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muddilli:

26 - FIRST VOLUME, 48 th LETTER


This letter, written to Naqib Sayyid Shaikh Farid, informs us that ‘ulama-i din should be respected:

May Allahu ta’ala, for the sake of the most exalted of Prophets “alaihi wa alihissalawat wattaslimat wattahiyyat’, help you in your struggle against the enemies of din! We have been honored with reading your blessed letter, which pleases the faqirs and which you wrote out of mercy. You write that you have sent some money to be spent for youngsters who learn knowledge and who strive on the path of tasawwuf. We are glad to see that you give precedence to the students who study Islam over those who endeavor in tasawwuf in your writing. They said that the outward is an indicator of the inward. Inshallah, in your blessed heart also these students will take precedence.

Translation of an Arabic couplet:
Every container will leak out what is inside it!

Putting the students of knowledge in the front causes the Shariat to make progress. These are the guards of the Shariat. These will protect Hadrat Muhammad’s din against the ignoble. On the Day of Judgement everybody will be questioned about the Shariat, not about tasawwuf. Entering Paradise, being rescued from Hell will be possible only by having followed the Shariat. Prophets “salawatullahi ta’ala wa taslimatuhu ‘alaihim’ who were the best, distinguished human beings, invited everybody to the Shariat. The way of salvation is the Shariat. Those great people were sent in order to teach the Shariat. Then, the most valuable worship, the greatest favor to be done to humanity is to strive so that the Shariat is learned and practiced and to recover one command of the Shariat. Causing one of the commands of Allahu ta’ala to be practiced brings more thawab than giving thousands, millions of dollars as alms, especially in a time when the enemies of Islam assault the religion furiously. [They try to change the namaz, the fast, the hajj, the zakat and other worships, say harams about the things that are halal, and beautiful, modern about the harams, call Islam bigotry, and disbelief and irreligiousness improvement and modernness, make fun of those who perform namaz and those who fast by calling them fanatics and idiots.] For, this small effort means to follow Prophets “alaihimussalawatu wattaslimat” and become their partners in their tasks. And these people, in their turn, are given the most valuable share from worships and their thawab. Giving millions as alms, doing many favors may fall to anybody’s lot. Striving to uncover the Shariat is something which the nafs loathes. He who strives to do this will have performed jihad against his nafs. Yet doing favors may be liked by the nafs. But, no doubt, it is very valuable to spend money for the learning and practicing of the Shariat. Giving little with this intention is no less than giving millions without this intention.

Question: How can a student of knowledge who follows his nafs be superior to a sufi who struggles against his nafs?

Answer: Though the person who learns knowledge harms himself by following his nafs, everybody benefits from his knowledge. Though he burns himself, he causes others to be saved. For, the honor of learning the rules of the Shariat has fallen to his lot. But the sufi strives to save himself. He is not useful for others. Islam holds those who strive for the happiness of others superior to those who strive to save themselves.

Yes, if a devotee who makes progress on the path of tasawwuf reaches the stations of Fana and Baqa, is sent back to this world, and is honored with inviting people, he will have a share from the rank of prophethood. He will become one of those who teach the Shariat and who enable others to attain to happiness. He will be exalted and valuable like the savants of the Shariat. This is such a blessing of Allah’s that He bestows it upon whomever He likes of the distinguished. His blessings are so great.

muddilli:

26 - FIRST VOLUME, 48 th LETTER


This letter, written to Naqib Sayyid Shaikh Farid, informs us that ‘ulama-i din should be respected:

May Allahu ta’ala, for the sake of the most exalted of Prophets “alaihi wa alihissalawat wattaslimat wattahiyyat’, help you in your struggle against the enemies of din! We have been honored with reading your blessed letter, which pleases the faqirs and which you wrote out of mercy. You write that you have sent some money to be spent for youngsters who learn knowledge and who strive on the path of tasawwuf. We are glad to see that you give precedence to the students who study Islam over those who endeavor in tasawwuf in your writing. They said that the outward is an indicator of the inward. Inshallah, in your blessed heart also these students will take precedence.

Translation of an Arabic couplet:
Every container will leak out what is inside it!

