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Discourse 24 - Expressing gratitude for the favours of Allah Ta‘ala

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Monday, 16 December 2013 16:43

الحمد لله و كفى وسلام على عباده الذين اصطفى ، أما بعد : أعوذ بالله من الشيطن الرجيم بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ

The greatest Favour

وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ

“And we have not sent you, [O Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)], except as a mercy to the worlds.” (al-Ambiyaa: 107)

The prophethood of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was a mercy to the entire creation; to mankind, the animals, the angels, the skies and the earth. The favours of Allah Ta‘ala are innumerable and immeasurable. Allah Ta‘ala Himself has declared in the Quraan Shareef:

وَإِن تَعُدُّوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّـهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَا

“And if you try to enumerate the favours of Allah Ta‘ala, you will never be able to do so.” (Ebrahim: 34)

The greatest favour that Allah Ta‘ala has bestowed upon us was the advent of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Mankind, however, does not reflect over the favours of Allah Ta‘ala. In fact, man does not even consider the boons of Allah Ta‘ala as favours. The sky, the moon, the sun, the stars, the rain, the water obtained from the earth, the crops harvested, the various species of plants, the multitude of fruits and the diverse number of animals, insects, ect.; all of these are the favours and bounties of Allah Ta‘ala. It is obligatory upon us to express our gratitude for these favours.

Alas! Even dogs comprehend the meaning of gratitude. If you rear a dog, it will become a sentinel for you and your family for the entire night. If thieves confront you, it will charge to your assistance and, whenever it sees you, it will express its delight and pleasure by wagging its tail. This very same dog will always submit and humble itself to your demands and instructions because it has the realisation that you are its benefactor.

Subsequently, man, who is the best of creation and imbued with superior intellect, should express greater gratitude to Allah Ta‘ala. He is the only True Benefactor.

There was once a buzurg whose urine flow abruptly stopped, resulting in great pain and distress. Eventually a tube was inserted, via his private part, allowing the free passage of urine which flowed into a bag.

“How did this condition arise?” someone enquired from him.

“It is the result of my sins,” he replied, sadly. “I used to relieve myself three to four times daily without any difficulty, but my ungrateful tongue did not express the necessary gratitude for this favour. It is only now that I understand what a great favour this was. Hence, I am being deprived of this great blessing.”

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Discourse 25 - Gaining proximity to Allah Ta‘ala is in following the lifestyle of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)

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Monday, 16 December 2013 09:43

الحمد لله وكفى وسلام على عباده الذين اصطفى ، أما بعد :

It does not matter who you are and where you are

Mu'aaz bin Jabal (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was a respected and high ranking Sahaabi of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). His merits have been recorded in the hadeeth. It was a great era of the Sahaabah. Some Sahaabah were fathers and grandfathers while others were sons and grandsons. Some Sahaabah were ustaads and others were students.

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had dispatched Mu'aaz (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to Yemen. Hadhrat Moosa Ash'ari (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was already appointed as the judge of Yemen and Hadhrat Mu'aaz (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was being appointed as the governor. When Hadhrat Mu'aaz (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was leaving Madinah Tayyibah, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) accompanied him to the outskirts of the town. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was walking alongside him and holding on to the reins of the horse, while Hadhrat Mu'aaz (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was seated on the horse. Naturally, it was painful for Mu'aaz (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to observe Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) walking whilst he was riding, but this was Nabi’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instruction, so he abided by it.

When the time had finally arrived to bid him farewell, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “O Mu'aaz, perhaps you will not see me the next time you come to Madinah Tayyibah.”

Hadhrat Mu'aaz (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) immediately concluded that this was to be the last meeting between himself and Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He began crying profusely.

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) turned his mubaarak face towards Madinah and continued his advice, “O Mu'aaz! Indeed my beloved friends are those who implement taqwa in their lives, whoever they may be and wherever they may be.”

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was drawing Hadhrat Mu'aaz’s (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) attention to this point that whether you reside in Yemen or Madinah, if you implement taqwa in your life, you will gain closeness and proximity to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Thus, physical and bodily separation is irrelevant and the underlying factor is attaining spiritual closeness to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

A king appoints his son as a ruler of a certain city. Although this city is, geographically, a great distance away, the son maintains proximity with his father on account of running the daily affairs of the city and sending frequent reports to his father. The father, the king, takes immense pride in the government of his son and bestows a special and lofty position upon him.

Read more: Discourse 25 - Gaining proximity to Allah Ta‘ala is in following the lifestyle of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)

   

Discourse 26 - Upbringing of Children - The Parents’ Duty

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Monday, 16 December 2013 09:30

الحمد لله وكفى وسلام على عباده الذين اصطفى أما بعد

Women’s passion for Deen

Once, a few women presented themselves before Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and pleaded: “O Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! The men get the opportunity to learn deen directly from you. They sit in your blessed company, ask questions, and perform their salaah behind you, etc., while these opportunities are not provided to us. O Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Please make the necessary arrangements for us to acquire deen directly from you as well.”

