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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|

An Aalim sees Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel Saahib (RA) in a Dream

Yesterday (Friday 23 Sha’baan 1441) an Aalim told me that he saw Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel Saahib (rahmatullahi alayh) in a dream. Hazrat Moulana said to him, “Tell the people to cry to Allah Ta’ala. I am also crying. Please pass my message to everyone that they should cry to Allah Ta’ala.” [End of dream].

Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur-aan-e-Kareem,

وَ لَقَدْ اَرْسَلۡنَاۤ  اِلٰۤی  اُمَمٍ مِّنۡ قَبْلِکَ فَاَخَذْنٰہُمْ بِالْبَاۡسَآءِ وَ الضَّرَّآءِ لَعَلَّہُمْ یَتَضَرَّعُوۡنَ ﴿۴۲﴾  فَلَوْلَاۤ  اِذْ جَآءَہُمْ بَاۡسُنَا تَضَرَّعُوۡا

“Indeed we have sent messengers to the nations of the past, then we seized them with difficulties and hardships so that they will humble themselves by crying to Allah Ta’ala. Why is it that when our punishment came to them they did not cry (to Allah Ta’ala)?”

Hadhrat Moulana Idrees Kandhlawi (rahmatullahi alayh) writes in the commentary of this verse that when people denied the Ambiyaa (alayhimus salaam), Allah Ta’ala tested them with poverty and SICKNESSES. This was so that they would humble themselves and cry unto Allah Ta’ala by repenting and making taubah to Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala then asks them, “Why is it that you did not humble yourselves and cry unto Allah Ta’ala?” If only they cried unto Allah Ta’ala that calamity would have been removed. This is a time for us all to turn to Allah Ta’ala in taubah and cry unto Him.

We need to cry to Allah Ta’ala for four reasons;

  1. To cry over our Sins – be they major or minor, deliberate or mistaken, secret or open.
  2. To cry profusely for the opening of the Haramain Shareefain and the Masaajid as this is prime time in the year for the Muslims. i.e. Ramadhaan and Haj.
  3. To cry in repentance for indecency, dishonesty and injustice especially to those who are weaker than us as these are the main causes for the wrath of Allah Ta’ala.
  4. To cry in repentance for our disregard of righteous people of Deen and important functions of Deen.

We do not know whose sincere tears will reach the compassion of Allah Ta’ala and that will become the catalyst of re-opening the Haramain Shareefain and other Masaajid.

I humbly request one and all to please turn and cry unto Allah Ta’ala at least twice a day, individually and collectively. When making collective dua at home with ones families, please keep your ma’soom children with you as they will draw the special mercy of Allah Ta’ala.

May Allah Ta’ala grant one and all a mubaarak and accepted Ramadhaan with ease, respect and happiness. Aameen.

2020-04-18T08:45:08+00:00April 18th, 2020|Categories: Articles|

Yaqeen (conviction) in Allah Ta’ala

by Hadhrat Shaikh Zakariyya (RA)

This Hadith was mentioned 1400 years by Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. SubhanAllah! How apt are his mubaarak words that in this day and age it is so applicable to us all.

Hadhrat Ibne Abbaas (radhiyallahu anhuma) says: “One day, I was riding with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) when he said to me, ‘My dear son, I will give you a few words of advice and, (I believe) that Allah Ta’ala will help you to benefit from them.’ I said very humbly, ‘Please, do tell me.’ He said, “If you remember Allah Ta’ala, (i.e. if you do what Allah Ta’ala commands you), He will remember you (i.e. He will protect you). And if you are mindful of Allah Ta’ala (i.e. if you do what you are supposed to do), you will find Him always ready to help you. If you are mindful of Him (i.e. remember Him) in good times, He will remember you (i.e. help you in difficult times). Remember that if a problem comes to you, it was already written, and if a problem misses you, know well that it could never have come to you. Know that if all the creation had to unite to do you some favour that Allah Ta’ala had not written for you, they would never be able to do so and if they were to unite to save you from a problem, but Allah Ta’ala had already decided it, they would never be able to do so. The pen of fate (Taqdeer) has written everything that is going to happen until the Day of Qiyaamah. When you ask for anything, ask from Allah Ta’ala and if you ask for help, ask from Him. When you put your trust in anyone, do so in Allah Ta’ala alone. Make ibaadat with firm faith and a true belief in Allah Ta’ala, with feelings of thanks to Him. Understand well that patience at the time of problems is really great, that Allah’s help comes to those who are patient; that with every problem there is a way out, and that difficulty will cause ease.”

