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The Courage to Accept Correction

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Monday, 11 December 2017 08:40

Zaazaan (rahimahullah) was a great Taabi‘ee (rahimahullah) and Muhaddith. He had met ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and many other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), and was counted among the special students of ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Prior to becoming a great saint and Muhaddith of this Ummah, Zaazaan (rahimahullah) was involved in sin. However, Allah Ta‘ala blessed him to repent and change his life at the hands of ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

The following is the personal account of Zaazaan (rahimahullah), describing the manner in which Allah Ta‘ala guided him and inspired him to repent at the hands of ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), which lead to him becoming the renowned personality that we know. He says:

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Constantly Remaining Vigilant of the Nafs

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Monday, 04 December 2017 15:04

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

It is absolutely vital for one to constantly remain vigilant and cautious regarding his nafs. The nafs is such that if it finds the opportunity and the means to fulfil its desires, it will never rest until it gets what it wants. In fact, even those who have progressed sufficiently in the path of self reformation, it is nevertheless, dangerous for them as well to become complacent and relax their guard regarding the nafs. However, the difference with them is that due to their knowledge and experience in traversing the path of self reformation, it is not as difficult for them to bring their nafs under control at the time of danger. The condition of our nafs is like that of a stubborn horse. When it is let loose, it neither looks forward nor backward (as it is out of control and runs in any direction without thinking). In this state, the damage that the nafs can cause is so serious that we cannot truly comprehend it. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 8/50)

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Rising Costs

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Monday, 04 December 2017 13:48

From the street sweeper to the industrialist, every person is alarmed by the increasing costs of basic commodities. In the world of cause and effect, many reasons for the rising costs are explained by all and sundry. Political instability, faction fighting, etc. are cited as reasons for the value of the rand falling sharply. This in turn resulted in the price of petrol rocketing. The high petrol price impacts negatively on the price of every commodity... and the story goes on and on.

While these apparent means are not denied, the fact of the matter however, is that they are only the APPARENT means. In reality, all conditions are created by Allah Ta‘ala alone. These conditions are also not brought about haphazardly. Allah Ta‘ala and His beloved Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) have informed us as to when favourable conditions will prevail, and also what will invite the wrath of Allah Ta‘ala due to which He will send down adverse conditions.

In one narration, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “When Allah Ta‘ala is ANGRY upon a nation, and He does not send down upon them the punishments of the earth swallowing them or the punishment of transfiguration of people into animals, He causes the prices of commodities to rise high, the rains are withheld from them and the worst of the people are caused to rule over them”. (Faidhul Qadeer vol. 2, pg. 289)

Thus the reality of rising costs is now clear to us. Our sins have angered our Creator. His punishment has taken the form of rising costs. The solution is to make an effort to rid our society of the sins that are inviting this punishment. 

   

True to His Word

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Monday, 27 November 2017 15:12

‘Abdullah bin Abil Hamsaa (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentions, “I once conducted a business transaction with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the era before he was blessed with nubuwwah (prophethood) by Allah Ta‘ala. After the transaction was concluded, there was still an outstanding amount that I owed Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). I thus promised him that I would fetch the money and immediately return with it to that very place.

After leaving, I completely forgot about the money, and only remembered three days later that I had asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to wait for me to return with the money. On remembering, I returned to the place at which I had left him, and found that he was still waiting for me! Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “O youngster! You have put me through difficulty. I have been here for three days, awaiting your return.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4996)

Lesson:

By agreeing to wait for ‘Abdullah bin Abil Hamsaa (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to return with the money, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had given his word that he would be there when ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) returned. Hence, even though ‘Abdullah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) did not return as promised, on account of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) possessing the highest level of truthfulness and character, he remained true to his word by continuing to wait in that very place for three days!

This clearly highlights the spirit of truthfulness that is advocated by Islam. Often, we give people our word, yet have no intention of fulfilling our promise. Alternatively, we make a promise intending to fulfill it, but thereafter change our minds and casually decide to ‘forget’ about it. Whether we are workmen such as plumbers, carpenters, electricians, or professionals such as doctors and lawyers, or ordinary people in the business place or home, regardless of who we are, we should always adhere to our word. If we give someone an appointment or promise to meet them or go to their home at a certain time, we should uphold our promise.

If due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to fulfill our promise, we should, at the very least, contact the person to apologize and inform them that we will be late or will not make it at the appointed time. Failing to do so causes one to incur the sin of putting people through difficulty and inconvenience.

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Avoiding Things that do not Concern One

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Monday, 27 November 2017 14:18

من حسن إسلام المرأ تركه ما لايعنيه

From the beauty of a person’s Islam is that he leaves out that which does not concern him.

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once quoted the above hadeeth and thereafter explained:

Becoming involved in futile things that are of no concern will neither benefit one in his Deen, nor benefit him in his dunya.

Once, some person wrote a letter to me in which he was asking irrelevant, unnecessary questions regarding some of his contemporaries. In reply, I asked him, “Will you be required to answer these questions in the grave? Will the angels, Munkar and Nakeer, ask you these questions? Why are you unnecessarily delving into these issues?”

My beloved brothers! This world is not a place of entertainment and relaxation. Rather, we have come to this world for a purpose, and should thus dedicate ourselves to fulfilling the purpose for which we have come. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 96-97)

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