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Working for a Good End

Working For a Good End

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ala Rasulullah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

We testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah I. We declare His Oneness, acknowledge His Supremacy and indispensability and offer our profound gratitude to Him for His over-flowing generosity and all-encompassing mercy. May the best of Salam and prayers be on the best of servants and of creation, the Sayyed of Prophets and the zeal, Hadrat Habibullah Muhammad Mustafa (alaihi wa ahlihi wa sahabihi salawat wataslimat attamuha wa akmaluha). We also send our prayers with reverence and love to the saintly elders who are our links to Rasulullah r, those who had laboured to nurture the seedling of sunnah throughout the ages thus preserved this great Deen in its pristine state for us and generations unborn, the posterity.

We are approaching the end with all the signs, the presages to the end emerging one after the other. Muslims have become very weak, our Iman is fading out just as our love for wealth, status, entertainments and pleasure is getting stronger making love for and submission to Allah and concern for the Akhirah secondary issues. Our beloved Nabi Rasulu Karim Muhammad Mustafa r had declared:

“There will come such a time when only the name of Islam will remain on my Ummah. Believers will do only a few Islamic customs and they will not have any Iman left. Qur’an al-Karim will only be recited. They will not even know of the commandments and prohibitions. Their only thought will be about eating and drinking. They will forget about Allah I. They will worship money only. They will become women’s slaves. They will not be contented with earning a little, nor will they be satisfied with earning much.”

This exalted statement presents in the most graphic way the blue print of the state of the Ummah today. In this very critical and very appalling situation the fear of having a good end, that is, dying in the state of Iman and with Allah’s pleasure should grip every sincere believer. Those great people who lived in the age when Islam was not only professed but was sincerely implemented in practical life and when the basis of honours and elevation is taqwa and zuhd (world renunciation), were still in great fears of the end providing a pointer to us, their weakling posterity, as to how much fear we should have for our end.

This gathering is intended to be a starting point to success for all believers, who are concerned with how their end will be. Alhamdulillah, Allah I has given us the tawfiq to be here and He has also placed in our hearts the desire to get closer to Him. All that is left is to work diligently on the path of Allah’s most beloved; avoiding the prohibitions, obeying the commandments, working for the happiness of Allah’s creation and for the promotion of righteousness, peace and well-being.

A great noble of Islam t simply but very perfectly capture the key points to Allah’s rahma and to good end in the following words:

I am with my Lord in compliance, with my nafs (ego) in opposition, with creatures in (taking and giving) advice, and with Dunya (the worldly) only in necessity.

Indeed, the truly successful is he who labours to comply with Allah’s laws and commandments, who stands strongly and steadfastly in opposition to his ego’s nasty and excessive desires, who live in this world treating creation with mercy and who takes and his contended with little of the worldly glitters and gold. This is the whole message of this workshop and whatever follows from these are valuable illustrations to drive these points home.

It is my hope and fervent desires that all participants at this workshop will go back home with the light of Iman ignited in their hearts and with the ardent zeal to work for a good end. These we can achieve using our moments here wisely, giving all our hearts to all the programmes and turning away from all distractions. If the desire for Allah’s love is developed here and all that is learnt are acted upon with diligence we will, insha-Allah, end our lives in Allah’s love and eternal pleasure.

My darling brothers and elders, the mark of true wisdom is in using this temporal life to procure the eternal. We need to exert ourselves to use our every moment here to work for that which is everlasting. Time spent in frivolities, past times and useless occupations will surely bring regrets on the Day of Qiyama. So as we inch towards our graves let us know halal as halal and stick  to it, let us know harams as some deadly poisons and run away from it. Let us long for the company of the Allah fearing ones or endeavour to read the record of their extremely auspicious lives. Salat is sacred and the most apparent symbol of Iman, we must learn it from books of fiqh, and observe it properly within time. Entertainments and pleasures negative to Islam are becoming a way of life, so we need to be extremely careful not to overflow the boundary set by our Lord, Owner and Sustainer, Allah I.

We must reflect deeply and sincerely enough to grasp the fact that neither in worldly endeavours nor that of the Akhirah can one gain anything just by wishing or desire. Lip service and empty words will only end us in eternal disappointment. We need to work hard now that we can, for Dunya is ephemeral, temporal, and soonest we may be in our graves. The exalted Imam ‘Ali Ramitni t said:

Do and do not count. Confess your shortcomings and continue your work.

