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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

The Poison of Music

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Wamina alnnasi man yashtaree lahwa alhadeethi liyudilla AAan sabeeli Allahi bighayri AAilmin wayattakhidhaha huzuwa. Al-Quran-31:6

But there are, among men, those who purchase idle tales, without knowledge (or meaning), to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah and throw ridicule (on the Path)

The music grows nifaaq as the water grows the crops

Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas’ud, Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar, Hazrat Jabir bin Abdullah, Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas (Radhiyallahu anhum), all these great personalities told that the above ayat was descended on the blasphemy of kuffaar. There is a word here, “lahwa alhadeeth”. Relating to this, these great Hazraat told that it refers to songs and music. Our beloved Prophet ﷺ said that he was sent to this world to eradicate musical instruments. Our Prophet ﷺ told that the music so grows hypocrisy in the hearts as the water grows the fields. When a doctor says that a certain food will give rise to a certain disease and even though the doctor might be a Hindu or a Christian, one will trust his skill and give up that food immediately. He won’t even ask how that food is related to that disease and the doctor being a Hindu or a Christian, he will so trust his skill that he won’t even have any dispute with him. He was addicted to that food for forty years but he left that in a moment. He believes what a Christian say and in fact when his child is addicted to that certain food, to save that child from that food is considered as shakkat. He thinks that as wishing well as per the rights of that child and tells the child with loving words that the particular food will cause disease and the mother won’t give the child that food even though he cries and screams.

Are we the well-wishers or the enemies of our children?

And here is the Prophet ﷺ of the universe, behind whose truthful words the knowledge of Allah ﷻ is and behind whose truthful words the establishment of wahi (revelation) is, he is saying that nifaaq (hypocrisy) is created through music, and the ignorant Muslim asks how? He can trust the skill of a Hindu and a Jewish doctor, he can trust the knowledge of a Christian doctor, but this ignorant muslim in spite of calling himself a Muslim, he doesn’t trust the words of the Prophet ﷺ! Even after being a Muslim, he asks how is this and why? When a certain food is said to cause some disease by a doctor, the child is prevented from that food and it is thought to be good but today when the child cries, he is left to hear the music to make him calm! A strange scene! Give him the instruments of music and he would be calm! Is this enmity or well wishing? On one hand, the child is prevented from taking certain food and the food is kept away from him as per the advice of a Christian doctor and it is interpreted as well wishing while on the other hand, the child is equipped with musical instrument to keep it calm and in fact they are admitted in a school where this is arranged. Is this well wishing or enmity? Either he is not wishing good for the child or he does not trust the words of the Prophet ﷺ. Either of the two should be correct. If he really wishes good for the child and if he trusts the Prophet ﷺ, then definitely he will keep his child away from these instruments and he will keep his house clean from this dirt. If not, then he does not trust the words of the Prophet ﷺ that it will create nifaaq. If he trusts the words of the Prophet ﷺ, then he is not wishing good for the child for he is creating nifaaq in the child. If he really trusts the Prophet ﷺ and he cares for the child and he is his well wisher, then definitely the music cannot be heard in his house.

The two sounds most hateful to Allah

The Prophet of Allah ﷺ said that two things are extremely hateful to Allah ﷻ: 1) The music that is raised during singing and 2) The moaning during a calamity. There are only two phases in the life, the time of happiness and the time of being sad. The Muslim goes into playing music in the happy moments and during his moments of grief he moans, screams, cries and laments. The Prophet ﷺ says that both these sounds are extremely hateful to Allah ﷻ. If there is an epidemic of cholera and it is been announced that the cholera is spread by a certain fruit and if a small vendor crosses one with the same fruit, what will he tell him? O the heartless, what are you doing, why have you become the enemy of humanity, why do you want to kill the human beings, the plague is spread through this fruit and why you are selling this fruit? This is what will be said. In case, by mistake what will happen if a child gets that in the house? Won’t one be shocked and stop him explaining to him that the plague is spread through that fruit. There is so much of trust that the plague is spread through that food and the seller, the buyer, the less intelligent and everyone is told off. Now the vehicle in which my child goes has the sound of the music, the van in which he goes has the sound of the music, the van in which he comes has the sound of the music, if he goes to school there is the sound of the music, if he goes to a wedding there is the sound of the music and wherever one goes, one gets to hear this filth. This sin has been so widely established that none thinks it as a sin, and the Prophet ﷺ is calling it to be the nourishment for nifaaq.

