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Anecdotes of Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi RA

April 28, 2014

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Anecdotes of Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi RA

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Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Going Early for Salaatul Jumuah and Listening to the Khutbah

April 24, 2014

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، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم

‏ “‏ إِذَا كَانَ يَوْمُ الْجُمُعَةِ، وَقَفَتِ الْمَلاَئِكَةُ عَلَى باب الْمَسْجِدِ يَكْتُبُونَ الأَوَّلَ فَالأَوَّلَ، وَمَثَلُ الْمُهَجِّرِ كَمَثَلِ الَّذِي يُهْدِي بَدَنَةً،

ثُمَّ كَالَّذِي يُهْدِي بَقَرَةً، ثُمَّ كَبْشًا، ثُمَّ دَجَاجَةً، ثُمَّ بَيْضَةً، فَإِذَا خَرَجَ الإِمَامُ طَوَوْا صُحُفَهُمْ، وَيَسْتَمِعُونَ الذِّكْرَ ‏”‏‏‏

Narrated by Hazrat Abu Hurairah RA

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said, “When it is a Friday, the angels stand at the gate of the mosque and keep on writing the names of the persons coming to the mosque in succession according to their arrivals. The example of the one who enters the mosque in the earliest hour is that of one offering a camel (in sacrifice). The one coming next is like one offering a cow and then a ram (with horns) and then a chicken and then an egg respectively. When the Imam comes out (for Jumuah prayer) they (i.e. angels) they fold up their scrolls and get ready to listen to the Khutbah.” ~ Sahih al-Bukhari

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The Concept of Barakah (Divine Blessings) in Islam

April 23, 2014

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تَبَارَكَ الَّذِي بِيَدِهِ الْمُلْكُ وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
Blessed is He in whose hand is Dominion,
and He is over all things Competent ~ Surah Mulk 67:1

وقال تعالى ‏ :

فَتَبَارَكَ اللَّهُ أَحْسَنُ الْخَالِقِينَ
So Blessed is Allah , the Best of Creators ~ Surah Mu’minun 23:14

وقال تعالى ‏ :

وَلَوْ أَنَّ أَهْلَ الْقُرَىٰ آمَنُوا وَاتَّقَوْا لَفَتَحْنَا عَلَيْهِم بَرَكَاتٍ مِّنَ السَّمَاءِ
وَالْأَرْضِ وَلَٰكِن كَذَّبُوا فَأَخَذْنَاهُم بِمَا كَانُوا يَكْسِبُونَ

And if only the people of the cities had believed and feared Allah ,
We would have opened upon them blessings from the heaven and the earth; but they denied (the messengers), so We seized them for what they were earning.” ~ Surah Al A’raaf 7:96

In a Hadith-e-Qudsi, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says :

Inni Iza Uti’tu Radhitu ~

“O my Bandah (Servants)! When I am obeyed

I become Razi (happy) with you”

Wa Iza Radhitu Baaraktu ~

“When I become happy then I give Barakah.

Wa Laysa Li Barakatee Nihaayah

~ “There is no limit to My Barakah.”

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What is the Difference Between a Rasul and a Nabi ?

April 22, 2014

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Extracted from ~ Tafseer of Surah Maryam

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وَاذْكُرْ فِي الْكِتَابِ مُوسَىٰ ۚ إِنَّهُ كَانَ مُخْلَصًا وَكَانَ رَسُولًا نَّبِيًّا

And mention in the Book, Moses. Indeed, he was chosen, and he was a messenger and a prophet ~ Surah Maryam 19:51

What is the Difference Between a Rasul and a Nabi ?

Whilst there are differences among the Scholars regarding a Nabi and a Rasul, the majority explain the ffg:

• The word Rasul is literally translated as a ‘Messenger’(one who conveys a message).

• The word Nabi originates from Naba (news) and literally means an ‘Informer’.

• Both a Rasul and a Nabi are referred to as ‘Nabi’s’ … But, a Rasul is Nabi who was given a Risaalat (a Divine Scripture – Quraan, Torath, Zaboor, Injeel) … a Shariah  (religious laws) of his own.

