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Disinterest in the Dunya

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Monday, 01 May 2017 09:35

(Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani [rahimahullah] #2)

‘Alqamah bin Marthad (rahimahullah) has mentioned that eight Taabi‘een had excelled in attaining the highest levels of zuhd (asceticism). Among these eight Taabi‘een was Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani (rahimahullah). Explaining the zuhd of Abu Muslim (rahimahullah), ‘Alqamah bin Marthad (rahimahullah) quoted the following incident as an example of his disinterest in the world:

Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would not sit with any person who was engaged in speaking of the dunya. If the person with whom he was seated began to speak of anything related to the dunya, Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would immediately turn away and leave.

On one occasion, Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) entered the musjid and saw a few people sitting in a group. Seeing this group, Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) joined them in the hope that they were engaged in the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala. However, on sitting with them, he heard one person say, “My slave arrived having earned such-and-such wealth”, while another was saying, “I equipped my slave (to begin earning wealth)”. When he heard the subject of their conversation, Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) was extremely disappointed. He addressed them saying, “Subhaanallah! Do you know the example of yourselves and myself? Our example is that of a man who was caught in a heavy deluge of rain. As the rain began to soak him, he turned and caught sight of two large doors. Seeing the doors, he became hopeful of finding shelter and thought to himself, “If only I can enter this home and seek its shelter until the rain ceases.” However, as soon as he entered the home, he found, to his dismay, that it had no roof and thus could afford him no shelter. I am that person. I joined your gathering hoping that you were people who are engaged in zikr and other acts of worship, but instead discovered that you are people of the dunya.”  (Sifatus Safwah vol. 2, pg. 370)

Lessons:

1. The pious friends of Allah Ta‘ala understand that the dunya is a great distraction that can preoccupy a person’s heart, turning his attention away from Allah Ta‘ala. That is why they strive to keep their relationship with the dunya as minimal as possible.

2. A person is greatly influenced by the company that he keeps. If he regularly associates with businessmen, he will become business-minded and will thus see everything in the light of business. Similarly, if a woman keeps the company of women who are ‘shopaholics’, she will also develop an interest in shopping, even if she does not need to buy anything. However, if one keeps the company of the pious, one will become Islamic-minded and will thus see everything in the light of Islam. It is thus of utmost importance that we strive to link ourselves to the pious and benefit from their teachings.

3.When a person’s heart is soaked in the love of wealth, then even if he is seated in the musjid, attending a janaazah, performing salaah or attending a ta’leem, his mind and heart will be occupied with the thought of wealth.

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Piety from Childhood

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:17

As a child, Hazratjee Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) never missed his salaah with jamaat. He would always be in the musjid and was very particular about performing every salaah with jamaat. Together with this he was very enthusiastic to perform nafl salaah and spend his time in the musjid reciting the Quraan Majeed and making zikr. He was punctual with his Tahajjud Salaah from childhood and would spend long hours making zikr and engaging in fervent du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala. He would also keep nafl fasts in abundance. When he became baaligh he would often call out the azaan in the local musjid and perform the salaah. If perchance Hazratjee was delayed for some reason, the musallis would wait for him to arrive and then only would they commence the salaah. (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 10)

   

Gaining a Sound Understanding in Deen

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Monday, 24 April 2017 14:45

quran1Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

A person who does not possess a sound temperament and whose understanding is deficient finds irrelevant facts appealing to his logic, but is unable to grasp and comprehend the correct arguments. I was once explaining, to an educated person the reason for rearing dogs being impermissible. I said to him, “The greatest reason is that Allah Ta‘ala and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) have prohibited it.” However, he was unhappy with this explanation. I thus gave him a second explanation saying, “A dog has one quality which is so bad that it wipes out all its good qualities. This quality is that it will never assist its own kind. Do you not see how enraged it becomes on seeing another dog?” When he heard this explanation, he became very happy, whereas this is merely a logical explanation and is not the actual reason for the prohibition. The actual reason for the prohibition is that shariee‘ah has prohibited keeping dogs. However, this reason did not appeal to him as much as the second point did. (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.208)

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The Gift of Me’raaj

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Monday, 24 April 2017 13:56

On the twenty seventh of Rajab the musjids will be full. People will gather to listen to talks being delivered regarding the great incident of Me’raaj. After the talks are over, by and large we return home with the miracle of Me’raaj and its message forgotten until the following year.

Unlike us, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and the Tabi‘een (those who came after the Sahaabah) never set aside any particular day for the discussion of the incident of Me’raaj. Hence even the scholars of the first century differed with regard to the actual date when Me’raaj occurred (see Fathul Baari, vol. 7, pg. 203 and Ruhul Ma’aani, vol.15, pg.6). The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum)  and the Tabi‘een (rahimahumullah) had no need to set aside any particular day for this discussion. They regularly and frequently discussed the ahaadeeth with regard to all aspects of the life of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). They lived the message of Me’raaj every day of their lives.

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In the Footsteps of Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam)

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Monday, 17 April 2017 16:11

(Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani [rahimahullah] #1)

Towards the end of the blessed life of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), there was a man named Aswad ‘Anasi who took over Yemen by force and proclaimed prophethood. Among the people that he summoned was Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani (rahimahullah).  

When Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) stood before him, he asked him, “Do you testify that Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is the Rasul of Allah?” Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) replied, “Yes.” Aswad ‘Anasi next asked him, “Do you testify that I am the Rasul of Allah?” To this question, Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) replied, “I cannot hear.”

Read more: In the Footsteps of Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam)

   

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