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The trials are also a mercy from Allah ﷻ

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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

الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ

أُولَـٰئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَاتٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ ۖ وَأُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُهْتَدُونَ

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

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

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

The sign of a believer

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

Sabr comes with the love of Allah

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

The season for earning more deeds

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

The trials are expiation of sins

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

Allah is the most merciful and affectionate of all

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

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

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

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

Trials elevates one’s rank

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

The great people of this ummah faced tough trials

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

Allah takes immediate retribution from those whom He loves

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

The barakaat of saying Bismillah

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have the azmat for masaajid

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis- 27.01.2012

Control the tongue

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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

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

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

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

Morning Tarbiati Majlis-29.01.2012

Is it a punishment or a trial?

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Spiritual diseases are more detrimental than physical diseases. One of the worst diseases is exalting oneself and claiming purity of oneself. This is the mother of all diseases and 90% of sins are caused by this. When one thinks high of himself, he gets hasad (jealousy) of one who is exalted in that quality which he thinks high of him. The cure for this is to do the person towards whom we have jealousy more favor and to praise him in public. Jannah is made for those who are pure from pride. If we have kibr, we should think how we are born and from what thing we are created and this will show us our status. A man’s physique shows his physical maturity and when a man gets rid of kibr, he is said to be spiritually matured. The main objective of sitting in the majlis of buzurgs (pious elders) is to get rid of kibr and get humility and submissiveness. When a person has this disease in his heart, his heart won’t be inclined towards sitting in such majlis. This disease gets more detrimental when one doesn’t recognize this disease. If he thinks himself as intelligent and not others, then that’s the worst disease. When a person doesn’t know he is sick, how will he benefit from a doctor? This kibr deprives a person from finding solution when he knows there is some problem and when he sees evil, he won’t have the courage to stop it. This is the worst outcome of kibr.

Our buzurgs used to be such that even when a small child or anyone points out the mistake, they will immediately look at themselves because they were free from kibr while we try to justify our self and falsify the one pointing out the mistake. When we touch a hot object or ice cube with our hands, we immediately sense it but when there is no life in those hands, it won’t sense anything. So is the case with our hearts. When it is alive, it will sense any sin or evil. When you wear clean clothes ironed well, you will immediately recognize even a small stain on those clothes but if the clothes are fully soiled, we won’t recognize any stain attached to it. Imam Shafi RA whenever he finds difficulty in understanding a masaail, he will immediately turn to Allah SWT in forgiveness as he knows well that some sin has stopped him from understanding the issue. Another buzurg told that the imam could recognize because his sins are very few in number. The very nature of sins is that they are highly detrimental and it can deprive us of blessings. Sometimes we see a person performing more nafil salahs or reciting more Quran but suddenly if he was derived of those righteous acts, that is because of the sins.

A man in bani Israel during Musa AS time told that he is committing sins but Allah SWT is overlooking him. Allah SWT sent the wahi to Musa AS to ask the man to see that Allah SWT has removed enjoyment in his salah. When we lose khushu in salah and when we find the ibadah very cumbersome losing interest, then that is because of our sins. Sometimes a person might be deprived of obedience from those under him. One should then ask himself if he is obedient to the one above him because of which he is the facing the disobedience from those under him. If one wants to know if he is going through a punishment or a trial, then the thing that differentiates is if a man gets more distressed, then that’s the punishment and if he is not distressed but content, then that’s the trial to exalt him. This is like when an enemy comes from behind and presses you, you will get more distressed but when your dear friend comes and presses you from behind, you will feel much comfort. Let Allah SWT grant us all a life of taqwa and give us the ability to act on what we hear, write and read. Ameen

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis-5.2.2011

Do the best whatever you can and yearn for that you cannot do

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The glory of the believers have been that they do best whatever they are capable of and yearn for that they cannot do. This is like a man who works for wealth. He tries hard to achieve something and whatever he cannot achieve, he yearns for that. Both a kaafir and a muslim live in this world but a kafir works for this world while a muslim works for the akhirat. There was a buzurg who in his old age used to recite the whole of the quran in his nafil salahs every single day. Now if we cannot recite like that, at least we can yearn and long for that. In a hadeeth, it was said that there was a man whose rich neighbor used to spend a lot of money in the path of Allah SWT. Seeing this, the man yearned and wished that he too had that much money and spend in path of Allah SWT. In the akhirat, both the rich man and this man earned the same reward. The problem with us is we don’t even yearn for righteousness.