The Imam of the ahl bayt and the fourth caliph, Hadrat ‘Ali Murtada t was also reported to have said:

The one who longs for Paradise will rush towards good deeds; the one who fears the Hell fire will put end to his vices (sins and evils); the one who has a firm conviction in (the imminent arrival of) death will lose all his passions; and the one who really knows the Dunya will find disasters easy to bear.

May Allah I make our presence in this workshop a means to firm conviction (yaqin) and a means to sincere efforts to correct our lives so that we can walk on the path of true men of taqwa in this world, end our lives on their path, rise with them on the Day of Qiyama and trail behind them to Allah’s eternal rahma in Jannat.

Once again, we welcome you all to this gathering of aspirants towards Allah’s love. Let us pray fervently together and individually for His love and be convinced that we will not be denied any of our wishes in this blessed gathering. Surely, everything is easy for Allah I. And praise be to our Karim Lord, Allah I, the Owner and Lord of the worlds.

 

Faqir Abdulqadr AnNaqshbandi Mujaddidi – Nigeria

Phone number: 08067086238

e-mail address: shehuabdulqadr@yahoo.com

web address: www.sunnahlives.com

 

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Being the text of address of the Amir, Darus-Salam, Nigeria, faqir AbdulQadr Naqshbandi, at the opening of the Society’s National Workshop held in Ilorin, Nigeria, on April 3rd 2010.

Compensating for others’ Rights

Compensating for Others’ Rights

Excerpted from Faqir Abdulqadr Naqshbandi’s book Tawba: Turning to Allah in Repentance

There are five basic ways by which the rights of others may be violated.

  1. Mali – pertaining to property
  2. Nafsi – pertaining to life
  • Irzi – Pertaining to honour
  1. Mahrami – Pertaining to close relations under his authority and guardianship
  2. Dini – pertaining to religion
  3. i) Examples of human rights violations which have to do with property (mali) include theft, extortion; selling by way of fraud or lying; paying counterfeit money; causing damage to someone’s property; false testimony; treachery; bribery. Tawba and getting the wronged person’s forgiveness are necessary for this type of violation even if it is a matter of one cent or a seed of grain. Violations pertaining to property that are not compensated for before death should be paid for by the wrong doer’s children, his inheritors. If this era of worldly life comes to an end with these violations pending – that is not paid for or get forgiven, the compensation will surely take place in the Akhirah (Hereafter) by bartering the wrong doer’s good deeds. If the wronged person is dead, the payment should be to his inheritors. If there are no inheritors or the wronged person is not known specifically, the payment should be to the poor people and its reward sent to the soul of the wronged person. Even if the person wronged is a non-Muslim, it is necessary to compensate (or to) please him somehow so as to get forgiveness.
  4. ii) Rights violation type ii (nafsi) pertaining to life includes a homicide or mutilation. Forgiveness and absolution from this sin requires Tawba and the guilty person submitting himself to the Wali (executor) of the murdered or mutilated person. The Wali has the choice to forgive, to make peace in return for property or to start a legal case against the offender to ensure his punishment. The Wali, however, cannot take the law to his own hand by retaliating on his own.

iii) The violation of rights by irzi (honours) include backbiting, slander, mockery and abusing. Forgiveness of these sins requires Tawba and reconciliation with the wrong person (either by compensation, by apology or pleasing him one way or the other). This type of violation does not become rectified by any form of reconciliation with the (wrong person’s) inheritors.

  1. iv) A mahrami violation are the rights involves evils perpetrated against a person by the way of his wife or children. Violating the chastity of thers’ daughters and other mahram (close) relatives requires Tawba and istighfar. If it will surely not lead to a greater fitna – widespread enmity, vengeance and or bloodshed, one should present himself before the wrong person seeking forgiveness. However, any likehood of fitna would only require pronouncing a blessing over the wronged person in his absence or giving alms on his behalf, instead of direct confrontation.
  2. v) Religious rights violation (Dini) include the refusal to teach ones relatives or household their religious responsibilities, to prevent other people from acquiring religious knowledge or from worship, or to call Muslims disbelievers or sinners. To get their forgiveness it is acceptable to offer apology, commence teaching the neglected knowledge and refrain from hindering knowledge and ibadats. Our master and the master of all ‘alams, Rasulullah (alaihi wa ahli wa sahabihi wa sallam) once declared:

‘There are three kinds of sins: the sin that will not be forgiven in the Last Judgement (Qiyamat); the sin that is not discontinued; and the sin which will be forgiven if Allahu ta’ala wishes’

The learned of the Ummah (alaihimurridwan) said:

‘The sin which will absolutely not be forgiven is shirk (disbelief of all kinds). Sins that are not discontinued until they are forgiven or compensated for are the sins which involve the violation of others rights. And the sins which will be forgiven if Allahu ta’ala wishes are the sins which is solely between the servant and His Lord without others right coming in, Allahu Subhanahu wa ta’ala knows best.’

