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Good Old Days of Poverty

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 09:19

Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned the following regarding the poverty that was prevalent in his childhood:  

“On several occasions we did not even have money to purchase paraffin for the lamps. My grandmother used to spin yarn in the moonlight and my mother used to sew kurtas for two paisas. If we had food for one meal, we stayed hungry for the next. We would regard it as a day of great joy if we got chutney and roti to eat for two meals in a row. Such a time had also come upon us where we had to break leaves from the trees, boil them and eat them.

This was a time of poverty and constraint. My father had already passed away. My two sisters who were younger than me had also passed away in this condition of poverty and hunger. I remember clearly that people would bring cotton seeds from the fields and boil them. Everyone used to eat from it. In those days there used to be lots of berries growing in the jungles. People would pluck them and survive on this. This was not only the condition in my home, it was the condition in most of the homes. Every second day people would stay hungry. Some of the elderly folk in my family had mentioned that at times people used to grind the bark of the Seemer tree into flour and make bread out of it. The entire area suffered abject poverty.

That period however was still much better than this period. There was no fighting and quarrelling, no fitnah and corruption. Whatever people found, they ate and survived. The rest of their time they spent in making the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala. When the floodgates of wealth opened up, it brought along with it much fitnah and corruption.” (Hayaat-e-Siddeeq, pg. 39)

 

Securing the Du‘aa of the Angels

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Monday, 11 December 2017 14:31

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

When one makes du‘aa for any Muslim in his absence, then in reality one is actually making du‘aa for oneself. The hadeeth has mentioned that when any person makes du‘aa for his Muslim brother to be blessed with goodness and success, then the angels of Allah Ta‘ala say to him, “May you be blessed with the same!” (i.e. O servant of Allah! May Allah grant you the very thing that you are making du‘aa for your brother to receive). Hence, to make du‘aa for every Muslim to be blessed with goodness is a definite method for one to secure the du‘aa of the angels. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 110)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

 

Rising Costs

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Monday, 04 December 2017 13:48

From the street sweeper to the industrialist, every person is alarmed by the increasing costs of basic commodities. In the world of cause and effect, many reasons for the rising costs are explained by all and sundry. Political instability, faction fighting, etc. are cited as reasons for the value of the rand falling sharply. This in turn resulted in the price of petrol rocketing. The high petrol price impacts negatively on the price of every commodity... and the story goes on and on.

While these apparent means are not denied, the fact of the matter however, is that they are only the APPARENT means. In reality, all conditions are created by Allah Ta‘ala alone. These conditions are also not brought about haphazardly. Allah Ta‘ala and His beloved Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) have informed us as to when favourable conditions will prevail, and also what will invite the wrath of Allah Ta‘ala due to which He will send down adverse conditions.

In one narration, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “When Allah Ta‘ala is ANGRY upon a nation, and He does not send down upon them the punishments of the earth swallowing them or the punishment of transfiguration of people into animals, He causes the prices of commodities to rise high, the rains are withheld from them and the worst of the people are caused to rule over them”. (Faidhul Qadeer vol. 2, pg. 289)

Thus the reality of rising costs is now clear to us. Our sins have angered our Creator. His punishment has taken the form of rising costs. The solution is to make an effort to rid our society of the sins that are inviting this punishment. 

 

The Sapling of Imaan

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:01

Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (rahimahullah) mentioned:

When we plant a sapling, we undertake great pains to protect it, either from being eaten by an animal or from wilting due to severe heat or from drying up due to severe cold. It is watered according to its requirements and it grows and produces fruit only when it is carefully tended to. The creation of Allah Ta‘ala takes benefit from its leaves, its branches, its flowers and its fruit. It becomes a tree of great value and benefit. But if it is not protected and nurtured, it will be destroyed and benefit no one.

Imaan is also a sapling, which has been planted within the heart. The reality of Imaan has been explained (in a verse of the Quraan Majeed) as ‘the resolve to lead one’s life according to Our divine law’.

It is of utmost importance to protect this sapling of imaan. When a sapling is well guarded, it becomes firm and strong. This protection of imaan is called taqwa, i.e. to protect the sapling of imaan from the disobedience of Allah Ta‘ala. (Discourses of Faqeeh-ul-Ummah Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi, vol. 1, pg. 117)

   

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The Courage to Accept Correction

Zaazaan (rahimahullah) was a great Taabi‘ee (rahimahullah) and Muhaddith. He had met ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and many other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), and was counted among the special students of ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Prior to becoming a great saint and Muhaddith of this Ummah, Zaazaan (rahimahullah) was involved in sin. However, Allah Ta‘ala blessed him to repent and change his life at the hands of ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

The following is the personal account of Zaazaan (rahimahullah), describing the manner in which Allah Ta‘ala guided him and inspired him to repent at the hands of ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), which lead to him becoming the renowned personality that we know. He says:

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