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How to Attain Ikhlaas or Sincerity?

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The Hindrance of Ikhlaas: Love for Fame and Wealth

The biggest amal (deed) of a man is that of ikhlaas (sincerity-for sake of Allah SWT alone). With ikhlaas, a small deed performed becomes a means of amassing great reward. When a big amal is done ostentatiously, it doesn’t carry any weight or reward. Hazrat Abdullah bin Mubarak (RA) said, “Many small deeds yearn great rewards because of ikhlas and many big aamaal become small due to improper intention”. A man become mukhlis (a sincere person) only when he loses any value for love of fame and wealth. It is difficult to achieve ikhlas with the love of world. Fame and money are two big branches of the love of world. When a man loses worth for these two aspects in his heart, he becomes a mukhlis. He would neither be a yearner of fame nor of wealth. He would be only yearning for Allah’s pleasure. Even the small amal of a person who is fortuned with ikhlaas does not remain small. The ikhlaas adds weight to the amal making it heavier than the mountains. But there is a huge sacrifice behind this ikhlaas which is to lose yearning for fame and wealth which is not a small feat. It is not a small task to get rid of love for fame and wealth from one’s heart.

Fame and Wealth are Highly Unsteady

The acceptance of amal is to do with ikhlaas. When there is ikhlaas in an amal, it becomes eligible to be accepted. Many waste the rewards for their amals because of improper intention. Great deeds are carried out, great services are done but due to negligence of intention and ikhlaas, the hard work goes wasted. People become exhausted by performing aamaal but they gain nothing due to negligence. Before doing a deed, you can at least ask your heart, “Why you are doing this?” After completion of that deed, beg and plead to Allah SWT to accept it. This will ensure to get it accepted inshaaAllah.  Please Allah SWT. The reality of fame and wealth is that they are very unstable. The yearner of fame is always reliant on others. If others praise him, he considers himself worthy and if others consider him disgraces, he becomes humiliated. The wealth has a similar trait, it won’t stay with anyone permanently. In fact, the aamaal based on ikhlaas is more steady and permanent as it keeps progressing with reward and acceptance both from Allah’s side and the side of creations.

The Weight of Ikhlaas

As many people lose the rewards due to negligence of intention, they should be reminded of ikhlaas very often. The inducement of Ikhlaas should continue. Very big hospitals are built, masaajid are built, and religious institutes are built but if the intention behind all this is fame, then what is the use? All these acts are great but as the one doesn’t know what ikhlaas is, how to make the proper intention and what the base and soul of aamaal is, he just wastes the rewards. The correctness of intention is such a great wealth by which a permissible act becomes an act of worship. Ikhlaas is to do an act for Allah SWT. A permissible act done for Allah SWT becomes a worship. A simple act of ibaadat done with ikhlaas becomes mountain-like and heavier than mountains. Hajj is such a great worship but when done with improper intention one gets nothing but exhaustion. So is fasting if done for ostentation, one gets nothing but hunger and thirst. Thus great aamaal go wasted because of incorrect intention. Today we have aamal but no khuloos (sincerity, purity).

Ikhlaas Purifies the Heart from Spiritual Diseases

Unless the fame and wealth, the two big branches of love of world fall before your eyes, you cannot get ikhlaas. It is very difficult to attain ikhlaas without losing the above two aspects. When the fame or wealth stands before the aamaal, it dissipates all the rewards. One worked hard and assiduously but wasted the aamaal. What a great loss! Ikhlaas becomes a means for purity of heart from rancor, malice and other spiritual diseases and becomes a source of acceptance of aaamaal. When a man is mukhlis free from love for fame and wealth, he won’t have rancor, jealousy and malice for anyone in his heart as all these diseases or thorns grow on the tree of worldly love. When there is no worth for the world in his heart, how will he get rancor or malice? All these thorns come only on the tree of worldly love. When a man gets ikhlaas and he wants to please Allah SWT alone, his heart will remain pure from all the above diseases. Ilkhaas becomes a means for destroying sins. Hazrat Ibn Taymiyyah (RA) said, “When a man constantly do aamaal with ikhlaas, Allah SWT eliminates his major sins”. SubhanAllah! Such is the strength in ikhlaas.

Ikhlaas Eases Difficulties

There is a hadith that says a prostitute was forgiven for feeding water to a thirsty dog. This act was based only on ikhlaas. No one is watching her except Allah SWT and she is giving water to the thirsty dog to please Allah SWT. She was a prostitute and Allah SWT forgave all her major sins because of ikhlaas. Similarly removal of harmful things from the pathways with ikhlaas becomes a means for forgiveness of sins. We do so many permissible acts to which we are all accustomed such as there is none among us who do not eat or go to toilet or marry or wear dress or apply perfume etc. As we do not make correct intention, these acts do not become worship. By the blessings of proper intention and ikhlaas, these acts could have become worship. Difficulties eases through ikhlaas. It comes in a hadith that three people entrapped in a cave by a huge rock were brought out from the mouth of death by Allah SWT when they sought His SWT help through their deeds which they did with ikhlaas. One pleaded to Allah SWT that he served his parents only to please Him SWT, another said that he invested a small amount he owed a man in business and when he came back to get his due, he gave him back the wealth, cattle and slaves he gained through that business only for Allah’s sake and the third claimed that he had the complete control and strength to commit a sin but he gave it up when he was reminded of Allah SWT. All the three men presented these aamaal before Allah SWT and He SWT moved away the rock enclosing the cave where no air or light entered. There was none who helped them but solely by Allah SWT with His SWT power. Ikhlaas has a great strength. We keep saying we have obstructions in our lives and nothing but only sins are those obstructions that hinder our path. Difficulties are eased by the blessing of ikhlaas.

Ikhlaas Amasses Rewards

Due to ikhlaas, we can get reward for an act even if we lack the ability to do it. One can even attain the rank of a martyr or a mujaahid by ikhlaas while dying on the bed. There is a narration in sahih Bukhari by Anan bin Malik (RA). Some people stayed behind in Madinah while going for a battle due to some constraints but they got the same reward as those who fought because of their ikhlaas. Their intention was correct, their yearning was true, their aim was firm but they couldn’t go due to constraints and so Allah SWT granted them also the reward. Ikhlaas earns one reward. When an alim or faqih does a mistake but has correct intention, then Allah SWT rewards him even for his mistake. SubhanAllah! This is the wealth of ikhlaas. A man is protected from huge trials because of acts with ikhlaas. Allah SWT saved Prophet Yusuf (AS) from a great trial when it fell on him because he was a mukhlis. Ikhlaas makes a small act big, turns the permissible acts into worship, eases the difficulties and protects one from trials and amasses the reward. There are many aayats and hadith related to ikhlaas. Our beloved Prophet SAW said when a man prostrates with ikhlaas and gets up, his rank his raised to one degree and his one sin is forgiven. With one prostration with ikhlaas, Allah SWT is raising his rank, forgiving his sin and increasing his reward. Our Prophet SAW said when a man wakes up during the night and stands up in seclusion for prayer with eemaan and good expectation from Allah SWT, He SWT forgives all his sins. He is invisible to humans in the night, he woke up only to please Allah SWT, to earn reward from Him SWT and all his sins are forgiven.

