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The man’s real progress

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Every man has a very short time in this dunya and this life is very precious. There is more work and less time. The field is very spacious and everyone’s flight will come to an end. So measure your time and use it efficiently. The job of sleeping, eating and drinking are what even the animals can do. The more you go behind the materialistic things and more you progress in materialistic things, you will become a clever animal. If only eating is your aim, then there are cows and goats that can eat more than you. If only sleeping is your aim and this is your bodily desire, then know that even the animals do this. Eating well, drinking well and sleeping well are not the progress of a good man but the progress of a good animal. The progress we see today is not the progress of insaan (mankind) but of haiwaan (animal).

When the man recognizes the Creator of these material things and the Creator of the mankind, then that is his progress. If a person recognizes his Creator even if he doesn’t have proper clothes to wear, he has progressed. The Prophets (AS) of Allah ﷻ used to lead mankind only towards this path. The more one recognizes Allah ﷻ and more one increases his talluq (c0ntact) with Allah ﷻ, the more he is progressive. Let Allah ﷻ make us more desirous of Allah ﷻ than we are desirous of food and clothes. How much we take zauq (delight) in having food, clothes, house and car! How nice it would be if we get this delight in worshipping Allah ﷻ! Aforetime Muslims used to have a great joy in worshipping Allah ﷻ just like how one enjoys delicious food and this enjoyment comes deep from the heart. Today Muslims worship out of compulsion and there is no enthusiasm in the ibaadat (worship). One should have enjoyment in recitation of Quran, in doing nafil salahs and in waking up for tahajjud. When one is hungry, his hunger is enough to wake him up rather than anyone else. When we have enthusiasm for ibaadat, we will wake up for tahajjud by ourselves without seeking other’s help.

We are so devoid of enthusiasm that we get headache if we are to do some tasbih in solitude. And if we are called to chat we easily spend one hour in talking even if it involves haram talks because we enjoy it. As there is no zauq in ibaadat, remembering Allah ﷻ in solitude has become difficult and so is the recitation of Quran. So whatever progress we see today is that of an animal and the real progress of man is in having zauq in the worship of Allah ﷻ be it the recitation of Quran, performing nafil salahs or the remembrance of Allah ﷻ. So far we have been doing ibaadat thinking that to be a burden and out of compulsion. In the beginning, we should strive to achieve zauq by taking some courage. We should aim to make our salah magnificent. Without having any zauq in ibaadat, if one wants the talluq of Allah ﷻ, how can this happen? The truth is when one gets the talluq of Allah ﷻ, he will search for the time of solitude. When one gets the talluq of a new bride, he will wish that everyone sleeps and he speaks with her all alone. This is the case with anything with which one gets talluq for he will wish for solitude. When a person gets the talluq of Allah ﷻ, the One who deserves more love, he will keep waiting for the time of solitude.

The yardstick to know how much you have talluq of Allah ﷻ is to see how much you desire to sit in solitude in the musallah (the place of prayer). If your heart desires, then Alhamdulillah know that you have the talluq of Allah ﷻ. Fa’idhaa faraghta fansab. Therefore, when thou art free (from thine immediate task), still labour hard. Our beloved Prophet ﷺ so used to do ibaadat in solitude that he ﷺ would get tired. He ﷺ will sit in a place where there is no sign of any human so he ﷺ is left with his Allah ﷻ alone. He will have the view of Kaaba right in front of him ﷺ from his place. More your heart is attached to the time of solitude, Alhamdulillah know that your heart is in a good state and has talluq of Allah ﷻ. With utmost importance and attentiveness, perform salah, recite Quran and remember Allah ﷻ. The truth is we don’t have any zauq for the ibaadat and this is the sign of lack of Allah’s ﷻ contact from deep inside.

Our beloved Prophet ﷺ gave dawah towards humanity and not towards animality. He ﷺ made the man as man. The materialistic progress pushed a man to reach the moon or anywhere but made him forget why he came here, who sent him here and ultimately where he has to go. If your aim is only eating and sleeping, go to jungle you will see animals eating more than what you eat and construct houses suited best for summer and winter better than you.  If you take pride in construction and engineering, look at the construction of a beehive. The bees build 70000 cells all of same size and shape in a single beehive. An engineer can fail to construct in same size but this cannot be seen constructed by the bees. So sitting, lying, sleeping, establishing shop are all the job of animals and this is not the progress of man but of animals. The materialistic knowledge is the knowledge of animals and the real knowledge is that which was brought by the Prophet ﷺ through which one recognizes Allah ﷻ, your Creator. Even the animals have medical knowledge. It knows if its kid eats something harmful, it will get remedy if it eats a particular leaf. If its kid gets wounded, it knows the remedy. Even a bird knows when its baby gets sick and to cure accordingly. The animals also have the knowledge of construction and engineering. If you consider the knowledge of storage of food is great then the ants do that. In one season they store food for the rest of the other seasons. They even know how to preserve it. This sort of knowledge is present with both kuffaar and the animals but as far as the knowledge of recognition of Allah ﷻ, this is exclusive to Muslims.

This progress whereby the man recognized His creator was brought by the Prophets (AS) of Allah ﷻ. The man was exalted in position and the earth and everything in it was created to serve him and he in turn was created to serve Allah ﷻ. This serving is not like how a king of this world is served. The Prophet ﷺ brought two ways (Quran and sunnah) without which the administration of this world cannot run. Today the world is restless. The crimes have increased but one is unable to control and the criminals escape easily. When the prison system is made advanced, the number of criminals is increasing day by day. These laws are not really laws and the only law is that of Islam.  The condition of non-Islamic law can be seen clearly. The disease is not getting cured but getting worse with the medicine. The Prophet ﷺ brought the message to recognize Allah ﷻ, to believe in Him ﷻ and to take benefit from the commandments sent by Allah ﷻ.  Do not think that the Europe progressed by embracing atheism. What sort of progress is that which cannot make the heart peaceful and tranquil? The achievement of progress is peace and tranquility. This is our mistake to think that Europe is progressing and the west is progressing while this is nothing but pain and labor. Look at their nation they don’t have peace. If there is peace and tranquility, it is only in Islam and in complete Islam. If one has five rupees, even five rupees is wealth but no one calls him wealthy. How we will be called Muslims if we have Islam only to the level of five rupees? Today even if one has money in thousands or even lakhs he doesn’t call himself as wealthy because his mind remains at crores. But when it comes to Islam, even if he has only very little Islam and he offers salah only one time a day, he remains very content and says he is a Muslim and he has Islam. Even five rupees is wealth, why don’t you call yourself wealthy?

You can touch the moon or you can reach the heavens but peace and tranquility can be found only in the obedience of the Prophet ﷺ. Mark the words that all this worldly progress won’t fetch any peace. When people adopted the principles of the Prophet ﷺ they remained peaceful and when they left, they were deprived of peace. In fact even the animals remained peaceful. During the reign of Umar bin Aziz (RA), the wolf and sheep used to sit in the same place. Hazrat Maulana Zakarriyah (RA) said he has seen very often in the house of his uncle Maulana Ilyas (RA) that the chickens and the cat used to play together. When one becomes the man of Allah ﷻ and Allah ﷻ becomes pleased with him, then its view comes into picture and Allah ﷻ changes His ﷻ nizaam (sovereignty). Everyone gets security. Today when the man is not getting security how will the animals get? The peace is when each feel secured of one another. This is the teaching of the Prophet ﷺ.

O my honorable ones! The more you advance in Islam, more you will feel peace and secured. The more you advance in Islam, more will be the enjoyment of life. You won’t feel restless but you will feel more peaceful. That is why the nafil salahs you prayed by the blessings of Ramadhan, continue to do that whichever you think you can do, be that ishraaq salah or tahajjud salah. If you cannot do everything that is fine, but make those habitual which you can do. Recite the Quran daily. Do not abandon it. Read at least half a juzz everyday and if you find it difficult then start from quarter of a juzz. Morning time is the best for the recitation of Quran. Do the tasbihaat in mornings and evenings. Try to offer all the salahs in its entirety. Pray all the 8 rakats in asr salah, 12 rakats in zuhr salah and so on. Some say nafil salahs are prayed only by very pious people. Oh dear! Nafil salahs are to be prayed by those whose salahs are not perfect because the nafil salahs make up for the shortcomings in our farz salahs. So people like us are more in need of nafil salahs. Let there be zauq and give more importance to duas recited during morning and evening, when eating, when sleeping, when leaving the house, when going to the market and so on. Let Allah ﷻ grant us all tawfeeq. Ameen

Morning Tarbiati Majlis-24.8.2012


Taraweeh 1

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Ihdinassiraatal mustaqeem-Guide me to the straight path

Hidaayat, the guidance is very essential for mankind. Allah ﷻ himself taught us to ask for hidaayat and made us understand the importance of hidaayat. If you get the hidaayat and you get nothing related to this world, you have indeed got everything and if you didn’t get hidaayat and got everything related to this world, you got nothing. Hazrat Bilal  didn’t have anything worldly but he got the hidaayat and today you name your child as Bilal. Qaroon got everything worldly materialistic but no hidaayat and so he was rejected and cursed even today. The truth is if one gets nothing but hidaayat, he indeed got everything and the one who got everything but no hidaayat, he got nothing. That is why there is a lesson in Surah Fatiha and the whole summary of this Surah is present in the entire Quran. May be this is the reason why it is compulsory for Muslims to either recite this Surah or to listen to this Surah in salaah. When the slave asked Allah ﷻ for hidaayat, Allah ﷻ gave the entire Quran as the guidance as an answer to his prayer.

The three groups of people

The beginning of the Surah Baqarah starts with the surety that there is no doubt in this Book and indeed it is Allah’s ﷻ Book. Whatever is affirmed in Surah be that of success or failure, honor or dishonor, salvation or abjection, do not doubt it for they are very true. The promises of Allah ﷻ are very true. Whatever Allah ﷻ has said is very true and there is no doubt in it. The mankind is of three groups. The people of one group make it firm in their mind to live in accordance with Allah’s ﷻ commands or to live the life of Quran and they are called the believers, the people of eemaan. Few qualities of them are mentioned that they believe in unseen things, they establish prayer, pay zakaat and they firmly believe in aakhirat. These are people who have accepted the rule based on Quran from heart. The other group is about kuffaar who openly proclaim that they do not believe in Quran. This group is mentioned in two aayats. The third group is of munaafiqeen (hypocrites) who reject Quran from the heart but show themselves as believers for materialistic benefits. A munaafiq is one who rejects the Islamic life from heart, Quranic life from heart but uses the name of Islam from time to time to benefit materialistically. Just for worldly benefits, Islam can be heard from his tongue and the praises of Islam from his tongue. These are the group of munaafiqeen. As these people are the most dangerous for the ummat of Muslimeen, they are mentioned in 13 aayats when the believers are mentioned in 4 aayats and the Kuffar in 2 aayats. It is advised to Muslims to keep away from these people and their typical characteristics are lying, mocking at the people of Islam, verbally insulting the pious people, to think them as fools and their job is spread corruption on the earth in the name of islaah (reformation). These are the signs of munaafiqeen. These people are mentioned like deaf and blind. These munaafiqeen had eyes but they did not see the admonition and by hearing they didn’t take the path of guidance.

