Unlawful Gazes – Tips for safeguarding oneself from the sin of the eye

The following are few tips for safeguarding oneself from the sin of the Eye – “Unlawful gazes” by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi Mujaddidi DB

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  ۚقُلْ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا فُرُوجَهُمْ

Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest [Surah 24. An-Nur, Ayah 30]

وَقُلْ لِلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ

And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest [Surah 24. An-Nur, Ayah 31]

Unfortunately, today, we live in a society where advertisement, billboards, newspapers, etc. attract us with obscene images. The west also attempts to destroy our faith by propagating the message of “SHYNESS is a SICKNESS”. It is difficult to save ourselves from this evil, as watching obscene images repeatedly destroys our modesty and makes us immune to obscenity.

‘Remember, if we do not cast veil over our eyes, then a veil will be cast over our hearts for sure.’

Below are a few steps of advice for people who intend to save themselves from this sin:

  1. While walking on the road, keep your gaze lowered in such a manner that just by the feet of passers by, one can get an idea if they are men or women.
  2. In Supermarkets/Ticket counters, etc., try looking for a counter with representative of your own gender. Avoid counters with representatives of your opposite gender.
  3. While Driving a car/riding a bike, keep your concentration on the road and vehicles around you rather than people on the road and in vehicles. It’s always possible that you might end up looking at a Non-Mehram seated in a car, bike or walking.
  4. NEVER look at Billboards/Hoardings while driving, riding or walking.
  5. It’s better to avoid passing through a street which has girls school or College.
  6. Always carry an Islamic book with you while travelling in a Bus/Plane/Train. This will keep your mind busy and help you against evil thoughts from Shaitan.
  7. When entering your own house, make an audible sound from your mouth, so that if there is a Non-Mehram woman present, she may cover herself.
  8. When you knock on someone’s door, stand away from the front of the door, so as to avoid coming across an unveiled woman.
  9. NEVER stay alone in the house & NEVER keep yourself free. Keep yourself occupied with some work all the time.
  10. Connect to the Internet only when it’s required. NEVER connect un-necessarily as an idle mind is devils workshop.
  11. When you happen to be at an Airport or an Office, where a television is playing or pictures of women are displaying, then intentionally sit with your backs towards it.
  12. During any Official work or essential shopping, if one needs to interact with a Non-Mehram, then do not look at their face. Just as two people who are displeased with each other would avoid looking at each other’s faces or eyes when required to interact under compulsion.
  13. If married, keep your spouse happy.
  14. During Tawaaf of Kaabatullah, keep your gaze fixed at your feet. Never raise your gaze during Tawaaf except for Istalam of Hajr-e-Aswad.
  15. Avoid gatherings/functions, if there is opportunity of sin. (eg., No arrangement of purdah for visiting women, music, dancing, etc.). If there is a fear that the relationship between you and the organiser of the function may be affected, then be the last to enter and first to leave the gathering.
  16. First of all, it’s best not to visit Picnic-spots. However, if required to go, then choose such a time and day when there would be minimum  crowd.
  17. Fast on the 13th, 14th and 15th of every  month as per the Lunar calendar. Also fast on every Mondays and Thursdays. If you are still unable to control your gaze, then fast on every alternative day.
  18. Visualise the punishment you might get for this sin of unlawful gazes. Imagine that your eyes are being pierced with hot iron rods for years and years together.
  19. Fix a punishment for yourself every time you end up sinning, e.g., offer 20 rakaat Nafl Salah for every sin occurred or give sadaqah of a certain amount. (Fix an amount that would possible prevent you from sinning again).
  20. If you  happen to cast a sinful gaze, lower your gaze immediately & recite istigfaar.
  21. Read the following Tasbeeh( Heart cleaner):
    Capture(100 times in the morning and 100 times in the night)
  22. Wake up for tahajjud salah every day and pray to Allah that “O Allah! It is extremely difficult for me to prevent myself from sinning, but, it’s extremely easy  for you to save me from sinning. Oh Allah! Cleanse my heart and my eyes from the evil effects of my sins.”

May Allah protect us from all sins of the eye and make all acts which are detestable to Allah, detestable in our hearts too. May Allah shower His Mercy on those who were involved in the production and propagation of this work. Ameen

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The Du’ā of forgiveness (Maghfirah) and Isāle-e-Thawāb

The Janazah salāh is also a form of Du’ā of forgiveness. If the one leading the janazah salāh and those following him  are faithful and beloved in the sight of Allāh then with the barakah of this Du’ā Allāh ta’ala forgives the deceased.

