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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 19th April 2022 23:54
Bismillahirrahmanirraheem
Die before You Die

Instant Effect of Good and Bad Deeds

There is no good deed that goes unrewarded instantly, but this is a matter of perception. Accordingly, no sin is barred of instant punishment. Therefore, if you commit any sin, do not delay but turn to Allah immediately in repentance as its punishment will descend fast. The punishment is sure to come in any form. One needs to have a healthy taste to sense this. If one is sick and loses taste, he will not be able to sense the flavors of food. By no means, it implies that the flavors will not have any effect on him, but he remains unaware. The reward and punishment are descended instantly, and it only needs strong taste to sense. The people of obedience feel the happiness of getting rewarded as close to being in Jannah. The joy and delight that they feel inside them on doing good deeds is how one instantly feel while viewing a breathtaking picturesque landscape with rivers flowing. This is close to how you feel in Jannah. Alas! The ferocious bite of venomous snake of the worldly desires has ruined our sense of taste. However, if we also develop the insight inside us, we too can taste this happiness. Analogous to happy feeling while doing good deeds, the distress one feels on committing a sin is incomparable to agitation caused by even thousand swords befalling the head. When the gloom of sin enters the heart of a man, the darkness spreads inside him and the health starts to wither.

A pious man lived in a town in India who used to cut grass, bundle them, and sell. People used to stand in queue to buy his bundle of grass. They experienced a special blessing in their livestock that were fed with his grass. He never overpriced but whatever meagre amount he earned, he saved a part of it for months and he used to prepare a feast with that money for few pious elders including Hazrat Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (Raheemahullah) who lived in his town. These pious elders keep waiting for his banquet as the noor they felt inside them after having his meal extends for days. This is but the matter of perceptivity. When forbidden food enters one’s body, he will instantly realize the darkness in him, but he must have the insight. When one’s garment is completely stained, one or two more spots of stain won’t bother him. These spots will prick the one who wears a pristine white dress. So will the sins prick a man who has clean heart or else a rusted heart won’t feel any extra rust. Both good and bad deeds have an instant reaction.

Suspicion is a Sin

A person sought cure for suspicious tendency. Suspicion is a worst disease that makes one suspect every single individual and suspicion without any proper reason is a sin. A suspicious person creates a map of suspicion in his mind from thoughts far from reality. Whenever suspicious thought comes in your mind, sit quietly in a place, and ponder over Allah’s words that suspicion is a sin and sin fetch punishment. Turn to Allah SWT in repentance as you know that you cannot bear the punishment and make duaa to save you from His punishment and to purify your heart from suspicion. Also make sure to make duaa to Allah SWT for the person whom you suspect to grant him blessings in both the worlds day and night. If you still sense suspicious feeling towards him, then continue making duaa for the second and third day and if it still doesn’t disappear, meet the man in person and seek his forgiveness for suspecting him and request him to make duaa for you to be saved from this feeling. This is the cure for suspicion. Keep your heart clean from suspicion. The one who has the darkness of suspicion in his heart won’t receive the light of good deeds. Suspicion is the name of backbiting of the heart. When backbiting is linked with the tongue, suspicion is associated with the heart. It is a sin, a major sin, and the darkness of the heart.

Seek Allah’s Grace

When a person has Allah’s pleasure and acceptance, without his labor and knowledge, he would be benefiting people. People would be benefitting from him without him being aware. When one gets to know the passing away of such a pious person or an elder whom he has never met in his life in person or sought his help in any form directly will still feel sorrow as he would feel the loss of some blessings and help that he has been receiving so far from that person. A person can still benefit others without labor but with his personality. One cannot solve all problems and issues merely with intelligence and so ask for Allah’s favors. Your job will be done with Allah’s beneficence. Feeling proud of one’s intellect and boasting of one’s plan of action is stupidity and ignorance. Plan well but say that only if Allah favors, it will happen. You are dependent on Allah SWT and not on your intelligence and planning. There are two ways of expressing this, 1) Saying ‘in shaa Allah’ when you plan to do anything as nothing will happen without Allah’s will and 2) Saying ‘maa shaa Allah’ when job is done because it happened as what Allah SWT willed, and it was not because of your intelligence or planning.

Be Humble

The words “in shaa Allah” and “maa shaa Allah” are the indication of your belief that you are not proud of your intelligence, and you are not dependent on your plans but dependent on Allah SWT alone. Only if He SWT grace, your job will be done, and your problems will be solved. The disbelievers do not understand this and they wonder why we say “maa shaa Allah”. Thus, there is no concept of saying “in shaa Allah” and “maa shaa Allah” in western education as they have complete trust in their intellect, materialistic means, and plan of action. A Muslim also uses his intelligence and sketches plan but still he says that nothing will happen with these but only with the grace and favor of Allah SWT. A Muslim doctor diagnoses disease and prescribes the medicine aptly but still says that the cure is only from Ash-Shaafi, the healer. A Muslim has all the materials needed for his task, plans perfectly but says if Allah SWT wills, it will be done. Outwardly when he could see that the materialistic means helped him to accomplish his goal, his mind will be focused on Allah SWT saying “maa shaa Allah”. I swear on Allah SWT that feeling proud of one’s intelligence is ignorance. Allah only likes that His slave presents him a humble heart. This should be the attitude, ‘I am nothing and nothing is mine’.

