Generally, we would like that our name be preserved and maintained, and that people should speak greatly about us etc., but we do not worry about how we view others. However, the reality is that ‘we should look at others with respect and at ourselves with suspect’. We should always be suspicious of ourselves; is there any evil lurking in my heart, pride, vanity, etc. One’s personal ma’moolaat etc. are important, but keeping the heart clean and free from evils is even more important. If we have the ‘azmat and honour for deen then we will refer to someone for all matters that pertain to our islaah and deen.
Source: Al- Haadi
Majlis of Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyas Patel Saheb on the 4th of March 2014
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عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه قال رجعنا من غزوة تبوك مع النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم فقال إن أقواما خلفنا بالمدينة ما سلكنا شعبا ولا واديا إلا وهم معنا حبسهم العذر رواه البخاري وأبو داود ولفظه إن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال لقد تركتم بالمدينة أقواما ما سرتم مسيرا ولا أنفقتم من نفقة ولا قطعتم من واد إلا وهم معكم قالوا يا رسول الله وكيف يكونون معنا وهم بالمدينة قال حبسهم المرض (الترغيب و الترهيب 1/65)
Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that on one occasion while we were returning from the battle of Tabuk with Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “There is a group of people who remained behind in Madina Tayyiba. During our journey there was no valley or mountain pass that we had passed by except that they were with us (i.e. in regard to receiving the reward of the journey). (In the report of Abu Dawood) Sahaabah enquired from Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), “How is it so that they were with us in the reward, whereas they remained behind in Madina Munawwara?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “(Allah Ta’ala has blessed them with the reward of passing by each mountain pass and valley, though they were not physically present with us on account of the fact that they had sincerely intended to come out with us on the journey,) however they were held back due to some valid excuse.
Moulana Thaanwi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) mentioned:
Once a respected Aalim arrived and requested some advice. I told him that you are an Aalim of Deen, what advice can I offer you? After requesting for the second time, I told him that I only remember one lesson which I continue mentioning. The lesson that I have learnt from my elders is that to the best of your ability, regard yourself as a complete non-entity (i.e. if you wish to gain acceptance in the sight of Allah Ta’ala, then do not attach any importance to yourself and do not have pride). These words had such an impact on the Aalim that he immediately began to weep. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 10/ 33)
Hazrat Sheikh Moulana Zakariyya (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) mentioned:
Beloved brothers! Listen attentively to what I have to say and regard my advice as a bequest to you. During the majlis that was conducted after the Asr salaah (wherein the kitaab was read before you), the aspect of good character and sublime conduct was repeatedly discussed. I would like to share some advice related to that. In various places of the Quraan Majeed Allah Ta’ala makes mention of the sublime character of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) himself mentions:
إنما بعثت لأتمم مكارم الأخلاق
“I have been Divinely sent to perfect good character”
However one should understand that it is not in keeping with the dictates of good character that one sees wrong taking place before him, and yet he does not forbid the evil. In this day and age, people feel that if someone sees a person cutting or trimming his beard (less than a fist) and he does not prevent him, instead he is lenient towards him and turns a blind eye towards the wrong, then he has shown excellent character. They regard this gentle attitude to be part of the mubaarak character of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Whereas it was not the mubaarak character of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) that when he saw wrong taking place before him, he overlooked the sin or turned a blind eye. The tendency of people nowadays has become such that they regard not advising and reproaching people over the wrongs they carry out to be part of good character. (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/27)