Guarding Our Privacy

There has been a lot of concern about privacy nowadays and how to protect it. However, what is more important for a person is not to misuse it. Observing piety in our public as well as private lives is among the three things that Prophet Sallaho Alaihi Wassalam has termed as savior acts (منجیات).

Privacy and seclusion is sometimes admired by the pious people in order to enhance their relationship with their Creator. Salat and specifically salat e tahajjud enhances this relationship.

نمود جلوہ بے رنگ سے ہوش اس قدر گم ہیں

کہ پہچانی ہوئی صورت بھی پہچانی نہیں جاتی

Taqwa and piety tame the nafs of the pious people and this seclusion helps them spend sometime in private with their Lord. They have conversations that doesn’t need words and lips..

تم سا کوئی ہمدم کوئی دمساز نہیں ہے

باتیں تو ہیں ہر دم مگر آواز نہیں ہے

ہم تم ہی بس آگاہ ہیں اس ربط خفی سے

معلوم کسی اور کو یہ راز نہیں ہے

While seclusion has its benefits, my mentor Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar sb RA used to give a practical advise that a person who often finds himself or herself surrounded in the sins, and seclusion aggravates the urge for their evil desires, should refrain from observing seclusion. Such people, and most of us fall in this category, should involve themselves in any permissible activity or mingle up with good friends.

طبیعت کی رو زور پر ہو تو رک

وگرنہ یہ سر سے گزر جائے گی

ذرا دیر کو تو ہٹا لے خیال

یہ ندی چڑھی ہے اتر جائے گی

In essence, we must guard our private lives and refrain from evil deeds that are easier to commit when away from people eyes. But we must keep in mind that He is with us when nobody is with us.

هوا معكم وأین ما کنتم

چوریاں آنکھوں کی اور سینوں کے راز

جانتا ہے تو سب کو تو اے بے نیاز

Courteous Behavior

It is reported in a hadith

أكمل المؤمنين إيماناً أحسنهم خلقاً

The most perfect of the believers in faith, is the one with the best behaviour among them.

Good deeds are a gift and favour from Allah SWT which creates noor and brightness in our hearts but it is important to preserve it. Unpleasant behavior ruins all of these hard-earned bounties.

My Shaikh Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar sb RA says that the most perfect of all believers are not mentioned as those who offer tahajjud or perform nafl fastings rather it is the behavior.

Our Prophet Muhammad’s sallahoalaihewassallam behavior is the guideline for us. He not only forgave his staunchest opponents upon overpowering them at the conquest of Makkah but, right after that, also blessed the newly embraced people with lot of booty after the battle of Hunain.

My Shaikh says that even if we find our relatives at fault we should not wait for them to ask for forgiveness. Do not stop meeting and greeting them and giving them gifts. تَهَادَوْا تَحَابُّوا Giving gifts is a means of increasing compatibility and love.

However, at times, we find ourselves at the crossroads where we have to choose between appeasing the society and obeying Allah swt. In all such scenarios opting to appease the society will lead to ruin the purpose of life.
It is reported in a hadith لا طاعة لمخلوق في معصية الخالق  that it is forbidden to disobey the Creator in order to appease the society.

My Shaikh, Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar RA used to advise that if a person invites us to his/her wedding party where some immoral acts are expected to take place, even in such situations instead of becoming harsh we should give them presents before the wedding date and explain the reason of our absense from the party in a decent manner.

Radoolullah Sallallahoalaihe Wasallam advises that we should try to mend fences with those who push us back, support those who withdraw their support from us, and forgive those who perform injustices to us. This is the glimpse of behavior that we should try to practice.

صِلْ مَن قَطَعَك وأَعْطِ مَن حَرَمَك واعْفُ عمّن ظَلَمَك

We must ask ourselves as to who deserves our attention the most and start the journey towards perfection.

صحبت اولیاء

If one likes to stay close to God
Then stay under the guidance of the pious people

Allah’s Unimaginable Love Towards His Servants

Allah Taala is our creator and sustainer and loves each one of us more than anybody we could think of. No matter how much or how frequently a person displeases Him in his life, His Arms are always extended to the one who wants to repent and get close to Him.

