The Seerah & Plagues

In a world where the life of Rasulullah ﷺ is sold cheaply, in an environment where Seerah is the name given to programs but devoid of all realities of the Seerah. Everything against the teachings of Rasulullah ﷺ.

Closure of the holy places where illumination descends in abundance and when it was opened, gaps which Rasulullah ﷺ warned of, was the order of the day. How then can we expect the desired results?

This drops in the heart an important question, how did the Ulama of the past prevent plagues from entering their areas? At this juncture you have to highlight the fact that they put more trust in the Seerah of Rasulullah ﷺ. Inviting Shaytaan was a no area zone and refuge was sought from the bloating nafs to indulge in something that is noble of this sort.

The answer to the question, is given in Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Rahmatullahi Alaihi’s Seerah book, “Nashrut-Teeb”.

“As a matter of fact, from the commencement of this treatise up till now, Rabee’uth Thaani 1329 Hijri, through the Fazl of Allah Ta’ala this town has been protected from every calamity in spite of this treatise being unpublished as yet. Moreover, there was a severe and lengthy outbreak of plague in all cities, towns and villages this year starting in most places after Ramadhaan. Now into its seventh month the pandemic has not yet cleared up, but by the Fazl of Allah Ta’ala here [in Thanabawan, the residence of the compiler Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali, Rahmatullahi alaih] there was no effect whatsoever.

From the onset I was certain that there would be no plague here. Now after observation I disclose that my notion of it (this treatise] having this barkat proved to be correct. I, therefore, trust as well that should this treatise be published then wherever it (i.e. its recitation] becomes a practice in the Sunnat Way, Insha Allah, there complete calm and peace will prevail. More than this it rests upon the individual’s faith. In a Hadeeth-e-Qudsi it is stated:

“I am according to what My bandah thinks of Me.”

This is how they would seek to solve problems!

The Seerah & Plagues


Posted on Tue 20 December 2022

The following anecdote from the Malfoothaat of Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) should serve as an eye-opener and a Naseehat for such husbands who spitefully withhold Talaaq despite the total breakdown of the Marriage precluding the possibility of reconciliation.

Hadhrat Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) said:

Huqooqul Ibaad (the Rights of People) are of utmost importance and gravity. A man came here with the intention of Ta’leem and Talqeen (that is, for self-reformation and spiritual progress). I asked him about the arrangement he has made for his wife during his planned absence. He said that she is presently staying with her parents.

Later it transpired that there was discord between them, hence she left to stay with her parents, and that she is insisting on Talaaq. I then said to this person: “Since she insists on Talaaq, why are you imprisoning her? It is imperative to resolve this issue. If she refuses to live with you, then issue Talaaq (as she insists). Go and issue Talaaq, then come.” He went back home. After resolving the issue by giving her Talaaq which she demanded, he returned. Now he was able to engage himself in the objective (of Tasawwuf) with peace of mind.”

(End of Hadhrat Thanvi’s malfooth)

A similar anecdote pertains to Hadhrat Maulana Ya’qoob (Rahmatullah alayh) who was an Ustaadh of Hadhrat Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh). The wife of one of his mureeds demanded Talaaq. She accused her husband of zulm, etc. When Hadhrat Ya’qoob (Rahmatullah alayh) investigated the matter and had ascertained the correctness of the wife’s demand, he physically beat his mureed who was a well-known Maulana. He compelled his mureed to issue Talaaq. (Note: It may have been another one of our Akaabireen Ulama, not Maulana Ya’qoob. This anecdote was also acquired from the Malfoothaat of Hadhrat Thanvi).

Numerous husbands refuse to issue Talaaq despite the fact of the total collapse and breakdown of the marriage, and even when there is no possibility of reconciling due to the adamancy of the wife in her demand for Talaaq.

Whether she is right or wrong in her demand is another issue. The immediate concern is the fact that the marriage has ended for all practical purposes. She has developed an extreme abhorrence for her husband, and in most cases the husband is responsible for such abhorrence. However, acting like an atheist, completely oblivious of Allah Ta’ala and the Reckoning of the Aakhirat, the husband resolves to acquit himself with venomous spite. He should understand that with his haraam and stupid action he is cutting his nose to spite his face.

Sometimes years wile away in separation, but the man refuses to release the wife from the marriage which has in reality practically terminated long ago. Flogging a dead horse is unintelligent and also sinful. It is incumbent that in such cases of irreconcilability, the man should release the woman honourably with Talaaq.

