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Tips to Achieve contentment

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Ya ay yuhan nasu inna wadal lahi haq qun fala tagur rannakumul hayatud dunya wa la yagur ran nakum bil lahil garur. Al Quran-35:5

O men! Certainly the promise of Allah is true. Let not then this present life deceive you, nor let the chief deceiver deceive you about Allah.

The boatman and the people

A boatman stops in an island and informs people to get down in the island but warned them that there is more danger in the island and they should return soon to the boat immediately after fulfilling their needs. Some paid heed to the words of the boatman making use of the important things in the island and returned soon to the boat and got a good place to sit, very spacious and comfortable. Some people’s mind got lost in the island totally forgetting the words of the boatman. Later they became conscious of the boatman’s words and came running to the shore to get on the boat. They got the place but a very dungeon one. Some were so lost in the island that they took the stones they liked, cut the trees they liked completely forgetting the words of the boatman and they could find only very little place in the boat when they returned. They didn’t have the heart to leave the things they took from the island too and they carried those things in that little place along with them. This gave them pain, sometimes in the hip, loin and sometimes in this flank and that flank. They are having their journey with much difficulty and restlessness. The other people in the island were so lost in the beauty of the island that when they returned to the shore, the boatman already left with the boat. These people who remained in the island became food for the voracious animals.

Allah ﷻ is saying:

Ya ay yuhan nasu inna wadal lahi haq qun fala tagur rannakumul hayatud dunya

O men! Certainly the promise of Allah is true. Let not then this present life deceive you.

We have come down to this island of world only for a little while. Some are very fortunate that they take only necessary things from this dunya and start journeying in the boat towards their destination. Their face is only towards the destination in the boat and they eat, wear, earn only what is necessary and have house only as per their requirement. Some forget the words of Allah ﷻ inna wadal lahi haq. These people are also fortunate if they remember Allah ﷻ when they get fifty or sixty or even seventy years old and start running towards the original destination thinking that they are only travelers. They too will get a place in the boat. Some people are so engrossed and infatuated with this dunya that they want this dunya to be their home; they buy and gather all sort of things in their home. They made their life so heavy that sometimes they get pain in their hips, sometimes they get depression, tension, and sometimes they lose their sleep in the night. Neither do they have peace in the day nor do they have tranquility and rest in the night for such is the heavy life. Some do not have any sense and they do not even know where they are heading. Allah is warning us not to get lost in the attraction of this dunya and it is enough if one takes important and necessary things from this dunya and let the face be always towards the destination.

Will any wise man invest in someone’s house?

When a man is in a rented house, he won’t fulfill all his wish and desires there as the master of the house can send him out anytime when he wishes. When our inner heart tells us that this dunya is a rented one and we are just a trustee here, then why is a Muslim keen in fulfilling all his desires here? It is he who fulfills all his desires who thinks that this is his house. It is in one’s own house that one fulfills his needs. Alladheena yarithoonal fir’daus. Allah will make you inherit that house, the jannatul firdaus. Walakum feeha maa tashtahee anfusukum. Therein ye shall have all that your souls shall desire. Make your heart understand that the master can send you anytime out and so why to make expensive flooring and attach expensive tiles and construct a big building there when the master will remove us anytime. Muslims one time had this understanding and was very firm in the belief that this world is a rented place and the Master of the universe can send them out of this dunya anytime. Just like how it is impossible for a water bubble to stay long and so is our stay in this dunya. We are quite sure when it comes to length of stay in a waiting room but we don’t even have that much belief about staying in this temporary world. The ignorant Muslims want all his desires to be fulfilled here and his wishes and desires never end and wants to get fulfilled. Will a man who is to die wish like this? Will a man who rents in a house think like this? Say the master gives a man his house for rent for a month and this man starts building double floor and start attaching new tiles, does he have any brain? Has he gone mad? What is more foolishness that he is to die and leave this world and he wants to fulfill all his desires here?

The fight erupts between a husband and a wife because the wife complains that his husband doesn’t fulfill her desires and so do the husband complains about his wife.The man is not clashing with a man but desires of a man are clashing with desires of another man. The hirs (whims) of man is clashing with other’s hirs. The long term goals of a man are clashing with the goals of others. The whole world is a prey for this clash. The desires of anyone be it the father, son, daughter and the mother never end. The man wants to fulfill all his desires right in the rented house. The man who spends on a rented house is called a fool. He will be called of less intelligence if he invests in someone’s house. When this is the case, how about the one who doesn’t know when he will leave this dunya, in the morning or in the evening? Today he is among the living ones and tomorrow he might be among those who are dead. What can be more foolishness than this? But only in this foolishness, the whole world is running. In fact whoever is more into it and whoever spends more on this earth, he is called the most intelligent as everyone is running in this foolishness.

The love of dunya and the love of Allah cannot stay together

Let Allah grant us the true faith of the life of hereafter and through this Allah grants one, the contentment. The one whose eyes are on the akhirat, Allah saves him from the dirty diseases of hirs, greediness, wishes and jealousy. One is saved from the fire of these diseases and gets the wealth of satisfaction and contentment that he thinks whatever he has, he has more than enough. If he gets two times food per day, he thinks it is more, if he has two to four dresses for the whole of a year, he thinks he has more for how long he has to stay here! One leads a peaceful life and a life of contentment when his eyes are fixed on the hereafter. He is like the one who understood the words of the boatman and got his necessary things and then came and sat in the boat. He says as he is on journey, lesser and lighter the things better will be his journey. His journey of life is better when he has a blessed small house, small vehicle and not a big status. With these, his journey will be easier. Unfortunately now the wishes and desires has been so amplified that it has now been encompassed in something very necessary. Look at the man and the woman, their desires never end and their wishes never get fulfilled. These are all worldliness where the heart is stuck in the worldly things. The heart in which there is love of the world, the love of Allah is forbidden in that heart. Just like in one utensil, the water and the fire cannot stay together, the love of the world and the love of Allah cannot stay in a heart as both are completely different things. Today we have this poison of love of dunya and we have been afflicted with this disease.

Extinguish the fire of hirs with contentment

Every person desires for a status and he wants to see all his desires to be fulfilled. The fire of hirs never extinguishes and never ends. He is very ignorant for he thinks when he gets more, it will be all ok. This is like throwing dry grass over the fire, will the fire extinguish? Won’t it flare up more? If you keep questing for more and more wealth and think that the fire of desires will extinguish, then this will never happen for it will only flare up more. Water is poured on the fire and not the dry grass. Sprinkle the water of contentment on the fire of hirs and not more wealth. The fire will then cool down. Develop the thinking of that hereafter. Ya ay yuhan nasu inna wadal lahi haq. O men! certainly the promise of Allah is true. fala tagur rannakumul hayatud dunya. Let not then this present life deceive you. Allah ﷻ is saying to the Muslims: wa laa tamuddanna a’ynayka elaa maa matta’naa behi. Do not strain your eyes towards that which we have given to those Kuffar. azwaajam minhum zahratal hayaatid dunyaa, le naftenahum feehe. we have given for enjoyment to parties (wedded pairs) of them, the splendor of the life of this world, so that we may try them in it. All the enjoyment given to the Kuffar is to put them in fitna (trial). This disease has so fallen on our lives that we have forgotten the akhirah.

When a man forgets the akhirah, then his longing for desires extends, his expectations become far stretched, his goals become long-term. And in whosoever’s life there is the remembrance of akhiratu, Allah ﷻ grants him the life of contentment and he thinks whatever he has, he has more than enough. Today neither the man is content nor the woman, neither he is satisfied nor her. The man raises the slogan, “more, more” and so do the woman. The woman asks her husband, “What did you do for me so far?” and the man asks her, “What did you do for me?” When the akhirat disappears from the sight, then all the long-term goals and wishes never get ends, there won’t be any patience and gratitude; his desires never gets end and he needs more and more. There is then a beautiful life where a man keeps that world (hereafter) in front of him at every single moment where Allah ﷻ will make him the master of that house. Alladheena yarithoonal fir’daus. Allah ﷻ will say, “Today is the day where you can fulfill all your desires and wishes.” This is not the place though for we have to leave from here.

The story of Ibrahim ibn Adham (RA)

Ibrahim ibn Adham (RA) was leading a heedless life when a man came to him. The man was looking into the house here and there. Ibrahim (RA) asked him what he is doing here. The man said that he is a stranger and he is looking for some place to stay. Ibrahim RA told him that this is his house and not an inn where he could stay. The man asked him in a serious tone, “Who lived here before you?” Ibrahim RA replied, “My maternal uncle”. The man asked, “Where did he go?” for which he replied, “He died”. The man then asked, “Who lived before your uncle in this house?” and he replied, “His uncle’s father”. He asked again, “Where did he go?” and he replied he died. He further asked him who lived before him and Ibrahim replied, “His father”. He then asked him where did he go and he answered that he also returned to Allah ﷻ. The stranger then taught the lesson to Ibrahim that the first one came, stayed for some time and went away, then came the second one, stayed for a while and went away and so the third one. And he told Ibrahim that the one who comes and goes like this is a traveler. He told him from such a depth of the heart that it so affected Ibrahim that it changed his life entirely, he left all his kingdom and he became the chief of the awliya of Allah ﷻ.

Aye sarai dahr musaafiron, ba khuda ye kisi ka makaan naheen,

jo the muqeem kal yahaan,  aaj kaheen un ka nishaan naheen

O the travelers of the temporary world, by Allah, this is not anyone’s house

Those who were residing here yesterday, today nowhere is their sign.

None remained on this earth for everyone went under the earth.

The biggest admonisher

The one who doesn’t allow a fly to sit on his cheeks, today he is eaten up by the worms. The eyes that had so much of shine, today has become the food for the insects. The brain from which the evil used to originate and in which there was characteristics of fir’aun is being disintegrated under the earth. How many are like this, who never cared about themselves in this dunya! They had a big name and status and where did they go now? Everything is going to be destroyed and it is all the scene of the times. O the honored ones! The biggest admonisher and the preacher for Muslims and the thing that brings in revolution in their lives is the true remembrance of that afterlife. The Prophet ﷺ said I am leaving two admonishers behind me: 1) Naatiq, (the one that speaks), which is Quran and 2) Saakit, (the one that is silence), which is death. This is such a big admonisher. Let Allah ﷻ help us all to take a lesson.

An analogy to ponder

Say a person is undertaking journey for hajj, riding on an animal and on the way, he stops at a field to feed his animal so it gets fat and he gets so lost in feeding his animal that he forgets his journey, won’t one call him a fool? With this body as a conveyance, Allah ﷻ wants us to reach that destination but one gets so lost in feeding this body and so lost in the comfort of this body that he doesn’t like any stain to appear on the face, he doesn’t like to see any change in his beauty, he doesn’t like to see any patch on the dress and he doesn’t like to have any sort of lack in the comfort or peace. One is so fixed to this ride that he forgot his destination. Who can be more foolish than a person like this? What sort of life is this? The vehicle we got through which we are to reach the destination, we have been so attached to it and forgot the main destination. O the honorable ones! That’s the real life and if one is fortunate to get its true remembrance, then the immediate wealth that one gets in this world is Allah ﷻ grants him the life of contentment and his desires comes in control. The fight then won’t erupt between the husband and a wife based on fulfilling any desires; neither will a fight erupt between the father and a son based on any desires for all these are the consequences of love of dunya and being heedless of akhirat.

