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19
May
2012

"Hayaa" Leads to Nothing but Khayr

posted by ummi taalib on 19th May 2012 - 0 comments
A'amaal (Deeds) are present however the Rooh (Soul) of the a'amaal are absent.

Outwardly, Ruku' (Bowing in Salaah), Sajdah (Prostration), Tilaawat (Recitation of the Qur'an) are present however hearts are stained with Kibr (Pride & Arrogance). It is the feeling in the heart that "I am nothing" which leads to one bowing in front of one's Lord and as this feeling increases one wishes to bow down further to lay one's forehead on the ground in prostration. However if the heart is full of pride then the prostration will be done but with the intention of pleasing other than one's Lord.

Hayaa (Bashfulness/Modesty) is the Rooh of deeds which is inculcated within the heart. If Hayaa is present within the heart its effect will fall on the whole body and one will feel shame in front of one's Lord. One will not misuse the eyes to see that which has been prohibited in private or public so much so that even in one's thoughts one will feel Hayaa.

And that is why it is said that Hayaa leads to only Khayr (Goodness). The complete Deen will be set aright with Hayaa in the heart because Hayaa will lead to one fulfilling the rights of the Creator and the rights of the creation.

From the teachings of Shaykh Muhammd Saleem Dhorat (Hafizahullah)
3
May
2012

Weeds in a Rose Garden

posted by ummi taalib on 3rd May 2012 - 0 comments
It is easy to achieve a rapport with Allah سبحانه وتعالى. but it is difficult to maintain especially for a person who has pride in his heart. One of the consequences of pride is that it leads to friction with others. A proud person will expect respect, love, attention and affection from others but when he does not receive them (despite thinking he deserves them) it will inevitably lead to friction and conflict. Never expect respect, love, affection or anything else which boosts your ego and leads to pride. You should not even expect respect from your wife or husband and immediate family members. If you can be like this then even if you do not get what you want you will not feel indignant. If someone offends you, you will not be offended. Learn to be truly humble; in front of your parents, teachers, Shaykh and fellow Muslims. This humbleness and piety should be natural and consistent; not that you are pious in front of one person and haughty in front of another. Pride in one’s heart is akin to weeds in a rose garden. Roses will not bloom, flourish or last very long in a garden of weeds. If your heart is full of pride, you will not bloom spiritually because of these weeds of pride.
27
Mar
2012

Contemplation

posted by ummi taalib on 27th March 2012 - 0 comments
Fikr (contemplation) is the lamp of the heart. In its absence, the heart will be without light.

Minus fikr, the heart resembles a dark room in which there is no lamp. One does not know what lurks in that dark room in which nothing is visible. Similarly, without contemplation the reality and true nature of an object will not be fathomed.

When man contemplates, the inner nature and reality of things will be revealed to him. He will see with open eyes (i.e. his spiritual eyes) the realities of Truth, Falsehood, the perishable nature of the world and the everlasting nature of the Hereafter. The Glory, Splendour, Power and Wrath of Allah, as well as Him being the True Benefactor will become vivid realities. Man will also become aware of his own hidden defects, the schemes and deceptions of his nafs and that the world is the abode of futility and deception.

Ikmalush Shiyam
5
Mar
2012

X-ray Yourself

posted by ummi taalib on 5th March 2012 - 0 comments
For physical illnesses like cancer we insist the doctor sends us for an x-ray yet we have no concern for the many spiritual illnesses which lie within our hearts.

Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat (Hafizahullah) said he was not asking that people make immediate contact with a qualified Shaykh or leave to spend time in jamaa’at. To begin with all that is required is for one to spend time on reflecting at the spiritual illnesses like pride, vanity, jealousy etc. which lie within one’s self with concern. In other words take an x-ray of yourself and thereafter make du’a for the annihilation of all the evils which lie within. This will lead to Allah subhaanahu wata’ala opening doors through which this will become a reality.

All our effort is on making the external worship while no effort is made towards the inner self. So many of us have reached the age of forty, fifty and more yet we do not know our own selves. May Allah subhaanhau wata’ala bless us with the concern of the Hereafter and grant us the Tawfeeq to make effort
27
Feb
2012

Reminder Concerning Tawbah

posted by ummi taalib on 27th February 2012 - 0 comments
Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu, Yesterday Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad (may Allah preserve his legacy) gave a very beautiful, and practical, reminder on turning in repentance to Allah Most High. I wanted to share a few of the points he made for those who were not able to listen to the talk. 1. Detached Yourself from Bad Company Everyone is responsible for their own actions, but the company we keep strongly influences the decisions we make and can often be the impetus leading us to sin. Imam Ghazali mentions that a bad companion is worse than the bite of a snake, since the poison of a snake only kills the body, whereas the poison of a bad companion kills one’s iman.
12
Feb
2012

Show off!

posted by ummi taalib on 12th February 2012 - 0 comments
Someone said, “A man could be showing off to the people of his town while making Tawaaf of the Ka’bah in Makkatul Mukarramah.”

