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“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]


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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

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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

To Practise Upon Knowledge

Take Yourself to Account

My father respected Maulana Mufti Muhammad Shafi’ (rahmatullah alayh) would say, one day in a year business people close their businesses, to take account of the whole year’s business and to find out how much loss and profit was made. In the same way we need as well to take account of how much we have studied through out the year and how much we practiced upon and what changes came. Not that it’ll be like this…

“As a small donkey he came and as a big donkey he left.”

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Filed under: 3. Ibaadah, 5. Tasawwuf, 6. History & Biographies, Akhlaq & Adaab, Bad Qualities, Good Qualities, Malfoozat, Others

To Stand Up

From Hadhrat Mufti Taqi Usmani Sahab’s (damat barkatuhum) ‘Islahi Khutbat’:

One method of showing honour to someone is to stand up for him. The instructions of shari’ah in this regard are that if the visitor expects other people to stand up for him then we must not stand up because his desire indicates that he is arrogant and thinks that he is arrogant and thinks little of other people. However, if the visitor does not expect anyone to stand up for him then there is no harm to stand up to honour such a man for his knowledge, piety or the high office he holds. It is neither a sin to stand up nor necessary to do so.

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Free Speech Fundamentalism

All praise is due to Allah Who has balanced human interaction between the scales of “Rights and Obligations”. May His choicest salutations continue to descend on our Master and Leader who fulfilled his obligations to fellow man yet rarely demanded his own rights.

“On the Day their tongues, their hands, and their feet will bear witness against them as to their actions.” (24:24)

Freedom of speech has recently dominated international debate and discourse pursuant to the provocative reprinting of the caricatures by seventeen newspapers in Denmark. The reprinting of the cartoons came in the wake of three individuals who were allegedly caught plotting the murder of the cartoonist. According to the newspapers the reprinting of the cartoons was to ‘show solidarity’ with the cartoonist and to reaffirm their ‘right to freedom of speech and expression’.

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Beautiful Sunnats of the Beloved Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)

Beautiful Sunnats of the Beloved Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)Arifbillah Hadhrat Aqdas Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (damat barkatuhum) is known for illuminating hundreds – if not even thousands – of hearts with the love of Sayydina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

According to Hadhratwala the heart gets more lightend than the moon and sun through bringing the life of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) in one’s own. Another great teaching of Hadhratwala: A real Ashiq-e-Rasul celebrates Milad with every breath he takes through practicing upon the Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

This book is a revised edition by Khanqah Imdadia Ashrafia of the previous translation of the book “Sunnats of our beloved Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)”, which is a completion by Hadhratwala by some daily Sunnan and etiquettes to learn and implicate in one’s life.

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