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Conviction in Allah Ta‘ala

When something is repeated, it settles deep down in our hearts and we become convinced regarding it. We repeatedly speak of the material world and this has settled deep in our hearts. It is time we beautify and fortify our hearts with the conviction in Allah Ta‘ala.

The one who is convinced that Allah Ta‘ala’s treasures are always full will not be worried and concerned as to what he is going to eat tomorrow. We ask for tomorrow’s food today. However Allah Ta‘ala does not ever ask us for tomorrow’s salaah today.

Everything has been created for us and we have been created for the worship of Allah Ta‘ala. This has to be repeated to the point of conviction, or else we will get consumed with the things of the world and end up forgetting Allah Ta‘ala altogether.

If we are convinced that Allah Ta‘ala Alone decides all matters, then we will remain happy with the decree of Allah Ta‘ala and enjoy ease and peace. Otherwise, due to greed, we will restlessly try for something else and in the process disgrace ourselves, yet we will still only get that what we were supposed to get. How much longer will we be angry with Allah Ta‘ala because our nafs (carnal desires) did not get what it wants? When will we get angry at our nafs for not doing what Allah Ta‘ala wants? Inculcating the right conviction is the simple solution, and it comes with repetition.

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The importance of Ikhlaas (Sincerity)

Question

What is the reward of sincerity of intention (ikhlaasun niyyah)?

Answer

1) Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

‘Verily, Allah does not look at your appearance or wealth, but rather He looks at your hearts and actions.’

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith:  2564)

2) Sayyiduna Abu Umamah Al-Bahili (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrated that a man came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and asked:

What is the reward for a person who fought in the path of Allah, seeking reward and fame? Nabi (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “There is no reward for him.” The man repeated the question three times to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied: “There is no reward for him.”, and then said: “Allah Ta’ala accepts those deeds which were performed purely for His Sake and which were meant to seek His Pleasure.

(Sunan Nasai -Al Mujtaba-, Hadith: 3140)

Hafiz ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has graded the hadith as good (jayyid). (Fathul Bari, under Hadith: 2810)

A similar narration has also been recorded in Sunan Abi Dawud, (Hadith: 2516) on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

3) Sayyiduna Abud Darda (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa salam) said:

‘The world and all it contains is cursed, except for those action that are done sincerely for the pleasure of Allah.’

(Tabarani, See Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 222)

‘Hafiz Mundhiri (rahimahullah) states that the above Hadith has been recorded with a sound chain (بأسناد لا بأس به)

(Targhib, vol. 1 pg. 55)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

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Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

The importance of ikhlas (sincerity)

 

١. عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏

“‏ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يَنْظُرُ إِلَى صُوَرِكُمْ وَأَمْوَالِكُمْ وَلَكِنْ يَنْظُرُ إِلَى قُلُوبِكُمْ وَأَعْمَالِكُمْ ‏”‏

رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ
٢. عَنْ أَبِي أُمَامَةَ الْبَاهِلِيِّ، قَالَ جَاءَ رَجُلٌ إِلَى النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالَ أَرَأَيْتَ رَجُلاً غَزَا يَلْتَمِسُ الأَجْرَ وَالذِّكْرَ مَا لَهُ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ لاَ شَىْءَ لَهُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ فَأَعَادَهَا ثَلاَثَ مَرَّاتٍ يَقُولُ لَهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ لاَ شَىْءَ لَهُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ ثُمَّ قَالَ ‏

“‏ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يَقْبَلُ مِنَ الْعَمَلِ إِلاَّ مَا كَانَ لَهُ خَالِصًا وَابْتُغِيَ بِهِ وَجْهُهُ ‏”‏

سنن النسائي
٣. عَنْ أَبِي الدَّرْدَاءِ , قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ :

” الدُّنْيَا مَلْعُونَةٌ ، مَلْعُونٌ مَا فِيهَا إِلا مَا ابْتُغِيَ بِهِ وَجْهُ اللَّهِ “

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The entire creation prays for those who preach good

Question

Tabligh, people talk about a narration where the fishes and birds pray for those who go out and do the work of the Prophets. Kindly quote the source, grading and from which, Muhaddith. Jazak’Allah.

