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Hadhrat Shaikh (Rahmatullahi Alaih)

The Importance of Fulfilling the Rights of People

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

If a person is swearing you and speaking ill of you behind your back, he is actually giving you his good deeds. If he does not have sufficient good deeds to give you, then he is taking your evil deeds onto his own head. A Hadith has also mentioned, “Whoever swears or hits someone, retribution will definitely be taken from him, to the extent that retribution will even be taken on behalf of the hornless goat (that was butted by a goat with horns).” (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 94)

Showing Good Character at all Times

akhlaaqHazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once recited the following couplet:

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It is easy to repay ill-treatment with ill-treatment. However, a true man is he who shows good character to those who show him ill-treatment.

Hazrat Shaikh (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) thereafter mentioned:

Allah Ta’ala has mentioned in the Qur’aan Majeed, “Whoever adopts patience and forgives, then that is definitely from the acts of great determination and courage.” The Hadith mentions, “Join ties with those who sever ties, forgive those who oppress you, and show kind treatment to those who treat you badly.” Another Hadith mentions, “The person who truly joins family ties is not the one who deals with his family in the same manner that they deal with him. Rather, the one who truly joins family ties is the one who joins ties when they cut off ties with him.”

This couplet, which our seniors have extracted its meaning from the Qur’aan and Hadith, is such that if a person practises on it, he will surely enjoy peace and tranquillity in both this world and the next. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 93-94)  

 

The Value of Good Deeds

valueHazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Why do we not find the time to regularly engage in zikr and ibaadah, whereas it is these actions that will truly benefit us after our death? We are all aware that our life in this world is extremely short and can be likened to a dream. When a person has a dream, he sees many things, yet upon awakening, he finds that everything has disappeared and he realises that what he saw was nothing but a dream. Similarly, when a person passes away, he finds that everything of the world has disappeared and only good actions remain. Hence, if righteous actions are not carried out during one’s lifetime, the life after death will be nothing but misery and destruction. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 205)

The Condition for the Acceptance of Du‘aas

acceptance of duaasHazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) writes:

It is necessary to bear in mind that there are certain conditions for the acceptance of du‘aas. In the absence of these conditions, du‘aas may often be rejected. Among these conditions is the consumption of Halaal food. When Haraam is consumed, du‘aas are not accepted. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Many a greatly distressed person raises his hands to the heavens, praying and crying, ‘O Allah! O Allah!’ But his food is Haraam, what he drinks is Haraam and his clothes are of Haraam. In such a case, how can his du‘aa be accepted?”

A story is related about a group of people in Kufa whose du‘aas would always be accepted. Whenever a (evil) ruler was placed over them, they would make du‘aa against him due to which he would soon be destroyed. When Hajjaaj, the oppressor, became the ruler there, he hosted a feast to which he specifically invited these people. After they had all eaten, he said, "I am now safe from the du‘aa of these people as Haraam food has entered their stomachs.”

At this stage let us ponder over how much haraam is being consumed in these times when people are even trying to make permissible the earnings of interest money. We find people go so far as to think that bribery and what is obtained from it is permissible, while our traders very often, when dealing with people, deceive them. (Fazaail-e-A’amaal [urdu], Fazaail-e-Ramadhaan pg. 23)

Refraining from Cursing

No-cursing-1Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) writes:

There are many men and women who suffer from the bad habit of sometimes cursing their children, etc, out of anger and grief. Remember that in the court of Allah Ta’ala there are certain moments of acceptance during which all du’aas are answered. Hence, at times due to foolishness and stupidity, the children are cursed out of anger, and when the effect of that curse comes upon the children and lands them into a calamity, the parents go around crying, not even realizing that they themselves had asked for this calamity through their curse. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has prohibited us from cursing ourselves, our children, wealth, servants, etc, as it is possible that this curse will coincide with a moment of acceptance. One should exercise even more care in the month of Ramadhaan as the entire month is a period in which du‘aas are accepted. It is thus extremely important to avoid cursing in this month. (Fazaail-e-A’amaal [urdu], Fazaail-e-Ramadhaan pg. 22)