The causes of our misery
Not only do they make this claim and not only do they utter mere words. No, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) personally set for all a practical example and made others act accordingly. Through the life of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and in the general character of the Sahabah (Radiallahu anhum) this is clearly seen. There are numerous illustrations in the chapters – Kitabul-Zuhd viz, the chapter on Abstinence and Kitabul-Riqaq in Hadeeth literature. If you wish to see sonie chosen examples you may see the few examples which I have noted down in my book – “Stories of the Sahabah.” Read more... (1744 words, estimated 6:59 mins reading time)
Whose view in your opinion is correct and what is your opinion in these matters?
The second question of yours is so meaningless in my opinion, that it does not deserve an answer. Did you ever ponder over the great knowledge of these two great saints, their virtue, righteousness and fear for Allah, their honesty and abstinence, their nearness to Allah, their yeomen service in the cause of Islam? What is there in this humble person of mine that will ever allow me to place myself in their category? What right have I that I may judge between them as to who is right and who is wrong? Read more... (3536 words, estimated 14:09 mins reading time)
12th Rabiul Awwal is the day when „Meeladun Nabi‟ is celebrated. Nowadays it is regarded as being a sign of the people of the Ahle Sunnat. Regarding this, also, I wish to present a few points: Read more... (4430 words, estimated 17:43 mins reading time)
The second difference that you have requested about is the one between the Hanafis and Wahabis. You also wanted to know which of the two is on Haqq. To understand the particulars of this difference it is important that you first understand a few points:
1. I had mentioned at the offset that the „theoretical differences‟ (Nazaryaati Ikhtilaaf) of the Ummat is without doubt a Fitnah. But, „Ijtihaadi Ikhtilaaf‟ (the difference regarding interpretations of legal points), is not only inevitable and natural, in fact, it is a source of mercy for this Ummat. This will be so on this condition that no hardness is attached to it, thereby making it a source of trouble.
2. You have also been made aware that those seniors of the Ummat that have been accepted as the Aimmah-e-Ijtihaad, they were not merely experts in the field of Qur`aan and Sunnah, they had excellent critical ability with regard the Shariah than all of the Ummat which followed them. No member of this Ummat, that followed them had surpassed them in knowledge, virtue, honour, trustworthiness, understanding, foresight, abstinence, piety or recognition of Allaah Ta`ala. This is the reason why those pious personalities who are regarded as being bestowed with mountains of knowledge and oceans of Kashf and Ilhaam, are all the followers of these Aimmah-e-Ijtihaad. The mere fact that all these pious buzrugs follow these Aimmah is proof of their lofty status. Read more... (3476 words, estimated 13:54 mins reading time)
Story No. 46: (Episode)
Hazrat Ahmed bin Abi Alhalwari R.A. says: “Once I accompanied Hazrat Abu sulayman Darani R.A. on the way to Mecca. It so happened that my water skin bag fell and was lost. I told Abu Sulayman who prayed thus:
“O Thou who returns the lost goats, return ours too!”
It was not long after this that a man called out: “Whose water skin bag is this?” and when I investigated, I found that it was ours. Hazrat Abu Sulayman R.A. turned to me and said: “O Ahmed, did you think Allah would leave us in this desert without water?”
We had not gone very far when it suddenly started getting very cold. We put on our coats. We saw a man dressed in two very old coverings, yet he was sweating. Hazrat Abu Sulayman R.A said to him: “Shall we give you some of our winter clothing to protect you from the cold?” he replied: “Heat and cold are both created by Allah. If He so wishes, they will affect me and if he so desires they shall pass me by. For thirty years I have been roaming in this desert. Neither did I ever tremble from cold, nor did I ever sweat from heat. He covers me with the warmth of His love during winter and in summer He covers me with the coolness of His love. O Darani, is it that you forsake the path of abstinence and depend on clothes (in heat and cold); that the cold now hampers you. Do you cry and wait when heat overtakes you and look for comfort in fans?”
hazrat Abu Sulayman R.A. said: “Nobody else ever made me aware of my shortcomings spiritually as this man did.” Read more... (1106 words, estimated 4:25 mins reading time)
Their last and biggest objection is on the condition of “Taqwa” (Fear of Allah, Piety, and Abstinence from evil- doings). According to them “Taqwa” like “knowledge” is not essential for interpreting the Qur’an. We do not understand what apprehension they have against it. According to them the complication in this regard is:
“The condition of “Taqwa” is a condition that, every scholar can reject the judgement of another scholar, because everyone has his own standard for Taqwa”. (Fikr-o-Nazar Nov.67, p.326) Read more... (453 words, estimated 1:49 mins reading time)