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#46 [Permalink] Posted on 7th December 2015 20:08
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What I mentioned above was an article I read a few years back, the source cited for this was Maulana Abdul Majid Daryabadis (RA) biography (Aap Beeti) in which he apparently himself mentioned his return To Islam and Allah knows best.

Perhaps if you can get hold of a copy of his biography you can enlighten us.

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#47 [Permalink] Posted on 7th December 2015 20:42
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#48 [Permalink] Posted on 7th December 2015 20:55
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Yes, his re-ignition towards Islam was through Mathnawi shareef where he says he had already become more than 50 % Muslim and the completion of it was through the Tafseer which u mentioned earlier..

A correction from my side.. the Mathnawi shareef was given to him by a near one of his called Sayyid Mumtaz Ahmed Banswi sahab..

Here are the scans from Aap Beeti By Hazrat Maulana Abdul Majid Daryabadi (rah)







Sorry cannot translate at the moment..

A very interesting book.. here is the Link
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#49 [Permalink] Posted on 8th December 2015 06:49
The Motivation Angle


Motivation to do something is a very delicate matter when a task is to be taken up.
It comes with utmost difficulty and effort and it goes out at the most flimsy reason.

In India today I see that RSS driven juggernaut, through its various arms, has completely demotivated several entities.

(1) Muslims are completely demoralised for RSS ideology is completely anti-Muslim and they have been working on it for last 90 years.

(2) The inheritors of India's national movement, the Indian National Congree, is completely demoralised for RSS has successfully turned the attention from secular nationalism to Hindutva nationalism and snatched away all ground from Congree.

(3) Socialist movements too are in a low state, though they have recovered a little. Reason? Anti-Muslim religious hatred over rides the socialist ideology that becomes too abstract in face of hared politics of religious bigotry.

(4) The so called social engineering of Kanshi Ram and Mayawati too was deflated by sheer electoral complexity of democratic process.

(5) successively Marxist parties have lost their shining.

It is a strange phenomenon where motivation for everyone contesting against RSS lost air.

That is the story of motivation, I mean an example.

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I have seen in the Khanqah, Madarsa and Jama-at motivation occupies a significant position.
In fact it is a way of life.

Can we use the same technology, the one used in above three branches of Deen, in other branches?
I mean to energise and motivate those brothers and sisters who would like to take up the task of academic analysis of the problem of taking back our life space on which others have encroached upon?

Clearly we have to work on each branch separately.

We need academics analysing the social and cultural matters and how to regain our space there and how to motivate Muslims for the same.

We have to form a group of academics analysing encroachment by external agencies on our scientific and technological space and to devise strategies to get it back and to work out motivational techniques to do the same.

Same is true about the fields where science and technology yields benefits - trade, commerce, economy, finance, industry.

Same for the political space.

Same for the military space.

And here I am talking about academic analysis only.

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Brothers and sisters might suggest that this task belongs to Khilafah.
My response will be the following - talking about Khilafa is like showing the red flag to a bull.
Let us simply avoid talking about it.
The way mere utterance of the word G!h@d gives rise to perspiration amongst Muslims so does the word Khilafah.
Incidentally the same is true about the End of Times, eschatology, Ghazwa of India and the like.
Let us simply avoid each one of them.

Talk about the so called secular matters in a secular manner.
It is possible and Inshaa Allah it will be very effective.

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Remember leaders appear only when you are clear about ideology.
Before that they do not arise.
No wonder we do not have Muslim leaders today.
Don't you think it is unfair to assume and demand that a person creates and ideology and then also takes up the task of leading?
We are not Rasoolallah (SAW) who was all in one - propoers, leader, motivator, ideologue, spiritual guide.
We have to do the things by division of labour.

Let us take care of the academic part of the Revival of Ummah.
And the motivational part.
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#50 [Permalink] Posted on 13th December 2015 05:12
A Cringeworthy Moment


Sunday weekly Ijtima of civil line Jama-at

The speaker is a professor from engineering college.

"If we keep devoting daily two and half an hour,
If we keep investing three days in a moth,
If we going for forty days a year
Then
Allah will keep opening avenues of good deeds for us."

So a reward for deeds is the prospect of more deeds.
Is that a reward?