Furthermore, if she was not guilty of infidelity, then when parting, he should in addition to Talaaq, laud her with gifts to end the sad saga amicably and honourably.

Tablighis too should understand that they are guilty of grave injustice when they go on their four month and one year tablighi stints without making adequate arrangements for the family at home. They will have to answer to Allah Ta’ala for their zulm. Such tabligh which brings about violation of huqooq and zulm is Haraam.

25 Jamaadil Ula 1444 – 20 December 2022

The Importance of Punctuality on Salaah

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following:

When a person is punctual upon performing his five daily salaah, then he acquires a special noor (light) in his heart, and the effect of this noor then becomes visible on his face.On the contrary, when a person neglects performing his five daily salaah, then his heart is filled with darkness, and the effect of this darkness is then visible on his face.In actual fact, when one neglects performing salaah, then it is as if there is a fire that is burning within him. The smoke of this burning fire affects his inner and outer condition (i.e. his heart and face) as it causes darkness to cover both.The result of the heart being blackened is that it no longer is able to perceive any feeling of disgust or detest for sins such as bribery, speaking lies, slandering people, stealing people’s land and property, taking loans and thereafter denying the loan to avoid repayment, casting lustful glances at women and young lads, adopting the culture and ways of the Christians (Jews and other kuffaar) and many other such evils.

(Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 23/121)



I had contemplated to compile a treatise consisting of all new developing trade and commerce scenarios of this era, and their consequential Shar‟i Ahkaam (Rulings), and to name the compilation Hawaadithul Fataawa. I had planned that traders and all those connected to trade and commerce should explain their respective dealings, contracts and concepts pertaining to trade and commerce. I did publicize this intention, however, no one had co-operated. Nevertheless, I did of my own accord, prepare a concise treatise on this subject. But due to its conciseness, it is inadequate. Despite this, at least it will become known from a perusal of this concise treatise that for all new developments, expediencies and contingencies the Shar‟i rulings are all to be found in the expositions of the Fuqaha. They had formulated such principles which embrace all new developments.
This was the wonderful karaamat (miracle) of those illustrious Souls.
Our Comment
In the final analysis, the Decree of Allah Ta‘ala prevails. Since Allah Ta‘ala did not will the contemplated Treatise of Hadhrat to become a reality, it did not materialize. The decrees of Allah Ta‘ala are saturated with wisdom. If Hadhrat Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) had succeeded in his wish to compile what he had contemplated, it would have become problematic for the Ulama-eHaqq of our current era. This is so, because Hadhrat Thanvi‘s formulation of the Ahkaam would have been based on either grossly insufficient information or gross misinformation. The traders would have presented their personal understanding of trade dealings and contracts, and Hadhrat Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) would have issued his Fataawa on such shaky basis dangling on the precipice of butlaan. A typical example is Hadhrat Thanvi‘s fatwa of permissibility of dealing in ‗shares .When the question of shares was posed to Hadhrat, he called a trader from Saharanpur to explain to him what exactly are ‗shares‘. The poor trader who was ignorant in this field proffered an explanation on the basis of which Hadrat Thanvi concluded that it was a valid Shirkat (Partnership). What we are mentioning is not our mere understanding, but was confirmed by Hadhrat Maulana Masihullah (Rahmatullah alayh) who had very carefully perused and studied our Fatwa on the impermissibility of shares after the Ulama of Mia‘s Farm had complained to him regarding our stance of impermissibility. Hadhrat Masihullah (Rahmatullah alayh) said to this writer: ―In fact, Hadhrat Thanvi had also purchased some shares. But this is an issue which depends on constantly surfacing facts.‖ At this juncture of the conversation, Hadhrat Masihullah (Rahmatullah alayh) concurred with the correctness of our Fatwa. Furthermore, Hadhrat Mufti Mahmoodul Hasan Gangohi (Rahmatullah alayh) had also concurred with our Fatwa. But the compilers of his Fataawa Mahmoodiyyah deemed it brilliant to exclude this particular Fatwa from the collection of his Fataawa. When true fear for Allah Ta‘ala is lacking, then the nafs advises suppression of the Haqq, but the Haqq will not remain long suppressed. It must necessarily surface and in the words of the Qur‘aan: ―Smash out the brains of baatil.‖
Thus, it was a Bounty of Allah Ta‘ala for us of this era that Hadhrat Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) was not permitted by Divne Decree to give practical effect to his contemplation. If he had succeeded, then today all these molvis of soo‘ and baatil preponderating the globe would have quoted him as the final authority just as they are today citing the glaring errors of Mufti Taqi Sahib as daleel for the ‗permissibility‘ of haraam pictography, haraam riba, etc.
Our Akaabir Ulama of decades ago were disadvantaged by the fact that for any new development of the West they were generally reliant on Zindeeqs professing to be Muslims, for information and explanation. These university products with their donkey qualifications, either intentionally or due to their own ignorance, would misinform the Akaabir Ulama. Since our Senior Ulama were not versant in English, they were constrained to rely on the warped conceptions and misinformation fed to them by modernist Muslim doctors, professors, traders and the like.
Alhamdulillah! Thumma Alhamdulillah! We are not languishing in the same kind of disadvantage of our Akaabir Ulama. Allah Ta‘ala has adequately equipped us to understand and nullify the avalanche of baatil which the modernist zanaadaqah are peddling. Today their baatil is supported by even molvis and sheikhs who have betrayed Allah Ta‘ala and His Rasool, and the Ummah for the sake of the miserable dollars they earn for churning out fatwas of jawaaz (permissibility) for haraam products.
Allah Ta‘ala has therefore made us independent of all these modernist morons who can no longer get away with the bamboozling shenanigans with which they used to trick and deceive the Akaabir Ulama of decades ago. Doctors, lawyers, scientists and experts
in all spheres of mundane life can no longer bamboozle the Ulama-e-Haq whom Allah Ta‘ala has made independent by granting them the requisite intellectual foundation to administer the Haq and to degrade the modernist zanaadaqah from their heights of hubris. This Haq will be perpetuated until the Day of Qiyaamah. Its Call will always remain loud, clear and it will overwhelm the combined forces of all the Agents of Dajjaal and Iblees. Giving us this assurance,

