Ramadan Prep

In addition to the above mentioned dua ask Allah for all the blessings mentioned and promised for His slaves during this month as mentioned in Quran or Hadith (sayings of our beloved Prophet, Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him). Tell Allah that I do not deserve them but I am in extreme need of them. Please, bestow them on me by Your kind Grace and infinite Mercy.

Once my father Cdr Shaukat Kamal (Allah have mercy on him) and I were in the presence of Shaikh Mansur Ali Khan (Allah protect & preserve him) in Jeddah when the commencement of Ramadan was announced. On hearing the news Shaikh raised his hands for dua. He made a lengthy dua asking Allah for facilitation of all the good deeds in accordance to Sunna & their acceptance, avoidance of all that is sinful and useless and being blessed with all mercy and merits of this month as mentioned in Quran & Hadith.

May Allah facilitate it for us with afiyet. Ameen.

Update: Memoirs translation

Allah Ta’ala helped to finish the translation of Episodes 6 and 7 of Hazrat Mufti Sahab’s (D.B.) autobiography. I have uploaded them at the following link:

Episode 6

https://archive.org/download/Memories_Autobiography_Mufti_Taqi_Usmani/Memories_Episode_6.pdf

Episode 7

https://archive.org/download/Memories_Autobiography_Mufti_Taqi_Usmani/Memories_Episode_7.pdf

Translations of all episodes until now are available here:

https://ia601509.us.archive.org/27/items/Memories_Autobiography_Mufti_Taqi_Usmani/Memories_All_Episodes.pdf

Done by Brother Kaiser Nizamani sahib, Singapore

Easy Good Deeds: I’tikaf

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

‘Whenever a person goes to the mosque, wether it be for salah or otherwise, and he makes an intention for voluntary i’tikaf (seclusion), he will receive its reward as long as he remains in the mosque. ‘

#50, p 127

The reminder engraved on the left pillar when entering the Masjid e Nabawi (علی صاحبہا الف الف صلوہ و السلام) from Salaam Gate, as shown in the photo above has been removed for unclear reasons.

Practicing Medicine فرض کفایہ

Makhdum Zayn Uddin Al Malabari quotes from Imam Ghazali (Allah have mercy on them),

Non-religious sciences may be blameworthy, praiseworthy or neutral. As for those which are praiseworthy, they are the sciences connected with the wellbeing of humanity in this life, such as medicine and mathematics.

…..medicine, since it is necessary for the preservation of bodily health

And do not be surprised by our statement that medicine and mathematics are communal obligations,…….because if these trades were to disappear, human society would be exposed to destruction.

…….As the One who created the disease also created the cure, and guided humanity to the use of the latter, and prepared the causes for its benefit, it is not permissible for humans to allow themselves to be destroyed by self-neglect.

The Guidance for the Intelligent

The States of the Heart

Makhdum Zayn ud Deen Malabari al Chishti (Allah have mercy on him) said in regards to fard al ayn (absolute essentials) issues of Islam,

‘The states of the heart, one should know the praiseworthy qualities which one must adopt, and the blameworthy qualities which one must avoid.

As for the praiseworthy traits, they include reliance on Allah, sincerity for Him, praise and thankfulness for His blessings, repentance from one’s sins, fear, hope, abstinence, love, patience, pleasure with His decree, and the remembrance of death.

As for the blameworthy traits, they include greed for food and drink, and a dislike of hunger (given its many benefits such as the purity and softness of the heart, humiliation of the lower self, breaking lusts, and the departure of excessive sleep which prevents worship), eagerness for speech regarding what does not benefit one (the tongue has many faults, the most severe of which are backbiting, lying, and excessive joking and praise), anger, envy, stinginess, love of rank, love of the world, arrogance, pride, and showing off.’

The Guidance for the Intelligent

Reverence for the Scholars

Hafiz Abu Qasim ibn Asakir (Allah have mercy on him) said,

“Know brother, may Allah grant us and you His pleasure and make us among those who fear and revere Him as is His due, that the flesh of the scholars is poisoned, and that the practice of Allah of rending the veil of the one who harms them is well-known, and that one who lets loose his tongue in reviling them is afflicted before his death by the death of his heart.”

The Guidance for the Intelligent

Riyadh Sanofipasteur Vaccine seminar

Teacher & student

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

‘Allah opens ‘Uloom for the teacher upon the eagerness and zeal of the student. Just like a baby cries and milk draws forth from the chest of the mother.

Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki (Allah have mercy upon him) once stated to his students, “Whatever you have achieved is through me, but if you did not have the burning desire in your souls I would not have had such inspirations and stimulus as well.’

Opening session of Sahih Bukhari, Masjid Hidayah, Old Trafford – 14/04/2018

Listening

Imam Shafi’ (Allah have mercy on him) left the market, and we followed him. On our way, we came across a man insulting a person of knowledge.

Imam turned to us and said “guard your ears against hearing obscenity just as you guard your tongues from speaking it, for the listener is the partner of the speaker.”

The Guidance for the Intelligent

Tazkiyah is an obligation

Acting upon one’s individual obligation include purifying one’s limbs from sins, and one’s heart from destroying traits such as arrogance, envy, ostentation, enmity, hatred and the like… Knowing the cure for ugly traits of character and then struggling to rid oneself from them is an individual obligation; it is not permissible for one to busy oneself with jurisprudence, disputes or law until one has finished this task.

The Guidance for the Intelligent

Useful knowledge

‘Useful knowledge it is that which,

Increases your fear of Allah,

Decreases your interest in the worldly,

Increases your avidness for the hereafter,

Makes you aware of the faults in your character and your actions so you can correct them, and

Alerts you to the deceptions and plots of Satan.’

The Guidance for the Intelligent

Repentance

It has been said that repentance is remorse for what has passed and clinging to what is pure.

Some say that repentance is moving away from what Allah

has forbidden toward what Allah has commanded.

It has been said that repentance is devotion to the True Reality and shunning created things, and that repentance is sincerity, seeking refuge, and striving persistently with hope.

It has been said that repentance is feeling shame when one makes a mistake, and that repentance is sorrow for what has passed.

Some say that repentance is the return to Allah the Exalted in every instant, thought, and glance, and that repentance is shame that restrains one from sin, and constant tears of remorse.

It has been said that repentance is removing the garment of estrangement and donning the garment of fidelity.

Some say that repentance is the return from blameworthy attributes to praiseworthy attributes, which can only be brought about by seclusion, by holding one’s tongue from useless talk, and by eating lawful food.

It has been said that repentance is a fire in the heart that flares up, and a rift that never mends.

The principles of Tasawwuf, page 17