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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evil company

Evil Company
Hazrat Abu Qilaabah said: “Do not sit with the people of Ahwaa (lust,
worldly-craving, those who pursue name and fame) nor dispute with them
for I fear that they will plunge you into their deviation or confuse you
about what you know.”
Hazrat Amr Bin Qais Al-Malaaee said: “Do not associate with a man of
deviation, for he will make your heart crooked.”
Hazrat Ibraaheem Nakah’i said: “Do not sit with the people of Ahwaa, for
verily, association with them eliminates the Noor of Imaan from the heart,
it despoils the beauty of the face and it generates malice in the hearts of
the Mu’mineen.”
Hazrat Ismaaeel Bin Ubaidullah said: “Do not sit with a man of Bid’ah,
for he will cause your heart to be diseased.”
Hazrat Fudhail Bin Iyaadh said: “He who honours a man of Bid’ah, verily
he has aided in destroying the Deen. He who smiles with a Bid’ati, verily
he has considered Allah’s revelation to Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi
wasallam) to be insignificant. He who marries his daughter to a Bid’ati,
has severed his ties with her. He who follows the Janaazah of a Bid’ati,
remains under the Wrath of Allah until his return.”
“The sign of Nifaaq (hypocrisy) of a man is that he sits with a man of
Bid’ah. He who associates with a man of Bid’ah, is not granted Hikmah
(wisdom). Don’t sit with a man of Bid’ah, for I fear La’nat (Allah’s Curse)
settling on you. Allah obliterates the deeds of a person who loves a Bid’ati,
and Allah eliminates the Noor of Islam from his heart. It is not possible
for a man of the Sunnah to incline to a Bid’ati except if there is Nifaaq in
him.”

Custodians of the Haq
Be Educated, Informed and Motivated

THE TASMIYAH

THE TASMIYAH – ITS EXTREME AND OVERRIDING IMPORTANCE

Allaamah Abdul Wahhaab Sha’raani (rahmatullah alayhi) said: “Everything on which the Name of Allah is not taken is like maitah (carrion). This applies also when making wudhu. When the Name of Allah is taken on using water, life is acquired. Whilst the water purifies the external surface of the body, the Name of Allah purifies the soul. On the contrary, the one who neglects Tasmiyah, his heart is either dead or diseased. (It is like carrion.)

The people say that wudhu is valid even if Tasmiyah is omitted. However, they do not understand the spiritual dimension. O my Brother! Be observant of this. It is Mustahab to repeat the wudhu if Tasmiyah was not recited.

The importance of Tasmiyah is amply conveyed in the Hadith: “There is no wudhu for the one who does not recite the Name of Allah.” According to Hadhrat Hasan, Nakh’i Ishaaq Ibn Raahwiyah and the Ahlus Zaahir, Tasmiyah is Waajib in wudhu. If it is intentionally omitted, wudhu should be repeated (compulsorily according to these authorities).
For practical purposes, forget about the Fiqhi technicalities of the Math-habs on this issue. Just give practical implementation to the Naseehat of Allaamah Sha’raani (Rahmatullah alayh) – Naseehat which is that of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Do not deprive yourself of the wonderful virtues of Tasmiyah mentioned by Allaamah Sha’raani (Rahmatullah alayh).

22 Zil Qa’dh 1441 – 14 July 2020

Well-wishing Businessmen

Well-wishing is a fundamental part of our Din.

In the famous, authentic (sahih) Hadith, Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘The Din [of Islam] is well-wishing.’

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 196)

The fact that Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) used such an expression shows how inherent this quality is in Islam.

According to ‘Allamah Nawawi (rahimahullah), this Hadith is the core of our Din. i.e, The whole of Din is based on this principle of well-wishing (nasihah). This quality governs all aspects of a Muslim’s life.

( Al-Minhaj, commentary of Hadith: 197)

Well-Wishing Tradesmen

Well-wishing is undoubtedly a quality that is needed in every Muslim, in every facet of his/her life.

The following is a Hadith in which Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) exhorted the adoption of this quality specifically in business and trade too. This applies to both parties of any deal; both should be considerate to each other, and apply the fundamental principle of well-wishing (nasihah).

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

The best of earning, is the earnings of that worker who well-wishes.’ [i.e. Is honest, upright, is one who has the well-being of the customer in mind].

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 2 pg. 334)

Inspiring Incidents

There are several inspiring examples of the Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) and those after them adopting this beautiful quality in their business dealings.

Among them are the following:

1 & 2. Sayyiduna Jarir ibn ‘Abdillah (radiyallahu’anhu)

‘Allamah Nawawi (rahimahullah) writes:

‘It is reported about Sayyiduna Jarir (radiyallahu ‘anhu) that he ordered his slave to buy a horse for 300 dirhams, the slave came with the owner of the horse to discuss the price. Sayyiduna Jarir (radiyallahu’anhu) said to the owner of the horse, your horse is worth more than 300 dirhams, will you sell it to me for 400. He said you can have it, O Abu Abdir Rahman. Then Sayyiduna Jarir said it is worth more than that, sell it for 500. In this manner he continued increasing the offer by 100 and the owner was happily agreeing until it reached 800 dirhams, upon which the deal was concluded. Sayyiduna Jarir (radiyallahu’anhu) was asked about this to which he said: I pledged allegiance to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) to be a well-wisher for every Muslim.’

