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A Muallim/ah’s Dua

O Allah the wise, the bestower of wisdom
Help me to remember that I work with the most precious of all your creation, an innocent child.
Help me always to remember that I am leaving my mark on him, which time will not erase.
Grant me sabr and patience with those who are slow to learn and tolerance with those who refuse to learn.
When I have to chastise them help me to do so with firmness and yet with love
Prevent me from using a sarcastic and biting tongue and
always help me to encourage and never to belittle those who do their best even if the best is not very good.
Help me to help the children, not only to store things in their memories, but create things in their minds and action in their lives.
Despite all the feebleness and weakness of my teaching,
Help me to remember that the future FLAG BEARERS of Islam are in my hands.
Help me O wise and merciful Allah to follow in the footsteps of the best teacher and the guide of humanity
Hadhrat Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam
Help us all O Allah! my learners and myself. Aameen!

2021-07-06T09:20:09+00:00July 6th, 2021|Categories: Articles|

Ikhlaas (Good Intention)

Intention is a magical prescription that can turn sand into gold. The Hadith says “Verily actions depend upon their intentions.”

It is sometimes interpreted to mean that good intentions justify bad deeds and makes sins meritorious. This is completely wrong. Sin is always a sin no matter how noble the intention may be. For instance if someone breaks into a house to steal with the intention of giving charity then whatever he would steal will make him a thief deserving of the prescribed punishment. His good intentions would not earn him any merit nor would his sin be pardoned.

What this Hadith means is as follows:

  1. A good deed earns merit only if done with the right intention. For instance, salaah would earn merit when one performs it only for the divine pleasure of Allah Ta’ala; if one performs salaah to impress others, then instead of earning merit, he would earn punishment.
  2. The second interpretation which is germane to the present discussion is that all lawful deeds neither earn merit nor punishment, but if they are done with a good intention, they become acts of worship and earn merit.  For instance eating is lawful; but if one eats with the intention that food shall give him energy and that energy he shall spend in the service of Allah, the act of eating would earn merit.  Similarly if one eats with this intention that his physical body too has its rights and dues which nourishment or if one eats with the intention of getting taste and pleasure so that he can thank Allah Ta’ala, then this eating becomes an act of merit.

There is no lawful deed of life, which if done with good intention, does not become an act of merit.

A few instances shall elucidate the point:

  • Honest earnings, whether by trade, service, industry or agriculture, if done with the intention of rightly fulfilling the duties enjoined by Allah towards oneself and one’s family, would become an act of merit. Then if one further intends to spend after fulfilling the needs of himself and his family, in helping the poor and in other similar good deeds. He would earn further merit.
  • When a person engaged in learning intends to serve the humanity through his knowledge he would go on earning merit as long as he remains engaged in the acquisition of knowledge.  For instance a student of Deen who intends to propagate Islaam, a medical student to alleviate human suffering due to disease, an engineering Student to serve his people through his specialized knowledge etc. all these acts would become acts of merit because of the intention which motivates the doer.
  • A man, knowing that sustenance and subsistence is the responsibility of Allah which He shall fulfill without fail, engages in a particular profession or vocation with a view to serve humanity, his profession would earn him merit.

For instance if someone enters the medical profession consciously choosing it form among other professions in order to cure the sick, he would earn merit even if he charges for his services.  Such a man would not hesitate to provide free treatment for the poor and the destitute.

A cloth merchant, who enters this profession to provide clothes to people because clothing ones self is a religious duty, which would also earn merit.

Similarly a government servant, motivated by a desire to serve the common man and fulfill his needs, would earn merit. Thus every profession becomes meritorious, provided the intention is right.

  • If one dresses in finery not to show off his status or wealth, but to afford pleasure to others, it is an act of merit.
  • If one treats his children with love because it is a sunnah of our eternally blessed Nabi [Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam], it earns him merit.
  • If one does the household chores because this too is a sunnah of our eternally blessed Nabi [Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam], then this also merits reward in the hereafter.
  • A loving conversation with the wife and children is a sunnah of our eternally blessed Nabi [Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam] and has so ordained, hence such an act is also meritorious if done to follow the sunnah.
  • Hospitality to guests, if shown in pursuance of sunnah is an act of merit.
  • Planting a sapling or plant in the house so that it may one day be of use to some man or animal or please the onlooker, would be a good deed.
  • Writing beautiful and legible to make it easy for the reader to read is an act of merit.
  • If a woman dresses herself in beautiful raiment and wears ornaments and adorns her self to please her husband or if a man remains clean and neat to please his wife, both are good deeds.
  • If permissible recreation is indulged to the extent needed to prepare oneself for duties, is a meritorious act.
  • If a watch is kept to know salaah times and to value time in order to do good deeds, is an act that earns merit.

These are a few common examples from everyday life which can earn much merit for the doer.

Imam Ghazaali (RA) states in his lhya’-ul ulum that every lawful action in human life that is done with the right intention, earns merit.  Even if husband and wife give mutual pleasure to each other, each with the intention of giving the other his or her due and making them pure, this too would give them merit.

