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Gaining a Sound Understanding in Deen

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Monday, 24 April 2017 14:45

quran1Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

A person who does not possess a sound temperament and whose understanding is deficient finds irrelevant facts appealing to his logic, but is unable to grasp and comprehend the correct arguments. I was once explaining, to an educated person the reason for rearing dogs being impermissible. I said to him, “The greatest reason is that Allah Ta‘ala and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) have prohibited it.” However, he was unhappy with this explanation. I thus gave him a second explanation saying, “A dog has one quality which is so bad that it wipes out all its good qualities. This quality is that it will never assist its own kind. Do you not see how enraged it becomes on seeing another dog?” When he heard this explanation, he became very happy, whereas this is merely a logical explanation and is not the actual reason for the prohibition. The actual reason for the prohibition is that shariee‘ah has prohibited keeping dogs. However, this reason did not appeal to him as much as the second point did. (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.208)

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The Gift of Me’raaj

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Monday, 24 April 2017 13:56

On the twenty seventh of Rajab the musjids will be full. People will gather to listen to talks being delivered regarding the great incident of Me’raaj. After the talks are over, by and large we return home with the miracle of Me’raaj and its message forgotten until the following year.

Unlike us, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and the Tabi‘een (those who came after the Sahaabah) never set aside any particular day for the discussion of the incident of Me’raaj. Hence even the scholars of the first century differed with regard to the actual date when Me’raaj occurred (see Fathul Baari, vol. 7, pg. 203 and Ruhul Ma’aani, vol.15, pg.6). The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum)  and the Tabi‘een (rahimahumullah) had no need to set aside any particular day for this discussion. They regularly and frequently discussed the ahaadeeth with regard to all aspects of the life of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). They lived the message of Me’raaj every day of their lives.

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In the Footsteps of Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam)

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Monday, 17 April 2017 16:11

(Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani [rahimahullah] #1)

Towards the end of the blessed life of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), there was a man named Aswad ‘Anasi who took over Yemen by force and proclaimed prophethood. Among the people that he summoned was Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani (rahimahullah).  

When Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) stood before him, he asked him, “Do you testify that Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is the Rasul of Allah?” Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) replied, “Yes.” Aswad ‘Anasi next asked him, “Do you testify that I am the Rasul of Allah?” To this question, Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) replied, “I cannot hear.”

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Placing one’s Reliance on Allah Ta‘ala

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Monday, 17 April 2017 15:02

1Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

A person becoming despondent of Deeni progress on account of lack of resources is in actual fact a sign that his reliance on worldly means is more than his conviction upon the power of Allah Ta‘ala and His promises. One should place his reliance entirely upon Allah Ta‘ala and work with determination. Allah Ta‘ala will create the means for the work to be accomplished. Otherwise, without the Divine help of Allah Ta‘ala, what can man do of his own accord? Nevertheless, mustering up courage and determination and striving is vitally important in order to receive the Divine help of Allah Ta‘ala. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.81)

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The Danger of Disrespect

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Monday, 10 April 2017 15:45

One of the commands that were issued to the Bani Israaeel was that they were not to fish on the day of Sabbath (i.e. Saturdays) out of reverence for the day. Allah Ta‘ala tested them by causing the fish to appear in such abundance on Saturdays that they were visible from the surface, while on other days they could hardly be seen. The Bani Israaeel devised a scheme which allowed them to still catch fish without actually fishing on Saturdays. They would cast their nets and rods on Fridays, the fish would then be caught without anyone having to stand by, and would be pulled out on Sundays. The guilty ones were punished by being transfigured into monkeys, as they had failed to respect the day of Sabbath.

In the recent past, Muslims respected the azaan, the Day of Jumu‘ah and the month of Ramadhaan by switching off the television and stopping all sin. Unfortunately the respect even for these symbols of Deen are fast leaving us. Due to the gross disrespect for these symbols of Deen, by continuing to sin in these sacred moments, we are inviting the wrath of Allah Ta‘ala. May Allah Ta‘ala save us from such a punishment on account of this disrespect, that our inner-character is transformed to that of animals, though outwardly we remain as humans.

   

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