I’m Tired!


Monday, 30 January 2017 14:20

It often happens that when we commence doing some good action or work, there is some longing, desire, interest and eagerness within us to embark on that task. Thereafter there is a drop in that initial degree of longing, desire, interest and eagerness, and we feel tired and exhausted. When this condition comes upon us, we should never stop doing the good action or work, since this condition is temporary and for a short while. Insha-Allah if we remain steadfast, after a while that initial longing, desire, interest and eagerness will return.

On the other hand if we lose hope and stop altogether, then to attain that longing, desire, interest and eagerness will be difficult. Let us keep this in mind, when it comes to our salaah, Quraan Majeed recitation, zikr and du‘aa – that steadfastness is the key to progress.


“Where is your Topee?”


Thursday, 26 January 2017 14:36

In India, many people began adopting the dress of the West. Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would, in the most soft and humble manner, rectify anyone he met dressed in this way. He would say to him: “Where is your topee?” If a child was with and he did not have a topee on his head, Hazratjee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would say: “You do not have a topee, Oho! Did a crow come and take the child’s topee away? Why did the elders not chase the crow away when it came to snatch his topee? Oho! What kind of a crow was it?” In this manner he would get the message across.

If someone’s trouser was below his ankles, he would say: “Oho Bhai! Look! Your trouser has gone below the ankles. It must not drag on the floor and get torn. It might get messed in the mud. Pick it up above your ankles.” In this manner he corrected them. He never shouted or abused anyone as this in itself is against good manners. (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 213)


Descending to the Level of People


Monday, 23 January 2017 14:54

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

A true shaikh and spiritual guide is one who comes down to the level of people and deals with them according to their position when guiding them. He does not deal with people in the manner where he expects them to come up to his level. An example to illustrate this point is that of a person who feeds meat to a suckling child. Can there be any outcome besides that of destroying the child? The suckling child will have to be suckled with milk before it reaches the point where it will be able to be fed meat. (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.66)



The Salaah of Muslim bin Yasaar (rahimahullah)


Monday, 23 January 2017 14:31

Muslim bin Yasaar (rahimahullah) was an eminent Taabi‘ee and the ustaaz of great ‘Ulama, the likes of Muhammad bin Seereen, Qataadah, Ayyoob Sakhtiyaani and Thaabit Bunaani (rahimahumullah).

The salaah of Muslim bin Yasaar (rahimahullah) was proverbial. Hence, ‘Alaa’ bin Ziyaad (rahimahullah) once mentioned, “If I had to wish for anything, I would wish for the fiqh (Deeni understanding) of Hasan Basri (rahimahullah), the piety of Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah), the accurate opinion of Mutarrif (rahimahullah) and the salaah of Muslim bin Yasaar (rahimahullah). 

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Advice Regarding the Makaatib


Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:26

One or two days before Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) passed away, one of his students who lives about 50 kilometres from Baanda and teaches at a maktab in a village came to visit him. Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) asked him regarding the conditions over there and contrary to his habit he spoke to him for about ¾ of an hour. During the discussion Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned:

“It is extremely necessary that in every village the makaatib should be established. Every village should have a maktab. A land should be obtained for this purpose. Arrangements should also be made for a place for the ustaaz to live.”

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