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Serving his Ustaaz

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 15:30

The only reason that Hazrat Moulana Husain Ahmad Madani (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) had given himself up for imprisonment in Malta was to serve his ustaaz, Shaikhul Hind Moulana Mahmoodul Hasan (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). Hazrat Moulana Madani (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) rendered such service that Shaikhul Hind (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned to his wife, “My own son would not have been able to render the service which Molvi Husain Ahmad had made for me.”

Because Malta was extremely cold, and there was no hot water to make wudhu with, Hazrat Moulana Madani (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would hold the water bag to his stomach the entire night just so that it would be warm enough for his ustaaz to use at the time of Tahajjud.

(Hazrat Moulana Husain Ahmad Madani [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] pg. 219)

 

A Phone Call Away

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Monday, 08 October 2018 16:21

Nowadays many people generally only meet family members on the occasion of a death or a wedding in the family. While it may not be possible to travel and meet family members who live long distances away from us, we can occasionally give them a phone call just to greet them and find out as to how they are keeping.

We will be surprised as to what du‘aas and supplications a simple phone call can earn for ourselves. Perhaps an old aunt is sick or bedridden and feeling very low. You called, and her spirits were boosted once again. Your voice brought a smile to her face and her heart instantaneously flows with du‘aas for you.

We tend to forget that our progress and achievements are very often due to the du‘aas of those around us. At times we focus on the big things in life, forgetting that even the little things really do count.

 

 

Adopting Moderation when Dealing with People, together with Remaining within the Limits of Shariah

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Monday, 01 October 2018 15:06

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

A businessman told me that a certain person, who was a follower of a Barelwi Shaikh, mentioned the following to him in Calcutta, “Who claims that Ashraf Ali is a Deobandi? The Deobandis (people of Deoband) regard him to be a Deobandi, but really, we feel that he is one of us, the Barelwis.”

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) then said, “The only reason for this person having a good opinion regarding myself and being happy with me is that I do not adopt a harsh approach when dealing with people. Instead, when dealing with people, I display politeness and good character, together with remaining within the limits of sharee‘ah. Even when dealing with the Barelwis, I do not conduct myself in a harsh or unpleasant manner. I display politeness and good character, according to the sunnah. Due to my dealing with them in this manner, they have a good opinion of me and feel that I am one of them.”

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Salaah with Jamaat after School

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 08:37

Hazratjee Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) went to school in his hometown, Barlah, and then moved onto Aligarh to continue with his education. He completed up to grade six. He always excelled in his class and would very often take the first position. However since his heart was not inclined towards worldly education, his father then took him out of school and engaged him in Deeni ta’leem.

Even whilst he was in school, he was extremely punctual in performing his salaah with jamaat. Once Hazratjee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned, “Our school would terminate at 12:30 pm. Near our school was a small musjid. Daily I would go to the musjid after school and perform my Zuhr Salaah with jamaat.”

(Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 12)

   

Inspirational Advice

The Blessing of Bismillah​

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was once proceeding to a certain place for some task when he passed by a grave. On looking at the grave, Allah Ta‘ala showed him that angels of punishment were torturing the inmate of the grave.

Sometime later, when Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) had completed his task and was returning, he again passed by the grave. However, Allah Ta‘ala now showed him that instead of angels of punishment, there were angels of mercy at the grave, bearing platters of divine radiance!

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was surprised at this sudden change in condition. He thus performed salaah and engaged in du‘aa, begging Allah Ta‘ala to reveal to him what had caused the punishment of the inmate to cease and be replaced with His special mercy.

Allah Ta‘ala sent revelation to Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) informing him thus:

O ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam)! This servant led a life of disobedience and sin, and he has thus been engulfed in punishment from the time he passed away. However, when he passed away, he left a wife who was expecting a child. After the child was born, she raised him and saw to his upbringing until he grew into a young boy. She then made him over to the maktab (elementary madrasah) teachers. After entering the madrasah, the teacher made the child recite “Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem”. I thus felt ashamed to punish my servant with fire within the earth while his son is taking My name above the earth.

(At-Tafseerul Kabeer vol. 1, pg. 143)

Lessons:

1. One of the greatest investments for any parent is a pious child. As the parents were the means of the child entering the world, they have a share in all his good works and righteous deeds and are rewarded accordingly. However, for this investment to bear fruit, the seeds of piety and righteousness will have to be planted and nurtured in the child.

2. In order for the seeds of righteousness and piety to be planted in the child, it is essential that the child be enrolled into a maktab madrasah. It is in the maktab madrasahs that the children are taught the basics and fundamentals of imaan and Islam, such as the oneness of Allah Ta‘ala, the prophethood of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), how to make wudhu, how to perform salaah, how to recite the Quraan Majeed, etc. Since many parents are unable to teach their children themselves (due to lacking the time or knowledge), enrolling the children into a maktab is a proven solution to ensuring that they are not deprived of the teachings of Islam.

3. We should regularly make du‘aa for the forgiveness of all those who have passed on with imaan, especially our parents, grandparents, asaatizah (those who taught us Deen), etc.

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