Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ibn-Um-Abd - Abdullah Ibn Mas'ood Radhiya Allahu Ta'aala Anhu

Last night Moulana Ebrahim Salejee of Madrassah Taleemuddeen, Isipingo Beach came to Musjid As Saaliheen to give his first talk on the illustrious sahaba, Abdullah ibn Mas'ood. I thought to share a few points I remembered.

1. Abdullah ibn Mas'ood Radhiya Allahu Anhu was a teenager when he first saw Nabi Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam. The first time he saw them, there were only three Muslims at the time: Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam, Khadeejah Radhiya Allahu Anha and Ali Radhiya Allahu Anhu. The were going to the haram to read salaah. A point that Moulana saheb made was that Ibn Mas'ood had mentioned that she was covering her beauty. This showed that with Emaan comes modesty, even though the verse of hijaab had not yet been revealed
2. The second time Abdullah ibn Mas'ood Radhiya Allahu Ta'aala Anhu saw Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam was when he was taking care of the goats of Uqba bin Abi Mueet. Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam was with Abu Bakr Radhiya Allahu Anhu, and they come toward Ibn Abbas Radhiya Allahu Anhu. Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam asked him if he had any milk. Ibn Mas'ood Radhiya Allahu Anhu replied that indeed there was milk, however these goats were an amaanah, a trust.

Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam then asked if there was a baby goat. Ibn Mas'ood Radhiya Allahu Anhu brought forward an small goat. Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam then stroked the udders of this goat and made du'aa, and the udder filled with milk! Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam then milked the goat, whereafter he and Abu Bakr Radhiya Allahu Anhu drank from the milk. After this, Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam ordered the udders to shrink, and they did. 

3. After this incident, Ibn Mas'ood Radhiya Allahu Anhu went to Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam and asked him to teach him that which he recites. Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam stroked Ibn Mas'ood's head and told him that he would be blessed with knowledge from Allah. Hence Abdullah ibn Mas'ood Radhiya Allahu Anhu became the sixth person to accept Islam.
4. Ibn Mas'ood Radhiya Allahu Ta'aala anhu was very close to Rasulullah Salla Allahu, so much so that he was almost like his shadow. He was given permission from Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam to come in the house without permission when the curtain was up. He and his mother were many times thought to be the family of Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam as they had such close proximity with him and his blessed wives.
5. Abdullah ibn Mas'ood Radhiya Allahu Anhu had a student named Alqamah, who was a Taabi'ee. He was so knowledgable that people would only ask him their questions. A person once wondered why people went to Alqamah when there were Sahabah still there to be asked. The response was that who else to ask questions from when Sahabah themselves went to Alqamah for their queries!

Monday, February 27, 2012

A Remedy to Combat Sin and Temptation

A very beautiful woman who lived in Makkah Mukarramah was admiring herself in the mirror and asked her husband: “Is there any man who will see my face and not be tempted by it?” He replied: “Yes.” She asked: “Who?” He answered: “Ubaid Bin Umair.” She asked: “Will you allow me to tempt and entice him?” He agreed.

She approached Ubaid Bin Umair pretending to ask him an important question. When they were in a corner of Musjidul Haram, she unveiled her face and it shone like the full moon. Ubaid (Rahmatullahi Alayh) asked her: “O slave of Allah, what do wish to ask?” She replied: “Please fulfil my desires as I am in love with you.” Ubaid (Rahmatullahi Alayh) responded: “I would like to ask you a few questions. If you reply truthfully, I will consider your request.”

She remarked: “I will most certainly reply truthfully to as many questions as you wish to pose to me.”

Ubaid (Rahmatullahi Alayh) asked: “If the Angel of death comes to take your soul, would you be pleased that I fulfil your request at that time?” She replied: “By Allah, never.”

Ubaid (Rahmatullahi Alayh) then said: “You have spoken the truth. If you are lowered into your grave and about to be questioned by the Angels, would you be pleased that I fulfil your request at that time?” She replied: “By Allah, never.”

Ubaid (Rahmatullahi Alayh) then said: “You have spoken the truth. If you about to cross the bridge of Sirat and you do not know whether you will make it across, would you be please that I fulfil your request at that time?” she replied: “By Allah, never.”