The oneness of Allah

The tawhid (oneness) of Allah ﷻ was mentioned in very simple words. It is Allah ﷻ who created the heavens the earth, who organized the universe and who brought forth provisions from the earth and so it is the right of Allah ﷻ that He is the only one to be worshipped. Quran is the word of Allah ﷻ without any doubt and it is such a great miracle that even if the whole world tries, a surah cannot be brought like in Quran. The kuffaar say what sort of Allah’s book is this which is mentioning about the flies and mosquitoes! It is replied Allah ﷻ gives example as needed. This world is very insignificant before Allah ﷻ and so its example is given like that of a mosquito. There in is the wisdom of Allah ﷻ and the believers believe in it. Keeping up the ties as per Allah’s ﷻ command is one of the characteristics of the believers while the characteristics of the enemies of Allah ﷻ is that they severe the ties of kinship against Allah’s ﷻ command.

The incident of cow

Allah ﷻ then mentions about the creation of Adam (AS), Hawwa (AS) and the misleading of the accursed shaitaan and his enmity towards mankind. Allah ﷻ exalted Adam (AS) in ilm (knowledge) which is not present even in the angels. Allah ﷻ mentions about Bani Israel and this is such a nation that they are mentioned in about 28 ajzaa of Quran. Allah ﷻ bestowed upon them a lot of blessings that hundreds of Prophets came from this nation. Allah ﷻ honored them in the world like their enemy Fir’awn was drowned before them, their paths made through the sea, Allah ﷻ brought forth gushing springs from rocks on striking the staff against them when they needed water and when they suffered from extreme heat, Allah ﷻ shadowed them with clouds. In spite of all these blessings of Allah ﷻ, this nation became very ungrateful. They started to break the promises they made with Allah ﷻ, mixed truth with falsehood, concealed the truth to gain the worldly benefits, they killed the Prophets of Allah ﷻ, they oppressed the poor among them and they overlooked the akhirat for the worldly benefits. When they started being ungrateful to the blessings of Allah ﷻ, Allah ﷻ humiliated them and disgraced them.

When this nation is mentioned, Allah ﷻ brings about a particular incident of Baqarah (cow) which is given as the name of this surah. Among Bani Israel, someone killed a man and threw the dead body in front of the deceased house. They started accusing each other with the murder and a sort of war started whenever they came across each other. They came to the Prophet Musa ؑ and asked him ؑ to pass the judgment and so he ؑ made a plea to Allah ﷻ. Allah ﷻ instructed them to slaughter a cow and to struck part of it on the deceased when Allah ﷻ will bring him alive and he himself will disclose the murderer. When Musa ؑ passed on the instruction to Bani Israel, initially they made fun of him ؑ about slaughtering of the cow and striking the deceased but the Prophets ؑ  say only those that Allah ﷻ tells them. Irrespective of one sees it as logical or illogical, those who follow the Prophets ؑ won’t go on digging the reasons and wisdom behind the commands but they only see who the one saying is and who the one is commanding to the one saying. The one who is saying is a Prophet ؑ and the one who is commanding is Allah ﷻ. Hazrat Musa ؑ told them that he ؑ is not making fun of them and they did what he ؑ instructed them. On striking the deceased with part of the slaughtered cow, the deceased became alive and informed about the murderer. There comes the condemnation of Bani Israel for their ingratitude and their excess involvement in practicing black magic. They are then condemned for daring to belittle the Prophet ﷺ. The wall of hatred that stands between the Jews and the Nasara (Christians) was mentioned.

The status of Ibrahim ؑ

Allah ﷻ praises Ibrahim ؑ and how he ؑ stood firm in all the tests like when he ؑ was commanded to slaughter the child and when he ؑ was commanded to abandon the family. Ibrahim ؑ remained the man of Allah ﷻ throughout the trials. Allah ﷻ bestowed several blessings upon him and considered his prayers. Allah honored him by constructing the Baitullah through his hands.  The second greatness about him is Allah ﷻ bestowed this ummah with the Prophet ﷺ through his prayers. Our beloved Prophet ﷺ is the seal of all the Prophets and the leader of all the Prophets. Allah ﷻ then mentions about the millat (religion) of Ibrahim ؑ that the one who leaves the religion of Ibrahim ؑ should be an ignorant, unfortunate and will remain cursed. Only such a person will deviate from the millat of Ibrahim ؑ.

The condition for the acceptance of eemaan

Allah ﷻ then praises the Companions of the Prophet ﷺ and declared that the eemaan of a person is accepted when his eemaan is like that of the Companions. The condition for the affirmation of one’s eemaan is it should be like the eemaan of the Companions when he will be said to be guided. When Prophet ﷺ arrived in Madinah, he ﷺ prayed in the direction of Baitul muqaddas for approximately 16 months. His wished that the qibla of Ibrahim, Baitullah becomes the qibla of the ummat of Muhammad ﷺ. With this wish, he ﷺ used to look towards the heavens very often and Allah ﷻ mentions this in Quran. Allah ﷻ then granted to the Prophet ﷺ the change of qibla from Baitul Muqaddas to Baitullah.

The Jews got a chance for the propaganda saying how strange is that the qibla is changed and what will happen to those who prayed towards Baitul muqaddas and died in that state. Allah ﷻ replied to their propaganda that direction is not important for Him ﷻ but to follow His ﷻ command. As long as the command was to pray towards Baitul muqaddas, to pray towards it was ibaadat (worship) and now when Baitullah became qibla, to pray towards this is ibaadat. The real thing is the command of Allah ﷻ. Whenever Allah’s ﷻ command is obeyed, it becomes ibaadat.

Have patience during trials

Allah ﷻ then advises the believers to face the trials with patience and seek His ﷻ help through prayers. Allah ﷻ then talks about the greatness of giving one’s life in His ﷻ path to the extent He ﷻ doesn’t even allow to call these people as dead. They have such a beautiful life, which is known only to Allah ﷻ. Allah ﷻ then says when some trials come upon the believers and they exercise patience during such trials like lose of wealth or life, then they will become worthy of Allah’s ﷻ mercy. Allah ﷻ then condemns the Jews for hiding the truth. He ﷻ mentions about the tawheed of Allah ﷻ and tells that the shaitaan always calls us towards falsehood while Allah ﷻ calls towards the truth. He ﷻ then declares the haram things. Pig, blood and the animals slaughtered with the names other than Allah ﷻ are forbidden. And in the end Allah ﷻ condemns the Jews and mentions about their misguidance.


How to Prepare for Ramadan?

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Know the value of Taqwa

When Allah SWT grants taqwa (piety), in reality He ﷻ has offered the treasure of both the worlds. The one who got taqwa has got the treasure of both the worlds.  Allatheena amanoo wakanoo yattaqoona. Lahumu albushra fee alhayati alddunya wafee alakhirah. Those who believe and (constantly) guard against evil;- For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present and in the Hereafter; (Al- Quran: 10:63-64).  Taqwa is such a treasure that in every step, there are victories, in every step, there is ease, in every step, there is mercy and in every step, there is Allah’s ﷻ assistance. waman yattaqi Allaha yajAAal lahu makhraja. And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out(Al- Quran: 65:2).  For the one who has taqwa, Allah ﷻ finds him a way out for his worries, distresses and calamities. The key for worries and distresses is taqwa. The one who has the key of taqwa, he will find a way to get rid of his worries. And who is saying this? Allah ﷻ is saying this and Allah ﷻ is the most truthful. It is because of the difference in my taqwa that after every difficulty pops up a new difficulty and after every trouble pops up a new trouble. If I remove one trouble, the other one comes up and when I remove the second one, the third one comes up.

waman yattaqi Allaha yajAAal lahu min amrihi yusraa.And for those who fear Allah, He will make their path easy. (Al- Quran: 65:4)  The one who has developed taqwa, Allah ﷻ has decided for him to make every single affair easy for him. For him, the ways of ease will keep opening. Wayarzuqhu min haythu la yahtasibu. And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. (Al- Quran: 65:3)  The one who has the treasure of taqwa, Allah ﷻ has opened for him the sources of provision that he could never ever imagine. Allah ﷻ will grant him provision in a way that he never imagined and he will wonder how he got that. If one has taqwa, even his small deed is not small for Allah ﷻ will magnify it. waman yattaqi Allaha yukaffir anhu sayyiatihi wayuAAthim lahu ajraa. And if any one fears Allah, He will remove his ills, from him, and will enlarge his reward. (Al- Quran: 65:5) Famani ittaqa waaslaha fala khawfun AAalayhim wala hum yahzanoon. Those who are righteous and mend (their lives),- on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve. (Al- Quran: 7:35) The one who has got the wealth and treasure of taqwa, he got such a security that no fear or grief will near him. The grief is related to the past things and the khawf (fear) is related to the future. Who can be more truthful than Allah ﷻ? The one who has the treasure of taqwa will not have any fear or grief.

The worrisome state of today’s society without taqwa

Today the fear has encompassed our society.  Neither the poor in the hut is not fearful of his poverty nor the rich in the luxury house is not fearful of his wealth. The khawf has wrapped everyone. Neither the grief has been removed from the hut of the poor nor from the house of the rich. This is because both the places are devoid of taqwa. There is heap of sins inside the hut of the poor and so there is disobedience of Allah ﷻ in the house of the rich. The poor is making Allah ﷻ angry with his poverty and the rich is showing his enmity to Allah ﷻ with his wealth. The one who has taqwa will not have fear or grief. He will lead his life without any fear or grief. Glory to Allah ﷻ! The one who is fortunate to have taqwa, Allah ﷻ will make him unconcerned of all the fears of this world. O honorable ones! I swear that the one who doesn’t fear Allah ﷻ, he will fear every single thing. Even his stray thoughts will scare him. He gets fearful of even those things that do not happen. He remains fearful of conditions based on suspicion and imagination. Famani ittaqa waaslaha fala khawfun AAalayhim wala hum yahzanoon. Those who are righteous and mend (their lives),- on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.