When the Caller Calls

When the Caller Calls

A summary manual on the qualities of true Islamic representatives presented at the Darus-Salam Society, Nigeria’s National Leadership Workshop, held in Katsina, between Friday 20th and Sunday 22nd July, 2007.

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa Sahabihi ajmain, amin.

 

We offer our infinite thanks to Allah U Who in His mercy has chosen us for His cause. May He ease our path to all the means needed to fulfil the great obligation placed on us. May He help us to success in our efforts to serve His Deen. May He protect us against the calamity of being satisfied with ourselves and against the misfortune of being replaced with others as alms for the earliest of those who championed the cause of this noble Deen, the noble and exalted Ashabul kiram y .

Serving the cause of the Deen is the noblest of duties, the best of assignment and pinnacle of success. It is for this reason that this great endeavour was primarily reserved for the best of people and creation, Allah’s Prophets u and then to those who truly love the Deen and who seek a share from what is the Prophets’ lots.

“The higher the prize at stake,” says the exalted Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali t , ‘the tougher the race’. If the reward for serving Allah’s U cause is so great, the task, the challenges and its conditions too are indeed enormous.

We are here to learn the rope in order to give this Ummah a positive push. We are aiming at the best of rewards which automatically requires fulfilling all conditions for an acceptable struggle. Everyone is a witness to the failure of people who call to the Deen all over the places. Why are our men divided and why do we have divisions within divisions? Why are we always failing to publish simple tracts for free or for sale? Why are most of the ones that emerged and disappeared mere dead and ineffective words? Why are religious propagators hated and are ever under suspicions of the people they intend to serve? Why are Muslim youths falling for violence instead of a painstaking moral and intellectual revival.

So many questions yet one answer. Islam is a religion of a Sunnah linking back to the noblest Rasulullah u and a religion of middle course maintaining a balance between the extremes. Modern Muslims propagators have veered to either of the extremes thus straying off what the Holy Qur’an depicts as Siratul Mustaqim. Today we are either those who wants to obey the majestic Qur’an and Hadith ash-Sharif with a narrow understanding or simply following those who are said to be people of Sunnah without reflecting the purity of the true heirs of Rasulullah e. We are either of those who says there is nothing like Ihsan, Tazkiya or Sufism or those who hold on to the ‘Tazkiya’ and neglect the Sunnah and the Shariah. The lists of extremism of both sides are countless and this should be a point of great concern.

A true Islamic flag bearer must not be caught in these extremes else he fails in this world and goes to the Akhirah empty handed. A true Islam propagator must get his niyyat right. He is embarking on a journey of suffering, insults and disgrace. Sometimes he is accepted and honoured and another time He is pushed away. This was the lots of Prophets u and he should be prepared for it.

He approaches his job with wisdom. He is neither a judge over a people, a self assumed saint, or a person setting out for criticism. He is a wise soft-hearted lover of humanity who wants humanity saved from eternal damnation. He is aware that there is great spiritual sacredness in every soul. He doesn’t look down on anyone but rather consider himself as the worst of creation.

By reading ancient books of true Islamic scholars y he gets a proper grasp of what’s to be done, say, corrected and how best these are done. He is extremely careful in calling attention of Muslims to harams that have settled among us, thus, taken as halal in the name of music, zina of every forms and its accessories on television, video, etc. Reading ancient books would also assist him to realize the exaltedness and greatness of the great sages of the past relative to his own worthlessness. He is full of respect for the past, always using it as the main pivot for the future. It is well known that al-Imam bn al-Jawzi t read over 20, 000 books of Islamic sages and then wrote over a thousand himself. This is one ‘small’ achievement in Islamic scholarship. We need to familiarise ourselves with this unique reality.

A true Islamic flag bearer puts the Ummah first in his thinking, planning and working. He is aware of the gradual process of happenings in creation so he does not embrace hastiness in seeking success. The main focus of the Muslim is guidance for both Muslim and non-Muslims but never vengeance and settling old scores. He is a pure symbol of patience and perseverance and a perfect reflection of the manifestation of firm resolve mentioned in the ayat:

 

“… And you will hear from those given the Scripture before you and from idolators much abuse, if you patiently persevere, and remain mindful (of Allah U), surely in this is a manifestation of firm resolve.Qur’an 3: 186.

