Muharram and the day of Aashura

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Forty Durood – Durood 10

green domeاﻟﻠﻬُﻢﱠ ﺻَﻞﱢ ﻋَﻠَﻰ ﻣُﺤَﻤﱠﺪٍ وﱠﻋَﻠَﻰ ﺁلِ ﻣُﺤَﻤﱠﺪٍ كَمَا ﺻَﻠﱠﻴـْﺖَ ﻋَﻠَﻰ إِﺑـْﺮَاهِيمَ إِﻧﱠﻚَ ﺣَﻤِﻴْﺪٌ ﻣَﺠِﻴْﺪٌ، اﻟﻠﻬُﻢﱠ ﺑَﺎرِكْ ﻋَﻠَﻰ ﻣُﺤَﻤﱠﺪٍ وﱠﻋَﻠَﻰ ﺁلِ ﻣُﺤَﻤﱠﺪٍ كَمَا ﺑَﺎرَكْتَ ﻋَﻠَﻰ ﺁلِ إِﺑـْﺮَاهِيمَ إِﻧﱠﻚَ ﺣَﻤِﻴْﺪٌ ﻣَﺠِﻴْﺪٌ

O Allah, shower Your mercy upon Hadhrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and the family of Hadhrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), as You showered Your mercy upon Hadhrat Ebrahim (Alaihis Salaam). Indeed You are praiseworthy and most glorious. O Allah, shower Your blessings upon Hadhrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and the family of Hadhrat Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), as You showered Your blessings upon the family of Hadhrat Ebrahim (Alaihis Salaam). Indeed You are praiseworthy and most glorious.

Hadhrat Ibn Amr (Radhiallahu Anhu) Burns His Sheet.

Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr ibnul Aas (Radhiallahu Anhu) says: “Once we were accompanying Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) on a journey. I went to see him and I was wearing a saffron coloured sheet. He asked me, 'What is this that you are wearing?' I felt that he did not like my wearing a  cloth of that colour. When I reached home, I found a fire burning. I threw my garment into the fire. The next day when I went to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), he inquired, ‘where is that sheet?' I told him what I had done with it. He remarked, "You could have given it to one of the ladies in your house. Women are permitted to wear clothes of that colour."

Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr ibnul Aas (Radhiallahu Anhu) was so much perturbed at Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam's) displeasure that he did not hesitate to avail of the first opportunity of doing away with the sheet that caused the displeasure. He did not even think of making any other use of that garment. If we had been in his place, we would have thought of some excuse or the other for keeping it, or at least finding some other use for it. (Fazaail Aamaal)

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّمْ دَائِمًا أَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيبِكَ خَيرِ الخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ

Constant Remembrance of Allah Ta’ala

pearl in oysterThe oyster waits with its mouth open. When a raindrop gets into it, after some time it becomes a pearl. In the similar manner we need to constantly focus towards Allah Ta‘ala. Our attention, concern and concentration needs to be towards Him in all conditions. There must be a constant cry. During our private time or when we are driving alone, we should be crying from our hearts and engaging in zikr. We never know which zikr will be accepted and when that lucky moment may come and His grace may engulf us.

Source: Al-Haadi

Sadaqah Given with Ikhlaas

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم قال قال رجل لأتصدقن الليلة بصدقة فخرج بصدقته فوضعها في يد سارق فأصبحوا يتحدثون تصدق الليلة على سارق فقال اللهم لك الحمد على سارق لأتصدقن بصدقة فخرج بصدقته فوضعها في يد زانية فأصبحوا يتحدثون تصدق الليلة على زانية فقال اللهم لك الحمد على زانية لأتصدقن بصدقة فخرج بصدقته فوضعها في يد غني فأصبحوا يتحدثون تصدق الليلة على غني فقال اللهم لك الحمد على سارق وزانية وغني فأتي فقيل له أما صدقتك على سارق فلعله أن يستعف عن سرقته  وأما الزانية فلعلها أن تستعف عن زناها وأما الغني فلعله أن يعتبر فينفق مما أعطاه الله  رواه البخاري واللفظ له ومسلم والنسائي قالا فيه فقيل له أما صدقتك فقد تقبلت ثم ذكر الحديث  (الترغيب و الترهيب 1/69)

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Once there was a person who said: ‘Tonight I will most certainly give out some sadaqah.’ He then proceeded to distribute his sadaqah and (unknowingly) placed it in the hands of a thief. The next morning the people began discussing that sadaqah was given the previous night to a thief. When this news reached him, the man then said (in shock and surprise): ‘O Allah, to You belongs all praise. (However my sadaqah) had went into the hands of a thief. The man then resolved to give sadaqah once again on the second night.  He then proceeded to distribute his sadaqah and (unknowingly) placed it in the hands of an immoral woman. The next morning the people began discussing that sadaqah was given the previous night to an immoral woman. When this news reached him, the man then said (in shock and surprise): ‘O Allah, to You belongs all praise. (However my sadaqah) had went into the hands of an immoral woman. The man then resolved to give sadaqah once more on the third night.  He then proceeded to distribute his sadaqah and (unknowingly) placed it in the hands of a rich person. The next morning the people began discussing that sadaqah was given the previous night to a rich man. When the man heard of this, he said (in shock and surprise): ‘O Allah, to You belongs all praise, despite the fact that my sadaqah had reached the hands of a thief, an immoral woman and a rich person (during the previous three nights).’ The man then saw a dream wherein he was informed that (on account of your ikhlaas in discharging the sadaqah on those three nights, the outcome of the ikhlaas was that): ‘The sadaqah you gave to the thief, (then that sadaqah) became a means of preventing him from stealing. The sadaqah you gave to the immoral woman, (then that sadaqah) became a means of preventing her from her immorality. The sadaqah you gave to the rich man, (then that sadaqah) became a means of him taking lesson, and also spending from the wealth which Allah Ta’ala had bestowed upon him.

Advantages of adopting the appearance of the pious

QuranHazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) mentioned:

“Beloved friends! It is not something to be said, however I feel I should mention it to you. Undoubtedly, we are not pious people; nevertheless we endeavour to adopt the appearance of the pious and truthful. We have hope that through adopting the appearance of the pious and truthful, Allah Ta’ala will also favour us and will not deprive us of His grace. Look at the incident of Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) and Fir’oun. In the era of Fir’oun, the magicians confronted Nabi Moosa (‘alaihis salaam) (with the intention of opposing him). However on account of them imitating his clothing and outward appearance, Allah Ta’ala gave them taufeeq of embracing Islam and Allah Ta’ala favoured them. (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/107)

Revival of Islam

shahadah-calligraphy-wallpaper-on-green-glowHazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once said: "I don’t know how to explain this aspect to you but it is my heart’s desire that every person should come onto the straight path of Islam, in such a manner that the beauty of Islam becomes manifest in every facet of his life. Just as people by merely witnessing the lives of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) embraced Islam, similarly each and every Believer in this time should become a living role model of Islam for the world. The success of one’s Deen and dunya lies in this. Undoubtedly, if a Muslim reforms his life and remains totally committed to the Deen of Islam, then let alone him acquiring Deeni success, even his worldly problems and difficulties will be solved." (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 1/69)