealth, it is not permissible to make esaal-e-thawaab with the wealth and neither is it correct to donate part of it to a musjid or madrasah. Whoever wants to do so, should utilize his own wealth. It should not be done from the inheritance which is jointly owned.

Read more: Distribution of Inheritance (Part Two)


Distribution of Inheritance (Part One)


Thursday, 06 October 2016 16:25

A few days after the demise of the wife of Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih), he mentioned to some of the household members, “Being the elder of the family, I have an added responsibility. I wish that all the family members gather so that I may divide the shares of her estate between the heirs. It is not permissible to use whatever she has left behind until all the shares are divided. Once this is completed, I will be free of the responsibility.”

Once whilst teaching the Jalaalain (book of tafseer) lesson, Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned under the aayah of inheritance that, “There is much carelessness in the wealth of inheritance. People regard it as booty. Whoever gets hold of whatever wealth, he automatically assumes that he is the owner, whereas all the heirs have a right in the wealth that is left behind. No one has any right to use it.”

Read more: Distribution of Inheritance (Part One)


Free Time Thermometer


Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:28

Generally what one does in one’s free time is that which one truly loves. Whatever one loves has a special place deep down in one’s heart. What is in one’s heart surfaces at the time of death. Whenever one has free time, does one’s mind immediately go towards playing some sport, reading a novel, surfing the internet or going shopping? Or does ones mind go towards reciting the Quraan Majeed, making zikr, du‘aa, etc.?

Our free time gives us the indication of what is in our hearts. Our hearts will speak at the time of our death. The next time we are blessed with some free time and we wish to engage in any action, we should ask ourselves, “Would I like to die doing such an action?” 


Inspirational Advice

The Pearl Necklace

Qaadhi Abu Bakr Muhammad bin ‘Abdil Baaqi bin Muhammed Al-Bazzaaz Al-Ansaari (rahimahullah) (d. 535 A.H.) gives the following account of his life:

I was a student in Makkah Mukarramah. One day, I was hungry and could not find anything to stave off my hunger. On my way home, I found a small velvet pouch neatly tied with a tassel of silk. I picked it up and returned home with it. Upon opening it, I found a beautiful pearl necklace, the like of which I had never seen before.

I later went out and saw an old man with five hundred dinaars in a cloth, crying out loudly, “This is the reward for the one who returns to me a pouch containing a pearl necklace!” I thought to myself, “I am in need and extremely hungry. I can benefit from this reward by returning the purse to the old man.” I thus approached him and said, “Come with me” after which I led him to my home. On arriving at my home, he gave me the complete description of the pouch and tassel, the pearls, the number of beads in the necklace and the cord with which they were strung. Having ascertained that the pearl necklace belonged to him, I took out the pouch and handed it to him, to which he promptly presented me with the reward of five hundred dinars.

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