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Listening to Discourses with the Intention of Reforming Oneself

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

A person once wrote a letter to me wherein he requested that I guide him in reforming his condition. In reply, I advised him to read twenty of my discourses and endeavour to practice upon my teachings. I further advised him to write to me after carrying this out so that he may inform me of his condition and whether he finds any change in his life. After reading twenty of my discourses, he wrote to me saying, “I do not find any improvement and change in my life.” I replied to him saying, “You either read the discourses without the intention of reforming yourself, or either the discourses which you read did not contain any advice pertaining to your self-reformation, or perhaps there are no deficiencies within you which require reformation.” After reading my reply, he admitted that although he read through the discourses, he did not do so with the intention of reforming himself. I therefore wrote to him saying, “This is the reason for you not finding any change and improvement in your life. Now I ask you to read these discourses again with the intention of Islaah (seeking self-reformation).” Alhamdulillah, after reading the discourses again with the correct intention, he wrote back informing me that he has derived immense benefit from the discourses and that he finds substantial change and improvement in his life. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 8/318)       

Remaining Firm on the Zikr of Allah Ta’ala

successHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Shaytaan abhors seeing a person making zikr because the Quraan Shareef terms zikr as the greatest thing. When a person does this, life comes into all his other actions as well. Therefore, Shaytaan makes every effort to stop a person from zikr especially by frustrating him. Once a person is frustrated he will omit whatever he is doing. Remember, every effort, even a broken one, undertaken in order to establish the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala is highly appreciated in the court of Allah Ta‘ala. 

Remaining Committed to One’s Ma’moolaat

62679Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

One should stipulate and allocate a certain time in the night and day for each of the responsibilities and works that he has to fulfil. Thereafter, when it is the time to fulfil that work, he should not allow himself to be distracted by people. Some people claim that if a person comes to meet you while you are engaged in your work then meeting this person and showing him good character is a valid excuse for one to leave his work. In response to that, I ask you what you would do if a person came to meet you when you urgently needed to relieve yourself. Would you not excuse yourself?


Why attribute the matter to the criticism of relatives and people? When your heart does not wish to do something then you will find a thousand excuses.

Make a firm resolve and determination that you will never leave out your ma’moolaat. Punctuality upon one’s Ma’moolaat is the ladder through which one progresses in Deen. Commitment and punctuality upon Ma’moolaat was the practice of all our pious predecessors. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 148)

Concentration in Zikr

jaa___e_namaz_and_tasbeeh_by_tahajawaid-d4u6hcrHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

A person making zikr does not always gain the concentration and presence of mind that he desires. Hence he thinks: “What is the benefit of such zikr?” and contemplates on abandoning it. This is purely a whisper from Shaytaan and one should not pay any attention to it. Rather, he should continue making his zikr.

Showing Appreciation to All the Avenues of Deen

appreciation word artHazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

We should acknowledge and show appreciation to all the means and avenues through which Deen has come to us. Not acknowledging and showing appreciation is a means of ingratitude and a cause of great deprivation. Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said in his mubaarak Hadith:

من لم يشكر الناس لم يشكر الله (رواه الطبراني)

The one who has not shown gratitude to people has not shown gratitude to Allah Ta’ala. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 97)