Aspiring to be a Stranger

  1. Ibn ‘Umar reported that,‘The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) took hold of me and said, “Ibn ‘Umar: be in this world like a stranger or somebody passing on his way; and count yourself amongst the inhabitants of the grave.’”
    Ibn ‘Umar said, ‘So when you awake do not expect to be alive by nightfall. When you go to sleep do not expect to be alive by morning. Take benefit of your health before your frailness and from your life before your death. Servant of Allah, what will your name be tomorrow?’5
  2. Ibn ‘Umar reported that, ‘The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) grabbed me by my shin or took hold of me and said, ‘“Abdullah: be in this world like a stranger and count yourself amongst the inhabitants of the grave.’”
    Mujahid said, “Abdullah said to me, “When you awake do not expect to be alive by nightfall. When you go to sleep do not expect to be alive by morning.Take from this world that which would aid your Hereafter.’”
    5 Bukhari #6416. The meaning is not that his name will change, but will he be called by the title ‘Miserable’ or ‘Happy.’ Cf. Ibn Hajr, Fath, vol. 11, p. 235.
  3. Ibn TJmar reported that, ‘The Messenger of Allah|(ﷺ) took hold of me and said, “Worship Allah as if you see Him and be in this world like someone passing on his way.”’
    Abu Bakr (Abdullah ibn Humayd quoted me the following lines of poetry,
    O heedless one sitting in the shade of joy and pleasure!
    Travel through this world as a stranger!
    Ever count your soul amongst those already deceased.
    Shun this world and cling not to this Abode of Deceit.
    If someone were to ask what the meaning of his|(ﷺ) saying, “Be in this world like a stranger or somebody passing on his way” was, we would say in reply, and Allah knows best:
    This is a reference to someone who is resident, someone whom Allah, Mighty and Magnificent, has blessed with wealth and children that greatly please him. He has a beautiful wife, a large house, nice clothes and good food to eat. While in this state, it so happens that he must undertake a journey and he does so, this journey stretches on and on and he loses all that he previously used to take delight in and ends up a stranger in a strange land. He feels the bite of loneliness and desolation in this land and is subjugated to humiliation and weakness. He ardently desires to return to his city and so renews his journey with the single goal of completing it; the food he takes is the minimum that would sustain him and the clothes he takes are such as would suffice to cover him properly. Therefore the most he takes with him is his bag of provisions and water bottle such as would allow him to endure the hardship of the journey; all the while his heart is longing for the joy that lies in store for him when he finally returns. He bears any harm he faces and meets hardship and tribulation with patience. By night he sleeps in valleys and by day he takes his siesta in any mountain crevice or under a tree, on the bare earth. Whenever he sees something he desires, he does not allow himself to be allured by it, instead exhorting his soul to patience and reminding it that all the delight it desires lies waiting at his destination. When the journey becomes straitened he cries in anxiety and lets out deep apprehensive sighs only to swallow them when taking lesson from his state. He does not behave coarsely to one who is coarse to him, he does not take retribution against those who harm him, he does not pay attention to those who behave ignorandy with him, all the affairs of this world have become insignificant to him, his only care being to reach his destination. It is said to the intelligent Muslim who desires the Hereafter and detests this world: be in this world like this stranger who only looks to this world for that which will suffice him and leaves plenitude and luxury. When you do this, truly will you be a stranger, someone who is but passing on his way, someone who desires the Hereafter and looks down on this world. If you do this, you will see the praiseworthy outcome of your bearing with patience all the hardship and adversity of your journey. Allah knows best. Whoever wishes to attain the levels of the strangers, let him bear with patience the harm he will meet from his parents, his wife, his brothers and relatives. If one were to ask, ‘How can they harm me seeing as I am beloved to them and they to me?’ It is said in reply:
    You have opposed them in their love of this world and their great desire for it. They, in order to attain this world, do not care what they lose of their religion; if you follow them in this, they will love you; if you oppose them and instead traverse the path to the Hereafter by following the truth, they will behave coarsely towards you. Your parents will be pained and angry at your actions, your wife will vexed at you and seek separation, and your brothers and relatives will rarely meet you. You will be, amongst them, saddened and disturbed, and it is then that you will look at yourself with the eye of a stranger and you will understand the circumstances of all strangers like yourself, you will feel isolated from your brothers and relatives, and you will find yourself alone traversing the path to Allah, the Noble. Be patient for just a few days, bear the ignominy of this world for a few minutes, partake scarcely of this lowly life, you will find that this leads you to the Abode of well-being, its land is pure, its gardens resplendent, its fruits bountiful and its rivers sweet; therein will you have all the soul desires and all the eye takes delight in, therein will you abide for eternity.