My mentor Hazrat Maulna Hakim Akhtar sb damatbarkatuham used to explain this with a delicate example. On the day of judgment defiant people will be punished and they will not be able to see the glimpse of their Lord. And the believers will be given the great opportunity to stare at their Love.

کلا انھم عن ربھم یو مئذ لمحجو بون

وَمَنْ أَعْرَضَ عَن ذِكْرِي فَإِنَّ لَهُ مَعِيشَةً ضَنكًا وَنَحْشُرُهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ أَعْمَى

You can only expect this kind of punishment from a person who loves you the most. Mother, for example, punishes her disobedient son and ask him not to see her face when he refuses to stop disobedience.

The point is that Allah taala has unimaginable Love towards us and Allah taala wants everyone of us to return back where He is waiting for us with open Arms.

پردے اٹھے ہوے بھی ہیں، ان کی ادھر نظر بھی ہے

بڑھ کر مقدر آزما، سر بھی ہے سنگ در بھی ہے

Keep Yourself Warm

Allah Taala, our Creator, is the reason of our existence and the only means of our subsistence. His Kindness, Love, and Blessings towards us is endless. All His actions are full of wisdom and are in the best interest of the believers.

Our soul does not require any external things to keep ourselves warm and connected with Him. The enjoyment of the priceless connection with the Lord is simply overwhelming.

This is the reason why Bilal RadiallahoAnho used to shout ‘Ahad, Ahad’ (God is the only One) when his master would force him to lay on bed of coke. Once Abu Bakr RA passed by and advised him to say ‘Ahad’ quietly so as to get rid off the inhumane treatment. Next morning he was again seen being tortured and he told Abu Bakr RA that he was unable to resist his love and shouted Ahad again.

Maulana Shah Abdul Ghani Phoolpuri Rehmatullah alaih used to wake up for Tahajjud and repeatedly chant

از لبِ نا دیدہ صد بوسہ رسید

من چہ گوئم روح چہ لذت چشید

“I cannot describe the enjoyment of hundreds of kisses that I receive from Unseen Lips.”

This deep love of Allah taala can be attained in the company of pious people who already hold this love in their hearts.

Allah’s Remembrance

Allah Taala’s remembrance is the lifeblood of the universe. The world will not be wrapped up until there exist a believer remembering Him. Man needs this fuel to withstand the whirlwinds of difficult conditions such as deprivation of health, fame, money, position, enjoyment and relationships.

الا بذکراللہ تطمئن القلوب

This remembrance gives birth to an unbreakable connection with Allah Taala which lights a candle in a believer’s heart. Once this candle is lit, the person starts feeling tranquility and contentment and starts abhorring acts of evil and starts admiring virtues.

وجعلنا لہ نور یمشی بہ فی الناس

Remembrance is a pre-requisite for love. And once love is attained you cannot afford to forget Him. Sins are committed just due to lack of love for Allah Taala. Love compels the lover to keep the Beloved happy and pleased. And then it is Love that guides the lover to find ways to please the Beloved. You do not need policing , you do not need vigilance. Love will itself teach how to get to the Beloved. We will start finding prayers absorbing, supplications answered, sobbing confessions soothing, admiration towards humbleness, honesty, modesty, and piety. And Love of Allah Taala keeps the person from all the sins, be it casting evil glances or meetups with girlfriends/boyfriends, any misuse of our body parts, or anything against honesty, modesty, humbleness or piety.

Remembrance of Allah creates Love of Allah Taala.

My Shaikh Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakim Muhammad Akhtar Sb used to say a couplet:
وہ گرمئ ہجراں وہ تیری یاد کی خنکی
جیسے کہ کہیں دھوپ میں سایہ نظر آیا

Try following daily after any prayer:
100 times La ilaha Illallah,
100 times Allah Allah,
100 times Durood, and
100 times Astaghfar
and start experiencing the fast track journey towards the Love of Allah Taala. May Allah Taala give His Love to everyone of us. Ameen.

