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Mar 31, 2014

The Secret Behind The Lifting Of The Finger


In Salah and other acts of worship, which have been commanded to us, there are certainly secrets hidden within them; whether we understand these secrets or not is a different matter. Whether we understand the reasoning for these with the eyes of Shari'ah or not, the people of insight [ahl-e-Nazar] know very well the secrets of every act in Salah. This is because their sight is fixated on the Worshipped [Allah] rather than the worship itself. Along with the procedure of Salah, they also learn the reasoning and secrets behind it. This is why the innermost secrets are revealed to them. They then begin to view the esoteric in the same way they view the exoteric.

The Hadith Sharif informs us that the secret of lifting the index finger in 'at-Tahiyyat' is that at that moment, Shaytan flees because the lifting of the index finger is more severe upon Shaytan than the strike of the sharpest sword.

Imam Ahmed Rida Alayhir Rahmah, in one place, has narrated two Hadith sharif in regards to this
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قال رسول الله صلى الله تعالىٰ عليه و سلم 'الاشارة بالصبع اشد على شيطان من الحديد
[Musnad Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal, volume 2, page 119 - Dār al Fikr Beirut]
RasulAllah salAllahu ta'ala alayhi waSallam has stated: The lifting of the index finger is more severe upon Shaytan than the sharpest words.
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عن النبى صلى الله تعلىٰ عليه و سلم قال 'هى مذعرة للشيطان
[Sunan al-Bayhaqi, volume 2, page 132 - Dār Sadir Beirut]
RasulAllah salAllahu ta'ala alayhi waSallam has stated: It (the lifting of the index finger) is that which strikes fear in Shaytan's heart.
[Fatawa Ridwiyya, volume 6, page 150 - Barkat e Raza Porbandar]
From Imam Ahmed Raza aur Ma'arif e Tasawwuf

Translated by: Sayyid Ali Amjadi
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Mar 30, 2014

What do we want: Heaven or Hell?


Sayyiduna Ibrahim Taymi (Alayhir Rahmah) stated: Once, I imagined that I am in Hell, tightly strapped by the chains of fire, eating cactus and sipping the pus of the people in Hell. After those contemplations, I enquired from my Nafs, ‘Tell me, what do you desire: the torment of Hell or deliverance from Hell?’ My Nafs answered, ‘Deliverance. I want to go back to the world and perform such deeds by virtue of which I can be exempted from Hell.’

After that, I contemplated that I am in Heaven, eating its fruits, drinking beverages from its rivers, and meeting with the Hoors (pure maidens). After those imaginations, I questioned my Nafs, ‘What do you desire: Heaven or Hell?’ My Nafs answered, ‘Heaven. I want to go to the world and perform good deeds so that I can avail the bounties of Paradise.’ [Hilyat al-Awliya, Vol. 4, Page 235, #Hadith 5361]

Dear Readers! We have the opportunity right now. We have to determine our path, either we rectify ourselves and go to Heaven or do sins and go to the Hell. Therefore, we should sow what we want to reap.

Mar 27, 2014

Do Not Let The World Deceive You


The world and its splendours have deceived many, but those who are true seekers in the way of Allah, are always protected by the Mercy of Allah and the blessing of Nabi Kareem (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Sallam). We need to always keep our Imaan safe and with protecting our Imaan it is incumbent upon as to act righteously. The world is a test to every believer. If we are successful here, we will be successful in the hereafter. We should be cautious not to be deceived by the worldly concept of ‘Success’. Many today regard success as being wealthy and powerful, whereas in reality true success is to die with Imaan. If a man dies with Imaan, he is truly successful, for he has entered the Barzakh with his Imaan, and will be blessed with the Bounties of Allah.

Amongst the servants of Allah, there were those who were permitted to speak after their deaths, and such people have cautioned us about the hereafter. As Believers, it is important that we prepare for our last moment on this world, a world which will one day also perish with everything in it. We should prepare well for the day when we leave this world, as that day is the decider for a person. It is reported from Hazrat Abu Muhammad bin Naj’jar, wherein he says, ‘I gave Ghusl to a deceased, and whilst giving the Ghusl, he suddenly opened his eyes and held my hand. He then said, ‘O Abu Muhammad! Prepare well for this day.’

Each of us needs to ask ourselves few important questions; How prepared are we for that day, when we will be judged by our true success?  Have we allowed the world to deceive us? Do I feel successful today? Remember! All the wonders and splendours of this world are temporary! They shall all come to an end for each of us, the moment we close our eyes, and are overtaken by ‘Death’. We have been warned about not allowing the world to deceive us. The following narration is undoubtedly an open and clear reminder in this regard:

Hazrat Umar bin Khattab (Radi Allahu anhu) reported that Rasoolullah (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Sallam) said, When a deceased is placed on the (funeral) bier and you walk three steps away, then with the exception of the humans and Jin, whatsoever wishes may hear him. The deceased says, O my brothers! O those who carry my body! Do not let the world deceive you like it deceived me, and do not let the time play with you, like it did with me. Whatever I had, I have left behind for my heirs, and on the day of Qiyaamat, my debtors will dispute with me and ask for accountability, and (now) you are returning, leaving me (here alone)

Seek refuge in the Mercy of Allah and His Rasool (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Sallam) from the deception of the Duniya (World)!

Excellence of Surah Yaseen


It is narrated by Sayyiduna Hassan bin ‘Atiyah (Radi Allahu Anhu) that the Beloved and Blessed Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) has stated:

In the Taurat [Torah], the name of Surah Yaseen is "Mu'immah", because it brings every goodness of this world and the Hereafter for the one who recites it, and it relieves him from the afflictions of this world and the Hereafter, and it secures him from the horrors of the world and the Hereafter.

Another name for Surah Yaseen is "Mudafi'atul Qadiyah", because it dispels every evil from the one who recites it. Whoever recites this Surah, it is equivalent to 20 Hajj for him, and whoever writes this Surah and drinks it, a thousand medicines, a thousand lights, a thousand certainties, a thousand blessings, and a thousand mercies will be entered into his stomach, and every deception and every illness will be dispelled from him.

[Al-Durr Al-Manthur Fi Tafsir Bil-Ma'thur, Vol. 7, Page 37]

Short Ahadeeth Collection - 27 March 2014

#Whoever reads #Surah #Yaseen for the pleasure of #Allah will be granted #forgiveness. [#Musnad #Ahmad, Vol. 7, Page 286, #Hadith 20322]

Without doubt, everything has a #heart, and the heart of the #Quran is #Surah #Yaseen. [Jaami' #Tirmidhi, Vol. 4, Page 406, #Hadith 2896]

#Whoever recites #Surah #Yaseen once, the reward of reciting the entire #Quran ten times will be written for him. [#Tirmidhi, #Hadith 2896]

#Whoever recites #Surah #Yaseen on the night before #Friday, #forgiveness will be granted for him. [Targhib wat-Tarhib, V1, P298, #Hadith 4]

#Whoever recites #Surah #Kahf, there will be #Noor from the earth to the sky for him. [#Musnad #Imam #Ahmad, Vol 5, Page 311, #Hadith 15626]

Whoever recites #Surah #Kahf on the night before #Friday, a #Noor is illuminated between him and the #Kabah. [Shu'ab al-Iman, #Hadith 2444]

#Whoever recites #Surah #Kahf on a #Friday, a #Noor is illuminated for him between two Fridays. [Shu'ab al-Iman, V1, P474, #Hadith 2444]

#Whoever memorizes the last 10 verses of #Surah #Kahf, he will remain secured from #Dajjal. [#Sahih #Muslim, Page 404, #Hadith 809]

Fadhila ya FIQ-HI (Maarifa ya sheria za Kiislam) PT 3 - MWISHO (Kiswahili)


