Sayyidi, Hazratwala Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (رحمه الله) used to say that sins will depart and leave you eventually – when you will die, all the sources of sins and means of taking unlawful pleasures will leave you (they will either be no more usable like your body parts, they will either stay in this world or they may even depart you during your life by having their life ended). However, having left sins at such point in time will not render you any reward. Whereas, if you will leave them before they leave you, by using your Ikhtiyār (will power and ability), then you will gain huge reward, tranquility, closeness with Allah Ta’ālā and an eternal paradise. Therefore, now you decide which way you wish to adopt – leaving sins using your will power to become a friend of Allah or the sins leaving you, without you being able to do anything (for which, you will not gain any reward; rather, you will be punished for having spent your life in sins).
– Adapted from published discourses of Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (Rahimahullāh).
Many of us wish to start walking on the path of righteousness but either we’re hesitant to start or, sometimes, aren’t sure where to start from. By implying this simple act on a daily basis, we can begin and continue our journey towards Falāh (salvation), In Shaa Allah.
Sayyidi, Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani mentioned (at a local gathering of a Masjid situated in an economically less privileged area near Darul’Uloom) that an easy, yet effective (In Shaa Allah), method for Islah (Personal reformation) is that when one wakes up in the morning, he/she should start the day with the remembrance of Allah Ta’ālā. So around Fajr, one should ask Allah Ta’ālā for assistance for strength to perform good deeds and to abstain from prohibitions. One should seek Allah’s refuge from sins and mishappenings. Alongside, one should make a firm resolution to strive him/her-self for it throughout the day. The desired actions include the modes of worship (‘Ibādāt) like Salāh, adoption of permissible ways for earning, guarding one’s tounge and sight, fulfilling others’ rights, and leading the day throughout as desired by the Sharī’ah (Islamic guidelines).
Then at night, before falling asleep, one should review his performance throughout the day (Muhāsbah). For all the good actions that he/she was able to perform and for the bounties that were received, one must express gratefulness to Allah Ta’ālā (Shukr). Then, for all the mistakes and sins that one slipped to commit, one must repent and make a firm resolution not to commit that again (Istighfār). Also, one must remain patient for anything that went against one’s will and desire (Sabr). By doing these acts, which consume a few minutes each day, one can gradually attain closeness with Allah Ta’ālā and this will lead to his reformation (Islāh) over the time (In Shaa Allah)
– Adapted from a short discourse after a Zuhr Salāh by Shaikh Mufti Taqi Usmani.
As the blessed month of Ramadhān approaches it’s end, the believers strive to make the most out of these auspicious moments before they end.
Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Saheb Usmani mentioned that at the end of Ramadhān, we need to perform two important deeds:
1. Shukr (i.e expressing gratitude to Allah Ta’ālā) for whatever good deeds one was able to carry out during Ramadhān. We should acknowledge the utmost Tawfīq (guidance), granted by Allah Ta’ālā, which enabled us to accomplish whatever we could.
2. Istighfār (i.e. repenting for the mistakes and sins). Nevertheless, we couldn’t appreciate the true worth of such a blessed month and the auspicious blessings and opportunities it called us to avail. Through Istighfār, it is hoped that Allah Ta’ālā will not make us answerable to our lackings and sins in the hereafter.
– Adapted from a discourse at Jumu’ah by Shaikh Mufti Taqi Usmani. Talhah
While striving to increase our worshipping during the last 10 nights of Ramadhān, we must also remind ourselves of this important lesson!
Narrated by Ubada bin As-Samit رضي الله عنه :
The Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم came out to inform us about the night of qadr but two Muslims were quarreling with each other. So, the Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم said, “I came out to inform you about the night of qadr but such-and-such persons were quarreling, so the news about it had been taken away; yet that might be for your own good, so search for it..”
Sahih Bukhari Chapter No: 32, Night Prayer in Ramadaan (Taraweeh)
Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Saheb mentioned, after referring to this narration, that our beloved Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم didn’t forget the knowledge about Laylah al Qadr without Allah Ta’ālā’s will. Rather, Allah Ta’ālā had intended for us to strive more (throughout the odd nights during the last 10 days of Ramadhan) to receive the immense rewards of this blessed night. However, through this incident, Allah Ta’ālā further revealed the wrongfulness of the act of altercation and dispute (1).
– Adapted from a discourse at Jumu’ah by Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani.
قال الله تبارك وتعالى: لَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنْسَانَ فِي كَبد
“Indeed, We have created man (to live) in hard struggle” (Surah al Balad: 4)
Sayyidi, Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani mentioned, while explaining this verse, that every person is in a sort of struggle in this life – be it a male or a female, be it a person from any age group, be it a poor or a rich, be it a religious or an irreligious person – each one of them is in some sort of struggle which can be physical, mental or both. Now, if one was to direct his struggle in such a manner that would make his Rabb to get pleased with him then, out of this struggle, he’ll get an everlasting reward (and he’ll be at peace in this life and the hereafter). On the other hand, if this shall not be done, then the person will ultimately land himself in to an everlasting torment. So, we need to ponder over this reality that we all have to face the struggle of this life (without which nothing can be achieved in this world). However, if done in a proper direction – as ordained by Allah Ta’ālā (i.e. we shall fulfill the commandments, abstain from prohibitions and carry out our worldly affairs as instructed by Allah) – we can bear the proper fruit. On the contrary, our struggles will render fruitless – rather, lead us to a path of destruction (May Allah protect us all).
– Adapted from a discourse by Shaikh Mufti Taqi Usmani.
We all face hardships and struggles in our daily affairs. By keeping the above mentioned reality in mind, we can strive to keep ourselves on the right track while feeling content in anticipation of the upcoming ease in the Ākhirah. Talhah