‘Ibād-ur-Rahmān Slaves of the Most Merciful

‘Ibād-ur-Rahmān
Slaves of the Most Merciful

Advice for New Fārigeen and Fārigāt by Shaykhul Hadīth Maulānā Fadhl Rahīm Sāhib (dāmat barākātuhum)
MAY 14, 2016 ~
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The following is a translation of the nasīhat given by Hadhrat Maulānā Fadhl Rahīm Sāhib (dāmat barākātuhum) to the graduating tālibāt of Madrasah Naqeebul Islām and Madrasah Hidāyatul Banāt, on the occasion of Khatme-Bukhārī (29/5/15). Hadhrat Sāhib (hafidhahullāh) is the principal and Shaykhul Hadīth of Jāmi’ah Ashrafīyah Lahore and other institutes.
Allāh has chosen you for His Dīn and for the propagation of it. For the sake of Allāh, and for the sake of His Rasūl ﷺ, value this responsibility that has been given to you, lest the importance of it leaves your heart.

If you return home and become trapped into its environment and the busyness of your daily routine, you may lose the great sabaq (lesson) you have gained – and that is indeed, the loss of a great ne’mah (blessing). That person who loses the value and importance of this responsibility has fallen into an endless loss.

Do not lose this ne’mah in the greed and pursuit of other types of education, such that you begin chasing degrees and other things of its like. Do not
risk losing the ahādīth you have received, they are a great wealth.

Even if you have only one student, do not let this stop you from passing onto them the knowledge of Dīn. Dārul ‘Ulūm Deoband began with only one teacher and one student – beneath a tree, as they did not even own a building in the early days of the institution. However, today, it has become one of the greatest seminaries in the entire world.

Respected students, be sure never to forget Allāh and never forget your haqīqat (reality).

May Allāh grant all Fārigeen and Fārigāt, new and old, the tawfīq to do ‘amal and accept all for the khidmah (service) of dīn (āmīn).

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلى سَيِّدِنَا وَنَبِيِّنَا وَ شَفِيْعِنَا وَحَبِيْبِنَا وَ سَنَدِنَا وَ مَوْلَانَا  مُحَمَّدٍ وَ بَارِكْ وَ سَلِّم

 

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Allāh’s Love for His Creation.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The following is an excerpt from the book ‘Love for the Messenger ﷺ’ by Shaykh Zulfiqār Naqshbandī (dāmat barakātuhum). Shaykh Zulfiqār Sāhib presents the definition of ‘mahabbah’ (love), given by Hadhrat Bāyazid Bustāmī (rahimahullāh):

“Hadhrat Bāyazid Bustāmī (rahimahullāh) has said:

Mahabbah is to know that one’s abundant qualities are actually minute, whereas the beloved’s insignificant qualities are actually abundant. For example, Allāh ﷻ loves His creation; He showers them with countless blessings and mercies daily, yet Allāh ﷻ Himself stated in His book that these blessings are few.

قُلْ مَتَاعُ الدُّنْيَا قَلِيلٌ

“Say: Short is the enjoyment of this world.” (4:77) 

On the other hand, the believers perform an insufficient amount of dhikr (remembrance of Allāh ﷻ) but Allāh ﷻ refers to this as abundant.

وَالذَّاكِرِينَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَالذَّاكِرَاتِ

“Men and women who engage much in Allāh’s praise.” (33:35)

A poet expressed his passion thus:

However minute the reward, it is still abundant
Whatever thanks I can give, it is still minute.”

Love for the Messenger ﷺ, p.10

Allāh’s love for His believers is such that He refers to their dhikr and praise as being abundant, when in actual fact it is very less and we are indeed very neglectful of Him. We will never be able to praise Allāh enough and no matter how much we remember Him or are grateful to Him, it will remain minute. Despite this, Allāh rewards us immensely for our little actions and efforts, considering them to be great, because of His love for us. Subhān-Allāh (Glory be to Allāh) – how Loving, Generous and Merciful is our Lord!

