The following article is a collection of excerpts from a discourse of Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Rahmatullahi Alayhi
It has been stated in the Hadith sharif that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) has said:
As far as Allah Ta'ala is concerned, after the performance of fara'idh (compulsory acts), the best loved act is that which makes a Muslim brother happy (provided that he himself suffers no harm) - Targib
1. AN IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE
At times, provided that there is no worldly or Deeni harm, to perform a certain task that will bring joy, bring cheer to another, bring pleasure to the person and make him happy as an act of kindness, is also an usul, a principle. This is also one type of order amongst other orders as far as the ahlullah are concerned. And whosoever does so is from the ahlullah!
2. AN INCIDENT CONCERNING HAJI SAHIB
Hadhratwala (Hadhrat Thanwi (R.A.)) related the following incident to us in his majlis: Some folk from Ranpur and surrounding areas went to perform Haj. Whilst there they went to visit and meet Hajisahib, (i.e. Haji Imdadullah sahib (R.A.) as Hajisahib was also (originally) from Ranpur.
When one is in a foreign country and one meets somebody from one's own country, and this person is also from one's hometown, and, on top of that, it is some relative and, moreover, a very close relative - for example, without prior notification one's son or brother pitches up - and one meets him, then how great will not one's happiness be! How much will one not enquire about his health and welfare, about the well-being of relatives, of acquaintances and of the people in the neighbourhood! This is part of a human being's natural disposition of empathy.
So, these people from Ranpur arrived at Hajisahib's (R.A) place and met him. They made salam, musafahah (i.e. shook hands), and got involved in inquiring about one another's health, the health of friends, the conditions prevailing back home, and in this way the conversation carried on and on. When about to take leave, these people commented to Hajisahib (R.A) concerning their visiting him, "Hadhrat, we have wasted so much of your time! You could have been making 'Allah! Allah!' - making the zikr of Allah Ta'ala, making ibadat and you could have kept yourself occupied and busy with your shagl. That is your normal practice. By our coming here, we have obstructed you!" This is the normal habit of asking for forgiveness at the end.
3. A SUPERFLUOUS CUSTOM
It has become a baseless custom for some people to apologise in this way, and it sometimes happens that inappropriate remarks are made without there being any necessity for it. In the same way some write in their letters to me or in their islahi notebooks, "If I have written anything contrary to proper etiquette please forgive me." My reply to this is, "This statement is superfluous. My heart is clean." Before writing (or speaking) one should take care to have full control over one's pen (or one's tongue), and when one writes with vigilance (or when one speaks having pondered first and understood properly) then why should the necessity arise for apologising?
4. A MISCONCEPTION
To carry on: When these folk apologised, our Dadapir, Haji Imdadullah sahib (R.A) replied, "Is that so? To keep oneself occupied with zikr, this is ibadat? And to sit with one's friends and to converse with them in order to bring happiness to their hearts, is this not ibadat?" (This our Hadhratwala (R.A.) related to us.) "Is it correct that to be engaged in zikrullah, (what people today commonly recognise as zikrullah) that only is ibadat? And to sit with one's friends to bring cheer to their hearts and to make them happy by talking to them, is this also not ibadat?"
Just see - in his era - exactly who was Haji Imdadullah sahib (R.A)? Ask the giants, those august personages recognised as "Qutbul Irshad" - Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmed Gangohi sahib; "Hujjatul-Islam" - Hadhrat Maulana Qasim Nanotwi sahib and "Hakimul-Ummat Mujaddidul-Ummat" - Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali (R.A.). Ask these giants who was Hajisahib (R.A) and what his qualities were!
Without doubt the Sunnah of our beloved Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is based on divine knowledge from Allah Ta'aala. We as Muslims should practise upon the Sunnah unconditionally and have hope in the rewards which Allah has promised us for following the way of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam.
Today it has become an increasing trend that people have now inculcated some Sunnah practices into their lives due to scientific evidence showing the worldly benefit of the certain Sunnah practice. Although there is some merit in this, and it provides some form of support and evidence for the reasoning behind the practice, we should not make that the purpose and object of the practicing on the Sunnah.
Our original intention and sole purpose for practising should be to attain the love of Allah All-Mighty. The scientific evidence which gives credit to the Sunnah should be presented only as an eye opener for those with week Imaan (Faith) who are not practising on the Sunnah.
Dusting The Bed Before Sleeping!
Al-Bukhaari and Muslim narrated that Abu Hurayrah Radiallahu Anhu said that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:
“When one of you goes to his bed, let him dust off his bed with the inside of his lower garment, for he does not know what came onto it after he left it. Then let him say: Bismika Rabbee wada’tu janbi wa bika arfa’uhu wa in amsakta nafsi farhamhaa wa in arsaltahaa fahfazhaa bimaa tuhfaz bihi ‘ibaadika al-saaliheen ( In Your name, my Lord, I lie down, and in Your name I rise. If You should take my soul then have mercy on it, and if You should return my soul then protect it as You protect Your righteous slaves).”
Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Sharh Muslim: “the inside of his lower garment” means its edge. What is meant is that it is Mustahabb to dust down his bed before lying on it, lest there be a snake or scorpion or other harmful thing in it. And he should dust it down with his hand covered by the edge of his lower garment, lest something bad happen to his hand if there is anything there.
Science now tells us that when someone sleeps some dead cells die and are dropped onto his bed sheet where it accumulates. These dead cells not easily visible and dust mites feed off them. Mites feed on the dead skin cells that we shed naturally in our sleep. Their mouths are designed like chopsticks in that they don’t open very far, so thin, protein-packed flakes of skin are ideal for them. A key to eliminating dust mites is getting rid of their food source, and that means dusting them with a cloth.