Putting the students of knowledge in the front causes the Shariat to make progress. These are the guards of the Shariat. These will protect Hadrat Muhammad’s din against the ignoble. On the Day of Judgement everybody will be questioned about the Shariat, not about tasawwuf. Entering Paradise, being rescued from Hell will be possible only by having followed the Shariat. Prophets “salawatullahi ta’ala wa taslimatuhu ‘alaihim’ who were the best, distinguished human beings, invited everybody to the Shariat. The way of salvation is the Shariat. Those great people were sent in order to teach the Shariat. Then, the most valuable worship, the greatest favor to be done to humanity is to strive so that the Shariat is learned and practiced and to recover one command of the Shariat. Causing one of the commands of Allahu ta’ala to be practiced brings more thawab than giving thousands, millions of dollars as alms, especially in a time when the enemies of Islam assault the religion furiously. [They try to change the namaz, the fast, the hajj, the zakat and other worships, say harams about the things that are halal, and beautiful, modern about the harams, call Islam bigotry, and disbelief and irreligiousness improvement and modernness, make fun of those who perform namaz and those who fast by calling them fanatics and idiots.] For, this small effort means to follow Prophets “alaihimussalawatu wattaslimat” and become their partners in their tasks. And these people, in their turn, are given the most valuable share from worships and their thawab. Giving millions as alms, doing many favors may fall to anybody’s lot. Striving to uncover the Shariat is something which the nafs loathes. He who strives to do this will have performed jihad against his nafs. Yet doing favors may be liked by the nafs. But, no doubt, it is very valuable to spend money for the learning and practicing of the Shariat. Giving little with this intention is no less than giving millions without this intention.

Question: How can a student of knowledge who follows his nafs be superior to a sufi who struggles against his nafs?

Answer: Though the person who learns knowledge harms himself by following his nafs, everybody benefits from his knowledge. Though he burns himself, he causes others to be saved. For, the honor of learning the rules of the Shariat has fallen to his lot. But the sufi strives to save himself. He is not useful for others. Islam holds those who strive for the happiness of others superior to those who strive to save themselves.

Yes, if a devotee who makes progress on the path of tasawwuf reaches the stations of Fana and Baqa, is sent back to this world, and is honored with inviting people, he will have a share from the rank of prophethood. He will become one of those who teach the Shariat and who enable others to attain to happiness. He will be exalted and valuable like the savants of the Shariat. This is such a blessing of Allah’s that He bestows it upon whomever He likes of the distinguished. His blessings are so great.

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muddilli:

IMAM RABBANI 27 - FIRST VOLUME, 53rd LETTER


This letter, written to Sayyid Shaikh Farid again, states that disagreement among savants will cause confusion.

May Allahu ta’ala not separate you from the way of your blessed ancestor! We have heard that, having a pure heart suitable for Islam, you have selected four savants who love their faith and have invited them to the palace to teach the commandments of the Shariat, so that nothing should be done in contradiction with the Shariat. Thanks be to Allah for this news. What good news could be greater than this for Muslims? What news could be sweeter than this for those with afflicted hearts? This faqir [Imam-i Rabbani “quddissa sirruh’ means himself] wanted to visit you in order that this useful deed could be done, and I wrote to you several times that I would come over. I therefore cannot help writing a few things now. Please forgive me! As the saying goes, “A person with determination is like a lunatic.” The most important thing that I would like to write to you about is that among today’s men of din there is next to no one who does not desire rank and money and who strives only for the spreading of the Shariat and for the strengthening of Islam. When the desire of obtaining a post or seizing a chair is mixed with the matter, each man of din will take a different way and try to show his own superiority. They will contradict one another and (exploit this situation to) ingratiate themselves with you. Sad to say, religious matters have become of secondary importance. In the time of the previous government, every catastrophe that befell the Muslims were caused by these so-called men of din. [In order to curry favor, they wrote fabled translations of the Qur’an, wrong fatwas, and books which disagreed with the words of Ahl as-sunnat savants. And the enemies of religion masked themselves as men of din and wrote as they liked, misrepresenting Islam as if it were incompatible with mind, science and improvement.] We, Muslims, fear such a disaster now, too. We are afraid that the din, let alone being improved, may be demolished again. May Allahu ta’ala protect Muslims against the evils of these false men of religion! It will be difficult enough for you to find or choose a savant who loves his faith, which is a great blessing. For the words and writings of the savant who thinks of the next world will bring everyone with wisdom and conscience round to the right course. They will affect the hearts. Where on earth is such a savant now? If you cannot find him, try to find the least harmful one from among others. There is a famous saying: “If something cannot be obtained altogether, it should not be given up altogether.” I am at a loss as to what to write. As the happiness of people is in the hands of savants, so it is that the enemies of din disguised as religious men lead people towards perdition, towards Hell. A good man of din is the best of people. And a man of din who makes the din a means for his worldly desires and who deranges others’ iman is the worst of the world. Men’s happiness and destruction, their coming round to the right way and their leaving of the right way are in the hands of men of din. One of our superiors saw the devil sitting idly and asked him why. The devil said: “The religious men of today do our job. They do not leave us any work to misguide people.”

Translation of a Persian couplet:
The person disguised as a religious man who hoards worldlies
Has lost his own way; how can he ever guide others?

For this reason, be very careful with your actions. Once the chance has been missed it will not come back again. I should have felt ashamed to advise you. But I wrote this letter of mine deeming it a document for my salvation in the Hereafter. Wassalam.