وَهُوَ اللَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ لَهُ الْحَمْدُ فِي الْأُولَىٰ وَالْآخِرَةِ وَلَهُ الْحُكْمُ وَإِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ

“and He is Allāh. There is no god but He. Praise is only for Him in thebeginning and at the end, and He alone has the right to judge, and to Him you are to return.” (70:70)

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّم دَائِمًا أَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيبِكَ خَيرِ الخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ

Sabr (Patience) and Tests from Allāh

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

A teacher gives his students an exam to know who from his students are successful in this particular subject and who are not. Allāh Tala afflicts His servants with certain trials; however it is not so that He Himself can find out those who are patient from amongst the ones who are not. Allāh Tala is Al-Latīf (The Knower of Innermost Secrets) and He is Al-Khabīr (The Totally Aware) – He knows all that is in the heart of man and he is fully aware of the levels of loyalty and patience in His servants. The reason why He afflicts His servants with trials is so that He can show the rest of His creation that this servant is His beloved – this servant does not forget Him whilst being tested nor does he forget Him when he is in a good state. Allāh Tala will indeed test those who believe to show the rest of the world how loyal His believing servants are to Him.

Allāh Tala has said “وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ” , meaning “and surely We will test you with a bit” (2:155). The word شيء means ‘a little’ and the addition of the letter ب goes further to say that it is a small section from this little amount. Thus, Allāh Tala is telling His servants not to worry because when He will test, He will test with little and it will be a very easy test. In the same āyah Allāh Tala then says, “we will test you with a bit of fear and hunger, and loss in wealth and lives and fruits, and give good tidings to those that are patient”. He, the Most Merciful, has even told His servants what He will test them with. It is like a teacher telling his students that they are going to be given a very easy exam and he then informs them of what is going to come in the exam.

Allāh Tala is also informing the believers of what is to come to allow them to prepare themselves. This is one reason stated in Tafsīr Rūh-al-Ma’ānī. If a musībat (trial) was to strike without prior warning, it would be felt deeply. However, by having knowledge of it beforehand, exercising patience is easier. This is a reason why many are afflicted with illness prior to their death. Their close relatives and loved ones are given a notice so that the pain of the loss is lessened and so that they can exercise a better patience.

Allāh Tala also instructs the Prophet ﷺ to give glad tidings to those who are patient. Surely, if those being tested were at a loss, then Allāh Tala would not associate trials with glad tidings. These glad tidings are from the Most Merciful, through the Prophet ﷺ, who is Rehmatal-lil-’Ālamīn (Mercy to Both Worlds ﷺ). It is coming from the Most Loving, through the one who is the Most Beloved ﷺ. This is proof that trials are not inconveniences, but are blessings within themselves and if they are patient then they will indeed receive their reward.

Allāh Tala has said, “verily Allāh Tala is with those whom are patient” (2:153).That is to say that, as a reward for sabr (patience), man receives the honour of the ‘company’ of Allāh Tala. And it goes without saying that when the might of the Lord of the Worlds Himself has come to the aid of a man, what pain or trouble can overcome him, and who can prevent his concerns from prospering (Ma’ārif ul-Qur’ān). During difficult times, one can gain closeness to Allāh Tala in a way one would not have been able to in times of ease.

Patience is not only associated with trials and tribulations. It is of three types: 1) to be patient in being obedient to Allāh Tala and remaining steadfast 2) to be patient in refraining oneself from sin 3) to endure all kinds of troubles and pain. People generally identify sabr with the third type and ignore the first two, which are indeed more basic and essential. ‘Al-Sābirūn’ is the title given to those who are steadfast in all three forms with equal vigour (Ma’ārif ul-Qur’ān).

When an individual is being tested, he should pray “Innā lillāhi wa innā ilayhi rāji’ūn” (2:156). Allāh Tala has said that this is what the patient people recite, suggesting to His believers that they should pray this during times of tribulation also. It will bring excellent reward, it relieves from the burden of sorrow and it consoles the grieving heart (Ma’ārif ul-Qur’ān). When reciting it with our tongue, we should allow it to penetrate within. “Innā lillāh” – ‘to Him we belong’ meaning that everything is under the ownership of Allāh. He is the King and Owner of everything and He has the power to do with His creation what He wills. “Wa innā ilayhi rāji’ūn” – ‘and verily to Him we shall return’. This is a reminder that we are also destined to return to our Creator. The Prophet ﷺ instructed us to recite this during difficult times as it is truly a formula of peace in times of hardship.

