Submitting Ourselves to Allah and Overpowering our Nafs and Shaytaan
Allah Ta`alaa says:
خلق الإنسان ضعيفا
Human being is created weak. 
The weakness referred to in the verse also includes the weakness of the inner self (Nafs) which has pride, arrogance, greed, anger, argumentativeness etc.. These traits lead one to evil and wrongdoings. Allah Ta`alaa says:
إن النفس لأمارة بالسوء
Surely, man`s inner self often incites to evil. 
The weakness of the Nafs leading to evil is aggravated by the Shaytaan (Satan), our avowed enemy. Allah records the vow of Satan:
فبما أغويتني لأقعدن لهم صراطك المستقيم. ثم لآتينهم من بين أيديهم ومن خلفهم وعن أيمانهم وعن شمائلهم ولا تجد أكثرهم شاكرين
Because You have sent me astray, surely, I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your straight path. Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right…
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Harshness of the Tongue
(influenced by the Inner-self filth)
Our inner-self filth can very often lead our tongue to commit numerous sins. One sin repeatedly committed by our tongue is that of the harshness in our speech as well as in our tone. At times when we are talking to a person, we blurt out some foul words in an equally repugnant tone, without realising how much we are hurting that person.
To attain piety and also to create a positive impression upon the people we are communicating to, we should always keep that harshness away from the language we speak and from the tone we use.
Speaking Gently 1
When we talk to people we should always speak gently.
Speaking gently involves using gentle words and a gentle tone. It is better by far to rule by love than fear! Let no harsh words ruin the good that we may do or the good that we may carry in our heart.
Let the words that come from our mouth be like gems, pearls or diamonds and not like spears, arrows or bullets.
Aisha (radhiAllahu ‘anha) reported: Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam said: “If Allah Almighty intends good for a household, he lets gentleness enter their home.” (Source: Musnad Aḥmad 23906).
There are many around us who deserve our gentle word, so we should speak gently to them. It will not cost us anything. On the contrary, if we speak gently to them we can gain a lot in this world as well as in the next.
In short, the gentleness in our speech can become the means of reflecting the goodness of our nature and our personality.
Speaking style of Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam)
Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam) always spoke distinctly, clearly and in a way that everyone could understand. The listeners could count his words one by one. When it was necessary, he would repeat the important sentences three times during his speech.
When Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam) talked, he always acted like a humble brother, a compassionate teacher and a merciful father towards his Companions; and when he wanted to teach them some of the rules of etiquette, he addressed them with a soft style. He used different speaking styles when he addressed them: a playful style, a heartfelt style, gratifying, promising and encouraging styles, metaphorical, stimulating and thought-provoking styles, etc. He never spoke in an offending, despising, insulting or excessive style.
When he spoke to a person, he gave him full attention and showed love to the worst person of the nation so that the person may feel special. He generously distributed his cheerfulness and good character to every person and fulfilled the rights of each one of them equally. He exercised patience even when he was asked harsh and indecent questions. He spoke kindly without being harsh towards anyone. He was also cautious not to embarrass anyone.
Allah loves kindness and gentleness in all matters, so we should manifest these qualities even when we face abuse and cruelty. On one occasion, Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam) was insulted and cursed by his enemies but he did not return their curses. Rather, he showed patience and forbearance and encouraged his companions to be kind.
Aisha (RadhiAllahu ‘anha) reported: A group of Jews asked permission to visit Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam) and when they were admitted they said, “Death be upon you.” I said to them, “Rather death and the curse of Allah be upon you!” Nabi (Sallallahu ‘alaihi Wasallam) said: “O Aisha, Allah is kind and He loves kindness in all matters.” [Sahih Bukhari].
A wise and astute person is the one who always uses gentle language when speaking to people from all walks of life, including his arch enemies. We have no use of unpleasant and spiteful words and a harsh tone so we should get rid of all these vices from our nature.
May Allah grant us the understanding of how to use our tongue in the right manner…aameen.
