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A Blind Heart

HADHRAT WAHAB BIN Munabbah (rahmatullah alayh) said: “A man who searches for this world (its wealth and for fame) with deeds of the Aakhirah, Allah Ta’ala makes his heart blind. His name is written in the record of the inmates of Jahannum.”

The pursuit of the Knowledge of the Deen and Ibaadat are for the acquisition of the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala and the rewards of Jannat. Those who make the Knowledge of the Deen their means for obtaining worldly benefit and for attainment of nafsaani desires are the most despicable specimens of humanity according to the Hadith.

The Peril of Khiyaanat

Hadhrat Wahab Bin Munabbah (rahmatullah alayh) narrated the following episode which should be thought-provoking for men of the Deen who have failed to understand the meaning and gravity of khiyaanat.

There was a young man in the Ummat of Bani Israaeel of bygone times. After having led a life of sin and transgression he resolved to repent. After repentance he devoted his entire life to ibaadat and thikr. Ibaadat was his sole occupation for the rest of the 70 years which he lived after his repentance.

A Warning for Hired Scholars

A man asked Hadhrat Ibn Mubaarak (rahmatullah alayh): “Who is a pious man?”

Ibn Mubaarak: “A sincere practising Aalim.”

“Who is a king?”, the man asked. Ibn Mubaarak: The Zaahid in this world is a king.”

The man: “Who is a contemptible person?”

Ibn Mubaarak: “A man who earns the world (wealth, name and fame) with his knowledge and deeds.”

Ulama of the World

Hadhrat Ibraaheem Bin Uqbah (rahmatullah alayh) said: “The man who will regret most on the Day of Qiyaamah will be an Aalim who had aspired for a high position with his knowledge.”

The Knowledge of the Aalim is for safeguarding the Shariah and for Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahy Anil Munkar (Commanding righteousness and prohibiting evil). The purpose of Knowledge is not the acquisition of worldly fame, rank and monetary gain. These evils are the salient features and motives of the learned men, the so-called scholars, of this age.

Oppressive Rulers

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh) said: “When an oppressive ruler is appointed over you, then recite Istighfaar (seek forgiveness) in abundance for yourselves and for the ruler. In this way reform the situation.”

According to the Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), tyrannical rulers are the reflection of the deeds of the people. The way of remedying the situation according to the Hadith is for the people to reform themselves morally and to progress spiritually. Then Allah Ta’ala will change the condition of the rulers or replace them with benign rulers.

Music is Unanimously Haraam

Yvonne Ridley, the sister who had embraced Islam while being held captive by the Taliban, had written an article denouncing the evil music and singing of one ‘Muslim’ pop-singer who had organized haraam music/singing sessions at which Muslim females exhibited themselves in the worst displays of jaahiliyyah, jumping in the aisles of the hall like apes and prostitutes.

Punishment for Abstaining from Thikrullah

A MAN presented to Hadhrat Junaid Baghdaadi (rahmatullah alayh) a wild bird which he had caught in a net. The bird remained in the cage by Hadhrat Junaid for a very long time. One day Hadhrat Junaid opened the cage and the bird flew way. Someone enquired from him the reason for having released the bird. Hadhrat Junaid (rahmatullah alayh) explained:

Friends & Friendship

Hadhratwala (rah) narrated; There was a youngster - like one of today's youngsters - who had become friendly with another youth. The youngster's elderly father noticed his coming home late at nights and enquired, "One night, two nights, three nights, and now every night you are coming home very late. What is your story?" The youngster replied, "I go to visit a friend of mine. Sitting and talking with him, it tends to get a bit late."

Company of Bad People

Sheikh Saadi says that if any one associates with bad people, although their nature may not infect him, he will be supposed to follow their ways to such an extent that if he goes to a tavern to say his prayers, it will be supposed that he is going there for drinking wine.

He adds:

"When you have selected an ignorant person as your companion,
You have branded yourself with the mark of
Do not associate with an ignorant man,
For if you are learned in such company you will
become an ass in course of time;
And if you are not learned you will become a
greater fool."

The Poet's Lament

Protect him whose father is dead; remove the dust from his rainment, and injure him not. Thou knowest not how hard is his condition; no foliage is there on a root/ess tree. Give not a kiss to a child of thine own in the sight of a helpless orphan. If the latter weep, who will assuage his grief? If he be angered, who will bear his burden? See that he weeps not, for the throne of Allah trembles at the orphan's lament. With pity, wipe the tears from his eyes and the dust from his face. If the protecting shadow of his father's care be gone, cherish him beneath the shadow of thy care.

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