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Distribution of Inheritance (Part Two)


Tuesday, 11 October 2016 09:49

On the same topic, Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned that some people, on the passing away of a relative, donate their musalla, lota (jug), chair and other things to the madaaris which they consider to be a very rewarding deed, whereas this is totally impermissible. All the heirs now have a right to this wealth. After the burial arrangements have been completed, fulfilling his debts and carrying out that which he had bequeathed from a third of his wealth are the first things that need to be attended to. Thereafter, his wealth should be distributed immediately. Whoever has a right, should be given his due. Without first distributing this wealth, it is not permissible to make esaal-e-thawaab with the wealth and neither is it correct to donate part of it to a musjid or madrasah. Whoever wants to do so, should utilize his own wealth. It should not be done from the inheritance which is jointly owned.

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Distribution of Inheritance (Part One)


Thursday, 06 October 2016 16:25

A few days after the demise of the wife of Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih), he mentioned to some of the household members, “Being the elder of the family, I have an added responsibility. I wish that all the family members gather so that I may divide the shares of her estate between the heirs. It is not permissible to use whatever she has left behind until all the shares are divided. Once this is completed, I will be free of the responsibility.”

Once whilst teaching the Jalaalain (book of tafseer) lesson, Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned under the aayah of inheritance that, “There is much carelessness in the wealth of inheritance. People regard it as booty. Whoever gets hold of whatever wealth, he automatically assumes that he is the owner, whereas all the heirs have a right in the wealth that is left behind. No one has any right to use it.”

Read more: Distribution of Inheritance (Part One)


Spirit of Qurbaani


Tuesday, 06 September 2016 15:51

Shaikhul Hind Hazrat Moulana Mahmood Hasan Deobandi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would tend to his qurbaani cow for the entire year. He would personally wash and feed the animal. The cow would also become very attached to Hazrat. When he would leave home to teach at Darul ‘Uloom Deoband, it would follow him right to the madrasah gate where it would sit down. When Hazrat would return at noon after lessons, it would follow him back home. When the days of qurbaani drew near, Hazrat would lessen its normal feed, which was grass and substitute it with bucketfuls of milk and jalebi (sweetmeat). He would also apply mehndi (henna) to it, place flowers on its back and beautify it because Allah Ta‘ala commands that one's most beloved wealth should be spent in the path of Allah Ta‘ala. Thus, he would begin to love the animal very deeply. After the ‘Eidul Adha salaah, he would sacrifice it and cry a little as well. Then he would immediately purchase another cow for the following ‘Eid. (Maslak-e-‘Ulama-e-Deoband aur Hubbe Rasul [sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam]).

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Concern for the Deen of One’s Children


Wednesday, 24 August 2016 16:15

Once, Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was teaching Jalaalain Shareef which is a famous book of tafseer. When he came to the verse, “Hazrat Ya’qoob (‘alaihis salaam) had asked his sons in the last moments of his life, ‘What will you worship after I have left.’ They replied, ‘We will worship the Rabb that you and your forefathers, Hazrat Ebrahim, Hazrat Ismail and Hazrat Ishaaq (‘alaihimus salaam) had worshipped i.e. the Rabb of the entire world who is One and has no partner. We will remain firm in His obedience’” and “Hazrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) had advised his sons, ‘O my sons, Allah Ta‘ala has chosen for you this deen so do not die in any condition except that you are in Islam’.”

Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) said that every person, before he passes away should be concerned whether his children are practicing on deen or not. What are they worshipping? What direction are they taking? This is what we should be concerned about. Nowadays people are worried about their children’s worldly needs and how will they cope materially after the parent’s demise. How will they earn? They worry about their homes and their businesses and hope to be at ease with regard to these things. The Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) however wished to be at ease with regards to their deen that after their demise they should not turn away from the true deen. They remain firm on the true deen till their dying day. It is in this condition, that we too should leave the world. Don’t ever leave the teachings of deen. (Hayaat-e-Siddeeq, pg. 270)


Overlooking the Shortcomings of the Wife


Tuesday, 16 August 2016 16:21

Hazratjee Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) said:

“Most women are very good by nature. But, after all, a woman is a woman. They must say something. On such occasions I forgive her immediately. I do not ever say anything negative to her, even if the food is late or if it is not cooked on time. If she added too much chillies in the food, then too I do not say anything. This is how I look after my wife. I cannot ever remember telling her that she must cook something special for me. If, perchance, she said something incorrect or inappropriate, I do not worry about it in the least. I let her say whatever she wants. These four walls are her territory and she may say whatever she wants here.

What sacrifices she has made. She left the lap of her mother, the shoulders of her father. She left the home in which she grew up and came to live in a strange place. This is indeed a great favour from her as well as her parents. When she left her parent’s home to come to live with you, she cried and left. O Man! Think for a while. Had Allah Ta‘ala made you a woman, then only would you have understood. Why then do you not have mercy on this poor woman? If, in the confines of these four walls, she does not express her rule over you then over who will she express herself? Please, whatever she says to you, listen to her.” (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 210)


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