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Hazrat Ml. Shah Hakeem Akhtar (RA)’s poem, Ye subhe Madina

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Hazrat Ml. Shah Hakeem Akhtar رحمة الله عليه mentions in His poem, Ye subhe Madina that how beautiful are the mornings in Madina, How beautiful are the evenings in Madina…glad tidings to you for your stay in Madina! Here, Hazrat is highlighting how every moment in Madina munawarah is a special moment, which we should treasure by spending it in worship. Sometimes when we see others doing wrong there, we get carried away by entertaining ill thoughts of them.

Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه used to say that sometimes we go to Makkah mukaramah and we see someone sinning close to the Kabah. Out of shock, we go back and tell everyone what we saw. In the interim, this person has repented and has become a wali (I.e friend of Allah), whilst we are losing our good deeds by thinking ill of them. Hazrat Ml. Mazhar حفظه الله mentioned that we don’t know if we will get the opportunity to see these blessed lands again. So while we are there, we must make the most of it. Don’t waste it away.

Hazrat Ml. Shah Hakeem Akhtar رحمة الله عليه then says, “How would a person intoxicated in worldly wine know, the condition of a person enjoying the euphoria of Madina? Every step you take in the streets of Madina, you should keep in mind the honour of Madina. Kingdomship will be of no value, for the one who receives an invitation to Madina” – In a khanqah, the Shaikh passes around the goblet of love for Allah. As people drink, they become intoxicated in the love of Allah and Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم. So Hazrat Ml. Mazhar حفظه الله explained that if this is the case with the khanqah, then how strong must the intoxication of Madina Munawarah be? Just imagine – the Mashaikh and all their silsilas go up to Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم. So all the noor that is generated from the teachings and institutes of our mashaikh, is actually coming from Madinah Munawarah. If we benefit there, then how great must the benefit be, in Madinah Munawarah?

The sukoon we experience and the strength to make extra ibaadah in madinah, is all due to the barakah there. Though deen began in Makkah, madina is where it all flourished, and thus, our amal can flourish there too, provided we honour the sanctity of Madina.

Nowadays, hearts change by the roza of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم. Back in the days when Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم would look at people, His heart was filled with noor and His eyes filled with love. But those who came without a container to fill with love for Allah, didn’t feel or notice it. But the ones who bought Iman and had a container in their hearts ready to be filled with love, one gaze of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم would instantly change their status from an average muslim to a special Sahabi. So how strong must that gaze be?

A Sahabi once said that I went to Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم and sought permission to commit zina. This Sahabi was a new Muslim therefore, he didn’t understand how wrong this act is. He said that I need permission; I won’t be able to abstain from this. In response, Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم didn’t shout, rather, Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم explained nicely, that how would you feel if someone was to commit zina with your sister, daughter or mother? If I give you permission, isn’t the lady someone’s sister, daughter or mother? So how can this be acceptable?

Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم placed His Mubarak hand on the chest of this sahabi, and then the Sahabi understood the gravity of this sin. Years later, when He narrates this incident, he says that it is as if I can still feel the coolness of the hand of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم upon my chest. Since then I have never even thought about zina, let alone commit it.

They had sincerity. Nowadays many youngsters complain that they have certain weaknesses. When we advise that if you’re viewing explicit material then give up your phone, then he says that no, I can’t. I need to use my phone regularly for whatsapp e.t.c. So we are not really sincere in giving up the sin, otherwise, we would’ve stayed far away from that which leads us to sin in the first place. This is why drug addicts undergo years of rehabilitation, only to return back to drugs. Why? Because they can’t give up the bad company which tempted them to take drugs in the first place.

So we need to be sincere. And once we are, then when we go to Madina it will really transform us; we will come back different people. Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم is alive in the grave. Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم mentioned himself that whoever is to visit the roza Mubarak, it is as though he visited me in my lifetime. When a person makes Salam, Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم responds. Salam is, in essence, a dua…so how much noor must there be in that dua? When Nabi responds to our Salam, aren’t we recipient of the dua of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم at that time?

And what is the effect of such a dua?

Well, Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه tried for a long time to bring His mother to accept Islam, but she was not accepting. One day as He left the home, some harsh words were exchanged. So He begins to wonder that when will this mother of mine, be guided towards deen? So He asked Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم to make dua for her. As soon as Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم made dua, Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه sprinted home. The Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم saw this, so after some time they asked Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that why were you running so fast? He replied that I was checking – would Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reach first, or would the dua of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم reach first? The dua of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم reached first.

In other words, she was ready to accept Islam. So can you imagine the effect of the dua of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم? And despite our sins, we are blessed with an opportunity to be recipients of this Salam. We may have to pay to enter these holy lands, but can we ever put a price tag on just one Salam?

Hazrat Ml. Shah Hakeem Akhtar رحمة الله عليه then ends the poem by saying, “Where are you searching for peace and contentment? Peace and contentment you will find in the system of Madina! May you be free from all worries Akhtar, this is for the one who becomes a slave of Madina.” – This refers to following the Sunnah, which is only path to eternal peace and contentment. And once we become a true ummati and slave of Allah, contentment with decree will enter the heart, causing the worries of this worldly life to fade away into oblivion.

May Allah allow us to continue visiting and benefiting from Madinah Munawarah until our last breath, Aameen.

— Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(The above is an extract from Hazrat’s dhikr majlis on 2/5/2016.)