By Hadhrat Mufti Taqi Uthmaani Saahib (daamat barakaatuhum)

2021-04-08T08:58:45+00:00April 8th, 2021|Categories: Articles|

The 15th Night of Sha’baan (Laylatul Bara’ah)

Introduction

Allah Ta’ala has afforded His servants certain selected opportunities whereby they may reap His infinite mercy and forgiveness. Some examples of these occasions are the month of Ramadhaan and Laylatul Qadr. The night of the 15th of Sha’baan is also one such opportunity.

Several Ahaadith explain the tremendous merit of this occasion. Amongst them is the fact that countless people are forgiven by Allah Ta’ala during this blessed night. It is due to this reason that it is called ‘The Night of Bara’ah’ (i.e. the night wherein judgment of salvation from Jahannam is passed). It is a special night in which the people of the earth are looked upon by special divine mercy.

Allah Ta’ala blesses us with this opportunity to prepare and cleanse ourselves before the blessed month of Ramadhaan arrives.

Virtues of this night

Rasulullah [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] said, ‘This is the middle night of Sha’baan. Allah Ta’ala looks upon His slaves in this night and forgives those who seek forgiveness and bestows His mercy upon those who make dua for mercy but leaves out those who have hatred (against a Muslim) as they were before, (and does not forgive them unless they free themselves from malice).

Hadhrat Aaisha (radiyallahu anha) has reported that Rasulullah [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] said, ‘This is the middle night of Sha’baan. Allah Ta’ala frees a large number of the people from the fire on this night, more than the number of the hair growing on the sheep of the tribe of Kalb.

The tribe of Kalb was a large tribe, the members of which owned many sheep. Therefore, the last sentence of the Hadith indicates the large number of people forgiven on this night by Allah Ta’ala.

The virtue of this night established from these Ahaadith is that from the very beginning of the night Allah Ta’ala turns with special mercy and attention towards the creation and forgives those who repent and seek forgiveness.

Every Muslim should therefore value this night. Turn towards Allah Ta’ala with sincere regret and shame over sins committed and make a promise never to return to sin again and seek forgiveness from Allah Ta’ala. Seek forgiveness for oneself and all Muslims, living and deceased. Have firm hope and determination in the heart that Allah Ta’ala will surely show mercy and forgiveness.

Announcements

On this night, Allah Ta’ala descends to the first sky and announces, “Is there anyone seeking forgiveness that I may forgive him? Is there anyone seeking sustenance that I may grant it to him? Is there anyone in any difficulty that I may relieve him? These announcements continue till the time of Fajar.” [Ibnu Majah Page 99]

Those who are deprived

It is mentioned in a Hadith that on this night Allah Ta’ala does not cast a glance of mercy at a person who

  1. Associates partners with Him
  2. Who harbours hatred in his heart (against someone)
  3. Who cuts off family ties
  4. Who leaves his clothes hanging below his ankles
  5. Who disobeys his parents
  6. Who commits adultery
  7. Who commits murder
  8. Who has a habit of drinking wine.’ (Bayhaqi).

What should be done on this night?

In order to obtain maximum benefit from this auspicious night, one should allocate a specific portion of the night for solitude and ibaadah to Allah Ta’ala. Fervent dua and repentance should be a priority and make the sole intention of seeking Allah Ta’ala’s pleasure and reformation of the inner self. Other observances that may be practiced are:

  1. Salaah: Salaah is one of the most preferable acts to be performed during this night. There is no particular number of Raka’ats, but preferably it should not be less than eight. It is also advisable that each part of the Salaah like qiyaam (standing), ruku and sajdah should be longer than normal. Also try and recite as much Qiraat (Qur’an recitation) in salaah as possible.
  2. Tilaawah: The recitation of the Qur’an Shareef is another form of worship that is very beneficial on this night. After performing Salaah, or at any other time, one should recite as much of the Qur’an Shareef as possible.
  3. Zikr: Engage one’s tongue and heart in the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala. One should also recite abundant durood upon Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Zikr can also be recited while walking, lying on the bed and during other hours of work or leisure.
  4. Dua: The best benefit one can draw from the blessings of this night is dua. Dua itself is a great form of worship, and Allah Ta’ala grants a reward for each dua that a person makes.

Women during menstruation who cannot perform Salaah, nor recite the Qur-aan Shareef, should engage in reciting any form of zikr, tasbeeh, durood and they can also ask of Allah Ta’ala for any of their needs in whatever language they wish. They can also recite the Arabic duas mentioned in the Qur-aan Shareef or in the Ahaadith with the intention of dua.

  1. Fasting: On the day immediately following the Night of Bara’ah, i.e. the 15th of Sha’baan, it is mustahab (advisable) to keep fast.

What happens on Laylatul Bara’ah

By: Shaikhul Hadeeth, Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlawi (RA)

The Malaaikah are issued instructions for the whole year on this one particular night of the year. They are assigned duties for the year and informed that such and such things have been decreed for such and such person.

