When Allah loves someone...

When you give a sweet to a child. You don't give it to him straight away because you know that as soon as the child takes the sweet, he will run away. You love the child, so for a while you will keep the sweet held tightly in your hand.
In the same way when Allah loves a slave, he doesn’t fulfil his needs straight away. He knows that the person will stop asking once his needs are fulfilled. Allah loves you to ask Him.

Racism and the caste-system

In the 2009 Bukhari Dars, under the chapter of ‘Ruqyah’, Hadhrat Jee mentioned the following story:

Once, a king went hunting. On the way he saw a black person. When he saw him, he took a bad omen from him and threw him into jail. However, when the king went hunting things turned out the opposite; he was safe and managed to hunt a lot of animals. The king felt remorseful and asked for the black man to be released. The man said to the king, ‘when you saw me you had a successful hunt but when I saw you, I was thrown into jail. Now tell me which one of us is the bad omen?!’

The moral of the story is that we should not consider certain groups of society to be bad luck or a bad omen. We do not believe in the caste-system, nor do we take bad omens.

Also, the difference between a good and bad person lies in their character, not their looks.

 

What does taking revenge mean?

Hadhrat mentioned a beautiful story in the 2009 Bukhari Dars, under the chapter of ‘Mantles and Shawls’.

A man went to the Khanqah of Imam Junaid Baghdadi RA. He wanted to see the spiritual state of the people.

He went to one person and slapped him. The person slapped him back in the same way [not harder, not softer] and said, ‘why did you do that to me?’

He went to another person and slapped him. The man caught his hand to stop him from slapping him again.

He went to yet another person and slapped him. The man asked out of concern, ‘is your hand hurt by hitting me?’

Hadhrat Jee then mentioned that all these 3 were a manifestation of the levels of Shariah.

If somebody oppresses us we can seek retribution exactly like the 1st man did.

If somebody oppresses us, we can prevent them from doing so again, by taking action.

If somebody oppresses us, we can show mercy and pity to the oppressor. This is the best way. We should try and show them the straight path. This is the highest form of Shariah.

Is it the fault of the mirror?

An unkempt, unsightly person looked into a mirror. He saw how he looked and out of anger, threw the mirror down and broke it.

Hadhrat Jee then went on to explain that the person blamed the mirror for how he looked and took his anger out on it. However, the mirror only tells the facts.

In the same way, some people revile and rebuke Islam. Islam is like a mirror; if you are a good person, you will see good in it. If you are a bad person, you will see bad in it. It is not the fault of Islam.

The demise of the beloved Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam.

هو الحبيب الذي ترجى شفاعته

لكل هول من الأهوال مقتحم

Hadhrat Jee mentioned that Hakeemul Ummat [Maulan Ashraf Ali Thanwi v] says that, ‘if Nabi s himself is a Rahmat [Mercy], then imagine how much Mercy of Allah would be descending on him’.

Hadhrat Jee then explained that Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallams ’s death itself is a big blessing for us, in the same way his conquests and openings were. When Allah called his beloved, there were many blessings for us too.

Sayidina Jaabir narrates that when Surah Nasr was revealed:

{When comes the Help of Allah, and Victory,

And thou dost see the people enter Allah’s Religion in crowds,

Celebrate the praises of thy Lord, and pray for His Forgiveness: For He is Oft-Returning [in repentance and mercy].}

was revealed, Nabi s told Jibreel u that, ‘I have been given an Ishaarah [sign] of my death’. Sayidina Jibreeel replied with the verse of the Holy Qur’aan [93:4]:

و للآخرة خير لك من الأولى)) {And verily the Hereafter will be better for thee than the present}

Meaning, whatever you did not get in this world you will receive in the next.

When Nabi s passed away, he was assured 2 things: He would see Allah bighayr Hijaab [without any veils between them]. This is specific to him and not his Ummat. Also, he would see his abode in Paradise and rank in the next world.

In Bukhari and Muslim, it narrated from Sayidatina Siddeeqah [Aisha] that every Nabi is given a choice when they are close to death between 2 things: to live for longer or to pass away. When our Nabi s was in his Mardh Wafaat [illness of death] and in a state of coughing and such like, he prayed:

مع الذين أنعمت عليهم من النبيين والصديقين والشهداء والصالحين

With those that you have favoured from amongst the Prophets, Siddeeqs, Martyrs and Pious ones.

He chose the next life because he had much Shauq [yearning] to meet his Lord. It is mentioned in a narration that when he s was very aleel [ill] he prayed:

اللهم الرفيق الاعلي Oh Allah! With the Highest Companionship.

Siddeeqah mentions, ‘after that I never heard him say anything’.