Taqwa is your fortress

wain tasbiroo watattaqoo la yadurrukum kayduhum shayaa. But if ye are constant and do right, not the least harm will their cunning do to you. (Al- Quran: 3:120) You have a lot of enemies and there are a lot who wish harm for you and the fortress against all this is taqwa. There are many who are jealous of you, there are many who have rancor for you, there are many enemies for you and there are many who wish harm for you. And Allah ﷻ is saying if you have the wealth of taqwa, all their plans will remain futile. There won’t be any need to go to an aamil (the one who cures jinn related problems, sihr and other evil things). How great is this wazeefa that Allah ﷻ himself is prescribing! Inna Allaha maAAa allatheena ittaqaw. For Allah is with those who restrain themselves. (Al- Quran: 16:128) When one gets the assistance of the ruler, he gets courage. If one gains the assistance of an army commander, his strength inside him gets increased. The one who has the treasure of Taqwa, Allah ﷻ is saying He ﷻ is with him. Tell me how much brave he will be from inside! How courageous he would be! What sort of courage he will have!

The efforts of a pious person will never go wasted

innahu man yattaqi wayasbir fainna Allaha la yudeeAAu ajra almuhsineen. Behold, he that is righteous and patient,- never will Allah suffer the reward to be lost, of those who do right. (Al- Quran: 12:90) Who doesn’t want his hard work to be fruitful? Every person wants his hard work to bring colors, his effort brings colors and there is some good result for his work. Allah ﷻ is saying that the one who has the treasure of taqwa, He ﷻ will not let his rewards to be lost. Definitely it will be fruitful. Behind this ayat, there is a big narration of Yusuf AS. The brothers wished harm for him, his blood relatives wished harm for him, his own people wanted to kill him, he was thrown into the well, he went into the prison, there were enemies surrounding him and everyone wanted to cause him harm but he did not leave the door of Allah ﷻ and He ﷻ exalted him in honor above all of them. Allah ﷻ will not waste the efforts of the pious person. So taqwa is the treasure of both the worlds. Thumma nunajjee allatheena ittaqaw. But We shall save those who guarded against evil.(Al- Quran: 19:72) The one who has taqwa will be seen as saved from every single trial of the akhirat.

The status of a pious man

Waseeqa allatheena ittaqaw rabbahum ila aljannati zumaraa. And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden in crowds. (Al- Quran: 39:73) The one who has taqwa will have a warm welcome. When some great personality comes, one stands at the door to welcome him and the doors are kept open for him. hatta itha jaooha wafutihat abwabuha. Until behold, they arrive there; its gates will be opened; (Al- Quran: 39:73). The one who has such a big treasure of taqwa, who is so wealthy in akhirat and so honored that Allah ﷻ will open all the gates of jannah in advance for him. inna akramakum AAinda Allahi atqakum. Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. (Al- Quran: 49:13) Today you have your own standard of honor which is all bogus. Today you will honor a person by spreading sheet over his head and tomorrow you will hit his head with shoes. Today you will make a person sit on the throne and tomorrow you will hang him from the throne. Today you will garland him with flowers and tomorrow you will garland him with slippers. Your standard of honoring is all bogus. Allah ﷻ is saying, “inna akramakum AAinda Allahi atqakum. Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you.” This is the standard in the court of Allah ﷻ and this is indeed a firm standard. Even if a Muslim is old, he is honored for his piety. Observe how people compete to serve the old people of Allah ﷻ when old people are normally abandoned even by the children. When the fathers pocket becomes empty, the children turn away from him, when the man’s factory gets closed, his wife turns away from him, when beauty goes away from wife, the husband’s faithfulness goes away but if the taqwa comes, more a person gets old, more honor he will get in the hearts of people.

Taqwa is the treasure of both the worlds

The more a person has taqwa, that much he will have respect in people’s heart. He might get old, his pocket might go empty; his body might become very weak that he cannot stand erect, his hair might turn grey, he might be lying on the bed but the hearts of people will be so filled with respect and honor for him that they will feel it as an honor to serve such a person. This is nothing but taqwa. inna akramakum AAinda Allahi atqakum. This bounty of honor is from Allah ﷻ alone. He ﷻ has the treasure of honor. The solution for difficulty is in taqwa, the ease of affairs is in taqwa, the ease of provision is in taqwa, the freedom from difficulties is in taqwa, the freedom from fear and grief is in taqwa, the honor is in taqwa, the security of one’s hard work is in taqwa and the protection from enemies is in taqwa. Taqwa is such a great treasure. That is why Allah ﷻ has revealed the ayat about taqwa to every single Prophet, walaqad wassayna allatheena ootoo alkitaba min qablikum waiyyakum ani ittaqoo Allah. Verily we have directed the People of the Book before you, and you (o Muslims) to fear Allah. (Al- Quran: 4:131) The command of taqwa is present in the shari’at of every single Prophet.

Peace and security of a society depends on taqwa

The peace and security of the nations of the world is related to taqwa. The peace and tranquility of societies is related to taqwa. The refuge from the trials of akhirat is related to taqwa. wattaqoo Allaha la allakum tuflihoon.And fear Allah. that ye may prosper. (Al- Quran: 3:200) Embrace taqwa and you will be victorious. The refuge from trials, the peace and tranquility is related to taqwa. The increase in the crimes is not because of the shortage of policemen or lack of proper security measures. In fact the number of security men we have today, the security measures we have today, and the number of weapons we have today, we would have never imagined this before. Similarly we would have never imagined the number of crimes we have today. If there is any deficiency, and if there is progress in crimes, then that is because of the lack of taqwa. The fear of Allah ﷻ got removed from the mankind and the man becam­­­e an animal. There is no taqwa and there is no fear of Allah ﷻ.

If there was taqwa, there won’t be crimes even if no security arrangement was made and in fact the hands will stop committing crimes even when being alone. Even in solitude, the hands will stop. When Madyan was conquered, a precious diamond fell in the hands of a man and he came to hand over that diamond to the Ameer. The diamond was so precious that its value surpassed the value of the whole of the ghaneemat (war booty). The ameer so astonished asked him, “You didn’t take anything from this??” The man replied, “Had I not feared Allah ﷻ, I wouldn’t have left any clue about this diamond to you.” Seeing the excellence of this man, the Ameer asked him to at least tell his name. The man replied, “The one for whom I did this, knows also my name”. The peace and security of the nations of the world, the peace of the society, the well being in akhirat are all present in this wealth of taqwa. Now this wealth is coming to an end and Allah’s ﷻ fear got removed.

How merciful and beneficent is our Lord!

O honorable ones! This is a great treasure. Our Lord is so merciful, beneficent and compassionate with us that He ﷻ has given us a wealth. He ﷻ revealed, Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo kutiba Alaykumu alssiyamu kama kutiba AAala allatheena min qablikum laAAallakum tattaqoon. O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint. (Al- Quran: 2:183) Allah ﷻ is saying here He ﷻ made the fasting as an obligation so we get the wealth of taqwa. SubhanAllah! If you want to possess this wealth of taqwa, then know that the season to fetch that is coming. Such a great wealth and for few worthless coins, some of us lose it. When such a great season is coming, how much should we get prepared for this! I swear on Allah ﷻ that the commands of Allah ﷻ that is being disobeyed for few worthless coins will bring only more restlessness and distress in life in place of peace. The wealth that keeps away from Allah ﷻ will bring us more distress, in place of bringing peace, it will bring more restlessness and in place of tranquility it will bring more fear.

The season for earning the wealth of taqwa is coming

To make even that worthless money, how much one gets prepared for its season? How in advance of that season, one remains concerned of it? These worthless coins work only in the markets of this worthless dunya and even in this dunya, it won’t fully benefit one. As far as akhirat is concerned, the moment the eyes gets closed, all these comes to an end. The moment the soul leaves the body, the factories are of no use but how one adopts plans for that? And in fact to make this worthless season successful, today’s Muslims earn the enmity of Allah ﷻ. Today some of the cloth merchants don’t remain as cloth merchants but they have become the merchants of flesh trade. They have dirtied the streets, markets and roads, and they are spreading the adversities and the dirt. What sort of earning is theirs! But even for this reason, how many plans they adopt! And here is a season coming to earn the treasure of both the worlds. SubhanAllah! And this is such a treasure that will never be bogus be it here or in the hereafter. Such is this treasure. This is why our beloved Prophet ﷺ used to pray, “Allahumma barik lana fi Rajab wa Sha’ban wa ballighna Ramadan” O Allah! Make the months of Rajab and Sha’ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan (i.e. prolong our life up to Ramadan, so that we may benefit from its merits and blessings. The season of such a great wealth is coming. Such a great season is coming for which our beloved Prophet ﷺ used to make duaas months before.

The appreciation of the month of Ramadan by our elders

Those who appreciated this month used to welcome this month in a lofty manner and they will say that the preparation for the season has started and they will earn a lot in Ramadan. Sheikh-ul-Hadeeth Maulana Zakariyya (RA) used to say that seeing the women of the house, one used to get envy in the month of Ramadan as in spite of doing all the house hold work, they used to complete reciting 15-20 ajza of Quran every day. And then the adhkaar and nawaafil stands separate from this. SubhanAllah! So one is entering the season and is earning. Sheikh-ul-Hadeeth Maulana Zakariyya (RA) used to say, “Whatever juzz I had to recite for the taraweeh that night, I will recite it 31 times, that is he recites more than one Quran. I didn’t adopt this method for just one Ramadan but for all the 40 Ramadan I faced in my life. And I used to recite 31 times because in case we see the moon on 29th night, then my count of 30 Quran gets completed.”  People used to be very appreciative of this month. O honorable ones! I am not even narrating the stories of the Companions of the Prophet ﷺ. I am talking about those who passed away some years before. Alhamdulillah even today we have people who complete the Quran every day in Ramadan. You will find many people who will easily recite 15-20 ajzaa of Quran everyday for these people are those who appreciate. This is because the month is so precious that Muslims should earn more and more, and one is going to get such a great wealth, taqwa. Allahu Akbar! The one who gets the taqwa has got the glad tidings of both the worlds in his hands.

