Saturday, 19 May 2018

Khanqah Akhtari | Ramadaan 1439 / 2018 Programme

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Sunday, 6 May 2018

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Thursday, 3 May 2018

Darul Uloom Azaadville Annual Jalsa 1439 / 2018

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Saturday, 7 April 2018

The Wonderful Rewards of Tasbeeh-e-Fatimi



Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

On one occasion, Hadhrat Hajee Farouk Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh), one of the senior Khulafa of Hadhrat Moulana Maseehullah (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh), visited us in Azaadville. During the time that he spent with us, he presented the value of Tasbeeh-e-Fatimi in a very unique manner.


Hadhrat (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) explained that if a person enjoys gardening and appreciates the diversity of plants and trees, and if he travels in the world and comes across a beautiful, exotic tree or plant, he desires for it to be in his garden. He wants to enjoy its beauty and its fruit, in his own garden. However, to take it back to his country, will require special arrangements to be made. Governments have strict regulations in respect to importing and exporting, and these will have to be fulfilled. Moreover, he will have to consider whether the environment and climate of his country will be conducive and suitable. It may be that the plant is taken back home, but it does not survive due to the climate or due to other factors. 

If sustainable and feasible, he goes about making preparations to purchase it and bring it back to his country. Since the plant will be imported, he will have to abide by the regulations and protocol of the country, to import such plants. If he acquires the permit or licence, he will have to make arrangements for it to be transported and delivered in a suitable manner – because plants are sensitive and can easily wither away and die, if they are not packaged properly and not cared for.


When he does receive it, he will have to plant it and look after it – according to its specifications. He will have to water it, add fertilizer to it, and will have to take care that it is not damaged or destroyed. The seasons bring different weather conditions, so more care is required.  He will be cautious that children do not damage the plant while they play, and animals and insects don’t harm or destroy the plant. …So much of effort is made for one plant or tree of this world. …Furthermore, each tree takes time to grow and bear its fruit – years pass in the growth of a tree. In the process, the person may leave this world and not see it thrive and produce fruit. Even if he lives to enjoy the shade, the flowers and the fruit, it will only be a period of time.


THE TREES OF JANNAH

The Hadith speaks of trees in Jannah which surpass the trees of this world, in every way. Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radiyallahu’anhu) reported that Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “…Say: Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, La ilaaha illallaah or Allahu Akbar, one tree will be planted for you in Jannah, for each of these.”[1]

For each glorification of Allah Ta’ala, a tree is immediately planted in Jannah. There are no regulations, no costs, no transport arrangements required, etc. And these trees will not die. They are permanent … and we too will be living eternally in Jannah, Insha-Allah. May Allah Ta’ala make it such that we enter Jannah and also enjoy the beauty of the trees of Jannah.

In reading the Tasbeeh-e-Fatima, which comprises of 33 times Subhanallah, 33 times Alhamdulillah and 34 times Allahu Akbar, we will be planting 100 trees. The effort to recite is small; the returns are very big.

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) described a tree of Jannah: "There is a tree in Jannah (that is so big and huge) that if a rider travels in its shade for one hundred years, he would not be able to cross it."[2] In another Hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “There is no tree in Jannah that does not have a trunk of gold.”[3]

Hadhrat ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (Radiyallahu’anhu) reported that Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “I met Nabi Ibraheem (‘alaihis salaam) when I was taken on Mi’raj (ascension to the heavens) and he told me: “O Muhammad, convey my Salaam (greetings) to your Ummah and tell them that Jannah has good soil and sweet water, but it is barren. The plantation of Jannah is (the recitation of) Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, La ilaaha illallaah and Allahu Akbar.[4]

Alhamdulillah, for many, it is a practice to read Tasbeeh-e-Fatimi and engage in Zikrullah after the Fajr and Asr Salaah. These are Mubarak (blessed) times. These are also the times when people enjoy sitting or working in their gardens – so, in that same time, prepare for the real gardens of Aakhirah! 

Hadhrat Shaikhul Hadith, Maulana Muhammad Zakariyyah (Rahmatullahi ‘Alayh) had said that we should be conscious in undertaking all our A’maaal; thinking over the rewards, profits and the ‘harvest’ that will follow in Jannah. In this instance, we should think that we have planted one hundred magnificent trees in Jannah.