If the believer is then patient during these times of hardship and remains pleased with the decree of Allāh, he will receive special mercy and reward from His Lord. It must be noted that exercising patience is not to suppress tears, as the Prophet ﷺ also shed tears at the time of the passing of his son Ibrāhīm ؓ. It is to remain happy with Allāh’s decree, despite the pain. The Almighty says, “Those are the ones upon whom there are blessings from their Lord, and mercy as well; and those are the ones who are on the right path” (2:157). Allāh Tala guides them – meaning that, not only does He show them the right path, but He allows them entry onto the path.

Know that, as believers, we will be tested and it is an opportunity for us to show our gratitude, loyalty and trust in Allāh Tala. He will cause us to be afflicted by certain trials and tribulations to bring us closer to Him. In reality, trials are blessings as they withhold within them glad tidings. If we remain steadfast and pleased with Allāh’s Tala decree, we will earn the reward that we have been promised – but for this, we have to be patient.

جو ہوا اچھا ہوا بہتر ہوا
وہ جو حسب مرضی دلبر ہوا

That which has happened is good, that which has happened is best. As it has happened in compliance with the will of the Beloved (Allāh Tala). 

Compiled from: 1) ‘Sabr aur Maqām-e-Siddīqīn’ by Shaykh Shah Hakīm Akhtar Sāhibؒ 2) Ma’ārif-ul-Qur’ān (Volume 1, pg 400-406) by Mufti Shafi’ ‘Uthmāni ؒ (Allāh enlighten their graves with nūr and grant them the best of rewards, āmīn)
Allāh Tala remove the suffering of all those in hardship and grant them a beautiful patience (āmīn).

 اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلى سَيِّدِنَا وَنَبِيِّنَا وَ شَفِيْعِنَا وَحَبِيْبِنَا وَ سَنَدِنَا وَ مَوْلَانَا  مُحَمَّدٍ وَ بَارِكْ وَ سَلِّم

 Sabr

Valuable Advice for the Guests of al-Haramayn

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Valuable advice for those that are to visit al-Haramayn by Hadhrat Muftī Ibrāhīm Raja Sāhib (dāmat barakātuhum):

Blessed is the person who is given the opportunity to visit the Haramayn Sharīfayn.

