Naseehat for men in general

 FOR MEN

by: Hakeemul Ummah Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (Rahmatullah Alayh)

Associate much with Ulama and enquire from them the Masaa’il (i.e. rules pertaining to one’s daily life)

 Read authentic Deeni books, e.g. Bihishti zewer and practise in accordance to what you learn.

 Do not wear garments which are un-Islamic.. e.g. it is sinful to wear the trousers below the ankles; western garb, silken clothing, bright feminine colours. Dress Islamically.

 Do not cut or shave the beard. It is, however, permissible to cut the beard which is in excess of a fist-length. It is not permissible to cut the beard to less than a fist’s length.

 Abstain from all customs which are in conflict with the Shariah, be such practices and customs in worldly or religious form, e.g. customs of Moulood, Faatihah, urs, marriage, circumcision, feeding guests for the sake of name, three-day, seven-day, Khatams, Muharram, Shab-e-Baraa’t, etc. abstain from all un-Islamic customs pertaining to these events.

 Do not participate in fairs, shows and amusements nor allow your children to attend such functions. Do not give your children money to spend in such nonsensical and evil practices. Do not allow them to participate in fireworks nor permit them toys on which there are pictures of people of animals.

 Guard your tongue against gheebat and abuse.

 Perform the five Salaat daily with Jamaa’t.

 Do not cast your gaze deliberately on women or lads.

 Do not listen to singing and music.

 Do not seek ta’weez and talismans from you Shaikh for everything. Rather seek the Deen from him. However, there is no objection in asking him to make dua for you.

 Do not adopt the attitude that you cannot go to the Shaikh if you have no gift to present.

 Never believe that the Shaikh is at all times aware of your condition.

 Do not study books of Tasawwuf which have not been prescribed by your Shaikh.

 Never discuss the question of Taqdeer (Predestination)

 Abstain from bribery and riba (of which interest is the most popular form). Abstain from all transactions which are in conflict with the Shariah.

 Do not act in accordance with dreams without first having ascertained the ruling of the Shariah.

 Should you visit the Shaikh, do not disturb him if he is engaged in some activity. Go into his presence when the opportunity arises.

 Study the books, Ta’leemu Talib, Ta’leemud Deen and Jazaaul A’mal (Insha’Allah, these works will b rendered into English – Translator)

Extract from: Qasdus Sabeel Ilal Maulal Jaleel – The straight path to Al-Maulaa il Jaleel ( Allah, The Friend, The Protector, The Glorious)

ATTITUDE AND METHOD OF NASEEHAT OF THE MAJLIS ULAMA OF SOUTH AFRICA

Our attitude and method of naseehat are spontaneous and stems from the heart. It is difficult to change one’s style——a style which emanates from the heart and which is the product of Deeni concern. While superficially it appears to be logical to argue that more people may be attracted to our message if we adopt a softer attitude, at the back of our minds we discern that in practice this will not be so. Inspite of our outward “harshness”, in actual fact there is no real harshness. We simply state the Haqq and we detest to leave people in ambiguity regarding any Deeni issue. Over the years many thousands of people from all over the world and from all walks of life have referred to us for Deeni guidance. Even modernists, university students, professionals, doctors, lawyers, young girls who do not observe Purdah, fussaaq and others, all refer their hearts’ problems to us, and this despite the fact that they are modernists and aware of the orthodox and strict stand of the Majlis. Something is attracting them in spite of their modernity. We believe that, that something is the Haqq. When a word comes from the mouth it reaches only the ears of the audience. But when it emanates from the heart, it penetrates the hearts of the audience.
Brother, we do not choose deliberate hard words to convey our naseehat. Allah Ta’ala has created people with different attitudes and different dispositions. In this world there is a need for all types. At times, the normal and usual ‘soft’ naseehat is not sufficient to jolt people from their slumber of indifference. A strong injection or an amputation is sometimes necessary. Sometimes a sweet medicine simply is of no avail. Just as there was Isaa alayis salaam so too was there Musaa alayhis salaam. Both had different attitudes and dispositions, poles apart. In the same way, there was Umar radhiallahu anhu on the one extreme and Uthmaan radhiallahu anhu on the other extreme. But both were on the Haqq and both had their respective successes. Anyhow, in this matter Allah Ta’ala knows best. Make dua for us that Allah Ta’ala grants us good hidaayat and the ability and taufeeq to give naseehat in the proper and in a beneficial manner. If we are wrong in our attitude, may Allah Ta’ala forgive us and rectify our wrong.
We are not perturbed by what others comment in regard to our style. We firstly endeavor to recognize the Haqq and for the sake of Allah Ta’ala the naseehat is made in the way in which we think is only proper. We have seen considerable dividends over the years in our style. Even if initially some people may conclude that we are crazy, ultimately the very same people, if they are sincere, will be attracted by the Haqq in some way or the other.
The writer has nothing much to tell about himself. He is just as ordinary as you. He is in need of your duas and the duas of other friends and well-wishers. His Ilm is deficient and he lacks in Taqwa. However, by the Fadhl of Allah Ta’ala and the barakat of his Sheikh, Hadhrat Masihihhullah rahmatullah alayh he has managed to walk a tight-rope and remain on the Haqq while surrounded by baatil. This is not due to any goodness or virtue of the writer, but due solely the Fadhl of Allah Ta’ala and the duas of the Asaatizah and the illustrious Sheikh who has guided us when we were plunged in darkness.

