at-Tazkirah: التذكرة

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

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

‘Allamah Yusuf Binori Spurning a Donation

A person came to the Jamiatul ‘Uloom al-Islamiyah ‘Allamah Binori Town originator Maulana Sayed Muhammad  Yusuf Binori رحمۃ اللہ علیہ with a big donation and said: “Hadhrat! I’ve brought this donation for your Madrassa.”

Maulana said in reply: “Our Madrassa’s expenses of one year have been covered. That’s why please take the donation and give it to a Madrassa who are entitled to this donation more than us.”

“Hadhrat! I’ve brought this for your Madrassa.” He gave him the same reply again. He kept on insisting, but Maulana did not accept. At the end he stood up and while leaving said: “Hadhrat! You’ll find no-one giving you such a big donation.”

To that he replied: “And you’ll find no one spurning such a big donation either.”

[Akabir ke Iman-afroz Waqi’at, pg. 413]

Filed under: 4. Social Matters, Good Qualities, Malfoozat

Root of Unity

Root of Unity

Hadhrat Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki نوراللہ مرقدہ once explained,

“This world is full of corruption and restlessness, because of which everyone is worried. Noone has any ease or peace, that’s why all people annoyed by this mischief emphasise on coalition and unity.

Every person says, ‘There has to be coalition and unity, so that the worries of this restlessness and corruption come to an end and everyone gains peace and comfort.’ Brother, it’s true that the real remedy for this desease can be only coalition and unity.

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Filed under: 4. Social Matters, Bad Qualities, Good Qualities, Malfoozat

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

‘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

Who’s my Friend or Enemy?

-صديق الانسان من يسعى لعمارة آخرته وإن كان فيه ورع لدنياه
-عدو الإنسان من يسعى لخسيرة آخرته وإن كان فيه نفع لدنياه

“The humans friend is the one who strives to build his Akhirah
even if it does harm his Duniya,
The humans enemy is the one who strives to destroy his Akhirah
even if it does benefit his Duniya.”

– Hadhrat Mufti Abdur Rahim Lajpuri (rahimullah ta’ala)

[Note: his Akhirah/Dunyia = Akhirah/Dunyia of the human]

Filed under: 4. Social Matters, Bad Qualities, Good Qualities, Malfoozat

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

Reality of Tauheed

Speech of Mufti-e-‘Azam Pakistan Hadhrat Maulana Mufti Muhammad Shafi’ Sahab (nawarallahu marqadahu)

The Meaning of Tauheed

Amongst the A’mal Batini [inner actions], which are necessary for the human to acquire, one is ‘Tauheed’. One meaning of Tauheed you’ve learnt already in the science of ‘Aqaid [articles of faith]. Which is that the human agrees to the Lord being one and does not associate anyone with Him. This is Tauheed ‘Ateqadi [the belief of Tauheed] which a humans Iman [faith] depends on and without it a human can not be a Muslim at all.

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Filed under: 1. 'Aqaid, 5. Tasawwuf, Akhlaq & Adaab, Qur'an


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