Unfortunate and cursed are those who do not benefit from this month

When this is such a great wealth, then why should even one minute of this month be wasted? If one gets to a great season of earning and there is someone who couldn’t earn, what do people tell about him? They will say how unfortunate he is! I swear on Allah ﷻ that our beloved Prophet ﷺ used to say that the one in spite of getting the sacred month of Ramadan didn’t gain anything, indeed he was deprived. He was indeed an unfortunate one. Our beloved Prophet ﷺ used to curse very little. He cursed such a man who got the sacred month of Ramadan but didn’t earn the forgiveness of Allah ﷻ at His ﷻ door. Our Prophet ﷺ said, “May Allah SWT destroy him.”  Our beloved Prophet ﷺ didn’t curse much but then a person passes through such a precious month and his life doesn’t change and he didn’t get taqwa?? When a person stands in front of Baitullah and does an act of disobedience, how do people wonder at him? They will exclaim how unfortunate this man is and look where he is committing the sin! O honorable ones! Ramadan is the month where Allah ﷻ multiplies one’s good deeds and how unfortunate is the man who doesn’t stop committing sins even in this blessed month! How deprived is this man who doesn’t restrain from disobedience even in this sacred month!

Get prepared for Ramadan

For Allah’s sake, O Muslims! Earn more in this month so we get back the wealth of taqwa in our society. Let us get this wealth and we should start preparing for that right now for Allah ﷻ has blessed us with Ramadan to possess the wealth of taqwa. If the Ramadan had been coming in my life for 60 years, 50 years and 40 years and I didn’t get taqwa, then something is going wrong. Or else if one gets the Ramadan and he appreciates that month, then he will become the wali (friend) of Allah ﷻ. Ala inna awliyaa Allahi la khawfun AAalayhim wala hum yahzanoon. Allatheena amanoo wakanoo yattaqoon.Behold! verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall they grieve; Those who believe and (constantly) guard against evil;- (Al- Quran: 10:62-63) Allah’s ﷻ friends are those who embrace taqwa after eemaan. In this month, the wilayat (sainthood) of Allah ﷻ is distributed and the crown of wilaayat is placed on one’s head whom Allah ﷻ makes His ﷻ own.

How can my life be the same before and after Ramadan?

When this is the case, can my life be the same before and after Ramadan? I have been fasting in the month of Ramadan, praying taraweeh, did even sehri, iftari but I am standing in the same point where I was before Ramadan. My haram income was not replaced with halal income; the khayanat (breach of trust) of my eyes was not replaced with hayaa (modesty), the filth of my tongue was not replaced with security, there is still music coming out of my house, there is still the haram income entering my home, still the chador of hayaa didn’t come to my daughters but the Ramadan came and passed away! There was only the return of Ramadan but no noor was achieved. There are also people in whose houses the Ramadan doesn’t even come. There are people like this. These are very unfortunate people that their young daughters do not fast, young sons do not fast. Some are so unmannered and say to the extent that let those keep fasting who don’t have anything to eat. Such misleading talks!

Why are some deprived of blessings of Ramadan?

The condition of schools and colleges has gone worst that the canteens are opened where the young generation openly revolts against Allah ﷻ.  Some deprived ones are like this and then there are others to whom the Ramadan comes but not the noor. They even fast and our beloved Prophet ﷺ told that there are many who will fast and remain awake in the nights but other than hunger and deprivation of sleep, they get nothing. One got the Ramadan but no noor and the house still remains empty without taqwa. One is having nutritious food and good medicine but still he doesn’t acquire good health. When he was checked by a doctor, he was found to have a dreadful disease and with this disease, how good food he takes, he won’t get good health. O honorable ones! To some extent, people get to worship in Ramadan but there remains some dreadful sin in one’s life because of which one is deprived of blessings of Ramadan. Ramadan has been coming for about 40 years, 50 years and even sixty years but the taqwa didn’t come in my life. There is a big disease inside me because of which my life, my family is deprived of the blessings of Ramadan and the wealth of taqwa. There is such a dreadful disease. There are ill thoughts, jealousy, rancor and malice in the heart. The duaas do not rise up to the heavens because of the ill thoughts.

Do the ibaadat abundantly

O honorable ones! Yes, one should do loads of worship in this month, lots of nafil salahs should be offered, sadqah (alms) should be given in abundance and the tongue should be moist all the time with dhikr, the first kalima, durood sheriff and istighfar (seeking forgiveness). All these should be done in abundance, nafil salahs like ishraaq, chaasht, tahajjud should be offered. There is a special relation of Quran with Ramadan that Jibra’eel (AS) used to come down from heavens to the earth and teach the Prophet ﷺ the recitation of Quran and the Prophet ﷺ used to recite the Quran to him. There is a special relation of Quran with Ramadan. During the night, Muslims used to hear the recitation of the Quran and during day they used to recite it by themselves. If you cannot complete the recitation of Quran 30 times, complete it 20 times or 15 times and if you cannot do even that, at least complete reciting the Quran 10 times. Let there be more ibaadat. I wish men get takbir-e-oola (the first takbir in jamah), women pray immediately after adhan and men spend more time in masajid.

Do not fail to restraint yourself from sins

O honorable ones! In addition to the ibaadat, give importance to abstention from sins. Taqwa is a name given for not doing anything. One will get taqwa in the sacred month of Ramadan only when there is abstention from sins. Such a big treasure comes only with abstention from sins. Let there be such an exercise that the whole month of Ramadan is passed pure without sins and then see how your life gets changed. The reason so far for not being able to benefit fully from Ramadan is because there was fasting and also sins. You fast whole of the day and in the evening you sit before television. The ears are not pure from the sound of music, the eyes are also not pure and the heart too is impure. There is only filth and filth. The sehri is done with haram food and iftar is also done with haram food. O honorable ones! You fasted but when you went outside, your eyes didn’t get protection and fell for the haram. Our beloved Prophet ﷺ told that the evil glance (to look at ghair mahram woman) is one of the poisonous arrows of the shaitaan. When one is hit with a poisonous arrow, his physical life comes to an end and when one is hit with the poisonous arrow of evil glance, the life of eemaan gets finished. Today there is no protection for eyes when we go out.

Protect the eyes and taste the sweetness of eemaan

Let Allah ﷻ guide those who have made the environment filthy and who have made the obscenity and filth as traditions. O honorable ones! In such an environment, when one protects the eyes, our beloved Prophet ﷺ told that he will be blessed with the taste of sweetness of eemaan. The one who lowers the gaze for sake of Allah ﷻ, He ﷻ will grant him the sweetness of eemaan, the taste of eemaan. The more one finds difficulty to save from sins and the more one gets courage to embrace taqwa, the more he will get the noor of taqwa. If a blind man says he doesn’t see anything evil, what is so great about this! If there is a man with good eyesight and he protects the eyes from filth, then he is a man of excellence. The path I took from my room to this masjid is apparently a peaceful one and then one comes from a place to this masjid through a difficult path. Now both will not have the same rewards. This is like the one who is sacrificing 50 sheep and the other none. It is obvious that the one who sacrificed more number of sheep, he will get more rewards. One man reached the destination easily because his path was free from sins and the other one’s path was full of sins and so he reaches the destination with much difficulties saving from those sins. Now this man is like the one who sacrificed 50 sheep in the path of Allah ﷻ and so will be his status. The one who embraces taqwa to the extent of difficulty of an environment, so he will get the noor of eemaan and so will be the blessings of taqwa. So the one who lowers his gaze for sake of Allah ﷻ will get the sweetness of eemaan.

Little courage is what needed in Ramadan to save from sins

And it is very necessary to protect the eyes in this blessed month of Ramadan. It is not easy but do it with courage. Allah ﷻ chains the shaitaan but the effect of evilness in the eleven other months will be there on the soul and the gaze raises. One enemy, the shaitan has been chained and the other enemy, the nafs has been left out and it is easy to control this nafs. A little courage is what needed. In the month of Ramadan, a large tent of mercy is set from Allah ﷻ and in that tent you can see one going to masjid and the masajid are filled with muslims and this is a sign of setting up of Allah’s ﷻ tent of mercy. In such a blessed environment, it is easy to achieve taqwa. It is easy to restraint oneself from sins as the environment is made good. So protect your eyes, protect them inside the house and outside the house. Let Allah ﷻ forbid but in case the eyes commit sin, then for Allah’s ﷻ sake immediately turn to Allah ﷻ in repentance. See that the sin doesn’t leave its adverse effect on the fasting. Like I said before, just like committing a sin in the Baitullah is very unfortunate and so is committing a sin in the month of Ramadan.

Fasting will become difficult if we sin

So let there be control of gaze and the second thing to be controlled is the tongue. The mufassireen (experts in Quran commentary) and muhadditeen (experts in ahadeeth) have written that when a man spends the whole night in ibaadat and then sits for few minutes doing gheebat (backbiting), he loses all his good deeds he achieved during the night. Once it was mentioned to the Prophet ﷺ about two women who found difficulty in fasting.  The Prophet ﷺ called those women and asked them to vomit in separate bowls when fresh meat and blood was found in the vomit of those women. The Prophet ﷺ said that these women did backbiting. One of the adverse effects of sin while fasting is it becomes very difficult to fast. The one who fasts embracing taqwa won’t even feel like he is fasting. To the extent one dirties his eyes and tongue; his fasting will trouble him to that extent. Some people won’t even have courage to fast. That is how they will be anxious. Rather for a muttaqi (pious man), the fasting is very easy. That is why, if our kind Lord ﷻ didn’t place this ability in us, He ﷻ wouldn’t have made it farz (compulsory). First my Lord placed this ability within us and then commanded us to do this.

Do not get deprived of the blessings of Ramadan

And there are so many blessings in it that subhanAllah! Allah ﷻ grants us reward and also the health. The kuffar may not know much about our fasting but they have also started to advise to fast and gain good health. Alhamdulillah, for us Muslims, there are good deeds, rewards in the akhirat and also the health with fasting. As said, one of the adverse effects of the sins is that one feels the fasting to be very heavy. O honorable ones! Let the eyes be protected and let the tongue be protected so no sinful talk is uttered by this tongue.  To speak the truth, don’t even speak more than what is necessary. Speak very less in Ramadan. When a man sees more, he will also look at bad things, when he speaks more, he will also speak evil and when he hears more, he will also hear bad. Restraining yourself means you don’t even speak more. Control this tongue. If you do more ibaadat but do not control the eyes and tongue, then you will be deprived of the blessings of Ramadan. And Ramadan will pass away and you too will be fasting like others saying it is Ramadan but you will stand in same place where you were before Ramadan. Such could be the unfortunate thing.