It is like saying if you do one thing for me I will give you the opportunity for three more things that you can do for me.

There is something wrong with it.
In return for good deeds we weaklings expect something better than more work.

But our seniors will not offer that.

I get similar feelings from other two branches of Deen - Tasawwuf and Madarsa.

I do not think Rasoolallah SAW too acted in similar fashion.
But our Scholars will not tell us that too.

I came to know of different things from other quarters - like Jama-at-e-Islami.
For example when Rasoolallah SAW went to the tribes he told them that if you side with Islam today you stand to gain worldly things for soon Islam will prevail.

That is what happened.
Islam prevailed and Rasoolallah SAW distributed bounties to believers.
There is a book of collections of letters of Rasoolallah SAW.
Many of them say that this land is given to these people and that one to those people.

Rasoolallah SAW did talk about worldly blessings.
Of course he also talked about not loving this world.
But that is not the only thing that he talked about.
He did indulge in worldly blessings too.

We hear the Sermons today : " If you do good deeds then Allah swt will open the door of good deeds for you".

Oh yeah.
Unfortunately such talk does not help in keeping our flock together.

Not the ones who see the rest of the world swimming in wealth.
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#51 [Permalink] Posted on 13th December 2015 07:48
the munajaate maqbool of hazrat molana ashraf ali thanvi saheb r.a. has amazing meanings and depth

the Monday section mentions enhancement of sustenance many times as do many other duas.
we should not put limits on Allah taala treasures and our asking of them.
we should also not put limits on knowledge and its many facets
or limits on Allah's mercy .

look to Allah taala and his promises not to others interpretation
The concept of faqir has also been misunderstood.it does not mean to prefer poverty but to think of ones deeds as insignificant.it is the condition of the heart that is important not the pocket.

I digress
in haayatuss sahabah it is also mentioned that those who did not pull their weight were advised or made to resign.

even hazrat molana ashraf ali thanvi sahebr.r.a. would remove khilafah from those who did not maintain standards.
do we have such stringent checking and quality control in all our fields

Not everyone should be making public speeches

i did khidmah of the junaid jamshed /saeed anwar jamaat years ago
i saw the constant pressure they were under

AND ALLAH KNOWS BEST



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#52 [Permalink] Posted on 14th December 2015 09:56
On Intelligence


In our theological circles intelligence means memorization.

In modern education IQ is certainly much beyond memorization and even that is considered a pathetic measurement of intelligence.

The theory of multiple intelligences identifies many different types of it. For example:

(1)Linguistic
(2)Logical-Mathematical
(3)Spatial
(4)Musical
(5)Bodily Kinesthetics
(6)Interpersonal
(7)Intrapersonal
(8)Naturalistic

But this whimsical classification should not hold us here.

This sinner was passing through rather excessively difficult times. That is how I ended up with Masha-ikh. In that process my Shaikh instructed me to improve my Tajweed. I joined a Maktab for Barakah and submission. Emotionally I had no energy to devote to this task. When I had little to report in my Tajweed class the Maulwi said, "Don't worry Allah has not endowed all with equal intelligence." This is my own experience. This is not a solo happening. Intelligence means memorization is virtually a dictum in theological circles.

For last few days I have started reading the second volume of Tareekh-e-Dawat-o-Azeemat by Ali Miyan (RA). This volume is about Imam Ibn Taimiyyah RA. In the initial pages that I have finished reading Ali Miyan RA harps so much on memorization that it is difficult for me to focus upon other aspects. Excessive weightage to lineage of people is another hallmark of his writings. What should the rest of us feel like in this situation? But I digress.

This excessive obsession of theological establishment upon memorization is one of the distinctions between the theological and modern education streams. There is no branch of modern learning where there is so much emphasis on raw power to memorize as in theology. Yet these modern branches of knowledge have tasted mind boggling success in this world. Enlightenment, via Immanuel Kant and others, lead to revolution in social and cultural lives. That lead to a furious activity in the scientific disciplines. first in Chemistry and then in Phyics and then in Biological and hence in Medical Sciences and in Technology and Engineering. This lead to unheard of advances in Agriculture, Business, Industry, Trade, Commerce and Finances. The result is that even are modern educated youth thinks that it is impossible to compete with the west in any one of these fields.

