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

“Waird” – A Divine Guest

Hadhrat Mufti Taqi Usmani دامت برکاتہم while talking on the importance of practising Sunnah told:

Hadhrat Maulana Maseehullah Khan Sahib of Jalalabad رحمۃ اللہ علیہ has said when an idea is born in the heart of doing some good deed, this idea in the terminology of the mystics is called “Warid” meaning a spontaneous urge. They say that the “idea” is in fact a guest sent by Allah which should be welcomed and honoured. For example, drinking of water while standing you are reminded suddenly that you should follow the Sunnah of drinking while sitting and then you sit down to drink. Now this “Warid” or the “Idea” will come to you again and again and urge you to follow many other acts of the Sunnah. Thus, you will go on increasing your good deeds. On the other hand if you do not welcome this “divine guest” but turn it away you shall be a loser. For example, you are drinking water standing but you fail to correct yourself when you are reminded that you should drink while sitting, on the ground that thereby you are not commiting a sin. This act of yours is tantamount to turning away the “divine guest”. When you repeat this apathy on your part the “Divine Guest” will naturally forsake you. This will result in the hardening of your heart. Instead of the “Idea” to do good deeds, “Ideas” to do bad deeds and commit sins will visit your heart.

The moral we draw from this discussion is that whenever an urge occurs in the heart to act upon the Sunnah the opportunity should be seized atonce and the urge should be satisfied by immediate actions. A little practice on this line will put you on the right tract of the Sunnah.

[Jamiah Masjid Baitul Mukarram, Karachi; 6th August 1993]


Filed under: Good Qualities, Malfoozat, Sunnah & Hadith

(کف پائیے نبی (صلی اللہ علیہ و الہ وسلم

Alaykum Bisunnati

The Mu’min sacrificing himself upon the shoe-prints of Nabi,
even today the world’s treasure will be under his feet.

If the Ummah followed the Prophetic Sunnah,
then it’s boat would escape from the storm.

[Hadhrat Aqdas Maulana Hakeem Akhtar Sahab دامت برکاتہم]

Filed under: Sunnah & Hadith

Dinning Tables & Chairs

Hadhrat Mufti Taqi Usmani مدظلہ relates the following incident:

Once Hadhrat Hakeemul-Ummah Ashraf Ali Thanvi رحمۃ اللہ علیہ was compelled by circumstances to take food sitting round a dining table and chairs. Hadhrat Thanvi رحمۃ اللہ علیہ admitted that eating on table and chair was not unlawful, yet it had some similarity to the methode of eating adopted by the English infidels. In order to avoid this similarity Hadhrat Thanvi رحمۃ اللہ علیہ ate his food on the Table placing his legs on the chair. In this way he eliminated the possibility of similarity to the English style of eating.

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Filed under: Akhlaq & Adaab, Malfoozat, Sunnah & Hadith

Six Important Qualities

If you have spent time on the path of Allah for a longer period, then you might know this by heart already. For everyone else in our Marakiz it gets repeatedly adviced, that every ‘Amal should be done with the following 6 important qualities to get accepted by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and to get 100% benefit from the ‘Amal.

  1. Conviction  [Yaqin]
  2. Awareness [Dehan] of Allah
  3. Motivation [Jazbah] of pleasing Allah
  4. Method [Tariqah] of Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ و الہ وسلم
  5. Reflection [Ihtisaar] of the Virtues
  6. Sacrifice [Mujahidah] of the Nafs

May Allah give us the ability to practise upon this! Ameen.

Filed under: 3. Ibaadah, Good Qualities

‘Allamah Yusuf Binori and the Zakat Funds

The Taqwa and Humanity of Hadhrat ‘Allamah Muhammad Yusuf Sahab Binori (rahmatullah alayh) were in such a condition, that he would leave all the Zakat funds aside only for the students. He would never – under no circumstances – spend it on the salary of the teachers, the constructions of the Madrassa or the buying of books. In the next years the Zakat funds became sufficient.

Once there were 25,000 rupees collected in the Zakat funds, but the non-Zakat income was empty. When the time came to pay the teachers the treasurer Hajji Yaqub Marhoom suggested: “There’s nothing for the payment of the teachers. If you allow, we take a loan from the Zakat funds and pay the teachers’ salary. Later on we’ll return the amount to the Zakat funds.”

Shaykh Binori (Rahimullah Ta’ala) replied: “No way! I don’t want to become fire-wood of Jahannam for the ease of these teachers. The teachers should wait patiently for Allah to send some to their funds. The teachers who can not be patient have the choice to leave this Madrassa and move on.”

[Mayhnama Bayanat ka ‘Allamah Binori, pg. 42]

Filed under: Good Qualities, Huqooq-ul-Ibad, Malfoozat


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