Aug
20
2011
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WHEN AND UPON WHOM SHOULD WE SACRIFICE OUR LIVES?

We do not know when Allah Ta’ala will call. No one has the guarantee of how long we are going to live, therefore how can one have this thought that when we will become old, we will perform Hajj and engage in excessive Ibaadat. My respected mothers, sisters and daughters! When you place an order for meat, then do you order the meat of an old goat or of a young goat? Listen carefully to what I am saying! Tell me! Which part of life is better? Is it youth or old age? Which is the best part of life? Youth! So what gift do you want to present to Allah Ta’ala and the Rasul ( )? Youth or old age? We should feel ashamed of ourselves, and we should repent to Allah Ta’ala.
What do you think of Allah Ta’ala and one Rasulullah ( ), that when we have become old, and are now wearing thick spectacles, our backs have become bent, someone has become a grandmother and someone has become a grandfather, then at this age we want to start thinking of Allah Ta’ala. This is an act of ingratitude! The youth that Allah Ta’ala has bestowed us with, should be sacrificed for Him alone. Do not run after outward appearances. Repent from this form of idol-worship! These are all temporary things which will come to an end. Do you not realise that a girl who is sixteen years old today, will one day become a grandmother. She will have to wear thick spectacles, she will not have any teeth left in her mouth and she will walk with her back bent. This is the case with the boys also. Today that sixteen or eighteen year old boy, who looks so handsome, after a few days, his rosy cheeks will become pressed together, his teeth will fall out, his hair will become white, he will be wearing thick magnifying-glass like spectacles, and he will become an old man. A couplet of mine is based on this:

Nov
18
2010
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Hajj of the Saintly Elders Part 15

Story No. 66: (Episode)
Hazrat Zun Noon Misri R.A says: “I was traveling in the desert towards Mecca when I suffered great thirst and went to the tribe of Makhzoon. There I chance to see a very beautiful young girl singing by herself in pleasure. Hearing her and the words she sang filled me with surprise and I said to her: “Are you not ashamed to sing like this?”
She replied: “O Zun Noon, be quiet. Last night I drank a glass full of the wine of divine love in such extreme pleasure, that even now I am drunk with the love of my Lord.”
I said to her: “You seem to be a very wise maiden. Give me some advice.”
She answered: “O Zun Noon, be silent in this world and take from it for your sustenance only so much as would suffice to keep you alive. In paradise you will have the chance to see that being who never dies.”
I asked her: “Is there any water here to drink?”
She answered: “Shall I show you the way to water?”
I thought she was going to direct me to a fountain or a well and
I said: “yes, do show me!”
She replied: “There shall be four kinds of drinkers of water. The first group will be those who shall be given to drink by the Angels as Allah calls it;
Crystal-white, of a delicious taste to those who drink. (Surah Saffaat-46)
The second group is those whom Radhwaan, the keeper of paradise shall give to drink, as Allah calls it Tasneem:
With it will be a mixture of Tasneem. (Surah Al Mutaffifeen)
And the third group are those whom Allah Himself shall give to drink as he says:
“And their Lord will give to them to drink of a wine pure and holy. (Surah Dahr-21)
She continued: “O Zun Noon, do not ever tell your secrets to anyone in this world save Allah. In the Hereafter Allah Himself shall give you to drink.”
Note: although four kinds of drinkers were to be mentioned; only three kinds were discussed. Perhaps the fourth group, to whom reference is made, are those who shall be given water by young boys as the Qur’aan says:
“Round about them will (serve) youths of perpetual (freshness) with goblets, beakers and cups filled out of clear flowing fountains. (Surah Waaqiya-17/19) (Rowdh)

Nov
17
2010
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Hajj of the Saintly Elders Part 13