  • Before wearing the Ihrām, if possible, one should find the opportunity to perform two rak’āh of Salāt at-Tawbah. One should also remain punctual in reciting Talbiyah and du’ā in abundance, with full concentration.
  • One should be particular in refraining from useless talk, carelessness and quarreling. Allāh Ta’ālā has said, “the Hajj is (to be performed in) the months that are well-known. So whoever undertakes Hajj in them, there should be no obscenity, no sin, no quarrel in the Hajj” (2:197).
  • Since this is a blessed journey, great care should be taken not to listen to music, watch movies (especially on the plane) and spend too much time on social media such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • During this blessed journey, one should ensure that not one salāh is missed. Many people become lazy and sleep during prayer times, during Hajj and ‘Umrah, thus delaying or missing their prayer altogether. One should make a great effort to pray all salāhs in the Holy Masājid with Takbīr al-Ūlā.
  • One should keep busy in praying Durūd in abundance and make plenty of Istighfār.
  • If a problem arises during travel, one should adopt patience. It should be remembered that this problem has occurred in the path of Allāh Tala and one will be rewarded for being patient. One should ponder over the fact that during the earlier times, people would endure great difficulties to perform Hajj and ‘Umrah. Today, Allāh Tala has made it very easy for us.What to Recite During Tawaf
  • Upon reaching Makkah al-Mukarramah, one should drop off the luggage and take some rest. Then, with a sense of eagerness, one should go to perform ‘Umrah.
  • Upon sighting the Ka’bah for the first time, one should stand in a place which is not in the way of anyone else and make du’ā wholeheartedly, as this du’ā will definitely be accepted. A person should make du’ā for goodness, success and guidance for himself, his family and for the whole of mankind.
  • Whilst performing Tawāf, one should ponder over the greatness of Allāh Ta’ālā and stay focused. One should refrain from useless talk and taking photos, videos, selfies  during Tawāf. Remain punctual in praying the third kalimah and the following durūd in abundance: اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَّ عَلَى اَبِيْنَا اِبْرَاهِيْم (Allāhumma salli ‘alā Muhammad-iw-wa ‘alā abeenā Ibrāhīm – Oh Allāh, send blessings upon Muhammad ﷺ and upon our father Ibrāhīm (‘alayhis salām)). Hadhrat Hasan al-Basrī (rahimahullāh) has mentioned that he saw over seventy Tābi’een reciting this Durūd whilst performing Tawāf.
  • If a person becomes tired and cannot perform Tawāf, he should sit and gaze at the Ka’bah whilst engaging in dhikr.
  • One should also recite the following du’ā in abundance when one reaches between ar-Rukn al-Yamānī and al-Hajr al-Aswad during Tawāf: رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ (Rabbanā ātinā fid-dunyā hasanah, wa fil ākhirati hasanah, wa qinā ‘athāban-naar – Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the fire [2:201]).
  • After performing the two rak’āh after Tawāf, one should make their way toward Safā and Marwah for Sa’ee. During Sa’ee, one should be punctual in making Du’ā and engaging in dhikr. One should ponder over the pain and difficulty of Hadhrat Hājar (may Allāh be pleased with her) when she ran in the excruciating heat. Allāh Tala loved this action of hers so much that He made it a part of the rituals of ‘Umrah and Hajj.
  • During one’s stay in Makkah al-Mukarramah one should perform many Tawāf; take full advantage of these priceless moments and refrain from wasting this blessed time in the shopping malls.
  • When arriving in Madīnah al-Munawwarah, one should pay great respect to this blessed city. Pay special attention to it, ensuring that no word or action disturbs our beloved Prophet ﷺ.
  • The individual should involve himself in reciting Durūd in abundance and acting upon as many Sunnahs as possible whilst in Madīnah al-Munawwarah.
  • Many of the pious predecessors would send salutations from afar as they did not have the courage to go close to the Rawdah. This was out of their respect and humility.
  • One should make the most of every moment and refrain from wasting any time. Who knows if one will be blessed with another chance to visit these Holy cities? It is hoped that Allāh Tala will call that person time and time again who has shown great respect to both of these blessed cities.

Please remember me in your du’ās and convey my salutations to Rasūl-Allāh ﷺ (Hadhrat Muftī Ibrāhīm Raja Sāhib dāmat barakātuhum).

It is also the humble request of the administrator of this website to be remembered in the precious du’ās of those fortunate individuals that are to visit al-Haramayn inshā-Allāh Tala , and a request for salām to be conveyed to Rasūl-Allāh ﷺ also. JazākAllāhu khayran wa-ahsanul jaza fee darayn.

The Goodness Inside of Your Heart

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Notes from a lesson of Bukhārī Sharīf (28/10/14), taught by Hadhrat Muftī Ibrāhīm Raja Sāhib (dāmat barakātuhum):

All believers have some goodness inside of their hearts, even those who sin outwardly. The intention to do good deeds stirs inside of the heart of a believer especially when they are given targhīb (encouragement) and nasīhat (reminders).

Hadhrat Muftī Taqī ‘Uthmānī Sāhib (dāmat barakātuhum) says that the intention to do good deeds is from Allāh and these intentions are guests of the heart. When one receives guests at one’s home, one would obviously be hospitable towards the mehmān (guests) and treat them well. By offering this kind of courtesy and good treatment, the guests will be inclined towards returning again knowing they will be well looked after. However, if the host has been unwelcoming and cold towards them, they will not want to come again.

In the same way, the inclination towards good in one’s heart is also a guest that needs to be treated well. If it is not valued, appreciated and acted upon it most likely will not return again. When one feel’s an inclination towards doing a good deed, it should be acted upon as soon as possible. Doing good deeds will only increase and nurture the goodness inside of one’s heart but if it is neglected, it will eventually be lost. The idea of ‘doing it later’ or ‘changing later’ is a great deception of shaytān. If we do not strive to change now then when will we?

The heart is a mirror that needs to be polished and cleaned. Hadhrat Muftī Taqī Sāhib says that the cleaner the heart becomes, the more inclination there will be towards doing good deeds.

