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Month of Rajab

posted by ummi taalib on 8th May 2013 - 0 comments

The Wash Cycles for the Heart

posted by ummi taalib on 4th February 2013 - 0 comments
by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah alayh) Once, on viewing the Mataaf from one of the upper levels of Masjidul Haraam, the scene of thousands of people engaged in Tawaaf, brought to my mind the following analogy: The sight of those thousands of people moving around the Baitullah reminded me of the wash cycles of the washing machine. And indeed, we find that parallels can be drawn between the Tawaaf and the work of the washing machine.

A lesson from the Qurbani

posted by ummi taalib on 18th October 2012 - 0 comments
The Sacrifice of our Evil Desires When the knife is placed on the throat of the sacrificial animals, at the same time we should be placing a knife over the throats of our evil desires. When evil desires enter our hearts and the knife is placed over them the blood is going to flow and a pain experienced. The horizon of the heart is going to turn red with the blood of our evil desires just as the horizon turns red before the sun comes out. Thereafter we will find the sun of the love of Allah subhaanahu wata’ala rising within the heart.

Anticipation for Ramadhaan

posted by ummi taalib on 9th July 2012 - 0 comments
When a beloved is returning from a journey (a wife/husband awaiting each other’s return, little children awaiting their parents’ return etc.), and it is known that the plane has left and they are on their way, older people will keep looking at their watches and little children will look up at sky in excitement and anticipation. Thereafter at the airport once again they will watch as the plane lands and wait until finally they arrive.

The coming of Ramadhaan was like that to our Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam and his Sahaabah! The du’a asking for the rain of blessings falling in Ramadhaan was made two months in advance. Do we have this same enthusiasm? Do we await Ramadhaan with the same anticipation? What do we talk about prior to the coming of Ramadhaan? Women discuss what foods to prepare for Ramadhaan and people worry about the offers in the shops on ‘Eid clothes! We need to bring change in this attitude.

From Short Inspirational Audio of Shaykh Yunus Patel (Rahimahullah)

Ramadhaan Slipping Away

posted by ummi taalib on 18th August 2011 - 0 comments
[center]Blessed days and blessed nights slipping away, Like water through our fingers flow. How much we did and how much we could have done, He, (subhaanahu wata’ala) alone knows. Time awaits no one. Like ice in the sun it melts away. Gone in a blink of an eye have the ten days of Rahmah And the rest will follow but do not give up it’s never too late, A single tear of regret is all it takes for Maghfirah.

Ramadhaan Target!

posted by ummi taalib on 31st July 2011 - 0 comments
Let us make this Ramadhaan a memorable one; one which becomes a turning point of our lives. Our target should be to become a complete Muttaqee (a God-fearing person) and there are two things which should be kept in mind for this achievement:

1. To save one’s self from ALL disobedience of Allah subhaanahu wata’ala. Shaytaan, who has been in control has been chained up and now is the opportunity to build up forces to combat his attacks. Make du’a to Allah subhaanahu wata’ala to safeguard every part of your body; the eyes from seeing that which is prohibited, the ears from listening to backbiting, music, the tongue from slandering, backbiting, lying, the feet from walking toward sin, etc.

2. To refrain from all La’yaani (that which has no benefit in this world or in the Hereafter). For instance take the discussions which take place on certain issues or politics. Hours are spent in discussing these matters and they are of no benefit. We will say we have concern for the ummat however if we really had concern for the ummah we would wake up in the middle of the night and beseech Allah subhaanahu wata’ala on their behalf and we would spend whatever time and wealth we can on the uplifment of the ummah.

Spending hours listening to sports commentaries and then spending further time discussing them has no benefit whatsoever. These type of gatherings must be avoided as they have no benefit in this world or the Hereafter.