Nifaaq and its consequences

As this nourishment is available everywhere, the man has become two faced and this is the reality of the nifaaq that a person is different from how he is seen. While his look is something, his inner is something very different. This is called nifaaq. As this nourishment is available everywhere, the man is double faced and his reality is entirely different from how he looks. One thinks how come this can happen from a person when he used to pray, fast and what sort of things he did! This is because of the presence of nifaaq as the music was playing in his house which clashes with his ears every day. Our beloved Prophet ﷺ told once that faces of some people of his ummah will become deformed and when they wake up in the morning they will look like monkeys and pigs. Abdullah bin Umar  asked “O Prophet of Allah ﷺ, won’t they be Muslims?” The Prophet ﷺ said, “No no, they would have uttered the shahaadah bearing witness that they believe in Allah ﷻ and His Messenger ﷺ and they would even fast”. It was then asked, “Why would this happen to them then?” The Prophet ﷺ replied, “They would be playing music and drinking alcohol during the night and in the morning, their faces would be deformed.” So music is the nourishment for nifaaq and is present everywhere. Abdullah bin Nafi  narrated that once as Abdullah bin Umar  was going with him and the pipe was heard, he immediately placed his fingers in his ears and he walked far away and asked him, “Nafi, are we hearing anymore?” He replied, “No”. Abdullah bin Umar  then told him that once he was going with the Prophet ﷺ when pipe was heard and he ﷺ immediately placed his fingers in the ears so the music doesn’t enter the ears.

The music will shower calamities on the people

The baatin (inner) of a person is dirtied with this music for one gets the nifaaq and that is why his outer is different from his inner which is accustomed to the sound of shaitaan and he couldn’t get rid of the filth as it has become his habit. And today this filth has spread everywhere. Our beloved Prophet ﷺ said when music becomes so common and widespread like from house to house, then the trials and tribulations will so befall people one after another just like the beads will fall off when the string is cut off. When a voice of one disaster stops, the other one starts. When a voice of one calamity doesn’t even stop, the other one comes. The Prophet ﷺ has spoken the truth. Our beloved Prophet ﷺ told that a time will come when the public treasury will be used as a personal money, people will breach the trust, they will consider zakat as burden and tax, they will gain religious knowledge to gain the worldly benefits, the wife will be obeyed and the mother will be abandoned, the friends will be made close considering them to be well-wishers and the father will be hated, voices will be raised inside the masaajid, the music will be common in every single place. When one opens the door of the driving room, the music is heard and it is heard when one sits in a vehicle and when he sits in the airplane. And the music is heard everywhere when the Prophet of Allah ﷺ is saying that to be the most hateful sound to Allah ﷻ and he ﷺ is saying that the music creates nifaaq in a person.

Hazrat Fuzayl bin Ayaz (RA) used to say that the songs and music is the mantar (charm) of zina (adultery, fornication) because of which the sexual desires get kindled and slowly and slowly the man gets impure and his chastity falls into danger. This is the mantar of zina. So the music will be wide spread, the alcohol will be drunk, people will wear silk, the worst man and the most filthiest will be their leader, people will honor him just because they be saved from his evils while there won’t be any respect in their hearts, the people of lowest rank will speak worst of those of higher ranks, the women will imitate men and the men will desire to be like women. The Prophet ﷺ continued that the calamities will then befall people like beads will fall off when the string is broken. Today the voice of calamities is heard from every single direction. The calamities are falling one after another. There is adversity in whole of the society. Two sins are so established in our society that we seek refuge from that: 1) In every single place, one can find those who do not pray (benamaazi) and that too the sin is very open and 2) In every single place, one can see obscenity (behayaa’i) very open. These have made the whole environment disastrous. Benamaazi and behayaa’i have brought disaster in whole of the environment.

