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The Greatest Return

posted by ummi taalib on 21st April 2019 - 0 comments
There are many great returns that people experience in their lives. The returning of a missing child, finding a very valuable lost item or a close family member returning home after spending many years overseas are some instances of a great return. These are moments of immense joy and happiness.

The greatest Return, however, is when a sinful servant who had abandoned Allah ta'ala and fallen into sin makes sincere tawbah (which literally means to return and returns to his Creator. There can never be a happier moment for such a person.

Ambassador of Islam

posted by ummi taalib on 1st October 2016 - 0 comments
“Islam needs you to become its ambassador by being a good Muslim and, through your character and conduct, help correct the misunderstandings that exist about Islam. Become a shining example for all, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.”

Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh

Slips of the Sincere

posted by ummi taalib on 2nd January 2014 - 0 comments
Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah bless him with a long, healthy and productive life, Amin!) spoke briefly about the common problem of the slips of a sincere seeker on this path (sulook). Below is a discussion on this issue from that discourse and teaching of our pious predecessors, It is often a case that a sincere salik has been trying his best effort and also making supplications to Allah to keep him firm on pious actions and save him from involvement in sinful. But after weeks or months of being successful a dreadful moment comes and he fails and falls into sinful. On realization of his mistake he is perplexed and disheartened. Thoughts like, ‘this path is not for me’, ‘I’m a failure’, ‘Divine help did not come’, ‘all the effort and supplications went wasted’, etc. plague his mind.

Are You a True Lover?

posted by ummi taalib on 26th November 2013 - 0 comments

Fear of Allah should be borne out of the love for Allah. If a person has been kind to us we will praise the person all our lives yet Allah ta'ala has been so kind to us! If He had wished then the moment we saw evil He could have made us blind; the moment we heard evil He could have made us deaf; the moment we spoke evil He could have made us dumb; the moment we touched a woman who we were not supposed to touch, He could made our hand paralysed; the moment we walked towards the forbidden, to the cinema, to gamble then He could have caused us to be paralysed.

He is so Forgiving, so Compassionate, so Merciful! That Allah Who has blessed us with our sight, our hearing, our speech, our heart, our every functioning organ, so how much love should we have for this Allah? It is only right that we should have great love for Allah. So what is love?

Have you ever heard a person who is true in his love, who say I really love so-and-so yet all his life, all he does is cause problems for his beloved or is plotting against his beloved or whatever his beloved desires, or wishes, he does everything against these desires and wishes? Now can this person be a true lover? We claim that we have love for Allah and we should, as Muslims, have love for Allah because he has showered abundant blessings upon us, so our condition should be that we are obedient to Him and His Rasool sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam and this will benefit no one but our selves.

From "Short Inspirational Audio" of Shaykh Yunus Patel (Rahimahullah)

Qabdh [Spiritual Constriction]

posted by ummi taalib on 10th November 2013 - 2 comments
Some days are such that one feels much joy in reciting the Qur’aan Paak. Tears flow from the eyes and there is a deep connection. Some days there is no joy felt and no matter how much one tries to cry, one cannot cry. This is test from Allah Ta’ala and part of His wisdom. This Qabdh is a test from Allah Almighty. It is a test to see whether one prays more when one finds joy in it and avoids praying when joy is not felt, or whether one remains constant throughout. Successful is he who prays when he feels pleasure in praying and also when he feels less pleasure in praying. The people without knowledge say, ‘What is the use of praying when we feel no satisfaction in doing so?’ Rather we should keep on praying regardless. One cure for this feeling is doing sajdah [prostrating] to Allah Ta'ala and reciting the following Qur'aanic Dua in the Sajdah: [center] [h][b]لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ [/h] Laa-i-laaha illaa anta subhaanaka innee kuntu minadh dhaalimeen[/center]

Taqwaa for all the organs

posted by ummi taalib on 29th October 2013 - 1 comment
Just as great care is taken in adopting Taqwaa with regards to our stomachs (checking for halal ingredients), so we should adopt Taqwaa regarding our other organs.

