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AN EVIL DEATH

Once Hadhrat Maalik Bin Dinaar (rahmatullah alayh) went to visit a sick man. On reaching the place, he realized that the man was in his death throes. Each time Hadhrat Maalik attempted to instruct him in the recitation of the Kalimah, the man would say: ‘Ten, eleven’. Then the dying man said: ‘O Maalik Bin Dinaar! There is a mountain of fire in front of me. When I make an attempt to recite the Kalimah, the mountain of fire moves towards me threatening to engulf me.” When Hadhrat Maalik questioned his relatives, they said that this man was a devourer of interest, and he would give short measure and weight.

 HAVEN OF SERENITY

The love for anonymity

It is reported in a Hadith that on the Day of Qiyaamah, Hazrat Uwais Qarni Rahmatullahi alaih will be admitted into Jannah with great pomp and splendor, in the midst of 70 thousand angels who will be identical to him. Only those whom Allah wishes, will be able to recognise him. Just as he passed his life incognito, his desire will be fulfilled in the Aakhirah too.

Vain Hope

Someone asked Hadhrat Basri (rahmatullah alayh) about a man who is engrossed in vice and transgression, yet he hopes that Allah Ta’ala will grant him salvation. Hadhrat Hasan said: “His hope is vain. His baseless hope will not be fulfilled.” Hadhrat Hasan then recited the following aayat of the Qur’aan to substantiate what he had said: “What, is a man who stands up (in Salaat) during the moments of the night, prostrating fearing the Aakhirah and hoping for the mercy of his Rabb, equal to a disobedient one?”

Minus effort and struggle, hopes for Allah’s mercy and for salvation are vain.

DIVINE FEAR

Once someone asked Hadhrat Hasan Basri: “Why are you perpetually overwhelmed with grief? You never smile. You constantly cry.” Hadhrat Hasan replied: “I fear Allah Rabbul Izzat. He is the King of Jahannum. I am plagued by the fear that shaitaan and my nafs may trap me in deception, leading to my admission into Allah’s punishment.”

 

AN EVIL DEATH

Once Hadhrat Maalik Bin Dinaar (rahmatullah alayh) went to visit a sick man. On reaching the place, he realized that the man was in his death throes. Each time Hadhrat Maalik attempted to instruct him in the recitation of the Kalimah, the man would say: ‘Ten, eleven’. Then the dying man said: ‘O Maalik Bin Dinaar! There is a mountain of fire in front of me. When I make an attempt to recite the Kalimah, the mountain of fire moves towards me threatening to engulf me.” When Hadhrat Maalik questioned his relatives, they said that this man was a devourer of interest, and he would give short measure and weight.

MAALIK BIN

DINAAR’S FEAR

Once when Hadhrat Maalik Bin Dinaar (rahmatullah alayh) saw some people burying a mayyit, he was so overwhelmed with fear that he fell down unconscious. People carried him to his house. After he had regained consciousness he lamented: “Would that I was never born so that I would have been saved from the calamities of this world and the Hereafter.” That same evening, he heard a voice exclaiming: “By Our grace and mercy We have forgiven Maalik Bin Dinaar.” That very moment Maalik Bin Dinaar set his slave free. He raised his Shahaadat finger (the forefinger), recited the Kalimah, and his soul departed from this ephemeral abode.

 

Raabi'ahs absorption in
Divine love

Once someone asked Hadhrat Raabiah (rahmatullah alayha): “Do you have animosity for shaitaan?’ She replied: ‘My friendship with Rahmaan (Allah Ta’ala) does not permit any time for entertaining animosity for shaitaan.’

Focus on covid news creates paranoia. Shaytaan's plot is to shift your focus away from the Creator. Shift our focus on Allah! Remember Him and you won't have any worries. Forget Him and you will live in constant misery and anxiety.

An attitude of love for the world

A buzrug (pious man) from Basrah once visited Hadhrat Raabiah Basriyyah (rahmatullah alayh). In her presence he was vehemently criticizing the world. She said: ‘It appears that you have great love for the world. If you truly had no love for the world, you would not have engrossed yourself so much with the accursed world. When one loves something one speaks much of it.’

RAABIAH’S NOCTURNAL 

OCCUPATION

Hadhrat Raabiah’s permanent practice was to spend the entire night in ibaadat. Every night she performed several hundred raka’ts Salaat. After Fajr Salaat, she would sit on her musalla (prayer mat), and engage in Thikrullaah. Should her eyes become overwhelmed with sleep, she would jump up and address her nafs: “How long will you dwell in the sleep of indifference (ghaflat)? O Nafs! Do you not know that Maut is hovering over you?

