The Ring

picsart_10-01-01-52-21A powerful king, ruler of many domains, was in a position of such magnificence that wise men were his mere employees. And yet one day he felt himself confused and called the sages to him. 

He said: “I do not know the cause, but something impels me to seek a certain ring, one that will enable me to stabilize my state. I must have such a ring. And this ring must be one which, when I am unhappy, will make me joyful. At the same time, if I am happy and look upon it, I must be made sad.”

The wise men consulted one another, and threw themselves into deep contemplation. Finally, they came to a decision as to the character of this ring which would suit their king.

The ring which they devised was one upon which was inscribed the legend:

THIS, TOO, WILL PASS.

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)

 

Don’t be a walking corpse. Ways to wake up your dead heart.

images (12)“The dead person is not one who has left the world, the (truly) dead one is he who walks the earth with a dead heart.”

Stages of hardening of the heart.

There are stages that lead to heart becoming hard. In the first stage the heart becomes dark. Darkness is then followed by rust settling on the heart and in the third stage Qasawat (hardness) overtakes the heart. Qasawat (hardness) is caused when a person stays Ghaafil (unmindful) for long periods of time.

There is hope

The locks on the heart can be opened. It need not stay there forever. The darkness can be removed and the heart can become soft once again.

Imam Qushayri (Rahmatullah Alayh) has mentioned some ways to bring the heart alive.

1. Tears of regret.

The proof of this is in the Noble Ahadeeth (sayings) of The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam)

Al Huznu Jilaa-ul Quloob

To grieve (over one’s sins) illuminates the heart.

2. Staying clear from disobedience.

The wise men have said: “Whoever leaves sin, his heart achieves softness.”

A narration states: “Whoever lowers his gaze (from unlawful) seeking Allah’s pleasure, Allah bestows him with the sweetness of Imaan (faith) that he will taste in his heart till the day he meets Him.”

3. Abundance of Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah)

Everything has a polish and the polish of the hearts is the remembrance of Allah.

4. Tilawah (recitation of Qur`an)

The Hadith informs us that hearts rust just as iron rusts. The Sahaabah R.A (Noble Companions) asked: “How can this rust be removed?” The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) replied: ‘With Recitation of Qur`an’.

The reason the Qur`an was revealed is to give life to dead hearts. One name of the Qur`an is ‘Rooh’ (life / soul)

Just as the soul gives life to the outer body, the Qur`an gives life to the inner being of a person. Abdullah (Rahmatullah Alayh) says: “Recite Qur`an and stir the heart with it.”

The third Khalif of Islam, Sayyidinah Uthman (Radiyallahu anhu) is reported to have said: “If your hearts were pure, they would never become satiated of recitation of Quran.”

5. Staying Hungry / Fasting

6. Duaa at the time of Tahajjud (pre-dawn prayer)

7. Suhbat-e-Sulahaa (Staying in the company of the righteous)

Almighty Allah has made the Qalb (spiritual heart) such that it is able to contain His Tajalli (attention) and Divine Light. May Almighty Allah bless us with illuminated hearts.

Translated from an Urdu lecture of Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (May Almighty Allah elevate him) titled Qalb-Bait. Download from tasawwuf.org 

Lessons from the life of our pious elders – Mawlana Thanwi (R.A) and the water can.

images (9)In the lifestyle of the friends of Allah, we find many lessons of guidance. Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahmatullah Alayh) in his last illness became extremely weak. Late one night, he needed to relieve himself. In the rural parts of India of that time, there was no electricity and the toilets were situated outside the homes. Since there was no running water, water had to be taken along for istinjaa (washing). In this condition of weakness and in the darkness of the night, Mawlana carried his water can to the toilet. On his return, he felt dizzy and was unconscious for a while. When he regained consciousness, he lay down to rest. He then realized that the water can remained where he had fallen in the darkness. He immediately thought that should anyone else wish to use the toilet, he/she will be inconvenienced due to not finding it in its place. Despite his weakness, he could not bear the thought of somebody being inconvenienced in this way. He got up, went outside again  retrieved the water can and put it in its proper place.

(Source: Ar-Rasheed Vol 15, No 2)

5 Amazing Qualities of Children that we can Learn from.

images (24)1. He cries for his needs

If adults can learn this quality and cry for their needs in front of Allah Ta’aala. Allah Ta’aala help us to inculcate this lofty quality.

2. He plays with sand

Even if it is the son of a king or ruler, whatever chance he gets, he will sit, lay and play on the ground. It is said that the natural affinity that children have for the ground and sand is a sign of humility. This is the second quality we can learn from children.

3. Whatever he finds he puts into his mouth

We have seen, even in wealthy homes, if the child cries and the mother gives him a dry piece of Roti (bread) the child will chew on this dry piece of Roti. Whatever you give a child, no matter how simple it may be, the child will be contented.

4. He builds houses of sand

He builds the house of sand and then destroys it with his own hands. What a good quality is this as it denotes that ‘dunya darul finaa he’ – ‘the world is a perishable/transitory abode’. A time will come when we will leave everything here and move on.

5. He reconciles just as fast as he fights

The child has no keena (rancour) in his heart. This is a very blessed quality in children. They never remember what was done to them nor do they harbour the ill-feelings in their hearts.

(From a lecture titled ‘Bachchoon ka Jhagra’ by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (May Almighty Allah elevate him and accept his efforts) Download this and other Urdu and English lectures from tasawwuf.org

 

27th night Duaa (supplication) of Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad (D.B)

images (12)Below is a transcript of a Duaa made by Shaykh Zufiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (D.B) on the 27th night of Ramadaan.

(N.B Some guidelines for the Duaa are discussed first)

Asmaa-Ul-Husnaa

Allah Almighty says in the Qur`aan Majid:

ولله الأسماء الحسنى فادعوه بها 

Wa lillaahil Asmaaul Husnaa Fad’u hu bihaa.

“And Allah has the most beautiful names, so invoke him by them.”

Practicing on this Aayah (verse) we will call onto Allah Rabbul Izzah by these names.

It comes in the Hadith that from all the names of Allah there is one name, the Isme-Aadham (greatest name), when supplication is made using this name, the Duaa will be accepted.

From all the 99 names, we do not know which one is the Isme-Aadham but we are sure that it is one of them, we will therefore invoke Allah by calling on all these names and by doing so we will have more Yaqeen (certainty) about the acceptance of our Duaa. Continue reading

150 things that Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) asked Almighty Allah for protection from.

images (1)Note: The 150 things mentioned below are all derived from authentic narrations and supplications of the Messenger of Allah (May Allah send salutations on Him) We must include seeking protection from these in our daily supplications. May Almighty Allah safeguard us from the seen and unseen evils.

1. Shuh

Miserliness

2. Jubn

Cowardice

3. Bukhl

Niggardliness

4. Soo-al-Umar

Evil / ill old age

5. Fitnatis-Sadr

Corruption of the heart Continue reading