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was extremely pleased with this request and instructed them to gather at a certain person’s house and imparted deen to them.

We understand from this incident that such requests presented by women are laudable and we should endeavour to sincerely fulfil them. During the era of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu 'anhu) acquired deen directly from Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The womenfolk educated themselves by directing their questions to the pure and noble wives of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who would then refer the matter to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) if they did not know the correct answer.

It was the customary practice of the previous eras that the father would teach his daughters, a brother would teach his sister and a husband would teach his wife. This practice is still prevalent in a few areas, where the learned women teach the young girls of the locality. But, unfortunately, generally this system has been annihilated by the custom of sending young girls to school even after they have reached the age of maturity.

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Discourse 27 - The Status of Knowledge

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Monday, 16 December 2013 09:16

الحمد لله وكفى وسلام على عباده الذين اصطفى أما بعد أعوذ بالله من الشيطن الرجيم بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

قُلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الَّذِينَ يَعْلَمُونَ وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

“Say [O Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)]. Are those who have knowledge and those bereft of it, equal?” (az-Zumar: 9)

Is it possible for those whom Allah Ta‘ala has blessed with knowledge to be equal to those who are devoid of it? This is not possible, just as a wealthy and affluent person is not equal in rank to a pauper. The wealthy person possesses the capacity to assist the poor, destitute and orphans, as well as funding various madrasah and musjid projects. In contrast, the pauper does not even have sufficient wealth to fulfil his own needs, let alone assist another needy person!

In a similar vein, a member of parliament cannot be equal to an ordinary citizen nor can the king of a country be equal to his subject. Accordingly, a learned person cannot be equal to one who does not possess 'ilm (knowledge) because, just as the wealthy person has the capability to assist others, the learned person also assists others by imparting 'ilm to them. This can be achieved by teaching the Quraan, hadeeth or fiqh to them. The learned ones guide mankind to the straight path and prevent them from committing sins. Therefore, never can these two disparate parties ever be equal. Their difference is like the difference between the earth and the skies!

Can one who walks on an unfamiliar path durig the still of the night clutching a light in his hand be compared to one walking the same, unfamiliar path without a light? The one clutching the light will be able to avoid all the obstacles and dangers encountered along the path – for example, potholes, protruding objects, dogs, snakes, etc. – whereas the one walking without the light is in danger of either falling into a pothole, tripping over a stone, being bitten by a snake or simply falling into a heap of filth.

There is a vast contrast between these two classes of people. Alhamdulillah, through the grace of Allah Ta‘ala, a madrasah has been established in this locality and the special noor (spiritual effulgence) of Allah Ta‘ala is descending on this community. It is the incumbent duty of every person, young and old, in this locality to take benefit from this light. This special light can be attributed to the light of the sun. Just as the rays of the sun illuminates and clarifies everything, this light enables us to clarify and understand the laws of Allah Ta‘ala. We understand clearly what is halaal and what is haraam; those avenues leading us to the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala and those incurring His wrath and displeasure. An added benefit of this light is that we will be able to distinguish between the life of this world and that of the hereafter.

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Discourse 28 - Forgiveness is in Following the Sunnat

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Monday, 16 December 2013 05:56

نحمده ونصلي على رسوله الكريم أما بعد

Wahshi’s (radhiyallahu 'anhu) concern before accepting Islam

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was born in Makkah Mukarramah and resided there for a period of 53 years and thereafter made hijrat to Madinah Munawwarah. Allah Ta‘ala had decreed that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) will re-enter Makkah Mukarramah as a conqueror, and people will enter into Islam in droves. Allah Ta‘ala had made Islam the dominant religion and the Muslims the dominant nation.

إِذَا جَاءَ نَصْرُ اللَّـهِ وَالْفَتْحُ ﴿١﴾ وَرَأَيْتَ النَّاسَ يَدْخُلُونَ فِي دِينِ اللَّـهِ أَفْوَاجًا

“When the help of Allah and the conquest [of Makkah] had come. And you saw the people entering the deen of Allah [Islam] in large groups.” (an-Nasr: 1-2)

Wahshi (radhiyallahu 'anhu), whose entire village had entered into Islam, wrote a letter to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) confessing: “I desire to accept Islam, but the verse:

وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَدْعُونَ مَعَ اللَّـهِ إِلَـهًا آخَرَ وَلَا يَقْتُلُونَ النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللَّـهُ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ وَلَا يَزْنُونَ

“And those who do not worship another deity with Allah and they do not kill him who Allah has forbidden to kill and they do not commit adultery” (al-Furqaan: 68)

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