Raabiah on her deathbed

When Hadhrat Raabiah (rahmatullah alayha) was in her last moments of this earthly sojourn, Hadhrat Maalik Bin Dinaar (rahmatullah alayh) came to visit her. He asked: “Here on earth what had distressed you the most?” She said: “Sin.” He said: “Do you desire anything?” She said: “Yes. I desire Maghfirat (Forgiveness).”

If a person who devoted her entire life to the worship of Allah feared her sins, what about us who are immersed in sin?

FUDHAIL’S NASEEHAT TO

KHALIFAH HAARUN RASHID

Administering some admonition (naseehat) to Khalifah Haarun Rashid, Hadhrat Fudhail Bin Iyaadh (rahmatullah alayh) said: “O Haarun Rashid, fear Allah! Be prepared for His interrogation. Understand well that tomorrow on the Day of Qiyaamah, your Creator will demand a reckoning from you on behalf of every single one of His creation (who was under your jurisdiction). He will claim justice from you on their behalf. If an old lady in her hovel had slept hungry, she will cling on you and demand justice in front of Allah. Allah will be her supporter.”

Overcome with fear and emotion, the Khalifah fell down unconscious.

THOSE WHO FEAR ALLAH

People asked Hadhrat Fudhail Bin Iyaadh (rahmatullah alayh): “Why do we not see anywhere men who fear Allah?” Hadhrat Fudhail said: “Since you, yourselves do not fear Allah, those who fear Him are not visible to you. If you fear Allah, you will observe those who fear Him.”

WISE COUNSEL OF FUDHAIL

Addressing the people, Hadhrat Fudhail Bin Iyaadh (rahmatullah alayh) said:

*Everything fears a man who fears Allah. He who does not fear Allah, fears all things.

*Entry into the world is easy, but to depart with innocence is most difficult.

* Fear (of Allah) is proportionate to Knowledge (of the Deen). Taqwa is proportionate to love for the Aakhirah.

4-Allah’s La’nat (curse) settles on a man who professes love for his brother Muslim while harbouring malice for him. There is the danger of such a man becoming blind and deaf.

5-A man of Ma’rifat and Zuhd is one who is pleased with the Taqdeer of Allah. (Ma’rifat is a lofty state of divine perception. Zuhd is abstinence from the world, the minimum degree being expulsion of worldly love from the heart.)

6-Allah has accumulated all evil in one place, and has decreed the world as its key.

OCCASIONS OF SERENITY

Hadhrat Ibn Adham who at one time was the proud king of Balkh (which today is in Afghanistan), had abdicated his throne, abandoned his kingdom and devoted his life seeking the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. Once someone asked him: “After you had abandoned the kingdom of Balkh, did you experience any times of happiness?” Hadhrat Ibraahim Adham (rahmatullah alayh) said: “I experienced happiness on three occasions:

(i) Once I was seated in a ferryboat crossing a river. My clothes were tattered and torn. My long hair was shabby and dishevelled. The passengers in the boat mocked and made fun of me. A jester from among them would repeatedly tug at my hair and slap me. At that time I derived much happiness on account of the humiliation suffered by my ego (nafs).

(ii) Suddenly a storm began to rage and the boat was tossing furiously. A passenger (who was a heathen) said that the storm will not abate as long as a man is not sacrificed and thrown into the river. All eyes turned towards me. At that moment an atmosphere of serenity settled over me. As preparations were being made to cast me overboard, the storm abated and the water became placid.

(iii)One day, overwhelmed with fatigue I went into a Musjid to gain some rest. Some people grabbed me by my hands, and ordered me to leave the Musjid. Being overwhelmed with fatigue and weakness I lacked the energy to get up and walk out of the Musjid. They grabbed my feet, dragged me to the door and vehemently pushed me down the stairs leading out of the Musjid. I began rolling from the steps towards the ground. Blood gushed from the injuries on my head as it hit each step. Words cannot describe the happiness and calm which I experienced at this humiliation and pain inflicted on my nafs. On every step on my downward sojourn, Allah Ta’ala by His grace and mercy bestowed to me a different spiritual realm of Wilaayat (Sainthood). The serenity and pleasure I experienced ended abruptly when my descent came to a halt at the bottom of the stairs. I lamented much, and yearned that the downward sojourn had continued into eternity, for in reality it was not a descent. It was an ascent into the loftiest stages of spiritual elevation.

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The people complained to Hadhrat Ibraahim Bin Adham (rahmatullah alayh) about the exorbitant prices being charged for meat. He advised: “Abstain from buying meat. The prices will tumble.”

