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15
Mar
2013

The difference between a sinful zakir and a neglectful zakir

posted by ummi taalib on 15th March 2013 - 1 comment
Hazratwala Mawlana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (DB) mentions that Hakeem-ul-Ummat Mujaddid-ul-Millat Hazrat Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (RA) has mentioned that the difference between a Sinful person that makes the zikr of Allah (a zakir) and the person that is negligent towards the zikr of Allah is that the neglectful sinner is not granted the tawfeeq to make tawbah, whereas when a sin is committed by the sinful zakir, because he previously had noor in his heart, and due to committing a sin, the noor vanishes, he becomes worried, just like when the electricity goes out and a person becomes uneasy. He then calls the powerhouse and requests them to turn on the electricity in his house because he cannot stand the immense heat and the air conditioner and fans are not functioning, and also the contents of his refrigerator will get spoiled. He pleads with the powerhouse to get the electricity back and says that he will be most grateful to them for turning the electricity back on. Similarly, that person who has light in his heart, and the light extinguishes due to sin, his heart becomes dark, and he becomes restless, he will wirelessly contact Allah immediately. He will cry and make tawbah and istighfar. He will say, “O my Lord, please illuminate my heart again, your shameful servant is repenting, beseeching your forgiveness. However, the person that does not remember Allah, upon sinning, is basically piling up darkness upon darkness. His example is like a mechanic that works in a car garage. If a stain were to be put on his clothes, it would not make a difference to him because his clothes are already so stained by grease and oil, or like hitting a cadaver a hundred times would not make a difference to the cadaver since it is already dead and can no longer feel any pain. So the lack of remorse or regret over sin is not a good thing where the person says, “I do not become uncomfortable after sinning, rather I feel just fine.” This is an indication that the heart has died a spiritual death. Shaytan is smacking a person on the head and them not feeling anything is a sign that their heart is spiritually dead, which is a very dangerous condition to be in. - Kaif-e-Ruhani Kaise Hasil Ho? Page 29-30
19
Feb
2013

The ocean of love has no shore

posted by ummi taalib on 19th February 2013 - 0 comments
In the beginning when drilling for water, you will find only sand. Then when you strike a boulder, more strength is necessary. After continuous drilling with more effort the water will gush forth but mixed with sand. After more effort clear water will spring fourth enough for many people. A person who gives up will not reach the water.

The first few steps are not difficult. It is when we wish to eradicate our addictions be they women, drugs or whatever, that is when we “hit the boulder”. Here is when we will feel the pain (in giving up) but more effort is needed until finally such water of the love of Allah subhaanahu wata’ala will gush forth that not only he will find tranquillity but many, many others will too.

“The waves are not ending, they’re going on and on
This love for my Allah, there is no shore to it"
(The ocean of love has no shore)

Do not give up.
Shaykh Yunus Patel (Rahimahullah)
4
Feb
2013

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.
12
Jan
2013

Youre Being Watched 24/7

posted by ummi taalib on 12th January 2013 - 0 comments
“We need this at every moment, every silence, and every look. It is the subject of being conscious of Allah, the Majestic and most high. Allah says: “he knows of that which deceive you with the eyes and all that the hearts conceal. Indeed noting is hidden from Allah whether in the heavens or earth”. Nothing is hidden from Allah, the great! He is the lord of this universe. He is the true deity in this universe. Nothing on earth and heaven is unknown to Him. The scholars have mentioned: what is the meaning of consciousness? It is the knowledge of the heart of the nearness of the lord. By Allah, it is a huge problem that one feels or fears the watch of the creation more than the watch of the great and Almighty creator. If cameras are installed in the market places, streets and gatherings and someone tells you “if you look at a woman, we will deduct from your salary and you will be punished”. Subhan’Allah! You will find people will think a thousand times before they look anywhere! They will lower their gaze. Why? Because there is a camera filming his/her every move. If they commit any wrong, their salary will be deducted. He will think a thousand times due to those cameras. But does he not think a thousand times that Allah is watching me? It is so sad to see people fear from their children, they will not do anything that is forbidden in front of the little children, they fear the reaction of the little children. But don’t they fear Allah the most high, the great? If this proves anything, it proves weakness of Iman. For this I say, we are in dire need to remember Allah see’s everything at all times. Before you do anything, before you speak anything, before you look and before you make any decision- remember Allah the most high the great see’s you and is recording everything you do. Bishr al Hafi says “if people reflect on the greatness of Allah, they will not disobey Him.
12
Jan
2013