يُسْقَوْنَ مِنْ رَحِيقٍ مَخْتُومٍ

خِتَامُهُ مِسْكٌ ۚ وَفِي ذَٰلِكَ فَلْيَتَنَافَسِ الْمُتَنَافِسُونَ

وَمِزَاجُهُ مِنْ تَسْنِيمٍ

عَيْنًا يَشْرَبُ بِهَا الْمُقَرَّبُونَ

  • “They are given the choicest sealed wine to drink, whose seal is musk – let people with aspiration aspire to that! – mixed with tasnim: a fountain at which those brought near will drink.”5
    5 al-Mutaffifin (83): 25-28

  • Goblets filled with a drink from an overflowing spring will be circulated amongst them,
    “…it does not give them any headache nor does it leave them stupefied. And any fruit they specify and any bird-meat they desire; and dark-eyed maidens like hidden pearls – as recompense for what they did.”6
    Muhammad ibn Mu(awiyah al-Sufi reports that a man from amongst the inhabitants of Khurasan told him that,‘Allah, Mighty
    and Magnificent, revealed to one of the Prophets, “If you wish to meet Me in the Holy Realm, bein this world despondent and alone, like a lone bird flying in bleak regions of the earth, eating off trees and sleeping in its nest.”’
    6 al-Wdqi’ah (56): 19-24
  • taken from:

being a translation of his Kashfu’l-Kurbah fi Wasfi Halt Ahli’l-Ghurbah


Islahul Khiyal


Islahul Khiyal (Correction of Thoughts) has been compiled by Hakimul Ummat Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh). This short compilation consisting of some correspondence between two relatives and a letter of a Shaikh to some of his Mureedeen who were adversely influenced by westernism, answers many baseless doubts created by westernism in the minds of Muslims who pursue western education. May Allah Ta’ala accept this humble effort and make it a means for eliminating the doubts of kufr which befuddle the minds of many Muslims nowadays.


Someone wrote to his relative a letter counselling (giving naseehat – Deeni advice) him with regard to obedience to the Shariah in matters of a’mal (righteous deeds) and the adoption of an Islamic appearance. Being strongly influenced by modern western concepts, the relative entertained some doubts and uncertainties in regard to the naseehat offered. This person wrote a reply in an endeavour to dispel his relative’s doubts and misgivings.

Since many people, under the impact of western modernity, are confronted with similar doubts, it has been felt that publication of these letters will be in the Deeni interests of the general Muslim public. Thus, the doubts and their answers are presented here in book-form which is named ISLAHUL KHIYAL (Correction of Thoughts).

In addition a Shaikh-e-Kamil  once wrote to some friends influenced by modern ideas, a letter of profound naseehat (Islamic Advice). However, the opportunity for despatching the letter did not arise. Some persons had copies of this letter. Since the subject matter of this letter pertains to our discussion, it is appropriate to include it at the end of this compilation.

Muhammad Ashraf Ali


The conception of Islam which the Ulama of Hindustan entertain of the Shariat and their peculiar way of following it are, in my opinion, not of the making of Islam. By changing circumstances of time and by the Will of Allah, the British acquired domination over the land of Hindustan.

A glance at the history of the time when Muslim rule was first established in Hindustan will reveal that the general condition of other nations was worse than that of the Muslims.

For example, in England, the test of boiling water was used to establish the guilt or innocence of a suspected criminal. It was believed that the hand of an innocent person will not be scalded in this test. People were burnt alive at the stake. Comparatively speaking, the Arab nation (i.e. the pre-Islam Arabs) of that age was not lagging behind others. It was a nation on equal footing with other nations of the time. Islam came and reformed the Arabs during an epoch when other nations too were equal in degradation.

Islam imparted to them the lesson of Tauheed. Within a short while a new nation arose. With sword in hand, nation after nation was conquered by Muslims in the wake of Islam’s onward advance. Asia and a large section of Europe came under Arab domination.

Divine Aid and victory are confirmed by the Qur’an and Hadith. There can, therefore, be no denial of the fact that Divine Aid is available for a nation which has imbued in it the ability to follow the Laws of Allah. This fact is evidenced by the grand empire established by the Muslims. Its example cannot be found in history.

After the age of the Khulafa-e-Rashideen, mutual conflict developed among Muslims. The shameful episode of Karbala was enacted by the hands of Muslims. Until Qiyamah, Muslims will regret this event. The signs of the decline of the Muslim empire were thus initiated. However, since there existed no dominant civilized nation at the time, Muslims enjoyed peace in the lands they conquered. Later, conquest of lands had come to a halt and the empire was consolidated. In spite of this, the signs of Muslim decline were on the increase by the day. While living in peace and prosperity, Muslims failed to secure themselves against future attacks by other nations.

Islahul Khiyal




Q. Is it permissible for a wife to take a job outside the home? Can the husband prevent her?
A. It is not permissible for the wife to take a job outside the home even with the permission
of the husband. It is not permissible for her to do any work even from home without the
permission of her husband. The maintenance is the responsibility of the husband. If he provides the maintenance, and he refuses permission for his wife to work and earn even from home, then it will not be permissible for her to undertake any job even from within the precincts of the home. The husband is under Shar’i obligation to prohibit and prevent his wife from leaving the house to work or to participate in any kind of function.