Daily, we should contemplate over what we have earned and acquired of Aakhirah, by way of our actions. If a businessman pulls off a big deal and he secures prime property, etc. then in his opinion, this is a great accomplishment; this is success. He is extremely happy. However, all is ‘Faani’ – all is perishable. Nothing of Dunya is made to last. Whereas, the Zikr of Allah Ta’ala is acquiring and building our Jannah, which is forever… which is made to last. Of course, the Niyyah must be right, the Amal must be right and we should ask Allah Ta’ala to accept from us. The same focus and motivation should be brought in, when practising upon the various Sunnats. We should consider that each Sunnah brings the reward of 100 martyrs. Who does not want to multiply his honour by living his entire life according to the beautiful Sunnah? …Where there are people trying to demolish the Sunnah, we should revive it, appreciate it, cherish it and live it.


BUILDING YAQEEN

There is an incident of a Muslim woman who visited her friend. Whilst they were talking, her 3 year old child came and began to tug at the mother’s garment, saying: “Mummy, we have not built our palace in Jannah today!” Thereafter, her other young children, came to her and they too began to say the same – that they had not built their palaces in Jannah. The sister, who was visiting, expressed her surprise and asked what was meant by the children’s statements. So, the mother sat with her children and they recited Surah Al-Ikhlaas ten times and she explained to her friend, that the Hadith states that the recitation of Surah Al-Ikhlaas 10 times secures a palace in Jannah. The children then expressed their desire to fill up their Jannah with treasures, and they began to recite ‘La Haula wala Quwwata Illah Billah’ … since the Hadith mentions that this is a treasure of Jannah. When the mother asked the children what should be read if they want a drink of Kauthar from Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), they all eagerly began to recite Durood Sharief. …Allahu Akbar. How enviable, when contemplating the vastness and loftiness of such a Jannah, which is being upgraded daily from such early years.

This intelligent mother was fostering Yaqeen (conviction) in the Aakhirah, within the hearts and minds of her little children. We cannot truly imagine what would be achieved and what success will be enjoyed by these children, when their focus and effort is on Aakhirah, Jannah and preparing for Jannah. Allah Ta’ala grant us that kind of enthusiasm as well. Aameen.


THE LAND OF DUNYA AND THE LAND OF JANNAH

When we purchase a plot of land in this world; it is a fixed area in hectares or acres or square metres. By building a house and adding other amenities, the land does not expand or increase; it remains the same. The land of Jannah is such, that the more Zikrullah we engage in, the more good we do, the more the land increases and the more the land is developed by way of magnificent trees, palaces, rivers and so forth.  
 
As mentioned, Jannah is barren land, and it through our A’maal, that these bounties of Jannah are achieved and our plot of Jannah increases and expands. If a person recites the Tasbeeh-e-Fatimi after Fajr and Asr and before sleeping, so he has increased his Jannah with 300 more trees. And if he recites it after every Salaah and before he sleeps, so he has increased his plot of Jannah with 600 trees. If he does so daily, then for every passing week, he has increased his plot of Jannah by 4200 trees!

Alhamdulillah, this was discussed in Westville, KZN, on one of our visits, and thereafter a friend mentioned that he approached a brother after Salaah, and he indicated that he should wait a little. After a short time, he explained that he was busy planting his trees in Jannah, with the recitation of Tasbeeh-e-Fatimi, and he had wanted to complete that first. Alhamdulillah. Allah Ta’ala’s Grace.


HADHRAT FATIMA (RADHIYALLAHU ‘ANHA)

Hadhrat Fatima (Radhiyallahu ‘anha) is described as the queen of the women of Jannah. Despite her lofty rank, she would carry out all the household chores by herself. She would draw water from the well to carry it home and grind the barley in the millstone. Due to these tasks, she developed blisters on her hand. On one occasion, Hadhrat ‘Ali (Radhiyallahu anhu) informed her that some slaves have arrived from the spoils of war and she should request a maid slave from her father, to assist her in the household chores. She thus went to Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) but such was her shame, that she could not ask her own father, and went back home.

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was informed of Hadhrat Faatima’s (Radhiyallahu ‘anha) visit and went to her home to find out the reason. …From here, we learn the kind of relationship that should be found between parents and children, and the concern parents should have for their children. Unfortunately, today there is widespread neglect and we leave our children in the ‘care’ of the television, i-pad, X-box, PS4, etc. We are clueless to what is happening in their lives, and they don’t disclose anything to us because they find us too busy to give them any special time.

