Annual Naqshbandi Ijtima 2018(Audios)

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Importance of Fasting

The fast is for Me and I am its reward [Hadith Qudsi]

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed upon you as it was prescribed on those before you so that you may learn self-restraint [2:183]

Why Fasting is Mandatory

The glorious verse above clarifies why Muslims are required to fast. Allah neither wishes to punish His subjects nor starve them because neither of these benefits Him. Further examination of this verse reveals that fasting builds righteousness and humility.

The Wisdom Behind Fasting

Cultivation of righteousness and humility is the wisdom behind fasting. A Companion once asked Hadrat Ibn Ka’ab  رضي الله عنه  the meaning of righteousness (taqwa), and in reply Hadrat Ibn Ka’ab  رضي الله عنه asked, “Have you ever walked a dangerous and thorny path?” The questioner said yes. Then, Hadrat Ibn Ka’ab  رضي الله عنه  asked him how he would traverse such a path. The Companion answered, “I gather all my loose clothing around me and hold it tight so that nothing gets entangled or torn, and thus I walk very carefully.” Hadrat Ibn Ka’ab answered that this is the very definition of righteousness, to protect oneself at every moment in life so one does not slip and fall into sin.

Fasting in Ramadan is one means to protect oneself and keep oneself righteous. Fasting is not merely abstinence from food and drink, but all the organs of the body must be in a state of fasting. The fast of the eyes is not to look at what is forbidden; the fast of the tongue is not to lie and slander and likewise, every organ must stay away from wrong. A Muslim in Ramadan must be in a state of fasting from head to toe.

The Pinnacle of Fasting

The pinnacle of a fast is not realized until a Muslim fasts from head to toe. A person might abstain from food and drink, but during the course of the day or month, he slanders someone else or even steals from someone. This is why the Messenger of Allah said that some people gain nothing from fasting but hunger.

Etiquette of Fasting

There are different types of fasts and each requires certain etiquette. One type is the fast of the common people, that is to simply abstain from food and drink. Another type of fasting, observed by a special class of people closer to Allah, requires abstinence not only from food and drink, but also requires keeping the organs away from anything that is sinful, such as controlling the tongue from backbiting and slander.

It is obvious that Muslims must always strive for the second type of fasting and be in a complete state of fasting.

Hunger and Thirst

Fasting serves to build righteousness and elevates the righteous even higher. Consequently, those who obey Allah and abstain from sin during their fasts do not feel the intensity of hunger and thirst during the day as do those who unfortunately fail to stay away from sin.

Abstaining from Backbiting

Throughout the Prophet’s lifetime, Allah presented circumstances and examples to serve as lessons for the Muslims to follow.

Two women were fasting and came near to death because of sheer hunger. This problem was presented before the Messenger of Allah who advised that the women should rinse their mouth, which they did. Thereafter, the women vomited small pieces of meat. These women were astonished because they had not eaten anything because they were fasting. The Messenger of Allah revealed that the women had been guilty of backbiting during their fast, a sin synonymous with eating dead flesh. Allah preserved this incident in time so that future generations may learn a lesson from it.

A Shield for Faith

In the event that someone who is fasting encounters someone quarrelsome or one who would lead them down a bad path, the fasting individual should say the words “I am fasting” three times. This will serve as a shield for safeguarding his faith and the fast will InshaaAllah be regarded as a successful one by Allah.

Various Purposes of Fasting

Fasting has been ordained to cultivate righteousness in mankind. A child may want candy, but knowing its harmful effect a mother will refuse to indulge the child, not because she wishes to see her child cry but for the child’s own good. Likewise, Allah does not wish suffering upon those who fast, but ordains it so that they may become righteous and pure. The command of fasting does not benefit or take away from the glory of Allah but is only for the benefit of those who fast.

Fasting and Medical Proof

Fasting not only has spiritual benefits but it also has immense physical benefits as well. The medical community acknowledges that regular fasting flushes poison from the body, thus purifying it.

The bathrooms in the luxurious homes of certain wealthy individuals alone cost more than the entire home of a poor family. If it were not for the holy month of Ramadan, such wealthy people would be oblivious to the suffering of the poor and hungry. By ordaining the fast, Allah blessed mankind in that at the end of a day without food and drink, one can perhaps gain some insight into the daily life of the homeless and hungry.

Tending to Neighbors and the Sick

Hadith literature records that a man shall be raised on the Day of Judgment and Allah will say, “I was hungry. Yet, you did not feed Me. I was sick but you did not visit Me.”

The man will say in astonishment, “O Allah, You are the Supreme Creator above all such needs and ailments such as hunger and sickness. How could I have fed you or visited you?”

Then, Allah will say, “Back in the world, your neighbor at one time was hungry and sick but you failed to tend for him. If you had fed him and looked after him in his time of need, it would have been as if you were feeding Me.”

It will only be then that this man will realize the tremendous reward of empathy towards his fellow human beings. Today the worst feuds occur between neighbors because people remain ignorant of the rights of neighbors. At one time the Messenger of Allah said that Hadrat Jibril  used to bring so many revelations regarding the rights of neighbors that the Messenger of Allah thought that the neighbor would be included in the last will and testament of the deceased.

A Strange Turn of Events

Two brothers were very fond of each other but their wives did not get along. One of them invited his brother and sister-in-law to dinner and laid the table in front of them. However, when the host’s wife found out she angrily took the plate from in front of her brother-in-law and said, “We are not feeding this man!”

This woman’s saddened but quick thinking husband tried to salvage the situation and said to his brother, “Once I too was at your house and you placed food in front of me. One of your chickens ran across the room and tipped the curry. Hence I could not enjoy the meal. I could have been angry at that time but controlled myself, so please do not be angry now if my wife hastily took away the plate.”

His brother calmed down and said, “Surely I can extend you the same courtesy that you showed for my chicken.” Hence, a potentially dangerous situation was defused very quickly because of the brothers’ love and pure intentions towards each other. In contrast, if parties have bad intentions from the start, then it is easy for minor quarrels to become long term feuds.

Good Character

It has been narrated in hadith that the Messenger of Allah came to teach humanity to humanity. Among the lessons of good character that the Messenger of Allah brought is good will and etiquette towards one’s neighbor. This is something that has been relatively forgotten nowadays.

Living as brothers and sisters and as neighbors has become virtually alien to us, but we need to remember that neighbors are merely a mirror image of ourselves.

The True Purpose of Fasting

The true purpose of fasting is to value the tremendous blessings of Allah and realize that a large percentage of people in the world do not have what we take for granted every day. Hopefully a person will carry this realization throughout his or her life and become a better person and member of the community.

People rarely ponder upon the blessings of Allah that they are showered with every single day. Before wheat bread is served for a meal, a seed is sown into the ground. This seed is then nourished by the sun and the rain before it grows big enough that a farmer can reap it. The wheat is then cleaned and sold in the market where it is bought and cooked as wheat bread. Indeed, it is unfortunate that people do not ponder upon these miraculous events that bring this food to their table nor do they thank Allah for this blessing.

A Fascinating Tale

Hadrat Fazal Ali Quraishi (May the mercy of Allah be upon him) would plough, sow, and reap his own fields. He would bring the harvest home where both he and his wife would prepare the wheat to be cooked and made into bread. The bread would then be served to the students in Hadrat’s madrasa.

Hadrat Quraishi had a strong work ethic and insisted on doing everything himself. As part of his noble habit, he was constantly in a state of ablution, as was his household. One day, Hadrat served the meal as usual in the madrasa and the seekers sat down to eat. Hadrat used to address his seekers as faqir, and so he said, “Oh Faqirs, for the bread that is before you, a field had to be ploughed and this was done in a state of wudu (ritual purity). Next, a seed was sown and cultivated, all in a state of wudu. The wheat was then reaped, cleaned and cooked, all in a state of wudu. Now that it is before you, my only hope is that you eat it in a state of wudu.”

Etiquette of the Meal

Every morsel that a person consumes comes through many different routes as detailed above. Allah likes the person who respects and values His blessings.

The Messenger of Allah used to eat with great humility, giving food proper respect. He would not eat like the arrogant who eat while walking and slouching. He would sit down for a meal with the humility of a servant in front of his master, and would value every morsel as a blessing from Allah.

Warning Signs For the Wise

A millionaire once posted an advertisement in a newspaper promising a huge sum of money to the doctor who could treat his illness so that he would be able to eat a bite on his own. This person was a millionaire with apparently every material thing at his disposal. Yet, health was not on his side to the extent that he could not even eat by himself.

Being healthy enough to sit up and eat is a tremendous blessing on its own that people take for granted. We need to realize the greatness of these blessings and to be grateful to Allah.

A Story From Hadrat Sulayman (عليه السلام)’s Life 

Allah had given Hadrat Sulayman عليه السلام kingship over humankind, jinn, the animal kingdom and all the forces of nature. One day, Hadrat Sulayman عليه السلام supplicated to Allah that he wanted to invite all creation to a feast and wanted no food to go to waste. Allah readily permitted this and so Hadrat Sulayman عليه السلام commanded the jinn to start preparing the food for such a feast.

The jinn toiled at giant cauldrons for years and kept storing the food until such a day that Hadrat Sulayman عليه السلام became satisfied that there was enough food for all of Allah’screation. Then, he once again requested permission to invite the guests and Allah gave him permission for this. Hadrat Sulayman عليه السلام asked whether he should invite the land creation first or the creatures of the sea, and Allah suggested the sea creatures since the sea was very close by.

A fish swam up and opened its mouth, into which the jinn started emptying the food. This fish was so large that it alone consumed everything that had been cooked. Allah’screation is so awesome that it baffles the imagination.

Certain fish are so large that airplanes have been reported to have mistaken them for airstrips and actually attempted landings. Once, I was flying from France to another country and as the airplane rose and crossed over water, I saw a fish swimming thousands of feet below that seemed the size of a car. I marveled at what the actual size of the fish must be if it appeared as big as a car from such a height.

So the fish that the jinn were feeding still had its mouth open even though the jinn had fed it the entire feast. Hadrat Sulayman عليه السلام was amazed and exclaimed to the fish, “You ate so much!” To this, the fish replied, “O Beloved of Allah, I bear witness that Allah feeds me every day three times what you have fed me today!”