Q. My husband works in an office among females who are immodestly dressed. He says that he keeps his eyes cast down. He also says that Muslim doctors and even Ulama work with women. What is the Shariah’s law in this regard?
A. The doctors and even Ulama who do not observe proper Hijaab and who work with women are not the Shariah. Their activities and their mingling with women in their professions and occupations may not be presented as a valid basis. The only basis is the Shariah, not the practices of people even if they are great Ulama. If their practices are in conflict with the Shariah, it will remain haraam and not become halaal because they happen to be ‘great’ Ulama. It is not proper and not permissible for a Muslim male doctor to attend to female patients. He should divert them to female doctors. Only if there is a valid reason upheld by the Shariah may a male doctor attend to a female and vice versa. There are numerous non-Muslim female
doctors who can handle Muslim female patients. A Muslim doctor is not supposed to work in a hospital where he has to incumbently interact with females. Thus, their actions are not Islamic proofs for permissibility.
Your husband should himself make a sincere attempt to work elsewhere where he will not be in the company of women. He is bound to fall into the pit of zina. Shaitaan and the Nafs are deceiving him.

Q. Is it permissible to donate human milk?
A. Human breast milk is haraam. Breast milk is only halaal for under two year old infants. Donating or selling human milk or any part of the human body is haraam.

Q. Will a woman be a faasiq if she does not wear niqaab?
A. A woman who does not wear Niqaab in public is worse than a faasiqah. She is a faajirah (immoral).

Q. Will the wife be disobedient if she refuses to submit to her husband’s demand for oral sex?
A. The one who makes such a filthy satanic demand is worse than a pig. Oral or shaitaan sex is haraam. The wife should not submit to the swine-filth of the husband. She will not be disobedient. She is under Shar’i obligation to refuse the haraam instructions and haraam lusts of her husband. How can a human being who is termed Ashraful Makhluqaat (The Noblest of Creation) descend into such depths of swine-inequity?

Q. Is marriage to a Salafi girl valid?
A. Marriage with a Salafi girl is valid just as marriage with a Muslim prostitute is valid. However, such a marriage will be full of misery, hence inadvisable. There will be no compatibility and the marriage is likely
to break down and end in divorce. The Deeni differences and conflicts between Salafis and the Muqallideen of the Math-habs constitute an unbridgeable chasm.

Q. Does the period of breastfeeding differ for boys and girls?
A. The period of breastfeeding is two years for both boys and girls.

Q. My mother is extremely sick and complains a lot. What advice can I give her?
A. Be of service to her to the best of your ability. Tell her that it comes in the Hadith that sickness is a purifier. It cleanses us from all our sins provided that we do not complain. Complaining will not cure the sickness. On the contrary the sickness will become worse. Sickness is also a ni’mat (favour) of Allah Ta’ala. He purifies us here on earth with sicknesses and other difficulties so that we can enter Jannat fully purified. Advise your mother to keep her tongue constantly engaged in Thikrullaah. Maut can come at any moment. Therefore, the tongue should always be engaged in some Thikr to ensure departure from this dunya with
the Kalimah on the tongue.

Q. Is imitation jewellery permissible?
A. Imitation jewellery is permissible for women except rings. Rings must be of either gold or silver.

Q. Is it proper for a man to marry a second wife only for the sake of his lust?
A. Allah Ta’ala permits a man to marry four women. As far as ‘lust’ is concerned, everyone marries to satisfy his/her lust. The primary motive for marrying even one wife is to gratify lust. Initially people marry only to satisfy lust even if only one wife is taken. Allah Ta’ala has created lust in people, hence He is aware that men require more than one wife to satisfy their lust lawfully. Never voice yourself against any Law of Allah Ta’ala. Recite Istighfaar and make Taubah.

Q. Why is it not permissible for women to attend walimahs. During the time of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), they would go to walimahs.
A. Just as it is not permissible for women to attend the Musjid even if there are separate entrances, so too is it forbidden for women to attend ‘walimahs’ nowadays. Furthermore, the ‘walimahs’ nowadays are farcical and bid’ah. In fact, it is not permissible for even men to attend the reception organized by the girl’s parents on the day of the Nikah. Such a reception is not the walimah. Women used to attend the Musjid for Salaat during the age of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). However, this was unanimously banned later by the Sahaabah.
The same applies to walimahs and to all other merrymaking functions.

Q. How many holes may a lady pierce in her ears?
A. A lady may pierce her ears only with one hole in each ear. More than one is the style of the kuffaar.

Q. My husband has cheated on me. He has struck up adulterous relationships. My heart is broken. I don’t know what to do. My health is suffering. I want to run away. Please give me some advice.
A. Countless women are undergoing the same heart-breaking problems. When men lack Taqwa, they conduct themselves like atheists. They really do not believe that Allah Ta’ala is seeing them and that the Recording
Angels are writing their misdeeds. However, do understand well that your broken heart is a wonderful treasure by Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala, in His Own Words, said to Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam):
“I am with every broken heart.” Your grief will not be in vain. You will receive immense rewards for patiently bearing the grief. Focus more on Allah Ta’ala. Do not ruin your health on account of the shenanigans of your husband. Maintain your health and use it to gain nearness to Allah Ta’ala. Increase ibaadat. Life on earth is short. It is full of trials. May Allah Ta’ala grant you strength and steadfastness on the Deen. May Allah Ta’ala guide your husband and protect you.

