If Rasheed Ahmed doesn’t pick up their shoes, what else should he do?

images-38Hazrat Maulana Rasheed Ahmed Gangohi (Rahimahullah) would treat his students with great love and affection. Once it suddenly started raining while he was imparting a lesson to his students sitting in the compound of the Masjid. In order to prevent their books from getting wet in the rain, the students ran towards their rooms leaving their shoes behind. Hazrat Gangohi (Rahimahullah) spread a piece of cloth on the ground, placed the shoes of all his students on it, and carried the bundle on his head to the students. When the students saw this, they were amazed and astonished and said, “Why did you do so, we would have collected our shoes ourselves”. Hazrat replied, “The people who study قال الله (what Almighty Allah said i.e. The Quran) and قال الرسول (what the Blessed Prophet SallalahuAlayhiWaSallam said i.e. The Hadith), if Rasheed Ahmed doesn’t pick up their shoes, what else should he do?”

Source: Ba-Adab-Ba-Naseeb, Etiquette 2: How a teacher should be kind to his students and consider them as his sons. By Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (D.B)


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)


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)

Teachings of our Mashaaikh – How to think that everyone is better than you.

download (17)This is a very important teaching as many times we think that we are better than the next person. It creates Takabbur (Pride / Haughtiness) in our hearts. The person who has Takabbur will never be able to enter Paradise. So what we need is humbleness and an easy way to get humbleness is feel that “everyone is better than me”.

Below are a few points to help us develop this feeling:

1. If the person is elder than you:

Think that because his life span was longer than mine, he had the opportunity of so many more Ramadaans, more opportunities of fasting in the month of Ramadaan, he had more opportunities to sit in the company of the pious, to make more Salaah. His good ‘Aamaal (deeds) are more than mine. For example: My age is only 25, his age is 55, so even if I performed many deeds, his deeds are much more than mine, so that’s why he is better than me.

2. If the person is younger than you:

We can then easily think that because my lifespan was longer, I have made more mistakes than him. His sins are less than mine, so that’s why he is better than me.

3. If the person is a big sinner:

We must think that if he will make Taubah (repent to Allah) at any moment, Allah can change all of his sins to virtue.

– Allah Almighty says in the Qur’aan:

أُولَئِكَ يُبَدِّلُ اللَّهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ حَسَنَاتٍ

(Ulaa-ika-Yubaddilullahu Say-yiaatihim Hasanaat)

“They are those whom Allah will changed their misdeeds into virtue.”

So if Allah Subhannahu Wa Ta’ala will change his sins into virtue, he will become better than me. So still he is better than me.

Think even a dog to be better than you!

Imaam Rabbbani Hazrat Mujaddid Alf Thaani (Rahmatullah Alayh) has written in his Maktubaat (letters) that the animals are also better than us. He gave the example of a dog, that a dog is more grateful to his owner than we are to our Master, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala. Look at the life of a dog, it takes whatever little it gets and stays awake all night to safeguard the house of its master and we eat so many different foods and keep enjoying everything and yet when night comes we keep lying in our beds, we do not even wake for Tahajjud. So it means that the dog is even better than us because even if the master punishes the dog, the dog will never leave the master, yet if we face a little calamity we leave going to the Masjid.

We must try to change our way of thinking in order to rid ourselves from this poisonous disease of Kibr (pride) and develop humbleness.


(From a lecture of Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi [May Almighty Allah elevate him) titled “Think everyone is better than you”)

Objecting that the Dhikr of the name of Allah has an effect.

images (32)_20160120112823967This word Allah has so many blessings. One of our Mashaaikh, Hazrat Khwaja Abul Hasan Kharqany (Rahmatullah Alayh) was once sitting and explaining the mercies, blessings and bounties of the word ‘Allah’. He was telling the people to make the Dhikr of Allah, Allah will give you peace of mind, He will take away your worries, He will give blessings in your Rizq (sustenance), He will give you blessings in your health, He will assist you in your difficulties and so many other benefits.

In the gathering there was a scholar of Mantiq (logic), Bu Ali Seena who after listening to the discourse remarked: “Hazrat! This one word “ALLAH” has so many effects, so many outcomes?” Hazrat looked at him, (and the pious handle people very tactfully) so he looked towards him and said: “Aye khar, tu che dani – O donkey, you do not know anything” When he was called this name in the gathering, he felt that he was publicly insulted, his condition immediately changed. When Hazrat found him in this condition and asked him: “Bu Ali Seena, why has your condition changed? Why are you not as your previous condition?” He said: “Hazrat, you have used such a word in front of people that has caused a change in my condition.”

Hazrat told him: “I used ONE WORD – Khar – that has changed your condition so much, if I take the name ALLAH will it not change the condition of a person? Won’t the word Allah have an effect on a person who utters it?”

(From an English lecture of Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad – [May Allah elevate him] titled: Understanding the elevated name: Allah. Download from: tasawwuf.org. http://tasawwuf.org/understanding-the-elevated-name-allah/ )

The 4 words that our Mashaa’ikh are cautious about.

turkish tile 1There are four words that our Mashaa’ikh exercise great caution about. These four words are:

  1. اَنَا – Ana – I
  2. لِىْ – Ly – For Me
  3. عِنْدِىْ – ‘Indiy -By Me/I have
  4. نَحْنُ – Nahnu – We/Us

These four words have the potential of putting man into difficult circumstances. Let’s take a look at the verses of the Noble Qur’aan that speak about this: Continue reading