Akhlaaq (Sublime Character) and Nisbat (special connection with Allah Ta’ala)

Muhammad_PBUH__1032x774Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) mentioned:

Nisbat and Akhlaaq (sublime character) are both distinct attributes. Each one is unique in its own way. As far as Nisbat is concerned, it is a special connection one has with Allah Ta’ala. The more one strengthens one’s relationship with Allah Ta’ala (through carrying out pious deeds), the stronger one’s nisbat grows. On the contrary, if one falls short in this relationship (through committing sins), his nisbat with Allah Ta’ala weakens. On the other hand, Akhlaaq (sublime character) relates to the beloved lifestyle of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Emulating the mubaarak lifestyle of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and inculcating his mubaarak qualities is referred to as sublime character. At this juncture Hazrat Shaikh recited these couplets:

The colour of henna will only show its true effect once it permeates (i.e. the beauty of the Sunnah will only show itself through a person’s sublime character, when the sunnah permeates a person’s heart and life) (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/111)

The Outcome of Serving the Pious Servants of Allah Ta’ala

zikr-beads1Once Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned:

Whenever I carry out any good action then Alhamdulillah I do not feel within my heart that this action is my achievement. Rather, I remember the teachings of my pious seniors. It was on account of the teachings of my pious seniors and their effort upon me in guiding me correctly that I was able to carry out such an action. The feeling then enters my heart that this is all the outcome of remaining in the company of the pious and serving them.

Hazrat then said: The truth of the matter is that I had received the Duas of many pious servants of Allah Ta’ala, and whatever I have achieved is the fruits of their Duas. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 1/86)

An easy prescription for Self Reformation

heartHazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) mentioned:

In this era the Mashaayikh do not emphasise upon their disciples to make a lot of sacrifices. Though, when I was young, I used to see many pious people and Mashaayikh labour hard and render great sacrifices for Deen. However, in this day and age, an easy prescription that we are taught is to focus towards the reformation of our hearts. One should protect one’s heart from sin and not allow his heart to be distracted and diverted from the obedience and remembrance of Allah Ta’ala. At all times one should protect his heart. (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/110)

Maintaining a Balance after marriage

PoiseHazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned:

On one occasion Hazrat Moulana Muhammed Yaqoob Saheb (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) mentioned that when a person gets married, generally it is noticed that he spends more time with his in-laws. In doing so, there is a fear that he does not observe the due rights of his own family members. Therefore one should be mindful in this regard that he maintains a balance and ensures he fulfils the rights he owes to both parties. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 1/71)

A Frightening Incident regarding a Haafiz

quran-2Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) once mentioned:

From my childhood days, I have seen many debates among the Ulama concerning whether the Shia are able to memorize the Quraan or not. On one occasion, some non-Muslims and Shia got together and intended to pay a Muslim (who was a Haafiz of the Quraan) a large sum of money, on the condition that he presents himself as a Shia and recites the Quraan by memory (since there were no Shia that were hafiz of the Quraan). On the day of the debate, the Muslim (who was paid to act as a Shia) arrived. He told the audience that he was a Shia and began to revile and curse the Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum) in the presence of the entire gathering. As soon as he began cursing and reviling the Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum), the Quraan was immediately erased from his heart and Allah Ta’ala deprived him of the blessing of the Quraan. Hazrat Sheikh (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) addressing the audience then said: Beloved friends! This is the disastrous outcome of showing disrespect (to the Sahaabah). (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/38)