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The Preservation of one’s Deen Depends on Remaining in the Company of the Ahlullah

zikr-beads1Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

This era is one of great corruption and vice. One is faced with trials and tribulations from all sides and one’s Imaan is being constantly attacked. Therefore I regard it compulsory for the preservation of one’s Deen that one aligns himself with the pious and righteous servants of Allah Ta’ala and remains in their company. I even issue the fatwa of it being fardh to remain in the company of the Ahlullah in these trying times. What doubt can there be in this? When the preservation of one’s Imaan depends on the protection of one’s Deen and with experience it is proven that one’s Deen will only be safeguarded and protected through remaining in the company of the Ahlullah, then what doubt can one have in it being fardh? (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 7/107)

The Condition of the Hereafter Compared to This World

Wood-pathHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The circumstances and conditions in this world are different to the conditions of the hereafter. In the hereafter there is no pain and anxiety. Therefore, this leads one to the fact that those things that will lead to pain and anxiety will be removed from the system in the hereafter. In this world we have jealousy, so when we see someone excelling we feel the pain and a bit uncomfortable. You will feel that why am I not as popular as him, or as rich as him. Hence, this is the system of the world. In the hereafter these things won’t be there. When these feelings won’t be there then when you will see someone with something better, you will not feel any pain or be grieved.

The Importance of Trust

trustHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Look at the concept of trust and see how lightly we treat it whereas the Hadeeth speaks so highly of it. A person who does not have trustworthiness then really he does not have complete Imaan. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has equated amaanat (trust) so closely with Imaan that as though without it one does not have a place in Islam.

The Sublime Character and Honest Dealings of our Pious Predecessors

character-educationHazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Many of our pious predecessors led such pious and righteous lives that those who merely observed their sublime character and honest dealings were forced to embrace Islam. Unfortunately, in today’s times our condition has become such that people are turned away from Islam after observing our dealings and character. (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/63)

Introspection over one’s Deeds

mirrorsHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The purpose of going for a bayaan is not for excitement, but the thing to see is what you gained from it. The idea is that when you come out from a program there must be determination to change one’s life, a feeling of remorse over the wrongs one had committed, and the realization that one needs to correct oneself. This type of introspection over one’s deeds and looking for a way to correct oneself is called tafaqqud. One is tafaqqud over others (i.e. inspecting other people’s actions and lives) and one is tafaqqud within one’s own self. Are you inspecting and observing yourself or not? This was the general trend in the past. When they found that there was something short in their aspirations then they would inspect their own deeds. We need to think to ourselves that why do we not find a consistent pattern in our deen, why are we going up and then dipping? Similarly why are feelings and thoughts of jealousy and pride overcoming me?