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The Purpose of Self-Reformation

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Monday, 29 October 2018 14:16

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

The path of Deen is a path of self-reformation. The purpose and object of self-reformation is for one to create within his heart the natural urge and desire to fulfill the commands of Allah Ta‘ala and to refrain from those things which are prohibited by Allah Ta‘ala. In other words, one’s heart becomes such that it only finds happiness and fulfillment in carrying out the commands of Allah Ta‘ala, and it finds discomfort and resentment in breaking the commands of Allah Ta‘ala. This is the very purpose of the path of self-reformation. The spiritual exercises that are prescribed by the Mashaayikh are merely a means to achieve this goal. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 13)

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The Death Sentence

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Monday, 22 October 2018 15:27

When a person has been sentenced to death, he suddenly loses all taste for the pleasures of this world. If he was engrossed to a life of sin, suddenly he begins to repent and remember his Creator who had blessed him with the gift of life. He now wishes that he had spent his life in obedience to the commands of his Sustainer and Nourisher. Remorse and regret overwhelm him for his past deeds. This drastic change suddenly takes place because he has been “sentenced to death” by some mortal being like himself called the judge.

Every single person walking on this earth has been sentenced to death by the Master of all mortal judges and by the King of all kings. Even before a person is born, the time and place of his death is decreed. The death sentence from above could be carried out at any time – it could be one year from now, perhaps a month or even the next moment. It could come on any pretext; an illness, accident or murder, or even without any pretext. How often have we heard of people who “just collapsed and passed away”. But alas, how unmindful we are of this imminent death.

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The Formula to Remove Depression and Grief

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Monday, 22 October 2018 14:28

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following to a person who was overcome by depression and grief:

What is the need for such worry and grief? When a person is overcome by depression and grief, I generally advise them to engage in a certain muraaqabah (meditation). This meditation is a cure for all types of depression, worries and anxieties. The method of this meditation is for one to always reflect and ponder over the fact that “Allah Ta‘ala loves me and wants the best for me”. In the Quraan Majeed, Allah Ta‘ala says that He is the true friend and guardian of the Believers. Hence, Allah Ta‘ala always decides the best for His servant. If any person experiencing depression and grief engages in this muraaqabah, then he will find that all his worries and anxieties will come to an end.

An example through which this muraaqabah can be understood is the love of the mother for the child. Every child believes that his mother loves him and wants what is best for him. Despite this, the mother still does certain things that outwardly seem unpleasant to the child. In some instances, she even reprimands and disciplines the child. However, even though the child gets scolded by the mother, the child feels satisfied that his mother has the utmost love for him, and that whatever she is doing is for his benefit. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 8/352)

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Serving his Ustaaz

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 15:30

The only reason that Hazrat Moulana Husain Ahmad Madani (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) had given himself up for imprisonment in Malta was to serve his ustaaz, Shaikhul Hind Moulana Mahmoodul Hasan (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). Hazrat Moulana Madani (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) rendered such service that Shaikhul Hind (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned to his wife, “My own son would not have been able to render the service which Molvi Husain Ahmad had made for me.”

Because Malta was extremely cold, and there was no hot water to make wudhu with, Hazrat Moulana Madani (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would hold the water bag to his stomach the entire night just so that it would be warm enough for his ustaaz to use at the time of Tahajjud.

(Hazrat Moulana Husain Ahmad Madani [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] pg. 219)

   

The Blessing of Bismillah​

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Monday, 15 October 2018 15:39

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was once proceeding to a certain place for some task when he passed by a grave. On looking at the grave, Allah Ta‘ala showed him that angels of punishment were torturing the inmate of the grave.

Sometime later, when Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) had completed his task and was returning, he again passed by the grave. However, Allah Ta‘ala now showed him that instead of angels of punishment, there were angels of mercy at the grave, bearing platters of divine radiance!

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) was surprised at this sudden change in condition. He thus performed salaah and engaged in du‘aa, begging Allah Ta‘ala to reveal to him what had caused the punishment of the inmate to cease and be replaced with His special mercy.

Allah Ta‘ala sent revelation to Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) informing him thus:

O ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam)! This servant led a life of disobedience and sin, and he has thus been engulfed in punishment from the time he passed away. However, when he passed away, he left a wife who was expecting a child. After the child was born, she raised him and saw to his upbringing until he grew into a young boy. She then made him over to the maktab (elementary madrasah) teachers. After entering the madrasah, the teacher made the child recite “Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem”. I thus felt ashamed to punish my servant with fire within the earth while his son is taking My name above the earth.

(At-Tafseerul Kabeer vol. 1, pg. 143)

Lessons:

1. One of the greatest investments for any parent is a pious child. As the parents were the means of the child entering the world, they have a share in all his good works and righteous deeds and are rewarded accordingly. However, for this investment to bear fruit, the seeds of piety and righteousness will have to be planted and nurtured in the child.

2. In order for the seeds of righteousness and piety to be planted in the child, it is essential that the child be enrolled into a maktab madrasah. It is in the maktab madrasahs that the children are taught the basics and fundamentals of imaan and Islam, such as the oneness of Allah Ta‘ala, the prophethood of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), how to make wudhu, how to perform salaah, how to recite the Quraan Majeed, etc. Since many parents are unable to teach their children themselves (due to lacking the time or knowledge), enrolling the children into a maktab is a proven solution to ensuring that they are not deprived of the teachings of Islam.

3. We should regularly make du‘aa for the forgiveness of all those who have passed on with imaan, especially our parents, grandparents, asaatizah (those who taught us Deen), etc.

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