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The Precious Gifts of Allah Ta’ala

Roses 3Once a person came to a pious servant of Allah Ta’ala and complained of his poverty. He explained to the pious man that he was undergoing great distress and preferred death to such a life. The pious man asked him: “Are you willing to have your eyes removed in exchange for ten thousand dirhams?” The man replied: “Certainly not.” The pious man further asked: “Would you like to have your tongue plucked out in return of ten thousand dirhams?” The man replied: “Definitely not.” The pious man then asked: “Would you agree to have both your hands and feet severed in return of twenty thousand dirhams?” The man said that he would not agree. The pious man asked: “Are you willing to become a mad man in exchange of ten thousand dirhams?” The man said that he was not prepared. Upon this, the pious man said to him: “Are you not ashamed of yourself? You admit that Allah Ta’ala has granted you so many precious gifts, the value of which, in your own estimation, exceeds fifty thousand dirhams (counting only a few limbs on his body by way of illustration) and yet you complain of poverty?!  ( Fazaail Sadaaqaat pg.552)

The Value of a Kingdom

palaceOn one occassion Ibn Simaak (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) paid a visit to the king of the time. It so happened that when the sheikh (ibn Simaak (Rahmatullahi Alaihi)) greeted him, the king was holding a tumbler of water in his hand. The king said to the sheikh: “Give me a word of advice.” The sheikh said: “Suppose this tumbler of water could only be obtained at the cost of your entire kingdom and you had to choose between dying of thirst and giving your kingdom away, which one would you prefer?”  The king replied: “I would naturally prefer a tumbler of water and part with my entire kingdom.” The sheikh then said: “Then I do not understand why anyone should take joy in a kingdom which is worth only a tumbler of water!” (Fazaail Sadaqaat pg.552)   

An Honest Businessman

HonestyHassan bin Ziyaad (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) says: “Imaam Abu Haneefa (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) bought a consignment of fabric which had a defect in it. He sent the consignment to his partner to sell it off and instructed him to clearly inform the customers of the defect. It happened that the partner sold off the entire consignment but totally forgot to inform the customers. He also could not recall who the customers were. When Imaam Abu Haneefa (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) learnt of this he was extremely disappointed. He then gave away all the money from that sale, the profits as well as the capital, as sadaqah. The total amount came to thirty thousand dirhams (which will presently be equivalent to  several hundred thousand Rands). (Jawaahir Pare vol 2)

وعن أبي ذر رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : " ثلاثة لا يكلمهم الله يوم القيامة ولا ينظر إليهم ولا يزكيهم ولهم عذاب أليم " . قال أبو ذر : خابوا وخسروا من هم يا رسول الله ؟ قال : " المسبل والمنان والمنفق سلعته بالحلف الكاذب " . رواه مسلم

Hadhrat Abu Zar (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Three types of people Allah Ta’ala will not speak to on the day of Qiyaamah, nor will he look at them with the sight of mercy nor purify and cleanse them of their sins, and a severe punishment awaits them.” Hadrat Abu Zar (Radhiallahu Anhu) exclaimed: “Certainly such people are great losers and are doomed. O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), inform us who are these people?” Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied: “The one who lets his garment flow beneath his ankles, the one who (after doing a favour to people), reminds them of his favours, and the one who takes false oaths when marketing and advertising his merchandise (i.e. he lies about the quality of the merchandise etc. to people with false oaths).

عن أبي سعيد رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : " التاجر الصدوق الأمين مع النبيين والصديقين والشهداء " . رواه الترمذي

Hadhrat Abu Saeed (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: The businessman who deals with honesty and trustworthiness will be in the company of the Ambiyaa, the siddeeqeen, and the shuhadaa (martyrs).

وعن حكيم بن حزام قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : " فإن صدقا (اي البيعان) وبينا بورك لهما في بيعهما وإن كتما وكذبا محقت بركة بيعهما "

Hadhrat Hakeem ibn Hizaam (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “If the purchaser and seller deal with honesty and disclose the faults of the merchandise, Allah Ta’ala will grant them barkat (blessing) in their business transaction. However, if they transact with dishonesty, thereby concealing the faults of the merchandise and speaking lies to each other, the blessing of the transaction will be taken away.

Dedication to Getting One’s Takbeer-e-Ula

Hadhrat Moulana Aashiq Ilaahi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) mentions:

“Once Hadhrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) was present for the jalsah in Deoband. There were large crowds of people surrounding Hadhrat Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) wishing to shake his hands and meet him. It was at that time that the jamaat for Asr salaah commenced. The Imaam leading the Asr salaah was Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Ya’qoob (Rahmatullahi Alaih). 

Due to the large crowds, Hadhrat Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) was unable to reach the Musjid in time and get the takbeer tahreemah. Instead, he only managed to join the salaah once the Qiraat had commenced. After completing the salaah, Hadhrat Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) with a deep sense of grief and sorrow exclaimed: “After twenty two years, today I have missed my Takbeer Oola.”     (Jawaahir Paare 238/1-Tazkiratur Rasheed)

The Sign of an Accepted Hajj

Q: What is the sign of an accepted Hajj (Hajj Mabroor)?

A: The fuqahaa have stated that the sign of an accepted Hajj is that after one returns from Hajj he reforms his life, he practises the sunnats more punctually and diligently, his desire for increasing good deeds intensifies and he develops a natural aversion and dislike for sin. If these signs are not evident in the life of a Haaji who has returned (instead he persists upon his previous ways of sinning), then this is a sign that the Hajj that he had carried out was not an accepted Hajj (Hajj Mabroor).  (Malfoozaat Faqeehil Ummah)