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3 August 2013 Editorial

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Out of sight Out of mind!!!

By: Maulana Dawood Vowda Sahib

All praises to Allah Taala and choicest blessings upon our beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Negligence is cancer for our Eemaan. Due to this killer disease, the Eemaan of many Muslims have weakened to such an extent that there is no sign of Islam left. By the grace and mercy of Allah Taala, many are born in Muslim homes, but Islamic values are not instilled in the children. Our elders were very firm on Islamic values and made all aware of Allah Taala. As Muslims, our fundamental beliefs are on the unseen. In this era of materialism and technology, Muslims are questioning matters of the unseen and if not satisfied, reject it totally. Secular education comes with all its evil and influence. We are bombarded with

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the tsunamis of evil and vice from all directions and there is no effort to sustain ones Eemaan, let alone increasing it. The educated person of this era has full trust in what has been taught in schools, universities etc. and what is available in the media. The simple reason and logic is that it makes sense to them and they can personally see it. This is now the test for a Muslim. Many have not been fortunate to experience a sound Islamic environment at home and deprived of sound Islamic knowledge of the Maktab by sincere and dedicated scholars. With all the intelligence of the educated person, intellect fails to recognise the Creator, Sustainer, Nourisher, Allah Taala . We have been created for a purpose, but sadly have neglected our duty. Islam is a very simple and easy religion, but we have complicated matters. Hazrat Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has warned us of many issues which we are experiencing nowadays and sincere scholars are trying their best to conscientize the Muslim public, but alas, only few take heed and are successful.

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Majorities are content with their wayward lifestyles presently and may awaken only when some calamity befalls or the punishment meted out in the Hereafter. We cannot be judgmental of any individual in this world, but scholars are duty bound to propagate good and inform the Muslims of their waywardness generally. If anyone is caught up in sins, then the person does not become bad, they can repent, seek forgiveness and become close and beloved servants of Allah Taala . Scholars have the interest of the public at heart and desire good for all Muslims in this world, the grave and the Hereafter. It does not mean that we cannot see Allah Taala , Hazrat Rasulullah (Sallallahu
alaihi wasallam), angels, jinn, grave and beyond, so we

do not believe. The problem is we are not conscious and do not reflect, which is in actual fact, negligence. Indeed it is a bitter pill to swallow, to accept the truth and change. What will my spouse, family, friends etc. say? This is the fear. Are we concerned as to what Allah Taala will say. This world is like a prison for Muslims, due to restrictions beneficial for us, and a paradise for non-Muslims, because they do not

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believe in accountability and will dwell in hell-fire forever. A simple question to all those who claim to be intelligent, is it better to live a temporary life within the limits of Shariah with peace and be successful in the Hereafter, or suffer temporarily or eternally in the Hereafter due to negligence? The choice is ours. No excuse will be acceptable in the court of Allah Taala . We repeatedly remind men to dress decently as per requirements of Islam, keep a full beard and conduct all affairs with good character. Women to remain within the confines of the home and when necessary to emerge, then cover themselves fully. Both must observe Purdah from strangers, be punctual with, Salaah, recitation of the Holy Quraan, Zikr and Duaa. The evil of Muslim women walking shamelessly in the early part of the morning, in residential areas is increasing. May Allah Taala guide us all and grant us true understanding of Islam. Aameen.

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(Commentary of the Holy Quran)
By: Maulana Mufti Muhammad Shafi Sahib (Rahmatullahi Alaihi)

Note: This part of Tafseer is the remaining portion of Surah AlBaqarah Tafseer and hence connected with the previous chapter of Surah Al-Baqarah Tafseer.