The society’s degradation is linked with the musical instruments

O the honorable ones! The Prophet ﷺ has said that the music creates nifaaq and Hazrat Fuzail bin Ayaz (RA) is saying this is the mantar of zina. The well wishing for children is that they are saved from this mantar and they are saved from this nifaaq. They are only children and they are very innocent. They might not realize but slowly and slowly they will become addicted to it. If one gets habitual to it and even if Allah ﷻ gives him tawfeeq to repent from it, if he hears the music slightly, then he will get inclined towards it and this is because this has Satanism in it. Even if one hears after years and years, he will still get inclined to it for such is its attracting power. The effect of shaitaan is present in it completely. That is why our Prophet of Allah ﷺ said that this is the most hateful sound to Allah ﷻ. In fact the sign of degradation and abjectness of a nation is that these musical instruments get in the hands of the youth of that nation. Can I tell you the sign of the loftiness and the honor of a nation? That is when there is arrow and sword in the hands of its youth and the sign of degradation and abjectness of a nation is when its youth have tabla (percussion) and sarangi (fiddle) in their hands. This is said by Iqbal. The youth is dancing with guitar in his hands and he remains happy with the guitar. And today these instruments are made to be things of honor in our society. Fifty years back, the people of this art are considered to be low class people. No one takes their daughters’ marriage proposals to them as these people of this art used to be a very low class people. Their musical skill used to be hated and if they repent, then anyone can become beloved to Allah ﷻ. One can become even the wali (friend) of Allah ﷻ. Anyway definitely there was a hate for this art. But they were then so favored with awards and honorarium and they were so brought to the front that now they have become the idols for the youth of this nation.

Protect the younger generation from this filth

Today in the educational institutes, there is a determined time to teach this thing. How is it related to education! Unfortunately the hands in which our youth and the new generation are brought up are not our well-wishers but our enemies. This is the most unfortunate thing. Those in whose hands our youth are and to whom our new generation go to study are unfortunately not our well-wishers but evil wishers. So they make only the nourishment of nifaaq available to them from which comes the nifaaq and the outer and the inner are very different. O the honorable ones! The well wishing for the children is that we keep them protected from this filth. The house in which the music is heard, the camps of shayateen are set there as the shaitaan likes this sound very much. Very much liked. The house then cannot be saved from adversity by anyone. There are only calamities in there and only darkness is present. Let Allah ﷻ protect and protect again and again and let it not happen that our generation gets addicted to it and die in that state. There are some fortunate ones who return to Allah ﷻ when they are in prostration and when they are reciting the Quran. Some can be so unfortunate that one is hearing the music while driving and dies in an accident in that state. A person dies as he was hearing. There is this same sound everywhere. The vehicles in which our kids go to school, they get to hear this in the very morning. There is no realization today that what our kids are absorbing inside them. And the state in which a person dies, he will be raised up in that same state.

We will die like how we live

Our beloved Prophet ﷺ said that our death will come just like how we live and we will be raised up just like how we die. Whatever you were doing while dying, you will be raised up doing the same. O the honorable ones! Let Allah ﷻ clean the houses, business places and institutes of Muslims from this filth for this has a big misfortune. The tabla, surangi, musical composition, drum are all most hateful to Allah ﷻ. The Prophet ﷺ told that he came to eradicate these musical instruments. There is too much of courage today, a man is calling himself an ummati of the Prophet ﷺ and he is standing against the Prophet ﷺ! He ﷺ came to eradicate and he works to spread it. He ﷺ came to break these instruments and he gives them as dowry for his daughter. He came to end these things and he is decorating his house with these things. He is really having much courage! Do not know how he will bear the fire! Today the realization of this sin has come to an end. How big is this very sin! It so happens that a person himself might not be an addict but he will go to the wedding where the music is being played and he becomes a participant as he doesn’t realize that to be a sin.

