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Showing Good Character at all Times

akhlaaqHazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once recited the following couplet:

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It is easy to repay ill-treatment with ill-treatment. However, a true man is he who shows good character to those who show him ill-treatment.

Hazrat Shaikh (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) thereafter mentioned:

Allah Ta’ala has mentioned in the Qur’aan Majeed, “Whoever adopts patience and forgives, then that is definitely from the acts of great determination and courage.” The Hadith mentions, “Join ties with those who sever ties, forgive those who oppress you, and show kind treatment to those who treat you badly.” Another Hadith mentions, “The person who truly joins family ties is not the one who deals with his family in the same manner that they deal with him. Rather, the one who truly joins family ties is the one who joins ties when they cut off ties with him.”

This couplet, which our seniors have extracted its meaning from the Qur’aan and Hadith, is such that if a person practises on it, he will surely enjoy peace and tranquillity in both this world and the next. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 93-94)  

 

Hating the Ways of the Kuffaar

Ways-to-troubleshoot-appsHazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once made the following du’aa: O Allah! Grant us the taufeeq of showing kindness and compassion to the kuffaar, as they are also Your servants, and enable us to fulfil their rights (and treat them justly). However, create within our hearts the aversion and hatred for their kufr and wrongs. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.76)

Showing Affection to the Creation

love-word1Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

After his appointment as khaleefah, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was approached by the children of the neighbourhood who told him that they feared he would not be as affectionate to them as before he became the khaleefa. Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) assured them that he would continue showing them the same kind of affection and love he used to show them before the khilaafat.

Despite him holding such a lofty and exalted position, he didn’t feel it below his dignity to show affection to the children of the neighbourhood. This is what we need to instil in our lives. The very first people who we should commence showing kindness to are our immediate family members.

Showing Respect

respect2Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Respect is a fundamental aspect in a person’s deen, without which a person lies in great danger. A salient feature in all our pious predecessors is that they always maintained a very high level of respect for their elders, as well as all the pious and learned scholars before them. Our progress in deen depends on revering and honouring our pious predecessors. Although they may have had differences in certain issues among themselves, this does not authorise us to degrade them in any way. The teachings of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), as well as the lives of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and the Aimmah Mujtahideen are replete with examples of respect. 

The Value of Good Deeds

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

Why do we not find the time to regularly engage in zikr and ibaadah, whereas it is these actions that will truly benefit us after our death? We are all aware that our life in this world is extremely short and can be likened to a dream. When a person has a dream, he sees many things, yet upon awakening, he finds that everything has disappeared and he realises that what he saw was nothing but a dream. Similarly, when a person passes away, he finds that everything of the world has disappeared and only good actions remain. Hence, if righteous actions are not carried out during one’s lifetime, the life after death will be nothing but misery and destruction. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 205)