The Best Solution for All Types of Problems and Anxieties


Monday, 08 June 2020 15:15

A person once wrote a letter to Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih), complaining of numerous problems that he was experiencing in relation to Deeni and worldly matters. In reply, Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) wrote the following:

After adopting the correct means, entrust all your affairs to Allah Ta‘ala. Thereafter, whatever Allah Ta‘ala decides for you, you should remain entirely pleased and satisfied with His decision. This is the best solution that one can adopt for all types of problems and anxieties. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 23/195)



Look beyond the Means


Monday, 08 June 2020 13:59

Shaqeeq Balkhi (rahimahullah) was a saint who passed away in the year 194 A.H. He was among the leading personalities of his era, being the contemporary of Ebrahim bin Ad-ham (rahimahullah), the teacher of Haatim Asamm (rahimahullah) and the student of Imaam Zufar (rahimahullah).

Once, in the initial period of the life of Shaqeeq (rahimahullah), before he became the renowned saint of his time, Balkh was struck by severe drought due to which everyone was in a state of great worry and anxiety. In these severe and difficult conditions, Shaqeeq (rahimahullah) observed a slave who appeared to be carefree and cheerful. Shaqeeq (rahimahullah) asked him, “Why are you so cheerful? Do you not see how people are affected by grief and the drought?” The slave replied, “The drought does not concern me or affect me, as my master owns an entire village from which all our needs are fulfilled.”

This statement struck the heart of Shaqeeq (rahimahullah) and he said, “If his master owns an entire village, whereas he is merely the creation of Allah and is poor (compared to Allah Ta‘ala), and hence due to his master’s wealth, he has no worry and concern for his sustenance, then how can a Muslim be overcome with concern for his sustenance when his master, Allah, is the most wealthy of all?”

It has been mentioned that this incident became the turning point in the life of Shaqeeq (rahimahullah) and inspired him to set out on the path of Allah’s love.

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Divinely Apprehended


Monday, 11 May 2020 06:29

There was once a worshipper in the Banu Israaeel, who was a simple labourer, toiling with a spade in his hand. It so happened that this man was married to a woman who was among the most beautiful women of the Banu Israaeel.  

After some time, word of this woman and her extraordinary beauty reached one of the tyrant rulers of the Banu Israaeel. On learning of this beautiful woman, he sent an old woman to her with the instruction, “Turn her against her husband. Say to her, ‘Are you really happy to be married to this type of person, who works with a spade? If you were with me, I would adorn you with jewellery, dress you in silk and place servants at your beck and call!’”

Every evening, this beautiful woman would serve supper to her husband and lay out a carpet for him. However, the evening after this old lady met her and delivered this message to her, she did not serve her husband in this way, as she had changed. Her husband asked her, “What is the matter with you? Why are you behaving in this manner that I have never seen before?” His wife replied, “You are correct (i.e. I have changed).” Hence, he divorced her.

She then went to the tyrant ruler who married her. However, on the first night of their marriage, as they went into seclusion, they both suddenly became blind! Then, as he stretched his hand to touch her, his hand became paralyzed! She likewise extended her hand to touch him, and her hand also became paralyzed! Finally, they were both made deaf and dumb, leaving them with absolutely no inclination towards one another.

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As You Live, So Will You Die


Monday, 27 April 2020 07:51

Abu Zur‘ah Raazi (rahimahullah) was a renowned Muhaddith of the third century. He was a contemporary of Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah), and Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) was one of his students.

On one occasion, a person said to his wife, “You are divorced if Abu Zur‘ah has not memorized one hundred thousand ahaadeeth.” The people came to Abu Zur‘ah (rahimahullah) and enquired from him as to whether the man’s wife was divorced or not. Abu Zur‘ah (rahimahullah) replied, “He may keep his wife. She has not been divorced.”

When Abu Zur‘ah (rahimahullah) was on his death bed, and his final moments drew near, some of his students were seated around him. They wished to make talqeen (encourage the dying person to recite the kalimah), but out of awe and respect for him, they did not know how to do so. Eventually, they said to one another, “Come, let us narrate the hadeeth (of talqeen).”

Ibnu Waarah (rahimahullah) commenced and said, “Abu ‘Aasim has reported to us from ‘Abdul Hameed bin Ja’far, who reported from Saalih ibnu Abi…” At this point, Ibnu Waarah (rahimahullah) deliberately ceased narrating further, without completing the chain of narrators.

Abu Haatim (rahimahullah) then commenced, “Bundaar has reported to us from Abu ‘Aasim, who reports from ‘Abdul Hameed bin Ja’far, who reports from Saalih…” Saying this, Abu Haatim (rahimahullah) also deliberately ceased narrating further, without completing the chain of narrators.  

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A Letter to the Nile


Sunday, 12 April 2020 18:33

During the khilaafah (rule) of Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the Muslims conquered the land of Egypt. Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had appointed Sayyiduna ‘Amr bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) as the governor over Egypt.

After the Muslims began to rule, when the month of Baoonah (the tenth month in the Coptic calendar) commenced, the people of Egypt approached Sayyiduna ‘Amr bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and said, “O leader! The Nile has a special ritual that must be performed. Without performing this ritual, the river will not rise (and we will not be able to farm).” Sayyiduna ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked them, “What is this ritual?” The people answered, “When it is the twelfth night of this month, we go to a young, virgin girl. We then make her parents happy (by remunerating them greatly so they may consent us taking her away), after which we adorn her with the best of jewellery and dress her in the finest of garments. We then cast her into the Nile (as a human sacrifice).”

When Sayyiduna ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) heard this, he said, “This ritual cannot be carried out in Islam, as Islam has abrogated and cancelled all customs and rituals of jaahiliyyah (the pre-Islamic era).” The people thus desisted from performing this ritual. However, the remainder of Baoonah passed, as well as the next two months, without the water level of the Nile rising. Eventually, the people resolved to leave the area and move elsewhere.

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