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The True Sign of Perfection

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Monday, 30 July 2018 14:29

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

People regard different things to be the sign of a person’s perfection. Some people base perfection on one’s excessive ‘ibaadah (worship), while others base perfection on one’s level of taqwa (piety and abstinence). However, according to the ‘Ulama, the person who has truly acquired perfection is he who, with possessing the qualities of perfection, always keeps his weaknesses and faults before him at all times. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 3/321)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

Have a Good Thought

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Monday, 30 July 2018 10:01

We all understand that backbiting is forbidden. Likewise we must remember that to even have an ill-thought of someone is also forbidden. We may be sitting all alone in the protection of our homes, but if our mind has to deliberately think that such and such a friend is a very sulky person, then that thought is forbidden. It is a sin to deliberately even think evil of someone.

What we fail to realize is that ill-thoughts give rise to ill-feelings and hatred; which in turn disunites our hearts. With the disunity of hearts there will always be fears, doubts, suspicion, fights and arguments. On the other hand, if we start thinking good of others, it will generate love and unity. Our hearts will be at ease enjoying great peace and harmony. Our thoughts become our words and actions which in turn develop into habits, which ultimately becomes our character and life. Let us strive to think good of others and in-turn enjoy a happy life.

   

Prejudging People on the Basis of Hearsay

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Monday, 23 July 2018 14:31

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

It is incorrect to prejudge any person without first investigating the matter. If you hear that a certain person is a thief, then out of precaution, it is safer for you to not allow him to enter your private room. However, without first investigating and verifying the information, do not pass the verdict that he is a thief nor call him a thief. This important principle of Deen should be borne in mind and adhered to at all times. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 135)

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The Fruit of Taqwa

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Monday, 23 July 2018 10:18

Shaikh Ebrahim bin Muhammad Al-Hilaali (rahimahullah) was a great ‘Aalim who was born in 1155 A.H. (1742 A.C.) in a small village on the outskirts of Halab (Aleppo).

He departed from Halab in 1178 A.H. (at the age of twenty three) and travelled to Egypt to acquire the knowledge of Deen from the great luminaries who were teaching in Al-Azhar at the time. He remained there for twenty years, only returning to Halab in 1198 A.H. He eventually passed away in the year 1238 AH (1823 A.C.) at the age of 83 (some reports suggest that he passed away in 1248 A.H.). Together with being a great ‘Aalim, he was a renowned Shaikh of Tasawwuf (spiritual guide) at whose hands many people gained guidance and spiritual reformation.

While Shaikh Ebrahim (rahimahullah) was studying in Egypt, he once underwent a period of poverty. During this trying time, two days had passed in which the Shaikh was unable to find anything to eat. In a state of hunger and desperation, he left Al-Azhar and began to wander through the streets, hoping that Allah Ta‘ala would perhaps make some means for him to acquire food.

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Du‘aas for Others during Hajj

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:33

Before leaving for hajj, Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) met all his family members and then left directly for the musjid. He performed salaah and then began his journey. On his return, before meeting his family and others, he first went to the musjid and performed salaah. Thereafter, he delivered a short talk and met everyone.

Qari Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) said, with regard to his trip “It was my routine to sit daily in the Haram Shareef and remember all those from whom I enjoyed some favour. Whoever did any ihsaan (good) to me, I remembered him. I would take each ones name and make du‘aa for him. I made du‘aa for all my asaatizah, mashaayikh, students and the teachers of the madrasah.” (Hayaat-e-Siddeeq, pg. 147)

   

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