Those who are travellers in the path of Allah and in particular those friends of Sayyid Ahmad, whether they are present or not, should know that those who through bay‘ah (pledge) become murids at the hands of blessed souls, their aim is to acquire the pleasure of Allah. This is dependent upon obeying the commands of His Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace). He who believes that the path towards Divine Pleasure can be obtained without obeying the Shari‘ah of the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) is on falsehood and is deceived. His claim is false and unworthy of any attention.
Browsing: Spiritual Advices
A person who spends his time in pursuing futile things will never be inclined towards the necessary things. This is proven through experience. If someone fears that if he becomes pious (muttaqi), he will lose out on the worldly pleasures, then I say; “Make the intention that I do not want to become pious. However, for the sake of Allah spend some time in the company of the ‘ulama and the masha’ikh and understand the din. The result of this will be that you will not experience any difficulty in becoming pious. On your own accord you will build up the interest to practice (on the din) and you will experience such joy and pleasure in practicing on the din that you will forget about all the worldly pleasures.”
Honorable elders, esteemed ‘ulama and respected audience! Many thanks unto Allah Most High that annually He grants us the tawfiq to host this national ijtima’ ‘Majlis Siyanatul Muslimin’. There are numerous benefits in holding this ijtima’. It becomes a meeting place for those who conduct majalis throughout the country. Also, there are many barakahs in the gathering of the Muslims. When Muslims gather in a place to learn the din (religion), the rain of the Mercy of Allah descends, the angels spread their wings for the attendants, and du’as (supplications) are accepted. At this moment there is a collision of various topics in my mind and I am faced with the dilemma of which one to choose, for there are several necessary topics to be discussed. In such a situation it is best to hand over the matter to Allah Most High. Insha Allah, there will be goodness in whatever He makes me speak.
By Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi
Ease comes after effort: Nowadays this has become a common malady, people first desire ease and then they will start the work. The law is first start the work and ease will follow. Cause of hope and despair: Sin has the characteristic of cultivating hopelessness and despair in a person and pious actions cultivate hope and optimism.
After the Sunnah salam [of Islam]; it should be noted that you are permitted to take baya’ (pledge). Whoever intends to give pledge, you should with a fully content heart take baya’ and provide further instructions. Do not approach this work with affectation (takalluf) and do not let any opposing devilish insinuations (wasawis) or thoughts (khawatir) take root in your heart.
Life after death: Generally people think that when a person dies and he is placed in the qabr (grave), he remains alone in that fearful place and that life there is ‘lifeless’. Friends! This is not so! There is great comfort for a Muslim there.
Constancy in dhikr and its benefits: Be constant in dhikr even if the heart and mind is not present and there is no enjoyment. In due course the dhikr will develop into such a habit, there will be no repose without it. For example, initially when a person smokes a huqqa (smoking pipe), he experiences giddiness, nausea and vomiting. By regularly smoking, this condition changes and now he cannot do without it, so much so that even if he doesn’t have food, he must have a few drags on the huqqa.
By Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi
By Committing Sin the Desire for It Increases: It is a philosophical fact that strength is added to that faculty which is regularly used. Thus, by using the gaze in the wrong place one does not become satisfied, but the urge to again use the gaze wrongfully becomes entrenched and gains strength. One should not be fooled by the temporary satisfaction gained after looking, for, it is short-lived.
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful, and peace and blessings upon His final Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his Family and Companions. Hakim al-Umma Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi needs no introduction. He is the author of many books including the famous Behishti Zewar [Heavenly Ornaments] and Bayan al-Qur’an, a Tafsir of the Qur’an in Urdu comprising of three volumes. His books have covered all the various sciences of the din. His sermons, lectures and advices (malfuzat and irshadat) have been transcribed by many.