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The Generosity of Imaam Shaafi’ PDF Print E-mail
Tasawwuf - Become a Wali- Do Good Deeds

The Generosity of Imaam Shaafi’

Imaam Shaafi’ (Rahmatullahi alaih) was extraordinarily generous. A whip fell from his hand. A slave picked it up and wiped it with his clothes. He then gave it to Imaam Shaafi’. Imaam Shaafi’ told his slave: “Give him [the slave who had picked up the whip] all the dinars [gold coins] you have with you.” The slave of Imaam Shaafi’ was carrying seven or nine dinars of Imaam Shaafi’. All this was given to the slave who had picked up Imaam Shaafi’s whip.

In this regard Imaam Rabee’ states: “We have heard about generous persons; we did not see them. Yes, when we saw Imaam Shaafi’ then we saw generosity. When he would come to his hometown of Makkah Mukarramah or to Misr he would distribute everything he brought along.”

The Life of Hakeemul Ummat (10) PDF Print E-mail
Tasawwuf - Auliya

3.4 Determining the Name and Profession

Hafiz Saheb smiled at her comprehension of this puzzle and commended her, saying:
“Truly this is what I mean. This girl seems to be very intelligent. Insha Allah, she will have two sons and they will live. Keep the one’s name Ashraf Ali Khan and the second Akbar Ali Khan. Both will be fortunate. One child will be mine. He will be a Molvi and he will be a Hafiz. The second will be a worldly figure.”

In this manner, Haq Ta’ala manifested his name and even profession with the words of a chosen servant of His before pregnancy; when he was as yet in the Aalam-e-Arwaah.

When that Buzrug proposed this name, another woman requested Hafiz Saheb at that same time to give a name for her grandson. Hafiz Saheb rejected this very scornfully with these words:
“Am I a bard who goes around giving names?”

From this it is clear that his pre-birth augury and the name given by that Buzrug was through inspiration from the unseen and it was something special.

3.5 Clash of Planning and Fate

After taking the infertility medication his honourable father felt content that cure will be forthcoming instead of offspring. However the Omnipotent had willed something else and hence He sent down the glad tidings of the birth immediately after the medication was taken.

That Musabbibul Asbaab [Creator of all causes, the First Cause], made the infertility medication a cause for the generation of progeny. On the one side Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi came to the world of creation and on the other side his father was comforted [from the disorder]. As though from the time he was born he was a challenge to the material world.

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Imaam Shaafi’s Tafaqquh

Muhammad Bin Abdullah Bin Abdul Hakam says: “I did not find anyone making such a complete and wonderful wudhu with minimum amount of water as Imaam Shaafi’. This was the product of Imaam Shaafi’s tafaqquh.”

[In other words this was proof of Imaam Shaafi’ being a Faqeeh – one who has deep insight into the teachings of Allah Ta’ala by virtue of his outstanding taqwa and closeness to Allah Ta’ala. Tafaqquh is not just understanding words and textsof the Qur’aan and Hadeeth; it is inextricably interwoven with practical life. In the above illustration of Imaam Shaafi’s tafaqquh his minimal use of water whilst fulfilling the requirements for a perfect wudhu is mentioned. He did not waste water, nor was his wudhu incomplete. This was the wudhu of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam).]

The Life of Hakeemul Ummat (9) PDF Print E-mail
Tasawwuf - Auliya

3.2 The Infertility Attempt

The episode pertaining to his birth is also a lesson to learn about this material world which seeks to change the natural order of creation by interfering with it through its science and intelligence. His honourable father became afflicted with scabies. No medication seemed to be of any help. In fact, the malady deteriorated the more it was treated. This made him very worried. In fact, he became despondent.

His condition led a certain doctor to prescribe for him an alchemic medication that rendered the user infertile. He gave preference to preservation of the individual to preservation of the kind and consumed the medication. “Forget progeny, at least one is cured.” Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi himself mentioned this incident in the preface to Humaam-e-Ibrat.

When his honourable mother learnt of this incident she became very much disturbed because prior to this too, none of her male offspring would remain alive. Slowly the news reached his maternal grandmother. Coincidentally, during that period the most virtuous of the Majzoobs, Hafiz Ghulaam Murtaza Panipati came to visit his mother’s family according to his former association. His grandmother complained to Hafiz Ghulaam Murtaza Saheb about what transpired.