Most people think the Sunnah of dusting the bed is a way of eliminating harmful rodents and small insects but don't know that the issue is so much greater than that... It is very sad to find that most of us ignored such teachings of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. Wudhu And Depression!
Trenton McKinley suffered severe brain trauma when he fell from a car trailer which flipped over and hit his head. Doctors told his parents he would not recover and that his organs were a match for five children who needed transplants. A day before his life support was to end, Trenton showed signs of awareness. The teenager suffered seven skull fractures in the accident in Mobile, Alabama, in March. According to his mother, Jennifer Reindl, Trenton has since undergone several craniotomy surgeries, suffering kidney failure and cardiac arrest.
At one point, Ms Reindl said, Trenton died on the table for 15 minutes, after which doctors told her he would "never be normal again". Ms Reindl told CBS News that she agreed to sign the organ donation papers when she learned her son's organs could save five other children. "We said yes, that also ensured that they would continue to keep Trenton alive to clean his organs for the donation," Ms Reindl said, recalling how her son regained consciousness in March.
"The next day he was scheduled to have his final brain wave test to call his time of death, but his vitals spiked so they cancelled the test." Trenton is now going through a slow recovery process. "I hit the concrete, and the trailer landed on top of my head. After that, I don't remember anything," he said. He still has nerve pain and seizures, and will need surgery to reconnect half of his skull. He has been walking and talking, even reading and doing maths, Ms Reindl said, calling it "a miracle". Trenton himself said that he thought he was in heaven while he was unconscious. "I was in an open field walking straight," the 13-year-old said. "There's no other explanation but God."
“Allah takes the soul at the time of their death and [the souls] of those that do not die during their sleep. He retains those souls for which He has ordained death, whereas He releases the rest for an appointed term.” (39:42)
“Brain dead” is defined as Irreversible brain damage and loss of brain function, as evidenced by cessation of breathing and other vital reflexes, unresponsiveness to stimuli, absence of muscle activity, and a flat electroencephalogram for a specific length of time.
Most people believe that one who becomes brain dead has no chance at survival, although a few cases like the one above prove otherwise. The only thing that is keeping the patient alive is a respiratory machine that keeps the heart pumping. Most of patient’s vital organs have ceased to function, causing them to be pronounced as legally dead. However, there is an agreement between Islamic jurisprudence scholars and medicine scholars of the fact that death is “the parting of the soul from the body.” Thus Islamically, to “pull the plug” equates to murder. Further details regarding this can be read below:
Fatwas by: Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai (Damat Barakatuhum) who is a khalifah of Shaykh Maseehullah Khan (rahmatullahi alayh), one of the foremost khalifahs of the great Mujaddid Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullah alayhi) (d.1943) – Reliablefatwas.com
When is a person pronounced dead in Islam? Organs like the heart and kidneys are useful if removed while they are receiving adequate blood perfusion. It is for this reason that when a person is pronounced “brain dead” with only a machine keeping him alive, the organs are removed. Thereafter the machine is switched off. What is the Islamic viewpoint of this concept and its application?
Response: According to the investigative scholars, the most appropriate opinion is that Abdullah bin Saba’ the Jew interpolated it and openly proclaimed it. This is also the fact acknowledged by the Shiite books that claim that Abdullah bin Saba’ was the very first person to openly declare the Imamate of Ali (may Allah be pleased with him). This belief of the Imam- ate of Ali is the bedrock of the doctrines of Shiism. Also, the same Abdullah bin Saba’ has been mentioned, by their books, to be the first to defame the son-in-laws of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, Abubakar, Umar and Uthman (may Allah be pleased with them) and the first to openly say that Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) was god…
Al-Hassan An-Nubukhti, an erudite Shiite scholar, said: “As-Saba’iyyah are the followers of Abdullah bin Saba’, who was among those who openly defamed Abubakar, Umar, Uthman and the companions. He dissociated himself from them and proclaimed that Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) ordered him to do so. However, Ali eventually got hold of him and questioned him about his proclamations. He answered to the affirmative and Ali ordered for his killing”.(1)
He continued: “A group of scholars amongst the disciples of Ali (Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Abdullah bin Saba’ was a Jew who embraced Islam and became a supporter of Ali. He was known, before his Islam, for proclaiming that Yusha’ bin Nun, after Musa (Alayhis salaam), was god(2). Then he made the same proclamation about Ali (Allah be pleased with him) after the death of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. He was the first to openly claim that the Imamate of Ali (Allah be pleased with him) is compulsory and whoever was his enemy is dissociated from ((and are disbelievers))(3). At this juncture, those who opposed the Shiites said: The origin of Shiism and Rafidites emanated from Judaism”(4). Then the scholar of all scholars of the Shiites, Sa’d Al-Qummi, mentioned that “the position of Ibn Saba’ the Jew on hearing about the death of Ali (Allah be pleased with him) was that he Ali did not die, he became the proponent of his return and went extreme about it”(5).
(1) Firaq Al-Shee’ah (The Sects of Shiites) p. 50 (Variation of the Saba’iyyah Alawite Shiites after the Murder of Ali (Allah be pleased with him)) by Al-Hassan bin Musa An-Nubukhti, who is one of their scholars of the third Hijri century.
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It was narrated that Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Anhu said:
"Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam used to encourage (us) to pray Qiyam (Taraaweeh) during Ramadan, without insisting on that, and he said: 'Whoever spends the nights of Ramadan in prayer (Qiyam) out of faith and in the hope of reward, he will be forgiven his previous sins'