Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:03
Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) whilst explaining the conditions of the elders of his family mentioned, “In those days most of people were concerned about Deen. Trustworthiness, honesty and the fear of Allah Ta‘ala were found in the men, women, elders and children. They themselves would stay away from deception and oppression and make sure that their children and animals also did not become a means of causing harm to anyone. They would make sure that their animals did not stray away into the fields of other farmers thereby harming the crops of others. They would not allow their animals to walk in the fields of others and even if they did allow them they would first place a muzzle on their mouths so that they could not eat anything.
In this regard, once Hazrat Qari Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned an incident regarding the great grandfather of his son’s father-in-law, Janaab ‘Abdur Rabb Saheb. Once his ox went into the field of a non-Muslim and uprooted a plant. He immediately pulled it out of its mouth not allowing it to eat the plant. For a long period he grieved over the fact that his ox had caused harm to someone’s farm. He could not bear this at all. Thus he began querying as to the owner of the farm until eventually it was told to him that it belonged to this non-Muslim person. He showed the farmer the broken plant and confessed saying, “Today my ox has caused damage to your plantation. Whatever compensation you wish to take from me you may take it. I am willing to pay whatever it is.” That poor non-Muslim fell to his feet and in a very embarrassed tone said, “O my master, whatever I have is because of what you people have given me. Why are you embarrassing me like this?”
They had maintained such excellent relations with their non-Muslim counterparts and such kindness they had portrayed that they always felt indebted to their kindness and were always affected with their good character. (Hayaat-e-Siddeeq, pg. 37)
Monday, 20 February 2017 16:01
Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:
Some pious and learned people have an incorrect notion regarding the meaning of ‘istighnaa’. They feel that istighnaa is for a person to completely cease meeting wealthy people and to totally avoid mixing and interacting with them. Whereas this is not the true meaning of istighnaa. The true meaning of istighnaa is for one to refrain from expressing one’s needs before the wealthy or associating with them with the desire of acquiring wealth and prominence. Hence, to meet the wealthy and interact with them for the sake of Deen and for other Deeni purposes is permissible and will certainly not go against the dictates of istighnaa. Rather, meeting people in general for the sake of Deen is also important and necessary to some degree. Nevertheless, there is one thing of which we should be cautious – meeting and interacting with the wealthy should not lead to the greed and desire for wealth and prominence being created within us. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.14)
Monday, 20 February 2017 08:43
‘Abdullah, the nephew of Muslim bin Sa’d (rahimahullah), narrates the following incident:
I once intended to perform hajj. On learning of my intention, my mother’s brother, Muslim (rahimahullah), handed me ten thousand Dirhams and said, “Seek the poorest household from the people of Madeenah Munawwarah and give these Dirhams to them.”
When I entered Madeenah Munawwarah, I asked the people to show me the poorest household among them. They thus directed me to a certain home to which I thereafter proceeded. On reaching the home, I knocked on the door. My knock was soon answered by a woman who asked me who I was. I replied, “I am a man from Baghdad who has been entrusted with ten thousand Dirhams and instructed to give them to the poorest household from the people of Madeenah Munawwarah. Please take this wealth, as your household has been described as the poorest household in Madeenah Munawwarah.”
Monday, 13 February 2017 16:15
When it comes to food, every individual has a certain preference. Fish may perhaps be the favourite meal for some and a definite distaste for others. It is for this reason at times the host finds out from the guest as to what meal should be prepared. The desire of the host is to please the guest.
In the same way we are all the servants of Allah Ta‘ala. Our object and desire is to please our Allah Ta‘ala. If we were to use our own intelligence and invent ways to please Allah Ta‘ala, then most definitely we would have failed miserably. Our loving Allah Ta‘ala, having mercy on us, sent to us the final messenger Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to teach us how to please our Creator, Allah Ta‘ala. As long as we live our lives on the beautiful and perfect way shown to us by Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) then we will enjoy the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala.
Monday, 13 February 2017 11:29
In today’s times, the statement, “This mouth is unworthy of making du‘aa” is commonly heard from people. A person once came to me and expressed the same feeling, saying that he was unworthy of making du‘aa. In reply, I asked him, “Do you perform salaah? Do you recite the kalimah?” When he replied that he does perform salaah and recite the kalimah, I said, “When you are worthy enough to perform salaah, to fast and to recite the kalimah, then why are you unworthy of making du‘aa?” This feeling, that you are unworthy of making du‘aa, is in actual fact created by Shaitaan in his effort to mislead you. He wishes to deprive you of the barakah of turning to Allah Ta‘ala in du‘aa. Similarly, your nafs does not wish to exert itself in any work. Therefore, whenever it is told to do any good work, it looks for some excuse or the other to avoid doing that good work. (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.128)
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