3.3 Glad Tidings of Birth

It is the timeless way of Allah Ta'ala that when He selects someone for righteousness and guidance then even before sending the righteous guide He gives glad tidings of the coming via His accepted servants. When Hafiz Saheb heard the complaint he made du’aa and said:
“They die in the tug-o-war of Umar and Ali. The next time hand it over to Ali. It will stay alive.”

No one could comprehend this Majzoobi puzzle. However his mother, who possessed unusual understanding and insight, understood at once and said:
“Hafiz Saheb means that the boys’ father is Farooqi and mother Alawi. Previously the names that were kept, viz. Fazl-e-Haq, etc. were after the father’s name. The next occasion when there is a boy his name should be kept after the names on the mother’s side. The ending should be Ali.”

[Majzoobs are a class of Awliya whose actions and statements are at times incomprehensible to even Ulama, let alone the masses. Famous Majzoobs include Hazrat Bahlool (Rahmatullahi alaih) who lived during the time of Imaam Abu Haneefah (Rahmatullahi alaih), Hazrat Sha’baan the shepherd who lived during the time of Hazrat Imaam Shaafi’ and Imaam Ahmad Bin Hambal (Rahmatullahi alaihim).

Hazrat Haafiz Ghulaam Murtaza who said the cryptic words above simply gave glad tidings of the coming birth of two sons and he furthermore advised on what their names should be. He did not say that Umar and Ali are gods and that they are enemies of each other fighting over the names of the offspring of Hazrat Thanwi’s father. Such an averment is fallacious and is the product of a warped or bigoted mind. This is the simple interpretation of the above statement. There is neither myth nor superstition associated with the above episode, contrary to what one writer has stupidly and laboriously endeavoured to portray. By way of kashf Hafiz Saheb was informed of the birth of two sons; one destined to be a guide for the Ummah and the other a layman. A denier of kashf is a jaahil and mubtadi’. The kashf of the Awliya literally run into the millions.]

Adab in Ilm PDF Print E-mail
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Adab in Ilm

I have observed adab [respect and etiquette] in the knowledge I acquired from anyone, be the knowledge that of the Qur’aan, the Hadeeth, Nahw, or any other subject. This conduct of adab was part and parcel of my nature. And when I came to Madina Munawwarah and observed the awe of Imaam Maalik and the dignity of his majlis [assembly of Ilm] then that conduct of mine magnified to the extent that I was even cautious when turning a page of a Kitaab so that the noise does not disturb Imaam Maalik.

(Imaam Shaafi' Rahmatullahi Alaih)
‘Umrah, the wife of Habib ‘Ajami PDF Print E-mail
Behshti Zewar - Beneficial Stories

‘Umrah, the wife of Habib ‘Ajami

She used to spend the entire night in ‘ibadah. Towards the latter part of the night she used to say to her husband: "The caravan has moved on and you are still sleeping." Once her eyes began paining. Someone came to ask her about it, so she replied: "My heart is in even more pain."

Lesson: O women! Develop this type of pain of the love for Allah that all other types of pains are insignificant compared to this one.

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Behshti Zewar - Beneficial Stories

Umme Harun

She had great fear for Allah, used to engage in a lot of ‘ibadah, and always used to eat dry bread. She used to say: "At the approach of night, my heart used to become very happy. But when day comes, I get very sad. I stay awake the entire night." She did not apply any oil to her hair for thirty years. However, when she used to open her hair, it used to be clean and shining. Once she came out of her house and heard a person telling another person: "Catch (seize)!" (Upon hearing this) the day of qiyamah came to mind and she fell down unconscious. Once while she was in the forest, a lion confronted her. She said to it: "If I am your sustenance, eat me." This lion turned around and went away.

Lesson: Glory be to Allah! How intoxicated she was in His remembrance and how much she feared Him! As regards the incident with the lion, that could be considered to be her karamat. O women! You should also create this remembrance and fear of Allah in your hearts. Qiyamah is bound to come, so make some preparations for it.

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