Do Not Deviate by Disrespecting Our Pious Elders

The greatness of Salaf-us-Saaleen lies in the fact that they established the base for acting on the religious knowledge. So, to the utmost level, one should not object them or give rise to the flame of criticism against them as this might lead the person to go astray. Salafus saaliheen are pious elders of this deen. The foundation of deen lies on them. Any kind of person who objects them or criticizes them gets caught in the swamp of deviation. He falls into the pit of deviation. Anyone, who is the flagbearer of any evil will be disrespectful. He will disrespect Sahabahs (RA), Awliya (friends) of Allah and fuqaaha (Scholars). He will disrespect the pious elders of this deen. He will write or talk about them as if they are his friends belonging to his generation. This scandal and contempt will take a man to the far extent of deviation. Our deen is on good manners.

“wa mai yu'azzim sha'aaa'iral laahi fa innahaa min taqwal quloob (al-Ḥajj 22:32)”

Translation: If one observes the sanctity of the symbols of Allah, then such things emanate from the piety of the hearts.

Showing respect, honor and regard for symbols that have specific link to Allah is a sign of piety of one’s heart. It is an indication that there is purity and cleanliness in his heart.

Focus on Seeking Allah’s Pleasure

It is said that there is no blessing in the outcome of Amaliyaat (prescribed deeds) and it doesn’t have any effect on the hearts. The real effect comes from the Sahib-e-Haqq, the look of whose face captivates a person. The effect is more when there is no karaamat (miracle) involved because Karaamat makes a person think if something else would happen. The real effect manifests when a man starts leading a sunnah life (in accordance with the teachings of the Prophet (SAW)), gets charisma in his life and this is the bliss of Islaah (reformation). This is the way of Islaah. Someone enquired to a pious elder about the state of a person who earns haram and eats haram. He replied that he feels highly burdened with vain questions and told him that he has asked about someone else’s state when he should be accounting his own acts. People keep asking about consequences of others’ acts when they should worry about themselves. They whine that so and so maulana is doing this, so and so bearded guy is doing that and so on. They don’t look at their own state, but their eyes are fixed on others. A person of this kind thinks himself to be pure when he openly involves in major sins. Such people are not just immersed in major sins but are obstinate in sins and are proud of their sins. With all this, they keep criticizing others. When people rebuke or reproach you when acting on Haqq, you should not pay any attention to them. This reproach will pave way to your refinement through which Allah SWT will grant you steadfastness. So, ignore them and do not bother about rebuke, ridicule, or taunt of people. Just look forward to Allah’s pleasure.

A person complained that he couldn’t keep up his salah in its fullest measure. He was replied that who can justify his salah in its fullest measure! He was told that when he knows that he couldn’t justify his salah, we are here stuck in the thought that we are praying salah in the best manner when it is worse. We just prostrate before Allah SWT hoping that the Merciful Allah will accept it. We just hope for Allah’s acceptance of salah when our salah is not satisfactory. Keep praying and keep going but we can never pay the due of salah. It is the benevolence of Allah SWT that He SWT still accepts it and brings us back to pray salah. We get the divine help and there is a hope that He SWT will also accept our salah. Just carry on.

Beware of Impious People and Your Own Self

It is experienced quite strangely that if impious people copy someone else’s text and writes it which might not be impious per se, it can still leave a bad effect on hearts. Impious people leave their irreligious effect on all things. Sometimes, a person picks any book and starts reading it without examining about the author. The companionship of the irreligious people, their talks and writings will all have an effect. Similarly, the companionship, talks and writings of pious people will also have effect. It is said that Shaitaan doesn’t have different tools such as lust, rage etc. The human has lust and rage. Shaitan takes advantage of these tools of human to lead him astray as he doesn’t have any new tools. So, never think yourself to be free. It is difficult to run away from your own self. When your own being is your enemy, how can you be at peace? Ending one’s own self is to destroy his contemptible qualities, ending his existence. Our beloved Prophet SAW said, “Mootu qabla wa anta mootu”- “Die before you die”. Destroy all your contemptible qualities and bad habits. Crush them. May Allah SWT grant us the correct understanding of His SWT deen and make us steadfast on His SWT deen.