Q. A man has two wives. The one wife lives with him while the other wife lives in her own house about 100 kilometres away. This wife demands equal nights. What is the Shariah’s rule?
A. In the scenario mentioned by you, if the wife who lives 100 kilometres away desires equal nights, then she has to reside in a house procured for her by her husband in the town where he lives. She cannot demand equal nights living in her own house 100 km from her husband.

Q. I do not allow my children to visit their grandparents – my parents and my wife’s parents.
They have televisions, and in general they do not observe the rules of the Shariah such as purdah, mushtabah / haraam food, etc. They are accusing me of breaking family ties. Am I breaking family ties?
A. In fact, it is not permissible to send your children to relatives who are not strict on the Deen. Refraining from sending the children does not mean that you are severing family ties. It is the Waajib obligation of parents to ensure that the Akhlaaq of their children are not compromised by relatives. Nowadays, the safest is to stay at home, and not to visit even relatives. We are trapped in an era of fitnah and fasaad. A home where the Deen is observed is a holy sanctuary visited by the Malaaikah of Rahmat. On the other hand, houses such as the homes of your parents are haunts for the shayaateen. These people lack the haziest idea of the meaning of family ties and what constitutes disruption of breaking of family ties. Furthermore, it is haraam to uphold
‘family ties’ when in conflict with the Shariah.

Q. Is there a special thikr or amal for anxiety and depression? When my evil past comes to mind, I develop anxiety and go into depression.
A. When anxiety develops, do not brood on the past. Do not entertain the thought which is the cause for the anxiety. Instead, lapse into Thikrullah. Perform two raka’ts Nafl and engage in Thikrullah. Shaitaan tries to derail a person by causing anxiety in this manner. A Mu’min equipped with the weapon of Thikr does not suffer depression. Anxiety is an assault of shaitaan, and its antidote is Thikrullah. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Shaitaan sits glued on the heart of man. When he (man) makes thikr, shaitaan
flees. When he (man) is oblivious (ghaafil), shaitaan casts his waswasah.”

Q. I have found out that my husband is conducting relationships with women via his cell phone. He refuses to give me the password. What should I do?
A. 99% of the men of this age, including molvis and sheikhs, are involved in cellphone zina and pornography. There is nothing you will be able to do in these circumstances. Men and women are drowning in deluges of moral filth – zina and porno – of the cellphone. Little children are also addicted to this device of shaitaan. The
entire Ummah across the board, is buffeted madly in this whirlpool of cellphone filth. People no longer have Imaan. They have become atheists. They are in entirety bereft of any concept of Allah’s Omnipresence. They
have become munaafiqs. Whilst they blabber with their mouths about the Recording Angels, they sin flagrantly in front of these Malaaikah and with Allah Ta’ala looking at them. But since they do not really believe in the Presence of Allah Ta’ala and His Malaaikah, they sin recklessly. You can only constantly offer good advice to your husband and adopt Sabr. If you are unable to bear his evil abuse with patience then your marriage will end. Thus, your choice is between Sabr and Talaaq.
Q. The separation between a husband and wife was in terms of Khula’. Is it correct that the Iddat of this woman is 30 days?
A. The Iddat of a woman whether separated by Talaaq or Khula is the same. It is three haidh periods if not pregnant. If pregnant, it ends with the delivery of the child.

Please advise regarding the books on Tasawwuf and spiritual advices by Mufti Taqi Usmani. Should I study these books?


Please advise regarding the books on Tasawwuf and spiritual advices by Mufti Taqi Usmani. Should I study these books?


Generally, the books on Tasawwuf authored by Mufti Taqi will be correct. However, we do not advise that his books should be studied. Although Mufti Taqi is an Aalim of the Deoband School of Thought, he has drifted from the Minhaaj of the Akaabir Ulama of Deoband. He has become a liberal.

His dalliance with the kuffaar capitalist bankers, and his association with the fussaaq and fujjaar rulers of Pakistan have desensitized his initial inhibitions to deviation and baatil. He mingles freely with the people of baatil. Having drifted from the Tareeqah of the Akaabir of Deoband, he has effectively become a bootlicker of the Pakistani government.

Association with kuffaar, fussaaq and fujjaar exercises a dangerously detrimental effect on Imaan. On this issue, Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) said:

“Nooraaniyat (spiritual light) is extinguished by association with kuffaar and fujjaar. In the wake of such association, zulmat (spiritual darkness) develops. The knowledge which emanates from the niches of Nubuwwat is adorned with Noor. On the contrary, what emerges from the heart of the faasiq is zulmat.”

When a man freely mingles and associates with kuffaar, fussaaq and fujjaar, then by imperceptible degrees his Imaan and Akhlaaq are eroded. Without him realizing, he becomes the victim of his nafs and shaitaan. The Haqq becomes blurred in consequence of the zulmat overwhelming his nooraaniyat which is ultimately displaced and extinguished. Then this Aalim joins the fraternity of the ulama-e-soo’ in whose gatherings, seminars and conferences he is at home. This is the fate that has overtaken Mufti Taqi to whom we all once upon a time looked up to and believed that he would be able to offer guidance, direction and solutions for the ills of the Ummah of this era. Alas! He has fallen from that lofty expected pedestal to the depths of bootlicking governments and kuffaar riba bankers of the West.

