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An incident of Mawlana Thanwi (rahimahullah) – Not putting any creature in difficulty

unnamed (12)Always stay clear of causing distress to the heart of another being as this will lead to loss of blessings in your life.

Hazrat Thanwi (rahimahullah) writes about an incident where his wife needed to attend a gathering at her relatives. His wife requested from him to feed the fowls that she had in her care, to throw grain for them and provide fresh water as was her daily habit. Hazrat Thanwi (rahimahullah) agreed to see to it that the birds will get their daily feed. On the appointed day, his wife left. Now, work that a person is not used to doing as a part of his daily schedule easily slips his mind. Hazrat Thanwi (rahimahullah) therefore started his days’ work, making Wudu (ablution) and then sitting to write Tafsir-Bayanul-Quran. While sitting, Hazrat says: “My thoughts would just not flow!” After sitting like this for a while, Hazrat thought to himself that perhaps he had committed a sin which is blocking him from continuing his work and therefore he should make Istighfar (seek forgiveness). So Hazrat sat and made Istighfar for some time, sincerely asking Allah to forgive this sin which was driving away his knowledge. Hazrat says: “After making Istighfar for half an hour, I suddenly got the realisation that my wife had asked me to feed grain to the fowls and supply them with fresh water and I had slipped up in doing this. I stopped my writing and went home, only to find the fowls hungry and thirsty. Almost an hour had passed since their usual feeding time. I placed the grain and water and the fowls ate to their satisfaction. I then returned to my place of writing and immediately Almighty Allah put the details of the Tafsir in my mind.”

Subhanallah! By causing discomfort to a fowl which is such a small creature, Allah withheld the details of the Tafsir from his mind, yet we cause discomfort to the servants of Allah and expect to be blessed with divine help and guidance. A (true) Muslim is one from whose tongue and hands the next Muslim is safe. We must always be on guard that through our actions the heart of another is not being distressed. May Almighty Allah grant us the understanding.

From a lecture titled: Dil-Azari by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (may Allah elevate him). Download from tasawwuf.org

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Inculcating the habit of making Salaam and being thankful in children

picsart_12-28-08-40-37(From the lectures of Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi D.B)

Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:

Afshus-Salaama-Baynakum.

Spread salaam amongst yourselves. (Muslim)

Get little children into the habit of making salaam with both hands whenever they greet someone. Get them into the habit of making Salaam as much as possible. Inculcate this culture in your communities. This boosts the child’s confidence and frees him of inhibitions. He isn’t fearful in the company of other people because he is used to making Salaam. The proper method of making Salaam should be taught to the child. This creates confidence in the child and removes cowardice and fear from his heart.

In the same manner, the child should be taught to be grateful to others from a small age. As soon as he reaches the age of understanding, explain to him that whenever someone does him a favour, he must thank him/her. Inculcate the habit of thanking others into the child from a young age. When the child gets into the habit of thanking people, he will automatically learn to thank Allah Ta’ala as well.

Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:

Man-Lam-Yashkurin-Naasa-Lam-Yashkurillaah.

He who does not thank people has not thanked Allah. (Ahmad)

It is amazing how even though Allah Ta’ala has ordered us to be thankful on so many occasions, there are very few mothers who teach their children the words of gratitude. “Jazakumullah”, “Jazakallahu Khayran”, teach these words to your children so that they know the Sunnah way of showing gratitude. This practice was supposed to be ours but today the non-Muslims have adopted it.

A strange story regarding the teaching of gratitude.

This humble servant was on a flight from Paris to New York in 1997. When I took my seat in the aircraft, a French lady with her three or four year old daughter came and set on the seat next to mine. There were only three seats, so the mother sat on one, the daughter on the next one and this humble servant sat on the last seat. This humble servant has a habit of taking a kitab to read on flights. This helps in lowering the gaze and passing time. For these reasons, this humble servant began reading a kitab. After a while, an airhostess arrived to serve food. This humble servant declined the offer because he was not sure about the Halal status of the food. I normally take my own packed food with me on flights, and if I do not have my own food with me, I bear the hunger and partake of something when arriving at my destination.

Anyway, the French lady took some food and began feeding her daughter and at the same time partaking from it herself. Now, because she was sitting on the next seat, even though I was reading my kitab and not paying attention to her, I could make out what she was doing by her movements. She put a morsel of food in the girl’s mouth and after she had eaten it, the lady said, “Say Thank You”. Her daughter replied, “Thank You”. She then put another morsel in the girl’s mouth and made her say Thank You again. After putting each morsel of food in her daughter’s mouth, the lady would make the girl say ‘Thank You’. According to my estimation, the lady made her daughter say the words ‘Thank You’ thirty six (36) times during the course of the meal.

I noted with amazement, that this habit of showing gratitude would surely become part of this child’s character and she will be thankful to everyone for the rest of her life. This is an Islamic habit but alas, our Muslim daughters have forgotten it and the non-Muslims have adopted it. This is why we should teach children these habits from childhood. Inculcate the habit of making salaam and showing gratitude in our children. When a mother does not teach the child to be grateful, when he grows up he doesn’t show gratitude to his parents or his siblings and some are so ill-mannered that they are not grateful to Allah Ta’ala for his bounties as well.

Whose mistake was this? It was the mother’s fault for not teaching her child to be grateful when he/she was small.

Whenever you give your child something; feed him food, make him wear his clothes or do anything for him, tell your child to say “Jazakallahu Khayran/May Allah reward you well”. This is a good habit and must be inculcated in children.

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Qubuliyyah (acceptance) of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband

screenshot_2016-09-20-12-21-07Narrated by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (D.B) 

The blessings of the Yaqeen-e-Kaamil (outstanding conviction in Almighty Allah) stemming from the heart of Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Qaasim Nanotwi (Rahmatullah ‘Alayh) is the reason why Almighty Allah granted this institution (Darul Uloom Deoband) the Qubooliyyat-e-‘Aammah (widespread acceptance) that it enjoys today, such acceptance that boggles the mind of a person. A group of individuals were produced by this institution whose works have spread throughout the world.

Alhamdulillah, Allah Rabbul ‘Izzah has blessed and guided this Aajiz (humble servant) through the connection of the Deen, to visit approximately fifty countries, in the east and the west. (I’ve) seen America and Africa, (I’ve) went to a place where it’s day for 6 months and night for 6 months, I’ve also went to icy Siberia, where, when you’re making Wudu, you break the ice and take water from beneath to do the Wudu (ablution) and then perform Salah on the ice and the ice does not get disturbed. Allah Rabbul Izzah has also blessed me with visiting places where homes are built of snow, where even the tray wherein food is served is made of ice. Allah Rabbul Izzah also took me to one place called ‘End of the World’, in this place the sun sets and as soon as it sets, it rises again. Scientists term it the furthest corner of the world.

After visiting all these places, this Aajiz (humble servant) realized and deduced that wherever he went, there was a spiritual child of Darul Uloom Deoband present, keeping alive the work of Deen.

Ye ‘ilm o hunar ka gehwara

Tarikh ka wo shahpara he

Har phool yaha ek shola he

Har sarw yaha minara he

 The secret of such Qubuliyyah (acceptance) is the Ikhlaas (sincerity), Tawajjuh ilal-laah (focusing on Allah), Anabat ilal-laah (turning to Allah), Taqwa (Allah-consciousness) and Taharah (purity) with which the work is done. These are all bounties that attract the acceptance of Almighty Allah.

Translated from an urdu lecture of Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi [May Allah Elevate him], Title of Lecture: Akaabir-e-Deoband awr Yaqeen Muhkam (Safar-e-Hind 2011)