at-Tazkirah: التذكرة

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

Declaring the Truth [اظہار حق]

Izhar-e-Haq

Hadhrat Maulana Shah Abrarul Haq Hardoi Sahib نوراللہ مرقدہ said,

“Decrlaring the Truth was compulsory upon Ambiya علیہم السلام in every situation, even if their lives might go. Yet for ‘Ulema exists room for silence, if there’s danger of getting killed – but declaring the truth is superior.”

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Filed under: Malfoozat, Prophets

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

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

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

On the Prohibition of Music

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَنْ يَشْتَرِي لَهْوَ الْحَدِيثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَنْ سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَيَتَّخِذَهَا هُزُوًا أُولَئِكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُهِينٌ
“From amongst men there are those who purchase ‘lahw al hadith’ without knowledge, to mislead from the Path of Allah and they ridicule it. For them there is a humiliating punishment.” (Luqmân: 6)

A detailed research has been made by Maulana Ismail Moosa, a student from the Darul Iftaa of Madrasa In’aamiyyah (Camperdown, SA), and it of course has been approved by the respected Mufti Ebrahim Desai (damat barkatuhum aliah).

تنبيه للاحباء الى تحريم الغناء (trans. A Caution for our Companions on the Prohibition of Music) is packed with evidences from both the Holy Qur’an and Ahadith. On top of that the verdicts of numerous Sahabah & Tabi’een, ‘Ulama of all four Madhab (and even Ghair Muqallid) and various recent ‘Ulama leave no space for doubts any longer. Even the misconception people have about the use of duffs has been dealt with.

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Filed under: 2. Fiqh, Qur'an, Sahabah, Sunnah & Hadith

Permanent Residence in Makkah Mukarramah

Hazrat Ibn Abbaas (RA) reports that Rasulullah (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said to Makkah: “What a wonderful city you are and how I love you. Had my people not forced me out of you, I would never have settled in any other city save you.” (Tirmidhi)

As a result of the contents of this hadith as well as those expounding the increased reward for righteous deeds in Makkah, the majority of ulama believe that Makkah is the most virtuous (afdhal) of all towns, and to stay there permanently or in a temporary as capacity, is most virtuous. Who would not like to be able to settle there when one salaat is rewarded one hundred thousand times? Yet in spite of all this many of our saintly elders did not advocate residence in Makkah (for longer than necessary).

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Filed under: 2. Fiqh, 6. History & Biographies, Sunnah & Hadith

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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Filed under: Akhlaq & Adaab, Audio, Others, Prophets, Qur'an, Sunnah & Hadith

Four Periods of Tasawwuf

This is an excerpt of the “Teachings of Shah Waliyullah of Delhi” written by G. N. Jalbani:

There are four periods in the history of Tasawwuf. The first one is of the first and the second century of Islam, in which the outcome of Tasawwuf and the sumtotal of religion was Ihsan. The second one begins with Junaid Baghdadi. In that period stress was laid on the acquisition of the attributes of Ta’alluq-billah (“Attachment with Allah”). The third period starts with Shaikh Abu Sa’id bin Abi’l-Khair and Shaikh Abu’l-Hassan Khirqani, in which the Sufis crossing the bar of actions acquired the degree of Jadhb (Attraction). The last one is that of Ibn-ul-‘Arabi, in which other relevant problems of Tasawwuf were discusses; for example the emanation of this universe from Wajib-ul-Wujud (Self-Existent). Shah Sahib, however, claims to have combined in his person all the attributes of the Tasawwuf of these four periods.

[reference: Hama’at, Hama’s 1, 2, 16.]

Filed under: 5. Tasawwuf, 6. History & Biographies

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