Tuesday, 16 August 2016

"What you seek is seeking you" (Rumi)

Sheikh Saleh Al Maghamsi, the Imam and Khateeb of Masjid Al Quba- Madeena Munawara recalls an incident long ago he had in Riyadh. It was that he had to attend a large gathering After Magrib and the weekend traffic being heavy, he took his car through an inner road for short. Suddenly the car in front of him stopped and the driver was seen going to a grocery store. When the driver came back, Shaikh was angry at the person for blocking the small road where only one car could go. For this the man replied in humble words ‘_Magrib Azan is in few minutes, I am fasting_. 

Shaikh Salih al Magamisi said. This made him think ‘ SubhanaAllah’ I myself rushing to attend to speak for a large gathering after Magrib, here is a common taxi driver fasting on a hot day. My prayer on that night was solely for this ‘Man’ through whom Allah taught him so much. 

If your heart is of seeking, Allah will teach you in ways you never knows and that you never knew. May be you were rushing to attend the Bayan after Magrib, but you are stuck in a traffic. Perhaps Allah wants to teach you is ‘*Sabr*’ which you may not be learning in a Majlis but will learn in the traffic. How Allah teaches and through whom, you cannot say. Allah does His plans in His own ways. It may not be a Moulana or Mufthi sahib always. It may be through a common man whom you least expected to be a teacher. Allah’s plan comes through the door that you least expected it to come. If you are humble enough to learn and seek, there are lessons. 

{..*Allah came upon them from where they had not expected* ….. (Surah Al Hashr: Part of Ayah 2)}

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Don't judge a book by its cover!

Some people I saw criticizing a well-known Indian Aalim because of some mistakes according to them have found in his books.  I thought of an example in my mind as how our new generations have come up with new criteria for judging our Ulama. The example I have is that of a Medical Doctor. A doctor who after studying many many years and practicing another many years, one of the major task done by any doctor is writing a prescription for their patients.  

A high school student who has good command at English started going through their prescriptions and figured out mistakes in their spellings and writing styles. He even saw some doctors have written even the basic Panadol in a wrong way.

This young person now makes a claim that sounds to be right for other students of his level '_How come one become a doctor without knowing the spelling_. A mistake in prescription means life and death'. Isn't it so serious!!' Those in his level of understanding said 'Yes, very true and very clear' So many followed him and started judging doctors based on their correctness of spellings in their prescriptions. 

As a matter of fact, those who know who a doctor is, knows this is at all not a criteria. Doctors are evaluated by their immense services done to humanity and it is their sincerity, dedications etc that matters. A spelling mistake will never defame their reputation.

Likewise, some of our brothers have come up new criteria for judging our early and current Ulama based on the minute accuracy of their books or their works. Some of them even started correcting their works as well.  Even though our Ulamas were never judged this way throughout Islamic history. 

Some people  said about Bishr al Hafi (rah) that he is not an Aalim. Hearing this Ahmed Bin Hanbal (rah) said, But he has the fruits of knowledge which is  خشية الله 'Fear of Allah'. Also he said about him. "*I know more Sunnah and Hadith than Bishr al-Hafi, but he knows Allah better than I do*."

So don't be confused by the new criteria that have come up judging Ulama of Deen. It's not all about their books and spellings that value.  It's the services that have done to the Deen of Allah for His sake that value. it's the fruits of knowledge that values. It's the wisdom and knowledge they had in their life that values.

الله اعلم

Monday, 8 August 2016

Dua for all.

The mood of Arab brothers in their talks is expressed by the kind of Dua they make during conversation. 

In good mood they have these words 

حياك الله
الله يسلمك
الله يعطيك العافية
بارك الله فيك

When in anger.....they have is a different kind of Dua. 

الله يهديك
الله يرحم والديك
قل لا اله الا الله
صلو على النبي
And so on. 

The positive side is that, in both cases and whatever is their mood, it is a Dua . No blaming and no cursing. 