From the teachings of Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat (Hafizahullah)

Ready Steady Go...for Ramadhaan! (Part2)

posted by ummi taalib on 11th June 2011 - 0 comments
We need to ponder over the points made in the previous post and make a firm resolution from now to reap the benefits of the coming blessed days. Competition should begin from now regarding the amount of recitation of the Qur’an we intend doing. We often enquire from others regarding worldly matters like work, earnings etc. Do we ever ask anyone who we think maybe doing a lot more thikr or tilaawat than us in order to do more than them? After making the intention to increase our worship in Ramadhaan a timetable should be set from now so that we increase gradually. In this there is more benefit and the motivation will increase. Do not put it off for Ramadhaan i.e. I will begin in the month of Ramadhaan. We should develop the yearning which the pious slaves of Allah subhaanahu wata’ala have in their hearts for the approach of Ramadhaan by reflecting over the sheer blessings of the month i.e. the increase in the reward of the acts of worship, the sheer grace of Allah subhaanahu wata’ala in blessing us with the Night of Power, the du’a of the fasting slaves which are accepted etc. (to this end reading Fazaail-e-Ramadhaan by Shaykh Zakariyyah is very beneficial) Shaykh mentioned that Haaji Faruq Sahib (Rahmatullaahi ‘alayh) used to say that since the month of Ramadhaan is enjoined upon us so that we become of the Muttaqeen (Allah-fearing) so ask Allah subhaanhu wata’ala to make you a Muttaqee as this is what He wants for you.

Ready Steady Go...for Ramadhaan!

posted by ummi taalib on 9th June 2011 - 0 comments
Just ponder over the state of love our beloved Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam had for his Lord. Ponder over his meeting with his beloved Lord during ascension and thereafter having to return to earth and the dunya towards which he had no inclination. He had witnessed Paradise itself yet at the approach of the month of Ramadhaan, at the commencement of the month Rajab, he would supplicate thus: [h]اللّهُمّ بارِكْ لَنا في رَجَبَ وَ شَعْبانَ وَ بَلِّغْنا شَهْرَ رَمَضان Allaahumma baarik lanaa fee rajaba wa sha’baana wa ballighnaa shahra ramadhaan “O Allah, bless us in Rajab and Sha’baan and make us reach Ramaadhaan”[/center] He is asking for a longer life in this instance indicating his shouq (yearning) for the blessed month of Ramadhaan. How many of us have this yearning today? How many of us look forward to this blessed month, the fasting, the Taraaweeh Salaat, the suhoor and the iftaar with deep yearning and how many of us shed tears at its end? Many (Alhamdulillah) give up sins in this month however is it regarded as burdensome and is the day of ‘Eid anticipated with longing so that life can continue as before?


posted by ummi taalib on 8th June 2010 - 1 comment
With the commencement of the month of Rajab, our Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam used to make the following du’a:

[h] اللّهُمّ بارِكْ لَنا في رَجَبَ وَ شَعْبانَ وَ بَلِّغْنا شَهْرَ رَمَضان [/center]

Allaahumma baarik lanaa fee rajaba wa sha’baana wa ballighnaa shahra ramadhaan
“O Allah, bless us in Rajab and Sha’baan and make us reach Ramadhaan


posted by ummi taalib on 3rd December 2009 - 2 comments
Hajj - a gift Did we appreciate it or abuse it? Preparations were made in earnest months in advance, and not a single thing was overlooked. However it already seems like a dream. Hajj is over and we are back home, settled into our daily activities. What did we prepare for and what did we expect? What did we find and what did we bring back? The Absolute Oneness, the Majesty and Greatness of Allah reflected in Makkah Mukarramah and the Ka'bah could not have left a single heart untouched. So much so that every soul would have wished to bow down in total submission and devotion to the Creator of the Ka'bah. Watching people making tawaf of it, as if making circuits of the house of the beloved, it appeared as if each and every one had come here in search of the Only One who had the power to forgive them and to envelope them into the arms of His Mercy. Hands outstretched, eyes wet with tears, hearts full of fear, awe and hope; young and old, male and female, black and white, each one with nowhere to go to but the door of their Creator and Sustainer, who Himself had invited them. Where He was the Host and they were the guests, despite lives led in total disobedience to His commands and hearts full of evil and filth. On to Mina and the plains of Arafat where under the hot sun every heart must have bled with remorse and regret. Hearts must surely have softened as tears were shed and His Forgiveness sought, and then the beautiful, cool sunset in Arafat bringing with it renewed hope. On to spending the night in quiet reflection and du'a in Muzdalifah; culminating in pelting the Jamarat the next day. Pebbles thrown with much enthusiasm as if they were being thrown at the Shaytaan himself. Followed by Qurbani and Halaq, it seemed that in no time at all, Hajj was over and Allah had made it so easy every step of the way. In fact those who know, say in Urdu,
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