‘Just do it’

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The mentality that we have is ‘just do it’. This is a Shaitaani mentality. We just rush and do things without thinking about it. However, when it comes to deeni matters, then we are very relaxed and casual about things, whereas it is supposed to be the opposite. In deeni matters there should be no delay. If a suitable match is found for nikaah then the hadeeth says that we should not delay, if the time for salaah approaches then we should not delay. We want to rush in everything else but not in deeni matters.

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An Open Letter to Muslim Youth

To All Muslim Youth (Boys and Girls),

Assalamu’alaykum,

Given below is a very special message I want to convey to you.

Allah has granted you numerous favours.

The greatest favour that Allah has bestowed upon you is: You are a Muslim and have been given the greatest Gift of Imaan (Belief in ALLAH)

You could have been a Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist or any other non-Muslim.

How fortunate are you that you have been handed over the Most Precious, the Most Prestigious and the Most Treasured Deen of Islam on a Silver Platter?

You have got to be aware that after having recited the Kalimah Shahadah, you are not like any one of the non-Muslims boys or girls.

You are Exceptionally Different!

Your status is Highly Superior in comparison to them!

You possess numerous Very Distinctive Qualities which these non-Muslims youngsters are overwhelmingly lacking and your status is much, much Higher than any of them in every respect.

Then it is also very imperative that you ensure you are not a Muslim by name only.

Following are some of the attributes that you must develop in your lifestyle to become a Practicing Muslim.

Offering Salah five times daily with Jamat (congregation). Salah is a Fardh (an obligatory act) on every Muslim.

  1. Reciting Allah’s Kalaam, the Holy Qur’an, with Tajweed (the set of rules governing the way in which the words/letters of the Qur’an should be pronounced during its recitation) and practicing upon Allah’s Commands contained in it.

Following the Sunnah of our Beloved Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam. The Sunnah of Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam has been accepted as an important source of Islamic law, next in importance only to the Holy Qur’an.

Respecting and Honouring your Parents. In your sight your parents’ esteem should be very high.

Maintaining cleanliness and purity (Taharat). As a Muslim it is imperative that you stay pure at all times. Islam has given great emphasis on keeping clean and staying clean.

Having good Akhlaq(the practice of virtues, morality and good manners)

It is of vital importance that you avoid the company of the non-Muslim youth or the youth who are not practicing Muslims. You should befriend them only with the intention of inviting them towards Islam.

Remember, these non-Muslim youth can influence you with some of their un-Islamic trends and customs like:

Keeping girlfriends/boyfriends (opposite sex friendship).
Dating,
Indecent Dressing Style.
Earning and Consuming Haraam.
Using immoral language full of swearing and abuses.
Taking part in customs and celebrations like Christmas, Valentine Day, Halloween, Diwali, Holietc.
Wasting time on social media and playing digital games.
Using digital devices for immoral purposes.

Finally, here is a very Passionate and a Pivotal advice to all the Muslim youth.

Many of you are very fond of having popular celebrities like actors, comedians, dancers, sportspeople, singers, musicians, etc. as your favourite personalities.

Some of you even take them as your ‘Role Models’.

Remember, most of these people may be worthless, worldly people.

