Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Training Children

Al Salamu 'Alaykum.

Al-Rubay’ bint Mu’awwidh – Allah be pleased with her – said while describing how the Prophet – Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – told them to fast ‘Âshûrâ:
We used to make toys out of dyed wool for the children and keep them with us so if the children asked us for food we would give them the toys to distract them until they completed their fast.
Sahîh Muslim. A similar narration is also in Sahîh Al-Bukhârî.
Al-Nawawî states in his commentary on Sahîh Muslim:
In this narration we are shown that children should be trained to do acts of obedience and made used to doing worship; although they are not legally bound.
Taken from Sayings of the Salaf.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Speak The Truth, O Muslim!

Once during the days of the British occupation of India, a dispute arose between the Hindus and Muslims in Muzaffarnagar District, Kandhla, over a piece of land which both of them claimed as their place of worship. They referred the matter to the English ruler of the district. He heard the case and evidence presented by both parties, but could not reach a verdict. He asked the Hindus, “Is there a Muslim in the area whose word you trust.” The Hindus replied, “Yes, we do,” and they mentioned the name of a Muslim scholar. The ruler, thereupon, summoned the Muslim scholar to his court. The scholar agreed and came to the court. He stood with his back turned towards the ruler and declared, “The Hindus are right. The land in dispute belongs to them.” The ruler decided accordingly. The Muslims lost the case, but truth scored a magnificient victory.
The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) has encouraged speaking the truth no matter how unpalatable it might be to others.


On the authority of Anas, who said: I heard the messenger of Allah say:
Allah the Almighty has said: "O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it."
Sunan Tirmidhi.

Monday, 21 May 2012

O Man!

Al Salamu 'Alaykum.
"Aye Insaan! Tu jitna chahe gunah kar. Agar Allah ta'ala isee zindagi ko jahannum na bana de to dekh lena."
"O Man! Commit as many sins as you wish and then see whether Allah turns this life of yours into a living Hell or not!"
Mufti Muhammad Shafi Sahib (rah) via Bro. Azimuddin.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Inaabat Il-Allah - The Basis Of Deoband.

Al Salamu 'Alaykum.
The basis of Dar al-‘Uloom (Deoband) was Inaabat Il-Allah (turning towards Allah). Mawlana Yasin Sahib said, “We saw that time of the seminary when the highest to the lowest teacher (ustaad) and even the door-keeper and the orderlies were Saahib-e-nisbat and `awliya’. At that time the school was a place of knowledge during the day and a Khanqah at night. During the last portion of the night, the sounds of Qur’anic recitation (tilaawat) and remembrance of Allah (dhikr) could be heard from most rooms. This in reality is the special distinction of Dar al-‘Uloom.”
From ‘Ulama-e-Deoband Kya The?

Friday, 11 May 2012

Submission & Surrender.

Al Salamu 'Alaykum.
A man's Islam is not secure unless it is based on submission and surrender. Anyone who desires to know that which is beyond his capacity to know and whose intellect is not content with surrender, his covetousness will veil him from a pure understanding of Allah's Unity, clear knowledge and correct belief, and he will veer between disbelief and belief, confirmation and denial, acceptance and rejection. He will be subject to whisperings and find himself confused and full of doubt, being neither a firm believer nor a resolute denier.
Al-Aqida al-Tahawiyya.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Gems From Tablighi Elders.

Al Salamu 'Alaykum.
Hadrat Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf Kandhalwi once said:
“In Muslims the custom and shape of deen is present. The aim of this Tableeghi struggle is that the spirit and reality of deen may come in them. Scattered parts of the deen are present in them. Our objective is that complete deen may come in them in its proper form and totality…”
Words and Reflections (Malfuzat Mawlana Muhammad Ilyas) by ‘Allama Muhammad Manzoor Nu’mani, translated into English by Hafiz Safwan Muhammad, Pg 28, footnote 1.
Mawlana Abu’l Kalam Azad (rah) said, “Everyone knows flaring up and bursting (into flames) like a bonfire but burning (incessantly) internally like an oven is something which very few know – and this was the quality of the Prophets (as).
Ibid, pg. 48, footnote 2.
“The veils of light are much thicker than the veils of darkness.”
Ibid, pg. 53. An old saying of the Ahl al-‘Ilm quoted by Hadratji Ilyas.
“Anyone who is bent on disgracing anyone other than himself, Allah wills to disgrace him.”
Hadrat Mawlana Muhammad Ilyas Kandhalwi (rah). Ibid pg. 100.
Once Hadrat (Mawlana Muhammad Ilyas) said, “…..Until your nights are not colored by the color of the nights of the Companions (Sahaba) the efforts you make in the day will not bring forth any color…..”
Ibid pg.118, footnote 1.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Submit to Allah.

"And whose words can be better than his, who calls (people) towards Allah, and performs good deeds, and says 'I am one of those who submit to Allah!'"
Al-Qur'an: Surah Fussilat, verse 33.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Bow Only To Allah.

Bajuz tere dar pe, mujhe naaz hai ke ya Rabb
Mera sar kata hai lekin mera sar jhuka nahin hai.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Go To Fir` awn!

“Go to Pharaoh (Fir’ awn), indeed he has rebelled. But speak to him mildly, that he might be reminded or fear (Allah).” Surah Ta-Ha v.43-44.

It is said that one of the later Caliphs was performing Tawaaf when a scholar reproached him harshly. The Caliph (Khalifa) protested, “Look! Neither am I worse than Fir` awn nor are you better than Musa (as). Allah (the Almighty and Exalted) said, ‘speak to him mildly.’”

Commentary taken from Tafsir Ishraq al-Ma’ani by Sayyid Iqbal Zaheer. Translation taken (with slight alterations) from Khan and Hilali’s Noble Qur’an.