But there are few people who are accepted and beloved in the sight of Allāh such that when you read thier janazah salāh or make Du’ā for their forgiveness and Isāle-e-Thawāb for them, then due to the barakah of these who are beloved to Allāh ta’ala, he forgives all those performing the salāh and making Isāl-e-Thawāb.

The Durūd Sharīf [in a similar way] is nothing but a Du’ā of Mercy which is sent to Rasūlullāh salallāhu alayhi wasallam.
Huzūr salallāhu alayhi wasallam is always poured with the blessing of Allāh ta’ala‘s mercy.
Allāh ta’ala doesn’t wait for anyone’s du’ā for blessing his Mercy.
In fact for the one who makes du’ā of mercy for Rasūlullāh salallāhu alayhi wasallam, Allāh ta’ala blesses them in ten-folds.

قال رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ و سلم  ”  من صلی علی واحدۃ  صلی اللہ علیہ عشرا”(Hadīth)

In this way, giving Isāl-e-Thawāb and making du’ā of forgiveness for the those pious and beloved to Allāh ta’ala is a great deal of profit for us as well.
The nisbat of Allāh ta’ala i.e ‘ilm, ‘aml, ehsān, ikhlās, da’wat, and tarbiyah which he provides to the pious and his beloved, all of these are provided as a bounty for  one who gives Isāl-e-Thawāb.
This is why, all those related to the silsilah should make sure of giving Isāl-e-Thawāb on a daily basis.

The reason for stressing on this topic is because this lowly person’s Ustadh, mohsin-wa-murabbī, walī kāmil, Imāl al-ārīfīn, tāj al-muhadditīn, Khalīfā-wa-janashīn, Hazrat Shaykh Zakariyya rahimahullāh Ustadh al-asātidhā Hazrath Maulana Muhammad Yunus sahab (rahimahullāh), Shaykh-ul-hadīth Jamia mazāhirul ulūm, Saharanpur, Today morning passed away from this dār-fānī into dār al-baqa’. Hazrath marhūm spent his whole life in the service of llm al-hadīth with taqwa and zuhd and setting it an example.

No doubt that his personality (zāt) and his supreme qualities (sifāt) were of the likes of Razī’s sight, Rumī’s Ghazal, and Ghazzalī’s way of teaching coupled with Imām Bukhārī and Imām Muslim’s uncommon and unusual attachment with the Ilm al-hadīth along with Ibn hajr asqālnī’s expanse sight.

In this times of Qahat al-Rijāl, we don’t see anyone capable of filling this void of our elders(but for Allāh nothing is impossible).

With the blessing of Allāh ta’ala, we wish that when Hazrath marhūm will be placed in the abodes of respect along with Bukhārī, Muslim, Ibn majāh, Tirmidhī, Abū Dawūd, Ibn hajr, Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Qayyim, Anwar Shah, and Shaykh Zakariyya (upon them be peace), We the students and their beloved one’s get a place somewhere in their footsteps, so that we also accomplish.

That’s why it’s necessary that we all make du’ā and send blessing for Hazrath marhūm to achieve the highest abodes.

اللھم اغفر لہ وارحمہ واعف عنہ وتجاوز عن سیئاتہ

اللھم لا تحرمنا أجرہ ولا تفتنا بعدہ

واسكنه فی جنۃ النعيم  بجوار  رسولک الأمين  علیہ أفضل التحیۃ واکرم التسليم  ………..

Talib al-Duā – Khādim-AhluAllāh (Hazrat Shaykh) Muhammad Talha Qasmi, Bhiwandi, India

The above is a translation of Hazrat Shaykh Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi db’s Message on the demise of Taj-al-Muhaddith, Imam al Arifeen Hazrat Maulana Yunus Jownpuri Rahimahullah


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Making an effort on one’s self

Man makes effort on sand [silicon] and makes microchips with value greater than gold. He makes effort upon metal and makes it fly [aeroplanes] what if he made effort upon himself, what spiritual heights he would also reach. 
Nowadays the direction of our effort is on the outside rather than our inner-selves. That’s why there’s progress everywhere, the latest innovations are being produced, architecture of buildings becoming more adventurous, cars are becoming advanced as well. Take whatever, everything is getting better and better.
However, if mankind looks at themselves morally, they are declining. 