If a man goes behind the funeral of a Muslim who is neither related to him by blood or by neighborhood nor has any commitment with attending his funeral but has the only intention to please Allah SWT and he prays janazah salah, stays until the burial, he will then return with two qirat of ajr (reward). The one who returns before burial will earn 1 qirat of ajr and the one who returns after burial will earn two qirat of ajr. The weightage of one qirat is greater than that of mount Uhud as comes in a hadith. Ikhlaas makes the amal heavy. A person might do the same act but if he aims something else, he wastes his amal. O the honorable ones! Ikhlaas is the life and soul of every amal. Ikhlaas is to do only for Allah’s sake and ikhlaas will enter the heart when the yearning for fame and wealth ends. Until a man is greedy of wealth and desirous of fame, it is very difficult to get ikhlaas. These attributes eat up a man’s amal. Before every amal, make the intention to please only Allah SWT and when you complete the amal, make duaa to Allah SWT to accept it. Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and Ismail (AS) were building Kaaba, great act as they will get reward of millions of people doing tawaf around Kaaba and after completion, they were found pleading and begging before Allah SWT to accept their act as He SWT is all hearing Who is hearing their duas and seeing their intention. The soul of every amal is ikhlaas. Sometimes the amal is really big such as building masjid, madrassah, hospital, feeding hundred thousands of people but due to incorrect intention, all goes wasted. First and foremost, shaitan doesn’t allow one to do amal, and if one stands up to do an amal, he doesn’t allow him to do with proper intention. And even if one does with correct intention, before reaching the grave, he makes it go wasted by mixing it with riyaa (ostentation). Let Allah SWT grant lkhlaas in our every single amal. Ameen

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis (24.02.2017)

 

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The Secret of Pleasurable and Peaceful life

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The man of worldliness, is always in prison and difficulty. There is a worldly man and a religious man. The religious man always prioritizes religion irrespective of having the world or losing it. The worldly man prefers the world irrespective of having or losing the deen and he won’t feel the dust or breeze of peace. Only Allah’s slaves are fortunate of obtaining peace and pleasure. There is a skill which is the secret of their freedom. The source of sorrow is unexpected happenings and this is the reality of sorrow or distress. The righteous slaves of Allah SWT cut off this very root of placing expectations in worldly things. Why should then there be sorrow? Hazrat Gangohi (RA) said, “Do not have any expectations from anyone”. He then asked the servants, “Tell me what you think of me?” They replied, “You are our guardian, benefactor and we cannot thank you enough for your favors”. Hazrat said, “I am telling from my heart, do not place any expectation even in me but only in Allah SWT”. If tawheed is residing in every single vein of a man like this, how will he have any expectation from anyone?

There is judiciousness of Allah SWT in whatever He SWT destines for you. The similitude of this is like a mother who applies medicinal drops to the painful eyes of the child. The child screams out of pain and is angry with the mother but when he gets the understanding, he prays for his mother. Similarly whatever pain and difficulty Allah SWT is giving you, it is in your favor and for your benefit in both the worlds. Without trials in this world, we won’t turn towards Him SWT. The man remembers his Lord when he is in difficulty. Without difficulty, we won’t be equipped for the akhirah. If you get death in this state, you will be purified by the hell fire rather than by the trials of this world. It is better we get purified right in this world. I will give you the glad tidings that the punishment of hell is for the purification of Muslims and not to punish. You know when your house lamp gets greased, it is cleansed by burning it. You are Allah’s lamp but greasy and your dirt will be purified by the hell fire. Cleansing of our dirt right in this world will obviate our purification in the akhirah. Allah SWT purifies Muslims by sending them the trials and difficulties. Now tell me, isn’t this for your good?

It is beneficial for akhirah and dunya that a man’s akhlaaq (conduct and behavior) gets upright through trials and difficulties. Trials and tribulations make a man good natured and without them arrogance, pharaoh-like nature and devilishness gets inside him. By blessings of trials, one gets humility, submissiveness and he realizes his status when Allah SWT reprimands him with difficulties. Uprightness of akhlaaq grants one more peace. Bad natured person saddens everyone and people see him as a villain. The reality of world gets disclosed by trials and tribulations and a man realizes that the world is not a place to which heart should be attached. This realization is a great knowledge and the world coming before a man with its reality is a great door to knowledge. When this knowledge is not obtained, a man will be immersed in ignorance and ignorance is a massive defect. Let Allah SWT grant us all the right knowledge. Ameen

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis (24.03.2017)

Get Close to Allah Azzawajal

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Make Intention

People are often deprived of blessings of dhikr because they do not intent advancement and blessings from it. For example, Quran says Salah is effective in preventing sins. But we do not intent to pray to save us from sins. Start praying with this intention, you will see the effect. We have decided to pray and also to commit sins. Perform Salah with the intention to save you from sins by its blessings. You will see the effect. Allah SWT is truthful in His words, offering Salah properly will eliminate sins from our lives. Salah and sins cannot exist together just like fire and water. This requires you to pray with this intention. We do not abandon Salah because we know well we will fall into trouble. Our faith is weak and we do not abstain from sins thinking how we can do business, run a family and live in this world without lies. We have anticipated that the sins will save us from problems. We think the problems will erupt if we stop lying. Allah SWT is saying, “Give up sins and you will be saved from all problems”. Glory to Allah SWT. Isn’t Allah SWT the most truthful? Our thinking is contrary to Allah’s saying. Allah SWT is not just saying your problems will be eased but you will be delivered from the problems. Similarly, people are often deprived of blessings of dhikr because they do not intent advancement and blessings from it. Dhikr is done customarily.

A pious elder said, “A Muslim does not do a righteous deed with a bad intention but he just does not intent”. You will definitely benefit if you do dhikr or recite Quran intending to acquire its benefits, blessings and radiance. Make ablution contemplating on the Prophet’s SAW words, “Ablution washes away the outer and inner sins”. See how you get the noor (radiance). See the difference against performing ablution, Salah and leaving the masjid heedlessly without contemplating on their benefits and blessings. The love of Allah SWT is not attained from the righteous deeds if His love is not intended. Customarily doing the deeds won’t fetch us Allah’s love. The Prophet SAW said, “The voluntary worship will bring the kurb (closeness) of Allah SWT”.  This requires us to first aim for Allah’s closeness. Praying heedlessly without intending for Allah’s kurb won’t get us kurb. This goes with any aspect.

Be Consistent in Your Daily Activities

Hazrat instructs to complete the daily deeni activities (maamul) in any state irrespective of being in wudhu or while sitting or walking. Abandoning the maamul after establishing it will deprive its blessings. Do the maamul assiduously with your utmost capacity. In accordance to perseverance, awareness of Allah SWT and mindfulness of etiquettes, you will obtain its blessings. If one has an excuse due to illness and he cannot do ablution, do the maamul in any state. Do not discontinue. Hazrat Sirri (RA) was sitting under a tree when he felt a voice is emanating from the tree. Allah SWT guides His SWT slaves in His SWT own way. He heard, “O Sirri! Be like me. People pelt stones at me and in turn I give them fruits”. Hazrat Sirri (RA) said mockingly, “If you are a great saint, why do people throw you in fire?”.  It said, “My one weakness wipes away all my good characteristics. I sway in whatever direction the wind blows and I am not stable”. Do the maamul by any means. You may feel lazy, lack in concentration and have no time but somehow do it. Do not leave the maamul and inshaaAllah everything will set right.

