The Horseman and the Thousand Gold Coins. An explanation of Divine workings behind actions.

images-8A Nabi of Allah (Alayhis Salam) was once sitting worshipping Allah in the cavern of a mountain. Nearby, a stream flowed. Once, a person riding a horse came to this stream. He removed his money-belt and placed it on the floor before drinking water. He then went away, forgetting the belt in which was a thousand dinars (gold coins). After a short while, another person came and took this belt away. Then a poor man came, carrying a bundle of wood on his back. He removed this bundle from his back and sat down to drink and rest. The horseman, in the meantime, returned very agitated, looking for his money belt. He caught hold of the poor man and started beating him, asking for his bag. When the poor man denied any knowledge of the bag, he brandished his sword and killed him. The Nabi (Alayhis Salam), having witnessed this whole incident, remarked, “O Allah! This incident was most amazing. This poor man did not take the bag but was killed for it, and the other oppressor who stole the bag was not taken to task.”

Almighty Allah revealed to him: “Remain engaged in worship. Knowing the mysteries behind Divine Workings is not your work. The reality of this matter is that this poor person had killed the father of the horseman. I thus allowed retribution to take place by the son of the murdered person. The horseman’s father had once stolen one thousand gold coins from the person who took the bag. I thus returned it, from his estate.”

In summary, whoever believes in these wisdoms and deeper secrets will not be in the least bit surprised at the actions of Almighty Allah. In fact, he will be surprised at his own ignorance and foolishness. He will not question Divine Decisions by using words like ‘why’ and ‘how’. He will be pleased with the decisions which Almighty Allah has determined.

From the writing of Imam Al-Ghazali (Rahimahullah) – Al Arbain fi Usulid Deen.

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Exam Tips for the Muslim Student.

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1. Trust in Allah.

Never put your Tawakkul (trust) in the means. Don’t trust your pen, your writing, your computer, your status, your writing skills, your books, your studying, your memory, these are all means. Use the means, but do not put your dependence on them. Allah Almighty is the one who opens your brain. He is the one who will pass you. Stop doing sins and call unto him, Ya Fattaah, Ya Fatthaah. (O Great Opener)  He is Al-Fattaah. The Great Opener. He is Al-Hafeedh. The Great Protector. He is the only one who can keep the knowledge in your mind. The name of Allah you find most appropriate to help you, keep this name of Allah in your mind and keep on calling Him by it.

2. Recite this Du’aa from Quran

There is a Du’aa supplication of Prophet Moosa (Alayhis Salaam) in the Quran for opening the tightness of the chest and removing any fear that one might feel.

Rabbi – O My Lord,

Ishrah li sadri – Expand my chest,

Wa Yassir li Amri – Ease my task for me,

Wahlul uqdatam min lisani – Untie the knot in my tongue/ myself,

Yafqahu Qawli – So they may understand what I say / write / express.

Recite this Du’aa in the days prior to the exam. Keep the meaning in mind while reciting it.

3. Supplication for ease / to remove stress

We have been taught the following beautiful supplication which makes us realise our weakness and that all strength and ease comes only from Almighty Allah.

Allahumma la sahla illa ma ja’altahu sahla, wa anta taj’alul hazna idhaa shi’ ta sahla. 

O Allah there is no ease except that which You make easy, and indeed You, when You want make difficulties easy.

4. To attract divine mercy, keep calm and retain peace of mind.

The best thing to remember what you’ve forgotten is to sincerely send Salawat (salutations) on Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam). The reason why the pious prescribe Salawat when forgetting something is  because each time you recite Salawat, it brings you ten mercies from Almighty Allah. This mercy will surround and assist you.

5. Salaatul Haajah.

Leave the last minute.  Do Wudu and perform two good Rakaats of Salaah. Don’t do this only for exams. Don’t be like the guy who prays hard and gives lots of Sadaqah (charity) in the Masjid box before the exam but then neglects days of Salaah after he passes his exam. Don’t play games with Allah.  Be constant on your prayers before and after.

6. Remember that Allah is in control of the exam hall, the examiner and all else.

Don’t be overwhelmed. Pray and have faith. Use this as a time to build your trust in Him. O Allah, nothing is in my control, you bought me this far, keep staying by my side. O Allah, Malikal Mulk, tu’izzu man tashaa’, O Allah, You are the King of Kings, You honour whoever You wish. O Allah, I believe that You can give me this honour today!

7. Don’t give in to the whispers of Shaytan.

The whispers of the devil can kill you. Don’t let him turn your attention to anything unworthy. Don’t let him distract you with YouTube, friends, etc. Repeat Dhikr to ward him off. Indeed, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find comfort.