Many a man is engrossed in sports and pastimes while, in the heavens above, orders have gone out for his arrest. It has been decreed that he will suffer death and no one can intercede with Allah Ta’ala, or appeal to Him, to change His decree! Nor can the decreed hour of a man’s death be delayed by even a minute! A Hadith reports Ibne Abbaas (radiyallahu anhu) as saying: ‘You will notice that a person is walking about in the bazaars, though his name has been recorded in the list of those who are destined to die in that year.” Abu Nadhrah (radiyallahu anhu) says: “On this night, the angels are assigned their duties for the whole year. Orders are issued about the means of welfare apportioned for the year, about the evils to be suffered, about the sustenance to be provided, about the people destined to die, about the afflictions and about the high or low prices of commodities.”

‘Ikramah (radiyallahu anhu) says, “On the middle night of Sha’ban (Laylatul Bara’ah), all the events decreed for the year are assigned to the angels. The lists of people destined to die, and of those who will perform Hajj during the year are handed over to the angels. No changes can be made to these lists’

According to another Hadith, Rasulullah [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] once said: “(On this night), the angels are given the names of people who are going to die during the year from one Sha’baan to the next, with the specific hours of death destined for each person. Many a man gets married in this world and a child is born to him while, in the heavens above, his name has been recorded in the list of the dead.”

Hadhrat Aaishah (radiyallahu anha) says: “Rasulullah [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] used to fast very frequently during Sha’baan, for it is in this month that a list is prepared of those who are destined to die during the year. And many a man is engaged in getting married while, in the heavens above, his name has been recorded among the dead; or, again, a man is preparing for Hajj while his name has been enlisted among the dead.”

Another Hadith reports that once Hadhrat Aaishah (radiyallahu anha) asked Rasulullah [sallallahu alayhi wasallam] why he fasted more frequently in the month of Sha’baan, to which he replied: “In this month, a record is made of those who are destined to die during the year and I wish that, when my name is recorded in the list of the dead, I should be fasting.”

A Hadith says that, every year, on the middle night of Sha’baan, Allah Ta’ala informs Izraeel (alayhis salaam), the Angel of Death, about all those who are destined to die during the year.

[Fazaail-e-Sadaqaat Page 653-654]

Important tips for this mubaarak night

  1. The Mubaarak night starts from Maghrib. Therefore one should commence whatever Ibaadat you can from the Maghrib Salaah.
  2. Perform the Esha and Fajar Salaah with Jamaat. It is mentioned in a Hadith that one who performs the Esha and Fajar Salaah with Jamaat earns the reward of staying awake the entire night in Ibaadat.
  3. Make as much Ibaadat as possible before going to sleep. Don’t allow shaytaan to deceive you saying that, “Go to sleep and wake up early for Tahajjud.” You may never wake up and the entire night will be lost.
  4. Shaytaan makes one very tired when engaging in Ibaadat. Hence to combat this, keep on changing from one Ibaadat to another. e.g. recite Qur-aan Shareef, thereafter make zikr, then do some kitaab reading, then read durood shareef, etc. and continue your Ibaadat in this manner.

The following are some of the Ibaadaat we can engage in on this mubaarak night;

  1. Recitation of Qur-aan
  2. Performing of Salaah (Tahajjud, Salaatut Taubah, Salaatush Shukar, Salaatul Hajaat, etc.)
  3. Performing of Salaatut Tasbeeh
  4. Istighfaar (at least 1000 times)
  5. Zikr of First kalimah, third kalimah, etc.
  6. Recitation of Durood Shareef
  7. Reading the Hizbul Azam or Munaajaat-e-Maqbool
  8. Collective ta’leem of Fazaail-e-Ramadhaan
  9. Teach your children their Qur-aan lessons.
  10. Engage in fervent dua.
  11. Do some collective ibaadat with your entire family e.g. zikr, durood shareef, ta’leem and dua. You may make the dua and the children in the home can say Aameen to the dua. May Allah Ta’ala bless us all with bara’ah (freedom) from the fire of Jahannam.
2021-03-22T18:28:47+00:00March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Articles|

Advice for Parents

Respected Parent / Guardian

Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu

All praise is to Allah Ta’ala who has blessed us with Islaam and Imaan. May peace and salutations be in abundance upon our beloved Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

Allah Ta’ala declares in the Holy Qur’aan: ”O You who believe! Save yourself and your family from the fire of Jahannum whose fuel is mankind and stones!”

In a Hadith Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam has said, ”Each of you is a Shepherd and you will be questioned regarding your flock.”

From the above it is deduced that we as parents have been entrusted with a very important responsibility towards our children. Allah Ta’ala has gifted them to us as a trust. It is our duty to fulfil this trust to the best of our ability, otherwise Almighty Allah Ta’ala will take us to task in the Hereafter.

The most important need of our children is proper upbringing and sound Islamic knowledge. Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam has said, ”The seeking of Knowledge is Fardh (compulsory) on every Muslim.” The Knowledge of Deen will protect their Imaan in the temporary life of this world and will save them from the fire of Jahannum in the hereafter.

It is only through the knowledge of Deen that our children will be obedient to us, respect us and take care of us when we need them the most. If we neglect imparting Islamic Education to our children, we as parents will suffer the consequences the most.

In order to provide our children with good Islamic education and to give them a strong and firm basis for their Islaamic development, some Rules and Guidelines have been formulated. This will greatly assist us to improve the discipline and level of education in the Madrasah, Insha Allah.