Nevertheless, Hadhrat Fatima presented her request to her father. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) replied: “Shall I not show you something better than what you asked for? When you retire to your bed, recite Subhanallah 33 times, Alhamdulillah 33 times and Allahu-Akbar 34 times. This is better for you than a servant.”[5]

This is what is known as Tasbeeh-e-Faatimi. Who does not want better? If someone offers us better than what we want or have, how keen we would be.

Whilst it is permissible to have a maid to help at home, our reasons today are generally because our womenfolk want to go gyming, want to socialise, etc. However, by doing one’s own chores at home, a woman will, InshaAllah, maintain her fitness levels.

We learn from this Hadith that our physical strength also comes from Zikrullah and other Azkaar, such as Durood Shareef and Istighfaar. Zikrullah gives us energy and strength. …We buy all kinds of energy-boosters, but this is an energy-booster which is unparalleled in its benefits. Similarly, the Qaylulah gives the physical body rest and rejuvenation.  …Nowadays, we say that we are exhausted and fatigued and need to go to a resort to rest, whereas the solutions to our problems are to be found in the Qur'aan Shareef, the beautiful Sunnah and in the Zikr of Allah Ta’ala.


MEANING AND BENEFIT

We should not rush when engaged in any Zikr. Keep in mind, the meaning and benefit.

“Subhanallah” means that Allah Ta’ala is Pure. When a person says: “Subhanallah”, the person is acknowledging and proclaiming Allah Ta’ala’s Purity; that Allah Ta’ala is free from any blemish or defect. In this, there is also an acknowledgement, that we are impure. We have so many weaknesses and defects.

Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘Alayh) had said that when we glorify Allah Ta’ala thus, Allah Ta’ala, in return, will purify us. …Many Mashaa’ikh instruct that females read 300 times "SubhanAllah". Just on this Tasbeeh, a person will achieve Tazkiyah (purification). Allah Ta’ala will purify, and when Allah Ta’ala purifies, what will be the condition of such a heart!

“Alhamdulillah” means that all praises belong to Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala is not in need of our praises. All praises are for Allah Ta’ala whether we praise Allah Ta’ala or not. Allah Ta’ala is the only one worthy of praise. In the Hamd of Allah Ta’ala, the heart is fully accepting Allah Ta’ala as He is. We should think and believe that only Allah Ta’ala is Owner of all the qualities of praise. We, ourselves are useless and have nothing.

From Allah Ta’ala’s Side, and out of His Ihsaan and Karam, when a person praises Him, Allah Ta’ala creates circumstances whereby people praise the person in return.

“Allahu-Akbar” means Allah Ta’ala is the greatest. Allah Ta’ala has all the qualities of greatness. Greatness is exclusive to Allah Ta’ala. When a person recognises and acknowledges Allah Ta’ala’s Greatness, Allah Ta’ala places honour into the hearts of the creation for the person who honours Him.

Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (Rahmatullahi ‘Alayh) had explained that this honour is not based on the desire of the nafs, but in the light of the Masnoon Dua:

“O Allah, make me small (insignificant) in my own eyes, and make me great (significant) in the eyes of the people.”

In our own hearts, we should see ourselves as insignificant and unimportant, but we ask Allah Ta’ala to grant respect and honour in the hearts of people. What outwardly seems to be pride, has its antidote and cure in the first part of the Dua: O Allah, make me small (insignificant) in my own eyes.

Respect is necessary to establish order, peace and stability. If there is no respect, there will be complete upheaval in our homes, schools, Masaajid, etc. If no respect is shown to the parents, Ustaadh, Imaam and other seniors, then there will be disorder, turmoil and chaos. And this is what we do see, in these times. Due to a lack of respect and Adab, there is disturbance and disruption in every system.

Going back a few decades, cleaning floors or cars, required washing, polishing and shining. Different products would be used. Nowadays, products are formulated which do all three in one. These products are marketed as 3-in-1, 5-in-1, etc. Similarly, the Zikr of Allah Ta’ala has multiple benefits: Cleaning, polishing, and shining the heart.  From the time of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), we have had a 3-in-1 solution to the maintenance of the spiritual heart. "Subhanallah" cleans the heart; "Alhamdulillah" polishes the heart and "Allahu Akbar" shines the heart. Similarly, different Azkaar that are drawn from Ahadith do the same: clean, polish and shine.

