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Veils to certitude

Shaikh Ibraheem bin Adham (Allah have mercy on him) said,

There are three veils covering our hearts. Certitude (Yaqeen) does not develop until they are removed. They are,

1. Being happy with what we have.

2. Being sad for that which we do not have

3. Being happy when we are praised

(The reason is that) being happy with what we have is due to greed ( a blameworthy-trait) . Being sad for what we do not have is because of anger. Anger (is also a blame worthy trait that) results in punishment (from Allah). Whereas, being happy when we are praised is due to sense of high self regard (ujub). This ujub destroys the good actions.

Ahya al Uloom bab faqr o zuhd via

Rx:Ogle

A seeker wrote,

The second (spiritual) ailment is of ogling. I stealthy stare at beardless boys (امراد) and women. I feel a form of (lustful) pleasure in this. Occasionally, if I try using determination to look away it is very arduous for me and I feel tormented for a long duration. I have asked (others) many times (for measures to give up this habit) but have been unsuccessful. Please, let me know of a way that I develop an innate disgust for this hideous action.

Hakim al Umma Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Allah have mercy on him) replied,

‘Besides diligent (repeated) use of determination and self control there is no way (of giving up this sinful action).

Furthermore, two things help in facilitating it,

1. Keeping one’s self cognizant of its retributions (here & in hereafter), and

2. Excessive remembrance (of Allah). ‘

Husn al Aziz, volume 1, part 2, p 152

Purpose of Sharia, tariqat & haqiqa

Shaikh Saad ud Deen Khairabadi (Allah have mercy on him) said,

My dear, do you know what is the purpose of Islamic rulings (Sharia), Spiritual path (tariqat) and Divine reality (haqiqa)?

(Listen) The purpose of them is that an individual becomes truthful in speech, morally upright, relatively harmless, wise, good mannered and a gnostic (arif).

Mujama as Sulook, volume 1, page 232

Advice for electoral candidate

A graduate of Darul Uloom Karachi who is a candidate for the upcoming elections visited Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammed Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve and protect him) and requested for dua and advice.

Sayyidiwa sanadi made dua for his success and said,

‘Turn to Allah in all matters. Make acquisition of His pleasure your primary goal.

These days a prevalent problem is seeking the pleasure of the public (ardhaal khalq). (That is, seeking public approval by doing things contrary to Sharia). Avoid this totally. ‘

Office, Darul Uloom Karachi, 1 July 2018

Memoirs:

All praise is for Allah.

The memoirs of Sayyidi wa sanadi Mufti Mohammed Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve and protect him) are finally here. The first section appears in the Moharram issue of alBalagh, the magazine of Darul Uloom Karachi.

They are in Urdu language and will be published InshaAllah every month.

May Allah make them most beneficial for us. Ameen.

Darul Uloom Karachi

Letter of recommendation

Baba Fareed ud Deen Masud Ganjshakar (Allah have mercy on him) usually avoided writing letters of recommendation. However, a person insisted repeatedly. 

So Baba sahib wrote,

‘I refer his mater first to Allah and then to you. If you will grant anything to him, the real Giver is Allah and you will get credit for it. If you do not give him anything, the real preventer is Allah and you are helpless in this matter. ‘

K Nizami’s ‘The life and times of Shaikh Fareed ud Deen Ganjshakar’ rehmatullah aleh

Vivanta Taj, Langkawi, Malaysia 

Examinations 


Haji Shakeel Ahmed (Allah preserve & protect him) from Mumbai mentioned,

‘Most of us are trying to be successful in an examination in which none can succeed. That is, worshipping Allah as it befit’s Him. This is impossible to do as Allah’s majesty exceeds our limited intellect and whatever worship we do it can never ever befit Him. 

And we ignore the main examination we are required to succeed as per Allah’s commands. That is fulfilling the rights of our fellow human beings, especially those near and dear, like parents, spouses, children, etc. 

We need to look into this and rectify our mistakes. ‘

al Azizia, Jeddah, 26/4/2016 after maghrib