Think this Ramadan to be your last Ramadan

O honorable ones! Who knows this might be our last Ramadan. Are we going to allow this Ramadan to leave us just like that? What a deprivation! How many you know who were alive in the last Ramadan and today they are no more! You read janaza salah for them and you buried them. How many are there like that! Who knows how many days are left for us. If Allah ﷻ is granting us this blessing, then embrace it as if this is your last Ramadan. A young man came to the Prophet ﷺ and requested him to advise him. Prophet ﷺ advised, “Pray the salaat as if that is your last salaat.” Allahu Akbar! The Prophet ﷺ is advising about the salaat that comes five times every day to pray like it is the last salaat. O honorable ones! This Ramadan comes only once a year. How many passed away! Who knows this is the last chance that Allah ﷻ has giving us to earn more rewards, to seek His ﷻ forgiveness, to gain His ﷻ proximity and to change our life. Who knows? Let your eyes be protected and let your tongue be protected.

Have more concern for halal during Ramadan

O the honorable ones! The think which is wrong to utter is wrong to hear too. Singing is haram and hearing the songs is also haram. Backbiting is haram and so is its hearing. Your fasting will go waste. All your hard work will go waste. The precious wealth will go out of your hands. So protect your eyes, tongue and ears and my honorable ones, have concern for halal food during sehri and iftar. If your income is halal then Alhamdulillah it is very blessed and if your income is not halal, then don’t let such a precious month to be wasted and try to get something halal and spend the entire month of Ramadan with halal things. To make the worldly earning season successful, people try to get money even with interest. O honorable ones! This is the season of dunya and akhirat, so have concern for halal things. Get halal money from somewhere and do your sehri with halal food and break your fast with halal money. The Prophet ﷺ mentioned about a person who undergoes a lengthy journey in a state that he is disheveled and dusty. He spreads his hands towards the sky (calling), “O my lord, O my lord”, however his food is Haram, his drink is Haram, his clothes are Haram and he has been nourished with Haram! So how will his call be answered?” So protect your eyes, tongue, ears and haram food. Do not eat haram food.

Let the Ramadan bring revolution in your life

Have concern for halal and see how your life gets changed. You will then enjoy Ramadan and you will have strong feeling of passing through Ramadan. You then won’t be like that old merchant, that old husband or that old wife and that old child. Allah ﷻ will change their entire life inshaaAllah. Their akhlaaq (conduct and manners) will change, the trustworthiness will resurge in their life, their ibaadat will excel and their entire life will change. How fortunate are those whose lives changes with Ramadan! After Ramadan, they get addicted to masajid; after Ramadan, they start earning halal; after Ramadan, they come in the company of pious people; after Ramadan, the sound of music stops coming from their houses; after Ramadan, the daughters start wearing the chador of hayaa and the daughters start looking very modest. The Ramadan brings revolution in their life. This is the month of tarbiyat (training). This is the season of taqwa and one gets the wealth of taqwa.

Get prepared right now

Very few days are left for Ramadan. The abstention of few things that I told about let it get started from right today. Let it not so happen that you have a bad habit and the Ramadan is started with this same bad habit and you end up committing some sins. And the adverse effect of this sins stay in the whole of the Ramadan. So start considering these things right now and properly you get saved from these sins in the Ramadan. That is why it is said about the one, whose Ramadan passes properly, his entire year will pass properly. Say you give your vehicle in workshop and every part of the vehicle is properly cleaned up, what you will say? “Now the vehicle will run well for the whole of the year.” If the vehicle didn’t work well, then the workshop job was not done properly. The truth is Ramadan is the month of purification and tarbiyat. If the Ramadan is passed well, then the life of the entire year will go smooth and in proper phase. So give importance from right now and do not see haram, do not hear haram, do not speak haram and have concern for halal earnings. Then there is a hope from Allah ﷻ that He ﷻ will grant us Ramadan with its complete blessings. Very strange is this wealth. The people of Allah ﷻ used to prepare and wait for this Ramadan for six months and for the rest six months, they used to pray for its acceptance. Their entire year goes around Ramadan, Ramadan. This is like if one gets one or two good seasons in a year, then the tradesmen’s life goes around these two seasons. The people of eemaan used to wait for this month and when they get this Ramadan and it passes away, they start praying for its acceptance, “O Allah! Accept our Ramadan.”

Let Allah ﷻ help us all to act on what we hear, read and write. Ameen

Let us not forget to make duaas

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Duaa, a great blessing

Duaa is presenting the needs and requests before the One who has power to grant them. Today we Muslims forgot to make duaa while duaa is such a great thing that one is saved even from very big calamities. The one who is given tawfeeq (divine help) to make duaa, think that his duaa has been accepted. When one makes duaa to Allah ﷻ, the immediate effect that is felt is he gets the content and feels assured that his work will be done now. This is like getting contact of someone who has the authority to grant what we need and we are assured that the job will be done. How we will feel? This certainly brings relief. It is indeed a ni’mat (blessing) if one makes duaa and continuously does so. From the time, Muslims have stopped making duaa to Allah ﷻ, they have started asking everyone else and when they were making duaa to Allah ﷻ, they were made independent of people. We are so dependent on Allah ﷻ for every single moment that we should keep making duaa to Allah ﷻ while sitting, walking and so on and on. Ask for aafiyah, ask for health, ask for eemaan and keep asking Allah ﷻ for indeed there is great pleasure in asking to Allah ﷻ.

Our beloved Prophet ﷺ has left us with so many beautiful duaas. When we see someone sick, we should pray to Allah ﷻ, “O Allah! Do not deprive me of the blessings of my health.” When we see someone in trials, calamities and when we seem them immersed in sins, we should plead to Allah ﷻ, “O Allah! Protect me from the calamities and protect me from Your disobedience.” There is such a great pleasure in making duaas to Allah ﷻ. Our beloved Prophet ﷺ has asked us to block the way of calamities and trials with duaa. When duaas protect us from calamities, the other blessing of duaas is that it makes us conscious of Allah ﷻ all the time. We get the firm contact of Allah ﷻ and we get His love and pleasure.

Make use of special time

When one cannot make duaa all the time, at least allot some time in a day to make duaa from the heart. Our Prophet ﷺ told us that there are many such times where duaas get readily accepted and not rejected like making duaa after farz salah, during azaan; and our beloved Prophet ﷺ told which is 100% guaranteed that there is a time in Friday when believers’ duaa will be accepted whatever they ask for. If a ruler announces to the citizens that he will grant people whatever they want on a particular day, how people will rush towards him! This ruler is after all not an independent source for he himself is dependent on Allah ﷻ, then how about Allah ﷻ, the King of the kings announcing that He ﷻ will grant His slaves whatever they ask for! As far as that blessed time of Friday, there are different opinions. Some say it is anytime in the day, some say it is the shortest time between jumuah khutbah and salah, some are of the opinion that it is the time between asr and maghrib and some say it is the time immediately before maghrib. So make use of this time, after khutbah without raising the hands, make duaa and seek forgiveness.

As such, the time after asr is very blessed and normally making zikr after asr has more fazeelat (excellence) and the time after asr of the mubarak (blessed) day like Friday has more fazeelat. If one cannot allot entire time between asr and maghrib, make duaa immediately after asr salah and the time before maghrib. Those who ask Allah ﷻ, they ask for hours and hours. If we cannot ask for such a long time, allot few minutes to make duaa to Him and inshaaAllah, we will then get tawfeeq to ask more and more and for a longer time. Ask Allah ﷻ with azmat (greatness) of Allah ﷻ in the heart. Know that it is Allah ﷻ who has all the treasures of heavens and the earth. Every single thing we need and we ask for, it is with Allah ﷻ alone and above all it is Allah ﷻ who is the most merciful and gracious to us, so why not ask Allah ﷻ? If we are worried, if we have pain, if our heart is restless, if some calamity is coming, ask Allah ﷻ. Keep asking Allah ﷻ for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, half an hour and keep asking Allah ﷻ while sitting, standing, walking, in markets for we are in need of Allah ﷻ all the time.

Duaa is ibaadat

The other thing about duaa is duaa as such is ibaadat (worship). If one doesn’t recite quran and one doesn’t pray nafil but if he just sits in masjid and start making duas, he is indeed doing ibaadat. How many have eased their way by doing this act of duaa. So keep making duas and inshaaAllah you will get ease. We will get more attention of Allah ﷻ, when we ask Him ﷻ more. So keep asking Allah ﷻ. Once a person requested a great buzurg to make duaa to Allah ﷻ to grant him a pious child. The buzurg kept making duaa and a good amount of time passed away and the man didn’t have child. When enquired it was found that he didn’t even get married. The buzurg got angry and reprimanded him firmly saying how he will get child without marriage. The problem with many of us is that we don’t adopt the means or make any attempt and we want our duaas to be accepted. Allah ﷻ is verily Al-Qadir, the All-Able. He ﷻ can even grant us provision while we just sit inside our rooms but He ﷻ has so organized that we should adopt means through which He ﷻ gives. With all possibility, we should adopt plan within the limits of shariah and then ask for Allah ﷻ. Both are required. A pious buzurg told that our attempts and efforts to gain a thing are same like that of a child. A baby keeps crying, screaming and keeps moving his hands and legs; his screaming, moving his hands and legs as such won’t bring milk to him but through this he seeks the attention of his mother who comes and feeds him. Our efforts and attempts are just like this screaming and crying through which we seek the attention of Allah ﷻ. Nothing happens as such with our plans but we adopt it as it is the command of Allah ﷻ and the rest is it is Allah ﷻ who grants what is required.

Duaa is the cry of the heart

We should know that duaa is the cry of the heart. If one just spreads his hands and utters through his tongue, while his heart is somewhere, then this is not duaa. Duaa from heedless heart will not be accepted. Think of a person who books a train ticket in first class, wears good dress and goes to the ruler preparing to give the letter of request with beautiful words. And when he gives the letter to the ruler with his face turned away, how will he be seen. The ruler will get offended thinking him to be a person of very bad manners and conduct and his request will be turned away. So is the case with duaas, one can utter beautiful words but when the heart is heedless, our duaas will not be accepted by Allah ﷻ. So make duaa but from heart. When we make duaa and it is being accepted, then it is nothing but Allah’s ﷻ special mercy turning towards us. Now this special mercy can be seen as such in getting the thing we ask for or it can show its effect by saving us from some calamity or it will show its effect in the hereafter where we will be more in need of the special mercy.