When we are capable of something, we should then take courage and do that act. When we can offer sunnah salahs, pray tahajjud, prolong the nafil salah, then we should take courage and do it without being heedless. When we are capable of cutting off of our sleep a little, then we should take effort to cut off and same goes with talking less and eating less. There are some whose wudhu keeps breaking and if they cannot offer more nafil salahs, they at least yearn for it. Most of the times, we don’t do righteous deeds or give up sins because our nafs says that we cannot do and this is the deception of nafs and shaitan. Say there is a small boy and his father asks him to lift 5 kg weight when he cannot, what would we think of that father? We would think it is very unjust of him to demand such thing from a small child and he is not in proper mind. Allah SWT has given everyone of us the ability to abstain from committing every single sin and that is why He SWT has forbidden us from carrying out such acts. Allah SWT being the wisest won’t demand something we cannot do. When a father won’t ask his child to do something out of his capability, why would Allah SWT do?

It is the law of Allah SWT that His help would only come when we take efforts. Allah SWT knows in advance that the enemies in the battle of khadaq will run away because of fierce cold winds that will uproot the enemies’ tents but Prophet SAW and the companions didn’t stay calm sitting in the masjid without doing anything. They tied the stone on their stomach and dug the trench with the best of their efforts and then came the Allah SWT’s help. Prophet SAW dug the tunnel taking axe with his own hands tying up the stone on his stomach. If Yusuf AS didn’t run to the door even though the doors were locked, the doors wouldn’t have been opened for him. He took the efforts and so the doors opened. There was a buzurg who was imprisoned. Every Friday, he would do ghusl, wear clean clothes and the come to the door of the prison praying, “Ya Allah! Whatever I can, I took the efforts and it is up to You to do whatever You wish.” Now he being the buzurg, a miracle could have so happened that the door opened for him but he was given the greater miracle than this and that is the constant effort he would take every Friday to prepare himself for jumuah even though the doors were locked. It is a great miracle to do any deed with much effort and courage.

Most of us have become weak before our nafs and are deceived that we cannot do and we never take any effort or have courage and we simple do whatever our nafs commands. When our nafs commands us to sleep for 8 hrs, we sleep for 9 hrs. Hazrat says that there was a road and on two sides of the road there were trees. From far, it appeared to a man that the road was blocked by trees. He was hopeless and so he didn’t take any steps towards that road and never found the path. On the other hand, another man took steps taking courage and as he advanced, the path opened up for him. Losing courage before doing any act will deprive us from that act. We should constantly take efforts and labor for righteousness when we will get the fruit. If our wives or children do not offer salah, we should not lose courage. Say, a man comes to know that his son is stealing money from his pocket everyday and his wife is planning to kill him, won’t he take any efforts? Will he be ok after 21 days without bothering what the son is doing or will he worry that he has been doing this every day? This is just the nafs that deceives us saying that we cannot do anything. We should take efforts constantly and the things will change. The prophet Nuh AS took efforts not just one or two days but for 950 years to call people towards Islam. We can imagine how a Prophet would call his people with full of care and affection towards them and he didn’t become hopeless but continuously tried for 950 years, a very very long time and in the end it was only about 80 people who accepted him. Be it the islah of our own selves or our family, we should never give up and become hopeless.

We should try our best to do proper wudhu and pray with khushu and rest is with Allah. After taking efforts whatever we can we should say, “Ya Allah! Whatever I can, I did and it is up to you to accept it.”  A man might be weak in abstaining from backbiting as poor he is sick with that disease but he should keep trying and every time he falls in the sin, he should repent sincerely and inshaaAllah he will be successful one day and so is the case with people with other spiritual diseases. Some people can pray with khushu without much distraction while some even after taking much effort will be subjected to wasawis. Every time they get such wasawis, they ignore and turn back to Allah SWT and keep trying. Now these people will get more ajr (reward) than the former. So here are the two tips to beautify your life, do the best whatever you cannot without being heedless and yearn for that you cannot do. If we hold on to these two tips, not just our life, thousands of people’s lives would change through us. Let Allah SWT help us all to act on what we hear, write and read. Ameen

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis dated on 10th February 2012

Sabr and Eemaan

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Sabr (patience) is from eemaan. The importance of sabr in the life of eeman is like the importance of head attached to a body. Without sabr, eeman is not eeman. In a hadith it is being said that the one who is given sabr, indeed it is the greatest blessing and we also know that eeman is the greatest blessing. It might look contradictory if eemaan is the greatest blessing or the sabr, but when we ponder over this we will get it clear.  Our understanding of sabr is very limited for we think sabr is to remain silent when someone dies but the meaning is sabr is strange and astonishing. Sabr is to have control over forbidden desires. If we look at Abu Talib, the uncle of our beloved Prophet SAW, he loved the Prophet SAW so much throughout his life; he earned the enmity of others for the Prophet’s sake. When the meccans boycotted Prophet SAW and the believers, he too remained with him even though he didn’t bring eemaan. On his death bed, when our Prophet SAW was stressing him to utter the words of eeaan and Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab were preventing him from accepting Islam, Abu Talib told his beloved nephew that he knows for sure that he is truthful and his deen is the best of all but he fears that people will say that he accepted islam out of fear for the death and thus he died without accepting islam. Now Abu Talib was such a nice man and for the love he showed to our beloved Prophet SAW, even today we could only mention him with respect even though he died on kufr. What we have to see is that the thing that stopped him from accepting Islam is because he couldn’t have sabr over his nafs fearing what the people would say.

