Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Is`haq (Daamat Barakaatuhum)
In today’s times, the
methods of rice harvesting, cleaning and production are more advanced, with
different and upgraded machinery. The rice we purchase today is well packaged
In previous times, when
we purchased rice, we would find tiny stones, straw and little twigs with the
rice. The merchants sold rice like this and we bought the rice, knowing fully
well that the little stones are weighed with the rice.
When we bought the rice,
we kept that rice in glass jars or storage containers, as a measure of
protection, until we intended to cook it.
The stones and twigs were
not only priced with the rice, but they were protected as was the rice. Even though they had no value, they drew
the same value and protection because they ‘kept company’ with the rice.
When the rice was
cleaned, these particles were picked out and thrown aside. …Even today, when
rice is cleaned, these stones, the straw, etc. are separated and thrown out. A
de-stoner is used, and it serves the same purpose - to separate the stones,
dirt, and other materials from the grain. On the one end of this machine, is
the grain which has been cleaned. On the other end, the stones, straw and dirt
are collected – to be thrown away.
Once thrown out, they
immediately lose value. People walk over these stones, the hay, etc. Cats, dogs
and other animals walk over them; even relieve themselves on them… because they
have no worth when separated from the rice.
Our likeness is of the
tiny stones, straw and little twigs that are found with the rice we
purchased. So long as we were joined to the Sunnats, we were priced as the Lovers
of Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam). And we were also
recipient to Allah Ta’ala’s special protection.
As long as we had Dien
and we had the Sunnah in our lives, we were protected and honoured by Allah
Ta’ala. When we separated ourselves from Dien and from the Sunnah; when we went
the route of sins, transgression, Bid`ah, modernism and other ‘isms’, which
have no share in Islam – it was a choice we made, which threw us out of the
Protection of Allah Ta’ala. Our value
was lost, our protection was no more, and our honour was replaced with
Now we have the enemies
of Islam – people, whom Allah Ta’ala has declared His enemies and our enemies –
people who live their lives in rejection and rebellion to Allah Ta’ala…
‘O you who believe, do not take My
Enemies and your enemies for friends, expressing love with them, while they
have rejected the Truth that has come to you…’
[Surah Al-Mumtahina 60 : 1]
We have such people
trample upon us, murder our weak, elderly and children, rape our women, raze
our homes and unjustly imprison and persecute our men. The oppression is so
compounded, words fail – yet it seems as if there is no one to even sigh over
this. This is the outcome of alienating ourselves from Dien and from the Sunnah.
Islam, as a religion and as a way of life, is easy and
perfectly practical in every time.
For each and every Ummati, there is the ray of hope, the
opportunity to salvage that honour of being an Ummati, and that promise of
success – if only we connect with Dien and the Sunnah.
If we do, we will become recipient to that Special Divine
Protection, our value will increase and we will become the beneficiaries of
Allah Ta’ala’s Promises:
“Allah has promised those of you
who believe and do good deeds that He will certainly make them (His)
vicegerents in the land, like He made those before them, and will certainly
establish for them their religion that He has chosen for them, and will certainly
give them peace in exchange, after their state of fear; (provided that) they
worship Me, ascribing no partner to Me. And whoever turns infidel after that,
then such people are the transgressors. And establish Salaah and pay Zakaah and
obey the Messenger so that you may be favoured with mercy.”
[Surah Nur 24 : 55 / 56]
From another angle,
considering the analogy of rice; it is a well-known fact that rice is a staple
food which is consumed by billions and which is considered a vital grain for
human nutrition. Millions depend on rice for their survival, with many
consuming rice every day of their lives.
In relation to this fact,
the Sunnah is the staple food for the
soul. And the Sunnah encompasses every good and noble deed, including abstinence from all sins.
This is vital for the soul’s nourishment and improvement. With it, the
spiritual heart and the soul thrive. Without it, Imaan will suffer impairment
and the soul will weaken.
Added to this, Allah Ta’ala’s Love and Forgiveness are
binding for the one who follows in the footsteps of the Beloved (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi
“Say (O Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)) : If you do love Allah,
follow me. Allah shall love you and forgive you your sins; And Allah is
Aal-Imraan 3 : 31]
Hadhrat Moulana Abrarul Haq (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) had
explained that every Sunnat is اَسْهَلْ
(most simple), اَكْمَلْ(perfect) and اَجْمَلْ(most beautiful).
Hadhrat Moulana Umar of
Palanpoor (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) had mentioned that on practising and living the
Sunnah, a person becomes recipient to Rahmat
(Mercy), Barakah (Blessings), Hidayat (Guidance) and Muhabbat (he becomes beloved to Allah
Ta’ala and to the people).
May Allah Ta’ala give us
understanding and the Taufeeq to appreciate every single aspect of this
beautiful way of life called Islam, and to practise upon the Sunnah, on every
breath and moment.
By Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Is`haq Saheb (Daamat
Bi Ismihi Ta’ala
A scholar from one of the universities visited Darul Uloom
Deoband during a trip to India. He was invited for a meal by Hadhrat Moulana
Anwar Shah Kashmiri (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh). The scholar asked the respected Moulana
(Rahmatullahi ‘alayh): “Why do you not also eat with a fork and spoon (as many others
Moulana immediately stretched out his hand, drawing attention
to four of his fingers, and said: “I am eating with a fork! Just as a fork has
got 4 prongs, my hand has got fingers!”
Hadhrat Moulana then said: “My fork is better than your fork
in 4 ways…
1. My fork can feel the temperature of the food whilst your fork
2. My fork can bend and catch hold of the food easily, whilst
your fork cannot. I notice how you find difficulty to get hold of your food.
3. If my fork hits against my teeth or gums I do not feel any
real pain, whilst your fork causes great pain if it pierces you – as does sometimes
happen when eating with a fork.
4. My fork excretes a fluid after eating which helps with
digestion, whilst your fork is unable to do so.
On reading this
wonderful response, Allah Ta’ala put in my mind a few more points, which add to
the excellence of this Sunnah:
My fork is made by Allah Ta’ala whilst
your fork is man-made. If it is made of plastic, it is likely to break in its first use.
I personally wash my fork before meals
(which is Sunnah), whilst your fork is washed by somebody else, if it is
The greatest benefit of all is that my
fork is Sunnah, whilst your fork is the custom of the non-Muslims.
As such, eating with
my fork draws a guaranteed reward, whilst eating with your fork carries no
And eating with my
fork earns the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala, whilst eating with your fork earns the
displeasure of Allah Ta’ala.
sister from Reunion mentioned an additional point: “My fork can clean the plate according to the Sunnah, whilst your fork
The Sunnah has such
benefit, goodness and advantage that the customs and culture of other faiths or
societies cannot be compared to the Sunnah, nor can they rival with the Sunnah.
The way of life of
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is priceless. Everything else is
valueless and useless. In fact, any other way of life is null and void in the
Court of Allah Ta’ala.
For a Muslim, his
connection is with Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), and this should
be evident with every facet of life conforming to the beautiful and noble
May Allah Ta’ala
grant us the Taufeeq of appreciating and practising upon the Sunnah entirely, and throwing out from our lives, the culture of the disbelievers.