Suhba of the pious: Lessons

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A sincere seeker recently stayed in the company of Sheikh Maulana Qamaruz Zaman Allahbadi (Allah preserve him) for few days. He shared the following beneficial observations. May Allah reward him. Amin!

1. Consistency in routine

2. Engrossment in scholarly (ilmi) work

3. Up-lifting the spirits (dil-joi) of all, irrespective of their status

4.  Accepting requests of almost everyone. Once he obliged to a person’s request to sit in his car for barakah in very cold night saying how could such a sincere (mukhlis) person be refused.

5. Sometimes (engaging in) humour, (by) using pun etc.

6. Speaking less. (Using) small phrases for expression

7. No criticism (tanqeed) on any group or even the falsehood (baatil).

8. Positive statements about what is right rather than pointing out what is wrong.

9. Having meals with lots of people (wasee dastarkhwaan). Once Hazrat sat with us for lunch saying he was practicing on (the recommendation) ‘eat with the pious’ (“kulu ma saliheen“)

Makateeb-e-Adeel: A13

Observations

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A seeker who is a medical student spent few days of his winter break with another senior seeker. After returning home he reported the following observations,

1. Time for going to mosque should be fixed and strictly followed. All preparations and wudhu should be done in advance.

2. Tongue should always be busy in remembrance (zikr) of Allah.

3. Studies have priority over all that is nafil e.g. reading religious books etc.

4. One should be good at whatever he does. Principles should be followed and one should be organized.

5. What we have to take from the Akabir and Mashaeikh is their ‘Deeni Mizaaj‘.

6. Reading the biographies of Akabir is very beneficial in getting this mizzaj e.g. Ashraf us Sawaneh

7. One should be a ‘Banda‘ (slave) of Allah SWT,. Be thankful to Allah on whatever one achieves and does not expect perfection.

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May Allah make it beneficial for all of us. Amin!

English translation of Urdu books

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Following email was received,
Assalaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu
I believe you are a student of Mufti Taqi Usmaani. If so, could you please pass on to him this important message from me.

I am writing to inform you of a major error in the translation of the hadeeth in Mufti Taqi Usmaani’s book Easy Good Deeds on pg 35.
(9) BEGINNING ALL IMPORTANT

WORK WITH “BISMILLAH”

Recital of “Bismillah” when starting any work

is a sign of Muslims. Our blessed and exalted Prophet has said – Arabic

The translation of the Arabic writes:

‘Every important work not began with Bumillah remains imperfect and half clone”.

I find many grammatical mistakes in the Islamic books and think it is time our respected scholars take some time to check the final publications for errors before putting them on the market. It degrades the work that they are trying to do and incorrect translations like the above are blasphemous to say the least. I think it would be better to have fewer books of better quality rather than thousands containing any errors. I lack trust in them and am reluctant to give them to my students and non-Muslims.
Could you please reply to this email to acknowledge my message. Jazakallahu khairan.
Sincerely
Sr K A
Melbourne, Australia

The reply sent was,

Bismillah

As salamu alaykum wrwb

JazakAllah

I totally agree with you.

Please, keep in mind that most of these translations are being done by publishers. They are not familiar with English language and are hiring substandard translation services.

Books that are primarily written in English may be free from such mistakes. However English is not Mufti sahib’s mother tongue.

Some British and American publishers are trying to come up with better editions of these works.

I would like to ask your permission to publish your email on the website. This is to increase the awareness and importance of this issue.

Take care.

In need of your dua

abd
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This should encourage our Scholars who know Urdu to edit such works (fi sabil-lillah) and come up with reliable editions that are appealing to the contemporary readers.

Books by akabir have their own barakah.

If one assigns 20 minutes daily for such task within a year many good works will be ready for publication. Moreover, it will become perpetual charity (sadqa e jariya) from them.

Wa ma tawfiqi ila billah

Treatment for talking too much

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A spiritual aspirant wrote:
I have this problem that I talk too much. Useless discussion with friends / family and talking without thinking and realizing its effects and I am not able to control myself. Please guide me on how to control myself in this regard? Jazaak Allah

Sayyidi wa sanadi Hazrat Moulana Mohammad Taqi Usmani sahib (Allah SWT preserve him and allow us to benefit from him abundantly. Ameen) replied:
“This thing is very harmful on this tareeq (path of self reformation). Stop yourself forcefully from talking more and only talk when required. Avoid useless discussions completely.”

Meraj us Salikeen: Islahi Khutoot #12

Condolence: Prophet’s letter (Allah’s blessings & peace be upon him)

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“In the name of Allah, Most Kind, Most Merciful.

From Muhammad, Allah’s Messenger to Mu’az- Ibn-Jabal.

May the peace of Allah be on you.
l praise Allah before you,the One besides whom there is none worthy of worship.

After praising and glorifying Allah, (I say the following.) May Allah give you great reward and may He guide you to exercise patient endurance. And may He (also) guide us and you to be grateful to Him.

Surely, our souls, wealth and families are wonderful gifts from Allah. He has loaned them to us so that we may take benefit from them for a set period; and he takes them away after completion of that period.

Thus, gratitude becomes binding on us when He gives, and patience becomes obligatory when He takes away.

Your son was also from among the wonderful gifts (of Allah) and a loan (from Him). Allah enabled you to enjoy him in a way that was both enviable (to others) and pleasing (to you); and now, in return for great reward, mercy and forgiveness He has taken him away from you. Provided that you exercise patience. So do exercise patience and do not let your bewailing and complaining destroy your reward, for you will be sorry (if this happens).

Know that bewailing and complaining neither brings back anything nor does it repel grief and sorrow.

And whatever is to happen is set to happen. And it has occurred.

Peace be upon you.’

Tirmidhi, Quoted from Uswa-e-Rasool-e Akram sallalaho alehey wa sallaho wasalam, page 602

Keeping track of time & company

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Khawaja Mohammed Ma’soom Sirhindi (Allah have mercy on him) instructed a senior disciple,

‘Be vigilant in keeping track of your time. Spend it in actions that are important. Do not waste it.

Save yourself from excessive mingling with other people. This is because (excessive mingling without a need) ruins the beauty of ‘nisbet e batin’.

Excessive interactions with people without a righteous intention becomes a source of disconnection with Allah.

There is saying of a pious predecessor,
‘Abstain from the bad company and keep good company to the extent that it does not disconnect you from Allah.’

Maktubaat Hazrat Khawaja Mohammed Ma’soom Sirhindi rehmatullah, talkhees wa tar juma, Maktub 13, page 23-4