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The Reality of Zikr

tasbeehThe hadeeth says that the simile of the one who remembers Allah Ta‘ala and the one who does not remember Allah Ta’ala is like the living and the dead. Sometimes when we hear about zikr then we restrict it to just holding a tasbeeh and reciting some zikr. Yes, we cannot underestimate and undermine this ibaadat, for it has its value and effect even if done unmindfully. However, zikr has a deeper meaning. What do you mean by zikr? It refers to having the consciousness of the presence of Allah Ta‘ala with His sifaat and great qualities i.e. His power, authority, might, etc. When you remember Allah Ta‘ala with this level of remembrance then it is virtually impossible to commit a sin. If someone has got a loaded gun and you know he is hot-tempered and short-fused, and his daughter is before you and he has his finger on the trigger, will you flirt with his daughter? Even if you think of doing it your feelings will die. This is the type of feeling and awareness of Allah Ta‘ala you should bring in your mind.

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Remaining within the limits and boundaries of Shari’ah

boundaries600Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

As long as one does not acquire sound understanding in Deen and become firmly established upon Deen, there will always be the fear that such a person will transgress the limits and boundaries in his actions. Since such a person does not know the limits, if he befriends someone he will transgress the limits in friendship and if he has enmity for someone, he will transgress the limits in his enmity. Both situations are extremely detrimental. In essence, the outcome of dealing with such a person who is not firmly established in Deen and does not know the limits can prove disastrous. There was once an ‘Aalim who was of the opinion that Muslims should go into partnerships with Hindus. When he expressed his opinion to me, I told him, “We cannot, with certainty, say what will be the outcome of such a Muslim’s dunya. However, the harm that will come to his Deen is quite clear and evident. This is due to the fact that Hindus, in reality, don’t have any Deen and hence do not adhere to the limits of Shari’ah. If the Muslim tries to uphold Deen in the partnership, then how will the partnership continue? On the contrary, if the partnership continues in the way the Hindu wishes, then how will the Muslim uphold his Deen? The reason is that every decision the Hindus will make will be centred around dunya and material progress even if it opposes the laws of Deen. They will do whatever they deem necessary in order to boost their business in the pursuit of worldly progress. How then can a Mu’min’s Deen be secure and safe if he has to adopt their ways? (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 8/239)

Obtaining Tranquility and Peace in one’s Nikah

heartsAllah Ta‘ala says that He has created a spouse and a wife for man so that he will gain tranquility. However, to get the desired results of anything you will have to follow the required system. If a student did not study and then failed, he cannot complain about not passing, for he did not follow the correct procedure. Someone is driving at 200 km per hour and then decides to take a 180 degree turn, he will definitely meet in an accident. If he followed proper procedures then he would have saved himself from harm. Similarly, a wife has to be treated correctly in order for her to become the means of obtaining tranquility and peace in one's nikah.

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Reflection – The Remedy for negligence

leaf-reflection-wallpaper_2003489213Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Sickness, death and other similar calamities and difficulties which afflict people are all things from which we should take lesson and pay heed to. It is as though our sight has been blinded by veils of negligence and unmindfulness. We have become complacent over our condition and express surprise over the condition of others without taking any lesson. When studying the sections of Hadith pertaining to narrations which soften the heart and narrations of abstinence from the world, we fail to ponder and reflect. We study and discuss the Fiqh discussions at great length and merely leave it at that. Before sleeping, a person should take out some time to ponder and reflect over the reality of death. (Suhbate Ba Awliyaa’ page.152)

The Different Stages of Man

sceneryIn the creation of man, after a period of weakness Allah Ta‘ala brings about strength and might. He progresses gradually and is developed physically and intellectually. Between the age of 35 to 40, you reach your peak and after the age of 40 you begin to decline, but man does not look at his beginning and end. We will make excuses for this decline e.g. sickness etc., but it is a reality that we all have to face. At the time of the height of his power, man forgets Allah Ta‘ala, little does he realise that the period of his power is very short before his decline.

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