Connect yourself to Allah

Only making duaa is your job, leave the acceptance to Allah ﷻ, Do whatever you can and leave the rest to Allah ﷻ. When we don’t get the thing we ask for, make more efforts to correct the way we ask, for perhaps we might be lacking proper etiquette in asking.  Even then if we do not get that exact thing, then be content that there should be some khair in it and this is humility. This is a mujahidah (striving) that we should bring down the nafs that wants to have whatever it likes. One distressed person came to a buzurg and requested him to make duaa for him. The buzurg replied to think him to be dead who cannot make any duaa or anything for him, The person felt that reply to be harsh on him and when someone asked the buzurg about this, he replied that if he keeps making duaa for him, he would become heedless, he won’t strive himself relying on him and so he disconnected the person from himself and connected him to Allah ﷻ directly. Sometimes people leave everything to pious buzurgs to make duaa for them, to make istikhara for them and in the process they become sort of heedless.  One can ask others to make duaa for him, but he too should make duaa for himself.

The etiquette of making duaa

The etiquette of making duaa is one raises hands to the level of one’s heart and the palms face the heavens for the qibla of duaa is heavens. After making duaa, one then wipes his hands over the face and this indeed is a good sign of expression that he got something he asked for and he is sort of embracing the gift he got. This is a strange and beautiful way of expressing one’s servitude. Some question about wiping the hands over the face. Some ask about those who do not raise the hands or object doing so while making duas.  The answer to this question is they do not value the royal benevolence. When we get a royal gift from a royal court, it is the sign of a good omen. When we get some precious, a very valuable gift, a beloved thing we normally embrace with our eyes. Ask a sick person to make duaa for you for angels say ameen to the duaas of a sick person. Start making duaa for yourself and then extend it to the whole of the ummah of the Prophet ﷺ like, “O Allah! Forgive me and forgive the ummat of Rasool ﷺ. O Allah! Have mercy on me and have mercy on the ummat of Prophet ﷺ.” Keep yourself in mind before others in duaa that you are more dependent on Allah ﷻ than others. Praying two units of nafil salah and asking one needs is very effective. Don’t be too haste while making duaa but ask with tawarru (piety).

Have the quest for duaa

The person who wants his duaas to be readily accepted should make a habit of making more duaas in the time of well-being. Our heart yearns during the period of calamity that our duaas be answered. A simple solution to achieve this is to make duaa when one is in the state of aafiya (being well) and good health. When he does so and then makes duaa during the period of calamity, then the angels intercede for him for acceptance of his duaa.  So make duaa to Allah ﷻ in every single state be it good or bad. Every Muslim should have the quest for duaa. Ask others also to make duaa for you. Keep this in mind that you don’t ask a person to make duaa as a formality but request the person to make duaa thinking that he can be more pious than you and his duaas can be readily accepted. It has been the glory of people of Allah ﷻ to ask even the young to make duaa for them. They use to value and honor every single Muslim and had respect for them for the eemaan in their hearts and they used to think them as better than themselves and so they think others duaas will be readily accepted for them. So make duaa by yourself, give more importance to it and ask others also to make duaa for you.  Particularly in these times of trials where security of everything is challenged and when everyone is in a state of distress, we have to make loads of duaas. This makes us feel that Allah ﷻ is with us all the time and this in turn brings more courage, bravery inside us. This is like how a person would feel more secured when he has two or three guards with him.

Have Allah with you all the time

So have Allah ﷻ with you all the time through duaas for duaa is the weapon of a believer. If one doesn’t do this, in these worst times, the man will become too distressed for he is after all a human and what he sees or feels in the society will affect him. Keep asking Allah ﷻ in every single state, while sitting, walking to grant you aafiyah, to grant Muslims aafiyah, to protect you and all the Muslims, to show mercy on you and all the Muslims. This will give one more courage inshaaAllah and one will feel the difference like how peaceful and content he is. Whatever be the issues, whether they are related to business, family or anything, ask Allah ﷻ.  Not just the one who is more merciful to me than anyone is with me but when He ﷻ is the most powerful of all, then what is there to worry. It is He ﷻ who has all the treasures, the most powerful and the most merciful and when He ﷻ is with us, then all the difficulties will ease. We will feel His presence all the time and we will start enjoying the life by making duaas and talking to Him all the time. Let Allah ﷻ grant us all tawfeeq to make plenty of duas to Allah ﷻ. Ameen

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis (30.3.2012)


Surah Waqiah: Ayaat 1-18

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Itha waqaAAati alwaqiAAatu 

Laysa liwaqAAatiha kathibatun 

Khafidatun rafiAAatun 4Itha rujjati alardu rajja

Wabussati aljibalu bassa

Fakanat habaan munbaththa

Wakuntum azwajan thalathatan 

Faashabu almaymanati ma ashabu almaymanati 

Waashabu almashamati ma ashabu almashamati 

Waalssabiqoona alssabiqoona 

Olaika almuqarraboona 

Fee jannati alnnaAAeemi 

Thullatun mina alawwaleena 

Waqaleelun mina alakhireena 

AAala sururin mawdoonatin 

Muttakieena AAalayha mutaqabileena 

Yatoofu AAalayhim wildanun mukhalladoona 

Biakwabin waabareeqa wakasin min maAAeenin 

When the event befalleth – 

There is no denying that it will befall – 

Abasing (some), exalting (others); 

When the earth is shaken with a shock 

And the hills are ground to powder 

So that they become a scattered dust, 

And ye will be three kinds: 

(First) those on the right hand; what of those on the right hand? 

And (then) those on the left hand; what of those on the left hand? 

And the foremost in the race, the foremost in the race: 

Those are they who will be brought nigh 

In gardens of delight; 

A multitude of those of old 

And a few of those of later time. 

On lined couches, 

Reclining therein face to face. 

There wait on them immortal youths 

With bowls and ewers and a cup from a pure spring

Normally we have past, present and future tense in a sentence. For example, “He did it” is in the past tense and “He will do” is in the future tense. The words that are used in the Quran, “idhaa waqa’atil waaqi’ah”, are not in the future tense but it was said with certainty that it happened.  The occurrence has not occurred but it was so certain that it was said that it has happened. Laysa liwaq’Atiha kaathibah And there is no doubt in that even to the least extent. The glory of that event will be such that, Khafidhatun raafi’Ah. Some will be humiliated and the humiliation will cover their faces. Wawujoohun yawmaithin basirah- And some faces, that Day, will be sad and dismal. (Quran 75:24). There will be darkness covering their faces. wataswaddu wujoohun (Quran 3:106). Some faces will be (in the gloom of) black. Some will be raafi’Ah that is exalted. Yawma tabyaddu wujoohun (Quran 75:24). Their faces will shine. Wujoohun yawmaithin naAAimah (Quran 88:8). –(Other) faces that Day will be joyful.  They will be very joyous at their hard work. They will be having shining faces, very bright. The humiliated ones and the exalted ones will be separated on that Day. In the present world, the righteous and disobedient, the pious and the rebellious all live together. But on that Day, there will be a clear separation. Waimtazoo alyawma ayyuha almujrimoon (Quran 36:59)-And O ye in sin! Get ye apart this Day!

There will then be a terrible earth quake. The Quran clearly picturizes the scene that will take place at the end of time. The mountains will completely crumble, powdered to dust. How strong are the mountains but they will so crumble that they will be carried away by wind like that of cotton fibers and will become like floating dust particles like how the gale blows. After this, the mankind will be separated into three groups. The one group will be on the right hand side and these are the righteous people who will be given the records in their right hand. And how fortunate are these companions of the right! And they will be asked to read their book of deeds. They will be very joyous and come running to their family and companions happily. There will be then people who will be given the Book of deeds from their back to their left hands. They will cry for death and they will wish for death. They will wish that they are turned into dust and no sign of them was left so they don’t witness this Day. This occurrence is so certain to occur and this has been oft repeated in Quran. When we are to face test, there will be some effect on our hearts like there will be some worry and fear and today, the effect of the test is not present in the hearts of Muslims. When some mighty trial is to come, Muslims used to worry and turn to Allah ﷻ seeking refuge from that trial. The upcoming mighty trial will bring an effect on the Muslims but today there is no such effect on the hearts and minds of Muslims. The effect is not seen in their lives. When one knows there will an income tax raid, he will get prepared for that, checking all his accounts. The Muslim doesn’t give that much of reaction when it comes to Qayamah. The consequence of this is he lives in this world as if there is no death. He doesn’t care that he will die one day. He says he will die but no effect is seen in him. That is why this has been oft repeated in the Quran and the Prophet ﷺ asked us to remember the destroyer of pleasures, the death very often. This is done so the effect is seen in our lives; our heart absorbs this and shows the effect hearing its narrations. The Qayamat is such a big event and there will such a terrible earth quake and there will such a fear that a pregnant woman will drop her load. All the wild animals in the forests will run towards cities fearing. This is definitely going to happen.

Out of the three groups separated, there will be the third group, the foremost group, which will be very close to Allah ﷻ. They will be enjoying in the gardens. A large group of Prophets (peace be on all of them) a small group of other people will be in this group. They will recline on golden thrones. Everyone will be so seated that they will be facing each other. Little children scattered like shining pearls will be roaming around them. They will have in their hands glasses of wine. Normally kids are really cute and then when they are like pearls and that too they will always remain as kids, how beautiful it would be! The Quran says they will look cute and beautiful like the scattered pearls. They will have the fresh wine flowing from the glasses.

Understanding Women’s Freedom

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Allah is aware of our psychology

When it comes to the guidance from Quran and hadith to save oneself from fitna, it has been commanded to observe purdah, protect the gaze and that the women stay inside their houses. Allah ﷻ is the one ruling this world and He ﷻ is the Hakeem (the most Wise) and He ﷻ is fully aware of the psychological condition of a human being and his weaknesses. Allah ﷻ has placed some qualities in men and so in women and there is a big difference in both their qualities. That is why Allah ﷻ has set aside the working place for men and women very different. It is only possible for a woman that she can clean his son from filth even ten times during a night and still hugs him and makes him sleep near her. The man cannot do this. Even if the child screams and irritates, the woman takes him as very dear and she cleans and keeps him so close to him and this is the job of the woman. The man cannot do this. The man doesn’t even have that affection that Allah ﷻ has kept inside the woman. Each have different qualities, some are present inside a man and some in a woman. That is why the shariat has kept the work circle different for men and women.

