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Hadhrat Thaanwi (Rahmatullahi Alaih)

Carrying out the Command of Allah Despite not feeling motivated

102_58587Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

It is compulsory upon one to fulfil the commandments of Shariah, regardless of whether one feels motivated or not. It is really unfortunate that one only fulfils the commands of Shariah when one feels motivated. Is one the servant of one’s feelings or the servant of Allah? (Being the servant of Allah demands that one fulfils the command of the Creator regardless of whether one feels motivated or not. This is the sign of one being the true servant of Allah and not the servant of one’s feelings.) (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 7/239)

Bringing Comfort to People – The Essence of Adab

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

I am always concerned and mindful that at no time should I become the means of causing any inconvenience to others, thereby overstepping the limits of Deen. It is for this very reason that while serving some of my elders, I did not carry their shoes, as I felt that they may feel uncomfortable through this action. Due to my causing them the slightest discomfort and inconvenience, I will be overstepping the limits of Deen. It is the grace of Allah Ta‘ala that despite my worthlessness, my elders still nevertheless showed me their special attention and consideration. As far as the aspect of khidmat is concerned, serving people in general and making their khidmat is not fardh. However ensuring that others remain in ease and comfort at all times and are not inconvenienced through one’s actions is compulsory. Otherwise bringing discomfort to them while trying to serve them is certainly not khidmat. Hence, if their comfort lies in not serving them, then do not serve them, and if their comfort lies in your serving them then serve them. The point is that we should never cause them any discomfort and inconvenience and should always keep them comfortable and at ease. This is the essence of adab. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 7/263)

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)

Ignoring the Whispers of Shaitaan

Ignore-Keyboard-Button-300x199Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

The way to repel stray thoughts and the whispers of Shaitaan is to deal with them with courage and determination. Dealing with them with courage and determination is to totally ignore them and not pay any attention to them. This is similar to a stray barking dog. If you interfere with it and try to silence it, it will continue barking at you. However, if you ignore it, it will automatically stop barking. Hence the best way to deal with stray thoughts and the whispers of Shaitaan is for you to totally ignore them and not pay any attention to them. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 7/210)

Reformation – The Basis of Allah Ta’ala’s Mercy

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

How can the advice of a spiritual mentor benefit the one who has no interest or desire to change his life? The people who paid the most attention to the reformation of the people were the Ambiyaa’ (‘alaihimus salaam). However, despite receiving the attention and advice of the Nabi, those who had no desire to change remained unaffected. The basis for Allah Ta‘ala blessing a person is the level of desire and thirst within the person to change and reform his ways. Without this desire, absolutely nothing can be achieved. This is the system of Allah Ta‘ala. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 7/272)