It is necessary to abstain from reading even his Tasawwuf books. Everything has an athr (impression/effect) which may be good or bad, beneficial or harmful. Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) said that even a book of Arabic grammar written by a faasiq should not be used for study since the fisq of the faasiq author permeating the book will exercise a spiritually and intellectually detrimental effect on the reader.

Mufti Taqi’s association with fussaaq/fujjaar rulers, kuffaar ribabankers and the ulama-e -soo’ fraternity is total. The satanic athr of this haraam association is his bootlicking of the Pakistani government, his displacement of the Sunnah from his Madrasah and his incremental liberalism. This evil metamorphosis which he has undergone as a result of the evil association is manifest in the jinnah hat he dons. The jinnah cap is the garb of fussaaq political rulers who have made Pakistan a kufr state from the very inception despite having bamboozled the then Ulama with the chimera of establishing an ‘Islamic’ state. He abandoned the simple Sunnah headgear of his Akaabir Deobandi predecessors for this hat of fussaaq who rule the land in accordance with the demands of the kufr laws of the West.

The zulmat of fisq and fujoor is manifest in Mufti Taqi’s haraam, most reprehensible act of kicking out from his Madrasah Rasulullah’s system of eating. Mufti Taqi displaced the Sunnah of eating on the floor, and introduced in its place western tables and chairs for all the students who are supposed to become Heirs of the Ambiya (Alayhimus salaam) – Wala houla wala quwwata!

He flirts with the capitalist kuffaar bankers, not for nothing. He flies in style at kuffaar expense to the West to legalize the riba products of the capitalist bankers. He unnecessarily indulges in haraam travelling styles to answer the call of the bankers in the West. On his unnecessary journeys, he reacts with the prostitute air-hostesses, taking contaminated food from their immoral hands. What athr does he expect from such association? In these haraam trips to the West he is not serving Islam and the Ummah. He serves the kuffaar capitalists, and what for? For the haraam boodle of tens of thousands of dollars which they pay for halaalizing their riba products. Mufti Taqi’s function is to provide by hook or crook Fiqhi arguments to halaalize the riba products. The bankers pay handsomely for such haraam services.

His total participation in Pakistan’s haraam independence day celebrations, and his lauding of accolades on the corrupt Pakistani authorities and portraying that evil state in glowing light display the effect which the zulmat is exercising on Mufti Taqi’s thinking. This topic shall be further pursued, Insha-Allah.

Although it pains us to criticize Mufti Taqi who is supposed to be a senior Aalim of Deoband, silence on his deviation will render us as “Dumb Shayaateen” in the words of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). There is the imperative need to forewarn the Ummah about his deviation so that Muslims are not deceived into deviation.

Furthermore, there is no need to read his books on Tasawwuf when the kutub of the Authorities of Tasawwuf are available in abundance. Read the kitaabs of Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, Hadhrat Maulana Masihullah, Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariyyah and the books of Imaam Ghazaali (Rahmatullah alayhim). When the books of such noble masters of Tasawwuf are available, there is then no need to read the books of juniors, especially juniors who have strayed from the Path of their illustrious Masters.

Vol. 24 no. 06



In his Imdaadus Sulook, Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullah alayh) says:

“………….This, then is the Way Allah chose for His Ambiya (alayhimus salaam). To follow the method of these illustrious personages is imperative for the acquisition of spiritual and moral reformation (tarbiyat). Divine Proximity and Favour can be acquired only after adoption of riyaadhat – seclusion, reduction in eating, renunciation and abandoning association (i.e. unnecessary association).

In a narration in Awaariful Ma-aAarif, Hadhrat Ibn Mas’ud (radhiyallahu anhu) states that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Soon will there dawn an age on people when no one’s Imaan will be safe, except he who takes his Deen and flees from city to city, mountain to mountain and from cave to cave like a fox attempting to escape the clutches of a hunter (in hot pursuit).”

The Sahaabah asked: “O Rasulullah! When will such a time dawn?”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “When sin will be committed in the pursuit of rizq and when abstention from nikah will be lawful.”

The Sahaabah enquired: “We have been commanded with nikah. How will abstention therefrom be lawful in that age?”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“In that age parents will be the cause of a man’s destruction. If a man has no parents, his wife will be the cause of his destruction. If he has no wife, destruction will overtake him from the side of his close relatives.”

The Sahaabah asked: “O Rasulullah! How will they destroy a man?”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“His relatives will criticize him because of the paucity of his earnings. As result of their pressure he will transgress the limits in the pursuit of opulence and become audacious in the commission of haraam. In the pursuit (of more wealth) he will destroy himself and his Deen.”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) also said:

“After the second century, the noblest person will be he whose burden is the lightest.”

When the Sahaabah enquired about the meaning of the “lightest burden”.