IBRAAHIM ADHAM’S FOUR MOUNTS

Someone asked Hadhrat Ibraahim Bin Adham: “How do you spend your time?” Hadhrat Adham replied: “I have four mounts. I constantly mount and dismount along the journey. When Allah Ta’ala bestows a ni’mat, I mount my horse of Shukr (gratitude) and journey into the Divine Presence. When I render an act of virtue, I mount my horse of Ikhlaas (sincerity) and proceed into the Divine Presence. When a calamity befalls me, I mount my horse of Sabr (patience), and ride into the Divine Presence. When I commit a sin, I mount my horse of Istighfaar and Taubah (Repentance) and present myself in the Divine Presence.”

THE QABRUSTAAN IS THE

CITY

Hadhrat Ibraahim Bin Adham (rahmatullah alayh) was walking in a wilderness near to a city. A soldier on horseback approached and asked the direction of the city. Hadhrat Ibraahim pointed in the direction of a qabrustaan (graveyard). Visibly annoyed, the soldier, shouted: ‘Despite being a mendicant, you are mocking me!” Hadhrat Ibraahim again pointed towards the qabrustaan. Thesoldier erupting with rage, severely beat Hadhrat Ibraahim with his whip drawing blood in profusion. He then went towards the city.

As he approached the city, the soldier saw crowds of people heading towards the wilderness. When he made enquiries, a man said: “We have been informed that the former king of Balkh who has become a Kaamil Durwaish (a perfect saint) has arrived in this wilderness and is camping near to the qabrustaan. We are off to welcome him.”

Hearing this, the soldier lamented and cursed himself. Fear overcame him He went with the crowds. When they reached near to the qabrustaan, they saw Hadhrat Ibraahim Bin Adham (rahmatullah alayh) serenely sitting by a stream washing his blood-stained garments. When he saw the crowd, he pointed in the direction of the qabrustaan, saying: “A place which increases is a city.”

WHY DUAS ARE NOT ACCEPTED

One day people surrounded Hadhrat Ibraahim Bin Adham (rahmatullah alayh). They said: “We have a very difficult problem which has made us despondent. Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Majeed: ‘Call unto Me, I shall answer you.’ We make dua for years, but it remains unaccepted. What is the reason?” Hadhrat Ibraahim said: “Not one, but there are many reasons for this.

You have recognized your true Creator, but you have not fulfilled the rights of His ibaadat.

You recite the Book of Allah, but you do not act in accordance with its commands.

You claim to love Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), but you do not follow his Sunnah.

You have acknowledged shaitaan to be your enemy, but you always submit to his orders.

You consider yourself to be an inmate of Jannat, but you make no effort to gain it.

You believe Maut to be the truth, but you do not make preparations for it

You consider yourself freed from Jahannum but you do nothing to save yourself from it.

You utilize the bounties of Allah night and day, but you do not express gratitude (shukr).

You frequently bury your dead, but you derive no lesson.

Therefore, there is no wonder when duas go unanswered.”

THE EVIL OF GHEEBAT

Once a pious man who exercised much caution regarding halaal food invited some people for meals. Hadhrat Ibraahim Bin Adham had also been invited. When he reached the house of the host, there was a delay in serving the food. The host was waiting for one more guest to arrive. Someone commented adversely about the absent person. Ibraahim Bin Adham silently left the gathering. He said to himself: ‘Gheebat is taking place here.’. He severely criticized and reprimanded himself for having attended. He profoundly regretted that he had to listen to gheebat being made of a Muslim. He repented and resolved never to accept such invitations again.

THE LOFTIEST STATION – BAABUSH SHAMS

After Hadhrat Ibraahim Bin Adham’s demise, a Buzrug saw him in a dream, and enquired about his condition. In the dream, Hadhrat Ibraahim Bin Adham (rahmatullah alayh) explained: “Allah, Rahmaan, Raheem, Ghafoor, Rabbul Izzat purely by His boundless grace and mercy bestowed to me indescribable bounties. Allah Ta’ala admitted this contemptible slave into the proximity of the Abode known as Baabush Shams.”. The Buzrug asked: “Which place is Baabush Shams?” Hadhrat Ibraahim said: “It is a wonderful Abode under the Lofty Arsh of Allah Ta’ala. The greatest treasure which the inmates of this Abode have acquired is the daily Vision of Allah Azza Wa Jal. There is no greater bounty than this treasure.”

Admonition and advice of Bishr Haafi

Hadhrat Bishr Haafi (rahmatullah alayh) said:

✏️The desire to be praised by people is the effect of love for the world.

✏️Three things are extremely difficult: (i) Generosity during poverty. (ii) Piety in privacy. (iii) Proclaiming the truth at the time of fear.

✏️He who wishes to taste freedom should purify his heart.

✏️When the devotees of the world refuse to abandon the dunya, then you abandon them otherwise you may be resurrected together with them.

