​The Blockage of Sins

By Hazrat Maulana Abdul Hamid Is`haq Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum)
Sometimes a car engine does not seem to get enough fuel or any fuel. The problem can be due to different reasons: a blocked fuel line or fuel filter or some fault with the fuel pump or carburettor.

We know that the fuel lines control and regulate the flow of fuel. If it is clogged or blocked, there is difficulty to start the car since fuel does not make its way to the engine. The engine generally does not restart until the blockage is removed. A blocked fuel line also results in smoke since the fuel overflows. If there is some leak and contact with an ignition source, such as the engine, then this results in smoke and can be dangerous, even causing a fire.

In the light of this example, we can draw parallels to the consequences of our indulgence in sins.

Sometimes a sin, for which there was no repentance, creates a blockage at the time of death. Due to commission of sins, persistence in sins, and not making sincere Taubah, the spiritual heart becomes clogged and blocked. This creates great difficulty at the time of death. There is no free flow for the Kalima Tayyibah to be recited and for the soul to leave the body with ease.

Sometimes the blockage of sins become so dangerous for one’s Imaan that it prevents the person from reading the Kalima and this results in having to come into contact with the smoke and fire of Jahannum – in the Qabr and in the Aakhirah. Allah Ta’ala save us all.

It is therefore necessary to engage in Taubah and Istighfaar daily. Through the blessings of Taubah and Istighfaar, these sins which would otherwise create blockages for an easy death, are removed.

Hazrat Maulana Shah Wasiullaah (RA) had said so beautifully in poetry:

‘Is tarah se tai ki manzile, chale, gire, uthe, chale’

“We journeyed to Allah Jalla Jalalaaluhu in this way: We crawled, fell, got up, walked!”

Let us not stay stuck in the filth, dirt and grime of sins. Repair the “car” (heart and soul) with Taubah, and continue on your journey, in piety, to Him.

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​Purdah Conscious

 Saintly Women around Siddeeq [Part 2] – Grandmother of Qari Siddeeq 

The respected grandmother of Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahimahullah) was a woman of extreme virtue and piety. She understood the value of time and hence as soon as she would complete her household duties, she would immediately engage in zikr and ‘ibaadat.

One of the many outstanding qualities that she possessed was her concern for purdah. She was so particular in this regard, that when she would go to visit her sister’s home every week, she would insist on going at night (so that the darkness would aid in concealing her). Furthermore, she would send little boys out to survey the streets. It was only when she would receive their assurance that there were no men on her route that she would don the complete niqaab and swiftly depart for her sister’s home.

A further point which highlights her concern for purdah was that she would repeatedly instruct the washerwomen to ensure that they did not wash her clothing in any place where men would be able to see it. After the clothes would be washed, she would not allow the washerwomen to hang them to dry in public. Rather, she would make them bring her wet clothing back to her home where she would herself hang it to dry, ensuring that it would not be seen by any men.

On one occasion she was due to take possession of a certain property from which she would receive some rental. However, government regulations demanded that she present herself in court in order for the property to be transferred onto her name. When she was informed of this, she refused to go to the court and declared, “Whether I receive the property or not, I am not prepared to go the court before men.” In that era, the officials were considerate and would make special concessions for people of deen and piety. Hence an official from the court who was sent to the family said, “There is no need to appear in the court. All we require is that she gives us her fingerprint on this document.” However, she was not prepared for even this to take place and said, “I do not want to have anything to do with a piece of land that is the cause of strange men looking at my fingerprint.”Eventually, on account of her refusal to sacrifice her standards of purdah, she was unable to receive the land. (Hayaate Siddeeq pg. 74 and Tazkiratus Siddeeq, vol. 1, pg. 136)

Lessons:

1. True purdah and hijaab is where a woman tries to remain concealed from strange men in every regard. She does not suffice on remaining out of sight. Rather, she tries to even remain out of mind. In this regard, she will not speak loudly if there are men in the vicinity who may hear her voice, she will not hang her clothing – especially attractive clothing and undergarments – in a public area and if she is forced to be in public, after dressing in the appropriate, concealing manner, she will try her best to remain inconspicuous and will not draw attention to herself.

2. When a woman has the true spirit of purdah, she will be prepared to pay any price to guard her shame, modesty and chastity, as she will realize that these are her true treasures. 

 (to be continued insha-Allah)

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​When Seeing a Good Dream 

If one experiences a good dream, then he should recite Alhamdulillah. If one wishes, one may relate his dream to someone who he is fond of (someone who is his well-wisher).