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IMAM RABBANI 27 - FIRST VOLUME, 53rd LETTER


This letter, written to Sayyid Shaikh Farid again, states that disagreement among savants will cause confusion.

May Allahu ta’ala not separate you from the way of your blessed ancestor! We have heard that, having a pure heart suitable for Islam, you have selected four savants who love their faith and have invited them to the palace to teach the commandments of the Shariat, so that nothing should be done in contradiction with the Shariat. Thanks be to Allah for this news. What good news could be greater than this for Muslims? What news could be sweeter than this for those with afflicted hearts? This faqir [Imam-i Rabbani “quddissa sirruh’ means himself] wanted to visit you in order that this useful deed could be done, and I wrote to you several times that I would come over. I therefore cannot help writing a few things now. Please forgive me! As the saying goes, “A person with determination is like a lunatic.” The most important thing that I would like to write to you about is that among today’s men of din there is next to no one who does not desire rank and money and who strives only for the spreading of the Shariat and for the strengthening of Islam. When the desire of obtaining a post or seizing a chair is mixed with the matter, each man of din will take a different way and try to show his own superiority. They will contradict one another and (exploit this situation to) ingratiate themselves with you. Sad to say, religious matters have become of secondary importance. In the time of the previous government, every catastrophe that befell the Muslims were caused by these so-called men of din. [In order to curry favor, they wrote fabled translations of the Qur’an, wrong fatwas, and books which disagreed with the words of Ahl as-sunnat savants. And the enemies of religion masked themselves as men of din and wrote as they liked, misrepresenting Islam as if it were incompatible with mind, science and improvement.] We, Muslims, fear such a disaster now, too. We are afraid that the din, let alone being improved, may be demolished again. May Allahu ta’ala protect Muslims against the evils of these false men of religion! It will be difficult enough for you to find or choose a savant who loves his faith, which is a great blessing. For the words and writings of the savant who thinks of the next world will bring everyone with wisdom and conscience round to the right course. They will affect the hearts. Where on earth is such a savant now? If you cannot find him, try to find the least harmful one from among others. There is a famous saying: “If something cannot be obtained altogether, it should not be given up altogether.” I am at a loss as to what to write. As the happiness of people is in the hands of savants, so it is that the enemies of din disguised as religious men lead people towards perdition, towards Hell. A good man of din is the best of people. And a man of din who makes the din a means for his worldly desires and who deranges others’ iman is the worst of the world. Men’s happiness and destruction, their coming round to the right way and their leaving of the right way are in the hands of men of din. One of our superiors saw the devil sitting idly and asked him why. The devil said: “The religious men of today do our job. They do not leave us any work to misguide people.”

Translation of a Persian couplet:
The person disguised as a religious man who hoards worldlies
Has lost his own way; how can he ever guide others?

For this reason, be very careful with your actions. Once the chance has been missed it will not come back again. I should have felt ashamed to advise you. But I wrote this letter of mine deeming it a document for my salvation in the Hereafter. Wassalam.

Risale-i Nur: FRUITS OF BELIEF: Part 4: The Trust Given to Man: Belief in the Hereafter: Part 1 

IN THIS SECTION, we will summarize one hundredth part of the consequences of belief in the hereafter, and the benefits accruing from it for felicity both in this world and the hereafter. As for the benefits pertaining to life in the hereafter, the clarifications given in the Qur’an of Miraculous Exposition leave no need for further explanation. We will therefore leave discussion of them to the Qur’an, and assign to the Risale-i Nur the explanation of those benefits that pertain to happiness in this world. In a brief summary, we will set forth three or four of the hundreds of consequences of belief in the hereafter for man’s individual and social life.

The first: In contrast to other animals, man is attached to the world as much as he is attached to his own household, and at the behest of his nature, he cultivates serious relations with his fellow humans, just as he does with his own kith and kin. Just as he desires a temporary state of apparent permanence in this world, so too he desires a real permanence in an eternal realm with an ardor that borders on love. Just as he seeks to satisfy the need of his stomach for food, so too he is obliged by his nature to struggle to provide his intelligence, heart and spirit, each Like a hungry stomach, with a form of food and nurture that is as wide as this world, and even extends as far as eternity. He has such desires and demands that nothing short of eternal bliss can satisfy him. As indicated in the Tenth Word, I once asked my imagination in my childhood, “Do you wish to be given a life lasting one million years and enjoy rule over the world, but afterwards to be cast into annihilation and nothingness Or do you wish for a life that shall be eternal, but base and full of torment” I saw that it desired the second, and sighed at the thought of the first. It said, “I wish for eternity, even if it be spent in Hell.”

So if, then, the pleasures of this world cannot satisfy the imaginative faculty, which is a servant of the essence of man, then that most comprehensive essence is bound by its nature to seek a link with eternity.

