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Discourse 13 - The Reality of Taubah

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Sunday, 27 January 2013 06:15

Mere lip service

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم

أعوذ بالله من الشيطن الرجيم      بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

هُوَ الَّذِي يَقْبَلُ التَّوْبَةَ عَنْ عِبَادِهِ

“Allah Ta’ala accepts the repentance of His servants.” (ash-Shura:25)

When a person makes taubah Allah becomes extremely happy. The object of taubah is to regret and be remorseful over one’s actions. One should ponder in this manner: “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 complained to me that his four-year-old child was always asking for money.

“Why are you asking for money?” I said, 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.

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Discourse 14 - The Benefits of the Company of the Pious

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Saturday, 26 January 2013 06:32

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم

It is narrated in the books of hadeeth that the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu anhum) explained to Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) that when they sat in his company it is as though Jannat and Jahannum were before them. However, when they left his company and went to their families, the same feeling no longer remained with them. Consequently, some even considered themselves to be hypocrites as only a hypocrite’s condition could be described in this manner.

Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) informed them that had they perpetually experienced that same spiritual condition, the angels would come and shake their hands on the streets. This is an experience that is rarely felt and is not a lasting condition.

The environment of this material world continuously affects human beings, thus causing us to experience a constant change in our spiritual condition. Therefore, there is a dire need for us to sit in the company of a Shaikh-e-Kaamil (expert spiritual guide).

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