A doubt is quite likely to arise here. The Holy Quran says in another place that force should not be used to make a man change his religion, while in the present instance it appears that force is being used. But, in fact, force is not being used to make the Israelites change their religion, for they had already accepted Sayyidina Musa (Alahis Salam) as a prophet of Allah Taala, and willing made a covenant with Allah Taala that they would act upon the Book of Allah Taala, if one was given to them. So, they now stand as rebels, and are being threatened with dire punishment for persisting in their rebellion. This is exactly how even a secular state deals with rebels, and how it adopts towards them an attitude quite

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different from that towards aliens or enemies, for it leaves only two ways open to the rebel either to submit himself, or to lose his life. That is why it is only an apostate (Murtadd) who is, according to the Islamic Shariah, condemned to capital punishment, and not an outright disbeliever. Moreover, the Israelites were being threatened with death as criminals and offenders against the law which they acknowledged to be the divine law, but which they refused to obey. Verse 64

Then even after that, you did turn away. So, had it not been for the grace of Allah upon you, and His mercy, you surely would have been among the losers. The Israelites went against the Covenant they had made with Allah Taala. The sin was so grave that one could have expected utter destruction and ruin to descend on them as a punishment. But Allah Taala, in His mercy, spared them in so far as physical life is concerned, although they will have to pay for their treason in the other world. Allah Taalas

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mercy is of two kinds. One is general and extends to believers and disbelievers alike its action is to be seen in the shape of worldly well-being and prosperity. The other is special, and pertains to believers alone it will manifest itself particularly in the other world in the shape of salvation and closeness to Allah Taala. It appears that the last phrase of the present verse has been addressed to the Jews who were the contemporaries of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Since having faith in him is also a part of the Covenant, these Jews too have been included among those who had been guilty of infringement. In this verse, Allah Taala asks them to realize that it is in His mercy alone that he has not, in spite of their treason, sent down on them the kind of catastrophic punishment in this world as used to descend on the other infidels and traitors who have gone before. Since a number of authentic Ahadeeth declare that it is the Barakah of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) that catastrophic punishments no longer descend on any people, some commentators have identified this particular mercy and grace of Allah Taala with the sending down of Hazrat Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) as a Prophet and

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Messenger of Allah Taala.

Tas-heelul Ahadeeth


Sayyidina Numaan bin Basheer (Raziyallahu anhu) narrates that Hazrat Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: The example of the person who obeys Allah Taala and the person who disobeys Him is like that of a group of passengers who, having to travel by ship, drew lots in order to decide who will board the upper deck and who will board the lower. Now, when the people in the lower deck intend drawing water from the sea, they have to pass through the upper deck. (thinking that this is annoying the people in the upper deck), they say: if we make a

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hole in our deck, we will not inconvenience the people in the upper deck. Hazrat Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then concludes by saying: If the passengers of the upper deck leave them alone and allow them to do as they please, they will all perish (i.e. they will all drown). But if they stop them (prevent them from making a hole in the floor of the ship), they will all be saved. (Bukhari)

Amr-bil-Maroof and Nahi-AnilMunkar (encouraging people to do good actions and discouraging them from sin and disobedience) is one of the very important and salient features of our Shariah. Allah Taala says in the Holy Quran: You are the best of nations in that you are taken out for the benefit of mankind (because) you encourage good deeds, discourage sin and you believe in Allah. This Hadeeth outlines the importance of Amrbil-Maroof and Nahi-Anil-Munkar and the disastrous consequences of neglecting this fundamental aspect of Islam. In short, we will have to bear the brunt of Allah Taalas wrath (i.e. in the world), if we do not dissuade the people from disobedience to Allah Taala and sin.


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1. It is the duty of every Muslim to encourage good and forbid evil so that we may be saved from the punishment of Allah Taala.