An Islamic flag bearer always puts other first in everything he does and he is ready to suffer in order to put smile on faces of others.

Our exalted Prophet, Habibul rabbil ‘aalamin, Muhammad Mustafa e encouraged vigilance on all believers every moment. So a true lover of the Rasul u is ever in remembrance of Allah U and he is extremely cautious in all his steps lest he falls to sins. The sin of a Da’i (a man calling to the Deen) is more disastrous than so many failings and foibles of the enemies of the Deen. The greatly noble and exalted Hadrat Umar bin Abdul ‘Aziz t advised one of his commanders in these valuable words:

“We overcome the enemies in the battle field only because of their sins and vices … if we equate ourselves with our enemies in misdeeds and transgressions they will undoubtedly gain a victory over us by virtue of their numeric strength.

Behold if we are not able to gain ascendancy over our enemies on account of our righteousness, we would never be in a position to defeat them through our might … Therefore, do not put yourself to shame by exceeding the limits set by Allah U.”

The man of religion must avoid literal interpretation of the nasses (Qur’an alKarim and Hadith ash-Sharif). He should belief as the early Muslims did without attempting to adapt the Islamic beliefs to mind on reasoning. Allah U is above all questions being asked and all theories being presented today. Our exalted Prophet e had warned that the deviants that would emerge in the Ummah would go to such dangerous extreme that they will ask, “who created Allah U?” But Allah U is wara-ul-wara. He is beyond everything beyond. He is beyond questions and the grasp of mind of His helpless creatures.

‘And nothing is comparable to Him.’

A true servant in the cause of Allah U embraces the ten basic ethics taught by our superiors y. The first of these is to be cheerful and amiable when meeting a believer. The blessed words of Shaykh Hafiz Shiraz t said:

Tell the friends the truth and the enemies meet with a smiling face’.

Should be given a pride of place in our propagation efforts.

Dogmatism in everything, right or wrong, is bad. There should be always room for others to express themselves within the laid down rules of decorum so that right and wrong would not be mixed up. We should borrow the great wisdom of our exalted al-Imam Idris bn Shafi’ t who gave us the most civilized way out  whenever there is a difference among qualified Mujtahids

I am right with the possibility that I may be wrong. My opponent is wrong with possibility that he may be right.

This more than any other thing, shows the purity of heart and intention of true Muslim Scholars y on points where differences are entertained. When it comes to rigid issues like the basis of traditional beliefs we stick to the pristine Iman taught in the earliest texts and then endeavour to bring straying parties to the right course with wisdom and good counselling.

The biggest undoing of modern propagators of Islam is to mix ayats and Hadiths on morals with the ones dealing with ‘amal. In ‘amal (ibadats) we need to take from the extremely learned sages of the past lest we claim to attain to the grade of Ijtihads, while on morals we freely take as much as we need to show the perfections in our Deen.

In his introduction to Imam Zarnuji’s Ta’alim Muta’alim, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf (Damat Barakatuhu) said:

“The food of adults is poison when given to infants. We are indeed (relative to our great superiors of the past mere) spiritual and intellectual children, and until we mature through learning and mastering our own tradition, we cannot safely trust ourselves to delve into primary texts (Qur’an and Hadith) for other than blessings and moral guidance. Legal guidance taken directly from nasses is only permissible when one has reached the highest level of intellectual mastery in the Islamic scholarly tradition.”

It is quite unfortunate that whoever can speak Arabic or quote Ahadith today has become a faqih dishing out fatwas and challenging the deductions of the past elders. This itself is the foundation of all other sicknesses. A true Islamic representative passes his time in nothing but useful ventures. He is a book worm reading the earliest writings of the Islamic giants. He engages in physical exercises to keep himself fit. He is moderate in eating, sleeping and talking. Always working for progress of the Ummah and he is progressive too.

A true flag bearer holds the middle course in all issues avoiding extremes. He upholds the truth of Iman without being neither literal nor does he falls to the other extreme of learning the beliefs without actually internalizing the teachings. He decries the affronts of the western powers, works towards bringing their evil plots to the awareness of Muslims without embarking on violence that would further harm the Ummah. He works with other conscious minds towards an Islamic revival predicated on knowledge and moral purity. A single Muslim of knowledge and moral purity is scarier to the enemies than thousands of riff raffs and demonstrators. This we need to know.