Distribution of Sustenance (Rizq)

Allah does not forget to provide for humankind despite the millions of other species that make up creation. Hence people should be grateful rather than complain when given such food that may be distasteful, because Allah could have easily overlooked such a tiny portion of creation such as humankind in the distribution of sustenance (rizq). The purpose of Ramadan is to develop gratefulness for Allah’s blessings so that man may become humble and righteous.

 

Excerpt taken from The Sermons of Hazrat Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (DB)

 

Blessing of Ramadan (Part- 2)

Excerpt taken from The Sermons of Hazrat Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (DB)

Excellence of the Ten Day Periods

Ramadan is a special month for seeking the mercy and forgiveness of Allah. The Messenger of Allah  said about the month of Ramadan:

The first part of it is mercy; the middle of it is forgiveness, and its last part is freedom from the Hellfire

The first ten days of Ramadan are days of mercy; the second period of ten days is for forgiveness, and the final period of ten days is for seeking refuge from Hellfire.

Allah’s Mercy Searches for Excuses

Bani Qalb Nami was a village outside Madinah Munawwarah whose families owned large numbers of sheep and goats and subsequently, it became very famous for sheep herding. The Messenger of Allah  once said that in a night of Ramadan, Allah frees people from Hell in numbers as large as the number of hair on all the sheep of Bani Qalb Nami.

This and many miracles like this illustrate that Allah’s mercy searches out excuses for the salvation of Allah’s people.

Price, the Mercy of Allah desires not
But excuses for forgiveness.

Obstacles to Worship

Allah opens the doors of His mercy and forgiveness in this blessed month and chains the major devils so that they do not molest the Muslims. However, Muslims who still fail to worship or fulfill the minimum despite these tremendous favors, fail to overcome and train a major obstacle which is their own lower-self (nafs).

Ramadan is a month of struggle and sacrifice during which Muslims need to persevere against their nafs and earn the blessed fruits of this month. If Muslims fail to overpower the nafs throughout the year, they need to try their utmost during Ramadan when the rewards are so great and Allah’s mercy ever so abundant.

Standard of Recognizing a Sage

Our righteous predecessors would honor a person as a venerable individual and sage by the number of Ramadans he had seen during his lifetime. This was the standard that they used to determine status and honor.

Unfortunately today, standards by which people are judged have deteriorated to worldly wealth and education, but people can never reach the superior way of thinking of the elders of Islam.

Paradise for Sale

At certain times during the year, vendors arrange sales of various items at their stores where items such as shoes and clothes can be bought at relatively inexpensive prices. Women in particular are often very attracted to such sales since they can save a lot of money on items that are on sale.

An examination of the Holy Quran and Hadith reveals that Allah offers Paradise for sale during the holy month of Ramadan through His infinite mercy. Allah says in the Holy Quran:

But Allah calls to the Home of Peace [10:25]

Allah opens wide the gates of mercy and invites His servants to Paradise. Thus, they need to make every effort to work righteously and earn the right to go there.

O Creator, we ask from You Paradise and seek refuge from the Fire [Hadith]

Hadrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariya

Hadrat Shaykh ul-Hadith Maulana Muhammad Zakariya (May the mercy of Allah be upon him) used to say the following about himself:

My routine was to spend the holy month of Ramadan in solitary worship following in the footsteps of our noble elders. I would spend the whole day reciting the Holy Quran, taking breaks from this only for mandatory and optional prayers.

One day, an old friend who lived in another neighborhood and who was unaware of my strict Ramadan schedule came to see me. I replied to his greeting and retired to my private room to continue my recitation. He followed me into the room where he sat quietly as I read until Asr, at which time he accompanied me to join the prayer.

After Asr prayer, I once again retired to my room and continued my recitation, and my friend again followed me in only to see that I had already started my recitation. After waiting patiently for a while he said, “My friend, Ramadan also comes to us but never like such a fever.” He meant that it seemed as if the month of Ramadan would overwhelm me like a fever overwhelms its victim.

Hadrat Zakariya further stated that he would remain in such an enthusiastic state for the entire month.

Hadrat Shaykh ul-Hind

Hadrat Shaykh ul-Hind Maulana Mahmood Hasan’s (May the mercy of Allah be upon him) tarawih would conclude at the time of the pre-dawn meal (suhur), at which time he would eat and get ready for Fajr prayers. Thus, he would spend the entire night in worship.

After a few days of following this strict regimen, the women of his household grew concerned about his health after noticing grave symptoms of fatigue. Therefore, they implored Hadrat to take a break and rest, after which he could continue after getting refreshed. However, Hadrat would reply that he may not be alive to see another Ramadan.

Then, the women sent a message to the qari leading the tarawih explaining the situation to him and requesting him to end the tarawih early, with the excuse that he was tired. They were well aware that Hadrat Shaykh ul-Hind was very considerate of others’ welfare and would accept that excuse without question. The qari agreed because he too wanted his shaykh to be able to get some rest.

Consequently, the qari completed the tarawih after just one or two juz because he had already informed his shaykh that he was tired and could only recite so much. After tarawih, Hadrat insisted on having the qari sleep on his bed on the mosque grounds instead of going home. Hadrat’s murid had to comply with this request and lay down on his shaykh’s bed. Hadrat shut off the lights and urged his murid to sleep.

The qari dozed off, but was awakened soon thereafter by someone pressing his feet. He got up and upon looking closely was shocked to realize that it was none other than Hadrat Shaykh ul-Hind! He said incredulously, “Hadrat! What are you doing?” Hadrat replied, “You yourself said that you were tired so I thought I should press and massage your feet so that you may feel better.”

At this, the qari got out of bed and said, “Hadrat, if you intend to be awake all night anyway, let us go into the mosque and I will read the Holy Quran to you so that you can pass the night listening.” So both of them went into the mosque where Hadrat’s murid started reciting in prayer and Hadrat lined up behind him listening to his recitation of the Holy Quran.

The Methodology of Pleasing Allah

The righteous predecessors used to worship Allah like someone who works hard to appease an annoyed beloved. If a house servant erred gravely and was caught, he would beg forgiveness from his master and vow to be more careful in the future. Such was their worship.

Our attitude needs to be the same in this blessed month. We must acknowledge and understand the gravity of our sins, be ashamed in front of Allah, beg forgiveness, and vow righteousness in the future.

Peace and Rest

The noble elders would sacrifice their rest during this month for the sake of worship, and we need to follow their example. If we sleep and awaken according to our own will eleven months out of the year, then surely we can sacrifice our sleep and rest for the blessed month of Ramadan.

People experience no difficulty in staying awake all night for worldly purposes, and it would also be good if for once, the eyes and body are forced to stay awake for the sake of worship and consequently, cry out for rest. When raised in front of Allah on the Day of Judgment, we will at least be able to say that there was one month out of the year during which the eyes and body were fatigued and wanted to rest, but were forced to stay awake and working for the sake of worship.

Today’s Laziness

Muslims today find it difficult to listen to one Holy Quran to completion and search out mosques where tarawih prayers are completed in the shortest amount of time. This is the sad extent of laziness today that Muslims try to search for places where they can save five minutes.

Women’s Connection to the Holy Quran

Women would also attend tarawih prayers at Hadrat Shaykh ul-Hind’s (May the mercy of Allah be upon him) residence where his son would lead and the women would listen behind the curtain. One day, when his son was ill, Hadrat sent another qari to lead the tarawih.

The next morning when Hadrat Shaykh ul-Hind came home for suhur, he noticed that the women of the house seemed very annoyed. He asked them what was wrong and his wife said, “That qari that you sent ruined our whole tarawih!” Hadrat grew concerned and asked why and his wife continued, “I don’t know what his hurry was that he just recited four juz and ran away.” It was later learned that these women were accustomed to listening to a total of seven completions of the Holy Quran every Ramadan.

This is the manner in which our righteous predecessors strove hard and pushed themselves to the limits during this precious month to earn righteousness. Ramadan is the month of tiring oneself in the pursuit of rich rewards.

The Month of Striving

Although waking up for tahajjud might prove difficult the rest of the year, we wake for suhuranyway during Ramadan, so a few rakats should be easy to pray at this time. For this one month, we should strive to spend our waking hours reading the Holy Quran, staying away from gatherings that waste time, and control our tongue from vain and hurtful speech such as backbiting.

Every Muslim should cut all negative ties with society at least for this month and view it as the month of working diligently on oneself. This is the month of earning and we should work hard to earn reward and righteousness.

Hadrat Jibril’s Curse

Hadrat Jibril e once came to the Messenger of Allah and cursed to eternal Hellfire anyone who did not repent and have himself forgiven in Ramadan, to which the Messenger of Allah said amin.

An Archangel’s curse would have been more than enough on it’s own as a stiff warning, but the Prophet’s amin and stamp of approval makes this curse all the more potent. There is no doubt that whoever is fortunate enough to live through Ramadan but does not seek repentance, will be sentenced to Hellfire.

The Cure to Laziness

We will be terribly ashamed on the Day of Judgment when the righteous predecessors present worthy deeds in front of Allah such as forty years’ regular tahajjud. At that time, we will wish that we had enormous number of fasts and recitations of the Holy Quran to present to Allah, had we not been lazy during Ramadan.

If we are lazy and unable to conquer our nafs eleven months out of the year, we should be able to say to Allah that there was one month in which we tried our utmost to worship and win Allah’s favor.

Please accept O Lord,
These flowers that I have picked for You

An Elderly Woman’s Love for Hadrat Yusuf عليه السلام

When Hadrat Yusuf عليه السلام was put up for sale in Egypt, an elderly woman set out for the slave auction with just a ball of yarn and needles. Someone asked her where she was going and she replied that she was going to buy Hadrat Yusuf عليه السلام.

The man said in amazement, “Rich people and statesmen will be gathered from across the land to buy (Hadrat) Yusuf. How do you think you will be able to buy him?” To this, the elderly woman replied, “I am fully aware that I will not be able to purchase him. However, at least I’ll be able to join in the group when Allah commands all the bidders of Hadrat Yusuf e to come forward on the Day of Judgment.”

Likewise, the Muslims today may not be able to compete on any level with the righteous predecessors on the Day of Judgment, but at least, they should be able to put forth the worship and hard work of the holy month of Ramadan.

A Bird’s Love for Hadrat Ibrahim عليه السلام

King Nimrud had Hadrat Ibrahim عليه السلام put in a fire that was so strong that it blazed for forty days and was so fierce that no one could approach it. All this time, a small bird would fill water in its small beak and pour it over the fire.