Allah Ta’ala’s Glimpse

The greatest jubilation for the people of Heavens will be when Allah swt will lift the veils and they will be able to have a glimpse of their Lord. At that moment people would forget about everything including the Heavens itself.

And this is a trivial necessity of love. When a person loves, he cannot resist! He utters and writes the name of his beloved out of desperation. He remain restless until he talks and have his beloved’s glimpse. My shaikh Hazrat Maulana Hakim Akhtar Sb RA used to say that when such are the feelings in a worldly relationship try to imagine how much irresistible one would be who loves Allah Taala more than anyone else in the world. And His Glimpse will be the ultimate delight for the His lovers.

نہیں کرتے ہیں وعدہ دید کا وہ حشر سے پہلے

دلِ بے تاب کی ضد ہے ابھی ہوتی یہیں ہوتی

Regarding the verse للذين أحسنوا الحسنى و زيادة , mufasireen say that الحسنى is Heavens and زيادة means the Glimpse of Allah Taala. Which means that for Allah Taala’s lovers there is Jannah for them and more than that they will have the honor to see their Lord.

RasoolAllah sallaho alaihi wassalam used to supplicate in following words:

اللهم إني أسألك لذة النظر إلى وجهك والشوق إلى لقائك

Oh Allah I request you to provide me the thirst of Your Glimpse and the joy of meeting You.

May Allah swt give us this precious gift. Ameen.

Signs of Hypocrite

Hypocrisy is a deadly spiritual disease and the real hypocrite will be placed at an extremely terrible place in the hell. إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ فِي الدَّرْكِ الْأَسْفَلِ مِنَ النَّارِ

My Shaikh used to mention that there are two kinds of hypocrite 1) hypocrite with respect to faith, and 2) hypocrite of the actions. While the former is concerned with the act of disbelieving the tenets of Islam while posing oneself as a Muslim the latter means the habit of disobeying the Lord swt despite promising to obey.

While the above mentioned denunciation, according to various Ulemas, is related to the first category of hypocrite it is important to avoid every aspect of it.

Rasollallah ﷺ has been quoted as mentioning four signs of a hypocrite.

اذا اؤتمن خان واذا حدث کذب واذا عاھد غدر واذا خاصم فجر

  • Whenever he is made a custodian he steals and does misappropriation اذا اؤتمن خانَ

    They are dishonest in their financial dealings, untrustworthy in their relationships, cheat their partners and most importantly intentionally commits acts of misdeed that betray Allah swt.

    Quite often they do not give the due share in inheritance to their siblings, especially sisters, and try usurping others’ shares.

    But this does not necessarily apply to stealing material objects. In a Hadith it is reported that if a person looks around (to ensure if no one else is listening) and then talks to you, you should consider yourself as the custodian of the discussion and should not disclose it to anyone else.

    My Shaikh used to say that we are the custodian of our body. When we use our eyes in evil-glances, tongues in backbiting or using abusive language, hands for stealing, legs for walking towards a sin, lips for forbidden kisses, and others parts of body illicitly, we are infact misappropriating the power that Allah swt has given us.

    My friends! if we do not take Allah swt on our side no matter what we achieve or who we befriend we will never be in able to succeed.
    جو تو میرا تو سب میرا فلک میرا زمیں میری
    اگر اک تو نہیں میرا تو کوئی شئے نہیں میری

  • He is a habitual liar اذا حدث کذب

    Telling lies has become an admirable trait in many occupation especially in sales and marketing. Allah swt is the sustainer and no matter how much gains one accumulates He is the only one who has the power to make them beneficial or useless for us.

    My Shaikh used to say that a true lover of Allah swt would not dare to commit a sin intentionally. Shaitan and Nafs might sometimes get him spontaneously overpowered, but not in his true consciousness. And whenever a sin is committed, he does not get satiated until he get it washed away through repentance.

