Mutual Consultation


Monday, 29 January 2018 16:14

Often a person has to make a decision pertaining to some aspect or the other. The more serious the matter, the more difficult it becomes to make the decision. According to the advice of the Quraan Majeed and hadeeth, such important decisions should never be made without prior consultation. Allah Ta‘ala declares in the Quraan Majeed regarding the Believers: “And their matters are (decided) with mutual consultation” (Surah Shura v38). Even Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was commanded by Allah Ta‘ala to consult the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) in such matters of importance wherein no divine instruction had been given.

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The Meaning of Adab


Monday, 22 January 2018 14:30

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

The path of acquiring the love of Allah Ta‘ala largely revolves around the amount of adab that one has in his life. It is not compulsory for one to engage in spiritual exercises and exert himself in acts of nafl ‘ibaadah, however it is extremely important for one to have adab. Adab is often understood as one showing excessive honour and respect to the pious, kissing their hands and making salaam to them in a humble manner, whereas this is not what adab actually refers to. Rather, adab means that a person ensures at every moment that he does not cause the slightest amount of inconvenience or difficulty to the next person. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 3/318)



The Pertinence of Priorities


Monday, 22 January 2018 08:45

Juraij (rahimahullah) was a man from the Banu Israaeel who would exert himself in the ‘ibaadah (worship) of Allah Ta‘ala. Hence, he built himself a monastery in which he would reside (and devote himself to the worship of Allah Ta‘ala).

One day, his mother came to him while he was performing nafl salaah and called out to him, “O Juraij!” As he was engaged in performing salaah, Juraij thought to himself, “O Allah! My mother and my salaah! (i.e. which should I give preference to?)” Juraij (rahimahullah) decided to continue performing his salaah. Hence, not receiving a response from him, his mother turned and left.

The following day, the mother of Juraij (rahimahullah) again came to him while he was engaged in performing salaah and called out, “O Juraij!” Juraij (rahimahullah) again thought to himself, “O Allah! My mother and my salaah! (i.e. which should I give preference to?)” Juraij (rahimahullah) once again decided to continue performing his salaah. Hence, not receiving a response from him, his mother again turned and left.

On the third day, when the mother of Juraij (rahimahullah) came to him and called him while he was engaged in performing salaah, he again gave preference to his salaah and did not respond to his mother. Hence, she became disappointed and upset at the manner in which he had thrice failed to respond to her and made the following du‘aa, “O Allah! Do not allow Juraij to pass away until he looks into the faces of loose women.”

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Rekindling the Enthusiasm and Spirit of Deen


Monday, 15 January 2018 17:14

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

A hundred years ago, people understood the true value of deen and showed importance to deeni knowledge. During that era, deen was alive within the home and it was as though every home was a small madrasah (wherein the knowledge of deen would be imparted to the children). As a result, when people came to learn of the madrasahs that were opening, they flocked towards them and were eager to benefit from them. A hundred years has now passed since that era, and during this time, the influence of the English in India has gradually caused people to lose interest in the madrasahs, maktabs and the khanqahs. Hence, the need arose to go to the home of each Muslim to once again rekindle the  enthusiasm and spirit of deen. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 211)



Cleansed from Kufr through the Character of Islam


Monday, 08 January 2018 10:31

Sahal bin ‘Abdillah Tustari (rahimahullah) had a neighbour above him who was a fire worshipper. Once, a hole developed in the floor of the fire worshipper’s toilet, and through this hole, the toilet would leak down into one of the rooms in the home of Sahal (rahimahullah).

Noticing what had happened, Sahal (rahimahullah) would daily place a container beneath the leak to catch the filth that dripped into the room. Sahal (rahimahullah) would then take the full container and empty it at night where nobody could see what he was doing.

This continued for a long time, until the day when Sahal (rahimahullah) neared his final moments and realized that he would soon leave this world. At that time, he called for his neighbour. When the fire worshipper arrived, Sahal (rahimahullah) said to him, “Enter that room and look inside.” On entering, the fire worshipper observed the hole and the filth that was falling through it into the container. He asked Sahal (rahimahullah), “What is this?” Sahal (rahimahullah) replied, “This has been happening for some time. The filth falls from your toilet into this room. I allow it to accumulate in the container during the day, and thereafter dispose of it at night. If it was not for the fact that I am about to leave this world, and I fear that those after me will not be tolerant and show you good character, I would not have showed you this and informed you about it. Now that you are aware of the problem with your toilet, you may fix it as you see fit.”

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