[Fazaail-e-Sadaqaat Page 403]

2020-04-17T08:51:24+00:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: Articles|

Placing our Trust in Allah Ta’ala

by Shaikhul Hadeeth, Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (RA)

Allah Ta’ala says: “When my slave puts his trust in Me, I will find a way out for him, even if the skies and the earth were to join together against him.” Ibnu Abbaas I says, “Allah Ta’ala sent wahi (revelation) to Isa (alayhis salaam), ‘Put absolute trust in Me, for I shall take upon Myself the responsibility to fulfil all your needs. Choose no one as your protecting friend other than Me, otherwise I will leave you.’”

When the son of Auf Ibnu Maalik radiyallahu anhu was caught (by the kuffaar), they tied him tightly with leather-straps so that he could not escape. He was kept without food and treated very badly. He, however, managed to send a message to his father, informing him about his sad condition and requesting Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam to make dua for his release. When Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam was told of this, he said, “Send someone to him with the message that he should have piety (Taqwa), put his trust in Allah Ta’ala and recite this verse every morning and evening.”

لَقَدْ جَآءَكُمْ رَسُوۡلٌ مِّنْ اَنۡفُسِكُمْ عَزِیۡزٌ عَلَیۡہِ مَا عَنِتُّمْ حَرِیۡصٌ عَلَیۡكُمۡ بِالْمُؤْمِنِیۡنَ رَءُوۡفٌ رَّحِیۡمٌ ﴿۱۲۸﴾  فَاِنۡ تَوَلَّوْا فَقُلْ حَسْبِیَ اللہُ ۫٭ۖ لَاۤ اِلٰہَ  اِلَّاہُوَ ؕ عَلَیۡہِ  تَوَکَّلْتُ وَہُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِیۡمِ ﴿۱۲۹

A Rasul came to you from amongst yourselves, whatever harms you is difficult for him, he is full of concern for you, for the believers he is full of pity and merciful. Now if they turn away (O, Muhammad) say: Allah is enough for me. There is no deity besides Him. In Him have l put my trust, and He is the Rabb of the magnificent Throne. (at-Taubah 128-29)

When the message reached him, he began to recite this Aayah until one day, the straps broke themselves. He escaped from them and also brought home with him some animals of the kuffaar which he captured as booty. Ibnu Abbaas I says that whoever reads this verse, at a time when he fears injustice from a ruler, attack by a wild animal or getting drowned in a river, will escape any harm, Insha Allah.

A Hadith says that this Sahaabi was also advised to read the following dua very often:

لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ اِلَّا بِاللهْ

There is no power and strength except from Allah Ta’ala.

Then this Aayah was revealed:

وَ مَنۡ یَّتَّقِ اللہَ  یَجْعَلۡ لَّہٗ  مَخْرَجًا ۙ﴿۲﴾  وَّ یَرْزُقْہُ  مِنْ حَیۡثُ لَا یَحْتَسِبُ ؕ وَ مَنۡ یَّتَوَکَّلْ عَلَی اللہِ  فَہُوَ حَسْبُہٗ ؕ

And for him who fears Allah, (has ‘Taqwa’) Allah finds a way out; and He will provide for him from where he did not expect, And whoever puts his trust in Allah, He will be enough for him. (at-Talaaq: 2-3)   [fazaail-e-Sadaqaat Page 440]

2020-04-13T09:33:24+00:00April 13th, 2020|Categories: Articles|

Virtues of a Person whose Death is caused by a Plague

Hadith No. 1

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said, “Who do you regard as a shaheed among you?” The Sahaabah (radiyallahu anhum) replied, “One who is killed in the path of Allah Ta’ala is a Shaheed.”

