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Not Delaying in Righteous Works


Monday, 11 November 2019 17:05

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) has written:

The Quraan Majeed reminds man, time and again, that every person’s time of death has been fixed, and it can neither be delayed nor brought ahead by even one moment. Man keeps thinking to himself, “I want to give such-and-such thing in sadaqah, and I want to make such-and-such item waqf, and I would like to write a bequest for so-and-so.” However, all he does is continue to have these thoughts without carrying them out, until suddenly, fate strikes and he passes away, either while walking, sitting or sleeping. Hence, one should not procrastinate and delay carrying out such righteous deeds and works by prolonged planning and thinking. Rather, one should hasten and spend in the path of Allah Ta‘ala as soon as he can, thus securing his rewards by Allah Ta‘ala. (Extracted from Fazaail-e-Sadaqaat [urdu] pg. 46)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za


The Mindset of a Believer in regard to Sustenance


Monday, 04 November 2019 15:43

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

If Allah Ta‘ala blesses a person with halaal livelihood without difficulty, then this is indeed a great favour and bounty of Allah Ta‘ala. However, at times, a person who acquires livelihood without difficulty falls into self-admiration, pride, attributing good towards himself, boasting, being negligent of what Allah Ta‘ala wants from him, looking down at the poor and taking undue advantage of the weak.

The remedy and solution for such a person is for him to reflect and ponder over the favour he is receiving from Allah Ta‘ala without difficulty. He should think within himself, “This blessing is solely the grace of Allah Ta‘ala upon me. If it were not for His divine favour upon me, then most surely, I would not have been in this position, as I am not deserving of this favour and there is no goodness within me that makes me worthy of this bounty.”

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Practising on the Dictates of Knowledge


Monday, 28 October 2019 17:16

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following advice to a group of students:

Throughout your lives, you should have the perpetual concern of how you will lead your lives in accordance to the knowledge of Deen which you have learnt and are acquiring. This is the first right that you owe to the knowledge of Deen.

Remember that the knowledge of Deen is not merely a science, but rather, it is a complete way of life which has been brought to us by the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sought protection in Allah Ta‘ala from that knowledge which does not benefit one (and which does not motivate one towards righteousness).

Furthermore, you are well aware of the numerous severe warnings sounded in the Quraan Majeed and ahaadeeth for the ‘Ulama and learned who do not practise on their knowledge. You should also understand that the sin of an ‘Aalim in regard to not practising on his knowledge is not confined to him not performing salaah, not fasting, drinking wine or committing zina, as these sins apply to all – ‘Ulama and non-‘Ulama. Rather, the sin of not practising on his knowledge refers to him not practising on the knowledge he possesses and not fulfilling the rights of that knowledge (in all departments of his life).

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How to Achieve the Treasure of Contentment


Monday, 21 October 2019 14:06

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) has written:

A person can be content with sufficing on less livelihood if he is particular about five things:

1. He should cut down his expenses and never spend more than what is absolutely necessary.

2. If he has sufficient money or food for his present needs, he should not worry about his future requirements, and should trust in the promise of Allah Ta‘ala to provide sustenance to all living beings.

3. He should consider the fact that through being content with little provision from Allah Ta‘ala, he will develop a sense of self-sufficiency and will protect his honour by not being dependent on others. On the other hand, a greedy person has to humiliate himself before others.

Read more: How to Achieve the Treasure of Contentment


Six Important Points for those in Difficulty


Monday, 14 October 2019 16:41

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned that when a person is afflicted with any calamity or difficulty, then he should adhere to the following six points:

1. He should exercise sabr (patience), as this is the hallmark of a true believer. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned in his mubaarak hadeeth that if a mu-min experiences favourable conditions, he should express gratitude, and this is good for him. And if he experiences unfavourable conditions, he should exercise patience, and this is good for him.(Saheeh Muslim #2999)

2. He should not become despondent and lose hope in the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala. Rather, he should continue to hope for the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala, as the power and grace of Allah Ta‘ala is above all worldly means. Only a kaafir who does not believe in taqdeer loses hope. People of true imaan and Deen are always pleased with the decree of Allah Ta‘ala.

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