Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would say:
إني لأكره أن أرى الرجل فارغا لا في عمل الدنيا ولا في عمل الآخرة
“I don’t like to see a man idle, not involved in any deeni work, nor in any worldly work.” (Hilyatul Awliyaa vol. 1, pg. 178)
We all know the famous adage: “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” No one is saying that we must perform salaah or read tasbeeh the entire day. If it’s not some deeni work, then let us involve ourselves in some permissible worldly activity. Some scholars mention that a person should rather plant potatoes if he doesn’t have any work to do, since some benefit will still come out of it.
We all know in today’s time of technology how detrimental it is to remain idle. If a person is idle he has the whole world at his finger tips and he can get involved in so many types of wrongs and vices.
We need to also ensure that our children are occupied with some activity. Today the child has a car, all the money in his hand, and is free to do as he pleases. Thus he experiments with the wrong things and gets involved in wrong habits. Let us get them involved in something, even if it be some business, so that they will be occupied.
[Extracted from our detailed book on the life of ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), The Classic Resemblance of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)]
With the swift pace of time and the rapid change of conditions, many people try to apply and fit the prophecies of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) regarding the major signs of Qiyaamah to present day occurrences.
In many narrations the appearance of the Mahdi has been described in some detail. However, the actual time of his appearance is not mentioned. Likewise, many authentic ahaadeeth describe the appearance of Dajjaal. Some people claimed that Mahdi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was going to appear in 2004 or 2012. Others believe that Dajjaal refers to a system, and that his first day which will be equal to a year (as mentioned in the hadeeth) represents his rule in England starting in 900 of the Christian era. The second day which will be equal to a month (as mentioned in the hadeeth) represents his rule in America starting in 1917, and that the third day which will be equal to a week (as mentioned in the hadeeth) represents his rule in Palestine, starting in 2001. And yet another group promotes that Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj are not physical people. Instead it refers to “The Modern Secular Western Civilization.”
All this is done based on their own imagination and unsubstantiated understanding. They misinterpret the words of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and choose to promote a superficial, metaphorical meaning. In doing so, the doors of re-interpreting deen will be opened, thus giving the leeway to adopt superficial meanings based on our imagination for whatever we wish.
The question is: “How can we give Dajjaal and Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj some superficial interpretation, whereas it is clearly mentioned in authentic narrations that ‘Isaa (‘alaihis salaam) will kill Dajjaal and that ‘Isaa (‘alaihis salaam) will be with the Believers during the emergence and destruction of Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj?”
At this rate, soon the physical descension of ‘Isaa (‘alaihis salaam) will also be given a metaphorical interpretation, Allah Ta‘ala forbid.
The above approach is a direct result of neglecting the golden principle of “Leave ambiguous that which Allah Ta‘ala has kept ambiguous”. If Allah Ta‘ala and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not find the need to explain the exact details of these occurrences, why do we need to delve into them? Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has said: “Allah Ta‘ala has remained silent regarding certain issues, out of mercy for you and not due to forgetting (to explain them), therefore do not investigate these issues (i.e. do not try to delve into the details).” (Sunan Daaraqutni #4814)
If a person has to read the ahaadeeth describing the emergence of Dajjaal and Ya’jooj Ma’jooj with a clear mind, then without any mental effort and analysis he will get a specific clear meaning and understanding of the words of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). This clear meaning is what is intended, and not any other metaphorical one.
Man by nature is very emotional and impulsive. The moment he sees something happening against the norm, he tends to view it as something supernatural and he then tries to reconcile it with the signs of the last hour. However he has forgotten that the history of Islam is replete with more serious happenings and trials, where at times it seemed that the Ummah would have been wiped out from the surface of the earth, but it was the unseen help of Allah Ta‘ala that had granted them salvation and safety.
The greatest disservice we can do to the Ummah is to predict as to when the major signs of Qiyaamah will take place. Our Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), despite being a Nabi upon who revelation would descend, remained silent on this issue. Thus we as the followers should not even attempt to venture into such discussions. The danger of such a venture is that the pure words of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) will eventually take the form of some science experiment in a laboratory. Each time a prediction does not unfold as explained by those giving their own interpretations, the Ummah’s confidence in the noble words of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) will drop and they may even begin to reject the prophecies of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).