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said, “In that case, the Shuhadaa in my ummah will be very few in number.” The Sahaabah (radiyallahu anhum) then asked, “Who are they, O Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam?” Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said,

  1. One who is killed in the path of Allah Ta’ala is a shaheed,
  2. One who dies in a plague is a shaheed,
  3. One who dies due to a stomach ailment is a shaheed,
  4. One who drowns is a shaheed,
  5. (and in one narration) One who is killed due to a building collapsing on him is a shaheed.” [Muslim #1914]

 WHAT IS THE REWARD OF A SHAHEED?

Hadith No. 2

Hadhrat Abu Darda radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has said, “A Shaheed will intercede on behalf of 70 people from his household.” [Abu Dawood #2522]

 Hadith No. 3

Hadhrat Miqdaad ibn Ma’di Karib radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has said, “For a Shaheed, there are six blessings from Allah Ta’ala.

  1. He is forgiven immediately.
  2. He is shown his abode in Jannah.
  3. He is saved from the punishment of the grave.
  4. He will be saved from the horrific terror (on the day of Qiyamah).
  5. He will be made to wear a crown of honour. One emerald on this crown is worth more than the entire world and its contents.
  6. He will be made to marry 72 wives from the hoor-e-een.”                      

[Tirmizi #1663]

 Hadith No. 4

Masrooq (rahmatullahi alayh) says that we asked Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood radiyallahu anhu about the aayah “Do not think that those who have been killed in the path of Allah Ta’ala are dead. Rather they are alive and they are sustained by their Rabb.”

Ibn Mas’ood radiyallahu anhu replied, “We had also asked the same question. Their souls are placed in the bodies of green birds. For them will be chandeliers hanging from the arsh. They will move about in Jannah wherever they wish. Thereafter they will rest on those chandeliers.

Their Rabb will then announce to them, ‘Do you wish for anything?’ They will say, ‘Is there anything more that we can wish for as we move about freely in Jannah.’ Allah Ta’ala will ask them three times. When they will see that Allah Ta’ala will continue asking they will say, ‘O Allah we wish that our souls be returned to our bodies, so that we will be killed in your path another time.’ When Allah Ta’ala will see that they do not have any need, He will leave them.” [Muslim #1887]

 Hadith No. 5

Hadhrat Anas radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has said, “There is no person who, after he dies and enters into Jannah, will wish to go back into the world, except a Shaheed, even though he has no possessions in this world. He will desire that he is sent back into this world, and is killed 10 times over because of the honour that he received through it.” [Bukhaari # 2817]

Hadith No. 6

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said, “A Shaheed does not feel the pain of his killing except like one who feels the pain of a mosquito bite.” [Tirmizi # 1668]

 Conclusion:

Hadhrat Sahl ibn Hunaif radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has said, “Whoever pleads to Allah Ta’ala for martyrdom sincerely, Allah Ta’ala will grant him the rank of Martyrs even though he dies on his bed.” [Muslim #1909]

May Allah Ta’ala crown us all with the honour of martyrdom. Aameen.

2020-04-11T19:33:16+00:00April 11th, 2020|Categories: Articles|

Kindness in the face of Difficulties

Written by: Shaikhul Hadeeth, Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (RA)

Allah Ta’ala loves it tremendously when help is given to people in times of difficulties.  A Hadith says that Allah Ta’ala shows no mercy to those who do not show mercy to others.  Rasulullah H also said, “He who helps women with their problems, or helps the poor, is like that person who is busy in Jihaad.” The narrator says he thinks that Rasulullah H also said, “Like someone who reads Nafl Salaah the whole night without becoming lazy, and he is like someone who is always fasting without a break in between.”

A Hadith says that whoever removes any problem of a Mu’min in this life, Allah Ta’ala will save him from the problems of the Day of Qiyaamah. Allah Ta’ala will give ease both in this life and in the Aakhirah to that person who removes someone’s difficulties. Whoever hides the faults of a Muslim in this life, Allah Ta’ala will hide his faults both in this life and in the Aakhirah.

