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Discourse 16 - The Effect of Zikr

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013 14:20

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم

Hadhrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi (rahimahullah) 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.

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Discourse 17 - The Importance of Tableegh

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013 06:12

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم

Duty of preaching

Allah Ta‘ala says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الرَّسُولُ بَلِّغْ مَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ مِن رَّبِّكَ وَإِن لَّمْ تَفْعَلْ فَمَا بَلَّغْتَ رِسَالَتَهُ وَاللَّـهُ يَعْصِمُكَ مِنَ النَّاسِ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْكَافِرِينَ

“O messenger! Convey whatever has been revealed to you from your Sustainer. If you do not do so then you have not conveyed the message. And Allah Ta‘ala will protect you from the people. Indeed Allah Ta‘ala will not guide those who reject.” (al-Maa’idah: 67)

The instruction contained in this verse should be studied and examined very carefully. Allah Ta‘ala is commanding Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to convey to the people whatever has been revealed to him. Failing to do so will result in him not discharging the responsibility of prophethood. The position of prophethood is not something that is acquired through tertiary studies or through a campaign, such as politics, where a person canvasses for votes to get the position of prophethood. No! Allah Ta‘ala bestows prophethood upon His chosen individual.

اللَّـهُ أَعْلَمُ حَيْثُ يَجْعَلُ رِسَالَتَهُ

“Allah Ta‘ala knows best where He places His prophethood.” (al-An’aam: 124)

The position of prophethood is not dependent upon the efforts of individuals or opinions of people. Allah Ta‘ala Himself confers upon the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) the qualities, capabilities, strength and courage to discharge this mammoth task. And if any of the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) discharged only a portion of this responsibility, then this will imply that Allah Ta‘ala Himself had incorrectly chosen this specific nabi. Na’oozubillah (Allah forbid)! Allah’s choices and decisions are impeccable and flawless. It was impossible for any Nabi to conceal a portion of the revelation or to fabricate something and attribute it to Allah Ta‘ala. Allah Ta‘ala has declared in the Qur’aan Shareef:

وَلَوْ تَقَوَّلَ عَلَيْنَا بَعْضَ الْأَقَاوِيلِ ﴿٤٤﴾ لَأَخَذْنَا مِنْهُ بِالْيَمِينِ ﴿٤٥﴾ ثُمَّ لَقَطَعْنَا مِنْهُ الْوَتِينَ

“If he (Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)) has to fabricate something and attribute it to Us, We shall seize him by his right hand. Thereafter, We shall cut his jugular vein.” (al-Haaqqah: 44-46)

Thus, never could a Nabi fabricate anything and attribute it to Allah Ta‘ala.

Assuming a Nabi did fabricate or conceal a part of the revelation, what could possibly be the underlying reasons for it? One possible reason could be the fear of harm inflicted by the people. Another could be the rejection of the message from the people, which would result in the total waste of the toil and effort made by the Nabi. Allah Ta‘ala Himself has cleared these conjectures in the Qur’aan Shareef:

وَاللَّـهُ يَعْصِمُكَ مِنَ النَّاسِ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْكَافِرِينَ

“And Allah will protect you from the people. Indeed Allah Ta‘ala will not guide those who reject.” (al-Maa’idah: 67)

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Discourse 18 - The Benefits of Tableegh

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Monday, 23 December 2013 06:23

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم

Allah Ta‘ala had sent the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) into this world to convey and disseminate the divine message to the creation. It was not the duty of the Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) to ensure that each and every individual accepts the message. They will not be questioned in regard to those who were adamant in their kufr. They (the kuffaar) will be answerable for their own deviation.

Today, we find that tableegh workers are confronted by opponents who try to create obstacles in their path. This is not a new scenario. The Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) were also impeded in their work by infidels who created difficulties in their path. The kuffaar rejected the message of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). They stoned him, abused him, berated him and even plotted to assassinate him. But when the divine protection of Allah Ta‘ala is bestowed upon an individual, then all such efforts are rendered useless.

A nabi will neither conjure up any revelation of his own accord nor will he conceal any revelation. His duty is to convey, not to conceal. In the early stages of Islam, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) invited the people to the oneness of Allah Ta‘ala.

The senior members of the Quraish clan approached Nabi’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) paternal uncle and protested, “Your nephew speaks ill of our idols. He maintains that they can do nothing and they do not have power of their own.”

The feebleness of an idol is such that even a dog can lifts its leg and urinate on it or a fly can sit on it, but it does not possess the capacity to chase either away. Despite their feebleness, helplessness and frailty, people still worship them and present their needs before them. This is utter ignorance.

Anyway, the idolaters put forth the following proposal to the uncle of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “Instruct your nephew to stop criticising our idols. If he desires, we are prepared to get him married to the most beautiful women of our clans. If he desires wealth, we are prepared to grant him heaps of gold and if he desires power, then we will make him our king.”

Nabi’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) uncle informed Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) of the mushrikeen’s offer. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “If they place the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left hand in order for me to stop (propagating), I shall not do so. I have been sent to this world for this purpose.”

Allah Ta‘ala is All-Knowing, All-Seeing and All-Hearing. (After the incident of Taa’if) Allah Ta‘ala dispatched the angel of the mountains to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The angel said, “I am in charge of these mountains. Allah Ta‘ala has sent me to inform you that if you so desire, I will destroy these people living between these two mountains.”

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “I do not desire to destroy this nation. I have hope that if they do not accept Islam, then someone from their progeny will accept Islam.”

Nabi’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) purpose and objective in life was to convey the message of Allah Ta‘ala and not to be the cause of the destruction of a nation. Once, a group of people were berating and abusing Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Their actions caused him grief and injury, but he supplicated to Allah Ta‘ala saying:

اللهم اهد قومي فإنهم لا يعلمون

O Allah! Guide my people for they know not.

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Discourse 19 - Bid'ah (Innovations in Deen)

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:46

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم

أعوذ بالله من الشيطن الرجيم    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا

Allah Ta‘ala declares in the Quraan-e-Kareem:

الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا

“Today I have perfected and completed your religion for you and I have completed my favour upon you and I am pleased with Islam as your religion.” (al-Maa’idah: 3)

When Allah Ta‘ala has completed our deen, then no one has the right to make further additions to deen. It is mentioned in the hadeeth:

من أحدث في ديننا هذا ما ليس منه فهو رد

Whoever makes any additions to this deen of ours, which does not form part of it, is rejected and not worthy of acceptance.

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Discourse 20 - Consideration for people’s positions

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:35

نحمده ونصلي على رسوله الكريم

It is stated in a hadeeth:

أمرنا أن ننزل الناس منازلهم

and in another hadeeth the following has been recorded commanding us to comply,

نزل الناس منازلهم

and yet in a third hadeeth, it is stated:

لينزل الناس منازلهم.

The approximate meaning of all these ahaadeeth is,

“Treat people according to their status and rank.”

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