Saturday, 26 September 2015

Islaahi Correspondence | Letter Fifteen | Mujaahadah and Taubah

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem


Mujaahadah and Taubah


As-Salaamu alaykum wa-Rahmatullahi wa-Barakaatuhu

Respected Maulana, despite having spent 5 years at Madrasah, and being occupied in the Khidmat of Deen, I still find myself weak with regard to nafs and shaytaan. I still fall into some sin or the other. This makes me very despondent and a feeling of darkness envelops me. I carry out some good a’maal and then spoil them with some bad deed. There are times when I find myself intending to do something displeasing to Allah Ta’ala, then though I find restlessness in my heart, I give in to nafs and shaytaan. After this, I cry in repentance, but after some time, fall into some sin again.

I try to read Tahajjud but would like to become regular in its performance. I have been told that it is not good to sleep during the time of Fajr and would like to verify.


Bismihi Ta’ala

Sister in Islam,

Wa-alaykumus Salaam wa-Rahmatullahi wa-Barakaatuhu

1.)    The Hadeeth states that all of the children of Hazrat Aadam (Alaihis Salaam) are sinners but the best of them are those who make Taubah.

“To err is human” – but every experience, good or bad, should be a means by which we draw lessons.

...As we go through the mill of life, we draw from our experiences and learn the dark and dangerous zones of life, the red light areas and the green light areas of life. But it becomes easier to escape the dark alleys of sins, when we follow someone who has a lamp or torch. Sometimes we think that the short cut is better, but the longer route is spiritually safer. However, it is only a spiritual guide who can lead us down the right path… otherwise, nafs and shaytaan make us branch off at some stage, taking us far from Allah Ta’ala’s pleasure - despite our knowledge of Deen. (Allah Ta’ala protect us all).

2.)    The Fatwa[1] given by your heart, by means of the restlessness, was that this deed is wrong.

3.)    Regret, remorse and tears of repentance are dearly loved by Allah Ta’ala. It even honours a person with higher spiritual stages, conditional to the person being sincere. So be hopeful. Allah Ta’ala is Loving, Merciful and Forgiving. Alhamdulillah, He has given you the Taufeeq of Taubah, but this should not make you complacent.

4.)    Retrace your steps to obedience. Give up sins and continue with the Fardh and Waajib and Sunnah. Allah Ta’ala will grant the Taufeeq to do even more when you prove yourself in the efforts that you will now make to obey Him.

5.)    Listen to my weekly talks (which are audio-streamed). Read the kitaabs again, especially “Combating the whisperings of shaytaan” and “Aashiq-e-Sawdiq”. Insha-Allah, there will be benefit and improvement.

6.)    You can wake up half an hour before Fajr for Tahajjud and stay awake right until Ishraaq. The morning is blessed for the Ummah of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam). Work towards having a rest in the afternoons. But if you cannot do so, then sleep when sleep comes, but not at the cost of a Fardh Salaah. It is not a sin to sleep after Fajr Salaah, as some make it out to be.

7.)    If you find it difficult to wake up for Tahajjud, read 2 Rakaats (or more) before the Witr and you will get the reward, Insha-Allah. You will also get more reward in abstaining from sin, than reading Tahajjud – although, the merits of Tahajjud are very great. So if that too can be secured, it is a precious bounty.

8.)    Making Dua. Request the same.

Was-Salaamu alaykum wa-Rahmatullahi wa-Barakaatuhu
Yunus Patel (Maulana)

[1]   Fatwa : ruling

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The Story of Submission and Sacrifice

 Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

When Hazrat Ibraheem (‘Alaihis Salaam) was told to submit to Allah Ta’ala, he responded that he had submitted himself to the Rabb (Sustainer) of the Worlds. …Some Mufassireen (Commentators) say that there are approximately 18 000 worlds.

Allah Ta’ala mentions this incident as follows:

“ And remember when his Rabb said to him : ‘ Submit (thy will to Me).’

“He said : ‘ I submit (my will) to the Lord and Cherisher of the Universe.”
[ Surah Al - Baqarah : 131 ]

After Hazrat Ibraheem (‘Alaihis Salaam) made this declaration of submission, there followed many trials and tests.

