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Attracting People Towards Deen

attracting-ideal-clientsHazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

My beloved friends! Life and death is something over which there is no guarantee. Remember the advice I wish to share with you! My advice to you is that you should strive to the best of your ability to emulate the Mubaarak Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaiho wasallam). The second advice which I wish to give you is that you should endeavour to establish khaanqas and halqas of zikr in your localities. Encourage people to engage in zikr and teach them Deen. Do not wait for people to come to you to learn Deen or to acquire self-reformation. In this era, you will have to adopt all means in trying to win people and attract them towards Deen. (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 2/142)

Visiting Relatives

flowerHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

We generally have the habit of moving around all the time and going on outings. We should adjust this a little and together with the outing make a point of visiting a relative or family friend etc. We do not realise the value of these small visits. At times, that visit becomes the means of saving a person’s Imaan. 

The Purpose of a Believer Acquiring Wealth

Trees-coinsHazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Hazrat Umar (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) and many other Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhum) had acquired a lot of wealth during their lives. In fact, many Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhum) would receive a regular income. However, from the wealth they possessed, they would spend very little on their personal needs. Their food and clothing was extremely simple. In fact, they would lead lives of poverty. The reason for this was that despite them acquiring a good income, many of them would spend all their wealth in the path of Deen and even used to take loans for the upliftment of Deen (which they would pay off later on). In reality, the purpose of a believer acquiring wealth should be in order to use it for Deen and spend it in avenues pleasing to Allah Ta’ala. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.125)

The Method of Protecting the Precious Gift of Imaan

giftboxHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The most precious commodity is imaan. The nature of anything precious is that if it is looked after then its benefits are tremendous, and on the contrary if it is neglected then the consequences are disastrous. If this imaan is strengthened, it can cause a person to transcend even above the angels. But if it is neglected, it can demote a person to the lowest of positions. Hence, there is a need to guard and secure this invaluable asset of imaan. For this, the Quraan Kareem enjoins two things, viz. adopting taqwa and associating with the pious.

Descending to the Level of People

stair_photoHazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

A true Sheikh and spiritual guide is one who comes down to the level of people and deals with them according to their position when guiding them. He does not deal with people in the manner where he expects them to come up to his level. An example to illustrate this point is that of a person who feeds meat to a suckling child. Can there be any outcome besides that of destroying the child? The suckling child will have to be suckled with milk before it reaches the point where it will be able to be fed meat. (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.66)