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The Path of Protecting One’s Deen and Honour – the Path of Abstaining from Doubtful Areas

الحلال بين والحرام بين وبينهما مشبهات لا يعلمها كثير من الناس فمن اتقى المشبهات استبرأ لدينه وعرضه إلخ

Halaal is clear and haraam is clear, and between halaal and haraam are such things which are doubtful and many people do not know it. The one who abstains from these doubtful things will protect his Deen and his honour.

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once quoted the above Hadith and thereafter explained:

The essence of this Hadith is for one to obtain the quality of Taqwa. If anything is unclear and doubtful, and some Ulama regard it to be permissible while other Ulama rule it to be impermissible, then it is best for one to refrain from it and leave it out without becoming involved in an argument with any person.

This is also understood from another Hadith in which Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Leave out those things regarding which you are doubtful, and choose those things regarding which you have no doubt.” (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 97)

Desiring a Beautiful Death

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

A common perception among people is that if a person passes away in Makkah Mukarramah or Madeenah Munwwarah, or on a Friday etc. then he has ‘cashed in’. However, passing away in these places or days, does not necessarily mean that this person has struck a ‘jackpot’. Instead, you would look at the life of this person, the way he conducted himself and his level of submission to Allah Ta‘ala. If outwardly he seemed to be a righteous person and he passes away in this beautiful manner then it would be like a ‘cherry on the top’. On the contrary, if he was not an outwardly righteous person, then Allah Ta‘ala knows best, but it does not necessarily mean that he has struck the ‘jackpot’. Though we all desire to have such deaths, but the more important thing is the way we lead our lives and the level of our submission to Allah Ta‘ala.

Securing the Du’aa of the Angels

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

When one makes du’aa for any Muslim in his absence, then in reality one is actually making du’aa for oneself. The Hadith has mentioned that when any person makes du’aa for his Muslim brother to be blessed with goodness and success, then the angels of Allah Ta’ala say to him, “May you be blessed with the same!” (i.e. O servant of Allah! May Allah grant you the very thing that you are making du’aa for your brother to receive) Hence, to make du’aa for every Muslim to be blessed with goodness is a definite method for one to secure the du’aa of the angels. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 110)

Holiday Season

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Presently, we are in the holiday period and we all know the condition of people especially at the beaches. It will be unbecoming of any Muslim to visit any of these spots during this time. Even if a person presents the excuse of not casting any lustful glances etc. then too he will not be free of blame.

Constantly Remaining Vigilant of the Nafs

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

It is absolutely vital for one to constantly remain vigilant and cautious regarding his nafs. The nafs is such that if it finds the opportunity and the means to fulfil its desires, it will never rest until it gets what it wants. In fact, even those who have progressed sufficiently in the path of self reformation, it is nevertheless, dangerous for them as well to become complacent and relax their guard regarding the nafs. However, the difference with them is that due to their knowledge and experience in traversing the path of self reformation, it is not as difficult for them to bring their nafs under control at the time of danger. The condition of our nafs is like that of a stubborn horse. When it is let loose, it neither looks forward nor backward (as it is out of control and runs in any direction without thinking). In this state, the damage that the nafs can cause is so serious that we cannot truly comprehend it. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 8/50)