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Hadhrat Thaanwi (Rahmatullahi Alaih)

Gaining a Sound Understanding in Deen

quran1Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

A person who does not possess a sound temperament and whose understanding is deficient finds irrelevant facts appealing to his logic, but is unable to grasp and comprehend the correct arguments. I was once explaining, to an educated person the reason for rearing dogs being impermissible. I said to him, “The greatest reason is that Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) have prohibited it.” However, he was unhappy with this explanation. I thus gave him a second explanation saying, “A dog has one quality which is so bad that it wipes out all its good qualities. This quality is that it will never assist its own kind. Do you not see how enraged it becomes on seeing another dog?” When he heard this explanation, he became very happy, whereas this is merely a logical explanation and is not the actual reason for the prohibition. The actual reason for the prohibition is that Shari’at has prohibited keeping dogs. However, this reason did not appeal to him as much as the second point did. (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.208)

The Islamic Etiquette at the time of Meals

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

During meals, issues of a serious and intricate nature should not be discussed. Rather, light-hearted topics and things that do not require serious thought should be spoken about. The reason for this is that serious and intricate discussions require deep thought and thus can cause one to lose his appetite. As a result, one will not be able to enjoy his meal. At the time of meals, one’s attention should be directed towards the food. While on the dastarkhaan, if someone has to speak of serious matters, then I do not pay attention to it, as listening to such a discussion prevents me from enjoying the food and causes me to lose my appetite. (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.71)

The Blessings of a Simple Nikah which is conducted in accordance to the Sunnah

Wedding-ring-clipart-clipartion-com-3Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

There was a person who had performed the nikah of his daughter in the musjid after Asr Salaah. After the nikah was performed, there were just a few dates that were distributed, and the groom did not even wear new clothing for the nikah. Likewise, there were a few other nikahs that took place in a similar manner. In the one nikah, the groom wore his ordinary clothing which he would daily wear for work and his clothing was slightly stained due to work. Seeing this level of simplicity, the people present for the nikah were quite agreeable and had no reservations. Hazrat (rahimahullah) then mentioned:

The nikah of my brother, Mazhar, took place in a similar manner. On the occasion of his nikah, even the old women remarked, “Really, this nikah is full of noor and barakah, and our hearts are enlightened with happiness, despite there not being any elaborate arrangements found.” Subhaanallah! When the nikah was performed in accordance with the Sunnah, then why should noor not be perceived? Furthermore, the more the simplicity of the nikah, the greater will be the noor felt in the heart. The reason for this is that when there is simplicity then there is no opportunity for arguments and quarrelling, and this causes one to have a clear heart (from malice, enmity, etc). On the contrary, when there is a long drawn function and elaborate arrangements, then this leads to arguments and quarrels, and these undoubtedly darken and dull the heart.

(Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.457)

The Deception of Shaitaan

decept10Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

In today’s times, the statement, “This mouth is unworthy of making du‘aa” is commonly heard from people. A person once came to me and expressed the same feeling, saying that he was unworthy of making du‘aa. In reply, I asked him, “Do you perform Salaah? Do you recite the Kalimah?” When he replied that he does perform Salaah and recite the Kalimah, I said, “When you are worthy enough to perform Salaah, to fast and to recite the Kalimah, then why are you unworthy of making du‘aa?” This feeling, that you are unworthy of making du‘aa, is in actual fact created by Shaitaan in his effort to mislead you. He wishes to deprive you of the barakah of turning to Allah Ta‘ala in du‘aa. Similarly, your nafs does not wish to exert itself in any work. Therefore, whenever it is told to do any good work, it looks for some excuse or the other to avoid doing that good work. (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.128)

Descending to the Level of People

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

A true Sheikh and spiritual guide is one who comes down to the level of people and deals with them according to their position when guiding them. He does not deal with people in the manner where he expects them to come up to his level. An example to illustrate this point is that of a person who feeds meat to a suckling child. Can there be any outcome besides that of destroying the child? The suckling child will have to be suckled with milk before it reaches the point where it will be able to be fed meat. (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.66)