Why should we follow an Imaam? – PDF Download


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The fitnah of ghair muqallidiyyat (abandoning the following of a mazhab) is an extremely dangerous and overwhelming fitnah of contemporary times. Generally, simple-minded youngsters as well as unwary Muslims, who are uneducated of the basics of Deen, but have the desire for practice, fall prey to this fitnah. The picture painted by those who abandon following of mazhabs seems very attractive and appealing to the layman as he is invited towards following the Qur’aan and Hadith directly opposed to following an Imaam. Furthermore, a calculated effort is being made to cause the Ummah to abandon the safe path which the Ummah treaded upon for many centuries. As a result, doubts and suspicions are instilled regarding the great Imaams, the pious of the past and at times even regarding the illustrious Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum).

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Adab (Respect)

respect (1)Once Hazrat Thaanwi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) mentioned:

Take a look at the level of respect that Imaam Abu Hanifah (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) possessed. Once someone had asked him whether Aswad was more virtuous or Alqamah (two illustrious students of Hazrat Abdullah bin Masood [Radiyallahu Anhu])? He replied by saying: “Our mouths are not worthy of even taking their names, how can we ever imagine comparing between them.” Imaam Abu Hanifah (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) was overwhelmed and engulfed with basic etiquette and this was natural in him. Similarly, a Sahaabi was asked whether Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was bigger or he was bigger. The intention of the questioner was in regard to age; however he used the word أكبر which means bigger or greater. The Sahaabi replied that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is bigger and greater than me however I am older (in age). (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 10/ 49)

Remembering the Spectacle of Death

Jannat Ul Baqi (3)Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) once mentioned:

Oh my beloved friends! Remember death continuously! Continue pondering over the spectacle of death. At the time one departs from this world, he will leave behind all his belongings and he will leave empty handed. (Malfoozaat of Hazrat Shaikh pg. 153)

Fulfilling a debt is a means of ease

Wiping out debtHazrat Shaikh (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) once said, “If you are compelled to take a loan then ensure that you have the intention to pay back the loan at the time the loan is due. When the appointed time approaches, then immediately settle the debt (even if it means that you have to take another loan to settle the current loan). Remember, if one’s heart is clean and ones intention is to pay back the loan at its due time, then Allah Ta’ala will certainly assist him. (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/23)

The benefit of recording a transaction or asking for a receipt when dealing

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-receipt-book-image6968543Once Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) mentioned that a well-known proverb in the Arabic language is:

“Live like brothers but deal like strangers”

There are many advantages and benefits through one adopting clarity and system in one’s dealings, whether one takes a loan, gives a loan, or one settles an outstanding debt-in all cases one should ensure that one reduces it in writing and one keeps a record of the transaction. In this way one will save oneself from inconvenience or incurring any loss. For example, when one hires the services of the washer-man (laundromat) then he should ensure that he asks for a receipt as a proof of the transaction. In doing so, one benefit one receives is that in the event the clothes get misplaced by the washer-man (laundromat), the washer-man will not be able to deny that you gave your clothes to him, as you have proof of the transaction. Another benefit one receives is that even if one loses the receipt, since one had taken a receipt from the washer-man, the washer-man will remain constantly aware and conscious that he had given you a receipt for your clothes, hence he will certainly return your clothes to you. These beautiful teachings of Shariah (i.e. recording the transaction, business dealings, etc.) that we have received are all favours and bounties upon us from the side of Allah Ta’ala.

(Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 10/ 62)