‘Allāmah Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullāh) has mentioned in his book Kitāb al-Rūh that just as the outward body becomes sick, the soul and inner-self suffer from illnesses too. He mentions three signs that indicate that an individual’s heart is diseased:

  1. The individual has a lack of inclination towards doing good deeds and does not possess a dislike towards sinful actions.
  2. The individual is not able to cry when engaged in certain ‘ibādāt (acts of worship), such as du’ā (supplication unto Allāh).
  3. The individual is not able to take ‘ibrat (life lessons through which one gains the ability to reflect) from certain happenings, like death.
May Allāh change our dead hearts (āmīn). 

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّم دَائِمًا أَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيبِكَ خَيرِ الخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ

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Difficulty in Leaving a Sin

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Notes from a lesson of Bukhārī Sharīf (5/11/14), taught by Hadhrat Muftī Ibrāhīm Raja Sāhib (dāmat barakātuhum):

اللَّهُمَّ بَاعِدْ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَ خَطَايَايَ كما بَاعَدْتَ بين الْمَشْرِقِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ، اللَّهُمَّ نَقِّنِي من الْخَطَايَا كما يُنَقَّى الثَّوْبُ الْأَبْيَضُ من الدَّنَسِ، اللَّهُمَّ اغْسِلْ خَطَايَايَ بِالْمَاءِ وَالثَّلْجِ وَالْبَرَدِ

Allāhumma bā’id baynī wa bayna khatāya kamā bā’adta baynal mashriqi wal maghrib, Allāhumma naqqinī min khatāyā kamā yunaq-ath thawbul abyadhu minad danas, Allāhummagh-sil khatāya bil mā’i wath thalji wal barad

“O Allāh! Set me apart from my sins as the East and West are set apart from each other, and clean me from sins as a white garment is cleaned of dirt. O Allāh! Wash off my sins with water, snow and hail.”

If this du’a is recited sincerely and with concentration, Allāh Tala will grant one the tawfīq (ability) to leave that sin in which there is difficulty in refraining oneself from. It must not be recited in ghaflah (negligence).
"Allahumma ba'id bayni wa bayna khataya..."

Hadhrat Muftī Sāhib mentioned that once an individual approached him for advice as he was experiencing difficulty in leaving the sin of watching TV. Muftī Sāhib advised him to pray the du’a mentioned with sincerity and, Insha-AllāhTala, Allāh Tala will grant him the ability to leave this sin. Later the individual informed Muftī Sahib that, by the fadhl (grace) of Allāh Tala and through the help of the du’a, Allāh Tala granted him the tawfīq (ability) to stop watching TV.

A question may be asked as to why the Prophet ﷺ mentioned snow and ice along with water, when water is enough as a cleansing agent. The ‘ulamā have mentioned that sins possess an element of heat and ice is cold. Thus, the coldness of the ice will cool down the effect of the sin. This is why there is mention of snow and ice in this du’a also.

Allāh grant us the tawfīq (ability) to refrain from that which displeases Him (āmīn). 

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلى سَيِّدِنَا وَنَبِيِّنَا وَ شَفِيْعِنَا وَحَبِيْبِنَا وَ سَنَدِنَا وَ مَوْلَانَا  مُحَمَّدٍ وَ بَارِكْ وَ سَلِّم 

The Weddings of Today.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Notes from a lesson of Bukhārī Sharīf (13/09/14), taught by Hadhrat Muftī Ibrāhīm Raja Sāhib (dāmat barakātuhum):

The immoralities that have become a part of weddings today are completely misguided and we should save ourselves from participating in such gatherings. All aspects of ghayrat (honour, self-respect) disappear with immoral acts, such as free mixing and dancing, taking place. All such happenings are against the Shar’īah. Some believe it to be a fardh (obligation) upon them to attend all weddings and do not even acknowledge the commands of Allāh and His Rasūl ﷺ that are being broken.

A buzrūg (pious person) once saw the Prophet ﷺ in his dream. The Prophet ﷺ was crying and when the pious individual asked him why, he ﷺ replied that the weddings of this Ummah are causing him great difficulty and distress. The buzrūg then asked the Prophet ﷺ ‘until when will the trials that are being afflicted upon the Ummah remain?’ The Prophet ﷺ replied that as long as the women continue to dress immodestly and the immoralities in weddings remain, the ummah will continue to be afflicted with musībat (trials).

