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I was recently pondering over the thought that if Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had to be present in the world at this time, which work of Deen would he turn his attention to? Would he engage in the work of dawat and tabligh or would he be involved in the work of teaching and imparting the knowledge of Deen as is done by Ulama in the madrasahs? Would Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) author kitaabs and compile Deeni literature for the masses to benefit from or would he establish khanqahs and encourage people to join in its effort? After pondering over this, I felt convinced that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would undoubtedly isolate himself from all other works of Deen and turn his attention to dawat and tabligh whereby he would repair the damaged structure of Deen and reform the condition of the Muslims. He would not merely turn his attention to this work. Rather, he would sacrifice his blessed life in fulfilling this goal. The reason for this is that every person who has the true value for Islam knows the great amount of sacrifice that was given for the establishment of the structures of this Deen. When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would experience so much of anxiety and pain over the state of the disbelievers in his Mubaarak era, then one can well imagine the pain and concern he would feel over the degeneration of the Muslims had he been present today. Had he witnessed the decline in the Ummah today, the extent of his anguish and pain would certainly be inconceivable. At this moment in time, there is a great need to sacrifice everything for the sake of preserving the Deen of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Without sacrificing our lives, it will be practically impossible for us to revive the Deen of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). When the books of deeds of his sinful Ummah are presented to him, what pain must be overcoming his blessed heart! When this thought occurs to me, you can imagine the pain I experience and you can imagine what goes through my own heart. O Allah! Accept this sinful servant to be sacrificed in your path!
Hazrat Shaikh (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) wrote the following reply:
There is no need to waste your time entertaining such unnecessary thoughts about which effort will be given preference over others, etc. Be it the work of dawat and tabligh, the work of imparting Deeni knowledge or the work of the khanqah, they all aim towards fulfilling the mission of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The mission of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) entailed all these Deeni khidmaat. You think for yourself that if those committed to imparting Deeni knowledge in the madrasahs had to abandon their responsibilities and duties, will the knowledge of Deen ever be preserved? When the knowledge of Deen will not be preserved, how do you expect people to correctly practice upon Deen? Allah Ta’ala himself draws our attention towards the importance of imparting the knowledge of Deen and preserving it in the following aayat of the Holy Qur’aan:
Nor should all the Believers set out (at once in the path of Allah Ta‘ala in jihaad): if a group (of Believers) from every community remained behind in order that they devote themselves to thoroughly studying the knowledge of Deen and admonishing the people when they return to them, that thus they may (learn to) guard themselves (against wrong).
When Allah Ta’ala himself showed the importance of imparting Deeni knowledge and preserving it, then we should never take this department of Deen lightly and consider it insignificant. Just as this is an essential, important work of Deen, similar is the case of the khanqah and all other works of Deen. Show appreciation to Allah Ta’ala for allowing you to at least be involved in one work of Deen by ensuring that you devote yourself to that work and take it seriously. To trivialize other works of Deen and consider them insignificant is actually from the ploys of Shaitaan. Hence ensure that you totally avoid this and safeguard yourself from it. Ponder over the work of the khanqah and its basis being established from the Mubaarak life of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Did Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) not sit in i’tikaaf for many days? Is the life he lived in i’tikaaf not the basis of the khanqah? The blessed personality of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was so comprehensive and complete, that on account of the divine assistance and help which he received from Allah Ta’ala, he was able to attend to all the works of Deen at the same time and fulfil them with perfection. In today’s times, if certain people, on account of their limited capacity, devote themselves to certain works of Deen and are unable to involve themselves in other efforts of Deen, we should not raise objections against them, and their involvement in certain works of Deen will not mean that there is any shortcoming in them. Do not put your mind in these types of baseless thoughts as they generally lead one to pride. (Tarbiyatus Saalikeen pg. 417)
عن أبي لبابة قال قالت عائشة رضي الله عنها : كان النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم لا ينام حتى يقرأ الزمر وبني إسرائيل (ترمذي رقم 3405)
Hadhrat Abu Lubaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Hadhrat Aaisha (Radhiyallahu Anha) said: “Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would not sleep until he recited Surah Zumar and Surah Bani Israa’eel.”
Before we read any book, check the credentials and background of the author. If we do not know him, then do not read his book. A Jew had written an entire thesis on Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). He presented the facts in very flowery language and even quoted authentic narrations regarding Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). But then the question arises that what need did he have to write on this great Sahaabi? There must have been some hidden agenda behind him preparing this thesis. At the end of the book it was seen that he had quoted a statement regarding Abdullah bin Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu Anhu). He said that Abdullah bin Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu Anhu) used to fabricate ahaadeeth. Whatever he had written prior to that in praise of Abdullah bin Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu Anhu) was in order to sell you this final statement. Once you accept this poisonous statement, you will lose your confidence in this Sahaabi and once you lose confidence in the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) then you have broken your link with Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Nowadays we find many people reading anything and everything and are not concerned and worried whether the material has a misleading effect or not.
2. If Allah Ta’ala has provided a person with wealth, then out of shukr to Allah Ta’ala he should wear clothing of a good quality. However, if one has not been blessed with wealth, then he should wear clothing according to his means.
وعن عمرو بن شعيب عن أبيه عن جده قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : إن الله يحب أن يرى أثر نعمته على عبده. (ترمذي رقم 2819)
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Certainly Allah Ta’ala loves to see the signs of His bounties on His servants.”
عن أبى الأحوص عن أبيه قال أتيت النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم فى ثوب دون فقال: ألك مال. قال نعم. قال: من أى المال. قال قد أتانى الله من الإبل والغنم والخيل والرقيق. قال فإذا أتاك الله مالا فلير أثر نعمة الله عليك وكرامته (ابو داود 4065)
Abul Ahwas reports from his father: “I went to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) while I was wearing inferior quality clothing. He asked me: “Do you possess wealth?” I replied in the affirmative. He asked: “From which types of wealth?” I replied, “Allah Ta’ala has blessed me with camels, horses and slaves. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then said: “When Allah Ta’ala has blessed you with wealth, then the signs of the bounty of Allah Ta’ala upon you and His generosity should be seen.”
3. There is no harm in one wearing good clothing, however one should refrain from wastage and extravagance, and wearing clothing for show.
عن عمرو بن شعيب عن أبيه عن جده قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم : كلوا وتصدقوا والبسوا في غير إسراف ولا مخيلة (نسائي رقم 2559)
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Eat, spend in charity and adorn yourself with clothing, but do not waste nor do things for show.”
وقال ابن عباس كل ما شئت والبس ما شئت ما أخطأتك اثنتان سرف أو مخيلة (بخاري في ترجمة الباب)
It is reported that Hadhrat ibn Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) said: “Eat what you wish and wear what you wish, as long as you refrain from two things; wastage and show.”