The Reality of Barakah


Monday, 05 March 2018 14:22

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

The meaning of barakah (divine blessings) is not as many people think it to be. Many people think that barakah is for a person to acquire what he wants through merely reciting some wazeefah and without making the correct effort and resorting to the correct means, such as a person recites a wazeefah for being blessed with children but does not wish to enter into nikaah. However, this is incorrect. The true meaning of barakah is for a person to be blessed with divine grace in the means that he has adopted. Therefore, one should adopt the correct means and thereafter ask Allah Ta‘ala to place barakah in the means. For example, one wishes to be blessed with children. One should enter into nikaah and thereafter make dua that Allah Ta‘ala places barakah in the nikaah and makes it a means of pious offspring. Through this du‘aa, which is made after adopting the correct means and effort, one will find immense barakah in the nikaah and it will become a means of him acquiring pious children. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 3/313)



The Hallmark of Humility


Monday, 05 March 2018 09:36

Jubair bin Nufair (rahimahullah) narrates:

On one occasion, a group of people praised ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) saying, “By Allah! We never saw a man who dispenses justice, speaks the truth and is more severe upon the hypocrites than you, O Ameerul Mu-mineen! You are the best of people (from the Sahaabah) after Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!”

Hearing this, ‘Auf bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) objected, “You have not spoken the truth! By Allah, I have seen another man who is actually the greatest (from the Sahaabah) after Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!” When the people asked ‘Auf (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) who this person was, he replied, “Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).”

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True Conviction in the Words of Allah and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)


Sunday, 04 March 2018 09:30

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

One of the major and fundamental differences between us and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) is that the hearts of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were filled with such complete reliance and conviction in the blessed words of Allah Ta‘ala and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that they never had the slightest doubt or reservation. As far as we are concerned, our conviction is confined to our tongues and is not truly found in our hearts. However, I have found my seniors to be such that they possessed complete conviction in the words of Allah Ta‘ala and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hence, if Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) warned the Ummah regarding anything or prohibited us from anything, then the fear these Awliyaa possessed in their hearts for these prohibited actions was so natural they would refrain from it just as we fear a snake or scorpion and save ourselves from it. (Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 271)



Salaah – The Pillar of Deen


Sunday, 04 March 2018 09:29

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

In the mubaarak Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), salaah is referred to as the ‘pillar of deen’. The reason for salaah being called the pillar of deen is that all the other aspects of a person’s deen depend on his salaah and are linked to his salaah. Through performing salaah, a person is blessed with the true understanding of deen and is also blessed with the ability to carry out righteous actions. Hence, the blessings one receives is based on the quality of his salaah. Therefore, encouraging people to perform salaah and striving to help them create humility and devotion in their salaah is indirectly an effort to revive the entire deen in the lives of people. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 127-128)


The Benefit of Recording a Transaction or Asking for a Receipt when Dealing


Sunday, 04 March 2018 09:19

Once, Hazrat Moulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi alaihi) mentioned that a well-known proverb in the Arabic language is:

“Live like brothers but deal like strangers”

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi alaihi) thereafter explained:

There are many advantages and benefits through one adopting clarity and system in one’s dealings. Whether one takes a loan, gives a loan or settles an outstanding debt, in all cases one should ensure that one reduces it in writing and keeps a record of the transaction. In this way, one will save oneself from inconvenience or incurring any loss.

For example, when one hires the services of the washer-man (laundromat), then he should ensure that he asks for a receipt as a proof of the transaction. In doing so, one benefit is that in the event of the clothes being misplaced by the washer-man (laundromat), the washer-man will not be able to deny that you gave your clothes to him, as you have proof of the transaction. Another benefit which one receives is that even if one loses the receipt, since one had taken a receipt from the washer-man, the washer-man will remain constantly aware and conscious that he had given you a receipt for your clothes. Hence, he will ensure that he returns your clothes to you.

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