• Therefore, there were certain people Allah chose, who were not just Nabi’s but also Rasul’s.

A Simple Analogy :

We choose and select ‘Prefects’ in a school. Certain pupils are nominated for this title and duty. But then, we have somebody … possibly the ‘Head Prefect’, who has more accolades and added responsibilities. He has more distinguishing characteristics and traits and is a bit more special than the other prefects. 

Similarly,
From the Messengers of Allah there were certain special one’s who had been given an added responsibility by means of a Divine Scripture (a Shariat) …..who became Rasul’s.

Hence, every “Rasul” is a “Nabi,” but not every “Nabi” is a “Rasul” …

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Allah is Watching …

April 20, 2014

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أَلَمْ يَعْلَم بِأَنَّ اللَّهَ يَرَى

Does he not know that Allah sees? ~Surah Al Alaq 96:14

وقال تعالى ‏:

 

أَيَحْسَبُ أَن لَّمْ يَرَهُ أَحَد

Does he think that no one has seen him? ~ Surah Al Balad 90:7

وقال تعالى ‏:‏

 

وَهُوَ مَعَكُمْ أَيْنَ مَا كُنتُمْ ۚ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَصِير

and He is with you wherever you are. And Allah , of what you do, is Seeing ~Surah Al Hadid 57:4

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor ~ 17~04~14

April 18, 2014

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Zikr Majlis ~ Musjid e Noor ~ 17~04~14

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A Life of Ghaflat ~ Heedlessness

April 17, 2014

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A Ghaafil person is one who becomes heedless of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and the opposite of this person is a Zaakir (one who is constantly in the remembrance of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala).

Shukr, we are so fortunate that we are reminded about Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala all the time,  via : Musjids, Madressahs, Tabligh, Tazkiyah, Deeni Programmes, Taalim etc…

Imagine living a life of Ghaflat ?

The lives of people who have become neglectful of the remembrance of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, are filled with futile activities of Dunya (entertainment, leisure, music, restaurants, cinemas, shows, frivolous pursuits). They become unaware of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and rarely take HIS name.

A major cause of becoming heedless of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is our ungratefulness to HIM. We have forgotten who our Creator is and all what He has provided for us.

A heedless person has an entirely different outlook on life, in comparison to someone who is aware of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and His favours and generosity.

An Example of Ghaflat

Someone asked me : “What is meant by Ghaflat?”. So I explained by way of an example,… A person is standing on one specific spot and his cellphone suddenly rings. You will find that shortly after he answers his phone, he will no longer be standing on the same spot now, whilst talking on his cellphone.

Why?  . . .

His mind is totally consumed in that conversation and he becomes oblivious to where he is standing. Especially if it is an important matter. So he is talking to another person, and is deeply engrossed in the conversation, to such an extent that he becomes totally heedless of his surroundings. You will find him pacing up and down. He will never be standing on one spot. Even if he is seated in a chair, he becomes unmindful of his bodily actions and waves his hands about. His mind is somewhere else . . .

Or, when a person happens to be driving his car whilst talking on his mobile phone, he is distracted whilst driving and hence will begin driving slowly, unwittingly, due to his deep concentration in the phone call conversation, and no longer on the road. The driver behind him wonders if he is perhaps lost and looking for some place, but eventually realises that he is busy talking on his phone … The person on the phone has lost all concentration on driving and on  the road in front of him,  and has hence become heedless.

This is Ghaflat! ... When one is heedless about his surroundings and is totally engrossed in something else …

Likewise, a heedless person is distracted by Dunya and forgets the road towards Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala

Another Example of Ghaflat

A person who is playing Chess (a strategy board game which is not permissible according to many Jurists). One of the probable reasons why it is forbidden, is that a person becomes totally consumed on every move that he is going to make. He has to give his undivided attention to the board. If there is a little bit of heedlessness whilst playing and his mind is diverted to something else other than the board, he may lose the game! He won’t know what move to make … 

Imagine a person who has “no Allah” in his life. When his efforts, intelligence, time and wealth are only focussed on the Dunya, and there is no Allah Ta’ala in his life ??