Another one of the birds questioned the futility of this act since it was obvious that such small efforts would have no effect on such a huge fire. In reply, the bird carrying the water said, “I know that, but at the same time, Hadrat Ibrahim KhalilUllah is a friend and I must fulfill the rights of friendship.”

A Way to Salvation

The Muslim nation today is weak and the baggage of sins is very heavy and unlikely to decrease because of this very same weakness. The only way to forgiveness and salvation is to humbly admit this weakness and beg for Allah’s mercy and forgiveness during this holy month.

Even a rich man of this world will open his door if a beggar knocks and cries at his doorstep for a month. In the month of Ramadan, Muslims knock at the door of the “Most Merciful of the merciful ones”, and if they humble themselves and repent with true sincerity, then Allah’s infinite mercy will be awakened and will envelope them in forgiveness. The fate and destiny of a Muslim depends on but a glance from the Lord.

Nor is that (at all) difficult for Allah [35:17]


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We Pray to Allah swt, that he give us taufeeq to fast like those who fast (sincerely), and to stand up in prayer like of those who stood up in prayer (obediently), awaken us in it from the sleep of the heedless, and forgive our sins , O Allah forgive our sins, you are the one who forgives the sinners. Aameen

 

Blessings of Ramadan (Part 1)

Excerpt taken from The Sermons of Hazrat Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (DB)

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِيَ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ

Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Quran [2:185][Part of the Ayah]

The Successful Person

Allah has sent humankind to Earth to worship Him. Man is but a passing visitor in this fleeting life and soon departs on his next journey. Only the person who values his time in this world and spends it wisely in remembering and obeying Allah is truly fortunate and successful. Such a person lives spending every moment for the pleasure of Allah and adorns himself in the glorious Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah .

He…has already achieved the highest achievement [33:71][Part of the Ayah]

The Prophet’s ﷺ Practice During Ramadan

The Companions used to say that with the start of Ramadan they would note an increase in three things in the practice of the Messenger of Allah .

  • The Messenger of Allah would dramatically increase his worship, despite the fact that his normal worship was such that his noble feet would swell from standing in prayer for extensive periods of time.
  • He was tremendously generous in giving for the sake of Allah, and during this month, he would open his heart and hands even more in charity.
  • He would increase his weeping in front of Allah in fear and humility, seeking repentance.

Increasing worship, charity, and supplication are Prophetic examples that all Muslims should strive to follow with sincerity. Muslims tire their bodies every day in their work, but there should be at least some time during their lifetime when the body gets exhausted in worship. There should come such a time when the eyes long for sleep, but the worshiper reminds himself that struggling to stay awake seeking Allah’s pleasure will earn him the honor of looking upon Allah in Paradise. The eyes that stay awake now will sleep soundly in the grave.

Only after death do restless hearts find peace
Only he sleeps soundly who remained awake.

Ramadan is the month of staying awake during the night in worship. Believers should accustom themselves to less rest and sleep and respect this month for the holy month of struggle, sacrifice, and immense blessing that it is.

The Season For Righteousness

Vendors, grocers, and all sales professionals have a specific season that they prepare and work hard for. When their season for sales arrives, they set themselves aside, excuse themselves from all non-essential engagements and focus solely on the season at hand. Moreover, they pay less attention to eating and sleeping properly because they remain so absorbed in their trade and stay focused on how to take advantage of their particular season in the best manner. These people value this time and embrace hard work because their chance to make huge profits comes only once a year, after which they know they can afford to relax a little.

Likewise, the holy month of Ramadan is a season for righteousness for all those who wish to draw nearer to Allah and have their sins forgiven. The fasts of such people who remain restless for Allah’s sake are not only limited to abstinence from food and drink, but their eyes and tongue and all else also remains in a state of fasting. When Muslims remain thus in a state of fasting from head to toe and raise their hands in supplication at the breaking of the fast (iftar), then Allah will grant whatever they wish for.

Paradise Adorned

During Ramadan, blessings shower down in such abundance, that it seems that the doors of blessing have become wide open. According to a Hadith, Paradise is perfumed and decorated for the believers just before Ramadan, and on the first day of Ramadan Allah instructs the angels to open the doors of Paradise for the believers. Thus Paradise is adorned for the believers like a bride is adorned for her groom.

The Prophet’s ﷺ Waiting for Ramadan

The Messenger of Allah  used to wait anxiously for the month of Ramadan and had such great regard for it that he would supplicate to Allah in the month of Shaaban to see the Muslims safely into Ramadan. The tremendous value of a month that even the Messenger of Allah would pray for, cannot be weighed by anything on earth.

Excellence of Those Who Fast

This month is so blessed that the birds in the air, the fish in the seas, and the animals on the earth pray for the forgiveness of all those who fast. Moreover, when they break their fast at iftar, the angels say amin to their duas.

Those who are fortunate and wise enough to take advantage of the blessings of this month are honored with the special status such as that of a wali and abdal. Muslims should learn valuable lessons from their elders and regard each moment of this month as a precious opportunity to earn righteousness so that they may also earn the special regard of Allah.

Golden Opportunity

The wonderful season of spring greets us with the blessings of lush vegetation, delicious fragrances of beautiful flowers, and trees laden with fruit. Likewise, the holy month of Ramadan is a month of springtime for the believer, where Allah’s blessing and mercy surrounds the believer at every point throughout the day and night.

Hence, surrounded by such awesome mercy, this is truly a golden opportunity for anyone wishing for nearness to Allah and forgiveness from sin. It seems that the phrase golden opportunity was coined with the holy month of Ramadan in mind, because this phrase perfectly fits the description of this month.

The Righteous Predecessors

Imam Abu Hanifa (Rah)

During the holy month Ramadan, Imam Abu Hanifa (May the mercy of Allah be upon him) would complete one reading of the Holy Quran in the morning, a second in the evening, and would listen to three complete recitals of the Holy Book in tarawih for a total of sixty-three completions during the month.

Hadrat Raipuri (Rah)

A famous routine of Hadrat Raipuri (May the mercy of Allah be upon him) was that he would gather together all of his followers on the fifteenth of Shaaban, meet with them all and say that he would now see them after Ramadan if he lived until then. He would also hand a sack to one of his attendants, instructing him to collect any mail he receives so that he would tend to it after the holy month.

He would spend the entire month in seclusion and worship, not wishing to check mail or be disturbed in this precious month. So many people would come to spend the whole of Ramadan in the mosque that there would be no room for anyone’s bedding after the nineteenth of Shaaban. In this manner, the mosque would come alive with worship and the remembrance of Allah.

Hadrat Mujaddid Alf-Thani

Hadrat Mujaddid Alf-Thani (May the mercy of Allah be upon him) wrote in his Maktubat that all the year’s blessings are a drop in the ocean when compared to the vast blessings of Ramadan. He continues to say that this is the reason why all the Holy Books were revealed in this holy month. Ramadan has a strong connection to the Word of Allah which is why Muslims should excessively recite the Holy Quran in this month.

Increase in Reward

Allah increases the reward for deeds in this special month. For an optional (nafl) act, a person is rewarded according to the reward of a mandatory (fard) deed, and the reward for a fard is multiplied at least seventy times. (To be continued…InshaaAllah)


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We Pray to Allah swt, that he give us taufeeq to fast like those who fast (sincerely), and to stand up in prayer like of those who stood up in prayer (obediently), awaken us in it from the sleep of the heedless, and forgive our sins , O Allah forgive our sins, you are the one who forgives the sinners. Aameen

Ramadhaan and the Tilaa-wah of the Qur’aan

Taken from “Faza’il-e-Ramadhaan”
by Shaikhul Hadith Maulana Zakariyya Kanadhalvi (Rahimullah Ta’ala)]

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The reason for mentioning the manner in which these saintly ones spent their Ramadhaan is not that we may just read without deriving any benefit or pass a casual remark. It is written with the object that we in our way may build up courage and to the best of our ability endeavor to copy and follow their noble examples. Every pious elders programme had its particular specialty.

How wonderful would it be if those who are not forced by worldly necessities try their utmost to mend their religious life in this one month after having allowed eleven months of the year go by to destroy themselves.

As for those who have to be in their offices and be present at eight, nine or ten in the morning, what difficulty will it be for them if they at least in Ramadhaan, spend the time from Fajr until their hours of employment in reciting the Qur’aan. After all our worldly needs we do find time in spite of office hours.

For those engaged in farming, who normally are not bound to others nothing prevents them from reciting the Qur’aan on their farm or adjusting their daily routine. Then come the businessmen, shopkeepers and merchants.

Nothing prevents them in Ramadhaan from reciting their Qur’aan during their shop hours or cutting short trading time in order to make time for recitation thereof. After all there is very strong link between Ramadhaan and the Tilaa-wah of the Qur’aan. Almost all Allah’s great scriptures were revealed in this month. Similarly, in this month the Qur’aan was brought down from the Lowhul Mahfoozh to the Samaa’ud Dunyaa, from where it was revealed bit by bit to Rasulullah (SAW) in a span of twenty three years.

Nabi Ibrahim (A.S.) received his scriptures on the first and third of this sacred month. Nabi Dawood (A.S.) received the Zaboor on the twelfth or eighteenth. Nabi Moosa (A.S.) received his Towrah on the sixth. Nabi Essa (A.S.) received the Injeel on the twelfth or thirteenth. From this we note the great connection between the divine scriptures and the month of Ramadhaan.

For this reason, as much ti-laawah of the Qur’aan as possible should be made during this month. Such was the habit of our saints. Jibraeel (A.S.) used to recite the whole Qur’aan to our Nabi Muhammad (SAW) in the month of Ramadhaan. In some reports it is stated that Rasulullah (SAW) used to recite and he (Jibraeel) used to listen. From joining these reports the ‘ulama have said that it is mustahab to read the Qur’aan in such a manner that while one recites the other listens. Thereafter another recites while others listen. So recite the Qur’aan as much as possible. Whatever time remains thereafter should not be wasted.

Rasulullah (SAW) drew our attention to four more things and advised that we should practice them as much as possible. They are the recitation of Kalimah ‘Tayyibah, Istighfaar, begging for Jannah and seeking refuge from Ja-hannam. Therefore it must be regarded an honour to spend as much as available in these recitations. This will be the true appreciation of the teachings of Rasulullah (SAW). What is so difficult about keeping the tongue busy with the recitation of Durood (‘salawaat) or Laa ilaaha illallaah while being engaged in our daily tasks?

