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The True Meaning of Zuhd (Abstinence from Worldly Pleasures)

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021 06:43

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

In order for one to inculcate the quality of zuhd (abstinence from worldly pleasures), it does not mean that one completely renounces and gives up all worldly pleasures. Rather, if one reduces his worldly pleasures, this is sufficient for him to acquire the quality of zuhd.

In other words, one should not remain engrossed in the acquisition of worldly pleasures where day and night, one’s concern only revolves around acquiring worldly pleasures, e.g. “I need to prepare such and such delicious meal”, “I need to purchase such and such item from such and such place”, “The rice in a certain place is delicious so it must be brought from there”, or a certain place is renowned and famous for their cream, so one says to people, “Please bring some cream for me from that place.”

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Hearts of Gold

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Monday, 20 September 2021 14:03

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned the following incident to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum):

A man (from one of the previous Ummahs) once bought a plot of land from another person. (After the deal was concluded,) the purchaser discovered a jar filled with gold buried in the land. He thus came to the seller and said, “Take your gold from me, for I only purchased the land from you, not the gold.” However, the seller responded, “(I did not bury any gold in the land, nor was I aware of any gold being there. However,) I sold you the land as well as all that it contains. (Hence, you should take the gold)”

As none of the two parties wished to take the gold, they approached a third party and requested him to arbitrate and assist them to resolve the situation. The arbitrator asked them, “Do the two of you have any children?” One of them replied, “Yes, I have a son,” while the other said, “Yes, I have a daughter.”

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Concern for Producing ‘Ulama who will remain Engaged in the Service of Deen

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Tuesday, 14 September 2021 06:47

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

In many Deeni madaaris, there is a serious shortcoming and weakness that is witnessed. The serious shortcoming and weakness that is witnessed is that although the students are educated regarding Deen, effort is not made upon them, that after they qualify, they should fulfil the purpose of them studying Deen i.e. serving Deen, spreading the sunnah and inviting people towards Allah Ta‘ala.

The result of not making this effort upon the students is that after they graduate, many students are not concerned about propagating and teaching Deen to the people. Rather, their only concern is to earn a livelihood. Thus, either they learn tibb (medicine) or they enrol in government universities so that they may acquire some degree and gain employment as teachers in English schools. In this manner, the time, money and effort that was spent in making them ‘Ulama is wasted, as there is no productivity found in Deen from them thereafter. In fact, at times, (due to such ‘Ulama studying in universities and subscribing to wrong values, etc.) they even begin to assist the enemies of Deen.

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The Special Link and Connection with Allah Ta‘ala

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Wednesday, 08 September 2021 07:32

Once a person asked Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullah ‘alaih) the following question, “Can a person’s nisbat (the special link and connection) with Allah Ta‘ala get affected through him displaying bad character and treating people badly?”

Hazrat Shaikh (rahmatullah ‘alaih) replied, “Yes! When a person gets involved in evil actions and commits major sins, then his evil actions cause him to lose his nisbat (the special link and connection which he enjoys) with Allah Ta‘ala.”

The person next enquired, “After losing the nisbat, is it possible for one to regain it?”

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Saved at the Eleventh Hour

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Monday, 06 September 2021 16:00

There was a man from the Banu Israaeel named Kifl who would not abstain from sins and evil. Rather, whatever sin he wished to commit, he would commit without any hesitation or reservation.

Once, he paid a woman sixty dinaars (gold coins) so that he could fulfil his desires with her. However, when he came close to her to commit the sin, he found that she was trembling and weeping. He asked her, “Why are you crying? Did I force you to do this?” The woman replied, “No, (you did not force me,) but I am crying because I have never committed this sin before in my life. The only reason that I am doing it now is because I am desperate (and have no other way to acquire money).”

When Kifl heard this, he remarked in surprise, “You are doing this (out of desperation), and you have never done it before?” He then said to her, “You may go, and you may keep the money as well.”

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