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Mending your A’maal with Sincere Taubah (Taubatan Nasooha)

September 28, 2013

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يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ تُوبُوٓا۟ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ تَوْبَةًۭ نَّصُوحًا

O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance! ~ Surah At-Tahreem 66:8

  

What is Taubatan Nasooha?

 When a garment has holes in it, then one will mend and stitch that garment, put in patches and fill in all the holes, to restore it.  

Similarly …True Taubah is correcting the deficiences in one’s A’amaal and patching up the holes that were found in them. The tear that was caused in ones deeds by sins, is now being mended again. 

Taubahtun Nasooha is the mending of ones A’maal (deeds).

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Just as it is impossible to push back the milk into the udders of a cow after it has been milked, the same should apply to one who sincerely wishes to repent over his sins, that he does not return to the sins for which he has repented …

This is Sincere Taubah ~ (Taubatan Nasooha)

The Doors of Taubah are still open and a person who makes sincere Taubah, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala will wipe out his sins!

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An Incident of The Justice of Hazrat Umar RA

September 26, 2013

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An Incident of The Justice of Hazrat Umar RA

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The Effects and Benefits of Zikr Become Manifest Gradually

September 25, 2013

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The Zikr of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is an extremely powerful Ni’mat unto us and is highly emphasized in the Quraan and Sunnah. By making Zikr, Allah gives us an opportunity to rid all the filth of sins that we have accumulated in our hearts.

Day and night, we are attracted by evil, sin, temptations and challenging environments. Hence we are in dire need of making a strong mujaahadah on our nafs, lest we become victims of the vice that overwhelms us. Thus one has to refrain from all sin and cling onto the Zikr of Allah.

However, sometimes when one begins to make Zikrullah, he gets the thought that he is making Zikr, but feels that he is not benefitting … This is not the case!

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Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi RA explains : He gives an example of a little child that is growing. Each day the child is growing but nobody can say for sure how much the child has grown each day. After a considerable amount of time, we suddenly see that the child has grown taller and bigger. In the beginning, we could not make out the difference. This child was growing but we could not perceive it growing, but only after some time, we saw a big difference in this child’s growth…. 

In a similar vein ,when a person makes the Zikr of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala continuously … then only after some time, will he see the true effect. Each day we are making Zikr, and we are spiritually growing and deriving benefit, even though we may not perceive this or gain some enjoyment from the sweetness of the Zikr on our tongues or the Sukoon in the heart, in the initial stage…

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Another common concern we have is that at times we can’t concentrate well.  Hazrat Thanwi (RA) has explained that we should not be too perturbed by this concern. One should NOT exert himself too much in trying to concentrate during Zikr. A cursory concentration is sufficient. Then as one becomes more regular with Zikr, his concentration levels in Zikr will improve and increase…

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“When you are in love with someone, then you will keep mentioning his/her name. When Allah Ta’ala is our Most Beloved … then how much more should we be taking His name!”
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“When we will polish our hearts with the Zikr of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, then we will experience a floodgate of Noor (effulgence) pouring into our hearts….”
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An Explanation of Some Selected Malfoozaat of Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (RA) 3

September 24, 2013

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1. Advices Regarding Overcoming Calamaties, Difficulties, Trials & Tribulations 

a) Adopt Sabr

A Mu’min is rewarded for exercising Sabr.

A mu’min is always in either one of 2 conditions: Sabr or Shukr. If difficulty befalls him, he adopts Sabr and when blessed with good, he makes Shukr. 
Both these attitudes are beneficial unto him.

b) Ponder over the fact that if difficulties were a bad thing, then they would not have been placed on the Ambiyaa (AS), who are the closest to ALLAH. 

c) Never become despondent of the Mercy of ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala. Allah will give relief.

d)  Because of the calamity, don’t become negligent with regard to the commandments of the Shariah of ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala.

e)  Make lots of dua for the removal of the difficulty and adopt the correct means of removal.

f) Make abundant Taubah and Istighfaar.

