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Bedroom Fiqh

Bedroom Fiqh

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

All praise, adorations and gratitude’s belong to Him who created all beings in pairs as a proof of His oneness, who inclines the heart of the sexes to relationship as a means of sustaining creation and who makes marriage halal and prohibits zina. May all prayers of goodness be on our master and Sayyed of Prophets, Muhammad Mustafa e, on his brother Prophets u and Angels u and on the exalted sages y who are the preservers of his sublime and unique tradition, amin.

My very dear and valuable brother, I pray that Allah I honour you with walking in the Nur of Muhammad u throughout your life and bless you with good destiny and good end as alms for the essence of Islamic scholarship and wilaya, al-Imam ar-Rabbani Shaykh Ahmad Faruqi t amin. You asked this faqir to summarise the rule of relationship for a newly married couple, that I should make it brief and self explanatory. This I set out to do trusting myself to Allah U, the real force behind all events and to Him is our return. La haola wa la quwata illa billah.

Let it be known that I am very far from claiming any in depth knowledge on this issue yet I have attempted piecing together the bits we have been fortunate to pick from the exalted life of our superiors y simply because it is mandatory to say what one knows, especially in this disastrous age when the way of the tradition is hardly recognized and when the middle course trodden by the real inheritors has become unbelievably narrow. The great sage and ‘alim, Shaykh Uthman bn Fundi t mentioned in his valuable Ihya Sunna that communicating the religion is not the exclusive responsibility of the ‘Ulama y since every Muslims needs to teach whatever he has learnt to others. On this basis and solely for this reason I wish to write the following. Continue Reading

Ihsan: The Science of the Heart

Ihsan: The Science of the Heart

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

 

Ihsan is to worship Allah as if you see Him for although you do not see Him, He sees you.                              —- Hadith Jibrail

 

Taking the First Step

Man is a combination of the physical organs and the soul. The soul is used to describe all the spiritual entities in man. That is to say as the body is made up of limbs and organs , the soul is made up of spiritual parts called Lataif. Of these lataif, the qalb is the closest to Allahu ta’ala. This qalb rendered literally as Heart is not the physical pumping heart, rather the spiritual essence placed over the physical heart. The Holy Qur’an in describing the Day of Qiyama declares that only those who arrive the plane of judgement with a sound, healthy, purified and Allah loving qalb will attain to benefits, safety and salvation.

Therefore, the greatest ambition of a true believer is to win Allahu ta’ala’s love in this world in order to earn His pleasure eternally in the Akhirah. To achieve this man must submit his desires and preferences to Allahu ta’ala by obeying His Sharia making the exalted Sharia the main pivot of his life. Every master loves his subordinates who obey him, they win his appreciation. Allahu ta’ala is the Master of all and the Creator and Sustainer of all Beings. He is loving (Wadud) and Shakur (Appreciative), He quickly gives His love to His servants who give up their desires and personal likings to obey His law.

A servant can even climb further the ladder of love by engaging in extra duties apart from the ones made basic and obligatory on him. It is a common knowledge that the juniors who after carrying out their basic duties do something extra are given extra rewards and shown excessive love.

As a matter of fact the Hadithi Qudsi says: “Among the things that bring My servant close to Me, the ones I love best are the things that I have made fard (obligatory). When my servant does the supererogatory (nafilat) ibadat, he gets very close to Me so much that I love him very much …” Continue Reading

Tasawwuf and the Sacred Sunnat

Tasawwuf and the Sacred Sunnat

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

All the three (3) basic sciences (branches) or components of Islam have suffered greatly in the hands and minds of modern Muslims who, due to their ignorance of the depth, the eminence, sublimity and sacredness of these sciences and the great sages who suffered to put them in place, are consulting mind and man’s limited intelligence to make a change in these sciences.

The first of these sciences, Kalam, the science discussing the details of traditional (Sunni) beliefs has witnessed various attacks by men trying to give Allah I the attributes of men and/or other creation. Men have started to perceive a Lord and Creator that can be approached with the question of how, when, where and why. This is a dangerous shift from the pure, pristine, perfect and perfecting Tawhid brought by the noblest of servants and of Prophets, the rahma on the entire creation, Rasulu-Karim Muhammad Mustafa (alaihi wa ahlihi wa sahabihi salawatu wa taslimat). Indeed, the most exalted Prophet r mentioned in his noble words that the deviants will continue in this wayward and eccentric digression of theirs until they would ask: ‘Who created Allah I?’ Subhanallah! The Prophet of mercy, Hadrat Muhammad Mustafa r finally warned:

