The Dunya has changed us all but not you!

May 27, 2014 1 comment


In the time of Hazrat Umar ibn al-Khattab (radhiallahu ‘anhu), Hazrat Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) was made the governor of Shaam (Greater Syria, the Levant) since he had captured most of Shaam. At that time Shaam used to be a vast province constituting present day states Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon. Shaam was a wealthy province. It was Rome’s favourite region.

Hazrat Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu) used to execute his responsibilities in Madinah. Once he was on an inspection visit to Shaam when he said to the governor:

“O Abu Ubaidah, I want to see the place where you live my brother”.

Hazrat Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu) was thinking that Abu Ubaidah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) is the governor of such a wealthy province I should see how much he has collected for himself.

Hazrat Abu Ubaidah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) said why do you want to see my house? Because after seeing my house the only thing you will do is weep.

But Hazrat Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu) insisted and so they both set out for the house. They passed the main city and the residential areas.

Hazrat Umar (radhiallahu ‘anhu) asked him: “Where are you taking me?”

Hazrat Abu Ubaidah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) replied, “Its not far now”.

And then at the outskirts of the wealthy city of Damascus came the house of the Governor of Shaam Read more…


Live in this World, Not for this World

May 27, 2014 Leave a comment


We have no other choice but to spend our life in this world. When we are hungry we need to eat, when we are thirsty we need to drink, we need housing and means to earn a living. If we have to do all these things then how is it possible not to get attracted by this world? It seems very difficult. But it is the Prophets and their vicegerents who taught us how to live in this world without getting attracted to it. A true Muslim would live in this world fulfilling all his social duties but at the same time he would avoid getting attracted by it.

How do we acquire such a state of mind that we remain in this world, get involved in all the necessary affairs, yet not get attracted by it?

This very thing has been explained Read more…

…..I would have made Abu Bakr my beloved

May 27, 2014 1 comment



Allah ta’ala has made this heart in such a way that it can have in it only one true love. There can be several relationships as and when necessary but true love can only be one, other Love cannot be of the same degree. For this reason the Prophet (salallahu ‘alayhi wasalam) said about Hazrat Abu Bakr (radiallahu ‘anhu):

“Had I made a friend (khalil) in this world I would have befriended (took as a khalil) Abu Bakr. [Sahih Bukhari, Hadith No.466]

The Prophet’s (salallahu ‘alayhi wasalam) relationship with Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiallahu ‘anhu) was so strong that Read more…

The Desire to do Good Deeds

December 30, 2013 1 comment


Sometimes a desire springs up in a man’s heart to vie with a man who is doing some good deed, but at the same time he begins to feel that he is not equal to that task. He is not worthy of the sublime deed the other fellow is doing. When such discouraging ideas deter a man from virtuous deeds he should act upon the hadith which states seek Allah taala’s help and do not admit (in you) disability for the deed. Have full reliance on Allah Taala who will make the deed easy for you.

It is related about the righteous men that they offer the Tahajjud (Qiyamul Layl, night prayer) salat and make supplications before Allah at that blessed time of the night. You may also feel a desire to offer the Tahajjud salat and reap its blessings, but at the same time your weakness and inability keep you away from this task. In such a situation you should not surrender yourself to such discouraging thoughts, but should pray to Allah Taala hopefully that He may bestow upon you the necessary courage and strength to offer the Tahajjud salat and reap its blessings.

When a man prays to Almighty Allah for help to do some good deed his prayer is sure to bring him one of the two alternative gains. Either Allah Taala will help the man to perform the deed, or He shall grant him the reward for the deed. This is proved by a hadith.

The Noble Prophet (salallahu ’alayhi wasalam) has said in a hadith:

If a man prays with heart-felt sincerity for the honour of martyrdom, Allah grants him, by His mercy, that honour, even if he dies (at home) on his bed.

My respected father, Mufti Muhammad Shafi (rahmatullah ‘alayh) once related this incident of an ironsmith:

After the death of Hadrat Abdullah ibn Mubarak (rahmatullah ‘alayh) someone saw him in a dream [1] and asked him what happened to him after his death. In reply he said that Allah Taala was very kind to him, He forgave him and granted him a status which he hardly deserved. He added that he could, however, not get the status which was granted to the ironsmith who lived in the house opposite his.