It is said that, Shaikh Abdul Rahman Sudais as a child was naughty and much restless. One day seeing a mischief, his mother told him in anger 'Go away' May Allah make you Imam of Masjid al Haram' or in other saying 'May Allah make you stand in front of Kaaba for hours'. ( wordings may not be exact, but it's a story that happened)

SubhanaAllah, his mother's Dua was answered. Shaikh Abdul Rahman Sudais became the Imam at Masjid al Haram who stands hours and hours praying before the Ka’ba. Also such a powerful Imam MashaAllah that we Muslims have difference of opinion in much of our matters, The Imamath and Qiraath of Shaikh Sudais is unanimously agreed upon by Ummah and there is no second opinion. (الله يحفظه)

Beloved Prophet (s.a.w) told Aysha (r.a) one day, I know when you are pleased with me and when you are angry with me. Aysha (r.a) asked how. Rasulullah (s.a.w) said ' When you are pleased at me you say. 'لا ورب محمد. if you are angry at me you say 'لا ورب ابراهيم' 

(. For the exact explanation and wording of this Hadeeth that comes in Bukhari, Muslim. please ask an Aalim )

I mean to say, what a good example we all can follow, which is to make Dua weather we are in good mood or in bad mood. 

Don't think Dua only happens when we say in words, raising hand etc. That may be manners of doing it. Dua is the signal of our heart that's transmitted to Allah Azzawajal. With words or without words, it's the voice of the heart that counts. Especially in our emotions, the Dua may come from the heart and may be accepted. الله اعلم

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Your Rizq is on it's way

وَإِن مِّن شَيْءٍ إِلاَّ عِندَنَا خَزَائِنُهُ وَمَا نُنَزِّلُهُ إِلاَّ بِقَدَرٍ مَّعْلُومٍ

With Us is the source of everything and We do not send it down except in a known quantity (Al-Hijr:21)

Reciting this Ayah, Moulana Umar Palampuri (rah) said the example of watermelon. If Allah grew all the seeds in the watermelon as plants, the world will be full of watermelons. But He grows that much which is needed by man. That much of which a common man can afford to buy it. That much a farmer gets a value for his efforts and the seller has his share.

If Allah gave us our Rizk all at once, that would be the biggest tension and problem in our life.

Imagine 60 or 70 years of rice, tomatoes, potatoes, bread Etc. all getting at once, we will be in real trouble finding ways to preserve them. More people will die in tension than living or dying in poverty.

Alhamdulillah with His mercy, He gives what's needed in life, the right thing at the ripe time. If we exclude our greediness, He has given us everything we asked for.

Hence say Alhamdulillah for all your yesterdays. Alhamdulillah for today and InshaAllah for the tomorrow.

Don't worry, the One Who gave you yesterday and today has in His hands, your tomorrows as well .

Your worry and tension over what to come by tomorrow will be a waste at the end of the day. What you are going to get in life is going to come for sure. Give time it's time and everything you should get is on its way.

Your tomorrow will be another Alhamdulillah, InshaAllah


Monday, 1 August 2016

Being Sincere!

🌾Someone invited Sufyan Ath Thawri (rah) for food. The host was saying aloud

to his wife “*Supply the food in the plates that I had brought from Makkah in my 3rd hajj*" Listening to this Sufyan Ath Thowri (rah) said “*How easily you have destroyed your three pilgrimages*"!!!

This mistake may happen to us specially if the mobile phone rang during the act of a good deed. 

"I am in Mataaf right now" 

" I am inside Masjid in Taleem."

"I am in Jamaath. "

"I am reciting Quran" 

And so on. ......

Did the person on the other end of the phone ever ask where we are or what we were doing??? He may have called to say something else!!

For a Haji sitting in Mataaf of Masjid al Haraam, it is more difficult not to mention where he is. To someone in Jamaath, it is more difficult not to mention where he is over the mobile phones. 

Tell them of your goods deeds if there is a reason. See if it is necessary or will it do any good saying out we are in the act of good deeds. Just think, will we say the same in amazement if we are in a market or shop? Then why alone for good deeds, make sure it was not the Shaitan or Nafs that prompted!!!

The motivation that lead you to do the good deed is the true intention behind it. What prompted or motivated us to say or act is the true niyyah.. If it was for a valid and right reason, it may be OK and beneficial, but if it was in amazement or self pride, are these valid reasons?

A man was eating breakfast with his left hand with Hazrath Umar (r.a) from his plate. Hazrath Umar (r.a) told him to eat with his right hand. He replied 'Ameerul Mumineen, my right hand is busy'. Omar (r.a) reminded again and he replied the same. 

Once the food was over, Omar (r.a) called the person to him and asked in private, why you are not eating with your right hand ' The man lifted his sleeves and there was no right hand. He then said his right hand was Shaheed in the battle of Yarmook

SubhanaAllah, look at his Ikhlaas, He did not speak out a good deed, a great sacrifice done for the sake of Allah until there was a valid reason to mention it. 

Hence let the good deeds we do be preserved and speak out only if there is a valid reason. See if your mentioning reminds them to do good deeds and benefits others. 


☘Allah knows best. ☘