…and Allah Ta’ala knows best.
By: M. B. Ahmed
ALLAAMAH SHA’RAANI’S NASEEHAT FOR THE MERRYMAKING JALSAH MOBS
Proffering Naseehat to the vile molvis, miserable sheikhs and the bogus khaanqah ‘spiritual guides’, Allaamah Abdul Wahhaab Sha’raani (Rahmatullah alayh) of the 10th Islamic century, begins with the citation of the following Hadith of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam):
“By Allah! If you knew what I know (of Maut, the Qabr and the Aakhirah), you will laugh little and cry much; you will not derive pleasure from your wives in your beds, and you will flee into the wilderness beseeching Allah Azza Wa Jal (for refuge and safety).”
Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu anhu) narrated:
“It is indeed surprising to see a man laughing while Jahannam is ahead of him, and it is surprising to see a man happy while Maut is hotly pursuing him.”
Allaamah Sha’raani says: “Whoever saw Hasan Basri (Rahmatullah alayh), he would conclude that he (Hasan Basri) had just emerged from a momentous calamity. This was because of the grief observable on him.”
Hadhrat Fudhail Bin Iyaadh (Rahmatullah alayh) said:
“There are numerous people lost in laughter (and merrymaking) while their kafan has just arrived.”
Hadhrat Ibn Marzooq (Rahmatullah alayh) said:
“A man who claims to be remorseful and grief-stricken for his sins, but then indulges in delicious foods is a liar.”
Presenting the tafseer of the Qur’aanic Aayat: ‘It (the Book of Deeds) does not omit any sagheerah (sin) or kabeerah (sin), but it records it.’, Imaam Auzaai’ (Rahmatullah alayh) said that the meaning of sagheerah is tabassum (to smile), and the meaning of kabeerah is qahqahah (loud laughter).” Commenting on this tafseer, Allaamah Sha’raani said that in the context of Imaam Auzaai’s tafseer, tabassum means such smiling in which there is sound although substantially less than qahqahah (loud laughter).
Thaabit Bunaani (Rahmatullah alayh) said: “A Mu’min laughs only when he is oblivious (ghaafil) of Maut.”
Aamir Bin Qais (Rahmatullah alayh) said: “Those who indulge in much laughter on earth, will cry much in Jahannam.”
Saeed Bin Abdul Azeez (Rahmatullah alayh) had not laughed for forty years until his death.
Hadhrat Anas Bin Maalik (Radhiyallahu anhu) said: “In a gathering, there is a shaitaan with every person who laughs.”
There is israaf (waste) in everything. Wahab Bin Al-Ward (Rahmatullah alayh) said: “Laughing without israaf is to smile without exposing the teeth. Clothes without israaf are garments sufficient to cover the body and shield it from the weather conditions. Food without israaf, is food which is sufficient for eliminating hunger and which does not fully fill the stomach.”
Abdul Bin Abu Zaid (Rahmatullah alayh) said: “When some among the Sahaabah began joking (being merry), the following Qur’aanic Verse was revealed: ‘What! Has the time not arrived for the people of Imaan that their hearts become tender for the Thikr of Allah and for the truth He has revealed? Do not be like those who have been given the Kitaab before you (i.e. the Yahood and Nasaara). Then after a long period lapsed (and they became desensitized) their hearts hardened. Numerous of them are faasiqoon.” (Al-Hadeed, Aayat 16)
Hadhrat Aishah (Radhiyallahu anha) narrated that once when Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) entered the Musjid he found some Sahaabah laughing. With his mubaarak face reddening, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Are you laughing despite your Rabb not having revealed that you are forgiven? Concerning your laughter, Allah Ta’ala has revealed this verse……. (as above).”
Smitten with remorse, the Sahaabah asked: “What is the kaffaarah (expiation) for us having laughed?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Cry as much as you have laughed.”