In the same Hadith Rasulullah (SAW) said a few more things, Ramadhaan is the month of patience. Hence even if great difficulty is experienced in fasting one should bear it with patience. One should not complain as people are fond of doing during hot days.

If by chance sehri is missed then lamentations begin early in the day. Similarly, should difficulty be experienced at the same time of Taraweeh, it too should be borne with patience. Do not consider it a great calamity or trial, otherwise these deeds may be void of blessings. When we turn our backs on worldly things, forsake our very eating and drinking, then in the face of Allah’s pleasure what are these difficulties?

 

Ayat-e-Mubīn

Recitation of Ayat-e-Mubīn

By Shaykh Maulana Sayyed Mohammed Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi d.b

These days, it’s quite common that many people have been trapped in one or the other problems. Some are troubled with daily provision, some afflicted with diseases, some are distressed with thier children, while some with the others. Our elders have experienced that,
The Qur’ān majīd has 106 ayahs which contain the word “Mubīn” (مبين). If all of these Ayahs are recited and a du’ā be made for achieving our goals, then Insha’Allāh our goals will guaranteed be achieved.
It is better that 2 rak‘āt salāt al-hājāt be performed at first, then, at least 7 times Durūd Sharīf is recited and the following Ayahs are recited. Once done, again the Durūd Sharīf is recited 7 times preceded by a Du‘ā made which such desire as though a person is in thirst for water.

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Ayat e Mubeen

When these Ayahs are completed, one should supplicate for ones own needs begging with humility do also pray for the removal of problems of the entire Muslim Ummah.

Spiritual Sojourn

Prologue

This travelogue has been due since the time the sojourn occurred during 2015 winters, by the blessings of Allah in the auspicious company of the reverend Scholar of Quran, Arif Billah (One who recognizes Allah in his true sense) Hazrat Shaykh Maulana Sayyed Mohammed Talha Qasmi (DB).

Amongst numerous shortcomings of the writer one that has surfaced, is not being able to present this jewel of an experience with Hazrat DB’s disciples and the Muslim populace at large until the beginning of 2018. The thought to note the events as they were witnessed in person occurred to the writer on 11th December 2015, five days after embarking on the journey. The writer recollects it was around 4:00 pm while speaking to Hazrat in the hotel room we were put up at, who then sought Hazrat’s permission to do so. Thus began the practice to ‘ink the paper’ with occurrences as and when opportunity presented itself by the grace of Allah. The courage to write the travelogue stems from Hazrat’s advice on sharing it with the readers at large for our collective benefit.

It is the writer’s hope, the readers will Inshallah benefit, as we do, being in the company of the friends of Allah. Furthermore continue to embrace or be introduced to yet another bounty of Allah ‘Benefits of the company of Allah’s Friends’.

DAY 1 – 6TH DECEMBER 2015

The two travelers, Hazrat Maulana Sayyed Mohammed Talha Qasmi (DB) and the writer met at the Mumbai International airport on 6th December 2015 after Zohar prayers to leave for Jeddah to perform Umrah. Brother Abdul Sattar from Mumbai had come to bid Hazrat adieu with another gentleman. Unbeknownst to the many bounties yours truly was to witness, we embarked on the journey.

One of the first occurrences was whilst we were at the check-in counter, yours truly could not locate his ticket print out to show to the airlines check-in staff. Hazrat advised the writer to recite Surah Ad-Duhaa [93] for ease as we kept searching for the ticket. Just about a few seconds later yours truly remembered (by the sheer blessings of the Allah’s qalam (book)) the ticket was kept inside the check-in bag. The bag was kept on the check-in bag belt on the counter and was about to be taken away (Hazrat’s check-in was done by then therefore yours truly only had to show the ticket for references to the airlines staff). We took our boarding passes and performed Asr at the airport mosque. For convenience we bought two SIM cards of a Saudi Telecom company from the airport, had a cup of tea and boarded the flight soon after.

The flight witnessed turbulent weather a few minutes after take-off as we saw the seat belt sign being turned on. It was time to perform Maghreb prayers and we were waiting for the seat belt sign to turn off (since one cannot stand or walk when the seat belt sign is on). Just then Hazrat stood from his seat and in less than a blink of an eye the writer witnessed the seat belt sign turn off. Hazrat walked through the aisle to a place where prayers could be performed and returned a while later. By the will of Allah when Hazrat returned to the seat belt sign was turned on again. As if it were asked to be turned off for Allah’s friend and be held until he can perform prayers. Yours truly performed Maghreb prayers too soon after as the journey continued. We reached Jeddah after Isha and performed prayers after reaching the arrival gates. We sat at one of the coffee outlets and refreshed ourselves with a cup of tea. We tried to activate the SIM cards we had taken from the Mumbai airport, however mine did not work. We walked to the telecom company’s assistance counter at the arrival gate who advised us most SIM cards taken from the Mumbai airport are not functional since they are not regulated or unauthorized. However, when Hazrat placed his SIM card in the phone he was carrying, it worked, like it should. Yours truly could only smile in pride and happiness in how he could witness Allah’s help for his friends. Then writer then searched for a means of transport to reach Makkah. We found a taxi driver who could only speak Arabic. Hazrat spoke to the taxi driver, we boarded the vehicle and left thus. En-route the driver was kind in waiting at a Pakistani restaurant that served delicious lentils among other delicacies. The trio of us had our meals and continued the journey. We reached Makkah past midnight. The hotel bookings were to be taken care of by an acquaintance of a friend in India, an agent who helps book hotels. We dialed the agent’s telephone number to ask of the hotel bookings confirmation however his phone went unanswered and soon after could not be reached anymore.

DAY 2 – 7TH DECEMBER 2015

It was well past midnight and the new day was to dawn in a few hours. We discussed what should we do, since we were stranded without a hotel booking confirmation. It was decided we should go to the hotel. We asked the driver to drop us at the Hilton hotel (in front of Haram) who did so and left. We walked to the reception, Hazrat rested on the sofa as the writer sought a new reservation. We were advised this was difficult since prior bookings were required and seldom do over the counter reservations occur, if so at very high prices.

One of the helps at the hotel, a Pakistani brother, witnessed this and offered to help. In no time we had a reservation at a very economical price for the hotel compared to an otherwise ask on a normal business day. Those of us who have travelled to Makkah will be able to relate on how inconvenient it can be to secure a reservation without a prior booking. May Allah always help the Pakistani brother (the blessing of helping a brother is we get rewarded in the form of supplications from them for many a years to come). The concierge took care of our luggage, we reached the room thanking Allah for his help. We slept for a few hours and found ourselves performing Umrah after breakfast in the morning.

When we reached Haram for Umrah, the son of brother Ismail from Gujarat, Ibrahim and his newly wed wife were waiting for us. Hazrat made supplications before starting the circumambulations. Hazrat had advised us to keep our hearts engrossed in Allah’s remembrance, reciting supplications during the circumambulation. After the Saee (the walk and run between Safa and Marwah) it was time for Zohar. We performed the Zohar prayers, bid adieu to Ibrahim and proceeded to perform Halaq (trim or shaving of hair). We had lunch, headed to the hotel and rested for a while.

We left for Haram at Asr, being occupied in Muraqba (rememberance of Allah) until Maghreb and then daily practices until Isha. We returned to the Hotel after Isha and had dinner. After dinner, Hazrat had a visitor in Maulana Abdullah, an Indian residing in the kingdom of Saudia Arabia for decades, with children grown up. When Hazrat visits Makkah, Maulana Abdullah’s visit is a given. Hazrat and Maulana Abdullah’s conversation touched many a subjects, some spoken off about at length and others as passing comments. Soon after Maulana Abdullah excused himself for the night and we slept.

DAY 3 – 8TH DECEMBER 2015 

The day began with prayers and remembrance of Allah followed by an intermittent snack (Hazrat had a bag of dry fruits with almonds, dried figs, cashews which would occasionally become our snack or early breakfast at times) and a cup of tea. We slept after the morning rituals. The writer woke up a little earlier than Hazrat and ventured outside the hotel to arrange for transportation to Madina, returning with no success. We were due to travel to Madina the next afternoon.

After breakfast and before Zohar we were sat in the hotel room where yours truly was ears to many an advice and anecdotes of Hazrat, some from the lives of friends of Allah. The writer found himself asking questions, being in awe of occurrences of the events in the life of Allah’s friends as Hazrat narrated them.

It was probably during one of these morning sessions (not certain which day therefore it is being written here) Hazrat explained the reason why it is allowed for women and men to circumambulate around Qaba without any veils or segregated areas for either genders (as is done otherwise always).The reason Hazrat shared is Allah wants his slave to display his/her love for Allah such that nothing should distract the slave from remembering Allah. The presence of either gender should not distract one from reminding oneself of being in the close proximity of Allah, the sole reason one performs every ritual or should ideally do so.

The afternoon witnessed Hazrat’s young nephew Umair Khan, visit us at the hotel, who works in Makkah in the capacity of a Civil Engineer on a project within the Haram. We had lunch together in the hotel where Hazrat shared how food should be ordered based on one’s needs and not be wasted. If for some reason the food one has ordered is left over it is better to give it to someone than to throw it. Further Hazrat shared an anecdote on how once at the Jeddah airport while returning from Umrah, he saw food being wasted from fellow travellers. A woman, who was a helper (Khaddama as they are referred to in Saudi Arabia) along with her children, in a visibly dire state was standing near the eating area, yearned for food. The waiter at the eatery was throwing the food left over. Hazrat gestured to the woman to pick the food on the tables (being wasted). Since Hazrat was a customer at the eatery the staff did not stop the woman when she did so. The woman kept looking at Hazrat for a while without saying a word with teary eyes and then fed her children and herself. Hazrat said the woman’s silence had a thousand prayers in them. After Hazrat’s nephew Umair Khan left saying his goodbyes, we proceeded to Haram at Asr, engulfed in the daily practices. Hazrat met Mufti Latif Ur Rehman DB, who is also a Khalifa of Hazrat Peer Zulfiqar Naqshbandi DB after Maghreb in Haram. Hazrat Mufti Latif Ur Rehman DB, an Indian resident in Makkah, is an accomplished author of many a books on Hadith. Yours truly was sat in the service of the two reverend Shaykhs who were engrossed in a discussion on matters one could less fathom or pretend to understand with no inkling, if any. After Isha prayers we bid our goodbyes to Mufti Latif Ur Rehman DB and reached the hotel.