The demand of eemaan

Being a believer, the eeman (faith) demands that he stop the evil and if he doesn’t have the strength, he speak against it and if he doesn’t have even that strength, then at least have the despise for that evil. Hate it and at least do not make you associated with it. When fire is caught, I try to put it down myself and when I cannot, I call for people’s help and if they don’t come and the fire is spreading, I take my things and save myself from the fire. As the realization of this filth is removed from one, he gets associated with it. When one goes to a hotel, the music is heard and if he doesn’t have enough courage to tell them with loving words, then he can go to some other place but he stays there nourishing his nifaaq. As the realization has ended, this sin has become very common. Neither one cleans his house with this filth nor do the elders take any responsibility to stop it and it is getting very common. O the honorable ones! The effect of things that Prophet of Allah ﷺ told is very true. Let any skilled person today tell that this will happen because of this, see how one believes. Now when the Prophet of Allah ﷺ says, then the trust on him has so weakened that one asks, “What is the relation between music and nifaaq?” The noble Companions of the Prophet (RadhiAllahu anhum) so trusted the Prophet ﷺ and firmly believed in his words that even if something had a strong base intellectually, they never dared to ask him why and how it can happen.

An example of the Companions’ trust in the words of the Prophet

When Prophet ﷺ went for the journey of miraj during a short time in the night and he travelled from mecca to Bait-ul-Muqaddas and from there he went up to the heavens, journeyed through jannah and returned, the man of enlightening thought of that time, the intellect, Abul Hakam whose name became Abu Jahl later came running to Abu Bakr Siddique  saying, “Listen what your friend is saying”. His thought was that today Abu Bakr  will leave the company of the Prophet ﷺ for this is not believable that he ﷺ travels all the way from mecca to baitul Muqaddas, then to the heavens, journeys through jannah and returns back on the same night. He was so confident that today Abu Bakr  will proclaim to part from the Prophet ﷺ. And so he came running to him saying, “Did you listen what your friend is saying?” He  asked, “Who?” Abu Jahl replied, “The same Muhammad bin Abdullah for he is saying that he traveled to baitul Muqaddas, then to the heavens, journeyed through jannah and returned back on the same night” Abu Bakr  said that if these words were uttered by Muhammad ﷺ, then he spoke the truth. If it was indeed him who told then for sure it is true and there is no second opinion. This is eemaan.

The dangerous and shocking environment of our children

O the honorable ones! If our beloved Prophet ﷺ said that the music nourishes nifaaq, then these words are true. The inner baatin gets ruined. So it is very necessary that our lives and our children’s lives be saved from this. The truth is wherever our children are going today, those people never claim and there is no obstinacy in them that your children will become people of Allah ﷻ and His Messenger ﷺ after coming to them and they never claim that the appreciation of eeman and Islam will become alive in them and their eemaan will become matured. Rather if we leave our children like this, after some years they will say that there is nothing called eemaan and kufr, shirk and tawheed (oneness of God), revelation and the Last Prophet ﷺ for all these things will become insignificant for them. This is because the institutes where are our children are studying, there is no mention of revelation, the azmat (greatness) of Allah ﷻ, Prophethood and Muhammad  ﷺ. Rather it is more and more tried to eliminate all these things. This is the reason why the generation that comes out of this institute and moves to other countries, they get married to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and Qadiyanis.

The respect for islam comes to an end and the distinction between shirk and tawheed gets destroyed. So do not leave these new generations in such environments very freely. There their land is made favorable so the seed of the nifaaq germinate well. That is why in the whole of that surrounding, the musical environment is given and it is taught properly so that their hearts can easily tolerate the kufr and apostasy. Every sin is made to be tolerated easily and the music levels the heart for that and levels the land of the heart. That is why today nothing comes without music to make the heart favorable so he accepts every single sin and this is happening. The sin which will make us nervous twenty or thirty years back today has been easily accepted through slow poisoning by making the heart favorable for that. Everything is accepted because whenever the TV is switched on, the music falls on the ears and whenever the TV is switched on, absurd picture comes before the eyes. It has all been tolerated, isn’t? Today how much ever be the absurdity along the path, it is tolerated when those who are sticking it are Muslims. And we do not know what the state of their children is. So the land has become so favorable that every sin is tolerable. O the honorable one! It is very essential that we purify our houses from such instruments and filth. Our last hope is our beloved Prophet ﷺ that he ﷺ will give us water from Rawza-e-Kawthar and through whose hand, intercession will be accepted. Now the Muslim is standing against the Prophet ﷺ for he ﷺ came to eradicate the musical instruments and he wants to sell it. He ﷺ came to eradicate the musical instruments and he wants to spread it. He ﷺ came to eradicate the musical instruments and he wants to decorate his house with that. Now even the last hope will get removed from one’s life.