There will be towards the end of time a people (among my Ummah) who will say to you what you nor your fore-fathers (spiritual ancestors) have never heard before. Beware of them lest they misguide you and bring you to confusion. Continue Reading

Duties of Dhil-Hijja and the Eid el-Kabir

Duties of Dhil-Hijja and the Eid el-Kabir

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

As we join Muslims all over the world to welcome the noble and auspicious month of Dhul-Hijjah, it is imperative to, in a nut-shell, remind our cherished brothers and sister of the values, duties and ethics of this great month, especially the first ten days and the three days of slaughter. The sincere believer is ever restless regarding the next life and the need to accumulate good deeds before our lives here suddenly come to an end. Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala, our Karim Lord and ever compassionate Owner slotted into some sacred days and months into our years on the earth so that we can make up for our deficits and deficiencies. Fortunate indeed are those who embrace the opportunities offered in the first ten days of the Dhul-Hijja month exerting themselves in devotions, fasting and services and who pay special attention to slaughtering on the tenth day in order to earn the eternal pleasure of Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala.

The first ten days of the blessed month of DhilHijja are the best of days just as the blessed month of Ramadan is the best of the months. These ten days provide another great opportunity to do little and gain much towards the Akhirah. Our noble elders in the ages past would never play away any portion of these invaluable days.

Our beloved Nabiy r expressly encouraged us to repeat much tasbih (subhanallah), tahlil (La ilaha ilallah wahdahu la sharikalah lahul mulki wa lahul hamdu wa huwaala kulli shayn qadr) and takbir (Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar La ilaha ilallahu wallahu Akbar walilahil hamd). The takbir tashrik is most important zikr of these valuable days. Continue Reading

Peace with Allah and His Creation

Peace with Allah and His Creation

 

By Faqir Abdulqadr An-Naqshbandi Mujaddidi

Released by www.sunnahlives.com 1433 H

 

Live your moments treating others well avoiding aggression. Should they oppress, then reply with kindness. You will never find a shorter route to happiness, temporal and eternal.

Our Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said in a Sahih Hadith:

He who recovers one of my forgotten sunnats will receive as many rewards as a hundred martyrs will receive.

The greatness of this deed – that is recovering and propagating of a forgotten sunnah – must be inferred from this Hadith. But, when doing this (great deed), there is an important caution to be observed. That is, while trying to recover one sunnat, one should not cause fitna (confusion, instigation, violence and separation and we should understand bid’as as communicated by the valuable books of the generality of the learned of our great past and never the isolated words of self righteous deviants); one goodness should not give birth to a variety of problems and evils, for we are in the latest time. We are in a century when Muslims are weak and forlorn.

My son! When fitna (violence, blood shedding, instigation and confusion) is wide spread and fasads (destruction and deaths) are abundant, it is time to repent and make Istighfar. You must keep aloof and not participate in fitna. Fitna is growing and spreading each day. Our beloved Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

As the Doomsday approaches, fitna will increase it will resemble the increase in darkness as night begins. Many who leave their homes in the morning as Muslims, will return home as kafirs in the evening. While they are Muslim in the evening , they will lose their belief (Iman)  during the night in places of amusement. During such times, to stay at home is better than being involved in fitna. Those who stay aloof are better than those who attack and lead in the front. On that day, break your arrows! Leave your weapons and swords! Address everybody with a smiling face and sweet words. Do not leave your homes.

LAST WORDS

In a Sahih Hadith, Rasulu-Karim and Habibbul rabbul ‘alamin Hadrat Muhammad Mustafa is reported to have said:

Towards the latter days of indiscriminate violence, be like the first and the better of the two sons of Adam who said, ‘If you raise your hand to kill me, I will not raise mine to kill you; surely I fear Allah, the Lord of the worlds.’

 

 

Faqir Abdulqadr An-Naqshbandi Mujaddidi – Nigeria

Jumadal Ula 1433 A.H. / March 2012

 

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…that the posterity may live

… That The Posterity May Live

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

We thank Almighty Allah U for His favours on us. His bounties, goodnesses and blessings are surely countless, innumerable, and our debt of gratitude is ever on the increase. May salam and the best of all goodnesses be showered eternally on Allah’s Habib and the noblest of servants, the Sayyed-il mursalin and the seal of Prophethood, Rasulu-karim Muhammad Mustafa (alaihi wa ahlihi wa sahabihi salawatu wataslimat attamuha wa akmaluha). May these favours from Allah U extend to the pious ones of this Ummah, past and present. Through the barakat of these great gems, may Allah U raise us to piety, may He save the Ummah from His anger and afflictions and place much barakat and effectiveness in the efforts of those struggling sincerely to revive this great Deen.

