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Assisting the Ummah at the Time of Need

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Monday, 10 February 2020 15:24

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

The Deen of Islam places great emphasis on assisting those in need and those undergoing difficulties. However, it is unfortunate that in today’s times, many people are totally unconcerned about assisting those in difficulty.

Some people are so miserly and self-centred that they make every arrangement for their own comfort – shoes, food, clothing, etc. – yet they have no worry or concern for whether others are dying or undergoing distress.

Some people argue and say, “How many people must we help? There are thousands of people in need and difficulty!” The answer to such people is, “Very well, you are right in saying that there are thousands of people in need and difficulty. However, if you are unable to assist all, it does not mean that you should not assist the few people you are able to assist! At least assist ten people among them!”

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) then mentioned, “Generally, these types of excuses are made by people who do not wish to do anything.”

(Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 23/163-164)

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Sincerity

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Monday, 10 February 2020 09:30

The greatest oppression is to commit shirk (ascribe partners with Allah Ta’ala). The lesser shirk is to perform righteous actions for some ulterior motive such as name and fame, while it should have been done solely for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala. Hence it is reported in a hadeeth that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who has performed salaah to impress others, has committed shirk with Allah Ta‘ala.” (Musnad Ahmad #17140)

The gravity of the sin of riyaa (showing off and doing any action for people) is highlighted in a famous hadeeth. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said that on the Day of Judgment a learned person, a generous person and a martyr will be called up. However, their great actions of teaching Deen, spending wealth for the upliftment of Deen and sacrificing one’s life for Allah Ta‘ala will all be rejected due to having been done to gain the praises of people. It is further mentioned that they will be the first to be thrown in the fire of Jahannam. (Sunan Tirmizi #2382)

Therefore, sincerity in every action must be checked and re-checked. Allah Ta‘ala knows what is in the depth of one’s heart. One should therefore be only concerned to please Him at all times.

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Prepared to Die at His Door

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Monday, 03 February 2020 16:44

Maalik bin Dinaar (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

On one occasion, I was performing tawaaf around the blessed Ka’bah. During the tawaaf, I was surprised with the large multitudes of people who had arrived to perform Hajj and ‘Umrah. However, (as I observed these people,) I began to think, “If only I had knowledge of which person is accepted by Allah Ta‘ala, so that I may congratulate him, and which person is rejected by Allah Ta‘ala, so that I may sympathize with him!”

That night, when I went to sleep, I had a dream in which someone said to me, “O Maalik bin Dinaar! You are pondering over those performing Hajj and ‘Umrah! I take an oath, by Allah, that Allah Ta‘ala has forgiven all the people, whether young or old, male or female, black or white, Arab or non-Arab – with the exception of one man. Allah Ta‘ala is greatly displeased with him and has rejected his hajj, striking his face with it.” After hearing this, Allah Ta‘ala alone knows how I managed to sleep for the remainder of the night, as I feared that I should not be that rejected person.

The following night, when I went to sleep, I had the exact same dream, except that this time, I was told, “You are not that person (who is rejected by Allah Ta‘ala). Rather, he is a man from the region of Khuraasaan, from a city named Balkh. His name is Muhammad bin Haaroon. Allah Ta‘ala is greatly displeased with him. Allah Ta‘ala has rejected his hajj and has struck his face with it.”  

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Begging Allah Ta‘ala to Accept One’s Actions

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Monday, 03 February 2020 15:47

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

After carrying out any righteous action, one should feel within his heart that he did not carry out the action in the manner it ought to have been carried out. Similarly, one should have the fear that the action should not be rejected by Allah Ta‘ala.

In other words one should strive to the best of his ability to carry out the action in the most perfect manner. However, upon completing the action, one should be convinced that the action he had carried out is full of deficiencies and weaknesses, and thus it is certainly not in accordance to the majesty and grandeur of Allah Ta‘ala. Hence, he should fear that the action will not be rejected and flung at his face on the Day of Qiyaamah on account of the many deficiencies within it.

Thereafter, with this fear and remorse in his heart, he should cry to Allah Ta‘ala and beg Him to accept his action. He should also engage in istighfaar for his weaknesses.

(Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 84)

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Patience or Revenge?

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Monday, 27 January 2020 17:06

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

When people plot and scheme against you, then it is only natural for you to feel disappointed, hurt and grieved over their behaviour. However, you should not entertain thoughts of taking revenge from these people. The reason is that the revenge of Allah Ta‘ala is far more severe. Furthermore, if you take revenge, then your revenge will be deficient, compared to Allah Ta‘ala’s revenge, and taking revenge will also cause you to lose the immense reward of exercising sabr.

The patience which you are exercising over your challenges and difficulties will be a means of you enjoying great barakah, and Allah Ta‘ala will bless you with great bounties as well. When a Muslim exercises sabr, Allah Ta‘ala blesses him with a long life in which he receives the taufeeq to carry out good deeds. When one patiently endures difficulties in this world, Allah Ta‘ala blesses him with rewards in the Hereafter that are far better than that which he lost in this world.

(Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 464-465)

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