The Prophet SAW advised us to do acts consistently though small. This is better than doing righteous acts being awake throughout the night. You don’t have to stay awake for 3/4th of night or ½ of the night or even 1/4th of the night. Just pray four units of voluntary Salah during night but for Allah’s sake pray consistently. Sometimes when you feel the sleep is dominant and you find it difficult to wake up, and not much time is left, offer Salah with the intention of praying tahajjud before going to bed. Do not abandon. Let Allah SWT grant us all tawfeeq (divine help) and this is greatly blessed. Ameen. Abandoning the maamul after establishing it will deprive its blessings. Our beloved Prophet SAW said, “O Abdullah! Do not be like the man who used to pray during nights and then left it”. Do not give up a deed after making it habitual. This resembles a man who visits his ruler frequently and after establishing good relationship, he terminates his visit. The ruler will be displeased right? There won’t be any complaints against the one who does not establish any relationship. You established relationship with Allah SWT and left it. Worship Allah SWT in private.  This relationship is very essential.

Keep the Islahi Talluq Intact

Hazrat says, in islaahi talluq (spiritual contact with a Sheikh), even if you do not act on counselling, maintain the contact. He doesn’t prescribe more daily activities lest it becomes difficult but the reformation of aamal is very essential. This contact is blessed and hence keep asking the sheikh. The shaitan severs the contact and created suspicion. The nafs and the mood then leads the saalik. When his faith in sheikh surpasses his suspicions, he will ask everything to the sheikh. So there is blessing in talluq.  One disciple wrote to his sheikh that his nafs finds it very difficult to control his eyes requesting to prescribe him something by which he can permanently despise this distressing act. The sheikh replied, there is no solution except taking courage and laboring assiduously. Yes there are two acts that can assist this: 1) concentrating on dhikr of Allah SWT being mindful and (2) pondering over the punishment such as what would be the sin’s reaction, its loss, which blessing it would snatch away and what sort of things I will be deprived of by Allah’s anger. These two acts can assist but one should actually take courage and work. You should exert your nafs. Allah SWT assures the punishment for sin if we do not repent. If not today, we will be punished tomorrow or in old age or sometimes later but the punishment is sure. There are hundred thousands of blessings of Allah SWT descending on us and we never know which blessing we lost or the door of blessings shut because of our sins. Allah decides to exalt us but due to sins He SWT leaves us at lower level. The sinner doesn’t realize this. Contemplation of punishment and loss incurred by sins will give courage by its blessing. A sinner who is habitual of sins gets tangled up by problems and when Allah SWT grants him piety, life pure of sins, his affairs get set right. When Allah SWT says something, there is power behind it and none can stop Him SWT.

Increase Your Faith in Allah through Aamaal

A saalik questioned about the ways of attaining yaqeen (conviction) in Allah SWT. In reply he was asked to perform aamal (righteous deeds) by blessings of which he will develop yaqeen and is the only way. Yaqeen is created only by amal. When a man receives from Allah SWT and take decisions with Allah’s help by means of aamal he develops yaqeen in Allah SWT. If we want something from Allah SWT, our beloved Prophet SAW asked us to pray haajat-salah. If one’s need is not fulfilled by two units of hajat salah and he continuously prays without giving up finally getting the yaqeen then inshaaAllah his job will be done with just two units of salah. One will get yaqeen only through aamaal.  As per Prophet’s SAW saying, “Charity stands in the way of calamity”, a person continuously gives charity until his yaqeen is increased by its blessing. Eventually he will have more yaqeen in giving charity than visiting the doctor and he will get more peace in giving charity like he pays doctor’s fees. Our Prophet SAW said, “Treat the sick with charity”. Who believes this today? Only through aamaal, the yaqeen increases. There is no other way. Generally people do not know the reality of mashwara (consultation). When they find the consultation useful or detrimental, they blame solely the adviser. Consulting with a trustworthy person who is righteous and pious makes the decision easy and the faithful person is pleased with whatever comes from Allah SWT. There will be a definite blessing in the outcome. Let Allah SWT grant us the tawfeeq for amal and the true understanding of the deen. Ameen

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis (23.12.2016)

The True Purpose of Tasawwuf

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Sincerity and Courage

Fulfilling the rights of Allah SWT related to one’s inner and outer self with sincerity (Ikhlas) and assiduous attitude is what required from us.  A pious elder can say this or not but the command is to not break the zaahiri (superficial) and baatini (related to inner self) laws and to get steadfastness in one’s life. This is the real purpose of the life. Whatever the tasawwuf might mean to people but the real purpose of tasawwuf is to achieve ikhlaas and himmat (courage). The whole purpose of tasawwuf is to attain Allah’s pleasure and to gain courage inside us to do all good deeds. My eyes gets opened but I couldn’t perform tahajjud salah, in spite of knowing that it is a sin, I couldn’t control my gaze , I know it is wrong to say but I don’t have control over the tongue and so on and on. All these acts lack courage. The main goal of tasawwuf, tarbiat (upbringing), talluq (contact) with a spiritual guide and islaah (reformation) is to achieve courage and ikhlas. The main purpose is to attain Allah’s pleasure in every single deed introspecting why I am doing this and to develop courage to do any good deed. . If one aims to get a great talluq and high level of piety that even the thought of sin won’t cross his mind, then this will not happen. The sinful thought will come but if one gets the courage to not act on it, then Alhamdulillah he achieved his goal.

If you are expecting to not even get the thought of riyaa (ostentation), this will never happen. But yes if we introspect why I am doing this with such a vigor and the answer to this is to please only Allah SWT, then that’s an achievement. The accomplishment of islaah is to attain Allah’s pleasure in every single deed and to gain courage to save from all the sins and to do good deeds. Nowadays people do not take courage but they want to attain high spirituality with things happening spontaneously and get hatred towards sins miraculously. One disciple wrote a letter to Hazrat Ashraf Ali Thanvi (RA) requesting him to do something so the noor from his heart gets transmitted to his heart. He replied back that there is only phlegm in his chest. The main purpose is to gain the courage. Aforetime it was difficult to get the salah with first takbir due to laziness and now he gets the first takbir, aforetime he couldn’t perform nafil salah and now he is able to do, aforetime he was not able to control his gaze but now he could guard his gaze. This is courage. Whisperings, evil thoughts and attacks will keep coming but to save one self assiduously with courage is the true accomplishment.

