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The Solution to Abstaining from Backbiting

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Monday, 26 March 2018 15:03

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

I received a letter from a person who wrote to me saying, “If you know any solution for saving oneself from gheebah (backbiting), then please share it with me, I will be grateful.” In reply, I wrote, “The solution is for you to always be conscious and aware that Allah Ta‘ala is watching you and that He will take you to account for whatever you do. Similarly, you should endeavour to refrain from gheebah and all types of sins at all times.”

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) thereafter mentioned, “When it comes to practising on the commands of sharee‘ah, then a person will not succeed to fulfil the command unless he has firm resolve and determination. Merely reciting some wazeefahs will not be sufficient in reforming a person and bringing him onto the path of righteousness.” (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 5/375)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

Sweet Words

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Monday, 26 March 2018 06:27

If one’s feet slip, it can be extremely dangerous. One could lose one’s balance and fall. This could result in fractured bones, perhaps even a heart attack. Undoubtedly these are serious consequences. However, these effects of the slip of the feet can never compare to the harm that can ensue from the slip of the tongue. It can result in several people suffering a ‘heart attack’. When the tongue slips, it pierces hearts, breaks marriages, splits families, estranges bosom friends and results in a host of other social evils. The soft and fleshy tongue can cause a wound far worse than the wound of the hard teeth. As a poet says: “The wound of the sword will heal - But the wound of the tongue will not.”

Once Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was asked: “What is the path of salvation (from the fitnah that is engulfing us from all directions)?” He replied: “Guard your tongue, let your house be sufficient for you and cry over your sins” (Sunan Tirmizi #2406).

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Refraining from Exaggeration in Speech

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Monday, 19 March 2018 16:29

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

Sometimes, people go to extremes when praising people for their good or reproaching them for their mistakes. They either raise them up above the sky or push them down beneath the earth when praising them or reproaching them. This way is incorrect. We should refrain from exaggeration in speech. In the following aayah, Allah Ta‘ala commands us to adopt justice in our speech and actions at all times:

وَلَا يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآنُ قَوْمٍ عَلَىٰ أَلَّا تَعْدِلُوا ۚ اعْدِلُوا هُوَ أَقْرَبُ لِلتَّقْوَىٰ

The enmity of any people should not cause you to surpass the limits of justice. Remain just (at all times), that is closer to piety.

(Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 106)

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The Ultimate ‘Contact’

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Monday, 19 March 2018 15:36

Saalim bin ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah) was the son of the illustrious Sahaabi, ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma). He was born during the khilaafah of ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and was a great Muhaddith and Mufti of Madeenah Munawwarah.

On one occasion, the ruler, Hishaam bin ‘Abdil Malik, entered the Ka’bah and met Saalim bin ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah). Seeing this eminent personality, he immediately said, “Do you have any need that you wish to ask of me?” Saalim (rahimahullah) replied, “I am embarrassed to stand in the house of Allah Ta‘ala and place my needs before someone besides Him.”

Thereafter, when they had exited the Ka’bah, Hishaam said to Saalim (rahimahullah), “You may now place your needs before me (as we are no longer in the house of Allah Ta‘ala).” In reply, Saalim (rahimahullah) asked, “Which needs should I place before you? My needs of this world or my needs of the Hereafter?” Hishaam replied, “Your needs of this world.”

Saalim (rahimahullah) responded, “By Allah! I have not placed my needs of this world before the One who owns this world, so how can I place my needs of this world before one who does not own this world?” (Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 4 pg. 466)

NB: Perhaps it was due to Saalim (rahimahullah) being overcome by his aversion to the world and wealth that he did not present his needs of this world to Allah Ta‘ala.  

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Balance Between Wife and Mother

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 22:29

Throughout Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) married life he practiced on the aayah “Be good towards your spouses”. Hailing from a wealthy family and being the daughter of a wealthy man, his wife was accustomed to luxury and comfort. Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) therefore made an effort to see to her ease and well-being. Initially, Qari Siddeeq Saheb’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) wife would fall ill very often. He would worry about her treatment and would make a concerted effort to see to her by taking her to many places. 

When Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was staying in Fatehpur, his wife would stay with him whilst his mother remained in Hatora. From time to time Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would visit his mother and serve her. Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) never neglected his mother whilst looking after and seeing to his wife. He never said anything to her that would upset her. He never gave his mother a stiff look and never back answered her. In the same vein, he never spoke in an improper manner to his wife because of his mother. He always worked with softness, politeness, understanding, patience and tolerance. (Hayaat-e-Siddeeq, pg. 137)

   

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