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The Tongue of Gratitude

posted by habeeba on 20th October 2020 - 0 comments
Abu Qilaabah (rahimahullah) was an illustrious Taabi'ee from Basrah who passed away in the year 104 A.H. Imaam Awzaa'ee (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident from Abdullah bin Muhammad (rahimahullah), explaining the manner in which Abu Qilaabah (rahimahullah) passed away. Abdullah bin Muhammad (rahimahullah) says: I once went to the coast to engage in 'ribaat' (guarding the borders of the Islamic lands). At that time, I was posted to the border which was near the city of Arish (a city in Egypt). As I arrived at the coast, I came to an open plain in which a tent was pitched. In the tent, I found a man who had lost the use of both his hands and feet. Furthermore, he was hard of hearing and could barely see, and he did not have any servant to attend to him. However, his tongue was moving and saying: O Allah! Enable me to praise You in such a manner that my praise will suffice as gratitude for Your favours which You have showered upon me, and indeed You have favoured me immensely over many of Your creation. Hearing the man recite this du'aa, I said to myself, "By Allah! I must go to this man and ask him regarding these words!" I thus approached him, greeted him with salaam and said, "I heard you making du'aa, asking Allah Ta'ala to enable you to praise Him in such a manner that your praise will suffice as gratitude for His favours upon you. (When you seem to be undergoing so much of hardship and difficulty, then) which favour from the favours of Allah Ta'ala are you praising Him for, and which virtue over others has He given you for which you are thanking Him?"

Dua Rasulullah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) recited at Taif

posted by habeeba on 19th October 2020 - 0 comments

0, my Allah! To Thee I complain of the feeble-ness of my strength, of my lack of resources and my being unimportant in the eyes of people. 0, Most Merciful of all those capable of showing mercy! Thou art the Lord of the weak, and Thou art my own Lord. To whom art Thou to entrust me; to an unsympathetic foe who would sullenly frown at me, or to an alien to whom Thou hast given control over my affairs? Not in the least do I care for anything except that I may have Thy protection for myself. I seek shelter in Your light-the light which illuminates the Heavens and dispels all sorts of darkness, and which controls all affairs in this world as well as in the Hereafter. May it never be that I should incur Thy wrath, or that Thou should be displeased with me. I must remove the cause of Thy displeasure till Thou art pleased. There is no strength nor power but through Thee.


Qadhaa Salaah

posted by habeeba on 18th October 2020 - 0 comments

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Sabr and Salaah

posted by habeeba on 17th October 2020 - 0 comments
"Patience" is a very weak translation of the Arabic word Sabr, which has three connotations: (a) bearing pain and misfortune patiently (b) restraining oneself from sin (c) being steadfast in obeying Allah. Now, patience, in this wide sense, is the perfect remedy for the love of money. For, money cannot be an end in itself, but is sought only as a means of satisfying one's appetites; when a man has made a firm resolve not to follow his appetites like a slave, he will no longer need much money, nor will the love of money blind him to the distinction between his gain and loss. Similarly, Salah is the remedy for ambition and the love of power. For, outwardly and inwardly both, Salaah involves the exercise of humility; naturally, the more one tries to perform it in the proper manner, the more it purifies him of the love of money and power, and of ambition and pride. These being the real substance of all spiritual disorder in man, once they are brought under control, it becomes easy for one to accept Islam and to be steadfast in one's faith. Let us add that while patience (Sabr) requires only the restraining or giving up of excessive appetites and unnecessary desires, Salaah, in addition to all this, further requires the performance of certain actions, and also a temporary renunciation of perfectly lawful desires and of many human needs which the Shariah allows one to fulfill, e.g., eating, drinking, speaking, walking etc. - and, at that, making such a renunciation five times during the day and the night regularly at fixed hours. Thus, Salaah means performing certain prescribed actions and restraining oneself from all lawful or unlawful activities at fixed hours. Once a man has decided to give up unnecessary desires, the instinctive urge itself loses its intensity in a few days. So, the exercise of patience is not, after all, so difficult. But offering Salaah entails submitting oneself to the conditions laid down by the Shariah, observing the fixed hours, and giving up the basic human activities and desires, all of which is quite exacting for the instinctive disposition of man. So, one may very well raise an objection here: for the purpose of making it easy for a man to accept Islam and to be steadfast in his faith, the Holy Qur'an prescribes Sabr and Salaah, but to use this remedy is in itself a difficult thing, specially the Salaah and its restriction - now, how can this difficulty be overcome? The Holy Qur'aan admits that performing Salaah regularly and steadfastly is, no doubt, exacting, and proceeds to show the way out of this impasse - Salaah is not a burden to the humble in heart. To know the effectiveness of the remedy, we must know the disease, and find out why Salaah should be so burdensome. The human heart loves to roam about freely in the vast spaces of thought and fancy; all the organs of the human body being subservient to the heart, it requires them to be equally free. On the other hand, Salaah demands the renunciation of such freedom, - and prohibits eating, drinking, walking, talking etc. - a restriction which annoys the heart and is also painful for the human organs governed by it.