Replace music with the recitation of Quran

We are having the hope that he ﷺ will intercede for us and by standing by his ﷺ flag, we will get salvation, isn’t? So let one get hatred to this sin and one get despise to this sin and the new generation be saved from this. O honorable ones! Let it so happen that in place of music, the recitation of Quran is heard in our houses and in place of becoming addicted to music, one gets addicted to the recitation of Quran. Aforetime in the houses of Muslims, the Quran used to be recited during the tahajjud time. The mothers and daughters used to so recite the Quran that in madinah munawwara, when men go to Masjid-un-Nabawi for tahajjud salah, they hear their recitation from the houses as the buzzing of bees. The recitation of Quran from every single house! The mothers, sisters and daughters everyone used to recite. Tell me how much those children would have become the coolness of the eyes of their parents and how much noor would be in that house. That is why our beloved Prophet ﷺ said with his truthful tongue that wherever the Quran is recited, the angels get crowded and the crowd gets so extended that they reach the heavens. Those who recite the Quran so shine to the dwellers of heavens as the stars shine to the dwellers of the earth. Such is how is the shine of the houses wherein the Quran is recited for those in heavens.

The power of Quran

How blessed are those houses from where such a Quran recitation comes! The men and women both used to recite the Quran. The manzil you see in the Quran like manzil 1, 2, 3.., these seven manzils used to be the custom of Muslims that they used to recite one manzil everyday and in one whole week, they used to complete a Quran. Such was the recitation. The kalaam of Allah ﷻ in houses and the recitation of Allah’s ﷻ kalaam, SubhanAllah! Let Allah ﷻ make it so that we become masters of reciting Quran again. Just like the nifaaq grows with music, the eeman gets so progressed with the Quran recitation that Hazrat Ikrima  says that the one who is habitual of reciting Quran and reaches old age, Allah ﷻ keeps his mind very sound. And so let the Quran be more and more recited in the old age so the light of his mind remains good because of the barakah of Quran’s noor and there is strength and energy in his heart. However old he is, his memory and his mind remains sound. The Quran has its own power. O the honorable ones! Let not the voices of shayaateen and Satanism be heard in our houses. Rather there be the recitation of Quran. Half of our adversities and tensions will end as such if we don’t have these instruments of sins in our houses because wherever we don’t have these instruments of sins, the Angels start coming and the shayateen say to themselves that there is no more nourishment for them and they should move out now. Their nourishment is finished and the man feels rahmath (mercy), affection, love and peace inside the house.

Create a righteous environment in your house

When you visit the masaajid of Allah ﷻ, you will feel a unique attachment and depending on the worshipping and righteous environment present inside a masjid, one will accordingly feel the attachment. Aforetime the mothers, sisters and daughters used to so make the environment of the house that as soon as one steps inside the house, one feels the peace. That is why a person came to the Prophet ﷺ and asked him where he can find salvation for there is more fitna wherever he turns. The Prophet of Allah ﷺ replied that keep your tongue in control and let your house suffice you. Let the house be so radiant and religious that as soon as one steps in his house, his eemaan is protected and the eemaan gets progressed. Let there be the custom of Quran recitation inside the houses and everyday let all the family members gather together and read some religious book for ten minutes regularly. There is more barakah in the house because of this in which there is motivation for the recitation, prayer, and righteousness. Moreover in some cases when a husband cannot tell the wife and the wife cannot tell the husband, when the father cannot tell his grown up son, these things can be explained through the books. So let there be religious narrations everyday and ten minute be allotted to read religious books like fazaail-e-aamaal, fazaail-e-zakaat and there are many islaahi (reformation) orations which can be read every day.  If you see the family is lacking in something then one can encourage them on that particular subject. O the honorable ones! Aforetime there used to be a very good environment like when the child goes to his maternal grandma’s house, there is good environment, when he goes to his paternal grandma’s house, there is righteous environment, when he goes to friends, he will find them too righteous and when he goes to educational institutes, there is also good environment and the good was dominant that time while today, to speak the truth the evil is dominant. It is very necessary for us that wherever we have the influence, it is made sure that at least the environment of our houses remains religious.

