Engaging in Durood at the Time of an Epidemic

Hazrat Moulana Hakeem Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah) mentioned the following:

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (rahimahullah) had prepared a kitaab named “Nashr-ut-Teeb” in regard to the love of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The entire kitaab revolves around love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and through reading this kitaab, one can gauge the deep love within the heart of the author for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

During the time when Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (rahimahullah) was engaged in the compilation of Nashr-ut-Teeb, Thanabowan (the town in which Hazrat Thaanwi (rahimahullah) resided) was afflicted by a plague. It was noticed that on the day when Hazrat Thaanwi (rahimahullah) wrote any portion of this kitaab, there would be no reports of people passing away due to the plague. However, on the day when Hazrat Thaanwi (rahimahullah) did not write any portion of the kitaab, reports of many people passing away would be heard. When this observation reached Hazrat Thaanwi (rahimahullah) via many people, he would not leave out writing this kitaab on any day. It was through the barakah (blessings) of writing about the great virtues and esteemed position of Hazrat Rasulullah (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) during that time that Allah Ta‘ala caused the plague to come to an end.

After mentioning the above incident, Hazrat Moulana Hakeem Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah) concluded:

The recitation of abundant durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is extremely beneficial in repelling calamities and disasters. Through reciting a single durood, one’s rank is elevated by ten stages, ten good deeds are recorded in one’s account, and ten sins are forgiven. Additionally, through reciting abundant durood, one is trying to fulfill the right of love which he owes to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

Aadaab-e-Ishq-e-Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) pg. 11

Engaging in Durood at the Time of an Epidemic

Ibaadat is not only Salaat, Fasting etc.

During a discussion which related to an ‘Aalim who refrained from accepting doubtful wealth, Hazrat Moulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thaanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned:

Nowadays, the required level of taqwa and caution is not seen among people in matters relating to wealth. There are many people who confine piety to their ‘ibaadaat (i.e. virtuous deeds and actions). Many are even punctual on tahajjud, chaasht and ishraaq and in completing their wazeefas. However the inordinate passion and love for wealth within their hearts does not seem to decrease. As a result, they do not exercise the required level of precaution in their business dealings and monetary affairs and continue to consume doubtful wealth.

(Malfoozaat-e-Hakeemul Ummat)

NAFL HAJJ AND UMRAH

Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) said:  “It is prohibited for a person to go for Nafl Hajj if he will not be able to observe Salaat (i.e. punctually, regularly on time). If someone has reasonable certitude that even one Salaat will become qadha along the journey, then Nafl Hajj will not be permissible for him. Such a person incurs Deeni detriment. For the sake of a Nafl act, he neglects a Fardh. Such persons instead of gaining Allah’s proximity, drift further from Him.”
Hadhrat Thanvi has made reference to only one factor of prohibition, namely Salaat becoming qadha. Besides this, there are numerous other factors to compound and emphasize the prohibition. Total intermingling of the sexes from the time one leaves home until one’s return, and gross squandering of money whilst millions of the Ummah are languishing in abject poverty and ignorance reinforces the prohibition.