Know that Our Entire Life is a Battle against Nafs and Shaitaan

Our entire life is a battle against evil self (nafs) and shaitaan. There was a very pious elder who kept saying on his death bed, “No, no, no”. Someone asked him what he is uttering in such a critical time! He replied that shaitaan is coming again and again to him and telling him that he has succeeded and he is saying no to him and not yet. It is said about Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jeelani (RA) that once a very bright light appeared before him which emanated a voice, “O Abdul Qadir Jeelani, you have achieved such a lofty status that you don’t have to offer salah anymore.” Hearing this he immediately sought refuge in Allah SWT from shaitaan as he instantly recognized that to be of shaitaan. The light then turned into darkness and told him that he was saved because of his ilm (knowledge). He again recognized that he is being attacked by the second weapon to mislead him and he replied no and it is not because of his ilm but he was saved by the grace of Allah SWT. The shaitaan keeps setting the trap one after the other. If one escapes from one trap, he will set the other trap. O the honorable ones! One’s real purpose is to get ikhlaas in every single deed by self-examining why he is doing that deed. A great buzurg (pious elder) belonging to Tabligh Jamaat by name Mufti Zainul Abideen used to say that one gets all the righteous deeds that are superficial and also the qualities of eemaan except ikhlaas which is achieved only lastly. This is the accomplishment of islaah. Now tell me is there anything bad in it? If you achieve this in talluq (spiritual contact) or bayat (pledge with a spiritual sheikh for islah) or islaah, there is nothing wrong. Today we can see people in holy sites with big beards, trimmed moustaches and turban emulating a spiritual aura but in the name of tasawwuf, there is too much of innovation associated with it. These innovations changed the color of tasawwuf when the real purpose of it is to gain courage and strength by the person which sets him on righteousness and he aims for Allah’s pleasure in all his deeds.

An Important Advice for This Life

In one meeting with Hazrat Ashraf Thanvi Raheemahullah, a pious person asked him for a brief advice. In reply, he reminded him of a hadith wherein our beloved Prophet SAW said,  “If you live until the morning do not wait for the evening and if you live until the evening do not wait for the morning and count you among the dead.” This is the advice for this life. This is the advice of hakeem-ul-ummat of our times who was granted the radiation of apperception by Allah SWT. Count you among the dead and don’t get excited by peoples praises or get disturbed by their criticism as these won’t affect a dead man. Someone said, “Worry about akhirah as we cannot predict the time of death. I am afflicted with the heart disease and whenever I feel the severity of pain, I think I am close to death. Allah SWT then lightens the pain and this goes on for five years during which many youngsters of sound health and strength passed away. Do not forget Allah SWT and do not forget the reality of our state”. Today we have forgotten both these things, our reality and Allah SWT. We forgot how weak, helpless and dependent we are. A pious elder said that everyone works, some for dunya (world) and some for deen. Irrespective of the nature of the work be it worldly or official or related to any job, the main thing is if one does it considering it to be his duty, then he is a waliullah (a close friend of Allah SWT). Depending on the sincerity in one’s work, accordingly it will have the weightage. A person is doing even the worldly work well because he fears that Allah SWT is watching him and thus he accomplishes his duty. This has more weightage. A person is doing the acts of nawaafil (voluntary) but if he doesn’t have sincerity in his worship, it is of no use. Contrarily, if a person carries out his clerkish task or dispenses his duty he is responsible for keeping Allah SWT in his mind that He SWT is watching him, it becomes ibaadat (worship).

Remember that any act can become an act of worship

People give importance to ikhlaas and riyaa when it comes to nawaafil acts of worship but when it comes to doing other duties such as official job or some other responsible job or writing fatwas, people don’t see the performers as waliullah. A person might be awake until 1 am to write the fatwa going through voluminous books but the person for whom the fatwa is being written may not know this and even if one wakes up in the night and see the person writing the fatwa, he won’t see him as a wali. The point is whatever the task be, its weightage depends on the sincerity. Irrespective of people’s understanding, they see me as pious or not, I should do my job purely for Allah’s sake. This can be writing down fatwas or reading books or teaching books. Normally for such acts none will call one a wali. If a person stands for nafil prayer for two hours, the people will wonder at him saying what a buzurg (a very pious person)! If the same person teaches a book for two hours, people will say he is just teaching while the fact is if he is teaching with ikhlaas, then this act of teaching will become an ibaadat (worship) surpassing the performance of nafil salah irrespective of people’s understanding. The poor people also see only such aspects when the real thing is one gets himmat and ikhlaas in every single act such as when he is talking with someone, he should contemplate why he is talking, if he is explaining to someone, he should contemplate why he is explaining and if he is discussing some issues with someone, he should contemplate why he is doing. He should do only for Allah SWT.

Let Us Live Only for Allah SWT

Let Allah SWT grant us all ikhlaas, which is very precious. This is why our beloved Prophet SAW said, “If any of you spent gold equal to Uhud (in Allah’s cause), it would not be equal to a seed of a date spent by one of my companions RA”. This is in pursuit of their ikhlaas. This is the real achievement of islaah that our inner zealousness changes and our life starts passing away for Allah’s sake. If we are talk to someone, meet someone, smile at someone and even distance from someone, it should be for Allah ﷻ. The loss, gain and desire everything should be for Allah SWT, our lives should go around this and every matter sake of Allah SWT. Live for Allah SWT, love for Allah SWT, have friendship for Allah SWT and let our entire life be for Allah SWT. Let this zeal develop in us and along with this, let one get himmat. The reason for prescribing zikr, recitation of Quran, keeping righteous companionship is to gain strength so taking courage becomes easy because of the blessings of these acts. The mere performance of all these acts is not the real purpose but to fulfil the rights of Allah apparently and hiddenly. Then there are other proscriptions to talk too much and to meet useless people. When following all this is not the real purpose but to make them the means to reach the real goal so the spiritual diseases get cured. These acts are not farz or wajib but are for the spiritual treatment. Sometimes a doctor proscribes banana. Is banana haram? No, but is proscribed so his stomach gets well so he can digest it later. So the real purpose is to have Allah’s SWT pleasure in the mind all the time and to do righteous deeds and save oneself from sins by taking courage.

How to gain the courage?

O the honorable ones! The truth is the sins have increased prodigiously in our lives that we don’t even realize a sin. This is like if I live in a stinky place, I won’t even sense the stink but when a nonresident comes to that place, he gets astonished how one can live in such a stinky place. But the resident do not feel same. And how would he feel as he has become very much acquainted with the foul odor. Today we have become so familiar with the sins in our society that we don’t even realize the sins. Or else a person coming from a fragrant place will suffocate as soon he steps in a stinky place becoming uneasy and worrisome. Take courage so neither the zahir nor baatin’s command gets broken. Let Allah ﷻ grant us all tawfeeq and for this some aamaal are prescribed. Give importance for tasbeehaat (paternoster) and now what if one doesn’t get courage to do even the tasbeehaat and to recite Quran? Listen, when one wants to eat food, he needs to make a little effort to bring the morsel of food from his plate to his mouth as it won’t fly and come. These maamulaat (daily activities of worship) are something very common and easy ones. When one gets himmat to do these simple acts, then we can develop enough strength within us to abandon that sin which our nafs is finding it very difficult. With persistent attitude and taking some courage do the acts of nawaafil, recite the Quran, have association with pious people and do the tasbeehaat in the mornings and evenings. Alongside, give importance to the duaa begging “O Allah! I am very weak. I don’t have any courage inside me. I intent, I desire but I fail. I go for two days and then give up.  I advance a little with few steps but I fall back. Ya Allah! You please help me.” So beg before Allah SWT and ask Allah SWT. If one does maamulat, have righteous association and make duaa, then he will get himmat and ikhlaas which are the accomplishments of this life. This is the real goal of our life to have only Allah SWT in one’s mind when he talks to his family, his children, his friends or is working anywhere. All these acts are worship and these are embellishing our akhirat. People may see this as buzurgi (piety) or not but these are all buzurgi. Let Allah SWT grant us all tawfeeq and make it easy. Ameen

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis (27.5.2012)