It was perhaps on this day, if memory does not fail the writer, Hazrat had a visitor in Muzaffar. Muzaffar, an Indian, hails from Hyderabad and currently resides in Jeddah being employed there in the capacity of an Engineer. He perhaps knew Hazrat’s liking for fish since he bought that along for the next potential meal. The three of us then had the fish in the hotel room. Muzaffar is yet another obvious visitor when Hazrat visits Makkah. His love for his Shaykh is evident in his respectful mannerisms and seeking of opportunity to be of service to the Shaykh. Muzaffar is a very gentle and soft hearted man. Muzaffar was with us until longer than after Isha. When it was time to bed we bid our goodbyes to Muzaffar.

DAY 4 – 9TH DECEMBER 2015

After Fajar prayers and the daily practices we had our breakfast and prepared for the departure post Zohar to Medina. Breakfast succeeded the morning session filled with anecdotes, wisdom, questions from the seeker in the writer and many an awe inspiring mention of the friends of Allah.

Come Zohar we finished prayers in Haram and headed to the hotel. While walking towards the hotel Hazrat happened to see a warm head cap on a fellow Muslim’s head and realized he had forgotten to bring his along. Hazrat later mentioned to the writer (he did not say this to the writer when he saw it but at a later time when we reached Madina), he thought it would have been nice had he got it. We had heard of the temperature in Madina being 5 degrees Celsius, which for people from Mumbai, where a mere 10 degrees Celsius in winters is unheard of, is like being in the Alps. Yours truly suggested we could take a taxi to avoid taking a bus under the garb of convenience. Hazrat, however, was inclined at taking the bus and he made it clear in no uncertain terms. We walked to the bus stand and enquired if the bus was to depart soon. The bus driver informed us there were only a few passengers as yet and they won’t leave the bus until it is substantially occupied. This, he said, could take another 2-3 hours. The writer boarded the bus to see there were probably 5-7 passengers inside and informed Hazrat about it. We wanted to reach Medina by or a little after Maghreb and therefore did not want to wait longer, given it was after Zohar. We then started to walk to the taxi stand, a few meters ahead, we noticed a man walking towards us. Neither did we ask for him though any gesture nor were we rooting for him. When he was within an audible distance and he asked, ‘Where to?’. Hazrat responded, ‘Madina and something more in Arabic’. He quoted SAR 700 as the fare which we declined and were walking past him. He asked for a counter and Hazrat said, ‘SAR 200’, he agreed. Hazrat then took it a notch further and said, ‘200 for the journey and not per person’. He responded with, ‘Do you want to start now or wait for a while?’ .We strolled towards his car and were bewildered to see a new car with plastic covers on the seat (signifying it was very recently bought). The journey began with the Arab driver talking to the winds and Hazrat advising him to exercise caution. The driver shared he was a resident of Madina and was returning home from Makkah. Since the journey was long he thought it may help to have co-passengers to talk to and perhaps make some money too.

Citing the recent war with Yemen, there were check posts aplenty. Vigilance at these check posts was more stringent than usual for obvious reasons. On one of the check posts our car was asked to be parked aside for a thorough checking. We debarked the car and stood aside for the police officers to conduct the search. The junior officer checked the car interiors as thoroughly as one could with seat covers, dashboard and drawers examined. Hazrat had a stick with him which he carries to walk along. The junior officer found the stick in the car and handed it to Hazrat without an eye of suspicion (he could have examined the stick for hidden content in it as some sticks are made such). The senior office then asked the driver to open the trunk which he did. We wondered if this will be a long halt where we were mere spectators. Just then Hazrat walked to the back of the car where the senior officer was looking at the trunk. Ideally, as is the case in such instances, we presumed he would open the bags and content therein for a thorough analysis. However to the writer’s bewilderment all the senior officer did was to poke the bags with his baton and let the driver close the trunk without another question or a suspecting glance. This may seem trivial however being one of the only very few cars being examined given the predicament of the country is unnerving to experience. We thanked Allah and resumed our journey.

During the journey Hazrat mentioned to me, ’If it is too cold in Madina we will buy

  • A warm head cap
  • Thermal wears for the body
  • Warm socks

Since we do not have suitable clothes for the temperature in Madina should it be as cold as it be being predicted’, the writer responded in the affirmative.

When it was time for prayers we performed them waiting at a mosque, helping ourselves with tea for refreshment. The driver continued to speak to the winds and we reached Madina by Maghreb. We gathered there were more than one branches of the hotel we were to be put up at with synonymous names. Not being aware of the exact address of the hotel we were after we asked the car owner to drop us near the Masjid-e-Nabwi () so we could fetch for ourselves. He however was very keen on helping us find the hotel than leave us astray. This at the cost of his inconvenience. We were not to pay him an otherwise handsome amount for him to be polite or go out of his way to help. Eventually we found the hotel and alighted, thanking him profusely for his help. May Allah, always, help the brother. We reached the hotel room, performed Maghreb prayers and were unpacking when, brother Asghar called.

Brother Asghar, is an Indian businessman from Bangalore, resident in Madina for more than two decades in Medina besides being a disciple of Hazrat. He sought time to meet Hazrat and have dinner together too. Hazrat advised brother Asghar to meet us at the hotel room after Isha and accepted his dinner invitation however suggested we were tired and it would be nice if the food was got to the hotel room. Yours truly opened the door to brother Asghar and his friend at 9:30 pm who arrived with dinner and some gifts for Hazrat. If memory does not fail the writer, Hazrat asked if it could be opened now or brother Asghar suggested it be opened, in either case the gift bag was opened. The writer by now was more pleased than surprised at any occurrence of visible help from Allah for his friend. Yours truly witnessed this yet again when we saw the gift bag contents. The things in the gift bag were,

  • A warm head cap
  • Thermal wear for the body
  • Warm socks

Hazrat looked at yours truly and smiled who was grinning from ear to ear, basking in the absolute realization of the glory called Allah’s help for his friends.

How accurate could one get in getting one gifts that were being sought, without any prior mention or understanding. Being with Hazrat through the entire journey until now, the writer knew brother Asghar had not called Hazrat at all before reaching Madina. How then did brother Asghar choose to buy those exact things Hazrat had mentioned to yours truly during the journey a mere 3-4 hours ago before the incident, is beyond human recognition by any stretch of imagination. At dinner brother Asghar mentioned he had been praying for six months to be able to be of some service to his Shaykh and smiled at his prayers being answered finally. After the dinner and a conversation on the next day’s schedule, brother Asghar excused himself. Just before bed Hazrat mentioned to the writer, Allah helps his feeble beings further adding it was very difficult to hold back tears of gratitude in front of brother Asghar when he noticed the gift bag contents. As is the wont in such instances there were two pairs of warm socks and Hazrat gave one to the writer (who needed it too). A brief conversation on yours truly being educated on Allah’s ways preceded our sleep.

 

DAY 5 – 10TH DECEMBER 2015

We found ourselves in Masjid-e-Nabwi around 1:00 am trying to secure a place in Riyazul Jannah. It is rather uncommon or scarcely seldom to find a place in Riyazul Jannah to perform prayers. When the gates opened, we walked inside Riyazul Jannah amongst the heap of human heads with no place to keep our feet. Hazrat noticed a place where two people could perform prayers, conveniently. It was as if everyone saw it but no one took that place. Astonishing as it may sound, it was only seen to be believed, as the writer was rather pleasantly surprised with yet another occurrence of Allah’s help being witnessed. We took to the seemingly reserved places and performed non-obligatory prayers with as much ease as was possible. The attendance at the Prophet ﷺ tomb was prolonged, as if someone let us stand there for as long as we wanted. No one asked us to leave. Convenient and with ease are words that limit the expression of the experience due to language constraints. Soon it was Fajar time and we left to return to the hotel. On the way to the hotel, one among many supplications that Hazrat made was may Allah make us ‘Dua wala’ (one who knows how to supplicate to Allah), adding, one who knows how to ask from Allah gets great rewards. There was also quick mention of ‘Inshallah this journey will be accepted’. These thoughts stemmed from the experiences in Masjid-e-Nabwi the preceding night. The Kaifiyat (spiritual experiences) during Muraqaba were rather uncommon, simply put full of Anwaar (spiritual blessings). Yours truly noticed Hazrat sat silently in Muraqaba with tears rolling down his eyes. Perhaps never before had one seen a better visual of ‘Silence speaks a thousand words’. When the writer inked the paper with this incident the below couplet seemed befitting;

Woh Jinka Ishq Saadiq Ho

Kahan Faryaad Karte hain

Labon pe Mohare Khamoshi

Dilon mein Yaad karte hain

“Those who know true love, do not plead with vocals, lips are sealed as the heart yearns in love.”

We reached the hotel, had breakfast and rested until before Zohar. The day was thus spent in completing daily practices and we slept after Isha.

 

DAY 6 – 11TH DECEMBER 2015

The day began with prayers and remembrance of Allah. After breakfast we occupied ourselves with daily practices. Hazrat responded to messages that were received, a brief conversation later the day witnessed Zohar’s arrivals.  We performed Zohar at Masjid-e-Nabwi and returned to the hotel for lunch where the below jewels of wisdom were shared with the writer.

  • Hazrat Murshid-e-Alam Hazrat Maulana Ghulam Habib (Rah) used to say, when an invitation is received in Madina it is an invitation from the Prophet ﷺ, it should be accepted by the visitors. Kings (reference to the Prophet ﷺ) send their associates (residents of Madina or thereabouts) to serve their guests (visitors of Madina).
  • A Saahib-e-dil (illuminated heart) elder informed Hazrat of seeing the Prophet ﷺ in his dream and the Prophet SAW had sent his Salam (glad tidings) to Hazrat.

We finished lunch at one of the restaurants and waited in the hotel lobby to board a lift. The lobby area outside the lift was very busy. The writer suggested we take another lift from the other side of the hotel and we began walking. It was then that Hazrat said let’s go to another lift. The lift was adjacent to the other lifts, however no one had queued there for reasons the writer does not know. We stood for a couple of seconds or a minute and the lift arrived, empty. We boarded the lift and reached the floor we were put up at. In the room the following jewels were listened to and later noted;

  • In a house or room with tubes for light, bulb(s), air conditioner or geyser for hot water, all function well since they are connected to the power house or the electricity board of the jurisdiction they are at. A mere switch board in the house without a connection to the power house or electricity board would not enable anything to function for its use. Similarly Hazrat Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi DB is the power house and all his Khulafa (deputy) are light tubes, geysers, air conditioners and have various forms to them. Each functions because it is connected to the power house (the source of all power being Allah).
  • It appears this journey is one of extreme affection as if a father pampering his dearly loved child.
  • Become a business man in Deen (religious way of life). Transact with good deeds in this world and the hereafter.

