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Acquiring the Essence of Deen

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Tuesday, 05 January 2021 06:05

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

The essence of Deen is for a person to make his heart and desires (likes and dislikes) conform to the command of Allah Ta‘ala at all times. (When one’s heart and desires conform to the command of Allah Ta‘ala, then practicing upon every law will be easy for him). Deen is not confined to merely acquiring the knowledge of the various masaa-il and rulings of Islam. (Acquiring the knowledge of the various masaa-il and rulings of Islam is extremely important, but practicing upon them is equally important as this is what makes one a true believer. However, together with acquiring the knowledge of Deen and practicing upon the laws, one should make an effort to make his heart and desires conform to the command of Allah Ta‘ala at all times). When one looks at the ‘Ulama of the Jews, then one finds that they possessed immense knowledge of their sharee‘ah, but the thing lacking in them was that they did not practice on their Deen. The reason for them not practicing upon their Deen was that their hearts and desires did not conform to the command of Allah Ta‘ala. It is for this reason that they became deserving of the divine wrath of Allah Ta‘ala and were rejected from His mercy.

(Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 99)

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True Love and Devotion

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Monday, 04 January 2021 13:52

Sayyiduna ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the uncle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), had a gutter that protruded over the path which Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would use when proceeding to the masjid.

Once, on a Friday, Sayyiduna ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) slaughtered two chicks. Thereafter, as Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was passing by, wearing his clothing for Jumu‘ah, the blood of the chicks happened to be washed into the gutter, causing it to pour out onto Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and soil his clothing.

Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) issued instructions for the gutter to be removed, and then returned home where he removed the soiled clothing. He then donned clean clothing, proceeded to the masjid and conducted the Jumu‘ah.

Thereafter, Sayyiduna ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) came to Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and said, “By Allah! Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) himself had placed the gutter in that place!” When Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) heard this, he exclaimed, “I take an oath that you will stand on my back in order to restore the gutter to the place where Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had installed it!”

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Worshipping Allah Ta’ala 24/7 through the Sunnah

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Tuesday, 29 December 2020 06:11

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned regarding Akbar Ali who was one of his associates:

Akbar Ali was a very intelligent person. Once, while in dialogue with a Christian, he posed the following question to him, “If a person wishes to turn his entire focus towards Allah Ta‘ala throughout his life, and remain engaged in ‘ibaadah twenty-four hours of the day, in such a manner that his heart is not consumed by the world, then do you Christians have any method whereby he can acquire this?” The Christian replied, “No, there is no such method in the religion of Christianity.”

Akbar Ali then said, “However, there is such a method in the religion of Islam. Islam has shown us a complete and perfect way of life through following the Mubaarak Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). In every department of human living, and at every occasion in a person’s life, there are certain sunnats and etiquettes to be practiced and azkaar (du‘aas) to be recited whereby one will be able to remember Allah Ta‘ala. Islam has taught us that on awakening, we should recite certain du‘aas, when sitting and waking up from a gathering, then we should recite certain du‘aas, and likewise, when lying down to sleep, when eating and before and after relieving ourselves, then we should recite certain du‘aas.

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Spiritual Food for the Soul

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Wednesday, 23 December 2020 06:21

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

Punctuality upon one’s ma’moolaat (fixed amount of daily devotional practices e.g. recitation of the Quraan Majeed, zikr, etc.) is the ladder to progress in Deen. Hence, one should ensure that one does not fall short in completing one’s daily ma’moolaat.

Ma’moolaat are considered as spiritual food for the soul. Thus, neglecting one’s ma’moolaat leads to the soul becoming weak, and punctuality on the ma’moolaat causes the soul to gain strength.

This spiritual food for the soul can be resembled to the physical food which nourishes the physical body. If a person is ill and does not want to eat food, then everyone around him will become concerned and will insist that he eats food so that his body does not become weak. The spiritual nourishment is similar to physical nourishment. If due to circumstances, one is unable to complete one’s ma’moolaat, then one will be excused. However, one should not leave out one’s ma’moolaat entirely, but should still carry out some portion of the ma’moolaat (so that the soul remains sustained and nourished, and one acquires the barakah of the ma’moolaat).

(Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 499)

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The Answer to Every Problem

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Monday, 21 December 2020 10:30

On one occasion, during the season of summer, the gardener of Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) came to him and complained that the orchard was in need of water (as they had not experienced rainfall for some time).

On hearing the concern of the gardener, Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked for some water, made wudhu and then performed salaah and made du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala (for rain). He then asked the gardener, “Can you see anything (i.e. rain)?” The gardener replied, “No, I cannot see anything.”

Sayyiduna Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then continued to performed more salaah, until finally, when he completed the third or fourth set of salaahs, he said to the gardener, “(Go and) look.” The gardener now said, “I can see a few clouds resembling the wing of a bird.” 

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