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

Declaring the Truth [اظہار حق]


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.”


Filed under: Malfoozat, Prophets

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.”

Filed under: Good Qualities, Malfoozat

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

Imdadullah, what have you brought?

Once Hadhrat Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki Sahab نوراللہ مرقدہ said,

“If Allah will ask, ‘Imdadullah, what have you brought?’ – then I would answer ‘I’ve brought Maulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi رحمۃ اللہ علیہ and Maulana Qasim Nanotwi رحمۃ اللہ علیہ.’

Subhan’Allah, how much confidence Hadhrat Haji Sahad had on these two personalities. Through this prosperous saying the worth of both in they eyes of Hadhrat can be assumed.

[Pak-o-Hind ke namoor ‘Ulama-o-Mashaykh]

Filed under: Malfoozat, Others

‘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

“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


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