Yet our theological establishment ignores these aspects of life rather blissfully.

This is not to assert that our modern education establishment has done better. That is not the issue. If Rasoolallah SAW used the trench digging technology it should have opened the flood gates of technology and science for us. Yet today I do hear from very respected people that in "Gather Knowledge Upto China" the intention is simply the theological knowledge. I have heard it myself at many more than one occasions.

Many a times I have heard from my Shaikh DB that study science for it will lead to Ma'arifah. Yet such voices are lonely ones in a wilderness.

I am painfully aware of the shabby attitude that Aligarh intelligentsia exhibits towards theological establishment and hence people from theological side have more than ample reasons to complain but that interjection too misses the point. Theological establishment should have done better. Tajdeed is their responsibility.Once Islam was finalized then it remained for the relevant Mujaddids to explain Islam to the needs of the time. The Madarsa-University divide is symptomatic of theology not catching up with times.

There is a monthly magazine published from a Madarsa in Phulat. I know the editor. In one of the editorials he wrote that in spain Muslims were scientifically advance yet Muslims lost hopelessly.

Now answer that.

I have stated one of the issues that remains to be addressed in that section of Ummah to which we proudly belong. I shall avoid any equivocation. A problem is a problem and we better address it. In personal life I can report to my brothers and sisters what is the result of sucha stand. The Maulwi simply cut-off relationship with me.

Verily we are for our Lord and unto Him is our return.
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#53 [Permalink] Posted on 14th December 2015 14:43
Dear Maripat,
I don't think that speaker said any thing wrong, but he must have said it before old sathees,
may I know What worldly benefits we will get if we do tableegh,practice tasawwuff. ?








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#54 [Permalink] Posted on 15th December 2015 11:45
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It was the full weekly Ijtima ya akhi.
And from the business as usual there is absolutely nothing wrong.
The problem is that people like me are left out there in the cold.
After all there is life beyong Madarsa-Khanqah-Jama-at.

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#55 [Permalink] Posted on 15th December 2015 11:57

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Next time someone is in an (unfortaunte) car Accident and gets badly injured and needs URGENT MEDICAL care and you HAPPEN to find a Muslim Doctor following the Sunnah, ask the two obvious question?

  1. What worldly benefits we will get if we do tableegh,practice tasawwuff?
  2. Is anything beyond Masjid/Madrasah/Khanqah needed?
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#56 [Permalink] Posted on 17th December 2015 09:30
Do not give your detractors a walk over


There is this massive encroachment upon our personal life space because for far too long we have been giving our detractors a walk over. do not do that. Do not give your detractors a walk over. Defend your territory. There is nothing wrong in that and there is nothing wrong in defending your territory. In fact it is shameful thing to not defend your personal space, your territory, your dignity, your property, your Deen, your honour, your freedom, your children, your women, your people, your lands.

Our Akabir began by taking on the British in 1957. Then they got defeated. then they decided to fisrt save the teachings of Islam. This does not mean that the decision to indulge in Khanqah-Madarsa-Tabligh is absolute and static. It might be final, immutable, static only for some of us, for the rest we have to diversify to other departments of life.
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#57 [Permalink] Posted on 17th December 2015 10:12
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Dearest uncle Maripat,

Asalamukum w w,

Mashallah your posts greatly inspire me. It is a bit too high level but I try to make sense of things. Now you mentioned some points about Ali Miyan rh. For the last few months I was reading Ali Miyan rh a lot. I did not come to the same conclusion as you on the 2 points you mentioned. Ali Miyan has a lot more to offer than the 2 points but I can see your concerns. With regards to memorisation and lineage let me make a defence of these points. Firstly with regards to memorisation there is no doubt that memorisation helps in the learning process. I am not saying that it is the most important of all things but it is definitely a praiseworthy quality and should be worked on. However I agree that there are different types of learning and in certain places memorisation is the be all and end all. With regards to lineage there is no doubt that ALLAH accepted certain lineages for the service of his deen. At the end of the day the most important component is taqwa but there is no doubt that if a family is pious then there is hope that inshallah their progeny will be pious. I always think that a lot of our piety will be linked to the duas of our fathers who must have prayed for us.