As a young man, he was faced with opposition from his father, who was an idol-worshipper. When he invited his father to the worship of Allah Ta’ala, his father opposed and threatened him :

He (the father) said : ‘Do you reject my gods, O Ibraheem?   If you 
stop not (this), I will indeed stone you. So get away from me safely 
before I punish you.’
[Surah Maryam 19 : 46]

Due to Hazrat Ibraheem’s (‘Alaihis Salaam) rejection of idol-worship, and his preaching the message of Allah Ta’ala, the message of Tauheed, he was thrown into the fire by Namrud and his people:

“They said, ‘Build him a furnace and throw him into the blazing fire.’
[Surah As-Saffaat : 97]

“They said, “burn him and protect your gods if you do (anything at all)!”
[Surah Ambiyaa 21 : 68 ]

It is stated that for an entire month, the people of Namrud collected firewood, which they thereafter lit, fanning it until it became an intense, blazing fire.

Using a catapult, they threw Hazrat Ibraheem (‘Alaihis Salaam) into the raging fire. However, The One who created fire and gave it the attribute to burn, now commanded the fire to become cool, as well as offer safety to Hazrat Ibraheem (‘Alaihis Salaam).

“We said, ‘O Fire ! Be you cool, and (a means of) safety for Ibraheem.”
[Surah Al- Ambiyaa 21 : 68 / 69]

After being delivered from this test, saddened with his people, he left his country (Iraq) and made Hijrah to a place where he could worship Allah Ta’ala in peace, Syria.

Having no children, Hazrat Ibraheem (‘Alaihis Salaam)) thus made dua for a child:

“ O My Lord, grant me a righteous son.”
[Surah As-Saffaat 37 : 100]

In his old age, at the age of 86, Hazrat Ibraheem (‘Alaihis Salaam) was blessed with a son.

“So We gave him the good news of a boy ready to suffer and forbear.”
[Surah As-Saffaat 37 : 101]

When the child became of age, Hazrat Ibraheem (‘Alaihis Salaam) was commanded to slaughter his son. What a great test!

“Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) work with him,  He said: 
‘O my son! I see in a vision that I offer you in sacrifice: 
Now see what is your view?...”
[Surah As- Saffaat 37 : 102]

What must have gone through his heart?  And likewise, the heart of Hazrat Isma’eel (‘Alaihis Salaam)?

But when Hazrat Isma’eel (‘Alaihis Salaam) was informed, he told his father to do whatever he had been commanded to do.

“(The son) said : ‘O my father! Do as you are commanded: You will find me, if Allah so wills, practising patience and constancy.”
[Surah As-Saffaat 37 : 102]

Their entire lives were lives of Obedience and Submission. They were prepared to accept death but not prepared to abandon or reject the Hukm (Order) of Allah Ta’ala.

Allah Ta’ala mentions the reply of Hazrat Isma’eel (‘Alaihis Salaam). He said:  “...Insha-Allah, you will find me of the patient ones.”

Look at his humility. He did not say: “I will be patient”; rather: “Insha-Allah ... if  Allah wills.”

His words clearly indicate the beautiful qualities of humility, etiquette, trust in Allah Ta’ala, patience and endurance. There was no claim whatsoever of pride, or boastfulness or superiority or conceit.

Despite having to face so many trials and tribulations, none of the Ambiya (‘Alaihimus Salaam) made a claim of being perfect. They did not rely on their own ability and capacity; rather they focused on Allah Ta’ala. They made the effort and trusted in Allah Ta’ala.

“So when they had both submitted their wills (To Allah)…”
[Surah As-Saffaat 37 : 103]

The word “أَسْلَمَا ” alludes to the brave submission of father and son, without question. The claim of Divine Love was made manifest in this immediate surrender and compliance to Allah Ta’ala’s Command. …And as is known, despite the repeated efforts made, the knife would not cut the throat of Hazrat Isma’eel (‘Alaihis Salaam). …This being by the Will of Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala then ransomed Hazrat Isma’eel (‘Alaihis Salaam) with a ram from heaven.

Allah Ta’ala states :

“Thus indeed do We reward those who do right”
[Surah As-Saffaat 37 : 110]

Allah Ta’ala’s rewards encompass bounties of this world and bounties of the next for that person who surrenders himself to the commands of Allah Ta’ala and sacrifices his desires solely for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.

From this beautiful story, we learn the lessons of SUBMISSION, OBEDIENCE, SACRIFICE – attributes which are sorely lacking in our own lives.

