Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shafee` Sahib rahmatullahi alaih writes regarding his father Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Yaseen Sahib rahmatullahi alaih:
Punctuality on jamaat Salaah was a distinctive feature in all the mureeds of Hadhrat Moulana Gangohi rahmatullahi alaih. My father also placed a lot of emphasis on it according to the teaching of his shaikh. He would not allow his jamaat Salaah to be missed even at the time of heavy rain. When the path to the Musjid would be dark and muddy because of the rain at the time of Esha and Fajr, he would go to the Musjid holding an umbrella in one hand and a lantern in the other.
Once there was a heavy downpour at the time of Fajr. By then I had completed my formal studies and had begun teaching in Darul Uloom Deoband. I did not have the courage to go to the Musjid due to the torrential rain. Thus, thinking this to be a valid shar`ee excuse I performed my Salaah at home. However, even in this condition my father went to the Musjid. Upon reaching the Musjid he found that there was no one else besides the mu’azzin. Hence, both of them performed Salaah with jamaat. When he returned home, he reprimanded me saying: “Masha Allah! You have become an aalim. You are able to quote the Ahaadeeth of rukhsat (concession) but, tell me, if the Ulama continue looking for concessions, who will then practise upon azeemat? These masaajid will remain deserted.” (Mere waalid maajid, p. 22)
One should seek Forgiveness for the believers 25/27 times daily.
عن أبي الدرداء قال : سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يقول : من استغفر للمؤمنين والمؤمنات كل يوم سبعا وعشرين مرة أو خمسا وعشرين مرة – أحد العددين – كان من الذين يستجاب لهم ويرزق بهم أهل الأرض رواه الطبراني وفيه عثمان بن أبي العاتكة وقال فيه : حدثت عن أم الدرداء وعثمان هذا وثقه غير واحد وضعفه الجمهور وبقية رجاله المسمين ثقات (مجمع الزوائد رقم 17600)
Hadhrat Abu Dardaa (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that he heard Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) say: “Whosoever seeks forgiveness from Allah Ta’ala for the believing men and women twenty five or twenty seven times daily, he will be from those who are mustajaabud da’waat (i.e. those whose Duaas are accepted by Allah Ta’ala) and he will be from among those pious servants on account of whose pious deeds Allah Ta’ala sends down sustenance to the world.”
ﺑِﺴْﻢِ اﷲِ وَﺑِﺎﷲِ ﺧَﻴْﺮِ اﻷَﺳْﻤَﺎءِ، اَﻟﺘﱠﺤِﻴﱠﺎتُ اﻟﻄﱠﻴﱢﺒَﺎتُ اﻟﺼﱠﻠَﻮَاتُ ﻟِﻠّﻪِ ، أَﺷْﻬَﺪُ أَنْ ﻻﱠ إِﻟَﻪَ إِﻻﱠ اﷲُ وَﺣْﺪَﻩُ ﻻ ﺷَﺮِﻳْﻚَ ﻟَﻪُ وَأَﺷْﻬَﺪُ أَنﱠ ﻣُﺤَﻤﱠﺪًا ﻋَﺒْﺪُﻩُ وَ رَﺳُﻮْﻟُﻪُ ، أَرْﺳَﻠَﻪُ ﺑِﺎﻟْﺤَﻖﱢ ﺑَﺸِﻴْﺮًا وﱠﻧَﺬِﻳْﺮًا، وَأَنﱠ اﻟﺴﱠﺎﻋَﺔَ ﺁﺗِﻴَﺔٌ ﻻﱠ رَﻳْﺐَ ﻓِﻴْﻬَﺎ ، اَﻟﺴﱠﻼمُ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻚَ أَﻳــﱡﻬَﺎ اﻟﻨﱠﺒِﻲﱡ وَرَﺣْﻤَﺔُ اﷲِ وَ ﺑَﺮَكَاﺗُﻪُ، اَﻟﺴﱠﻼمُ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻨَﺎ وَﻋَﻠَﻰ ﻋِﺒَﺎدِ اﷲِ اﻟﺼﱠﺎﻟِﺤِﻴْﻦَ ، اﻟﻠﻬُﻢﱠ اﻏْﻔِﺮْﻟِﻲْ واهْدِﻧـِﻲ
I begin with the name of Allah and with the assistance of Allah Ta’ala, whose name is the best of all names. All verbal praises, all monetary devotions and all physical praises are for Allah Ta’ala. I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah Ta’ala, who is alone and has no partner, and I bear witness that Hadhrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is His servant and His messenger. He sent him with the truth as a bearer of glad-tidings and as a warner. (And I bear witness) that the Final Hour is coming without any doubt. May the special peace of Allah Ta’ala descend upon you, O Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), and Allah’s choicest mercies and blessings. May peace descend upon us and upon all the pious servants of Allah Ta’ala. O Allah, forgive me and guide me.
The Love of Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (Radhiallahu Anhu)
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (Radhiallahu Anhu) set out for the Hijrah early at night. During the journey, at times Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (Radhiallahu Anhu) walked ahead of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), and at times behind. At times he walked on the right of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and at times on the left. When Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) noticed this peculiar behaviour, he asked, “O Abu Bakr! I see you moving in front of me or behind me at times and beside me at times. What prompts you to behave in this way?” Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (Radhiallahu Anhu) replied, “Whenever the thought of the enemy pursuing you from the back occurs to me, I move swiftly towards the back, and whenever the fear overcomes me of the enemy waiting ahead in ambush, then I rush ahead of you. Likewise, when the thought crosses my mind of the enemy attacking from the right or left, then I move in that direction.”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then said, “O Abu Bakr! Do you prefer that your life be sacrificed for me?” Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (Radhiallahu Anhu) replied, “Most definitely O Messenger of Allah, I swear by the Being who has sent you with the truth of Islam!”
يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّمْ دَائِمًا أَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيبِكَ خَيرِ الخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ
The hadeeth says that the best person is he whose sustenance is just enough, it is not too much nor is it too little. In this lies one’s safety. If it was too much then it can lead to haughtiness and pride, and it has a negative impact on one’s children. With an abundance of wealth, they become lazy and end up as delinquents. Likewise, if it is too little then one will begin stretching out his hand before others. But if the sustenance is just enough allowing a person to break even, then his heart is at ease, he has humility and his children also turn out to be hardworking.
وعن أبي سعيد بن أبي فضالة وكان من الصحابة قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يقول إذا جمع الله الأولين والآخرين يوم القيامة ليوم لا ريب فيه نادى مناد من كان أشرك في عمله لله أحدا فليطلب ثوابه من عنده فإن الله أغنى الشركاء عن الشرك رواه الترمذي في التفسير من جامعه وابن ماجه وابن حبان في صحيحه والبيهقي (الترغيب والترهيب 1/83)
Hadhrat Abu Sa’eed bin Abi Fadhaalah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that he heard Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying: “When Allah Ta’ala will gather the former and the latter people on the day of Qiyaamah, the day there is no doubt regarding its occurrence, a caller will announce, ‘Whosoever carried out any action (in the world) for the sake and pleasure of someone besides Allah Ta’ala, he should go to him and seek his reward from him, for certainly Allah Ta’ala is the most independent from all partners (that one ascribes in his actions) (i.e. when one ascribes partners with Allah Ta’ala in an action, then Allah Ta’ala does not accept the action at all, instead on the day of Qiyaamah Allah Ta’ala will hand over the person to all those people for whose sake he had done the action, and he will be told that there is no reward for you from Allah Ta’ala instead you should go and receive your reward from those people for whose sake you did the action).’”