From another angle: Certain medicines require a prescription. They cannot be purchased over the counter. Allah Ta’ala has made His Zikr for the whole Ummah. No one requires permission to make Tasbeeh – to glorify and praise Allah Ta’ala. This opportunity is available for all. Despite the value being so great, we are found wanting in appreciation and in Amal. Allah Ta’ala has made His Zikr so easy. The Tasbeeh-e-Fatimi takes about a minute and requires no physical exertion or monetary expense.

May Allah Ta’ala grant us the Taufeeq to practice. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the Azmat of Deen – Azmat for every aspect of Deen. Ameen!


 By Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum)


[1] Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3807
[2] Sahih Bukhari
[3] Sahih Muslim
[4] Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3462
[5] Sahih Al-Bukhari

Monday, 19 February 2018

Avoiding Bad Thoughts and Back-biting



Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem



By Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum)


Allah Ta’ala instructs us in Surah Al-Hujuraat:


 “O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions (negative assumptions), indeed some suspicions are sins. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is the One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful.”
[Surah Al-Hujuraat 49 : 12]


There are many spiritual ailments which plague us, but we do not regard these as sicknesses and therefore do not treat them. We have not truly realised the seriousness, gravity and the consequences of these diseases. Like cancer, which spreads and destroys surrounding body tissue, we end up destroying our good deeds as well as our rewards with these spiritual diseases. Jealousy, malice, pride, conceit, back-biting and suspicion are so common … amongst both the laypeople and the learned ones. These sins darken our hearts and darken our souls. Many people are redeemed of their wrong-doings because of others back-biting them and entertaining ill-thoughts about them. 


There is a well-known incident of a person who would speak ill of Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh). In return, Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahmatullah ‘alayh) would send him a tray of sweetmeats. After some time, the man felt ashamed of his behaviour. While he was back-biting the great Imam, the Imam would graciously send him sweetmeats. He thus stopped his bad habit. However, when he stopped backbiting, the Imam stopped sending sweetmeats. Confused, the man enquired as to why the Imam stopped sending him sweetmeats, whereas he had completely given up speaking ill of the Imam. Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahmatullah 'alayh) replied: “So long as you spoke ill of me, you were rendering great kindness to me, by gifting me your good deeds. Out of appreciation for your favour and to reciprocate your generosity, I sent the sweetmeats.”


By engaging in gossip, we are depositing our own precious good deeds into the accounts of those whom we dislike or have enmity for. Is this intelligence?  If it is anything, it is a very high level of foolishness. …Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) had explained that we generally speak ill of a person or harbour ill thoughts about him when we consider him to be an evil person or because we see him to be an adversary, enemy or rival. Despite having enmity, we transfer our good deeds to the person by engaging in the sin of back-biting, etc. Where we are not prepared to give him our worldly wealth and possessions, we happily give him our good deeds!


Hadhrat Fudhail bin Iyaadh (Rahmatullah 'alayh) had said that when a person speaks ill of another, he assists him far more than a friend could possibly assist. Through back-biting, his own hard earned good deeds are gifted over generously, leaving him empty handed while filling up the other person's coffers with good. The person, who was spoken ill of, becomes the beneficiary of someone else’s hardwork!


Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “The (real) pauper from my Ummah would be he who will come on the Day of Qiyamah with Salaah, fasts and Zakaah but he had hurled abuses upon someone, slandered others, unlawfully consumed the wealth of someone, shed the blood of another and struck others. So his good deeds will be credited to these people (who suffered at his hand). If his good deeds get depleted before he can settle (those he oppressed), then their sins will be flung onto him and he would be thrown in the Fire.[1]


It is mentioned in a Hadith: “On the Day of Judgment, a person’s book of deeds will be given into his hands (and he will not see therein any of the good deeds he did). He will ask Allah: “Why are my good deeds not recorded in here?” and Allah Ta’ala will answer: ‘They (your deeds) have been deleted because of you back-biting the people.’[2]


Our respected Sheikh, Hadhrat Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh) would advise that if anyone indulged in Gheebat and it is known to the person, it is Waajib (obligatory) to ask him for forgiveness – since he has been hurt. His respect was taken away due to backbiting and gossiping. If he is unaware, sincere Taubah should be made. Together with Taubah, Dua and Isaal-e-Thawaab should be made on the person’s behalf.


