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The Sapling of Imaan

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:01

Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (rahimahullah) mentioned:

When we plant a sapling, we undertake great pains to protect it, either from being eaten by an animal or from wilting due to severe heat or from drying up due to severe cold. It is watered according to its requirements and it grows and produces fruit only when it is carefully tended to. The creation of Allah Ta‘ala takes benefit from its leaves, its branches, its flowers and its fruit. It becomes a tree of great value and benefit. But if it is not protected and nurtured, it will be destroyed and benefit no one.

Imaan is also a sapling, which has been planted within the heart. The reality of Imaan has been explained (in a verse of the Quraan Majeed) as ‘the resolve to lead one’s life according to Our divine law’.

It is of utmost importance to protect this sapling of imaan. When a sapling is well guarded, it becomes firm and strong. This protection of imaan is called taqwa, i.e. to protect the sapling of imaan from the disobedience of Allah Ta‘ala. (Discourses of Faqeeh-ul-Ummah Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi, vol. 1, pg. 117)

   

Lip Service Taubah

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 15:50

Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (rahimahullah) mentioned:

The object of taubah is to regret and be remorseful over one’s sins. One should ponder that, ‘I have committed this error whereas I was not supposed to have done so.’ By showing remorse and regret, a person is pleading before Almighty Allah Ta‘ala to forgive his wrongdoings and shortfalls. However, some necessary steps are essential for the acceptance of this repentance. Paying mere lip service and proclaiming, “Forgive my sins, I am repenting”, is insufficient.

In Kanpur, one of my friends had a 4-year-old child. He complained to me that this child was always asking for money. ‘Why is it that you are always asking for money?’ I asked, reprimanding him. He immediately caught hold of both his ears with his hands (in a manner of repenting). ‘Will you ask for money in future?’ I added. ‘No, never again!’ he assured me. Thereafter he struck his father on his knee and said: ‘Now give me the money since I have repented!’

Our repentance, nowadays, is similar to this child’s repentance. We feel that merely mentioning the word taubah is sufficient and no other recourse is required. (Discourses of Faqeeh-ul-Ummah Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi, vol. 1, pg. 207)

   

The Backbone of Generosity

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 09:23

Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned:

Generally, people have this concern that if they spend a great sum of money, how will they recover it? When we are contented and have placed our reliance on the King of kings, the One Who possesses the treasures to everything, (as He has mentioned): “Most certainly the treasures of everything is by Us,” this is the highest form of confidence.

The reason is that a miserly person is always plagued by irrational thoughts. “If I am to give my wealth to another person, I will have nothing left. This is my requirement. If I am in need, where will I get it? Even if I pursue a business venture, will I be able to acquire it or not? Will I be successful or not?”

All these absurd thoughts trouble the mind. However, if this person were to place his total reliance on Allah Ta‘ala, He being the One Who had initially given it to him and He will give it to him again, then to part with this wealth will not be a problem. An individual will be at great ease irrespective of whether he has the wealth or not. He will tell himself, “If it is not in my possession, it is certainly in Allah Ta‘ala’s treasure. And He has promised to give it to me. If He is the giver, why should I be overcome with anxiety?” (Discourses of Faqeeh-ul-Ummah Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi, vol. 1, pg. 18)

   

Doubting the Quraan

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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 15:43

Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (rahimahullah) mentioned:

I was once addressing a group of women at a certain venue. The man of the house approached me and said: “My wife wishes to pose a question to you on condition that I must not be present.” I declared: “You have the option of staying or leaving, but a few other males will remain with me.” He agreed to this request and his wife, speaking from behind a curtain, began her questioning.

She commenced by pointing out that she had forwarded this question to various other ‘Ulama, but received no satisfactory answer. “I believe,” she started, “that whatever is contained in the Quraan is correct, but it is my opinion that it was not directly revealed from Allah Ta‘ala, but compiled by Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and thereafter he, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), declared that it was from Allah Ta‘ala merely to pacify the people.”

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The Effect of Zikr

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 15:30

Hazrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaihi) once advised:

“No matter how unmindful a person may be, but when he takes the name of Allah Ta‘ala, it certainly has an effect on him.”

The thought may arise that when we sit down to make zikr, numerous thoughts plague the mind, hence what benefit does such zikr have? It is incorrect to think in this manner; what benefit is derived from this type of zikr? Zikr performed inattentively also has its merit. Has Allah Ta‘ala not made it possible for the tongue to engage in zikr?

This indeed is a very great favour of His. We should express our gratitude to Allah Ta‘ala for this favour and plead to Him to make our hearts more attentive. Both the tongue and heart are in the control of Allah Ta‘ala. He has made it possible for the tongue to take His name so He will also ensure that the heart is affected by it. We may be unable to perceive this effect, but we should place our trust in Him. 

(Discourses of Faqeeh-ul-Ummah Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi, vol. 2, pg. 17)

   

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