Assalaamu alaikum,
Natumai hamjambo. Tunaendelea na risala kuhusu FIQ-HI
Baada ya kumshukuru Allah na kumtakia Rahma Mtume Muhammad Swallallahu Alaihi wasallam, aya hapo juu ya Sura An Nisaa 4: 59 inayozungumzia uhakika wa fiq-hi au maarifa ya sheria za Kiislamu kwani wengi wa ndugu zetu hawana elimu nayo.
Enyi mlioamini mtiini Allah na mtiini Mtume na wenye madaraka katika nyinyi. Na mkizozana katika jambo basi lirudisheni kwa Allah na Mtume, ikiwa mnamuani Allah na siku ya mwisho. Hayo ndiyo bora zaidi na ndiyo yenye mwisho mwema.
Tuangalie ukisiaji wa mjinga na mjuzi: Bwana 1 alipanda juu ya mti lakini alishindwa kushuka huku watu wakimsubiri chini. Mara akapita mpita njia na alipoona hivo aliwashauri wamrushie kamba kisha yule bwana aiufunge kiunoni ndipo waliopo chini wamvute, kwa hali hiyo atashuka kirahisi tu. Walipomvuta, yule bwana akaanguka na kufa papo hapo.Ndugu zake walianza kumhoji yule mpita njia, ambae alijitetea kuwa eti ni juzi tu alimtoa mtu 1 kutoka kisimani kwa staili hiyo na alinusurika!! Hivi ndivyo wajinga wanavyokisia.
Tuangalie ukusiaji wa wajuzi: kwa Imam Abu Hanifa alikuja bwana 1 na kumuambia: nimetenda kosa 1, nimewajibika kuoga ila katika kugombana na mke wangu kuwa ikiwa nitaoga basi mke wangu awe na talaka 3!! Sasa wanaosema tufuate Qurani na Hadithi tu, walete aya au Hadithi inayotoa hukumu ya kesi kama hiyo!! HAKUNA. Imam Abu Hanifa kamwambia afuatane nae na walipofika kando ya mto, Imam alimsukuma hadi yule bwana katumbukia kwenye mto. Alitoka kwa shida, ila mke wake alisalimika na talaka kwani kwa kutumbikia kwenye maji ina maana alijiogea bila ya kutarajia.
Majambazi 4 walipora mali kisha wakwamwambia kuwa kama yeye atawashitaki kuwa fulani na fulani ni mwizi, basi mkewe atakuwa na talaka 3. Kwa hali hiyo aliyeporwa hakuwa na jinsi ila kunyamaza tu huku majambazi walitamba mitaani bila kushitakiwa. Baada ya masiku aliambiwa amwone Imam Abu Hanifa. Akamwelezea tatizo lake, Imam akamwambia awaalike majambazi wote, pia wakaandaliwa wababe kama 5. Wababe walisimama mlangoni baada ya karamu na kila jambazi akitoka yule aliyeibiwa aliulizwa: je huyu ndiye jambazi? Akitoka jambazi asiyehusika na tukio la kumpora, yule bwana alijibu : siye; ila kwa wale wane aliambiwa akae kimya na wale wababe wataelewa na kuwakamata. Kwa hali hiyo majambazi wote 4 walikamatwa, mali yake ikapatikana na mkewe kusalimika na talaka 3.
Maswali / maoni yanakaribishwa.
JazakAllah,
Kind Regards,
Muhammad KHATRI 

Mar 25, 2014

Gourd - The Sweet Sunnah

Hadrat Sayyiduna Anas (Radi Allahu Anhu) said, I went along with the Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) to the house of a young tailor of his. The tailor presented a dish of Tharid (Arabic dish made with curry in it) to the Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) and resumed his work. The Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) started picking the pieces of gourd and I too, started picking them and putting it before him. Since then I have always loved (to eat) gourd.

[Sahih Bukhari, Kitab al At'amah, Vol. 3, Page 537, Hadith 5436]

Once Imam Abu Yusuf (Alayhir Rahmah) was relating the Hadith that the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) used to like ‘bottle gourd’. Suddenly the words, "But I don't like it," escaped from a man's tongue. Imam Abu Yusuf (Alayhir Rahmah) was so much infuriated that he drew out his sword and said:

"I relate a Hadith and vis-à-vis you say that you don't like it. Repent for it right away, otherwise I will behead you".

Accordingly, he immediately repented and the Imam spared his life, and this was although the man had spoken only casually and did not mean any ridicule or denial. But since it was apparently a contradiction of the apostolic Sunnah, Imam Abu Yusuf (Alayhir Rahmah) dealt with him like manner.

a. Mirqat Sharah Mishkat, Vol. 2, Page 77
b. Sharha Shifa, Section 2, Chapter 2, Vol. 2, Page 51
c. Seerat e Mustafa, Page 835
d. Mira'at, Sharh Mishkat, Page 367, Hadith 307

Mar 24, 2014

The Mujahideen of Chechen


Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov asked us, "Do you know how many soldiers we had, with which we defeated Russia?" He continued, "The whole army of Chechen Mujahideen were not more than 4000 in all of Chechnya. Only 837 Mujahideen were in Grozny, the capital, and the Russian army surrounding the capital was 120,000 soldiers. 837 Chechen Mujahideen were able to defeat 120,000 Russian Soldiers. 120,000!"
He asked if we knew how. "Allah said in the Holy Qur'an that with the Support of Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, however small a group you are, you will defeat thousands and thousands of unbelieving people," he answered. The President continued, "Do you know why we were so successful, defeating this Russian Army with only a few soldiers? Islam came to us in Chechnya and Daghestan and Russia and Tataristan and Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, all these countries by the Sufis. And Islam was preserved under Communism from one generation to another for so many years by Tasawwuf. Do you know how it was preserved? By Zikrullah and Salawat on Prophet, salla Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam. We are Qadiris and Naqshbandis in Chechnya. Before we ever go out to a battle we sit in a circle and recite Qasidatul Burda and al-Modariyya.""We used to recite all together, LOUD—you hear it as if it is One Voice, and then we make Salawat on Prophet, salla Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam, and then Zikr, and then we go and fight, with the Baraka of these Salawat on Prophet, salla Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam, and this Zikrullah."

—Excerpt of an article from 1999 in "The Muslim Magazine"

Mar 22, 2014

Short Ahadeeth Collection - 22 March 2014

#Whoever from amongst you can #benefit his #Muslim #brother he should do so. [#Sahih #Muslim, Page 1208, #Hadith 2199]

#Pray in the court of #Allah in such a state that you are certain of #Acceptance. [#Sunan #Tirmidhi, Vol. 5, Page 292, #Hadith 3490]

Your supplications are accepted if you do not make haste saying, "I prayed but it has not yet been accepted." [#Sahih #Muslim, #Hadith 2735]

The Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: #Surah al #Fatiha is a cure for every illness. [#Darimi, Vol. 2, Page 538, #Hadith 337]

#Shaytan flees from the home in which this verse is recited, and the verse is #AyatulKursi. [#Mustadrak, Vol. 2, Page 647, #Hadith 3080]

#Whoever recites #AyatulKursi after every #Salah, there is nothing preventing him from entry to #Paradise except death. #Hadith #Bayhaqi

#Whoever recites #AyatulKursi before going to sleep, #Allah will #protect him, his house, and the neighboring houses. #Hadith #Bayhaqi

#Recite the whole of #Surah Al-Kafirun before sleeping, because this is freedom from #Shirk. [#AbuDawud, Vol. 4, Page 407, #Hadith 5055]

Mar 21, 2014

Hujjat al-Islam Shaykh Hamid Rida al-Qadiri (Alaihir Rahmah)

Hujjat al-Islam Shaykh Hamid Rida
al-Qadiri Barakati Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu

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HIS POSITION IN THE SILSILA:

Raees al-Ulama, Taaj al-Atqiya, Shaykhul Muhaditheen, Hujjat al-Islam Hadrat Allama Mawlana Hamid Raza Khan Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho is the fortieth Imam and Shaykh of the Silsila Aaliyah Qadiriyah Barakatiyah Razaviyah Nooriyah.

HIS BLESSED NAME:

According to the family tradition, he was given the name Muhammed during his Aqeeqa, the value of which in Arabic numerals is nine two. His was affectionately called Hamid Raza, and his title is Hujjat-ul-Islam.

HIS BRIEF GENEALOGY:

Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho is the son of the Mujjadid of the fourteenth Century, A’la Hadrat Ash Shah Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Qaadiri Barakaati Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho, who was the son of Hadrat Allama Maulana Naqi Ali Khan Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho, who was the son of Maulana Raza Ali Khan Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho.

HUJJATUL ISLAM’S EDUCATION:

He attained his knowledge at the feet of his blessed father, Sayyiduna A’la Hadrat Azeemul Barkat Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho. He attained proficiency in the fields of Hadith, Islamic Jurisprudence, Tafseer etc. and graduated with distinctions at the tender age of nineteen. His blessed father admired Hujjatul Islam for his sincerity and dedication in gaining knowledge. A’la Hadrat Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho loved him so dearly, that he said:


حامد مني و انا من حامد
Hamid is from me and I am from Hamid.

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INITIATION INTO THE SPIRITUAL ORDER:

Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was the Mureed and Khalifa of Noorul Aarifeen, Hadrat Sayyid Shah Abul Husain Ahmad-e-Noori Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho. His Spiritual Master was from amongst the great Mashaa'ikh of Marehrah Mutaaharah. Hadrat Abul Husain Ahmad-e-Noori Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho had immense love for his beloved disciple and guided him with his rays of spiritualism along the path of mysticism. Hadrat Noori Mian Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was the mureed and Khalifa of Khaatimul Aakabir Hadrat Sayyid Shah Aale Rasool Marehrwi Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho who was the Peer-o-Murshid of A’la Hadrat, Azeemul Barkat Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho. He was also blessed with Khilafat by his father Sayyiduna A’la Hadrat Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho.