We proceeded to Masjid-e-Nabwi at Asr and got engrossed in the daily practices, returning after Isha. The night witnessed a rather long conversation on many aspects. Some of which dealt with the writer’s experiences, realization and questions thereon. The night slept with a soul feeling an inexplicable calm.

 

DAY 7 – 12TH DECEMBER 2015

The early hours of the morning witnessed us being in the Masjid-e-Nabwi. We returned to the hotel after Fajar. Hazrat suggested the writer should eat breakfast if he likes since Hazrat wanted to sleep for a while. We then decided we should both sleep and wake up at 10:00 am for breakfast since the counters were open until 10:30 am. The writer woke up a little earlier than 10:00 am. Sharp at 10:00 am, the writer witnessed Hazrat in deep slumber, thinking Hazrat may need to rest further, was about to leave the room. As the writer stood to leave, the greeting of an Assalāmu ʿalaykum was heard. Hazrat woke and said, ‘It is Allah’s blessing, Allah wakes me up at a time I intend to, never need an alarm, although I do keep an alarm since the world is a place of means’. When Hazrat proceeded to freshen up, the writer noted, ’Allah always let’s his friends stand tall, even if it were something as trivial as an intention to wake up at a particular time, which by all means, is not in one’s conscious control. If this is the reward of proximity with Allah, imagine the magnanimity of rewards the friends of friends of Allah would receive when these friends of Allah raise their hands for them in earnest (or even a passing, may Allah help you). If after realizing such bounties we do not befriend Allah through the friends of Allah then it is our loss and sheer ignorance’.

Post breakfast we decided to visit Masjid-e-Quba. Trying to reason with taxi drivers to take us to the mosque and back for a reasonable sum was daunting. After a few were let go with fares of SAR 150 being quoted, one taxi waited when Hazrat said, ’If you take us to Masjid-e-Quba and offer prayers there, you will get the reward for an Umrah besides the fare you earn,’ offering SAR 35. The taxi driver responded by saying, ‘I would not take passengers for that low sum of a money, but you sound different, board the taxi’. During the short travel, he heard Hazrat speak in Arabic and was amazed at Hazrat’s dialect, pronunciation and diction of the Arabic language. He enquired if Hazrat was an Arab? To which Hazrat responded, my forefathers were Arab (Hazrat is a progeny of the Prophet SAW from the descent of Imam Hussain  رضي الله عنه). Realising Hazrat is a Sayyed, the driver was ecstatic and kept brushing Hazrat’s shoulder with his palm as if to take blessings. We finished the visit to Masjid-e-Quba and Shuhada-e-Uhad. The driver took us to a few places describing the Quranic verses that were revealed at those locations. Further he also showed us the locations of the homes of a few companions of the Prophet ﷺ and the by lanes. The driver then requested Hazrat to accompany him to his date farm for mere blessings. He said,’ Have dinner with me and meet my children, they will be blessed to meet a Sayyed’. ‘Come, visit me in the farm and meet my staff (signifying he had a team working for him in the dates farm) there will be Barakah (abundant blessings) in my business and house’. Hazrat assured him of supplicating for his family and business however excused himself from visiting the farm or the house. The driver then dropped us back to the hotel and bid his goodbyes but with love and affection in his heart for Hazrat.

We finished Zohar and headed towards the hotel when we met an old accomplice of Hazrat from Mumbai. While we were talking we heard voices of Deoband Zindabad (Hail Deoband), Tabligh Zindabad (Hail Tabligh), turning to see an Arab gentleman’s enthusiastic expression who walked towards us. He came along and hugged Hazrat and kissed Hazrat’s forehead. The Arab then asked if elders of the Tabligh work were in Madinah too to which Hazrat responded by nodding his head in the negative. The whole incident was rather strange and seemed in genuine, if anything. However what became of the incident is any reference to something in genuine or fake in the future was referred to as, ‘This is similar to Deoband Zindabad (the slogan of the Arab gentleman)’, an euphemism to convey it can’t be trusted. We later had lunch. These jewels were noted post lunch;

  • Express your love for your wife or wives explicitly. Don’t expect her to be as explicit. She will always give you hints because of her modesty. Husbands who fail to express their feelings for their wives are the cause of great discomfort in families.
  • Auliya (friends of Allah) had busy lives too but their homes with beacons of happiness. This was because they were taught how to keep our homes happier. This is also the deen of the Khatamul Nabiyeen (Prophet ﷺ).
  • Haram earned is a cause of challenges in lives. It goes to hospitals, police and lawyers. Add to this the agony and depression that the challenge brings with it.

The rest of the day was spent in completing the daily practices with time from Asr to Isha spent in Masjid-e-Nabwi.

The restaurant we would have dinner at had an Indian and an Arab serve the guests. The Indian would always serve us well and the Arab would leave us to ourselves assuming we were Ajami (non-Arabs) who did not know his language (which is true for the writer). If we needed something from him, yours truly would ask of him in English and he would respond likewise. This was to be our last evening in Madina on this journey. It naturally so conspired that Hazrat had to speak to the Arab attendant, which Hazrat did in Arabic. Although the writer did not understand the conversation, one could draw conclusions, based on expressions. The Arab attendant asked Hazrat if he was an Arab too after listening to Hazrat speak thus. His smile found his lip corners touch his ears. We thanked the attendants, bid our good byes and retracted to the hotel room.

DAY 8- 13TH DECEMBER 2015

After the Fajar prayer, breakfast witnessed many a jewel during a rather long educating conversation with the below noted;

  • Professor Aslam Saahab DB of Pakistan is a Khalifa (deputy) of Hazrat Shaykh Zulfiqar Naqshbandi DB, who says (in a Punjabi dialect), Shaykh se mohabbat kanooni nahi janooni honi chahiye toh faiz dewaaron se aayega. (Love for the Shaykh should be passionate and not bound by a rule book, if your love for the Shaykh has passion you will witness walls oozing spiritual benefits).
  • People in this work (of Tazkiya – self reformation) will either be corrected or cornered by Allah.
  • We won’t get Qutub or Abdaal (high spiritual status for some friends of Allah) for corrections. The Ummah is full of beings with fallacies. If this were not so why would we need structures of reformation (Khanqah, Tabligh etc.)
  • One who works knowing the Shaykh’s intentions with purity of thought and deed, reaches the goal easily.
  • One who does not listen to the Shaykh and does what he wants, is devoid of Tawajjo (spiritual blessings) after a while. If this were no less a loss, his progress is stopped by Allah.

We had to leave for Al Qassim in the afternoon when Hazrat suggested it would help if brother Asghar drops us to the bus or taxi stand. When the writer called brother Asghar he said he had already decided to do so before we called. Brother Asghar had been visiting Hazrat in the time we were in Madina bringing along delicacies.

We took a taxi from Madina to reach Al Qassim where Hazrat’s son in law Maulana Zakir is resident. A jewel noted during the travel is produced below;

  • If a car steering is fixed then the car cannot make turns. The driver, not realising the constraint in the car, will complain about the roads not being straight (since he cannot make turns). Roads always have turns, there is no other way they are designed since time immemorial. Likewise for a good life one has to make turns and compromises (the words Hazrat used were Mizaaj mein lachak) where required else life becomes difficult for us and those associated with us.

The journey to Al Qassim was pleasant. We reached Al Qassim after Isha. Soon as we entered the Al-Qassim city, the spiritual elevation the city has among others in the kingdom was rather visible, or better said was felt more than seen. Maulana Zakir had advised us to wait near a taxi stand while they reached to pick us. While we were waiting for the hosts, an Arab taxi driver asked us if he could drop us somewhere. Hazrat jokingly responded but we can’t pay you. The Arab driver then smiled a smile and said, ’Be my guest and I will drop you where you like’. It seemed rather genuine than just a passing comment to respond to good humour. He even offered to pick us later and drop us to Riyadh which was our next destination as was being discussed in due course of the conversation with him. Further inviting us to his house for a meal together. When Allah puts his friends love in the hearts of people, reasons fail to reason.

Maulana Zakir’s elder brother Sajid came to pick us. Brother Sajid, Maulana Zakir and another brother’s family were resident in Unaizah in Al Qassim. The brothers have a flourishing spare parts business with more than one stores in the city. Brother Sajid being the eldest had come to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia two decades ago and had through resilience, hard work and blessings grown from strength to strength. He had played the role of an elder brother in all earnest, very ably and sensibly keeping the family together, as most mature and good hearted elders do. Maulana Zakir is an alumnus of the University of Nadwa in Lucknow that ran under the guidance of the reverend Shaykh Hazrat Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Rah). The brothers are very affectionate and forthcoming in making strangers at ease. Maulana Zakir is a close associate of the famous Maulana Tariq Jameel DB and is always by his side when Maulana Tariq Jameel DB is in Madina. We visited their stores and warehouse. Hazrat supplicated there for the well-being and progress of the brothers. A late night dinner and very pleasant conversation preceded our slumber. The writer mentioned to Hazrat of how he thought the family was very pleasing.

