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The Train of Life

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Monday, 10 December 2018 14:52

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

Time can be likened to a moving train. The hours, minutes and moments of a person’s life are like the carriages and compartments that are moving swiftly with the train, while his activities and occupations are like the passengers in the compartments of the train. Unfortunately, what has now happened is that our various worldly pursuits have occupied all the compartments of the train and have left no place for our deeni activities and works. As believers, we are required to aim for the highest goals and objectives, and instead of involving ourselves in the insignificant pursuits of the world, we should endeavor to carry out deeni works which are pleasing to Allah Ta‘ala and which will assist us in building our Hereafter. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] pg. 31)

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Personally Giving to the Poor​

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Monday, 10 December 2018 08:56

(Haarithah bin Nu’maan [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] #2)

At some point in his life, Sayyiduna Haarithah bin Nu’maan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) lost his sight. After losing his sight, he placed a basket filled with dates and other similar items near his musalla, and also had a string tied between his musalla and the door of his home.

When any beggar would knock on the door of Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), he would take some dates from the basket and then use the string to find his way to the door of his home where the beggar awaited him. In this manner, he would ensure that he personally gave the beggar something from his own hand.

When his family would see him undertaking so much of difficulty to give the sadaqah to the beggar, they would pity him and say, “We will give the charity to the beggar on your behalf!” However, he would insist on personally giving the sadaqah to the beggar and would say, “I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mention, ‘Giving something to a beggar with your own hand (is an action that) saves from an evil death’.”

(Tabraani – Majma‘uz Zawaaid #4683)

Lessons:

1. If a person is blind, handicapped or challenged in some other way, he can still find a way to carry out righteous deeds. In fact, since he has to overcome difficulties that others do not face, his reward will be greater.

2. As far as possible, avoid turning a beggar away empty handed. We do not always have to give money to a beggar. Instead, we can give him something to eat. However, if we do not wish to give him anything, then we should politely and gently decline, without being abusive, vulgar and without shouting at him.

3. Apart from us ensuring that we personally give sadaqah to beggars with our own hands to receive the promise mentioned in the hadeeth, we should also train our children in this regard. We should make them give the sadaqah to the beggar, under our watch and supervision, so that they practically learn to show kindness to others.  

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The Essence of the Path of Self-Reformation

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 06:48

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

The purpose of self-reformation is to acquire the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala. In order for one to gain self-reformation, one requires two things; knowledge of the path and correct application of this knowledge. Self-reformation will be obtained through one adhering to the laws of sharee‘ah in accordance to the sunnah, regardless of whether the laws pertain to physical actions or spiritual actions.

In acquiring self-reformation, there are two things that will assist one greatly; remaining in zikr at all times, and remaining in the company of the pious servants of Allah Ta‘ala as much as one is able to. If it is difficult for one to remain in the company of the pious all the time, then the substitute is for one to study the lives of our pious predecessors and their advices.

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When the Brakes Fail...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 08:14

Every vehicle has a braking system which reduces the speed of the vehicle and allows it to come to a complete halt. This human body which is always on the move is daily faced by the fast moving sins and temptations. Modesty and shame form that much needed braking system in man. Without it, man will time and again be destroyed in head-on collisions and life threatening problems.

Music, magazines and movies have become part of a systematic effort to break down man’s braking system of modesty. When brakes fail, then that accidental glance meets up with broken homes and marriages.

We need to keep our brakes serviced with good actions and pious company.

   

The Ill-Effects of Misusing the Eyes

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Monday, 26 November 2018 15:31

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

The environment in certain places is extremely dangerous to one’s imaan. In such environments, it is necessary for one to guard his gaze from sin at all times. When a person misuses his eyes and looks at haraam, then the first effect of this sin is that he no longer perceives the motivation and enjoyment in his ‘ibaadah. The second effect of this sin is that his ‘ibaadah begins to decrease. The third effect of this sin is that a person becomes inclined towards sins and thereafter falls deeper into committing evil deeds. May Allah Ta‘ala protect us all from the evils and harms of environments where sin takes place. (Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] pg. 411)

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