While man is thus at the mercy of his infinite wishes and hopes, and his capital is naught but an infinitesimal and partial will, joined to absolute indigence, belief in the hereafter is so powerful, effective and rich a treasury for him, such a source of happiness and pleasure, such a succor and refuge and such a means of consolation for the unending sorrows of the world, that if he were to spend his whole life in acquiring this fruit and benefit, he would not have paid too high a price.

The second fruit of belief in the hereafter, a benefit pertaining to individual life: This consequence of belief, already explained in the Third Topic and in a footnote to A Guide for Youth, is of the utmost importance.

The most important anxiety facing every man in every age is the manner in which he, like his relatives and friends, will enter the place of execution that is the graveyard. Wretched man, who is ready to sacrifice himself for even a single friend, imagines that thousands, or even millions or billions, of his friends have been parted from him for eternity and sent to their execution, and this notion causes him a pain worse than the torment of hell. While he is enmeshed in these thoughts, belief in the hereafter comes, opens his eyes, and lifts up the veil. “Look!” it says, and, looking with faith, he experiences a spiritual pleasure-a foretaste of the pleasures of Paradise-and beholds his friends delivered from eternal death and decay, awaiting him joyfully in a luminous world. We curtail our discussion of this matter here, since it is adequately explained with various proofs elsewhere in the Risale-i Nur.

The third benefit of belief in the hereafter, also pertaining to individual life: The superiority and high rank man enjoys with respect to other living beings is by virtue of his lofty qualities, comprehensive faculties, numerous modes of worship and extensive areas of life and activity. Now man can acquire virtues such as honor, love, brotherliness and true. humanity only in the measure and amount permitted by the brief present, caught between the dead and dark past and the future. For example, man loves and wishes to serve the father, brother, wife, people and homeland that he did not know in the past and will not be able to see in the future. It is very rare that he is able to show complete devotion and sincerity, and hence his virtues and accomplishments will correspondingly suffer. It is when man is thus about to fall from the rank of the highest among the animals to that of the lowest, when he is about to become the most wretched and inferior of them with respect to intelligence, that belief in the hereafter comes to his aid. It transforms his present time, narrow like the tomb, into a broad and expansive time that embraces both past and future, and displays to him a sphere of existence as vast as the world, or rather one that extends from pre-eternity to post-eternity. Knowing that his father will still be in a paternal relationship with him, even while in the Abode of Bliss and the Realm of Spirits; knowing that his brother will cherish fraternal feelings for him unto eternity; and knowing that his wife will be his best companion, even while in Paradise-knowing all this, he will love, respect, aid and cherish them. He will not make of the services he performs to strengthen his relations in the great and vast sphere of life, tools for the worthless concerns of this world, or the instruments of petty purpose and profit. Being thus guided to true devotion and proper sincerity, his moral accomplishments and virtues will correspondingly increase and his humanity advance (according to the degree at which each man finds himself). The result will be that man, whose pleasures in life are less than those of a sparrow, becomes exalted I above all of the animals, and becomes the select and fortunate guest of all of creation and the most beloved and favored slave of the Lord of creation. We will curtail here discussion of this consequence of belief in the hereafter, since it too has been discussed with adequate proofs elsewhere in the Risale-i Nur.

Remember O People!: Every soul is bound to taste death.

Al-Imran 185. (No one will live forever doing what they do:) Every soul is bound to taste death. So (O people), you will but be repaid in full on the Day of Resurrection (for whatever you have done in the world). Whoever is spared the Fire and admitted into Paradise has indeed prospered and triumphed. (Know that) the present, worldly life is nothing but a transient enjoyment of delusion.

Al-Anbiya 35. Every soul (person) is bound to taste death, and We try you through the bad and the good things (of life) by way of testing (so that your real character and rank may reveal itself). In fact, you are on the way to return to Us (to finally be brought to Our Presence).

Al-Ankebut 57. Every soul is bound to taste death, and then to Us you will be brought back

Daily Hadith

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam ‘ala Rasulillah

As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

2nd Shawwal 1435 (29th July 2014)

Narrated Anas (Radi-Allahu ‘anhu):

The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “A Muslim whose three
children die before the age of puberty will be granted Paradise by Allah
due to his mercy for them.”

Bukhari Vol. 2 : No. 340

everydayasahabah

everydayasahabah:

We do not know precisely how the young Abyssinian girl ended up for sale in Makkah. We do not know her ‘roots’, who her mother was, or her father or her ancestors. There were many like her, boys and girls, Arabs and non-Arabs, who were captured and brought to the slave market of the city to be…

everydaydua

everydaydua:

اللَّهُمَّ رَحْمَتَكَ أَرْجُو فَلا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ ، وَأَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ ، لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أنْتَ

Translation

O Allah, it is Your mercy that I hope for, so do not leave me in charge of my affairs even for a blink of an eye and rectify for me all of my affairs….

