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
Proprietor of Nauratan Jewellers-Karachi, Malik sahib narrated that once I visited Arif-billah Dr Abdul Hayy Arifi (Allah have mercy on them). I was in hurry, time was running short. I requested for a brief nasiha (advise).
Hazrat ‘Arifi told me to always remember the fact that, in the judicial system of this world if you plead guilty you are held responsible and punished. Sometimes you are fined or even jailed.
Whereas, in the court of Allah if you plead guilty, accepting your shortcomings and sins and repent sincerely you are forgiven and set free of the humiliation of any punishment. Moreover you are rewarded in most instances for returning back to Allah.
Malik sahib passed away in the blessed city of Makkah immediately after performing Hajj last year (2017/1438). Allah have mercy on him. Ameen!
“I am planning to give an amount of money to my wife monthly. Can I make intention of paying off “mahr” in it? And if so, is it necessary to inform her regarding it.”
Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah protect & preserve him) replied:
“An amount of money should be given to the wife monthly as “pocket money”. This amount should be enough to easily payoff her basic (personal) expenses. And also, the zakat due on her can be paid from it. This stipend should never be counted as “mahr” amount.
However, an amount additional to this stipend can be given with intention of “mahr”. The best way to do so is to open a bank account for her and deposit this amount monthly in it. Let her know that this saving is the “mahr” money. This is because smaller amounts that are given are spend easily and the benefits of a larger amount in hand are lost.”
Please, be reminded that,
The amount should be in proportion to the husband’s income and social status.
Wife should have full authority to do whatsoever with this money.
Sayyidi wa sanadi Shaikh Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve him) said,
‘It is relatively easier to make ‘itekaf (of the last ten days of Ramadan), offer numerous supererogatory (nafil) salah, recite the whole Quran daily, perform many Umrah and Hajj.
However, the real feat is when it comes to leaving the sinful activities. This is the real achievement and mark (of true religiosity). To have control over the sinful desires of nafs. To be steadfast at the time of temptation. Being cognizant of the commands of Allah.
On the Day of Judgment an individual will not be questioned about missing supererogatory worshipful acts but he certainly will be admonished for being involved in sinful activities. ‘
Ramadan 20th, 1432, 21 August 2011, Darul Uloom Karachi Mosque
On the death of Mawlana Shah Abrarul Haq (Allah have mercy on him) (died May 17th, 2005), the last surviving khalifa of Hakim al Umma, an individual inquired sayyidi wa sanadi Shaikh Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani sahib ( Allah preserve him and allow us to benefit from him a lot. Ameen!) regarding the attitude to be adopted by a murid on the death of his/her Shaikh.
“Regarding this murideen fall into two categories.
First are those who are mojaz (have permission to initiate and guide others). For them it is not essential to take another Shaikh. However, it is very beneficial and advisable to take one and not leave one’s self independent.
Second category is the rest of murideen (disciples). It is absolutely essential for them to take another Shaikh as soon as possible.
In both the cases it is wise to select the next Shaikh from the same silsila (spiritual lineage) with the similar disposition and style (hum mazaq) in approach to Tasawwuf/islah as the recently deceased Shaikh, for uninterrupted spiritual progress.”
1. Ask Allah for facilitation (tawfeeq)to benefit from the blessings of Ramadan daily, from now onwards.
2. Make a firm determination to abstain from all sins. Especially those committed by the eyes, ears and tongue.
3. Try to free as much time as possible from work and other commitments for pure worship (ibadah).
4. Reschedule non essential appointments till after or before Ramadan. Finish all Ramadan and Eid shopping prior to the sighting of the crescent.
5. Make special effort to follow as many as possibleSunna in daily activities.
Learn these and memorize the adiya e masnoon (dua) for particular occasions before hand. The book “Alaikum bi sunnati”by Mawlana Abdul Hakim Sukharwi ra is a good, practical and handy resource for this.
6. Review the essentialfiqh (rulings) relating to fasting,taraweeh and other Ramadan related issues from “Behishti Zewar” (Heavenly Ornaments) ofHakim al-Umma Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi (may Allah have mercy on him).
7. To get motivated and organized, read the discourses of Hakeem al -Umma regarding Ramadan (Mawaiz-e-Ashrafiya volume :Barakat e Ramadan) and listen to the talks of Sayyidi wa sandi db on how to prepare for the holy month.
8. Practice the actions of the Heart. Do not do any action without a proper intention.Abstain from all the blame worthy morals. No anger, arrogance, belittling caustic remarks, etc. It is strange to abstain from otherwise halal (lawful food) and commit an act which is always haram (forbidden). Try to do most of the praise worthy moral actions. Having patience, humility, gratitude, sincerity, etc. Keep a tight grip. Do not slip here.
9. Make a practical and doable time table for daily activities.
The point to remember is that in Ramadan acts of primary form of worships (i.e. salah, dhikr, tilawat, etc.) are to be increased. These lead to an increasing direct relationship with Allah (i.e. ta’luq ma’Allah).
Our master Prophet Muhammad, (Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said,
“This is the middle Night of Sha’ban. Allah frees in it a large number of the people from (Hell) Fire, more than the number of the hairs growing on the sheep of the tribe, Kalb. But He does not even look at an individual who
– associates partners with Allah, or
– who nourishes malice in his heart (against someone), or
– who cuts off the ties of kinship (qata’ rehmi), or
– who leaves his clothes extending beyond his ankles (as a sign of pride), or
– who disobeys his parents, or
– who has a habit of drinking wine.”
Allah save us from being among these individuals. Amin!
Grand Mufti of Pakistan, Hadhrat Mufti Mohammad Shafi’i (may Allah have mercy on him) said,
In the presence of Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) while visiting the Holy mosque at Medinah e munawwara, I felt as though the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) is saying,
“Being nearer to me is in following my sunna. It is not in coming here.
As much you follow me the nearer you come (to me).”