Sunday, February 2, 2014

Ikhlas (sincerety)

(a talk by Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmad)

There are three levels by which one can draw close to Allah.

The first is knowledge, the second is action upon that knowledge, the third is sincerity. We are most lacking in sincerity. If a person has sincerity, Allah will bring him towards action and knowledge.

The pious people used to end their nights of worship with asking for forgiveness (istaghfar).

It is one thing to do action, it's another thing for it to be accepted by Allah. There is the fear that the worship may not be accepted.

We should try to give our best rather than settling for average. We should want Allah to be happy with us.

A major part of sincerity is intention. The power of intention makes us sincere. We should thing that there is no value in life besides those things that make Allah happy.

A general intention we can make for any action "I want to do this for the pleasure of Allah".

A mujahid, a scholar and a qari will be brought before Allah on the day of judgement and they will be sent to hell because they were not sincere. What will happen to the sinner, the lazy, the unworshipful one? We should be scared. We should think and reflect, become people of knowledge and action and sincerity.

If we free ourselves from the sin of riyaa (showing off) we will free ourselves from the sin of takabbur (arrogance).

Another sin that comes from wanting to be in the spotlight is envy. If you only care about pleasing Allah, you will not care who gets the spotlight. It is a devastating sin.

If we save ourselves from these sins, we get the blessing of humility.

If we acquire two types of sincerity, all the rest will follow. One is sincerity as an ummati of the Prophet (peace be upon him), to follow the Sunnah, to be like him. We should try to be as sincere an ummati as sincere was the Prophet as a prophet.

The second is to be a sincere abd of the Rab. As sincere with Him as He is with us.




Monday, April 1, 2013

ESTABLISHING ONESELF ON MUJAHIDA OF DEEN



BAYAN BY SHAYKH KAMALUDDIN ON www.islamicspirituality.org

Mujahida

Rooh aur qalb ki intehai koshish is called jihad e nafs.

Deen is mujahida.

Deen is striving in the path of Allah.

The person who is sometimes in the state of imaan and sometimes in the state without imaan, is a munafiq.
You should do mujahida all the time.

When you don’t do mujahida, or there is some flaw in your mujahida—that means there is something wrong with your shariat or your tariqa.

When you leave mujahida, you fall into sin.

Which person leaves mujahida? The person who becomes comfortable in the comforts of dunya.

He becomes contented with the luxuries of the dunya.

There’s a difference between having the luxuries of dunya and loving them. This is “zuhd”.

Someone may be rich and have zuhd, and another person may be poor and be lost in love of the world. 

Everyone is responsible for how much of the world they get, no matter how much.

The people doing mujahida of nafs never stop, they always seek more nearness of Allah. They never think that they have enough of closeness to Allah.

Someone is not able to do dhikr because they are caught up in the demands of the world: they let the dunya distract them.

The person who cannot do dhikr while caught up in the middle of the world, cannot do dhikr in his free time.

Mujahida=muraqabah and wuquf e qalbi (two methods of dhikr in naqshbandi mujaddadi tareeka of Islamic spirituality).

Leaving the world and shutting yourself up in a holy place is not true mujahida.

True mujahida is done while living in the midst of the world.

Some people say that how can I balance ilm and dhikr? I am too busy. How do I balance?

This is also a trap of Shaytan.

There are a lot of times during the day when you are not obtaining ilm or doing work.

When you are obtaining ilm or teaching it, you should do wuquf e qalbi.

This means remembering Allah in your spiritual heart while your body is engaged in the work of the world.

Your heart calls out to Allah while your hands are busy doing something else.

How can I do muraqabah while I am obtaining ilm?

If you do wuquf e qalbi during obtaining ilm—you will obtain the noor of that ilm.

The amount of noor is directly proportional to the amount of wuquf e qalbi.

One meaning of wuquf e qalbi is: the thing you do for Allah swt’s Pleasure, it is a form of dhikr.

One thing is that you drink from the stream of dhikr and ilm at the same time. This requires a lot of mujahida. 

But once you get the hang of it, your mind does it automatically.

It requires a lot of hard work.

Imam Rabbani r.a. said in maktoobaat about qurb (nearness): the best way to obtain the nearness of Allah is to follow shariat and sunnat.

No other way to attain nearness to Allah swt.

The faraiz, wajibaat and sunan give such a status in front of Allah that nafl cannot.

40 years maqbool tahajjud cannot give you that status that constant safeguarding of gaze does.

Mujahida means, then—moulding your life according to Quran and Sunnah.

Doing work of Nabuwwat—doesn’t mean that you will literally become a nabi. It just means spreading Allah swt’s Word.

The people who give life to Allah’s Shariat and Sunnat—dawah, teaching—any work that gives life to deen, are very close to Allah.

After all this comes dhikr—third level of qurb.

First (highest)—shariat and sunnat

Second>deen work/dawah

Third>dhikr, muraqabah etc

Then why so much stress on kasrat e dhikr?

Because high level of dhikr enables us to perform more Sunnah and follow Shariah.

Khidmat of deen. Acceptance of khidmat of deen by Allah depends on kasrat e dhikr.

If someone has the first two things—follows Shariat, follows Sunnah, does khidmat of deen—then that person is in danger of riyaa (showing off) or ujub (pride).

If a jumaat has Sunnah, Shariat, khidmat of deen, but not kasrat e zikr, this group of people will fall prey to pride and arrogance.