Once when some people from Yamaama were by Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radhiyallahu anhu), this verse was recited. The people began to weep. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radhiyallahu anhu) commented: “We also used to cry like this. Then there came such people whose hearts were hard.” (i.e. Like the jalsah merrymaking mobs).
Allaamah Sha’raani (Rahmatullah alayh) said: “There are two factors which distinguish the Ahlullah (People of Allah) from the Ghair Ahlullah (those who are not the people of Allah, but are the people of the devil). The People of Allah are perpetually focused on the Aakhirah, and they engage in making preparations for the Aakhirah.” These two features of the Ahlullah are not to be found in the merrymaking Ghair Ahlullaah jalsah mobs who indulge in festivities, eating, laughter, waste and riya.
From the aforegoing Naseehat of Allaamah Sha’raani and from many Qur’aanic Aayaat and Ahaadith, the villainy and hurmat of the glut of jalsahs should be quite manifest to every sincere seeker of the Haqq. The hifz jalsah held at the Hilal Musjid in Durban as well as all other jalsahs in our time are all in diametric conflict with the teachings and spirit of the Deen. In fact, these jalsahs are immoral and the participants are callously obscene.
How is it possible for Muslims of healthy Imaan to indulge in wasteful merrymaking practices such as are advertised on their posters when the Ummah at large is suffering in their millions. The ulama and the so-called hadhrats are indeed most callous and obscene in organizing and participating in these khuraafaat jalsahs of riya, takabbur and israaf. Their hearts have become hard like those of the Yahood and Nasaara as mentioned in the Qur’aan Majeed specifically in relation to merrymaking.
Muslim refugees are literally freezing to death currently. They are without shelter, without even a small tent to shield themselves against the freezing weather conditions. But these molvis and sheikhs with their obese bodies and gluttonous appetites for sumptuous meals in emulation of Hindu Brahmin priests, are satanically ghaafil about the plight of the Ummah despite them teaching in their darul jahals. Ahaadith such as:
“The Muslimoon (the Ummah) are like one person. If the eye pains the whole body is affected, and if the head pains, the whole body is affected.”
While they teach such Ahaadith and are fully aware of the command implied, they are recklessly oblivious in their shaitaani ghaflat. And the same applies to those who squander large sums of money on so-called ‘umrah’ trips which are nothing but haraam holidaying and merrymaking. While they may succeed in their self-deception they cannot fool Allah Ta’ala. They will rue their callousness at the time of their Maut.
When business is bad, and believe me it’s tough out there, then here is an excellent business opportunity for you. It’s called Peeri-Muridee, and here is an 8-step easy guide to fabulous riches:
You need to be a male in your 40’s, with a huge beard, preferably white or flaming red, with a huge exotic-coloured turban on your head;
You cannot trade in your own country because you will be easily identified. For maximum profits, you must be prepared to travel worldwide, never staying for more than a week at any destination;
You need the gift of the gab. Take a course in psychology or voice modulation as this will be your best asset. You also need some credibility, so you will maybe have a fake certificate from a Madasah, and a pair of fake sandals of your own Shaikh that you never seen in your dreams too;
You have to become a “Sayyid,” or forge a birth certificate saying that you are a Naqshbandi, or a Qadri, and that your grandfather was the water-carrier of A’la Hazrat;
You need to “look” pious and be prepared to wake up for tahajjud daily. However, you may sleep the entire day and even skip the Zuhr and ‘Asr prayers. You also need to have a huge sandal-wood tasbeeh in your hand and visit the dentist for a teeth-whitening treatment. Paan or cigarette stains are a put-off;
In order to attract customers, you either need a ghost-busting Jinn to help you, a beautiful voice to enchant others, a bit of scribbling experience to write fake taweezes (amulets), and some rare phrases from the works of Rumi or Sa’di to sweep the rich and gullible off their feet with phrases you don’t even know the meaning of;
You need to know exactly the weaknesses of the Muslims in terms of their belief and practice according to the area they live in. Wealthy areas are the best places to target where people are normally most gullible and ignorant. If you don’t know this, you will not know how to bait your hook, either with a mielie bomb or a worm, to trap your victim;
Lastly, you must be a real charmer and be able to convince any woman, even if her husband disagrees with her. The way to a man’s wallet is via his wife’s confusion!
