Repenting for One’s Sins


Monday, 29 July 2019 14:45

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned: I have mentioned the following verse of the Quraan Majeed many times in the past:

وَمَا أَصَـابَكُم مِّنْ مُّصِيْبَةٍ فَبِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِيْكُمْ وَيَعْفُوْا عَنْ كَثِيْرٍ

Whatever calamity afflicts you is because of that which your hands have earned (evil deeds), and He forgives many (of your sins). (Surah Shura v30)

By Allah Ta‘ala, one will be dealt with according to his actions. At times, the result of one’s actions is not seen immediately. However, it does not mean that if one does not see the result of one’s actions immediately, there is no result that is forthcoming. The consequence of one’s actions will definitely be seen sooner or later. Similarly, if we experience some difficulty, the difficulty we experience may not always be due to the apparent cause that we see before us. Sometimes, there is another hidden cause (i.e. our sins) which we don’t consider, whereas this is the actual cause for the difficulty. It is for this reason that you should make istighfaar constantly and make a habit of reciting Aayat-e-Kareemah (لا إله إلا أنت سبحانك إني كنت من الظالمين) in abundance. We should turn to Allah Ta‘ala at all times for He is the only source of help.

(Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] pg. 429)



How to Deal with People


Monday, 22 July 2019 16:05

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned: We are commanded in the hadeeth to have a good opinion of the believers. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:

حسن الظن من حسن العبادة

Having a good opinion of people is an act of ‘ibaadah

We should understand that this hadeeth is to be practised in situations where one does not have any business dealings with people. As far as situations where one has business dealings with people, then one will be careful and alert. (In this way, one will not be deceived by people. However, one should refrain from entertaining baseless suspicions about people). (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 116)



Persevering in the Pursuit of Knowledge


Monday, 22 July 2019 15:51

Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) is a personality who requires no introduction. Nevertheless, while most people are aware of the acceptance which he and his kitaab received from Allah Ta‘ala, not many people are aware of the great hardships which he underwent in the pursuit of ‘ilm (the knowledge of Deen). Below are two incidents in this regard:

‘Umar bin Hafs (rahimahullah) narrates:

We were with Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) in Basrah, acquiring and writing the ahaadeeth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). On one occasion, a few days passed in which we saw no sign of Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah). Thereafter, we managed to locate him and found that he was in a certain house. (He remained confined to the house because) he did not possess any clothing and his provisions were exhausted. Hence, we collected some dirhams (silvers coins) and used the amount to acquire clothing for him.

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Moulding the Character in Childhood


Monday, 15 July 2019 08:49

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

Most people are not particular about giving their children an Islamic upbringing. Such people generally say, “The children are still small.” However, it should be remembered that the good values instilled in childhood are firmly embedded in the child and remain with him throughout his life. In fact, childhood is the actual period wherein the character of a child and his understanding can be correctly moulded. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 23/219)



Receptive to the Reminder


Monday, 08 July 2019 15:37

Ebrahim bin Bash-shaar (rahimahullah) narrates:

On one occasion, I was passing through the desert in the company of Ebrahim bin Adham (rahimahullah) when we came across a high grave. On seeing the grave, Ebrahim (rahimahullah) made du‘aa for the inmate, asking Allah Ta‘ala to shower His mercy upon him, and began to weep.

I asked Ebrahim (rahimahullah), “Whose grave is this?” Ebrahim (rahimahullah) replied, “This is the grave of Humaid bin Jaabir (rahimahullah) who was the ruler of all these cities. Initially, he was drowning in the oceans of this world (i.e. he was immersed in the luxuries and pleasures of the world). However, Allah Ta‘ala thereafter removed him from the oceans of the world and saved him.

I heard that one day, while he was seated with his close family, taking enjoyment from the amusements of his empire and possessions, he fell asleep. While asleep, he had a dream in which he saw a man standing at his head side, holding a book. The man passed the book to him. When he opened it, he saw the following words inscribed in gold,

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