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Haatim Asam was a mureed (disciple) of Hadhrat Shaqeeq Balkhi

(Rahmatullahi alaihima). Hazrat Shaqeeq asked him one day:

“You have been with me for thirty years.

What have you gained over these years?”

Hazrat Haatim (Rahmatullahi alaih) replied:

“I have gained eight benefits of Ilm which are adequate for me;

hopefully my redemption and salvation are in these benefits.”

Hazrat Shaqeeq asked:

“And what are they?” Hazrat Haatim Asam replied:

One: “I looked at creation and saw that everyone showed affection and love to someone dear and beloved. Some loved ones stayed with the lover till his death-bed and some till the pit of the grave. Then the loved one goes away and leaves the lover all alone and lonely. None of them stays with him in the qabr. I reflected and came to the conclusion that the best beloved to a man is one who enters the grave with him and keeps him company there. This I did not find in anything but A’maal-e-Saalihah (virtuous deeds). I thus took that as my beloved to be a lamp for me in my qabr and to keep me company there, for that will not leave me alone.

Two:“I saw creation following its vain desires and hastening to fulfil its ambitions, so I reflected over Allah Ta’ala’s declaration:

‘Whosoever fears the appearance before his Rabb and keeps his nafs’ desires in check then verily Jannat is the Abode (for him/her)’ – An-Naazi’aat, 41/41

I was convinced that the Qur’aan is True and the Truth. I therefore hastened to oppose my nafs and I rolled my sleeves up to wage jihaad against it and stop it from its vain desires until it became trained to worship and be obedient to Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala.

Three: “I saw every person striving to gather the flotsam and jetsam of this world, then grasping firmly onto it with their hands. I thus pondered over Allah Ta’ala’s statement:

‘Whatever you have will perish and whatever Allah has is everlasting.’ – An-Nahl, 96

I thus expended my capital of this world for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala disbursing it to the masaakeen (poor) as my investment by Allah Ta’ala.

Four: “Indeed I have seen some people labouring under the impression that their honour and dignity are with the crowds and a huge family. They are deceived by their numbers. Others again think that their honour and pride are in being very rich and having many offspring. Then there are those who assume their honour and glory to be in robbing people of their wealth, oppressing them and murdering them. Some people again believe that throwing away money, spending freely and wasting bring honour. I reflected over the proclamation of Allah Ta’ala:

‘Verily, your most honourable by Allah is the most Allah-fearing among you.’ – Al-Hujuraat,

I, therefore, adopted Taqwa and I resigned myself to the belief that the Qur’aan is True and the Truth whilst their opinion and perception are baatil and zaail (corrupt and fleeting) in entirety.

Five: “I saw people reproaching each other and speaking ill of each other. I found that to be the product of jealousy over others’ wealth, position and knowledge. I then pondered over Allah Ta’ala’s proclamation:

‘We have allotted their (man’s) livelihood to them in this earthly life.’ – Az-Zukhruf, 32

I thus realised that this allocation from Allah Ta’ala is since eternity. I, therefore, do not harbour jealousy towards anyone and I am contented with Allah Ta’ala’s allocation.

Six: “I saw that people are enemies with each other for base motives. I contemplated over Allah Ta’ala’s statement:

Verily, Shaitaan is your enemy and therefore take him to be your enemy.’ – Faatir, 6

I thus came to the conclusion that it is not permissible to be enemies with anyone besides Shaitaan. (In other words inner hatred and enmity are only for Shaitaan. And how does one take Shaitaan to be one’s enemy? Shaitaan’s mission is to deflect, stop and mislead the creation of Allah Ta’ala from Allah Ta’ala’s obedience and Siraatul Mustaqeem. Shaitaan promotes and peddles wrongdoing, evil and haraam. Taking Shaitaan as an enemy means: to regard these actions which are classified as disobedience unto Allah Ta’ala and straying from Siraatul Mustaqeem as acts to incumbently abstain from and stay far away from.)

Seven: “I have seen everyone striving with vigour and labouring arduously in search of food and livelihood with wanton disregard for doubtful (mushtabah) and haraam. In the process they disgrace themselves and spoil their reputation. Then I reflected over Allah Ta’ala’s declaration:

‘There is no creature on earth but it is the prerogative of only Allah to sustain it.’ – Hood, 6

I thus realised that my sustenance is the responsibility of Allah Ta’ala. He has assured it. I, therefore, turned my attention to His Ibaadat and severed my avarice from everything besides Him.

Eight: I saw everything relying on some created entity or the other; some on money, some on capital and authority, some on their profession and jobs and some on like-creation. I then contemplated the statement of Allah Ta’ala:

‘Whoever reposes his trust in Allah, Allah is sufficient for him. Verily, Allah completes His work. Indeed Allah has determined for everything a quantity.’ – At-Talaaq, 3

I thus reposed my trust in Allah, so He is sufficient for me and He is a wonderful advocate.”

Hazrat Shaqeeq (Rahmatullahi alaih) replied: “May Allah Ta’ala grant you taufeeq! The Torah, the Injeel, the Zaboor and the Furqaan (the Qur’aan) centre on these Eight Treasures. So, whoever practises on these eight treasures is practising on these Four Scriptures.”