✏️Man will not acquire moral excellence as long as his enemy has no fear of any harm from him.

✏️If a man is unable to remember Allah much, at least he should not indulge much in sin.

✏️A Sufi is one whose heart is pure and attached to Allah Ta’ala.

✏️Looking at the face of a miser hardens the heart.

✏️The devotees of the world are deprived of the sweetness of the Aakhirah.

THREE CATEGORIES OF

FUQARA

Explaining the classes of Fuqara, Hadhrat Bishr Haafi (rahmatullah alayh) said: “There are three classes of Fuqara:

1) The first class of Fuqara neither ask for anything nor do they accept from anyone anything if given. They are such Fuqara who will reside in Illiyyeen with the class of Souls called Roohaaniyyeen.

2) The second class of Fuqara do not ask anyone for anything. However, if something is given to them, they accept it. They will reside with the Muqarribeen in Jannatul Firdaus.

3) This third class of Fuqara do not unnecessarily ask. When in need, they ask. They will be among the Ashaab-e-Yameen (Those of the Right Hand).

Dua in grief

A man overwhelmed with worries came to Hadhrat Bishr Haafi (rahmatullah alayh) and lamented: “Hadhrat, I am poverty-stricken. I have a large family. I cannot even buy food for them. Do make dua that Allah removes this hardship from me.” Hadhrat Bishr (rahmatullah alayh) said: “When your wife and children have no food and they cry in their hardship and grief, then precisely at that time make dua for me, for your dua at that time is superior than my dua.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Verily, Allah is with every grieving heart.”

Hazrat Bishr was not being rude to the person. The Ahlullah's actions sometimes make no sense to ordinary people.

THE EFFECT OF BISHR’S

NASEEHAT

Hadhrat Bishr Haafi (rahmatullah alayh) one day saw a crowd of people. When he approached, he saw a burly man holding a woman hostage. He had a large knife at her neck. No one dared go near him. No one could do anything to release the woman from his clutches. Hadhrat Bishr went close to the man and whispered something to him. The man immediately fell unconscious perspiring much. The grateful woman left the scene, and so did Hadhrat Bishr Haafi.

After some time when the man regained conscious, the people asked him for an explanation. He said: “I can only remember a man saying to me: “Allah is watching everything you are doing.” This statement instilled such overwhelming fear in me that I fainted.”

The people told him that the person was Hadhrat Bishr Haafi (rahmatullah alayh). So much remorse and grief overtook him that he became severely ill. Within one week he passed away.

THE BARE-FOOTED BISHR

Haafi means a bare-footed man. This became the title of Hadhrat Bishr because he was perpetually bare-footed. Once someone asked him the reason for walking without shoes. He said: “Allah Ta’ala says in Surah Nooh: ‘We have made the earth a bedding for you.’ How can I trample on this divinely-bestowed bedding with shoes?” This was the emotional state (haal) of Hadhrat Bishr’s spiritual perception of Allah Ta’ala and His bounties. The Auliya have their own individual states of divine perception. They are all beautiful flowers of Serenity from the same Garden.

THE KARAAMAT OF BISHR

HAAFI

The roohaani (spiritual) exuberance exuded by Hadhrat Bishr Haafi (rahmatullah alayh) pervaded even the birds and the animals. It is narrated that after he had resolved to walk barefoot, the birds and animals no longer soiled the streets where he walked. One day a person saw some animal droppings in an alleyway. The thought of Hadhrat Bishr’s possible demise crossed his mind. When he made enquiries he learnt that precisely at the time when he saw the impurity, Hadhrat Bishr (rahmatullah alayh) had died.

The Ridhaa of Allah

Hadhrat Shaqeeq Balkhi (rahmatullah alayh) said: “I obtained the attribute of Ridha’ of Allah (i.e. to be pleased with Allah Ta’ala at all times, whether in adversity or prosperity, health or sickness; happiness or grief, safety or fear) in four things:

✏️To be unconcerned about sustenance (rizq)

✏️Ikhlaas (sincerity) in everything

✏️To regard Shaitaan and the desires of the nafs as enemies

✏️To accumulate provisions for the Aakhirah.”

 

A WISEMAN, A WEALTHY

MAN, AN INTELLIGENT MAN,

A SAINT AND A MISER

Hadhrat Shaqeeq Balkhi (rahmatullah alayh) said: “I asked more than a hundred Ulama: ‘Who is a wiseman, a wealthy man, a saint and a miser?” All of them had responded similarly. A wiseman is he who does not befriend the world. A wealthy man is he who is contented with predestined fate. An intelligent man is he who is not deceived by the world. A saint is he who does not search for more. A miser is he who honours wealth more than human beings.