He also take to the middle course in spiritualism turning away from those who upon seeing the bankruptcy of those who call themselves men of Ihsan or Tazkiya denounces the science as unislamic and he also objects to those who said Islam is all spiritualism and thus make the Shariah a secondary or non-issue. A deep study of our history would help to show the true place of Ihsan or Tazkiya. True exponents of this science are extremely rare today yet that is not to say that they do not exist at all.  Finally a true Islamic representative studies the trend of destructive plots of Islamic enemies to know where attention must be focused. Why are they ever busy castigating our great past, why are they desperate to turn us against the great champions of our Deen, their invaluable writings and painstaking deductions.

Why are they emphasising freedom of thoughts and freedom to live as we please? Why is the destruction of traditional Islamic places of learning with its advanced Minhaj one great target of our enemies? Why are they promoting independent reasoning and freelance interpretation of our Deen. Why decrying adaptation to our past as backwardness?

Why are they filling all our lives with music and with pictures of naked women? Why must every home be hooked to international or local television stations and why must football and other sporting activities becomes an idol, a religion?

We are all in this and it takes very conscious mind to ruminate these questions and then seek the ways out of the world wide web of enemies. There is surely a way out and the path to victory for the Muslims is sure though very rough. We are aspirants to true service in the cause of Islam and of those who want to purify the land for Allah U alone. True success and the ultimate victory belong to Allah U and in this is the greatest delight of true Islamic representatives.

May Allah U count us among those who will commit their lives to the service of this Deen. May He make our contact to Darus-Salam permanent and grant us eternal bliss of the greater Darus-Salam as alm for the sages who have spent their lives and all they have in cause of our noble, unique but embattled Deen, amin. And our last words are al hamdulillah rabbil ‘aalamin.

Faqir Abdulqadr An-Naqshbandi Mujaddidi – Nigeria

The Call to Serve

The Call to Serve

Being the text of address delivered by the National Co-ordinator Darus-Salam Society, Nigeria at the opening session of the National Leadership Workshop, held in Katsina, between Friday 20th and Sunday 22nd July, 2007.

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa Sahabihi ajmain, amin.

 

All Hamd be to Allah U for the blessing of life and the light of guidance bestowed on us. His favours are innumerable and thanking Him for all is impossible. Indeed the ability to say the Hamd would require some other thankfulness, so we can never thank Him enough. May Allah U grant us the special honour of sacrificing our wealth, property and strength in His cause, may He enable us sacrifice our Dunya and Akhira for Him alone. May He favour us with the lots of thanking Him with our limbs, tongues, and hearts following the most perfect exemplar and the noblest of the grateful, Hadrat Rasulullah Muhammad Mustafa (alaihi wa alihi wa sahabihi salawatu wataslimah attamuha wa akmaluha).

It is my profound pleasure to welcome my brothers to this special leadership workshop and it is great honour standing here to present this short speech. Your being invited here is an acknowledgement of your love for this unique but embattled Deen and your readiness to further its cause. We are here to put heads together towards understanding our goal in life, our duties to our religion and the Ummah, and the way to be true flag bearers of this Deen of reality and Truth.

The Darus-Salam Society, Nigeria has for years being reaching out to the Muslims in the country through its publications. We felt it is time to pick the leaders among those who have shown interest in the focus of the Jama’at as a means of carrying the message of revival to the every Islamic groups and organizations and to every Muslim in our states, nations, the continent and the world at large.

Regularity in effect simply indicates the perfection of the cause. Thousands of people embracing the Darus-Salam publications should know something of the sources of this fledging revival story which will Insha-Allah take the light of pristine Islam to all the countries of Africa and the entire world.

The foundation of the Darus-Salam Society, Nigeria is the teaching of the noble inheritors of Rasulullah e Sunnah in their millions of books and even in their noble present today. After a very long search the brothers in this Jama’at have the special honour of being with the gems who are acknowledged as the Siddiq of the age and the Shaikul Islam of the age, Hadrat Zulfiqar Ahmad al-Habibi and Shaykh Murabit al-Hajj (Damat Barakatuhum) respectively.

In their honoured and exalted presence, the reality of Islam as a living Sunnah is distinguished from book knowledge and the depth of Fiqh is given priority over random quoting of Hadith ashSharif.

