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A Journey of Humility

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2016 15:52

(Sultaan Mahmood Ghaznawi – Part Four)

Sultaan Mahmood once travelled to the land of Khuraasaan On arriving there, he felt a great desire to visit the renowned Shaikh, Abul Hasan Kharqaani (rahimahullah). However, because the primary purpose for which Sultaan Mahmood had traveled to Khuraasaan was some political errand, he felt it inappropriate to visit the Shaikh on the same journey as this would imply that he was only visiting the Shaikh as he already happened to be in the area. The level of respect and honour which Sultaan Mahmood would show the pious friends of Allah Ta‘ala was such that he felt it necessary to undertake a separate, special journey in order to visit the Shaikh. With this frame of mind, Sultaan Mahmood left Khuraasaan and returned to India where he continued his jihaad and conquests and thereafter returned to Ghazni. Only after reaching Ghazni did Sultaan Mahmood make arrangements and set out on his special journey to visit Shaikh Abul Hasan Kharqaani (rahimahullah).

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Thirst for Justice

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 March 2016 16:16

(Sultaan Mahmood Ghaznawi – Part Three)

There was once a person who would frequently try to gain access to the court of Sultaan Mahmood, hoping to receive justice. One day this person somehow managed to enter and even managed to attract the attention of Sultaan Mahmood. When Sultaan Mahmood noticed him, he asked him what it was he had come for. The person replied, “My complaint is such that I cannot present it to you before the entire court.” Sultaan Mahmood understood that the person needed privacy and thus took him to a secluded place where he asked the man what the matter was.

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Identifying with Idols

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Last Updated on Monday, 29 February 2016 16:29

(Sultaan Mahmood Ghaznawi – Part Two)

In the era of Sultaan Mahmood, Sawmnaat was the name of a large city and also the name of an idol which was housed within its temple. Sawmnaat, the idol, was so revered by the disbelievers of India that it had a Ka’bah-like status in their eyes. On the occasions of a solar or lunar eclipse, up to 230 000 people would travel to Sawmnaat from distant lands in order to seek its “blessing” and beg favors of it. The disbelieving king of India would personally see to the upkeep of Sawmnaat and had dedicated the income of approximately 2000 towns to its upkeep. 2000 priests would remain in the temple at all times to worship Sawmnaat and would wash him with water of the Ganges River every night (the water would be brought from the river which was just less than 2000km away). The priests had hung a chain of solid gold which weighed approximately 170kg from one end of the temple to the next. Scattered across the length of this chain were small bells which would be rung to indicate that it was time to worship Sawmnaat. 500 singing women and 300 men would remain in the temple to serve Sawmnaat and an additional 300 barbers were kept available to shave the heads and faces of the priests. The king had even dedicated his daughters to the service of Sawmnaat. They lived lives of celibacy in the temple and passed their days serving the idol.

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Honouring the Heir of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 February 2016 16:05

(Sultaan Mahmood Ghaznawi – Part One)

Sultaan Mahmood bin Subuktageen, also known as Mahmood Ghaznawi, was a king in India who passed away in the year 421 after hijrah.

Occasionally a slight doubt would cross the mind of Sultaan Mahmood regarding three issues. His first doubt was regarding the authenticity of the hadeeth of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in which Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned that the ‘Ulama are the heirs of the Ambiyaa’ (‘alaihimus salaam). His second doubt was regarding whether or not the Day of Qiyaamah was a reality and his third doubt was regarding his lineage – Sultaan Mahmood was not sure of whether Naasirud Deen Subuktageen was his father or not.

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