Avoid Argumentation…..

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever does not argue when he is in the wrong will have a home built for him on the edge of Paradise. Whoever avoids it when he in the right will have a home built for him in the middle of Paradise. And whoever improves his own character, a home will be built for him in the highest part of Paradise.” [Tirmidhi]

Arguing with people is strongly discouraged in Islam. We are to state our point of view and then leave it at that. Nor are we to involve ourselves in matters that do not affect a person’s deen. Note that a person is to shun argument whether he is in the right or whether his stand is wrong. Both get houses built for them in Paradise. But since the person who knows that he is right finds it more difficult to leave the argument and let things be, he/she is promised a greater reward.

One of the most difficult challenges of character for Muslims of every background is being able to practice hilm (forbearance) during times of anger and disagreement—that is to be able to disagree with a dignified and generous spirit, and to think critically without being argumentative, stubborn, and condescending. 

Arguing with people rarely gets anyone to change their minds. It usually only produces defensiveness and creates ill feelings between people. The issue becomes a matter of one’s ego and makes it more difficult for a person to change their stance. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) loves to have Muslims live harmoniously with each other. When we  try this hadith out in practice — we will see that our relations improve with people and that we have greater peace of mind.

Rasul Allah (SalAllahu alaihi wa Aalihi wasallam) said, “The one who visits the sick is in fact like one who is in the fruit garden of Paradise so long as he does not return.” [Sahih Muslim]

There is great merit in paying a visit to the sick, whether one knows the patient or not. The following is a story of how a man came to take the shahada. 



The man was in a hospital sharing a room with a Muslim. One day some people came to visit the Muslim. They came in, hugged the Muslim brother, kissed him, and talked to him with love and affection. They stayed for a while and shared a closeness that was true. After they left, the man asked the Muslim if those were his brothers who had just visited him. The Muslim replied, “No, they learned that I was sick today, at the Friday prayer, and so they came to visit me. I just met them today.” This shocked the man. Those people had not acted in an awkward stranger fashion but like true brothers.

This led to the man asking more questions and finally accepting Islam. This duty of visiting the sick is always blessed by Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala). In addition, this time it also served as a vehicle to guide a man to Islam.

Khudi Ki Jalwaton Mein Mustafai (Bal-e-Jibril-094)

 Khudi Ki Jalwaton Mein Mustafai
Khudi Ki Khalwaton Mein Kibriyai

Selfhood in the world of men is prophethood;
Selfhood in solitude is godliness;

Zameen-o-Asman-o-Kursi-o-Arsh
Khudi Ki Zad Mein Hai Sari Khudai!

The earth, the heavens, the great empyrean,
Are all within the range of selfhoodʹs power.

MANNERS TOWARDS THE FRIENDS OF ALLAH

After interpreting the verse “Do not hold the Messenger’s calling (you) among you to be like your calling one to the other” (24; 63), Abū Lays (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:

“We also understand from this verse that we should show respect to the teachers. It’s been pointed out that the rights of the teachers and virtuous people should be observed.

This is why when their names are mentioned, and the language does not matter, we should also say things to show our respect. Since we are prohibited to call our biological fathers with their names, think about how disrespectful to specify our spiritual fathers’ names.”

(Ruḥ al-Bayān, VII, 447)

 

Friends of Allah…Sacrifice

During the first seven years of his commitment, Bahauddin Naqshiband (Alaihi Rehma) lived a life of valuable services ranging from serving the sick, needy, homeless and wounded animals, to cleaning up the roads that people used. He expressed the feeling of “nothingness” that peaked in his heart in the following lines:

The world is wheat, I am hay,
The world is nice, I am bad…

He also stated that he had achieved the greatest divine inspirations during the years of these services.

Because Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahimahullah) refused to issue a judicial opinion upon the personal desires of the caliph, he chose prison instead of being the chief justice of Baghdad. Thus he manifested a great example of justice and righteousness at the expense of his own life.

Imam Ahmad b. Hanbal (Rahimahullah) chose to be a tortured prisoner as a result of his opinion in the famous debate of whether the Qur’an was created or not, rather than compromising his opinion and what he believed to be the truth. In short, all these examples of bravery and strength through faith are only a few of the uncountable examples that reflect the exemplary good manners of the friends of Allah. They are the ones who are close to Allah the Almighty and hence who are freed from the terror and sadness of Hellfire.

If we truly love the saints (friends of Allah), the beloved servants of Allah, and want to be resurrected with them in the Hereafter, we must try to exemplify their good manners. By balancing our behavior with theirs, taking their actions as our own criteria, and trying to accomplish their spiritual state, we may reach eternal happiness, In sha Allah.

 

Awliya Allah (Friends of Allah)

Those who are the friends of Allah are not forgotten after their mortal bodies have left this world, rather they continue to live in the hearts of their loved ones and continue to guide them. Allah loves them and He has bestowed their love only upon those who are privileged. This is expressed in the Qur’ān as follows:

“On those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, will (Allah) Most Gracious bestow love.” (19:96)

Love…
The most vital love… A heartfelt affection which attracts many hearts like a magnet…

Isn’t the number of those who visit the tombs of Hazrat  Moulana Mohammad Amin Quereshi Owaisi, Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani, Shah-ı Naqshiband, Jalal al-Din Rumi, Yunus Emre, or Hudayi (May Allah have mercy on their souls) every day enough to prove this fact?

The following story is a very nice manifestation of this reality:

Abbasid Caliph Harun al-Rashid was living in glory and luxury in Raqqa. One day Abdullah b. Mubarak came to Raqqa. All the people of the city went out of the city to welcome him. The caliph was practically all alone in the city. One of the concubines of the caliph wondered the reason for such a scene and asked:

“What is this? What is happening?” and she was told:

“A scholar from Khorasan came to the city. His name is Abdullah b. Mubarak. People went out to welcome him.”

Then the concubine said:

“The real sultanate is this one, not Harun al-Rashid’s; because, without a police force he cannot even gather his workers.”

This is the real sultanate; because, one day, all reigns in this world will end. However, the spiritual sultanate will continue with all its glory even after death. People are always in need of the sultans of the hearts. They look for them and follow their footsteps. This is why the friends of Allah, such as Hazrat Khuwaja Owais e Qarni, Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bithayi, Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Noor uz Zamaan Shah, Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani, Shah-ı Naqshiband, Jalal al-Din Rumi, Yunus Emre, or Hudayi (May Allah have mercy on their souls) and others, have been longed for, for centuries.

The spiritual appeal and affection of the friends of Allah is the secret behind their spiritual sultanate. Their exceptional qualities are also among the reasons of their esteemed state. The friends of Allah, who are completely lost in the love for the Messenger of Allah (fana fi al-Rasul) do not speak out of their own selfish desires. They are like the reed flute that has emptied its inner self from everything that keeps it away from Allah. All their talk and actions are actually reflections from the traditions and sayings of the prophets. Their hearts are like clear mirrors upon which the divine light of Allah and the truth are reflected. This reality is expressed in the following saying of the Prophetﷺ

“…And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (Refuge), I will protect him; (i.e. give him My Refuge) and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him.” (Bukhari, Kitab al-Riqaq, 38)

Their spiritual world is an exceptional place where the beautiful attributes of Allah the Almighty are manifested. The most repeated attributes of our Lord in the Noble Qur’ān, “Rahman” (The Compassionate) and “Rahim” (The Merciful), are reflected in the hearts of the friends of Allah as a mercy for all creation. Seeing creation through the window of mercy and compassion of the Creator has been the doctrine of their lives.