Reformation of heart

Aoudhubillahi mianshshaitaa nirrajeem

Bismillahirrahmanirraheem

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Reforming the inner is indeed difficult

The pious elders didn’t pay much attention to the outwardly deeds as their reformation can be done in a minute with a mere change of intention. A be-namaazi (one who does not pray) can start praying in a minute, a beardless man can start growing the beard in a minute, a drunkard can give up drinking in a minute. A faasiq and a faajir can become pious in a minute. It was the akhlaaq of one’s inner-self such as getting rid of kibr (pride) etc. to which they paid more attention for certainly it is a very difficult task. The reformation of inner-self from spiritual diseases such as hub-e-jah (love for name and fame), kibr, jealousy, high thinking of oneself, rancor, the desire for praise etc. is very difficult. When a be-namaazi gets a righteous environment will start to pray tahajjud salah even in masjid-un-Nabawi but it is not guaranteed that one’s kibr leaves his heart this easily. A man gets the environment of Makka mukarrama and he will reach the masjid even before the prayer commences but this does not mean he will get rid of jealousy and rancor in his heart in a same manner. It is not easy to end the quest for fame and worldly things. So one can change his outer appearance quickly but the spiritual diseases goes away with time as a person keeps going on the spiritual path. In fact the weight of a person’s outer deeds solely depends on his inner self. The more his heart is clean, heavier will be his outer deeds and there will be more noor. A man is fortunate to get rid of his spiritual diseases.

A person might be establishing tahajjud salah but have rancor in his heart and have love for the world. The love for world does not necessarily mean the love for wealth but it also comprises the love for honor, fame and praises. There is a widespread disease in our society today and that is to praise the person on his face. This is like slaughtering him with a sharp knife. A person can be worthless but on continuously hearing praises he thinks high of himself. In order to get the job done, some praise others with big words making him to feel great of himself. Such an environment is expanding now. This is a disease where a person yearns for praises and he starts getting people surrounding him with praises. As far as the one who speaks the truth talking about his islaah, he won’t be in his company. Only those who falsely praise him sit with him. Our elders thus considered very easy to change the outer appearance of a person by surrounding him with a good environment that changes a be-namaazi to namaazi (the one who prays), a beardless man to a bearded man and a drunkard man into a non-alcoholic. How many come running towards masjid during the blessed environment of Ramadhan! But attaching a person’s heart to akhirah and to de-bond his heart with this dunya is very difficult. To get the zuhd of dunya and quest for akhirah takes time and with much difficulty one gets rid of spiritual diseases. Because of these inner diseases, the noor of the outer aamaal do not shine on the heart. Let Allah SWT protect us. Hubb e jhaa is said to be such a disease whose very presence is known with much difficulty. Only when you hear something related to it, you realize that you are afflicted with that disease. To know our quest for honor and fame is not so easy.

Be strict on your nafs

It has been said that to lower one’s gaze is difficult and if one violates this rule, he should pray 50 units of voluntary salah. Only if one is strict on his nafs and imposes severe penalty on it, it will reform. It is very important to protect one’s gaze. The following are the signs of one’s acceptance by Allah Azzawajal are: he holds correct religious beliefs, he is steadfast in doing aamaal, he keeps away from sins and he hates the world. Once a man came to the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wasallam and asked him sallallaahu alaihi wasallam to show him such an amal by which he becomes beloved to Allah Azzawajal and also to the people. Our beloved Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wasallam replied, “Do not love this world, you will become beloved to Allah Azzawajal and do not yearn for what people have or throw desirous look on their possessions, you will become beloved of people”. The sign of hard heartedness and rusted heart is no hatred for sins and no attachment to Allah’s obedience. Let Allah Azzawajal protect us. The hatred for sins is very essential because only then he can save himself from committing sins. A very effective way of saving oneself from such a state is to keep oneself away from the sinful environment. A man may not commit sins but if he keeps sitting in the sinful environment, he will reach a state when he will not hate the sins. This is like a person who lives in cow’s shed. After a time, he won’t sense the foul smell of cow dung. In fact when he is out of shed, he falls unconscious. When people tried to bring in him consciousness with different things, he didn’t gain any consciousness and when a man brought cow dung near his nose, he immediately woke up. Similarly when a person becomes accustomed to a sinful environment, not just he loses hatred for sins but he enjoys sinning. Let Allah Azzawajal protect us. When a person is in a righteous environment, Allah Azzawajal grants him the wealth of righteousness. How many of us are here who didn’t even know that we have such and such spiritual disease until Allah Azzawajal sent a man of clean heart to us and then we start feeling uneasiness of our sinful environment! People say we don’t have good intention and good perception but actually we have become just like how our environment was. So not having any hatred towards sins and desire to do obedient acts are a sign of hard heartedness. As I said before an effective way of coming out of it is to create a righteous environment around us and in case we are to go to the sinful environment to meet our needs, then try to move out of the place as fast as you could. If not it would become very difficult to sense the sins as he will start considering it to be something very normal by seeing that continuously around him.

Prefer health to voluntary acts

It has been said that one’s health should be prioritized over recommended or voluntary acts. For example, after fajr salah sitting in the masjid waiting for ishraaq salah is a voluntary act and accordingly you get reward. But if one’s health demands that he goes for a walk daily and he doesn’t get time for that except at this particular time, then going for walk in a corrupt free environment is better for him than doing the voluntary act. You can go to house and pray ishraaq. On one hand if you have voluntary acts and on the other hand your health, then take more care of your health. Preserving one’s health is better than recommended acts and going towards woods for a walk is better than sitting in masjid waiting for ishraaq with devotion. One can postpone the ishraaq and can even pray in house. We should give importance for health as we are weak people. You would have noticed that when you are healthy, you find pleasure in reading Quran and other voluntary acts, and one gets strength to do many righteous deeds. If one gets affected by health, he won’t even be able to do what he is doing already. If one has headache, hip pain etc. what can he do? Let health be taken care of. SubhanAllah! Our deen is very moderate but if you start understanding the deen in your own way, then it would look difficult.

Pay attention to only Allah’s pleasure

It has been said that the student of haqq is not bothered about others hostility as his main concern is Allah’s pleasure. One should not create enmity intentionally but if it happens while preaching the truth, then Allah Azzawajal is there for help. One should concentrate only on Allah’s pleasure. Most of the times it so happens that people’s displeasure saves one from many calamities. The friends might be displeased with you for becoming pious but the deen saves you from many calamities. So when I am indulged in pleasing Allah Azzawajal, then why should I care about the creatures’ displeasure? What can be more dangerous than the sin? And what can be more dangerous than the sinful environment? So if someone becomes angry while pleasing Allah Azzawajal, you should not worry. Who knows from how many sins you were saved! And from how many calamities you were saved! So you should not worry about it. We should only think that our Allah Azzawajal do not become displeased with us.