LOVE FOR SOLITUDE AND

ANONYMITY

The intensity of his love for solitude and anonymity drove Hadhrat Uwais Qarni (rahmatullah alayh), the renowned Taabi-ee, to flee from human beings. He inhabited desolate places, and passed his life in the mountains and wildernesses. In some Hadith narrations it is mentioned that on the Day of Qiyaamah, Hadhrat Uwais Qarni (rahmatullah alayh) will enter Jannat in a concourse of seventy thousand Malaaikah (Angels), each one of them being identical in the appearance of Hadhrat Uwais. Every Angel will look just like Hadhrat Uwais (rahmatullah alayh). In this way his anonymity will be ensured even in Jannat in fulfilment of his desire to remain unknown to others. Only a few selected servants of Allah Ta’ala will recognize Hadhrat Uwais in Jannat.

A reward of more than 100 Hajj

Advice to those who frequently go fort Hajj and Umrah!

A man came to Hadhrat Bishr Haafi (rahmatullah alayh) and said: “Hadhrat, I have saved 200 dinaars (gold coins) from my halaal earnings. I desire to proceed for (Nafl) Hajj.”

Hadhrat Bishr: “Do you desire to go for Hajj to observe the fun taking place or do you wish to go for the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala?” Man: “Hadhrat, I wish to go for the sake of Allah’s Pleasure.”

Hadhrat Bishr: “Go and distribute the money to ten Fuqara or to ten orphans or to ten persons who find it difficult to support their families. The thawaab of bringing peace and comfort to the hearts of hard-pressed Muslims is greater than the thawaab of more than 100 Nafl Hajj.”

Man: “Hadhrat, right now the desire of Hajj is overwhelming in me.”

Hadhrat Bishr: “It is now clear that the means of your earning are not virtuous. (i.e. his wealth was contaminated). Until you do not squander your wealth in an unlawful manner, you will not be gratified.”

THE EVIL OF GHEEBAT

Once a pious man who exercised much caution regarding halaal food invited some people for meals. Hadhrat Ibraahim Bin Adham had also been invited. When he reached the house of the host, there was a delay in serving the food. The host was waiting for one more guest to arrive. Someone commented adversely about the absent person. Ibraahim Bin Adham silently left the gathering. He said to himself: ‘Gheebat is taking place here.’. He severely criticized and reprimanded himself for having attended. He profoundly regretted that he had to listen to gheebat being made of a Muslim. He repented and resolved never to accept such invitations again.

DUA IN GRIEF

A man overwhelmed with worries came to Hadhrat Bishr Haafi (rahmatullah alayh) and lamented: “Hadhrat, I am poverty-stricken. I have a large family. I cannot even buy food for them. Do make dua that Allah removes this hardship from me.” Hadhrat Bishr (rahmatullah alayh) said: “When your wife and children have no food and they cry in their hardship and grief, then precisely at that time make dua for me, for your dua at that time is superior than my dua.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Verily, Allah is with every grieving heart.”

 

GOOD CHARACTER

Hadhrat Sufyaan Thauri (rahmatullah alayh) said: “A man’s good character extinguishes the Wrath of Allah. Giving Sadqah with haraam wealth is like washing garments with blood.”

THE QABR

Hadhrat Sufyaan Thauri (rahmatullah alayh) said: “He who always remembers the Qabr will find it to be from among the gardens of Jannat, and he who forgets the Qabr will find it to be from one of the pits of Jahannum.

A SHOW-OFF AND A THIEF

Hadhrat Sufyaan Thauri (rahmatullah alayh) said: “A durwaish (saint) who frequents wealthy persons is a man of riya (show), and a durwaish who associates with the rulers is a thief.”

THE CALL OF THE DAMSELS

OF JANNAT

Hadhrat Suhail (rahmatullah alayh) frequently visited Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Mubaarak. One day when he was leaving the home of Ibn Mubaarak, he said: “I shall never again visit your home. Today a few girls from on top of the roof of your house, were calling, ‘Suhail! Suhail! Come! This has extremely offended me.” He then left.

After his departure, Hadhrat Ibn Mubaarak said to his companions: “Let us go and participate in the Janaazah (funeral) of Hadhrat Suhail.” The companions in surprise said: “Suhail has just left us now, sound and healthy. What constrained you to say that he has died?” He said: “Despite there being no girls in my house, Suhail heard several girls from my roof calling him. They were not human girls. They were Damsels of Jannat who came to take Suhail with them.” When they reached the home of Suhail, they discovered that preparations for his Janaazah were being made.

THE STOMACH 

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: 

"The worst container which man can fill is his stomach." 

