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Tawbah and istigfaar

Summary of the majlis

29 March 2020

Hadhrat Maulana Adam sahib Hafizahullah

دخلت على رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فذكر الحديث بطوله إلى أن قال : قلت يا رسول الله أوصني . قال : « أوصيك بتقوى الله ، فإنها زين لأمرك كله . قلت : يا رسول الله زدني قال : عليك بتلاوة القرآن وذكر الله عز وجل ،فإنه ذكر لك في السماء ، ونور لك في الأرض . قلت : يا رسول الله زدني ، قال : عليك بطول الصمت ، فإنه مطردةللشيطان ، وعون لك على أمر دينك . قلت : زدني ، قال : إياك وكثرة الضحك ، فإنه يميت القلب ، ويذهب بنورالوجه . قلت : زدني ، قال : قل الحق ، وإن كان مرا . قلت : زدني ، قال : لا تخف في الله لومة لائم ، قلت : زدني . قال : ليحجزك عن الناس ما تعلم من نفسك»

Abu Dharr ra reported: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, instruct me.” The Prophet ‎ﷺ said, “I advise you to be mindful of Allah Almighty, for it will beautify all of your affairs.”

I said, “Tell me more.” The Prophet ‎ﷺ said, “You must recite the Quran and remember Allah Almighty, for you will be mentioned in heaven and you will have light upon earth.”

I said, “Tell me more.” The Prophet ‎ﷺ said, “You must observe long periods of silence, for it will drive away Shaytan and help you in the matter of your religion.”

I said, “Tell me more.” The Prophet ‎ﷺ said, “Beware of too much laughter, for it will deaden the heart and take away the light on your face.”

I said, “Tell me more.” The Prophet ‎ﷺ said, “Speak the truth, even if it is bitter.”

I said, “Tell me more.” The Prophet ‎ﷺ said, “Do not fear the blame of any critic in the matter of Allah.”

We should follow these advices of Rasullullah ‎ﷺ.

Taqwa means to stay away from sin. Whatever type of sin it is.

Recite quran and remember Allah.

Remember Allah ‎ﷻ Allah ‎ﷻ will remember us.

Allah ‎ﷻ says in the Quran.

فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ

“So remember Me; I will remember you.“ [2:152]

Stay quiet as much as possible. Don’t speak unnecessarily. Shaytan will stay away from you.

We shouldn’t laugh a lot loudly. This is what makes our heart hard. When the heart is hard it makes it hard for us to do good deeds. The hardness of the heart is a grave affliction.

We are saying we are at home all day. We should do dhikr, recite Quran, pray tasbeeh and istigfaar.

Some pious people would spend the entire night in dhikr but would still think that they spent less time doing dhikr.

Our death is at a written time. The time that Allah ‎ﷻ has written is when we will die. We should continue to ponder how we can build our relationship with Allah ‎ﷻ and how we can increase the love for Allah ‎ﷻ and Rasullullah ‎ﷺ.

Tawbah and istigfaar is a very weighty deed.

If we can’t cry with tears when we are asking Allah ‎ﷻ for forgiveness then we should make the face of crying and slowly slowly we will be able to have tears InshaAllah.

The one who cries when making dua if front of Allah ‎ﷻ, is loved by Allah ‎ﷻ. Even if we make the face of crying with humility.

If we have faults in us we shouldn’t tell others thoughtlessly if they have that fault in themselves. Before we advise we should always look in ourselves first and try to remove the fault. We can advise as long as we are acknowledging the fault in ourselves and trying to remove it from ourselves.

Remember death constantly. We are all going to die. If we are young or old.

We should pray for khatima bil khair.

We should recite the following dua

فَاطِرَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ أَنتَ وَلِيِّي فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ ۖ تَوَفَّنِي مُسْلِمًا وَأَلْحِقْنِي بِالصَّالِحِينَ

“Creator of the heavens and earth, You are my protector in this world and in the Hereafter. Cause me to die a Muslim and join me with the righteous."

We should pray

اللَّهُمَّ آنِسْ وَحْشَتِي فِي قَبْرِي

Sincere tawbah means we leave the sin as well as ask for forgiveness.

Allah ‎ﷻ says in the Quran

قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنْفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِنْ رَحْمَةِ اللَّه إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا

Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful."

We have to make sure we dont become of those people who encounter a misfortune and turn to Allah ‎ﷻ. And as soon as the misfortune is lifted from them they return to their sins.

Allah ‎ﷻ mentions them in the Quran:

فَإِذَا رَكِبُوا فِي الْفُلْكِ دَعَوُا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ فَلَمَّا نَجَّاهُمْ إِلَى الْبَرِّ إِذَا هُمْ يُشْرِكُونَ

“And when they board a ship, they supplicate Allah, sincere to Him in religion. But when He delivers them to the land, at once they associate others with Him”

So we need to sincerely ask for forgiveness.

This situation we are in now (lockdown) is beneficial in the way that we will be able to build a relationship and connection with Allah ‎ﷻ and become close to Him ‎ﷻ. We will be able have this connection for the rest of our life InshaAllah.

Spend your whole day in a way that Allah ‎ﷻ will be happy.

Don’t only do this because of an affliction but do it all the time.

O Allah give is the ability to understand.

O Allah cure the sick.

O Allah give us good of this world and the hereafter.

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