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“The person who has neither wife nor children nor wealth, his reckoning will be the lightest.” (Extract from Irshaadul Mulook – Translation of Imdaadus Sulook by Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi –Rahmatullah alayh)

It will not be hidden from intelligent people whose Imaan has as yet not be ruined by the ravages of the times and the predatory villainy of the vile ulama-e-soo’ that we are today in the cauldron of Imaani destruction portrayed in the aforementioned Hadith as well as other similar Ahaadith.

In this age of corruption – fisq, fujoor and kufr – when even wives and children are destroying the Imaan of a man, and when fussaaq/fujjar men are destroying the Imaan of pious wives, the need for greater alertness is imperative. The Qur’aan says: “O People of Imaan! Verily some among your wives and children are your enemies. Therefore, beware of them”. While the Aayat mentions only wives and children, in our age the very same advice and command are applicable to wives – pious wives – who have to beware of villainous husbands who are bereft of any khauf for Allah Ta’ala.

This is an era for seclusion. Only by seclusion is their hope for guarding and saving one’s Imaan. While there are no longer mountains available for refuge, one’s home can still be a substitute if the evil of society is kept out. Hadhrat Junaid (rahmatullah alayh) said:

“Whoever desires the safety of his body and the peace of his soul, should seclude himself from people because this is an age of terror. An intelligent man in this age is only he who adopts solitude.”

Almost all people today – molvis, sheikhs, traders, doctors, and people of every walk of life – are terrorists. They pillage and plunder Imaan and the Deen. Today, wives, parents, husbands and relatives are in the forefront executing the satanic plot of Iblees to destroy Imaan. Remember that obedience to parents and husbands is haraam if they require one to act in contravention of the Shariah.

Hadhrat Maulana Gangohi (Rahmatullah alayh) says in his Imdaadus Sulook:

“In a Hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that association with people and tolerating their inconveniences, are superior to renunciation and solitude. This should not be misunderstood, because it applies to a Muslim who has already adorned his nafs with riyaadhat and lofty attributes, and has attained an elevated stage of roohaani tranquillity. Allah Ta’ala has already bestowed to him a mountain of Sabr and an ocean of Ridha. Peace and tranquillity have already become entrenched in his heart. He has already become an embodiment of the virtues of perseverance, firmness, dignity, moderation in all things, purity, generosity, patience, courage, contentment, piety and honour. He should be a man who has achieved the ability of controlling anger and suffering hardships. He should be one who has already effaced greed, desire, anger, pride, vanity and arrogance. For such a man it will be superior to associate with people and tolerate their inconveniences and the difficulties which they cast in his path. Such a man is a source of moral and spiritual benefit to others. Inspite of association, the khalwat of a man of this virtuous character will not be disturbed.”

26 Rabiuth Thaani 1442 – 12 December 2020

The Secret To Illuminating The Heart With The Understanding Of Deen

Pearls Of Taqwa

by What Is Islam

Harmalah bin Yahya (Rahimahullah) reports:

I once heard Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) mention the following in regard to purifying and illuminating the heart through which it will be easy for one to understand Deen:

“The one who wishes that Allah Ta‘ala should open and illuminate his heart (with deep understanding and profound knowledge), then he should hold firmly onto the following qualities; refraining from discussing that which does not concern him, leaving out all sins and abstaining from all forms of disobedience. Furthermore, he should carry out righteous actions which should be only between him and Allah Ta‘ala (i.e. with ikhlaas and without publicizing them before anyone). When one does this, then Allah Ta‘ala will bless him with such profound ‘ilm that he will remain immersed in it and it will safeguard him from becoming involved in other occupations of the world. Similarly, he will be concerned…

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The Definition Of Taqwa

Pearls Of Taqwa

On one occasion, Hazrat Umar bin Khattaab (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) asked Hazrat Ubayy bin Ka’b (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) to explain the essence of Taqwa. In reply, Hazrat Ubayy bin Ka’b (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) asked; “Have you ever travelled along a path filled with thorns?” When Hazrat Umar bin Khattaab (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) answered in the affirmative, Hazrat Ubayy (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) asked; “How did you conduct yourself when travelling on this path?” Hazrat Umar (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) responded; “I lifted and held onto my garment (so that it would not get caught in the thorns) and I walked with extreme caution (trying my best to avoid being pricked by the thorns).” Hazrat Ubayy bin Ka’b (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) concluded; “That exactly is Taqwa.” 

(Tafseer ibn Katheer Vol 1, page 255)

The challenge is that we navigate through the passage of life without falling prey to temptations that lurk in our paths.