Let there be just you and Me and no one else!

posted by ummi taalib on 12th January 2013 - 0 comments
When a husband and wife are talking and his phone starts ringing, she is bound to complain and ask him to switch the phone off and concentrate on her. Mawlana Tariq Jameel Sahib says so similarly regarding Salaah there is a request of Allah ta’ala and that is, “When you perform Salaat, let it be just Me and you and no one else”. In the Qur’an, Allah ta’ala says, “Fa ithaa farghta fansab, wa ilaa Rabbika farghab” Surah Al Inshirah Verse 7-8
21
Nov
2012

A Valuable Analogy in understanding Bay`ah

posted by ummi taalib on 21st November 2012 - 0 comments
A Valuable Analogy in understanding Bay`ah Bay`ah can be described as a kind of captivity, with a unique outcome. That outcome is Freedom. Strange as it seems, it is a reality, and it will be the experience. Reflecting over this point, we will come to understand that there certainly is freedom in captivity. We will also come to realize that there is captivity in freedom. As an example: If a student is in the 5th year, and lives in ‘captivity’ of his studies: strictly attending classes, diligent in completing his homework and sincere in his efforts, that student gets “freedom” - meaning, he is the successful one because he passes ‘with flying colours.’ As for the student who lives in freedom: He does not attend classes, he is indifferent to his studies, and makes no effort to complete his homework, then he becomes ‘captive’ in that same class : meaning, he fails. He does not make the grade, and does not qualify. In a similar vein, the captivity of Bay`ah will free us – will be the means and medium of our success, in both worlds. Moreover, Bay`ah serves to remind us of our captivity to Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), since our bay`ah has already been established with the Kalima, with “La ilaaha illallaah Muhammadur Rasoolullah”. We should not fear losing our freedom with Bay`ah, rather, we should trade our freedom for this ‘captivity’. And experience true freedom. Moving outside this example, we find the well-known Hadeeth, which conveys this reality, on a different level; in the context of dunya : Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: The world is a prison for the Believer and a paradise for the disbeliever.
6
Nov
2012

Make your Heart a Fruit-bearing Orchard

posted by ummi taalib on 6th November 2012 - 0 comments
Imaan is our greatest wealth and the means of safeguarding this great wealth of Imaan is adopting Taqwa, i.e. to abstain from sins and to fear the displeasure of Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) and in order to be able to adopt Taqwa we should seek the company of the “Saadiqeen” (the Truthful). Therefore the key to the security of Imaan is adopting Taqwa and the key to adopting Taqwa is to be with the Saadiqeen (to spend time with and to consult a qualified Shaykh). For attaining full benefit from the company of the Shaykh remember five things: 1. Have ‘Azmat in the heart for the Shaykh due to his close connection with Allah subhaanahu wata’ala 2. Have Muhabbat [Love] for the Shaykh.
2
Nov
2012

Stop Watering It!

posted by ummi taalib on 2nd November 2012 - 1 comment
In Mathnawi Mawlana Jalal uddin Rumi (Allah have mercy on him) gives an excellent example to encourage us to give up all that is sinful right now. The sinful desires are like seeds of a humongous, foul smelling, full of thorns and fruitless tree. If one follows them and commits the sin it is like watering the seed. It germinates and grows in the middle of a path. If one continues to follow his desires the seedling gets nutrition. It becomes a sapling and eventually a tree.
29
Oct
2012

Bringing Life into the Heart

posted by ummi taalib on 29th October 2012 - 0 comments
When a hen lays enough eggs, her effort is then to incubate her eggs, and we observe how she sits on the eggs, and is so committed to the process, that she only leaves her eggs for a few minutes in a day, when she needs to eat and drink. As is well-known, it takes 21 days for the eggs to hatch - that is, if they were properly incubated by the hen. So for almost all that time, the hen sits on the eggs, and the embryo develops inside the egg in that period of time, until a chick pecks its way out of its eggshell and is hatched. When life comes into that chick, the chick does not require any assistance to come out. It does not wait for its mother to crack the shell so that it may come out. It is able to crack the shell itself. Once the eggs hatch, the hen continues to stay on the nest for weeks thereafter, occupying herself in raising her chicks. She teaches them survival skills and how to look for food.
18
Oct
2012

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.
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