2021-03-08T17:57:06+00:00March 8th, 2021|Categories: Articles|

Punctuality

The Key Feature in a Teacher

Attendance and punctuality are the key features in any teacher, more so a teacher of the Qur-aan and Hadith. In order to produce excellent results in the classroom, a teacher has to imbibe the attribute of punctuality in his/her life. In fact, punctuality is the stepping stone towards success in any field.

Coming late to class regularly is a sign of irresponsibility and deprives one of the noor (light) of ilm. Remember that every child in the class is an amaanah and every minute of which you spend in the classroom is an amaanah. Every teacher will be questioned about these two aspects by Allah Ta’ala. When a parent has sent his child to your class, he has certain expectations from you as a teacher. Most definitely, no parent wants to see that his child’s educator is late for classes regularly. What kind of an example are we setting for our learners?

Furthermore, we, as teachers, are paid by our committees for the time we spend teaching. Remember that no amount of wealth can repay a teacher for his knowledge. In reality we are being paid for our time. How important then is it for a teacher to fulfil the proper time requirement? If a teacher is regularly late for classes, then what is he being paid for? Will that wealth which we are accepting at the end of the month be lawful for us or not? The Fuqaaha (Jurists) have mentioned in their books that if you have a bucket of pure clean water and a few drops of urine fall into that bucket, the little urine will contaminate the entire water. Similarly, the few minutes that we come late to class will contaminate our entire salary.

Our Akaabir (elders) were very particular in this regard. They would ensure that they would record the number of minutes they were late during the month and return that amount of salary to the madrasah, thus securing the barkat (blessings) in their earnings.

The following are some incidents regarding Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (RA) and the importance he gave towards being punctual for Madrasah.

Incident No. 1

Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Saahib (RA) was very particular about being on time for all his lessons. It was inconceivable that Hadhrat (RA) would be absent for any lesson. Whilst studying Bukhaari Shareef, he did not miss a single lesson from the beginning of the kitaab to the end. He did not miss even one Hadith from his asaatiza. Once, Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadeeth Saahib (RA) fell ill. Hadhrat Mufti Saahib (RA) wrote a letter to Hadhrat Sheikh (RA) seeking permission to visit, stating that by coming to Sahaaranpur from Deoband, he would be absent for one lesson only. Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadeeth Saahib (RA) replied, “One lesson is indeed very great. In my opinion, to miss out one Hadith by your ustaadh is a loss that can never be recouped.” Thus Hadhrat (RA) postponed the visit to his Sheikh.

Incident No. 2

Moulana Mufti Zaheerul Islaam (RA) mentions regarding Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Saahib’s punctuality as follows:

“I had joined Hadhrat (RA) in September 1956 and remained with him until April 1960. Thereafter, I began teaching at several institutions. But in all those years, I never saw Hadhrat (RA) change his routine in any way. Madrasah commenced at 6:30 am daily. Hadhrat (RA) would enter the classroom promptly at 6:00 am. Never did the changing of the seasons or any bonafide excuses affect his routine in any way. In 1365 AH, Hadhrat (RA) moved to Deoband. He ensured that even on his last day at the Madrasah he completed his time. If Hadhrat (RA) was delayed from class for a legitimate reason, or he had to speak to someone during class hours, or somebody came to ask a mas’alah, request duas, or if someone came to make mashwarah with him, he would calculate the number of minutes utilised for this purpose and would record it in his diary. It was his habit that whenever he went to receive his salary, he would take this diary with him. He would calculate the time in hours and days not spent for the madrasah. Thereafter, Hadhrat (RA) would repay that amount of his salary back to the madrasah, although this directive did not come from the authorities.

Madrasah classes ended at 11:00 am. All the asaatiza would leave their classrooms at this time but Hadhrat (RA) would remain in class until 1:00pm. Thereafter, he would have meals and rest for a while. Zuhr Salaah was at 3:00 pm and classes commenced again at 3:15 pm. Hadhrat (RA) would complete his Zuhr Sunnats and proceed straight to the classroom. He continued with lessons until someone informed him that salaah was about to commence. Asr was at 5:30 pm and he would only stop teaching at this time and join the salaah. He would never leave the classroom to relieve himself during lessons but would make all the necessary preparations beforehand. He would also never leave the class to fulfil any of his personal obligations during the madrasah time.

Hadhrat (RA) would make it a point to leave the first period free for those asaatiza who served as Imaams in the local masaajid or were living some distance away from the madrasah so that the lessons would not be delayed in any way. He always advised those asaatiza who were close to him to adhere strictly to the madrasah times and regard every minute as an amaanah. Hadhrat (RA) also wished that the pupils be punctual for their lessons.

Incident No. 3

Hadhrat Moulana Haamid Hasan (RA) was the father of Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (RA). In his old age he had fallen ill and many people were continuously coming to visit him. In spite of this, he continued teaching his students at home so that no harm is caused to their studies.