Very important dua

dailyayat

DAILY AYAT

dailyayat:

Al-Ma’idah 38. And for the thief, male or female: cut off their hands as a recompense for what they have earned, and an exemplary deterrent punishment from God. God is All-Glorious with irresistible might, All-Wise.

Al-Ma’idah 39. But he who repents after having done wrong, and mends his ways, surely God accepts His repentance. For God is All-Forgiving, All-Compassionate.

Risale-i Nur: FRUITS OF BELIEF: Part 4: The Trust Given to Man: Evidences of God’s Sovereignty Part 5

Eleventh Proof

"Come, O friend! I will show you now a further decisive proof, as convincing as the ten preceding ones combined. Come, let us board a ship; there is an island in the distance, which is our destination, for the keys to our talismanic world are to be found there.* Everyone’s attention and expectations are focused on that island, and everyone takes instruction from it. We travel to the island and disembark. See the great gathering here. All the dignitaries of the realm are assembled for an important ceremony. Look carefully, and you will see that this great gathering has a leader presiding over it. Let us go closer and make his acquaintance. See what luminous decorations he has, more than a thousand in number!** How powerfully and convincingly he speaks! How pleasingly he discourses! In the course of the past fifteen days, I have learned a part of what he is saying. Now learn it from me. See, he is discussing the miraculous sovereign of this country. He says that that glorious monarch has sent him, and he displays such wonders as to Leave no doubt that he is a chosen servant and envoy of the monarch. Be attentive, and you will see that it is not only the creatures of the island that are listening to his words; he is conveying them in a miraculous fashion to the whole of the kingdom. For everyone is straining to hear from afar the words spoken here. Not only men, but animals too are listening; even the mountains are heeding the commands he proclaims, for they remain immobile in place, and the trees go wheresoever he commands. He brings forth water wherever he pleases, and he makes of his finger a fountain from which the water of Paradise gushes forth, and gives men to drink of the water of Life. The lamp in the lofty dome of this palace is split into two at his command.*** All this shows that all the beings in the kingdom recognize his mission. As if knowing him to be the chosen and veracious spokesman of a hidden and miraculous being, the herald of his sovereignty, the uncoverer of his talisman and the messenger entrusted with the promulgation of his commands, they hear and obey him. Every word that he speaks evokes acceptance from all reasonable beings around him and exclamations that ‘Yes, yes, it is true!’ Indeed, the mountains and trees of the kingdom, and the great lamp that illumines all kingdoms,**** each bows it: head before the commands and orders of that person and confesses, ‘Yes, all that you say is true.’

"So O distraught friend! Is it possible that there should be any kind of error or crookedness in the mention of miraculous being, the description of his attributes and the promulgation of his commands, made with all of his strength by that luminous, dignified and most earnest of men, adorned with a thousand decorations from the treasury of that monarch and verified by all the dignitaries of the kingdom If any untruth should be possible here, then one would have to deny the palace, the lamp, and the gathering of dignitaries, and reject both their material existence and their inward essences. Now raise the finger of objection, if you are able, and see how your finger, broken by the power of proof, will instead be thrust into your eye!

[*The ship is an allusion to history, and the island to the blessed age of the Prophet, upon whom be peace and blessings. From the dark shore of this age, laying off the garment in which we have been clothed by this savage civilization, we may enter the sea of time, and embarking on the ship of history and narrative, depart for the island of the Blessed Age and the Arabian peninsula, there to visit the Pride of the World, upon whom be peace and blessings, while engaged in his work. That exalted one is so brilliant a proof of the Divine unity that he has illumined the face of the earth from end to end, as well as past and future, the two faces of time, and dispelled the darkness of misbelieve and misguidance.

** The thousand decorations are the miracles of the Prophet, upon whom be peace, a thousand in number according to those who have investigated the matter.

*** The lamp is the moon, which split into two upon his command. As Maulana Jami said, ‘That unlettered one, unable to write, inscribed an alif on the page of the heavens with the pen of his finger; he made of a forty two fifties.” That is, the moon before being split resembled the letter mim which has the numerical value of forty; after being split, it became two crescent moons, each resembling the letter nun, which has the numerical value of fifty.

**** The great lamp is an allusion to the sun. Once the Prophet, upon whom be peace, was asleep in the arms of Imam Ali, may God be pleased with him, and hence Imam Ali was unable to perform the midafternoon prayer. But the earth turned back from the east, east that the sun became visible again, and Imam Ali was enabled by that miracle to perform his midafternoon prayer.]

