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 »
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)
A complete human is one who has knowledge, purity of deed, one whose physical appearance is correct (as per Sunnah), heart (spititual) is cleansed, one whose intentions are pure and intentions do not become pure until one does not have the fear of standing in front of Allah (in the day of judgment)
– Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi (d.b)
The first step towards cleansing the heart is to true repentance, the second step is to decide to not sin again. The devil conspires to make you sin through various ways therefore the third step is to have a strong associated with our elders (Mashaaikh) to seek advise from them just as we seek advise from a medical doctor for our physical ailments much in the same manner we need to seek advise from spiritual doctors (Mashaaikh) for our spiritual ailments.
Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi (d.b)
Once Hazrat Murshid e Alam رحمتہ اللہ علیہ was travelling with Hazrat Siddiqi رحمتہ اللہ علیہ in the mountains by foot. While walking Hazrat had a look around and said to Hazrat Murshid e Alam رحمتہ اللہ علیہ , “Haafiz Saahab, is there a pious man with nizbat (illuminated heart) in this area?” Hazrat replied, “I know each man in this area there is no one with nizbat here“. Hazrat Siddiqi رحمتہ اللہ علیہ replied,“Ok” and kept quiet then after a while asked the same question again to which the reply was the same as earlier. Hazrat kept quite again and then said, “If there is no pious man with nizbat here then why is such noor (light of the illuminated heart) spread here?“. When they reached the destination they got to know that Hazrat Siddiqi رحمتہ اللہ علیہ spiritual brother was visiting the area and when he got to know Hazrat Siddiqi رحمتہ اللہ علیہ was about to visit then he decided to wait and meet Hazrat Siddiqi رحمتہ اللہ علیہ before travelling further. It was due to him the whole area was illuminated. Allah had granted such eyes to Hazrat رحمتہ اللہ علیہ.
“If one does not remove pride from within through hardwork then Allah breaks this pride and when Allah breaks it then one becomes a mockery in front of the world. When one works hard and removes pride through Tazkiyah then Allah blesses him with his closeness and makes him loved and respected amongst people”
Hazrat Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi (d.b)
The following are brief notes prepared for a lecture about the month of Ramadhan. It is a summary of a lecture given by Shaykh Hakeem Akthar sab (ra) titled, “Tuhfah-e-Maah-e-Ramadhan” The ending of it are some tips to help us all spend our time wisely.
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun [the pious].” (Surah Baqara; Ayah 183)
The nature and mandate of fasting is beautifully described in the Qur’an. Instead of just commanding us to fast, Allah addressed us as ‘mu’mineen’ to kindle the spark of iman within us to make us realize our intention–everything is for Allah. The primary purpose of why we fast is because we have this belief that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is our Maalik and He knows what is best for us.
“And if you do fast, know that it is better for you, if only you knew” (Surah Baqara; Ayah 184)
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Alhamdulillah, we are all blessed once again to see the arrival of the great month of Ramadan. The next 29 or 30 days are very precious. One needs to try their best to make the most of this blessed month. To do that, here are fifteen points that one can keep in mind for this month…
1. Remove any and all distractions that distract one from worshipping Allah, so that one can worship Allah properly.
2. Learn the fiqh of fasting. One should know what does break and what doesn’t break ones’ fast etc.
3. Whatever bad habits that you have, get rid of them and do not develop new ones. In order to make this work one should inflict pain on their nafs. So for example, the nafs is greedy and it loves money. For every sin you commit, give a certain amount of money in sadaqah. Do not inflict physical pain on your body, but rather, inflict pain on your nafs.
4. Extra Salah – Pray however many nawafil (optional) prayers that you can pray. Before this make qada of all your previously missed prayers. Qada takes precedence over nafl prayers. Tahajjud also falls under the category of nafl. You can pray both the qada and tahajjud.
5. Minimum at least one Qu’ran should be recited in Ramadan.
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The society we live in today has had a great impact not only on Muslims but on many other religious people too. This is to such an extent that people are often ready to criticise an injunction of their faith merely because it does not comply with ways, fads or modes of today’s society.
Is this what we call faith?
All religious scholars are unanimous that that all Prophets kept beards. Furthermore, the Prophets have classified the beard as something (that is) part of nature (Fitrah). ‘Allamah Suyuti explains human nature is based on keeping a beard and does not need a special order to be part of a particular faith. Thus, the beard is part of human nature to which all humans (men) have to adhere.
The Prophet of Allah mentions in a Hadeeth 10 points of nature. Out of these ten, he mentions is the lengthening of the beard. Allah the Almighty narrates the incident when Sayyiduna Harun Alaihissalam calls out to his brother Sayyiduna Musa , “O son of my mother! Do not seize (me) by my beard, and nor by my head.” (94:20)
This verse clearly shows that Prophet Harun had a lengthy beard.
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1. Rasulullah said: “The sleep of a fasting person is regarded as an act of ibaadah, his remaining silent is regarded as a tasbeeh, the reward for his good deeds is multiplied, his duas are accepted, and his sins are forgiven.”
2. It is mentioned in a Hadith that fasting is a shield and a strong fortress in order to save oneself from hell. In other words, just as a person seeks refuge in a strong fortress or by means of a shield from an enemy, in the same way, one gets salvation from hell by fasting. By fasting, a person’s power of committing sins gets weak, and his power to do good gets stronger. When a person fasts in the proper manner and implements all the etiquette of fasting, he will free himself of sins and gain salvation from hell.
3. It is mentioned in a Hadith that fasting is a shield as long as it is not destroyed by lies and backbiting. In other words, fasting works as a shield as explained above. But this is on the condition that the person abstains from sinning. If a person fasts and still speaks lies, backbites, and commits other sins, then although he will be absolved of the fard of fasting, he will be committing a major sin. Furthermore, he will be deprived of the barakah of fasting.
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