HIS FEATURES:

Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was an very handsome personality. He was very fair in complexion and his face shone like a bright light. All those who saw him could not compare him to others they had seen.

HIS EXCELLENCE:

He is the eldest son of Alaa Hadrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Fazil-e-Bareilly Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho. He was the image of his father in looks, and the true successor of his blessed father. His personality was a shining example of the Truth of Islam. In addition to his inner spiritual beauty, Almighty Allah has blessed him with outer beauty as well. All those who saw Hujjatul Islam have said that never have they seen in their era, such a handsome and beautiful personality. Scores of non-Muslims accepted the pure religion of Islam only by looking at his blessed face. The excellence of his handsomeness was such, that anybody who saw him would say,


“Haaza Hujjatul Islam” meaning, “This is the Proof of Islam”.

When Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho travelled to the Holy cities of Makkatul Mukarramah and Madinatul Munawwarah for Hajj and Ziyaarah, he was blessed with meeting great scholars such as Hadrat Sheikh Sayyid Husain Dabbaagh Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho and Sayyidi Maaliki Turki Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho. After meeting Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho, both these learned scholars said:


“From the Learned and Talented Personalities in India, we have never met anybody that was more fluent and commanding in the Arabic Language, than Hujjatul Islam.”

He was the combination of many inner spiritual qualities. He was not only a great scholar, but he was the best teacher of his time. He was famous for his lectures on the topics of Hadith and Tafseer. He held a unique position in the command of the Arabic Language. He was an excellent poet and his poetry was pure and gentle. His poems (Naats) were written in the deep love of the Holy Prophet Muhammed Mustafa SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam. He served the Maslak-e-Ahle Sunnat, and the Silsila-e-Aaliyah Qaaderiyah Barakaatiyah Razviyah with complete sincerity and humility. He spent his entire life in striving for the upliftment of the Muslim Ummah.


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HIS BLESSED HABITS:

Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was a bright example of his pious predecessors and his illustrious forefathers. He possessed a beautiful character and all good habits. He was a very pleasant and gentle person, and would always smile when he spoke to anyone. His respect for the elders and love for children was one of his blessed qualities. He always lowered his gaze when in conversation, or when walking in the street. He spent most of his time in the recitation of Durood Shareef, and it was for this reason, that many had witnessed him recite Durood aloud even when he was asleep. Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho, like his blessed father strongly opposed the British and their allies. He was always firm in his belief and never compromised his principles, which were based on the Quran and Hadith.

HIS HUMILITY:

Due to his humbleness, his dress was also the same. Not withstanding his status and knowledge his lifestyle remained the epitome of simplicity. Even though he was a great scholar and the son of the Mujjadid of the Century, he never showed any pride over his knowledge. He respected all the Ulama and Masha'ikh and humbled himself in their presence. His humbleness was another example of his exemplary character. An example of his humbleness can be determined from the following statement of Qutbe Madinah Hadrat Sheikh Ziauddin Madani Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho who was amongst the esteemed disciples and Khulafa of A’la Hadrat Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho:


“Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was a very bright and handsome personality. He was such a humble person, that when I would journey from Madinatul Munawarah to Bareilly Shareef, he would be such an excellent host, that he would even take a cloth and personally shine my shoes. He never allowed anyone else to serve me and he would personally serve my meals to me. I have difficulty expressing the extent of his hospitality. When I would prepare to return for Madinah Shareef, he would humbly say, ‘Please Convey my Salutations in the Exalted Court of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam, and pray that He invites me to the Holy City.’”

HIS BLESSED CHARACTER:

Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was a radiant personality. Likewise, his character was also admirable. He was exemplary in every way, be it in looks, habits, character, knowledge, piety, actions and in words. He was always generous and merciful. Not only did those who knew him praise his character, but those who opposed him were also forced to accept the blessed nature of his character. Even though he was very gentle and kind, he became very firm and strong against those who insulted Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam.

For those who were true servants of Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam, he was like a rose, which brings pleasure at all times, and for the enemy of Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam he was a naked sword.

When Shab-e-Baraat (the eve of the fifteenth of Shabaan, when the Mercy of Allah reaches the sky above the earth) would arrive, Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho would ask for forgiveness and pardon from all those around him. He was so sincere in this, that he would even ask forgiveness from children, servants and his disciples by saying:


“If I have been the cause of any pain to you, then please forgive me, and if I owe anything to anybody, then please inform me.”

Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was an excellent example of “Al Hubbu Lil Laahi Wal Bughzu fillah” (Love for the sake of Allah and Hate for the sake of Allah) and “Firm against the disbelievers and gentle towards your own”.

Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho showed much love and gentleness towards his students and disciples, and every one of his mureeds felt that he was the most loved of Hujjatul Islam's mureeds.

Once Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho had just arrived home from a lengthy train journey and was still seated on the carriage on which he arrived. A person who lived in Biharipur Bareilly arrived and mentioned that his elder brother was a mureed of Hadrat and he was very ill and was wishing to see his Peer. The person mentioned to Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho that he had come to Hadrat's home for many days and then left sadly when he was told that Hadrat was out on a journey and had not yet arrived. When Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho heard this, he did not even get off the carriage, but summoned his younger son Hadrat Nu’mani Mian Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho and asked him to remove the luggage. He then told him to inform all at Hadrat=s home that he was on his way to visit a sick person. With this, he immediately went to the home of his ailing mureed and comforted him in his time of ailment and need. Subhaanallah!

On another occasion, one of the mureeds of Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho who was a loyal disciple but possessed a bad temper had invited Hadrat to his home for a meal. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was delayed and reached the home of the mureed, which was in Banarus, after quite some time. The mureed who saw that Hadrat had not come to his invitation became upset, and locked the door of his home and left with his family. When Hadrat arrived, he saw that the door of the house was locked and the people of the house were away. Any other person would be annoyed at this type of behavior of a mureed, but Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho knew the disposition of his disciple and without even the slightest disappointment or anger, Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho returned home with a smile on his face. After sometime, when Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho met this mureed, and the disciple showed his dissatisfaction, Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho still spoke to him with love and apologized for the inconvenience. The mureed on seeing the humbleness of his Master immediately humbled himself in the Court of his Sheikh and showed more respect and love than ever. SubhaanAllah!

The above mentioned incidents verily open the chambers of the heart and soul, bringing freshness to our Imaan. Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho loved both the young and the elderly dearly. He showed deep respect for the learned scholars as we have learnt from Qutbe Madinah Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho. From amongst the Ulama, he had much respect for Hadrat Ashrafi Mian, Sadrul Afaadhil Maulana Naeemudeen Muradabaadi, Sadrush Shariah Maulana Amjad Ali Razvi, Sher Bashai Ahle Sunnat Maulana Hashmat Ali Khan, and his son-in-law and Khalifa Maulana Taqadus Ali Khan Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho.

He also had great respect for Haafiz-e-Millat Maulana Shah Hafiz Abdul Aziz Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho, who was the founder and Rector of Al Jamiatul Ashrafiyah Arabic University (Mubarakpur). It was on the invitation of Huzoor Hafiz-e-Millat Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho that Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho made his first visit to Al Jamiatul Ashrafiyah accompanied by his younger son Hadrat Nu’mani Mian Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho in 1334 Hijri.


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HIS PIETY AND FIRMNESS ON SHARIAH:

Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was a very pious and Allah fearing personality. Whenever he gained any free time from his propagation and other works, he spent this time in the Remembrance of Allah (Zikrullah) and in sending Durood and Salaams upon the Holy Prophet Muhammed Mustafa SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam.

Once there was an abscess on his body, that was very painful and according to the advice of the doctors, needed to be removed. The doctor who was to do the procedure informed Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho that he needed to give him anaesthetic, so that the procedure could be done. Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho refused to take any type of anaesthetic or anything to even numb the area of the operation by saying that he was not prepared to allow anything with alcohol into or on his body. The doctor informed Hadrat that there was no other way to do the procedure, as the absence of anaesthetic would cause him unbearable pain during the procedure. The procedure was finally performed, lasting more than an hour, without any anaesthetic. Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho during this time did not show any signs of discomfort and passed through the entire procedure reciting Durood-e-Paak.

After the procedure, the doctor was completely impressed by the firmness and Taqwa (piety) of Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho. Allahu Akbar!

SERVICES RENDERED:

Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was a great orator, an admirable teacher and a learned Aalim. His life was spent in serving the Deen of Almighty Allah, by propagating Islam, Defending the Exalted pedestal of Prophethood and educating the Muslim masses in accordance with the Pristine teachings of the Quran and the Hadith. This was the real goal in his life. He lived for the sake of the Protection of Islam and Muslims. He passed from this mundane world, upholding the flag of Islam. He was a great teacher as he was taught by none other than his blessed father, Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho who was proud of his blessed son. For the purpose of strengthening the Maslak-e-Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at, Hujjatul Islam travelled to every corner of his country teaching Muslims and instilling in them the Obedience of Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam. He debated and refuted openly the Wahabis and all other false sects that were insulting Almighty Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam. He saved the Muslim masses from the destructive forces of dubious politicians, and during the Shudhi Tahreek (A movement of the disbelievers to convert unsuspecting Muslims to disbelievers), he strongly opposed this movement and struggled for the protection of the Imaan of the Muslims.