Many do not even consider these immoralities of music, dancing and the like to be sins. One is deprived of the tawfīq (ability) to do tawbah (repent) from that which one does not consider to be a sin.

There was a time when divorce was unheard of and was considered to be forbidden, but it has now become extremely common. We are often hearing of divorces of couples shortly after their wedding. Those things against the Shar’īah, such as music and free mixing, that take place in weddings are destroying the barakah (blessings) of marriages. We then witness the consequences of this loss of barakah when seeing divorces take place. The Prophet ﷺ said, “The most blessed Nikāh is the one in which least expenses are occurred” (Mishkāt). The more a wedding is in accordance to the sunnah of our beloved Messenger ﷺ, the more barakah there will be in the marriage.

A buzrūg had once come to visit the UK and was passing by a wedding that consisted of music and women dressed immodestly. He told the people he was with to take him away from there quickly as he feared the punishment of Allāh descending on this place. He did not even want to pray in the masjid that was nearby due to this fear. It is a sign of Qiyāmah (Resurrection) that when music and dancing become common, the Ummah will be afflicted with punishments the likes of earthquakes, storms and harsh winds.

It is not impermissible to attend weddings, but we must make the intention to avoid those that go against the commands of Allāh. Three-course meals can be sacrificed for His sake and for the sake of His Messenger ﷺ. Some fuqahā (jurists) have even deemed attending such functions, where sins are openly taking place, as harām (forbidden). Imām Abū Hanīfah (rahimahullāh) once attended a dinner when he witnessed a sin taking place; he immediately got up from there and left. Such occasions are meant for goodness – not sin and immorality.

It is especially not befitting of an ‘ālim or ‘ālimah to attend such a gathering. On the Day of Judgement, we can say to Allāh that, although we were not able to stop these sins, we did not attend (or we left) as our hearts were not accepting of them. Thus, we must make an intention to stay away from those weddings that are of disobedience to Allāh and against the Shar’īah.

Allāh grant us the ability to take heed and act upon the advices of Hadhrat Muftī Sāhib D.B. (āmīn).

يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّم دَائِمًا أَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيبِكَ خَيرِ الخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ

The Barakah of the Elders, the Pious and the Weak.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Notes from a lesson of Sunan Abī Dāwūd (19/2/15), taught by Hadhrat Muftī Ibrāhīm Raja Sāhib (dāmat barakātuhum):

Whenever beginning an important task, one should always take the du’ās of one’s elders and the pious. It is through the barakah (blessings) of their du’ās that Allāh allows weighty and difficult tasks to be completed with ease.

It has been mentioned in a hadīth that Rasūl-Allāh ﷺ said, “Search for the weak amongst you, because you are aided in victory and provided sustenance due to the weak”  (aw kamā qāl ﷺ).

During the time of Rasūl-Allāh ﷺ, there were two brothers. One would work to earn a living, whilst the other busied himself in worship. The one who would work for his sustenance went to the Prophet ﷺ to complain about his brother. The Prophet ﷺ replied, “It is possible that you are given your sustenance due to the blessings of his piety” (aw kamā qāl ﷺ).

In every area, the people within are saved from many calamities and fitan (trials) by Allāh through the blessings of the pious people who reside among them. It has been mentioned that Rasūl-Allāh ﷺ said, “If it was not for those servants of Allāh who bow down to Him, and for those who awaken at the time of Tahajjud (Qiyām-ul-Layl/the Night Prayer) crying in supplication, and for the breastfeeding children and the orphans, Allāh would send down punishment upon the people” (aw kamā qāl ﷺ).

The mercy of Allāh descends through the barakah and du’ās of those who are beloved to Him. At times, Allāh removes calamities and protects the people from punishment due to their barakaat.

May Allāh grant us the ability to act upon that which has been mentioned. (āmīn).

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلى سَيِّدِنَا وَنَبِيِّنَا وَ شَفِيْعِنَا وَحَبِيْبِنَا وَ سَنَدِنَا وَ مَوْلَانَا  مُحَمَّدٍ وَ بَارِكْ وَ سَلِّم