Allah Ta‘ala states in the Qur‘aan Majeed:
“The Haq has arrived and baatil has vanished, for verily, baatil (by its very nature) must vanish.”
(Mujlisul Ulama)


Shaykh (Maulana) Ashraf Ali Thanwi (RA) on Democracy & Elections

Shaykh (RA) has extensively refuted Democracy in many of his writings. Shaykh (Mufti) Rasheed Ahmed Ludhyanwi (RA) has written a 64 page booklet entitled “Hakeemul-Ummat Kay Siyasi Afkaar (political thoughts of Hakeemul-Ummah)” which can be read in Volume 6 of Ahsanul-Fatawa under Kitaabul-Jihad (Book of Jihad).

I will only translate the funny quotes.

“…People have invented a new criterion for the truth; they believe that majority is always right. Brothers! This may be true in some cases but you have to check and see whose opinion is majority! Ignorant laymen? If that’s the case then how come Sayyidina Huda (AS) discarded the opinion of his entire nation and continued steadfastly on Tawheed? Why did he risk the enmity of the entire nation? That’s because the opinion of the entire nation was based on total ignorance…”

Source: Fadhail-e-Ilm wal-Khashiyya

“…Maulana Mohammad Hussain Ilahbadi (RA) had told Sir Syed Ahmed Khan that these decision which you make based on majority are indeed decisions of foolishness because it is naturally accepted that there are more fools in this world then people of intellect. Therefore, majority verdicts are based on sheer stupidity…”

Source: Taqleel Al-Ikhilaat Maa’al-Anaam

…”First of all majority is a collection of fools so their congregation is in itself a gathering of fools and then the foolishness is compounded by making them accept an opinion i.e. they are taught that we will ask this and you should reply in this way, just like an attorney teaches and makes the witnesses practise (parrot fashion)…”

Source: Taqleel Al-Ikhilaat Maa’al-Anaam

…Thus Islam has no place for Democratic government instead Islam has rule by an individual (Khilafah)…

Source: Ahsanul-Fatawa



Issuing a Fatwa o­n the question of participation in functions of the nature of the bicentennial celebrations, Hakimul Ummat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thaanvi (rahmatullah alayh) said:

“The Religion of Islam does not give this permission (i.e. permission to participate). Un-Islamic shi-aar (salient acts) whether by word or deed, are major sins tantamount to (acts) in opposition to Islam. In brief, it is neither permissible to participate in such gatherings nor to honour this flag (of the country in this manner) nor to sing the national anthem, because Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: ‘Whoever, enhances the gathering of a people, becomes of them.”