HIS POLITICAL INSIGHT AND SUPPORT OF THE TRUTH:

By being well informed regarding the political situation in his time, Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho became well versed with the schemes of the dubious politicians. He guided the Muslims out of the ruthlessness of the political arena. He was also prepared to challenge and refute all those so-called Ulama and Muslim Leaders who were using Islam as a bargaining tool to gain political success. He had no fear for any person no matter what his political standing was. A’la Hadrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho had passed a fatwa against Maulana Abdul Baari Sahib Farangi Mahali due to certain of his political maneuvers and major errors. The very same Maulana Abdul Baari hosted a massive conference in Lucknow to protest against the actions of the Najdi Government that was bulldozing the Mazaars of the Sahaba of the Holy Prophet SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam. Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho with a few others learned Ulama, journeyed to Lucknow under the auspices of Jama’at-e-Raza-e-Mustafa. On their arrival, they were given a heros welcome by Maulana Abdul Baari and various other Ulama. When Maulana Abdul Baari came forward to shake the hand of Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho, he pulled his hand back and said:


“As long as my blessed father's fatwa is on you, and until you do not repent, I am not prepared to meet with you.”

Hadrat Mawlana Abdul Baari Farangi Mahali (rahmatullah alaih) seeing the firmness of Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho immediately repented sincerely at the hands of Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho and said:


"Whether my dignity remains or not, I do not care. I repent in the fear of Almighty Allah, as I have to present myself in His Court. Let it be known, that, whatever Imam Ahmed Raza Khan wrote is the truth and the fact."

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HIS FIRMNESS & FEARLESNESS IN IMPLEMENTING ISLAMIC LAW:

An official Conference (at Government level) was held in Lucknow concerning new laws that were to be gazetted by the Government concerning Muslim Marriages and Divorce. Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho and Maulana Taqaddus Ali Khan (rahmatullah alaih) were representatives from Bareilly Shareef at this conference. Many shi'ite and Najdi Molvis were also present at this conference. Shah Sulaiman (Chief Justice of the High Court of India) and the son-in-law of Maulana Abdul Baari Farangi Mahali, Janaab Abdul Waali were also amongst the representatives. During the debate on the issues of Islamic Marriages and divorce, Hujjatul Islam uprooted all those with new ideas from their places, with his immense knowledge, wisdom and debating skills. After this debate, the decision in this matter was made based on the argument presented by Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho. Whenever faced with such situations, Huzoor Hujjatul Islam always stood by the Laws of Shariah and never compromised the Teachings of the Shariah. In 1935, a Conference was held in Muradabad to address the religious, social, political and financial position of the Muslims in India. Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was appointed the Head of this conference. During this conference, he delivered a lecture explaining all of the above topics to the Muslims masses. This lecture inspired the Muslims to take a firm stand for the sake of Islam.

AUTHORITY IN THE COMMAND OF LANGUAGE:

Huzoor Hujjatul Islam's Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho command of the Arabic language was worthy of praise and admiration. His Arabic was praised by both the Ulama of Indo-Pak Subcontinent and Arabia. Once Qutbe Madinah Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho presented a book written by himself on Knowledge of the Unseen to Hujjatul Islam, during the physical lifetime of A’la Hadrat Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho, so that he may write a foreword to the book. The Foreword written by Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho in the Arabic language was so well written that Qutbe Madinah Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was astounded. Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho also wrote the translation and commentary of the world renowned Ad Daulatul Makkiyah, which was written in eight hours by A’la Hadrat Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho on the topic of AIlme Ghaib.

Once, Hadrat Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho had to go to Darul Uloom Mueenia in Ajmer Shareef as an Examiner during the final examinations. While in Ajmer Shareef, Hadrat Maulana Mueenudeen Saahib Ajmeri (rahmatullah alaih), requested Hujjatul Islam to write something concerning the Darul Uloom. Hadrat agreed and said that he knew three languages namely, Urdu Arabic and Persian, and that he would write in whatever language was necessary. During this time, Maulana Mueenudeen was not very well versed with the immense knowledge possessed by Hujjatul Islam, so he suggested jokingly that the article should be written in Arabic. Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho immediately wrote an article of numerous pages in the Arabic language, while the learned Maulana looked on. After some time, Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho handed the article over to the learned Maulana who perused through the document in amazement. After Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho handed over the article, he left. When Maulana Mueenudeen sat down to translate the document, he found that the Arabic language in which the article was written was so pure and deep, that he could not even understand many of the words used. He had to search through advanced Arabic Dictionaries and books of the Arab Ulama to find the meanings to words used by Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho in the article.

KING GAWALYAAR:


Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho as we mentioned earlier was a possessor of great beauty, and many travelled just to make ziyaarah of his blessed face. It has been stated that he once went to a place called Gawalyaar. For as long as he stayed there, the King of Gawalyaar (a hindu) used to come daily to make ziyaarah of the blessed face of Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho.

Once Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho arrived home from a journey. At the railway station was Ataullah Bukhari. On seeing Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho he enquired concerning him, and was informed by the people that this was Hujjatul Islam Maulana Shah Hamid Raza Khan Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho who was the son and Successor of A’la Hadrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho. Ataullah Bukhari then said: “I have seen many Molvis, but I have seen none as handsome and bright as him.”


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HAJJ AND ZIYAARAT:

Almighty Allah had blessed Hujjatul Islam with the opportunity of visiting the Haramain Sharifain for the purpose of Hajj and Ziyaarah. He travelled for his first Hajj in 1323 B 1905 with his blessed father Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho. This was an elevated Hajj for him, and was a journey of much learning and experience. It was during this Hajj, that he put together Ad Daulatul Makkiyah bil Maaddatil Ghaibiyyah, which was written on this journey by A’la Hadrat Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho. The most important part of this journey was Hujjatul Islam's Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho visit to the

Exalted Court of his and our Beloved Master, The means of Creation Hadrat Ahmad-e-Mujtaba Muhammed Mustafa SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam. He relished the opportunity to be present in the Court of Holy Prophet Muhammed SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam. Almighty Allah blessed Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho with his second Hajj in 1334 Hijri.

HUJJATUL ISLAM'S VISIT TO PAKISTAN:

In 1925, Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho visited Pakistan, as a representative at the Annual Conference held under the Banner of Hizbul Ahnaaf. During this visit, Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho gave a challenge of Munaazira (debate) to the deobandis. At the very last moment, when the debate was about to commence, the deobandis made a lame excuse and refused to debate with Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho.

Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho also met with the poet and philosopher Dr Iqbal. When Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho informed him of the corrupt and blasphemous beliefs of the deobandis, he was astonished and replied by saying:


“These are such blasphemous statements made by these people, why is the sky not falling on them. The sky should fall in such blasphemous.”

It was during this journey, that a very important event took place. While Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was in Lahore, a young man who was at that time studying at an English school, would visit Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho daily. Everybody else came to ask questions, or request Taaweez etc. but this young man would come daily, sit silently and look at the face of Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho. When just a few days were left for Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho to return to India, Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho asked his reason for coming to visit him daily and yet not requesting anything. The young man replied by saying that his only request was to accompany Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho back to India and become his student in attaining knowledge of Deen. Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho on hearing the request of the youngster was very pleased and immediately agreed to take him with. This young man studied with great sincerity, respect and dedication at the feet of Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho and qualified with distinctions as an Aalim and Muhadith. This young boy grew up to be none other than the world renowned Muhadith-e-Azam Pakistan Maulana Sardaar Ahmad (rahmatullah alaih) who later became the Leader of the Muslims in Lahore. This was definitely the karam of Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho on Muhadithe Azam Pakistan that led him to being one of the Greatest Scholars of Hadith in Pakistan.

SOCIO-ECONOMIC SERVICES:

Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho served the Muslim Ummah in various ways. He encouraged them to become self-sufficient and not remain laborers and slaves of the West. In 1925 he held a conference in Muradabad under the banner of All India Sunni Conference, in which he explained to the Muslims the importance of being self-sufficient. He delivered an inspiring lecture in which he pointed out the importance of Muslims strengthening their financial positions and removing themselves from dependency. A few excerpts from his lecture are being quoted below:


“Our only means of income today is as laborers or as public servants. The situation has become so bad, that even the Hindu Nawaabs do not employ Muslims anymore. As for jobs in government, our applications never seem to reach the proper authorities, and even if they do, it takes years to process, by which time; a person is soaked in debt. By the time he receives a job, his debts are so vast that the meagre government salary is not enough to pay off these debts. Even if he gets the job, then because of the large numbers of hindus in high positions, he is always being watched (and can be removed for a minor reason). We must realise that our incomes should not be confined to such jobs. We should learn different trades and gain expertise in various fields. We should start businesses and factories, so that our socio-economic conditions may be strengthened. Today all our certificates and diplomas are not accepted. We do not have the proper finances to educate our children. If we had some type of profession or trade, then today we would not have been dependant like the way we are. Today, if a person loses his job, him and his family are destroyed, as he has no other means of dependable income. We should now completely forget the thought of laboring. Laboring has never given success to any nation in the world. Muslims should become professionals and tradesman if they wish to gain economic and financial stability.”