Path of Salvation
May Allah Ta‘ala guide us to hold onto our pious and learned ‘Ulama and save us from distorting the clear meanings of the ahaadeeth, thereby providing audiences with excitement and entertainment.
Shaikhul Hind Moulana Mahmoodul Hasan Deobandi (rahimahullah) was a great saint and scholar of his time. He would tend to his qurbaani cow for the entire year. He would personally wash and feed the animal. The cow would also become very attached to him. When he would leave his home to deliver the lessons of Saheeh Bukhaari and other books of hadeeth at Darul ‘Uloom Deoband, it would follow him right to the madrasah gate where it would sit down. When he would return at noon after lessons, it would follow him back home.
When the days of qurbaani drew near, he would lessen its normal feed, which was grass, and substitute it with bucketfuls of milk and jalebi (sweetmeat). He would also apply mhendi (henna) to it, place flowers on its back and beautify it because Allah Ta‘ala commands that one’s most beloved wealth should be spent in the path of Allah Ta‘ala. Thus, he would begin to love the animal very deeply. After the ‘Eidul Adha Salaah, he would sacrifice it and cry a little as well. Then he would immediately purchase another cow for the following ‘Eid. (Maslak-e-Ulama-e-Deoband aur Hubbe Rasul [sallallahu alaihi wasallam]).
Once he kept a cow which he fed the entire year. He would take it to the jungle after ‘Asr and make it run in order to make it healthy. It became so healthy that he received offers of up to 80 rupees, whereas a healthy cow in those days would cost approximately 10 to 15 rupees. But he did not accept any offer. (Khutubaate Hakimul Ummat, vol. 17, pg. 154).
Since it was his habit to offer a few qurbaani every year, he desired to do the same while he was imprisoned at Malta because of waging jihaad against the oppressive English rule. Though prisoners are not allowed to slaughter, he nevertheless forwarded the request that an animal must be made available to him and that he should be allowed to slaughter it. Something which comes out from the heart definitely has its effect. Hence, they were affected and sold him a sheep for 7 genies which he paid very happily. On the 10th of Zul Hijjah, he offered the qurbaani calling out the takbeer in a loud voice in that land of kufr where the sunnah of Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) had not been carried out since the fall of the Islamic rule. (Hayaate Shaikhul Hind – Akaabire Deoband aur `ishke Rasul [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam], pg. 32).
Lesson: One of the main reasons for us ‘singing the praises’ of our Akaabir (senior ‘Ulama) of Deoband is the strict adherence to the sunnah that was outstanding in their lives. The above incident is one more example of the same.
May Allah Ta‘ala also inspire us to fulfill this great act and every other sunnah of our Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) with the greatest passion, and allow us to follow in the footsteps of these illustrious personalities, aameen.
Presenting oneself in the court of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is one of the greatest acts of worship, for which great rewards and virtues have been promised.
Hereunder are a few authentic ahaadeeth regarding its virtues:
1. “My intercession becomes necessary for the one who visits my grave.” (Sunan Daaraqutni #2695/Shu‘abul Imaan #3862. Graded as “saheeh” by a group of hadeeth scholars – Sharhush Shifaa lil Qari vol. 2, pg. 149)
2. “Visiting me after my death is akin to visiting me during my lifetime.” (Sunan Daaraqutni #2694/Shu‘abul Imaan #3855. Ibnu Katheer [rahimahullah] has classified its chains as “saheeh” – Musnadul Farooq vol. 1, pg. 328)
3. “The one who visits me with this being his sole intention will be in my company on the day of Qiyaamah.” (Shu‘abul Imaan #3856. Classified as “jayyid” by Subki [rahimahullah] in Shifaaus Siqaam pg. 135)
(A detailed discussion on the authenticity of these narrations can be seen in the book Shifaaus Siqaam li Ziyaarati Khairil Anaam of the hadeeth master Taqiyyud Deen Subki [rahimahullah)] and other detailed works on this subject.)
Practice of the Entire Ummah:
Together with the virtues, visiting the Raudha Mubaarak has always been the practice of the Ummah since the time of the Sahaabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum). read more →
The Month of Ramadhaan is synonymous with the recitation of the Quraan Majeed. Apart from it being revealed in this month, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would revise the Quraan Majeed with Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) in the Month of Ramadhaan as well.