Now, before anyone says that I’m against the pure science of tazkiyah and tasawwuf (the science of purifying the heart), let me state that an obvious fact: just like how you have genuine doctors and quack doctors, you also have genuine Murshids (spiritual guides), and fake one’s. These are called “Shark Sahibs.” They are becoming very popular nowadays because people don’t know what the role of a Murshid or a Peer is anymore. Our ignorance of their function in the spiritual realm has made them target our wallets, and not our hearts anymore.
The purpose of a genuine Murshid is to identify our spiritual weaknesses and guide us on the path of purity, ultimately reaching our Creator with a sound heart. A spiritual disciple (mureed) is asked to complete certainzikrs (incantations) daily, and confide his personal, business and social problems to his Murshid so he may be guided to do the correct thing. He is introduced to the Greatness and Uniqueness of his Creator, and is asked to emulate the example of the Noble Master, Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) in all facets of life. Questions pertaining to life, birth, death, the unseen, and the secrets of the Almighty’s workings – issues which cannot be attained from any university, – is normally to be attained whilst being humbly seated at the feet of a Murshid.
But, the above function sounds pretty boring. Who wants to attend school after spending 13 years at school? Adults are trailblazers, they don’t need to be told what to do, they do whatever they want to do. So, a Murshid, for us, doesn’t translate into entering into a binding contract to lead our lives with pious discipline, but a shortcut to Paradise. Worst still, we think it’s a back-door entry into Paradise! We can do any wrong or commit any amount of sins, our Murshid will be there to save us! This concept of “salvation guarantee” is very wrong.
For most of us, a Murshid is there to be revered, and to be massaged to attain his blessings. He is supposed to perform some karaamats (miracles) and have kashf (inner illumination), know something of the unseen, and be able to extract “hidden” meanings from the Qur’an. The most dangerous, self-defeating belief that we have is that we, the ordinary masses, are gross sinners and are unable to reach our Creator on our own, or get our prayers answered. For these things, we are in need of an intermediary, a pious man called a Sheikh or Peer Sahib, who will get us close to our Creator if given unconditional obedience. Our Peer Sahib is our passport to paradise, we just need to give him the best type of jalebi (sweetmeats) daily.
This ignorance and our own lack of faith, or wrong concept of it, has led many Peer Sahibs to make such ridiculous claims such as:
When you take the bai’at (oath of allegiance) at his hands, he becomes your representative to your Creator, your official lawyer. So, at the time of death, he will be there to recite the shahaadah(testimony of faith) on your behalf, he will be there to answer the three questions in the grave posed by the fearsome angels, and he will take your hands and lead you straight into paradise;
He claims to be present, in body and shape, in several places at a time. He also claims to perform several miracles, including producing two moons in one night, being able to converse with the dead, and being excused from praying in the nearest Masjid, as his soul migrates to Makkah five times a day;
He exaggerates in the virtue of certain verses. For example, he says: ““Whoever recites this ayah even a single time, will attain the rank of a certain saint.” He also makes Islam very simple by saying: “You are leading a very hectic life and you are very weak. Just choose one Sunnat a day, and it will be suffice for you.”
If you cannot complete your devotions for the day (some Peer Sahibs require daily SMS notifications at a certain time), then you can confess it to him without fear. He can forgive you for it, or even adjust your religion to suit your life!