Incident No. 4

Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadeeth Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (RA) never missed lessons for any reason at all. Even when his uncle, Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Saahib (RA), returned from Haj, he did not go to welcome him at the station, out of fear that he may be delayed for his lessons. Hadhrat Sheikh (RA) says, “I am extremely disturbed by those who cause harm to the students. Many years of my teaching career have passed yet I have never requested leave. Even whilst I was ill, I continued teaching. This was all done out of the fear that some disturbance and difficulty would be caused to the students.”

Conclusion

In essence, the key factor that brings the most amount of barkah in our ilm is istiqaamat (steadfastness). If we as asaatiza are weak in this regard, then what can we expect from our students? May Allah Ta’ala bless us all with the ability to fulfil this great amaanah in the way that will please Allah Ta’ala.  Aameen.

2021-03-01T17:38:50+00:00March 1st, 2021|Categories: Articles|

Rules of the Maktab

  1. ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
  2. Attendance and punctuality is of utmost importance as absenteeism and late coming seriously retard the pupil’s progress as lessons cannot be repeated for one child due to limited time.
  3. If due to serious illness or unforeseen circumstances your child does not attend Madrasah, please provide a doctor’s certificate or a signed note written by yourself explaining the cause of absence or you may personally come to the madrasah and explain the circumstances.
  4. Please avoid making any appointments or plan any journeys during Madrasah hours.
  5. Pupils will not be allowed to attend any ceremonies or any other functions or programmes during Madrasah hours.
  6. All sporting activities or extra curricular activities at school should be scheduled for the weekends or after Madrasah hours. Please advise the school authorities of your child’s Madrasah commitments.
  7. In case of an emergency, kindly explain your intentions to the Mu’allim/ah or principal before proceeding.
  8. To encourage attendance a special mark is allocated in the report for attendance and will be added to the final total.
  9. Madrasah commences at pm and terminates at pm
  10. DRESSING
  11. Pupils should always be encouraged to dress Islaamically especially when attending Madrasah.
  12. Boys should wear kurtas and topees.
  13. Jeans and T-shirts will not be allowed.
  14. No wedge or mushroom haircuts will be allowed.
  15. Girls should be modestly dressed with cloaks and burkas.
  16. Girls must not wear jeans and tops under their cloaks or abaayas.
  17. Girls 10 years and older should be encouraged to wear purdah.
  18. Girls will not be allowed to wear any jewellery.

C. BEHAVIOUR

  1. Pupils should behave and show respect to the Mu’allim/ah, supervisor, trustees and any other officials of the Madrasah.
  2. Any form of bad behaviour, disrespect or rudeness will not be tolerated.
  3. Pupils will be disciplined for bad behaviour.
  4. If any un-Islamic or undesirable material is found in the possession of any pupil, it will be confiscated.
  5. No cell phones will be allowed during Madrasah hours.
  6. The principal or supervisor has the right to suspend or expel any pupil who violates any rule of the Madrasah.

D. EDUCATION

  1. Parents should ensure that children revise their Qaidah / Qur’aan and other Madrasah lessons daily.
  2. Any homework given should be completed.
  3. Parents should ensure that their children practically implement their Islamic education and uphold their Islamic identity at home and elsewhere.
  4. Parents should encourage their children to perform their five daily salaah and they should also perform it themselves as an example.
  5. Duas and Sunnats should be practiced on their respective occasions, e.g. upon entering and leaving the toilet, eating, sleeping, etc. Our homes will Insha Allah be enlightened with the noor of the sunnah.
  6. Parents should protect their children from un-Islamic or harmful literature, activities or media.
  7. Parents are encouraged to communicate with the Mu’allim/ah, principal or supervisor in matters concerning their children.
  8. Any constructive criticism or suggestions should be addressed to the Talimi Board office.
    Telephone: 031 912 2172.
    E-mail: info@talimiboardkzn.org
2021-02-22T18:39:37+00:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: Articles|

The Need for The Makaatib

by: Hadhrat Moulana Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi Saahib (RA) 

There is a definite need to establish makaatib in every village and every district. Together with the makaatib we have to also establish a madrasah for higher education (Darul Ulooms). However keep in mind that it is better to have the Darul Ulooms in the villages instead of the towns. One may experience some difficulty (being away from the town) but one will be saved from many fitnahs.

Importance must be given in accordance to the need

Every person should look at the need in his area and in accordance to the need should he commence his work. Don’t look at what means we have. Rather look at what is the need of the hour. By looking at the need, Allah Ta’ala will open the way. If in an area people are totally ignorant, they don’t even know the kalimah, then in such an area don’t think of teaching big kitaabs. In order to save their Deen, begin teaching them the basics.

Those who Teach Qaidah will be Imaams on the day of Qiyaamah

Many of those who taught Qaidah Baghdadi will be Imaams on the day of Qiyaamah. They will be moving forward whilst many of those who taught Bukhaari Shareef will be perturbed. They will then hold onto the clothing of those who used to teach Naazira. The criterion is Ikhlaas (sincerity). It is because of Ikhlaas that the one who taught Qaidah will be ahead of some of those who taught Bukhaari Shareef.