Safety is in the Sunnah and the call to serve is the call to embrace and reflect the Sunnah primarily in one’s life, one’s household and family and spreading the Sunnah to the entire nation. Continue Reading

Wise Sayings Of Hadrat Abubakr as-Siddiq (radiAllahu ‘anh)

His Exalted Words

Wisdom flow from the noble tongue of the Siddiq Akbar, Sayyidina Abubakr (radiAllahu ‘anh), like the proverbial fountain that never experiences a dry moment. Like every soul that has abandoned the world of superfluities concentrating all attention on the eternity, every statement of Sayyidina Abubakr (radiAllahu ‘anh) comes with such a potency that would melt the most able mind and enlighten the most decadent heart. As a matter of fact, Imam Junayd Baghdadi (rahimahullah) reflected on the noble proclamation of Hadrat Abubakr (radiAllahu ‘anh) about Allahu ta’ala and concluded that it is the noblest words ever mentioned regarding tawhid. The statement is:

  • I proclaim the purity of that Sublime Being (Allahu ta’ala) who left no path for his creation to recognize Him except that they are incapable of truly recognizing Him.

Among his countless words of wisdom are:

  • I take an oath by Allah’s most Gracious name that I never desired the Khilafa, nor did I ever ask for it from Allahu ta’ala, neither openly nor in privacy.
  • When a believer tastes Allah’s love he then finds no time to pursue the finishing things of Dunya, and he becomes estranged from people.
  • One day, Sayyidina Abubakr (radiAllahu ‘anh) saw a bird moving around freely on a tree and he (radiAllahu ‘anh) addressed it saying:

O free bird!

How fortunate you are

I swear by Allah’s name that my heart desire your maqam (station)

You move about freely perching on any tree you like

You eat whatever you like of fruits, grains or leaves

All without any accounting or punishment ahead of you

How I wish to be a tree by the road side so that a camel pass by me, eat of me and I turn to mere dung

How I wish I am not a human destined to be questioned before a Lord strict, All Knowing and Just.

  • Once a hunted animal was brought to the noble presence of Sayyidina Abubakr (radiAllahu ‘anh), he looked at the animal with mercy saying:

Whenever an animal is killed or any tree is cut, it is for the fact that it has failed to discharge his duty of zikr or Allah’s praises for that day.

  • Sayyidina ‘Anas bn Malik (radiAllahu ‘anh) said that the Siddiq Akbar (radiAllahu ‘anh) would discuss the origin of man in his sermon asking:

What is the source of this pride and vain-glory in man who has passed through impure places twice; he passed through the path of urine in his father and also from his mother.’ This statement would bring so much reflections that those who were listening would consider themselves impure.

  • We have found greatness in taqwa, prosperity in Yaqin (conviction) and honours in humility.
  • Beware, lest you despise any Muslim. The lowest Muslim is also great in the sight of Allahu ta’ala.
  • Being steadfast on honesty and beautiful deeds will lead you to Jannat, while lying and evil deeds will end you in Hell fire.
  • In one of his greatly moving sermons, Sayyidina Abubakr (radiAllahu ‘anh) rhetorically asked:

Where are those charming young men always taking pride of their youths?

Where are those famous kings conquering lands upon lands?

Where are the brave warriors ever victorious far and near?

Time has destroyed them and decaying, they lie in the darkness of the grave.

  • Servant of Allah! Be careful, do not sever relationship. Avoid malice and do away with envy. Live like brothers (forgiving, overlooking, loving and sharing) as Allahu ta’ala has commanded you.

He (radiAllahu ‘anh) also declared:

  • He who enters the grave without any provisions is as if he wishes to sail on the sea without a ship.
  • It is futile to hope for three things by merely hanging on three means; wealth with means of hope, youth with the means of dyeing (the hair) and health with only medication.
  • Darkness is of five types and its lamps are also five:
  1. Love for the worldly is darkness and its lamp is taqwa (piety)
  2. Sinning is darkness and its lamp is sincere Tawba
  • The grave is darkness and its lamp is La ilaha illallah Muhammadur-Rasulullah
  1. The Hereafter is darkness and its light is righteous deeds
  2. The bridge of sirat is darkness and its light is yaqin (conviction, certitude).

The Siddiq Akbar (radiAllahu ‘anh) also gave an insightful bayan saying:

Iblis is standing in front of you, your ego (the nafs) is on your right, your desire is on your left, Dunya is behind you, your limbs and senses are around you, and the Omnipotent (Allahu ta’ala) is ‘above’ you.