-Maulana Abdus Sattar (hafizahullah)

Tarbiati Majlis 27/03/2022
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 25th April 2022 23:44
Bismillah
Serve the Mankind and Please Allah SWT


Words of Praise
Serving mankind is an excellent worship. “Khairunnas Anfa'uhum Linnas” – “The best person is the who benefits all human beings”. A person is best when he becomes a means for serving mankind, and it is an excellent worship. It is not necessary that you give money or funding in charity, but charity is also to give comfort to the distressed person, to give courage to the troubled person and to conduct with love and kindness. This makes the heart big. Sometimes a person gives a lot of charity, but his behavior ruins them all. On the flip side, a person might not have anything to give, but if he gives a distressed person the gift of comforting words, he has then given him the best gift that he can ever get. You present a diamond ring to your wife, but you also say rudely to her, “Have it. Are you happy now?”, then you have ruined it. On the contrary, you may not afford getting your wife a diamond ring, but you are saying to her, “You are a diamond by yourself and why do you need a diamond??”, you then have highlighted her goodness, praised, and appreciated her. It is the greatest gift for her if you appreciate her by bringing out all her goodness with words of admiration. You give everything to your wife that you can afford, and you provide her for years but in the end, you speak so rudely to her then everything becomes null. So, it is not necessary that you give only money when you can also speak good words and behave well as these can also increase courage in a person and make him happy. The easiest formula to enter a person’s heart is to bring out his goodness with words of praise. He will have many good traits in him. Find them out and speak good about him. You will create for yourself a place of love in his heart. What do you think is the source of illegal love between couples that you see around? They have built a bridge of sweet words of praise between them. A person gives up his religion, parents, family, and he never agrees to give up his love by any means. You don’t praise where Allah SWT wants you to praise, and you show your stinginess in praising.

Be Well-Wishers of Each Other
Serving mankind is the best worship. People get benefited from the one who has means of benefit. As said, it is not necessary to have money to benefit people. Charity encompasses everything as it comes in a Hadith that showing path to someone is charity, smiling is charity and to help someone unburden his burden is charity. Charity is to do good. Just do good as charity can be through your tongue, physique, money, or any resource. It comes in a hadith, when a new Muslim gives his pledge of allegiance to the Prophet SAW, he SAW used to take three oaths from him: 1) Praying Salah 2) Giving Zakah and 3) Being a well-wisher of every single Muslim. Demonstrate well wishing to all Muslims. Let your connection with Muslims be sincere. What an emphasis! And this should be with every single Muslim. The Prophet SAW has emphasized its importance by mentioning it along with the importance given to salah and zakah. Now tell me how it would be if this develops in Muslims! If it occurs just in a house, it will become Jannat where all the members of the house are well-wishers of each other. Now imagine what will happen if this life of house sets outside the house? The selfish person has ruined this spirit. Every person is indulged in his own selfishness that only he wants to get benefited. Where there is selfishness, it is not the human that clashes with another human but their desires and motives that clash with each other. When there is a clash between the father and son, the husband and wife, it is their desires and aims that clash with each other. Say there are thousands of vehicles moving correctly on their lane, there won’t be any collision, and this is how it will be if everyone becomes a well-wisher of each other. Now what will happen if two or three vehicles leave their lane and cross others’ lane? There will be traffic jam. Today every individual’s state is like this. He has come across others lane as his desires are not fulfilled. Even though there are only two people, they clash each other. Aforetime there used to be thousands of people but there was no clash.

Find Peace in Good Company
It is a great worship if Allah SWT makes us the means of benefiting people. It is not incumbent on you to give money or charity when you don’t have but you can come across with good attitude. It is enough if you do this. You can give money or charity or any material to a person but if you consider him to be worthless, you ruined and wasted everything. Finding peace in the company and visitation of Murabbi (A pious, wise, and knowledgeable person) is a sign of compatibility and the key to prosperity. If a person goes to a gathering for his reformation and to learn deen (religion) and finds peace in doing so, then this is the sign of compatibility. Sometimes it so occurs that what is being said seems exclusive to him as he needed it. He feels that the sheikh knows all about him. One companion told me that his family asks him if he tells me everything about them as they could hear me saying related to that in my discourse.