Seerat-e-Paak Nabi s Love for Children

By: Maulana Abu Talhah Muhammad Izharul Hasan Mahmood Sahib
Translated By: Mufti Afzal Husain Elias Sahib


It is narrated in the Ahadeeth that any home wherein there resides a person by the name of Muhammad will be blessed. It has also been narrated that any group that assembles to consult one another on any matter, and amongst them is a person by the name of Muhammad, Allah Taala will most certainly bless them in their endeavour. It has also been reported that Hazrat Nabi Akram (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) will intercede on behalf of that person who is named Muhammad and ensure his entry into paradise. (Madaarijun Nubuwwah)

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I would have adorned him with jewelry

Hazrat Usamah Raziyallahu Anhu was the son of Zaid Ibn Haritha Raziyallahu Anhu whao was the slave of Hazrat Nabi Akram (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). He was very beloved to Hazrat Nabi Akram (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and Hazrat Nabi Akram ( Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would sometimes clean his nose and mouth with his own cloth. Sometimes out of affection he would say, If Usamah was a girl, I would have adorned him with jewelry and beautified him in such a way that there would have been widespread talk of his beauty amongst the Arabs! Trimizi Do you not see how loving Hazrat Nabi Akram (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was towards children? He was kind and gentle towards little girls also. Look at how lovingly he spoke of Hazrat Usamah Raziyallahu Anhu. May Allah Taala reward Hazrat Nabi Akram ( Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) on behalf of us and send down his unlimited mercy upon him, Aameen.

Affection towards the young

Hazrat Nabi Akram (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) once said, He who does not show mercy to our children and show respect to our elders is not from amongst

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us. On one occasion Hazrat Nabi Akram (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) kissed Hazrat Hasan Raziyallahu Anhu on his lips while expressing his love to him. A person seeing this said that he had ten children but never displayed such affection towards any of them. Hazrat Nabi Akram (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) responded by saying that he who does not show mercy to others will not be shown mercy by Allah Taala. Muslim

Indeed it is in the rights of children that they are shown love and affection, but their foremost rights are that they are given the right upbringing and Islamic education. Love and affection are shown to a large extent by many, but generally Islamic education and proper upbringing lacks. May Allah Taala grant us the ability to fulfill his rights and the rights of His servants, aameen.

Hearing the crying of children

Hazrat Anas Raziyallahu Anhu narrates that Hazrat Nabi Akram (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has said, I sometimes begin my Salah intending to lengthen my Salah, but I shorten my Salah when I hear the crying of children as I am aware of what might be going through the hearts of the mothers of the crying

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children. Bukhari and Muslim Shareef Our master showed more affection to children than their own mothers and Allah Taala shows seventy times more mercy to his servants than their mothers show them.
(To be concluded, Insha Allah)



From the teachings and advices of Faqeehul Ummat,Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi)
Compiled by: Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Rahmatullah Sahib Kashmiri (Daamat Barakatuhum)

Questions posed to Hadhrat Mufti Sahib (Rahmatullahi Alaihi)

1. Which school of thought do the Deobandis follow? 2. Do the elders of Deoband have love for Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam? 3. Do the elders of Deoband believe in the Awliyaa (saints)? 4. Who are the Wahhaabis? 5. Are the Deobandis Wahhaabis? 6. Some people say that the Deobandis are not Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama'ah? Is this true?

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7. Who are the Barelwis and the Razakhaanis?

Hadhrat's reply
Last Ramadhaan, someone wrote a letter to me stating that he had seen Rasulullah Sallallahu alaihi wasallam in his dream instructing him to take up employment at Darul Uloom Deoband. (This literally meant that he should either take up employment or strengthen his contact with Darul Uloom Deoband). He requested for an interpretation of the dream. Hadhrat replied, You should mention this dream to the appropriate authorities of the madrasah. If they had also received some bashaarat (glad tidings) and instruction, then the matter is simple. You would get the employment. If they haven't seen any dream, then the interpretation would be that you should make laazim (binding) upon yourself, the Deobandi school of thought. The Deobandi school of thought consists of 5 things: 1. To instil the special burning love of Allah Taala in the heart. 2. To refrain from all customs and practices of shirk (attributing partners to Allah Taala) and to believe purely in His oneness. 3. The love of Hadhrat Nabi-e-Kareem Sallallahu alaihi wasallam has to overshadow the love of every creation.