The signs of an akhirat oriented person

1.    Contentment

You will never see an akhirat oriented person severing relation for such people will unite. If there is any severing, then that would be only for Allah ﷻ and never will they fight based on desires. Today all the severity stems from desires; very big desires and wishes clash with each other. So the sign of the one who has been destined with the remembrance of akhirat is that Allah ﷻ grants him the life of contentment. He will always remain content and satisfied, he might be in a hut, he might get just one time food, even be it dry, he will always remain happy and content for how long he has to stay in this world and the days will pass just with one time food per day. Only the one who wants to live longer gets worried about the taunts of the people and the status for he thinks what the people will say, what the community and the family will say. This fear has made him a depressed patient and destroyed his sleep. This fear has created a pricking in him that what will people say. The one who is not destined with the remembrance of akhirat is not destined with contentment. The greatest sign of a person’s belief in akhirat is that he will have contentment always in his life.

2.    Repentance

The second sign is that Allah ﷻ will make him fortunate to do tawbah (repentance) immediately. As he knows that the life of akhirat can start anytime, he won’t procrastinate his repentance thinking like let me start another factory on usury and I can repent later or let me earn the haram for a while and then I will see later if I should repent. This can only be done by a person who is heedless of akhirat and whose belief in akhirat is not true but has become very weak. Once a person gets a firm belief in akhirat, he immediately repents to Allah ﷻ and there won’t be any delay. It is not like I am committing five sins and I will leave one. It doesn’t happen like this but if he is committing a sin, every day he will repent and pray hajat salah asking Allah ﷻ to save him from that sin and grant him salvation. So when one gets a firm belief in the akhirat, he gets the tawfeeq to repent soon. The one whose belief is weak, he keeps delaying the repentance and sometimes he becomes so unfortunate that Allah ﷻ forbid he dies without repenting.

3.    Strong affinity towards righteous deeds

The third sign is that an akhirat oriented person doesn’t get mere submission when it comes to good deeds but he gets a strong desire towards the righteous deeds. When I know I will get great reward on my hard work, then how much I will enjoy the work. There will be enthusiasm, right? When I know tomorrow I will get prize from Allah ﷻ in front of all people, how much happiness will be there in the ibaadat (worship)? When the belief in the akhirat becomes weak then ibaadat moves away from the life and even if there is ibaadat, it will be done with laziness and indolence. waithaa qaamoo ila alssalaati qaamoo kusaala. When they stand up to prayer, they stand without earnestness. They always stand in prayer with laziness and do their ibaadat thinking that as a burden. Either he does that thinking that as a burden or he doesn’t do at all. There is no enthusiasm, desire and eagerness. This is the sign that his belief in the akhirat has become very weak. So there are three signs when a man gets firm belief in the akhirat. 1) Allah ﷻ grants him contentment, 2) He gets tawfeeq to repent soon and 3) Allah ﷻ grants him enthusiasm, desire and eagerness in righteous deeds. He gets all these things.

The one who remembers the hereafter often will be raised among the martyrs

O honorable ones! It is very necessary that we should get rid of this disease seen today about the heedlessness of the life after death. We should always be highly conscious and mindful of that life. We should have attention and regards to that life all the time and then we will enjoy the life and the life will be very joyous.  That is why our beloved Prophet ﷺ used to say, “O people! Remember that life abundantly”. Only through this, the worldly desires will leave you alone and the long term goals will leave you alone. Our beloved mother Ayisha RA asked our beloved Prophet ﷺ, “O Rasulullah! When the martyrs will be assembled on the Day of Judgement, will anyone else also will join their ranks?” The Prophet ﷺ replied, “O Ayisha! The one who remembers that akhirat at least twenty times per day and night of his life, Allah ﷻ will gather him among the martyrs.” Yes among the martyrs for such is the wealth of remembering death. That is because the whole of the life gets beautified by remembering the death and being firm in the belief of that life like earnestness in the ibaadat, improvement in the akhlaaq (conduct), the worry of halal means and to speak the truth, the essence of humanity is created from it and the beauty of humanity comes with this. Overlooking others, forgiving others, to gain control over one’s anger, patience, tolerance, the realization of one’s mistakes and all these things come here and one gets the beauty of the life. So let one remember the death abundantly.

How to remember the death?

Now how to remember the death? Think of those close to you who passed away like where did they go, how beautiful their faces were, how they had their wishes and aspirations, how wealthy they were and where did they go today? How beautiful were their eyes and what would be their conditions today under the earth? What the scene the worms and insects would be creating to them? How will be their punishment, how lonely their life would be and how they would be lying in the darkness of the grave? And the one who left this world all of a sudden, think of them and think how the death comes all of a sudden. Remember that this life is temporary and time bounded. And so my honorable ones! For the sake of Allah ﷻ, keep your life in this world very light, a life of less expenditure and a life of contentment. That is why our beloved Prophet ﷺ said that the special slaves of Allah ﷻ don’t lead a luxurious life. When the man falls for the luxury of this world, he then forgets the akhirat. Only in fulfilling his desires, he is so cheerful, hardworking and is extremely worried about earning more that he doesn’t even know that he has to go somewhere else.

There is no comfort, but the comfort of the Hereafter

The Prophet of Allah ﷺ said that the man who wakes up with the worry of this world, Allah ﷻ will leave his heart restless for the entire day and the one who wakes up with the worry of akhirat, Allah ﷻ makes him independent of this world. How many are today, those who wake up with the worry of the akhirat? The man sleeps with the worry of the dunya and wakes up with the worry of this dunya. If a man is worried about his son, it is to do with the dunya, if he is restless about his wife, it is about the dunya and this is the only concern. No one worries about the hayaa (modesty) of his daughter, the youth of his son, the haram means and no one asks for wazeefah for such things. We will get to hear many people asking for wazeefah saying that their business is not going well, the factoring is not running well and their earning has decreased. No one talks and complains about the akhirat of the daughter and that the environment of the house is not akhirat inclined. No one cries on this, none gets agitated on this and none is worried because the very wish is that they make up the dunya and that’s it. O the honorable ones! Life is Allahumma la aisha illa aishul aakhirah. O Allah! There is no comfort, but the comfort of the Hereafter.

No one knows when this journey will end. During night, one is among the living ones and no one knows how many will be among the dead during the next day. How many people are like that! In the morning they will be among the living and when the night comes, they will be lying under the earth. There is no delay in the death, a man sleeps and he doesn’t wake up, a man goes to office and he gets heart attack. This is life and be prepared to go to Allah ﷻ. Keep the life simple and lighter, do not spend more, lead a life of cautiousness that you should return to Allah ﷻ. Keep your heart clean, keep your body and its parts too clean from the sins so that Allah ﷻ is pleased seeing us and pleased seeing our hearts. Keep the heart clean for others free from jealousy, rancor or malice. Keep your body and its parts also clean from the dirty of sins so when you go to Allah ﷻ, you do not feel ashamed and reach Allah ﷻ victorious. And we do not know when we will be presented before Allah ﷻ. Let Allah ﷻ grant us all the true remembrance and concern about the akhirat. Ameen

The Sifaat of a Muslim

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Sifaat and its necessity

The first thing that comes is aaamal (deeds). The sifaat (attributes/chacteristics) then comes with the maturity of the amal and the weight of the amal is to do with the sifaat. Without sifaat, the amal remains empty. Ikhlas (sincerity) is the last thing to come along with the sifaat. This ikhlas is what exalted the sahaba e rizwanullah ajmaeen that even if we were to spend an amount of gold equivalent to the size of Mount Uhud, we would not even come halfway up to their level. If there are two persons reciting same amount of Quran and doing the ruku and sujud in a similar way in a fajr prayer, and if one has sifaat and the other do not, then there will be a huge difference in the weight of the amal of two persons as that of a difference between the heavens and the earth.  Same goes with the fasting of two persons; one with sifaat and the other without sifaat for the weight of the amal will be very different. This sifaat has taqwa (piety), generosity, humbleness, politeness, forbearance, patience, gratitude and ikhlaas. These are all sifaat. Truly speaking, it takes time to get the sifaat. The beauty of one’s religiousness is to with the sifaat. Let Allah SWT grant us eeman with sifaat, for it brings attraction or gravity in one’s religiousness. Sometimes we see that certain individuals will be practicing deen like they will offer salah, fast etc., but as they are devoid of sifaat, people tend to turn away from them and they would wish that he doesn’t come to them. On the other hand, when Allah SWT grants one sifaat along with practicing deen, people will be attracted towards him because of the barakaat of sifaat. So sifaat is very essential.

The Humility of the pious

The sifaat comes along with the amal and it increases the weight of the amal, the kashish (attraction) in one’s religiousness and the acceptance of his amal. It is through the sifaat that one’s amal is accepted. Innallaaha yuhibbul muttaqeen. Allah ﷻ loves the muttaqeen (pious). Piety is the sifaat here. Innallaaha yuhibbul muhsineen. Allah ﷻ loves the muhsineen (doers of good). Ihsaan is the sifaat here. Innallaaha yuhibbul saadiqeen. Allah ﷻ loves the truthful. Here sidq is the sifaat. Sifaat exalts a person. Sometimes a person may not be accepted by his amal as such or by some extra-ordinary amal but sifaat will lead him to acceptance by its special glory. The second level of religiousness is to obtain the sifaat. One of the akhlaaq of the friends of Allah ﷻ is that they think they are the worst faasiq of all and they think that they are not fit that Allah ﷻ accepts their duaas. These are the sifaat of people of Allah ﷻ but we say sometimes, “I am so righteous but why Allah ﷻ is not accepting my duaas”. When we think like this the friends of Allah ﷻ think that it is only the grace of Allah ﷻ that they are getting the tawfeeq to even sit before Allah ﷻ for they are not fit to be chosen. Because of the barakaat of this sifaat, there is always humility and politeness inside them and this is a great bounty. If not for this thought, the man will have so many diseases in the heart that he will neither walk properly nor talk properly but with such thoughts, his heart will remain in control and will have the humility.

Powerful stories from the past

The people of Allah SWT will so think worst of them that they will avoid mingling with people and it is said that they will avoid the istisqa (where people gather together to pray for rain during the time of drought) for they think because of their sins, others’ duaas may not be accepted and the mercy of Allah ﷻ will not turn towards the people because of them. Allahu Akbar! Sayyidina ibn Jubair  said that during the rule of a King in Bani Israel, there was a famine. The king said that if Allah ﷻ sends down the rain, it will be good and if not he will punish Him ﷻ. The people astonished asked the king how he will punish. The king said that he will kill all His ﷻ friends and obedient slaves and that is how he will punish Allah ﷻ. Now this is a very daring statement and this king is worth of a punishment but Allah ﷻ sent down the rain out of His ﷻ grace. Malik bin Dinar (RA) was asked why he is not coming for istisqa when he said that he is such a sinner and fears that instead of rain, stones do not shower as a punishment because of him. He used to tell, “You people think that there is a delay in rain when I think there is a delay in showering of stones”. Once Isa ؑ went for istisqa and he cried a lot praying for the rain but it didn’t rain. Seeing this, the Prophet Isa  turned to the people and said that whoever committed any sin should leave.  Everyone left thinking of their sins and thus showing humility except a man. Isa ﷺ asked him, “Didn’t you ever commit a sin?” The man replied, “I didn’t commit any sins but yes one time my eye fell on a woman and as a punishment I removed that eye with my finger”. Allahu akbar! Hearing this Isa  asked him to make duaa to Allah ﷻ for the rain. The man asked Allah ﷻ for the rain and immediately the sky became cloudy and the people witnessed the rain pouring down.

