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The Severe Consequence of Ill-Treating One’s Parents

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Monday, 17 February 2020 16:49

On one occasion, an elderly man came to Hazrat Shaikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) and complained to him saying, “I am now advanced in age, yet my son beat me and dragged me for some distance, kicking me out of the house.” Hearing this, Hazrat Shaikh (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) sympathized with the man and made du‘aa for him.

Thereafter, Hazrat Shaikh (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) addressed a person, who was also present when the elderly man had come, saying, “When a person ill-treats his parents, then apart from being punished in the Hereafter, he will also be punished in this world. Therefore, enquire from people who know him, and who are of his age or older, in regard to the manner in which he had treated his father. It is most likely that he had ill-treated his father in the same way.”

The following week, after making the enquiry, the person returned and said, “Hazrat! What you mentioned is absolutely correct! He had beaten his father in the same manner. In fact, I had found out that the distance which his son dragged him was approximately the same distance that he had dragged his own father.”

When Hazrat Shaikh (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) heard this, he remarked, “The person is now being punished in the world for ill-treating his father.” (Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 464-482)

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What Goes Around…

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Monday, 17 February 2020 15:35

There was once a king who had a doorkeeper whom he would always keep close to himself. As for the doorkeeper, he would give the king this advice, “O king! Treat with goodness those who are good to you, and ignore those who show you ill-treatment, as their evil will itself suffice you (in dealing with them).”

It so happened that there was a person who harboured jealousy for the doorkeeper on account of his special position and proximity with the king. Hence, he went to the king and said to him, “O king! The doorkeeper is telling people that you have a foul breath!” The king asked him, “How do I know that what you are saying is correct?” The man replied, “When he comes to you, then call him close to speak to him. When you do so, (you will find that) he will cover his nose.”

Thereafter, the man went to the doorkeeper and invited him for a meal. However, when preparing the meal, he placed an excessive amount of garlic in the gravy.

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Assisting the Ummah at the Time of Need

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Monday, 10 February 2020 15:24

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

The Deen of Islam places great emphasis on assisting those in need and those undergoing difficulties. However, it is unfortunate that in today’s times, many people are totally unconcerned about assisting those in difficulty.

Some people are so miserly and self-centred that they make every arrangement for their own comfort – shoes, food, clothing, etc. – yet they have no worry or concern for whether others are dying or undergoing distress.

Some people argue and say, “How many people must we help? There are thousands of people in need and difficulty!” The answer to such people is, “Very well, you are right in saying that there are thousands of people in need and difficulty. However, if you are unable to assist all, it does not mean that you should not assist the few people you are able to assist! At least assist ten people among them!”

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) then mentioned, “Generally, these types of excuses are made by people who do not wish to do anything.”

(Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 23/163-164)

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Sincerity

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Monday, 10 February 2020 09:30

The greatest oppression is to commit shirk (ascribe partners with Allah Ta’ala). The lesser shirk is to perform righteous actions for some ulterior motive such as name and fame, while it should have been done solely for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala. Hence it is reported in a hadeeth that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who has performed salaah to impress others, has committed shirk with Allah Ta‘ala.” (Musnad Ahmad #17140)

The gravity of the sin of riyaa (showing off and doing any action for people) is highlighted in a famous hadeeth. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said that on the Day of Judgment a learned person, a generous person and a martyr will be called up. However, their great actions of teaching Deen, spending wealth for the upliftment of Deen and sacrificing one’s life for Allah Ta‘ala will all be rejected due to having been done to gain the praises of people. It is further mentioned that they will be the first to be thrown in the fire of Jahannam. (Sunan Tirmizi #2382)

Therefore, sincerity in every action must be checked and re-checked. Allah Ta‘ala knows what is in the depth of one’s heart. One should therefore be only concerned to please Him at all times.

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Prepared to Die at His Door

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Monday, 03 February 2020 16:44

Maalik bin Dinaar (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

On one occasion, I was performing tawaaf around the blessed Ka’bah. During the tawaaf, I was surprised with the large multitudes of people who had arrived to perform Hajj and ‘Umrah. However, (as I observed these people,) I began to think, “If only I had knowledge of which person is accepted by Allah Ta‘ala, so that I may congratulate him, and which person is rejected by Allah Ta‘ala, so that I may sympathize with him!”

That night, when I went to sleep, I had a dream in which someone said to me, “O Maalik bin Dinaar! You are pondering over those performing Hajj and ‘Umrah! I take an oath, by Allah, that Allah Ta‘ala has forgiven all the people, whether young or old, male or female, black or white, Arab or non-Arab – with the exception of one man. Allah Ta‘ala is greatly displeased with him and has rejected his hajj, striking his face with it.” After hearing this, Allah Ta‘ala alone knows how I managed to sleep for the remainder of the night, as I feared that I should not be that rejected person.

The following night, when I went to sleep, I had the exact same dream, except that this time, I was told, “You are not that person (who is rejected by Allah Ta‘ala). Rather, he is a man from the region of Khuraasaan, from a city named Balkh. His name is Muhammad bin Haaroon. Allah Ta‘ala is greatly displeased with him. Allah Ta‘ala has rejected his hajj and has struck his face with it.”  

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