Still I can see why you feel that way. Keep up the good work.
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#58 [Permalink] Posted on 18th December 2015 02:50
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If Allah swt give us the tawfiq to perform more good deeds which please Allah swt, is better than worldly gains. However, worldly gains should also be asked to Allah swt as we are weak in Iman.

Of course, RasulAllah distributed bounties and worldly gains to Hz Sahaba ikram rz.a to strengthen their iman whereas the people of Madina whose iman was strong and unshakable were given the unique and invaluable reward in place of worldly bounties and it was RasulAllah s.a.w ''himself''
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#59 [Permalink] Posted on 16th January 2016 11:38
Our Environment


We affect our environment and our environment affects us.

The dominant policy of our Elders in this regard has been : Live and let live.
This looks very cozy but it is not.
The real wordings are : Apnay ko chhodo mat, doosray ko chhedo mat.
Don't leave your ways, don't disturb others.

This too looks like a great dictum.
Unfortunately it has very harmful implications.

I just saw a pre-teenage girl. All made up just like a real woman and conducting herself like one.
That is just one example of a conduct that will look odd to a believer.
What effect will the behaviour of teenage girls and adult women of Kuffar and mushrikeen will have on our girls and women?

I am talking about the effect that the environment is already having on us.

Let me be little bit more anecdotal.

Once we landed on tourist spot my wife told me that a policeman was constantly staring at the legs of a young honeymoon woman who was wearing ultrahigh shorts and blissfully lost in fairy world with her husband. At her home, I am completely sure, she will not allow the corner of her sari to leave her head, when in front of her father-in-law or mother-in-law.

Once again what will be the effect of such an environment on our families?
Will our children be inclined towards our ways or the ways of the people they see today?

I can tell you few examples of those families where the family heads are very well known Elders.
The family will indulge in what they want and simply forget to tell the Elder.

There are exceptions but my fears are that they are extremely rare.

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Exception: Daughters of late Dr Waliullah were sent to the family of a very well known Shaikh - possibly for inspiration. The daughters and daughters-in-law ( I am informed of male companions) went to see a movie in the Madarsa vehicle and these two girls had to spend three long hours in that vehicle.

After reaching back Hyderabad these girls complained to their father, "You sent us to a Bedeen family."
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I have been repeatedly told that a Salik should not ask questions regarding the behaviour of the family memebers of Masha-ikh.

I shall submit to this wisdom.
But what about others? I can say with certain amount of surety that this is not the medicine that I can sell to anyone else.

There are some extremely serious and obvious issues that have not been sorted out for us.
I do not see many people around who will give me a wise opinion about such issues.
And when I say many people I do actually mean any people.

In this post i have tried to delineate one such issue that leaves me completely confound.
I do know that my brothers and sisters are writhing in pain because of such things.
they face these problems, they feel the pain, they see no solution and they do not know to whom to look for the solution. Or even solace.
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#60 [Permalink] Posted on 16th January 2016 14:53
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

In my opinion, we have enough people who are academically capable, both on the theological and secular level. They are capable enough to counter the vast majority of the academic attacks upon our way of life.

However, often times, in these academic writings and debates, very little is achieved, as often arguments are simply thrown back and forth, comprehendable to only a handful of people, usually the academics in the audience. The vast majority of the people are left out in the cold not knowing what in the world is being said, or simply not willing to sit and read or listen to hours and hours of acdemic writing.

In my opinon, as an ummah we should focus on media strategy. If Deoband was more savvy with media, they would have sent shockwaves throughout the world.

Media is something every ummati is capbable of helping in some way. It is something that can push our ideals and highlight our plight, promote our ulema and our academics, show up the west for what it really is, call for our rights and defend our people.

We have our hadith masters, our shuyookh of tasawuf and our academics, we have the best way of lifeand our deen provides the optimal solutions to every problem the world is facing now. BUt very few hear about it becasue our reach due to a lack of media is very little.

One single newspaper, like for example the daily mail, has far more reach/readership than probably most of the (observant/practising) Muslim media put together.

What is the point of our ulema and our academics if no one will hear what they have to say?

Of course this is just my opinon, but I really do belive that our only real feasible option at this point in time for maximum impact is to focus on developing our media outlets.
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