Once Musa ؑ went for istisqa continuously for three days but the rain didn’t come. So Allah ﷻ sent the wahi (revelation) that there is a tale bearer among them and until he leaves them, He ﷻ won’t accept their duaa. Musa  asked Allah ﷻ to identify that person to him when Allah ﷻ replied, “O Musa! I am forbidding you from tale bearing and should I become One who does that? I have put screen on that slave’s sins and I will not expose him” So Musa ؑ asked all the people to seek forgiveness for tale bearing and they sought forgiveness and the rain showered. Hazrat Sufan At-Thawri (RA) said that there was a famine for continuous seven years during the time of Musa  and the Bani Israel were eating dead animals and they prayed deep from the heart to remove the drought but Allah ﷻ didn’t send the rain and sent wahi to Musa ؑ that even if they become like a dry well making duaas and doing His ﷻ ibaadat (worship), He ﷻ will not lift the drought until they give the rights to the people deserving that. In another such occasion, Allah ﷻ didn’t send the rain in spite of their duaas sending wahi to Musa ؑ that how He ﷻ can accept their duaas when they have come with unlawful bodies raising their hands that ate haram food for duaa. Yet in another such occasion, when Bani Israel were eating dogs and dead animals out of severe drought and they were pleading for the rain, Allah ﷻ sent wahi to Musa  to tell them that even if they keep walking and fall on their knees getting tired and even if their aamal reach the heavens and even if their tongue gets dry making duaas, He ﷻ will not accept their duaas and will not show mercy towards the one who is crying until they stop violating other’s rights and give back the rights to those who deserve that. Musa  commanded Bani Israel to give back the rights that they took illegally but they denied saying they didn’t violate any rights and so how they can give up. This descended Allah’s ﷻ wrath and they died out of hunger.

The present day muslims and the traits of Bani Israel

It is the barakat of the duaa of Huzur ﷺ that we are not punished like this for who doesn’t have these traits of Bani Israel in us. It is the mercy of Allah ﷻ that we don’t face the poverty even for a day or else what are those triats that we do not have in us or in our society? What are our hands, limbs and eyes doing? This is just because of the duaa of Huzur ﷺ. The reality is as far as those slaves on whom Allah ﷻ has special mercy and grace; they will always have an eye on their mistakes and sins and they will think themselves as worst sinners all the time. This is the sign of Allah’s ﷻ special grace on them. It is a very dangerous thing that a person is a sinner and at the same time, he remains satisfied with himself. Jaafar bin Munabba (RA) used to say, “It is better I feel regretful forgiving others than feeling regretful punishing others”. Another pious buzurg used to say, “It is your injustice that you show hostility towards others when they disobey Allah ﷻ while you don’t show any such hostility towards your nafs when it disobeys Allah ﷻ”.  This is injustice that you get angry when others transgress when you don’t get angry when your nafs transgress. Showing hostility towards one nafs is to leave it in hunger and deprive it from a comfortable bed just like one will do to the one towards whom he has hostility. One should not show pity towards nafs but show the anger. One should not deal with a nafs like a lover deals with his beloved fulfilling all its desires. A great buzurg said that once he asked his nafs to do ibaadat and it denied and so he punished it by eating less food and sleeping less. This is a revenge, an evil for an  evil.

Tolerance and forgiveness

It is said that excess tolerance leads to muhabbat (love). If one tolerates someone more, then this will lead to muhabbat that even an enemy will start loving. Forgiveness and tolerance are great qualities. Once a man, who did some crime was brought before Abdullah bin Zubair  for punishment. Abdullah bin Zubair  asked for the whip to lash him. The man requested Abdullah bin Zubair , “I ask you by the One before whom you will stand humiliated on Qayamat than I am standing humiliated before you to forgive me”.  Hearing this Abdullah bin Zubair  got down his throne and rubbed his face against the earth saying he forgave him. Hazrat Qatadah (RA) was asked who has the highest rank and he replied that the one who forgives more.  A woman stole chador and Quran sheriff from Malik bin Dinar (RA) and started running. Malik bin Dinar (RA) started running behind her saying, “Listen I won’t punish you. You can have the chador but give me the Quran”. It was said not to take revenge on an oppressor but to show mercy towards him and seek forgiveness for him. When ibn Malik (RA) was lashed, he first forgave the lasher. Similarly when Ahmad bin Hanbal (RA) was lashed, he forgave the one who lashed him and he used to say, “What will a man loss if Allah  ﷻ doesn’t punish another because of him.” If I forgive a man, what will I lose when I will get reward and because of me, the other person was forgiven? Kab ibn Al-Ahbar RA used to say when a man is patience over the difficulties from his wife, Allah ﷻ will grant him the reward of patience of Ayyub . When a woman is patient over the transgression of her husband, then Allah SWT ﷻ reward her like that of Asiya bint Muzaahim, the wife of fir’aun. This is because the difficulties from one’s own will be felt very heavy.

Azmat of Muslims in the heart

Another quality of friends of Allah ﷻ is that they will have azmat of muslims in their heart. Abu Bakr Siddeeque  used to say not to look down any muslim for an ordinary muslim too will have high rank before Allah ﷻ. Abdullah bin Abbasused to say to honor a companion is a virtuous act of high rank. He used to turn towards Kaaba and tell, “O Kaaba, Allah ﷻ exalted and honored you but when it comes to a believer, his honor is greater than you”. This is the sifaat to respect the believers and to care for the companions and those who sit with us. Because of this the religiousness gets attraction and because of this, one gets acceptance. Ikrimah  used to say, “Be aware of giving torture to ulema (religious scholars) for it will pain the Prophet ﷺ as the ulema are the heir of the Prophet ﷺ and this is valid when the ulema are on the haqq”. Abu Hurairah  used to say the position of believers is much closer to Allah ﷻ than those angels who are close to Him ﷻ. A pious man was asked that hands are more expensive than 500 dinar and why is that hands are chopped off for five dirhams. He replied that when hands are chopped, not just the dirhams are considered but other crimes are considered like he first stole the things of a muslim, he hurt the muslim, he did not have regard for the Muslim’s respect and his privacy and thus other crimes are involved. Pay attention towards your nafs and see if you have respect for the ulema and leave the ulema, do you revere the honor of muslims? Or did you look down the muslims and have attacked their dignity? If so, you have joined the fussaaq (open and rebellious sinners) by looking down the muslims and so seek forgiveness from Allah ﷻ and repent to Allah ﷻ that you will not do so further.

Tolerating difficulties from one’s spouse

One of the characteristics of the people of Allah ﷻ is also that they would be patient over the difficulties arising from their wives. They take the mukhaalifat (contrariness) from their wives as a sign of their mukhaalifat with Allah ﷻ. When they act as a mukhaalif (opponent) with Allah ﷻ, Allah ﷻ makes their wives as mukhaalifs to them so they understand how distasteful this mukhaalifat is. Sometimes Allah ﷻ makes His ﷻ close slaves understand that when we are displeased with such acts of our own close ones, how it can also displease Allah ﷻ when we act like that to Allah ﷻ for we also belong to Allah ﷻ. If the evil of our own close people can make us feel this bad, then how much Allah ﷻ would feel bad with our evilness? When Allah ﷻ says, “Ya ayyuhalladhina aamanu” “Oh you who believe”, Allah ﷻ adopted the style of extreme closeness that “you are Mine”. It is obvious that the mistakes of one’s own people affects deep. Sufyan At-thawri (RA) used to say that the one who married brought dunya inside his house, the one who brought the dunya inside the house has married the daughter of a shaytan and the one who married the daughter of shaitan will see the effects of work of shaitan. Sufyan At-Thawri (RA) is taking about the marriage that is not based on the deen but on dunya here. It comes in a hadeeth-e-shariff that the one who marries to seek the pleasure of Allah ﷻ, Allah ﷻ will be sufficient for him and he will remain protected.

Ali bin Abu Talib  said that five things make a man fortunate.

1)      A wife who acts in accordance with his temperament

2)      Righteous children

3)      Righteous friends

4)      Good neighbors and

5)      His livelihood is based in his homeland

Rasoolullah ﷺ used to pray, “Ya Allah! I seek refuge in You from three kinds of people- a person who is heedless of deen, an evil neighbor and a wife who tortures her husband.” Malik bin Dinar (RA) didn’t marry after his wife’s death and when asked about it, he said that he fears any such contact and if he is able to divorce his own self, he would have done so for he sees himself as very evil. That is he doesn’t want anything to be hindrance in the talluq of Allah ﷻ.

The sifaat of pious women

A pious buzurg said when following six things are found in a woman, she is completely righteous. They are:

1)      She establishes five times salah

2)      She is obedient to her husband

3)      She keeps her husband happy

4)      She protects her tongue from backbiting and tale bearing

5)      She doesn’t have desire for the worldly things and

6)      She is patient during the times of difficulty

This is for both a wife and a father that her daughter develops these characteristics. Let Allah ﷻ grant us all the sifaat with righteousness. Let righteous sifaat be sought from Allah ﷻ because of which one’s deeds gets heavy and gets attraction in religiousness. Sometimes we get to see a traveling companion whose akhlaaq so excels that we remember him throughout our life. We don’t remember his salah but his akhlaaq. Similarly when we have business dealing with someone of excellent akhlaaq, we remember him throughout our life like what a good man we met. Sometimes the reverse too can happen. A person might be praying even nafil salahs but he might not truthful in his dealings and so he was cursed the whole of life and he gives a bad name to the religious people. The truth is that the deen is spread with the sifaat because the fragrance of sifaat spreads outside. So develop sifaat and develop attraction and gravity within oneself with the amal. Let it be asked to Allah ﷻ and let the efforts be taken. Let Allah ﷻ grant us all the tawfeeq to achieve this. Ameen

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis (23.03.2012)

Worry about the Islaah of Children

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The tarbiat of Muslim children differs from the children of Kuffar

A muslim has children and a kaafir too has children. A muslim brings up his children and so do a kaafir but a kaafir brings up his children keeping in mind only this dunya while a muslim has both akhirah and dunya in his mind. So it is obvious that there should be difference in the children brought up by a muslim and a kaafir. When we plant mango trees in a farm, far from its place we will find out that those are mango trees and when we plant Acacia, one will see its thorns. Now if the leaves and thorns fall off from both the trees and any other tree, then the identification will come to an end as one cannot distinguish between the trees if the tree is a mango tree or an orange tree or any other tree unless one goes very close to it. Just like how the trees would be different, the Muslim children would be very distinct from the kuffar children and if they look alike, then there is some problem in the manner of the tarbiat of muslims or else for sure one can identify from far if the child is a muslim or not if they are coming from a school or they are coming from America after their studies for they will be distinct from kuffaar. There will be a definite difference for a muslim has akhirah in front of him but unfortunately today in muslim’s society, only dunya is in front of our eyes.

Do not make the children the instruments of dunya but sadaqa-e-jaariya of akhirah

Today’s muslim has made his child a instrument of dunya. While the pious predecessors used to think the children as sadaqa-e-jariya for the akhirah, today’s muslim is keen in making money from the children. That is why he spends more than his status for his child’s education and if he sees his child deficient in his studies, he instructs him sometimes with love and sometimes with admonition so he could boast among people that his son is studying in such and such university, he is teaching in certain university and is an officer in a certain place. He totally forgot how he will face the humiliation in roza-e-kawthar tomorrow when the Prophet ﷺ inquires about his children. Darkness will cover the faces tomorrow out of humiliation. The tarbiat of a kaafir is so that they only care that they have a good house, eat what they like, fulfill all their needs making their children instruments of dunya for akhirah is not in their tarbiat but this is not the case with muslims for there will be a clear-cut difference. But today can only really identify muslims children when they are coming out of educational institutes or when they are working in offices or when they are involved in business dealings in markets? One cannot identify them. When we don’t water the trees, when we don’t take care if its needs, when we don’t protect it from the pests, when we don’t provide manure, it will become dry and it will become so dry that it would lose all the leaves and all the distinct features it has until one cannot identify it to be an acacia tree or a mango tree or a guava tree or an orange tree.

