Khushoo’ – An extinct element of Salah

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All lofty and high praise be to Allah, The Most Honoured and The Majestic. Peace and blessings be upon the leader of the pious, the chief of al-Kha’shioon, Muhammad Ibn Abdullah, the Messenger of Allah, and on all his family and companions.

I begin by thanking Allah (Subhanahu WaTa’aala) for enabling me to shed a bit of light on the given topic. Salah is certainly not something taken lightly in the religion of Islam.

“The first thing of your religion that you will lose is Khushoo’, and the last thing that you will lose of your religion is Salah. There may be a person praying who has no goodness in him, and soon you will enter the masjid and not find anyone who has khushoo’.”

Salah is a pillar out of the five pillars of Islam.

Salah is a conversation with Our Lord.

Salah is a mi’raaj for the Muslims.

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Shaykh ‘Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah’s Letter To Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah’s Letter To Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya

Pearls of the Elders

BismiLlah al-Rahman al-rahim

 

As-salamu ‘alaykum,

 

The image below is a copy of a letter in the hand writing of the renowned hadith and research scholar Shaykh ‘Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah (may Allah shower His mercy upon him). It was addressed to Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya (may Allah shower His mercy upon him) and was sent after Shaykh ‘Abd al-Fattah had received Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya’s multi-voluminous commentary of Mu’atta Imam Malik, entitled Awjaz al-Masalik.

 

Shaykh AF Abu Ghuddah'ss Letter To Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya

Image taken from:Fihrist Ta’lifat-e-Shaykh, Volume 1, p. 82 (Saharanpur: Maktabah Yadgar-e-Shaykh, Ramadhan 1417 AH / January 1997 CE ed. ) by Mawlana Sayyid Muhammad Shahid Saharanpuri.

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Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah on Contemporary Scholars Of the Indian Subcontinent

Pearls of the Elders

Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah on Contemporary Scholars

Of the Indian Subcontinent

 

The renowned contemporary Hadith scholar, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah, born in Aleppo, Syria and currently residing in the illuminated city of Madinah, was asked about scholars around the world whom he considered beacons of guidance. In reply, he mentioned some of those whom he was aware of and who came to mind at that time. Below is a translation of what he said about the scholars of the Indian Subcontinent.

 

In Karachi, Pakistan: [There is] the eminent Dr. Shaykh ‘Abd al-Razzaq Iskandar, the director of Jami’ah [al-‘Ulum al-Islamiyyah in the Binnuri Town area], whose da‘wah efforts within and beyond Pakistan are huge. There is also the eminent Shaykh Muhammad ‘Abd al-Halim Chishti, who is the brother of our Shaykh Muhammad ‘Abd al-Rashid Nu‘mani, may Allah shower His mercy upon him. There is also the eminent Shaykh Muhammad Taqi ‘Uthmani whose academic…

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Why wait?

Why wait?

In the Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Most Beneficent

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Why wait?

In an age where there is an incessant drive for instant results; ranging from fast food, instant access to information to the need to produce results in a short period of time, it seems to be almost an anomaly to talk about the merits and virtue of waiting. Of course, there are occasions, such as worship where a person is encouraged to hasten toward good, i.e., embarking upon good acts with determination and eagerness, and then completing them with calmness, concentration, and devotion (Mirqāt al-Mafātīḥ). However, the matter is different when we apply this to our daily lives.

Contrary to what the modern world would want us to behave, we learn from the Messenger of Allāh (Peace Be Upon Him) that it is actually encouraged to conduct our daily activities with calmness and patience, as acting in haste often leads to spoiling one’s actions.

“Calmness and patient deliberation is from Allāh and haste is from Satan”

(Tirmidhi)

So why is this is important to you and me? Often we find ourselves rushing matters and as a consequence feeling stressed and dissatisfied. We often hear of people complaining that things are taking too long; it’s not quick enough, that we have been waiting too long, and so on. The problem with all of this and with the world we are living in is that we are missing important lessons that need to be learnt. We are so busy trying to reach our destination that we forget about the enjoyment of the journey.

Allow me to touch upon an episode of The Messenger of Allāh (Peace Be Upon Him) to allow us to draw some meaningful insights. After the first revelation descended upon the Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him), there was a break (known as fatrah al-waḥy) of three years where there was no revelation. No doubt this was a challenging time and The Messenger of Allāh (Peace Be Upon Him) was subject to a great tribulation, let alone waiting anxiously for the next revelation from God through the angel Jibrā’īl.

We should always remember that events that unfold in our lives carry messages, if only we cared to stop and reflect over them. The scholars mention certain wisdoms behind the break in revelation that Messenger of Allāh (Peace Be Upon Him) underwent. Let us look at how this can benefit us.

By bearing the trial and waiting patiently, The Messenger of Allāh (Peace Be Upon Him) was being trained to become accustomed to difficulty in the life to come. People who seldom face obstacles in life find it back breaking to persevere when the real tsunami hits. Ask anyone who has gone through a challenging life about how they faced difficulties and you will see that they are some of the most resolute people around. What doesn’t break you can only make you stronger.