2021-02-15T17:33:10+00:00February 15th, 2021|Categories: Articles|

The Ansaar of Madinah Munawwarah

Written by Hadhrat Moulana Idrees Kaandhlawi (RA)

Bismihi Ta’ala

When Tubb‘a, the emperor of Yemen, happened to pass by the land of Madinah, four hundred ‘Ulama of the Tauraat were also with him. They requested the king to allow them to settle down in this area. When he enquired the reason, they replied: “We find in the manuscripts of the Prophets that towards the end of time, a Prophet by the name of Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam will appear. This region is reported to be his Daarul-Hijrah (place of migration).” The emperor thus allowed them to settle down there. He constructed a separate house for each one of them. He got them all married and liberally provided them with ample wealth. He then built a home especially for Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with the belief that when the final Messenger migrates to this area, he may reside therein. He even composed a letter to Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in which he expressed his Imaan in him and his ardent desire to meet him.

The focus of the letter is summed up in the following poetic words:

شَهِدْتُ عَلٰى اَحْمَدَ اَنَّهُ رَسُوْلٌ مِنَ اللّٰهِ بَارِي النَسَمِ

“I bear testimony upon Ahmad that he is the messenger of Allah, the Creator of life.

فَلَوْ مُدَّ عُمُرِيْ اِلٰى عُمُرِهِ لَكُنْتُ وَزِيْرًا لَهُ وَابْنَ عَمٍّ

If my era has to connect with his era I would certainly become his supporter and devotee.

وَجَاهَدْتُ بِالسَّيْفِ اَعْدَآءَهُ وَفَرَّجْتُ عَنْ صَدْرِهِ كُلَّ غَمٍّ

I would challenge his enemies with the sword and I would eliminate all woe from his heart.”

Tubb‘a, the emperor then sealed the letter with a royal seal. Entrusting the letter to one of the ‘Ulama, he said: “If you happen to come across the era of this final messenger, hand this letter over to him otherwise hand it over to your children and instruct them with the same advice I am imparting to you.” Hadhrat Abu Ayyub Ansaari radiyallahu anhu is a descendant of this very Aalim and his house was the very same house which Emperor Tubb‘a constructed for the final messenger Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to reside in when he happened to migrate this way. The Ansaar were descendants of these four hundred ‘Ulama.

The camel of Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam halted at the door of the house, which Tubb‘a had constructed with Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in mind. It is said that on the arrival of Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in Madinah Munawwarah, Hadhrat Abu Ayyub Ansaari radiyallahu anhu presented the royal poetic letter of the emperor Tubb‘a to Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

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2020-09-21T16:30:50+00:00August 10th, 2020|Categories: Articles|

By the command of Allah……

Bismihi Ta’ala

Before explaining this story to the children, first as them the following two questions;

1. Who controls everything?
2. With whose command does everything happens?

Now tell them the following story:
Moulana In’aam was always worried about the Imaan of his Maktab children. One afternoon, before sending the children home, he decided to revise a few simple Imaani lessons with them.
He asked them, “Dear children! Where did the corona virus come from?”

Without any hesitation, they all replied, “China!” Moulana further asked, “Clocks, blocks, locks and socks that come from China are all made in different factories in China. Which factory was the corona virus made in?” The children were all silent in shock. Moulana very lovingly explained to the class, “My dear children, the virus came only with the command of Allah Ta’ala. Everything happens only with the instruction of Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala alone controls the whole world. A leaf cannot move, and the wind cannot stop, without the permission of Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala alone decides where the sun will shine and when the rain will fall. Allah Ta’ala knows the height of the mountains and the depth of the oceans. Allah Ta’ala alone is the creator and owner. All power belongs to Allah Ta’ala alone.

Allah Ta’ala is full of greatness, whilst the creation is full of weakness. Nothing can harm us, or benefit us, without the decision of Allah Ta’ala.

The entire class was now captured with the greatness of Allah Ta’ala. Their heart and minds were convinced regarding the power and the control of Allah Ta’ala. They were wishing their Moulana would go on and on and on, speaking about the greatness of Allah Ta’ala.

Moulana In’aam was a very intelligent Aalim and he was busy training the minds of his Maktab children. So he asked them the next question, “Tell me my dear children, if someone is ill with the virus and without knowing I go near him, what will happen to me?” The entire class, with full confidence replied, “Moulana! You can only get the virus, with the command of Allah.” Moulana smiled. He then asked them the last question, to see whether the lesson of Allah’s greatness had really settled in their hearts or not; “My dear children, if there are twenty people in one room, who are ill with the virus, and I went in that room without knowing they are ill, what will happen to me?” The entire class in order to impress on Moulana their strength of conviction, answered, “Moulana! Even if seventy people were in that room, and they coughed and sneezed on you, then too, nothing will happen to you, without the command of Allah.”

When Moulana heard this, his heart was full of joy, that Insha-Allah, nothing of the world, will be able to move the hearts of these little children, away from the command of Allah Ta’ala. Before sending them off, Moulana made them raise their hands in dua saying, “O Allah! Let us live with strong Imaan, let us die with strong Imaan, and raise us on the day of Qiyaamah with strong Imaan. Aameen.

Lessons:
1. As parents, we need to have that constant worry about our children’s Imaan.
2. As the many Imaani dangers and challenges present themselves, we need to sit with our children and correct and protect their beliefs.
3. A child’s heart is innocent and pure. Thus, it will naturally and easily believe and bring Imaan in Allah Ta’ala.
4. The talks of the greatness of Allah Ta’ala need to echo in our homes and lives so that we begin to see the weakness of the creation around us.