The pious Muslim predecessors were never proud of worldly possessions

Today as the muslim children are not given the provision of eeman, the Islamic characteristics have been destroyed from them and one cannot identify if the child is really brought up by muslim parents and if the child was breast-fed by a muslim mother. Today as the muslim children were not protected just like a tree is not protected from the pests affecting its very root; the children are affected by the pests of sins like haram love, haram earnings and haram provisions. It was only the kaafir who thinks only about how to earn, eat and drink and it is only in these things he used to feel very proud but a muslim was never proud of these things because for these were never been the things for muslims to boast about. There were two brothers Ahmad and Muhammad. Ahmad once complained to his mother that his younger brother doesn’t stand under his imamat in salah. The mother called Muhammad and told him to pray behind Ahmad. Now hearing the mother’s words Muhammad prayed behind Ahmad but he discontinued his prayer in the middle. Ahmad felt humiliated and told his mother that before he denied praying behind him and now he discontinued his prayer which is worst. When mother inquired to Muhammad, he told his mom that his brother’s mind was roaming somewhere in the prayer and so how can he pray behind him? Now look at this mother the way she expressed. She became extremely worried about the tarbiat of both her children for one’s heart was roaming somewhere in the salah and the other’s heart was wandering in his brother’s heart and none was concentrated in their salah. This was the standard of tarbiat for they cared more about righteousness of the children. Today we made money, worldly education, getting visa of certain countries as some standard of being proud. When the kuffar feel proud of these things, it is understandable for there is no akhirah in front of them but this cannot be accepted from muslims for the standard of muslims is something very different.

Luqman-e-Hakeem and the tarbiat of his son

Luqman-e-hakeem made tarbiat of his children and it was so liked by Allah ﷻ that He ﷻ preserved those words in His Kalam, Quran till qayamat implying that this is how the tarbiat of muslim children should be. What were those first words? Ya Bunayya! He didn’t call him as son but Ya Bunayya. This word Ya Bunayya is such a word that it is so much filled with love. “laa tushrik billaah”, “Do not associate partners with Allah”. Just like a man of more ghayrah (sense of honor) cannot tolerate shirkat in his women, ghayyoor Rabb cannot tolerate shirkat in His ibadah and his shifaat (unique characteristics of Allah ﷻ). Just like how a man cannot tolerate his wife saying that she has another man as her friend other than him, even after she does his khidmat day and night, Allah ﷻ too cannot tolerate His slaves when they say there is another ilaah (God) other than Him ﷻ even if they do many good things for all their deeds will be destroyed just like the wife’s khidmat of her husband is destroyed with her words and acts. If someone tells the husband all good about his wife that his wife washes and iron his clothes, prepares food for him and obeys him at his mere glance, the husband will not tolerate her, saying that she is not loyal to him. Similarly a man may do so many good acts but if keeps shirk to Allah ﷻ, it will never be tolerable to the ghayyoor Rabb. He ﷻ can forgive any sin but not shirk. So here is a father doing tarbiat of his child, “O My dear son, Join not in worship others with AllahInnash shirka lazulmun azeem, “Verily joining others in worship with Allah is a great Zulm (wrong) indeed”.

Place the azmat of Allah in the child’s heart

A mushrik keeps shirk when he doesn’t recognize Allah ﷻ. “Wamaa qadrullaaha haqqa qadrihi”. “They made not a just estimate of Allah such as is due to Him”. A muslim when doing tarbiat of children, he first implants the azmat (greatness) of Allah, His ﷻ tarruf (recognition) in their heart that there is Allah ﷻ, Wahuwa Al- Mumin, He ﷻ is Al-Mu’min and He ﷻ is the one Who gives peace, wahuwa Al-Muhaimin, He is the Over-seeing protector,  Wahuwa Al-Maalik, He is the King, wahuwa Ar-Razzaq, He is the One Who gives provision and such tarruf (recognition) of Allah ﷻ is left in the hearts of children. The mothers used to do tarbiat of their children from young with the words, “Hasbi Rabbi Jallallaah maafi qalbi ghairullaah, noor-e-Muhammad sallallaah, laa ilaaha illallaah” The tarbiat so goes on by saying, “Allah is enough for us”. When a child brought up in such a manner, will he ever fear anyone other than Allah ﷻ, will he ever bow down before others other than Allah ﷻ and will he ever tolerate humiliation before others? Laa mabuda illaallaah. Laa mahmuda illallaah. There is none more worthy of worship other than Allah ﷻ. There is none more beloved other than Allah ﷻ. This was how the muslim mothers brought up the children. A mother’s lap used to be the child’s first educational institute. In fact well before the child falls on the lap, the muslim mothers used to worry a lot about the children’s islaah.

There was a ruler named Muhammad in Afghanistan. When the child grew up as a young man, his father sent him to war. Thereby the father got the news that his son ran away from the battle fearing the enemies and this worried his father a lot. When the father told the mother about the news, she denied it firmly. The father got the news again that his son didn’t run but he fought the enemies bravely and now when the father informed this news to the mother, she told that now this is the correct news. The father astonished asked her how is that she believes the second news strongly while not the first one. The mother replied that when she was assured of her pregnancy by Allah ﷻ, she was more keen that not a single grain of haram food entered her mouth and when the child was born, she never touched him and fed him unless she was in wudhu and so she had a firm belief that he will have the quality of eeman. Such was the brought up of muslim children. The muslim parents never made their children instruments of dunya but as sadaqah-e-jaariya for their akhirah. Such was the attitude of the parents. They never made them money earning machines. So here a father is advising his son, laa tushrik billaah for a mushrik is never forgiven. Teach the child first Allah. How fortunate are those children whose first word is Allah and the last word when they leave this dunya is Allah! And how fortunate are those parents! How foolish is to plant an acacia and then expect it to give mangoes? You will get only thorns and not sweet mangoes. When the tarbiat is like a kaafir’s tabiat, how can one expect that the child will have love and azmat of parents?

Allot time for the tarbiat of children lest they lose all the Islamic qualities

Only if the parents get the fikr (care and concern) of tarbiat of their children today! The parents don’t even have time for the children. Just like a tree gets dried if not taken care of, even the tree of eeman gets dry when not taken care of. Do people care what their young daughter and son is doing? Do they ever care if azmat of Allah ﷻ is in their heart, importance of salah and following sunnah are in their hearts? It is possible that the tree of eeman has completely been destroyed within their hearts. Just because a child has muslim parents, it is not necessary that the child would be a muslim. One should keep checking if there is freshness of eeman in the heart of a child, what sort of environment he stays in and what sort of life he is leading. The children are the greatest blessings. Even the Prophets (Peace be on them) used to ask for children but they asked for righteous children. “Ya bunayya innaha in taku mithqaala Habbatin min khardalin fatakun fee Sakhratin aw fis-samaawaati aw fil arDi yati bihaa Allaahu innallaaha lateefun khabeer”  “O my dear son! If it be (anything) equal to the weight of a grain of mustard seed, and though it be in a rock, or in the heavens or in the earth, Allah will bring it forth. Verily, Allah is Subtle (in bringing out that grain), Well-Aware (of its place).” The father said, “O My son. Lead a life of cautiousness. Even if a sin was committed by you to the size of a mustard seed or committed when alone or in solitude or in darkness or deep in the bottom of the sea or behind the mountain or a tree in a jungle, know that even these sins will become manifest before your eyes tomorrow.” This father is placing the azmat of Allah ﷻ in the heart of his child. He ﷻ is always with you. “maa yakoonu min najwaa thalaathatin illaa huwa raabiAAuhum walaa khamsatin illaa huwa saadisuhum walaa adna min dhaalika walaa akthara illaa huwa maAAahum ayna maa kaanoo”There is no Najwa (secret counsel) of three but He is their fourth nor of five but He is their sixth nor of less than that or more but He is with them wheresoever they may be.”

The effect of tarbiat in the muslims of past

Allah ﷻ has put sattaariat (screen) on our sins and evils. Our inner is so worst but He ﷻ has screened it with beautiful outer appearance. Glory to Allah! But never commit sins with over-confidence on this quality of Allah ﷻ and never be too deceived for if Allah ﷻ lifts this screen, you will become a scene for this whole world. All the screens of nobility will vanish in few minutes and the reality will become apparent. The tarbiat of muslims used to reflect and show its effect even in the shepherds in jungle. When a Sahabi  wanted to test a shepherd in a jungle, he asked the shepherd if he could give him a sheep. The shepherd told that he cannot give the sheep for it belongs to his master. The Sahabi  told him to get money from him and give him the sheep so he can slaughter and eat and the master is not here to watch him. The shepherd replied that his mater might not be here to watch him but the master of Dunya, Allah ﷻ is watching him. Place this azmat of Allah ﷻ in the heart of the children that Allah ﷻ is watching them all the time. As the muslims worried for their children’s tarbiat, they used to allot time for them and take them to good environment like good religious educational institutes. Even today people take their children to educational institutes but only to make them a money earning machine and instruments of dunya. They don’t even care if the child earns in a haram way or a halal way. They only want them to earn money even be it haram. Children are thrown in such institutes where they learn somehow to earn and to make money.

The powerful verse of Allah

“walladheena kafaroo yatamattaAAoona wayakuloona kamaa takulu alanAAm.” “While those who disbelieve enjoy themselves and eat as cattle eat”. The fikr of only eating and drinking and the standard of such a living is the way of only kuffar. The life of muslims used to be based on “Innallaaha huwa Ar-razzaaq dhul quwwatil mateen.”For Allah is He Who gives (all) Sustenance,- Lord of Power,- Steadfast (for ever)”. This is such a powerful verse. It is the worry of livelihood that makes the righteousness of even deeni people end in markets. How many parents distance their children from Allah ﷻ because of the fikr of livelihood! Allah ﷻ is making them understand with these strong words, “Innallaaha huwa Ar-razzaaq dhul quwwatil mateen” Even raaziq is enough to emphasize and there is no need of huwa but Allah ﷻ is using ‘huwa’ here to make it strong. Again Razzaaq is a strong word but it is made much stronger with Alif-laam at its beginning. Allah ﷻ didn’t stop here but continued with stronger word zul quwwa and still made stronger and stronger with Al-Mateen. Allahu Alkbar! How strong this Arabic verse is cannot be explained by another language. Allah ﷻ knows well the nafs that livelihood can become a fitna for the man and that is why He ﷻ is advising with strong words here. When He ﷻ can feed cats and dogs, can’t He ﷻ feed His ﷻ slaves? I swear on Allah ﷻ that even if one morsel of food is written for me by Allah ﷻ, even if the whole world gathers to snatch it, none can snatch it and if the whole world decides to give me one morsel of food that my Maula didn’t write for me, then none can feed me that morsel. This is clearly destined. “Allahummaa innee as’aluka eemaanan yubaashiru qalbee wa yaqeenan Saadiqan Hattaa a’Alama annahoo yuseebunee illaa maa katabta lee wariDham minal ma’EEshati bimaa qasamtalee”. “O Allah! I ask You for eemaan which is firmly attached to my heart and true conviction till I realize that nothing can afflict me except which You have written for me. And (I ask You) contentment with that which You have apportioned to me of livelihood.” He ﷻ is Hakeem, Raheem and also Rahmaan and I can’t have better livelihood than He ﷻ has written for me.

