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.
(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.
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.
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.
TREES OF JANNAH
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.”
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.
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.
(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."
In another Hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “There is no tree in Jannah that does not have a trunk of gold.”
‘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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
LAND OF DUNYA AND THE LAND OF JANNAH
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.
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!
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.
FATIMA (RADHIYALLAHU ‘ANHA)
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.
(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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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
“O Allah, make me
small (insignificant) in my own eyes, and make me great (significant) in the
eyes of the people.”
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.
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
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.
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.
By Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum)
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
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.
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.’”
Our respected Sheikh, Hadhrat Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb
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
Some Thoughts are
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
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
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.
“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:
حالمےتماممسلمانوںمیںسےتو (ناملےکر) بدتراورکمترہے
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.”
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. Rasulullahﷺsaid,
“Allah Ta’ala said: ‘I am as My servant thinks (expects) I am.’”
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.