Secondly, it is well known that challenges in life are episodes that people are more likely to remember and draw inspiration from. When the next challenge beckons, we are able to draw from our previous experience to strengthen us for the next one. The process continues until this becomes a habit. How inspirational is that? The Messenger of Allāh (Peace Be Upon Him) would use this difficult period as a reminder later on in his blessed life. Think about instances in life where things were tough and there was no light and now that episode has passed. If Allāh brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

Finally, longing for your beloved only serves to increase your love for the beloved. The waiting of the Messenger of Allāh for the words of Allāh served only to increase his love for Allāh. Allāh wanted to bring him closer via this mechanism of patience. Nothing grants you greater utility than having earned it through patience and perseverance. How can it be so? Those who are provided with gifts on a plate will never enjoy the same pleasure as those who have patiently persevered.

Hāroon Ebrāhīm Sīdāt

Scholar Series: Interview with Maulana Haroon Sidat

Scholar Series: Interview with Maulana Haroon Sidat

Scholar Series: Interview with Maulana Haroon Sidat

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By Zahra Patel – 6th October 2014

The following marks the first in a series of short interviews conducted with British Muslim scholars working within their communities. The ‘Scholar Series’ aims to provide readers with a snapshot of the variety of work being done by Muslim leaders as well as the solutions to some of the challenges they feel Muslim communities in Britain are currently facing.

1. Please tell our readers a little bit about the work you do within the Muslim community.

In the Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Most Beneficent.

My service to the community involves delivering weekly classes and lectures on Qur’an, Hadith, Islamic Spirituality and a variety of current issues. In addition, I run a blog (www.haroonsidat.wordpress.com) where reflections and experiences are shared.

Finally, I am involved in lecturing and running a BA Islamic Sciences programme that is run for the benefit of our future Ulama. We pray that our efforts are accepted.

2. In your opinion, from what you’ve seen working in the Muslim community, what is the biggest challenge facing Muslims in the West today?

There are many and we turn to Allah for assistance. For me, it’s our sense of humanity, compassion, concern and love for one another that requires resurgence. The Qur’an states, “You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah…” (Qur’an 3:110). So where is that practical example today? Where is the righteousness in conduct? Where is the mutual compassion? Where is the humanity?

This then leads to many consequences and problems, which for us, as Muslims in the West are very clear. A wholesale educational and intellectual programme relevant to our context needs to be implanted and most importantly, practiced. I am not referring to solely acts of worship (ibaadah) but a more holistic and wholesome approach. This includes mutual and financial dealings, (muamalat), social dealings (mu’asharat) and our character (akhlaq).

Therefore, in the West, if we wish to contribute and have an opportunity to present Islam to the host community, we will need to inculcate and manifest sterling qualities of The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) not just inside the Mosque but also outside on the streets, in the markets, in our daily activities, and at home. A life of God consciousness will immediately attract people of other faiths and none.

After all, how can you illuminate others if you are bereft of light?

3. How should Muslims go about strengthening their faith and the faith of future generations?

Imaan is a belief that takes root in the heart. What enters this organ has a direct impact on our actions. Everything that we eat, see and hear will either strengthen our faith or weaken it. Therefore, the solution is very simple. We need to ensure that every action in our lives is pure and filled with virtue; eating halal, earning halal, listening and observing to what benefits our hereafter and avoiding anything that has little or no benefit. The more we study, engage, practice and live our faith the stronger will its roots in our hearts become.

In terms of our future generation, it is absolutely essential that we become smart investors and advance our time, energy and money in building outstanding institutions and settle for nothing less. This should then Insha’Allah lead to empowering our children to become confident, articulate and well grounded ambassadors for our religion who are able to navigate their way through many of the modern challenges.

To generate goodness in someone by coercion and to call him a man of good moral character is not possible. Similarly, no faith can be developed in any person by means of force or terrorism. Only personal and intellectual freedom is the sole basis of responsibility and accountability.

Islam understands this reality and respects it. It builds up its edifice on the foundation of excellent moral character. Where is the need for Islam to use force and coercion to bring man to the right path and to make him run towards righteousness, when it has full confidence in the human nature and is certain that if the obstructions before man are removed, then the best generation can be developed?

4. What piece of advice would you give to parents and teachers regarding the tarbiyyah of their children?

Take ownership and responsibility for your flock. The only key piece of advice I will lay out would be for all parents to create an environment at home which fosters learning, creativity, piety, love and passion for knowledge. Your child’s learning does not begin at school or at madrasah; it starts with you. Parents need to immerse themselves in learning and practicing their faith. Children learn from observing and seeing Islam being practiced before them so much more than simply being told what to do. For example, if you want your child to engage with the Qur’an, ask yourself what is your level of engagement with it? Do you read and study it in front of them?

5. How can we in the West, make our mosques, Islamic schools, supplementary schools and Darul ulooms beacons of light for all?

Sincerity – no matter what you teach and at what level it may be. If we are sincere and passionate about what we do, then Insha’Allah there will always be a positive outcome. You have to really believe and love what you do. It should be what keeps you alive and constantly absorbed. You can’t be successful at something unless you are sincere and thrilled by it.

6. Is there any specific hadith, verse or saying that inspires you every day?

If a man is truthful and straight in his speech and dealings, then inevitably there will be truthfulness and sincerity in his actions and goodness and reform in his conditions. By adopting truthful and straight methods in dealing with others, this light of truth also illuminates man’s heart and mind and their darkness also vanishes:

“O you who believe I Fear Allah and (always) say a word directed to the right;, that He may make your conduct whole and sound and forgive you your sins ;. He that obeys Allah and His Messenger has already attained the highest achievement”.

7. Is there any person who is still alive that you would consider your role model, and why?

Forever and eternally grateful to my teachers.