She was also a kafir and she used to help the kuffar in their evil ways. When the time approached for Allah to send His punishment on the kuffar, He sent angels to inform Lut ‘alayhis salam. They said to him: "Leave your residence the following morning because the punishment of Allah is about to descend on this village. Take the believers with you and leave this village on this very night. No one should look back at this village." Acting on the orders of Allah, Lut ‘alayhis salam left his village. This woman also joined them in order to save her life. When the time came for the punishment of this village, Allah caused stones to rain down on them and there was a great uproar. All the believers lowered their heads out of fear and continued on their way.
In my opinion, for an Aalim there is nothing better for Izzat (self-respect), nobility, joy, comfort and peace than Khalwat (solitude). By virtue of this (solitude), he will enjoy safety of his body, his dignity and safety of his Deen in the Eyes of Allah and creation. The one who mixes much with people holds no respect in their eyes. Such a person has no honour in their eyes.
A Buzrug says that we used to mingle and joke with others. But when the masses took us as leaders, now in my opinion there remains no scope for that.
Hazrat Sufyaan Thauri (Rahmatullahi alaih) used to say: “Study Ilm, protect it and do not contaminate it with futile talk, otherwise hearts will become disinclined to it (Ilm).”
This is the Tahaffuz (Protection) of Ilm.
The reader should not think about the Ulama who frequent the Salaateen (rulers and governors). Khalwat (Solitude) is a great protector of an Aalim and Ilm. The loss accrued by those Ulama (who frequent the rulers) is more than what they gain by frequenting such people.
Sayyidul Fuqaha, Hazrat Sa’eed bin Musayyab (Rahmatullahi alaih) never used to go to the hukkaam (rulers). They would therefore be quiet about him. This is the way of a cautious person (i.e. he does not go to the rulers, because going to them harms one’s Deen).
Therefore, O Aalim, if you wish to gain pleasure and peace, then confine yourself to a corner of your home. Furthermore, be secluded from your family. You will experience a wonderful life. Stipulate a time to meet your family. Once they become aware of this, they will regulate time to meet you. In this manner you will also have the benefit of a beautiful social life.
There should be a room for your Khalwat (seclusion) in your home wherein you speak to your Kutub and join in the course of your thoughts. Abstain from meeting with people, especially the awaam (masses). Earn that much with which you will be spared from greed. For an Aalim this is the limit of pleasure in this dunya.
Someone asked Hazrat Abdullah bin Mubaarak (Rahmatullahi alaih): “Why don’t you sit with us?” He replied, “I sit in the gatherings of the Sahaabah and Taabi’een.” He alluded to studying the Kitaabs he wrote.
When an Aalim becomes independent of people, is fortunate to gain Khalwat and does things with understanding then he should involve himself in writing (kitaabs) for perfect pleasure.
And if such intellect is gained by which Ta’alluq Ma’Allah (Bond with Allah Ta’ala) gains progress and Munaajaat (Conversing with Allah Ta’ala) is established, then it is as if Jannat has been found before Maut.
We ask Allah Ta’ala for lofty courage which will take us to Kamaal (perfection), and we ask Allah Ta’ala for Taufeeq to do A’maal-e-Saalihah, for the travellers on the Road of Haqq are only a few.
Hakeemul Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib رحمه الله has reminded us that we need to take lessons from Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله. How is it possible for an individual to attach importance to himself? Many are those who impose themselves on others but the retribution from Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله is indeed unique.
Hazrat Thaanwi رحمه الله mentioned an incident of a collector who passed away on the Shimla hilltop. His corpse was being transported from there on a bier in such a manner that his head was striking stones on the road. A person who observed this said; "There goes such a person whose word was law in the district but now he cannot save his own head from being knocked against these stones."
The disease of pride over intellect has reached alarming proportions. There are those who, on the basis of intellect, have claimed godhood. Fir'awn was one such person who said:
انا ربكم الاعلى
'I am your supreme lord.'
Hazrat Thaanwi رحمه الله mentions that even today, there is no dearth of pride below that of claiming godhood.
(To be continued ان شاء الله)
THE HEART BECOMING INCLINED (TO GOOD DEEDS) ON ITS OWN OR INCLINING IT DELIBERATELY
Is it necessary that the heart becomes inclined or necessary that it be made to incline?
The self became inclined and the person eats food, it never became inclined (to eat) so he takes medicine. Are both beneficial or not? In the same manner, when the self is inclined (towards Ibaadat) and the person practices then it is like food for the soul. On the other hand, if a person is not inclined but still practices then it will be like the medicine, and in both cases the objective is attained.
A person will consume extremely bitter and pungent medicine for his physical health but for his spiritual health if he has to endure some difficulty temporarily (because he is forcing himself to do good actions) then he causes a scene! Do not bother about becoming inclined, just remain ready and prepared to fulfil the commands. When a person gets involved in business then he endures so many difficulties; doesn’t eat, doesn’t sleep but just focuses on the work. Here they do not consider whether the self is inclined or not.
This is the business of the hereafter and this is substantiated in Qur’aan:
O THOSE WHO BELIEVE, SHALL I TELL YOU ABOUT A TRADE THAT SAVES YOU FROM A PAINFUL PUNISHMENT?
Similarly, there is great effort in farming and cultivation. The farmer makes so much effort merely based on hopes. It is said:
اِنَّ الدُّنيا مَزْرَعَةُ الآخِرَة
The world is a place of tillage (and reaping) for the hereafter.
So why does a person become frustrated with this business and farming (spiritual) and why does he complain that the heart is not inclined? (He does not complain when it is related to worldly business and farming but complains when it comes to making effort for his spiritual development and benefit in the hereafter).
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Wednesday 14 Dhul-Qadah 1440 17 July 2019
THE SUNNAH OF LOOKING AFTER ONES HOUSEHOLD
Hakim bin Hizam Radiallahu Anhu reported Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam having said this:
The most excellent Sadaqa or the best of Sadaqa is that after giving which the (giver) remains rich and the upper hand is better than the lower hand, and begin from the members of your household.
It has been narrated on the authority of Ibn 'Umar that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:
Beware! every one of you is a shepherd and everyone is answerable with regard to his flock. The Caliph is a shepherd over the people and shall be questioned about his. A man is a guardian over the members of his family and shall be questioned about. A woman is a guardian over the household of her husband and his children and shall be questioned about them. A slave is a guardian over the property of his master and shall be questioned about. Beware, every one of you is a guardian and every one of you shall be questioned with regard to his trust.
Narrated Qatada Radiallahu Anhu
Anas Radiallahu Anhu went to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam with barley bread having some dissolved fat on it. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam had mortgaged his armor to a Jew in Medina and took from him some barley for his family. Anas Radiallahu Anhu heard him saying, "The household of Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) did not possess even a single Sa (2.5kg) of wheat or food grains for the evening meal, although he has nine wives to look after."
Al-Aswad Radiallahu Anhu said, "I asked 'A'isha Radiallahu Anha, may Allah be pleased with her, 'What did Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam do when he was with his family?' She replied, 'He would do chores for his family, and when it was time for the prayer, he would go out.'"
Hisham Radiallahu Anhu said, "I asked 'A'isha Radiallahu Anha, 'What did Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam do in his house?' She replied, 'He did what one of you would do in his house. He mended sandals and patched garments and sewed."
'Amra Radiallahu Anhu reported that 'A'isha Radiallahu Anha was asked, "What did Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam do in his house?" She replied, "He was a man like other men. He removed the fleas from his garment and milked his sheep."