Monday, 13 March 2017 06:54
If there is a disbeliever in front of us, then due to his physical presence, we will be on our guard and will not allow him to influence our mind and ways. However, there is something called the mental presence of a disbeliever. It is when a disbeliever presents to us his heart and mind in the form of words. The novels and newspaper articles that are authored and reported by disbelievers are read by unwary Muslims. Novels and newspapers are read in our free time, when our minds are relaxed and receptive. Over a period of time, we begin to develop an indirect friendship with these authors and reporters who are disbelievers.
What makes a person crave to read another novel authored by a particular author? What prompts a person to continue reading a novel or a newspaper, but finds no time for the Quraan Majeed? Reading the works of disbelievers destroys the desire of doing good. Many Muslims today will read the newspaper, digest it and relate it to others. But when the Quraan Majeed and hadeeth is presented to them, they will question and reject it. Their minds and hearts have become so poisoned with darkness and fiction that they no longer wish to accept the light and truth of Islam.
We need to abandon the poisonous friendship of novels and newspapers, so that once again we may have a Muslim mind and heart that will think and desire as a Muslim ought to.
Monday, 06 March 2017 16:01
On the occasion of Uhud, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) deputed Husail bin Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), who was also known as Yamaan and was the father of Huzaifah bin Yamaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), together with Thaabit bin Waqsh (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to remain with the women and children in the fort. This was on account of the advanced age of these two Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma).
At some point, one of them said to the other, “What is the matter with you? What are you waiting for? By Allah! Neither of us has much of his life remaining. We will either die today or tomorrow. Why do we not seize our swords and join Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)? Perhaps Allah Ta‘ala will bless us with martyrdom in the company of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”
In this manner, they both left the fort and joined the army of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). However, the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) did not recognize them and were unaware that they had joined the army.
Monday, 06 March 2017 14:38
There was a person who had performed the nikaah of his daughter in the musjid after ‘Asr Salaah. After the nikaah was performed, there were just a few dates that were distributed, and the groom did not even wear new clothing for the nikaah. Likewise, there were a few other nikaahs that took place in a similar manner. In the one nikaah, the groom wore his ordinary clothing which he would daily wear for work and his clothing was slightly stained due to work. Seeing this level of simplicity, the people present for the nikaah were quite agreeable and had no reservations. Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) then mentioned:
The nikaah of my brother, Mazhar, took place in a similar manner. On the occasion of his nikaah, even the old women remarked, “Really, this nikaah is full of noor and barakah, and our hearts are enlightened with happiness, despite there not being any elaborate arrangements found.” Subhaanallah! When the nikaah was performed in accordance with the sunnah, then why should noor not be perceived? Furthermore, the more the simplicity of the nikaah, the greater will be the noor felt in the heart. The reason for this is that when there is simplicity then there is no opportunity for arguments and quarrelling, and this causes one to have a clear heart (from malice, enmity, etc.). On the contrary, when there is a long drawn function and elaborate arrangements, then this leads to arguments and quarrels, and these undoubtedly darken and dull the heart.
(Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.457)
Thursday, 02 March 2017 09:00
Initially Hazratjee Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would write out a ta’weez if someone requested him to do so. Later on in life he stopped this practice completely. If someone persisted that he desperately needs a ta’weez, Hazratjee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would then send him to someone else.
However, Hazratjee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) had kept one ta’weez which he would give for labour pains and easy childbirth. Many people would come to borrow it from him. He would say to them, “Tie this ta’weez on the left thigh and after the child is born, return the ta’weez to me.”
Monday, 27 February 2017 16:03
The end of the financial year is a time for stocktaking. It is a time when profits or losses are calculated. Allah Ta‘ala forbid, if the stocktaking exercise reveals a loss, it results in great concern and anxiety. Meetings are held, consultants are approached for advice, “belt tightening” measures are implemented and a host of other strategies are adopted to cover the loss and make a profit. If it appears that the loss is due to pilferage, extra security measures are implemented. In short, the stocktaking spurs one to action.
While much effort is put into ascertaining the profits and losses of this world, how often do we take stock of our profits and losses of the Hereafter? Are we certain we are not in a loss situation? We would only be able to truly ascertain this after taking stock of our lives – of our beliefs, actions, character, monetary dealings and social life.
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