A senior seeker, who had taken bayiah several years ago, requested for its renewal.
Sayyidi wa sanadi Shaikh Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve him) replied,
‘There is no need of repeating the ritual.
The essential thing to do is to reaffirm the determination (for one’s islah).’
An individual wrote about his daily routine of reciting some verses of Holy Quran and passing on the reward (esal e thawab) to pious predecessors.
Hakim al Umma Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi (Allah have mercy on him) appreciated the practice but made it clear that this must not be with the expectation that in return there will be spiritual benefit from their souls. This would be against sincerity. The passing on of rewards must be solely for Allah’s pleasure in appreciation of the services they provided in spreading the Deen.
Paraphrased from Tarbiyet us Salik,
Moreover, some people who do esal e thawab routinely are afraid that if they stop it, even for a genuine reason (poor health or lack of finances, etc.) there will wrath of these pious predecessors and some disaster will strike them. This is shirk. May Allah protect us all from this. Amin!
The second result of introduction of aristocratic class in Tasawwuf was to consider the non-goals to be the objectives (of the path) and absolute negligence of the goals. As a result, ‘the perfected sates’ (kamalat) that were the secondary offsprings of successful achievement of the objective were considered to be the goals themself. Spiritual pleasures and states, material unveiling, powers to do supernatural feats and perform miracles, spiritual ecstasy, true dreams, etc. became the sole objective of a spiritual seeker. They were considered to the salient features of piety (taqwa) and being a pious individual (buzurg).
In order to achieve these ‘perfected states’ means and methods that are not prescribed by Sunna were adopted. In doing so instructions were taken from (non-Muslim) ascetics and philosophers. As a result a complex potpourri of Indian customs and Greek philosophy was born. It was named the Islamic Tasawwuf.
The objective of this was to be an individual with spiritual powers and be able to perform super natural feats.
The purpose of having these superhuman powers could not be anything else other than to establish one’s superiority over other fellow men in order to influence and control their hearts (& minds).
How can the real Islamic Tasawwuf (as has been explained earlier), that teaches deliverance from the trap of lower self (nafs), establishing the vision of Truth (shuhood e Haqq) [ihsan], annihilation (fana) from the creation and being existent (baqa) with the Truth be compared to this pseudo Islamic Tasawwuf?’
Quran aur Tasawwuf, page 23-4
IDSA 2013, San Francisco, CA
‘Quran and Tasawwuf’ is a famous book written by Dr Mir Waliuddin (Allah have mercy on him). In the introduction he mentions all the various definitions of Tasawwuf by the masters of this path and concludes,
‘In view of all these various definitions by the people of the path it is known that Tasawwuf is the purification of the lower self (from all that is impermissible) and acquisition of (good) morals characteristics.’
Quran and Tasawwuf, page 14
People nowadays confuse Tasawwuf with special methods of remembrance, meditations, particular garments, dancing, trance and celebrations, etc..
It has to be made vividly clear upfront to an spiritual aspirant before he embarks on this path what Tasawwuf is and what it is not.
Frankfurt airport, to IDSA 2013
Scholar Ibne Kathir (Allah have mercy on him) narrated that on the occasion of the battle of Tabuk, when the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) passed Hijr (Madain e Saleh), the Companions drew water from the well of Thamud and began kneading the flour dough to make bread.
When the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) came to know of this, he gave the order to throw the water away, empty the pots and to discard the dough. He said, “This is the village on which the punishment of Allah descended. Do not alight here nor use the things of this place. Go further and alight, otherwise you will also be afflicted by a calamity.”
“When the Prophet (sa) passed by Hijr, he warned his companions: ‘Do not enter the dwelling-places of those who wronged themselves except with tears in your eyes lest you are afflicted by the same affliction.’ Thereupon he covered up his head and hastened the pace of his mount until he had crossed the valley.’”
Some stray random thoughts on seeing these ruins,
The rich aristocrat with sophisticated skills and tools had carved these tombs
They sought eternal glory, but in vain.
All has perished, Nothing remains.
None knows of their name or fame.
Take heed O Nafs!
Do not be lazy and negligent
Plan and do what is required of you
Remember the fate of these who fooled themselves.
Glory to be Allah alone!
He is as He was.
Annihilates your desires for His pleasure alone.
Remember that from them we only know of His slave, Saleh alone
Peace and salutations from Allah be upon him and his followers. Amin!
Madain e Saleh, 28th September 2013
Every Muslim desires to visit the blessed and radiant cities of Makkah and Medinah (Haramain sharifain: the noble sanctuaries). At least once in his lifetime.
For many this opportunity comes with the performance of Hajj. Others get this chance when they visit for Umrah. Sometimes repeatedly. Few individuals are blessed to get jobs in these cities and earn their living there.
All of these moments spend in the noble sanctuaries are extremely precious. A virtuous deed done in these precincts can earn a reward of 50,000 to 100,000 times performed elsewhere. An unimaginable bonus!
Each and very second has to be utilized effectively to reap maximum benefit. A challenging task indeed. Especially, for individuals like us who are not organized and motivated. Laziness, apathy and negligence become the major barriers. Moreover, committing sinful acts in these sanctuaries are reciprocally or extra-reprehensible and blameworthy.
It is for these reasons some pious scholars have advised against taking permanent or prolonged residence in these noble sanctuaries. They include our Imam Abu Hanifa (Allah have mercy on him).
