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Spirit of Qurbani

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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 00:00

Shaikhul Hind Hazrat Moulana Mahmood Hasan Deobandi (rahmatullahi `alaih) would tend to his Qurbaani cow for the entire year. He would personally wash and feed the animal. The cow would also become very attached to Hazrat. When he would leave home to teach at Darul Uloom Deoband, it would follow him right to the madrasah gate where it would sit down. When Hazrat would return at noon after lessons, it would follow him back home. When the days of Qurbaani drew near, Hazrat would lessen its normal feed, which was grass and substitute it with bucketfuls of milk and jalebi (sweetmeat). He would also apply mehndi (henna) to it, place flowers on its back and beautify it because Allah Ta'ala commands that one's most beloved wealth should be spent in the path of Allah Ta'ala. Thus, he would begin to love the animal very deeply. After the Eidul Adha Salaah, he would sacrifice it and cry a little as well. Then he would immediately purchase another cow for the following Eid. (Maslak-e-Ulama-e-Deoband aur Hubbe Rasul (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).

Hazrat Thanwi (rahmatullahi `alaih) says: Hazrat once kept a cow which he fed the entire year. He would take it to the jungle after Asr and make it run in order to make it healthy. It became so healthy that he received offers of 80 rupees, whereas a healthy cow in those days cost approximately 10 to 15 rupees. But Hazrat did not accept any offer. (Khutubaate Hakimul Ummat, vol. 17, pg. 154).

Since it was his habit to offer a few qurbani every year, he desired to do the same while he was imprisoned at Malta. Though prisoners are not allowed to slaughter, Hazrat nevertheless forwaded the request that an animal must be made available to him and that he should be allowed to slaughter it. Something which comes out from the heart definitely has its effect. Hence, they were affected and sold him a sheep for 7 genies which Hazrat paid very happily. On the 10th of Zul Hijjah, Hazrat offered the qurbani calling out the takbir in a loud voice in that darul kufr where the sunnat of Ibrahim (alaihis salaam) had not been carried out since the fall of the Islamic rule.

(Hayaate Shaikhul Hind- Akaabire Deoband aur `ishke Rasul [sallallahu alaihi wa sallam], pg. 32).

   

Sincere Repentance

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Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00

Hazrath Abdullah bin Umar radiyallahu unhu narrates that I heard the following incident from Rasullullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam, not only once or twice, rather more than seven times: “Amongst the Bani Israeel there was a person by the name of Kifl, who was constantly involved in sin. A woman once approached him and he offered her 60 dinars (gold coins) to allow him to commit adultery with her. She acceded to his request but as he was to about to approach her she broke out into tears and began shivering. He asked: “Why are you crying? Did I coerce you into this?” She replied: “No! There was absolutely no coercion but this is such a crime that I haven’t ever come close to it in my entire life.” Currently I am going through financial constraints due to which I accepted your request.” On hearing this he moved away immediately and then told her: “You can leave and take those 60 dinars as well. From now onwards Kifl also will not commit any sin.”

Coincidently he passed away that very night. The next morning this statement was divinely inscribed on his door: “Ghafarallahu Lil Kifl” - Allah has forgiven Kifl.

(Musnad Ahmad, vol: 8, pg: 369)

Lesson: The mercy of Allah Ta’ala is beyond any limits. Indeed he truly loves and appreciates the sincere repentance of his servants.
   

A Casual Chat

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011 00:00

There was a woman by the name of Hind al-Khus al-Iyadiyyah. She was one of the wealthy woman in the pre Islamic times, well known for her intelligence, wit, eloquence and words of wisdom. Inspite of being a woman of position and honour amongst her people, she commited adultery with her slave boy.

People asked her: “Of all people, what made you commit adultery with your slave boy whereas you are a leading woman of your tribe? Why not with a free person instead?”

So she replied: “The factors which prompted me to commit adultery and that too with a slave, were two, one was “Qurbul Wisaal” (this refers to being close physically, that is they had easy accessibility to each other due to living in the same place). The second factor was “Tulus Sawaad” (which could be translated as “long chats”).

(Risaalatul Mustarshideen – Pg: 177)

These two factors are the highly inflammable ingredients that cause explosion and destruction.

Lesson: Being in privacy with strange woman and casually chatting with them may eventually lead one to falling into the most despicable of actions and thereby bringing him/her perpetual disgrace.

   

Just one glance!

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Sunday, 02 October 2011 00:00

There was once a muslim soldier who participated in many military campaigns against the Romans. On one particular campaign when the mujahiddeen had surrounded a roman city his gaze fell upon a woman in a fortress. He was infatuated by her beauty and sent her a message, asking how he could reach her. She replied, “You must accept Christianity and come up to me in the fortress.”

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The hand that Gives is better than the hand that Receives

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Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

Once Ibrahim bin Adham rahmatullahi alaih met Shaqeeeq Balkhi rahmatullahi alaih in Makkah Mukarramah and asked: “What made you devote all your time to the worship of Allah Ta’ala?” Shaqeeq rahmatullahi alaih replied: “I was once walking through a hot desert when I noticed a bird whose wings were broken off. I decided to wait and see how it would obtain food. I sat close by and watched carefully. After some time, another bird arrived and placed a locust into the mouth of the bird that could not fly. This made me ponder. The Being who sent a healthy bird in a dry desert land, is more than able to provide me with sustenance wherever I may be. I then left all forms of earning and devoted myself to worship.”

After hearing the story, Ibrahim bin adham rahmatullahi alaih asked: “O Shaqeeq, why did you not choose to become like the healthy bird? That would have been the better of the two options. Did you not hear the hadith of Nabi sallallahu alaih wasallam?

“The upper hand (the giving hand) is better than the lower hand (the receiving hand).”

It is the sign of a Believer that he strives for the best in all matters in order to reach the status of the pious servants of Allah Ta’ala.

Shaqeeq Balkhi rahmatullahi alaih attentively heard the advice and then grasped the hand of Ibrahim bin Adham rahmatullahi alaih saying: “You are our teacher!”    (Taareekhe Dimishk pg: 135. Vol: 23)
   

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