‘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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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