Answer

Perhaps the Hadith in reference is the following:

Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘Indeed Allah Ta’ala, His angels and the entire creation in the heavens and earth, including the ants in their holes and the fishes send salutations/pray for mercy for those who teach good to mankind.’

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2685 )

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has declared this Hadith has soundly authentic. (hasan sahih)

(refer to Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2880 -Risalah edition, Tuhfatul Ashraf, Hadith: 4907 & Sharhul ihya, vol.1 pg.110)

Those who are engaged in the effort of tabligh, are also included in the above.

All they preach, day and night is to follow the commands of Allah, and the sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam).

Can there be a better type of message to preach?

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The entire creation prays for those who preach good


قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم:

 إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلاَئِكَتَهُ وَأَهْلَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ حَتَّى النَّمْلَةَ فِى جُحْرِهَا وَحَتَّى الْحُوتَ لَيُصَلُّونَ عَلَى مُعَلِّمِ النَّاسِ الْخَيْرَ

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​Son’s Career 

Question: 
Assalaamu ‘alaikum

My son will be completing his matric this year insha-Allah. He is very deeni inclined, loves the musjid, listens to deeni talks and Quraanic recitation from his phone and shows no inclination towards succeeding in his secular studies.

We come from a modern background. My husband is adamant in him going to university and getting a degree. I am afraid of my son not living to my husband’s expectations because at this stage, when he is so close to the final exams, he is showing no inclination to take his secular studies seriously.

I find it very difficult to talk to my husband as he feels that I am not supporting him in his efforts for my son to succeed. 

Please advise.

Jazakallah 

Answer: 

Bismihi Ta‘ala

Wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barkaatuh

Respected Sister in Islam

In this time and age, when most young boys are generally inclined to the glitter and glamour of the world and are falling headlong into every vice, one must be extremely grateful to have a son who is deeni inclined and wishes to pursue the path of deen. He should be fully encouraged. Such a child will insha-Allah become a true asset to the parents. He will be a source of peace and assistance in this world and will be a true asset for the parents when they have left this world. Insha-Allah he will become a means of sadaqah jaariyah – and this is what we will need more than anything.

On the other hand, many who went on to university, etc. unfortunately lost their hayaa, their deeni values in general and some even lost their imaan – Allah Ta‘ala forbid.

The father should spend a day at campus and observe what goes on. Many youngsters at university were caught up in the worst haraam – not because they wanted to – but because they were relentlessly pursued by the immoral girls on campus, and they eventually fell into the mess. This is not based on hearsay. Youngsters who have fallen in the mess have confessed to various ‘Ulama and sought advice on their tragic situation.

In any case, we suggest that you appear to support your husband BUT, as advice to him, suggest to him that he consult a senior, experienced ‘Aalim.

May Allah Ta‘ala increase your son in all his good qualities and bless your husband with the correct understanding.

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​Winning the Heart of an Enemy 

One person became extremely jealous against Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). Eventually he began to openly display his enmity for Hazrat Mufti Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) and left no stone in displaying his resentment for the latter. He then even went to the extent of poisoning the minds of some gangster type people by feeding them false information and convinced them to help him assassinate Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). He also announced the night on which this heinous deed will be carried out.

Normally Hazrat’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) door would be closed at night, but on this particular night Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) left it open. An attendant wished to close the door but Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) said, “Tonight is the night to leave it open.” What great tawakkul and reliance he had on Allah Ta‘ala that there was not even a shadow of fear. Some students who were aware of the situation volunteered to stand guard, but Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) did not allow them to do so. The students were furious with the person who had made the threat, but Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) strongly stopped them from taking revenge or saying anything harsh to him. Through Allah Ta‘ala’s grace and help, the person who made the threats did not get the courage to even make his way to Hazrat’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) room to carry out his evil intention.

