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Practising on the Dictates of Knowledge

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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

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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.

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Six Important Points for those in Difficulty

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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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Showing Respect to those from whom one Acquires Deeni Knowledge

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Monday, 07 October 2019 14:58

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

Always show respect to your teachers and honour them. This is an obligation upon you. You should revere and honour them in the manner the Imaams of Deen are revered and respected, as they are the means of you acquiring the knowledge of Nubuwwah.

The person who teaches you even one piece of knowledge, you should regard yourself to be indebted to him as a slave is indebted to his master. When this is the respect that should be shown to the person who teaches you just one piece of knowledge, then you can well imagine the respect that should be shown to those Asaatizah who are continuously benefiting you and teaching you Deen.

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Turning to Allah Ta‘ala Alone in the Hour of Need

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Monday, 30 September 2019 15:45

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

The hearts of all men in the world are controlled by Allah Ta‘ala alone. However humbly we entreat someone and earnestly request him to fulfil our need, he will not be moved, unless He, in whose hands the hearts of all men lie, wills it so. On the other hand, if He, in whose control lies the hearts of all men, decrees it to happen, He will inspire the hearts of men to fulfil our need. Despite how much of disinterest we show towards a person, he will be obliged to fulfill our need. The reason is that Allah Ta‘ala will create a strong feeling within his heart to fulfill our need. So, it is Allah Ta‘ala alone who we should turn to and whose help we should seek in the hour of need. (Fazaail-e-Sadaqaat [urdu] pg. 214)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

   

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