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Second Childhood

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Monday, 05 October 2020 15:50

At times, seeing to our aged parents and in-laws, seems like a never ending trial. Although we try to do our best, it does not meet up to their satisfaction and we seldom hear a “Jazakallah” from them. The question is, “What must we do?”

It’s simple! We need to simply change our mindset. Picture our aged parents or in-laws as having entered their second childhood, which qualifies them to be excused. We need to overlook, tolerate, forgive, turn a blind eye to and pardon their words and actions.

Reflect for a moment! A mother sees to her infant child with such love and care. If the child vomits on the mother, then the mother does not become angry and shout at the child, as she understands the child to be excused. If, whilst playing with the child, the child innocently slaps the mother on the face, then the mother does not slap the child back, since she understands the child to be excused. Day in and night out, the mother is feeding, cleaning, washing and clothing the little child; and in all of this, not once does the child say, “Jazakallah mummy!” Despite this, the mother continues to take care of the child and never does she feel the child to be ungrateful or unappreciative. All this is because she understands the child to be excused. Now understand our aged parents and in-laws as having entered into their second childhood. They excused us when we were babies. Now it’s time for us to excuse them.

   

Shaikhul Hadeeth, Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih)

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Wednesday, 17 June 2020 15:36

On the 10th of Shawwaal 1441 (3rd June 2020), when the news of the tragic demise of Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) spread throughout the country and the world, it seemed as if a huge floodlight was suddenly switched off and countless people were left in grief. Like other great ‘Ulama and Mashaayikh who have passed on, Hazrat Moulana’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaihi) demise also has left a void in the world in general, and for us in particular at our Madrasah (Ta’leemuddeen) , that can never be filled. May Allah Ta‘ala make his complete maghfirat, elevate his stages in the Aakhirat and bless his family, students, friends and associates with sabr-e-jameel.

Some concise and comprehensive biographies about Hazrat Moulana’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) life and exemplary qualities have already been published, and many more will surely follow. Several asaatizah of the Madrasah penned short articles giving a glimpse of some aspects of his life and excellent qualities, especially a peek of the spectacle of the lessons of Bukhaari Shareef which Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) taught at the Madrasah for 25 years. Below is a condensed version of the various articles.

Read more: Shaikhul Hadeeth, Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih)

   

Halaal Earnings

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Monday, 24 February 2020 16:55

Blood is the life stream of the human body. Healthy blood nourishes all the organs enabling them to function well. Good blood is produced from healthy, wholesome food. On the contrary, unhealthy food produces unhealthy blood, causing the entire body to be weakened and one then suffers a host of illnesses. Hence, the direct link between what one consumes and physical health is evident.

A similar link exists between one’s sustenance and one’s spiritual health. If one’s sustenance is pure, wholesome and from halaal earnings, it has a direct effect in boosting one’s spiritual levels. The heart then desires to do good while the limbs easily move towards acts of piety and righteousness. However, if the food is not pure and wholesome, or it is halaal in itself but was acquired from haraam earnings, it spiritually contaminates the blood. This contaminated blood is then pumped throughout the body. As a result, the heart almost continuously thrives on evil. The limbs easily move towards sin and have no strength to perform good deeds. Even salaah, the most fundamental command after imaan, becomes a burden and is easily left out. If this critical situation is not remedied in time, spiritual cancer sets in. Allah Ta‘ala forbid, such a person then sometimes even sells his imaan for monetary gain.

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Sincerity

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Monday, 10 February 2020 09:30

The greatest oppression is to commit shirk (ascribe partners with Allah Ta’ala). The lesser shirk is to perform righteous actions for some ulterior motive such as name and fame, while it should have been done solely for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala. Hence it is reported in a hadeeth that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The one who has performed salaah to impress others, has committed shirk with Allah Ta‘ala.” (Musnad Ahmad #17140)

The gravity of the sin of riyaa (showing off and doing any action for people) is highlighted in a famous hadeeth. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said that on the Day of Judgment a learned person, a generous person and a martyr will be called up. However, their great actions of teaching Deen, spending wealth for the upliftment of Deen and sacrificing one’s life for Allah Ta‘ala will all be rejected due to having been done to gain the praises of people. It is further mentioned that they will be the first to be thrown in the fire of Jahannam. (Sunan Tirmizi #2382)

Therefore, sincerity in every action must be checked and re-checked. Allah Ta‘ala knows what is in the depth of one’s heart. One should therefore be only concerned to please Him at all times.

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Perpetual Investment

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Monday, 13 January 2020 15:23

No person is prepared to invest in anything if he is not certain of earning a profitable return on that investment. The greater the returns, the more profitable is that investment. Nevertheless, investments of this world will benefit at the most, until one's death – and that could be extremely near. After death, all these investments would be transferred to the heirs who would use them or abuse them (which is not uncommon). The person who has toiled and laboured to acquire this wealth cannot, after death, benefit from that wealth in the least bit.

However, certain investments are such that one continues to reap benefits even after death. When one can no longer do any good deeds, these perpetual investments continue to earn him great rewards.  These are the investments of the Hereafter which are permanent and perpetual. Allah Ta‘ala says, “But you give preference to the worldly life whereas the Hereafter is better and more enduring (remaining eternally)” (Surah Aa’laa v16-17). Furthermore, in reality, only what has been deposited in the Hereafter is what belongs to a person for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has said, “Verily your wealth is what you have sent ahead (to the Hereafter). What is left behind is the wealth of your heirs.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6442)

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