A Hadith says, “When someone sees to the need of a Muslim brother, his reward will be like that of a person who spent his whole life in the ibaadat of Allah Ta’ala.” Another Hadith says, “If someone explains the need of a Muslim brother to a person in power, he will be helped to cross the ‘Siraat’ (the bridge over Jahannam) when feet will be slipping.”

According to a Hadith, there are many men whom Allah Ta’ala has created for seeing to people’s needs and helping them in difficulties. Those men shall have no worries on the Day of Qiyaamah and will have nothing to fear. Another Hadith says that whoever helps his brother in difficulties, Allah Ta’ala will keep him firm when even the mountains will not be able to stay firm in their place, i.e. on the Day of Qiyaamah.

One Hadith says, “If someone helps a Muslim by saying a few good words about him, or takes a few steps to help him in any way, Allah Ta’ala gives him seventy-three blessings, one of which will be enough for him for his well-being in this life and in the Aakhirah, while the remaining seventy-two will be used for raising his position and status on the Day of Qiyaamah.”

A Hadith says, “Rahmaan (Allah Ta’ala) shows mercy to those who show mercy to others. Be merciful to those on earth, you will have the mercy of those who are in the Heavens, which includes Allah Ta’ala and the Angels.”

Rasulullah H has said, “Whoever in my Ummah helps someone in need to make him happy, he makes me happy and my happiness makes Allah Ta’ala happy, and when Allah Ta’ala is happy, He gives that person entry into Jannah.”

One Hadith says, “When someone helps a person in his problems, he receives seventy-three levels of forgiveness, one of which is enough to save him from Jahannam. The remaining seventy-two will raise his position in the Aakhirah.”

A Hadith says that the entire creation is Allah’s family and from the people He likes most are those who are good towards His family. The Ulama have explained that just as a man is responsible for looking after his family, so does Allah Ta’ala provide for the whole of His creation. That is why they are called the family of Allah Ta’ala. Muslims and non-Muslims are all equal (in being the family of Allah Ta’ala). Even the animals are included in the family of Allah Ta’ala. Whoever treats the whole creation well, will become the beloved of Allah Ta’ala.

[Fazaail-e-Sadaqaat Page 47]

Presently, in this time of lockdown, a Muslim should portray his best akhlaaq and character by showing extra kindness to one and all, Muslim or Non-Muslim.

The following are some ways of showing kindness;

  1. Providing basic food items for poor neighbours and family members.
  2. Paying full salaries to staff despite them not being able to come to work.
  3. Waiving off rentals from tenets for one month.
  4. Taking extra care of one’s domestic workers during the lock down period.
  5. In these days also if a beggar comes to your door, be kind to him and give him something to eat.
  6. Try to help with feeding schemes etc. in informal settlements near you.

May Allah Ta’ala grant us all the taufeeq to act with kindness to others and in this way we will insha Allah attract the kindness of Allah Ta’ala upon us.

2020-04-09T10:02:22+00:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: Articles|

Maktab via the Cell-Phone

Bismihi Ta’ala

Presently, due to the 21 day lockdown in South Africa, all schools and maktabs are closed. Children are not allowed to leave their homes to attend Madrasah. As a result of this no formal ta’leem is taking place in the maktabs.

Due to such circumstances, many maktabs, by the grace of Allah Ta’ala, are continuing with the daily maktab ta’leem with the usage of the mobile phone.

Daily sabak is prepared by the Ustaaz / Apa and sent out to the parents of the children. e.g.

Qur-aan Sabak  –  Page 8 – Aayat 5-7

Surahs –   Surah Kaafiroon and revision of Surah Naas

Duas – Durood Ebrahim and revision of Kalimah Tayyibah, Shahaadah and Tamjeed

Fiqh – 4 Faraaidh of wudhu

In this way daily sabak is sent out by the Ustaaz / Apa and the parents sit with the children and revise or teach them what is necessary. Once the child learns the sabak for the day, the parent then sends a message to the Ustaaz / Apa saying that the sabak is completed.

In this way, alhamdulillah despite the lockdown, Madrasah work is still continuing.

May Allah Ta’ala accept the dedicated efforts of all teachers and crown it with acceptance. Aameen.

2020-04-09T09:18:24+00:00April 1st, 2020|Categories: Articles|