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The difference between an ustad (lecturer) and a peer (spiritual mentor)

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Friday, 08 August 2008 01:11

Q: What is the difference between an ustad and a peer?

A:  The word ustad is general. It can refer to a wrestling instructor or it can refer to one who conducts a game of cards. One who teaches any science is regarded as an ustad. A peer is one who directs one to the path leading to Allah Ta`ala. It is imperative that he is also linked to Allah Ta`ala. It is not a pre-requisite for a teacher to be linked to Allah Ta`ala.

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The ustad of Mulla Nizamuddeen

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Friday, 08 August 2008 01:10

The first student to study the dars-e-nizami (syllabus implemented in the madrasahs) was Mulla Nizamuddeen Sahib Sahalwi. Some aspects of his teacher’s lesson would not be understood. Until then no commentaries for the kitabs were available, nor were there any footnotes written on these kitabs. He would then ask his ustad. When answering him his ustad would say, “This is Toosi’s view and this is the view of so and so.” He would take the name of the author of every kitab regarding which he was asked mention his view.

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How will others gain conviction?

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Friday, 08 August 2008 01:09

A friend told me, “How have the times changed? People refuse to believe me even though I take a qasam (swear an oath). They think that I am lying.” 

I replied, “How do you expect them to be convinced with what you say whilst you yourself are not convinced? If you have conviction then others will be convinced. It is no fault of time. It is your fault.”

   

True i`shq (love for Nabi sallalahu `alayhi wasallam ) is in following the sunnat

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Friday, 08 August 2008 01:08

Q: A buzurg said that he does not resent the ta`ziyah but he prevents others from participating in it. Those who participate in the ta`ziyah do so out of their love for Hadhrat Husain r.a. Who knows that perhaps their love for him will be a means of benefit for them on the Day of Qiyamah?

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Three types of Guests

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Friday, 08 August 2008 01:05

Someone had once invited me for meals. So I told the host that I also have a guest with me. I then explained that there are three types of guests. Though this does not appear in any kitab, but nevertheless there are three types of guests.
 
 

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