Hadhrat Aishah (radhiyallahu anha) said: 

"The first bid'ah (innovation) which developed after the demise of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was to fill (the stomach).

The seat of all physical and spiritual diseases is the stomach. Eating to satiation, over-eating and indulgence in delicacies on a full stomach corrupt both body and soul. It is for this reason that we have in Islam the principle of Qillatut Ta-aam (Reduction of Food). This is a principle and a practice instituted by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and rigidly adhered to by the Sahaabah. The ahadith extol much the virtues of hunger. 

EFFECT OF SALAAH

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) asked the Sahaabah:

“If there is a river at your door, and if you bath in it five times daily, will there remain any dirt on your body? What is your opinion?” They said: “Nothing of the dirt will remain.” Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “That is the similitude of the Five Salaat. Allah effaces sins with the Salaat”

A REJECTED SALAAT

Salaat performed without observance of the Sunnat and Mustahab acts is rejected by Allah Ta’ala regardless of its legal validity. Rejection of Salaat refers to the negation of thawaab and the effects of the Salaat.

NOT TO BE DELAYED

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “O Ali! Do not delay three things: Salaat in its time. Janaazah when it is present. Marriage of a woman when a suitable husband is found.”

THE TAALIB-E-ILM (student of Deen)

Night and day should become equal for him. Holidays are something alien to the true Seeker of Knowledge. A student who looks forward to holidays and who wastes his time in other activities during the holiday period
renders grave injustice to his pursuit of Ilm.

The Student of Deeni Ilm has no time or inclination for extraneous issues. Mutala-ah of the Kutub and cultivation of Taqwa are the only two things which the true Taalib-e-Ilm understands. Without Taqwa the knowledge is barren; devoid of Divine Noor. 

Salaah and kufr

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The Covenant between us and them is Salaat. Therefore, whoever abandons Salaat has committed kufr.”

Even if abandonment or neglect of Salaat is not based on rejection, it is tantamount to kufr. One who neglects Salaat, his Imaan dangles on a thread. There is never a valid excuse for neglecting Salaat.

According to the Hadith, missing Asr Salaat is tantamount to the destruction of a man’s family and wealth, and his good deeds are eliminated.

DUA

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that the Dua made between Athaan and Iqaamah is not rejected. It is a time for ready acceptance of Dua. The Maqbooliyat (ready acceptance) is further enhanced if one happens to be fasting. 

RUSHING TO THE MASJID

Most people have the tendency to run or rush when the Jamaat has commenced in order to avoid missing a raka’t. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) forbade this. If the delay for missing even Takbir Tahreemah is due to negligence or involvement in worldly activities, then such delay and missing the Takbeer or a Raka’t is sinful. If the delay is unavoidable due to valid reasons, there is no need to rush.

SIGNS OF THE HOUR

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: 

“Among the Signs of the Hour is that

people will vie with one another in

(building) Musaajid.” 

 

Also among the Signs

of Qiyaamah is the

 

 “Raising of voices in the Musaajid”.

KAFFAARAAT – EXPIATIONS

Allah Ta’ala said to our Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam): “O Muhammad! Do you know what the Malaaikah (in the Heavens) are discussing?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: 

“They are discussing about Kaffaaraat (Expiations). The Kaffaaraat are: To remain in the Musjid after Salaat; walking on foot to the Musjid for Jamaa-aat Salaat; performing perfect Wudhu during unfavourable conditions (e.g. cold, sickness, etc.). He who does this, lived a life of righteousness, and he dies with righteousness. He is purified of sin as he was the day he was born.

ALLAH'S CURSE

“Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) cursed women who visit the graves (qabrustaan), and those who construct Musaajid over graves and light lamps (at the graves).”

THE GARDENS OF JANNAH

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“When you pass by the Gardens of Jannat partake of its fruits.” The Sahaabah asked:

“O Rasulullah! What are the Gardens of Jannat?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The Musaajid”.

 They asked: “O Rasulullah! What is it to partake of its fruit?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

‘Subhaanallaahi wal Hamdulillaahi, wa laailaha ill al laahu wal laahu Akbar.'

SALAAH WITH THE MOCK 'BURQAH'

Question:

I usually wear a half burqah and pants when performing Namaaz. The burqah is just above the waistline. An Apa told me that my Namaaz is not valid with this burqah. She said that I should repeat my Namaaz. Is she correct? What happens with the Namaaz which I had performed in the past with such a burqah? 

Answer:

The Apa is 100% correct. With the cloth which in terms of the Shariah is not a burqah, your Namaaz is not valid. For a Muslim female it is shameless for her legs to be exposed. Pants are not sufficient covering for the legs. You should make qadha of your past Namaaz.