We thank Allah U specially for aiding us in our intention to be in this workshop. It is one fortune worthy of mentioning that we have been honoured with the courage to brave all fears, distractions and hindrances to be part of this gathering.

This is a gathering of aspirants to Allah’s U love via the pure and illuminating Sunnah of Rasulullah u. This is a gathering of zealous Muslims who are determined to work for the protection of our unique but threatened traditions, and this is a forum for evaluating our past in order to reposition ourselves spiritually for the great victory in the Hereafter. Just as sick men lose appetite for food, the sick and clouded hearts also lose appetite for ibadats and service in the cause of Allah U. Workshops like this are designed to raise our appetite for ibadats (worships), increase our zeal to work for eternal Jannat by giving us insight to the reality of Dunya and its fleeting, ever precarious nature and by showing us our limits as servants of Allah U and followers of the exalted ones of His servants (alaihimu ‘r-ridwan).

We are in the age of spiritual loss and absolute moral decadence and expectedly, the negative forces at work must have Islam and its sacred values as sworn enemies. So whatever insults, misrepresentations and even outright slanders we encounter should not provide an occasion for losing our patience, for these are challenges we must feel honoured to embrace. To the sincere Muslims enemies are no more than gadflies that make the horse trots. The steadfast will certainly emerge victorious.

Unfortunately, today, Muslims are divided between the complacent camp who swallow every pill from the spoon of Islam’s enemies in the name of civilization and the extreme zealots who would call for violence confrontation at every provocation. In situations like, this the middle course suffers, and our Deen is a religion of moderation between two extremes. Without this sense of moderation and the patience to actually apply the traditional principles of our Deen in difficult times and situations we are bound to waste the capacity to revive and protect what is left of our values. H.A.R Gibb writes in The Reaction in the Middle East Against West Culture:

‘Everything depends on the capacity of Muslims’ society to defend and protect its values and cultural traditions against western invasions. If it fails in this task, it is lost as a Muslim society. It will inevitably become a more or less faithful copy of western society with secondary characteristics peculiar to different countries and languages.’

This great Ummah holds as sacred the oneness of Allah U, the One and Absolute, Whose Book is a law and the Sunnah of His most beloved Prophet u, the guide to happiness, temporal and eternal. Man remains equal before Allah U in this unique path and the Akhirah is prized greatly above the finishing Dunya. The life of our great ancestors (alaihimu ridwan), our governance, our learnings and our madrasahs were geared towards these sacred principles. Any deviation from these goals and values which has Allah`s U pleasure at the peak of its aspiration renders Muslims incomplete or completely deprived of a true life. The ‘powers’, their agents and other enemies of truth are united in their purpose against Islam; the destruction of its salient values and principles. Charles F. Gallagher, an American scholar, wrote in his Language and Identity:

‘A methodical policy of deracination and deculturization was followed in Algeria in the 19th century, was repeated to lesser extent in Morocco over shorter period, and carried out most slightly in Tunisia. The main effort … was to destroy the colonized (Muslims) by a complete denigration of their fundamental values.’

How was the destruction of our values carried out?

  1. I) Through a thorough destruction of our educational systems and its library, the corruption of its methodology and the inversion of its goal. G. H. Jansen writes in Militant Islam:

‘But there is one sphere education in which colonial rule did have a profound effect on Muslims’ society, because the foreign rulers with rare unanimity and unusual purposefulness, and pertinacity, sought to give as little education as possible, the wrong sort of education when it had to be given, and to bring about schism, a division, in the soul of the Muslim community.’

Will Durant in his Story of Civilization says among other things:

‘When Baghdad was destroyed by the Mongols, it had thirty six public libraries. Private libraries were numberless. It was a fashion among the rich to have an ample collection of books. A physician refused invitation of the Sultan of Bukhara to come and live at his court, on the ground that he would need 400 camels to transport his library. Imam al-Waqidi, dying, left 600 boxes of books, each so heavy that two men were needed to carry it. Princes like Sahab ibn Abbas in the 10th century might own as many books as could be found in all libraries of Europe combined.’

  1. II) By presenting our ancestors as ignorant, uncivilized people and our history as that of savages. By encouraging the young Muslims to ‘break free’ and follow their whims with deep distrust for the truly learned approved and honoured by the exalted Prophet u.

