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The Mother of all Spiritual Maladies

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Monday, 02 March 2020 16:24

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

Greed is the root cause of all problems. It is such an evil trait and spiritual malady that it should be regarded as the mother of all spiritual maladies. It is on account of greed that disputes and fights occur, and it is on account of greed that most of the court cases take place. If it was not for the greed of wealth, then no person would have trampled the rights of the next.

Theft and zina also stem from greed for wealth and greed for haraam passions. Evil character also originates from the same root, as the friends of Allah Ta‘ala say that evil character stems from pride, which is the greed for recognition. Hence, even pride stems from greed. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 23/146)

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Elevated through his Humility

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Monday, 02 March 2020 15:59

There was once a monk in the Banu Israaeel who remained (devoted to the worship of Allah Ta‘ala) in a monastery for sixty years. One day, he saw a dream in which he was told, “So-and-so shoemaker is better than you.”

On awakening, he (dismissed what he had heard and) said to himself, “It was just a dream.” However, when he had a nap that afternoon, he saw the dream once again, and continued to see this very same dream multiple times thereafter.

Eventually, he descended from his monastery and went to the shoemaker. As the shoemaker saw him approaching, he immediately ceased his work, stood, and began to rub his hand over him (in order to derive blessings). He then asked the monk, “What has prompted you to descend and emerge from your monastery today?” The monk replied, “You are the one who has caused me to descend. Tell me, what good actions do you carry out?”

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Halaal Earnings

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Monday, 24 February 2020 16:55

Blood is the life stream of the human body. Healthy blood nourishes all the organs enabling them to function well. Good blood is produced from healthy, wholesome food. On the contrary, unhealthy food produces unhealthy blood, causing the entire body to be weakened and one then suffers a host of illnesses. Hence, the direct link between what one consumes and physical health is evident.

A similar link exists between one’s sustenance and one’s spiritual health. If one’s sustenance is pure, wholesome and from halaal earnings, it has a direct effect in boosting one’s spiritual levels. The heart then desires to do good while the limbs easily move towards acts of piety and righteousness. However, if the food is not pure and wholesome, or it is halaal in itself but was acquired from haraam earnings, it spiritually contaminates the blood. This contaminated blood is then pumped throughout the body. As a result, the heart almost continuously thrives on evil. The limbs easily move towards sin and have no strength to perform good deeds. Even salaah, the most fundamental command after imaan, becomes a burden and is easily left out. If this critical situation is not remedied in time, spiritual cancer sets in. Allah Ta‘ala forbid, such a person then sometimes even sells his imaan for monetary gain.

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The Essence of the Effort of Tableegh

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Monday, 24 February 2020 15:34

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

The essence of our effort of Tableegh is to learn Deen from our seniors and to pass it on to our families and those upon whom we have influence. We should consider the people to whom we pass on Deen as our benefactors and people whose favours are upon us (on account of them being the means of our spiritual progress).

The more we pass on the kalimah (and Deen) to others, the more the kalimah will shine in our lives and reach perfection within us. The more people we encourage towards salaah, the more our own salaah will improve.

After quoting the aforementioned malfooz, the compiler of the malfoozaat of Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih), Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Manzoor Nu’maani (rahmatullahi ‘alaih), writes:

This is one of the important principles of Tableegh, that the person carrying out the effort of Tableegh must regard his goal to be his own improvement and reformation, and must not regard himself to be the one imparting hidaayat to others, as it is only Allah Ta‘ala that can bestow hidaayat to the people. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 38)

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The Severe Consequence of Ill-Treating One’s Parents

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Monday, 17 February 2020 16:49

On one occasion, an elderly man came to Hazrat Shaikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) and complained to him saying, “I am now advanced in age, yet my son beat me and dragged me for some distance, kicking me out of the house.” Hearing this, Hazrat Shaikh (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) sympathized with the man and made du‘aa for him.

Thereafter, Hazrat Shaikh (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) addressed a person, who was also present when the elderly man had come, saying, “When a person ill-treats his parents, then apart from being punished in the Hereafter, he will also be punished in this world. Therefore, enquire from people who know him, and who are of his age or older, in regard to the manner in which he had treated his father. It is most likely that he had ill-treated his father in the same way.”

The following week, after making the enquiry, the person returned and said, “Hazrat! What you mentioned is absolutely correct! He had beaten his father in the same manner. In fact, I had found out that the distance which his son dragged him was approximately the same distance that he had dragged his own father.”

When Hazrat Shaikh (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) heard this, he remarked, “The person is now being punished in the world for ill-treating his father.” (Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 464-482)

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