Some of them may even be having some very unpleasant attributes hidden in their characters.

Many of them may not be Muslims and as such they cannot be termed as ‘clean and pure human beings’.

Please erase their names forever from the list of your favourite personalities or your ‘role models’.

If you are seriously desirous of having someone as your Role Model then read the Seerah (biography) of our Beloved Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam with all sincerity and love.

You will recognise him as an Unmatchable Human Being in the entire Human History and you will inshaAllah wholeheartedly accept him as YOUR ROLE MODEL!

May Allah guide you to become genuine Muslims in every respect…Aameen.

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*Valentine Day is supposed to be for Christians only. It is also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, celebrated annually on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian feast day honouring one or two early Christian martyrs named ‘Saint Valentine’ and is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.

**Halloween also known as All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in many Christian countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. On the evening of that day millions of children in the Western world paint their faces, dress up in scary costumes, and go door to door collecting treats. The adults often decorate their houses with ghostly figures, carve scary faces on pumpkins, and put candles in them to create “Jack-O-Lanterns.”

***Holi is Hindu free-for-all festival of colours, where people smear each other with colours and drench each other. On that day some of the Hindus also consume bhang, an edible mixture made from the buds, leaves, and flowers of the female cannabis, or marijuana, plant.

By: M. B. Ahmed

Guidance

ALLAH the Exalted says ~
‘For over My servants no authority shalt thou have, except such as put themselves in the wrong and follow thee. Source~ ‘Qur’an’ Surat Al-Ĥijr (The Rocky Tract) 15 A #42-43

‘Indeed, Satan is an enemy to you; so take him as an enemy, he only invites his party to be among the companions of the Blaze’. Source~ ‘Qur’an’ ~Surat Fatir 35: A # 6

‘Verily the believer exhausts his devil just like one of you exhausts his camel during travel.’ meaning the believer wears out his devil, so he debilitates him and makes him lose weight from his grief and sadness because he is not able to tempt him! Just like the person wears out his riding camel during travel and makes it lose weight due to the length of the travel and its hardships and this is the condition of the believer with his devil in the constant struggle with him he resists his plots and plans and whispers by always being firm upon the obedience of ALLAH the Exalted and Mighty… !}

Ibn Abi Dunya{Allah be pleased with him} narrates in his book “The plots of the devil” Verily a devil meets another devil so he says to him why is it that I see you looking so sickly? (Meaning the change is weight)” The other devil replies…’ Verily I am with a man that if he eats he remembers the name of ALLAH ! so I can not eat with him…! and if he drinks he remembers the name of ALLAH so I can not drink with him! and if he enters into his home he remembers the name of ALLAH so I am rejected outside of the house’…!}
The other devil says, but as for me then I am with a man if he eats he does not remember ALLAH so he and I eat together, and if he drinks he does not remember ALLAH so I drink with him, and when he enters his home he does not remember ALLAH so I enter with him…{!}

a Little Note…
Exhaust: weaken; meaning they exhaust him making him lose weight. Thus making him a ‘Nidwan’ (the ‘Nidwu’ is an animal that has become lean, skinny through traveling thus its meat has left its body !}

FROM New Trend Newsletter # 1889

Be happy! (Islaahi Advices)

Shaykh Maseehullah Khan(Rahmatullah Alaih) mentioned, “Just as you whisper amongst yourselves privately, similarly, Shaytaan from his side whispers. He instills doubts, scattered thoughts and anxieties in the mumin (believer). The objective is to cause him to fall into despondency and sorrow.” This is how Shaytaan mesmerises people. He inflicts sadness upon them. Naturally, a person who is unhappy will wander and seek happiness elsewhere. In this vulnerable state, he can easily fall into vice.

Shaykh Maseehullah (Rahmatullah Alaih) further states,”Shaytaan does not want a mumin (believer) to be happy, because Adam (A.S) was a mumin. Through him, Shaytaan developed enmity. This enmity turned to hostility (against believers).” It for this reason that a believer is encouraged to be happy. Nabi (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) went through the greatest struggles, yet he was always smiling. We cannot avoid difficulties, but we can try and follow the example of Nabi (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam). Emerge happier and stronger, not sadder and weaker. This will defeat Shaytaan’s efforts to destroy us. May Allah grant us the ability to follow this Sunnah, aameen.

