Sunday, 30 October 2016

*Something for Muzakara about ilm- Divine Knowledge*

📚The place of ilm was Masjid,  that was our very Madrassa, in the Majalis of Ulama  who carried this light of Divine knowledge. When learning or seeking of this ilm went out of Masjid,   We lost that Noor of ilm. though we have larger books and libraries outside.

📚The place of learning ilm was by sitting humbly on the floor,  when we raised our position to high chairs and desks,  we lost the humility (تواضع)

📚The aim of ilm is the Pleasure of Allah,  when we made that goal to certificates and titles,  we lost the Ikhlas.

What's then left is a bunch of information and not the true knowledge that enlightened the hearts.

Though this cannot be generalised, much of qualities we did lose when we shifted our traditional ways to modern professional ways.

If you are really seeking knowledge,  there still be a scholar somewhere nearby you, who possess that knowledge. They are recognized by the fruits of knowledge in them. As the true beauty is often  covered in nature,  only the seekers of knowledge finds the source of knowledge.

_Knowledge is like a tree. It's very nature is to go upwards.. But when  fruits emerge,  the tree bends down in humility_

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

A tragic story of a Bayanist

A Bayanist (Speaker) was doing his great bayan with most in the audience numbly listening to him. While no-one was moved, he saw one of the person in the front lane crying and tears flowing through his eyes. Seeing this the speaker got his moral boosted and lengthened his talks. This one person was still sad and crying.

After the Bayan was over, the speaker came to the guy who cried and asked. ‘What is it that made you cry so much’? The guy replied ‘It’s nothing and leave me alone. The speaker again wanted to know ‘Please tell me what topic of my speech made you so emotional… I want to know’ after stressing many times the guy replied.

Actually I had a goat at home whom I loved so dearly. It died two weeks back. When I saw you speaking, your sound and speech reminded of my dear goat. Also my goat had similar beard just like you on the chin. I couldn’t control remembering it. It is so sad.

Lesson: Never do bayan to please someone. They may be crying or laughing for their own reasons

Monday, 24 October 2016

World Quran Competition at Makkah

MashaAllah much of the Huffaz from African countries. Where are the others?,  ‘Deen ‘ belong to Allah. He gives to those whom He loves, to those who value it. Those who miss it  in fact are Mahroom (محروم). 

If we miss a train or bus we will say Khayr, there must be some good in it. But is missing anything of Deen a khayr?. For eg: Missing a Salathul Jamaah with no valid reasons at its time. There is no Khayr in it. This reminds me an old story.

A servant and master was walking through a market place. Suddenly the call of Azan was heard.  Slave said to the master, I want to go for prayer. Master said OK you go, I will wait for you here outside the Masjid. The prayer was over and rest of people started coming out, still the master did not find his slave. He came delayed and the master asked him with a bit anger… Why you were late. The slave replied ‘The One Who called me to the Masjid did not leave me immediately ’. The master asked again astonishingly ‘Who is that one who called you’ The slave replied ’He, the One Who kept you standing out’.  Allah who is your master and my master.

Allah gives thoufeeq to Whom He will. If anyone is given thoufeeq to do good deeds, it’s a sign of His Love and Affection. If we are missing any Amaal at its time with no any valid reasons, don’t think there is some Khyr..but think ‘ Allah kept me away ’

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Islamic Hijri Calendar

Today is the first of Muharram 1438 of the Hijri Calendar. It was Hazrath Umar (r.a) who made the Islamic Hijri Calender. Beofre this calender, there were no number of year mentioned among the Arabs in their calender. But the 12 months existed as it is now with Muharram being the first month and DulHijja the 12th. They used to remember their years based on Major incidents. For eg:- Beloved Prophet (s.a.w) was born in the Aamul Feel, the year of the elephant. Similarly there are major incidents which signifies the Makkah period. Aamul Huzn (Year of grief), and of Madinan period the last was Year of Al Wada’ (separation)-The 10th year of Hijra.

It was Abu Musa Al Ashari (r.a) who complained to Hazrath Umar (r.a) that the letters sent to him from Ameerul Mumineen (Hzrath Umar (r.a)) contained only name of months and not knowing which year was confusing which letter is first in order for his instructions. Hazrath Umar (r.a) did Mashoora with Sahaba (r.a) and it was Ali (r.a) who suggested Hijra (Migration) to Madeena as the first year of Islamic calendar. Though Hijra happened in the month of Rabiul Awwal, It was Hazrath Usman bin Affan (r.a) who suggested to take Muharram as the first month as it was the first month existing already. So the first year of Hijri accordingly is the first next Muharram after Rasulullah (s.a.w) migrated to Madeena Munawara. The Mashoora happened in the 17th year of Hijra and all previous years of Rasulullah until then were marked by naming a year with a major incident.

Rasulullah (s.a.w) said  'Allah has put the truth upon `Umar's tongue and (in) his heart.

Why Hazrath Umar(r.a) chose Hijra to Madeena Munawara as the turning point is another great point for thought. Though there were opinions in Mashoora, like birth of Prophet (s.a.w), His Prophethood, His death. But the Sahaba (r.a) choose Hijra as the marking point.  Hijra was one of the greatest sacrifice of Rasulullah (s.a.w) and the Sahaba (r.a). Leaving everything they cherished and loved at Makkah and moving to Madeena Munawara for the sake of Allah and His Deen. That was a great moment when every Sahabi (r.a) turned to be either a Muhajir or the Ansar. Let this Ummah remember until Qiyamah that great sacrifice Sahaba (r.a) have done for this Deen. Hence a new Hijri year we have is a fresh reminder of their great sacrifice. Since there were no year number or a New year at time of Rasulullah (s.a.w), there are no Sunnah greetings or  Dua for new year. But there is a Dua for sighting of new moon (new month).

اللَّهُمَّ أَهِلَّهُ عَلَيْنَا بِالْيُمْنِ وَالْإِيمَانِ وَالسَّلَامَةِ وَالْإِسْلَامِ وَالتَّوْفِيقِ لِمَا تُحِبُّ وَتَرْضَى رَبِّي وَرَبُّكَ اللَّهُ
"O Allah, let this moon (month) pass over us with blessings, Iman, safety, and in the belief of Islam. Grant us the ability to act on the actions that You love and Pleases You. 
(O moon) My Lord and Your Lord is Allah".  (_Hisnul Hasin from Ibn Habban_)

Footnote : Now the coming 10th of Muharram (Aashoora) marks another Hijrah. The Hijra of Hazrath Musa (a.s) and the Banu Israel out of Egypt. The day Allah saved Hazrath Musa (a.s) and the Banu Israel by splitting the red sea, making a way for them and drowning Firaun and his  army.

Allah knows best.