The excellence of the leader of women in Jannah

When Prophet ﷺ gave in marriage his beloved daughter Fatimah (RA), whom he ﷺ calls very dear to him, to Hazrat Ali , he (Ali) told Fatima that now as their work circle and abilities are very different, he will take all the responsibilities outside the house and she will carry all the responsibilities inside the house. The leader of women of Jannah, Fatimah (RA) so used to do house hold works that she not only grinds the flour in the mill with her hands but gets even scar on her hands because of that. She used to do all the house hold work and they get many guests and she gets very tired. Once Prophet ﷺ received many slave girls when Hazrat Ali  asked her to go to Prophet ﷺ and ask for a slave who can help her with the household work. Hazrat Fatimah (RA) went to the Prophet ﷺ and stood there waiting hesitating to ask him ﷺ. And when just 2 or 3 slaves remained with the Prophet ﷺ, she asked his father ﷺ to give her one slave so she gets help. Prophet ﷺ told his daughter that there are many who are in need of slaves more than her and only they will get those slaves but he told her that he could give some tips to get rid of tiredness. He asked her to recite subhanAllah, Alhamdulillah and Allahu Akbar 33, 33, and 34 times respectively before she goes to bed very tired and told her that Allah ﷻ will take away all her tiredness. Prophet ﷺ is giving the tips to his ﷺ daughter and he ﷺ is teaching the women of the whole of his ﷺ ummah, the mothers and daughters that doing house hold work is not something to be looked down but a very appreciable act.

Freedom is being wrongly propagated

It has been very wrongly put in the hearts of Muslim mothers and daughters that Islam doesn’t give them freedom and that house is a jail and the freedom is to serve some ghair men (strangers) tea but not to her own husband. Present the tray of food before ghair men but do not present it before the husband! It is slavery to serve one’s own but to serve ghair men is freedom?? It is very difficult to smile before a husband but when it comes to ghair men, there is more sweetness in words while the husband feels the words very bitter like poison. This is the effect of western culture, which through its education has put such things in the hearts of mothers and sisters. Working inside the house has become a stigma for her and outside job has become a sign of pride for her. This is the fitna of women. The Prophet ﷺ told that even the work circle is different for men and women. There are some jobs that a woman can do from behind the veil and serve the society but again there is a separate work circle. If a man does a job and the woman does the same in purdah, then what is the problem? Take the example of educational system; is it really necessary for boys and girls to learn together?

Evil consequence of co-education

Certainly today in the world, the west from which this plague spread, seeing its evil consequence has been compelled to admit that their co-educational system is highly destructive. This is because the boy might be looking at the book but his mind will be in some other book. Outwardly he will seem to be reading the book before him but he will be reading some other book in his heart. He will pretend to his father that he is studying but the moment his father’s eyes get closed, his mind will be wandering somewhere. This is the poison of co-education that has diffused in our society today. This has spoiled our daughters and the youth of boys has been stained. That is why Allah ﷻ has given us the deen which has guidance where a man and woman work but in a separate work circle. Let there be a wall between them which is of purdah, separation and there be no mixed environment. Where there is a mixed order, neither the family system will be secured nor will one attain education or progress.

Take admonition from the west

In today’s world, lessons can be learnt from western culture and also get admonished. Fa’tabiroo ya olee alabsaar. Then take admonition, O you with eyes (to see). Recently read news where the law there tells a twelve year old girl to seek its help if the parents say something to her. She goes on a wrong path which is called by the dunya as ‘love’ which in fact was obscenity. The parents thought of taking her to Belgium to give her a different environment so she might change. The girl had the mobile in her hand and she plainly informed that she is being kidnapped by her parents. The police came, arrested the parents and the girl was sent with her boyfriend. This is a lesson and a warning. And this is the consequence of the co-educational system that the west is giving us so we too get destroyed; our younger generation gets spoiled, our families get ruined, our education goes ruined and our educational centers get ruined. Why do we have rangers standing before every school and college here? Every girl and a boy come out of school or college, a ranger too stands there.  There is no big talk on this while even if a donkey gets killed before a madrasah, it will be news. There is murder and violence everyday in colleges but there is no propaganda on this. It is known that the girls are being kidnapped and sisters are being raped and that is why the rangers are present and this is the effect of co-educational system. That is why to save the mankind from this filth Allah ﷻ set aside the work circles for men and women separately.

How to save oneself from this fitna?

Waqarna fee buyootikunna wala tabarrajna tabarruja aljahiliyyati aloola. And stay quietly in your houses, and make not a dazzling display, like that of the former Times of Ignorance. During the days of ignorance, women used to throw the two corners of their shawl behind their backs because of which the front part remains open. Today people went way ahead as they don’t even find the shawl as a requirement. Those days were called as days of ignorance when the women still had the shawl on their head but threw the ends behind. Now that the people have advanced in this, the first teaching to save from this fitna is Waqarna fee buyootikunna. The second thing taught was that ghayrah is the asset of a mu’min. Keep the affairs of the house based on ghayrah. Our beloved Prophet ﷺ told that three people will not enter jannah and Allah ﷻ won’t look at them with mercy on the Day of Judgment. They are: 1) The one who is disobedient to the parents, 2) The woman who adorns herself and spoils the society with her immodesty and 3) The one who does not care about the modesty of his women. All these three people will not enter jannah. So keep the administration of the house based on ghayrah.

Hayaa and ghayrah, very part of eemaan

On one occasion Hazrat Sa’ad  said that if he sees a man with his wife he would chop off his neck. When this was brought to the Prophet’s ﷺ ears, he ﷺ told his Companions (RA), “Are you really wondering at the ghayrah of sa’ad, by Allah ﷻ I have more ghayrah than him and by Allah ﷻ, Allah ﷻ has more ghayrah than me.” He ﷺ then said Allah ﷻ is full of ghayrah and a mu’min too has ghayrah. But the English people don’t even have the word ghayrah in their dictionary. The English couples there, both the husband and wife are good as she doesn’t have any shame and the man doesn’t have any ghayrah. Their culture is based on this while the Muslims’ culture is based on ghayrah. O honorable ones! It is very essential to have concern over the fitna of women which is running like blood in today’s society to save one’s eemaan. A Muslim performs salah, do hajj, umrah etc., but if he doesn’t have any shame and ghayrah, then remember that our beloved Prophet ﷺ said that eemaan and hayaa (shame, modesty) go together, when hayaa is lifted, eemaan too is lifted. So have concern about how much you can keep up such an environment of hayaa in the houses, offices, community, society and factories. See how much you can maintain such an environment of hayaa. We are responsible for ourselves and we are accountable and if we lag in whatever we can do, then we will also have share in spreading this vision. Let Allah ﷻ grant us all tawfeeq to act on what we hear, write and read. Ameen

Riyaa or Ikhlaas, let’s Decide for Ourselves

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Let ikhlaas be always in the mind

It is incumbent on every Muslim that he has ikhlaas in his deeds and protects his deeds from riyaa (show off) as riyaa is shirk-e-asghar (hidden polytheism) done for fame and boasting. Or it can so said that something done for the dunya like to gain respect in the hearts of people and praise from their tongues. The worship with riyaa is not accepted by Allah . Ikhlaas is to do something for Allah’s pleasure and there is nothing other than that in one’s mind and there is just one objective that Allah is pleased with the act. This ikhlaas comes along the way. First the outer appearance becomes religiously inclined and then one gets the characteristics of eemaan like humility, politeness, forbearance, generosity, piety etc.  Out of all these, the last that comes is ikhlaas that nothing gets in mind while doing an act except the pleasure of Allah . O the honorable ones! As much as one’s ikhlaas is great, even if the amal might look small, it will be much greater. Similarly an amal might look big but as much as it has riyaa in it, it will be useless.

A small act with ikhlaas can mean a lot

There are many narrations and sometimes Allah informs to this world in a different way like through revelations to His Prophets or the information is put in the hearts of righteous people or through dreams, which is one of the forty ways of revelation. There was a righteous woman named Zubeida. She died and came in someone’s dream. She was asked how she was treated. She told she was treated really well and continued that although she took many righteous deeds with her, once while she was eating and as she was about to put the morsel of food in her mouth, she heard the azaan when her head was not properly covered with her dupatta (scarf). She left the morsel of food and corrected her dupatta to cover properly out of azmat of Allah . This act was so liked by Allah that He forgave all her sins based on this very act. This was purely done for Allah for none asked her to do so and it was merely that she cared for the azmat of Allah . The expense of an act depends on keeping Allah’s pleasure in one’s mind.

When dunya falls before our eyes, our mind will be inclined towards ikhlaas

Don’t we see in ahadeeth that one fed the hungry dog or one gave water to the thirsty cat and the act can be very precious? Why he fed the dog or the cat? There are three great acts: 1) to give one’s life in the path of Allah , i.e., Jihad. It is not an easy act to give away one’s life, 2) to spend in the path of Allah and 3) to spread one’s religious knowledge. What a blessed service to humanity to share the knowledge of deen! It comes in hadith some people belonging to the above three categories will be caught on the Day of Judgment. All are great acts but one wanted the people to think him as a great warrior when giving away his life, one wanted the people to think that he is a generous person and one wanted the people to think him as a great scholar. The people so called him and so there is no reward from Allah . O honorable ones!  Let Allah grant us all ikhlaas and grant us tawfeeq to do amal for purely His pleasure. When this world falls before our eyes and one gets the akhirat and Allah in his mind, then he gets the ikhlaas. This world is nothing and so what is to do with the praise of people or when they disgrace. The izzat (honor) and zillat (dishonor) are not in the hands of people but the treasure of these is in the hands of Allah and so what is there to do with this world. Till then the world which is worthless doesn’t fall before one’s eyes, he will not get ikhlaas. O the honorable ones! This is something which has to be asked all the time and one should have the concern of ikhlaas before starting an amal, while doing the amal and after doing the amal.