SHUDHI MOVEMENT:

This was a movement of the Hindus to convert unsuspecting Muslims to disbelievers, by using political and financial influence. It was during this time, that Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho protected the Imaan of the Muslims and saved thousands of Muslims from becoming Murtads. He informed the Muslims of the evil schemes of the Kufaar in the following words:


“The movement of converting the Muslims by the shudhi is now not only in the main states, but they have now spread their false movement throughout the country. They are using their schemes in the whole of India and are taking advantage of ignorant and unsuspecting Muslims. Huge groups of people are being destroyed and caught in their web of deceit. Muslims do not have many institutes and organisations to combat this corruption, and wherever there are organisations, then due to a lack of correspondence, they are either not well informed, or do not have the expertise to cope with this dangerous problem. Unless Ulama are summoned from other parts of the country to combat this problem in the affected areas, there will be no success. I already have experience in such situations, and it must be known that these movements of infidelity destroy the propagation work of Muslims. I have been to the effected areas, where thousands of rupees have been given to Muslims to sell their Imaan and they have been promised positions and power. In such places, all that I could use were the words of the Beloveds, reminding Muslims of our religion, and the fear of Allah. This seemed to be the only medicine for those with the illness of weak Imaan. This method was so successful, that the Muslim youth that were being misled immediately repented and kicked away the promises of wealth and power given to them by the disbelievers, and became obedient to the words of Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam.”

Concerning Unity with other Groups, Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho said:


“Whenever Sunnis decide to call for unity with others (non-sunnis), they should first remember the opposition from their own. What reason is there to try to unite with those who spend their days and nights scheming to undermine the Ahle Sunnat and increasing their number of mislead followers? Our true brothers have not allowed such movements to be successful. Remember! If these other groups were on Haq, then there would have been no need for them to leave the mainstream and form their own firqas (groups). An example of this is the newly formed khilafat committee, which used the front support of the khilafat movement to call for unity. Even in this Committee, there is a joint Union of the so-called Jamiatul Ulama, which is made up of a majority of wahabis, ahle Hadith and ghayr muqalids. This forefront was only used to win the support of the Sunnis on the name of Unity, but it is the same group of people that are openly opposing the Beliefs of the Ahle Sunnah. I received a letter from Molvi Ahmad Mukhtar, who is the President of Jamiatul Ulama Bombay in which he writes that the huge amounts of money have been collected from the Muslim community and with this, two hundred thousand copies of Taqweeyatul Imaan (this book has been written by Ismaeel Dehlwi, who in it has made statements of blasphemy against the Holy Prophet Muhammed sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) have been printed and distributed free. Now I ask, should we now join and unite with such groups? It is definitely a means of destruction. It is with our own finances that our very religion is being destroyed”

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IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION:

Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho had a deep feeling for the importance of knowledge. He spent much time encouraging students and parents alike, to attain knowledge. He tried his utmost to explain the importance of education for females. He travelled throughout India trying to instill the importance of educating females in the hearts of the Muslim Ummah. His words were heeded and opened the doors of religious learning for many females throughout the country. During his talk at the Muradabad Conference, he said:


“It is also of utmost importance, to have educational institutes for females. In Addition to religious education, they should be taught simple home economics, such as dressmaking etc. that they would be able to do from their homes. However in doing this, there must be strict adherence to the laws of pardah.”

His speech at the Muradabad Conference inspired the hearts of many. In reality what he did, was “to gather the ocean into a jar”, so that everybody understood the point that he was making in a simple fashion.

HIS IMMENSE LOVE FOR SAYYIDUNA RASOOLULLAH SALALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM:

Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho loved the Holy Prophet SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam dearly and his every action was in accordance with the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam. Indeed how could he not be a true devotee, when he was groomed at the feet of The Greatest Devotee of His time, Sayyiduna A’la Hadrat Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho. His Haaziri at Madinatul Munawwarah was an important even in his life, when he had the opportunity of presenting himself before the Holy Prophet SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam. His love for the Holy Prophet SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam can be seen in his Naat, which he wrote in Praise of the Most Exalted of all Creation, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam.

Gunahgaro Ka Roze Mahshar Shafi'i Khayr-ul-Anaam Hoga
Dulhan Shafa'at Banegi, Doolha Nabi Alaihis Salaam Hoga

Para Hoo Me Unki Rah Guzar Me Pare Hi Rahne Se Kaam Hoga
Dil-o-jigar Farsh Raah Banenge Ye Deedae-e-ishq Khiraam Hoga

Unhi Ka Moo Sub Takenge Us Din Jo Wo Karenge Wo Kaam Hoga
Duhaa’i Sub Unki Dete Honge Unhi Kar Har Lub Pe Naam Hoga

Khuda Ki Marzi He Unki Marzi, He Unki Marzi Khuda Ki Marzi
Unhi Ki Marzi Ye Ho Raha He Unhi Ki Marzi Ye Kaam Hoga

Jidhar Khuda He Udhar Nabi He, Jidhar Nabi He Udhar Khuda He
Khudaayi Bhar Sub Idhar Phiregi Jidhar Wo Aali Maqaam Hoga

Ussi Tamana Me Dum Para He Yahi Sahaara He Zindagi Ka
Bula Lo Mujko Madina Sarwar Nahi to Jeena Haraam Hoga

Huzoor Roza Huwa Jo Haazir to Apni Saj Dhaj Ye Hogi Hamid
Khamida Sar Aankh Band Lub Par Mere Durood-o-salaam Hoga

BOOKS WRITTEN BY HUJJATUL ISLAM:

In addition to all his other exceptional qualities, Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was a distinguished author of various books, which he wrote on many important topics. His immense knowledge can be gauged by perusing the books that he has written. Some of the more renowned books are listed below:

1. As Saarimur Rabaani alaa Israaf Qaadiyani
2. Translation of Ad Daulatul Makkiyah
3. Translation of Husaamul Haramain
4. Haashia Mulla Jalaal
5. Naatia Deewaan
6. Majmua Fatawa and etc.


HIS KARAMAAT:

Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was also Saahib-e-Karaamat, meaning that he performed various miracles. His greatest Karaamat however, was his firmness on the Shariah and his adherence to the Sunnah of Nabi Muhammad SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam. A few of Hadrat's Karaamats are being quoted for the sake of attaining blessings.

KARAAMAT AS A TEACHER:

Once, a few teachers from the Madrassa decided to resign. They thought that they were indispensable and that none would be able to teach in their absence. The Karaamat of Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was that he taught all the students all the subjects, with even more insight than was given by any other teacher. The scheme of the teachers failed hopelessly and even more students enrolled at the Madressa after becoming aware of the high level of education being attained by students under the tutorship of Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho.

THE GRAVE IS IN THE INCORRECT PLACE:

Haji Muhammad Ismaeel bin Haji Abdul Ghaffar Saahib reported that once Hujjatul Islam went to Madanpura. After Salaah, he was asked to make Fateha at the Mazaar of one of the Awliyah Allah whose Mazaar was on the Musjid property. Hadrat lifted his hands for Duaa, and after a few moments moved back and said that the Grave in the Mazaar was not in its original place. The people were astounded and informed Hadrat that they had moved the spot of the actual grave slightly, due to the shortage of saff space. Hadrat explained to them that this was improper, and that it should be rectified. Subhanallah!

REMOVING JINNAAT:

Hadrat was blessed with the mystical power of removing Jin and Aaseb (evil spirits). Once while Hadrat was in Banarus, many people heard of the mystical power possessed by him and thus crowds of people arrived to take his Duas. He asked for some clothing of all those with such problems to be placed in front of him. He looked once at the clothing and then only removed a few and said, “Only these people are effected, there is nothing wrong with the rest of them.” He then prayed with the clothes in front of him, and in a few days, all those with these problems were fully cured. Also during this time in Banaras, there was a person who had such a strong jinn controlling him that he used to run on the roofs of high buildings, late at night. His family was very worried and brought him to Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho, who made dua for him. The Jinn, which was affecting him immediately made touba and left him, and the person was cured for good.

