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Engrossed in ‘Ibaadah

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Last Updated on Saturday, 23 September 2017 06:14

(Hafsah bintu Seereen [rahimahallah] – Part One)

Hafsah bintu Seereen (rahimahallah) was a Taabi‘iyyah (one who had seen the Sahaabah [radhiyallahu ‘anhum]). Her siblings were Muhammad bin Seereen (the renowned hadeeth scholar and interpreter of dreams), Yahya, Kareemah and Ummu Sulaim (rahimahumullah).

Hafsah (rahimahallah) had memorized the Quraan Majeed at the age of twelve. She would enter the musjid of her home (the portion of her home dedicated to salaah and ‘ibaadah) before the Zuhr Salaah. There she would remain, engaged in ‘ibaadah, until she had performed the ‘Asr Salaah, the Maghrib Salaah and even the ‘Esha Salaah. After performing the ‘Esha Salaah, she would further remain in her musjid, engaged in ‘ibaadah, until the Fajr Salaah. Even after she had performed the Fajr Salaah, she would not leave her musjid, but would remain engaged in ‘ibaadah until the time of the Dhuha Salaah (chaasht). It was only after she had performed the Dhuha Salaah that she would leave her musjid, in order to sleep, see to her needs and perform wudhu. At the time of Zuhr, she would once again enter her musjid for ‘ibaadah. This was her habit for approximately thirty years.

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Sincerity of the Seniors

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 September 2017 16:11

Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahimahullah), the reviver of the effort of tableegh, was once invited to a tableeghi gathering in Muzaffarnagar. On arrival in Muzaffarnagar, he observed that the people who invited him had brought elephants to the station as they wished to form a ‘procession’ to escort him to the gathering. Moulana Ilyaas (rahimahullah) objected and explained that traveling in this manner was against the fundamental principles of the effort of tableegh. Hence, Moulana (rahimahullah) sat in an ordinary horse carriage and reached his residence.

As planned, the tableeghi gathering commenced, only for Moulana Ilyaas (rahimahullah) to learn, shortly after, that Moulana Sayyid Husain Ahmad Madani (rahimahullah) was delivering a lecture in another gathering nearby. Moulana Ilyaas (rahimahullah) immediately cancelled his lecture and instructed those present saying, “Moulana Madani (rahimahullah) has come. Everybody should go to that gathering and listen to his lecture.”

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Dedicated until Death

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 August 2017 15:07

(Respected Wife of Dr. Hafeezullah Madani [rahimahullah] - Part Four)

Dr. Kareemullah Makki, the son of Dr. Hafeezullah Madani (rahimahullah), mentioned the following regarding his respected mother:

Despite my respected mother personally carrying out all the chores of the home, she had fixed times for her nafl ‘ibaadah, such as zikr and reciting the Quraan Majeed, and was punctual in adhering to these times. She would also punctually perform the various nafl salaah such as Tahajjud, Ishraaq, Chaasht, the sunnats of ‘Asr and the Awwaabeen Salaah. She would perform all her salaah with great devotion and concentration.

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‘Weaning’ the Nafs

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 August 2017 10:13

‘Allaamah Booseeri (rahimahullah) mentions in his famous Qaseedah Burdah:

وَالنَّفْسُ كَالطِّفْلِ إِنْ تُهْمِلْهُ شَبَّ عَلٰى

حُبِّ الرَّضَاعِ وَإِنْ تَفْطِمْهُ يَنْفَطِمِ

The nafs is like a child; if you neglect (to wean) it, it will still have the love for the mother’s milk when it reaches adolescence. However, if you wean it, it will become weaned.

This couplet explains that a person’s nafs (carnal self) is like a young child. A suckling child, by nature, loves its mother’s milk. However, being a child, it does not understand that this milk is only beneficial for a short period, after which its consumption will prove harmful and detrimental to the child.

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The ‘Upgrade’ of the Aakhirah

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 August 2017 10:08

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned, “When Allah Ta‘ala has decreed a particular rank (in Jannah) for a servant, but the servant is unable to reach this rank through his good deeds (as they are insufficient), then Allah Ta‘ala tests him in his body, wealth, or his children. Allah Ta‘ala then enables him to exercise patience over this test, until it makes him reach the rank that Allah Ta‘ala had decreed for him.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #3090)

Every person hopes for an upgrade – be it an upgrade to the latest cell phone model, an upgrade from economy to business or first class, an upgrade to the latest car model, or even an upgrade from a normal hotel room to the Presidential Suite. Many people cannot afford these upgrades, and those who receive them for free are few and far apart!

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