Teachings of Hakim al-Umma Mawlana Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi & his spiritual successors, particularly 'Arifbillah Dr 'Abdul Hayy 'Arifi (may Allah bless them) and Sayyidi Mawlana Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) regarding Tasawwuf
Category Archives: B. Praise worthy morals
The good moral characteristics that are to be developed within one’s self
An individual from another city had reserved an appointment to meet sayyidi wa sanadi Shaikh Mohammad Taqi Usmani ( Allah preserve him).
After the initial greetings the Shaikh inquired him regarding the purpose of the visit.
The gentlemen replied that a crucial, overwhelming and repeated thought was the reason. ‘That is, the crisis of lack of electricity in the country does not need an elaboration. I am getting this idea of creating electricity by the rotation of the Earth. You are aware that Earth is rotating approximately 1,6000 km/hr. This is not a useless movement. Allah has done this for a reason. The idea of harnessing this energy to make electricity is coming to me repeatedly. I have discussed this with many individuals. I was told to approach you in this regards. I am seeking your assistance in this.’
Without a faintest change in his demeanor, Shaikh inquired,
‘Do you have a strategy on how this can be done?’
The gentlemen replied,
Actually it is this very reason to come to you. Please guide me. How can I do this?’
Still, without any signs of anger or frustration Shaikh replied,
‘Pray salatulhajat and make dua. It is from the teachings of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) to do so when faced with a dilemma.
Is there any things else to discuss, as I have other things to attend now?’
The gentlemen requested for dua and left.
Even after his departure Shaikh did not comment on the absurd question put to him and became busy with his work.
4. My legacy (wasiyyat) for myself, family members, and close associates is that every moment of one’s life should be sacrificed in pleasing Allah. One should not displease Allah for a single moment by indulging in any form of impermissible (haram) activity. If a mistake is committed, then one should please Allah by repenting, seeking forgiveness and crying in front of Allah.
5. Always remain in the company of the pious, and keep yourself under the guidance of a Sheikh with whom you have congeniality (munasbet).
6. Adopt extreme piety in financial matters. Always refer to the scholars (Muftis) in issues pertaining to the (questionable) rulings of Shariah.
A seeker wrote: These days due to the illness of my wife, being busy with taking care of her and because of the the disruption of the household affairs most of the (routine virtuous) actions (wird) are missed. Only prayers (salah) is done. In this situation a thought troubles me that why did this happen to me and my routine works have been disrupted? This is adding to my distress.
Hakim al Umma Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi (Allah have mercy on him) replied,
‘There is no reason to be distressed.
The real objective is the reward (thawab). Allah bestows this sometimes via (voluntary virtuous) actions and on other occasions through hardships and sufferings. (Thus) the objective is achieved in both the situations.’
Qadhi Mohammad Zahid al Hussaini (Allah have mercy on him) said,
‘There are six rights from the rights of Prophethood that are so lofty, superior and essential that without their acknowledgement faith in Prophethood can not be ascertained.’
Below is a summary of them,
1. The Prophethood is eternal
2. The perfections and ranks of Prophethood are bestowed by Allah
3. All of the sayings and states of our Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) portray the faculty of Prophethood
4. Our Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) is the leader (Imam) of all the Prophets
5. The (appropriate) etiquettes and (extreme) reverence of our Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) should be from the depths of one’s heart
6. The love of our Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) must be more than we love our own life, wealth and everything else.
Rehmat e kaiynatsallahoaleheywasalam, pages 356 – 373
Sayyidi wa sanadi Shaikh Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah bless him with a long, healthy and productive life, Amin!) continued,
The second thing is to be vigilant in turning to Allah (asking for assistance) all the time. That is, while walking or being busy in something or resting, in short whenever there is any need one should turn towards Allah and ask for assistance. One has to develop this habit.
For example, right now when we depart the masjid we should ask Allah for an appropriate ride. Once in the ride we should ask Allah that we reach our destination safely without any traffic problems. If feeling hot we should ask Allah to alleviate it. If feeling cold we should ask Allah to provide warmth. On entering our home we should ask Allah that we find all the family members safe and sound. In summary we should persist in turning towards Allah asking for assistance in all our activities.
Be vigilant in being thankful to Allah for all the blessings you have, however, small they might be. Repeat it verbally, ‘all praise is for Allah’ (Alhumdulillah).
If one does these things then every moment of his time is accounted as being in the remembrance of Allah.
May Allah facilitate this for all of us by His mercy and benevolence. Amin!
Attending Fiqh Academy session, Riyadh, KSA after Friday prayers, 11/22/2013
Sayyidi wa sanadi Shaikh Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah bless him with a long, healthy and productive life, Amin!) said,
‘Firstly, try to utilize the time effectively.
Each and every moment must be spent in actions that lead to Allah’s pleasure. These include in addition to the acts of worships, the mutual dealings (muamlaat), social etiquette (adaab ulma’asheret), fulfilling the rights of one’s own self (nafs), the rights of the children, spouses and parents. etc.
Not a single moment of a believer’s life should be in anything that displeases Allah.
In fact a believer can make all his activities a form of worship, like eating and drinking. That is by performing it with the pure intention and correct method as per the commandments of Allah.
Therefore, it must be ensured that the time is not wasted at all. One should be involved in any of the good actions as mentioned above.’
Attending Fiqh Academy session, Riyadh, KSA after Friday prayers
In the booklet ‘Manual for those seeking islah‘, sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah grant him a long, healthy and productive life with ‘afiyet, Amin!) wrote,
‘For the above mentioned tasks one will have to spare at least an hour daily, though it may be in multiple sittings. If one feels mentally ready for them and can ensure that inshaAllah I will do them then only request should be made to this lowly writer for service (of guidance in islah). Otherwise, please excuse me.’ Page 4
It is common practice nowadays that individuals attend the spiritual discourses of a Shaikh and read his books or those recommended by him.They improve somewhat in their outwardly actions and following of Sunna. They consider themselves seekers (talibeen e islah) and pride themselves to be associated with a particular Shaikh.
However, they rarely ask the Shaikh individualized spiritual advice for betterment of their morals and remembrance of Allah. Even if they do this than it is mostly random, disorganized and poorly abided with. Similarly those who are associated with a Shaikh for years are content with the initial tasbihats for remembrance of Allah. They do not yearn for more. As a result they do not progress spiritually. That is, they lack good moral characteristics, persist with the blame worthy ones and do not achieve the state of perpetual remembrance of Allah.
As instructed above one has to take islah seriously and spare time for it. The above mentioned hour is for a beginner, a novice. So what about the intermediate and advanced salik?