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The Quest for Knowledge

December 1, 2012 2 comments

Mufti Taqi Uthmani

 

Mawlana Mufti Muhammad Shafi Uthmani (may Allah have mercy on him) was the Grand Mufti of Pakistan. His life was spent in teaching and learning. He qualified from Dar ul Ulum Deoband and then also taught there. He was the chief Mufti of the Dar ul Ifta there.

He said once: “Whenever I am going anywhere and observe anyone delivering a sermon or reminder, I stop even for a while to listen to him even if I am in a hurry, for Allah may have inspired him with something that is beneficial to me.”

This was the Grand Mufti to whom people, including the ulama (scholars) came to solve their difficult issues. During his time the people giving the sermons were generally younger than he, his students, or students of his students, or even their students. But he did listen to them so that maybe he might learn what he did not know.

He said further Read more…

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Every Muslim has Nūr ul Imān (Light of Faith)!

October 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Maulāna Ashraf ῾Ali Thānvi rehmatullāhi ῾alayh replied to a questioner that every Muslim has Nūr ul Imān (Light of Faith) in him, whether its effects are apparent or not.

A similitude of this is like a handsome person who blackens his beautiful face and thus conceals his beauty. Then as soon as he washes his face with soap, the beauty shines like the full moon. Similarly, the Nūr ul Imān of most of Muslims has been concealed due to increase in disobedience (of Allāh’s commandments), but inshā’allāh as soon as they repent and increase in their Istighfār, their hearts will shine with Nūr.

Malfuzāt Hakīmul Ummat Malfuz # 412 – vol. 1 pg. 311

Shariah Today

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Ml. Ashraf Ali Thanvi writes in Al-Intibahat al-Mufeedah:

“Arguing from the conditions prevailing in the modern world, one may still raise a doubt, and say that one daily observes that if one tries to follow the Shariah, one has to face many obstructions in conducting the ordinary business of life, which only shows that its injuctions are not suitable for this age. We would reply that the complaint about life becoming difficult can be justifiable only if all the people follow the Shariah, and yet the business of life should get obstructed. And this nobody can prove. The difficulties which one has to experience these days are due to the fact that those who do not follow the Shariah far outnumber those who do, and when this minority has to deal that majority, a tension is sure to follow. Thus the real source of difficulties is our present way of life, and not the injuctions of the Shariah. It is just like physician instructing a patient to eat ten different thing, and the patient not being able to get any of these in his village. The impediment, in this case, lies not in the science of medicine, but in the condition of the village market.”

The Shariah & Raisons D’être

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Taken from Answer to Modernism (Al-Intibahat al-Mufeedah) by Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi:

The sixth error is again related to the injunctions of the Shariah. Some people invent certain raisons d’être for these injunctions on the basis of their personal opinion, and insist on making the validity of the injunctions depend solely on the presence or absence of these very raisons d’être. In consequence of this, they start misinterpreting, distorting and even annulling the injunctions laid down by the Holy Qur’an and Hadith. Read more…

What is ‘Ilm (Knowledge)?

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment
‘Ilm [Knowledge] is that which vanishes from committing sins. And is not obtained by a sinner. If solely word-ism was the name of ‘Ilm, it would come together with sin, too – but even with Kufr [Disbelief]. Otherwise in Beirut and Germany Christians are instructors of Arabic, their memory is very strong and their mind is very fast. So, one comes to know that ‘Ilm is not the name of that.

The reality of real ‘Ilm is Read more…
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