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The Humility of a King

posted by ummi taalib on 8th January 2015 - 0 comments
[color=#BF8000][i]Story concerning Hadhrat Khwajah Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki (RA)[/color][/center] Hadhrat Khwajah Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki (RA), who was the khalifah of Hadhrat Khwajah Mu’inuddin Chisti (RA), had just passed away. He had made a bequest that his Janazah namaz should be performed by that person who had the following qualifications: “My Janazah namaz should be read by that person who was has been with wudhu all the time. “My Janazah namaz should be read by that person who has never missed the takbire-tahrimah.

Anecdote related to one who always criticises

posted by ummi taalib on 3rd March 2013 - 0 comments

Some people have a habit of criticising everyone and everything. It is a habit which eventually leads to criticising the Pious, the Ulama, the Sahabah, the Prophets and finally even Allah ‘azzawajal (Na’oothubillaah). Following is an anecdote regarding such a person.

A traveller, feeling tired decided to rest under a big tree which bore a small berry type fruit called “Bor” in the Indian language. His eyes fell on a nearby vine-like plant on the ground bearing huge watermelons. As is the habit of one who constantly criticises, he thought to himself that the fruit on the huge tree was small while on the ground lay a poor little plant with the huge watermelon. It should have been the other way round, with the watermelon on the tree and the small fruits on the ground.

At this thought he sat up straight extremely pleased with himself at this analysis and thought how impressed people would be when he mentioned it. No sooner had the thought crossed his mind when a wind blew and one of the fruits from the tree fell right on to his head! With this his inner eyes opened and he fell into prostration, grateful that it wasn’t the huge watermelon which had fallen on his head!

From a speech by Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat (Hafizahullah)

Fragrance will depend on what is in the Bottle

posted by ummi taalib on 1st November 2012 - 0 comments
Our Muslim names, Islamic dress and our prayers are like the sign board found outside a shop, which informs us that inside this shop, sweets, chocolates, biscuits, cakes, fruit, etc. are stocked and sold. The person reading the signboard thus expects to find what has been advertised outside, inside that shop. What would be the reaction of the person if he or she finds cow dung, horse manure and cat’s droppings inside, instead of sweets and chocolates ? In a similar vein, our beautiful Muslim names and Islamic garb informs others that inside our hearts there is certain ‘merchandise’ in the form of firm Imaan in Allah Ta’ala and love for His Beloved Rasool e. One expects to find therein, the attributes of trustworthiness, honesty, sincerity, forgiveness, charity, Taqwa (piety), zuhd (asceticism), sabr (patience), shukr (gratitude), etc. These are the qualities and traits a person expects to find in his social dealings with us. Our beards, kurtas, turbans, tasbeehs, the cloak, purdah, etc. are all additional signs which lay more and more emphasis on the above. What would be a person’s reaction, when instead of these virtues, he or she finds arrogance, pride, malice, greed, jealousy, etc.? Shaykh Yunus Patel (rahimahullah) Haqq Islam)

Beautiful in His Eyes!

posted by ummi taalib on 13th September 2012 - 0 comments
True story told by Shaykh “Abdul Mohsen al Ahmad”, it happened in... Abha (the capital of Asir province in Saudi Arabia) “After performing Salãt Al Maghrib, she put her make-up, wore her beautiful white dress preparing herself for her wedding party, Then she heard the Azan of ‘Ishã and she realized that she broke her Wudhu she told her mother: “Mother, I have to go to make wudhu and pray ‘Ish㔠Her mother was shocked : “Are you crazy?!! Guests are waiting for you, to see you! what about your make -up? It will be all washed away by water!!” then she added: ”I am your mother and I order you not to perform Salãh now! wallahi if you make wudhu now, I will be angry at you” Her daughter replied: ”Wallahi I won’t go out from here till I perform my Salãh! Mother you must know that “There is no obedience to any creature in disobedience to the Creator.”!!

Final Moments of Junaid Baghdadi

posted by ummi taalib on 31st March 2012 - 0 comments
During the final moments of his life while on his death-bed he requested for wudhu. He was assisted to make wudhu. When the people forgot to make khilaal of his fingers, he reprimanded them. Khilaal was then made.

He went into Sajdah and wept profusely, they asked: "Why do you weep so much inspite of having worshipped so much?" Hadhrat Junaid said: "I never was so much in need as the present moment."

He then began tilaawat of the Qur'aan Shareef and said: "At this time there is no greater comforter for me than the Qur'aan. I am seeing the ibaadat of my entire life suspended in the air. A strong wind is swaying it. I do not know if this wind is a separator or an uniter (i.e. separating man from Allah or uniting him with Allah). On the other side I am observing Malakul Maut, the Siraat and the Just Judge. I do not know which way I will be commanded to go."

He recited 70 aayaat of Surah Baqarah and then lapsed into the state of Sakaraat (death throes). When people persisted that he recite 'Allah, Allah', he responded: "I have not forgotten Him." He commenced thikr and counting on his fingers the number of times. When he reached the Kalimah finger (forefinger) of his right hand, he raised it and recited Bismillahir . . . He closed his eyes for the last time.