Zameen par Madina: Poem recited by brother Junaid Jamshed (RA)

(The audio recording below also includes a short explanation of the poem by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه)

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The power of Dhikr

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Allah ﷻ created life for mankind, and the concept of death for mankind. Every soul will inevitably face the spectacle of death. Only Allah ﷻ is everlasting. Such is our creation that from the womb of the mother until the womb of the Qabr (i.e. grave), there are restrictions. Allah ﷻ has placed these restrictions to guide us.

Our condition should be that in this singular, restricted life, we endeavour to make Allah ﷻ happy. To the general onlooker it would appear that this is causing great distress to us, but the reality is the complete opposite. Hazrat Shah Hakeem Akhtar Saheb رحمة الله عليه says that this person is living a hundred lives due to the constant dhikr that he is engaged in.

The poverty of the soul is the lack of dhikr. This becomes crystal-clear when the saalik becomes neglectful with his Muamalaat. The saalik begins to fall into a life sucking abyss until he returns to his daily muamalaat and regular talluq with his Shaikh. It is essential for parents to encourage their children to attend majaalis, granting them exposure to the various efforts of deen.

In the dhikr of Allah ﷻ lies the function of the universe. This concept was eloquently explained by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb رحمة الله عليه. There was a time when the world was “healthy” and that was relative to the number of people who remained engaged in the dhikr of Allah ﷻ. Through the passage of time we have witnessed the deterioration of the world, which is ultimately linked to the deterioration of the dhikr of the believers. This deterioration is set to continue until there is no one engaged in the dhikr of Allah ﷻ. When this happens, the trumpet will be blown once, causing completion destruction of the Earth.

We have been advised by our Mashaaik to make true and sincere Tawbah (i.e. repentance) from all sins. If we make Tawbah like this, then we will become of those that Allah ﷻ mentions in Surah Burooj, Ayah 11:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٌ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ الْفَوْزُ الْكَبِيرُ

“Verily, those who believe and do righteous good deeds, for them will be Gardens [of Paradise] under which rivers flow. That is the great success.”

(The above is an edited transcript from the website of Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله. To view it on Hazrat’s website, please click here)

Lessons from the life of Ml. Yunus Patel (RA): Contentment with Decree

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In tassawuf, once a person reaches a high level of akhlaqe hameedah/praiseworthy qualities, then they reach the stage of contentment with decree. In Arabic, this is termed ‘radha bil qadha‘. Our Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه had a high level of this radha. At one stage when Hazrat رحمة الله عليه was diagnosed with a heart problem, he was instructed to go for a bypass. Months passed, years passed, Hazrat even had heart attacks…yet Hazrat refused to go! Family and friends were saying that you need to go. Doctors were saying to Hazrat that your heart is not functioning, we don’t know how you’re still living.

So eventually after a long time, Hazrat went for the bypass. He then said to us that, you may wonder….why did I not go earlier? It’s because I did not have the money. So I thought if Allah wants me to go, He will create the means for me to go. Whether I go or not, I won’t live one day more than my appointed time. Now, Allah has given the means. So it will be incorrect for me not to go, so I went.

My late father, Allah ﷻ fill His qabr with noor, would normally take guidance from a certain Mufti. My father’s kidneys had failed him so the doctors said that the only thing that will help is a kidney transplant. So naturally, we all suggested to go for a transplant but he was not going. Eventually, my father’s brother/my uncle came home and told my father that I have checked, and our blood group e.t.c is the same, so I will give you my kidney.

After my uncle left I asked, “Papa now what’s the story (i.e will you accept)?” He replied that no, I’m not going to do this operation. One or two weeks later, he called me in the room. He was lying down on the bed and he asked me to open the cupboard. Inside, he had a black folder containing all his correspondence. I handed him the folder and he took out a letter he had written to the Mufti whom he normally took His guidance from, حفظه الله. He gave the letter and requested me to read it. Prior to that, family members had given him fatawa that it’s permissible to do the transplant.

So I read the letter. In the letter, my late father رحمه الله was asking Mufti saab whether he can go for the transplant. This was many years back, before the kidney story came up. Mufti saabs opinion – not fatwa – was that no, you shouldn’t. Upon reading this my father stated that; I spent my entire life following the fatwa of my Hazrat, why should I change now? If my time is up, it’s up.

This is RADHA BIL QADHA – (a high level of) contentment with decree. If a person is not content with decree one of two things will happen; he will either go into frustration or a depressive state causing him to lose drive. Both are not conducive for a believer.

The only solution is RADHA BIL QADHA as we can never escape tests. Everyone has a test – some just handle it with Radha so we assume they have no test. Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Akhtar رحمة الله عليه says that the hearts of awliya, like a waterproof watch, become ‘harm proof’. They have their own set of problems but they handle it with radha. We try to fight our taqdeer but they accept. We need to endure our tests with sabr, read duas and carry on with our life. Otherwise, forget trials killing us, our own mindset will kill us.

I was travelling with one person once, we went through a small town so we stopped to buy some drinks. He went to the cafe only to return in a very sullen mood. I said “Bhai, what happened to you?” With tears in his eyes he begins telling me that I wanted to marry a certain girl, but my mother didn’t like her. We had so many arguments over this so in the end, I didn’t marry her, I married someone else. But that girl, that girl I wanted to marry, I just saw her in the shop. She has a rare illness, may Allah grant her Jannah. I’m not saying she’s a bad person but Allah saved me through this doubt in my mother’s heart whilst I was fighting against it.

May Allah grant us the tawfiq to be content with decree, Aameen.

(The above is an extract from a lecture delivered by Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله. To listen to the full lecture, please click here)