SHIAH ABUSERS OF THE SAHAABAH

Hadhrat Ibn Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) narrates:

“Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: 

‘When you see those who abuse my  Sahaabah, then say (to them): The la’nat of Allah be on your evil.’ ” (Tirmizi, Mishkaat)

Commenting on this Hadith, the author Mullah Ali Bin Sultan Muhammad Ali Qaari, says in his Sharah Mirqaat: 

“This implies that their curse (or abuse) rebounds on them. They are the votaries of evil and mischief. On the other hand, the Sahaabah are the people of virtue who are deserving of the mercy and pleasure (of Allah).” 

SIGNS OF BEING A JAHANNAMI 

Once when Hadhrat Haatim Asam (rahmatullah alayh) passed by a gathering of Ulama, he said: 

“If three things are not found in you, Jahannum is incumbent on you.” 

When he was asked about the three things, he said: 

(1) Regret for the day which went by without ibaadat and without repentance for sins. 

(2) Consider today being a wonderful opportunity for reforming yourself. 

(3) Fear for tomorrow. What will happen to you tomorrow? Will you attain salvation or destruction? 

The spiritual condition and Imaan of those who are lacking in these three essentials are indeed lamentable.

DESTITUTE WOMEN

According to the Shariah, men are the maintainers of women. It is, therefore, the Waajib duty of the mahram males of a destitute woman to maintain her. This duty devolves first on the male Asbah relatives, i.e. from the father’s side. If there are no such relatives or if they refuse to shoulder their responsibility, the duty will be the responsibility of other relatives from the mother’s side. If all the relatives refuse to aid the destitute woman, this obligation will devolve on her neighbours. If they too shirk their responsibility, then the whole community will be responsible.

IKHLAAS

Hadhrat Haatim Asam (rahmatullah alayh) said: 

“Allah Ta’ala has placed ikhlaas (sincerity) in solitude.” 

The more a person mingles and associates with people, the more will his ikhlaas become eroded until finally he is bereft of sincerity. The best way in which to safeguard ikhlaas is to remain aloof from people. In this way one is saved from the calamities of the tongue and from other evils which all bring about the elimination of ikhlaas.   

AMR BIL MA’ROOF 

“When Amr bil Ma’roof – Nahy anil Munkar (Commanding righteousness and prohibiting evil) is abandoned, Allah will appoint over you (Muslims) such oppressors who will neither show respect to your elders nor mercy to your little ones.” (Hadith)   

WHEN IS A MAN A VALID

MAHRAM FOR A JOURNEY? 

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) branded a woman who goes on a journey without a valid Shar’i mahram as one who does not believe in Allah and the Day of Qiyaamah. A woman who proceeds on any journey without a valid mahram, be it for Hajj, is cursed. Her ibaadat is rejected and she remains under the la’nat of Allah Ta’ala and His Angels as long as she is on the journey and away from her home. 

SHAITAAN – THE COMPANION

Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Shareef: 

“Whoever refrains from the thikr of Rahmaan, We appoint for him a shaitaan who becomes his constant companion.” 

When man indulges in futility and becomes involved in sport, amusement and any activity which detracts from Allah’s remembrance and the Akhirah, a special shaitaan is created for him. This shaitaan becomes his constant companion and influences him in whatever he does.    

IRRESPONSIBLE IMAAMS

During Taraaweeh Salaat, many Imaams behave very irresponsibly and despicably by omitting the Dua in Qa’dah and sometimes even the Durood. There has developed a highly erroneous notion that deletion of the Dua and even the Durood is acceptable. The aim is to finish off the Taraaweeh as quick as possible, hence the Durood and the Dua are viewed lightly. This attitude is haraam because it borders on kufr. When any Deeni act is considered to be insignificant or not important, this attitude is termed istikhfaaf which is kufr. 

WOMEN VISITING THE CEMETERY 

It is recorded in Kifaayatush Sha’bi:

Qaadhi was asked about the permissibility of women emerging (from their homes) to visit the cemetery. He said: “The question of permissibility and the corruption of practices of this kind should not be asked. Rather, the question of the degree of la’nat (curse) settling on the woman should be asked. 

Know that whenever she intends to emerge (from her home), she enters into the la’nat of Allah and His Malaaikah. When she (actually) emerges, shaitaan stalks her (and covers) her from every side. When sher eaches the quboor (graves), the souls of the dead curse her. When she returns, she does so under the la’nat of Allah.”

(Fataawa Taatarkhaaniyyah) 

GHUSAL E JANAABAT 

It is improper for a Muslim to unnecessarily remain in the state of janaabat for long periods. No one wishes for his maut to arrive while he is in the condition of janaabat. Unnecessary delay in making ghusl, while not sinful, is spiritually harmful. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: 

“The Angels of Mercy remain very far from those who delay ghusl-e-janaabat. At least they should take wudhu.” 