Story No. 56: (Episode)
Hazrat Sa’eed bin Abi Arubah R.A says: “Hajjaj bin Yusuf Thaqafi; who is supposed to have been one of the most cruel rulers and governors once went for Haj. Along the way he stopped at a certain Manzil (stopping place) where he ordered that breakfast be served.
He sent his assistants to summon one of the local inhabitants to eat with him so that in conversation with him he cold find out the true position there. The assistant went and on a mountain he saw a bedouin lying fast asleep. He struck him and forcibly removed him to the presence of Hajjaj. When they arrived, Hajjaj told him: “Wash your hands and come to eat with me.” The bedouin replied: “You invite me to eat, but already before you; that being has invited me who is much higher than you.”
Hajjaj asked: “And who is he?”
The bedouin replied: “He is Allah who has invited me to fast; and I am fasting today.”
Hajjaj asked: “Are you fasting in such heat?”
The bedouin replied: “Yes, I am fasting in preparation for that day which shall be even hotter than today”
Hajjaj said: “Break your fast and eat today. Tomorrow you may fast another day in its place.”
The bedouin replied: “Well if you can guarantee that I shall be alive tomorrow than I shall do as you wish.”
Hajjaj answered: “Who can possibly be sure of that?”
The bedouin said: “so why should I change something in cash for such a credit, of which there is no guarantee?”
Hajjaj said: “This food is delicious.”
The bedouin said: “You are not the one who made it so delicious, nor is it the work of the cook. In fact it is only delicious because of good health.”
‘Food does not owe its delicious nature due to the talents of cooks; but the blessing of good health. For if my health is impaired, no tastes good; and if it is well, all food is wealth.’
Story No. 57: (episode)
On another occasion when Hajjaj bin Yousuf went to perform Haj he saw a man in the tawaaf reciting ‘Labbaik’ loudly. He ordered that the man be brought before him and said to him: “From which people are you?”
He replied: “I belong to the Muslims”
Hajjaj said: “I am not asking about that. From which town are you?”
He replied: “I come from Yamen”
Hajjaj asked: “When you left Yamen, how was my brother Muhammad bin Yousuf?”
The man said: “He was nice and fat, wearing many kinds of clothing, roaming about much on horseback, sometimes inside the city and often outside.”
Hajjaj said: “I am not asking you about that.”
He asked: “what is it then you want to know?”
Hajjaj said: “How are his general habits?”
He retorred: “He is a greatly unjust person, obeying man and not Allah, sinning against Him.”
Hajjaj said: “How can you say such bad and harsh thing about him, knowing our relationship?”
He replied: “The relationship between you and him cannot be as my relationship is with Allah. I have come here to visit His House, to affirm belief in His Nabi, to perform my obligation of Haj and to give obedience to His Deen.”
“O Allah, to You is my refuge and in You do I seek refuge. Your help is near at hand and Your favors have been with us since time immemorial. Verily Your manner of dealing is best.”

Nov
15
2010
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Hajj of the Saintly Elders Part 9

Story No. 36: (Episode)
A story is told about a certain Walee who set out on a journey to perform Haj. He traveled with a caravan without any relatives as companions, and made this promise to himself that never would he beg for anything from anyone. The time came when for days he had nothing to eat, and he became so weak in body that a thought passed through his mind: “Now I have reached the stage of anxiety I am about to perish and Allah has forbidden that anyone should perish at his own hands or destroy himself. Hence I am now forced to reluctantly beg.” But then he drove this thought from his mind and renewed his promise to himself not to beg and not to break his original agreement; even unto death.
Because he was so weak, he stayed behind while the rest of the caravan proceeded onward. There he waited for death to overtake him, lying with his face towards the Qiblah. Someone on horseback approached him and from a jug of water gave him to drink, and further provided his needs. Then the stranger asked: “do you wish to rejoin your caravan?’ he replied: “I do not know how far ahead of me they will be; how shall I find them now?’
The stranger said: “Come, rise and follow me.” They left and after walking for a short while the stranger said to him; ‘Wait here, the caravan will soon arrive to meet you here.’ He waited there and soon the caravan caught up with him. (Rowdh)

Nov
13
2010
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Hajj of the Saintly Elders Part 4

Story No. 13: (Episode)
Hazrat Abdullah Jowhari R.A. says: “During Haj I once fell asleep at Arafaat. I saw two angels in conversation near me .one of them asked:
“How many Hajis are present this year?”
The second replied: “Only six”
The other replied: “There are six lakhs (six hundred thousand)”
The first one asked: “From how many of them did Allah accept his Haj?”
Abu Abdallah says: “hearing this I was very much distressed and in grief. I felt like beating myself out of sorrow, and started to cry bitterly for my own wretchedness. Just then the first one asked again: “And what did Allah do to whose Haj had not been accepted?”
The second replied: “The Noble Lord had looked at them in Mercy and through every one of these six he had also accepted one hundred thousand. This is indeed Allah’s favor which He bestows on whomsoever he pleases.”
(A similar story is also related about Hazrat Ali bin Muwaffaq R.A. in Chapter I, hadith 6).