The worry of livelihood and its fitna

Today the parents are driving their children to such an environment for livelihood that neither their eeman nor their salaah nor their hayaa nor their akhlaaq is safe. They are making this livelihood as such an animal that would eat all the eeman and islami qualities from their children. Eventually the child grows up to become a money earning animal. It is this worry of livelihood that destroys the eeman. Allaahu yabsutur rizqa liman yashaao wayaqdiru. “Allah doth enlarge, or grant by (strict) measure, the sustenance (which He giveth) to whomso He pleasethwalillaahi khazaainus samaawaati walarDi” But to Allah belong the treasures of the heavens and the earth” Allah ﷻ has placed the treasures of rizq (provision) only in His hands. “Wafis samaai rizqukum wamaa tooAAadoona”. “And in heaven is your Sustenance, as (also) that which ye are promised.” The decision of your provision is made in the heavens. Today the kufr is hunting the new generation of muslims only with the trap of this livelihood. They invite our children to their places promising them that they will solve the problem of their livelihood. They invite our children as they do not have their own youngsters but only old people. They want to run their machines with our help. Our children then become the parts of machines of kuffaar. The muslim then lives like them and dies like them. They have so set the trap with the education so we fit ourselves for their machines and then they name it as solving our livelihood problems. Allah ﷻ has given the solution exactly for this problem saying, “Innallaaha huwa Ar-razzaaq dhul quwwatil mateen.”

Make the children to establish salaah

The tarbiat of children is one of the greatest sadaqa-e-jaariya. “Ya bunayya aqimi alssalata”. “O my son! establish regular prayer.” Instruct your children to offer salah and you also join. Our words and advice will be effective only when we ourselves lead a beautiful life. If you want your children to become sadaqa-e-jaariya for you, then become a sadaqa-e-jaariya for your parents. The father (Luqman-e-Hakeem) is saying, “Ya bunayya aqimis salaah”. Establish salah. It is not just necessary to offer the salah but one should establish the salah. “Fawaylun lilmusalleen. Alladheena hum an salaatihum saa’hoon”, “So woe to those worshippers who are neglectful of their prayers” If there is destruction for those who offer salah, then we can think what will happen to those who do not offer salah. There is no proper establishment of salah. Sometime people offer salah and sometimes they leave. Sometimes they offer in jamah and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they offer three times prayer, sometimes four times and leave the fajr. What a muslim is he! The scholars have told that establishing salah means wherever one is, when the time for salah comes, he makes the environment in such a way then even those who do not offer salah starts offering salah.

Teach akhlaaq to the children

Luqmaan ؑ then advised his son to keep forbidding evil and become the safeer (ambassador) of good and have patience over the taunts and abuse of people for this is a great act of courage. “Ya bunayya aqimi alssalata wamur bialmaAAroofi wainha AAani almunkari wasbir AAala ma asabaka inna thalika min AAazmi alomoori”. “O my son! establish regular prayer, enjoin what is just, and forbid what is wrong: and bear with patient constancy whatever betide thee; for this is firmness (of purpose) in (the conduct of) affairs.” Truly it is a great act of courage to become a daa’ee of deen, safeer of deen, khaadim (the one who serves) of deen and that too in such an environment, where the evil has become good, where a man who is supposed to preach righteousness has become a fraud, where the thoughts have become obscure and extreme and where one tends to get all sort of taunts from people. The father here is teaching the son a lesson to act courageously and to become a preventer of evils and a minaara (light-house) of noor of righteousness and to lead such a life. This is how the father is giving his son taleem (education) and teaching him akhlaaq (good manners). “Wala tusaAAAAir khaddaka lilnnasi wala tamshi fee alardi marahan inna Allaha la yuhibbu kulla mukhtalin fakhoorin.” “And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, Allah likes not any arrogant boaster”. Do not scold the people, do not act as prideful for Allah ﷻ likes humbleness, stay within your limits, treat the human as human, everyone came to this world naked and it is the generosity of Allah SWT that He grants some more and some less. Let there be no show of pride through your act or word.

Takabbur (pride) is a great misfortune. The shaitaan did so many sujud but takabbur made him the cursed one. He fell before the eyes of Allah SWT and Allah’s SWT lanat (curse) fell on his neck. The takabbur can come because of money or beauty and in fact when one do not have proper tarbiat, takabbur can come because of few tasbiyaat and nafil acts. Do not belittle anyone if you see any sin in him as belittling is a worst sin than the other person’s sin. Have mercy on the sinner, be compassionate towards him, make him understand with love but do not look him down. “Waiqsid fee mashyika waoghdud min sawtika inna ankara alaswati lasawtu alhameeri.” “And be moderate (or show no insolence) in your walking, and lower your voice. Verily, the harshest of all voices is the braying of the asses.” Being an insaan, do not act like a donkey.

Take care of the children for they are the blessings from Allah

These are the methodologies of the tarbiat of children. Such a tarbiat can only be given by a father who wants to make his children a means of capital for the akhirat. If there is a father who can teach better than Luman-e-Hakeem, then definitely Allah ﷻ would have mentioned His name in His kalaam. No father can give more enlightening thoughts than this father to his son. This is a great favor of a father towards his son. There is a great prevision in this tarbiat. Such was the manner of Muslim’s tarbiat. The kuffar’s tarbiat is entirely different for their knowledge is adulterated and their tarbiat too is adulterated as it is based just on this dunya. The knowledge of muslim is complete as it is based on dunya and akhirat and his tarbiat is also kaamil as it is based on dunya and akhirat. When a muslim grows with such a tarbiat, he becomes a complete man. So do consider your children as blessings from Allah ﷻ. For Allah’s sake, take this new generation towards Allah ﷻ and towards eemaan. Or else if the tree gets dried and their eeman gets dried, nothing will be left. Unfortunately the recognition of muslim children has come to an end that they cannot be recognized among people. When they are in airport or when they sit among other youngsters, none gets up for salah when the time for salah comes and they cannot be recognized if they are muslim or not. The parents carry responsibility in this. Our beloved Prophet ﷺ said that when son of Adam dies, every deed comes to an end except the three and righteous children are one among them. As long as the righteous child lives and the effect of tarbiat is shown, his good deeds will reach his parents. Let Allah ﷻ protect us from the case wherein if a child’s tarbiat is not done in the proper way, the effect of his sins too will keep reaching the parents. So for Allah’s sake, do not put your children in danger for few pennies of this dunya and do not spoil the children who are such a great blessings. Let Allah ﷻ help us all to act on what we hear, read, write and preach. Ameen

The trials are also a mercy from Allah ﷻ

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ

الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ

أُولَـٰئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَاتٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ ۖ وَأُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُهْتَدُونَ

And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirun (the patient).

Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”

They are those on whom are the Salawat (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones.

The sign of a believer

Once our beloved Prophet ﷺ was sitting among His noble companions when he ﷺ asked them, what is the sign of your eeman and they replied that when Allah ﷻ grants them a prosperous life, they are thankful to Him and when they are tested with trials and tribulations, they are content with Him. Hearing this, the Prophet ﷺ swore on the Rabb of kaaba saying, “Indeed you are the believers”. Showing gratitude during times of prosperity and remaining patience during times of adversity and trials and being content with the destiny of Allah ﷻ is the clear sign of a believer. Only a believer can show such signs and be content with the qadr of Allah ﷻ. Being a human, life is more beloved to a man; he has strong contact with his wealth, family and cares much for his honor. It is with these four things (life, family, wealth and honor) he is tested with.

Sabr comes with the love of Allah

Once a man was flogged for haram (forbidden) love and he was standing calm till he got 99 flogs and when he was flogged for the 100th time, he screamed out of pain. Surprised, he was asked why he was screaming suddenly when he was patient with 99 flogs. He replied that he had his beloved in his eyes till he got 99 flogs and when it was 100th time, the beloved disappeared from his eyes and so he felt more pain and hhe screamed. For a believer, Allah ﷻ is more beloved to him and He ﷻ remains always in front of him and so he bears patiently whatever is destined by Him. He exercises sabr as much as he loves Allah ﷻ.  It is said that in the akhirat, Allah ﷻ will grant people reward according to the deeds He weighs and when a man of sabr comes, He will reward him without any limit. Some people in the akhirat will be in very high stages of paradise and people will envy them. They will wonder who these people in highest paradise are and how they reached that level when they will be told that those are the ones who were patient with the trials in the dunya. Hearing this and seeing the reward they will wish that their bodies were cut with the scissors in the dunya and they remained patient with it. So when Allah ﷻ wishes to grant someone more, He ﷻ subjects them to more trials. It is the ambiya, the Prophets of Allah (let peace be upon them) who are tested more and then those who are living close to their life style.

The season for earning more deeds

The period of trials for a believer is a period of season. Hazrat Muaa’dh  says that when a believer falls sick, the angel recording the bad deeds on the left hand side is commanded to stop his recording and the angel on the right hand side who records the good deeds is commanded to write all the good deeds he used to do when he was in good state of health even if he doesn’t do any such deeds during his period of trial.  Just like a man earns more profit during the time of season, a believer earns more during the period of trials with more good deeds in his record without doing it, sins being not recorded and in addition to this he will get more rewards for maintaining sabr. Thus a believer will be content and peaceful with the qadr of Allah ﷻ with his glance remaining at the immense reward he will get through the trials. So do not complaint to the creations during the times of trial but raise your hands before Allah and beg to Him.

The trials are expiation of sins

When a muslim is subjected to trials because of his sins and he turns to Allah ﷻ through that, then that trial is indeed a mercy on him. When a man doesn’t turn to Allah ﷻ and humble before Him during his trial period that stemmed from his sins, then think that this is the first blow of punishment from Allah ﷻ in this world and the next blow will be more severe after his death. On the other hand, when a man repents to Allah ﷻ and remembers him more during trials, then this is 100% mercy and favor in his cause and he will be purified from all his sins. When this ayat descended, مَن يَعْمَلْ سُوءًا يُجْزَ بِهِ وَلَا يَجِدْ لَهُ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ وَلِيًّا وَلَا نَصِيرًاWhosoever works evil, will have the recompense thereof, and he will not find any protector or helper besides Allah.”(Surah-Nisa, Ayat:123), Abu Bakr Siddeeque  was so disturbed and came running to the Prophet ﷺ saying, “Ya Rasoolullah who can be saved from punishment now?” Our beloved prophet ﷺ replied, “Oh Siddique aren’t you passed through sickness and trials after good health and prosperity for indeed these become kaffaara (expiation of sins) for a believer and he remains pure of sins.” Prophet ﷺ said just like rain showers, Allah ﷻ showers those He ﷻ love with trials until they walk on the earth purified from all the sins. There is no one more beloved to Allah ﷻ than the Prophet ﷺ but how many trials he went through! We too have eeman but who can be more beloved to Allah ﷻ and favorable than the companions of the Prophet ﷺ after the Prophets and what sort of trials they went through! They were deprived of their homes, wealth, family; they went through physical hardships and heard worst abuses from the enemies.

