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Discourse 27 - The Status of Knowledge


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.

Read more: Discourse 27 - The Status of Knowledge


Discourse 28 - Forgiveness is in Following the Sunnat


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)

Read more: Discourse 28 - Forgiveness is in Following the Sunnat


Discourses of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (R.A) Vol. 1


Tuesday, 05 February 2013 19:46



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Tuesday, 05 February 2013 15:08



Discourse 1 - Purification of the Soul

Discourse 2 - Durood and Salaam

Discourse 3 - Contemptibility of Pride

Discourse 4 - The Reality of Gratitude

Discourse 5 - The blessed month of Ramadhaan and the acceptance of du`aa

Discourse 6 - The Path of Salvation

Discourse 7 - The Importance of I`tikaaf

Discourse 8 - The Manner of attaining Taqwa

Discourse 9 - The passion of our Akaabir for Deeni knowledge

Discourse 10 - The Rights of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)

Discourse 11 - Etiquettes of Durood Shareef

Discourse 12 - Disorder caused by the love of wealth and its remedy

Discourse 13 - The Reality of Taubah

Discourse 14 - The Benefits of the Company of the Pious




Tuesday, 05 February 2013 14:59

باسمه تعالى

All praise and gratitude be to almighty Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala and salaat and salaam be upon our beloved master Sayyiduna Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), his companions, family members and those to follow till the Day of Qiyaamah.

It is through the sheer grace of Allah Ta’ala that the mawaa’iz (discourses) of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat have been translated into English. These mawaa’iz are the discourses of none other than the great wali and saint Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi رحمة الله عليه who was amongst the leading scholars and saintly figures of our recent past. Hadhrat’s discourses have brought about a revolutionary change in the lives of many and inspired many others to take up the path of righteousness and piety.

The discourses were recorded and transcribed by several students of Hadhrat and later published in Urdu.

We make du’aa to Allah Ta’ala that He accepts this translation, makes it a source of inspiration for all those who read it and allow it to be a means of thawaab-e-jaariyah for all those who had contributed towards its compilation and translation. Aameen

Ebrahim Salejee[1]

[1] Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Sahib دامت بركاتهم is a Khaleefah of Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Sahib رحمة الله عليه and he is the principal of Madrasah Taleemuddeen in Isipingo Beach.


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