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60 Years Worship & 6 Nights Fornication

ﻣﺼﻨﻒ ﺍﺑﻦ ﺃﺑﻲ ﺷﻴﺒﺔ

Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (radhiyallahu anhu) said:

ﺇﻥَّ ﺭﺍﻫﺒًﺎ ﻋَﺒَﺪَ ﺍﻟﻠﻪَ ﻓﻲ ﺻﻮﻣﻌﺘﻪ ﺳﺘﻴﻦ ﺳﻨﺔ، ﻓﺠﺎﺀﺕ ﺍﻣﺮﺃﺓٌ ﻓﻨﺰﻟﺖ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺟﻨﺒﻪ، ﻓﻨﺰﻝ ﺇﻟﻴﻬﺎ ﻓﻮﺍﻗﻌﻬﺎ ﺳﺖَّ ﻟﻴﺎﻝ، ﺛﻢ ﺃُﺳﻘﻂ ﻓﻲ ﻳﺪﻩ، ﺛﻢ ﻫﺮﺏ، ﻓﺄﺗﻰ ﻣﺴﺠﺪًﺍ ﻓﺄﻭﻯ ﻓﻴﻪ، ﻓﻤﻜﺚ ﺛﻼﺛًﺎ ﻻ ﻳﻄﻌﻢ ﺷﻴﺌًﺎ، ﻓﺄُﺗﻲَ ﺑﺮﻏﻴﻒ ﻓﻜﺴﺮ ﻧﺼﻔﻪ، ﻓﺄﻋﻄﺎﻩ ﺭﺟﻼً ﻋﻦ ﻳﻤﻴﻨﻪ، ﻭﺃﻋﻄﻰ ﺍﻵﺧﺮ ﺭﺟﻼً ﻋﻦ ﻳﺴﺎﺭﻩ، ﺛﻢ ﺑُﻌﺚ ﺇﻟﻴﻚ ﻣﻠَﻚٌ، ﻓﻘﺒﺾ ﺭﻭﺣﻪ، ﻓﻮﺿﻊ ﻋﻤﻞُ ﺳﺘﻴﻦ ﺳﻨﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻛِﻔَّﺔ، ﻭﻭﺿﻌﺖ ﺍﻟﺴﻴﺌﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺃﺧﺮﻯ، ﻓﺮﺟﺤﺖ، ﺛﻢ ﺟﻲﺀ ﺑﺎﻟﺮﻏﻴﻒ ﻓﺮﺟﺢ ﺑﺎﻟﺴﻴﺌﺔ

“A worshipper worshipped Allah in his monastery for 60 YEARS.

A woman came close to him and he was lured to her.
He fornicated with her for 6 NIGHTS.
He realised what he had done and fled that place in bewilderment!!

He found a Mosque and took shelter there for three days, without eating anything.

He was given a loaf of bread.

He broke it in half and gave one part to the person on his right and another part to the person on left.

Then the Angel of Death came and took his soul.

His 60 years of worship was placed on one side of the Scale and this sin (6 nights of fornication) was placed on the other side.

His sin weighed more!

Then the loaf of bread was placed on the scale and it weighed more than the sin.”
[“Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah”, 9906 – Authentic – ﺇﺳﻨﺎﺩﻩ ﺻﺤﻴﺢ ].



Never belittle major sins – they can outweigh many years of worship.

And also never belittle acts of kindness, they can outweigh major sins.

One person went to Hell for starving a cat.

Another person went to heaven for giving water to a dog.

No suffering goes unrewarded

Difficulty and hardship have become widespread in the world today.

People are suffering in various forms throughout the globe. The simple solution for this is a ‘collective revival’ of the Sunnah of our Beloved Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam).

Nevertheless, for a believer, no difficulty, loss or suffering goes unrewarded.

Hereunder are three authentic Hadiths [from among many] on this topic, as a reminder and inspiration to all:

  1. Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu’anha) reports that Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

Every calamity/difficulty that befalls a Muslim is a means of Allah expiating his sins, even if it’s [as trivial as] a thorn prick.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5640 and Sahih Muslim: 2572)

  1. Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

By the oath of Allah! When a Muslim is harmed by illness or anything else, Allah sheds his sins from him, like a tree sheds its leaves.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5648 and Sahih Muslim: 2571)

  1. Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

The greater the test [on someone] the greater the reward [from Allah]. When Allah loves a people, he tests them, those who are pleased [with Allah’s decision] receive Allah’s pleasure [in return]. Those who are unhappy, will receive Allah’s wrath.

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2396)

May Allah Ta’ala alleviate the distress in the world, reward all believers for their sufferings, and grant us sabr (patience) over our losses. Amin.




I have attached an article from an academic journal that was emailed to me. This paper explores the similarities between reiki and so called sufi healing. What is the status of sufi healing in Islam? Is such healing permissible?

What is interesting in this paper is that at the beginning it mentions a story about a priest researching how Jesus healed people with his hands. When we did Aafiya healing, Zuhair mentioned the very same thing: that Allah sent the knowledge of healing with hands to Isa (Alayhis salaam). I would like to know why during Meraj did the Angels stress cupping to such a degree when all these healing modalities pre-date Islam. Obviously the Angels were witness to these practices.


There is no such thing as ‘sufi healing’ in Islam. The term ‘sufi’ has been misappropriated to camouflage a Satanist cult, and to entrap ignorant and unwary Muslims into the kufr and shirk snare of Iblees.