[couplet] “The one who is always trying to discover the unknown,he could not discover himself.He who captured the rays of the sun,yet he failed to fill the void of his own life.The one who illuminated the world with lanterns failed to realise the darkness in his own heart.If there is darkness in one’s own heart, what’s the use of the light on the outside.”

The area of effort is not just materialistic. A person must also work on his heart so he can progress internally as well.

Allaah has placed beauty within us which we need to bring out. When mankind makes effort on mines, they extract gold, silver, diamonds and other valuables. Similarly if he makes an effort on his heart, then he’ll reap courtesy, humbleness, compassion, and piety. These are the qualities which make a person valuable in the sight of Allaah. This beauty is present in everyone. Allah has placed this beauty inside every individual. 

[Excerpt taken from Hazrat Shaykh Peer Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi Da’mat Barakatahum‘s lecture]


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What to do after Ramadhan?—An advice by Hazrat Sayyid Maulana Talha Qasmi Sahab Naqshbandi (DB)

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The Following is the gist of the lecture which was delivered on the last day of ‘Itikaaf by Hazrat Sayyid Maulana Talha Qasmi Sahab Naqshbandi (DB):

  1. Being consistent in performing the Salah with the congregation (Ja’maat).
  2.  To always be in the state of wudhu.
  3. To be in contact with the the Shaykh(Spiritual mentor).
  4. To be firm in following the everyday Sunnah.
  5. To make a ma’mool (prescribed ibaadat) of the following:- Reciting the Durood Shareef(1 time), then reciting Surah Quraysh preceded by “A’udhu billahi …” and lastly reciting the Durood Shareef again(1 time).- Reciting “Allahumma ajirni min al-nar”(7 times) after Fajr and Maghreb.

    – Reciting “Bismillah illadhi la yadurru ma’a ismihi shay’un fi’l-ard wa la fi’l-sama’ wa huwa al-samee’ ul-‘aleem”(3 times) after Fajr.

    – Reciting Surah Yaseen(1 time) on a daily basis after Fajr and making an intention(niyyah) of Isaale-e-Thawaab(Passing rewards) to the Naqshbandi Mashaikh.

    – To try reading the Manzil twice if not atleast once.

    – Recital of Surah Al-Waqi’ah once after the Maghreb.

    – Recital of Surah Al-Mulk once before going to bed if not after ‘isha salah.

    – To consider the work for Deen as our own and carrying it out with proper understanding (meaning to work for deen in the same way as we work for ourselves).

    – To not belittle or disdain any person and serve every human with due respect.

    – To have a good conduct (Husn-e-Sulook) with the Family members. While Explaining aspects of Deen, one must act with Softness, Love and Wisdom.

    – To strive for the riddance of Bad elements and Sins from one’s House.

    – To make our Character as the best form of Da’wah.

    – To happily accept and follow the rules laid by the Nation(Government).

    – Making Istikhaarah as our ma’mool.

    – To be firm in serving the Elders(Parents, Mashaikh etc) and to make it as a ma’mool.

    – To fast the Days of Ayyam al-Beed (The White Days) as well as Mondays and Thursdays.

    – The Salikeen has 10 daily Salaah; 5 Fard and 5 nawaafil which includes Ishraaq, Chasht, Awwabeen, Salatut Tasbeeh and Tahajjud.

    – On Fridays one must recite the Durood Shareef for atleast 300 times.

    – To accept one’s fault while finding good in others.

Insha’Allaah more points will be added in a form of detailed post.

May Allaah make it easy for us to practice upon what has been advised with khushu’ wa khuzu, Aameen!

 


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The Amalgamation of Knowledge and Love

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

“This year I met a young graduate of Darul-Uloom Deoband, he is currently a student of Jamia Umm Al-Qura (Makkah Mukarramah) in a certain discipline in Haram (Makkah). We were introduced in front of the Kaaba, incidentally the tutors of Darul-Uloom Deoband were also present who knew both of us, they introduced the two of us and informed me that the young man is a student of Deoband, has graduated recently

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Knowledge is not mere words

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

This is the convocation ceremony, Allah says about the Ulama (Islamic scholars) those with knowledge and those without are not equal. Allah does not consider words as knowledge. There are numerous who can play with words (to mesmerize others) however Allah calls them uneducated. That which is considered knowledge is the light that comes in the heart. Sayyedina Imam Sha’fi (Rah) said to his tutor Imam Waki (Rah) , “Hazrat (revered) I forget lessons”. Imam Waki (Rah) gave an unusual advise, Imam Shafi (Rah) was a poet too and he narrates this entire incident in one of his poems

I said to my tutor Hazrat Waki Rahimahullah  that I forget my lesson

Hazrat Waki Rahimahullah replied “leave sins”

This is because knowledge is Allah’s light and Allah’s light is not bestowed upon someone who sins. To learn words is done in the madrasa (Islamic institutions), the work of getting the light of that knowledge in the heart is done in Khanqah (place for spiritual reformation). Therefore, the name ‘divine connections of the blessed servants of Allah‘ is the amalgamation of Islamic schools and Khanqah.