Twelfth Proof

"Come, brother! Now that you are beginning to show a little more sense, I will show you one more proof, as powerful as the eleven that have preceded it. Look at the luminous edict that has descended from on high and at which everyone gazes with the utmost attention, on account of admiration and respect!* That envoy adorned with a thousand decorations stands beside the edict and proclaims its meaning to the totality of mankind. The expressions in the edict shine in such a fashion that they attract the admiring gaze of everyone, and it treats such grave and important matters that everyone is compelled to listen. For it proclaims one by one the states, acts, commands and attributes of the being that administers this realm, that fashions this palace, that manifests these wonders. Just as the total form of the edict is like a supreme seal or device, and in the same way that in each of its lines and sentences there is an inimitable sign and signature, the unique seal of that being may also be seen imprinted on all the meanings, truths, commands and fragments of wisdom that the edict contains.

"In short, that supreme decree demonstrates the Supreme Being, just like the sun; anyone who is not blind may open his eyes and see it.

"So O friend! If you have come to your senses, his should be enough. But if you have anything left to say, then say it."

That obstinate man replied: “Faced with these proofs you have brought, all I can say is, ‘Praise be to God, I believe.’ I have come to believe in a fashion as bright as the sun and as clear as the day, and I accept that this kingdom has only one Perfect King, this world has only one Glorious Master, this palace has only one Beauteous Maker. May God reward you for delivering me from my former obstinacy and aberration. Each of the proofs that you mentioned was enough to prove this truth by itself. But I listened to each proof as it came in succession, in the expectation of more lucent and luminous, more pleasing and perfect, layers of knowledge as the veils of cognition were drawn back, and the windows of love thrown open.”

Our parable demonstrating the supreme truth of the Divine unity and the faith that is implied in saying “I believe in God” is now complete.

[*The luminous edict is the Qur’an, and the seal or device that it bears is its miraculous inimitability.]

Remember O People!: Every soul is bound to taste death.

Al-Imran 185. (No one will live forever doing what they do:) Every soul is bound to taste death. So (O people), you will but be repaid in full on the Day of Resurrection (for whatever you have done in the world). Whoever is spared the Fire and admitted into Paradise has indeed prospered and triumphed. (Know that) the present, worldly life is nothing but a transient enjoyment of delusion.

Al-Anbiya 35. Every soul (person) is bound to taste death, and We try you through the bad and the good things (of life) by way of testing (so that your real character and rank may reveal itself). In fact, you are on the way to return to Us (to finally be brought to Our Presence).

Al-Ankebut 57. Every soul is bound to taste death, and then to Us you will be brought back

Daily Hadith

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam ‘ala Rasulillah

As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

1st Shawwal 1435 (28th July 2014)

Narrated ‘Abdullah (Radi-Allahu ‘anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “Anyone who dies
worshipping others along with Allah will definitely enter the Fire.” I
said, “Anyone who dies worshipping none along with Allah will definitely
enter Paradise.”

Bukhari Vol. 2 : No. 330

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IMAM RABBANI 
25 - FIRST VOLUME, 76th LETTER

This letter, written to Kilinj Khan, explains that progress is possible only through wara’ and taqwa. It enjoins us to cease from more than necessary mubahs, or at least to refrain from the harams and to pare down on the mubahs. It also states that there are two ways of abstaining from the harams:

May Allahu ta’ala protect you against every kind of sorrow! May He protect you against every defect for the sake of the most superior human being “sallallahu alaihi wa sallam’!

Allahu ta’ala declares in the seventh ayat of Surat-ul-Hashr “Take and obey the commands which My Messenger has brought for you! Refrain from what he has prohibited!” As it is seen, two things are necessary for escaping the disasters in the world and the torments of Hell in the next world: hold fast to the commands, and abstain from the prohibitions! Of these two, the greater one, the more necessary one is the second one, which is called wara’ and taqwa. In the presence of Rasulullah “sall-Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam’ they said that a person worshipped, struggled hard. When they said that another person abstained from what is prohibited very much, he stated, “Nothing can be like wara’.” That is, he said that it was more valuable to abstain from the prohibitions. In a hadith he stated, “Wara’ is the pillar of din.” Man’s becoming superior to angels is due to wara’ and their progress, becoming exalted, is, again, owing to wara’. Angels also obey the commands. But angels cannot make progress. Therefore, holding fast to wara’ and having taqwa is more necessary than anything else. In Islam the most valuable thing is taqwa. The basis of the religion is taqwa.