  • Iblis (the accursed) calls you to leave the religion.
  • The nafs encourages you to disobedience.
  • Desire goads you to fulfill your passion.
  • Dunya entices you so that it is preferred to the life eternal.
  • Your limbs and senses take you towards sins while
  • The omnipotent Lord, Allahu ta’ala calls you towards Paradise and forgiveness.
  • The one who respond to Iblis loses his religion.
  • The one who respond to the ego (the nafs) ruins his soul.
  • The one who respond to desire loses his intellect.
  • The one who respond to Dunya loses his Hereafter.
  • And one who responds to his limbs and senses is deprived of Jannat.
  • While the one who responds to Allahu ta’ala will give up all his sins and vices acquiring all kinds of goodness.

He (radiAllahu ‘anh) also said:

  • There are eight things which adorn, beautifies eight other things:
  1. Chastity is the adornment for poverty
  2. Gratitude is the adornment for blessing
  • Patience is the adornment for calamity
  1. Gentleness is the adornment for knowledge
  2. Humility is the adornment for the learners
  3. Weeping is the adornment of taqwa
  • Giving up boasting is the adornment of sadaqah, and
  • Calmness and inner concentration (khushu) is the adornment of salat.

 

  • Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Hakim (radiAllahu ‘anh) mentioned that Sayyidina Abubakr (radiAllahu ‘anh) delivered a moving sermon which include the following exhortations:

O people! I advise you to fear Allah. That you praise Him as He deserves to be praised. You should always have hope and fear in you. When supplicating to Allah, you should also beseech Him. See how Allahu ta’ala praised Zakariyya (alaihi ‘s-salam) and his family:

“They used to hasten towards good deeds and supplicate to Us with hope and fear. And they were subservient to Us.” (21:90)

O servants of Allah! You should fully understand that Allahu ta’ala has purchased your lives and has taken a covenant from you in this regard. In exchange for this fleeting and paltry worldly life, He has promised you the eternal and abundant bounties of Paradise.

The Book of Allah is present amongst you. Its extraordinary facts will never come to an end. Its light will never be extinguished. You should therefore believe in the Book of Allah and continue taking admonishment from it. And acquire eyesight from it in preparation for the dark day (the final hour). Allahu ta’ala created you solely for His worship. He has appointed certain angels over you to record your deeds. They know all that you do.

O servant of Allah! You are going closer to that appointed time (the final hour) every day and night (i.e. each moment is taking you closer to the resurrection). Knowledge of this final hour is concealed from you. Therefore, if you can, you should do such that you die in a state that you are engaged in the service of Allahu ta’ala. However, you cannot do this without the help of Allahu ta’ala. (You should therefore seek His help).

O people! You should hasten towards good in all the respite that you have been given in your life. You should do this before your life comes to an end and before you have to face the consequences of your evil deeds. Some people have spent their lives for others (apart from Allah) and devoted their lives to them. I prohibit you from doing so.”

 

His Guiding Words, Invaluable Advises

Hadrat Abubakr Siddiq (radiAllahu ‘anh) was known for his eloquence and heart-purifying sayings. He once advised Hadrat Khalid bn Walid (radiAllahu ‘anh):

Try to run away from greatness and greatness will follow you. Seek death and life will be conferred on you’.

He (radiAllahu ‘anh) formalized the code of conducts for the soldiers of Islam army making the Islamic defenders humane personalities holding on to such amazing etiquettes that put western army, modern and ancient, to shame. He instructed all his forces before their departure saying:

Do not commit misappropriations; do not deceive anybody; do not disobey your leader, do not mutilate human bodies; do not kill old men, women or children; do not cut down fruit-bearing trees nor burn them; do not slaughter animals except for food; do not molest Christian priests, and do not forget Allah for His favours that you have enjoyed’.

Whenever he appointed any public officers, he advised them after giving them their schedule of duties:

Fear Allah openly and secretly. Whosoever fears Allah, He provides him sustenance from such sources which he never expected. Whosoever fears Allah, He forgives his sins and gives him double reward. Verily, to wish good for the people is a great act of piety. You are on such a way that you may go beyond the boundary of Islam easily. Stick to the prescription of Sharia and it will save you from all evils’.