Some Thoughts are Sin

It is common behaviour that when we like someone, we overlook their faults, but when we dislike someone, we entertain bad thoughts. We not only look for their faults – we search for faults. When we cannot find faults, we assume that they have faults. We even “cook up” some faults and attribute them to the person. Although there are a hundred good qualities, these are totally ignored. …Looking for faults in others surely indicates that we have our own faults, which we have become blind to! If a person sees no weakness in himself, his condition is a very sad one. Someone has rightly said: “Should your eye ever reveal to you the faults of others, say to it: ‘O my eye, other people have eyes too’!”


It is most harmful and dangerous to entertain bad thoughts of those who are the friends of Allah Ta’ala. The person who harbours evil thoughts of the Ahlullah is one who will be deprived; who will be cut off from many spiritual blessings.


When we consider our own faults, we know 100% that these are our weaknesses and failings and we also know the extent and details of those weaknesses and failings. When it comes to others, whom we entertain negative thoughts, negative assumptions and suspicions of, generally the thoughts are speculative or possibilities and not definite. Our faults are definite and the faults of others can well be merely probabilities. When we see or think of the faults of others or entertain bad thoughts, think: My faults are 100% real. The faults that I am thinking of, in the other person, may be there or they may not be there.


Hadhrat Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) related an incident of two friends who were staying in the same room. One friend had a jar of honey which he kept on a shelf. He noticed that his honey was getting less and less, with the passing of each day; whereas he, himself, was not eating so much of honey. He said to his friend, accusingly: ‘You are eating my honey!”

The friend replied: “I take a Qasm that I did not touch your honey.”

The person said: “There is no one else in the room. There’s just you and me. Who else is there to eat the honey?”

… Any person would think that the friend is the guilty one, and spoke a lie.

Soon thereafter, late one night, the person heard some sounds. He got up to see what was the cause of the noise; only to observe a rat trying to put its mouth into the jar of honey. Since it could not get its mouth into the jar, it put its tail inside the jar and after a little while pulled it out and sucked its tail, enjoying the sweet treat!

Hadhrat Moulana (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) explained a few lessons from this:

-          The person was sure that his friend was eating the honey, since no one else was with them. There was this suspicion; these negative thoughts, yet his friend was innocent.

-          We also learn the lesson of Tawakkul. When Allah Ta’ala feeds a rat with honey, won’t Allah Ta’ala feed you? …And especially if you are a Muslim and you are doing Dien’s work. Allah Ta’ala will most certainly feed you. Allah Ta’ala is the Giver of sustenance, to each and every person and creature.

Allah Ta’ala says:

وَمَا مِنْ دَآبَّةٍ فِى الْأَرْضِ إِلَّا عَلَى اللّٰهِ رِزْقُهَا

 “And there is no living being that moves on earth, but his sustenance depends on Allah…”
[Surah Hood 11 : 6]


…We can imagine the discomfort that the person must have felt realising that he was sharing his honey with a rat – and how too!


Hadhrat Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) further explained that we are like a person who has cancer, yet looking down upon the person who has a fever or the flu. Our condition is so critical, yet we show contempt for other people. Harbouring ill thoughts and suspicions about people is a grave sin and loathsome behaviour. Sometimes we fool ourselves that we are pious based on some good deeds and the dress of the pious, which we have adopted – but our hearts are sometimes polluted with major sins.


These sins of the heart may be hidden from the people, but they are manifest before Allah Ta’ala. Nothing is hidden from Allah Ta’ala. Just as Zina, Riba, gambling, etc. are categorised as major sins, so too are the sins of the spiritual heart, such as malice, jealousy, pride, and so forth. We are accountable for these dark deeds and can also be punished for them. …There is a need for complete purification of our Baatin (internal) and Zaahir (external). Allah Ta’ala commands us:

وَذَرُوْا ظَاهِرَ الْإِثْمِ وَبَاطِنَهٗ ۚ

“And leave sin, the outward and the inward…”
[Surah Al-An’aam 6 : 120]

Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) had said that every person should, on a daily basis, say to himself:

 حال مے تمام مسلمانوں میں سے  تو (نام لےکر) بدتر اور کمتر ہے

Presently, I – (take your own name) - am the worst amongst all the Muslims in the world.

