The Deen of Islam places great emphasis on assisting those in need and those undergoing difficulties. However, it is unfortunate that in today’s times, many people are totally unconcerned about assisting those in difficulty.
Some people are so miserly and self-centred that they make every arrangement for their own comfort – shoes, food, clothing, etc. – yet they have no worry or concern for whether others are dying or undergoing distress.
Some people argue and say, “How many people must we help? There are thousands of people in need and difficulty!” The answer to such people is, “Very well, you are right in saying that there are thousands of people in need and difficulty. However, if you are unable to assist all, it does not mean that you should not assist the few people you are able to assist! At least assist ten people among them!”
Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) then mentioned, “Generally, these types of excuses are made by people who do not wish to do anything.”
Sayyidi wa sanadi Shaikh Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah bless him with a long, healthy and productive life, Amin!) said,
‘Firstly, try to utilize the time effectively.
Each and every moment must be spent in actions that lead to Allah’s pleasure. These include in addition to the acts of worships, the mutual dealings (muamlaat), social etiquette (adaab ul ma’asheret), fulfilling the rights of one’s own self (nafs), the rights of the children, spouses and parents. etc.
Not a single moment of a believer’s life should be in anything that displeases Allah.
In fact a believer can make all his activities a form of worship, like eating and drinking. That is by performing it with the pure intention and correct method as per the commandments of Allah.
Therefore, it must be ensured that the time is not wasted at all. One should be involved in any of the good actions as mentioned above.’
Attending Fiqh Academy session, Riyadh, KSA after Friday prayers
True Story of Brothel Madam Who Repented During Ramadhan.
By Babar Ahmed.
Some years ago there was a Pakistani woman in the city of Karachi who ran a brothel. One night her son returned from the mosque after the nightly Ramadan taraweeh prayers with an audio CD. It was being distributed outside the mosque so he picked one up.
Later that night he was playing that CD in the house when his mum walked past. She sat down and began to listen to it. She stayed there until it finished, then told her son, “Play it again.”
He played it again. Then she again asked him, “Play it again.” So he repeated it. This went on until she had heard it three times.
“Who is the man on the CD?” she asked her son.
“I don’t know,” he replied. “They were giving it out at the mosque so I took one.”
The next night the woman went to that mosque with her son. She waited outside until the taraweeh prayers finished, then asked her son to bring the imam to speak to her.
When the imam came, the woman asked him, “Did you give this CD to my son yesterday?”
“Yes, why?” the imam answered.
“Who is the man on the CD?” she asked.
“It is my teacher, a man by the name of Maulana Tariq Jameel,” the imam replied.
“If I ask you a question, will you give me an honest answer?” the woman asked.
“Of course,” said the imam.
“Will Allah accept my repentance if I choose to repent to Him?” she asked the imam.
“Why? What have you done?” the imam answered.
“Imagine the worst sins that any man or woman can do, and multiply them,” the woman replied. “That is what I have done.”
The imam then said to her, “I won’t give you my answer, but I will give you the answer Allah gave in the Quran, ‘Say O My servants who have wronged their own souls (by sinning), never despair of the Mercy of Allah. Indeed Allah forgives ALL sins. Indeed He is The Forgiving, The Merciful.’ [39:53]'”
Upon hearing this, the woman replied, “In that case, I want you to bear witness that today I have repented to Allah.”
The next night, the woman came to the mosque for the nightly taraweeh prayers. She stayed there and prayed all of the prayers. At the end, she said out loudly, “O Allah! If You accept my repentance, then take my soul now!”
The next night the woman returned, prayed all the taraweeh prayers and then at the end she again said out loudly, “O Allah! If You accept my repentance, then take my soul now!”
This continued the next night. And the night after that. And after that. Until the 29th night of Ramadan when the Quran was finished.
After the Quran was finished and the imam had completed his dua, the worshippers got up to leave the mosque. All left except one person.
That same woman.
She was still in prostration. She had passed away during the prayer.
I heard the above story during an audio lecture in Urdu by Maulana Tariq Jameel, one of the world’s most gifted speakers and one of my favourite speakers.
If you understand Urdu, find him on Youtube. His words will melt your heart.
Never let anyone tell you that Allah will not accept your repentance, no matter what you have done. Those who try to tell the people that there is no way back to Him lie against Allah.
Whoever you are, whatever you have done, even if your sins reach the skies, if you turn to Him with an open heart, He will forgive you.
Remember that as we enter upon Ramadan.
Ramadan Kareem and may Allah bless our Ramadan, answer our duas and forgive all our sins.
The Last Words A Young Man Said To Me Before He Passed Away
By Babar Ahmed.
“There is a young man in hospital, very sick. People are requested to go and visit him,” was the appeal that went out in the community.
I had grown up living across the street from the local hospital, witnessing many births, operations and deaths in the process. I was used to these appeals and felt responsible living so close to the hospital.
It was the summer of 2003, a year before I went to prison for 11 years.
I made my way to the hospital ward and there lay a young man of 19. A Muslim of Pakistani origin, he was a rapper before he was struck down with cancer. Let’s call him Adil.
Adil’s cancer was spreading fast. It had made his skin highly sensitive to touch so he was lying there on the hospital bed wearing only a pair of shorts. If anything was to touch his skin, it would discomfort him.
His voice had almost gone so he would barely whisper when speaking.
I had learned that one of the things that cancer patients frequently dislike is sympathy. I remembered that as I conversed with Adil about different things.
“I spoke a lot of rubbish with this tongue,” he smiled. “So now Allah [God] has silenced my tongue so that I can only remember Him.”
He told me about his short life, how he regretted all the years he had spent, in a bubble, without a purpose to his life.
I asked him if there was one lesson that he would share with other young people living their lives far from Allah.
“Keep good company,” he whispered. “You are what your friends are. Keep good company and you will be OK.”
As I left, I asked him if he prayed. He replied that he didn’t because he couldn’t make wudu (pre-prayer ablution cleansing) and he was too weak to do all the actions.
I told him that Allah was easy going in these matters and that he could pray lying down on his bed, without washing with water. I taught him how to make the dry ablution (tayammum) and how to pray lying down. Then I left, promising to return.
A few days later I returned. I found that he had started to pray.
We spoke a bit more. He told me about his family and how important they were to him. It seemed that at this stage of his life, his loved ones were all that mattered. By now he was wheezing and needed an oxygen mask to breathe.
Over the next few weeks I visited Adil several more times. On one of these occasions, I told him that I was going to Makkah to perform the umrah (lesser pilgrimage) and that I would surely pray for him.
A week later I was in Madinah when I telephoned home. Adil had passed away.
His cancer had become incurable. The hospital had sent him home, with an oxygen mask, to die. One morning at home he had just prayed the Fajr at home with his family.
All of a sudden, he tore the oxygen mask off his face, shouted “Allahu Akbar” [Allah is the Greatest] three times and then he died.
As I went to the Prophet’s Mosque later that day, I prayed for Adil. I reflected on his short life and how, just before he died, Allah had chosen to guide him so that his last actions were something good.
I reflected on his advice: keep good company, keep good friends. He always used to say that, with a tone of regret in his voice.
Sometimes, the shortest of words are the most powerful.
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.
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