(From Ayyuhal-Walad of Imam Ghazaali Rahmatullahi alaih)

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Istikhfaaf

 The most precious treasure that we possess is Imaan. But it should be understood that this most precious treasure is extremely delicate and can be quickly eradicated by thoughtless acts and attitudes. Among such dangerous acts and attitudes which efface this most precious treasure is Istikhfaaf. Istikhfaaf makes light of any tenet, teaching and belief of Islam regardless of the Fiqhi classification. If even a Mustahab act or an act which is of a lesser degree than Mustahab, is dismissed with the attitude of Istikhfaaf, it will be kufr such kufr which effaces Imaan. Hence, the Fuqaha have ruled: Nowadays so much Istikhfaaf is committed with the teachings of the Deen, which leaves no doubt in the effacement of Imaan. Mockery with Hijaab, the beard, Islamic dress, etiquettes of eating, etc., etc. is a clear attitude of Istikhfaaf which eliminates Imaan. When viewing the alarming and widespread attitude of Istikhfaaf This dangerous disease of Istikhfaaf is so endemic nowadays that we find numerous molvis and sheikhs also committing this fatal sin. When a Muslim perpetrates Istikhfaaf with any order or institution of the Shariah, he implies preference for the system of the kuffaar. The disdain which he feels for the Islamic institution constrains him to elevate the kuffaar system and to propagate its superiority and necessity. It is on this basis that Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (rahmatullah alayh) and our Akaabir Ulama issued the fatwa of kufr regarding thekuffaar system of slaughtering animals. The attitude of preference for the kuffaar system and the total abandonment of the Islamic system are the effects of Istikhfaaf which in turn are the products of monetary greed. It is the lust for money which has blinded the bodies which halaalize haraam carrion meat.

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The Middle Path

We live in a day and age where we define what the “middle” path is by what we say and do. In Islam what is the so called “middle” path as mentioned in the following hadith?

The Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wasalam) said, “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by  in the mornings, the nights.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]

Everyone has their own version of the middle path, from Sufi or Salafi modernists to your average Muslim. They purposefully feed their nafs not only deceiving themselves but also those from their own circle. They are in self-deception where they think they are on the true path and everyone else is either too strict or too liberal.

The reality is there is only ONE MIDDLE PATH.

Know that Allah Ta’ala will never abandon the Ummah, as He subhana wa ta’ala has promised to preserve the deen. Be open minded about the haqq even if it is bitter. In fact haqq is most definitely bitter today as predicted in the ahadith.

“ISLAM BEGAN AS SOMETHING STRANGE AND IT WILL RETURN TO BEING SOMETHING STRANGE, SO BLESSED ARE THE STRANGERS!”

We must strive to be the blessed strangers even if it hurts our ego. Time will come, or has already arrived, when holding onto the deen will be like holding onto hot coals.

“There will come upon the people a time where the one holding firmly onto his religion will be like one holding onto hot coals.” [Reported by at-Tirmidhee]

So what is the middle path? The middle is the one treaded by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), the Sahabah (radhiyallahu anhum), the Salaf-us-Saliheen, and the galaxy of righteous scholars that Allah (azza wa jal) had sent throughout every age in order to preserve the original pure teachings of the Deen.

“Surely, Allah will send for this Ummah at the beginning of every hundred years a person who will revive its religion for it.”(Hadith from Abu Dawud)

One of the most telling signs that we have veered from the middle path is that we live our lives in a manner that is far from the spirit and ethos of the blessed life of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). He (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had the option to have the Dunya at his feet, yet chose the life of a simple faqeer (simple, poor person). The wisdom behind this is many, but the root of all this is the reminder that we are all travellers on this short journey to the final and ultimate destination – the everlasting afterlife.

There is no point chasing after the temporary short-lived worldly gains, if we are meant to aim for something better in the next. There is no point being a Shaykh, spiritual guide, if you have the latest iphone, mercedes or attend a lavish wedding. Our lives are meant to reflect the lifestyle of Muhammad (sallalahu alayhis wasallam). Those Shaykhs or Scholars who go against the spirit of the life of the Prophet (sallalahu alayhis wasallam) are misguiding others with their very own lives full of worldly, unnecessary, and extravagant indulgences.

We are in a time when controlling our desires is really hard, with even our beloved ones putting pressure on us to ‘relax a bit’, ‘not to be extreme’, ‘deen is easy’ and so on. Well this much is clear from reading the life of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and his blessed companions (radhiyallahu anhum): anyone today who attempts to imitate the style of their way of living would be labelled as ‘extreme’ today.  This deen which is labelled as ‘extreme’ today is in fact the middle path.

Yes, we should be extreme in our love for the way Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the blessed companions (radhiyallahu anhum) lived their lives. This is the middle path. May Allah Ta’ala grant us all the ability and sincerity to submit to and accept the Haqq, no matter how bitter it may seem in these times when true Islam is rapidly becoming more and more strange and forlorn as prophesized.

Let’s not hide the truth from people so we can live the life we want – that’s not the middle path, thats not imaan, that’s our own feebleness.

Equality

….All mankind is from Adam and Eve.  An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; white has no superiority over black, nor does a black have any superiority over white; [none have superiority over another] except by piety and good action.  Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.  Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly.  Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves…..

This excerpt has been taken out of Muhammed (peace and salutations be upon him) last sermon. I have taken this out for a reason. Some Muslims have decided to go back to the Jahiliyah age (pre-Islamic time), and in this magnificent sermon, it shows the unity and love in the ummah, also the equality between us but as time passed by, some of us have forgotten what our beloved Prophet Muhammed (SAW) has left behind. I regret to say this but Saudi is not what it seems to be, there is a lot of racism amongst the people especially towards those “foreigners” who go to saudi to earn a livelihood. All I ask of you regardless who you are, what your faith is or where you come from, in front of Allah we are equal an example is the clothing we wear to perform Umrah/Hajj (pilgrimage) to Makkah, which is a simple white cloth for every person who visit the Holy land. I request that brothers and sister, to start posting this link up, its not right and it is injustice. Surely Allah is watching………