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The Mindset of a Believer in regard to Sustenance

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Monday, 04 November 2019 15:43

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

If Allah Ta‘ala blesses a person with halaal livelihood without difficulty, then this is indeed a great favour and bounty of Allah Ta‘ala. However, at times, a person who acquires livelihood without difficulty falls into self-admiration, pride, attributing good towards himself, boasting, being negligent of what Allah Ta‘ala wants from him, looking down at the poor and taking undue advantage of the weak.

The remedy and solution for such a person is for him to reflect and ponder over the favour he is receiving from Allah Ta‘ala without difficulty. He should think within himself, “This blessing is solely the grace of Allah Ta‘ala upon me. If it were not for His divine favour upon me, then most surely, I would not have been in this position, as I am not deserving of this favour and there is no goodness within me that makes me worthy of this bounty.”

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Exam Time

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Monday, 04 November 2019 09:00

As the end of the year approaches, the level of concern, worry and anxiety rises. It becomes a time of working hard and burning the midnight oil. Leisure and pleasure are sacrificed. Everything possible is done to achieve the best pass. There is total support and assistance in whichever way possible from family and friends. After all, … it’s exam time. Passing will open many doors and failing will result in many setbacks. Thus, nothing must come in the way of passing the exams.

While working hard to pass the minor exams, which one must obviously do, does it remind one of the MAJOR exams? This life itself is a major exam. A further exam, will take place in the grave and yet another exam will be conducted on the Day of Qiyaamah. What one achieves in the exam of this life will determine whether one passes or fails in the examinations that follow it. Are we concerned about passing the MAJOR exams? Are we prepared to make the sacrifices and to try and achieve the best possible results? Do we support our families, friends and others to help them pass? Failing the minor exams is a minor problem and setback, while failing the MAJOR exams is absolutely disastrous. There is no way to make for the loss. Therefore, the main focus must be on the MAJOR exams. Hence, let us reflect over the serious exams and tests that life presents to us and check whether we are passing or failing.

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Look on the Bright Side

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 15:59

Sa‘eed bin Musayyab (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident regarding Sayyiduna Luqmaan (‘alaihis salaam) and his son:

On one occasion, Sayyiduna Luqmaan (‘alaihis salaam) said to his son, “O my beloved son! No matter what happens to you, whether it is something that you like or dislike, always speak to your heart and tell yourself that what happened was for the best.” His son responded, “As far as your advice is concerned, I cannot assure you that I will be able to hold firmly to it until I am not convinced that the reality is exactly as you say.”

Sayyiduna Luqmaan (‘alaihis salaam) replied, “O my beloved son! Indeed, Allah Ta‘ala has deputed a Nabi, so let us go to him as he will be able to explain that which I mentioned to you.” The son agreed saying, “Let us go, O father!” They then departed with each seated on a different donkey, taking with them the supplies which they required for the journey.

After travelling for many days and nights, they finally arrived at a desert. As they needed to traverse the desert, they made the necessary preparations and then entered the desert. They continued travelling until it was midday, the sun was high and the heat was intense. At this point, their water and provisions had depleted and even their donkeys were beginning to flag (become weak and tired). Thus, Sayyiduna Luqmaan (‘alaihis salaam) and his son dismounted and began to walk on foot.

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Practising on the Dictates of Knowledge

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Monday, 28 October 2019 17:16

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following advice to a group of students:

Throughout your lives, you should have the perpetual concern of how you will lead your lives in accordance to the knowledge of Deen which you have learnt and are acquiring. This is the first right that you owe to the knowledge of Deen.

Remember that the knowledge of Deen is not merely a science, but rather, it is a complete way of life which has been brought to us by the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sought protection in Allah Ta‘ala from that knowledge which does not benefit one (and which does not motivate one towards righteousness).

Furthermore, you are well aware of the numerous severe warnings sounded in the Quraan Majeed and ahaadeeth for the ‘Ulama and learned who do not practise on their knowledge. You should also understand that the sin of an ‘Aalim in regard to not practising on his knowledge is not confined to him not performing salaah, not fasting, drinking wine or committing zina, as these sins apply to all – ‘Ulama and non-‘Ulama. Rather, the sin of not practising on his knowledge refers to him not practising on the knowledge he possesses and not fulfilling the rights of that knowledge (in all departments of his life).

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A Knock at the Door

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Monday, 21 October 2019 15:34

Often we listen to a talk of Deen or we read some Islamic literature. Through the blessing of the words of Allah Ta‘ala and Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), our hearts are most definitely affected. It is at this point that a person intends to give up his life of sin and start a life of righteousness. This intention to do good or to leave sin is actually a guest that is knocking at the door of our heart, sent to us by our loving Allah Ta‘ala.

In life, if a guest knocks at our door and we receive the guest with warmth and respect, then most definitely the guest will feel welcomed to visit again. However if we chase the guest and close the door on his face, he will never return to visit us. In the same way, if a good intention knocks at the door of our heart, then we should act upon it immediately. By ignoring it, we may deprive ourselves of this good intention ever knocking at the door of our heart again.

   

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