posted by habeeba on 16th October 2020 - 0 comments
A young man who was making tawaaf of the Ka`bah was reciting Durood Shareef in abundance. Someone asked if he experienced any effect of the Durood Shareef. The young man narrated the following episode: My father and I went for Hajj. Along the journey my father became ill and died. His face became black; his eyes became horribly contorted and his stomach bloated. I cried and said: "Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji-oon." I bewailed my father's death in the journey and his condition. That night when I fell asleep, I saw in a dream Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) approaching my father. He rubbed his blessed hand on my father's face. Immediately it became whiter than milk and glittered. He then rubbed his hand on my father's bloated stomach. His stomach subsided and became normal. When Rasulullah

The Sahaabah’s (R.A) Adherence to the Sunnah

posted by habeeba on 15th October 2020 - 0 comments
Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (R.A) once mentioned:
In current times, the amassing of wealth and possessing the capability to acquire it is deemed as true progress, whereas Islam has discouraged one from making the amassing of wealth his primary goal. The Sahaabah (R.A) emulated Rasulullah (Sallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in every facet of their lives. However, when we examine their lives, we find that they neither attached importance to the accumulation of wealth nor did they regard it as being their main goal in life. Instead, their idea of true progress and success was always obedience to Allah Ta'ala and His Messenger (Sallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and upholding Deen. Likewise, we will neither come across any situation where Rasulullah (Sallahu Alaihi Wasallam) went on accumulating wealth during his Mubaarak life nor will we find him exhorting the Ummah in his Mubaarak Ahaadith to do the same. The outcome of the Sahaabah (R.A) upholding Deen was that Allah Ta'ala not only blessed them with progress in Deen but even bestowed upon them the wealth of the world. Allah Ta'ala blessed them with such wealth that the wealthy of these times cannot even dream of.

(Malfoozaat of Hakeemul Ummah (R.A) 3/149)

Revival of Islam

posted by habeeba on 14th October 2020 - 0 comments
Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahmatullah Alaih) once said: “I don't know how to explain this aspect to you but it is my heart's desire that every person should come onto the straight path of Islam, in such a manner that the beauty of Islam becomes manifest in every facet of his life. Just as people by merely witnessing the lives of the Sahaabah (R.A) embraced Islam, similarly each and every Believer in this time should become a living role model of Islam for the world. The success of one's Deen and dunya lies in this. Undoubtedly, if a Muslim reforms his life and remains totally committed to the Deen of Islam, then let alone him acquiring Deeni success, even his worldly problems and difficulties will be solved.”
(Malfoozaat of Hakeemul Ummah (Rahmatullah Alaih) 1/69)

Death of Imam Ghazali (R.A)

posted by habeeba on 13th October 2020 - 0 comments
One Monday morning, Imaam Ghazali Rahmatullah alaihe , who
is famous for his book, Ihyaa-ul-Uloom, performed Wudhu (Ablut-
ion) and observed his Fajr Salaat. Then he called for his shroud,
kissed it and put it to his eyes. After this he said, "With pleasure I
appear before the King-of-kings. Saying this, he lay full length on his
back, facing the Qiblah, and passed away to the Infinite Mercy of
Allah Ta'ala.


