Monday, 27 March 2017 15:16
Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:
In Islam, we are commanded to neither hoard wealth nor mise with it. Rather, we should spend it in halaal avenues. While spending wealth, one should be mindful of not transgressing the limits of sharee‘ah by spending the wealth in impermissible or incorrect avenues. One should ensure that he spends the wealth in the correct avenue, in accordance to the manner Allah Ta‘ala has commanded, and remaining within the prescribed limits of sharee‘ah. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.18)
Monday, 27 March 2017 14:24
The calico-covered corpse is gently lowered into the grave. Loving hands of sons and brothers receive the body of their loved one and place it in the narrow pit. The strips of plank are placed firmly next to each other. The last plank is placed leaving a dark and lonely grave under it. Spades are grabbed and heaps of sand come crashing down from all directions. However, all around the grave, business goes on as usual.
While the most stark reminder of death is right in front of the eyes, the latest car on the market, the rand/dollar exchange and other gossip continues among many of those present. While they patiently wait for the ‘faatihah’ to commence, the time is passed by idle gossip. Carrying the janaazah on our shoulders and witnessing the deceased being lowered into the grave also does not remind us of our own death. What then will remind us of that moment (which could be extremely soon) when we will breathe our last?
Monday, 20 March 2017 15:08
A few leading personalities had once come to Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) with the aim of seeking advice from him regarding the various efforts that could be implemented in trying to improve the situation in Baytul Muqaddas and Palestine. The advice that Hazrat Shaikh (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) gave them was such that it contains guidance for all Muslims at large. An extremely pertinent portion of Hazrat Shaikh (rahmatullahi ‘alaih)’s advice has been reproduced below:
“Wherever calamities and tragedies of this nature occur in the world, then there is no Muslim who does not feel distressed and grieved over what is transpiring. However, at the same time, there is no denying that everything that is happening is a result of nothing but our own actions. You are all well acquainted and abreast with the news. Who can deny the enmity that the disbelievers have for Islam? Their ridiculing Islam and spreading corruption and immorality in the world, their adopting all means to eliminate and exterminate Islam from the face of this earth, and every other effort that is taking place against Islam is now going on for some time in the Arab lands. In these trying circumstances, where the world is against Islam, if one has to ponder and reflect, one will realize that it is only the infinite grace and mercy of Allah Ta’ala that allows us to continue. Otherwise, the amount of transgression and sins that the Muslims are involved in warrants His divine punishment.
Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Majeed:
Whatever misfortune befalls you is because of what your hands have earned, and for many (of them) He grants forgiveness.
Monday, 20 March 2017 09:21
Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) owned a slave whose work was to earn an income for Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).
One night, the slave presented Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) with some food that he had earned. As soon as the food was placed before him, Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) picked up a morsel and began to eat. Seeing this, the slave was surprised and asked, “What is the matter? You normally ask me every night (as to how I earned the wealth). Why have you not asked me tonight?” Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “I was overcome by extreme hunger. From where did you get this food?” The slave answered, “During the days of Jaahiliyyah (the days of ignorance, before the advent of Islam), I once passed by a certain tribe and recited some words and blew, as a form of treatment for them. On account of my service, they had promised me that they would later compensate me. It so happened that I passed by this tribe today while they were engaged in wedding festivities. As they still owed me for my service, they gave me some food from the wedding as payment.”
Monday, 13 March 2017 15:24
Du‘aa is indeed very important, and to neglect making du‘aa is a means of great loss and deprivation. Even when it outwardly seems as if our du‘aa is not being answered, we should not lose courage and hope. It is reported in the hadeeth that, in answering our du‘aas, Allah Ta‘ala looks at our own good and welfare. If the thing we ask for is beneficial and good for us, Allah Ta‘ala grants it to us. If the thing we ask for is not beneficial and good for us, Allah Ta‘ala does not grant it to us. Actually, it is Allah Ta‘ala's favour upon us that we do not always get what we ask for, because at times, due to our lack of understanding, we beg for things that are not beneficial for us. (Fazaail-e-A‘amaal [urdu], Fazaail-e-Ramadhaan pg. 22)
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