(Summarised from Al-Minhaj, commentary of Hadith: 197. Also see Al-Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 2395)

It was Sayyiduna Jarir’s (radiyallahu’anhu) habit whenever he bought or sold anything to anyone, to say to him:
‘I want you to know that what I have taken from you is more preferred to me than what I have given you. You may choose again if you wish.’

(Sunanul Kubra of Bayhaqi, vol.5 pg.271)

3. Another Sahabi (radiyallahu’anhu)

Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu’anhu) mentions that he went with a man to the market, when they noticed a particular item being sold. [Sayyiduna Anas says] I enquired about it, the seller asked for thirty. The man [that I was with] looked at it and said: ‘I will take it for forty.’ The seller asked: ‘What makes you do this, whereas I am offering it to you for less?’ The man took another look and said: ‘I will take it for fifty.’ The seller asked: ‘What makes you do this, whereas I am offering it to you for less?’ He replied: ‘I heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saying: ‘A bondsman will not be a true believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself’, and I see this to be worth fifty.’

(Musnad Bazzar, Hadith: 7548 and Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 1 pg. 95)

4. Imam Yunus ibn ‘Ubayd (rahimahullah)

The Tabi’i; Imam Yunus ibn ‘Ubayd (rahimahullah) was a cloth merchant in Basrah.

On one occasion someone came to sell him a silken robe. When he enquired the price, he was told it was being sold for five hundred dirhams.

Imam Yunus (rahimahullah) replied: ‘It is better than that.’ i.e, it’s worth more.

The seller raised the price to six hundred, to which Imam Yunus gave the same answer.

This continued until he (the buyer) raised the price to a thousand dirhams!

(Tadhkiratul Huffaz, vol.1 pg.145)

5. Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah)

One one occasion, a merchant came to sell cloth to Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah).

The merchant wanted one hundred dirhams for it.

Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) said that it’s actually worth more. (Again here, the buyer is actually raising the price!)

This person then asked for two hundred dirhams for that cloth.

Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) said: ‘Its worth more than that!’

The person then raised the price to three hundred dirhams.

To which Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) gave the same answer.

When the price was raised to four hundred, he said:

‘It’s actually worth more, but I’m prepared to pay four hundred if you agree.’

(Fadail Abi Hanifah of Ibn Abil ‘Awwam, vol.1, pg.130)

Lesson

The underlying lesson in all these incidents is for the buyer to look at the benefit of the seller. When one looks again at these incidents, one will understand that even the seller had the well-being of the buyer in mind, therefore in each of these incidents the seller didn’t ask for an unreasonable price!

Such are the sublime teachings of the Sunnah, that everyone should look at how to benefit the opposite party, and Allah grants barakah in those dealings. Unlike is common in the current capitalist system; where everyone looks for his own gain, irrespective of the collateral damage it may entail, whilst all are deprived of barakah!

The above incidents should serve as eye-openers for Muslims of today. See more on this, here.

Such was the exemplary traits of our predecessors. May Allah Ta’ala inspire us all to follow.

Imagine what a better place this world would be with such impeccable business practices!

Well-wishing Businessmen

DROWNING IN AN OCEAN OF VICE AND IMMORALITY

DrowningInAnOceanOfVice

 

SLIDING DOWN THE ABYSS OF MORAL, SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL DESTRUCTION – DOOMED IN THIS DUNYA AND THE AAKHIRAH

The Respected Professor Hoosen Vawda of Durban has quite frankly stated the truth by highlighting the pandemic of multifarious vices which is not only ruining and destroying the Islamic Morals of the Muslim community, but in the wake of the avalanches of evil, corruption and immorality comes the deracination of Imaan.

The gravity of the vice and immorality sweeping the Muslim community comes within the purview of the Qur’aanic Warning:

“When We intend to destroy (the inhabitants) of a Qaryah (town / city, etc.), then we command its affluent people (i.e. grant them unfettered freedom) who then plunge into (flagrant) immorality in the town. Then the decree (of Athaab) becomes established on them. Then We utterly destroy them.”

(Al-Israa’, Aayat 16)

However, before deracinating a community and utterly destroying it, Allah Ta’ala sends reminders in the form of lesser punishments to jolt the criminals into realization so that they may abandon their folly which will lead to their doom in both worlds. Thus, the Qur’aan Majeed says:

“Most assuredly, we shall give them to taste of the lesser punishment, not the greater punishment for perhaps they will then return (to the Path of Rectitude –Siraatul Mustaqeem).

If Muslims who are afflicted with the lesser punishment opt to remain blind and fail to understand the writing on the wall which is represented by the lesser punishment (Al-Athaabal Adnaa), then as sure as night follows day, the Greater Athaab (Al-Athaabal Akbar) will apprehend them and relegate them to history by means of unbearable punishment either in the form of natural disasters or the tyranny of kuffaar rulers. Such is the Way of Allah Azza Wa Jal. Confirming this Sunnah of Allah Ta’ala, the Qur’aan Majeed states: “Never will you find a change for Allah’s Sunnah.”

THE PROFESSOR’S REVELATION AND NASEEHAT

Recently, I am seeing the following challenges, in increasing numbers:-

1.       Severe opioid as well as other street drugs addiction, ranging from 17 year olds to grandfathers, daughter-in-laws’, fathers, Alims and even Huffaz. The problem is so deeply entrenched, that parents are now having drugs delivered to their homes. Mothers are so addicted that they are ignoring their 2 year old babies.

Certain, rehabilitation institutes are themselves subject to corruption, as well as some places of learning are also using these expensive drugs.