You cannot escape ujub (self-love, narcissism) on a personal or a community level without kasrat e zikr.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Drawing for the sake of Allah

http://niqabdiaries.tumblr.com/post/38151059643/assalamu-alaykum-yall-since-9-months-i-have


Assalamu Alaykum y’All!   
Since 9 months I have been drawing doodles in this page and your precious support meant so much to me during this time. Actually when I started this blog, I had no idea what it would be and what I did was only sharing my doodles. And you all liked them a lot and I had lots of lovely messages from you. I thank you all for that. When I started this I never thought about ruling of drawing in Islam since I was unaware of that and when this blog went popular some sisters reminded me this fact. I started to search about this subject and read many proofs and views on this issue. The result I reached was, drawing of animate objects such as human is only permissible “as long as they dont resemble any human-like creature and as long as they are not complete and not realistic.”
So I always tried to draw eyes as a line, and mostly symbolic eyes, I avoided of drawing a completeniqabi figure, and I tried to give a message more than the images. But my heart was not at ease at all. So I decided to show my blog to a trustable sheikh whom I can trust in hisaqeedah, and knowledge. So Alhamdulillah I showed my blog to that Sheikh and told him about my concerns and he looked over to my blog and replied me saying “ my drawings are in harmless category and nothing wrong with it since I don’t draw them realistic-like”
I got happy for hearing this, but each time when coinciding with that hadith I was fearing that maybe what I was doing was totally wrong and I should stop drawing figures.
The most severely punished of people on the Day of Resurrection will be the image-makers, those who tried to imitate the creation of Allaah.” Bukhari Libas 91, Muslim Libas 929And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The makers of these images will be punished on the Day of Resurrection, and they will be told, ‘Give life to that which you have created.’” Bukhari Tawheed 56, Muslim Libas, 96The threat is very big and nobody could ever protect me against Allah. Never.
So I prayed Allah a lot to give me a comprehension of truth and Allah made me coincide with that hadeeth of prophet Muhammad sallalahu alayhi wassallam:
Al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali said, “I memorised from the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, ‘Leave what gives you doubt for what gives you no doubt.’” [at-Tirmidhi]Wabisa ibn Ma’bad said, “I came to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and he said, ‘Have you come to ask about piety?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘Consult your heart. Piety is that with which the self is at rest and the heart is at rest and wrong action is what is hatched up in your self and echoes to and fro in your breast, even if people give an opinion in your favour and ask for your opinion.’” [Ahmad ibn Hanbal and ad-Darimi]
So I made a repentance because of my that deed (drawing human figures) and because of my ignorance and I deleted all the pictures I drew till now.
So I kindly ask you to delete/erase/destroy if you have any doodle of mine in your pc, profile photo, or cover photo or on your mobiles. And if you ever see my drawings in anybody’s site please ask him/her to remove it and may Allah accept this as a good deed from you. And please, as sister of you all, I ask you seriously make a dua of repentace for me. So that maybe Allah forgive my fault and ignorance. Anyone who’s reading this, please make dua for me. Nobody can protect us againts the wrath of Allah. May Allah forgive me for my faults.
A little note for sisters who redraws my artworks and copying them:
It never deranged me seeing you drawing/copying my doodles. I loved them. But this time is different. Please don’t do it, and I suggest you to stay away from drawing human figures too. In the day of Judgement the worst punishment will be upon Image Makers. and We seek protection against it from Allah.
So inshaAllah let’s do it hallally.
When we will die, we will be forgotten, our facebook pages, blogs, all written things will be forgotten by people. But not by Allah. He will account us from all the things we do.
And I’m inshaAllah declaring you my drawing back about my niqabi doodles.
I love art, I love giving a message. But inshaAllah I’ll keep doing it in a halal way in the coming days. And I have a bigger surprise for niqabi sisters So keep an eye on here inshaAllah. Better things are coming on the way :)
And inshaAllah I’ll be with you all in this page and in niqabdiaries.tumblr.com with new halal niqabi things! :)
Stay tuned!
Your sister, Little Miss Islam.
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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Losing the appetite for sins

by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad

to watch (3 minute clip, English subtitles, Urdu audio):
An individual claims "in my heart there is much fear of Allah". He sheds a lot of tears yet he doesn't leave sins. This means fear is not there, for when fear is present a person turns away from such actions. Now you see, a snake is very beautiful in appearance, yet have you ever touched one? You may admire its exquisite design, its textured skin, but touch it and see what happens. Why do we flee from it? Because we fear it. We stay away from electricity, we run from snakes because we fear the negative consequences of them. Likewise, when the fear of Allah enters the heart, a person runs from sins because he understands the harm they may bring. One word is "huzn" and one is "khawf". "Huzn" refers to internal despair whilst "khawf" refers to external/outer despair. "Huzn" causes a person to lose their appetite. When a person is sad he doesn't feel like eating. When one's child passes away, the mother doesn't eat, neither does the father, saying, "We don't feel like it." When one incurs loss at work he doesn't feel like eating. When a student fails his exams he doesn't feel like eating. When a husband shouts at his wife and leaves, she doesn't feel like eating. So the point is, due to "Huzn" one loses their appetite, the saintly scholars write "Due to fear of Allah one loses the appetite to sin." Just like due to "Huzn" one leaves food, likewise due to "Khawf" one leaves sins. He avoids sins by his own accord. Imam Ghazali (ra) narrates, "The greatest scholar is he who becomes aware/conscious of the consequences of sins." We think a great scholar is he who gives profound lectures, this is not the case. Imam Ghazali (ra) states, "The greatest scholar is he who becomes aware of the harmful consequences of sins." Why? Because he will then stay away from sins, this is the sign of a great scholar.