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Doubtful Wealth


Monday, 12 May 2014 07:58

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) mentioned:

Hazrat 'Abdullah bin Mubaarak [rahmatullahi 'alaihi] (a great luminary and ascetic, who was the student of Hazrat Imaam Abu Haneefah [rahmatullahi 'alaihi]) says: "I prefer returning one dirham which is obtained through a doubtful source than giving 600 000 dirhams in charity." Hazrat (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) then mentioned that from this statement of Hazrat 'Abdullah bin Mubaarak (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) we understand the serious nature of doubtful wealth. It is extremely sad to find that nowadays let alone doubtful wealth, people do not even refrain from that wealth which is categorically declared haraam in sharee'ah. All that they are interested in is in increasing and accumulating their wealth, regardless of the manner or means through which the wealth is acquired. (Behishti Zewar Pg. 417)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za


Hazrat Moulana Husain Ahmad Madani’s (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) Firmness in regard to the Mas’ala of the Beard


Monday, 12 May 2014 07:57

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) once mentioned:

Towards the end of his life Hazrat Moulana Husain Ahmad Madani (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) became more strict and firm with regard to the beard. Some of his companions said to me that we notice that your approach is completely different from the approach of Hazrat Madani (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) in regard to the beard. Why was it that Hazrat Madani (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) was so staunch in regard to keeping the beard as though the only thing in deen to him was the beard? The person objecting to Hazrat Madani (rahmatullahi 'alaihi)’s approach was one of my associates. I responded to him saying: “O ignorant one! My not being so firm in regard to the beard is due to my own weakness. However Hazrat Madani (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) being so firm in regard to this sunnah (i.e. keeping the beard) was a reflection of his perfect imaan. Remember, for one to reprimand someone due to not adhering to the commandments of deen is excellent character and not bad character. Not reprimanding someone (for doing something against the sunnah) is a sign of weak imaan. On the other hand, if in a certain place there is a fear that by reprimanding someone it will cause an uproar or it will lead to the situation getting worse, then that is a separate issue. In that situation one should sincerely make du'aa for that person. This is also a branch of imaan. If one turns a blind eye without any valid reason, then this is a sign of hypocrisy. Continue examining yourself whether you are overlooking and favouring your near and dear ones. (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/27)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za


Refraining from Haraam Wealth


Monday, 05 May 2014 11:19

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) mentioned:

It is compulsory upon every person to refrain from haraam wealth. However the pious servants of Allah Ta'ala do not confine their caution to refraining from haraam wealth. Rather they exercise extreme caution even in regard to doubtful wealth. By consuming haraam wealth, many evils are created within the soul. This is what destroys man. (Behishti Zewar Pg. 417)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za


The Value of Humility in the Sight of Allah Ta’ala


Monday, 05 May 2014 11:17

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) once mentioned:

“Whenever something is found in abundance, it is not shown the level of appreciation and value that is required. On the contrary, if something is scarce, then people generally value it. I will relate an incident through which we may be able to understand this point. Approximately 50 years ago, the first Tableegh Jamaat left for Kabul. It is my habit that whenever a Jamaat returns I look forward to hearing the details of their trip. Nevertheless, when the Jamaat returned, they informed us that during the trip the food supply was depleted for a number of days and the only food they were able to obtain was grapes and some other fruits. They mentioned that for 4 aana’s (1/6 of a rupee) they were able to purchase two kilograms of grapes. Now ponder, that in a place where grapes are found in such abundance at such a cheap price, do you think the people in that area will appreciate and value it? The lesson we learn from this is that wherever something is found in abundance, it is generally not appreciated. On the contrary if something is very scarce in a place, then great importance is attached to it and it is immensely valued. In the same vein, we should understand that the treasures of Allah Ta'ala are unlimited and there is nothing that is short in the treasures of Allah Ta'ala. However, the only thing that Allah Ta'ala does not possess in His treasures is humility and weakness. Allah Ta'ala is the greatest and there is no weakness within Him. All pride and greatness belongs to Allah Ta'ala alone. Therefore when a servant humbles himself before Allah Ta'ala (i.e. he regards himself as insignificant and he fulfils every command of Allah Ta'ala), Allah Ta'ala greatly appreciates it. To the extent that a person lowers himself, Allah Ta'ala will elevate his status and rank. Every person should take time to ponder and reflect over this. It is reported that Nabi (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) mentioned:

من تواضع لله رفعه الله

“Whosoever adopts humility for the sake of Allah Ta'ala, then Allah Ta'ala will elevate his status."

We often refer to ourselves, verbally or in our letters, as “the worst of creation”, “the lowest person”, “worthless person”, etc. However, only Allah Ta'ala knows what we really regard ourselves to be. (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/70)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za


The Basis of Everything is the Pleasure of Allah Ta'ala


Monday, 28 April 2014 07:23

On one occasion, Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) mentioned:

No matter how much a person worships Allah Ta'ala, or adopts taqwa and piety in his life, one cannot feel complacent at any time as one is unaware of one’s true status and position in the sight of Allah Ta'ala. Since everything depends on the acceptance of Allah Ta'ala and His pleasure, who can be bold enough to make any type of claim (regarding his position and status by Allah Ta'ala)? Similarly, no person can be confident of his future (i.e. whether one will pass away with Imaan or not). Since the condition of man’s heart is always changing and fluctuating and one does not know what the future holds for him, how can one feel confident of his future? (Malfoozaat e Hakeemul Ummah 10/33)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za


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