Forgetting the reality

  

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

‘The most unforgettable reality that we forget most is that every moment we are getting closer to the Day when all our deeds will be recompensed.’

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Memento mori

Remember (that you have) to die!

 
Reciting the above supplication 25 times daily (obviously with understanding and contemplating on the meanings) will make one die as a shaheed (martyr). Insha Allah

Ahkam e maiyet  by ‘Arif-billah Dr. Abdul Hayy ‘Arifi (Allah have mercy on him)

Salikeen are encouraged to include it into their daily recitations (wird). Moreover, it will also fulfill the Prophetic injunction to remember death excessively.  A panacea to our worldly engrossment.

Dhikullah: various forms

subhan-allah-alhamdu-lillah-allahu-akbar

A seeker wrote,

All praise is for Allah. I am (regularly) reciting the five tasbihat instructed by you after Fajr salah. I want to do some dhikr  (remembrance of Allah) also.

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

‘Those tasbihat are also (a form of) dhikr.

However, if you have time available (in your daily schedule) then start dowazdah tasbih in low audible voice. If you are not aware of its method then (come and) learn it verbally.’

Islahi Khatoot

Gift for Shaykh: The art

gift

A seeker studying abroad wrote,

On receiving my first salary here I desire to present a gift to you. I am thinking of getting a fountain pen. I seek your permission to do so.

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

‘I happily give permission (to do so).

However, in present conditions (i.e. being abroad in USA in mid 90s) it might be difficult for you to send it to me. Therefore, (the best way of presenting me a gift would be to) take out few dollars with the intention of presenting them to me and then give this cash in charity or a mosque on my behalf.’

Islahi Khatoot

Wife’s requests

allah u jameel

A seeker wrote,

Sometimes my spouse insists that I wear cologne and do not wear cap at least while at home.

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

‘This is also permissible.

Moreover, (intention of) making your wife happy will be rewarding.

It is okay to be without cap for sometime at home. However, the normal practice should be of using it (most of the time).

Islahi Khatoot

Quran: daily recitation 

 
A seeker wrote in his monthly islahi correspondence,

The daily routine for  recitation  of one juz of Quran can not be completed (these days). Only half or three quarters is read. Moreover, when this is also not possible I recite Surah al Ikhlas hundred times.

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

‘This is also sufficient. All praise is for Allah that the daily routine is being carried out with consistency.’

Islahi Khatoot

Dhikr in salah

A seeker wrote,

In salah that are offered silently (in congregation) previously I used to recite Surah al Fatiha  in my mind to maintain concentration. However, now I do not find this interesting and want to do the dhikr Allah Allah in my mind. Is this appropriate?

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

‘No.

Contemplating about Surah al Fatiha is more appropriate.

However, (it is okay) if the dhikr Allah Allah flows out (in your mind) without your control (ikhteyar).’

Islahi Khatoot

جمال ھم نشین 

 

 گِلے خوش بوئے در حمّام روزے

رسید از دستِ مخدومے بہ دستم

ایک دن حمام میں، ایک مہربان کے ہاتھ سے مجھ تک ایک خوشبودار مٹی پہنچی۔

بدو گفتم کہ مشکی یا عبیری

کہ از بوئے دل آویزِ تو مستم


میں نے اس سے کہا کہ تو مشکی ہے یا عبیری (دونوں اعلیٰ خوشبو کی قسمیں ہیں) کہ تیری دل آویز خوشبو سے میں مَیں مست ہوا جاتا ہوں۔


بگفتا من گِلے ناچیز بُودم

و لیکن مدّتے با گُل نشستم

اس نے کہا میں تو ناچیز مٹی تھی لیکن ایک مدت تک گُل کے ساتھ نشست رہی ہے۔


جمالِ ہمنشیں در من اثَر کرد

وگرنہ من ہمہ خاکم کہ ہستم


اور ہمنشیں کے جمال نے مجھ پر بھی اثر کر دیا ہے وگرنہ میری ہستی تو محض خاک ہے۔


شیخ سعدی شیرازی علیہ الرحمہ

Achievement and its awareness

eureka

A seeker wrote,

As per your instruction I do not look towards the states (kaifiyat) and results (summerat) (of spiritual works being carried out). However, I desire that I achieve an iota of piety (taqwa) and a strong perpetual connection with Allah (nisbet).

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

“Do you desire these achievements or the awareness of having achieved these?

The first desire is appropriate, whereas, the latter inappropriate (for a sincere seeker).’

Islahi Khatoot

Priority #1:Making up missed salah

priorities

In his monthly update a seeker informed,

Making up (qadha) of the (previously) missed salah continues.

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

‘Give priority to this over all other actions.’

The seeker continued,

The busy schedule of work and making up for the missed salah leaves little time for reading (religious/spiritual text).

Sayyidi wa sanadi replied,

‘Reading is auxiliary. Making up for the missed salah has precedence.’

Islahi Khatoot