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25
Aug
2014

A Shepherd made jazb (attracted) by Allah (swt)

posted by Taalibah on 25th August 2014 - 1 comment
A Shepherd made jazb (attracted) by Allah (swt) Shaykh Rumi (rah) mentions that there was a shepherd herding a flock of goats, he was made jazb (attracted) by Allah (swt). While attending to his herd, he was preoccupied with Allah and began assuming a conversation with the Almighty. He used to say, [b]"O Allah if I were to find You I would have served You. If you were to come this hillock upon which I graze my goats, I would sweep the place whereupon You sit. I would have massaged your hands and feet and given you my goats milk to drink. I would have mad dough by mixing flour with goat's milk to make Roghni roti for You. You may not have had the opportunity to comb Your Hair for a very long time due to being occupied in controlling the universe. Thus I would have cleansed Your head of all the lice therein. I would have sewn a nice cushion for You."[/i] Shaykh has rendered (these simple words of the Shepherd into a poem)... Were I to locate You, My Lord and Master, Daily would I have massaged Your hands and feet.
18
Jun
2014

'as Samad'

posted by Taalibah on 18th June 2014 - 0 comments
'as Samad' When the forceful flow of Allah (swt) mercy begins, one grounded in kufr (state of disbelief) not only becomes a Wali (saint) but within seconds is elevated to the higher realms of sainthood. There is an incident of a Hindu in India who for ninety-nine years worshipped his idol with the words Sanam - Sanam. One day the word 'as Samad' which is one of Allah's (swt) names slipped from his tongue. Abu Huraira (ra) explained; [i]"as Samad is the one who is independent of the entire universe and on whom the entire universe is dependent."[/b] As soon as the word 'as Samad' issued forth from the lips, Allah (swt) said, Labbayk (I am present O servant). The kaafir (non-believer) immediately broke the idol with a stick, recited the Kalima (shahada) and said to the Hindus; [b]"O wretched souls, I was a kaafir (non-believer) for ninety nine years I have been addressing this idol without a single reply. Today, by mistake I mentioned the name of the Muslim deity and received an immediate response with the word Labbayk (I am Present) from the heavens. [I am present, O my servant, it was you who had left me and betook yourself to the worship of idols who are deaf, dumb and blind]" [/i]
17
May
2014

Spiritual Illnesses

posted by Taalibah on 17th May 2014 - 3 comments
Spiritual Illnesses by Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh   A human has two aspects to his life: physical and spiritual. The physical aspect is related to the body and the spiritual aspect is related to the soul. Both aspects are vulnerable to illnesses. Just as the body can suffer from physical ailments such as cancer, TB, fever, headache, etc., the soul can also suffer from spiritual illnesses, such as riyā (ostentation), takabbur (pride and arrogance), hasad (jealousy), lack of sabr (patience), lack of shukr (gratitude), love for fame and wealth, etc. Both aspects are very important for us because just as physical health is important in order to ensure an enjoyable life, similarly, spiritual health is also vital to secure a peaceful mind and a heart full of contentment. In fact, spiritual health is far more important because the everlasting success in the Hereafter depends solely upon it. However, the concern shown towards the two is very different. When we are afflicted with a physical illness, we will have great concern. However, when it comes to spiritual illnesses, no concern whatsoever is shown. Whereas, in reality, more concern should be shown for our spiritual health for the following reasons: 1.   To treat a physical illness is sunnah; whereas, to treat a spiritual illness is necessary. 2.   If a person bears a physical illness with patience it is a means of expiation for his sins; whereas, spiritual illnesses lead to good deeds being washed away.
8
May
2014

The Infinite over the Finite

posted by Taalibah on 8th May 2014 - 1 comment
The Infinite over the Finite [b]Say: "O my servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the mercy of Allah, for Allah forgives all sins, for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Az Zumar 39:53)[/i] The value of this ayah (verse) can be gauged by the response it solicited from Rasulullah (saw) who said, "This ayah (verse) is so beloved to me that if I were to be given the entire universe in exchange for it, it will not please me more."
4
Mar
2014

Becoming Allah's

posted by Taalibah on 4th March 2014 - 1 comment
Belonging to Allah (swt)

When Allah (swt) attracts someone towards Himself, the combined forces of the entire universe cannot succeed in drawing him away.

When the identity tag around the collar neck of a cat bears the ownership of a head of state, a commander-in-chief, or a general, nobody has the courage to tempt it with a few shreds of fat and make it his own. Everyone realizes that he will meet with dire consequences and that his very fate will hang in the balance.

One, whom Allah (swt) makes His, will not be tempted by the world of beauty, the glitter of wealth and riches, or the universe of power and politics. No power in existence will meet in purchasing him despite its magnetism. One whom Allah (swt) chooses for Himself is granted a countenance of awe and dignity. His ambition will be beyond compromise to such an extent that even if he, in a moment of weakness desired to sell himself, Allah (swt) by taking him into His special protection, will not enable him to do so.

Shaykh Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb DB
20
Feb
2014

Allah's Splendour

posted by Taalibah on 20th February 2014 - 0 comments
Allah سبحانه وتعالى Splendour

Allah سبحانه وتعالى is able to make the impossible, possible. His splendour is very lofty. Nothing is impossible for Him. The servant considers himself unworthy and unable to became a Wali (saint) of Allah. Some individual's condition is so critical that they regard themselves unable to abstain from sins.

