A Simple Routine for Islah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 

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.

 

Sunrise at Clifton Beach, Karachi, Pakistan
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Two Deeds at the End of Ramadhān

 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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

A typical serving of dates and Qahwah for Iftār (taken from the internet)

Difficulties and Calamities – Win in a ‘No-Win’ Situation!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 

At times Allah makes someone fall into a trouble so that he/she may get closer to Allah by means of:
1. Pardoning of sins – It’s mentioned in a narration that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و آله و سلم said: “There is no calamity that befalls a Muslim but Allah expiates (sin) thereby, even a thorn that pricks him.”

(Narrated by Imām al Bukhārī and Imām Muslim)

Note: For major sins, however, proper Tawbah (repentance) should be made (i.e. remorse should be present in the heart along with determination that it will not be repeated)

 

2. Gaining huge rewards by practicing Sabr – i.e. remaining satisfied with Allah’s decree and not getting lazy in fulfilling His commandments out of despair.

Allah Ta’ālā says “Give glad tidings to the Sābirūn (patient ones)” (Surah Al Baqarah: 155).

 

3. Making Du’aa – one becomes deeply attached with Allah by making Du’aa. Allah loves when an ‘Abd (slave of Allah) begs in front of Allah and shows his Ihtiyāj (destitute).

 

4. Undergoing Islāh (Reformation) – misfortunes and afflictions give person a chance to change him/her-self. If this change shall ensue in a positive way (i.e. one becomes more obedient towards Allah and leaves away sins) then this will rather turn out to be a great ‘fortune’.

So imagine you attaining attachment with Allah, The Most High, due to a trivial, worldly mishappening ! Thus some pious person said in a verse:

جو ساتھ تم بھی ہو تو غم کا کیا غم ہے

If one attains friendship of Allah then grief for the mishap, that enabled this to happen, will surely be replaced with joy and tranquility.

 

Sunnah: Upon getting any sort of affliction (be it a prick of a thorn), one should recite the following:

إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ اللَّهُمَّ أْجُرْنِي فِي مُصِيبَتِي وَأَخْلِفْ لِي خَيْرًا مِنْهَا

Translation: We belong to Allah and to Him shall we return; O Allah, reward me for my affliction and give me something better than it in exchange for it.

(Narrated by Imam Muslim)

 

Lastly, remember that any event that’s going to happen in our lives is either going to make us happy or make us sad. A believer utilizes both these opportunities to gain closeness with Allah – he does Shukr (offers gratitude) at that which makes him feel joyful and practices Sabr (patience) at that which makes him grief stricken. So thereby he gains benefit from both sort of situations! Thus a Hadith states ‘Amazing is the affair of believer’, and then it refers to the aforementioned phenomenon (Narrated in Sahih Muslim)

 

Adapted from various discourses by Ulama and Shuyukh

 

Sūrah al Baqarah, Verses: 155-157 (picture taken from the internet)