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Hadhrat Shaikh (Rahmatullahi Alaih)

Rekindling the Enthusiasm and Spirit of Deen

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

A hundred years ago, people understood the true value of Deen and showed importance to Deeni knowledge. During that era, Deen was alive within the home and it was as though every home was a small madrasah (wherein the knowledge of Deen would be imparted to the children). As a result, when people came to learn of the madrasahs that were opening, they flocked towards them and were eager to benefit from them. A hundred years has now passed since that era, and during this time, the influence of the English in India has gradually caused people to lose interest in the madrasahs, maktabs and the khaanqhas. Hence, the need arose to go to the home of each muslim to once again rekindle the  enthusiasm and spirit of Deen. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 211)

The Path of Protecting One’s Deen and Honour – the Path of Abstaining from Doubtful Areas

الحلال بين والحرام بين وبينهما مشبهات لا يعلمها كثير من الناس فمن اتقى المشبهات استبرأ لدينه وعرضه إلخ

Halaal is clear and haraam is clear, and between halaal and haraam are such things which are doubtful and many people do not know it. The one who abstains from these doubtful things will protect his Deen and his honour.

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once quoted the above Hadith and thereafter explained:

The essence of this Hadith is for one to obtain the quality of Taqwa. If anything is unclear and doubtful, and some Ulama regard it to be permissible while other Ulama rule it to be impermissible, then it is best for one to refrain from it and leave it out without becoming involved in an argument with any person.

This is also understood from another Hadith in which Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Leave out those things regarding which you are doubtful, and choose those things regarding which you have no doubt.” (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 97)

Avoiding Things that do not Concern One

من حسن إسلام المرأ تركه ما لايعنيه

From the beauty of a person’s Islam is that he leaves out that which does not concern him.

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once quoted the above Hadith and thereafter explained:

Becoming involved in futile things that are of no concern will neither benefit one in his deen, nor benefit him in his dunya.

Once, some person wrote a letter to me in which he was asking irrelevant, unnecessary questions regarding some of his contemporaries. In reply, I asked him, “Will you be required to answer these questions in the grave? Will the angels, Munkar and Nakeer, ask you these questions? Why are you unnecessarily delving into these issues?”

My beloved brothers! This world is not a place of entertainment and relaxation. Rather, we have come to this world for a purpose, and should thus dedicate ourselves to fulfilling the purpose for which we have come. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 96-97)

Loving for Others what You Love for Yourself

لا يكون المؤمن مؤمنا حتى يرضى لأخيه ما يرضى لنفسه

One will not be a true believer until he wishes for his brother that which he wishes for himself.

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once quoted the above Hadith and thereafter explained:

If one has to practise on this Hadith and inculcate its teaching in his life, then all internal disputes and arguments will come to an end. However, when we wish to receive more while we wish for others to receive less, then how can these quarrels ever be resolved? (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 96)

Receiving Reward for Good Intentions

إنما الأعمال بالنيات إلخ

(The acceptance of) all actions are based on the intentions (with which the actions were carried out).

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once quoted the above Hadith and thereafter explained:

Whatever good deeds you carry out, do them with the sole intention of pleasing Allah Ta’ala. If a person performs salaah for show, so that people may regard him to be a pious person, then the salaah performed will be rejected and flung onto his face.

The author of Mazaahir-e-Haq has written in the commentary of this Hadith that if a person enters the musjid, performs two rakaats of salaah, makes the intention of nafl i’tikaaf, intends to meet the pious servants of Allah Ta’ala and makes other similar intentions of righteous works, he will receive abundant reward from Allah Ta’ala for the good intentions that he makes (and if he performs these righteous actions, he will receive a separate reward for carrying them out). (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 95-96)