We are commanded to submit ourselves to the Hukm (Command) of Allah; whichever one is directed to us.

There are different Ahkaam: sometimes it is the order of Salaah, sometimes it is the order not to perform Salaah; but at EVERY given moment the Command of Taqwa is directed to us, and that is we restrain ourselves from that which is Haraam.

Where is the truthfulness of our claim of Love and Imaan, if we cannot comply to obedience?

We have not been commanded to sacrifice our sons. We are only called to give up sins. Just don’t do the sin. Don’t cast lustful gazes, don’t commit zina, don’t gamble, don’t backbite, don’t do sins. …Don’t do and get rewards. Don’t do (sins) and become the Friend of Allah Ta’ala. 

Nisbat (connection) with Allah Ta’ala is secured only on Taqwa and obedience to Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam).

Once we have established friendship with Allah Ta’ala, then no difficulty, no hardship, no adversity or suffering becomes insurmountable, as is seen in the life of Khalilullah (Friend of Allah), Hazrat Ibraheem (‘Alaihis Salaam)

We also learn that when we say we believe, then we will be tested on our claim.

Allah Ta’ala states :

“Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, ‘We Believe’ and that they will not be tested?”

“We did test those before them, and Allah will certainly know those who are true from those who are false.”
[Surah Al-Ankaboot 29 : 2]

“Or do you think that you shall enter the Garden (of bliss) without such (Trials) as came to those who passed away before you…”
[Surah Al-Baqarah 2 : 214]

These tests in life are to see who still remains sincere and faithful to Allah Ta’ala – and who gives up and turns away from Allah Ta’ala. Of course, we should not be asking for tests and trials. We are weak. However, this world is a world of test.

From our side, we should always seek safety and aa’fiyat (well-being), as has been taught by Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam).

An Aalim has beautifully described the understanding and approach of a Believer in dealing with the tests of this worldly life:

“In whichever condition He keeps me,
It is the best condition for me;
Through whichever route He takes me,
It is the easiest route for me.’

In this journey of life, we are to establish and maintain our relationship with Allah Ta’ala, no matter what the circumstance and conditions we face… 

For those who persevere and work hard to pass the examination of this worldly life, there will be innumerable rewards :

‘ …Those who patiently persevere will truly receive a reward
without measure!”
[Surah Az-Zumar 39 : 10]

…And we ask Allah Ta’ala to make us ever-submissive to Him, and that He grant us ease in the matter of life and death, grant us well-being and the ability to maintain steadfastness in all conditions of life.

·        For hope and consolation, download and listen to the talks: “SABR and HOPE” by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel (Rahmatullahi ‘Alayh).

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Three Intoxicants

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem 

Extract from ‘Aashiq-e-Sawdiq’  by
Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘Alayh)

My spiritual mentor, Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) once asked me: “How many kinds of intoxicating drinks are there?”

I replied : “I do not know.”

Hazrat (Rahmatullahi 'alayh) then explained to me that there are three kinds of intoxicants :

·        The first is the intoxicating wine of ‘Dunya’[1]. The majority on the face of the earth are intoxicated with something of the earth: gold, silver, property, business, fashion, cars, etc. Yet this ‘Dunya’ is something that is neither ‘Azali’ nor ‘Abadi’ – meaning that it was not existent previously. It has been created. Added to this it will not remain forever. It will one day perish.

·        The second kind of intoxicant is the intoxication of the Aakhirah (Hereafter). Jannah[2] is the drink of the Aakhirah. Even though it is not ‘Azali’ (from all times), it is ‘Abadi – meaning that it will not be destroyed. It will exist into eternity. This intoxicant is permissible; in fact it is recommended to seek.

·        The third kind of intoxicant is the intoxication of ‘HAQ’[3]. The drink of DIVINE LOVE. This is unique and unparalleled as it is neither created nor will it perish. It was. It is. It will always be.

This drink is exclusive to the Ahlullah[4]. If we desire ‘the drink of the pure love of our Master, Allah Ta’ala’, we will have to keep company with His lovers. Their generosity is such that they share the same with those who have the thirst.

[1] Dunya : The material world
[2] Jannah : Paradise
[3] Haq : The Truth. This is one of the Attributes of Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala is Existent, from all times and forever.
[4] Ahlullah : The people of Allah Ta'ala