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

Surrender Yourself Totally

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Hadhrat Maulana Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani دامت برکاتہم said,

“This idea has crept into and firmly settled on, our hearts that what the western nations are doing is worth emulation and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet صلى الله عايه وسالم is – God forbid – an ordinary issue, unworthy of being followed. It is rather a hurdle and hindrance in the path of progress. Consider! What harm will fall on us if we take our food with the right hand?

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Filed under: Sunnah & Hadith

Every Sunnah is Sublime

Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Taqi Usmani دامت برکاتہم once explained,

“The Noble Companions (may Allah be pleased with them all) did not believe that there were insignificant and significant types of the Sunnah. Every Sunnah was significant and sublime in their eyes. They, therefore, took care to act upon each and every Sunnah.

In fact a little care exercised in religious matters makes a great addition to the stock of good deeds at the credit of a man. It is therefore, the bounden duty of every Muslim to act upon the Sunnah without differentiating between significant and insignificant Sunnah.”

[Islahi Khutbaat: Discourses on Islamic Way of Life, Vol: VII, pg. 180]

Filed under: Sahabah, Sunnah & Hadith

Forming Habits of Sunnah

Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani دامت برکاتہم narrates the following while giving a discourse on the Adaab [etiquettes] of drinking water:

Once Hadhrat Dr. Abdul Hayy Arifi Sahib رحمۃ اللہ علیہ related the following incident:

“Once I entered a mosque for prayer and was feeling thirsty. I took out water in a pot from the earthen jar provided in the mosque. According to my habit I sat down to drink the weter. A man who was standing nearby objected to this way of my drinking and told me that I could have as well drunk the water while standing. I told him that it was my habit to drink while sitting. The man retorted, saying that it ws a great virtue and honour to form the habit of  something which is a Sunnah of the Holy Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ و الہ سلم. The man was quite right. When a man is prone to form many habits he should try to form habits which are acts of the Sunnah and which are expected to earn for him great rewards and blessings from Almighty Allah.”

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

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

“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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Uswah Rasool-e-Akram صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم

“Recently our respected Dr. Abdul Hay Arifi, the one who has been bestowed with the ‘recognition’ (Irfan) by Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and who is a special disciple of Sayyidina Hakim-ul-Ummat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, has compiled the habits, pattern of conduct and the teachings of the Holy Messenger صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم spread over all walks of life, extracting these from well authenticated sources.”

– Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi’ Sahab

Filed under: 1. 'Aqaid, 2. Fiqh, 3. Ibaadah, 4. Social Matters, 5. Tasawwuf, Akhlaq & Adaab, Books, Huqooq-ul-Ibad, Salaah, Seasonal, Sunnah & Hadith, Zikr & Du'a

Revival of Sunnah?

Whilst holding a talk about the love of Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم and the importance of practicing upon his Sunnah, Faqihul Ummah Hadhrat Hajji Farooqi Sahab (rahimullah ta’ala) speaks about the phrase of ‘reviving the Sunnah’:

“It gets commonly said [‘to revive the Sunnah’], but actually the person practicing upon Sunnah himself becomes alive through the Sunnah, because Sunnah is alive and will always stay alive. Sunnah is not dead, we have because of our misdeeds left the Sunnah and have left no connection to Sunnah with us, we have weakened Ta’aluq bi’Sunnah. That’s why this [phrase] gets uttered, but in reality we are dead and if we practice upon Sunnah then through the blessings of these practices we will become alive.”

Filed under: Malfoozat, Sunnah & Hadith

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