Just as we eat only Halal, so we should listen to, look at, touch only that which is halal because each organ is a priceless gift and to misuse these gifts is to show ingratitude of the highest degree.

(Cannot remember who the speaker was)

Forgiving the Creation

posted by ummi taalib on 21st October 2013 - 2 comments
I have been making du’a for a considerable period of time and have now refreshed it that “O Allah! Because of me, do not punish any of your creation for I have forgiven from my heart anyone who has harmed me in the past or will harm me in the future.” So, the creation of Allah should not fear regarding me. In fact, if there is a need then I grant them full permission to tell me anything they desire. If I do not forgive others, and they are punished then what did I gain? Hadrat Khawaja Sahib remarked: “You will receive that persons good deeds (in the hereafter).” In reply Hadrat said that what would such formal good deeds do for me? If Allah accepts this action of mine (forgiving others) then through it I will receive limitless good Insha’Allah. Can a person be successful if Allah takes a formal account? Doesn’t He (Allah) have the right to grant reward without the recipient being worthy? Is there a shortage of reward by Him? Why don’t you think in this manner? The reason I forgive is that if this action of mine is accepted, then I have hope in Haqq Ta’ala that He will forgive me for those rights which are on me (which I have not fulfilled). From: Advices by Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi

Daily Shahaadaat (Martyrdom)

posted by ummi taalib on 5th October 2013 - 1 comment

A person sometimes gives his heart to Allah and sometimes he gives his life to Allah and in this way he is proving his loyalty to Allah tabaaraka wata'ala.

Shahaadat is not only in the battlefield. One is that Shahaadat which a person attains on the battlefield where by a sword or a bullet his life is taken and it is over. The other is that Shahaadat which is the continuous fight against the Nafs (Base self) where the person is prepared to sacrifice his base desires and make a connection with Allah subhaanahu wata'ala. This Shahaadat can be achieved every day, all the time; in the market place and shopping complex, in business dealings and in our relationships with our spouses, offspring, neighbours etc.

Anywhere there is a conflict where on one side there is the desire of the Nafs and Shaytaan and on the other side there is the desire of Allah subhaanahu wat'ala and His Rasool sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam, and the person suppresses his Nafsaani Khwaaishaat (Base desires), he drinks the blood of his Aarzu (Yearnings) and proves his loyalty to Allah subhaanahu wata'ala, then Allah subhaanahu wat'ala gives him the stages of Shahaadat.

Shaykh Yunus Patel (Rahimahullah)
Short Inspirational Audio

A Garment Unto Each Other

posted by ummi taalib on 1st May 2013 - 0 comments
هُنَّ لِبَاسٌ لَّكُمْ وَأَنتُمْ لِبَاسٌ لَّهُنَّ "They are a garment unto you and you are a garment unto them" (Part of verse 187 Suratul Baqarah) This verse seems light as one skims through it but there is a lot of depth in it. Mufti Ismail Menk Sahib explains how beautiful the example of clothing is in this verse! Clothing Beautifies a Person This is the first quality of the spouse. We wear clothing which beautify us. We do not wear clothing of disgrace. Similarly one's spouse beautifies you by presenting a good image of you.

Immediate Wilayat

posted by ummi taalib on 24th April 2013 - 0 comments
A young person, after listening to a talk, experienced a revolution in his heart. He asked me : “With my past, with the sins in my life, how is it possible for me to become a Wali[2]?” I said : “It is extremely simple. It takes just one minute to become a Wali. Raise your hands and with deep regret and remorse in your heart, shed a few tears and pray to Allah : ‘O Allah, I have wasted my life, but I want to become Your Wali; I want to become Your friend. So forgive all the sins which I have committed since maturity, and grant me the Taufeeq to do that which pleases You in my future life.’ You have immediately become a Wali. Now make an effort towards fulfilling those rights which had been violated. The effort made indicates to the sincerity of your Taubah.”
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