8. Allah is sufficient for me and the best of guardians.

After you’ve put in the 100% effort, believe firmly that Allah is sufficient for you. A powerful supplication of the pious of the past was ‘HasbiyAllahu Wa Ni’mal Wakeel’ (Allah is sufficient for me and He is the best of guardians). Test out these words with Eemaan (firm faith). When Prophet Ibrahim (Alayhis Salam) was dropped into the fire, the huge fire, when he was catapulted into the fire, Jibraeel (Alayhis Salam) told him, are you not going to call unto Allah? The first thing Ibrahim (Alayhis Salam) said was HasbiyAllah (Allah is sufficient for me). The Sahaabah (Radiyallahu Anhum) in the Battle of Uhud, repeated, HasbunAllahu Wa Nimal Wakeel (Allah is sufficient for us and He is the best of guardians).

Be sincere with Allah and he will guide you on your path.

 

Wisdom behind straightening the rows in Salaah

imagesThe heart cells are unique in the way that they are the only cells in the body to pulsate (beat rhythmically). If a single heart cell is placed on a slide under a microscope, it will beat for a short while, but will soon lose its rhythm. If two cells are placed on a slide at a far distance, they will also die after a short time of beating without rhythm. However, if two heart cells are put close together on a slide, surprisingly they start beating in synchrony and do not die. The reason the two cells beat in synchrony is because when cells in the heart pulsate in unity, they produce electrical energy, which forms an electromagnetic field. When the two heart cells synchronize, they strengthen each other and start to beat in unity. This phenomenon can be observed at a macroscopic level as well. When people are in close proximity in a room, their hearts start to beat with the same rhythm. Even their breathing pattern synchronizes. If we ponder over this above-mentioned research, we understand the wisdom behind the stressed-upon commandment of the Prophet of Allah, Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) who instructed his followers to straighten the rows in the congregational Salaah (prayers). Some narrations follow below wherein the importance of straightening the rows is emphasized:

1. Narrated from Anas ibn Malik (Radiyallahu Anhu) that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: “Straighten your rows, for straightening the rows is part of perfecting Salaah (prayer).” (Bukhari)

2. Narrated from Ibn Mas’ood (Radiyallahu Anhu) that Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) used to touch our shoulders when we were praying and he would say “Make the rows straight and do not differ, lest your hearts differ.” (Muslim)

3. Narrated that Nu’maan bin Basheer (Radiyallahu Anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) used to straighten our rows as if he was straightening the shaft of an arrow, until he saw that we had learned it. Then he came out one day and was about to say the Takbeer, when he noticed a man whose chest was sticking out of the row. He said: “Slaves of Allah! Make your rows straight or Allah will cause discord among you.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

The heart generates a very strong electromagnetic field that can be measured with special instruments from a distance of up to ten feet away. When people are in close proximity, the electromagnetic energy produced by their hearts is exchanged between them and this energy can be detected by sensitive instruments. The hearts also generate waves when they beat and this means that all the hearts start to be affected by the waves generated by the strongest heart (that of the leader, etc.) and start to beat in the same rhythm as the strongest heart.

When Muslims are praying behind one Imam (leader) and they straighten their rows, as a result their hearts become synchronized. Their hearts beat in unity and thus their hearts are strengthened. It is also for this reason that the power of joint worship is recognized in Islam.

The old adage which states that UNITY IS STRENGTH, is always true and the behaviour of the heart cells beating in unity testifies to this fact. The Khalif, Umar ibn Al Khattab (Radiyallahu Anhu) said: “There is no Islam without a Jama’ah (congregation) and there is no congregation without a leadership.”

Adapted from the book ‘Human Heart: Blood Pump or Source of Intellect?’ By Dr. Gohar Mushtaq. 

Du’aas for the end and beginning of the Islamic year.

picsart_10-02-06-56-49The Mashaikh (spiritual elders) have recommended that the following Du’aas be recited at the end of the year as well as the beginning of the next year: 

 

Duaa to recite at the end of the year:

O Allah, whatever I have done in the year that You have prohibited me from and I never sought forgiveness for it and You were tolerant with me out of Your benevolence in spite of Your ability to punish me and You gave me a chance to repent inspite of my boldness in committing sin, I seek forgiveness from You, so forgive me. And whatever I have done of deeds that please You and You promised reward for it, I ask You to accept it from me and do not cut off my hope in You, Oh Noble One.

(Whoever recites this Du’aa, the shaytan says in a disheartened tone: “My efforts of one year (in misleading this person) have been destroyed in one moment.”

Duaa to recite at the beginning of the new year:

O Allah, You are the eternal, ever-lasting, the first, One of great bounty, and we trust in Your noble generosity. This is a new year that has arrived. I ask You protection in this year from shaytan and his cronies and I ask You assistance against this lower-self which is incited to evil and I ask you to occupy me with such deeds that give me extreme proximity to You, O One who is Majestic and Honoured.

(Whoever recites the above Du’aa at the beginning of the year, the shaytan says: “This person has safeguarded himself from me.”)

Extracted from page 56 from the Kitab ‘Yawm Aashurah awr us ka hukam’ By Mawlana Ahmad Saeed Sb Dahlawi Rahimahullah.

 

 

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