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4. Every facet of one's life has to be in accordance with the Sunnah of Hadhrat Nabi-e-Kareem Sallallahu alaihi wasallam. 5. To be committed to the propagation of Deen. These are the 5 points. Make these 5 things binding upon yourself. This is the meaning of mulaazamat (employment) of Darul Uloom Deoband. I had written only this much in my reply. However, all these points require a detailed explanation. The elders of Darul Uloom Deoband and their intense love for Allah Taala
Hadhrat Haaji Imdaadullah (Rahmatullahi Alaihi)

In a poem of Hadhrat Haaji Imdaadullah Muhaajir Makki (Rahmatullahi Alaihi), the following couplet is mentioned:

"You are mine and I am yours, I am yours and you are mine."

These are some of the words of his poem. He also made duaa, "O Allah Taala, do not raise me blind from my grave and do not take me blind from this world. Rather, take me away showing me the noor of Your blessed countenance." This is an expression of ishq (extreme love) for Allah Ta'ala. Whoever has great love for something, he constantly speaks about it.

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For this very reason Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Sahib (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) used to make abndunt zikr. He would relate the sayings of Hajee Imdaadullah (Rahmatullahi Alaihi), "Now I have become old. I don't have a long breath anymore. Due to weakness, I now experience short breath. I can only manage to take the name of Allah Taala 180 times in one breadth with dharb." (dharb is a special movement of the head which help one's concentration.) Hadhrat Moulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi
(Rahmatullahi Alaihi)

Someone enquired from Hadhrat Moulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) about how much zikr he makes. He replied, The age for making zikr has now gone by. The organs and limbs have become weak. The strength to read has been taken away. Nevertheless, I make zikr 125000 times a day. (This was Hadhrat's daily routine, together with teaching Hadith Shareef and counselling his mureeds on matters related to islaah). It was the love for Allah Taala, which made him sacrifice his sleep. He would lie down for a little while at night and then wake up to perform Salah. Hadhrat Moulana llyaas (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) Hadhrat Moulana Ali Mia Saahib (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) had mentioned, I once visited Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Saahib (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) in

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Nizaamudeen, Delhi. We then proceeded together to an Ijtima in Mewat. It was the time of Asar and it was extremely hot. The houses and Masaajid were even hotter. A large crowd of people waited to make musaafaha (shake hands) with Hadhrat Moulana Ilyaas Saahib (Rahmatullahi Alaihi). He made musaafaha with each and every one of them. Hadhrat then performed the Maghrib Salaah at the ijtima.
(To be concluded, Insha Allah)


Statements and Anecdotes of FaqeehulUmmat Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi ..

Compiled By: Mufti Farooq Meeruti Sahib Daamat Barakatuhum

Those males and femals who remember Allah Taala in abundance

If anyone recites the masnoon (prescribed) Duaas for the different occasions, which appear in the Ahaadeeth, then he will be included among the:

(Those who remember Allah Taala in abundance. 33:35)






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translation of As-Samad
Maulana Attaullah Shah Bukhari Rahmatullahi Alaihi mentioned, Whilst in prison I studied Hazrat Maulana Abdul Qadir Sahibs urdu translation
(Nira Dar). I of Quran. He translated: as: did not understand its meaning. Hence I requested from an old Hindu ascetic as to what its meaning is. He asked me, Where did you come across this word? This is the Sanskrit word, which is only understood by the learned hindus. I replied, I heard it somewhere. Explain to me (Be Niyaz) (not in its meaning. Does it mean: need of anybody)? He said, This is not the meaning. It means a being that is not in need of others, but others are dependent on him. Be Niyaz is an incomplete translation of the word.


Why is there repetition in the Quran

Q. What is the wisdom in the repetition of certain topics in the Quran? A. What is the wisdom of certain words being repeated in your speech? This person remained silent. Hazrat then said, You are asking the wisdom of the repetition in Allah Taalas speech whereas you cannot explain the wisdom of repeating your own words? This repetition does not decrease the level of eloquence.