Ubaid (Rahmatullahi Alayh) then said: “When the scales of deeds are set up and you do not know whether the scales of your good deeds are heavy or light, would you be pleased that I fulfil your request at that time?” She replied: “By Allah, never.”

Ubaid (Rahmatullahi Alayh) then said: “You have spoken the truth. When you are standing before Allah to account for your deeds, would you be pleased that I fulfil your needs at that time?” She replied: “By Allah, never.”

Ubaid (Rahmatullahi Alayh) then said to her: “You have spoken the truth. O slave of Allah, Fear Him, as He has bestowed you with many bounties.”

The woman then returned to her husband who asked: “What happened?”  She replied: “We have been wasting away our lives until now.”

She then dedicated herself to salaah, fasting and other acts of worship. Thereafter her husband would often remark: “What has Ubaid done to me? Every night she was like a bride, but now she has no inclination to the world.”

Lesson: As humans we are often tempted towards acts of sin and immorality. Keeping the above mentioned points in mind before embarking on any sin will help greatly in suppressing the evil inclination.

 Taken from Al-Haadi

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Teeth Shattering Reply

Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi saheb mentions that once an atheist said to Moulana Shah Ismail Shaheed saheb that the keeping of the beard is an extra and useless act. His proof for this was that since a person has no beard at the time of his birth, hence it should be forbidden to keep a beard.

Moulana Shaheed replied, "If that is the case then break your teeth as well."

Moulana Abdul Hayy saheb was there at the time as well, and he responded, "Wah Moulana! What a teeth shattering reply you gave!"

Adapted from Malfoozat Hakeemul Ummat
vol 12, pg 82

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lower to Them the Wing of Humility

Today Alhamdu Lillah I had a nice chat a few moments ago with my dada, my grandfather.

My dada suffers from both Parkinsons and Alzheimers, which makes it very difficult for people to deal with him. This is Alhamdu Lillah where my father comes in. Although my father too is now at an age where he should probably relax and let his children do his khidmat, he takes care of my dada as if he is the parent and my dada is the child. This is to the extent that he even helps him wash his face and feed him.

I hope Insha Allah Ta'aala that myself and my siblings will one day be able to reciprocate to our parents in the same way we see our parents take care of their elders.

وَقَضَىٰ رَبُّكَ أَلَّا تَعْبُدُوا إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِنْدَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلَاهُمَا فَلَا تَقُلْ لَهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلَا تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُلْ لَهُمَا قَوْلًا كَرِيمًا

 وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُلْ رَبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا

Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour.

And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: "My Lord! bestow on them thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood."

~Al Israa- 23,24

Where is Peace?

For the past few days I have been remembering my late Shaykh Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel saheb Rahmatullahi Alayh quite a bit.

Today I was reading a thread on everyone's favourite forum. The thread reminded me of a lot of problems I had before I came in ta'alluq with Hazrat Rahmatullahi 'Alayh. However, there was one particular zikr majlis of Hazrat that completely changed my way of looking at the world. In this majlis Hazrat recited a naat, and the following verses really did sum up the problems of the world and the only solution.

Sukun-e-jahaan tum kahan dhoondte ho?
Sukun-e-jahaan hai nizaam-e-Madeenah

Where are you going searching for peace?
Peace is in the nizaam of Madeenah

What does nizaam-e-Madeenah mean? Quite simply, it is referring to the system by which the people of Madeenah lived, ie the following of the sunnah of Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam. People go all over looking for peace. They spend money upon money in the search of peace, but it is to no avail. Why? Because unless one inculcates the teaching of Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam, there will be no peace. 

As for he who is following the sunnah, it does not mean that wordly troubles will not afflict him. However, on the outside the person may be going through some tests and trials, but on the inside he will be at peace, because he knows that His Allah is pleased with him.

My words do no justice to the Zikr Majlis that took place on 4th November, 2010, so I request readers to listen to this audio.

Zikr Majlis- 04/11/2010

May Allah Ta'aala grant Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel saheb Rahmatullahi Alayh the highest rank in Jannah, Ameen.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Actual Crying is from the Heart

Once a man wrote a letter in which he mentioned that before he went for Hajj, he used to cry a lot; since he had come back, he was no longer able to cry. Due to this change, he was feeling depressed with the thought that perhaps his spiritual self had deteriorated from what it previously was.

Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi saheb replied to this man that there is one kind of crying that is from the eyes; this is not in ones control, and its not being in ones control should not be a source of concern.

The other kind of crying is that from the heart, and this was the kind of crying that the author of the letter was experiencing; his being depressed over lack of tears was proof of this. 

So, in reality there was actually no need to be worried.

Adapted from Malfoozat Hakeemul Ummah 
vol 12, pg 39

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Death away from Home

I received this hadeeth in the weekly advice and hadeeth email from alhaadi.org.za and simply had to share because I thought it was amazing, especially living more than half the world away from my birth place.


Hadith: Death away from Home

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: When a person passes away in a place other than his place of birth then his grave is widened for him from the place of his demise till his birth place.

Graveyard in Pakistan

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tale of a Cat

When I was small, I was told a true story of two men who had gone in Tableeghi Jamaat in India. As they had to wait transit in the airport for a while, the men of the jamaat decided to sleep and so took out their blankets and sleeping bags for later on when they would have to sleep.

Well this was India, so naturally there was a cat around. The cat settled itelf on one of the sleeping bags, much to the consternation of the sleeping bag's owner. In fact he was so upset he yelled and frightened and kicked it away. 

The other man who saw this felt rather bad for the poor cat and called to it soothingly. The cat walked over to this second man and was petted. 

A while later the kind man returned to his sleeping bag, ready for a nap. As he crawled in, he felt something warm within, and upon further investigation realized that the cat had decided to take a nap in his sleeping bag! The kind man let the cat sleep without disturbing it.

Meanwhile there was a shout of dismay from the other man when he realized a cat had decided to relieve itself on his bag.

While the story may raise some smirks, there are two lessons one may discern from this tale.
  1. Always treat others, whether humans or animals, with kindness and gentleness. If you wish for Allah Ta'aala to be merciful upon you, then be merciful upon His creation.
  2. Jaise karni waise bharni; na maane to kar ke dekh - As you sow, so shall you reap; (If) you don't believe it, do (so) and see*
*Translation taken from Here

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What it Really Was/Is

I never really knew what 'tasawwuf' was. I had heard of the word sufi, and I knew the whirling dervishes were not actually them; to me 'sufi' simply meant a really, really pious person.

Less than a few years ago when I came across Shaykh Zulfiqar Daamat Barakaatuhum's lectures, I realized my preconcieved thoughts on 'sufi' were actually right, although how to be really, really pious was not simply dressing up like a Muslim, ie beard, niqab etc. There was so much more than the outward; the inside of a Muslim's heart was a twisted maze that could only be passed with the help of a person who had been taken through and trained through this maze as well.

Moving to the present...

Today I was reading through some threads on a stranger forum when I came across threads about tasawwuf and sufism. Naturally the mouse clicked, letting me through. Unfortunately, it was not the kind of thread I would have rather read. The word sufi was almost like an insult. People who did not have a clue what tasawwuf truly is were busy judging it and ridiculing it.

At first I felt upset, angry and itching to send a flaming reply. Then the anger just turned to sadness, because it was hard to believe that something that brought so many, including myself, peace and happines, and most of all understanding of the way to Allah... how could someone hate such a beautiful thing?

In the end I did not reply. From experience on that very forum I knew it would not help, and a lone voice would not be listened to. Or perhaps I am just a coward and hence complaining on my blog instead. Allah knows best.

I do know two things however.

1. Those of us whom Allah Ta'aala has given correct knowledge of any field/subject, we should be extremely thankful for it as there are many who may think they know a subject but unfortunately do not even know the alif of it.

2. Make du'aa to Allah Ta'aala that those who are misinformed change their hearts and learn sincerely and properly.

Treat your Relatives Well even though they Behave Indifferently

Hadhrat Moulana (Rahmatullahi Alayh) lived by this rule - to always treat one’s relatives well even though they are indifferent to one. On many occasions a relative came and spoke harshly to Hadhrat Moulana (Rahmatullahi Alayh). The general response in such situations was that before the person had left Hadhrat Moulana (Rahmatullahi Alayh) would have given him some mithai (sweetmeats) to eat. Some people actually joked about it, that if anyone wanted to eat some mithai, he should say some harsh words to Hadhrat Moulana. On one occasion a relative spoke harshly to him. Hadhrat Moulana (Rahmatullahi Alayh) placed a hundred rupees in an envelope and together with one set of clothing presented it to the person who spoke harshly to him.