2. The Acquisition of Peace

The less a person has of Dunya, the more sukoon (peace) he enjoys. Don’t let Greed engulf the heart and dont hanker after Dunya.

3. Stray Thoughts

The remedy for stray thoughts is to totally ignore them.
By entertaining the thoughts, ones mind becomes weak and Shaytaan  plagues the mind with stray thoughts more and more …frustrating the person and causing him misery.

One can also read:
‘La hawla wa la quwwata illah billah’ or Aamantu billahi wa rusulihi’ or spit thrice to the left (without spittle)

4.  Method of Reaching ALLAH

Engage in Zikr (remembrance) and Fikr (contemplation) of ALLAH Rabbul Izzat and adopt  2 matters firmly, in order to reach ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala:
* Discard Sins
* Speak less


5.  The Benefit of keeping the company of the Pious

This is two-fold, as it helps rectify a persons Deen and by keeping contact with the pious person, one may also be blessed with Dunya. It is important, however, that the maqsad (intention) is to make ISLAAH and NOT to attain Dunya.

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Etiquettes of Seeking Permission when Entering the Home

September 21, 2013

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يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَدْخُلُوا بُيُوتًا غَيْرَ بُيُوتِكُمْ حَتَّىٰ تَسْتَأْنِسُوا وَتُسَلِّمُوا عَلَىٰ أَهْلِهَا
O ye who believe! enter not homes other than your own, until ye have asked permission and greeted those in them (Surah An-Nur 24:27)
 

Hadeeth :

 

1.Hazrat Anas bin Malik (RA) reported: Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said to me, “O son, when you enter your house, say As- Salamu ‘Alaikum to your family, for it will be a blessing both to you and to your family.” ~ [At-Tirmidhi].

2. Hazrat Sahl bin Sa’d Radiyallahu-Anhu reported: Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “Seeking permission to enter (somebody’s house) has been prescribed in order to restrain the eyes (from looking at something we are not supposed to look at).” ~ [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

3. Hazrat Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari Radiyallahu-Anhu reported: Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “Permission is to be sought thrice. If it is accorded, you may enter; otherwise, go back.” ~ [Al- Bukhari and Muslim].

 4. Hazrat Jabir Radiyallahu-Anhu reported: I went to Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said and knocked at the door (to seek permission). He asked, “Who is there?” I said: “I”. He repeated, ” I, I?!” as if he disliked it. ~ [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Consuming Only Halaal and Abstaining from Haraam and Doubtful Sources of Earning

September 18, 2013

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يَا أَيُّهَا الرُّسُلُ كُلُوا مِنَ الطَّيِّبَاتِ وَاعْمَلُوا صَالِحًا ۖ إِنِّي بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ عَلِيمٌ 
[ Allah said], “O messengers, eat from the good foods and work righteousness. Indeed, I, of what you do, am Knowing ~ Surah Mu’minun 23:51

Ahadeeth

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (Radiyallaahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said,

“Verily, Allah is Pure and He only accepts pure. And indeed Allah commanded the Believers what He commanded the Messengers. He said: 
‘O Messengers, eat of the pure things and perform righteous acts. Verily, I am Well-Aware of what you do.’ 

And He said O you who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided you with, and give thanks to Allah if Him it is that you serve.’

The narrator of the hadith says: Then he (i.e. Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) made mention of a man who undertakes long journeys and has dishevelled hair and a dusty appearance (due to the long tedious journey) and who raises his hands towards the sky saying “O my Rabb. O my Rabb”…… But his food is from haraam, his drink is from haraam, his clothes are from haraam, he is nourished from haraam. How can his prayer then be accepted?” ~ Muslim

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It was narrated that Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu-Anhu said: “Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: ‘There will come a time when a man will not care where his wealth comes from, whether (the source is) Halal or Haram.” ~ Sahih Bukhari

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An Explanation of Some Selected Malfoozaat of Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (RA) 2

September 16, 2013

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1. Means of Chastity

In order to preserve the chastity and modesty of ones own womenfolk, keep away from womenfolk of others ie. do not cast lustful glances at other women and your own womenfolks chastity and modesty will be protected. This is the means of maintaining chastity.