I seek your pardon to quote this lengthy passage again from the British G. H. Jasen’s Militant Islam as he adequately capture the sources of our distance from Islam’s pristine tradition and the depravity and faithlessness that resulted from this satanic plots;

“The cultural offensive mounted by the colonial powers against the societies of their Muslim territories struck at those societies in three different ways:

  1. a) Through the neglect of traditional education system, it weakened the older set of values, both secular and Islamic.
  2. b) A spiritual and cultural vacuum was created by allowing traditional roots to wither away unnourished.
  3. c) For the majority of those now without roots the Western rulers did not provide an alternative through their own system …. The blow these deliberate attacks on traditional Islamic education inflicted on Islam is to say the least catastrophic.”

‘Traditional Islam’ Jansen concluded, ‘has been held together through the tradition and organization of the Ulama. These people, the learned men of Islam, have managed to this day to preserve their status as the proprietors of the symbols of Islam. Their exclusive right to interpret Islam has only recently come to dispute.’

The imperative question which majority of ‘modern’ Muslims failed to ask is where have we got the daring, the boldness to question our extremely noble history and its scholarship. Jansen’s statements on the west’s cultural offensive and its Fir’awnic campaigns for freedom have the best answer to this question.

Islam is a religion of following based on trust, like those between a patient and his learned doctor. As long as the layman does not get the training for becoming a doctor, no matter how much he reads about medicine it will be criminal to open a clinic for treating people. This is the reason why the best of our Scholars in sciences of Ahadith are also followers of fiqh Imams. It is unfortunate that today’s ignoramuses browse through books of hadith and declared themselves Fuqaha.

The noble Imam al -Dajawi t indeed said:

By Allah U, this view (that the non mujtahids should not follow the learned Imams) is nothing than an attempt to fling the door wide open for people’s individual preferences, thereby turning the Book and the Sunna into playthings to be manipulated by those deluded fools, driven by their compounded ignorance and corrupt imaginations.

The most characteristic qualities of the great Ulama were dignity and serenity, respect for other scholars, compassionate concern for the Ummah, and following the Prophet u whose view was always broad, his wisdom perfect and his tolerance superb.

The exalted Imam Shatibi t also said:

‘True fairness is to regard all the fiqh Imams as worthy, whoever follows the madhhab of a Mujtahid because he has not attained the level of ijtihad is not harmed by the fact that other Imams differ from his own.’

The blessed Shaykh Ibrahim al-Samadi t, a pious scholar of Damascus, once prayed to be given fours sons so that each might follow one of the recognized madhhabs, thereby bringing a fourfold blessing to his house.

III) Initiating and funding a propaganda which places Dunya, its wealth and pleasures above the Akhira; which promote entertainments to the heights of idols and which holds sacred the triple evils of Music, Zina and Riba (interest).

As taken from the invaluable sayings of the best of creation and Allah’s greatest servant, Rasulullah Muhammad Mustafa u when Muslims prefers this world to the Akhirah their enemies would be victorious over them, excessive and haram entertainments lead to lost of Iman. Music is Satanic and the most potent accessory to zina, surely the punishment of Allah U becomes just on a people among whom zina has become widespread. Riba (interest) is undoubted a herald to material and spiritual bankruptcy. It is needless asking why the enemies of Islam would do all they can to force these poisons down the throat of Muslims cleverly wrapped in candy.

Today, we have found ourselves at the bottom of our sacred spiritual ladder and the heritage of our noble ancestors is no more threatened at another time than now. It is our responsibility to find our way back to the heights of the ladder or else the coming generations would meet nothing of these sacred and invaluable values.

Down the hill ride is always pleasurable but going back up is very tasking and harzardous. Yet, we must endeavour to revive and preserve this noble tradition putting our absolute trust in Almighty Allah U and making the perfecting Sunnah of Rasulullah u our pivot to success, La haola walaquwwata illabillah.

Revival and restoration of values are tasking assignments that would not yield to haste nor be procure through violence. Our exalted Nabiyy r was sent to restore faith, values and ethics lost by humanity due to their longing for Dunya and its temporal pleasures and the worship of false gods. He r was never a sage of haste nor a war monger. As a matter of fact the Qur’an al-Karim says:

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…You will never cease to come upon some act of treachery on their part, except for a few of them. Yet pardon them, and overlook. Allah loves doers of good (Qur’an 5:13).

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…Each time they kindle the fire of war, Allah extinguishes it. They rush about the earth corrupting it. Allah does not love corrupters (Qur’an 5:64).

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…Then to be one of those who have faith and urge each other to steadfastness and urge each other to compassion. Those are the companions of the Right (Qur’an, 90:17-18).