GOLD SCALES ARE NOT MORE PRECIOUS THAN HIS GOLD

GOLD SCALES ARE NOT MORE PRECIOUS THAN HIS GOLD
During a discussion, a student asked his teacher,
Student: “If it is true that teachers are smart people! Why are not the teachers who become world leaders, successful entrepreneurs, and wealthy people?
The teacher smiled wisely, without saying a word, he went into his room, and came back out with a scale.
He put the scales on the table, and said: “My student, this is a scale, which is usually used to measure the weight of gold with a capacity of up to 5000 grams”.
“How much is gold for that weight?”
The student frowns, calculates with a calculator and then he answers,
“If the price of one gram of gold is 800 thousand rupiah, then 5000 grams will be equivalent to 4 billion rupiahs”.
Teacher: “Alright my student, now try to imagine if someone came to you with these scales and wanted to sell them for that price, would anyone be willing to buy them?”
The pupil was silent for a moment! He felt that he was starting to get a little enlightenment from the teacher, then he said: “gold scales are not more valuable than gold !, I can get these scales for under two million rupiah !, why pay up to 4 billion?”
The teacher replied: “Now, my son, now you have learned a lesson, that you students are like gold, and we are the scales of your achievements, you are the ones who should be the jewels of this world, and let us remain accurate and accurate scales. precision to measure the level of your knowledge. “
“If someone comes to you carrying a diamond in his right hand and a bucket of sweat in his left hand, then he says:” My left hand is the sweat that I have poured out to find a diamond in my right hand, without this sweat, there will be no diamonds, so buy this sweat for the same price as diamonds “
“Does anyone want to buy the sweat?”
“Certainly not.”
“People will only buy his diamonds and ignore his sweat.
Let us teachers become the sweat, and you are the ones who should be the diamonds. “
The student was crying, he hugged his teacher and said: “O teacher, how noble are your hearts, and how sincere, we will not be able to forget you, because in every one of our intelligence, every sparkle of our gems, there are drops of your sweat …
The teacher said: “Let the sweat evaporate, towards the realm of the divine side of the GOD, because the nature of the hereafter is more noble than all the trinkets of this world, please don’t forget our names in your prayers.”

I have drastically cut down on my food-intake.

Q. I have drastically cut down on my food-intake. I have read in the Hadith and in Imaam Ghazali’s book on the spiritual and physical harms of eating
much. However, I have lost much weight and I’m feeling very weak. What is your advice?


A. Brother, do not implement rigid and extremely austere methods from books. Always seek advice. The extreme methods of austerity practised by
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), the Sahaabah and the early Muslims are not possible for weaklings of our kind in this age.
For us the advice in the Hadith is to eat less than a filled stomach. Never over-eat. If you follow the methods of the Auliya of former times your health will severely suffer, then you will find difficulty fulfilling even your daily Salaat. Eat well of the bounties of Allah Ta’ala. Abstain from haraam and doubtful foods such as commercially killed carrion chickens, the haraam meat the butcheries sell, and commercially prepared foods containing stabilizers, emulsifiers, gelatine, and E Number ingredients. Eat halaal Tayyib food but do not over-eat.

FROM THE MAJLIS VOL 25 NO 09

HARDSHIPS AND DIFFICULTIES – THE MAIN CAUSE

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

“My beloved friends! Going on discussing one’s difficulties and problems will not bring about any solution nor will it help you. In the face of hardships and difficulties, nothing benefits a person except istighfaar and earnestly turning to Allah Ta‘ala in du‘aa. Mention this advice of mine to your friends and associates and frequently remind them of it as well. 

We should understand that all the difficulties and calamities that we experience are actually the result of our evil actions. In reality, the difficulties that we face on account of our sins and wrongs are much less than what we are deserving of.

My beloved friends! Each person should look into his own heart to introspect over his condition and see what sins he is involved in. The truth of the matter is that we are only continuing in our present condition due to the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala and the blessing of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), as we are definitely deserving of far greater punishments and difficulties.

When difficulties and calamities overcome us then falling into anxiety and depression will not help us. It is crying to Allah Ta‘ala in repentance that will help us.

(Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 421-422)

Fireproof!

Ibnul Jowzi (rahimahullah) narrates that a pious person once mentioned:

I once entered Egypt where I found a blacksmith who would extract iron from his furnace using nothing but his bare hands! He would then place the iron on his anvil and turn it with his hands without apparently experiencing any pain whatsoever.