DAY 9 – 14TH DECEMBER 2015

The morning after, we finished Fajar prayers in the local mosque where Maulana Zakir introduced Hazrat to the Imam of the mosque in his private chambers within the mosque. The trio of Hazrat, the Imam of the mosque and Maulana Zakir conversed in Arabic. The conversation was soothing to hear for the writer, who wishes to learn so, however Greek and Latin when it came to comprehending any of it, barring a few obvious references. Thereafter we had breakfast and were engrossed in a conversation discussing occurrences in India and the work of Tabligh among others. Maulana Zakir and brother Sajid then took Hazrat to meet the brothers of the Tabligh effort. Hazrat addressed the audience for a brief few minutes advising the attendees on the blessings of the work of Tabligh and the importance of self-reformation through Tazkiyah. After Zohar and lunch, conversation drew itself in various spheres that were engrossing. We had to leave for Riyadh and let the hosts know of our intention. The hosts were insistent on us staying however Hazrat shared we had a schedule to work with. The brothers then dropped us at the taxi stand but not before giving parting gifts in alluring fragrances. Oudh (the name of the perfume) being Hazrat’s preference (perhaps the only preference in fragrances). It did delight the guests. We left for Riyadh and took a halt en-route for Maghreb prayers. The Arab driver, from Unaizah, prayed Maghreb and Isha together, we, however only offered Maghreb. The driver noticed this and had by now by virtue of the conversation with Hazrat, in Arabic, had gathered of Hazrat’s knowledge and wisdom. When the journey resumed, the driver asked Hazrat of which method is correct (praying Maghreb and Isha together during travel or should they be prayed at their respective times). Hazrat enquired if the location of performing the prayers was within Unaizah’s boundaries or beyond. The driver responded we were outside the boundaries of Unaizah. Hazrat then responded in the affirmative stating he was correct. The drivers leading question was which Imam (from amongst the four of Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Shafi, Imam Ahmad and Imam Malik) was correct. Hazrat replied all are correct however Taqleed (being associated to one of the four) is important adding Allah knows best. We are not bound by answers for which Imam was more correct or less but following one of them. Sahaba ( رضي الله عنهم) had difference of opinions but they co-existed in love and respect for each other. Hazrat then shared a quote of Maulana Yunus Palanpuri DB (Khalifa or Hazrat Peer Zulfiqar Ahmad DB), ‘Us ek ke hojao, woh ek ek ko tumhare hawale kar dega’ ‘Be faithful to the one (Allah) and he will bring each one (Allah’s creations) to you’.

We reached Riyadh a little after Isha’s time. Brother Haamid (from Bangalore, India) and another friend came to pick us. We drove to Shaykh Kashif Kareem DB’s house. Shaykh Kashif Kareem DB is the Khalifa of Hazrat Peer Zulfiqar Ahmad DB, hails from Pakistan, and was resident in Chicago in the US before moving to Riyadh. We performed Isha prayers, had dinner with the hosts and after brief meetings we took to bed.

 

DAY 10 – 15TH DECEMBER 2015

The day began with praying with the host and performing daily practices. We rested a while after Fajar. A very interesting conversation was part of the breakfast between Hazrat and Shaykh Kashif Kareem DB. The topics of conversation ranged from perceptions, perspectives, facts, political occurrences in the day and past. The writer was a very keen and silent spectator, being educated. The conversation did arrive at a stage where Hazrat and Shaykh Kashif Kareem DB agreed to disagree on one of the topics being considered. Noteworthy was the fact that this occurred in all humility and respect. After breakfast Hazrat advised yours truly on the importance of being able to agree to disagree and yet keep hearts clean of any ill thought for the one we disagree with. While the narrative was as old as civil manners for conducive co-existence, good narratives are seldom seen in action. Yours truly witnessed the ‘Agree to disagree and keep your hearts filled with love for the other person being disagreed with’ narrative in action with the two friends of Allah. Yet another bounty that is scarce to witness.

Before Zohar, Hazrat occupied himself in responding to his disciples and the writer was pleased to speak to Shaykh Kashif Kareem DB. Our conversation introduced ourselves on whereabouts and whereto. Come Zohar, we finished prayers and lunch and rested for a while besides being occupied in daily practices. The jewels of wisdom session ensued with anecdotes from the lives of friends of Allah. We prayed Asr soon after and were then taken to a venue where a gathering was waiting for Hazrat for an address after Maghreb. After Maghreb Hazrat addressed the mixed gathering of Ulema (Scholars) and common men. After the address, rendered in Urdu, the writer noticed the gathering being in awe of Hazrat.

Isha was prayed soon after and then dinner invitation led us to a brother’s house. Amongst other guests was also Maulana Najeeb Qasmi, who hails from India and was now resident in Riyadh. Maulana Najeeb Qasmi is a columnist who saw himself sat next to Hazrat during dinner. Their discussion witnessed a multitude of topics including the challenges encountered in the kingdom in performing the work he was at, the perspective of scholars on various issues, his own recommendations on addressing the challenges that affects the populace. After dinner, we returned to Shaykh Kashif Kareem DB’s house where a few guests who were part of the gathering after Maghreb came along and sat themselves to benefit from Hazrat’s company. The below jewels were noted in the conversation;

  • There is a Mukhlas (the chosen one) and a Mukhlis (one who does things for Allah alone). Allah chooses a Mukhlas and brings all the Mukhlis to him. In this day and age Hazrat Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi DB is the Mukhlas. May Allah grant us the ability to value and treasure this precious blessing in Hazrat Peer Zulfiqar Ahmad DB.
  • Allah is the Khaliq-e-Haqeeqi (real provider), however, we see mothers feed children in the world therefore they are Khaliq-e-Zaahiri (visible providers). One gets sustenance through mothers in the world and therefore one who is good to his/her parents, even if he/she does not believe in Allah, will always be at ease in matters of sustenance.
  • Hazrat shared one of his disciples in Bangalore asked Hazrat what is the company of the Shaykh like? Since the disciple was an IT professional, Hazrat responded by saying Shaykh’s company is like WiFi. The disciple’s hearts are akin to mobile or computer devices and the Shaykh’s heart is synonymous to the router. Once the two are connected transfer to information (in this case spiritual energy) is seamless. The condition though is that the two devices should be connected. The Shaykh’s heart is always open to transmit the spiritual blessings, however the disciple should keep his WiFi mode on (keep his heart open) to be able to receive such blessings.
  • When the name of a disciple is heard of in front of the Shaykh, the Shaykh then gives Tawajjo (spiritual blessings) to the disciple. It is therefore always beneficial to send greetings to your Shaykh through people who visit the Shaykh if one is not able to visit in person.

After the guests left we took to bed, Shaykh Kashif Kareem DB brought about his younger son of the two, to spend some time with Hazrat. All of perhaps less than two years, the child was Mashallah as adorable as one could get. There was a certain magnetism (Urdu speakers refer to this as Kashish), as they say, in the child that made one want to love the child more. May Allah protect him and give him a blessed life like his father.

 

DAY 11 – 16TH DECEMBER 2015

We had an early morning return flight to Mumbai. The day began with prayers and a cup of tea. Shaykh Kashif Kareem DB and two others accompanied us to the airport at 04:00 am. At the airport Hazrat and Shaykh Kashif Kareem DB were engrossed in a private conversation over tea while the writer and the two other companions were at the check-in counter. When it was our turn to check-in, the airline staff did not speak in English and was rather impolite. The airlines staff gave us two seats very far from each other. He tagged Hazrat’s bag with the writer’s ticket tag and mine with Hazrat’s saying if the luggage gets lost he is not responsible. Yours truly could neither converse in Arabic nor understand the reason for this to be so.  The writer then requested Hazrat to accompany him to the counter (the writer and friends were at the check-in counter and had requested Hazrat to be seated at the coffee outlet). When Hazrat reached the counter, he gestured through his hand for the writer to keep quiet and let him speak to the staff. Hazrat spoke to the staff in Arabic whose impoliteness was none lesser. No sooner, the writer noticed, without any hue or cry the airlines staff tore the earlier boarding passes and issued new ones that had seats adjacent to each other. It was as if an unseen power had forced him to do it, against his will. The friends of Allah are simple in their attire and speech however one should not mistake them for nobodies. One realizes one should not muddle with the friends of Allah.

We took the boarding passes, bid our goodbyes to the hosts, thanked them for their hospitality and left for Immigration. When at the boarding gates it was time for Fajar. We proceeded to perform the prayers in the mosque inside the airport and joint the congregation. However after the prayers were finished Hazrat was visibly very upset since the man leading the prayers did not recite Quran in an audible voice which is required for Fajar. We repeated our prayers and then had some tea. We boarded the flight soon after and reached Mumbai airport at the schedule time, around Zohar in India. We performed Zohar prayers at the airport after taking our luggage. Hazrat’s son’s Shuja and Bilal were at the airport to receive Hazrat. We bid our goodbyes and headed home.

It was undoubtedly the writer’s good fortune, sheer blessings of Allah and the supplications of the elders that he had the opportunity to be in the company of this friend of Allah in Hazrat. Words fail me to describe the gratitude felt, the experience had, the calm witnessed.

Languages in the world, as Hazrat says, are a mere form of expression of thought with its constraints as is the human ability. One wishes for this bounty to be bestowed upon one’s self time and again. May Alllah grant all of us the blessing to remember him always until our time on this earth is due with the heart to endure in gratitude in the sound of Allah, Allah, Allah.

In hope and gratitude,

A Seeker in service.

Significance of Salutations (Darood)

Excerpts taken from Hazrat Shaykh Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi Damat Barkatuhum’s discourses

Professor Muhammad Aslam Saahab (DB) is a famous Khalifa of our Hazrat/Shaykh (Maulana Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (DB)) who has composed Hazrat’s lectures in (the book) Majalis-e-Faqeer. Allah Taala has granted him the blessing of companionship and service of the Shaykh and is a very learned and wise man himself. The responsibility of the Taaleem (teaching session) of Majalis-e- Faqeer is upon him in Zambia (South Africa). This year (3 years ago) during the teaching sessions he narrated an incident of his own. He had travelled with Hazrat somewhere, where a long meeting of some people was due with the Shaykh. Some amongst them in the room were very learned and had a good social standing. and there were some people along with Professor Saahab (DB) sat in the other room and they were waiting for Hazratjee (DB). The meeting in progress (of Hazratjee db) continued for long and these men had to wait for a very long time for Hazratjee to meet him. He says when Hazratjee returned from the meeting he said today all of you had to wait for a long time. These men responded saying no Hazrat we did not have any difficulty in waiting. Hazratjee said today I will give you a priceless jewel; a gift for this ‘wait’. These men became happy. The gifts of Allah’s friends are not materialistic or money, they are the material to make the hereafter, these men concentrated on what will Hazratjee give as a gift? Which jewel will he share? Then Hazratjee said “Whenever you are faced with a difficulty or a challenge, there is a lot of commotion, a work is stuck then send salutations aplenty (recite Durood-e-Shareef in abundance). This is that priceless jewel. The significance of salutations is that the Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said one who sends one salutation on me Allah sends ten blessings upon him.