Let us everyday have such narrations and the book is read for few minutes and one have concern for this. And then every week or every fortnight, make time along with the children and family members to come in contact with some reliable religious scholar and hear the religious things with utmost consideration. Go there with the thinking that it is very essential for your spiritual well being and to gain progress in your eeman and deen. Even after this, if things didn’t change in the house, then consult with one’s guide and elders about improving the state of the environment of the house. When one gives consideration to this, then one gets the help of Allah ﷻ and the children and the environment will become the coolness of one’s eyes. If we don’t have any regard for this, then even though one might be religious, his religiousness won’t be protected tomorrow. At times, because of family members, one’s religiousness is not protected. There should be some hard work that the environment should be good and everyone should get this thought of progressing one’s eemaan and religion. That is why there is the duaa of the righteous slaves, Rabbana hab lana min azwajina wa dhuriyyatina qurrata A’yunin”.” Our Lord! grant us in our mates and offspring the joy of our eyes”. O the honorable ones, it is very essential to create a good environment in the house. Keep your lives and your houses clean from the musical instruments and instruments of sins so the Angels of Allah ﷻ come there and a righteous environment is created there. Let Allah ﷻ helps us all to act on what we hear, preach and write. Ameen

Tips to Achieve contentment

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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

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

The boatman and the people

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

Allah ﷻ is saying:

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

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

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

Will any wise man invest in someone’s house?

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

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

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

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

Extinguish the fire of hirs with contentment

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

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

The story of Ibrahim ibn Adham (RA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

The biggest admonisher

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

An analogy to ponder

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

The signs of an akhirat oriented person

1.    Contentment

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

2.    Repentance

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

3.    Strong affinity towards righteous deeds

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

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

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

How to remember the death?

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

There is no comfort, but the comfort of the Hereafter

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

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

The Sifaat of a Muslim

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Sifaat and its necessity

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

The Humility of the pious

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

Powerful stories from the past

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

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

The present day muslims and the traits of Bani Israel

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

Tolerance and forgiveness

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

Azmat of Muslims in the heart

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

Tolerating difficulties from one’s spouse

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

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

1)      A wife who acts in accordance with his temperament

2)      Righteous children

3)      Righteous friends

4)      Good neighbors and

5)      His livelihood is based in his homeland

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

The sifaat of pious women

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

1)      She establishes five times salah

2)      She is obedient to her husband

3)      She keeps her husband happy

4)      She protects her tongue from backbiting and tale bearing

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

6)      She is patient during the times of difficulty

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

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis (23.03.2012)

Worry about the Islaah of Children

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The tarbiat of Muslim children differs from the children of Kuffar

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

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

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

The pious Muslim predecessors were never proud of worldly possessions

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

Luqman-e-Hakeem and the tarbiat of his son

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

Place the azmat of Allah in the child’s heart

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

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

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

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

The effect of tarbiat in the muslims of past

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

The powerful verse of Allah

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

The worry of livelihood and its fitna

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

Make the children to establish salaah

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

Teach akhlaaq to the children

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

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

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

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

The trials are also a mercy from Allah ﷻ

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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

الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ

أُولَـٰئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَاتٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ ۖ وَأُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُهْتَدُونَ

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

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

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

The sign of a believer

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

Sabr comes with the love of Allah

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

The season for earning more deeds

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

The trials are expiation of sins

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

Allah is the most merciful and affectionate of all

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

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

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

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

Trials elevates one’s rank

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

The great people of this ummah faced tough trials

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

Allah takes immediate retribution from those whom He loves

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

The barakaat of saying Bismillah

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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