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Honesty in Business Dealings is the Hallmark of a Believer

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Tuesday, 19 October 2021 07:30

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

The Mubaarak Hadith mentions that on the Day of Qiyaamah, the honest businessman will be resurrected with the martyrs, while the dishonest businessman will be resurrected with the evil and sinful people. It is obvious that adopting honesty in business dealings will benefit one in his deen. However, we should understand that it will also benefit one in his dunya.

In the beginning, one may experience some difficulty in business, but through maintaining honesty, one will find that Allah Ta‘ala will grant one immense barakah and blessing.

In the city of Kanpur, there was a certain person who would sell bamboo. Whenever a customer would come to him, he would clearly inform the customer saying, “This bamboo will only last you for so many days.” Hearing this, the customers would turn away and leave without buying the bamboo.

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The Primary Purpose of the Effort of Da’wat and Tableegh

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Tuesday, 12 October 2021 08:45

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

The primary purpose and goal of our effort of Da’wat and Tableegh is to teach people the complete Deen that was brought by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) (in other words, to bring the Ummah upon the complete teachings of Islam). This is our actual purpose and goal.

As for sending jamaats to different areas and encouraging people to make gusht in their localities, then these are various means adopted to achieve the primary purpose and goal of connecting people to Deen. Similarly, teaching people the kalimah (i.e. imaan) and how to perform salaah can be regarded as the fundamentals of this effort of Da’wat and Tableegh.

It is obvious that the jamaats which go out (in the path of Allah Ta‘ala) cannot attend to every Deeni responsibility. Rather, the most that they can do is upon arriving in any locality, they should try their best to create a Deeni awakening and awareness among the people of the locality and revive the concern for Deen within them. Similarly, they should make an effort on those who are far from Deen and try to link them to the ‘Ulama and pious people living in the locality. Likewise, they will encourage those people of the locality who have the concern of Deen at heart to make an effort on the people of their locality.

(Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 26)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

The Essence of Sulook

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021 06:28

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

The essence and foundation of the entire process of sulook (self-reformation and acquiring a special relationship with Allah Ta‘ala) is to follow the mubaarak sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). In other words, every department of one’s life should conform to the blessed sunnah, whether it is the department of ibaadaat (acts of worship), aadaat (habits and ways of carrying out mundane affairs) or akhlaaq (character and conduct).

(Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 495)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

The True Meaning of Zuhd (Abstinence from Worldly Pleasures)

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021 06:43

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

In order for one to inculcate the quality of zuhd (abstinence from worldly pleasures), it does not mean that one completely renounces and gives up all worldly pleasures. Rather, if one reduces his worldly pleasures, this is sufficient for him to acquire the quality of zuhd.

In other words, one should not remain engrossed in the acquisition of worldly pleasures where day and night, one’s concern only revolves around acquiring worldly pleasures, e.g. “I need to prepare such and such delicious meal”, “I need to purchase such and such item from such and such place”, “The rice in a certain place is delicious so it must be brought from there”, or a certain place is renowned and famous for their cream, so one says to people, “Please bring some cream for me from that place.”

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Concern for Producing ‘Ulama who will remain Engaged in the Service of Deen

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Tuesday, 14 September 2021 06:47

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

In many Deeni madaaris, there is a serious shortcoming and weakness that is witnessed. The serious shortcoming and weakness that is witnessed is that although the students are educated regarding Deen, effort is not made upon them, that after they qualify, they should fulfil the purpose of them studying Deen i.e. serving Deen, spreading the sunnah and inviting people towards Allah Ta‘ala.

The result of not making this effort upon the students is that after they graduate, many students are not concerned about propagating and teaching Deen to the people. Rather, their only concern is to earn a livelihood. Thus, either they learn tibb (medicine) or they enrol in government universities so that they may acquire some degree and gain employment as teachers in English schools. In this manner, the time, money and effort that was spent in making them ‘Ulama is wasted, as there is no productivity found in Deen from them thereafter. In fact, at times, (due to such ‘Ulama studying in universities and subscribing to wrong values, etc.) they even begin to assist the enemies of Deen.

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