2020-06-20T10:03:31+00:00June 20th, 2020|Categories: Articles|

Shaikhul Hadeeth, Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih)

On the 10th of Shawwaal 1441 (3rd June 2020), when the news of the tragic demise of Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) spread throughout the country and the world, it seemed as if a huge floodlight was suddenly switched off and countless people were left in grief. Like other great ‘Ulama and Mashaayikh who have passed on, Hazrat Moulana’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaihi) demise also has left a void in the world in general, and for us in particular at our Madrasah (Ta’leemuddeen) , that can never be filled. May Allah Ta‘ala make his complete maghfirat, elevate his stages in the Aakhirat and bless his family, students, friends and associates with sabr-e-jameel.

Some concise and comprehensive biographies about Hazrat Moulana’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) life and exemplary qualities have already been published, and many more will surely follow. Several asaatizah of the Madrasah penned short articles giving a glimpse of some aspects of his life and excellent qualities, especially a peek of the spectacle of the lessons of Bukhaari Shareef which Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) taught at the Madrasah for 25 years. Below is a condensed version of the various articles.

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Shaikhul Hadeeth Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was Ustaazul ‘Ulama, Imaam, Khateeb, Shaikh-e-Tareeqat, a compassionate teacher and a dynamic personality who possessed many unique qualities. He was a reflection of the life of his beloved Ustaaz and Shaikh, Hazrat ‘Allamah Yusuf Binnori Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih).

Lessons of Bukhaari Shareef

Although he rendered great services in every field of Deeni effort, his great expertise and depth of knowledge truly shone while teaching Bukhaari Shareef. He was indeed befitting of the title of Shaikhul Hadeeth. Hazrat Moulana Yunus Jonpuri (rahmatullahi ‘alaih), who was among the greatest Muhadditheen that the world has seen in the last century, would also fondly call him by the title of Shaikhul Hadeeth.

His lessons were unique. Despite teaching for many years, he would thoroughly prepare every lesson. He would passionately teach Bukhaari Shareef in a very comprehensive, systematic and complete manner, which would give the students a glimpse of the lessons of the great scholars of hadeeth, such as his esteemed ustaaz, ‘Allamah Binnori (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). His delivery had an uninterrupted flow. There was hardly an occasion during the lesson when he would need to pause and think before presenting the next point. Some students would light heartedly say: “It seems as if Hazrat Moulana takes a deep breath before entering the class and it lasts for the duration of the entire lesson.”

His lesson would be a constant flow of knowledge which included the discussion of the conditions of narrators, meanings of words as well as the various opinions and explanations of the Muhadditheen, often interspersed with some anecdote, advice or some personal experience of his. His fluency in Arabic and his knowledge on Islamic history and the lives of our Akaabir added a unique flavour to his lessons.  Whilst teaching, he would passionately quote ‘Allamah Anwar Shah Kashmiri (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) and Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). Perhaps not a day would pass wherein the views and opinions of these Akaabir were not mentioned in his lesson. In particular, the words “Allaamah Binnori ne farmaya” (Allamah Binnori had said) would be heard many times as he repeatedly quoted his beloved ustaaz.

Allah Ta‘ala had blessed him with a phenomenal memory. Despite his age and illness, till the end, Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) never brought his own kitaab or notebook to the class. Instead, he used a kitaab of the Madrasah that was permanently in the class and free of any personal notes. Only occasionally would he bring some small notes. Entirely from memory he would quote multiple views of the various Muhadditheen without pausing to recall any point.

He was passionate about teaching Bukhaari Shareef and fulfilled the rights of the lessons. Every student will remember the etiquettes of hadeeth that Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would teach in the beginning of the year. For many years, after teaching Bukhaari Shareef at our Madrasah in the morning, Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would travel to Madrasah In‘aamiyyah, Camperdown, where he would deliver lessons of Bukhaari Shareef (and other books of hadeeth), and return to lead the Zuhr Salaah at Isipingo Beach Jaami’ Masjid. He even taught Bukhaari Shareef in America. The day before he passed away, he was preparing to leave for the Madrasah to commence with his first lesson of Bukhaari Shareef for this year. However, in the course of getting ready, he took ill, was admitted to hospital the next morning and subsequently passed away that very night.

Humility​

Despite his profound knowledge and lofty status, Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was always very humble. At the beginning of the year, when commencing Bukhaari Shareef, he would quote the following two ahaadeeth:

إذا وسد الأمر إلى غير أهله فانتظر الساعة

“When matters are handed over to those who are unworthy, then wait for the final hour.”

إن الله ليؤيد هذا الدين بالرجل الفاجر

“Verily Allah Ta‘ala assists this Deen, even with a sinful person.”

He would then say to his students, “I am not worthy to teach such a great book. When a book like Bukhaari Shareef has been given to an unworthy person like myself to teach, then indeed this is a sign of Qiyaamat.” This was his great humility, whereas he was truly worthy of teaching Bukhaari Shareef. He would often say that whatever I have, is on account of the du‘aas of my asaatizah.