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Similar Aayaat (verses) may appear in other places and in every verse something different is intended. Another reason may be as Moulana Aashiq Ilaahi Rahmatullahi Alaihi has written in the footnote of his translation of the Quran under the verse: This verse appears 31 times in Surah ArRahmaan. Maulana writes that there are many types of the bounties of Allah Taala and each verse refers to a different bounty. (To be continued, Insha Allah)
O jinn and man! Which of your Rabbs (Lords) bounties do you deny?) 55:13


Potions for the Heart

A Translation of Dawa-e-Dill
By: Hazrat Peer Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqashbandi Sahib Daamat-Barakatuhum

Become a sincere and active Aalim

Continued from the previous issue

Hazrat Yoosuf Alaihis-Salaam His companion in prison (after attaining freedom), told the king that he knew a person who could interpret dreams correctly. The king sent for him:

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Today you are with us well-placed, fully trusted.
[Al-Yusuf 12:54; only relevant portion of the Aayah is documented].

Hazrat Yousuf Alaihis Salaam said to the king:

Appoint me to (supervise) the treacures of the land.
[Al-Yusuf 12:55; only relevant portion of the Aayah is documented].

He was thus transported from the lowest level to the throne. He achieved royal esteem. We know from this that the reason for the high level of esteem that Allah Taala bestowed on His Prophets was their Ilm. In fact, regarding Hazrat Khizr Alaihis Salaam, the scholars are all unanimous on his status as a wali of Allah Taala; most state that he was not a Prophet of Allah taala. Imagine a Wali of Allah Taala having the honour of being the teacher of a Prophet of Allah Taala Hazrat Musa Alaihis Salaam! This is a very astonishing thing. Why did it happen? Allah Taala had gifted with superior Ilm. Allah Taala says in the Holy Quran:

Then they found one of Ours servants whom We blessed with mercy from Us and whom We gave knowledge, a knowledge from Our own. (Al-Kahaf 18:65)

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Allah Taala had gifted him with inner knowledge. Hazrat Musa Alaihis Salaam, on the other hand, had knowledge of the laws of Allah Taala. His lack of inner Ilm was not a shortcoming however, this sort of Ilm is a special endowment from Allah Taala. Allah Taala told Hazrat Musa Alaihis Salaam as to go and meet Hazrat Khizr Alaihis Salaam. He met him, and asked him questions, which the latter answered. So here, we see a person who although not a Prophet, was teaching a Prophet of Allah Taala! The reason for this was Ilm.
(To be Concluded, Insha-Allah )

Family Bond

Bringing Up Children in Islam

By: Maulana Dr. Muhammad Habibullaah Mukhtaar Sahib Translated by: Jenab Rafiq Abdurrahmaan Sahib
(Continued from the previous issue)

The Noble Rasul (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallams) prescription for calming anger
position. The Noble (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), said, When overwhelms you, sit or lie down.1



Rasul anger

Surah Huju-raat, 49:11.

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Perform wudu (ablution) when angry. The Noble Rasul (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), he said, Anger is the result of shaytans influence. The devil was created by fire; but water extinguished fire. Therefore, when one loses ones temper, perform wudu.1 The Noble Rasul (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), has commanded one to be silent when angry.2 Seek Allah Taalas protection against the cursed shaytan. Once someone was rude to a person. The persons face reddened and he retaliated with rude words. The Noble Rasul (Sallallahu Alaihi

Wasallam), said, If he had repeated .

I seek the protection of Allah Taala from the accursed shytaan, his anger would have sustained.3 Let children know that anger is a detestable trait. Point out to them how mad an irate man is. The Noble Rasul (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), characterized an angry person thus: Know that an angry man is (like) fire that burns in the heart. Do you notice how the veins swell, and eyes redden? When these symptoms are apparent, lie down on the floor.4 One
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Ahmad. Abu Daawud. 3 Bukhaa-rii and Muslim 4 Ahmad

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will perceive ones reality and origin (one has been created from dust and will return to dust).

