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Be mindful of our surroundings

*Summary of Iṣlāḥī Majlis by Shaykhul-Ḥadīth Ḥaḍrat Mawlāna Ādam ibn Yūsuf Ṣāḥib دامت بركاته*

20th Dec 2020 | 5th Jamādil Ūlā 1442AH

‎مولاي صل وسلم دائمًا أبدًا

‎على حبيبك خير الخلق كلهم

*عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: "لا خيرَ في جلوسٍ في الطُّرُقاتِ إلّا لمن هَدى السَّبيلَ وردَّ التَّحيَّةَ وغضَّ البصرَ وأعانَ على الحَمولَةِ"* (مشكاة المصابيح)

_Ḥaḍrat Abū Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said: "There is no good in sitting in the streets, except for him who directs people on their way, responds to the greeting, keeps his gaze lowered, and helps to carry (another’s) burden." (Mishkāt, 4661)_

This ḥadīth teaches us that sitting on the streets without a valid reason brings us no benefit, unless we sit with an intention to help those around. It has been mentioned about Mawlānā Qāsim Nānotwī (رحمه الله) that once, Mawlāna was travelling to his town Nānotā, he noticed an elderly person struggling to carry his luggage. Mawlāna offered to help the man carry his luggage until he reached his destination. The man was oblivious to the identity of his helper. He later realised this was the Mawlānā Qāsim Nanotwī (رحمه الله), (the revered scholar of his time). The man then went to Mawlāna, seeking forgiveness for putting him through such a difficulty. Upon this Mawlāna Qāsim (رحمه الله) said, ‘Do not apologise. You were a means of reward for me.’

The above ḥadīth, teaches us to be mindful of our surroundings. We should not be blocking the pathways thereby causing inconvenience to the passer by. Acting upon this is even more important in the current climate. (Men) should leave from the Masjid immediately after Salāh, and return home. There is no need to waste time by lingering outside the masjid without any adherence to the social distancing rules. This causes inconvenience to others, and causing inconvenience is sinful.

The next lesson learnt from this ḥadīth is the lowering of our gaze. If a person glances unintentionally at the opposite gender (and then quickly diverts their gaze) this will not be sinful. However the act of deliberately and intentionally gazing at the opposite gender and deriving pleasure from it is unlawful. Heinous acts like these invites trial and tribulations into our lives.

Maintaing adab (decorum) for our environment is crucial. This is even more important when visiting the Ḥaramayn. Utmost care is needed when visiting such sanctified places. At times many people cause harm to others for the sole purpose of kissing al-ḥajar al-aswad (the black stone). Such behaviour leads to a loss in earning reward. Similarly is the case when visiting the blessed resting place of our beloved Rasūlullah ﷺ. Realise the status of both the Prophets Masjid and the noble one ‎ﷺ we are presenting ourselves to. It does not befit us to be talking on our phone at such a precious moment. The worst is having a musical ringtone in such a sacred place. Instead, it is more befitting to put our phones on silent. May Allah ﷻ forgive us all and make us realise the error of our ways.

Ḥaḍrat Shaykh Mawlāna Zakariyya Khandalwi (رحمه الله) would be filled with awe when entering the masjid and would stand near the door without fully going inside. It is through Adab (decorum) like this that Ḥaḍrat Shaykh achieved such a great rank. Sadly, we go to such blessed places with little respect and this is possibly one of the reasons that Allah ﷻ has held back a portion of the Ummah from visiting these noble places. May Allah ﷻ forgive us for our shortcomings. Āmīn

Do not wait for the first night of the grave in order to take account of ourselves. It will not be long before we too are placed in our graves so think and act wisely.

'Live your life fearing Allah ﷻ and you'll be fearless in your grave.' A man used to cry so much so out of the fear of Allah ﷻ that when he passed away, Allah ﷻ told the angels not to say anything in admonishment to him.

On a concluding note, our beloved Ḥaḍrat gave a beautiful piece of advise:

"In life, pain will come and go. We will lose people we love and one day, our loved ones will lose us. This is the reality of this world.

"Even when bearing difficulties, restrain the nafs (ego) and prevent it from acting upon sin."

```May Allah ﷻ grant us the ability to practise on everything that has been said. Āmīn```

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