Muraaqabah and Pondering

reflectionHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

We have to ponder (make muraaqabah) over the reality of things. An easy prescription for beginners is to ponder over the nature of life; we come from Allah Ta‘ala and we have to return to Him. We make such elaborate arrangements and preparations for this short worldly life. What preparations and provisions have we made for the life of the hereafter? The best provision is that of taqwa which Allah Ta‘ala declares in the Quraan Shareef. 

Treading the Path of Knowledge

وعن أنس قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم من خرج في طلب العلم فهو في سبيل الله حتى يرجع رواه الترمذي وقال حديث حسن (الترغيب والترهيب 1/139)

Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who comes out seeking the knowledge of Deen is in the path of Allah Ta’ala until he returns.”

Sunnats and Aadaab of Keeping the Hair – Part 7

Haircut1. It is permissible to shave the moustache or to trim it. However to trim the moustache in the manner that the hair is removed and the skin above the upper lip becomes visible is better than shaving. The moustache should not be left to the point that it overlaps the upper lip.

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال: كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقص أو يأخذ من شاربه وكان إبراهيم خليل الرحمن صلوات الرحمن عليه يفعله. (ترمذي رقم 2760)

Hadhrat ibn Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) reports that Hadhrat Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to trim his moustache, and Hadhrat Ibraaheem (Alayhis Salaam), (who had received the title of) Khalilur Rahmaan [the friend of Allah Ta’ala], also used to trim his moustache.”

The Blessings of a Simple Nikah which is conducted in accordance to the Sunnah

Wedding-ring-clipart-clipartion-com-3Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

There was a person who had performed the nikah of his daughter in the musjid after Asr Salaah. After the nikah was performed, there were just a few dates that were distributed, and the groom did not even wear new clothing for the nikah. Likewise, there were a few other nikahs that took place in a similar manner. In the one nikah, the groom wore his ordinary clothing which he would daily wear for work and his clothing was slightly stained due to work. Seeing this level of simplicity, the people present for the nikah were quite agreeable and had no reservations. Hazrat (rahimahullah) then mentioned:

The nikah of my brother, Mazhar, took place in a similar manner. On the occasion of his nikah, even the old women remarked, “Really, this nikah is full of noor and barakah, and our hearts are enlightened with happiness, despite there not being any elaborate arrangements found.” Subhaanallah! When the nikah was performed in accordance with the Sunnah, then why should noor not be perceived? Furthermore, the more the simplicity of the nikah, the greater will be the noor felt in the heart. The reason for this is that when there is simplicity then there is no opportunity for arguments and quarrelling, and this causes one to have a clear heart (from malice, enmity, etc). On the contrary, when there is a long drawn function and elaborate arrangements, then this leads to arguments and quarrels, and these undoubtedly darken and dull the heart.

(Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg.457)

Hazrat Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Ten

Hadhrat Zubair (Radhiyallahu Anhu)‘Urwah (rahimahullah) narrates that Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) once said to his father, Hazrat Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “O my father! I saw you attacking the disbelievers astride your red horse during the Battle of Khandaq.” Hazrat Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “O my son! Did you really see me at that time?” When Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied in the affirmative, Hazrat Zubair (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “Indeed on that day, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) gathered both his parents in the du‘aa he made for me saying, ‘Fire (the arrows, O Zubair)! May my father and mother be sacrificed for you!’”

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 3/32)