Committing Sin, the Desire for It Increases

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ 3:102

Malfoozat- Hakim-ul-Ummah Asharaf Ali Thanvi Rahimahullah

It is a philosophical fact that strength is added to that faculty which is regularly used. Thus, by using the gaze in the wrong place one does not become satisfied, but the urge to again use the gaze wrongfully becomes entrenched and gains strength. One should not be fooled by the temporary satisfaction gained after looking, for, it is short-lived.

By way of example, a person in the habit of chewing tobacco gains temporary relief after chewing it. Later on, the desire to chew again is increased and becomes stronger.

Another example is when a tree is watered, the water disappears from sight after a short while. The water has not really disappeared, the branches and leaves will draw from it making them stronger and the roots will also gain strength from it. Thus, a person who acts on his [impermissible] impulses is not decreasing his desires but is actually watering them (giving them strength).

Fight Sins and Achieve Taqwa

Friends! For nur (divine light) to be achieved, even though the urge for committing sin is present, one has to vehemently oppose it. When the urge is present and one fights it, the house of Taqwa (fear of Allah) is lit. The greatness of Taqwa becomes apparent by opposing the desires. The urge for committing sin will not be eliminated, but will definitely be weakened. This is also a great achievement that the enemy becomes weak.


 

Maulana Ilyas Saahab’s (RA) move to Madina Tayyibah

Excerpts taken from Hazrat Shaykh Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi Damat Barkatuhum’s discourses( Continuation –Part-2)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

This servant of Allah was disappointed in the Ummah after making every effort expressing his state (Quranic verse) “now it is time to save one’s ownself”, bid goodbye to India and moved to Madina. This I narrate the history of Hazrat Maulana Ilyas Saahab (RA). Maulana Ilyas Saahab (RA) is not a strange personality for this weak self to say the least. The childhood of this weak self is spent such that we used to study in the Madarsa of a small village, all we knew was Delhi’s headquarters was Nizamuddin and nothing other than that until such time from when we can remember we did not know (anything else about Delhi). Once an Aa’lim (Islamic Scholar) came to our village, having heard that he has come from Delhi I went to meet him with reverence. I asked him, “You have come from Delhi? You must be meeting Maulana Inamul Hasan Saahab (RA), Hazrat Maulana Umar Saahab Palanpuri (RA)?”. To this he replied I am very busy and do not get time to visit Nizamuddin Markaz (headquarter). I responded with surprise, “You stay in Delhi and you do not get time to visit Nizamuddin Markaz then why do you stay in Delhi?”.

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Dawah, Taalim and Tazkiyah, a collective effort

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

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Before beginning to mention the actual talk it feels necessary to draw attention towards a very important point. Dawah (calling towards Allah), Taalim (knowledge) and Tazkiya (spiritual reformation) are three basic pillars of the deen (Islamic way of life). The Ambiya (عليه السلام) arrived to bring life to each pillar. None of these can be detached from the other. The objective of Sayyidna Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم)’s birth was described by Allah (Quranic verse), (they) read (from the Quran) and tell the signs of Allah – this is Dawah (Tabligh); Educate (people) with Quran’s wisdom and knowledge – this is Madarsa (Islamic school); Cleanse (people’s) spiritual heart – This is Khanqah (place for spiritual reformation).Read More »

What is Taqwa? 

There’s a rule in the world,  when a man expects something from someone then he also fears that person and if one expects something in return then one tries to make the person (from whom there is expectation) happy. A shopkeeper makes every effort to make the customer happy. People of Imaan were taught through the Ambiya Alayhimussalaam that man has to return to Allah and will be examined for his life (how he spent his life) and then he will be rewarded (accordingly). When this is the worry of a man (being examined after death and rewarded accordingly) it is then that he strives to ensure he does not make Allah unhappy and this is peity (Taqwa).

-Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi (d.b)