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Definition of Show and Conceit

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Monday, 04 March 2013 08:09

(Correspondence of Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi rahimahullah)

Letter:  (The letter was not published. The writer apparently requested advice on show and conceit?

Reply:  When an act of worship, which must be done for Allah Ta’ala, is done for the creation, this is riyaa (show). Allah Ta’ala detests riyaa since this is shirk (associating partners with Allah Ta’ala). 

On the Day of Judgment Allah Ta’ala will say, “I detest shirk (partnership). Therefore in whichever action you have included someone as a partner to me, go to that person and seek your reward”. Now ponder for a moment. For example we perform salaah to earn the grace of Allah Ta’ala.

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Abstaining from Suspicion

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013 06:45

(Correspondence of Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi rahimahullah)

Letter:  Due to painful experiences with people, the disease of having ill-thoughts and suspicion has become my nature, and I become restless and fearful when mixing with people. Kindly advise as to how this malady may be rectified.

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Praises of People

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Monday, 11 February 2013 06:44

(Correspondence of Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi rahimahullah)

Letter:  (The letter was not published. The writer apparently requested advice on how to protect one’s self from pride, when people praise us?

Reply:  When someone praises us and we feel that pride is building within us, then immediately divert our minds towards our sins, that we have committed such and such sins which Allah Ta’ala has concealed. If the person who is praising us only knew the sins we have committed then he would never have praised us. In fact he would consider us worse than a donkey or a dog. 

Insha-Allah this should prevent pride from settling in our hearts. (Maktoobaat vol. 5, pg. 61)

   

Inclination towards Women

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Monday, 28 January 2013 06:35

(Correspondence of Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi rahimahullah)

Letter:  (The letter was not published. The writer apparently requested advice on how to remedy inclination towards strange women?)

Reply:   We should sit in solitude and ponder over the origin, end and even the present condition of the strange women whom one is inclined towards. She was created from an impure drop of fluid. When this drop of fluid was transferred from her father to her mother, shariah declared that both her parents were in a state of impurity due to which they could not perform salaah or recite Quran. 

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Dealing with those against whom we have ill-thoughts

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Monday, 14 January 2013 05:58

(Correspondence of Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi rahimahullah)

Letter:  Eventhough I meet others with good character, there are those who intentionally treat me and my family unjustly, without any valid reason. I cannot understand why it is happening and this is causing me much grief. Please advise.

Reply: If people oppose us for no reason due to which we begin to have ill-feelings towards them, combat these feelings by treating the same people with good conduct. 

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