The Method to Acquire the Recognition of Allah Ta‘ala


Tuesday, 31 August 2021 06:53

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

Throughout the day and night, man continues to enjoy countless favours and bounties from Allah Ta‘ala. Among the countless favours of Allah Ta‘ala which man enjoys is the favour of eating, drinking, sleeping and other similar comforts. At the time one enjoys any favour, he should ponder over the favour and recognize it to be the favour of Allah Ta‘ala which he has been bestowed with. He should say, “O Allah, this is a favour I have received from You, and I am appreciative and grateful for it.”

Through one pondering over the favours of Allah Ta‘ala and expressing gratitude over them in this manner, he will progress in acquiring the recognition of Allah Ta‘ala in his heart.

(Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 12/70)



Fulfilling Rights is the Benchmark of Success and Failure


Monday, 30 August 2021 06:55

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

Jannah is the reward that one receives in exchange for fulfilling huqooq (rights). In other words, when a person sacrifices his comfort and ease for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala, and endures difficulty in order to fulfill the rights that he owes to people (and Allah Ta‘ala), then in lieu of this, he is rewarded with Jannah.

The hadeeth mentions:

ارحموا من في الأرض يرحمكم من في السماء

Show mercy to those on earth, and the One in the heavens will show mercy to you.

In the Mubaarak ahaadeeth, we find two famous incidents mentioned regarding two women. One incident is regarding a loose, immoral woman who noticed that a dog was thirsty. She took pity on the dog, drew water from a well and gave it the water to drink. On account of her showing mercy to the dog, Allah Ta‘ala granted her Jannah.

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Mindful of the True Master


Monday, 23 August 2021 12:08

On one occasion, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) went to the outskirts of Madeenah Munawwarah with some of his companions. On arriving at the outskirts, they spread a dastarkhaan (eating cloth) and began to partake of some food.

While they were eating, a shepherd, caring for a flock of goats, happened to pass by and greeted them with salaam. Seeing him, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) invited him to join them in the meal saying, “Come, O shepherd, come, and share in our meal!” However, the shepherd excused himself saying, “I am fasting.”

Hearing this, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) remarked, “You are fasting on such a scorching day, when hot winds are blowing, and you are a shepherd in the mountains, caring for goats?” The shepherd responded, “I am hastening in acquiring the reward of ‘ayyaamul khaaliyah’ (the shepherd was referring to the verse of the Quraan Majeed which mentions that the people in Jannah will be told, ‘Eat and drink with pleasure, as a reward for what you did in advance during ayyaamul khaaliyah [past days in the world]).’”

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) then wished to test the shepherd’s taqwa and thus said to him, “Why do you not sell us one of the goats from your flock? We will pay you for the goat, and will also give you some of the meat to enjoy at the time of iftaar.” The shepherd (immediately) responded, “The goats (do not belong to me – they) belong to my master.”

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The Purpose for the Creation of Man


Wednesday, 18 August 2021 06:50

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

The purpose for Allah Ta‘ala creating man in this world is so that he acquires the recognition of Allah Ta‘ala, and the purpose of all other creations is so that they may serve man. As a Persian poet says:

ابر وباد ومہ وخورشيد وفلک درکارند      تا تو نانے بکف آري وبغفلت نخوري

ہمہ از بہر تو سرگشتہ وفرماں بردار     شرط انصاف نہ باشد کہ تو فرماں نبري

The clouds, the winds, the moon, the sun and the sky, all are constantly at work, so that you earn your living and do not eat in forgetfulness.

The whole creation is involved in working for you and in your obedience. The law of justice will not be fulfilled by you if you fail to obey (Allah Ta‘ala).

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From the People of Jannah


Tuesday, 10 August 2021 10:09

On one occasion, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were seated in the blessed presence of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) when he said, “In a few moments, a man from the people of Jannah will appear before you.” Just then, an Ansaari Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) appeared, carrying his sandals in his left hand, with his beard dripping with the water of wudhu.

This continued for another two days, where Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) made the same announcement to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), and the very same Ansaari Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) appeared.

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) wished to spend some time in the company of this Ansaari Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) so that he could observe his conduct and actions, and thus identify the special quality or action he possessed on account of which Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had given him the glad tidings of Jannah.

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