Wara’ and taqwa means to refrain from the harams. In order to be able to refrain from the harams entirely, it is necessary to refrain from the more than necessary mubahs. We should use the mubahs as much as necessary. If a person does whatever he likes with the mubahs, that is, with the things which the Shariat has permitted, and if he uses the mubahs exceedingly, he will begin to do what is doubtful. And the doubtful are close to those things that are haram. Man’s nafs, like a beast, is greedy. He who walks around an abyss may fall down into the abyss one day. To be able to have wara’ and taqwa properly, one should be abstemious in using the mubahs, and should not exceed the limit of necessity. When using this amount, one should intend to use them in order to do one’s duties as a slave of Allah’s. It is a sin also to use them a little without intending so. It is harmful whether it is little or much. It is next to impossible to always abstain entirely from more than the necessary mubahs, especially in this time. At least, one must abstain from the harams and do one’s best to abstain from the more than necessary mubahs. When the mubahs are done more than needed, one must repent and make tawba. One should deem these deeds as the beginning of committing harams. One must trust oneself to Allahu ta’ala and beg Him. This repentance, asking for pardon and begging may stand for abstaining from more than the necessary mubahs entirely, thus protecting one against the harm and mischief of such deeds. One of our superiors says, “Sinners’ hanging their heads seems better to me than worshippers’ swelling their chests.”

There are two kinds of abstention from the harams. First, to abstain from those sins which only violate the rights of Allahu ta’ala. Second, to abstain from those sins in which other people’s and creatures’ rights are also involved. The second kind is more important. Allahu ta’ala does not need anything, and He is very merciful. But human beings not only need a lot of things but are also very stingy and mean. Rasulullah “sall-Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam’ said: “A person who has violated others’ rights or who has encroached on others’ property and chastity should pay the rights back and have himself forgiven before dying! For on that day gold and property will not have any value. On that day, his thawabs will be taken away until the rights have been paid, or, if he does not have any thawabs, the sufferer’s will be loaded on him.”

[Ibni Abidin “rahmatullahi ‘alaih’, while explaining the book Durr-ul-mukhtar, says on the two hundred and ninety-fifth page of the chapter dealing with the subject of intending for namaz, “On the Day of Judgement, if the right-owner does not forgive his right, for a right of one dank, seven hundred prayers of namaz that have been performed in jamaat and accepted will be taken away and will be given to the right-owner.” One dank is one-sixth of a dirham, about half a gram, of silver, which is worth about twenty-five kurush, about 0.17 cents, as of today.]

One day, when Rasulullah asked the Sahaba, “Do you know who is called bankrupt?” they said, “The person without any money or property left.” He stated, “Among my Ummat, a bankrupt is the person whose deed-book contains many thawabs of namaz, fasting and zakat on the day of last Judgement. But he has sworn at a person, slandered him and taken away his property. His thawabs will be divided and distributed to such right-owners. If his thawabs are finished before the rights are paid, the sins of the right-owners will be loaded upon him. Then he will be flung down into the fire of Hell.” [As this hadith points out, he who speaks ill of or swears at any one of the Sahaba “ridwanullahi ta’ala ‘alaihim ajmain’ will certainly be punished in the next world.]

It would still be of little consequence no matter how much we thanked you, no matter how grateful we were to you. Owing to your blessed existence, the majority of the rules of the Shariat have been appearing and are being carried out in the big city of Lahore at such a time as this. In this city, Islam has been becoming strong and has settled. To this faqir, Lahore city is like the heart of India. The usefulness and abundance of this city have been spreading all over the other cities of India. Islam’s becoming stronger in this city has been opening a way for its becoming strong in all the other cities. May Allahu ta’ala increase your energy. May He help you on everything you do! Rasulullah “sall-Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam’ said: “Of my Ummat, those who are in the right way will exist in every age. Those who oppose them cannot do them any harm. They will do their tasks until the hour Allahu ta’ala has predestined.” Thinking about your loyalty to my master, an ocean of knowledge, my most beloved one, I wanted to refresh that love through these few lines of mine. I write only this much lest I bother you. May Allahu ta’ala bless your exalted person with real fortunes and endless happiness. For the sake of His beloved Prophet “alaihi wa ‘ala alihissalawat wattaslimat’, may He accept this prayer of mine! 
Amin.

muddilli:

IMAM RABBANI
25 - FIRST VOLUME, 76th LETTER

This letter, written to Kilinj Khan, explains that progress is possible only through wara’ and taqwa. It enjoins us to cease from more than necessary mubahs, or at least to refrain from the harams and to pare down on the mubahs. It also states that there are two ways of abstaining from the harams:

May Allahu ta’ala protect you against every kind of sorrow! May He protect you against every defect for the sake of the most superior human being “sallallahu alaihi wa sallam’!