Responsibility for community training

From very early ages, accustomed to adopt Islamic psychological principles. This is those charged with bringing up on four factors. children must be social norms and a significant duty on children. It is based

1. Cultivate the best psychological principles. 2. Care about the rights of others. 3. Obey general social norms. 4. Examine society critically.

Psychological principles
Islam had prescribed rules for the spiritual training of a person. A perfect Islamic personality cannot be developed without following these rules. Effective guidelines have been provided for pursuing these principles. Some of the principles are taqwa (abstinence, one who fears Allah Taala). Taqwa should never forbidden one missing from implies that a person practicing it be in places where Allah Taala has to go. Similarly, one must not be found the place where Allah Taala had

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commanded one to be. This may be put in different words. Taqwa means to protect oneself from Allah Taalas punishment by doing good deeds and fearing Him openly and in secret. The Noble Quran explains the merits of taqwa and commands one to develop it. This is why the Sahaabah, Radiyallahu Anhum, and those who succeeded them, were very particular about it. Taqwa may also be defined thus: a mutaqis conscience is clear and spotless, and is in perpetual awe and fear of Allah Taala. It saves one from the thorns that are in ones path.
(To be continued, Insha Allah)

Great Personality

Rahimahullahu Taala
By: Allamah Muhammad Ibn Yusuf Salihi Dimashqi Shafii Rahmatullah Alayhi

(Continued from the previous issue)

Imam Sahibs jurisprudential skill in the light of the other Imams views
2. Imam Malik (Rahmatullahi Alaihi)
Qadi Abul Qasim Ibn Kaus (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) narrates that Imam Malik (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) wrote to Khalid Ibn Mukhallad Qutwani (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) requesting him to send some of Imam Abu Hanifah

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(Rahmatullahi Alaihis) writings. According to his request, Khalid sent some of Iman Sahibs writings to him. It is narrated from Imam Shafi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) that he once asked Imam Malik (Rahmatullahi Alaihi): Did you see Uthman Batti? He replied, Yes, he was an average person. Did you see Ibnu Shubrumah? I then asked. He replied, Yes, he was a man of knowledge and eloquence. I thereafter asked, And Abu Hanifiah (Rahmatullahi Alaihi)? He submitted: Subhanallah! I havent come across any one like him. His knowledge was of such a caliber that if he claimed that this pillar is made of gold, he will logically prove it to you. Qadi Abu Abdullah Saymari (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) narrates that Abdullah Ibn Mubarak (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) said: I was once seated in the company of Imam Malik (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) when a man appeared before us. Imam Malik (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) treated him with utmost respect and honoured his presence. When he departed, Imam Malik asked us: Do you know who this man is? when he received a negative reply, he informed us: This man is Imam Abu Hanifah Iraqi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi). If he claims that this pillar is made from gold, it will become like that. In the field of Fiqh, he has been bestowed with such divine guidance by Allah Taala that he did not have to make much effort to achieve it. One occasion, when Sufyan Thawri (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) came to the Majlis of Imam Malik

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(Rahmatullahi Alaihi), he seated him on a place lower than that of Imam Abu Hanifah ( Rahmatullahi Alaihi). When he departed, Imam Malik informed his students who the visitor was and he thereafter commented on his juristical abilities and his piety. 3. Imam Shafi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi)

Khatib Baghdadi related that Harmalah Ibn yahya said that he heard Imam Shafi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) saying: The person who wishes to excel in Fiqh is bound to be in need of Imam Abu Hanifah (Rahmatullahi Alaihi). Imam Abu Hanifah (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) is one of the personalities who was divinely guided with Fiqh by Allah Taala (To be continued, Insha- Allah) Childrens Corner

Edited By: Mufti Afzal Husain Elias Sahib

The Favours of Allah Taala

Ali was a very good boy. Everyone at home loved him and he loved them all. He always assisted his parents in everything, even in teaching his younger brothers and sisters. Ali performed his daily five Salaahs and always performed them with

