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Hadhrat Thaanwi (Rahmatullahi Alaih)

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)

Lectures Alone are Insufficient

Devices-media-optical-audio-iconHazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Nowadays, people expect the condition of the Muslims to improve through merely delivering lectures and bayaans. Although lectures and bayaans are beneficial, merely delivering lectures and bayaans will not be sufficient in bringing about a change unless effort is made towards physically implementing the laws and injunctions of Deen and practising upon them. However, very little attention is paid towards this aspect. People confine their effort to bayaans and its beautiful presentation. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 3/145)

Placing one’s Trust and Reliance upon Allah Ta’ala Alone

Trust (1)Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

When Allah Ta’ala decides that any work take place then He creates the means for its fulfilment. The completion of that work is not dependant on any person. Rather, Allah Ta’ala, out of His infinite power, will use whichever person He so wishes for its completion. Therefore, one should place his trust and reliance upon Allah Ta’ala alone. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 4/152)

Salvation in Seclusion

1041301465Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Nowadays, salvation lies in keeping to oneself and associating less with people. (In this way, one will be able to concentrate on one’s self reformation and be safeguarded from the wrongs of association and company.) I came across the statement of a pious person in a certain kitaab wherein he says that when remaining in seclusion, one should not make the intention that he is doing so in order to be saved from the harms of people. Rather, he should think to himself, “I am like a snake or scorpion that can harm people and therefore I should not associate with them in order to protect them from my harm.” How cautious indeed were our predecessors and seniors in ensuring that they did not fall into self admiration and other similar sins! (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.116)

The Degeneration of Hayaa

pearl in oysterHazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

It is not in keeping with hayaa and modesty for women to write their names in their articles as is prevalent nowadays. Yes, there will be no harm in revealing their names after their demise. Men have a natural inclination towards women; therefore extreme caution should be exercised in these matters. Despite the Azwaaj-e-Mutahharaat being the mothers of the believers and despite nikah with them being perpetually haraam, they were commanded with the following injunction in the Qur’an-e-Majeed:

فَلَا تَخْضَعْنَ بِالْقَوْلِ فَيَطْمَعَ الَّذِي فِي قَلْبِهِ مَرَضٌ ﴿الأحزاب: 32﴾

Do not speak in soft, alluring tones, lest the one in whose heart is a disease should be moved with desire.

Nowadays, women are carrying out works that are totally against the dictates of shame and modesty. I came across some poetry composed by a woman where she praises the features of her shaikh and expresses her desire to meet him. This is how shameless people have become! (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.482)