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Condoning the Wrong in a Wedding


Tuesday, 03 November 2015 15:50

Once, Hazrat Moulana Khaleel Ahmad Saharanpuri (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was invited to a wedding in Meerut. The boy’s side requested Hazrat to pass on the clothing to the groom for tabarruk. Hazrat went into the room where the boy was waiting after having had a bath. I (Mufti ‘Aashiq Ilaahi) was present with Hazrat. He picked up the kurtah and pants and handed these over to the boy. When he was about to pass the achkan (long coat), Hazrat asked me to check if it was made of silk. I checked carefully and said: “Yes Hazrat, it appears to be of silk.” He kept it aside and said: “It is haraam to wear silk and haraam to make others wear it.” When he looked at the topi, he saw it embedded with gold threads. And so he said in a sharp tone: “This is also haraam.” The boy’s family was not cautious and did not bother about Hazrat’s reprimand. They picked up the items themselves and made the boy wear them. Hazrat’s face turned red with anger but he controlled himself and said to me: “Let’s go.” And we departed from there. He did not even go to the place where he was staying over. He was filled with sorrow and grief, and went to the house of Haji Wajeehud Deen Saheb. He said: “What type of bond do they have with me that they invite me to take part in sinful acts? All those who attend this wedding will be sinning, for it is a place where the bridegroom is seated wearing haraam clothing, as one person (the bridegroom) will be committing the haraam and there will be others (the attendees) who will condone it.”

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Regard Her Swearing to be Flowers


Monday, 19 October 2015 15:21

A youngster from Lohari once came to Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) and said: “Hazrat, I am going to Gangoh to fetch my wife.” Hazratjee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) replied: “Yes, by all means you may go but please make sure you treat her with love and affection no matter how bitter she is towards you.” When the youngster heard this, he said, “Hazrat, I won’t tell her anything. I’ll just keep quiet.” Hazrat said: “No, no. If she has to swear you, then too regard her swearing to be a bouquet of flowers. You will see how well things will work out for you.” (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 210)


Courage and Firmness


Monday, 05 October 2015 15:11

On one occasion, Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) fell extremely ill. He could barely walk firmly. From his house to the majlis-khana, he had to stop twice to rest. After sitting down he explained to those who were present, “I am gone extremely weak, so weak that I can barely walk to the majlis-khana. I stopped twice to rest. With great difficulty I managed to perform my zuhr salaah. I’ve got numbness in my feet. The only reason I am telling you all of this is so that you may understand that for small petty reasons you should not leave out your work. One must remain firm upon the work one is appointed to do.” (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 111)


Jaadoo is in the Mind


Monday, 07 September 2015 13:46

Once, someone said to Hazratjee Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) that a woman was badly affected by sihr (black magic). Hazrat replied: “I am not an ‘aamil but I will make du‘aa that Allah Ta‘ala relieve her of whatever sickness she may have.”

Thereafter he advised them as follows: “Clear your mind of any thoughts of jaadoo (black magic). Otherwise no matter how much of treatment you may do, it will all be insufficient. Nowadays there are signs of this sickness but, more so, it is in people’s minds. Part of it is related to this sickness but most of it is just in the mind.”

“Many people have also started doing this ta’weez work. They then stir up people by saying, ‘You have jaadoo and you are possessed by a jinn, etc.’ Some people even end up going to Hindus for treatment. The biggest weakness within us is weakness in our yaqeen (conviction).” (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 213)

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Eagerness for Ramadhaan and Receiving it


Thursday, 19 June 2014 15:11

Moulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) writes:

The month of Ramadhaan marks the commencement of the revelation of the Quraan. It is the month of mercy, blessings and effulgence. Ramadhaan is indeed the prime period for ‘ibaadat and righteous actions and the all-embracing event of spirituality.

Hadhrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) mentioned: “During the month of Ramadhaan, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would always be ahead in good deeds, much faster than a strong blowing wind.”

Hadhrat ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) said: “When the last ten days of Ramadhaan would commence, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would remain the entire night awake and he would awaken his household as well. He would exert himself in carrying out ‘ibaadat.”

The month of Ramadhaan is the time for the fulfilment of the aspirations and hopes of the true lovers of Allah Ta‘ala, for which they would count the number of days to the approach of this month. We are not speaking about the state of the former pious predecessors. I have heard regarding some of the pious predecessors of the recent past that they would anticipate the approach of the next Ramadhaan from the moment the crescent of ‘Eid was sighted.

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