عن أبي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه أنه سمع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول إذا رأى أحدكم رؤيا يحبها فإنما هي من الله فليحمد الله عليها وليحدث بها وإذا رأى غير ذلك مما يكره فإنما هي من الشيطان فليستعذ من شرها ولا يذكرها لأحد فإنها لا تضره (بخارى رقم 6985 )
Hadhrat Abu Saeed Khudri (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “If anyone of you sees a good dream that pleases him, then one should regard such a dream to be from the side of Allah Ta’ala, therefore he should praise Allah Ta’ala and he may mention it (to someone who is his well-wisher). However, if he sees a bad dream, then one should regard such a dream to be from the side of Shaytaan, and he should seek the protection of Allah Ta’ala from its evil and he should not mention such a dream to anyone, the evil of such a dream will not cause him any harm.
عن أبي قتادة رضي الله عنه قال سمعت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: الرؤيا الحسنة من الله فإذا رأى أحدكم ما يحب فلا يحدث به إلا من يحب (بخاري رقم 7044)
Hadhrat Abu Qataadah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that he heard Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) say: “Good dreams are from Allah Ta’ala. If anyone of you sees a good dream that pleases him, then he should only mention it to someone who he is fond of.”

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​Overlooking the Shortcomings of the Wife

Hazratjee Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) said

“Most women are very good by nature. But, after all, a woman is a woman. They must say something. On such occasions I forgive her immediately. I do not ever say anything negative to her, even if the food is late or if it is not cooked on time. If she added too much chillies in the food, then too I do not say anything. This is how I look after my wife. I cannot ever remember telling her that she must cook something special for me. If, perchance, she said something incorrect or inappropriate, I do not worry about it in the least. I let her say whatever she wants. These four walls are her territory and she may say whatever she wants here.

What sacrifices she has made. She left the lap of her mother, the shoulders of her father. She left the home in which she grew up and came to live in a strange place. This is indeed a great favour from her as well as her parents. When she left her parent’s home to come to live with you, she cried and left. O Man! Think for a while. Had Allah Ta‘ala made you a woman, then only would you have understood. Why then do you not have mercy on this poor woman? If, in the confines of these four walls, she does not express her rule over you then over who will she express herself? Please, whatever she says to you, listen to her.” (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 210)

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​Keep your children indoors at nightfall

Sayyiduna Jaabir Bin Abdullah Radhiyallahu Anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “When night falls – or it is evening, restrain your children (from going out) as the devils spread out at that time. But when an hour of the night elapses, then you may let them free. 

Close the doors and mention the Name of Allah, for the devil does not open a closed door; and tighten the (mouths of) water skins and mention the name of Allah; and cover your utensils and mention the name of Allah even if you just place something over them; and put off your lights.” (Bukhari)

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​Adopting a Respectful Attitude when Correcting a Senior

Once Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaihi) mentioned:
On one occasion while I was seated in the musjid, it occurred to me that I required some small change. One person had some small change, therefore I handed over the notes to him and in return he gave me the change. Present nearby was one of my students, Moulana Muhammad Rashid Saheb. Witnessing this deal taking place in the musjid, he came up to me and asked me in an utmost respectful manner whether this deal falls under the ambit of a business transaction? At once I realized my mistake and thanked him for bringing it to my attention, and said that I did not realize that this was a business deal in sharee’ah (bay’us sarf) and thus impermissible to be transacted in the masjid. Thereafter I cancelled the deal by returning the small change to that person and took my money back. Subsequently, I asked that person to come out of the masjid and renew the transaction. Nevertheless, we went out of the masjid and I gave him the money while he gave me the change that I required. I was really pleased by the manner in which Moulana Muhammad Rashid Saheb conducted himself. It was necessary for him to inform me that the transaction is impermissible; however he expressed it with utmost respect by asking me whether it fell under the ambit of a sale or not. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 10/ 65) 

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Equally Farz

“We have to give a lot of importance to the all Faraiz of Deen. I know many of you can say that ‘all my life I never even touched one paisa of another person’s money’. Alhamdolillah. 

That’s great. But how many of you can say ‘all my life I never made one glance at another person’s woman’?. 

Because anyone you look at, she’s someone else’s mehram. She’s someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, someone’s wife. You would say that ‘what to talk about taking another person’s money, I’ve never even thought about taking it’. But can you say ‘what to talk of casting a glance at a ghair-mehram, I’ve never even thought of it’. 

As Farz as the first thing is, the second is equally Farz. We have to realize it’s importance. And if we don’t know these things, that what all is Farz, we should learn this immediately. 

We should take some time off work and go to an Aalim and ask him to teach us at least that much that we can do Amal on the Faraiz of Deen.”

• *From a talk by _Shaykh Mufti Kamaluddin Ahmed db_* •

(transcribed and translated later from memory so not his exact words)

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Performing a Good Deed before Sleeping

One should ensure that he performs a good deed before sleeping, so that if death is written for one at that time, one’s last actions will be righteous and pious. One should ensure that he does not carry out any evil deed before sleeping.

عن جابر، رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: إن الرجل إذا أوى إلى فراشه ابتدره ملك وشيطان، فقال الملك: اللهم اختم بخير، وقال الشيطان: اختم بشر، فإن ذكر الله عز وجل ثم نام، بات الملك يكلؤه (الترغيب والترهيب رقم 892)

Hadhrat Jaabir (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “When a person retires to bed, then an angel and a shaytaan both come to him. Then the angel makes dua for him saying: “O Allah, make his end be upon good.” And the shaytaan says: “Make his end be upon evil.” If he remembers Allah Ta’ala and thereafter falls off to sleep, the angel spends the night protecting him and safeguarding him from any type of evil.”

