at-Tazkirah: التذكرة

“And keep reminding, because reminding benefits the believers.” (51:55)

Origins of all 5 Prayers

This is taken from Hadhrat Mufti Abdur Rauf Sakkharwee Sahib’s ‘Some Serious Mistakes In Salaat’. I have posted this book already before (‘Correct Performance of Salah‘), but I thought this interesting excerpt of it was worth his own post. It’s about the origins and wisdom of all five obligatory prayers.

About the Author: Hadhrat Mufti Abdur Rauf Sakkharwee Sahib is the Deputy Mufti at the famous Darul Uloom Koranghi, Karachi, and is a Senior Khalifah of the late Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shafee Sahib rahmatullah alayh, who founded the Darul Uloom. He has written extensively on various fiqh issues and is a regular contributor to Al-Balaagh, which is a magazine published monthly by the Darul Uloom.

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Filed under: Prophets, Salaah

Khanqah Akhteria

Go here to find some exlcusive recordings of Majlis and Bayanaat from Hazratwala Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahab (damat baraktuhum)’s relatives and khulafa.

Amongst them are Hazratwala’s son Maulana Mazher Sahib, Hazratwala’s grandson Maulana Ibrahim Sahib, Hazratwala’s Khadim-e-Khaas Maulana Zia-ur-Rahman Sahib and Hazratwala’s Khalifa Mufti Amjad Sahib.

May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala preserve them all and let us benefit from them even more. Ameen!

Filed under: Audio

Tahzeeb-e-Akhlaq

The essential idea of tahzeeb-e-akhlaq is to bring our natural faculties in a state of balance. The three basic faculties are anger, desires, and intelligence.

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Filed under: Akhlaq & Adaab, Good Qualities

Adaab of Visiting the Sick

While visiting the sick earns much reward, the proper Aadaab (etiquettes) must also be observed. Hereunder are some aadaab which are mentioned in and deduced from various Ahadith:

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Filed under: Akhlaq & Adaab

Stages of acquiring Knowledge

Allah Ta`ala had ordered Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam to make this Du’aa:

وَقُلْ رَّبِّ زِدْنِىْ عِلْمًا

“Oh My Rabb! Increase me in knowledge.”

Despite being granted the great rank of Nubuwwat and appointed as leader of all the Ambiyaa, yet Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam was ordered to make Du’aa for an increase in knowledge. Knowledge is a Noor (light) through which one identifies truth from falsehood. Ignorance, on the other hand, is darkness, which conceals the hazards of this path. Thus, we must acquire ‘Ilm (knowledge) to safeguard ourselves.

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Filed under: Others

Surah Taubah: Why no Bismillah?

The following answer was given by Faqihul Ummah Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Gangohi (rahmatullah alayhi) to the question why Surah Taubah has no Bismillah at the beginning.

When Hadrat Uthman رضى الله عنه was asked why there was no bismillah at the beginning of Surah al-Tawba like how there is bismillah at the beginning of other surahs, he replied that there was some doubt as to this surah being a separate surah, because Nabi صلى الله عليه و سلم passed away without explicitly mentioning anything regarding it. This is why Bismillah was not written at the beginning of Surah Taubah. However, since its subject-matter is similar to that of Surah Anfal, it was placed after it and a space for Bismillah has been kept because it is possible that this is a separate surah. (Tirmizi, Vol 2, Pg.139)

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Filed under: Qur'an

Are Wazaif enough for Islah?

A man requested to be instructed with some formula of Dhikr which will serve the purpose of reforming him. Hadhrat Thanvi said:

“Islah is achieved by remedying the aliments of the nafs. Adhkar are like medicines and pills which can be prepared by studying medical books. However, there remains the indispensable need for a doctor to diagnose the illness and prescribe the remedy. Similarly, dhikr formulas and spiritual exercise (ashghal) are recorded in books. However, there remains the need for a Shaykh to diagnose the aliment of the nafs and to prescribe remedies for its reformation.”

Wazaif are not too difficult upon the nafs. Within a short while the Thikr is completed, whereas the ailments of ujub (vanity) and riya show, for example, are not cured by only wazaif. Wazaif only create barkat and act as aids.

Filed under: 5. Tasawwuf, Malfoozat, Zikr & Du'a

The Importance of a Good Shaykh

Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (rahmatullah alayhi) said:

You must work hard to ensure that your hearts are not locked out of the door of His nearness. Be sensible! You are getting nowhere. You must seek the company of a Shaikh who is learned in the law [hukm] and knowledge [`ilm] of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He), and who will show you the way toward Him. Without seeing the successful [muflih], one cannot succeed. If a person does not seek the company of scholars who put their knowledge into practice [`ulama `ummal], he is a chicken from an egg abandoned by the rooster and the mother hen.

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Filed under: 5. Tasawwuf

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