To summarize, three points have been emphasized. (1) To reform one’s outer appearance is easier than reforming the inner self from pride, jealousy etc. and in fact one gets divine help to perform more outer deeds when his heart gets purified. (2) The sign of hardheartedness is not feeling hatred towards the sins and affinity towards righteous deeds and (3) The student of Allah Azzawajal or the student of truth should care only about Allah’s pleasure and not the creatures’ pleasure. Let Allah Azzawajal help us all to act on what we hear, write and read. Ameen

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis 15.07.2016

A Muslim’s honor and disgrace lies in his deeds

Aoudhubillaahi minashshaitaan nirrajeem

Bismillahirrahmanirraheem

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By means of sins, a slave becomes contemptible before his Lord and falls before His SWT eyes. Hazrat Hasan Basri (RA) says that Allah SWT saves those from sins who are honorable before Him SWT and whoever becomes humiliated before Allah SWT, none in the world respects him. Yes people can show respect outwardly to a person fearing his evil when their hearts are filled with hatred and disgust for him. The true respect of a person is that which comes from Allah SWT and descends down to the earth for that person. This respect not just remains while he is alive but also continues after his death. It is the effect of the sin or say that it is the punishment of the sin that a person continues doing sin upon sin until the greatest of the sins becomes smaller in his eyes. This in fact is the sign of destruction of the slave when sins become smaller in his sight while it is really big in Allah’s SWT sight. Hazrat Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (RA) narrates that Prophet SAW said: “The believer sees his sins as if he were sitting beneath a mountain which he feared was about to fall upon him, whereas the wicked sees his sins like a man who finds a fly settle upon his nose, so he brushes away”. Depending upon the honor of a person in Allah’s (SWT) court, he is saved from the sins and he keeps himself away from the sins. When a person becomes wretched and contemptible in Allah’s (SWT) sight, he keeps getting immersed in the sins until he sees the greatest of the sins as smaller and when this happens, know that his time of destruction has started.

The effect of sins not just destroys the human but reaches far beyond to the animals bringing in devastation and destruction. The effect of sin is so intense and severe that it creates catastrophe in the surrounding of the person that commits sin.  The sinner not just burns and destroys himself with his sins but also drags in innocent people and other creatures along with him in this evil effect. Hazrat Abu Hurairah (RA) says that even birds start dying in their cages because of the oppression of a sinner. This is the extent of the effect of sins. When a person is oppressing day and night, he is not just violating the rights of Allah SWT but also the rights of other creatures. Imagine what a fire he started with such a catastrophe that keeps eating him from inside! Hazrat Mujaahid (RA) says even the animals curse the oppressors when the rain stops to shower. Even the animals know that the stopping of rain of mercy is because of the adversity of human deeds. When a plague spreads in a region, it not just affects the weak but also the healthy ones. Similar is the effect of sins. It affects all. Hazrat Ikrima (RA) says that even the insects such as ants, lizards, scorpions etc. start screaming that it is because of the children of Adam that the rain of Allah’s mercy has stopped showering. The sinner not just becomes prey to the punishment of his sins but also to the curse of innocent creatures affected by him. He is affected not just by his own sins but also by the adversity faced by the other creatures. How many creatures start cursing him! Indeed with all certainty the sins bring humiliation and disgrace.

If a person is questing for honor, know that it is only with Allah SWT. “Whosoever desires honor, power and glory then to Allah belong all honor, power and glory” Al quran-35:10. And know that one can get honor, power and glory only by obeying and worshipping Allah alone. That is why the duaa is: “Allahumma a’izzani bi-thaa’atika wa la tudzillani bi-maa’shiyatika”. O Allah! Honor me through your obedience and do not humiliate me through your disobedience. Hazrat Hasan Basri (RA) says that a person can move in a lofty vehicle wearing royal clothes with servants in front and behind him giving a majestic look but he cannot be saved from the disgrace that is showered on him by his sins. All these lofty things cannot give him honor as the disgrace of his sins is covering him. Hazrat Abdullah ibn Mubarak (RA) says, “I have seen the sins making the heart dead, persistence of sins leads to disgrace, the life of heart is in safety from sins, your good lies in preventing the sins and none made the religion bad except the bad rulers, bad spiritual leaders and bad people”. Intellect is a blessing from Allah SWT and a name of light. The darkness of sins extinguishes this light for certain. The sinner do such foolish acts that people wonder if he has any intellect. A mad man sees sound minded people as mad. This is the case of a sinner. On one hand he sins and on the other hand he boasts about his sins. He calls those who protect themselves from sins as silly people. Our righteous predecessors has said that when a man persists in disobeying Allah SWT his intellect vanishes because if he had any intellect, it would have stopped him from sinning. When one knows that the King of kings is watching him, seeing him, can grab him firmly for his acts and has complete control and knowledge of him and in spite of this if he disobeys Allah SWT, then what does it imply? He is devoid of intellect, right? It is the sign of stupidity that does not prevent him from sins. Why doesn’t he understand that his life is in the hands of Allah SWT, the every blessing he is enjoying is bestowed by Him SWT, his progress and destruction is under His SWT control, Allah SWT is completely aware of his deeds, he is residing in His space and His SWT angels are surrounding him? And he is disobeying Allah SWT in front of Him SWT in His house. The Quran is advising him not to do that, his eeman (faith) is enjoining him not to do that and even the death and hell are warning him not to do that. In spite of all this, if he is still persisting in committing sins, then it is an unfortunate sign that he has been completely deprived of intellect and insight. The sins have snatched away his intellect and insight and that is why in spite of all these hindrances he is still disobeying Allah SWT. Otherwise a man of sound intellect can never do this. When the sins exceed, the heart is sealed and the sinner remains insensible and ignorant.

Nothing but rather, their earnings have rusted their hearts. Al-Quran-83:14. The tafsir of this verse states that it’s because of committing sins upon sins to the extent that the heart becomes blind. Just a person losing eyesight is called as a blind, the darkness of sins make the heart blind and the insight leaves him. The religious scholars have stated that when sins multiply they surround the heart and the heart is said to be rusted and the rust dominates the person. And when the sins increase further, it becomes the characteristics of that person and a stage is reached when his heart gets sealed. Let Allah SWT protect us from that state. Ameen. Slowly and slowly his heart disappears in cover of sins. Without insight, the heart turns upside down and his enemy becomes completely dominant over him and make him dance to his tune. There won’t be any filth or sin he would find difficult to act on. The enemy takes him wherever he wills. Take courage to save from sins. What cannot happen with courage? But a man do not even intent to lead a sinless life. A man intends to do such and such good deeds but he doesn’t bother about violating others right through his acts, deeds or words and in fact he doesn’t even resolve to save himself from that. The man decides to do voluntary prayers and other good deeds but he doesn’t think to give up his weaknesses and sins. As he doesn’t resolve to give up sins, in spite of continuously doing righteous deeds he reaches a time when the divine help to do good deeds is snatched away from him. He carries on doing certain good deeds regularly for some days and then become deprived of carrying those deeds. A man attends masjid for congregational prayers, recites Quran daily, gives charity and then suddenly the sins throw such an adverse effect on him that he gives up all these. Do not just resolve to do good deeds but start analyzing about the sins you are prone to committing them. If you see some sins that you can easily give up, then give it up immediately. As far as those sins that are difficult to give up, turn to Allah SWT for the help and courage just like you got the divine help to do good deeds and work towards leaving those sins.