Shaikh Haji Imdadullah mohajir Makki (Allah have mercy on him) advised an Indian nawwab planning to migrate to Hijaz,
‘Staying in Hindustan and having a desire to live in noble sanctuaries is better than living here and being occupied in your stately affairs in Hindustan.’
Shaikhul Hadith Mawlana Zakariya mohajir Madani (Allah have mercy on him) use to tell those expressing their desire to migrate to Medinah e munawwarah,
‘Do not make such a decision of migration by observing my example. I have come here (towards the end of my life) to die (and be buried in Baqi).’
In short, the etiquette of the noble sanctuaries are significant and have to be taken very seriously.
The interview: Medinah e munawwarah 19th Ziqada 1434
Shaikhul Hadith Mawlana Zakariya mohajir Madani (Allah have mercy on him) said,
‘In fact the matter concerning dhimmis in these affairs (i.e. detainig rights) is far more serious than that of Muslims.
The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said in this regards,
‘He who oppresses any Dhimmi, or defames and degrades him, or demands from him anything more than he can bear or do, I will stand against that person and make demand in favor of that dhimmi on the Day of Judgemnent.’
This is truly a very serious matter and a point worthy of great concern.
At the most critical moment (on the Day of Judgement) ones’s own attorney and defendant (the Prophet, blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) becomes the prosecutor. How tragic this situation can be?
‘My Pakistani friends must be very cautious regarding this as the non-Muslim (living) there are Dhimmis in all respect.’
Prescribed Preliminary Practices, page 5-6
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr:
The Prophet said, “Whoever killed a Mu’ahid (a person who is granted the pledge of protection by the Muslims) shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise though its fragrance can be smelt at a distance of forty years (of traveling).”
Medinah al munawwarah
A hundred thousand greetings, salutations and honorable congratulations be upon the pure tomb of the head to the throne of the Law, the full moon of the firmament, the sun of the constellation of reality, the crown upon the head of the the mystics, the chief of the prophets, the one intimate to the secret of “He revealed to His servant what He revealed” (53:10), the one breathing the fragrant air of the garden of the station of “at two bows length or bearer” (53:9), Muhammad, the Apostle of Allah- the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him and upon all his family members, friends , descendants and followers.’
[Ma'din ul Ma'ani, page 2]
The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said,
“None of you believes until he loves me more than he loves his children, his parents, and all people.”
(Sahih Bukhari and Muslim)
In his book Hayat al Quloob Shaikh Makhdoom (Sindhi) (Allah have mercy on him) has written that when going towards Ohud the intention should be to visit Ohud mountain in particular. This is because Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) has said,
‘Mountain Ohud loves me and I love it to.’ (Sahih al Bukhari).
Zubadatul Manasik, page 498
Today after maghreb salah the Imam of Prophet’s (Allah bless him and give him peace) mosque Skaikh Huzaifi (Allah preserve him) requested the pilgrims to be careful about the mobile phone use inside the mosque, especially, the musical ringing tones. They desecrate the sanctity of the blessed mosque and disturb those engaged in worship.
The mobile phones should be either turned off or at least be on silent mode during their stay inside the mosque.
This is from the basic etiquettes of this blessed place.
September 16, 2013
حدثنا عبد الله حدثني أبي ثنا الحكم بن موسى قال أبو عبد الرحمن عبد الله وسمعته أنا من الحكم بن موسى ثنا عبد الرحمن بن أبي الرجال عن نبيط بن عمرو عن أنس بن مالك عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم انه قال :
من صلى في مسجدي أربعين صلاة لا يفوته صلاة كتبت له براءة من النار ونجاة من العذاب وبريء من النفاق
تعليق شعيب الأرنؤوط : إسناده ضعيف لجهالة نبيط بن عمر
Anas ibn Malik (Allah be pleased with him) says that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
Whoever prays forty salah in my mosque (Masjid an-Nabawi) without missing a salah in between them, then freedom from the hellfire, escape from punishment, and freedom from hypocrisy will be written for him”
The chain of this Hadith has been classified as weak by Muhaddithun.
Nevertheless, it is considered mustahab to offer the forty prayers in Masjid an-Nabawi.
Arif billah Dr Abdul Hayy ‘Arifi (Allah have mercy on him) said,
‘Acting on mustahibat is a calling of love (muhabbat).’
The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,
Do not marry women due to their beauty and elegance. It is possible that this beauty and elegance leads them to the path of destruction.
Do not marry them because of their wealth.
It is possible that their wealth leads to transgression and involvement in sinful.
Instead marry them on the basis of their religious state (Deen).
A black slave girl who is religious and endowed with good manners (ikhlaq) is better than a beautiful women from a notable family who has bad manners (ikhlaq.).
Ibn e Majjah via Uswa e Rasool e Akram Allah bless him and give him peace) , page 662
Sayyidena Abu Saeed Khudri and Jabir (Allah be pleased with them) narrate that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,
‘Backbiting is severe and worst than adultery (zina). ‘
Some of the holy Companions inquired why was the severity of backbiting worst than adultery.
The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) replied,
‘If an individual commits adultery due to his wretched fate than if he repents it will be forgiven by Allah.
Whereas, for backbiting it is required to ask forgiveness from the individual who’s backbiting was done. It will not be forgiven or condoned by Allah.
Sahih Muslim via Uswa e Rasool e Akram (Allah bless him and give him peace), page 626