Friday, 28 June 2013 07:30
Summary of Letter:
Respected Mufti Saheb
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu
My heart has become very hard. It just would not melt with the remembrance or the fear of Allah Ta’ala. Please advise as to how I should soften my heart.
Furthermore, with the grace of Allah Ta’ala and through the barkat (blessing) of being linked to yourself, I have been blessed with the tawfeeq (ability) of quickly repenting from my sins. The problem is that to remain steadfast on taubah (and not repeat the sin) is among the most difficult things for me. Please help me to overcome these maladies.
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu
It is necessary to always keep in mind the reality of taubah. The reality of taubah is that one should sincerely regret having committed the sin, as well as firmly resolve to refrain from the sin. The resolve should be such that even if you are thrown into the fire, you will not commit that sin again. One should also constantly make dua to Allah Ta’ala to grant one istiqamat (steadfastness) on one’s taubah. If any rights (of people) have not been discharged, make an effort to fulfil the same. In this way one will Insha-Allah be blessed with istiqamat.
Keeping contact with the poor, being compassionate to them and sharing their pain and grief will Insha-Allah help to soften the heart. (Maktoobaat vol. 5, pg. 62)
Was Salaam (Maktoobaat)
Friday, 28 June 2013 07:22
“And assist one another in acts of virtue and Taqwa and do not assist one another in sin and rebellion.” (s5 : v2)
Be good… and help others to be good – this is the salient feature of a true believer and a person of Taqwa. His words and actions guide towards righteousness. Inviting others towards Taqwa and assisting them to adopt it also strengthens his own Taqwa.
Thursday, 27 June 2013 20:34
“O You who Believe, FEAR ALLAH and be with the Saadiqeen (Truthfu)l” (s9: v119)
Together with the command of adopting Taqwa, Allah Ta’ala has provided the prescription of how to acquire it. It will be attained in the company of those who are sincere and truthful — they are truthful in their commitment to be obedient to Allah Ta’ala and they are also truthful in their dealings with the servants of Allah Ta’ala. Their hearts are filled with the fire of the love of Allah Ta’ala. Hence in their company the hearts of others are also ignited with His love.
Thursday, 27 June 2013 20:33
“And that you forgive is closer to the FEAR OF ALLAH.” (s2 : v237)
The clear message is that a person with Taqwa is a person of akhlaaq (good character). Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said that the weightiest thing on the scales of good deeds on the Day of Judgement is good character. ”
The person of Taqwa is kind, compassionate and very tolerant. He does not harbour malice or jealousy and does not give vent to anger. Indeed, he is somebody who can easily forgive and forget. Since he wishes that Allah Ta’ala should forgive him, he forgives the ser-vants of Allah Ta’ala. Taqwa makes him humble since he is for-ever conscious of the greatness of Allah Ta’ala. He is far away from pride and arrogance. In short, the person of Taqwa has a true heart – a heart filled with love and goodness.
Thursday, 27 June 2013 20:30
“And FEAR ALLAH, verily He is aware of what is in the hearts.” (s5 : v7)
The illicit intentions …. the evil fantasizing …. the plots and plans to deceive or defraud …. the burning jealousy and the festering malice …. and everything else that is deep down in the heart is no secret to Him. He knows it all. “He knows the deception of the eyes and what the hearts conceal (S40:V19).” The heart is a priceless, special gift that Allah Ta’ala has granted. He detests that His special gift be filled with such filth. A person of taqwa will therefore have a clean heart…. and he will continue to clean and polish his heart with zikr and isitighfaar.
Thursday, 27 June 2013 20:28
“….If you women do FEAR ALLAH, then do not talk in alluring tones.” (s33 : v32)
True Taqwa shuts all the doors that lead to fitna. If a woman talks out of sheer necessity to a non – mahram, Taqwa requires of her to deliberately make her voice unattractive. In numerous tragic instances, the catalyst to to the worst fitna was the voice of some female…. and in many cases the voice of some male “singers”.
Taqwa demands that one should not talk in alluring tones, as well as not to listen to any voice that incites the slightest degree of evil in one’s heart. Practice on the following rule: When in doubt, leave it out.
Thursday, 27 June 2013 20:22
“O you who Believe, FEAR ALLAH and forsake what is left of interest if you are indeed Believers.” (s2: v278)
In the above aayah the Believers are addressed, yet Allah Ta’ala says at the end “if you are indeed Believers.” This indicates that, especially in business and monetary dealings, there are those Believers who deal like true Believers. They are honest and true to their word. They pay what-ever is due upon them on time. Such people’s business is an invitation to Islam and a good example of the sublime teachings of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). May Allah Ta’ala bless them and shower them with immense barakah.
Then there are those Believers who, most unfortunately and tragically, deal like the dishonest disbelievers. Lying, deceiving, not paying one’s creditors and indulging in haraam business is the order of the day. Business is the object of their life at any cost – at the expense of Deen as well as the honour, wealth and even lives of others. Such people distance others away from Islam for a few coppers. May Allah Ta’ala guide them and bless them with Taqwa. Aameen.
Thursday, 27 June 2013 19:23
“And the garments of Taqwa (FEAR OF ALLAH)are better.” (s7 : v26)
Among shaitaan’s first target to break down one’s hayaa (modesty and shame), and consequently one’s Taqwa, is through shameless dressing. In particular, women’s dressing trends are generally getting worse by the day. The garments of Taqwa conceal and do not reveal, whereas the modern shameless trend is to reveal more and conceal less. Every woman should ask herself what would be the reaction of Hazrath Ayesha (R.A.) or Hazrath Fatima (R.A.) if they had to see what type of garments they own and how they dress???
Taqwa demands that we sit up and take stock of our manner of dressing. If we do not adopt Taqwa NOW and halt the rot that has already set in, many of tomorrow’s daughters and grand-daughters will be dressing no less shamelessly than the loose women of the west. The parents and grand parents of today will also be answerable for this rot if they do nothing to REVERSE the present slide towards shamelessness.
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