Hadhrat Moulana’s practice was in conformity to the Sunnah. In fact, this was the practice of all the lovers of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Imaam Abu Hanifah (Rahmatullahi Alayh) was one such Aashiq (true lover of Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)). He had a neighbour who used to regularly abuse him verbally. The day the neighbour had abused him, Imaam Sahib (Rahmatullahi Alayh) would send him a gift. After many days had passed in this manner, and after having received many gifts from Imaam Sahib (Rahmatullahi Alayh), the neighbour felt that the Imaam had great affection for him. He therefore stopped his abuse. However, he noticed that the gifts had also stopped coming. Hence he came to Imaam Sahib (Rahmatullahi Alayh) and asked: “What type of recompense is this? As long as I abused you, you sent me gifts. When I stopped abusing you, you stopped sending me gifts!” Imaam Abu Hanifah (Rahmatullahi Alayh) replied: “Brother, as long as you abused me, I made sabr (exercised patience). Thus, you were actually building my paradise for me (by giving me the occasion of making sabr and thereby enabling me to attain great rewards). Therefore in return I was giving you some worldly benefit. When you stopped building my paradise, I stopped your worldly benefit!”

Allahu Akbar! Look at their mindset. If only we develop the same mindset, we will also enjoy peace within ourselves and spread peace and happiness around us as well.

All the three advices mentioned by Hadhrat Moulana (Rahmatullahi Alayh) have been greatly emphasized in the Qur’aan and Sunnah. Those who lived by it prospered and flourished. Those who abandoned it deprived themselves and eventually fell into destruction.

It is therefore the duty of every Muslim to make his utmost effort to live by these great lessons and to also pass it on to others.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Thought Provoking

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee saheb mentioned something thought provoking in one of his majalis this month. He was mentioning how if someone commited the unfortunate sin of zinaa and it became known, then that person will face dirty looks and comments every time he is around Muslims.

On the other hand, a person could be working in a bank which deals in interest, and yet there will be no comments on this person; in fact people may actually be envious of his wealth even though it is haraam.

And yet, Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam has mentioned in a hadeeth something to the effect that Riba (ie interest) has seventy levels of sins, the lowest being commiting incest with ones own mother. Rather thought provoking, especially in this interest based world.

Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam once had a long dream in which he saw a river of blood with a man wading in it. Another man was at the shore with a pile of rocks. Whenever the man in the river tried to come out, the man on the shore would throw a rock at the man in the river, causing him to go back to his prior position in the blood. Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam was told that this was the punishment of those who dealt in interest. 

May Allah Ta'aala save us all from all sins and make us into His obedient slaves. Ameen.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Daily “To Do” List & Confiding in a Shaykh- by Mufti Ebrahim Desai Daamat Barakaatuhum

One should always meditate and ponder that Allah Ta’ala is Samee’, (One who listens to every single thing), Baseer (One Who sees every single thing even if anyone else is seeing), Aleem (One who Knows of every single thing) and in the like manner reflect on the different attributes of Allah Ta’ala. Together with that, remain engaged in the Dhikr of Allah Ta’ala at all times.

A person would be able to reach the greatest height if he confides and consults with a Shaykh-e-Kaamil (spiritual mentor) who is pious and God-Fearing. We, therefore, suggest that you should try and relate all your issues to a reliable mentor with whom you have strong confidence and compatibility with, who will be able to give you individual and personal attention. May Allah Ta’ala grant you and all of us the quality of Taqwa, Aameen.