 

Allah’s blessings according to Allah’s greatness

Now our salutations will be based on our size(capacity) and Allah’s blessings will be based on Allah’s size (greatness). Allah’s blessing are based on Allah’s greatness. Understand this by assuming if someone goes to the bathroom and stands below the shower and starts it, (notice) how the water splurges all over? It splurges with speed all over the body such that it covers the entire body and nothing remains dry. Similarly, when we send salutations then we stand under the shower of blessings of Allah Taala, the blessings begin to shower upon us and when Allah’s blessing will shower, how can Satan come? It is our misdeeds that cause the hurdles, Allah cleanses them (misdeeds) and removes the hurdles. Therefore it has always been the routine of the friends of Allah to send salutations and to gain the benefits. Hazrat Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani (  رحمة الله عليه) would usually advise his disciples to recite Darood-e-Tunjeenah or Tunajjinaa 313 times to ward away difficulties. The pronunciation is correct either ways and the reference of such a pronunciation is available in the Quran. This type of salutation (Tunjeena) is available in the books. It is written in the end of the reference book of the hierarchical tree (chain of spiritual connection from Shaykh to the Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) of our Hazratjee (DB), it is the experience of many friends of Allah, yours truly (Hazratjee) usually advises his companions to recite Darood-e-Nariya. There are astonishing experience of its benefits. Elders have experienced different benefits of Salutations. Allah’s revered slaves have experienced Allah wards away the difficulties in earnings, challenges and health issues through the salutations.

 

(May Allah give us the taufeeq to recite Durood abundantly and understand the value of this blessing. Aameen)

Benefits of others are visible!

Excerpts taken from Hazrat Shaykh Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi Damat Barkatuhum’s discourses

Hazrat Mujaddid Alf Saani (RA) says any Momin (a person with Iman) cannot be complete in his Iman until he does not consider every person better than his own self. What is the way to do so? We perform an effort with shortcomings and all the efforts brought about by the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, whichever effort Allah has granted us the ability to contribute towards, we should think our efforts has ostentation and show-off in it and our actions have lot of short comings in them. The other who is contributing to the other effort(s) is doing so with sincerity, he is better than all of us, a man always likes the business of the other in this world. This is a commercial area, everyone likes the other’s business, and do you know why? What is the reason, yours truly has for days and years contemplated on the reason of why this is so. Irrespective of the fact that the business is big he always says the other fellow businessman business is good, he always praises the work of the other, why? The benefits that every person yields from his work, he considers it his right and the difficulties of this business are considered as problems because he start experiencing these difficulties therefore irrespective how big a business Allah may have granted someone, others’ business is always liked. People who have the opportunity of working on multiple businesses never succeed in anything they do because soon as they encounter a difficulty in the business they start another one, every eleven months witnesses the start of a new venture just as there is new contract in the market for eleven months.

Business stability is the result of hard work and resilience, those who stop their efforts being scared of the difficulties never succeed and those who do not have another option are continue since they cannot do anything else with a do or die situation these are the ones whom Allah helps succeed. Thus a person who is too confident of his abilities does not succeed in the work of Deen too, (he claims) I will do this and I will do that. One who is humble says I am very weak and cannot do anything Allah. So and so is doing very well in his business and so and so has earned a lot of blessings and tread ahead in getting to heaven I am so weak and do not know anything beyond this (the work he performs), it is this man who Allah likes immensely and makes him succeed. To the least may we acquire the thought process of the businessmen of the world. The businessmen of the world can see the losses and difficulties of their own ventures and the benefits of others businesses. May Allah also make us see the shortcomings of our efforts and the benefits of others’ efforts. Deception occurs from here when we start seeing the benefits of our work and not the faults and we cannot see the benefit of the efforts being made by others but only their faults.

Our Hazrat (Hazrathjee D.B) states other’s faults are visible to someone who cannot see his own faults, one who sees his own faults does not see other’s faults. Since Allah Ta’ala has distributed abilities, a person cannot do every task. Allah has not given even his Auliya (friends of Allah) this state of unanimity in this day and age. This state of unanimity has left (the world) with the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. Allah has distributed abilities, it befalls the Ummah to contribute according to the ability Allah has bestowed on them. Beyond this, treat every work with respect and view everyone with respect too. Accept each effort, contribute to other efforts and do not oppose it, help other efforts, do not become a hurdle in their path.

May Allah give me and you the ability (to work in this manner).Aameen

Why did the Jews and Christians go astray? and two ailments…

Excerpts taken from Hazrat Shaykh Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi Damat Barkatuhum’s discourses

The Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said, “The kind of imbalance that will be born (in my Ummah) will be like the ones witnessed by Bani Israel, and Bani Israel were split in two sects. One as Jews and the other as Christians.” Jews are astray and so are the Christians. Let’s find out what were the reasons for them to go astray? Why did the Jews and Christians go astray? These faults were such that Allah mentions in Surah Fatiha if you do not strive to save yourself from these faults and wish to be saved from both faults (because of which the two sects went astray) until then your Sajda will not be accepted. The disease of which Surah Fatiha advises to cure ourselves from, if we continue to keep them inside us then how will the prayers be accepted? The Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said with regards to the Quran and its verses where there is a visible side to it there is also a hidden side. Come let’s find the visible and hidden sides of Surah Fatiha.

Allah’s Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said about Surah Fatiha “la Salata illa bi-fatihatil kitab“(Bukari & Muslim), I cannot dwell into the details, a simple translation for now is “without reciting Surah Fatiha the prayers are  incomplete.” Remember this note, the leader’s (Imam) recitation is sufficient for the followers (in the prayers), this has also been said by Allah’s Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم). Just as there are twenty boogies attached to a train, each boogie is not driven individually, the engine driving is sufficient (to pull all the boogies attached) and if each boogie occupant starts driving the boogie individually then what would be the end result? The entire train (all its boogies) follows the engine.  Does only the engine travel? Does the remaining part of the train (boogies attached) do not travel along? In the same manner, the Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said without reciting Surah Fatiha prayers are not completed. It is not required that all of us recite (the surah) if the lmam recites it then it is as good as we recite it. It is sufficient and simple, so without reciting the words of Surah Fatiha the prayers are not completed, if we are behind an Imam then the Imam should recite, and if we are performing prayers alone then we should recite it.  However what is that truth that has been explained in Surah Fatiha?

What are the diseases that have been taught to be safe from? If those diseases are nurtured in the heart then how will the prayers be accepted? Then not just the prayers all other good deeds will not be accepted. Allah has especially taught to be safe from these two diseases and has taught (us) to supplicate to be kept safe from these two diseases. These are those very two diseases that had emerged among the people of Bani Israel. One disease emerged among the Jews and other emerged among the Christians and are so grave that Allah mentions whoever has this diseases is incurable. Now their punishment is that they will always fail in the world and humiliated, where ever in the world they stay, they will always fail and will be humiliated. The Jews have been punished for their disease (in this world). The Christians will be cured of their disease when the time arrives. However they are infected with the disease and therefore cannot be considered healthy until such time they are not cured. However their disease is not incurable. How will they (Christians) be cured and who will become the means of curing them? After the arrival of Prophet Sayyidna Isa (عليه السلام) and before his death everyone who is infected by this disease will be cured. Everyone will get Iman (become a muslim) and this diseased will be cured by Prophet Isa (عليه السلام). Yes, the Jews will not be granted health, they cannot be cured now, on the contrary their germs that has grown multifold and affected the entire humanity will be removed to save humanity.


Two Ailments and their Remedy

What were those two diseases that exist even today and the scholars have to treat them? One disease is “Love without knowledge” and the other is “Knowledge without love”. However the treatment of the former disease (Love without Knowledge) is easy. Friendship is sought, heart is illuminated and Hidayah (Guidance and blessing) is received. The latter disease, knowledge without love, usually leads to a dead heart, treatment for this does not happen, this is a Jew mindset, and former is a Christian mindset, are these not prevalent amongst us? This is the spirit of Surah Fatiha. Until these two diseases are not treated, Allah does not want such prostrations. Performing  lot of worship will not be accepted, before we perform Salah we have to treat ourselves, learn to love in the light of knowledge and acquire knowledge with the love for Allah.

The Jews had a lot of knowledge, they do even today. Furthermore, they are the drivers of the misunderstandings being propagated in the entire world in the name of knowledge and education. Yes, even today they are the drivers of the misunderstandings and this is no guess in any form. There are experts amongst them who are bestowed with unparalleled talents. However their hearts have fallen astray due to their wrong doings though they witnessed the miracles through of Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم).


The Jew Mindset

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) has described the mindset of the Jews in the Quran. There has always been knowledge prowess amongst them. So much so that when the Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم)’s prophet-hood was announced, the Jews taught the residents of Makkah to ask educated questions. Go and ask him (Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) who were the As’haab-e-Kahf? Go and ask him, “Where did Prophet Musa (عليه السلام) travel to?”. “Who did he go to meet?”. Go and ask him, “Who was the Zulqarnain of Allah?”. Who used to teach these questions? The Jews did. Allah has acknowledged their knowledge prowess in his last book (Quran) (Arabic Verse) . This is an acknowledgement from Allah of their knowledge prowess they certainly has immense knowledge. However even after being blessed with such depth of knowledge Allah has narrated their criminal mindset (Arabic verse). They used to kill the Prophets. Why? Because, the teachings of Prophets,  only depth of knowledge is not sufficient, they have to strive to create the love for Allah in the hearts and this was not acceptable (to the Jews). If the love for Allah was created in the heart then they would be led by someone, have to agree to obey someone which is something this community was not ready to do. The people who spoke of adjoining love with knowledge the Jews used to kill these Prophets. And even today wherever the way to the path of Allah is being taught and whoever is striving in the path of Allah, Who is conspiring to finish them? They (Jews) are. Where are the conspiracies to finish Islamic schools being made? We believe our parliaments pass amendments. Our representatives travel to their country, the ministers of our country travel to Israel, our policemen travel there. The entire world knows where from does these propaganda arise against the descendants of the Prophets. Allahu Akbar! This is the miracle of the Quran, the Quran had mentioned the name of the Jews stating (Arabic verse), “You will have to listen to very heart wrenching propaganda”, from the people of the book (Jews and Christians) from the hypocrites. This is what is happening in our times. This is the miracle of the Quran, the people of the book and hypocrites and especially the Jews and the hypocrites have great compatibility in their mindsets. Both (Jews and Hypocrites) the communities are struck with inferiority complex and their judgments are due very shortly in the courts of Allah, InshaaAllah (we) will not need to wait long.

 

“We ask Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) to keep us firm on the straight path that Allah (سبحانه و تعالى)  has opened up for us, we pray to Allah that he saves us from all the ailments and protect us from all the physical and spiritual diseases, and we seek refuge in Allah from the evils of enemies”. Aameen