ZAALIMEEN (OPPRESSORS)

 Hadhrat Sufyaan Thauri (rahmatullah alayh) said that the following types of persons are regarded as zaalimeen (oppressors): 

person who makes dua for himself and forgets his parents in particular and other Muslims in general. 

A person who does not recite at least 100 verses of the Qur’aan Shareef daily. 

• A person who passes by a qabrustaan (cemetery) and fails to make Salaam and Dua for the inmates of the graves. 

• A person (village dweller or traveller) who happens to be in the city on Fridays but abstains from performing Jumuah Salaat. 

An unmarried young man who does not acquire knowledge of the Deen.

A person who eats while his neighbour is hungry.

A person in whose neighbourhood lives an Aalim but he refrains from acquiring knowledge of the Deen from him.

A Haraam picture

 A picture of a human being or an animal is a haraam picture. Some people have the idea that by only scratching out the eyes, the picture becomes permissible. This is a misconception which even some Ulama entertain.

Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) had instructed Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to cut off the head of a picture which was on a screen in the house so that the image resembles a tree. It is therefore necessary to efface the entire head. Only then will it cease to be a haraam picture. 

THE BENEFIT OF SALAAT IN 

THE QABR 

 According to the Hadith, when Munkir and Nakeer, the two interrogating Angels in the grave, arouse the mayyit from his sleep, it will appear to him that it is about Maghrib time. 

The Angels will commence their questioning. However, the mayyit who was in love with Salaat here on earth, will respond: “Your questioning can wait. It is time for my Salaat.”

The Angels will say: “We knew that you were going to say this.”

RIGHTEOUS DEEDS

 If our A’maal-e-Saaliha (righteous deeds) are healthy and strong and in abundance,Insha’Allah, it will act as a barrier for our evil deeds. On the other hand, if our evil overwhelms our virtuous deeds, the former will assume the form of hideous serpents, dogs and other terrifying objects and torture us. Our defective A’maal will not have sufficient power to act as a barrier to protect us against the onslaught of the evil. May Allah Ta’ala protect us from the evil in our nafs and from the terrors of the Grave. 

KINDNESS

 According to the Hadith, kindness is not to be kind to those who are kind to you. True kindness is to be kind to those who are unkind to you and cause you distress. 

Forgetfulness

 The following are some of the things which create forgetfulness or – failing memory: 

• Making wudhu in a place of impurity, e.g. the toilet

• Worldly worries 

• Commission of sins 

• Engrossment in worldly affairs 

• Looking at a hanged person 

• Eating much salted meat

• Looking at the sky during the state of 

janaabat

• Much laughter and joking 

• Laughing in the qabrustaan

• Entering the Musjid with the left foot 

and coming out with the right foot 

• Looking at the private parts 

• Urinating in the bathroom 

• Urinating in the public 

• Urinating under a fruit tree, in stagnant water or in ash 

• Combing the hair with a broken comb

An Honourable Man

When a man has understood the contemptibility of his own nafs, it is a sign that he is honourable by Allah Ta’ala.

When a man’s faults remain hidden to him, it is a sign of him being dishonourable by Allah Ta’ala. 

(Hadhrat Masihullah Khan R.A)     

RUINING CHILDREN

When there is no uniformity of parental ta’leem and tarbiyat (teaching and training), the children are generally ruined. They develop split personalities with cunning, deceit and falsehood becoming outstanding features of their character.

It is for this reason that the mother should never allow her children to conceal anything from their father. The child should be encouraged and ordered to do everything openly, nothing secretively. 

Children are mostly in the company and under the influence of their mother. If the mother does things behind her husband’s back and teaches her children to conceal her misdeeds from their father, she has opened the door for the moral ruin of her children. 

Since such misdeeds are appealing to the nafs, the little children will interpret their mother’s actions as being proper and their father’s prohibition to be injustice and harshness. 

They too will grow up in this mould. Cunning and deceit will become integral constituents of their character. The reformation of such children is indeed a gigantic task. 

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24 April 2023

 

 

'My friends care for me. You [my parents] do not! I'm better off with them. Only they understand me, so stop telling me what to do in MY life.'

Very common and disrespectful statements from children these days..

إِنَّمَا وَلِيُّكُمُ اللّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ الَّذِينَ يُقِيمُونَ الصَّلاَةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَهُمْ رَاكِعُونَ

Your helper (friend) is none but Allah and His Messenger and those who have believed - those who establish salaah and give zakah, and they bow [in worship].

If you have friends like those mentioned in the Ayah, then you have true friends. These friends direct you to what is good for you.