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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.

Read more: Discourse 19 - Bid'ah (Innovations in Deen)

   

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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Discourse 21 - Lessons Gained from the Incidents of Our Akaabir

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:15

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم ، أما بعد :

I had the following conversation with an educated person:

“What knowledge do I really possess?” he lamentably asked.

“You have studied at an institution,” I commented. “Did you fulfil the rights of the knowledge that you have acquired?”

“I have not really studied,” he declared.

“Very well,” I realised that the situation required further clarification. “If two lists were to be drawn up of the ignorant and the knowledgeable and your name was included among the ignorant, will you accept that? This statement ‘I do not have any knowledge’ is a deception. If however your condition is truly as you profess, then the scenario would be completely different.”

An aalim while delivering a lecture claimed: “Words of wisdom must be accepted regardless of its source. Listen, someone asked Bernard Shaw, ‘What is the best thing?’

‘Islam,’ was his response.

‘What is the worst thing?’ asked the questioner, puzzled.

‘A Muslim,’ replied Bernard Shaw firmly.

How true is his statement?”

I subsequently commented on this statement: “Bernard Shaw’s reply to the first question was bribery. If he had not bribed your intellect, you would not have accepted the second statement. You may have even been prepared to kill him for classing Muslims as the worst of humanity. Bribery assumes many forms, and the form of the bribery of one’s intellect is subtle and treacherous. If he believed Islam to be ‘the best thing’, then why did he not accept Islam?”

The point to note is the reaction of an individual when he is addressed with the ‘title’ that he has conferred upon himself. He may refer to himself as ‘this lowly servant’ or write this name in his correspondence. But when someone else refers to him as ‘a low servant’, he begins to frown. This indicates that he does not really consider himself to be as such.

Read more: Discourse 21 - Lessons Gained from the Incidents of Our Akaabir

   

Discourse 22 - Anecdotes of the Islaah and Training of our Akaabir

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 06:18

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم

Incidents concerning Hadhrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi رحمة الله عليه

Humility of Hadhrat Moulana Gangohi رحمة الله عليه

Moulana Fakhr-ul-Hasan Gangohi رحمة الله عليه, a bright and intelligent student, was sitting in the Bukhaari lesson (of Hadhrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi رحمة الله عليه) when the following hadeeth was discussed:

لا تفضلوني على يونس ابن متى

Do not consider me to be superior to Yunus ('alaihis salaam).

The students asked why they should not consider Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to be superior, since superiority among the Ambiyaa ('alaihimus salaam) is established in the Quraan:

تِلْكَ الرُّسُلُ فَضَّلْنَا بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَى بَعْضٍ

“These are the messengers. We have blessed some with a higher rank than others,” (al-Baqarah: 253)

and Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is the most superior of all the Ambiyaa ('alaihimus salaam).

“This is a true sign of superiority. The one who is truly superior considers himself to be inferior to others,” explained Hadhrat Moulana Gangohi رحمة الله عليه.

The students, however, refused to accept this explanation and lodged one objection after another. Moulana then presented an example. “Do you regard me to be a truthful person or a liar?” he queried.

“A truthful person,” they vehemently declared.

“So, if I take an oath and state something, will you believe me?”

“Most certainly, we will believe you. You are not prone to lying,” replied the students.

“Now tell me, am I spiritually superior to you or not?” The students were mystified at Moulana’s question.

“Of course you are,” they cried out in unison.

“I believe,” continued Moulana, “that each one of you is a thousand times more superior to me.”

Moulana uttered these words with such sincerity that the entire gathering was reduced to tears.

Moulana Thanwi رحمة الله عليه comments on this incident and says: “Moulana ‘slaughtered’ the entire gathering and left them speechless.”

The next day when Moulana arrived for the lessons, he asked: “Did everyone understand yesterday’s lesson?”

“We have understood it very well,” remarked the students.

Read more: Discourse 22 - Anecdotes of the Islaah and Training of our Akaabir

   

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