Unless and until the life gets purified from sins, there won’t be steadfastness in doing righteous deeds and in fact one doesn’t even get the light of righteous deeds or sense their fragrance. If you pour a whole bottle of itr (perfume) on a dirty cloth lying on cow dung, do you think you will sense the fragrance of itr. If you remove that cloth from the dung and apply just a drop of itr on that, how fragrant the cloth will become! If a person does righteous deeds and at the same time is committing sins, then how will he sense the fragrance of good deeds? Yes if you move away from the sins and if you do even little good deeds, you will find its effect, grasp its light and sense its fragrance. You can do thousands of voluntary prayers but it cannot be equated to giving up sins because leaving sins is a compulsory act. Voluntary acts cannot compete a compulsory act. Yes because of voluntary acts, one get the power through which giving up sins becomes easy but you should first resolve to save yourselves from sins. Many times a man doesn’t even intent to give up sins and in fact he is determined that sins will go along with his life and is a part of life. If life cannot be lead without sins, then why did Allah SWT made the sins haram? If I do not have power to give up sins, then why would Allah SWT ask me to give up sins? If you do not burden a child more than he could bear, it is your nobility. Will Allah SWT, the Noblest of noblest and Merciful of the merciful burden a person to give up sins without implanting power in him? How can this happen? Well I think I do not burden a child more than his ability because I care for him and how about Allah SWT who loves us more than our mothers? O honorable ones! All this is within our ability and that is why Allah SWT is asking us to save ourselves from sins. There is only destruction and devastation in sins and that is why Allah SWT is asking us to stay away from it. The evil consequence of sins is not just in this world but also in the hereafter and that is why Allah SWT asked us to save ourselves. Whenever a man resolves to do good deeds, it is very essential for him to resolve to give up sins also because only then he will be fortunate enough to receive the blessings of religiousness and the blessings of voluntary acts become clearly visible.

O Allah help us all to act on what we hear, write and read. O Allah grant us life pleasing to You, purify us outwardly and inwardly. O Allah make it easy for us to give up sins and help us to practice deen completely. O Allah purify our life when in seclusion. O Allah make us act justly with Your creations and protect us from violating anyone’s rights. O Allah grant us khushu in salah, taste in reciting Quran and grant us courage and strength to save ourselves from sins easily. O Allah help us in every step we take forward in your religion with your support and assistance. O Allah Keeping our weaknesses in mind grant us your special assistance.  O Allah End our life with eemaan (faith) and grant us a life pleasing to you.  O Allah Grant us eemaan, its characteristics and a life of eemaan. O Allah Grant us the good characteristics and manners of your beloved Prophet SAW. Ameen

Morning Tarbiati Majlis, 24.4.2016

Evils and Misfortunes

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
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Our bold claim of purity

A person complained about his problems and worries in a letter to a Hazrat. The Hazrat replied, “It is natural for a human to feel distressed but I see you writing in your letter that you never oppressed anyone or caused any harm to others. Why then I am facing such troubles?” This is our general state. We think we never betrayed others or oppressed anyone, then why do we face many troubles. Why am I the only one facing all the troubles from the affairs of my daughter to children and the business? This is the general thinking that why am I facing all sort of distress when I didn’t harm anyone. The person too wrote such a thing to the Hazrat. The Hazrat replied, “There are two things. The first thing is the man doesn’t realize his mistake. Claiming that I never betrayed anyone’s right or did any harm to others, I wish Allah ﷻ makes it so but it is a difficult thing to happen. Only Allah ﷻ knows how many times we would have hurt someone but the one who does mistake doesn’t realize his mistakes. Also a person has in his mind the picture of what is oppression and according to that, he feels he didn’t oppress anyone. This is what happens and thus the man doesn’t realize his mistakes thinking him to be very pure and free from such evils. So the Hazrat wrote let Allah ﷻ make it so that he didn’t harm anyone but one should never claim and think that he is free from evils or shortcomings. One should always keep seeking forgiveness and repent from deep heart before Allah ﷻ for the sins and evils one have. Never let any waswasa (whispering) or thought that a mistake can never happen from me.

The cause of misfortunes

It has been narrated that the Prophet ﷺ made duaa, “O Allah! Forgive me for whichever Muslim I harmed or abused or beat or cursed and make this in his favor a source of mercy, purity and a means of gaining proximity to You”. Allahu Akbar! When Allah’s ﷻ Prophet ﷺ is making such a duaa and seeking His ﷻ forgiveness, then how can we say that a mistake never happened from our side and I never transgressed against anyone? Also though the general rule is that the misfortunes befalling us are due to our own evil deeds as mentioned in the Quran, “Wamaa asaabakum min museebatin fabimaa kasabat aydeekum”- “Whatever misfortune happens to you, is because of the things your hands have wrought” (Al Quran: 41:30), but the rule is not necessarily be the same for every person that it is always because of his misdeeds that misfortunes are befalling him. If this is the general rule all the time, then the Prophets (peace be upon all of them) and awliya of Allah ﷻ wouldn’t have faced poverty and misfortunes because some of them were innocent and some of them were protected from sins. The Prophet ﷺ said, “The Prophets are the ones who face the worst trials, then those who excel after them and so on”. People like us should think that the troubles we are facing are due to our own misdeeds. Even if one is so sure that he didn’t commit any sin, even then he doesn’t have to be distressed for the misfortunes because even the Prophets (peace be on all of them), the Companions (let Allah ﷻ be pleased with them) and the awliya of Allah ﷻ faced it. So how can one say why he is facing all the misfortunes when he didn’t harm anyone or oppress anyone? A Companion of the Prophet ﷺ told the Prophet ﷺ, “Ya Rasoolullah! I love you”. The Prophet ﷺ said, “O dear! Watch out what you say?” The Sahabi said again, “Ya Rasoolullah! I love you”. The Prophet ﷺ repeated the same and so the Sahabi when the Prophet ﷺ said, “Be then ready to face the poverty because the poverty runs towards the person loving me just like water runs from top of the valley towards its bottom”. So thinking that misfortunes are always the cause of our misdeeds is not correct when the misfortunes can come because of our closeness to Allah ﷻ. Whatever be the case, the misfortunes are sure to come because this is dunya.

The sign of being close to Allah ﷻ and the sign of our sins

O honorable ones! Let Allah ﷻ grant us His ﷻ kurb (closeness or proximity) because if the misfortunes befall us based of the kurb, then the sign is our heart will remain tranquil and if the misfortunes come because of our sins, then our heart will remain restless and this is its sign. If a man faces trouble because of the kurb, then he will become more close to Allah ﷻ and if he faces problem because of misdeeds, then the complaints come on his tongue and a person abandons doing good deeds thinking negatively why he is facing troubles when he is doing righteous deeds. He thinks negatively that he is doing righteous deeds and still the diseases come into his house and thus gives up good deeds. My opinion is that a person should spend more time in seclusion with Allah ﷻ and keep making duas and he should never rely on his plan that it will fetch him success because a plan can result in some means of success but it is only Allah ﷻ who can make it effective. You should never rely on your plan. The trust should be placed only on Allah ﷻ. The plan is only a means and it is only Allah ﷻ Who puts effect in it. One should never think that his duaa is not accepted and he should make duaa with complete confidence and one should have the faith that the duaa is definitely accepted but keep in mind that sometimes a duaa is accepted with a different face. It has been mentioned many times in a hadith that the trials are a part of this dunya. So saying that I didn’t oppress anyone or transgressed against anyone, never earned haram money etc., doesn’t make sense though it is a big claim that one never hurt anyone when only Allah ﷻ knows how many we hurt day and night. One should always keep seeking forgiveness from Allah ﷻ. And whenever an evil befalls you, turn towards Allah ﷻ for forgiveness with deep regret and then seek Allah’s ﷻ help to save you from the trouble you are facing.