Allah is the most merciful and affectionate of all

When a child is little, the mom gives him the bath, pours water over him, applies soap and scrubs him when the child screams for going through all this and to remain in the bathroom that long but the mom doesn’t bother his screams and removes his clothes with force and gives him the bath. When the child grows and become matured, he feels grateful to his mom wondering how affectionate the mom was for purifying him or else he would have remained dirty. Allah ﷻ is more loving than the mom and He ﷻ is the most loving of all those who love and He ﷻ purifies a believer of his sins and evils with the bath of trials. We might cry during such trials but when we get spiritually matured we will realize, how benevolent was Allah ﷻ doing us so much favor by making us pass through such trials. In every decision of Allah ﷻ, lies His wisdom, in every decision of Allah ﷻ, lies His affection, in every decision of Allah ﷻ, lies His love and in every decision of Allah ﷻ, lies only His mercy. Recognize Him for He is very loving.

The excellence of the words “inna lillaahi wa inna ilaihi raajioon”

Excising sabr is the biggest sign of a believer and today we don’t have patience. The sahabi Imran bin hussain , laid on bed for thirty two years and he couldn’t move. He could eat only in that state, relieve only in that state, everything has to be carried out in that state but when people looked at his face, it was so filled with peace, content and noor that was not seen even on those who were healthy. When he was asked, he told when Allah ﷻ is pleased with his state; he too is pleased with Him. As said before the period of trials is a season for a believer when he can earn more and more but we tend to waste it by complaining and going away from Allah ﷻ when Allah ﷻ loves us to beg to Him and supplicate to Him in such times. There is only mercy and mercy in such times. How ajeeb and amazing are the words of Allah ﷻ when He says that He will send salawat upon us when we say, “inna lillaahi wa inna ilaihi raaji’oon” when we pass through trials. How close we get to Allah ﷻ and close is His mercy in these times! These are the times when our duaas are more accepted but we waste this precious time. We use this verse to be recited only when we hear death when it should be recited whenever we go through any difficulties. Once our beloved Prophet ﷺ was sitting with Ayisha RA, the lamp blew out when Prophet ﷺ said, “inna lillaahi wa inna ilaihi raaji’oon” Our mother Ayisha RA asked, “Ya rasoolullah! You are reciting this at this time?” Our beloved Prophet ﷺ replied, “O Ayisha! Whenever a muslim goes through difficulties, he recites this and didn’t it cause us difficulty?”

These words of Rabb are so amazing and have so much of sweetness on it. When we say, “inna lillah” we say, “Oh Maula, my Lord, to You belongs everything, whatever we have was given only by You, I belong only to You. It is only You who have the sole right on these things and it is up to You to grant us anything or to take anything from us and who am I to object when You are to take these things from me?.” And here is something more amazing that comes, “wa inna ilaihi raajioon”. Oh My Lord, in spite of every single thing belonging to You, You mentioned to us, “Spend your wealth, your life and You said, “Your family” and so we are returning to You to get the reward for these things which You granted us. Who doesn’t pass through trials in this world but the most unfortunate thing is when passes through trials and adversities but he earns nothing. There are three faces of trials: 1) A person passes through trials but he doesn’t repent and turn to Allah ﷻ in which case this will be a punishment for him in this world with a much greater punishment waiting for him in the hereafter 2) A person passes through trials but he repents to Allah ﷻ and gets more close to Allah ﷻ and purified of his sins and 3) There are people who were given tawfeeq to repent immediately after committing even a minor sin and trials can come to these people also but that is to raise their ranks.

Trials elevates one’s rank

Our beloved Prophet ﷺ said that sometimes Allah ﷻ wishes to grant His slave a much higher rank in jannah but his worldly deeds may not be up to that rank so what He ﷻ does is He ﷻ makes them to pass through trials and through the sabr they have during these trials, Allah ﷻ elevates them to that higher rank He ﷻ wished for. This world is a place of earning deeds and the trial period is the season of earning more. These periods are so precious that one can earn so much in one single night of the trial period that which he cannot earn all throughout his life. How unfortunate is to waste such a precious time! How unfortunate is the state that one passes through so many difficulties yet he doesn’t get any reward for it! How unfortunate is that one who passes through tests and he fails in that! We are asked not to ask for trials but when it comes we should be patient. It is up to us to make those trials in our favor. Trials are not always a punishment and if that is the case, the most beloved slaves of Allah ﷻ wouldn’t have passed through trials. If it is not a favor, Bilal RA wouldn’t have been made to lie under scorching sun in that desert; Khubaib RA wouldn’t have been hanged. Fatimah RA was the leader of women in jannah and we can imagine what sort of status she should have in the sight of Allah ﷻ but if we look at her life, it was filled with trials. She had scars on her hands because of tough labor; she had scars carrying the water pots.

The great people of this ummah faced tough trials

Imam Malik RA was such a great personality, his knowledge is so wide spread and millions benefit from his ilm even today but he was passed through such a trial that he was dragged by the oppressors along the streets of madinah. Imam Ahmad bin hanbal, what a great personality again! It is his knowledge that half of the muslim community across the world is benefitting. Our pious predecessors said that it is because of the sacrifice and barakat of two great people that Allah ﷻ gave life to Islam. One was siddeeq-e-Akbar Abu Bakr  who out of wisdom, insight and ghayrah (sense of honor), he kept the islam alive after the death of Prophet ﷺ when many arabs were becoming apostates denying to pay the zakat. Second was Imam Ahmab bin Hanbal (RA) when there was a belief that Quran was created and not a divine thing and the ruler was the strong supporter of this belief, he stood boldly against it for which he was flogged eighty times that too each flogging was so severe that if it fell on an elephant, it would have moved away from its place with immense pain. Such was the severity of the flogging. His janaza was taken from jail. Imam Shafi RA, again a giant of knowledge went through severe sickness during his last days.

Allah takes immediate retribution from those whom He loves

When Allah ﷻ wishes good for someone He immediately takes him into account and makes him free of sins. There was a sahabi and a woman crossed him and this woman was known to him from the days of ignorance. As he was looking at her while walking he hit his head against a wall and he got the blood stain on his head. When he reached Prophet ﷺ in that state, Prophet ﷺ told that when Allah ﷻ wishes to do some favor, He ﷻ immediately takes retribution. When one is passed through trials, let him look at his inner and outer state if some sin is going on, let him look at his business if something haram is going on, let him look if some disobedient acts are being carried out within the four walls of his house, let him look if something is going wrong with the tarbiat (upbringing) of his children. If he finds anything wrong with the above, let him repent sincerely to Allah ﷻ and be firm that the trial is in his favor from Allah ﷻ. Sometimes the punishments can have a face of blessings like a man commits sin upon sin but Allah ﷻ increases the prosperity in his wealth, health and family. Outwardly this might look as blessings but in reality a punishment from Allah ﷻ. Through this Allah ﷻ holds the sinner severely in the hereafter. Similarly the trials can indeed be a blessing when outwardly they might look as a punishment like bad health, loss in business, loss of family members and so on. When we find trials one after the other like losing health, losing children’s health, facing loss in business, immediately think that someone has done something to us. If we see a sick, we should request him to make duaa for us as his duaa are most likely accepted. When we face the trials, the duas we make for ourselves are collected by Allah ﷻ to be rewarded in the akhirah. So let us not make complaints during the trial period and yearn for reward from Allah ﷻ. Let Allah ﷻ help us all to act on what we hear, write and read and help us to be pleased with His qadr. Ameen

The barakaat of saying Bismillah

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

A muslim too wakes up in the morning and a hindu too wakes up in the morning, wakes up from sleep but the morning of a Muslim is not the same like that of a hindu or a christian or a jew. The dawn of the muslim goes like how the Prophet SAW taught him. He recites kalimah as taught by the Prophet SAW, he offers salah, does hajj according to the teaching of the Prophet SAW. He says “Alhamulillaahilladhee ahyaana ba’ada maa amaatana wa ilaihin nushoor” when he wakes up, he then fulfills his needs, performs wudhu, and he performs tahajjud if he woke up before subah saadiq (dawn) or he performs fajr if he wakes up after subah saadiq. Our beloved Prophet SAW prayed to Allah SWT to put blessings in the subah for his ummah. Our beloved Prophet SAW asked us to recite Bismillah before commencing any work, be it related to deen or dunya for a work that is commenced without reciting Bismillah is incomplete. We would have seen when we visit some old women they will welcome us by saying, “Welcome, Bismillah”.  In fact, the work will not just be incomplete but some work won’t be right without reciting Bismillah. For example, if we slaughter a sheep without reciting Bismillah, it would be haram to eat and it is as much haram as that of consuming alcohol or eating a dog or a cat. Such is the importance of saying Bismillah.

There is a powerful lesson in saying Bismillah while slaughtering the animal. The animal we slaughter has life be it the cow or the sheep or chicken and so do we. If someone slaughters us for enjoyment, that would be a zulm (oppression). Every living being be it the animal or the man wants to live. If you want to save yourself from difficulties, so is the every living being that wants to save itself from difficulties. You don’t like anyone to slaughter you with a knife and so is every living being. But when you recite Bismillahi Allahu Akbar when slaughtering that any living being dislikes, you in fact are proclaiming one reality saying that, “I am the creation of Allah SWT and so is this animal and Allah SWT is the creator of all. He SWT has the sole right to decide who becomes beneficial for whom. It is Allah SWT who created this animal for my benefit and it is by His command alone that I am benefiting from this animal.” We have the right to derive enjoyment from the animal and Allah SWT has permitted it so but He SWT created us mainly for His worship. So we also proclaim that we have the right to take benefit from the creations of Allah SWT only when we worship Him or else we don’t have any right to seek pleasure or benefit from His creations.  Our purpose is to worship Allah SWT by taking benefits from these animals.

“And I (Allâh) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).” Al-Quran: 51:56

The animals are ready to die in obeying the command of Allah SWT for the benefit of men for whom it was created but it is just we who are not ready to worship Allah for which we are created. We can cut the throat properly making the blood flow and even the lab tests can confirm this but in spite of all this if we do not proclaim the reality, “Bismillahi Allahu Akbar”, this won’t be halal for us, it will remain impure. Such is the importance of Bismillah in some instances.  We do the wudhu saying Bismillah and without saying “Bismillah”, if we wash our hands, face etc with water, we might get clean but not pure. It is only in Islam, we have cleanliness and purity. We can see in other people cleanliness but not purity for purity is unique to the people of Islam. Our beloved Prophet SAW said any work commenced without saying “Bismillah” will be imperfect and remain adulterated. Our intelligence might not reach the understanding of the Prophet’s SAW words for his SAW words go beyond our intelligence and commence from there. So we should never judge his words with our intelligence. Our beloved Prophet SAW said when one does wudhu saying Bismillah and washes his hands, then the sins committed by his hands are washed away and so is the face, ears, foot and so on. Finally when he finishes his wudhu, he is cleansed of all minor sins and his heart is filled with noor and full of blessings.

