"AL-Eti'daal" Weekly Article-Issue 28

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"AL-Eti'daal" Weekly Article-Issue 28
23 Zulqadah 1434/29 September 2013

Many are the stories relating to crossing seas and rivers on foot. But, dear friend, these are not to be read for the derivement of enjoyment and pleasure. They should serve to make us cry over our present sorry state and misdeeds.

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) in his teachings taught us everything. He clearly indicated the righteous path from the evil one. Our predecessors obeyed and were highly successful. As for us, we do not appreciate his teachings, neither do we acquire lessons and warnings from the acts of those saintly ancestors, nor do we fear Allah and follow the path as laid down by His Rasul (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

In fact with regard to the hopes we cherish we are like him who hopes to reap corn after having sowed barley. Whoever sows wheat will surely reap wheat.
Take any book of Islamic history and with thought and reflection study every battle. See what advice was given at the time of departing. Then study how these were acted on.

For example take the expedition to Iraq.
In “Stories of Sahabah” I have given an account thereof. Just look at the advice which Sayyidina Umar (Radiallahu anhu) gave to Sayyidina Saad (Radiallahu anhu). Every word of it is worth pondering over. Let me give the text of his speech:

“0 Saad, do not be arrogant over the fact that you have been called the uncle of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and his companion. Allah does not wipe out evil with evil. He effaces evil with good. There is no blood-relationship between Allah and His slaves. Between them there is only a relationship of slavehood and
service. The noble ones and the ordinary ones are equal in His sight. And reward from Him is only received through obedience to Him.

At all times keep before your eyes the whole life of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) from the moment of his Prophethood until his death. Hold onto it and mould your life accordingly. This is my special advice to you. If you do not heed it your acts will be wasted and in vain and you will suffer tremendous loss.

I am now sending you to perform a great difficult task. You will only be able to. discharge this responsibility satisfactorily through paying heed to and following the truth. There is no other way. Hence make it a habit and the habit of your companions-in-arms to work towards righteousness. Fear Allah at all times and this fear is comprised of two things, namely, obedience to His will and avoiding sin. Whosoever has acquired within himself obedience to Allah has acquired it through dislike of the world and love for the Hereafter.‟ (Ishaa-at)

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) himself is reported to have said:
“He who loves this world will cause himself loss in the Hereafter and whosoever loves the Hereafter will suffer loss to himself in this world. So give preference to that which will remain forever (the Hereafter) over that which will perish.” (Mishkat)

The Sahabah (Radiallahu anhuma) understood this general principle quite well and held onto it. It is thus true that the man who is prepared to give preference to the Hereafter over this worldly life and is prepared to suffer worldly loss does not in reality suffer real loss in this world. He will surely revive that which had been pre-ordained for him.

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “For him who desires the Hereafter and strives for it, Allah will place contentment in his heart, corn pose his divergent activities into one and the world is made to appear despicable in his eyes. And whoever intends to acquire worldly riches, poverty will stare him in the face, his affairs will remain in disarray and confusion and he will not receive more than is ordained for him.” (Mishkat)

Al-Etidaal Fe Maraatibur-Rijaal” by Sheikh-ul-Hadith, Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariya Kandhalwi R.A, Page 122 - 123 Published by Darul Uloom Zakariyya.) To be continued Insha-Allah.

Ulama Jhor

The annual Ulama Jhor took place at the Darul Uloom last Friday and Saturday. Alhamdulillah many Ulama Ikraam gathered to listen to the great advices rendered by our senior elders. For the benefit of those Ulama who were unable to attend the Jhor, please find the recordings here

Note: The recordings of the Old Workers Jhor will be made available for download next week Insha-Allah.  

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