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The Humility of the True Servants of Allah Ta‘ala

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Tuesday, 23 February 2021 06:34

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

The special friends of Allah Ta‘ala who have acquired His recognition are such that, despite all the good qualities that they possess, they do not regard any of their actions to be worthy of being presented before Allah Ta‘ala. In proportion to the progress that they make, their humility goes on increasing, until they reach a point where they consider themselves to be the lowest of Allah Ta‘ala’s servants, and they feel that there is no servant of Allah Ta‘ala that is lower than them.

(Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 264-265)

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Distancing

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Wednesday, 30 December 2020 15:34

‘Distancing’ is perhaps among the most commonly used words in the recent past. The question is: Is “distancing” really a matter of life and death?

Spiritually speaking, YES, it can become so. If a person becomes distanced from Allah Ta‘ala due to being affected by the virus of sin, he will become spiritually sick and weak. If he continues to persist in major sins and gets extremely distanced from Allah Ta‘ala, such distancing could eventually lead to spiritual paralysis or even death!

GREATEST AMBITION

A Muslim’s greatest ambition, most lofty aspiration and ultimate goal is to get close… very close... to his Rabb and Creator, Allah Ta‘ala. Hence he will “go the extra mile” and strive as much as possible to earn that special closeness and proximity. On the contrary, he will be totally averse to anything that will distance him from Allah Ta‘ala even to the minutest extent.

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Solace in Sickness

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Wednesday, 30 December 2020 15:30

Influenza, pneumonia, TB, bronchitis… There are thousands of diseases in existence, and every disease brings some form of discomfort, inconvenience and pain to a person. Hence, no person wishes or desires to be afflicted by disease. In the hadeeth as well, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has taught us to seek protection from illnesses and diseases.

Nevertheless, if Allah Ta‘ala has decreed sickness for a person, then together with making du‘aa for shifaa (cure), one should immediately hold firmly onto sabr while hoping for and anticipating the immense rewards that are promised in the ahaadeeth for those who patiently tolerate sickness without complaint. Some of these ahaadeeth are:

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Happiness

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Wednesday, 30 December 2020 15:23

Q: Often I feel down and miserable. Sometimes there is a reason for it, but sometimes I cannot understand why I am feeling miserable. I perform my salaah regularly and  recite Quraan daily. I also get bored easily. How can I be happy? Please advise.

A: The following principle should be understood well: Difficulties, hardships and challenges come upon both the pious as well as the sinners. The difficulties on the pious come as a test and become a means of elevating their status in the court of Allah Ta‘ala. The sinners are afflicted with hardship as a very mild form of punishment and mainly as a “wake-up call” so that they may repent and come back to the obedience of Allah Ta‘ala.

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Inspirational Advice

Reaping the Rewards of Respect

Abu Ebrahim, Ismaa‘eel bin Ahmad, was the ruler of Khuraasaan. One day, while in Samarqand, he held a session in which he availed himself for the general people to come to him and present their problems and difficulties to him, asking for his assistance. During this session, his brother, Ishaaq, was seated beside him. After some time, the renowned Faqeeh and ‘Aalim, Abu ‘Abdillah, Muhammad bin Nasr (rahimahullah), entered. Out of respect for him, the ruler, Ismaa‘eel bin Ahmad, stood.

After the ‘Aalim had departed, Ishaaq began to reprimand his brother saying, “You are the ruler of Khuraasaan. Why do you then stand when your subject enters? (By behaving in this manner,) you will lose (respect and) authority!”

That night, when Ismaa‘eel bin Ahmad went to sleep, he had a dream in which he saw that he and his brother were standing before Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came forward and held Ismaa‘eel by his upper arm and said, “O Ismaa‘eel! Your rule and the rule of your progeny will continue, on account of the honour and respect that you showed to Muhammad bin Nasr (rahimahullah).”

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