On getting up from his sleep the person who had the dream felt a desire to find out who that ironsmith was and what righteous deed he did to supersede Hadrat Abdullah ibn Mubarak (rahmatullah ‘alayh) in the hereafter. This man then called at the house of the ironsmith Read more…

Men of Faith vs. Men of World?

December 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Ancient religions, especially Christianity, had divided life into two watertight compartments- temporal and spiritual- and the world into “men of the world” and “men of faith” which were not only seperate, but perpetually at war with each other. According to them, there was an intense rivalry between faith and the material world, and whoever chose one was compelled to give up the other and fight against it. No one, they asserted, could be both at the same time. Economic progress was not possible without the neglect of God-given laws, and power and rule could not be gained without giving up moral and religious precepts. In the same way, it was totally out of the question to think of piety and religiosness without renouncing the world Read more…

Craving for Attention Betrays Sincerity

December 15, 2013 Leave a comment


Your craving for people’s attention to your distinctions betrays your sincerity in servant hood.

Even if the servant worships Allah in secret, his hidden desire to get people’s attention and recognition for his distinction will spoil his sincerity in servant hood. People who are suffering from implicit ostentation cannot achieve absolute sincerity in their deeds because Allah knows all secret interests and intention of their mind. He who fails to purge his deeds of all traces of ostentation cannot claim sincerity in his obedience.

Let Allah’s taking notice of you outshine people’s taking notice of you; and contemplate His treatment of you to outshine their treatment of you.

The servant should not allow himself to be led by people’s comment and opinion about his deeds. Praise from people is harmful to the spiritual health in the long run as it will gradually take his focus away from Allah to people. He should train himself to concentrate on Allah thinking about his status and image in front of Him so that he can outshine people’s opinion of him.

If his thoughts revolve around Allah, nothing from people will affect him. Just like the sun outshines the moon and all other satellites, Allah’s light is capable of outshining all other sources of light.


[Source: Ibn Ata’illah in Kitab al-Hikam]

[Thanks and acknowledgement to P. Gould for sharing]

Categories: Sincerity, Tazkiyah

Oppressors take heed!

August 24, 2013 Leave a comment

wa laa tahsabanALLAHa ghaafilan ‘amma ya’malu-zaalimoon
innamaa yuakhiruhum li yawmin tashkhasu fihil absaar

وَلَا تَحْسَبَنَّ اللَّهَ غَافِلًا عَمَّا يَعْمَلُ الظَّالِمُونَ ۚ إِنَّمَا يُؤَخِّرُهُمْ لِيَوْمٍ تَشْخَصُ فِيهِ الْأَبْصَارُ

And never think that Allah is unaware of what the oppressors do. He only delays them for a Day when eyes will stare [in horror].
[QURAN 14:42]

The Zaalims (Oppressors) should all remember this verse.

Sayyid Qutb ash-Shaheed [rahmatullah ‘alayh] comments in Fi Dhilal al-Quran:

“This example repeatedly occurs throughout history. Many are the wrongdoers who succeed earlier tyrants. In fact, those tyrants were destroyed by their own hands, yet they follow in their footsteps and tyrannize like them. They take no heed of the lessons they see in front of their eyes. Hence, like them, they are put to the same fate. The same dwellings will be rid of them after a while.

God is certainly aware of their scheming, although it may be so strong and powerful that it causes mountains, the strongest and most solid and firm creation, to move. In fact, the last thing any human being would expect to move is a mountain. However, their scheming is in no way hidden from God, and never immune from God’s power. It is in front of Him, and He can foil it and do with it what He likes.”

Imam Shafi’i [rahmatullah ‘alayh] once said:

“There is a verse in the Qur’an that is like an arrow in the heart of every oppressor and at the same time a source of comfort for the heart of the oppressed.”

People asked:

“What is it?”

He replied:

wa maa kaana rabbuka nasiyyan

وَمَا كَانَ رَبُّكَ نَسِيًّا

“And never is your Lord forgetful”
[QURAN 19:64]

Categories: Oppression
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