On being asked how this could be possible he replied that while in Tawaaf the person becomes pleased with the thought that his acquaintances back home are saying (in admiration of him) that right now he is in Makkatul Mukarramah probably making many Tawaaf and Sa’ee.

Just how many of our actions fit into this category? The above shows that it is not necessary that “showing off” occurs only when there are people watching. It can be any action at any time, even when there is no one present. May Allah subhaanahu wata’ala purify our intentions!
31
Jan
2012

Do you wish to be Held by the Hand & Led on the Straight Path?

posted by ummi taalib on 31st January 2012 - 0 comments
Would it not be wonderful if someone totally trustworthy held us by the hand and not just showed us the straight path, but led us to it and stayed with us all the way? Would it not be wonderful because there would be no chance of being led astray and if we did slip up we would immediately find a helping hand? Is this even possible? Read on and find out! The answer lies in becoming the beloved of Allah subhaanahu wata’ala by attaining the quality of Ihsaan (to be constantly aware of Allah subhaanahu wata’ala) because a person with this awareness will follow every single command and refrain from all disobedience and if per chance a sin was committed he/she will immediately turn to Allah subhaanahu wata’ala in repentance. Now how does one attain this quality? Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat (Hafizahullaah) explains that the first step toward this goal is to make Mujaahadah (To strive against the base desires). To begin with one needs to make a firm resolution to make Mujaahadah and thereafter act upon it with courage. Mujahadah is necessary when the heart inclines toward disobedience of Allah subhaanahu wata’ala i.e. when one desires to commit a sin like listening to music or when one feels disinclined to act on a command like performing the compulsory Salaah.
10
Sep
2011

Intentions make Actions Weighty

posted by ummi taalib on 10th September 2011 - 0 comments
“Niyyatu mu’min khayrum min ‘amalihi” Intention of the Believer is better than his action[/center] A small and seemingly insignificant action can become weighty once the intention is rectified. A man who used to remain too busy with providing for his family with no time left for extra worship used to envy a pious Wali of Allah who lived in his neighbourhood. He used to think to himself that if I was rich I would have spent even more time in worship. After the Wali of Allah passed away someone saw him in a dream and enquired about his state. The reply was that he had been forgiven and given high stages however the man who used to remain too busy to spend time in extra worship had received higher stages due to his sincere intention.
17
Jul
2011

4 Stages to Ta'luq with Allah

posted by ummi taalib on 17th July 2011 - 0 comments
4 stages of achieving the spiritual goal In this Majlis [gathering], Shaykh Adam Lunat Sahib (hafizahullah) elaborated on words from Maulana Roomi. The lesson was explained through an example [as is both Maulana Roomi’s and Shaykh's teaching style, All praise be to Allah]. If one wants to dig a well to find water, one must first pass through 4 stages. At first when the person is digging, they will come across: 1. Dry earth If he gives up at this stage and thinks ‘how can I get water from dry earth?’ then he will not achieve his goal. [Do not be deceived by the apparent impossibility of your goal.] 2. Slightly wet earth
8
Jul
2011

Easy Method of Attaining Allah Ta'ala's Love

posted by ummi taalib on 8th July 2011 - 0 comments
Taken from Shaykh Hakeem Akhtar Sahib’s (hafizahullah) book, “Reformation of Charachter”. Three steps toward attaining Allah Ta'ala's love. First When a person daily presents himself in the company of another for a short while, after a few days, love is inculcated. The result of meeting daily for some time is that if per chance they do not meet each other, then one will become restless for the other. There is no need for any proofs for this reality. In like manner, begin meeting Allah Ta’ala daily for a short while. The manner of this is that while facing the Qiblah, one should, in solitude make theZzikr of Allah Ta'ala for a short while. Kalimah Tauheed, Durood Sharif, recitation of Qur'an, Uttering 'Allah, Allah" are all included in Zikr. This Zikr is the meeting with Allah Ta'ala. It is narrated in Hadith Qudsi
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