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Islaah (Reformation) is possible without harshness

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Monday, 12 April 2010 22:29

Q: Is reformation possible without harshness?

A: It will be incorrect to say that every person’s islaah could take place without harshness and it will also be incorrect to say that every person’s islaah can be made with harshness. Instead, for certain people a soft approach is necessary and for others a firm approach is necessary.

(The paths leading to Allah Ta`ala are equal to the amount of breaths that are taken by the makhlooq - creation). There are not only one or two ways. Nonetheless, this is dependant on one’s nature and temperament. Moulana Thanwi rahmatullahi Alayhi had felt that islaah cannot take place without firmness. Hence, there are many examples of this. However, others had reasoned differently.

   

Reality of nisbat ma`allah (link with Allah Ta`ala)

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Monday, 12 April 2010 22:27

Q: What is the reality of nisbat ma`allah?

A: A special bond is created with Allah Ta`ala whereby one does not disobey Allah and constantly remains in His obedience. Everything is done with sincerity and one is constantly concerned that Allah Ta`ala should be pleased with him. When this bond with Allah Ta`ala is strengthened it is then called nisbat ma`allah. This explanation has been given by Moulana Thanwi Rahmatullahi Alayhi.

   

A mureed’s contact with the shaikh when away from him

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Monday, 12 April 2010 22:22

Q: How does a mureed maintain contact with his shaikh when away from him? What is he required to do to continue benefitting spiritually from his shaikh?

A: This cannot be explained through words. However, understand this much that when one accepts a particular buzurg as his shaikh and follows his lifestyle and teachings and makes an effort to adopt his way of life then a link is gradually created.

This was the situation of Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Rahmatullahi Alayhi who had once mentioned, “I had written a letter to Moulana Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri Rahmatullahi Alayhi expressing my desire of spending a few days in his company. Moulana had replied: ‘There is no need for you to come to me for deriving any benefit. It does not matter whether you are close by or distant. You will be able to derive the very same benefit from me where you presently are as you would if you were here.’”

Likewise, Moulana Zafar Ahmad Thanwi Rahmatullahi Alayhi was once engaged in zikr at the time of tahajjud in the upper level of Madrasah Mazaahir-ul-Uloom Saharanpur when all of a sudden he had the urge to go downstairs. When he came to the bottom floor he noticed Moulana Khalil Ahmad Sahib standing outside. On seeing Moulana Zafar Ahmad, Moulana Khalil Ahmad Sahib told him, “Bring out my bed from inside and place it here.” After bringing out the bed Moulana Khalil Ahmad Sahib rested and Moulana Zafar Ahmad continued with his zikr. The urge of coming downstairs had now disappeared.

   

One should never think oneself to be flawless

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Monday, 12 April 2010 22:21

Q: Hadhrat, I am greatly troubled by these `aamils etc. I don’t know whether it is sihr (sorcery) or some evil spirit or is it something else.

A: One should not think himself to be faultless. One does not know how he will be punished and on account of which action. Sometimes a person feels that he is faultless whereas he might have done some deed unknowingly due to which he is now being punished.

   

The taqwa (precaution) of a dog

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Monday, 12 April 2010 22:18

When a dog urinates it raises its leg in order that its body and legs do not get messed. This is its taqwa.

NOTE: The lesson of saving oneself from physical and spiritual impurities is quite clear from this.
   

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