Our Hadhrat Maulana Maseehullah Khan Sahib (Rahmatullah alayh) used to say that it is not Deen (Faith) to satisfy ones own desires; Deen is to obey Allah and Allah’s Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). It is not at all Deen to hanker after a certain personal choice, e.g. the wish to study religious courses and become a theologian, whether one is qualified or not for that line of study. Some member of the family, father, mother or any other person is seriously ill and there is none to look after him and the son is intent upon going to school. This is not Deen. In such a situation Deen is to devote one’s services exclusively to nurse the sick in the family.
The desire to become a Mufti (A Doctor in the Religious Science)
For example, one desires earnestly to specialise in the religious studies and become a Mufti. Many students in the Darul-Uloom, express this desire. When asked about the desire of their fathers about their choice they say that their parents are not agreeable to such programme of study. Now look! They want to qualify themselves as Muftis against the will of their fathers. This is not Deen; it is only the satisfaction of their desire.
The Desire to preach religion (Tabligh)
Another example may be given of a person who wants to go out for Tabligh for a period of forty days (Chilla). In the ordinary circumstances it is a very praiseworthy, useful and righteous work, but not when someone in the family is sick and requires an attendant. Going out for a 40 days (Chilla) in such a situation is not Deen; it is merely the desire to satisfy one’s own choice. The demand of the time is that the Sick should be looked after, properly nursed and given medical treatment. All this is not worldly work; it is pure Deen.
The desire to go to the Mosque for Prayer
Hadhrat Maulana Masihullah Khan Sahib (Rahmatullah Alayh) once set an example in his assembly. He said: A man is living with his wife all alone in a deserted place in a forest. The husband felt a longing to offer prayer in the mosque in the nearby township. The wife does not like the programme of her husband, because she would feel afraid and helpless if left alone in that forest. She, therefore, requests her husband to pray in the house; but the husband does not care for his wife and goes out for prayer in a distant mosque, leaving behind his wife all alone. This is not at all Deen. The demand of the time was that the husband should have prayed in his house for the sake of his wife.
This advice holds good in a case where the couple are living all alone in a deserted place. If they are living in a populated village or town, then it is all right to go to the mosque for prayer.
Someone is desirous to go out for taking part in Jihad, another to join a Tablighi tour, still there is another who wants to become a Maulana or a Mufti, unmindful of the many obligatory duties that lie on him. It is not at all Deen to ignore these demands of the time and insist on satisfying one’s own desires.
The advice to get oneself attached to a Shaikh (spiritual guide) is for this very purpose. The Shaikh tells his disciples what the demands of the times are. This never means that I am advising against becoming a Mufti or going on a Chilla (period of 40 days) for Tabligh or proceeding on Jihad. The intention is to say that all these are highly valuable duties, but each in its proper time. A man has to find out what the time demands of him. It is not Deen to determine a course of action of one’s own choice and follow it ignoring other important considerations, particularly the advice of the Shaikh, if any, one may have chosen for guidance.
The auspicious and fortunate among the wives is one whom her husband loves
My respected father Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi Sahib (Rahmatullah Alayh) used to mention frequently a proverb of the Hindi language. Its meaning is brought out in the following example. A young damsel is being lavishly decorated with best matrimonial robes and ornaments to make her an attractive bride. As a bride she looks so beautiful and chaiming that eveiyone is praising her appearance, garments and make-up, yet she remains dumb found. Someone asked the reason for her silence she quietly says: The praise of these persons is of no use to me. What really matters is the praise and appreciation of my prospective husband forwhose sake I have bean decorated. If unfortunately my would-be husband does not like and appreciate me, the praise and appreciation of these guests are meaningless.
My servant is displeased with both the Worlds only for My sake
After relating this story, my respected father went on saying: If you are doing anything, you must think if the person for whom you are doing the work appreciates that work. The people are praising you as a Mufti, a great learned man and Maulana or a Muballigh having spent a long time in Tabligh, or someone calls you a great Mujahid. These expressions of praise and appreciation mean nothing unless the deeds or the titles are appreciated by the personality for the sake of whom these are being done and intended. This idea is beautifully expressed in the following couplet of Zafar Ali Khan Sahib:
-توحید تو یہ ہے کہ خدا کھہ دے
-یہ دو عالم سے خفا میرے لئے ہے
“The true belief in Tauheed is that in recognition of which Allah shall declare on the Day of Resurrection that this servant of mine is displeased with the two worlds only for my sake.”
All this discussion suggests that if the aim of every deed is to please Allah, then man should always be on-the look out as to what is being demanded of him on the moment.
[“Discourses of Islamic Way of Life” by Mufti Taqi Usmani (damat barkatuhum), Vol. 1: pages 182-168]