Be Worry Proof
SubhanAllah! It is said that the one who is blessed with the wealth of complete trust and conviction in Allah SWT never gets worried. What a great saying! Waman Yatawakkal Alallah Fahuwa Hasbuhu-And whoever puts all his trust in Allah, He will be enough for him (Qur'an 65:3). The attachment with Allah SWT, contemplation, and the trust in Him SWT weakens due to the evil effects of sins. The more you have attachment with Allah SWT and trust in Him SWT, the more you will be relieved from worries. It is not that a believer will never get troubles because this is dunya (world) and not Jannah, but he will remain worry proof. This is like a waterproof watch that is thrown in a pot full of water. Though the water surrounds the watch, it cannot enter the watch. He might be surrounded by troubles from all sides, but his heart remains worry proof. He will fall sick, he will lose people, he will find unpleasant moments, but when he gets the recognition of Allah, trust, and conviction in Him SWT, he won’t become worried. Even after having complete trust and conviction in Allah SWT, if you still feel disturbed, then turn to Allah SWT in repentance and seek His forgiveness for your sins with much regret so you annul the evil effect of the sin. Our beloved Prophet SAW gave a remedy saying that Allah SWT makes a way out for the one who abundantly seeks forgiveness. Allah SWT relieves him from every single worry and He SWT fulfills his needs by means he could never imagine. We are people who make mistakes, keep making mistakes and commit sins through tongue, eyes, heart and what not. Certainly, we will get worried but the solution for this is to seek forgiveness from Allah with much regret and attention. Allah SWT will show us the way and ease the way. Above all, Allah SWT will grant us the tranquil heart and peace.

Be Mindful of Creations’ Rights
Whoever comes for their reformation, I tell them to pray salaah attentively, fast, repent more, be watchful of your eyes, be mindful of your death, ponder over death, take good care of others’ rights, don’t increase contacts unless necessary, manage to pray four units, 8 units or 12 units of Tahajjud salah (qayam-al-lyl) as much as you can and InshaaAllah, you will be well reformed, and you will receive much goodness. The creations are a family of Allah SWT. His SWT slaves are His SWT family. Misconduct with them leads to the anger of the Creator. When a creation has already right as a family of Allah SWT, his rights can further increase because of his family relationship, blood relationship, neighborhood or by any association with you. Now, when you deprive his rights and misconduct with him, tell me how angry would be the Creator? How angry would be the Magnificent Creator? Sometimes when a person doesn’t get good company, the company of pious people and doesn’t learn deen in such a company, he thinks that deen is to do with few rites and rituals. His contemplation about deen becomes very limited. He fulfills few rituals and thinks that to be piety, religiousness, and Islam in its entirety. And when he doesn’t receive the blessings of deen, he whines that he is facing such a state despite being pious when there is no sign of piety. He molded Islam by his own mold, he descended in that mold and is very complacent! Educating oneself in a pious company will at least make him realize what is piety. When there is realization, there is a hope in Allah SWT that his mistakes get rectified, he gets divine help and to the least, he will have the regret before Allah SWT and seek His SWT forgiveness. He will have the realization that he is not right. So, misconduct and misbehavior with the creation of Allah SWT leads to anger of the Creator. We emphasize more on worrying about the rights of creations to all those who come for islaah (reformation). Be mindful of rights of creations.

Aim Only for Allah’s Pleasure
If the only one concern in a person is to please Allah SWT and if seeking pleasure of Allah is his only greatest wish and desire, then it is a sign that Allah SWT has granted him the knowledge of distinguishing right from wrong. He has indeed reached the truth. The fact is when Allah SWT becomes pleased, good-natured people automatically starts loving him. There is a kind of respect that stems from money, position, profession or holding any worldly possessions. Such a respect is temporary. You lose respect when you lose a position, and you lose contacts when you lose money. There is another kind of love and respect that comes from the heavens. When Allah SWT loves you, the angels, and the beloved people of Allah SWT on the earth love you. Even when he dies, they keep loving him. This kind of love and respect is permanent, and this is the true respect. We hear people exclaim, “What a fame and respect this man has!” and this is not really respect. The real respect is that which comes from the heavens. We see a man has fame while he was playing and once, he retires, he gets into depression and commits suicide because no one enquires him. A government officer known to me went into depression and when enquired, he said that he used to get so many invitations for banquets every week while he was working and today no one calls him. The person for whom he got a job doesn’t even greet him while passing by him. The respect that he had was for his position and rank and not for him. The love and respect that comes from Allah SWT is permanent that continues even after death. Even today when we address such people, we say, “RadhiAllahu anhum”- “May Allah be pleased with them”, “Rahmatullaahi Alaih”- “May Allah SWT shower His mercy on him”. We make duaa till this day whenever we remember them. We never saw them or met them in our lives, but still we respect them because that respect came from the heavens. So, desiring only the pleasure of Allah SWT is conscientiousness. If one gets the divine help to be heedful of committing sins because of sins, then do not worry about any condition. You received sainthood. Just save yourself from sins. Today our society has greatly constricted the list of sins. Some have remained as sins and the rest have become part of the life. As everyone is doing, we also do. Murder, prostitution, consuming alcohol, theft are few acts that are seen as sins while the rest have become normal. So, you don’t have to worry about any condition if you get the divine help to save from sins defined by Shariah. This is a great grace from Allah SWT. May Allah SWT grant us all His grace, understanding of deen, progress in deen and steadfastness in deen. Aameen

Maulana Abdus Sattar (hafizahullah)
Tarbiati Majlis 13/03/2022
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