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Happiness lies in following the Sunnah

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Tuesday, 11 August 2020 07:12

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

It is an accepted fact that each person finds solace and comfort in the things which he likes. For example, a person finds enjoyment in leading a life of luxury, eating good food and wearing expensive clothing. Such a person does not find solace and comfort without these things. However, the person who finds pleasure in sitting on straw mats, sleeping on a simple bedding, consuming simple food and wearing simple clothing, then such a person experiences happiness, solace and comfort in these things.

Hence, those who happily lead a life of simplicity, in order to conform to the mubaarak lifestyle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), then they find true happiness, solace and contentment in such a lifestyle. It is the divine favour of Allah Ta‘ala upon such people that He grants them true happiness and contentment, despite leading a simple life and not possessing a lot of the world. This type of lifestyle and the happiness that is linked to it is such that even the poor are able to acquire it.

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The Effect of Sins on the Heart

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Tuesday, 11 August 2020 06:56

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

People have become very brazen and bold in committing sins, and these sins thereafter result in various spiritual illnesses. Through committing sins, the heart continues to lose its noor and lustre and the darkness within it increases.

Sins, in their very nature, contain darkness, and create the effect of darkness within a person’s life as well. In one hadeeth, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi salam) mentioned that when a person commits a sin, a black stain of darkness appears on his heart. If he sincerely repents to Allah Ta‘ala for committing the sin, then Allah Ta‘ala removes the stain of darkness from his heart. However, if he persists in committing the sin, then the black stain of darkness begins to spread, until it eventually engulfs his entire heart. (Sunan Tirmizi #3334)

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An Eye-Opener

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Monday, 03 August 2020 10:00

Yusuf bin Husain (rahimahullah) relates the following incident:

I was once near a pond, with Zun Noon Misri (rahimahullah), when my sight fell on a huge scorpion that was waiting at the edge of the pond. Suddenly a frog emerged from the water. The scorpion then climbed onto the back of the frog, after which the frog swam across the pond, carrying the scorpion to the other side. (As we beheld this strange spectacle,) Zun Noon (rahimahullah) said to me, “Something extraordinary seems to be unfolding with this scorpion! Come!”

We thus followed the scorpion and saw it make its way to a man who was fast asleep in a drunken stupor. On the man’s chest was a snake, seeking his ear. The scorpion overpowered the snake and attacked it, causing it to die. The scorpion then returned to the pond. It once again climbed onto the back of the frog after which the frog swam across the pond, transporting it back to where it had come from.

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The Rank of the Repentant

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Monday, 20 July 2020 09:35

There was once a butcher who fell in love with a slave girl belonging to one of his neighbours. One day, his neighbours sent their slave girl to another village on some errand. (Realizing that she would be travelling alone, he saw an opportunity to meet her and) so he followed her and tried to seduce her.

She said to him, “Do not do this! I actually love you more than you even love me – but I am afraid of Allah Ta‘ala (so I am not prepared to commit this sin with you)!” (Hearing these words, the butcher was instantly affected and) he exclaimed, “You fear Allah Ta‘ala whereas I do not fear Him!” So he returned while repenting to Allah Ta‘ala.

Thereafter (as the butcher was traveling), he became very thirsty, until it seemed as though he would die from thirst. While he was in this condition, he suddenly saw a messenger of one of the Ambiyaa of the Banu Israaeel. The messenger asked him what the matter was, to which he answered that he was suffering from thirst. The messenger said, “Come! Let us make du‘aa and beg Allah Ta‘ala to send a cloud to shade us until we reach the village.” The butcher replied, “I do not have any good actions to my credit so that I can make du‘aa (through the blessing of these actions).”

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Carrying out Wazeefahs Under the Supervision of an Experienced Shaikh

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Monday, 13 July 2020 15:48

Once, a woman wrote a letter to Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) wherein she mentioned that she began reciting aayat kareemah in abundance. She mentioned in the letter that after reciting the aayat in abundance for many days, she began to experience dizziness and perceived a lot of heat in her body. As a result, she felt unwell and did not know what to do.

In response, Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned that she should rather recite durood shareef in abundance. The reason is that aayat kareemah is a strong wazeefah, and when recited in abundance, it creates heat in the body. As far as durood shareef is concerned, it is a wazeefah that has a moderate (and light) effect on the body.

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