    Telling lies is a sin that normally cannot be committed without being conscious. Unless it is for a permitted reasons, e.g. to patch up between two Muslims, we must stay away from this essential sign of a hypocrite.

  • Whenever makes an agreement he betrays اذا عاھد غدر

    Another sign of an hypocrite is that he never fulfills his commitments and promises. Always slipery in his dealings and his commitments are worthless.

    A person was traveling with RasoolAllah ﷺ and at a point requested him to wait for him while he completes his work. The person forgets that he has made the prophet waiting and realized a few days later. He went to the same place and found RasoolAllah ﷺ still waiting for him. This was the level of commitment.

    The biggest commitment is what our souls made in aalam e arwah, when Allah swt asked “Am I not your Lord, the Sustainer!?” and everyone reply “Yes”

    My Shaikh used to say that each one of us has already made a promise to our Lord and if we deliberately disobey it is a mis-commitment which we all should avoid.

  • In an event of any disagreement he starts using foul language اذا خاصم فجر

    Disagreements are part of human life and sometimes they bring about blessings. However, use of foul language dishonors both the person and it should always be avoided. The point of view should be presented in a decent manner. The best person is one with greatest level of Islamic ethics.

May Allah swt guide us all and help us to avoid the above mentioned traits of the traitors! Ameen.

Be Thankful to Allah swt

Umar Radiyallahoanhu once went to Rasolallah ﷺ and inquired about the verse ثُمَّ لَتُسْأَلُنَّ يَوْمَئِذٍ عَنِ النَّعِيمِ ( تکاثر) and mentions the condition of hunger and hardships faced by the Companions that sounded a little complaining.

Rasolallah ﷺ nurtured his Companions in such a way that against any wordly hardships, instead of allowing them to moan, their attention were immediately drawn towards contentment and upon the comfort and blessings provided by Allah swt. Rasolallah ﷺ sighed and immediately started counting the blessings and asked Umar RA if he wasn’t provided with water and had any issues in urination?

There are countless blessings that we enjoy everyday. The fresh air, the pure drinking water, the delicious food, good health, comfortable driving, pleasant sleeps, well being of our family, prayers from parents, faithful spouses, obedient children, the clothing, the faith in Allah swt, the ability to pray, the urge to help those in need, the strength to avoid sins, the tears of repentance. Each of them is a blessing and it is a fact that we normally get used to them and forget to be grateful to Allah swt. The pious people have a very different world view. They see every favor that they encounter in their lives as a Divine gift.

Maulana Shah Abdul Ghani Phoolpori ra used to spend about 10-12 hours after Isha in prayers, reciting Quran, performing zikr and duas at a small local mosque and my shaikh Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar sb ra used to accompany him. Everyday around afternoon pulses with bread would come from home and Maulana used to take the meal with such a joy and excitement as if he was having some biryani or pulao. Upon enquiring reason for such a joy he used to say that you look at the contents but I feel that my beloved Allah swt is offering this food Himself to me! And that is the reason for my excitement.

We must make a habbit to concentrate and realize Allah swt’s blessings and thank Allah swt for all the blessings that we receive. This practice will increase the usefulness of those things and blessings.

لَئِن شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ

بے کیفی میں بھی ہم نے اک کیفِ مسلسل دیکھا ہے
جس حال میں بھی وہ رکھتے ہیں اس حال کو اکمل دیکھا ہے
جس راہ کو ہم تجویز کریں اس راہ کو اثقل دیکھا ہے
جس راہ سے وہ لے جاتے ہیں اس راہ کو اسہل دیکھا ہے

Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar Sb ra used to say that the real thank is to avoid the deeds that displeases Allah swt. If we merely utter the words of thanks (الحمدللہ، الحمدللہ) but continue to displease the Lord through our actions then this cannot be termed as the real thanks.

May Allah swt give us strength to avoid the disobedience and thank Allah swt for all His blessings in true spirit. Ameen

Obedience : Essential Precondition for Love

Audio clip from Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar sb ra