This dedication to the Quraan Majeed in the Month of Ramadhaan thereafter became the practice of the Aslaaf (pious predecessors). Hereunder are a few examples of this:
1. Aswad (rahimahullah) would complete the Quraan Majeed once every two days.
2. Imaam Abu Haneefah and Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahumallah) would complete the Quraan Majeed more than 60 times in the Month of Ramadhaan.
3. Imaams Zuhri, Maalik and Sufyaan Thauri (rahimahumullah) would stop all other works (even deeni related) and dedicate their time to the recitation of the Quraan Majeed. (Lataaiful Ma‘aarif pg. 318) read more →
Not long ago, a famous chain store opened a new branch nearby with ridiculous opening specials. Perhaps you won’t believe if I tell you that there were people waiting at the gates since 3 am. By the time the store opened its gates, the traffic had backed up a few kilometres.
Now, what was it that got these people out of there cosy beds at this early part of the morning? What was it that deprived them of their dear sleep and prompted them to wait for such a long time in their cars, even suppressing the urge to relieve themselves? It was nothing but the desire to save a few hundreds or thousands of rands.
We are about to witness a “Mega Sale”, not just an opening special which lasts for a few days and saves us a few coppers. Rather it is a month long sale that can secure us the everlasting bliss of the Hereafter.
This sale also requires us to wake up from our cosy beds and get onto the musalla crying to our Allah Ta‘ala in the early hours of the morning. It also requires us to spend hours, not in the shopping queue rather in the recitation of the blessed words of our Allah Ta‘ala.
May Allah Ta‘ala allow us to strike great bargains in this “Mega Sale,” Aameen.
Ibnu Mas‘ood Institute conducted the “Heaven on Earth” marriage course on Saturday (10th May 2014) in Newcastle. Alhamdulillah approximately 140 brothers attended.
Through the grace of Allah Ta‘ala the attendees really enjoyed the program and benefitted greatly. Hereunder are some of the feedbacks that were received:
- “Exceptionally beneficial and educational”
- “The course was very beneficial and important for the upbringing of the new generation and youth”
- “Very informative. Having the book was excellent”
- “Excellent. Very good subject. The content was good. Speakers were excellent”
- “Enjoyable, relevant, thought provoking”
- “I find this course very interesting and educative. I have learnt a lot that I never knew before.”
Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) explained the nature of life and man’s journey in a beautiful manner. He said:
إنكم في ممر الليل والنهار في آجال منقوصة وأعمال محفوظة والموت يأتي بغتة
“As the days and nights are passing (and the second’s needle is ticking on the clock), your life is getting shorter, your deeds are being recorded, and death will come all of a sudden.”
The angel of death doesn’t make any announcements or ‘final boarding calls’.
فمن يزرع خيرا يوشك أن يحصد رغبة ، ومن يزرع شرا يوشك أن يحصد ندامة
“The one who plants good will reap with happiness, and the one who plants evil will reap with regret.” (Hilyatul Awliyaa vol. 1, pg. 183) read more →
With the abundance of Islamic literature and scholars, the question that regularly arises is: “Who should I follow and whose lectures should I listen to?”
The great Maaliki scholar, Imaam Shaatbi (rahimahullah) (d. 790 A.H.) gives three simple signs by means of which one can recognize a true and reliable scholar of deen:
1. He practises on his knowledge and his actions conform to his words. If his actions contradict his words, then he is not worthy of being a teacher and of being followed.
2. He was nurtured by the experts of that field, studying under them and holding firmly to them, until a time came when he became worthy of the same titles as them. This was in reality the noble practice of our pious predecessors. read more →
As I walked out of the musjid, an eye-catching poster filled with colour begged for my attention. It was a report-back on Syria by an ‘Aalim scheduled for the forthcoming night. I cancelled my soccer to attend the very promising program. As the Moulana recounted his first-hand experiences, the merciless butchering of our youth and innocent children in Syria, I could not help but shed tears at their pitiable plight.
That night I dashed straight home, not wasting a minute at the car park with friends which was my daily practice, only to find my children asleep. Hugging and kissing them, against my norm, I thanked Allah Ta‘ala for the bounty of having my children hale and hearty. read more →