On another occasion the same person had put up posters in many places with baseless objections and false accusations against Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). Hazrat’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) attendants intended to reply but he stopped them. Despite this, Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would personally go to his home, meet him and enquire about his well-being. He would also include him in mashuras (consultations). Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would take him to the elders of Deoband, Saharanpur and Raipur and pay for his traveling expenses and assisted him in every way he could. When he was in financial difficulty, Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) arranged for him to open a business. To arrange this, Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) bore a great financial burden upon himself. In short, Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) treated him like a close friend. This sublime and beautiful character melted away his enmity and later created in its place such deep love and affection that he would even be ready to sacrifice his life for Hazrat (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). This incident is an example of the countless stories in Hazrat’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) life, wherein he had portrayed such noble attributes. (Hudood-e-Ikhtilaaf, pg. 277) 

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​Sunnats and Aadaab of Sitting in a Deeni Discourse – Part 5

1. If the first row is full then only should one move to the second row. The reason being that, unnecessarily one should not allow the back of another person to face towards him.

2.  Without a valid reason, one should not lean against the wall while the lecture is being delivered. This is not in keeping to respect.

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​Protecting the Tongue

Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaihi) said:

The tongue is a great bounty of Allah Ta‘ala. Many good deeds (tilaawat of the Quraan, zikr, tasbeeh and istighfaar etc.) are performed by the tongue and one should occupy the tongue in these good deeds. Using the tongue for filthy purposes like lies, backbiting, carrying tales, slander and swearing etc. is like placing an impure substance on clean clothing. (Malfoozaat of Faqeehul Ummat, vol. 1, pg. 417)  

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3 GOLDEN ADVICES

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو رضى الله عنه  قَالَ 

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم

*”‏اسْتَقِيمُوا وَلَنْ تُحْصُوا وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ مِنْ أَفْضَلِ أَعْمَالِكُمُ الصَّلاَةَ وَلاَ يُحَافِظُ عَلَى الْوُضُوءِ إِلاَّ مُؤْمِنٌ ‏”‏*

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibnul ‘As said:

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

*“Remain steadfast [on whatever good is possible] for you will be unable to thoroughly carry out every single good deed [or, Remain steadfast for you are unable to count the reward of steadfastness]. Know that among the best of your deeds is Salah and that none maintains his wudu except a believer”*

(Sunan Ibn Majah, Musnad Ahmad)

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​Be Thankful, Not Tearful 

Two people were presented with a 250ml glass containing 125ml of water. When asked to describe the glass, the first person said, “It’s half full.” The second person, on the other hand, described it saying, “It’s half empty.”
While both descriptions may technically be correct, the different descriptions serve to highlight the stark contrast between the mindset of the two people. The first person has a positive mindset, while the second has a negative mindset. A person’s mindset is such an important element that if the correct mindset is created, literally half the battle against depression will be won.

In future, if we are ever beset by negative thoughts, turn our minds and hearts to the infinite favours of Allah Ta‘ala.

Let us not feel depressed if the elaborate outfit we wished to buy was sold to somebody else. Instead, let us think of those people who cannot even afford basic clothing.

If we are not embarking on a fancy, foreign holiday, let us think, for a moment, of our brothers and sisters who cannot afford to take a break from work.

If our meal does not turn out to be as tasty as we had hoped, let us think of those people who live on the streets and eat the scraps they find in bins.

If our vehicle is not the latest model or the exact color that we wanted, let us think of the people who do not even own a vehicle. They often stand in the rain, waiting for public transportation which takes double the time to carry them home.

If we are beset by crime and threatened with violence, think of our brothers and sisters in war-torn countries who go to sleep at night fearing that a bomb may fall upon them.

It is this mindset that creates gratitude and contentment within a person. On the flip side of the coin, without this mindset, a person can be handed the world on a shiny gold platter and he will still remain discontent.

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