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26
Nov
2011

THE ONE CENT COIN

posted by ummi taalib on 26th November 2011 - 0 comments
The 1 Cent Coin By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ) Once, when taking a walk through a park, with some friends, we came across a fountain, wherein were numerous 1 cent and 2 cent coins. On noticing this, it came to mind, that since the 1 cent coin and the 2 cent coin have negligible value – in fact, no worth or value is really given to these coins – they are generally discarded in a fountain, after some ‘wish’ is made. …And if the wish is such, that it would definitely be accomplished with money, then a mere 1 cent or 2 cents would not suffice for the fulfilment of the grand wishes of those who throw with any such hope… Nevertheless, I presented this analogy to my companions:
11
May
2011

Why a Shaykh?

posted by ummi taalib on 11th May 2011 - 0 comments
Wonderful analogy given by my dear Shaykh (hafizahullah) explaining why there is a need for a Shaykh....

“Take the example of a person who wants to lose weight. In the initial weeks, with self motivation at its peak, he will exercise regularly, follow a special diet and do all the necessary things required to achieve his objective. However, after a few weeks once the initial motivation wanes, he will return to his old ways and will end up as he started, with no long term benefit whatsoever.

In contrast, if this person had taken professional advice from the outset, he would have been able to set a timetable and develop a manageable action plan under expert guidance. This in conjunction with the continued supervision of the dietician would have resulted in long term benefit and success in his objective.

This is precisely the example of the relationship between a shaykh and a murīd. A murīd will find great difficulty in purifying his soul and acquiring the recognition of Allāh ta’ala by himself. Thus he needs someone to slowly – but surely – guide him and take him along the path that leads to soul rectification and the recognition of Allāh ta’ala. That someone is the Shaykh.”

Courtesy of In Shaykh's Company: a blog maintained by the students of Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullah www.shaykh.org
16
Mar
2011

Thorn in a Rose Garden

posted by ummi taalib on 16th March 2011 - 0 comments
[h]يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ[/center] [i]Oh you who Believe! Fear Allah and be with those who are the truthful ones - Surah At-Tawbah, ayah 119[/center] Once upon a time there was a thorn that lived in a garden filled with roses, where it enjoyed the company and beautiful scent of the rose. However this thorn was quite aggrieved when it saw the gardener come in everyday and sweep away all of the fallen leaves and thorns. The thorn then took matters up with Allah. It mentioned about how it was so small and so insignificant compared to the rose, and how it feared that it too would be swept out of the garden one day, thereby being deprived of the company of the beautifully scented rose. So, this thorn was then advised that it should keep itself attached to the rose. In this way, not only would it enjoy being in its company, but its price would be the same as well, and no matter where the rose went, it would go along, thereby never leaving the rose's company.
10
Mar
2011

LINK WITH A SAINT

posted by ummi taalib on 10th March 2011 - 0 comments
From Tarbiyatus Saalikeen Islamic Tarbiyah Academy Once in the presence of an Ãlim Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thãnwi (R) said; “It is necessary for every person to establish a link with a saint.” The Ãlim asked, “Why is it necessary?” Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thãnwi (R) replied, “It is actually Fardhul Ain, because in Suratul Fãtiha the verse, ’The path upon whom You have bestowed Your favours.’ Is in fact the alternative or substitute to the preceding verse, which is, ’Show us the straight path.” It is only by following the straight path that we Qualify to receive the favours of Allah, and receiving Allah’s favours is the object. This object can only be achieved if we place our hands in the hands of one upon whom Allah has already bestowed His favours, and these are the saints. Doctor Abdul Hay Arifi (R) once said, “There is only one way to meet Him (Allah), Seek the road from those who have already found Him.” He once said,
11
Nov
2010