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Jamaah in the Musjid. One day, Ali returned home from the Fajr Salaah and went straight to bed. Why are you in bed, Ali? his mother asked, Are you to going to school today? Ali replied, I am not going to school today, Mother. All my friends laugh at my torn shoes. Tell father to please get me a new pair. Alis father was very poor and earned only a small wage, which barely bought their food. He was saddened by what had happened and said to his wife, Let us perform two rakat Salatul Haajah and beg from Allah Taala. Allah Taala will either arrange hor his shoes or give him the understanding to make do with the ones he has. Alis parents then performed the Salatul Haajah. Ali woke up for the Zuhar Salah, made wazu without speaking to anyoneand left for the Musjid. As he walked, he saw his friends returning from school wearing new shoes. Scared that they would start to mock at him, he covered his face and walked ahead. It was just then that Ali saw a boy walking to the Musjid with crutches. The boy had

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no legs at all. This made Ali weep as he thought how ungrateful he had been for not thinking Allah Taala for the legs he had. Unlike the boy, he was healthy and did not need to use crutches to walk. After the Salaah, he repented to Allah Taala and asked his parents for forgiveness when he returned home. After supper that evening, Ali got up to go to outside. Where are you off to? his mother asked. Ali smiled as he said, I am off to make my old shoes new. He then polished his shoes until they were shining and thanked Allah Taala for them. Alhamdulillah in every condition.

Letters to the Editor

Islamic English
Dear Editor:

We are the regular readers of your monthly journal, AN-NOOR. There are many excellent features which make your AN-NOOR a distinguishing journal among the other Islamic journals of the country. And one of the most prominent and excellent feature of AN-Noor is that it is being written in Islamic English, such as you write Sallallahu-AlaihiWasallam instead of Peace be upon him or pbuh

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or SAW, you write Masjid-Shareef instead of mosque, and scholar or Ulama instead of using the terms such as, clergy and clerics. We like this Islamic style of writing very much. Moreover, you are maintaining the proper etiquette while mentioning the names of the Islamic personalities in AN-NOOR such as you are prefixing their names with Hazrat and suffixing them with Sahib and DaamatBarakatuhum or Zeeda-Majduhum . We truly appreciate your writing skills as we are learning much better things from your esteemed monthly, that is, AN-NOOR. Hats off to your endeavours.
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The Worship of Itikaaf

Raheemiyyah accommodates a huge rush of Mutakifeen

32 August 2013

Shawwal - 1434

After completion of the annual exams of 1434 AH, Darul-Uloom Raheemiyyah Bandipora declared Siyaam-vacation for the blessed month of Ramazan. To attend the reformative and advise-giving Majaalis of Khanqah-e-Mahmoodiyyah at Darul-Uloom Raheemiyyah Bandipora, People started coming to the Raheemiyyah campus from 29 of Shabaan 1434 AH. And usually, the worship of Itikaaf commenced in the spacious Masjid of Raheemiyyah. People started thronging Raheemiyyah campus in flocks at the beginning of the last ten days of RamazanulMubarak for performing the worship of MasnoonItikaaf and hence a huge rush of guests was accommodated in the four-storey Masjid-Shareef of Darul-Uloom Raheemiyyah easily. There is no denying that performing the worship of Itikaaf in the blessed company of ones Shaikh: spiritual mentor provides the complete benefits and the full merits of this worship to a Saalik, and to prove it: the facts speak for themselves.

33 August 2013

Shawwal - 1434

As per the Islamic injunctions, Friday is superior to the seven days of the week. And when Friday of a Muslim will pass in a good manner, that is, performing all its Islamic injunctions and abstaining from all sins, then all the days of a week will pass in a good and blessed manner. And in the same way, Ramazanul-Mubarak is superior to all the months of the year. Now if this blessed month will be spent as per the injunctions of Islamic Shariah, then a Muslim will be able to spend all the other months of the year in a good and in a blessed manner. While performing the worship of Itikaaf we experienced a high level of spiritual bliss besides an improvement in our ethics, said a group of Mutakifeen in the spacious Masjid of Raheemiyyah while interacting with this columnist.