A pig can be brought up in a clean environment and fed with clean things but it will remain impure for us as Allah SWT and Prophet SAW said that it is impure. Alcohol can be tested in a laboratory and graded to be pure made from high grade ingredients but it will remain impure for us and it is as impure to us as that of urine or stool. When we recite Bismillah while drinking water, we acknowledge the fact that it is only by Allah’s SWT grace and favor we got the glass of water in our hand. All the living beings are dependent on water and that is why Allah SWT made two-thirds of this world into water and one-third as land where we live. There are so many living beings right inside the sea that live and even die there but Allah SWT has so organized that He SWT made the sea water very salty to prevent the water turning out bad giving out bad odor. He SWT didn’t ask us to turn the salty water into drinking water by ourselves and if we were left like that, it would have cost us millions but He SWT so arranged that the sea water evaporates leaving the saltiness and reaches the clouds raining the water benefiting even the poor. He SWT didn’t ask us again to move the clouds and He SWT does a free cargo service moving the clouds and showers the rain. He SWT didn’t ask us to build tanks to save the rain water but He SWT so made that the rain is reserved in the mountains in the form of ice and it doesn’t melt altogether but in accordance to the sunlight falling on it forming rivers and streams flowing to different regions. He SWT so organized the earth that we can dig the path for the flow of water to any region we wish. Right inside our body, Allah SWT has placed very expensive organs. For example the kidney is such an amazing organ that filters and separates the water needed for our body and expels the rest. In these modern times, when technology is at peak, it is found impossible to make an organ like kidney. Even if the minute filter like in kidney can be made with millions of dollar, who can make the sense that Allah SWT put in the kidney with which it decides how much a body needs water and how much it needs to expel. What a great blessing!

Just think, if we acknowledge the bounties of Allah every time we use it by reciting the relevant duas taught to us by the Prophet SAW, how much we will love Allah SWT! Definitely we will love Him SWT and obedience to Him SWT will become very easy. When someone continuously does some favor to us, won’t we love him? There was Behlul Raheemaullah, a pious slave of Allah SWT and Harun who was also a righteous slave of Allah SWT. Harun was also given kingdom and in spite of having wealth, he made a regular schedule of spending some time with pious slaves every day and loved them, and because of its blessings, he remained righteous. In the earlier times, even the weak mulims used to have more respect for pious slaves and love them and sit in their majlis, because of which Allah SWT blessed them also. Our beloved Prophet SAW said that a man will be raised up with whom he loves. The most unfortunate thing of today’s time is that the shaitan has so made us that the mistakes of others won’t fall in our eyes but a minute mistake of pious slaves is highly amplified in our eyes and we filter them with an ultra-filtrate when they didn’t descend from heaven but just human beings. All this is because the shaitan wants to deprive us from their companionship and righteousness.

Now as Harun was sitting with Behlul and he was about to drink a glass of water. Behlul asked Harun to answer him one thing and then drink water. When Harun asked him what he wants to ask, Behlul said, “If you are in a situation where the sun is scorching and the earth is very hot and you are extremely thirsty and you see a man selling a glass of water asking people to fix price for this water, how much will you fix?” Harun thought for a while and replied, “Behlul, if I have to fix half of my kingdom as a price, I will do so for what is the use of wealth, power and position without life.” Harun then drank the water and now Behlul asked him again, “Say that the water you drink doesn’t come out of your body and there is a doctor who can save you from this problem, then how much you will give him?. We know how much restless we will become if urine stays inside our body. Harun replied, “If I have to give half of my kingdom, I will do so for life is more precious.” Behlul then replied, “The whole of your kingdom goes for just one blessing of Allah SWT, a glass of water”.   Have we ever said Bismillah from the heart when we drank water for how many drinks Allah SWT provides us every day? Our beloved Prophet SAW taught us beautiful duas after using every blessing of Allah SWT so we gain His SWT love and His close proximity. Just think if you keep thinking of a person who does you some favor often, won’t your heart get inclined towards him? It is the nature of man to incline towards one who does favor to him. When we thank Allah SWT from heart after using every bounty, we would definitely love Him. This is a simple deed but it will get us His SWT love.

Today the disease of ingratitude is spread in our society that Allah SWT has deprived us of the blessings of the bounties and worst is that the doors of bounties are also shut. If we want more blessings and if we want the doors of bounties be opened for us, then be grateful to Allah SWT. Thank Allah SWT that He SWT has kept us better than thousands and lakhs of people. When we see the people lying on platform, let us thank Allah SWT how He blessed us with home, when we see a woman knocking the car door, let us thank Allah SWT how He SWT feeds our women and children with much honor, when we see people suffering in the hospital, let us thank Allah SWT that He granted us health. Our beloved Prophet SAW has asked us to look those who are lower to us in wealth or any worldly thing when we will get tawfeeq to thank Allah SWT. It is very unfortunate today we have only complaints and complaints against both the creation and the Creator. We look at those who have wealth, family, position better than us and get worried. We are so worried that we even lose the enjoyment of the blessings we possess. Shukr (showing gratitude) is such a great blessing that it preserves the blessings of bounties we possess and also the shukr hunts down those bounties that we do not possess and throws in our lap. Even when we are in difficulty, remember thousands of bounties of Allah SWT that we are enjoying. Muawiyya RA was suffering from severe fever that the water becomes hot when he puts his hand in it but his tongue was saying Alhamdulillah and when asked about it, he said that Allah SWT has kept all other limbs healthy and he is grateful for that. Once there was a theft in a pious man’s house and he told the neighbor Alhamdulillah, Allah SWT protected our eeman, honor and it is only the wealth that was stolen. If one is granted the blessing of being with pious people, with heart attached to the masjid, enough gratitude can never be shown to this blessing alone even if he remains in sujud as a sign of gratitude. Today when people are so distressed everywhere, the people who have such pious contact with hearts attached to the masjid remain content and much peaceful compared to anyone else.

Wudhu is the weapon of the believer for it cleans him from outside and purifies him from inside absolving him of his sins and keeps him protected from shayateen. In earlier days, people pray even tahajjud in masjid and on their way to masjidun-nabawi, they will hear women reciting the Quran from every house in that early hours and the recitation would come like the buzzing of bees. Thus their lives were filled with blessings, their time was blessed, their health was blessed, their family was blessed, their children were blessed, their markets were blessed and their whole environment was blessed. This used to be the face of the muslims, ascent of muslims and happiness of muslims. Today adversities descend on the houses where muslims sleep without offering fajr and muslims are deprived of all the blessings. The Sahabahs (RA) used to say that other than a kafir who openly proclaimed his kufr, none even thought to abandon salah. Muslims so used to attend the fajr salah in masjid as if they are gathering for eid but we gather more for eid salah, a wajib salah but abandon the fajr salah, which is farz. Muslims used to give more importance to farz than wajib and here things have turned upside down. When Prophet SAW returned from me’raj, he asked Bilal (RA), “O Bilal! Tell me of the best deed you did after embracing Islam, for I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise. Bilal replied, “I did not do anything worth mentioning except that whenever I performed ablution during the day or night, I prayed after that ablution, tahiyyatul wudhu.” Prophet SAW then said this was the act that Allah SWT loved the most in you because of which I heard your footsteps in Jannah.

Our beloved Prophet SAW said fajr can be difficult for a munafiq (hypocrite) but it cannot be difficult for a muslim. How blessed is fajr that Allah SWT says, “Recite the Quran in the early dawn. Verily, the recitation of the Quran in the early dawn is ever witnessed.” Quran-17:78. Here the scholars explain that the recitation of Quran is used here because muslims hear more Quran in fajr salah and they read more Quran during fajr and it will be witnessed by the angels who are in charge of recording the deeds. There are two groups of angels appointed to record our deeds. The group of angels staying during the night will leave us during fajr and how blessed is that the last thing they record is that we are in worship during fajr salah and the group of angels for the day come to us during fajr and the first thing they will record is that we are in worship when we pray fajr. As said before, a muslim’s morning is different than a kaafir’s morning but today unfortunately a muslim’s house cannot be distinguished from a kaafir’s house where a kafir too doesn’t pray fajr and muslim too doesn’t pray fajr. There is no remembrance of Allah in the house of a kaafir and so has become the house of a muslim. Music is heard in the kafir’s house and so it is being heard in a Muslim’s house. Our beloved Prophet SAW prayed to Allah SWT to put blessings in the mornings of his ummah and the earlier muslims got the blessings of the Prophet’s duaa by commencing the morning with wudhu and salah. They in fact used to wake up before dawn and pray tahajjud. They considered wudhu as such a great blessing that they used to thank Allah SWT for that by offering two rakats tahiyyatul wudhu or they enter masjid and pray together tahiyyatul wudhu and tahiyyatul masjid. Let Allah SWT grant us all such a blessed life, let Allah SWT help us to act on what we hear, read and write. Ameen.

Have the azmat for masaajid

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

It is so that one may not lose the amal initially but he might lose the azmat (greatness), honor, respect, importance and attachment for that amal in his heart first and then loses the amal altogether. Sometimes he might have the mere face of the amal but deprived of its soul and spiritual noor. When a man sits in a majlis with its azmat in his heart, he will derive benefit from it and will continually do that amal. When one comes to masjid without having any azmat and reverence for that place, he might come and go out of the masjid but he will not derive any benefit. Our beloved Prophet SAW told with his truthful tongue that when one comes to masjid, for every step he takes, a good deed is written, a sin is erased and he is elevated by a rank. Such is this blessed act. The pious buzurg Abu Hasan (Raheemahullah) said, “It is not that people come to masjid with bad-niyyat (bad intention) but yes they can come with be-niyyat (without intention)”.When someone goes to the court, how he will have in his mind constantly that this is court and he will remain silent maintaining the etiquettes of the court? So how magnificent place is the Masjid for it is the house of Allah SWT, the King of the kings? If a person enters the masjid with honor and respect for the place and an attachment to the place, he will come out as a great man with eemaan. That is why our beloved Prophet SAW gave such an importance to this amal so that when muslims come to the masjid, they go out of the masjid with a great number of blessings.

It comes in a hadeeth that “Whoever builds a mosque for Allah – though be it the size of a bird’s nest, Allah will build for him a house in Paradise.” Now a masjid may not be of the size of a nest and what it means is that if someone contributes to the masjid even to the size of a nest, a very small space, Allah SWT will build a house for him in jannah. What a fantastic trade! If someone who is very trustworthy who keeps up his words says that if someone builds a house in a small town and he will get a house in posh area, how we will rush to build a house. The sad thing is muslims today do not trust the words of the Prophet SAW from heart as they would trust anyone. Aforetime, muslims did not have paid servants to clean the masaajid for muslims themselves used to clean the masjid after fajr salah and they used to think that as their shahadat. Today we have left the masajid as the most unclean places and that is why Allah SWT left our homes as unclean with lots of sins and shayateen inside the houses. We should maintain more etiquette when it comes to masjid than we would maintain in a court for masajid are abodes of Allah SWT.

It is not allowed to raise the voice inside the masjid. Sleeping inside the masjid is a bad thing except the one who is having itikaaf and the musafir (traveler). It is not allowed to have any business transaction inside the masjid and even to give salary to those working for masjid inside the masjid. It is not allowed to recite the Quran alloud when someone is praying inside the masjid. It is not allowed to enter the masjid eating raw onion, garlic or anything with pungent smell. It is not allowed to burn the kerosene inside the masjid when lighting up some flame and is not allowed to have very bright lights. When one enters the masjid, he should become an angel, all peaceful and in dhikr of Allah SWT. Do not rush to the masjid but go peacefully. One there is a sunnah itikaf that is carried out in the last ten days of ramadhan and one we have nafil itikaaf. This can be 1 day or 2 days or 30 minutes or even 5 minutes or less. One should have itikaf inside the masjid as best as he can. One can sit for itikaaf for few minutes after every salah even be it for three minutes and read the Quran. The one who cannot read the Quran should at least pass the finger over the ayat saying, “This is the speech of my Rabb. This is the speech of my Rabb”. When one can get noor sitting with pious people, how come one cannot get the noor when he sits in the company of the angels? Definitely they will feel the difference in their state when they do so. One thing is we can just start doing wudhu for salah without much attention and the other thing is we pay the attention that Allah SWT wipes out the sins while doing wudhu and hence we concentrate on that perspective and when we do like this, see how we get the noor. Same goes with reciting Quran, we can just start reciting the Quran without proper intention but then when we think that Allah SWT is listening to our recitation and we pay the heed, and then see how we get the noor.

