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Receiving Reward for Good Intentions

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Monday, 16 October 2017 14:49

إنما الأعمال بالنيات إلخ

(The acceptance of) all actions are based on the intentions (with which the actions were carried out).

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once quoted the above hadeeth and thereafter explained: Whatever good deeds you carry out, do them with the sole intention of pleasing Allah Ta‘ala. If a person performs salaah for show, so that people may regard him to be a pious person, then the salaah performed will be rejected and flung onto his face. The author of Mazaahir-e-Haqq has written in the commentary of this hadeeth that if a person enters the musjid, performs two rakaats of salaah, makes the intention of nafl i’tikaaf, intends to meet the pious servants of Allah Ta‘ala and makes other similar intentions of righteous works, he will receive abundant reward from Allah Ta‘ala for the good intentions that he makes (and if he performs these righteous actions, he will receive a separate reward for carrying them out). (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 95-96)

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The Human Being: A Very Valuable Machine

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Saturday, 14 October 2017 10:06

When the primary focus of the human’s effort shifted towards the material things of this transitory abode, it resulted in the human being completely losing his value. As a result, human life is so cheap that blood flowing through the streets of the world has become a common sight.

Man attaches value to certain things, whereas the reality is that these things lose their value as soon as they come into contact with man. For example, consider a motor vehicle. As long as it is on the showroom floor, it will fetch its true value. Let it come into the possession of man and in just a few moments, it loses its value and becomes “second-hand”.

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The Good and Evil Caused through the Tongue

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Monday, 09 October 2017 14:28

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

Insaan (the human being) is distinguished from all the other creations of Allah Ta‘ala by his tongue (the various forms of communication that lead to progress or retrogress). Hence, he should ensure that he utilizes this tongue in only good and righteousness. However, it sometimes happens that he utilizes his tongue in evil and wrong. Thus, just as a person can utilize his tongue correctly, by using it for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala and Deen, and excel even the angels in righteousness and virtue, he can similarly misuse and abuse his tongue due to which he stoops lower than even the swine, dog and other such filthy beasts. The hadeeth mentions:

وهل يكب الناس في النار على وجوههم أو على مناخرهم إلا حصائد ألسنتهم (جامع الترمذي رقم 2616)

Is there anything that causes people to enter Jahannum, where they will fall on their faces into the fire, more than the harvest of their tongues? (i.e. the evil deeds that they earn through their tongues e.g. lying, slandering, backbiting, carrying tales, etc.)

(Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 54)

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Who should we get our Daughter Married to?

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Monday, 02 October 2017 15:54

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) writes:

Nowadays, many youngsters read and study un-Islamic literature in the English language. Many things found in these un-Islamic English books and magazines are contrary to the Islamic beliefs and teachings. Many youngsters do not possess Deeni knowledge and understanding and therefore when they come across these un-Islamic literature, they believe whatever they read, even though it opposes the Islamic beliefs and teachings. Based on the lack of Deeni knowledge, they do not understand that believing in such things causes them to lose their Imaan. At times (being influenced by the wrongs found in these un-Islamic literature, their mindset is affected and) they utter such statements which causes them to come out of the fold of Islam. If a Muslim girl is married to such a person, the nikaah is not considered valid in sharee‘ah as the person she is married to is not a believer (as he subscribes to beliefs that are totally against Islam), although outwardly he may seem to be a believer. If the marriage is not valid, it would mean that their entire lives are spent in sin. The parents will be sinful in this world and will have to face punishment in the hereafter for getting their daughter married to such a person.

It is therefore extremely important and necessary that just as you enquire about the family background and financial position of the boy who proposes for your daughter, it is much more important for you to enquire about the Deeni level and commitment of the boy. If you do not know anything about his beliefs and Deeni commitment, don’t ever give your daughter to him. A poor believer who is committed to his Deen is a thousand times better than a rich person who does not possess Deen. It is also noticed that the person who does not possess Deen does not fulfil the rights of his wife. At times, he will not even give her a cent to spend. When there is no happiness and peace of mind and heart in such a marriage, then of what benefit and good will it be to her that she is married in an affluent family. (Behishti Zewar (Urdu) pg.840)

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Anxious until the End

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Monday, 02 October 2017 09:12

(Lessons from the Final Moments of ‘Umar [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] – Part One)

‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would make the following du‘aa, “O Allah! bless me with martyrdom in Your path, and make my demise be in the city of Your Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).” (Saheeh Bukhaari #1890)

Allah Ta‘ala accepted this du‘aa of ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Hence, one morning, while leading the congregation in the Fajr Salaah, he was attacked and fatally stabbed. Despite the wounds being fatal, ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) did not pass away immediately, but rather lived for a few more days after which he departed from this world.

During this period, a youngster visited ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and said, “O Ameerul Mumineen! Rejoice over glad tidings from Allah! You are the Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), you accepted Islam in the very early stages, you were thereafter appointed as the khaleefah and exercised justice, and you will shortly pass away a martyr!”

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