It is therefore Waajib for the People of Islam to remain aloof (of such functions). It is also improper for members of other religions to make such demands o­n Muslims. It is imperative for them to exempt Muslims.”

(Imdaadul Fataawa, Page 647, Vol.4)

At the end of his Fatwa, Hakimul Ummat (rahmatullah alayh), commented: “In this reply (i.e. in the Fatwa) I have kept in view the aayat: ‘Do not insult the deities of those who call (worship) deities other than Allah….’ In fact, this issue (of the flag and the anthem) deserves a harsh response.”

In this comment Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (rahmatullah alayh) says that Islam views this sin of shirk, i.e. the acts of honouring/worshipping the flag and singing the anthem, in such a grave light that the need is for a stern and harsh rebuttal. However, since the Qur’aan forbids insulting the deities of others, he has refrained from employing harsh terms to decry these practices.

We hope that sincere Muslims who were misled by members of the ‘ulama-e-soo’ and other shayaateen in the community, have realized their folly and the gravity of their crime of participation. They should repent and make the necessary amends to restore their bond with Allah Ta’ala.

The flags and anthems of countries, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, come within the scope of the prohibition of worshipping idols described as alansaab in the Qur’aan Majeed. Hakimul Ummat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (rahmatullah alayh), stated that the prohibition to stand for a flag and sing the anthem is within the ambit of the Umoom (Generality) of the aayat:

“O People of Imaan! Verily, liquor, gambling, idols (alansaab) and arrows (of superstition are filth of the act of shaitaan, therefore abstain from it.”

In terms of the country’s constitution which enshrines the principle of religious freedom, Muslims should be exempted from this type of worship which is tantamount to shirk in Islam.

the majlis volume 16 number 02

Question: At Muslim schools or Madrasahs teachers ,are required by the managements to teach Muslim children to sing the anthem. They have to be trained to observe all etiquettes attendant to the anthem. What does the Shariah of Islam rule in this matter?

The anthem of any cOUilt:ry, be it a Muslim country, is among the shi-aar of non-Muslims. (Shi-aar refer to the outstanding public practices which advertise a culture, cult

or way of a community or nation). Adopting the shi-aar of non-Muslims is among the Kahaa-ir (major sins), and in some cases shirk, e.g. standing in honour of a flag or when singing the anthem.

For these reasons it is not permissible to teach the anthem to Muslim children nor to sing it nor to stand in honour when it is sung. Since these acts are in conflict with Islam, it is incumbent to abstain. It is not permissible for teachers to obey such instructions of the school managements nor is it permissible for
and Muslim pupils to obey their teachers who instruct them in these hamam practices. It is infinitely better for the concerned Muslim teacher to opt for resignation or dismissal

rather than teaching Muslim children to commit acts which are in flagrant violation of the Deen. And, likewise it is infinitely better for Muslim pupils to opt for expulsion rather than to prostrate in obedience to commands of kufr and haraam issued by miscreant teachers who do not believe in the Razzoaqtyat (Providence) of Allah Ta’ala.

. If a teacher believes that Allah Ta’ala is the Sole Raaziq (Provider) ‘then he/she, will resign without .hesitation. It is not possible for a Muslim with a healthy Iman to submit to the haraam dictates of a fussaaq management.

the majlis volume 16 number 2


Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) said:
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had prohibited bowing when making Salaam. I desire that the Deen returns to its original state (i.e. free of all bid’ah acts). But, what can be achieved by only my desire? Even to those of our Jamaat (i.e. Deobandis) who are supposed to be followers of the Sunnah, there are only a couple of issues which they regard as bid’ah, e.g. qiyaam in moulood, third and seventh day khatam customs, etc. Besides these customary acts of bid’at, they do not regard other bid’ah practices to be bid’ah even if such acts are worse bid’ah than the customary acts.
For example, bay’t. The belief of compulsion underlying bay’t is a total bid’at. Nowadays people believe that it is compulsory. This belief is bid’ah. It is indeed lamentable that when this fact is pointed out, then people of our own Jamaat oppose it (i.e. they refuse to accept the reality of these acts being bid’ah).
Another grave error is that Thikr is considered to be adequate for Islaah (self-reformation). I had debated two hours with a Buzrug of our own Jamaat who maintained that Thikr suffices for Islaah. It is obvious and clear that reformation cannot be achieved merely by means of Thikr. In fact the nafs of some will become more corrupt with only Thikr. He will begin to believe that he is a buzrug, then he will not be concerned with his Islaah (pride and vanity will ruin him).
Islaah of the Nafs is something else. Reformation is achieved by opposing the dictates of the nafs.

from the majlis volume 26 number 6


Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh)

If you seek an interpretation for your dream, do not ask an ignoramus. Refer to an intelligent person who will present an intelligent meaning. In most cases, a dream materializes according to the  first interpretation given.