Allahu ta’ala declares in the seventh ayat of Surat-ul-Hashr “Take and obey the commands which My Messenger has brought for you! Refrain from what he has prohibited!” As it is seen, two things are necessary for escaping the disasters in the world and the torments of Hell in the next world: hold fast to the commands, and abstain from the prohibitions! Of these two, the greater one, the more necessary one is the second one, which is called wara’ and taqwa. In the presence of Rasulullah “sall-Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam’ they said that a person worshipped, struggled hard. When they said that another person abstained from what is prohibited very much, he stated, “Nothing can be like wara’.” That is, he said that it was more valuable to abstain from the prohibitions. In a hadith he stated, “Wara’ is the pillar of din.” Man’s becoming superior to angels is due to wara’ and their progress, becoming exalted, is, again, owing to wara’. Angels also obey the commands. But angels cannot make progress. Therefore, holding fast to wara’ and having taqwa is more necessary than anything else. In Islam the most valuable thing is taqwa. The basis of the religion is taqwa.

Wara’ and taqwa means to refrain from the harams. In order to be able to refrain from the harams entirely, it is necessary to refrain from the more than necessary mubahs. We should use the mubahs as much as necessary. If a person does whatever he likes with the mubahs, that is, with the things which the Shariat has permitted, and if he uses the mubahs exceedingly, he will begin to do what is doubtful. And the doubtful are close to those things that are haram. Man’s nafs, like a beast, is greedy. He who walks around an abyss may fall down into the abyss one day. To be able to have wara’ and taqwa properly, one should be abstemious in using the mubahs, and should not exceed the limit of necessity. When using this amount, one should intend to use them in order to do one’s duties as a slave of Allah’s. It is a sin also to use them a little without intending so. It is harmful whether it is little or much. It is next to impossible to always abstain entirely from more than the necessary mubahs, especially in this time. At least, one must abstain from the harams and do one’s best to abstain from the more than necessary mubahs. When the mubahs are done more than needed, one must repent and make tawba. One should deem these deeds as the beginning of committing harams. One must trust oneself to Allahu ta’ala and beg Him. This repentance, asking for pardon and begging may stand for abstaining from more than the necessary mubahs entirely, thus protecting one against the harm and mischief of such deeds. One of our superiors says, “Sinners’ hanging their heads seems better to me than worshippers’ swelling their chests.”

There are two kinds of abstention from the harams. First, to abstain from those sins which only violate the rights of Allahu ta’ala. Second, to abstain from those sins in which other people’s and creatures’ rights are also involved. The second kind is more important. Allahu ta’ala does not need anything, and He is very merciful. But human beings not only need a lot of things but are also very stingy and mean. Rasulullah “sall-Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam’ said: “A person who has violated others’ rights or who has encroached on others’ property and chastity should pay the rights back and have himself forgiven before dying! For on that day gold and property will not have any value. On that day, his thawabs will be taken away until the rights have been paid, or, if he does not have any thawabs, the sufferer’s will be loaded on him.”

[Ibni Abidin “rahmatullahi ‘alaih’, while explaining the book Durr-ul-mukhtar, says on the two hundred and ninety-fifth page of the chapter dealing with the subject of intending for namaz, “On the Day of Judgement, if the right-owner does not forgive his right, for a right of one dank, seven hundred prayers of namaz that have been performed in jamaat and accepted will be taken away and will be given to the right-owner.” One dank is one-sixth of a dirham, about half a gram, of silver, which is worth about twenty-five kurush, about 0.17 cents, as of today.]

One day, when Rasulullah asked the Sahaba, “Do you know who is called bankrupt?” they said, “The person without any money or property left.” He stated, “Among my Ummat, a bankrupt is the person whose deed-book contains many thawabs of namaz, fasting and zakat on the day of last Judgement. But he has sworn at a person, slandered him and taken away his property. His thawabs will be divided and distributed to such right-owners. If his thawabs are finished before the rights are paid, the sins of the right-owners will be loaded upon him. Then he will be flung down into the fire of Hell.” [As this hadith points out, he who speaks ill of or swears at any one of the Sahaba “ridwanullahi ta’ala ‘alaihim ajmain’ will certainly be punished in the next world.]

It would still be of little consequence no matter how much we thanked you, no matter how grateful we were to you. Owing to your blessed existence, the majority of the rules of the Shariat have been appearing and are being carried out in the big city of Lahore at such a time as this. In this city, Islam has been becoming strong and has settled. To this faqir, Lahore city is like the heart of India. The usefulness and abundance of this city have been spreading all over the other cities of India. Islam’s becoming stronger in this city has been opening a way for its becoming strong in all the other cities. May Allahu ta’ala increase your energy. May He help you on everything you do! Rasulullah “sall-Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam’ said: “Of my Ummat, those who are in the right way will exist in every age. Those who oppose them cannot do them any harm. They will do their tasks until the hour Allahu ta’ala has predestined.” Thinking about your loyalty to my master, an ocean of knowledge, my most beloved one, I wanted to refresh that love through these few lines of mine. I write only this much lest I bother you. May Allahu ta’ala bless your exalted person with real fortunes and endless happiness. For the sake of His beloved Prophet “alaihi wa ‘ala alihissalawat wattaslimat’, may He accept this prayer of mine!
Amin.