Scattered Pearls

Thank You O Allah, For Imaan!

posted by ummi taalib on 29th March 2012 - 0 comments
A Story of One Who Was Not What He Seemed Someone passed by a pious man whom he took for a Jew, and , therefore, struck him on the neck. The latter bestowed his robe upon the aggressor, who, becoming ashamed, remarked, “I acted wrongly and thou hast forgiven me. But what occasion is this for a gift?” “I stood not up in anger,” was the reply, “being thankful that I was not a Jew, as thou didst suppose."

True Story related to the Previous Post

posted by ummi taalib on 3rd February 2012 - 0 comments
The following true story of recent times proves that when one makes a firm resolution to keep away from all disobedience and strive courageously towards this end (Makes Mujaahadah) then Allah subhaanahu wata’ala will open doors to create ease.

A young professional man with a good, high salary position in a big company decided to refrain from shaking hands with women colleagues and having to be alone with them in meetings. He wrote a very polite letter to all the companies he had to deal with explaining that Islam had granted women a very high status whereby they were to be treated with respect. He explained that women in Islam were jewels which only the owners touched and were kept hidden from strangers. He explained that by refusing to shake hands with them he was in fact showing them respect. He also requested that if it was necessary for him to deal with female staff then in the future he would be grateful if it could be arranged for a third person to be present (and he made this request to his own company as well). He realised that there was a possibility of losing his job however he went ahead as he was determined not to disobey Allah subhaanahu wata’ala.

Due to his sincere and firm intention Allah subhaanahu wata’ala created a means through which ease was created for him to refrain from disobedience. His own company as well as the other companies took his request on board and now make arrangements for him not to be alone with a female for meetings.

Taken from a talk by Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat (Hafizahullah)


O Mothers!

posted by ummi taalib on 28th February 2011 - 1 comment
A story about the mother of Imam Ghazali and his brother.... Being an Imam of the masjid, the great Imam once complained to his mother that his brother, Ahmed, did not perform salaat behind him. She in turn reprimanded the younger son and he therefore began attending jamaa’at at the masjid. During this time Imam Ghazali was occupied with writing a book on Fiqh and had reached Kitaabul Haydh (menstruation). One day in the course of leading salaat he became preoccupied with thought of a ruling regarding this subject and he dwelled upon it for some time. His brother left midway and completed salaat alone. Once again the Imam complained to his mother. Upon her query, Ahmed said, “Beloved Mother! Ask him, if someone’s clothes are soiled or stained by blood, will his salaat be in order?”

Allah's Chosen Servants

posted by ummi taalib on 30th December 2010 - 1 comment
Maulana Rumi (R.A.) states: “It is a well known fact that the fox is noted for its cowardice. ” However, the fox which has a lion as a support behind its back saying to him: “Fear not, my hand is upon your back”, in spite of lacking courage, becomes very brave indeed. His new found bravery is of such a nature that he will not hesitate to attack a leopard. He now has the support of a lion at his side, he will show no fear for a leopard. Similarly is the case of the chosen servants of Allah. In spite of their apparent weakness and distressed position, they show no fear in the face of a multitude of evil forces. These saintly ones do experience some natural fear, of physical hurt or injury but at heart they have no fear of anyone besides Allah. A Sufi says: “O people look not upon my weakly countenance for I have legs of iron. Do you know that within my heart I am connected to the king of Kings. ” In this regard Maulana Rumi (R.A.) tells a story of Hazrat Jaafar Once Hazrat Jaafar attacked a fortress, all by himself. His attack was so fierce that it seemed that the fortress would soon become a prey to the hoofs of his horse. The inmates of the fortress were so struck by awe that they closed the gates of the fortress and no-one dared to come out to engage him in battle.

The Snake-Catcher

posted by ummi taalib on 30th December 2010 - 1 comment
Moulana Jalaluddin Rumi (R.A.) relates a story of a snake catcher who once went to the mountains. Due to the winter cold and heavy snow, many very big snakes lay motionless, as if they were dead.The snake-catcher picked up one of these seemingly lifeless snakes and took it to Baghdad, with the purpose of using it for a show. Showing it off, he made big claims as to how he had brilliantly captured the snake. However, when the sun began to shine and its warmth cloaked the snake, the coldness in its body disappeared. The signs of life were soon apparent and when the snake began to move, the snake-catcher and all those around, fled.

Moulana Rumi (R.A.) then explains that our Nafs is like that snake. With Tazkia (purification), Mushaqqat (effort), our nafs (self) becomes frozen. It appears to be dead. But give it a little heat from the fire of sin and it will bite again. A little exposure to some past sins and the nafs swings back to life.

We should not think that we have killed our nafs and thus become unmindful. Yes, with some mujahadah (striving), suhbat (company) of the Sheikh, tilawat (recitation) of the Qur’aan Sharif, Zikrullah, following Deen and Shariah and in building up that contact and love for Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah e , the nafs can be frozen. However, a little taste of sin revives the evil nafs.

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