A Connection with Allah taala

posted by ummi taalib on 11th November 2010 - 0 comments
From the discourses of Arifbillah Shaykh Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar PRESENCE OF THE AULIYA (SAINTS) My dear friends, in every era when great Auliyaare alive and present, then people falsely believethem to be insignificant or not as significant ascompared to the Auliya of former times. Only when they pass away, the people suddenly realise their true status and value. To understand this point better, consider the following example; A person falls ill in Makkah. Will he sit around waiting for Hakim Ajmal Khanof India to come from his grave all the way from Delhi to treat him? Will he say’ “I am a great personality and therefore only Hakim Ajmal Khan or one of his calibre can treat me?” No! such an ill person will seek treatment at the hands of the physicians present. Similarly, Alah has created spiritual physicians in every era, and we can be treated by these physicians of our time and thereby become Bayazeed Bustãmi or Hãji Imdãdullah. In other words, we too can become what is termed as Sãhibun Nisbat, though not of the same calibre of those saints. SÃHIBUN NISBAT
30
Oct
2010

TAZKIYAH, THE KEY TO SUCCESS

posted by ummi taalib on 30th October 2010 - 0 comments
From the teachings of Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat (Hafizahullah) The one and only way to success in both worlds is to act upon the complete Deen and this is only possible for one who has attained purification of the self. This is the reason for Allah Ta’aalaa taking a string of oaths before declaring, “Qad aflaha man zakkaahaa” For a person who spends time in the company of the pious, the realisation will dawn that within me lie many evil traits. The verse,
19
Oct
2010

Lessons on the Mathnawi - Sweet Song of the Nightingale

posted by ummi taalib on 19th October 2010 - 0 comments
Mawlana Rumi said, “Even though you learn the singing of the birds, How will you be able to derive the inner state experienced by that bird when it sweetly sings. In spite of practicing and singing the sweet songs of the nightingale, In spite of executing it to perfection, What will you know of what it is saying to the flower?” Shaykh Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar sahib explains in “Lessons on the Mathnawi”:
13
Jul
2010

HOLDING THE HANDS OF A PIOUS PERSON

posted by ummi taalib on 13th July 2010 - 0 comments
With regard to ‘holding the hand of Saints’, a poet describes as to how Allah opens up the road; [i]“My journey has become easy Now that the winds have changed their direction. The lamps of the road have lit up Now that I have held your hand.”[/center] When one holds the hand of a pious person, i.e. when he surrenders himself for reformation under the guidance of a spiritual mentor i.e. a Shaykh, then it becomes easy for him to conform to the Sunnah and the Shar’iah, as well as to abstain from sins.
12
Jul
2009

Basics for the Heart

posted by ummi taalib on 12th July 2009 - 0 comments
According to Dr ‘Abdul Hayy ‘Aarifi, out of the many deeds to do with the inward state which should be acquired under the supervision of a qualified Shaykh, four of them form the basis of Tasawwuf and they are the very moving spirit and foundation of the Faith as a whole. They are easy to practice under all conditions whether on the go or in relaxation and very effective if one acquires constancy in them. Many evil characteristics will automatically become weakened and many good traits will be strengthened. الشُّكْر Gratitude From the moment you wake up look around and acknowledge every blessing, whether worldly or religious and express gratitude and make a resolution of using that blessing in the correct way. Even in adversity, cast a glance at the blessings which surround you despite being undeserving. Gratitude generates love for Allah and relationship with Him is strengthened اَللّهُمَّ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ وَلَكَ الشُّكْرُ Allaahumma lakal hamdu walakash shukr All praise belongs to Allah. O Allah, for You is all praise and for You, all gratitude **********
12
Jul
2009

On Tasawwuf

posted by ummi taalib on 12th July 2009 - 1 comment
Mystifying, fascinating, unfathomable, U N A T T A I N A B L E !!! Reading about it, discussing it with friends, the mind boggled and the heart longed for this wonderful, mysterious… something! Through the fadhl of Allah subhaanahu wata’aalaa, slowly but surely tiny windows opened and rays of light began to appear. The following are some of the sayings of the great Mashaaikh of the past and present which led to the realisation that Tasawwuf “was nothing extraordinary”. Bayazid Bustaami “Tasawwuf is total and perfect respect”
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