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The Gauge to Determine whether a Favour is a Blessing or a Trial

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Tuesday, 02 March 2021 06:39

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

If a person makes shukr to Allah Ta‘ala for the favours he enjoys (and he utilizes the favours in the obedience of Allah Ta‘ala), then this is a sign that the favours he enjoys are a blessing from the side of Allah Ta‘ala upon him (which will be a means for his progress). However, if he does not make shukr to Allah Ta‘ala for the favours, and the favours cause him to fall into negligence and forget Allah Ta‘ala, then this is a sign that the favours he enjoys are a trial and test from the side of Allah Ta‘ala upon him.

(Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 14/131)

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A Bargain for Barakah

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Monday, 01 March 2021 14:00

There was once a man who had four sons. When he fell ill (and was nearing his end), one of his sons (was so eager to serve him and enjoy the exclusive privilege of caring for him, that he) told the other three sons, “Either you nurse him in his sickness and forfeit your shares of his estate; or I will nurse him and forfeit my share of the estate.” His brothers were pleased with his proposition and left him to nurse their father on his own.

When the father eventually passed away, then as agreed, the son who nursed him did not take any share from the estate. Thereafter, he saw a dream one night in which a person told him that one hundred dinaars (gold coins) were kept at a certain place, and he should take these coins. He asked the person whether the money contained barakah (blessings), to which the person replied in the negative.

The following morning, when he related the dream to his wife, she insisted that he should take the money saying, “Having some food to eat and clothing to wear is (sufficient) barakah.” However, he, did not agree.

The following night, he again saw a dream in which a person told him of a certain place where ten dinaars were kept. Once again, when he asked if the money contained barakah, the reply was in the negative. He related the dream to his wife the next morning, and she insisted that he should go and take the money, but again, he refused to do so (not wishing to acquire wealth which was devoid of barakah).

On the third night, he again saw a dream in which a person told him of a certain place where he could find a single dinaar. This time, when he enquired as to whether it contained barakah, the answer was in the affirmative. He thus went to the described location and took possession of the dinaar.

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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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Acquiring the Special Assistance of Allah Ta‘ala

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Tuesday, 16 February 2021 07:43

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

When a person adopts taqwa (piety) and fears Allah Ta‘ala in his life by subjecting his desires to the command of Allah Ta‘ala, then Allah Ta‘ala removes his difficulties through unseen means, and assists him through avenues which he least expects. Allah Ta‘ala says in the Quraan Majeed:

وَ  مَنۡ یَّتَّقِ اللّٰهَ یَجۡعَلۡ لَّهُ مَخۡرَجًا ۙ﴿۲﴾

The one who fears Allah Ta‘ala, He (Allah Ta‘ala) will make a way out for him (from every difficulty). (Surah Talaaq v2)

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Reaping the Rewards of Respect

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Monday, 15 February 2021 15:22

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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