Honesty in Business Dealings is the Hallmark of a Believer


Tuesday, 19 October 2021 07:30

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

The Mubaarak Hadith mentions that on the Day of Qiyaamah, the honest businessman will be resurrected with the martyrs, while the dishonest businessman will be resurrected with the evil and sinful people. It is obvious that adopting honesty in business dealings will benefit one in his deen. However, we should understand that it will also benefit one in his dunya.

In the beginning, one may experience some difficulty in business, but through maintaining honesty, one will find that Allah Ta‘ala will grant one immense barakah and blessing.

In the city of Kanpur, there was a certain person who would sell bamboo. Whenever a customer would come to him, he would clearly inform the customer saying, “This bamboo will only last you for so many days.” Hearing this, the customers would turn away and leave without buying the bamboo.

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Concrete Conviction


Monday, 18 October 2021 15:48

The famous Seljuk ruler, Sultaan Noorud Deen Zangi (rahimahullah), had a son named Ismaa‘eel. Ismaa‘eel was a pious and intelligent youngster who was greatly loved by the people of Halab (Aleppo). During the month of Rajab in the year 577 A.H., Ismaa‘eel fell ill with colitis. This illness led to his demise that very year, and he passed away at the tender age of nineteen.

It is mentioned that when he was suffering from his illness, the physicians who were treating him prescribed a small amount of wine as his medication. However, he refused to take the wine saying, “I cannot take it until I first consult the Fuqahaa (jurists).”

He thus referred the mas-alah to certain ‘Ulama who told him that it was permissible (as there was no halaal alternative, and the condition was life-threatening). However, he was still reluctant.

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The Primary Purpose of the Effort of Da’wat and Tableegh


Tuesday, 12 October 2021 08:45

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

The primary purpose and goal of our effort of Da’wat and Tableegh is to teach people the complete Deen that was brought by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) (in other words, to bring the Ummah upon the complete teachings of Islam). This is our actual purpose and goal.

As for sending jamaats to different areas and encouraging people to make gusht in their localities, then these are various means adopted to achieve the primary purpose and goal of connecting people to Deen. Similarly, teaching people the kalimah (i.e. imaan) and how to perform salaah can be regarded as the fundamentals of this effort of Da’wat and Tableegh.

It is obvious that the jamaats which go out (in the path of Allah Ta‘ala) cannot attend to every Deeni responsibility. Rather, the most that they can do is upon arriving in any locality, they should try their best to create a Deeni awakening and awareness among the people of the locality and revive the concern for Deen within them. Similarly, they should make an effort on those who are far from Deen and try to link them to the ‘Ulama and pious people living in the locality. Likewise, they will encourage those people of the locality who have the concern of Deen at heart to make an effort on the people of their locality.

(Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 26)



The Grass is Always Greener…


Monday, 04 October 2021 08:53

Shaikh ‘Abdul Fattaah Abu Ghuddah (rahimahullah), the renowned Syrian ‘Aalim, writes that he heard the following incident from an ‘Aalim of Pakistan:

Once, a certain person went to visit one of the rulers in Northern Pakistan. When the ruler (received him and) asked him how he was, he launched into a lengthy list of complaints, explaining all the difficulties and grievances that he was suffering.

After listing his extensive complaints, he remarked to the ruler, “How fortunate you are! You lead a good and comfortable life! You enjoy the best quality of food, drink and sleep, and your life is free from all problems and worries! You are the ruler, so everything (you wish for) is presented before you!” Hearing this, the ruler remained silent and did not say anything.

Sometime later, the ruler invited this person to his home for a meal. However, over this person’s seat, he had suspended a sharp, unsheathed sword. Furthermore, the sword was hanging from a thin thread which could snap at any second. When the man saw the sword hanging over him, threatening to fall on him at any moment, he was filled with such fear that he lost his appetite and interest in the food!

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The Essence of Sulook


Tuesday, 28 September 2021 06:28

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

The essence and foundation of the entire process of sulook (self-reformation and acquiring a special relationship with Allah Ta‘ala) is to follow the mubaarak sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). In other words, every department of one’s life should conform to the blessed sunnah, whether it is the department of ibaadaat (acts of worship), aadaat (habits and ways of carrying out mundane affairs) or akhlaaq (character and conduct).

(Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 495)



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