2. Humilty A Treasure

Developing and maintaining Humility (Tawaadhu) is extremely beneficial. Whoever lowers himself for the sake of ALLAH Ta’aala, then ALLAH will elevate his status. Whoever shows pride and arrogance will be destroyed by ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala. 

Pride must be removed from the heart because the one who has even a speck of pride in his heart will not be permitted to enter Jannat.

3. Pocket Money for the Wife

It is the right of the wife that she be allocated some pocket money for her own personal use (over above what is allocated to household expenditure).

It is also wise to make a list of assets and rightful owners between husband and wife to avoid confusion should one or the other spouse pass away.

4. Treat the Womenfolk with Kindness

Womenfolk/wives must be treated with kindness. The wife must be taken care of and appreciated for two principle reasons: 

• Firstly, she is like a captive and it is unmanly and cowardly to maltreat a captive. 

• Secondly, the husband does not know what her status is in the eyes of ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala. It is highly possible that by Allah Ta’ala she holds the same position as the husband or even higher.

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5) Remedy for Anxiety

Entrust all ones affairs to ALLAH Azza wa Jal. One need not be overly-anxious .. All that is necessary is to adopt the means at ones disposal and then entrust ones affair to ALLAH. Be pleased with whatever HE decrees. 

6. Avarice the Root of all Evil

Avarice (Greed) is the root of all evil. It causes arguments and fights, and even leads to court cases.

The effects of greed are worse than the devastation caused by two hungry wolves upon a flock of sheep. 

In the absence of greed, nobody will oppress another. Further, the notion that when the demand for greed is fulfilled, the person will become satiated, is false.
If a man has two valleys of gold, he will desire for the third…
‘Nothing fills the stomach of greed except the sand of the Qabr’

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The Importance of Making Amends When One has Violated the Rights of People

September 11, 2013

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If you have not fulfilled the rights of a person (Huqooqul ‘lbaad), then you will have to ask that person for Forgiveness. Rather a person lowers himself in the Dunya and try to make amends, then suffer humiliation on the day of Qiyamah in front of the entire Mankind.

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An Explanation of Some Selected Malfoozaat of Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (RA)

September 10, 2013

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In order to establish a connection with ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala, Islaah (purification of the nafs) is essential. This is enabled by keeping the company of the pious, listening to majaalis about sulook, abstinence from sin and suppression of the ego, all for the sake of ALLAH Rabbul Izzat.

The Sahaaba-e-Kiraam did everything with Ikhlaas (sincerity) and maintained a constant consciousness of ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala.  They always remained concerned about the acceptance of their deeds. 

We are constantly reminded by our Mashaa’ikh that we should be  alive to the fact that ‘ALLAH IS ALWAYS WATCHING US’.

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An Explanation of Some Selected Malfoozaat of Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (RA) :

1- The essence of a noble character is ‘not to give takleef’ to the creation of Allah,  ie not to trouble, annoy or hinder anyone. One should never hurt or harm any makhlooq of ALLAH Ta’aala. 

2- When somebody asks something, never ignore the person or keep him waiting for an answer unnecessarily. This is disrespectful.

3- Refrain from sin. Develop courage and make a conscious and sincere effort to abstain from sin.
[‘Islaah bila Mujaahadah’ (reformation without effort) is impossible. However, when a slave of ALLAH takes even a few steps toward HIM, ALLAH Rabbul Izzat comes running toward him. ALLAH appreciates the little effort of HIS servant.]

Courage is cultivated by being in the company of a Kaamil Shaykh.

4- The effect of sincere Tauba over sins, even if one has comitted sins that fill the entire World, is like dynamites that blow and destroy huge mountains…

5- The Greater Jihad (Jihad-e-Akbar) is the overpowering of the Nafs (base desires). Remember Shaytaan did not have another Shaytaan leading him astray… It was his nafs! 

