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The Importance of Salaah with Jamaat in the Lives of our Akaabir (part 4)

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Monday, 25 October 2010 10:40

Explaining the importance that Hadhrat Moulana Khaleel Ahmad Saharanpuri (rahmatullahi alaih) showed to the performance of Salaah with jamaat especially in the Haram Shareef, Mufti Aashiq Ilaahi Meeruthi (rahmatullahi alaih) writes:

“At all times, Salaah with jamaat would be the source of pleasure and joy for Hadhrat Moulana Khaleel Ahmad Sahib (rahmatullahi alaih). One can well imagine what would have been the extent of joy when it came to Salaah in the Haram Shareef.

It would be impossible for any one of Hadhrat’s associates to declare that he had witnessed Hadhrat either missing the takbeer-e-ula, the first saff or standing on the right of the imaam. Despite the heat being so intense that by merely placing one’s foot on the ground blisters would begin to appear, yet Hadhrat would hurriedly walk to the Haram Shareef so that he may perform his Salaah in the first saff near the imaam.

I remember very clearly that we once experienced torrential rain after Maghrib Salaah. On seeing the heavy downpour, some of the companions began saying that the concession of ‘alaa sallu fi rihaalikum’ (Perform your Salaah at home i.e. due to the severe rain.) could now be practised. However, no sooner did the sound of the azaan fall on Hadhrat’s ears, he turned to me and said: ‘Come, let us go for namaaz.’

 

Read more: The Importance of Salaah with Jamaat in the Lives of our Akaabir (part 4)

   

The Importance of Salaah with Jamaat in the Lives of our Akaabir (Part 3)

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Monday, 18 October 2010 08:42

Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shafee` Sahib (rahmatullahi alaih) writes explaining the daily routine of his father Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Yaseen Sahib (rahmatullahi alaih):

After lunch, he would never have his qailulah (siesta) at home. Rather, he would rest in a room adjacent to the musjid so that nothing may become an obstacle in the performance of Zuhr Salaah with jamaat. This was his routine for his entire life. Towards the latter part of his life when he had become exceptionally weak, it became extremely difficult for him to leave the home in the severe heat and hot wind. Thereafter, on the insistence of some close ones he would rest at home. Despite this, he still deemed it necessary to go to the musjid for Zuhr Salaah.

Punctuality on jamaat Salaah was a distinctive feature in all the mureeds of Hadhrat Moulana Gangohi(rahmatullahi alaih). My father also placed a lot of emphasis on it according to the teaching of his shaikh. He would not allow his jamaat Salaah to be missed even at the time of heavy rain. When the path to the musjid would be dark and muddy because of the rain at the time of Esha and Fajr, he would go to the musjid holding an umbrella in one hand and a lantern in the other.

Read more: The Importance of Salaah with Jamaat in the Lives of our Akaabir (Part 3)

   

The importance of Salaah with jamaat in the lives of our Akaabir (part 2)

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Sunday, 10 October 2010 05:35

Hadhrat Moulana Yaseen Sahib (rahmatullahi alaih), the father of Mufti Muhammad Shafee` Sahib (rahmatullahi alaih) used to very greatly emphasise the importance of Salaah with jamaat. In this regard, Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Rafee` Uthmani (daamat barakaatuhum) writes:

“Salaah with jamaat was from amongst the very outstanding features in his life together with his auraadma`moolaat and takbeer-e-ula. Towards the end of his life when he was constantly afflicted with various ailments and illnesses, he would find it difficult to even move about. Despite this, he would be the first person to reach the musjid for jamaat Salaah. During his final illness, in spite of being afflicted with severe bouts of diarrhoea and high fever, he would walk to the musjid with the support of his walking stick. When eventually this became unmanageable he was forced to perform his Salaah at home for about fifty-six days days.

During that period, he once mentioned to his son Mufti Muhammad Shafee` Sahib (rahmtullahi alaih): ‘Shafee`! It seems that I will pass away on account of this diarrhoea. However, I am not grieved by this, for the Hadeeth has counted this as a form of shahaadat (martyrdom).’

 

Read more: The importance of Salaah with jamaat in the lives of our Akaabir (part 2)

   

The Importance of Salaah with Jamaat in the Lives of our Akaabir (Part 1)

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Monday, 04 October 2010 21:40

Qari Ameer Hasan Sahib (daamat barakaathum) once mentioned: “It was the habit of Hadhrat Moulana Qasim Nanotwi (rahmatullahi alaih) that he would make preparations for Salaah one hour in advance. Similarly, when Shah Wasiyyullah (rahmatullahi alaih) used to travel to any place, he would not find out what time is jamaat, rather he would enquire about the time of azaan.” (Kalimaat-e-Sidq wa Adl, p. 66)

Moulana Yusuf Ludhyanwi (rahmatullahi alaih) writes: “Once, some people had requested Hadhrat Moulana Yusuf Binnori (rahmatullahi alaih) to come to the opening of their shop after the Jumu`ah Salaah. Hadhrat said to them: “On Fridays I perform Asr Salaah in my musjid. Ensure that my jamaat Salaah is not missed.” They assured Hadhrat that they will make arrangements for him to make it for the jamaat. Generally, people are extremely enthusiastic to take (the buzurg to their place) since they only consider their own motives. As far as others are concerned then they are inconsiderate. When Hadhrat returned, the jamaat Salaah was over. Seeing this, Hadhrat began to cry bitterly. I saw Hadhrat crying profusely on that day and he lamented: “We do not possess the reality of Salaah. All we have is the imitation. The correct manner of Salaah is unknown to us. We merely imitate Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). If this imitation also does not remain, then what else do we have!” (Tuhfat-ul-Madaaris, vol. 1, p. 491)

   

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