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Avoid Places of Sin

go back signPresently, 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.

Once, Hadhrat Shaikh-ul-Hind (rahmatullahi alaih) visited his shaikh, Hadhrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi (rahmatullahi alaih). It so happened that on that particular day, there was a urs celebration that was taking place in Gangoh, and to get to the residence of Moulana Gangohi (rahmatullahi alaih) one had to pass through the area where the urs was taking place. Shaikh-ul-Hind (rahmatullahi alaih) reached the residence of his shaikh late at night. Without any welcome, Hadhrat Gangohi (rahmatullahi alaih) instructed Shaikh-ul-Hind (rahmatullahi alaih) to immediately return to Deoband.

The person accompanying Shaikh-ul-Hind (rahmatullahi alaih) interrupted and said that Shaikh-ul-Hind was unaware of the urs and should be allowed to remain in Gangoh. Hadhrat Gangohi (rahmatullahi alaih) replied, “I am not a simpleton that I do not know that he was unaware of the urs. However, what answer will he give on the Day of Qiyaamah when he will be asked regarding the hadeeth that states that the one who adds to the glory of a people will be counted amongst them. When he saw the urs in progress, he could have turned around and returned immediately.”

This was the way of the Akaabir. They always maintained a straight relationship with Allah Ta`ala. The moment the relationship gets affected, it will impact upon all other matters of our life.

Source: Al-Haadi

Refer to the Experts

sceneryOne has to be competent and have a high level of understanding to interpret the Qur’aan and Hadeeth. It is not the field of anyone and everyone. Some are geared and made for the field of hadeeth, and some for fiqh and interpreting the hadeeth. Such people are worthy of following. Look at a simple example. Everybody accepts Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) as a luminary in the field of hadeeth, but he was not recognised in the field of fiqh. Therefore, we will find that Imaam Tirmizi (rahimahullah) who was his student, yet when reporting the views of the fuqahaa regarding a particular hadeeth he would enlist the names of Imaam Shaafi`ee, Imaam Ahmad (rahimahumallah), etc. yet he would not report the view of Imaam Bukhaari. Hence, for each field there are different people who are qualified and experts, and they are the ones who are to be followed.

Source: Al-Haadi

One Needs to Follow an Imaam

pathwayThe Arabs did not have the knowledge of heavenly and divine scriptures. Hence, when Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) informed them of his nubuwwat, they sent a delegation to the Jews enquiring whether the rasuls (messengers) that had come before, were men or angels. The Jews replied that they were men. So their minds were clear that all rasuls were men like us. And they had to be men and not angels, for if they were angels, then angels do not get tired etc. So how will they be able to understand human life? 

There are basically two categories of people: (1) ahluz zikr – those who have knowledge (2) ghair ahluz zikr (those who do not have knowledge). This is the system in worldly knowledge as well.

Then there are two types of texts that appear in the Qur’aan and Hadeeth: (1) Clear and categorical. Someone who has got the knowledge of this can follow this directly. For example, the prohibition of zina or the command of salaah etc. (2) Unclear and ambiguous or there seems to be a contradiction with other aayaat or ahaadeeth. To understand these, one’s knowledge needs to be extremely sound. When we are faced with such a text then the requisite is that we follow an imaam of fiqh. When people like Imaam Ghazaali, Imaam Raazi and even greater than them, Imaam Tirmizi (rahimahumullah) saw the need of following an imaam, then how much more in need are we. This is the consensus of all Ulama of the past that one will need to follow an imaam. In fact, the following of an imaam is a relief.

Source: Al-Haadi

The Need for Correct Parenting

parents1Elders should assume responsibility and understand that they have a responsibility towards their juniors. Some people want their wives to become pious and righteous overnight, but they fail to realise how long it took them to correct themselves. On the other hand, there are some who are not worried at all for the Deen of their family. As the head of the home we have to assume responsibility and understand what the responsibility is. Some understand the responsibility to be merely the providing of basic needs, but this is incorrect. The more important aspect is the instilling of correct values. Obviously, the bulk of it will be on the mother, but it does not mean that the father plays no role. Both are parents. If you want respect from the child then you need to pass on that type of values as well. The parents of the past were very firm on this. Parenting is not just to tell the children a few stories and give your spare time. Have a system at home that by Maghrib everyone must be at home. Then after Maghrib, there could be supper and then the family can sit down together as a family and carry out ta`leem.

Five things are recommended nowadays in this ta`leem, especially with the type of environment we have outside. The first is to do the ta`leem of Fazaa’il-e-A`maal. This will assist to motivate and create the enthusiasm to carry out ibaadat. It does not have to be dry. Rather make it enjoyable and to the level of the child. The second aspect after motivation is to understand how to go about doing those encouraged actions. For this you need Bahishti Zewar. The third aspect is the recitation of the Qur’aan. There can be no substitute for this by putting on a CD or the radio. The child must not end the day without the Qur’aan. By reciting the kalaam of Allah, Allah will take care of you. The fourth is a bit of zikr. This will assist in inculcating taqwa. It will create the consciousness that Allah is watching. We normally ask why is the home not right and filled with jinnaat and jadu problems. This is the solution to these problems. The fifth thing is that since the challenges are so great we should make du`aa collectively to Allah Ta`ala to assist us. And this is the greatest gift that a father can give to the child, that he has linked the child to Allah. The child will not feel lost at any time in his life, whether the father is present or not.

Source: Al-Haadi

Man – the noblest of Allah Ta’ala’s creation

flowerAllah Ta`ala states in the Qur’aan Shareef: “Indeed We have honoured mankind.” Compared to the rest of the creation, man is unique in every aspect. Man has been created with a balance. He is a combination of bestial qualities as well as angelic qualities. However, in this entire equation, what is the purpose of man on earth? Every creation of Allah remembers Allah Ta`ala. Allah Ta`ala says: “There isn’t a thing that does not make the tasbeeh of Allah Ta`ala.” However, this is one aspect that these creations are engaged in the zikr of Allah. But Allah Ta`ala has specifically mentioned for man that he has been created for His Ibaadat. To understand what ibaadat means, understand it through the following: 

There are two types of workers. One is the person who has been contracted for a specific work, like an accountant who has been hired for his services. If you tell him to manage a shop for you or to cook a meal he will refuse because he has not been trained for that. 

The other type of a worker is like a slave. Whatever work is asked of him to do, he will do it, whether to serve your guests, or to clean the toilets, or to run your business. This is the position of man, and therefore he has been exalted above the rest of the creation because he has been made in charge of handling all the affairs of the entire creation for Allah Ta`ala. This is what is meant by the worship and service of Allah; that man will be acting in the place of Allah. Therefore, man cannot be selective and choose what he wants to do.

Source: Al-Haadi