In today’s times when evil and corruption is so common and rife, every individual must take it upon himself/herself to protect and guard against the soul being corrupted. Hereunder, are some guidelines to guard one’s soul and spirituality.

a. Be punctual in performing the five daily Salats. A male must ensure he performs Salat with Jamaat in the Masjid.

b. Recite some portion of the Qur’an daily. It is also important to read the translation and commentary of the Qur’an daily. We recommend the following English translations: Muhammad Pickthall (Translation); Muhsin Khan (Translation); Tafseer-e-Usmani (with commentary); Daryabadi (with commentary); Maariful Qurãn (with commentary). NB. Any translation of the Noble Qurãn must be accompanied with the Arabic text next to the translation.

c. Recite the following three Tasbeehs any time in the morning or evening, 100 times Istighfaar, 100 times third Kalimah, 100 times Durood upon Rasulullah . The above three Tasbeehaat should be read in isolation and concentration.

d. Always display good character even in front of one’s enemies.

e. Avoid intermingling with the opposite gender and lower one’s gaze. Do not let the mind and heart be polluted with the form and shape of the opposite gender. That is death to spirituality.

f. Stay in the company of the pious. Bad company is detrimental to one’s Iman and character.

g. Be conscious of life after death and accountability in the court of Allah Ta’ala. Keep in touch with reliable Ulama. Make their Ikraam (honour) and seek their esteemed guidance.

We hope if one follows the above points, he/she will be protected from the tricks of the Shaytaan.


Taken from Dar Al Mahmood


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Du'aa to Read when in Pain

When in pain

  1. Place your right hand on the afflicted area
  2. Recite Bismillah
  3. Recite the following du'aa 7 times : A'oodhu Billahi wa Qudratihi min Sharri ma Ajidu wa Uhaadhiru

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Arabic Language is not Enough

For one to study the meaning of the Qur'aan, one needs a teacher who is well versed in the Qur'aan and the knowledges one must possess before attempting to interpret the Qur'aan.

After 'Ishaa salaah on Monday night, Moulana Ahmad Chohan of Musjid As-Saaliheen, Sherwood was giving a talk on the Holy Qur'aan. He mentioned a few incidents which illustrated that simply knowing the Arabic language does not mean one will understand everything in the Qur'aan. 

One of the incidents he mentioned was about aayah 187 of Surah Al Baqarah. The aayah mentions the words 

  حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَكُمُ الْخَيْطُ الْأَبْيَضُ مِنَ الْخَيْطِ الْأَسْوَدِ مِنَ الْفَجْرِ

The aayah is mentioning that a person may have relations with ones spouse as well as eat and drink 'until you can distinguish between the white thread from the black thread at dawn'.

The meaning of this aayah is that one should stop relations, food and drink when the white thread (meaning the white light at the horizon) and the black thread (meaning the darkness of the night) are distinguishable.

Moulana Ahmad saheb was mentioning how when this verse was revealed there were Sahabah who were confused as to the meaning, so they clarified this with Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam, even though they knew the Arabic language perfectly! 

This then proves that knowledge of Arabic is not sufficient to understand and explain the meaning of the Qur'aan.

How can he Aquire the Shade of Rahmaan?

As soon as I read it, a verse from Hazrat Hakeem Akhtar saheb's poem "Jaam o Meena ki hai Farawani" came in my mind. Below is a not so good translation.*  

Shaykh-e-kaamil se jo hai mustaghni
Payega kaise zill-e-Rahmaani?

He who keep himself away from a kaamil shaykh
How can he aquire the Shade of Rahmaan?

A person always needs a teacher, a guide. Sahabah Radhiya Allahu Ta'aala anhum had the best of guides, Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam. The Tabi'een had the Sahabah, and so on and so forth. Until now if we see in our scholars, you will find chains leading up to Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam, not only in the field of hadeeth, but also in other fields, including the field of sulook.

So there is no need to feel embarassed of taking a shaykh, or too proud to have a shaykh. Everyone needs a guide, and Allah Ta'aala in His infinite mercy has provided us with many guides who can rightfully teach us how to love Allah Ta'aala and gain His proximity. Find a guide you have a connection (nisbat) with and stick to that guide, follow that which he tells you. Insha Allah you will find it will be one of the most beneficial things.

*If someone has a better translation or I have made a mistake, please comment.
Jazakumullahu Khairan.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

You are a Muslim

Sometimes you hear something that you may not immediately warm up to. This is normal. 

However, what if this is something from Shari'ah, from hadeeth, or even more important, from the word of Allah Almighty, the Quraan?

At this moment you must realize one thing. 

You are a Muslim. 

What is a Muslim? A Muslim is a person who submits to the will of Allah Ta'aala, no matter whether the order is one they like or dislike. A Muslim is one who has no say when the Creator has given a command or refrainment.

