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Conducting the Nikaah According to the Sunnah

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Monday, 20 January 2020 15:32

On one occasion, a certain person arranged for the nikaah of his daughter to be performed in the musjid after asr. After the nikaah, some dates were distributed. The groom was dressed in simple and presentable attire, even though the clothing he wore was not new. Likewise, I observed many other nikaahs that were also conducted with simplicity. In one nikaah, the groom arrived at the musjid wearing the clothing which he normally wore when leaving for work, yet everyone felt pleased with the level of simplicity they had seen in him.

Observing these nikaahs, Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned, “The nikaah of my brother, Mazhar, was also conducted with great simplicity. On that occasion, even the elderly women remarked, ‘Although there are no elaborate preparations made to create extra beauty in this nikaah, we can perceive an extraordinary noor and beauty in our hearts.’”

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) then said, “When the nikaah is conducted in accordance to the Sunnah, with simplicity, then how can it not possess noor and beauty? One should remember that the nikaah which is conducted without any formalities, and with ease and simplicity, conforms to the Sunnah, and it is to the extent that the nikaah conforms to the Sunnah that noor will be perceived in the hearts.

The reason is that when the nikaah is performed according to the Sunnah, in a simple and easy manner (without formalities), then there are generally no arguments and quarrels that take place. Hence, the hearts perceive a great level of peace and tranquillity. On the contrary, when the nikaah is made into an elaborate affair, then (on account of the difficulty in carrying out the elaborate preparations and trying to satisfy everyone,) arguments and fights break out. This undoubtedly impacts negatively on the hearts, creating ill feelings and darkness in the hearts.” (Malfoozaat Husn-ul-Azeez pg. 457)

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Showing Appreciation to those from whom One Acquires Deeni Knowledge

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Monday, 13 January 2020 17:18

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

My dear brothers! In order to get people on Deen, one should make an effort to strengthen their imaan, create the concern for the Hereafter within them, and instill the importance of Deen in their hearts.

The bounties and favours of Allah Ta‘ala are countless. However, Allah Ta‘ala’s honour is such that He does not bless His special favours to those who are ungrateful. Thus, when you acquire Deeni benefit from your seniors and elders then ensure that you express your gratitude to them. The demand of gratitude is that you regard yourself to be indebted to all those from whom you acquire Deeni knowledge and you honour and respect them. This is the lesson which we are taught in the mubaarak hadeeth.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:

من لم يشكر الناس لم يشكر الله 

The one who has not shown appreciation to people has not shown appreciation to Allah Ta‘ala. (Sunan Tirmiz #1955)

(Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 95)

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What does Remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala refer to?

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Monday, 06 January 2020 16:30

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

The actual meaning of zikr is for a person to fulfil the command of Allah Ta‘ala that relates to him in every given situation. Allah Ta‘ala commands us in the Quraan Majeed saying:

یٰۤاَیُّهَا الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْا لَا تُلْهِکُمْ اَمْوَالُکُمْ وَلَاۤ اَوْلَادُکُمْ عَنْ ذِکْرِ اللّٰه

O you who believe! Do not let your wealth or children turn you away from the remembrance (command) of Allah Ta‘ala. (Surah Munaafiqoon v. 9)

Hence, while one is at home interacting with his family and children, or while one is engaged in trade and commerce, if he ensures that he remains obedient to Allah Ta‘ala and does not break His commands while fulfilling these worldly needs, then even though he is engaged in these occupations, he will be regarded as a person engaged in the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 57)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

Making Du‘aa for all the Efforts of Deen

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Monday, 30 December 2019 15:52

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

My beloved friends! Value and appreciate the time which you have, and abstain from speaking unnecessarily.

We should all have the wish in our hearts that Allah Ta‘ala should bless all the various efforts of Deen, which are taking place in the world, with prosperity and allow them to succeed. Whether it is the masaajid, the madaaris or the maraakiz - the more efforts you make du‘aa for, the more you will progress and be rewarded by Allah Ta‘ala.

It is difficult for one person to participate in all the various deeni efforts. However, through making du‘aa for the progress and success of all these efforts, you will have a share in all of them. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned in his mubaarak hadeeth, “Actions are rewarded according to their intentions.” Hence, if one makes multiple intentions when carrying out a single action, he will receive the reward for all the intentions which he made. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Shaikh 2/119)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

The Need for a Spiritual Guide in Self-Reformation

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Monday, 23 December 2019 15:44

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

This path of self-reformation leading to Allah Ta‘ala is extremely sensitive. Therefore, it is necessary for one to have a spiritual guide who is completely acquainted with the path. At times, a person does not understand the limits and begins to continuously grieve over his past sins to such an extent that he loses hope. This then becomes an impediment and barrier for him to progress. Therefore, it is necessary for one to refer to a spiritual guide. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 23/378-379)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

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