It is compulsory to regard ourselves as the lowest in Allah Ta’ala’s creation.


Good Thoughts


Whilst we live in a time where trust is a rare commodity, and where caution needs to be exercised in our dealings with people, we should nonetheless incline towards good thoughts and not unduly entertain suspicion of others. Allah Ta'ala has instructed us to avoid suspicion since some suspicion is sin. So we should be weary that we don't fall into this sin or any sin. May Allah Ta'ala safeguard us all. 


Hadhrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh) was very particular about maintaining good thoughts of people and would cover up people’s errors and conceal their wrong-doings. He would say: “We entertain only good thoughts of others.” Allahu Akbar! What a good heart! We too should do the same. Insha-Allah, this reality will then settle in our hearts. …Hadhrat Moulana (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) would say that there are many different versions to a story. If one witnesses something first-hand, then too, interpret it in a good way. It is possible that we did not see properly, or we did not witness the surrounding factors to what was observed.


Once, Hadhrat Moulana Maseehullah (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) advised a Mureed: “As far as possible keep good thoughts about people. If you hear something about someone and it can be interpreted in two ways – that is, in a good way and a bad way – you should choose the good interpretation. Always have good thoughts about people. On the day of Qiyamah, Allah Ta‘ala will not question us regarding the good thoughts we had about people but He will certainly question us regarding the bad thoughts we harboured about others. Having bad thoughts about others leads to much evil and Fitnah. Unfortunately, in these days, this is very common with people. No one is prepared to accept his or her own faults. They have no concern for their own faults but keep on looking at the faults of others. This is a great weakness in us.”


Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) advised that when negative thoughts creep into the mind, regarding any person, we should reflect on our many deficiencies and think that we do not know how Allah Ta’ala will deal with us. Just as we hope for Allah Ta’ala to forgive us, Allah Ta’ala’s forgiveness can easily extend to those whom we look down upon. They may be doing some good deed/s which are unknown to us, but so pleasing to Allah Ta’ala that He grants them His forgiveness and grants them great rewards. There may also be some bad deeds that we are doing, like entertaining these bad thoughts, whereby Allah Ta'ala takes us to task for them. So think: What will be my condition if I am asked regarding these bad thoughts?


Free the heart of hatred. Once Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) addressed Hazrat Anas (Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu) and said to him: “O my beloved son. If it is possible that you could commence the day or night in such a condition that your heart is free of malice for anyone, then do so.” Thereafter Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “This (keeping the heart clean from harbouring any malice) is from my Sunnah. The one who loves my Sunnah has indeed loved me. The one who loves me will be with me in Jannah.”[3]


The Best of Thoughts about Allah Ta’ala



We should also entertain the best thoughts about Allah Ta'ala, because Allah Ta'ala is Kind, Compassionate, Merciful and Loving. Allah Ta'ala wants the best for His Believing Servants. Rasulullah  said, “Allah Ta’ala said: ‘I am as My servant thinks (expects) I am.’”[4]

Whatever our expectations and hopes in Allah Ta'ala, will be realised and will be seen in our lives. If we have good and positive thoughts, great good will accrue. If we entertain negative and bad thoughts about Allah Ta’ala, then we have harvested for ourselves adversity and unhappiness in our lives.

…A brother shared the story of another Muslim brother. He and his wife had just welcomed the priceless gift of a baby into their home. This was their first born - but the baby did not survive more than one week. Allah Ta’ala had granted a beautiful baby boy but the baby had come with a lifespan of one week. Naturally, that was a huge and difficult test for the husband and wife but Alhamdulillah, they adopted Sabr and maintained the best of thoughts of Allah Ta’ala, believing whole-heartedly that Allah Ta’ala does not ever wish for anything bad for His Believing servants and that Allah Ta’ala also rewards graciously on Sabr and Tafweez (resigning oneself to the Decisions of Allah Ta’ala). Thereafter, Allah Ta’ala rewarded the couple with triplets – three healthy sons. This was a reward of patience and having good thoughts of Allah Ta’ala!

Always have the best thoughts about Allah Ta’ala.

May Allah Ta’ala forgive us, purify our hearts and grant us hearts which are clean and pure.


  



[1] Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2581
[2] At-Targhib wat Tarhib, Hadith: 4188
[3] Tirmidhi
[4] Sahih Al-Bukhari