Allah Ta‘ala’s Assistance for those who Strive

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

When a person has the true concern and strives to fulfil all that is outstanding, Allah Ta‘ala will assist him and will not forsake him. Allah Ta‘ala will take care of him, and not only him, but generations to follow.

The assistance of Allah Ta‘ala will definitely be there for this person even though it may come after some time in certain instances. Look at the incident of Hazrat Moosa (‘alaihis salaam). The assistance of Allah Ta‘ala came at the last moment when the Bani Israaeel felt that the army of Fir‘oun were about to intercept them. The sea parted and they were saved while Fir‘oun and his entire army were destroyed.

Fear of Three Shortcomings Coming in the Ummah

عن أبي مالك الأشعري أنه سمع النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم يقول لا أخاف على أمتي إلا ثلاث خلال أن يكثر لهم من الدنيا فيتحاسدوا وأن يفتح لهم الكتاب يأخذه المؤمن يبتغي تأويله وما يعلم تأويله إلا الله والراسخون في العلم يقولون آمنا به كل من عند ربنا وما يذكر إلا أولو الألباب وأن يروا ذا علم فيضيعوه ولا يبالوا عليه رواه الطبراني في الكبير (الترغيب والترهيب 1/152)

Hazrat Abu Maalik Ash’ari (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that he heard Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) say “I particularly fear three shortcomings in my Ummah. Firstly, due to the abundance of material wealth and possessions, jealousy for one another will spread among them. Secondly, they will begin to freely discuss the Holy Qur’aan (without referring to the Ulama and the learned), whereas many meanings in the Qur’aan are such that they cannot be understood by anyone except Allah Ta’ala. (In regard to such verses), the well-versed scholars of the Book say: “We fully believe in it, and that it has come from Allah Ta’ala.” (Thus how much more careful should the common people be.) Thirdly, the religious scholars will be neglected and ignored and people will not see the need to refer to them (people will adopt the approach of self-study in Deen and refer to the Qur’aan and Hadith directly).”

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 17

1. One should not reply to the salaam of anyone while relieving himself. Similarly, one should not make salaam to anyone while relieving himself.

2. One should make salaam to his elders with humility in a low voice.

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)

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Thirteen

Du‘aa before the Battle of Uhud

Ishaaq bin Sa’d (rahimahullah), the son of Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), narrates the following from his father:

On the day of Uhud, Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Jahsh (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said to Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “Why don’t you come so that we may make du‘aa together?” They thus secluded themselves in a corner and Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) began to make du‘aa. He said, “O Rabb! When the enemy meet us later, make me encounter one of the enemy who is extremely mighty and very determined, I will fight him and he will fight me. Then bless me to overpower him so that I may kill him and take his equipment as spoils of war.”

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Jahsh (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said Ameen to this du‘aa.

Thereafter, Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Jahsh (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “O Allah! Make me meet an enemy later who is extremely mighty and very determined, I will fight him and he will fight me. Then, he will seize me and cut off my nose and my ears. When I meet you on the Day of Qiyaamah, you will ask me, ‘O ‘Abdullah! For what cause were your ears and nose cut?’ I will reply, ‘They were cut for your sake and for the sake of your Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)!’ You will then reply, ‘You have spoken the truth.’”

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) mentioned, “The du‘aa of Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Jahsh (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was better than my du‘aa. I saw him at the end of the day and found his nose and ears cut and threaded together.”

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 3/70)