       A man saw in a dream that his one leg was in the west and the other in the east. He asked the interpretation from some moron who said that his legs will be amputated. Shocked and fearful, the man went to an expert muabbir (dream-interpreter) for an interpretation. The muabbir enquired if he had already  asked anyone for an interpretation. When the man  explained  what  had been said about his dream, the muabbir said: ‘Alas! What he has said will happen. If you had come to me first, I would have presented a good interpretation.’

Dreams are extremely weak forms of information and are reliant on interpretation. The Akaabir Auliya have clarified that even kashf, ilhaam (spiritual inspirations) and karaamat (miracles) are not phenomena of great importance. In fact, regarding karaamaat (miracles) which are generally considered to be of great importance and viewed with awe, some Auliya have said: “Karaamaat are the haidh (menses) of Men (i.e. of Auliya).”  In other words, just as females feel embarrassed and endeavour to conceal their menses, similarly do the Auliya endeavour to conceal their karaamaat. They become embarrassed when their miracles are exposed.

Many among the Ahlullaah (Auliya) had wished that they should not have the ability to demonstrate miracles. The reason for this attitude is a reduction in status in the Aakhirat which they perceive upon demonstrating a miracle. In the Aakhirat those pious and obedient Muslims who were not among the Auliya will be accorded status of Karaamat (honour) while those who had displayed karaamat here on earth will be deprived of that special  status of Karaamat. This is the secret underlying the disdain of the Auliya for  demonstrating miracles.

However, such Auliya who are Ma’thoon are  excluded from the deprivation explained above. (Ma’thoon Auliya are those who display karaamat by the permission  and  command of Allah Ta’ala. Others, due to their lofty ranks of Wilaayat, have been bestowed  the ability to display miracles which they sometimes demonstrate at will. The Auliya of this latter category will be somewhat deprived of Karaamat in the Aakhirat, – Mujlisul Ulama).

Now when this is the condition of even kashf, ilhaam and karaamat, one can understand the insignificance of dreams. But nowadays, dreams are given great importance.

If someone sees himself in a dream wallowing in an evil condition, but  on waking up if he takes wudhu and performs two raka’ts Namaaz, then  the dream regardless of how evil and fearful it may be, will not harm him in any way whatsoever. On the contrary if someone sees himself in a dream in a good state (e.g. he is by the Ka’bah or in Jannat), but when awake he indulges in evil and misdeeds and his beliefs  are buffeted by doubts, then  his good dream will be  of no benefit  for  him.

Thus, the state of  awakefulness is of importance. One has volition to act while awake whereas  dreams are phenomena beyond one’s volitional control. (A person should be  concerned with what he does whilst awake and not brood over what he sees in dreams). But today, some people elevate dreams to the level of Wahi. In fact, even  higher than Wahi. (Hence, they will override even the Shariah on the basis of dreams of pious people. Bid’atis and Tablighis suffer from this disease. – Mujlisul Ulama)

Then there are those who progress further than dreams. They experience kaifiyaat (spiritual states of elevation). For them  these kaifiyaat are the be all and the final word of Deen. They become oblivious of the actual  objective which is Amal in compliance with the Shariah for which Wahi was sent and for which the Ambiya (Alayhimus salaam) were dispatched. The importance  of this (the Shariah) is lost to  such persons.

By this exposition, I am not negating the reality of dreams, kashf, ilhaam, karaamat and kaifiyaat. While these conditions are existential realities in the Tareeq (Tasawwuf), they have to be maintained within their own category and not elevated above the Shariah. But people  have gone to extremes in these issues.

We therefore find that in some quarters the practice of initiating mureeds (Peeri-Mureedi) has become a mission in conflict with the Shariah. On the other hand, there are those who, due to being spiritually barren, negate Tasawwuf in entirety. Jahl (ignorance) is the common factor for both groups of extremists.

In this matter, the Bid’atis (such as the grave-worshippers) suffer greater ignorance than the Wahhaabis (Salafis). Remember that the criterion is always the Shariah, not dreams and miracles.

taken from the majlis volume 26 number 06