So at a time like this, the best thing is for you to realize that your knowledge is limited, and due to this limit you are not knowledgable enough to understand why a certain command is given. You should condition yourself to the understanding that it is a flaw on your part that you may not find a certain command pleasing. You should also strive to change your views in accordance to the commands of Allah Ta'aala. Just like a rose bush submits to the gardener's cutter so that it may grow beautiful and healthy, submit to Allah commands to grow spiritually strong and beautiful in the Eyes of Allah.

Only then are we truly Muslims, submitters to the One True Allah.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Never be the Oppressor. Rather be the Oppressed One.

This is an extremely fundamental piece of advice and a foundational pillar for the existence of peaceful families and societies. It is, after all, among the most salient features of none other than Rasulullah (Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam), that he never oppressed anyone, though he was oppressed by many. Instead he forgave those who oppressed him and never took revenge for his personal self.

The advice that Hadhrat Moulana رحمة الله عليه gave was very much evident in his own life. He endured whatever difficulties came upon him but did not oppress anyone. This trait, among many others, was the direct result of the excellent nurturing of his mother. Describing the tarbiyat (nurturing) of his mother, Hadhrat Moulana رحمة الله عليه explains: “From the time that I was a little child my mother instilled in me the quality to accept and acknowledge my mistake. It was also impressed upon me to immediately apologize and seek the pardon of seniors or juniors if I have erred. It was due to this training that I was never prepared to take on a fight. If ever I exceeded the limits, especially with regard to any family person, servant, or the child of any servant, she would immediately make me apologize and seek forgiveness.”

Hadhrat Moulana رحمة الله عليه further elaborated by relating the incident of his childhood when he once hit the child of the maid. As soon as his mother was informed, she immediately called Moulana and the child whom he had hit. She then instructed the child: “You hit Ali too. Hit him now, in front of me.” The poor child was overawed and did not have the courage to hit Moulana. His mother then took the hand of the maid’s child and hit Moulana with it. She then instructed Moulana to also seek the child’s forgiveness. After this incident in his childhood, he never deliberately caused any inconvenience to anyo ne.

It was such exemplary training that instilled in Hadhrat Moulana رحمة الله عليه this great quality – that if he erred in any matter he would unhesitatingly seek the pardon of the next person. Thus the first lesson was: "NEVER BE THE OPPRESSOR, RATHER BE THE OPPRESSED ONE."

Taken from an email from Al-Haadi.

Friday, February 10, 2012

He is my Nabi Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam

I wrote this more than five or six years ago for my father. However now that I reread it, I feel it is perfect for the best of creation, Nabi Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam. I guess that should make me happy for having a father who reminds me of Nabi Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam!

He stands strong like an oak
He shines bright like a star
He walks like a warrior
He recites like a bird

He is generous like a stream
He is calming like a forest
He is grand like a sunrise
He is gentle like a breeze

He fights for what is right
He negates what is wrong
He strives to uphold the truth
He strives to remove the lies

He loves no one but for Allah
He hates no one but for Allah
He seeks no reward but from Allah
He needs no approval but from Allah

He is my Nabi Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Power of a Mother's Dua

A beautiful majlis of Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee saheb on the grandmother and mother of Eesaa Alayhis Salaam, and mothers in general. 

A must listen.

Download from this Link

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I am Pleased...

رضيت بالله رباً، وبالإسلام ديناً، وبمحمد صلى الله عليه وسلم نبياً

I am pleased with Allah as my Lord 
And with Islam as my Deen 
And with Muhammad Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam as my Prophet.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

"In the Midst of Thorns..."

Moulana Yunus Patel Rahmatullahi 'Alayh mentioned in his talk known as Sukoon-e-Dil that sukoon (peace/contentment) only descends upon that dil (heart) that contains taqwa.

So if a person wishes to attain contentment of the heart, the key to this is to adopt taqwa in Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala.

Hazrat Rahmatullahi 'Alayh mentioned that this does not mean that a person will not have worldly problems like with health, or money etc. However, even in these stressful situations, a person will have some sort of peace in their heart.

And Hazrat Rahmatullahi 'Alayh mentioned :

Quote by Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel saheb Rahmatullahi 'Alayh