It comes in a hadeeth that the most beloved places to Allah SWT are masajid and the most hated places are markets. One should visit the markets only as per need and even when doing so he should recite the following dhikr, “laa ilaaha illaallaahu wahdahu laashareekalahu lahul mulku walahul hamdu yuhyi wayumeetu wahua alaa kulli shay’in qadeer”. One should never visit the markets for enjoyment. When describing the azmat of kaabatullah, it is said that even the worst shayateen cry at the doors of the kaaba. The cleaning of Kaabatullah is so blessed that in Surah Hajj, Allah SWT is asking His khaleel Prophet Ibraheem (AS) to clean His house. One great buzurg was found to clean the kaaba during tahajjud time and with much difficulty he convinced the servant to let him allow to do that blessed act. In a hadeeth, it is said that when one removes even a speck of dust from the masjid, that amal would be taken as a mahr for the hoor-ul-ayn in jannah.

It was narrated through Abdullah ibn Masud RA that one of the signs of qayamat is people will not have azmat for masajid right being inside the masjid and they would not pray inside the masjid. We see in these days that people come inside the masjid to look after some construction work but they do not pray tahiyyatul masjid. Aa’ishah RA said that the Messenger of Allaah (SAW) commanded that mosques be built among houses and that they be cleaned and perfumed.” If one looks down those who clean the masjid, abuses them then let him look at his own act. There was a pious man who was studying under a famous sheikh in Delhi and to remember his lessons, he went inside a jungle and he found there that a masjid was deserted with so much of dry leaves inside it giving out bad odor. Seeing this, he left learning his lessons and engaged in cleaning the masjid throughout the day. When he returned to his sheikh in the night and was asked to recall his lessons, his mind was blank and he feared his sheikh. When sheikh asked him where was he throughout the day, he told him about the masjid in jungle. Hearing this, the sheikh gave him the glad tidings that his job is done and Allah SWT would grant him ilm-e-ludni, divine mystical knowledge granted by Allah SWT Himself. It was just the azmat of Allah in his heart that he engaged in cleaning the masjid when there were no men watching him or someone to appreciate him. He was granted such a great knowledge that many great buzurgs like Shah Ismail sahib gave bayah to him for spiritual guidance. The service of masjid is such a great bounty.

When one enters a masjid, people normally say “Allahum-maftahli abwaaba rahmatik” (O Allah open the doors of mercy) but say “Bismillahi wassalatu wassalaamu alaa Rasoolillah. Allahum-maftahli abwaaba rahmatik” and when leaving say “Bismillahi wassalatu wassalaamu alaa Rasoolillah Allahumma inni -as’aluka min fadhlik” (Allahumma inni as’aluka min fadhlik -O Allaah, I seek of You Your Grace) for saying Bismillah and sending salawat on Rasulullah SAW is sunnat when entering and leaving the masjid. There are five sunnats that is to be followed when entering the masjid. They are: 1) Saying Bismillah 2) Saying wassalatu wassalaamu alaa Rasoolillah 3) Entering masjid with right foot 4) Saying Allahum-maftahli abwaaba rahmatik and 5) To have the intention of nafil itikaaf. Three sunnats get accomplished in saying “Bismillahi wassalatu wassalaamu alaa Rasoolillah. Allahum-maftahli abwaaba rahmatik”. The rest two sunnats are just entering masjid with right foot and having the intention of itikaf and this will make you enter masjid with an intention. Similarly there are five sunnats while leaving the masjid, three sunnats is accomplished in saying, “Bismillahi wassalatu wassalaamu alaa Rasoolillah Allahumma inni as’aluka min fadhlik”. The other two sunnahs are leaving the masjid with left foot and placing the left foot over the left shoe. Then while taking out the leg from the masjid say, “Allahumma inni as’aluka min fadhlik” and wear the right shoe. In this way, one will get noor for ten sunnats for every salah and fifty sunnats will be recorded for five salahs and also the noor. Now for every one deed, we are promised ten rewards and so multiply 50 with 10, we get 500 rewards for every single day and ten is the minimum reward and for one whole month, we get around 15000 rewards for keeping these sunnats subhanAllah! And inshaaAllah in the roze-mahshar, one will realize the noor and importance of these sunnats. So take heed of these sunnats.

If one’s amal goes with sunnat, then that is a great buzurgi thing to obtain. Once a man told Junaid Bhagdadi (RA) that he heard about him a lot but he didn’t see any extra-ordinary thing in him. Junaid Bhagdadi (RA) asked him if he has ever seen his acts contradictory to sunnah and the main replied in negative. So Junaid Bhagdhadi (RA) said this is a great blessing. So nothing like flying in air, walking on sea is a buzurgi thing than one acting on sunnah and being steadfast on that. If one forgets to enter the masjid with right foot, let him come out and enter again with right foot and practice this every time he enter the masjid. Be grateful to Allah SWT that He SWT is bringing you into His house every day. Whom will you invite to your house? The one whom you love, isn’t? And how about someone whom you invite again and again to your house? That would be someone with whom you will have a close contact, isn’t it? So have the azmat for Allah SWT and pay attention when visiting His SWT house. inshaaAllah, you will be granted istiqamat. As said in the beginning, first it is the azmat that goes off from one’s heart and then the amal or sometimes the amal stays with the soul being take out. Take care of the sunnats when entering and leaving the masjid and gain the noor. Let Allah SWT help us all to act on what we hear, write and read. Ameen.

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis- 27.01.2012

Control the tongue

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

It has been narrated in hadeeth-e-tirmidhi that once a sahabi (RA) asked our beloved Prophet SAW, “How to attain salvation?” He asked the way to attain salvation and he asked in terms of acts other than farz and wajib acts that would take one to jannah. This is a very big question asked by a Sahabi RA to none other than the Prophet SAW. There are many acts but Prophet SAW replied, “Keep your tongue under control”. Unfortunately we do not control our tongues it is the tongues that control us. In another hadeeth, our beloved Prophet SAW said, “I guarantee the jannah for the one who can guarantee two things, (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw-bones and what is between his two legs (i.e. his tongue and his private parts), I guarantee Jannah for him.”  Muaz RA was a great Sahabi and so beloved to the Prophet SAW that he sent him as a governor to Yemen and while bidding him farewell from Madinah, he SAW himself came with him till the outskirts of madinah holding the rein of his camel with full of love for him. Such was the status of this Sahabi RA. Our Prophet SAW told Muadh in such an occasion to take care of his tongue. How precious would have been that advice! Muadh RA asked the Prophet SAW, “Ya Rasulullah! Will we be held to account for what our tongues utter?” Prophet SAW replied, “O Muadh, may your mother be bereaved of you! Do you not realize, is there anything else which throws people flat onto their faces in the fire of Jahannam, expect the harvest of their tongues!'”.” This expression “may your mother be bereaved of you” is an Arabic expression used like saying, “What are you talking or asking!”

Another Sahabi RA asked the Prophet SAW, “What does he fear more for him?” The Prophet SAW held his tongue and said “This tongue”. Every faculty like eyes, ears, tongue and nose do their job of sensing but nothing has as much effect as the tongue staying between the jaws. The job and effect of tongue is so vast that it has a direct effect on the hearts. Tongue is the representative of the heart and the speech reaches others’ heart effectively that it change the lives of people or it can tear apart the hearts of people. And the speech of Allah SWT has such a tremendous effect on us. If we look into many quarrels and fights that take place, we can see that the source of majority of these would to be tongue. In another hadeeth it is being said that, every morning all the limbs of a person plead with his tongue: ‘Fear Allah for our sake, for our fate is tied to yours. If you follow the straight path so shall we. And if you go astray so shall we.'” We can heal the physical wounds through medicines but when the heart gets hurt, it might take even years and years to heal. Such is the effect of this tongue. Sometimes we might talk something casually as an act of enjoyment but this can be very disastrous as it can involve putting down others and hurting them.  Allah SWT when describing the qualities of His SWT righteous slaves, He SWT describes them as those who keep away from futile talks. Now this is not even sinful talks but futile talks. This verse is given such an importance and status that this has been described between the two verses, the one about salah preceding this verse and the other about zakat following this verse. The verse preceding this verse is about the khushu of salah and the scholars have said that one will attain as much khushu as he keeps away from the futile unnecessary talks.

Four diseases have been widespread among this ummat that even the practicing people have been immersed in and these diseases are so worst that it wipes out the righteous deeds. These are gheebat (backbiting) and bad-goi (vilification), Badghumaanee (suspicion and having bad opinion about others), bad-nazari (forbidden glance) and hasad (jealousy). Majority of even those are religious are immersed in these sins be the one who performs all his salahs in jamah or a tableeghi or anyone. Shaitan knows that he cannot stop one from righteous acts and so he works hard to steal these acts by wiping away these good deeds through such sins. One should have bad-ghumanee (bad opinion) of himself but when it comes to others, he should have good opinion. The scholars have said, when one speaks more, he fall into doing gheebat putting others down to show himself high and lying. Even though some talks may be permissible when it does not involve sin, still useless talks can take noor from the heart. The noor is obtained from righteous acts like salah, charity, fasting etc. All this will be lost through such talks. . The one who keeps his tongue under his control is wise and there are only few who have this wisdom. When we lit the torch unnecessarily, the battery will lose its energy and so is the noor of the heart when we involve in useless talks. When a tank is being filled with water and the valve at the bottom of the tank is opened, will any water remain in the tank? When we talk, the energy of the brain is wasted and this will have an effect on the memory. When one loses the noor in the heart, he won’t get istiqaamat (steadfastness).

Imam Ghazzali RA said that if one doesn’t find any peace from the righteous acts like salah, fasting etc, he should check his heart for it is sick. When we get cold, the nose cannot smell and sense any fragrance. When this is the case with worldly fragrance then how cannot one sense the fragrance of closeness of Allah SWT. When the disease is severe, then the treatment too is tough and we find more difficulty like one might have to be admitted in hospital for few days and he might need operation and one when one has mild disease, few tablets might do the job. So is the case with curing spiritual diseases. When one’s disease is severe, one has to take more courage to go through the tough treatment and when the disease is mild, it is enough to have a little courage but nothing is achieved without courage. Is it wise that a man works hard throughout the day in a factory and wastes all his earnings at the end of the day? How strange is that a person works hard doing all sort of ibaadat and loses it by useless and sinful talks! One should think before he speaks and should ponder after he finishes his talk if he really spoke something necessary. He should seek forgiveness after every salah keeping this in mind and every day before going to bed, he should deeply ponder on what he talked that whole day and seek forgiveness. It might be difficult for some but Allah SWT is with those who take courageous steps towards Him. One should continuously keep trying to get rid of futile talks and Allah SWT’s help is with those who take courage. If one falls into the sin, he should immediately repent and if he falls again, he should repent again and keep trying without giving up for Allah SWT’s help is definitely with those who strive in His SWT path. Let Allah SWT help us all to refrain from futile and sinful talks and help us preserve the noor of our hearts. Ameen

Morning Tarbiati Majlis-29.01.2012



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