Showing Honour to the Elderly and Mercy to the Young

وعن ابن عباس عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال ليس منا من لم يوقر الكبير ويرحم الصغير ويأمر بالمعروف وينه عن المنكر رواه أحمد والترمذي وابن حبان في صحيحه (الترغيب والترهيب 1/149)

Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Abbaas (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “That person is not from amongst us (i.e. from among those who follow our way) who does not honour the elderly, and does not show mercy to the young, and does not command good and forbid evil.”

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 10

1. The person who makes salaam first obtains greater reward.

عن أبى أمامة قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إن أولى الناس بالله من بدأهم بالسلام (ابو داود رقم 5199)

Hadhrat Abu Umaamah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who greets the people first with salaam is the closest of them to Allah Ta’ala (i.e. He is closest to the mercy of Allah Ta’ala).”

The Formula for Subjugating the Entire Universe

A businessman from Delhi once joined the Tableegh Jamaat and travelled to Sindh. On his return, he gave a report back to Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) of the manner in which the work was carried out. Thereupon, Hazrat Moulana mentioned the following:

“Friends! This work which Allah Ta’ala has blessed us with (of striving in the path of Allah Ta’ala and inviting people towards Deen) is a formula for subjugating the entire universe. The one who becomes loyal to Allah Ta’ala, Allah Ta’ala makes everything work out for him. If you continue to fulfil Allah Ta’ala’s commandments and remain obedient to Him, He will cause the sky, the earth, the winds and everything in the universe to be subservient to you. When you have made such sacrifices, that you have left your homes and businesses to come out in the path of Allah Ta’ala, you will witness, with your own eyes, the immense barakah that Allah Ta’ala will bless you with in your lives and businesses. Continue to serve the Deen of Allah Ta’ala and have hope in receiving His Divine help and mercy. Never ever lose hope in His Divine help and mercy. The one who loses hope in Allah Ta’ala’s Divine help and mercy is a sinner and a total loser in the sight of Allah Ta’ala.” (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 90)

Associating with People

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

I do not, of my own accord, associate with the wealthy. However, if they associate with me, then I fulfil their needs and do not turn away from them. Many a wealthy person is such that when someone wishes to meet and associate with him, he gets the impression that the person wishes to associate with him on account of his wealth. On the contrary, if one merely speaks kindly to the poor, many of them are appreciative of the kind treatment shown to them and feel obliged towards you. (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg. 218)

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)