Instead, we need to become Ghaafil (Heedless) of the ‘Pleasures of Dunya’ to become true “Zaakir’s of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala”

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Zikrullah ~ A Cure for the Ailments of our Heart

April 15, 2014

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Allah ‘Consciousness’

The more we make the Zikr of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala the closer we will become to Him. His love will come into our hearts….. We will then become obedient slaves unto Allah. We will want to obey Allah Taala always. We will realise that He is watching every single action of ours.

Our Ibaadat has become a ritual. We are bereft of “Allah consciousness” … May Allah Ta’ala grant us that “consciousness” and the Sifat of Ihsaan (as though we are seeing Allah Ta’ala in our Ibaadat, or at least He is watching us), be it our Salaah, Zikr, Tilaawat, Dua, or our social and monetary dealings, infact in every single action of ours.

 
A Cure for the Ailments of the Heart
 

The words, songs and poetry of the pop singers and musicians of this world, only brings BLEMISH to a Mu’mins heart … But the words of the Aarifeen, the Aashiqeen, who relate to us the words of Allah and Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, don’t BLEMISH the heart … they infact POLISH the heart. They bring NOOR into a persons heart …

They bring us closer to Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala and make us realise that everything is in His control. HE alone deserves all Praise … HE is the Creator … HE is the Nourisher … The sun, the moon, the stars, the trees, the animals, the insects, Jinn, Insaan … everything is in His control. Allah is All-Knowing, Allah is All-Seeing, Allah is All-Hearing …

The name of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala has such sweetness in it, that it is a cure for the illnesses and ailments of our heart. It is a remedy for the maladies of our heart. “Naam Tera Mere Dil Ki Hai Dawa”Oh Allah! Your beautiful name is a medicine (Dawa), a cure for my heart!

May Allah Ta’ala help us to make HIS Zikr correctly and ponder over HIS greatness …

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Malfoozaat of Hazrat Mufti Mehmood Saheb RA

April 14, 2014

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Malfoozaat of Hazrat Mufti Mehmood Saheb RA

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Putting a Smile on Someone’s Face

April 14, 2014

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وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتُ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍۚ 

The believing men and believing women are allies of one another ~ Surah At Taubah 9:71

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The Significance of Jumuah

April 12, 2014

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يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا نُودِيَ لِلصَّلَاةِ مِن يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ فَاسْعَوْا إِلَىٰ ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَذَرُوا الْبَيْعَ ۚ ذَٰلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ

O you who have believed, when [the adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumu’ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew ~ Surah Al Jumu’ah  62:9

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Important aspects discussed on the Sunnah of Jumuah : 

1 – Bathing (Ghusl) (Bukhari, 1951)

2 – To wear nice clothes (Abu Dawood)

3 – Use perfume and use the Miswaak (Ibn Majah)

4 – Going early to Jumu’ah Prayer (Bukhari, 929 & Muslim, 1964)

5 – Walking to masjid for Jumu’ah Prayer (Tirmidhi, 496)

6 – If the saffs (rows) are already filled, one should not jump over the shoulders of the musallies (worshippers) in order to get to the front (Abu Dawood)

7 – Try to sit as close as possible to the imam (ibn Majah, Tirmidhi)

8 – Listen attentively to khutba (sermon) (Bukhari, 934)

9 – Make a lot of du’a (supplication) (Bukhari, 893; Muslim, 852]

10 – Read Surat al-Kahf (before sun sets on Friday) [Saheeh al-Targheeb, 836]

The Light (Noor): “Whoever recites Surat al-Kahf on Friday, light shall shine forth for him between the two Fridays.” (Ibn Hajar, Talkhis al- Habir)

11 – Seek the hour: Rasulallah (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: “There is such an hour on Friday that if any Muslim makes dua (supplication) in it, his dua will definitely be accepted.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

12 – Increase sending Durood upon Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam   (Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah)

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