Nov
12
2010
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Hajj of the Saintly Elders Part 3

Story No. 9: (Episode)
Hazrat Maalik bin Dinaar R.A. says: “I once saw a young man of very saintly countenance. Tears were continuously flowing from his eyes. I immediately recognized him as one whom I had seen in Basra some time before. Then he was in a wealthy position. Now he seemed destitute and starving. On seeing him tears came to my eyes to think how he was before, and how he was now. He recognized me and we greeted each other. He said to me: “O Maalik; pray for me. Remember me in your most earnest prayers. Perhaps Allah will have mercy on me in my present condition and forgive my sins.”
Then he recited the following verses:
When the Beloved turns to thee then remembers me to Him;
And tell Him that never this heart is free of His remembrance.
Perchance on hearing the mention of my name.
He shall inquire about me.
Hazrat Maalik R.A. continues: “Having recited these lines he went away. The time of Haj arrived and while sitting in the Holy Haram once I saw a crowd of people around a man, crying uncontrollably. As a result of his hysterical crying people found difficulty in performing tawaaf. I went in that direction and behold it was the same young man. This made me very happy and I said: “Praise be to Allah who has granted you your wish.” Thereupon he again recited some lines:
People fearlessly proceeded to Mina and there, their heart felt desires received,
They begged to Allah their deepest wish,
And true to promise He granted them,
And through their sincere repentance did He grant protection against all inequity.
The Saqi gave them to drink and when they asked: “who is the Saqi?” he said: “I am Allah, call you on Me, I am your Lord, Mine alone is Glory.
Exaltedness the Kingdom and praise.”
Hazrat Maalik R.A continues: “Tell me what happened to you?” He said: “I have been most fortunate for Allah had called me here and here I am present. Whatever I begged of Him, I received.”
Then he recited a few lines thus:
When my Beloved called me I called out “Blessed am I?”
How great the ecstasy of Thy love.
By Thy truth do I swear, Thou art the goal, the object.
That I seek; For the sake of fulfilling Thy desires do they blame me.
Yet let them blame.
For me there is no longing save to be with Thee.
And when here in the city I be, I do not remember anyone save Thee.
Hazrat Maalik R.A says: “After this he commenced the tawaaf and thereafter I never saw him again, neither do I know what happened to him. (Rowdh)

Nov
11
2010
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Hajj of the Saintly Elders Part 1

And now having come so far i wish to end this book with a few incidents from the lives and Haj of the saintly elders of Islam that these may be examples and warnings to us all.

Nov
11
2010
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The Farewell Hajj of Rasulullah (SAWS)

All the ulama are agreed on this fact that Rasulullah Sal’am only performed Haj once after the hijrat. That was during the 10th year Hijri, which incidentally was the last year of his life. On this Haj journey such things were seen from him as is normally seen from someone who is about to take leave. Hence this Haj has become known as the Hajjatul-Widaa (the Farewell Haj). It was as if the Rasulullah Sal’am was bidding farewell to all his companions present there with him before his final departure to his Lord.

Sep
27
2010
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Minimum Requirement For Entering The Jannah

Q. We understand that entrance to the Heaven will depend on the mercy of Allah, the Most-Merciful, and not on our deeds only. We all the time seek the mercy of the Merciful for here and for the Hereafter. Someone came to the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam)asking him what he was required to do to enter into the Heaven. The Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam)narrated the minimum deeds he was required to do it order to enter into the Heaven. Would you be kind enough to give details of the minimum deeds. May Allah reward you for this noble work.
(M.S. Desin, Dammam)

Sep
21
2010
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Travelling Without A Legal Mahram

Q 5. Many Muslim women travel to distant countries for education or employment. They neither have a legal Mahram with them nor do they have female acquaintance on the trip. What is the ruling of the Shari‘ah under this situation? Is it permissible for them to travel alone?

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