If we look at our own lives, when we give up obedience of Allah SWT, it is because we don’t have sabr on our nafs like what the society will say and so on. For example if a man is asked to give up taking interest, he would fear what status he will have in people’s eyes if his wealth decreases, if he loses two factories and come down to a single shop. Same goes with many traditions that people don’t want to give up for the sake of society even though they know that it is not allowed. This is because of the lack of sabr on their nafs and thus losing the life of eemaan. So now we know how sabr is strongly linked to eeman.  Sabr is when we control our self from taking revenge out of anger on someone when they harm us, say with their words. Whatever has to be said, a person has said and now the matter is in our hands, either we can use it for the benefit of akhirat by forgiving him or we can waste it by taking revenge. Our beloved Prophet SAW never took revenge for his own self throughout his life. When a person gets strong contact of Allah SWT, the words of people become insignificant, neither their praise will affect them nor their humiliating words. And this is the highest status for the people of Allah SWT will only bother about their status in the eyes of Allah SWT fearing for any sort of humiliation in His sight.

This is like those magicians during Prophet Musa AS’s time. When fir’aun threatened them that he would kill them for accepting Islam, it didn’t bother them. Once a dervish visited a king and he uttered something that offended the King and the king asked him to stop. The dervish laughed and king got angry and told him that he will throw him into the prison. The dervish laughed again and when the king asked what is making him laugh, the dervish replied, “I do not know how old I am and it doesn’t matter for me if I live inside the prison or outside the prison for the rest of my life and life after death is not in your hands and so I do not worry.”Hazrat Gangohi RA was almost compared to Imam Abu Haneefa RA. Once Hazrat Gangohi RA didn’t write any letters for a long time and when he was asked about it, he said he doesn’t have any status to say anything good but he said that he is in such a state that he doesn’t care what the people say about him. Today we look at the fault of others but we don’t at our own faults and this is the biggest fault when cannot see our own faults. When a person knows he is sick, he will take medicine and when he doesn’t know he is sick, he is moving towards destruction. When one knows his own faults, other’s faults will become insignificant in his eyes. This is like when one has wounds throughout his body from head to toe and he is experiencing extreme pain, a scratch in other’s body won’t affect him. There was a poet who was not religious but when he died, someone saw him in the highest stage of paradise and when asked about it, he said that before his death he uttered following words, “O Allah! I remained heedless throughout my life but I had eemaan in You and Your Rasul and couple of couplets” and by the generosity of Allah, he was forgiven and attained salvation. So things can happen like this too and we should never look down others. So worry about your own faults.

A person who gets the contact of Allah SWT gets strong eyesight with which he sees his faults more clearly and is occupied in worrying about himself without turning to others faults. A small evil in himself will worry him and make him restless. When a person becomes more inclined towards cleanliness and he remains clean, a small stain will worry him a lot. There was a time when he used to be in dirty clothes and he never bothered about that. There were times when a person won’t feel much when he misses salah but then he comes to a state that when he misses the first saff or first takbir, he gets worried. When we look at other believers going through trials, we should not think that they are facing that because of their sins. We should think that Allah SWT is raising their status through the trials. When gold is purified, it is subjected to extreme temperatures when it gets rid of impurities and shines and so does Allah SWT purify believers by passing them through trials. In a hadeeth it is said that the jannah is so blessed and filled with enjoyment but surrounded by trials and tribulations while hell is the worst place to live with full of torment but surrounded by desires and luxuries. The trials for the believers in this world are the gifts of jannah. So we should have husn-e-dhan (good opinion) when we think of other muslims but when we pass through trials, we should think that this is because of our sins and turn to Allah SWT in repentance.

It is important that we sit with deeni people as sitting with ignorant people can be detrimental. Once Prophet SAW was asked, “In whose majlis should one sit?” Prophet SAW replied, “When you see three characteristics in a person, sit with him. They are: 1) when you see his face, it reminds you of Allah SWT 2) He speaks good things like about deeni knowledge and abstains from unnecessary talks 3) His acts remind you of akhirat.” When one sees such a person, he should be considered very blessed and sit in his majlis. If we look for persons like Junaid Baghdadi or Shibi, we will never find such people and it is enough if we find people of above qualities without looking for those flying in the air or walking on the sea for we will never find them and if we keep waiting for them, we will remain like how we are. Let Allah SWT help us all to act on what we hear, write and read. Ameen

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis dated 3rd February 2012.



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