So-called ‘sufi’ healing is shaitaani ‘healing’. All forms of ‘divine’ energy, ‘divine’ healing and all forms of these metaphysical therapies purported to be healing practices, are Devil-energy and Devil therapies which are haraam. These therapies are deceptions of shaitaan. Shaitaan manipulates his agents to divert Muslims from the Deen. They deceptively utilize some Islamically-sounding terminologies to entrap morons into the snare of Iblees which he spreads for the destruction of the Imaan of the morons who become entangled in the excretal mess of these satanic therapies.

The paper confirms the practices of shirk and kufr which are integral to satanic healing and therapies. The paper mentions techniques which were acquired from “the Lotus Sutra of the Lord Buddha”, Muslim’s adaptation in adopting reiki spirituality, the nature of reiki in Sufism, the nature of man in sufistic reiki, the nature off reiki energy in sufistic reiki, sufistic reiki in solving theological problem, etc.

The claim that reiki or any other similar form of therapy is free from religious affiliation is a massive satanic lie designed to deceive and entrap ignorant Muslims into the web of shirk and kufr which is externally plastered with a false veneer to convey the idea that the therapy is for gaining physical health. But this is a shaitaani ploy to deflect focus from the true objective of these Satanist therapists. The paper stating the objective of this satanism says:

“The true aim of Reiki is attaining levels of spiritual enlightenment, in Buddhist term: up to a jivanmukta state or realm of divine consciousness, spiritually speaking.”

Morons are deluded by the legion of Shaitaan to believe that “true-blissful-divine-consciousness” is attained and experienced via the techniques of the Devil. The ‘divine’ consciousness which the morons experience is in reality inspirations and hallucinations of Shaitaan. Iblees too has forms of noor within him. He utilizes his satanic noor to deceive and entrap. Even some simple-minded Auliya who lacked adequate Knowledge of the Shariah have been duped by Iblees. Ultimately they end up prostrating to the devil. It is precisely for this reason that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“A single Faqeeh is harder on shaitaan than a thousand Aabids.”

The Faqeeh being equipped with valid Ilm of the Deen and Taqwa quickly discerns satanism while the Aabid (Buzrug) lacking in adequate Knowledge of the Deen is in grave danger of satanic entrapment. Hence there is an imperative need for such Aabids to seek clarification for their spiritual experiences from true Ulama who are able to distinguish between Haqq and the baatil of these Satanist practices and therapies.

The deceptive utilization of the Islamic term, Ilaahi (my Allah), is a satanically cunning device for presenting the hybrid Buddhist-Islamic concept which is nothing other than pure shaitaaniyat.

The paper mentions “modern Sufism practitioners” who are impressed and attracted by the “miracles of Reiki”. Thus, they endeavour to make a patchwork of ‘esoteric’ Islam “with the essence of Reiki”.

Muslims should beware of these therapists. All of them without exception are agents of Iblees whose target is Imaani destruction. These therapies are satanically designed to desensitize Imaan and to make it conducive for accepting the satanic contamination which the Satanists offer. Just a single belief of kufr/shirk eliminates Imaan.

The ‘sufism’ to which these agents of shaitaan refer is actually satanism. Any brand of sufism or tasawwuf which is in conflict with the Shariah is satanism. Genuine Sufism/Tasawwuf is the Product of the Qur’aan and Sunnah. There is nothing in true Sufism which conflicts with the Shariah. Sufism is not a therapy for healing physical ailments. Sufism is the Sunnah branch of Knowledge which deals with moral reformation and spiritual progress. Its subject matter is Islaah-e-Nafs. But in this age all sufi tareeqas are the Tareeqah of Iblees. They are Satanist cults of bid’ah, kufr, shirk, fisq and fujoor. They hoodwink the ignorant and unwary with the Islamic names which they retain for their cults of satanism.

Likening the healing practices with the hands of the Satanists to the Mu’jizaat performed by Nabi Isaa (Alayhis salaam) is a perfect example of the satanism with which wool is pulled over the spiritual eyes of the morons. There is absolutely no relationship between the Mu’jizaat of the Ambiya and the satanic demonstrations of these satanic therapists whose religion is satanism. Nabi Isaa (Alayhis salaam) and all Ambiya (Alayhimus salaam) who had demonstrated Mu’jizaat (Miracles) did so Bi-ithnillaah!, i.e. with the permission of Allah. They did not get any schooling in any form of therapy. In the Qur’aan are mentioned the episodes of Hadhrat Isaa’s healing the blind, the lame, etc. With each act of healing, he clarified that it was Bi-ithnillaah – with the permission of Allah.

The Mu’jizaat of the Ambiya and the Karaamaat of the Auliya are not the effects of therapy which in fact is satanism. Aafiya healing is also a branch of shaitaani therapy. The claim that Allah Ta’ala sent the knowledge of healing with the hands to Nabi Isaa (Alayhis salaam) is a satanic lie. There never was such a form of healing. It was not healing by any satanic movement of the hands. Hadhrat Isaa (Alayhis salaam) simply took the Name of Allah Ta’ala and blew on the patient who was instantaneously cured by the permission of Allah, not by any hand-therapy hallucinated by the agents of Iblees.

Insha-Allah, further comment shall be forthcoming.

3 Safar 1442 – 21 September 2020