6- True contentment is based on ones relationship with the Deen and ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala. You will find that he who has Deen and a little Dunya is content and has a pleasant life. 

Many are those who have Dunya but no Deen, and live an empty and unpleasant life.

Sometimes the observer of such people is fooled into thinking otherwise, because of the external luxuries, or because the observer himself does not know the reality of genuine happiness. 

Real happiness and comfort (Rahat) should not be confused with the means of happiness and comfort (Asbaab-e-Rahat). 

7-  There are two qualities which are more vigorous (prominent) in females viz the fervour to make khidmat (serve) others;and chastity. 

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Becoming the ‘Friend (Wali) of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala

September 9, 2013

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Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1434 Programmes

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اللَّهُ يَجْتَبِي إِلَيْهِ مَن يَشَاءُ وَيَهْدِي إِلَيْهِ مَن يُنِيبُ
 Allah chooses to Himself those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself those who turn (to Him).  ~ [Surah Ash Shura 42:13]

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Indeed the doors of Nubuwwat are certainly closed. There are no more Nabi’s to come. Our Nabi Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam was Khaatam an-Nabiyyin (Seal of Prophethood), however, the doors of “Wilaayat” (friendship) of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala have not closed … 

Despite all the challenges we are faced with today, if we are still ‘obedient’ to Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, why wont Allah become happy with us? Why wont He include us in the list of His friends? Perhaps due to our weaknesses, we may be unable to reach the very high standard and rank of the Wali’s of the past, as their connection with Allah was much stronger, but it does not mean that we can not become the Friends of Allah …..That list continues …

No matter how sinful we may be, but if we turn to Allah Taala and make sincere Taubah, Istighfaar, and become His true obedient slaves,  if Allah wishes, He will make us His Friends…

 When Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala selects a person and includes him in that list of His friends, nobody can remove him from it! That person is then successful … He becomes Allah’s friend … He has a special connection with Allah …

 

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May Allah Ta’ala give us Taufeeq and Hidyat of connecting with Him and may He make us his ‘True Friends’ … 

 
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The Zikr of SubhaanAllahi Wa Bihamdihi SubhaanAllahil Azeem ~ Light on the Tongue Yet Heavy on the Scales

September 8, 2013

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Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1434 Programmes

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Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu-Anhu reported:
Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said …
“There are two statements that are light on the tongue,
heavy on the Scales, and are most dear to the Most Merciful :
 سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ الْعَظِيمِ
 
SubhaanAllahi Wa Bihamdihi, SubhaanAllahil-Azeem
Glory (free from any sort of imperfection/deficiency) be to Allah with His Praises,
Glory be to the Most Great.
~ Bukhari and Muslim 
*Subhaana= (free from any sort of imperfection/deficiency)
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Emulating the Sunnah

September 6, 2013

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Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1434 Programmes

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The Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has got tremendous beauty, attraction and Noor in it. We should be proud to display the Sunnah. Why feel shy of it?

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Dua for Expressing Shukr for the Favours (Ni’mats) of Allah Upon Us and Our Parents

September 1, 2013

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 قَالَ رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِي أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيَّ وَعَلَىٰ وَالِدَيَّ وَأَنْ أَعْمَلَ صَالِحًا تَرْضَاهُ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي فِي ذُرِّيَّتِي 

My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to work righteousness of which You will approve and make righteous for me my offspring ~ Surah Al Ahkaaf 46:15

 

A person who supplicates to Allah with the dua in the above Verse, is asking Allah for ‘3’ Important things that are essential for true happiness and success in his life:

1 • Allah Ta’ala must grant one the ability (taufeeq) to make Shukr upon the Ni’mats (bounties) HE bestowes upon one.

2 • Allah Ta’ala must give one the Taufeeq of Obeying Him by doing pious deeds that will please Him.

3 • Allah Ta’ala must grant righteousness and piety to ones progeny.

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