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Hazrat Moulana Ilyaas (Rahmatullahi Alaih)

The Importance of Making Mashwarah

While emphasizing the importance of mashwarah, Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following:

Mashwarah is extremely vital and important. Allah Ta’ala has promised that when you place your reliance on Him and sit to make mashwarah, then before the mashwarah concludes and you depart, you will be blessed with guidance from Allah Ta’ala. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 125)

Securing the Du’aa of the Angels

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

When one makes du’aa for any Muslim in his absence, then in reality one is actually making du’aa for oneself. The Hadith has mentioned that when any person makes du’aa for his Muslim brother to be blessed with goodness and success, then the angels of Allah Ta’ala say to him, “May you be blessed with the same!” (i.e. O servant of Allah! May Allah grant you the very thing that you are making du’aa for your brother to receive) Hence, to make du’aa for every Muslim to be blessed with goodness is a definite method for one to secure the du’aa of the angels. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 110)

Two Categories of People in Deen

Moulana Sayyid Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once wrote a letter to Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) in which he mentioned the following:

“Muslims can only be of two types and there is no third type. The two types of Muslims are those who personally go out and strive in the path of Allah Ta’ala, and those who do not personally go out, but they assist others to go out in the path of Allah Ta’ala.”

When Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) read this, he remarked, “Moulana has understood this and explained it very well!” Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) thereafter said, “Assisting others to go out in the path of Allah Ta’ala also includes encouraging them to go out in the path of Allah Ta’ala.” (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 37-38)

Concluding Every Good Action with Istighfaar

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

When Allah Ta’ala blesses a person to carry out righteous actions and pious works, then regardless of how excellent, virtuous and great these good deeds may be, upon completion one should make istighfaar. In essence, every good action should be concluded with istighfaar.

In doing so, we should think to ourselves that we have definitely fallen short and failed to fulfil this action as it ought to have been fulfilled, and it is on account of our deficiencies and weaknesses that we are making istighfaar. Upon the completion of salaah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would also make istighfaar.

Therefore, based on the same principle, the effort of Da’wah and Tableegh (inviting people towards Deen) should also be concluded with istighfaar. We should make istighfaar and think to ourselves that definitely we have failed to carry out this effort in the correct manner that it was supposed to be carried out. Furthermore, due to us being engaged in one type of Deeni effort, we are unable to fulfil the other Deeni efforts. In compensation for this, upon completion of any good action, we should make istighfaar.
(Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 31)

The Good and Evil Caused through the Tongue

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Insaan (the human being) is distinguished from all the other creations of Allah Ta’ala by his tongue (the various forms of communication that lead to progress or retrogress). Hence, he should ensure that he utilizes this tongue in only good and righteousness. However, it sometimes happens that he utilizes his tongue in evil and wrong.

Thus, just as a person can utilize his tongue correctly, by using it for the sake of Allah and Deen, and excel even the angels in righteousness and virtue, he can similarly misuse and abuse his tongue due to which he stoops lower than even the swine, dog and other such filthy beasts.

The Hadith mentions:

وهل يكب الناس في النار على وجوههم أو على مناخرهم إلا حصائد ألسنتهم (جامع الترمذي رقم 2616)

Is there anything that causes people to enter Jahannum, where they will fall on their faces into the fire, more than the harvest of their tongues? (i.e. the evil deeds that they earn through their tongues e.g. lying, slandering, backbiting, carrying tales, etc.)

(Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 54)