On witnessing this extraordinary spectacle, I thought to myself, “This must most definitely be a very pious man if the fire does not harm him!” With this in mind, I drew close to him and greeted him with salaam to which he replied. I thereafter addressed him in the following words, “O my master! I beseech you in the name of that Being who favoured you with this miracle to please make du‘aa for me!” On hearing my request, the blacksmith began to cry and exclaimed, “My brother! By Allah! I am not the pious person that you think me to be!” To this exclamation, I replied, “O my brother! This miracle which I witnessed from you is something which only the pious people are able to carry out.” The blacksmith answered, “There is a strange incident behind the miracle you speak of.” At my request, the blacksmith thereafter recounted the following incident:

I was once sitting in this business of mine, in a state of intense preoccupation, when I suddenly realized that there was a woman before me. On glancing at her, I beheld a face which possessed beauty the like of which I had never seen before. The woman addressed me and pleaded saying, “O my brother! Do you have anything to give us for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala?” I was, by this point, captivated by her sight and infatuated by her beauty. I therefore replied, “Why don’t you accompany me to my home where I will give you something that will see to your needs?” On hearing my suggestion, she looked at me in silence for some time and eventually turned and departed from my business. After some time had passed, however, she returned and submitted, “Dire necessity has forced me to accept your offer.” I therefore locked my business and proceeded home with her.

When we reached my residence, she begged me saying, “I have children whom I have left in extreme starvation. Please give me something that I can take to them! I will return to you thereafter.” After making her promise and vow that she would return, I gave her some dirhams and watched as she left to see to her children. When she returned, I ushered her into my home and turned to lock the door. “Why are you locking the door?” she asked. “I fear the people.” I replied. “And why do you not fear the Lord of all the people?” she enquired. “He is Forgiving and Merciful.” I retorted. I then advanced towards her and found that tears were streaming down her cheeks in torrents and she was trembling, just as palm leaves tremble beneath the force of a gale. “Why are you trembling and crying?” I asked. “Out of the fear of Allah Ta‘ala.” she answered.

The woman then turned to me and pleaded saying, “If you leave me for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala, I will stand guarantee that Allah Ta‘ala will neither punish you with fire in this world nor in the next.” When I heard her say this, I was shaken and instantly stood and gave her all that I owned saying, “I have left you out of the fear of Allah Ta‘ala!”

A while after she had left, I fell asleep and had a dream in which I saw a woman wearing a crown of red rubies who had the most beautiful face that I had ever seen. She said to me, “May Allah Ta‘ala reward you well on our behalf.” Who are you?” I asked. “I am the mother of the girl whom you left out of the fear of Allah Ta‘ala. May Alah Ta‘ala never punish you with fire, neither in this world nor the next.” I next said to her, “Please tell me who she is and which family she is from.” To this the woman replied, “She is from the family of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).” It was then that I remembered the verse of the Qur’aan in which Allah Ta‘ala mentions: “Allah only intends to keep (all sorts of) filth away from you, O members of the family (of the Prophet), and to make you pure through a perfect purification.”

When I awoke from my sleep, I found that the fire of this world could not harm me. I have hope that the fire of the Hereafter will not harm me as well. (Al-Mawaa‘iz wal Majaalis libnil Jowzi pg. 219)

Lessons:

1. The way to extinguish the fire of Jahannum is for us to extinguish the fire of our nafs and desires.

2. If we introduce a person to an evil habit or sin, we will have a share of the burden to bear every time he commits it. On the other hand, if we are instrumental in assisting someone to abstain from sin or change their lives for the better, we will continue to receive reward so long as that person is benefiting from our advice and encouragement.

3. We do not know which action or which person’s du‘aa will be the means of drawing the special mercy of Allah Ta‘ala. As such, we should never consider any good action to be insignificant or risk losing the du‘aa of any person.

4. A person who wishes to commit a sin should fear the punishment of Allah Ta‘ala as His forgiveness is for those who sincerely repent and wish to change their lives.

5. A believer should meditate, for a few minutes daily, over the reality that Allah Ta‘ala is watching him at all times.

6. The family of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is the greatest of all Royal Families. Hence they should be shown the absolute greatest level of respect and honour that should be shown to people.

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