UNSEEN WRATH ON A DEOBANDI BLASPHEMER:

Hadrat Sheikh Abdul Mabood Jilaani Makki (rahmatullah alaih) states:

“When I visited Bareilly Shareef, A’la Hadrat Azeemul Barakat Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho was writing the eleventh stanza of his famous Naat "Wo Kamaal-e-Husne Huzoor he, ke Gumaan Naqs Jahaa Nahibn". As I am from the lineage of Ghaus-e-Azam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho I took this to be a good sign for me. While in Bareilly Shareef, I became very close to Huzoor Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho and I had to accept that he was undoubtedly a Saahibe Karaamat. The reason I am saying this, is because, I left Bareilly Shareef and went to Dehli after sometime. In Dehli I had taken a place to stay, which was right next to where the deobandis were having one of their gatherings. I could thus hear their lectures from my room. During a lecture session, one of their Molvis stood up and said the following in his lecture, This Maulana Hamid Raza is not Hamid, but he is Jaabid (Dumb). After saying this, all those present witnessed that, that Molvi became dumb and could not speak anymore. A few moments after this, he fell to the ground and died an agonizing death. Those present at the gathering say that when he fell to the ground, he tried to say something but could not talk. He signalled for a pen and paper. Those in the gathering quickly brought him a pen and a paper, on which he wrote the following before dying, I repent for my disrespect towards Maulana Hamid Raza Khan.”


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MUREEDS AND KHULAFA:

Huzoor Hujjatul Islam's mureeds run into a lengthy list both in India and abroad. Hadrat had many mureeds in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Sultanpur, Bareilly and Kanpur. Hadrat also had many mureeds in other countries such as Pakistan and Zimbabwe. Amongst the names of his famous Students and Khulafa are the following:

1. Muhadithe Azam Maulana Sardaar Ahmad Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
2. Huzoor Mujahid-e-Millat Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
3. Hadrat Maulana Shah Rifaaqat Husain Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
4. Hadrat Maulana Hashmat Ali Khan Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
5. Hadrat Maulana Ibrahim Raza Khan Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
6. Hadrat Maulana Hamaad Raza Khan Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
7. Hadrat Maulana Ahsaan Ali Saahib Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
8. Hadrat Maulana Abdul Mustafa Saahib Azhari Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
9. Hadrat Maulana Mufti Taqadus Ali Khan Saahib Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
10. Hadrat Maulana Inaayat Muhammad Khan Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
11. Hadrat Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Hazarwi Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
12. Hadrat Maulana Muhammad Saeed Shibli Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
13. Hadrat Maulana Wali-ur-Rahmaan Sahib Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
14. Hadrat Maulana Hafiz Muhammad Mian Ashrafi Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
15. Hadrat Maulana Abul Khaleel Anis A’lam Sahib Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
16. Hadrat Maulana Qaari Fazle Karim Sahib Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
17. Hadrat Maulana Razi Ahmed Sahib Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho
18. The famous poet Janaab Akhtarul Hamidi was also a disciple of Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho

HUZOOR HUJJATUL ISLAMS CHILDREN:

Almighty Allah blessed Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho with two sons and four daughters. The names of his sons are:

1. Mufassir Azam Hadrat Ebrahim Raza Khan Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho also known as Jilani Mian. He is the distinguished father of Taajush Shariah Allama Mufti Mohammed Akhtar Raza Khan Qaaderi Azhari.

2. Nu'mani Mian, Hadrat Maulana Muhammad Ham'maad Raza Khan Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho

HIS DEMISE:

Hujjatul Islam Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho travelled from this world into the hereafter on the 17th of Jamadil Ulaa co-inciding with 23 May 1943 in the condition of Namaaz, in Tashahud position. The demise of Hujjatul Islam was a sore loss to the entire Sunni community. A loss that was felt throughout the world, as the bright shining sun of A’la Hadrat Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho had come to set.

JANAZAH:

Hundreds of thousands of devotees and Mureeds gathered for his Janazah Salaah, which was performed, by his Khalifa, Muhadith-e-Azam Pakistan, Maulana Sardaar Ahmad Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho.

MAZAAR-E-PAAK:

His Mazaar-e-Paak is beside his blessed father Sayyiduna A’la Hadrat Radi ALLAHu Ta'ala Anho. Every year during the Urs, thousands of devotees gather at his Mazaar to pay tribute, to a Faithful Servant of Allah, A True Devotee of the Prophet SallAllahu 'Alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallam and an Aalim and Saint of his time. May Almighty Allah bless us with his Fuyooz and Barakaat always. Aameen.



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Tadhkira Mashaikh-e-Qadiriyah Barakatiya Ridawiyah
Urdu: Mawlana Abdul Mujtaba Ridawi | English: Mawlana Aftab Qasim

The Reward For Your Deeds

Hazrat Tameem Daari (radi Allahu anhu) reports that Rasoolullah (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Sallam) said that, Almighty Allah says, ‘O Malak ul Maut (Angel of Death)! Go to my Wali and bring him (towards me), for I have tested him with (both) distress and consolation, and I found him to be as it pleases Me, so I wish to grant him relief from the distresses of the world. So, Malak ul Maut takes with him a Jama’at of five hundred (500) Angels. These Angels carry with them the fragrant Kafan (shroud) of Jannat and flowery stems, containing various coloured flowers, from which emanate a variety of fragrances. They also take with them white silk which has been immersed in Musk. Malak ul Maut then sits down with the Angels (near him). Each Angel keeps his hands on one of his limbs (meaning on every limb of the Wali is the hand of an Angel). The silken fabric immersed in musk is then placed under his chin, and one of the Doors leading to Jannat is opened unto him. Now, his heart becomes engrossed (in the beauty and splendours of) Jannat. At times he is engrossed in the (beauty of the) Maidens of Jannat, and at times (he is engrossed in beauty of their) heavenly Robes, and at times he (is engrossed) in observing the fruits of Jannat. His heart is comforted, just as family members would comfort a crying child. His Jannati wives rejoice at this moment, and his soul (also) rejoices. The Angel says, O Pure Soul! Go towards the wonderful trees, expanded shades and flowing waters (rivers). Malak ul Maut shows more affection towards him than a mother (would show towards her child). He (Malak ul Maut) knows that this Soul is Beloved to Allah, so by being gentle on this soul, he is seeking the pleasure of Allah. His soul (now) leaves (the body) just as a strand of hair is removed from flour.’ He ﷺ (then) said, ‘As his soul leaves, all the Angels say, Peace be upon you. Enter Jannat, (which is) the reward for your deeds.’

Subhaan’Allah! What a splendid life they live, and what a splendid welcome they receive when the time comes for them to journey into the hereafter!

Visiting The Graves Of Deceased Parents On Friday

» The Prophet of mankind, the Peace of our heart and mind, the most Generous and Kind (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) has said,

"The one who visits the graves of either of or both of his parents on every Friday, Allah will forgive his sins and his name will be recorded as one treating the parents courteously." [Tabarani, Al-Mu'jam al-Awsat, Vol. 4, Page 321, Hadith 6114]

» The Beloved and Blessed Rasul (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) has said,

"The one who visits the graves of either of or both of his deceased parents on Friday and recites Surah Yasin over there, will be forgiven." [Al-Kamil fi Du'afa ar-Rijal, Vol. 6, Page 260]

» The Noble Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) has said,

"The one who visits the graves of either of or both of his parents on every Friday and recites Surah Yaseen over there, Allah will bless him with forgiveness equivalent to the total number of letters in Surah Yasin." [Ithaf as-Saadah, Vol. 14, Page 272]

wal HamduLILLAH! The one who visits the grave of either of or both of his deceased parents on Friday and recites Surah Yasin over there, he will be successful in sha Allah. There are 5 Ruku’, 83 verses, 729 words, and 3000 letters in Surah Yasin, if these figures are correct before Allah, the reciter will get the reward of 3000 forgiveness.

JUMU'AH MUBARAK!

Mar 18, 2014

Maslak e Ahmad Raza


Tez Aandhi me bhi Jala hai Maslake Ahmad Raza
Woh chirag e Mustafa hai Maslake Ahmad Raza

Maslake Ahmad Raza pe Harf Aa Sakta nahi
BuHaneefa ki ata hai Maslake Ahmad Raza

Maslake Ahmad Raza koi Naya Maslak nahi
Khuld wala Raasta hai Maslake Ahmad Raza

Aap bhi Barkaati Gharane me to Chal kar dekhiye
Bacha Bacha bolta hai Maslake Ahmad Raza

Hazrate Noori Miyaa ka Qaul e Faisal Dekhiye
Mere ghar ka ek diyaa hai Maslak e Ahmad Raza

Haami e Ahl e Sunnat Mere Amin aur Najib,
Inki Ghutti mai padaa hai Maslak e Ahmad Raza....

Siraat e Mustakim ki kirne Aman aur Usmaan,
Sikhaaya hai hum ko inhi ne Maslak e Ahmad Raza

Koi Jalta hai Jale humko nahi koi garaz....
Hashr tak naara lagega Maslak e Ahmad Raza....