Preserve the amal by being cautious of riyaa

It sometimes so happens that initially the intention will be correct but then in the middle, it will turn bad. Sometimes the intention will be good even while doing the amal but at the end, the shaitaan will be so behind him as he has more wealth and tries to waste it by inspiring riyaa. He would have worked hard but all would have been wasted. The excellence is in doing the amal really well and then preserving it till he reaches the qabr (grave). It is not good if one doesn’t earn wealth at all or he earns but in a wrong way and one will be affected worst when he earns the wealth in a good way but it is all robbed in the end. So one does the amal, did it for the pleasure of Allah and finally wasted everything by riyaa. Let Allah grant us all His pleasure and be pleased with us all the time. Let the worthlessness of this world enter in one’s heart. The honor is not in the hands of people. Even if one wants the whole world to honor him, he cannot achieve it for the treasure is in hands of Allah alone. Even if you try 100,000 times to gain fame in the hearts of people, unless Allah wills you cannot obtain that. As much as this world and its worth is removed from one’s heart one will get the ikhlaas. One’s provisional matters and the matters of all his needs are in hands of Allah alone and not in the hands of dunya. So why should we please dunya but please Allah .

Ponder on the reality of this world and its people

So let Allah grant us ikhlaas. So let one think before every act why he is doing it. Sometimes one gets the waswasa (whispers) that he got the riyaa and because of this waswasa, he leaves the amal. This is also satanic wasawasa for he made you deprived of doing the act altogether. You should do the amal and you should also get rid of the riyaa. You can do that by asking Allah for ikhlaas in the beginning and when you get the thought of riyaa, brush away the thoughts and at the end pray to Allah to accept that amal. Don’t embrace such things through which one will get riyaa and one’s amal go wasted. The mere thought of riyaa won’t do anything as thoughts are not in our control but do not do things deliberately which are in our control. Riyaa is a baneful disease and so its treatment should be done with one’s complete ability. Remember that the base of riyaa is the love for admiration and desiring for the praise. Why does one do riyaa? Because he wants the people to praise him and he has the desire for praise. The purpose of riyaa is mostly not money but for praise.  Rather he spends in millions so people praise him. The praising has become a sickness. The purpose of riyaa is either the love for admiration or earning money. Riyaa can also be the result of brooding over people’s condemnation and fear. Some people do riyaa out of fear so they are saved from people’s criticism and ill talks about them. By doing riyaa they want to show themselves as very pious and righteous and be saved from them.

The honor and all the treasures are in hands of Allah alone

If a person in a battle field desires that people call him a great warrior and when a person worships, he desires people to call him a great worshipper, then this is the love and desire for admiration. The treatment for this is to ponder over the reality of life. Today one can be alive and tomorrow he might be dead. The one who praised and his praises will remain here and the real thing is that which remains with us after death and that which is praised by Allah and that which He is pleased with us. Today if we look for people to be called as great worshipper and honored here, tomorrow on the Day of Judgment, we will be called as libertine, deceitful and show off person and will be humiliated before the people. And all the deeds will go wasted and the deeds that were done with so much of hard work ploddingly will be seized. How foolish is to earn the anger of Allah , the disgrace of mahashar (Day of Judgment) and humiliation because of earning people’s pleasure and seeking for admiration from the worthless dunya? It is all possible that one from whom we want to earn the admiration, Allah might not put honor for us in their hearts and in place of praising us, they start disgracing us for the hearts and tongues are in the control of Allah .

How to protect oneself from Riyaa?

Why does one prefer the praises that lasts for only few days to the pleasure of Allah ? One of the reasons is he desires for the praises from people when the other reason is that he wants to save himself from people’s criticism and they will avoid doing so if one acts very pious. Just think that if we have honor in the sight of Allah , then why we should care about the creations’ criticism and why we should fear them. Remember that if one does something out of fear of people and thereby angers Allah , then Allah will humiliate and disgrace him. The third reason for riyaa is whims and lure. If this is the case, then remember that the one which we desire, it is not in our control to acquire it for we never know for sure if we will get that. But one thing is very certain that because of the riyaa, we will definitely be deprived of Allah’s pleasure. The riyaa with which we have the hopes from people, it is never known if we will get it or not but to earn Allah’s   anger is very certain and definite. Remember that Allah is muqallibal quloob (the turner of hearts). The riyaa we embrace to get the honor from people might not be achieved but instead we will get humiliation and disgrace in this world and our head will be bowed before them dependent on them. If we keep our heart free from this desire, then Allah will make us independent of His creations and in addition to this, we will get all the blessings of akhirah because of ikhlaas. If we instill these truthful words firmly in our mind then there won’t even be any sign of riyaa.

Instead of trying to please people to get honor from them or out of fear of them or to get something from them, if we turn to Allah in whose hands is the treasure of honor and needs without caring these creations, then Allah will make us independent of people. Not just in dunya we will get the blessings but even in akhirat for there is such a blessed reward awaiting there. When we have these thoughts, then there will be progress in ikhlaas. Now, one gets the hatred for riyaa but he worries that people gets to know his ibaadat, isn’t that riyaa? The solution for this is at least not to expose one’s worship done in solitude. Hide the worship in solitude as one would hide one’s flaws and sinful acts. Once in the gathering of Abu Haddad (RA), a man criticized the dunya and its people when sheikh told him not to sit in his circle anymore as he has exposed the things that he has to hide. These are great people. Remember that it will be initially difficult to hide one’s ibaadat but it will become a habit when one continuously does so. One will then start relishing the solitude and prayers. When one hides the worship in solitude, then he will start tasting the sweetness of that ibaadat. Do it just for Allah . Keep this in regard that in case people get to know your ibaadat and you get joy in your hearts, immediately remember the aforementioned words that getting my ibaadat known to the weak creation will not benefit me to the least. So whenever people get know your ibaadat, think this immediately that nothing will happen if they come to know. Neither will I be benefitted from it nor will their praises make a difference. The main thing is only Allah gets pleased and to get honor in His sight. It is useless to get too happy with these useless praises and it is dangerous to earn Allah’s anger because of this. When we think like this, then inshaaAllah the worry of riyaa will end.

The worry about riyaa and some clarification

When we start hating riyaa, then automatically our ibaadat will turn towards ikhlaas inshaaAllah, which is the real purpose. One is not accountable beyond this and there is nothing to fear even if he gets thoughts and if someone praises and if still there is joy in the heart, there is no use of thinking about it as it is not in our control and we are not accountable for that which is not in our control. Our work is only not to expose our worship in solitude, to spread among the people and make it popular. If people get to know this and one gets the joy because of this, try best to get disgust towards it and see that it doesn’t affect your ibaadat. Beyond this, whatever the condition remains and to get rid of it which is not in your power, you do not have to worry about it. Now as far as the aamaal like salaah, sawm, zakaat etc., it is not allowed to abandon them fearing for riyaa. Sometimes, shaitaan attacks us in the other way making us fear that people are watching and there is riyaa. One should not leave the amal because of this and it is not allowed. But if there is no ikhlaas at all from the beginning when it comes to salah, sawm and zakaat and there is no intention of worshipping Allah  ﷻ and seeking His pleasure from beginning to the end and it is done purely for the creation, then it is forbidden to do so and so do not do it. And if there is intention to please Allah and one is making duaa to Allah for His pleasure and such thoughts come, then that should not make any difference and one should not abandon the deed.

If one is habitual of doing certain deed and people get to gather and witness the deed by any chance, then do not abandon the deed considering the riyaa but do that deed as per the habit and try to bury the riyaa as far as you can and it should not come near you. Then Alhamudlillah you are doing your ibaadat, you are doing your ma’mulaat (prescribed aamaal), people have seen your righteous deeds and there is even a big talk on that but your aim was not that and so you should not leave that amal. O honorable ones! Whichever ibaadat Allah has granted us tawfeeq to do, let Him grant ikhlaas too in those ibaadat. This indeed is a great wealth that Allah grants us ikhlaas in every single amal. Let the azmat (greatness) of dunya and its people get removed from the heart. Let their importance be removed for neither my needs are fulfilled by them nor I can get any material benefits from them nor I can get any praise from them for all these treasures are with Allah . If Allah wills, their hearts can turn; their tongues which are praising me can start criticizing me. Allah might turn their hearts from whom we are hoping to fulfill our needs for everything is in Allah’s hands. When everything is with Allah , then why shouldn’t I make Allah as the main purpose of the ibaadat? One should give high importance to this intention. Prophet feared for his ummah about shirk that they will get immersed in shirk. And he mentioned that it is shirk about riyaa, shirk-e-khafi, where one won’t even know that his deeds are getting lost, a hidden shirk.

The evil influence of riyaa on one’s life

One knows that prostrating before qabr is shirk and devotions for ghairullah is shirk but the creations are sitting inside the heart and to do ibaadat to get praise from them too is shirk for you have associated others with Allah in your ibaadat. To get name and fame from people, to save from people’s criticism and to gain wealth and status from them, one associated them in ibaadat and this is also shirk. Generally aiming for people’s praise takes over other priorities like wealth and status. The desire for praise is more. If we look at our lives from building house to anything, we want people to praise. The reason for all customs and traditions is this praise from people and one doesn’t leave those fearing what people will say and that people will taunt. The whole or our life is either to get the praise from people or to save from their criticism. Our entire life goes around this that what people will say. Believe it for this is the case. This has made our life far from fitrat (natural state) and our legs have come out of chador either fearing people or desiring for their praise. What do these creations have? Nothing! If you try to please them the whole of your life, it won’t happen if Allah doesn’t will. There might be some flattering but there won’t be any respect in their hearts. The makhlooq has so sat in the heart that everything is being done for their sake. They want only their praises and they want only to be saved from their criticism. They never care that they don’t get dishonored before Allah . They don’t have any realization that they should have honor in the sight of Allah . Think before every amal, why I am doing this.

How ignorant is to lose one’s deeds for this worthless dunya!

It is because of ikhlaas, the noble Companions (RA) reached a very high status. The world was nothing before their eyes. Our beloved Prophet said that the whole of this dunya and all its treasure, from under the earth and above it, does not have worth equal to even a mosquito’s wing to Allah .  If this world has any worth then Allah wouldn’t have given even a drop of its water to the kuffaar. This is the merit of this dunya. Then how ignorant is to waste one’s hard work and righteous deeds for its sake? So O honorable ones! Ikhlaas is very much necessary that we should correct our intention before doing a deed, after doing a deed and in the middle of it that we do it for seeking Allah’s pleasure.  If you are doing some favor to someone, do some good to someone and whatever be the good deed, even be it a small act, the ikhlaas will make it a great act. Ask for Allah’s pleasure before every single act. Let Allah grant us all the wealth of ikhlaas. Ameen

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis dated on 13.5.2012



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