I feel fortunate and blessed to have experienced the company of pious people since my childhood. Hazrat Maulana Shah Abdul Ghani Pholpori Sb RA who was a learned alim and a devoted dicsiple of Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi Sb RA used to say that the greatest gift from Allah SWT after Imaan is the company of His pious people.
May Allah guide us all towards His love and help us find the company of the pious souls, whom Allah swt loves.
Allah Taala has a great love for all of us. Every believer is actually loved by Allah Taala.
Although we cannot see Him but we can definitely feel his patronage. We all have been given the liberty to choose between right and wrong in this world. However, refraining from bad deeds becomes sometimes difficult due to our stubborn inner self, society and/or peers. And, for this very reason it is advised that one should be surrounded by the company of pious people. If you are in the company of pious people, our inner self in inspired towards piety automatically.
People who start loving Allah Taala and observe piety are given a special kind of protection. Just as the parents hold their toddler’s hand while he/she is learning to walk, Allah Taala keeps His beloved ones away from sins. Even when their piety is about to break, He holds them in His Bountiful Hands.
“Allah is the Patron of those who believe; He brings them out from darknesses into the light.”
As mentioned in a portion of hadith Qudsi from Bukhari which closely means that when a person starts moving towards Allah swt, He starts loving him and He becomes his eyes with which he sees, He becomes his hands, and so forth.
“When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it.”
Allah Taala wants His servants to live a happy life in both the worlds and Rasolallah Sallallaho Alaihi wasallam has provided treasures to make our lives prosperous.
My Shaikh Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar Sb damat barakatuhum used to quote the event of Khizar A.S and Musa A.S. where they built a broken wall of two young orphans and mentions the reason as their father was a pious person. He used to ponder that when Allah swt takes care of the worldly affairs of the descendants of His pious person, how much will He care for the very person who becomes pious.
Having said this, debt is not something admirable but at times becomes unavoidable. But Rasolallah Sallallahoalaihiwasallam has taught us to repay the debts as soon as possible. The importance of early debt repayment can be observed by the fact that once Rasolallah Sallallahoalaihiwasallam did not offer the Janaza of a person who took loans and did not leave enough assets to repay his loans.
On many occasions, a person becomes unable to repay his debts despite trying his best. Rasolallah Sallallahoalaihiwasallam has taught us supplications that takes us out of the debt trap if make a firm stance to repay them come-what-may.
A person should make following supplication as part of his/her frequent supplications which will help repay his/her debt even if they are mountainous.
He said to him: “Shall I not teach you a supplication which the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) taught me? It will surely prove so effective that if you have a debt as large as a huge mountain, Allah will surely pay it for you. Say: ‘Allahumm-akfini bihalalika ‘an haramika, wa aghnini bifadlika ‘amman siwaka (O Allah! Grant me enough of what You make lawful so that I may dispense with what You make unlawful, and enable me by Your Grace to dispense with all but You).”
Another treasure is the episode of Hazrat Zubair bin Awam RA. He had a lot of loans in his name which were accumulated because people used to give him their belongings for safekeeping. He would tell them that instead he will give it in charity and will return the money when they need it back. This resulted in a huge debt in Hazrat Zubair RA’s name. At the time of his shahadat, he called his son and asked him to repay all the debts and supplicate to his Lord مولی if he ever faced any difficulty in loan repayments. His son, Abdullah bin Zaid says whenever he finds the repayment difficult he would supplicate using the words “یا مولی الزبیر” “O! Lord of Zubair” and Allah SWT would make the loan repayments easier till a time that all the debt were paid back easily.
When in distress situation to pay back loans, don’t loose hope and supplicate Allah swt as ” یا مولی الزبیر” and request for repayment of loans.
When we have our Lord who loves us and has everything for us in His possession; why should we worry. Its just a matter of turning towards Him and supplicate.
A lot of times we hear conflicting views about an issue and we are perplexed as to which way is the right path. These conflicts may arise due to shifting definitions of Halal and Haram in contemporary viewport. Sometimes this conflict is merely a difference of opinion between contemporary islamic jurists while on other occasions it could be due to a natural tendency to choose the path of over-simplification and convenience. And, sometimes it is just a matter of choosing a better option.
Whether I should wear niqaab?; Should one part ways with his/her abusive spouse; should ‘halal’ labelled electrocuted meat be consumed, should I follow an organization which is apparently sincere to Muslims but whose working style looks different, Cryptocurrency, orthodoxy or modern approaches, and it is an endless list which is unique to everybody.
Our Creator and the One who knows what is the best path for us has guided us in such difficult circumstances. Allah Taala says
O people who are believers, if you observe piety Allah will give you the the wisdom to differentiate between the right and the wrong and will and will remove from you your sins, and forgive you; and Allah is the Owner of the great bounty.
My Shaikh Hazrat Maulana Jalil Ahmed Akhoon damat barkatuham used to teach with regards to the above verse that observing piety and refraining from sins brings wisdom in such situation of indecisiveness that help the pious people steer themselves towards a path which is best for them. And observing piety also erase the already committed sins and brings forgiveness from the Lord.
The above method of finding the truth does not undermine the role of knowledge and Ulema. It is a separate and clear advise to seek knowledge from those who posses it.