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Disobedience Broadcast

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Imagine if we woke up every morning to find that the sins which we had perpetrated during the night were written all over our front door, advertised for the entire world to witness. Wouldn’t we be horrified? In fact, we would feel so disgraced that we wouldn’t know where to hide our faces! If we reflect over this, we will realize that it is only out of His infinite kindness that Allah Ta‘ala conceals our sins.

Let us next imagine that we go out of our way, sacrificing our wealth, time and energy, to do someone a favour. Instead of expressing appreciation, this person takes the very same favour and throws it back into our face. Will we appreciate this? Never! Furthermore, we will not feel happy to do a favour for this person in the future.

Similarly, Allah Ta‘ala preserves our dignity and conceals our sins from people in this world. However, the ‘appreciation’ we show for this invaluable bounty is that we take photos of our sins and post them online for all to ‘admire’, we video ourselves ‘caught in the act’ and even distribute the evidence of our sins and we use social media to keep all updated on our latest disobedience. This advertising of our sin is actually worse than the initial sin itself!

If we advertise only those sins that suit us, then remember that there are two angels that are perpetually recording all our deeds. Let it not be that Allah Ta‘ala exposes their complete, unedited records of our sins before the entire congregation of humanity on the Day of Qiyaamah, before our loved ones, grandchildren and most importantly – before Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). If we wish Allah Ta‘ala’s forgiveness and favour, in this world and on the Day of Qiyaamah, let us at least express sincere shame and regret over our sins and repent to Him instead of tearing the veil He has placed over our sins.

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Secular Education

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Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Saab Gangohi (Rahimahullah) mentioned –

I was once addressing a group of women at a certain venue. The man of the house approached me and said: “My wife wishes to pose a question to you on condition that I must not be present.” I declared: “You have the option of staying or leaving, but a few other males will remain with me.” He agreed to this request and his wife, speaking from behind a curtain, began her questioning.

She commenced by pointing out that she had forwarded this question to various other ‘Ulama, but received no satisfactory answer. “I believe,” she started, “that whatever is contained in the Quraan is correct, but it is my opinion that it was not directly revealed from Allah Ta‘ala, but compiled by Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and thereafter he, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), declared that it was from Allah Ta‘ala merely to pacify the people.”

Where did this drivel emanate? These types of thoughts and lopsided reasoning are the fruits of English secular education. The teachers in the secular schools are devoid of any understanding of deen and, combined with the secular school curriculum, the child is influenced to reason along these lines that the Quraan is not the divine word of Allah Ta‘ala, etc. Now, what is to be expected of the state of one’s imaan? One of the fundamental beliefs of Islam is to unequivocally believe that the Quraan was revealed by Allah Ta‘ala and is the source of guidance for all.

“Tell me,” I asked. “Have you read the seerat (biography) of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)?” “Yes,” she instinctively replied. “I have read it in Urdu and English.” “Then tell me,” I pointed out. “Did you come across in the seerat that two distinguishing qualities of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) were his honesty and truthfulness?” “Yes,” she admitted. “I have come across this many a times.” “Then your question has been answered!” “How? I do not understand,” she said, puzzled. I then explained: “To claim that something was revealed by Allah Ta‘ala, but in reality was not, is dishonesty and an honest person will not make such a claim. An honest person will never hide that which was revealed to him no matter how beneficial or detrimental it may prove to be to the general people. If an honest son quotes his father, he will not attribute anything to his father that he thinks will benefit the listener without pointing out that he has added this statement from his own side. Similarly, to suggest that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had declared that the Quraan was revealed by Allah Ta‘ala, merely to pacify the people, is ludicrous because such an audacious claim will eventually be exposed. Your reasoning belittles the intellect of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) because it concludes that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not consider the possibility that people will eventually realise that the Quraan was indeed not revealed by Allah Ta‘ala and the years of toiling and striving he had undertaken, to spread the message, will be rendered useless. Na‘oozubillah! Not considering the final outcome of one’s actions depicts one’s level of intelligence, and intelligent people generally think about the end result of their words and actions.” “Now I understand,” she said.

This woman had acquired English secular education! The point that I wish to draw your attention to is that if we are going to dispatch our daughters to secular schools, they will be indoctrinated with negative sentiments and ideologies about Islam. They will deny the revelation of the Quraan, the prophethood of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the existence of the malaa’ikah. They will opine that salaah, sajdah, ruku’ and other ‘ibaadaat are dogmatic actions and they will not observe purdah, but dress immodestly, shamefully exposing their bodies. What will be the outcome of this? Utter ruination in this world and the Hereafter! (Discources of Faqeehul Ummat vol. 2, pg. 190)

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