Hai ye beshak Hazrat e Amin e Millat Raza ka Faiz hi
Hai Chamakta Misle Akhtar Maslak e Ahmad Raza....

Fadhila ya FIQ-HI (Maarifa ya sheria za Kiislam) PT 2 (Kiswahili)


Assalaamu alaikum, 
Natumai hamjambo. Tunaendelea na risala kuhusu FIQ-HI
Baada ya kumshukuru Allah na kumtakia Rahma Mtume Muhammad Swallallahu Alaihi wasallam, aya hapo juu ya Sura An Nisaa 4: 59 inayozungumzia uhakika wa fiq-hi au maarifa ya sheria za Kiislamu kwani wengi wa ndugu zetu hawana elimu nayo.
Enyi mlioamini mtiini Allah na mtiini Mtume na wenye madaraka katika nyinyi. Na mkizozana katika jambo basi lirudisheni kwa Allah na Mtume, ikiwa mnamuani Allah na siku ya mwisho. Hayo ndiyo bora zaidi na ndiyo yenye mwisho mwema.
Kuwaamini maimamu wote wanne (Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Shafi, Imam Malik na Imam Ahmad bin Hambal) na kumfuata mmojawapo ni jambo la lazima. Pia siyo kuwa baadhi ya masuala amfuate imam mmoja na baadhi amfuate imam mwingine. Mfano wa mwenye kufanya hivyo ni kama mgonjwa wa tumbo akatafuta tiba kwa madaktari wanne tofauti, hivyo hali atakayokuwa nayo mgonjwa huyo ndivyo atakuwa mwenye kuwafuata maimamu tofauti.
Ila kama kuna dharura ndipo anaweza kumfuata Imamu mwingine. Mfano: kwa Imam Shafi mtu akimgusa mwanamke basi udhu wake hubatilika, hivyo wakati wa kutufu Al Ka-aba wanamfuata Imam Abu Hanifa.
Masahaba walipokuwa na tatizo lolote basi walimwendea Mtume Swallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, lakini je baada ya yeye kuiaga dunia?
Kwa Sy AbuBakr, ikamfikia kesi moja na suluhisho yake haikupatikana ndani ya Qurani wala Hadithi. Kisha aliwauliza Masahaba: je mnakumbuka kuwa kesi kama hiyo ilimfikia Mtume Swallallahu Alaihi Wasallam na alijibu nini? Masahaba walijibu: ndiyo tunakumbuka na Mtume Swallallahu Alaihi Wasallam alijibu hivi. Sy AbuBakr akatoa hukumu juu ya suala hilo kisha alimtukuza Allah na kumshukuru kwa kusema kuwa wapo waja wako ambao hata na leo pia wanakumbuka kauli ya Mtume Swallallahu Alaihi Wasallam.
Ukisiaji wa mjinga na wa mjuzi.
Swali linakuja, je Mtume Swallallahu Alaihi Wasallam amezungumzia nini kuhusu hilo?
Mtume Swallallahu Alaihi Wasallam alimtuma Muaz bin Jabal kuwa Qadhi wa Yemen, ila kwanza alimuuliza kuwa atahukumu vipi kesi atakazoletewa? Muaz alijibu kuwa kwanza ataangalia ndani ya Quran, kisha Hadithi. Mtume Swallallahu Alaihi Wasallam alimuuliza kuwa je kama hukufanikiwa kupata jibu ndani ya Quran na Hadithi, hapo utafanyaje? Muaz alijibu kuwa katika hali hiyo atakisia akizingatia mafundisho ya Quran na Hadithi. Ndipo Mtume Swallallahu Alaihi Wasallam alimshukuru Allah kuwa watu wa aina hiyo wapo katika umma wake.
Maswali / maoni yanakaribishwa.
JazakAllah,
Muhammad KHATRI

Mar 14, 2014

What Don’t We Do For Financial Gain?

Today, almost every person is lost in the materialistic world, seeking out his ‘Dream Fortune’. Our ambition has become finance, and our love for the wealth of this Duniya is destroying us, like it destroyed many nations before us. Today, people even compromise their Imaan (Allah Forbid) for the sake of financial gain and to attain worldly name and fame. Have such people no shame? Do we not fear Allah? Do we have no shame in the Court of Rasoolullah (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Sallam)? We are so lost in trying to make millions that we have forgotten that sustenance comes from Allah! Have we forgotten that Allah is the True Provider! Have we forgotten that you will only get what is due to you?

We should try to understand and realise, that it is all about ‘Yaqeen’ (having true conviction). If a Believer keeps faith in Allah and is sincere in his efforts to please Allah and His Rasool (Sall Allahu Alaihi wa Sallam), he will In Sha Allah always receive his sustenance. Allah will provide for him from where he could not imagine. We must learn to have trust in Allah and understand that Allah provides for us. He is Raz’zaaq. A Beautiful Incident with regards to trust in Allah comes to mind. Let me share with you this beautiful incident that teaches us that the sustenance of those who have full trust and Faith in Allah reaches them from where they cannot even imagine.

It is mentioned that once, Shaykh Abu Ya’qub Basri (Rahmatullah alaih) remained without food in the Holy Haram for ten days (consecutively). He started to experience symptoms of debility. In this condition, a thought entered his heart that it would seem advisable to go out towards the wastelands, as there was possibility of finding something there which will be sufficient to eradicate the intense hunger. When he reached the wastelands, he found a turnip which was already rotten. He picked up the turnip, but from within he felt uncomfortable and unclear. His heart said to him, ‘After suffering with hunger for ten days, is a rotten turnip all that is meant for you?’  He threw away the turnip and returned to the Masjid-e-Haraam. After a short while, a person entered the Haram and approached the Shaykh. He sat in front of the Shaykh and began opening a bag. Whilst doing so, the person said, ‘Here are five hundred Ashrafis (gold coins), and they belong to you.’ Astonished, the Shaykh said, ‘Why is it for me?’ The man answered, ‘Ten days ago, I was travelling by sea and it was near that our ship would sink. All those on board took vows, each making an intention which could save his life. I too took a vow, that if we were saved from drowning, I would go to the Holy Kaaba and hand these five hundred Ashrafis to the first attendant whom I see on entering the Haram. Hence, you are the first person whom I saw when I entered the Holy Haram, so please accept this from me.’ The Shaykh requested the man to open the bag. When the man opened the bag, they found it also contained, bread, peeled Egyptian Almonds and sugar candy. The Shaykh took a handful of these items and said, ‘Take whatever else is in this bag and share it with your family. It is a gift from me.’

Shaykh Abu Ya’qub Basri (Rahmatullah Alaih) then says, I addressed myself and said:

“O Nafs! Your Rozi (sustenance) was on its way you for the past ten days, yet you went out into the wastelands in search of it.”

This does not mean that you should sit around lazily, waiting for your sustenance to come to you, but what it really means is that you should fulfil your obligations to Allah and strive for Halaal sustenance to the best of your ability, without compromising your faith, and undoubtedly, your sustenance will come to you.

Walking Six Miles On Blistering Stones With Mother On Shoulders

There are so many rights of parents that we can never fulfil them all. In this regard, one of the companions (Radi Allahu Anhu) said in the blessed court of the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam), "The stones were so hot on that path that a piece of uncooked meat would roast if it were to be placed on them! I have carried my mother on my shoulders for six miles. Am I free from the rights of my mother?" The Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said:

"Perhaps, this could be the recompense for one of the shocks she endured during labour while giving birth to you." [#Tabarani, Al-Mu'jam al-Saghir, Vol. 1, Page 92, #Hadith 256]

May Allah have mercy upon them and may he forgive us for their sake!