The scale of earning rewards

Having hatred towards sins is praiseworthy and an excellent quality based on the rank and saving oneself from sin in spite of having strong desire for it is excellent based on the reward. If you worry when you will become buzurg (pious elder) and a single evil thought will never cross your mind, then this will never happen. But yes if you take courage and save yourself from sin in spite of having a strong affinity towards it, then inshaaAllah the strength to commit a sin will reduce and the power that drags you towards the sin will reduce. This will definitely happen but it won’t end completely for there will always be a struggle and more you struggle, more reward you will earn. So the struggle against committing a sin in spite of having strong affinity is great but so is the reward. A young man saving himself from an evil glance earns more reward than an old man saving from evil glance because the young man has more affinity towards that sin than the old man. He has the peak of youthfulness, strength and a strong desire and so he gets more reward than the old man when he saves himself from the sin. During young age, the environment of sinning is large; the ability to sin is high with regards to strength and voracity. That is why the difference between worshipping during young age and old age is like between the weight of gold and iron. And as far as the old man who was worshipping during his young age and also during his old age, he will get the reward as when he was young. For him is the weight of gold and not that of iron.
The season of wilaayat

If you take one “mun” (about 16 kgs) of gold and one “mun” of iron, both are of one “mun” but the difference in value is huge like between the heavens and the earth. Similarly the difference between the prostration of a young man and an old man is like that of the gold and iron. As far as the old man who kept pleasing Allah ﷻ even during his young age, he will have the value like that of the gold and not iron and he won’t see the difference when he attains his old age because when there is more strength and vigor and the man saves himself from the sin, then his reward too will be more. And that is why one gets wilaayat (the friendship of Allah ﷻ) soon during young age. The real season of becoming a wali is in the young age as it is attained soon. So let one save from sin taking courage. Definitely there will be a strong desire but take courage. The more one takes courage the more one will gain the noor. If one doesn’t get a certain thing in a place, then that thing has more value in that place. Where one doesn’t get mangoes, see how people relish the mangoes there and how much value it has. Here we get mangoes cheap but how many places are there on the earth where one won’t get mangoes easily and people yearn for it. I heard that a place doesn’t have much grapes and when the jamaat from that place went to Afghanistan, they found grapes much cheaper than the meat and so the people kept eating more grapes as they get meat in their place but not the grapes. Similarly, Allah ﷻ doesn’t have ijz-o-Inkasari (humility) for He ﷻ has only greatness and so when ijz-o-Inkasari comes from a slave towards Allah’s ﷻ court, it has greater value. There is no ijz-o-Inkasari with Allah ﷻ and no crying and pleading with Him ﷻ. And when these gifts of crying, pleading and tears go to Allah ﷻ, then it has much greater value. This is a rare thing in Allah’s ﷻ court for He ﷻ has only greatness and greatness. When the things like the humility, ijz-o-Inkasari, the broken heart, the painful and regretful heart that a sin has happened goes to the court of Allah ﷻ, they have a high value for these are the rare things of that place.

Know some difference

Frugality differs from miserliness. Once Uthman was disturbed about the lamp burning inside his house in vain. By this time a beggar came to his house and wondered what sort of house he ended up with where people are making issue all over a lamp. And when he begged in the name of Allah ﷻ, Uthman  came outside and gave him 500 gold coins. He was completely astonished and when he asked Uthman  about this, he  said, “As far as the lamp issue, I will be answerable to Allah ﷻ and it is also only Allah ﷻ Who will reward me for offering you. That is why there is frugality and here is liberality.” So frugality and miserliness both are different. Miserliness is to stop oneself from spending in good acts and frugality is to stop oneself from spending extravagantly and lavishly for one’s pleasure. Contentment is to remain pleased with whatever one gets and greed is to think if I also get such and such things, it would be nice. Each has its own definition. Once a person received a guest and he presented before him the barley bread with the best of his ability to offer. The guest said if there was salt with this bread, it would have been nice. The host didn’t have the salt and so he took a bowl with him and bought salt in exchange of that bowl and presented before the guest. After finishing the meal, the guest said, “O Allah! Praise to you for the food and for granting me the contentment over the food”. Hearing this, the host replied, “If you had contentment, my bowl would have been sparred”. So contentment is to remain content with whatever one gets.

Get the true understanding of deen by reading the lives of our pious elders

Let Allah ﷻ grant us the understanding of deen. By reading the lives of the people of Allah ﷻ, though without doubt if we cannot become like them, at least we will get the true understanding of deen that how much we lag behind in deen. O the dear ones! At least doesn’t this much realization occur in us? Without doubt, those were great people and let Allah ﷻ create in us some of their good qualities. Definitely we will get some estimation of the real face of deen that how far we are from deen and the idol inside us about our thinking that we have become buzurgs gets removed. We get the feeling of how inferior we are because of which we get the feeling of regret, shame and guilt and one gets the tawfeeq to repent which is a great thing. By reading the lives of people of Allah ﷻ and the Companions , these are the things that will be created in us. It is advised to go to such a deeni majlis (religious gathering) from where we will return with discontentment over our deeni state and not from where we think that we have become great buzurgs. Our state is that we want our religiousness to be praised and it is enough if someone makes us happy with that. While the case of the Companions (let Allah ﷻ be pleased with them) is so different that they go to such a gathering after which they cry like a Sahabi cried, “Hanzalah has become a munaafiq (hypocrite); Hanzalah has become a munaafiq”. They used to see such great faces of deen and picture of deen that when they compare themselves to such a scenario, they think themselves to be nothing. So these are the qualities that will be created in us on reading the lives of righteous slaves of Allah ﷻ.

The evil of jealousy
The hasad (jealousy) inclines one towards the lowliest of lowly acts and that is why in Surah Falaq, one seeks exclusive protection from hasad. If one becomes a haasid (jealous), he will even push his own brother into a well. If one becomes a haasid, we see that one of the sons of Adam  killed the other son. Hasad is a very dangerous thing. Let Allah ﷻ protect us from jealousy and also protect us from jealous people. Jealousy is a big disease and a man can do worst lowly acts because of this. The more one is inclined towards this dunya, the more one is prone to jealousy. If Allah ﷻ preserves one from worldly desires for wealth, praise, fame, honor and if he wishes only to become honored in the sight of Allah ﷻ in the akhirat, then Allah ﷻ will purify his heart from hasad and malice. The hasad is created based on worldly things and not on deeni aspect. As far as deeni aspect, one doesn’t get hasad but only gets gibta that is he desires that Allah ﷻ has made so and so righteous and let Allah ﷻ make him too righteous without wanting others to lose their blessings. This is something praiseworthy. Hasad is to yearn for something that the other has for his own self and even if he doesn’t get that thing he wants the thing to be snatched away from the other person. The mindset is, “If I get it or not, the other person should not have it”. It is a very dangerous disease. Let Allah ﷻ protect us all from that. Let Allah ﷻ remove this disease from our hearts and also protect us from the jealous people. Let Allah ﷻ grant us tawfeeq to act on what we hear, write and read. Ameen

-Morning Tarbiati Majlis (7.7.2013)

 


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