Huzoor s himself said, ‘I’ve been given 2 choices; I can live long enough to see the Futoohaat [victories] of my Ummah or meet my Lord jaldi [soon]. I prefer to go sooner’. There should be no doubt about death being predestined. Rasulullah s ’s death too was predestined as Allah already knew which of the 2 choices His Slave and Habeeb would make. Allah is All-Knowing of the Unseen.

In one narration in Bayhaqi, it is mentioned that the Angel of Death u came to Nabi s and told him, ‘I have been given a Hukm [command] from Allah not to take your Rooh [Soul] until you say so’. Jibreel u was also present there and when Nabi s looked towards him he said, ان الله قد اشتاك الي لقاءك ‘Allah is Mushtaaq [Zealous] to meet you’. This means Allah want to increase you in Qurb [closeness] and Karaamah [honour]. Nabi sthen said, ‘take me’.

When Nabi s passed away, it is obvious that his beloved Sahaaba’s dil phaat jaate [their hearts would have ripped apart]. How did they manage to survive such a great loss? They shrouded him, bathed and buried him. Many miracles took place throughout. This is because Allah made their hearts strong in such a way, almost like they were doing all these actions in a somnambulant and unconscious state.

It is mentioned in Tarjumaan-us-Sunnah that they asked, ‘how can we take off his clothes when bathing him [as this is against his honour]?’ A slumber, not a sleep, but a slumber overcame them and they heard a voice saying, ‘do not remover his clothes as they have touched his blessed body [and thus are in themselves blessed] but pour water over him’.

How did Hadhrat Ali go into Nabi s ’s grave and how did they put earth over his blessed grave? It was all in this state that Allah enabled them to do it. Indeed, when they finished Faatimah u said to Anas; Nabi s ’s Khaadime Khaas [special attendant], ‘tell me how you put earth over Nabi s? Do you realise what you did?’

Even Eesa u will be buried next to Nabi s. Nabi s ’s death and burial is a Tasalli [comfort] for his Ummat when we go Madinah. We can visit him and find peace. When you hear about Huzoor s, increase your love for him.

A True ruler 

Once Haroon Rasheed RA was in his palace and he heard a thunderous sound with many voices raised in unison. He became frightened and worried.

His wife told him that Imam Abdullah ibn Mubaarak RA had just sneezed and when the people heard it they all rushed to sayيرحمك الله . The city walls were echoing with the prayer for him.

She told him, ‘if you were to sneeze 10 times, not one person would answer. You kings are only outward rulers. It is the scholars like Ibn Mubaarak v that rule the hearts of the people’.

A Karamah...

There was once an extremely pious man who sat in a masjid in Delhi called Fatahpuri for 2 -3 hours.

He prayed Quran and durood etc. when he finished and left the Masjid he had so much nur. There was a dog sitting outside the masjid and his eyes met the dog's eyes, and due to the amount of nur it affected the dog so much (even thought he wasnt a human therefore has no spiritual cleansing) that when the dog went away from there and walked around the streets of Delhi, other dogs would come and sit respectfully in front of it. This is what nur is.

Today, we dont have this nur. We pray a lot. But the nur isnt created! When a person has nur he will have great meaningful dreams and other greatness but the main benefit is that it will stop him from sinning, because the spiritual light of his heart is working

Illnesses 

In the 2009 Bukhari Dars, on the chapter of Medicine, Hadhrat Jee mentioned that illnesses were of 2 types; Physical [relating to the body] and Spiritual [relating to the soul].
Both are split into a further 2; observable and non-observable.

Out of all illnesses, the spiritual illness is the worst as it destroys your aakhirah.
Some spiritual illnesses cannot be seen yet they can destroy your deeds. In the same, certain cancers can only be seen with an x-ray.

The way to find out hidden spiritual diseases is that the person shows bad manners to others and does not meet people with a happy or smiling expression. This is a symptom of pride. Eventually, these will manifest on the outer deeds and destroy one's imaan.

Abundance of Durood  

Hadhrat Jee mentioned that virtues of Darood Shareef. He emphasised that we should recite Darood Shareef in abundance. Hadhrat Jee explained the definition of كثرت درود شريف.

 

What is considered كثرت درود شريف ‘abundant recitation of Darood Shareef’?

Kathrat Darood is praying so much Darood Shareef that you don’t remember the amount; you cannot count how much you’ve prayed.

 

There are people in the world who Allah Ta’ala had blessed with such wealth that they do not know the exact amount or extent of their wealth. We count our money saying ‘I have 2000 in the bank’ but they do not do so.

 

In the same way, those that pray much Darood Shareef lose track of the amount they’ve prayed due to the extent of their preoccupation with its recitation.

 

[This is because] what cannot be counted is considered as قلّت ‘few’ and what can be counted is considered asكثرت ‘plentiful’.