 

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Fulfilling the Neighbours’ Rights

By Shaykh Abdulqadr An-Naqshbandi Mujaddidi

Released by www.sunnahlives.com 1437 H

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ‘ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

The Invaluable Hadith

The noble ‘alim and ‘arif, al-Imam ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (rahimahullah) quoted the very popular Hadith of Sayyidina Jabir ibn Abdullah al-Ansari (radiAllahu ‘anh) detailing seven great acts so emphasized in the sunnah that they almost assumed the status of the obligatory. The mercy for the worlds and the best example sent to humanity, Rasulullah, Muhammad Mustafa (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

  • Angel Jibril (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me of the rights of the neighbors to such an extent that I thought a neighbor will be given the right to inherit from his neighbor.
  • Angel Jibril (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me of the rights of women to such an extent that I thought that divorcing them would be made haram (forbidden).
  • Angel Jibril (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me of the rights of slaves to such an extent that I thought that there would be a fixed time for their freedom.
  • Angel Jibril (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me of the use of siwak (toothstick) to such an extent that I thought that the use of siwak would be made obligatory.
  • Angel Jibril (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me of the importance of salat in Jama’ah (congregation) to such an extent that I thought that Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala will not accept any salat except the ones done in congregation.
  • Angel Jibil (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me about standing up in the night and praying (tahajjud) to such an extent that I thought there will be no sleep during the night.

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  • Angel Jibril (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me about the remembrance of Allahu ta’ala (zikr) that I thought there is no benefit in any speech except the zikr of Allah’s name.

 

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Angel Jibril (alaihi ‘s-salam) used to remind me of the rights of neighbor to such an extent that I thought a neighbor will be given the right of inheritance.

Islam is called ad-Deen-i wasatiyyah because it is a religion predicated on moderation and a balance, thus giving birth to such a civilization, so egalitarian, that history has never produced its like. This great Deen fundamentally gives so much rights to others outside the realm of Islam and sometimes commend Muslims to see humanity from the adamic angle; we are all from the same origin, we may have our differences in belief and conducts, what we share in common are also integral to our peaceful existence as a wider community on the earth. Our differences should be opportunities to demonstrate the beauty of our great religion, and our ways and actions should be nothing but invitations to the Divine and the sacred.

The uniquely endowed Deen-i Islam is always tending towards peace and peaceful co-existence. It principally demands that we fulfill the right of others without a fail and that we must be merciful and considerate enough to kindly forgive whenever our rights are trampled upon. So, neighbors, who are the most physically immediate people to us are given so many rights, and these assume so great a sacredness that one is forced to conclude that a man becomes successful with Allahu ta’ala once he is judged successful by his neighbors.

In diverse civilizations and beliefs, neighbours are taken to be the people living in the houses closest to or adjoining our own house. Our beloved Prophet (alaihi ‘s-salam), however, gave the world an understanding that was extremely baffling to the most advanced minds from the previous civilization. He (alaihi ‘s-salam) considered as neighbours all those who live in forty houses to the right, forty houses to the left, forty houses in the front and forty houses at the back. Every one living within this vicinity qualifies to be a neighbour and has great rights on us. The closer the houses are to us the more emphatic their rights are. Subhanallah! This is a Deen, a religion that is giving recognition to one hundred and sixty houses and the inhabitants as one’s neighbours deserving attention, love and respect. Continue Reading

Timbuktu: A Paradise in Shambles

Timbuktu: A Paradise in Shambles

By Shaykh AbdulQadr An-Naqshbandi Mujaddidi

[Khalifa of Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (d.b)]

Released by www.sunnahlives.com 1431 H

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

Colonialism is one fettered wound that time has woefully failed to heal. And what else can heal a wound which has defied the soothing balm of time except the sustained efforts of the truly committed minds whose only goal in life is the revival of Islam’s pristine heritage for the pleasure of their Lord and Creator, Allahu Subhanahu wa ta’ala.

Pitiable is the situation of the Muslims today, especially the French colonized regions of West Africa. Indeed, the effects of colonialism is more telling on today’s Muslims, relative to the great heroes who confronted the army of exploitation and disbelief. Cut off from the past and denuded socially through language and cultural impositions, the Muslims in colonised regions are deprived of a meaningful life in the present, thus becoming a bad imitation of what our spiritual ancestors used to be.

This faqir was blessed with a visit to what used to be the spiritual capital of the West Africa sub-region, the great city of Timbuktu. Decadence and disappointments we met as the journey progressed. However, we kept the ‘joker’ close to our hearts; if all cities embrace laxities, the city of Timbuktu would surely struggle to be above board. Alas, the depth of colonial atrocities is beyond the wildest imaginations. The genocide lives on, as people remain robbed economically, persecuted spiritually and left with an educational system that would produce everything but a true Muslim. My heart bled and with tear-filled eyes, I recollected a famous quatrain, a merger of my couplet with the invaluable couplet of my unique and noble Shaykh, Mawlana Hafiz Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi Mujaddidi (Damat Barakatuhu):

 

The state of the Ummah is worrisome indeed

Men are rare but for the name

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Adrift at sea with no shore in sight

Emptiness we see wherever we turn Continue Reading