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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


The Evil Traits of Pride, Jealousy and Haughtiness


Monday, 28 April 2014 07:22

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) while addressing the audience in his majlis once mentioned:

“Beloved brothers! Let me inform you about the evil traits of pride, jealousy and haughtiness. These evil traits have no limits and are extremely serious in the sight of Allah Ta'ala. Pride, jealousy and haughtiness are among those sins whose punishment is extremely severe. These are connected to the spiritual being of a person. There are some sins which relate to the physical being of a person, e.g. one’s lust and carnal desires. The punishment for getting involved in such sins are indeed detrimental, however they are not as severe as getting involved in these spiritual maladies (i.e. the sin of pride, haughtiness and jealousy). (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/70)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za


The Method to Gain Acceptance in the Sight of Allah Ta'ala


Monday, 21 April 2014 07:12

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

Once a respected 'Aalim arrived and requested some advice. I told him that you are an 'Aalim of deen, what advice can I offer you? After requesting for the second time, I told him that I only remember one lesson which I continue mentioning. The lesson that I have learnt from my elders is that to the best of your ability, regard yourself as a complete non-entity (i.e. if you wish to gain acceptance in the sight of Allah Ta'ala, then do not attach any importance to yourself and do not have pride). These words had such an impact on the 'Aalim that he immediately began to weep. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 10/ 33)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za


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