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Hazrat Moulana Ilyaas (Rahmatullahi Alaih)

Placing one’s Reliance on Allah Ta’ala

1Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

A person becoming despondent of Deeni progress on account of lack of resources is in actual fact a sign that his reliance on worldly means is more than his conviction upon the power of Allah Ta’ala and His promises. One should place his reliance entirely upon Allah Ta’ala and work with determination. Allah Ta’ala will create the means for the work to be accomplished. Otherwise, without the Divine help of Allah Ta’ala, what can man do of his own accord? Nevertheless, mustering up courage and determination and striving is vitally important in order to receive the Divine help of Allah Ta’ala. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.81)

Remaining within the limits of Shariah

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

In Islam, we are commanded to neither hoard wealth nor mise with it. Rather, we should spend it in halaal avenues. While spending wealth, one should be mindful of not transgressing the limits of Shariah by spending the wealth in impermissible or incorrect avenues. One should ensure that he spends the wealth in the correct avenue, in accordance to the manner Allah Ta’ala has commanded, and remaining within the prescribed limits of Shariah. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.18)

The True Meaning of Istighnaa (Independance)

correction-error-375x250Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Some pious and learned people have an incorrect notion regarding the meaning of ‘istighnaa’. They feel that istighnaa is for a person to completely cease meeting wealthy people and to totally avoid mixing and interacting with them. Whereas this is not the true meaning of istighnaa. The true meaning of istighnaa is for one to refrain from expressing one’s needs before the wealthy or associating with them with the desire of acquiring wealth and prominence. Hence, to meet the wealthy and interact with them for the sake of Deen and for other Deeni purposes is permissible and will certainly not go against the dictates of istighnaa. Rather, meeting people in general for the sake of Deen is also important and necessary to some degree. Nevertheless, there is one thing of which we should be cautious – meeting and interacting with the wealthy should not lead to the greed and desire for wealth and prominence being created within us. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.14)

The Purpose of a Believer Acquiring Wealth

Trees-coinsHazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Hazrat Umar (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) and many other Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhum) had acquired a lot of wealth during their lives. In fact, many Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhum) would receive a regular income. However, from the wealth they possessed, they would spend very little on their personal needs. Their food and clothing was extremely simple. In fact, they would lead lives of poverty. The reason for this was that despite them acquiring a good income, many of them would spend all their wealth in the path of Deen and even used to take loans for the upliftment of Deen (which they would pay off later on). In reality, the purpose of a believer acquiring wealth should be in order to use it for Deen and spend it in avenues pleasing to Allah Ta’ala. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.125)

The Way of the Ambiyaa (Alayhimus Salaam)

business_trends_horizonHazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) while addressing a group of students once mentioned:

O students of Deen, recognize your lofty position and status in Deen. The knowledge of Deen which Allah Ta’ala has blessed you with is such that all the treasures of this world put together cannot equal it in value. No person possesses the true knowledge of your worth besides Allah Ta’ala. In regard to the knowledge of Deen and its imparting, you are the representatives of the Ambiyaa (Alayhimus Salaam). Therefore you should emulate the Ambiyaa (Alayhimus Salaam) in your conduct and approach. The approach the Ambiyaa (Alayhimus Salaam) had adopted when propagating Deen was that they informed the people that we do not desire any worldly remuneration from you, rather we only hope for reward from Allah Ta’ala. When doing the work of Deen, detach your heart from the wealth of the world and place your complete reliance and trust upon Allah Ta’ala. Serve the creation of Allah Ta’ala with utmost humility. In this way, you will fulfil the haqq of servitude (i.e. being a true servant of Allah Ta’ala). (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg.106)