I take an oath and swear by Allah سبحانه وتعالى that the day Allah سبحانه وتعالى displays His grace and favour, the day Allah سبحانه وتعالى decision for one's guidance is made, one will wonder how this mouse has been transformed into a lion. This cowardly fox has become a brave lion.

Allah سبحانه وتعالى splendour is extremely lofty. He creates a sun out of an atom and causes the very sun to become eclipsed. He has the power to illuminate an atom in keeping with the radiance of the sun and He has the power to envelope the sun in an eclipse thereby depriving the world of its brilliant light.

Tajalliat-E-Jazb
Shaykh Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb DB
17
Feb
2014

What to do at the Time of Natural Catastrophes

posted by Taalibah on 17th February 2014 - 0 comments
What to do at the Time of Natural Catastrophes by Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh Everyone is aware of the devastation that natural disasters bring with them. Many lose their lives, hundreds of thousands lose relatives, entire communities are wiped out and countless buildings and properties are destroyed. Thousands, even millions are left homeless, having lost everything they once owned, living under open skies with nothing to eat and cover themselves with. Even after the calamity has subsided, the death toll continues to increase with the spread of disease. When calamities strike, we often think about our roles and responsibilities, as human beings and as Muslims. It is unfortunate that for most of us, it takes such calamities to make us reflect on the Power and lofty Attributes of Allāh ta‘ālā. Rather than expressing shallow sorrow and a momentary shock, there are a few points that we need to reflect and act upon, so that events like these can cause us to become better Muslims for the rest of our lives: 1. Allāh ta‘ālā is the Hākim (The Supreme Ruler) and the Hakīm (The Most Wise) First of all, one has to reaffirm in oneÂ’s mind and heart that whatever happens, whether good or bad in appearance, is according to the Wish of Allāh ta‘ālā. Allāh ta‘ālā is Hākim i.e. He has Power over everything. Every single particle in the whole universe is under His Control. The turning of the leaf in the air while it is falling from the tree, to the up turning and shaking of the earth itself, as in the case of an earthquake, everything is in His Absolute Control. The commands, wishes and controls of everyone else are subjugated to His Command and Governance. The varied circumstances that one observes or experiences in oneÂ’s life are also in His total Control.
28
Jan
2014

SUSTENANCE

posted by Taalibah on 28th January 2014 - 1 comment
Shaykh Saadi (rah) says, Allah سبحانه وتعالى provides such sustenance and rozi (sustenance) to simple-minded people, which astound many a great intellectual. Such people think,

"I have acquired an MSc., I have a degree acquired at Oxford and Harvard but am walking around in tatters, I am unemployed while this person who is unable to sign his own name, who resorts to signing with an 'x', owns an entire factory"

I personally have seen such factory owners who have not even passed their basic primary education but who have graduates as their employees. Remember my friends, rizq (sustenance) is totally is the control of Allah سبحانه وتعالى and is independent of intelligence.

Tajalliat-E-Jazb
Shaykh Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb DB
24
Jan
2014

FREEDOM FROM WORLDLY CHAINS

posted by Taalibah on 24th January 2014 - 0 comments
Shaykh Rumi (rah) has expressed: O people of the world! Jalal ud Deen Rumi has dug in his heels and lowered his head. Do not cast my feet in chains. Do not ensnare my feet with worldly chains. Those who breed animals are well aware that when an animal lowers its head and digs in its hooves it is calling upon and compounding its reserve strength. Ask the breeders of animals what an apt simile Shaykh Rumi (rah) has drawn in this example. He is saying, "I have lowered my head and dug in my heels, I now want to free myself from worldly chains. Now, release my feet, O worshippers of the world, for I do not have the capacity to understand your talk and speech. Do not advise me anymore. Do not ask me that by becoming a total Mullah (Allah Servant), from where will I eat. O worshippers of the world this fool will insha-Allah (Allah willing) receive such rozi (sustenance) which cannot be acquired by great intellectuals. That which you regard as stupidity is the essence of intelligence." Stupid and foolish are those who have displeased Allah سبحانه وتعالى in spite of which they attribute intelligence to themselves. They are not intelligent but shrewd. Sustenance is not acquired by shrewdness or intelligence but by the fadl (grace) and bounty of Allah سبحانه وتعالى. Some simple-minded people are given rozi (sustenance) in such excess that great intellectuals, people of wisdom are dumbfounded.
2
Jan
2014

A Maturing Connection

posted by Taalibah on 2nd January 2014 - 1 comment
A Maturing Connection Shaykh Shah Abdul Ghani (RA) used to say, "When Allah سبحانه وتعالى attracts someone, his own heart will come to the conclusion and bear testimony to the fact that Allah سبحانه وتعالى wants him. When this realisation dawns, even if he desires not to go and read Salaah, he will become restless to do so. Even if he decides to stay away from the company of the Ahlullah (saints), his heart will become constricted, he will feel disturbed and restless". Shaykh Kwaaja Aziz ul Hasan Majzoub (RA) while in Jhounpur, India, asked Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (RA), "Shaykh, when someone becomes a Wali (saint) and is being made jazb (attracted), is he aware of this?" Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (RA) replied, "Kwaaja Sahib when you matured, did you realise your maturity or did you have to ask your friends?"
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