Mar 13, 2014

Fadhila ya FIQ-HI (Maarifa ya sheria za Kiislam) PT 1‏ (Kiswahili)

Assalaamu alaikum,
Natumai hamjambo.
Maarifa au ujuzi katika sharia za Kiislam inaitwa FIQ-HI, na ifuatayo ni risala fupi kuhusiana na fadhila zake.
Baada ya kumshukuru Allah na kumtakia Rahma Mtume Muhammad Swallallahu Alaihi wasallam, aya hapo juu ya Sura An Nisaa 4: 59 inayozungumzia uhakika wa fiq-hi au maarifa ya sheria za Kiislamu kwani wengi wa ndugu zetu hawana elimu nayo.
Uthibitisho wa fiq-hi ndani ya Quran; TAFSIRI: Enyi mlioamini mtiini Allah na mtiini Mtume na wenye madaraka katika nyinyi. Na mkizozana katika jambo basi lirudisheni kwa Allah na Mtume, ikiwa mnamuani Allah na siku ya mwisho. Hayo ndiyo bora zaidi na ndiyo yenye mwisho mwema.
Kwanza kabisa ieleweke kuwa kuna njia 4 za kufuatwa katika kutatua masuala ya dini, nazo ni : Quran, Hadithi, umoja wa Ummah na kukisia.
Nini maana ya FIQ-HI? Fiq-hi ni falsafa ya sharia za Kiislamu na inaelezea sharia za dini kupitia Quran na Sunnah (Hadithi).  Mfano wake ni kama khalifa au mfalme atoe hukumu kwa kuzingatia sheria ya dini, na khalifa au mfalme huyo akitenda kinyume na sheria, basi huyo hatafuatwa. Mfano: Sy AbuBakr alipokuwa khalifa, aliwauliza Masahaba: enyi watu, mimi ninapofuata amri ya Allah na Mtume wake ni sawa, je ikiwa nikienda kinyuma mtafanyaje? Sahaba mmoja masikini alisema: tunaapa kwa Mola aliyetuumba, tutakunyoosha kama mkuki. Ndipo Sy AbuBakr aliwaambia : nyinyi ni waelewa.
Pia tuna maimamu wanne au madhehebu nne za kufuata sharia za Kiislamu nazo ni Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Shafi’I, Imam Ahmad bin Hambal na Imam Malik Rahimahumullah.
Nini maana ya umoja wa ummah? Mfano Qadhi atatoa hukumu kutokana na kauli za Masahaba.
Nini maana ya kukisia? Ni kauli au hukumu za Masahaba, Tabii na Maimamu wanne. Yule asiyewakubali hao basi mfano wake ni kama mwenye kuumwa na tumbo kisha akadai kuwa akienda kwa daktari basi ataingia gharama maabara na mengineyo. Ni bora tu anunue dawa ya tumbo dukani na atapona!! Na ndiyo maana watu kama hao ni wapotovu.
Maswali / maoni yanakaribishwa.
JazakAllah,
Muhammad KHATRI 

Mar 10, 2014

Follow the Sunnah and Increase your Beauty

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I. Hadrat Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Umar (Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) has said,


“Do the opposite of what the polytheists do; let the beard grow long and clip the mustache.” A version has, “Trim the mustache down and leave the beard.” [Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 2, Page 875, Hadith 781]

II. Hadrat Zayd ibn Arqam (Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) has said,


“Whoever does not take something off his mustache is not one of us (not on our path).” [Sunan Nisa'i, Vol. 2, Page 274]

III. Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra (Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu) reported that the Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him) said:


“He who does not shave off the hair from the abdomen and does not cut his nails and does not trim his mustaches, is not of us”.

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IV. Sayyiduna Anas (Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said:


“The maximum exemption for shaving off the hair from the abdomen and armpit and for cutting nails and for trimming the mustaches is forty days.” [Sahih Muslim, Vol. 2, Page 128, Hadith 497]

V. Hadrat Abu Huraira (Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) has said,


“Cut the mustaches and let the beards grow long; (by doing this) do the opposite of the fire worshipers.” [Sahih Muslim, Vol. 2, Page 129, Hadith 501]

VI. Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra (Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anhu) reported that the Glorious Prophet of Islam (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him) said:


“Five things are from the traditions of the Prophets of the old: circumcision, removing the hair below the navel, trimming the mustaches, cutting the nails and removing the hair from armpit”. [Sahih Muslim, Vol. 2, Page 127 Hadith 495]

VII. AlaHadrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan (Alayhir Rahmah) has quoted a saying of Sayyiduna Ka'ab Ahbar (Radi Allahu Anhu) in his booklet Lum'at al-Duha:


“Near to the end of the world, there would be some people who would trim their beards. They are extremely unfortunate. That is, they will have no blessing in religion and in the Hereafter”. [Ihya al-Uloom, Vol. 1, Page 145 | Fatawa Radawiyyah, Vol. 22, Page 651]

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VIII. The Beloved and Blessed Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) once sent a letter with the message of ‘call to righteousness’ to Sag-e-Iran Khisraw (Parwayz) via Sayyiduna Abdullah Bin Huzafah. Seeing the blessed letter, Khisraw (Parwayz), a cruel and insolent person, turned furious and tore the blessed letter into pieces. Then, Khisraw (Parwayz) issued an order to Bazan, the then governor of Yemen, who had influence over the entire Arab Empire. Bazan called for a troop whose commander’s name was Kharkhasrah. Moreover, another officer named Baniwiyah was also sent along with them to keep an eye on the advances and actions of the Holy Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam).

When both of these officers were brought in the blessed court of the Beloved Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam), their neck-veins were trembling out of the Prophetic-awe of Beloved Mustafa (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam). Since they were fire-worshippers, they did not have beards, and their moustaches were so big that their lips were covered. They used to call their king Parwayz as their ‘lord’. Disturbed upon seeing their beardless faces, the Beloved Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said in disgust, ‘May you be ruined! Who asked you to keep such a face?’ They replied, ‘Our lord ‘Parwayz’ has asked us to do so.’ The Beloved and Blessed Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said,


“But my Rabb (Lord) has ordered me to grow the beard and trim the mustache.” [Madarij al-Nubuwwah, Vol. 2, Pages 224-225 | Fatawa Radawiyyah, Vol. 22, Page 647]

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..:: IMPORTANT NOTES ::..

1. Many of our Muslim brothers have opted to make their beards into a fashion and have a ‘stylish’ effect to it. Many completely shave it off and some leave a bit on the chin. Some keep their beards only 2 fingers long, and believe that they’re following the Shari’ah, despite the fact that those who shave all of their beards and those who shave it to less than one fist are all the same in sin in the eyes of Shari’ah. It has been stated in Bahar-e-Shari’at:


“To grow the beard is the Sunnah of the prophets. To shave it all or less than a fist is Haraam.” [Bahar-e-Shari'at, Vol. 16, Page 585]

2. Hadrat Shaykh Abd al-Haq Muhaddith-e-Dehlwi (Alayhir Rahmah) has stated:


“To shave the beard is Haram, and the way of the English, the hindus and monkey-dancers. It is wajib to leave the beard to grow to one fist. Those fuqaha (scholars) who have stated that to keep the beard one fist is sunnat, then this is not because according to them to keep the beard to one fist is not wajib, but in fact “sunnah” in this context means the Islamic way, or because the wujub (necessity) of keeping a beard one fist has been proven from the Sunnah (the ahadeeth – prophetic traditions of the Beloved Prophet), just as the Eid prayers have been called sunnat, despite the fact that they are wajib.”

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3. It has been stated in al-Durr al-Mukhtar (Vol. 2, Page 116), Radd al-Muhtar (Vol. 2, Page 117), al-Bahr al-Ra’iq (Vol. 2, Page 280), Fath al-Qadir (Vol. 2 Page 270), Tahtawi (Page 411) that: [and the words quoted here are of Tahtawi’s]


“According to the unanimous opinion, to shave the beard less than a fist as is the way of some westerners and effeminate persons who are fond of make-up like women, is not permissible. As regards shaving whole of the beard, then this is the way of the Jews of India and the fire-worshippers of Iran.” [Hashiyat al-Tahtawi Ala Maraqi al-Falah, Page 411]

4. AlaHadrat, Imam Ahmad Rida Khan (Alayhir Rahmah) have recorded it in Fatawa Radawiyyah, Vol. 22, Page 652:


“As long as the beard is shorter than a fist length, it is not Halal to trim it. It is a practice of the eunuch to shorten the beard. And fully shaving it is a tradition of the non-Muslims.” [Ghunyah Zawil Ahkam, Vol. 1, Page 208 | Al Bahr ar-Ra'iq, Vol. 2, Page 490 | Fath al-Qadeer, Vol. 2, Page 270]


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5. It is permissible to grow the beard more than the Shari’i limit of one fist. However - according to our Imams and scholars - to let the beard grow such that it becomes extremely out of proportion, and which shall be a incite people to point fingers and make humor out of that person, is offensive and disapproved of. [Lum’ah al-duha fi I’fa al-Luha (Imam Ahmad Rida Khan), Fatawa Radawiyyah, Vol. 22, Pages 571/573]

6. To shave off completely or trim the beard very short once is a minor sin and to habitually do so is a major sin. This continuous act will make you a Faasiq-e-Mu’lin (certified transgressor) and the Court of Shari’ah will reject you as a valid witness. To perform Salaah with Jama’at behind such a person is forbidden and if Salaah performed, it will be incumbent to repeat that Salaah. If one does not do so, then one will be a great sinner. [Malfoozat-e-AlaHazrat, Vol. 1, Page 141]

7. It is Haram to shave the beard, either one acts on his own or gets it shaved from someone else and the earning from it is also Haram. [Waqar-ul-Fatawa, Vol. 1, Page 259]


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Excerpted from
Anwaar al-Hadith by Mufti Jalal al-Din al-Amjadi
Fatawa Radawiyyah by Imam Ahmad Rida Khan al-Baraylawi
 

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