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The teachings of our great Deen, al-Islam, is that those who seek reformation through violence and those who seek immediate restoration without painstaking endeavours are wrong for these characteristics; haste and rage, are symbols of westernization itself. This would not mean that Islam condones apathy in any way. Lack of concern for the Ummah and its traditional values, disrespect to the traditional pristine methodology and assumption of authority when it comes to the adillati Shariyya (Islamic sources) are all signs of decadence and corruption.

The middle course presented by Islam and which will hold till the end of the world is to work assiduously to raise a traditional, balanced, conscious and courageous human machinery who would patiently work for the sustenance and preservation of the purest values left for humanity, the laws of Allah U and the moral values and ethics of His Rasul u. This forum is meant to be a starting point insha-Allah.

Traditionally, this revival only comes with a three point agenda. These points must work together at the same time for maximum effectiveness, thus if anyone is deficient, the zealot, no matter how much zeal and enthusiasm he displays, will never reach his goal.

  1. i) Proper understanding of the Islamic traditional methodology and how it operates. This knowledge will come with sincere effort at studying the great lives of our noble ancestors y and their old books some dating more than a thousand and three hundred years. This study will confer humility on our hearts and Fir’awnic arrogance would give way to true traditional Islamic Submission. The results of this are that we would understand the right and acceptable way to follow as well develop great reverence for our history and the great sages who personified it. Their invaluable example would give the impetus to live and serve our Deen insha-Allah.
  2. ii) True revival of the tradition commences with the great examples of our exalted spiritual ancestors impacting our private lives. We start to spend more time in ibadats, concentrate more on those things that would lead to salvation in the Akhirah and calling others to such. We then gradually bring our immediate families into this focus, then the extended families and also groups outside our families.

iii) The tradition truly comes alive when it lived, written and propagated with every speech and action. If everyone of us can live our life somewhat close to that of the last Prophet and best example r kufr and all forces of opposition would sooner or later bow. The foundation is the right knowledge, patience, forgiveness and total emulation of the moral conducts of Rasulullah u and this forum is to kick start this renewal, the true traditional Islamic revolution, the most effective Islamic Jihad.

Penultimately, it is a well known fact that a religion without its traditional structure is like a castle built on the air. This is the reason why the enemies of Islam, past and present, are doing their best possible to destroy this sacred foundation of our Deen through misrepresentation and a resolute commitment to selling the idea of freedom of decisions and conclusions and distaste for the past to the Muslims. Our past is great, noble and unsurpassable, our success in the present is linked directly to the past, our Deen is hinged on revering the past sages, their works and their methodologies for survival. We are mere followers and lovers of true lovers of Rasulullah u and we will be proud to trail behind them to Jannat on the Day when every group would be called with names of their leaders (Imams) who would have led them to salvation or perdition.

The noble Imam, the exalted Mujaddid and Mujahid, Hadrat Shaykh Uthman bn Fundi t wrote in his invaluable Ihya Sunna:

Allah U preserved His Book al-Qur’an through the Ashabul kiram, the exalted words (Ahadith) of Rasulullah t were preserved by the tabi’un and the third generation (the taba tabi’un) deducted rules from these two noble sources for Muslims till the end of the world. Therefore, whatever they (the three earliest generations) did we shall do and whatever they abstained from we shall refuse for Allah‘s Prophet u witnessed to their truthfulness and their righteousness.

Finally, I want to reiterate that whatever is committed individually and collectively towards this gathering, this coming together, would only be a wise investments if we leave here with the resolution to dig into our history in order to discover the appalling reality of invaluable Islamic heritage, If we commit ourselves into a patience, non-violence, and tasking duty of living and reviving this invaluable sunnah in and outside our homes and when we finally team up with brothers of like conviction no matter how few, sacrificing our time and other resources for this cause, the greatest and most profiting investment.

May Allah U accept your coming rewarding you with His eternal pleasure. May He descends His barkat in our midst so that we go back as changed and better focused personalities with great love for Allah’s most beloved u and most sincere concern for his Ummah, amin. May the best of prayers and fortunes be on our beloved Prophet, Muhammad Mustafa  r, his household, his companions and on all our elders, the heirs to the Prophetic virtues and excellences, (ridwanullahi alaihim ajmain) amin. And thanks be to Allah U, the Lord and Sustainer of the worlds.

 

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…That the posterity may live is a formal address read by the Amir of the Darus-Salam Society, Nigeria, faqir AbdulQadr an-Naqshbandi, at the opening session of the Darus-Salam National Conference held in Katsina, Nigeria, between Thursday December 24th and Monday December 28th, 2009.

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