Affection for Students

Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) had great love for his students, enjoyed a very personal relationship with many of them, and would encourage them to regularly keep contact with him. When his students met him, he would fondly ask about the welfare of their children and their parents and always conveyed salaams to them. He would also reply to every message and would in fact often call back.

After his demise, it surfaced that many students felt that they enjoyed a very close relationship with Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih), not knowing that others also enjoyed a similar or even stronger relationship. This was one of the sunnats of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that he made every person feel special.

Simplicity

Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) lived a life of simplicity. Simplicity was evident in all aspects, whether his dressing, his car or his home. Once during the lesson, Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) asked the students whether they are normally concerned about having a smart and elegant kurta for the Day of ‘Eid. Moulana then explained that his personal preference, though others may differ, is that he would not make an effort to sew or purchase a new kurta for the Day of ‘Eid. This was quite visible on the Day of ‘Eid, when Moulana would be seen dressed in his normal white kurta and pants.

Visiting the Sick

Hazrat Moulana’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) concern for consoling the bereaved and uplifting the spirits of the sick was proverbial. There was hardly a sick person in the community, and often even in distant places, whom Moulana heard of and did not visit. It was his habit to take a few musallis with him when he visited a sick person. When the people of the house would ask who has come to visit, he would humbly say that a musalli from the masjid has come. Wherever and whenever he got a chance, he would visit the sick and quote the ahaadeeth on the virtues of visiting the sick. Even after his dialysis, he would visit all the Muslim male patients in the hospital whilst being pushed in a wheelchair. His words of encouragement had such an impact that it would bring great relief to the sick person.

Many people, including his own students, have wonderful memories of Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) visiting them when they were ill. A doctor mentioned that Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) came to visit him at his flat at a time when the lift was not working. Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) climbed up fourteen floors to visit him for just a few minutes and then left.

On one occasion when some students were leaving for ‘umrah, Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) advised them to also make the intention of visiting the sick in Makkah Mukarramah and Madeenah Munawwarah. He explained that in this way the angels will constantly be making du‘aa for them throughout their journey to the mubaarak lands.

Engrossment in Khidmat of Deen

Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) dedicated his entire life for the service of Deen. Rarely an ‘Aalim will be found engaged in so many different khidmaat of Deen at one and the same time.

He served as the Imaam of Isipingo Beach Jaami Masjid for 43 years, (30 years of which he was the only imaam). He would also personally supervise and teach at the maktab. Many families were privileged to have three generations who were taught by Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih).

Together with delivering lessons of Bukhaari Shareef for 25 years at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) also conducted lessons of Bukhaari Shareef for several years at Madrasah In‘aamiyyah (Camperdown) and recently at Madrasah Hameediyyah (Overport).

Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was also actively involved in Jamiatul Ulama, KZN for several years and also served in the capacity of the Secretary and Ameer.

Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was very passionate about the effort of Da’wat and Tableegh and would often deliver lectures in the shabb guzaarees as well as the ijtimaas. He would strongly encourage the students to go out in jamaat for one year. Before leaving, he would make a point of giving them advice and would even regularly contact them when they were out in the path of Allah Ta‘ala.

He was also a khaleefah of ‘Aarif Billah Hazrat Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) and would conduct weekly majaalis for the students and others at the Isipingo Beach Jaami’ Masjid.

Correcting the Wrong​

In emulating his esteemed ustaaz, ‘Allamah Binnory (rahmatullahi ‘alaih), nahi ‘anil munkar (prohibiting the wrong) was yet another outstanding quality in the life of Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). He would not hesitate in correcting his students if he saw something wrong. When he visited their homes, if he was not happy about how their children were dressed, he would express it. Likewise, if he saw any student with long stylish hair, etc. he would make a point of correcting him.

Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was extremely strict with regard to the usage of the cell phone in the masjid or in the surroundings of the masjid. If he noticed someone using his phone in the masjid, Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would immediately caution him. Before every salaah he would make an announcement, “Please switch off your cell phones.” He detested any disturbances in the masjid.

Remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala​

Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would keep a tasbeeh counter on his finger and would always be engaged in the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala. He loved speaking about the greatness of Allah Ta‘ala. Sometimes he would go with a few musallis to the beach and, whilst sitting in front of the ocean, he would quote the ahaadeeth and aayaat regarding the ocean, the skies, the ships, the birds, the waves, etc. and continuously recite takbeer, tahmeed, and tasbeeh as he sat watching the ocean.

He was very particular about reciting Tasbeeh-e-Faatimi after the fardh salaah. If he saw any of his students standing up after the Fajr and Asr Salaahs without having recited the tasbeeh, he would admonish them saying, “If we are not going to set an example and make our tasbeehaat after the fardh salaah, how will others take a lesson?”

Conclusion​

Hazrat Moulana’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) demise is indeed a great loss for the Madrasah and for the entire Ummah. Innaa lillahi wa innaa ilaihi raji‘oon. May Allah Ta‘ala grant Hazrat Moulana the highest stages in Jannatul Firdaus and grant us all the ability of following in his noble footsteps, aameen.

2020-06-19T12:52:11+00:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Articles|