at-Tazkirah: التذكرة

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

To Feel Superior

Hadhrat Maulana Shah Abrarul Haq Hardoi Sahib نوراللہ مرقدہ said,

“When a doctor gives a Prince an injection, he doesn’t consider himself superior to the Prince. In the same way the one speaking about Deen should not consider himself superior to the listeners. Regarding the expert of a field as perfect [Akmal] is permissible, but to regard as superior is Haram. Because the criteria of virtue/superiority is based on acceptance by Allah Ta’ala [Qubuliyat inda’Allah], which can not be found out about in the Dunya.

The dignity of every believer should be in the heart. It’s not permissible for any ‘Alim or Shaykh-e-Kamil even to consider a sinful Muslim despising. If a small child urinates on the father, the clothes of the father would be considered impure but there won’t be any decrease in the dignity of the father. Hadhrat Thanvi نوراللہ مرقدہ used to say, ‘Whenever I take care of someone[‘s affairs], I consider him superior to myself.’

Similarly, I consider my mother & sisters and you people superior to myself too, but am [at the same time] telling the commands of Allah Ta’ala.”

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Filed under: Good Qualities, Malfoozat

Children should memorize the Qur’an

  1. Memorizing the Holy Qur’an creates strength in the child’s intellectual skills.
  2. The child and it’s parents, moreover the whole lineage is graced by honour and diginity.
  3. Eternal salvation from poorness and hunger gained through the removing the shortness of sustenance. (content of a Hadith)
  4. Parents will be given a crown on the Day of Judgement, whichs light will be more than that of the sun.
  5. Through the blessings of memorizing the Qur’an one is protected from going astray and wrong beliefs.
  6. The whole life will become ‘Ibaadah when one recites  in every situation some or other verses, because one has memorized the Holy Qur’an.
  7. Through the blessings of the Holy Qur’an one is to a large extent protected from a life of game and play [Lahw wa La’ab].
  8. By the intercession of a Hafiz 10 persons from his family are granted salvation. (provided that they are Muslims)
  9. Allah Ta’ala appoints angels for the protection of a Hafiz-e-Qur’an.
  10. A Hafiz will be granted the highest place of Jannah which he likes for himself.

Let your children by all means memorize the Holy Qur’an. A Hafiz child easily progresses in worldly education and the exams of the fifth grade become easy, too.

[by Hadhrat Maulana Musharraf Ali Thanvi]

Filed under: Good Qualities, Qur'an

A Habit of Hadhrat Mufti-e-‘Azam

Heart

While giving a lecture on Istikhara [consulting with Allah Ta’ala] Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani دامت برکاتہم told,

“I’ve seen my respected father Mufti-e-‘Azam Pakistan Hadhrat Maulana Mufti Muhammad Shafi’ Sahab نوراللہ مرقدہ doing this [following] ‘Amal his whole life long. That whenever any issue arised in which a decision had to be made immediately and from two ways one had to be chosen, then at that time he used to close his eyes for a few moments.

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Filed under: Good Qualities, Zikr & Du'a

Whosoever obeys Allah…

Hadhrat Salman Farsi (may Allah be pleased with him) went outside of Madain and with him was a guest. Deers were running and birds were flying through the forest. He said, “Out of you one deer and one bird, come to me! Because a guest has come to me, who I have to entertain.” Both came and the person uttered ‘Subhan’Allah!’ Hadhrat Salman (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “Are you suprised at this? Have you ever seen a person obeying Allah Ta’ala and then anything is disobeying him?

[Jamaal al-Awliya, pg. 55]

Filed under: Good Qualities, Sahabah

Same Usuls of Tarbiyah

Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi’ Sahab رحمۃ اللہ علیہ narrates,

“Incidentally I got hold of a book in which Hadhrat Shaykh Muhyiuddin ibn ‘Arbi رحمۃ اللہ علیہ wrote about some affairs of Shaykh & dsiciple. All those Usuls [rules] of Tarbiyah took before place in Thana Bhawan.

I showed the book to Hadhrat [Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi رحمۃ اللہ علیہ]. Hadhrat very pleased said, Thanks to Allah, I got support/evidence that these are not Bid’at [innovations].'”

[Khutbat-e-Mufti ‘Azam, pg. 107]

Filed under: 5. Tasawwuf, Books, Malfoozat

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

Big Molvi Sahab

Hadhrat Maulana Mufti Rafi ‘Usmani دامت برکاتہم holding a speech at Jamiah Ashrafiya, Lahore:

During the prosperous era of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband there were not attached very big titles to the ‘Ulama’s names like nowadays. Today very big titles, for example ‘Allamah, Faqih al-‘Asr, Wahid al-Dahr, Mufti-e-‘Azam etc. and so on, get used but in those times these titles didn’t exist. In that time a scholar of Deen was called “Molvi Sahab” and the biggest scholar of Deen was called “big Molvi Sahab”. So, they were not called with more titles than that: They had knowledge, not titles. Today, knowledge has left and very big titles get joined with our names.

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Filed under: Bad Qualities, Good Qualities

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