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Allocating a special place for Ibaadah/Worship in the home

Hazrat Moulana Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi Sahib rahimahullah, a great and eminent scholar of the fifteenth century hijri, gave the following advice to his children on his deathbed;

“Allocate a special area / room in the house for Ibadah/worship and Salaah. Call it a Masjid if you wish. By calling it a Masjid, it will not fall under the law of a Masjid. Try and keep this place especially for Ibadah (worship of Allah). Have a Musallah/Salaah Mat spread out at all times. Place a Quran Shareef on a desk and have a tasbeeh hanging there. Whenever you get a chance, come and sit in this room and engage in the worship of Allah Ta’ala. It will also have a positive effect on your children. When they’ll see this room, the Musallah, the Noble Quran, etc, they will also have the desire to worship Allah Ta’ala. At a time of need it could be used for other things also. Hazrat Moulana Thaanwi rahimahullah has written similar advices and also had a room like this in his home.”

[Hayaat-e-Siddeeq Page 324]

Posted in Build Yourself, Dhikr, Duaa, From the Lectures Of Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi D.B, Uncategorized

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 

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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/ )