Avoid the Disputes – Despite Being Right! 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 

In our community, argumentation and bickering are a common phenomenon. Usually, each side continues deeming (only) themselves to be on the right. On such occasions, leaving argument for the sake of Allah has been greatly appreciated in the Shari’ah..

 

Sayyidi, Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (مد ظله) mentioned that his father, Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi Usmani (رحمه الله), would always strive to avoid disputes and argumentations. He would frequently keep the Hadith in mind, and read it out for others, wherein the Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم said:

“I guarantee a house in the center of Jannah for the person who leaves arguing, even if he is right” (Recorded in Sunan Abu Dawūd)

2017-12-13 18.41.32An excerpt from the book, “Easy Good Deeds”, by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani

One of the most exemplary incident in this regard was when he was granted a sizable land in the midst of Karachi city for the construction of an Islamic seminary (Darul ‘Uloom). However, after the official approval by the government authorities and initial arrangements (which included a ceremony for the laying down of the foundation, construction of a few rooms and a telephone connection), some dispute arose over it. Despite being on the right and the project having started and progressing already, Mufti Muhammad Shafi withdrew himself and cancelled the project. Numerous people were struck with a huge shock and they insisted for continuation of the project. However, the honored Mufti remained undeterred and he clarified that avoiding disputes is more important than the construction of a seminary.

Later, Mufti Shafi was donated a large piece of land, by some traders, where the Darul ‘Uloom now stands (in a way which could have been much beyond the expectations at that time. Talhah)

– Adapted from a discourse at Jumu’ah by Shaikh Mufti Taqi Usmani.

A view of the magnificent Masjid of Jami’ah Darul ‘Uloom Karachi (after the time of ‘Asr Salāh)
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Leave the Sins Before they Shall Leave You! 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

 

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).

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A Glimpse of the Masjid and Khanqah of Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (رحمه الله) in Karachi, Pakistan

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

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)

Laylah al Qadr and the Lesson against Disputes

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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.

(1) Thereafter, the Shaikh continued his talk by mentioning this: https://sayyidtalhah.wordpress.com/2017/12/13/avoiding-disputes/

A Spiritual view of the Jāmi’ Masjid Bayt ul Mukarram, Karachi, at night

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)

Hardship is Inevitable – So Direct it Rightly!

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

قال الله تبارك وتعالى: لَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنْسَانَ فِي كَبد

(سورة البلد)

“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

A view of Jāmi’ Masjid, Darul’Uloom Karachi