Becoming a’lim not necessary for all

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A foreign visitor inquired regarding admission to dars e nizami at Darul Uloom Karachi. He appeared matured beyond the youthful student days.

Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve and protect him) replied,

‘They will start in Shawwal.

How old are you?’

He replied that he was in his mid thirties.

Sayyidi added,

‘Then it will not be possible to get admission here. There are age restrictions in our admission policies.

Moreover, it is not necessary for all to do dars e nizami and become a scholar (a’lim). The essential knowledge for a Muslim is that what makes him/her follow deen correctly in everyday life. For this there is 3 years curriculum taught here. You may do that.’

Ramadan 1436/July2015, Office, Darul Uloom Karachi.

This is one of the common distractions these days. Every individual who becomes religious either wants to become a scholar, hafidh e Quran or master in Arabic language.

It must be clear that having knowledge is not synonymous with observance and following of what that knowledge commands.

The requirement from us is to follow these commands effectively. Effort is required to overcome the obstacles posed by nafs & Shaytan in doing so. This require tarbiyah/training and spiritual struggle.

When are we going to allocate time for this?

 

Shukr: appreciate the blessings & be thankful

  
On the day of Eid Al Fitr 1436 Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve and protect him) instructed,

‘Appreciate the blessings of Allah and be thankful excessively.

When I contemplate on the blessings of Allah that are being bestowed on me, it feels like like a torrential rainfall. Sometimes I fear that this might be istedraj. (May Allah save us all from it.) 

Recite abundantly (with contemplation of meanings)

اللهم اجعلنا شاكرين لنعمك مثنين بها قابليها وأتمها علينا

O Lord! make us thankful for the blessings You have bestowed on us, allowing us to appreciate them, making us competent of (utilizing) them (appropriately) and making them perfect for us.

Allah will bestow more blessings and facilitate further progress.’

Residence, Dar ul Uloom Karachi, 18/7/2015

صدق فرید 

 
گفتگو میں کیے معرکے سر بہت

کچھ بهی جوہر عمل کے دکھاتا نہیں

آرزوئے محض سے نہ منزل ملے

سوئے منزل قدم اک اٹهاتا نہیں

انکی چوکھٹ پہ دل کو لیے جاتا ہے

دل کو چوکھٹ مگر یہ بناتا نہیں

سر جهکاتا ہے مسکین صورت لیے

دل مگر در پہ اک پل جهکاتا نہیں

زور بازو سے عالم مسخر ہوا

نفس سرکش مگر قابو آتا نہیں

کارگاه جہاں کے بکهیڑوں میں گم

اصل جو کام ہے یاد آتا نہیں

جناب فرید صدیقی صاحب

Tarbiyah

 

In the last ten days of Ramadan Darul Uloom becomes a khanqah.  

Seekers from abroad and different cities of Pakistan come to stay and be in the company of their spiritual mentors. 

The environment is spiritually charged.
Addressing the seekers gathered in his office sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect and preserve him) instructed,

‘Each of you staying here should write the details of your daily routine (ma’moolat) and give it to me after taraweeh salah. I will review it (make necessary changes as needed) and return it back after fajr salah.’

Office, Darul Uloom Karachi, 23 Ramadan 1436/ 11 July 2015

In reply to an old seeker sayyidi wrote,

‘Alhamdulillah all mamoolat are good May Allah accept all. Taqi’

Marital rights

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A seeker approached to bid farewell. He was traveling abroad for a long duration without his wife.

Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Taqi Usmani (Allah protect and preserve him) inquired,

‘What’s the plan for your wife?’

The seeker replied that she will be staying with her parents and in-laws here in Karachi.

Sayyidi further inquired,

‘Does she wholeheartedly and explicitly agrees for this?’

The seeker said that she was aware of this plan upfront.

Sayyidi instructed,

‘Mere awareness is not enough.

Fuqha have clearly mentioned that wife’s wholehearted and explicit permission is essential for the husband to travel abroad for more than four months. Otherwise it is impermissible for the husband to travel.

Make sure that this  is clearly understood (and followed).’

Office, Darul uloom Karachi 29 Ramadan 1436/17 July 2015

Recitation in hardship 

  
Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve and protect him) said,

‘The pious predecessors have mentioned that when an individual is in hardship and there are no obvious means of alleviating it then recitation of this part of the Quranic verse 

 
1000 times is very effective.’

Tafseer Al Imran verse 173, Al Hira recording studio, Dar ul Uloom Karachi, 17 Ramadan 1436/5 July 2015

Humility: the first lesson

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A sincere brother who had been murid of Arif billah Shaikh Hakeem Akhtar and is a mojaz of Shaikh Sayyid Eshrat Jameel Meer (Allah have mercy on them) requested for islahi relationship.

Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve and protect him) had previously instructed him to contact the senior khulafa of his shuyukh. However, he insisted.

Sayyidi was sanadi replied,

‘Even previously I was inept ( at doing islah of others), however, recently I have become more so. Please, excuse me. It is not possible for me to reply to islahi letters anymore (due to health, large volume of letters and increased commitments).’

The brother insisted mentioning his istekhara and heartfelt attraction.

Sayyidi wa sanadi instructed him,

‘Remember that in this path one has to strive (to effectively do his/her islah). (That is, taking the path is not something ceremonial.)

Let me know in writing what had been instructed to you by your previous shuyukh and how much of it you are following (consistently).

Excuse me from replying to letters. Ask verbally whatever is required.’

Office, Darul Uloom Karachi, 10 Ramadan 1436/28 June 2015

Dowazdah tasbih in Ramadan

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A seeker inquired,

In Ramadan I recite the dowazdah tasbih as per my regular routine after fajar/tahajjud. Is it okay to do so? The restrictions of not doing it on a full stomach or after drinking cold water (for an hour prior) do they apply here also?

Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve and protect him) replied,

‘No they do not apply here. Do as your regular routine.’

Office, Darul uloom Karachi 10 Ramadan 1436/28 June 2015. After zohar.

Ramadan: daily wird & excessive tilawet 

 
 A seeker inquired,

If in Ramadan I change my daily schedule of recitations and dhikr to include excessive recitation of Quran e Kareem everything becomes messed up. So I usually follow my daily schedule of recitations etc and after its completion I try to read excessively from Quran. Is this okay?

Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Taqi Usmani (Allah protect him & allow us to benefit from him excessively) replied,

‘Yes. First you have to complete your regular daily recitations  and then do the extra good deeds.’

Office, after zuhar. Sunday 10 Ramadan 1436/28 June 2015

Dua

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Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect him) stressed the importance of supplication during Ramadan. It leads to the development of a connection and relationship with Allah.

He mentioned that we make the following dua in abundance.

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O Allah! protect me as a child is protected (by his parents).

Sunday. 10 Ramadan 1436/28 June Darul Uloom Karachi after zuhar bayan