Greeting a Muslim

posted by habeeba on 12th October 2020 - 0 comments
Hadhrat Agharr (R.A) from the Muzaynah tribe says, "Rasulullaah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) once gave instructions for me to have a Jareeb (A unit of measure used during those days) of dates that was with one of the Ansaar. However, when the Ansaari procrastinated, I spoke to Rasulullaah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) about it. Rasulullaah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then instructed Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) to accompany me the next morning to get the dates. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) promised to meet me at the Masjid after performing the Fajr salaah. I found him where we had arranged to meet and we left. Whenever Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) saw anyone from far, he greeted him with Salaam. He then said, 'Do you not see the tremendous virtue that others are gaining over you (by beating you to greeting). Never let anyone beat you to making Salaam.' Thereafter, whenever we saw anyone approach from a distance, we would greet him before he could greet us. Hadhrat Zuhrah bin Khameesa (R.A) narrates, "I was once riding behind Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) on the same animal. Whenever we passed by any people and greeted them with Salaam, their reply was longer than our greeting. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) remarked, 'people have been overpowering us today.'" Another narration quotes him as saying, "People have surpassed us in great good today." Hadhrat Umar (R.A) reports, "I was once riding behind Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) on the same animal. Whenever he passed by any people and greeted them with the words 'As Salaamu Alaykum', they replied by saying, 'As Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh'. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (R.A) remarked, "People have surpassed us tremendously today. Hadhrat Abu umaamah (R.A) was once giving a lecture when he said, "Hold fast to patience because in markets that you like and those that you do not because patience is a most excellent quality. This world has certainly attracted you. It is dragging its skirt before you and has put on its dressing and adornments for you. On the other hand, the companions of Muhammad (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) (were so eager to earn the rewards of the Aakhirah that they) used to sit in their yards saying, 'We sit to greet with Salaam and to be greeted.", Hadhrat Anas (R.A) once said, "When we were with Rasulullaah (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and a tree came between us (causing us to separate), we would greet each other with Salaam as soon as we rejoined." Hadhrat Tufayl bin ubay bin Ka'b narrates, "I used to accompany Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Umar (R.A) to the marketplace every morning. When we went there, he would not pass by any hawker, trader, poor person or any other person without greeting them with Salaam. When I went to him one day and he requested me to follow him to the marketplace, I asked, 'What do you do at the marketplace when you do not make any purchases, do not enquire about any product, do not ask prices and do not even participate in the gatherings at the market? Why do we not rather sit here and talk.' Hadhrat Abdullaah (R.A) said, 'Dear tubby (Hadhrat Tufayl was overweight and the term was one of endearment)! We go there for the sake of Salaam, so that we may greet whoever we meet with Salaam.


posted by habeeba on 11th October 2020 - 0 comments
Hadhrat Sheikh Abdul Fawaris Shah Bin Shuja Kirmaani (rahmatullahi alayh) prior to his reformation and renunciation of the world was the king of Kirmaan. One day in pursuit of a prey, he was separated from the hunting party. He found himself alone in a desolate wilderness. Suddenly he saw a young man seated on the back of a lion while many beasts were around him. When the animals saw the king, they leapt towards him, but the young man restrained them. The wild animals submitted to his command. When the young man came near to the king, he said:"Assalaa mu Alaikum! O king! How oblivious are you of Allah Ta`ala. You have forgotten the Aakhirah for the sake of the world. In pursuit of carnal pleasures you have cast aside the service of your King (Allah Ta`ala).
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