This type of blind following has placed the Peer Sahib above the Qur’an and Sunnah, making him near-divine and creating a rival with the Creator Himself. We no more open the Qur’an and study, or do some religious studies, Peer Sahib is our crutch. He knows everything! We need to realize that our Creator is nearer to us than our own “jugular veins,” and even the biggest of sinners need only left their hand in sincere repentance to be heard by the Creator Himself. Peer Sahib doesn’t know himself whether he is going to heaven or hell, how will he take you to paradise? As for performing miracles like flying in the air and walking on water, these are done effortlessly by birds and fish. Flying or swimming are not signs of piety, anybody can do so if they practice, rather piety and strict adherence to Islam are.
As Peer Sahib becomes accustomed to easy money in his religious fraud, his “consultation fees” also becomes more. As he gains the trust of people, he even becomes more important to them than their own spouse or parents. He commands wives to travel with him to foreign places without the permission and the accompaniment of their husbands, they ask brothers to break ties with each other, and threaten “bad luck” and “divine punishment” if any of his orders are disobeyed! He studies your responses before the time, and answers all your misgivings even before you can ask him!
And when a rival Peer Sahib arrives in town, then it’s an all-out turf war! In fact, many fake Peer Sahibs have made much wealth for themselves by proving the falsity of other fake Peer Sahibs, and diverting all the money from them to him. Such trickery only comes from much experience, and recognizing such trickery by the people also only comes from experience.
And who said Peer Sahibs cannot be professional? Some even have rate lists. If you want them to pray for a son, its R2000-00, for blessings in business, its R5000-00, and to keep your wife young forever, R8000-00! Of course, a small damm (blowing) would at least expect a small gift like a box of Ferreros in return! These scam artists paint the “Men of the Cloth” in bad colours, yet, people fall for them all the time, hook, line and sinker!
Finally, we need to realize that no one can have a relationship or be an intermediary with our Creator, besides oneself. We cannot “outsource” salvation. This is a deeply personal and sacred matter. The fact that people are so involved in it shows how superstitious they are. Such people are trapped in a spider web. The punishment for those who don’t have correct faith is that they will catch a man who stole his R1-00 in his shop, but he will not be able to see the man who is stealing his millions, and destroying his paradise with his own money. And he still thinks he is the most wise man!
Maulana Khalid Dhorat
Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following:
When people plot and scheme against you, then it is only natural for you to feel disappointed, hurt and grieved over their behavior. However, you should not entertain thoughts of taking revenge from these people. The reason is that the revenge of Allah Ta‘ala is far more severe. Furthermore, if you take revenge, then your revenge will be deficient, compared to Allah’s revenge, and taking revenge will also cause you to lose the immense reward of exercising sabr.
The patience which you are exercising over your challenges and difficulties will be a means of you enjoying great barakah, and Allah Ta‘ala will bless you with great bounties as well. When a Muslim exercises sabr, Allah Ta‘ala blesses him with a long life in which he receives the taufeeq to carry out good deeds. When one patiently endures difficulties in this world, Allah Ta‘ala blesses him with rewards in the Hereafter that are far better than that which he lost in this world.
(Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Sheikhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 464-465)
During a discussion which related to an ‘Aalim who refrained from accepting doubtful wealth, Hazrat Moulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thaanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned:
Nowadays, the required level of taqwa and caution is not seen among people in matters relating to wealth. There are many people who confine piety to their ‘ibaadaat (i.e. virtuous deeds and actions). Many are even punctual on tahajjud, chaasht and ishraaq and in completing their wazeefas. However the inordinate passion and love for wealth within their hearts does not seem to decrease. As a result, they do not exercise the required level of precaution in their business dealings and monetary affairs and continue to consume doubtful wealth.
الرَّقِيبُ is translated as The Watchful One and The All-Observing.
It is that Being Who is protecting and always with us. He is observant of everything external and internal i.e. feelings, passing thoughts. We may pretend about something though we know what we are doing and why, but Allah ta’ala is watchful and observing.
Imam Ghazali (Rahimahullah) says, “For whoever cares for something to the point of never forgetting it, and observes it with a constant and persistent gaze — so that if one to whom it was forbidden knew about the surveillance he would not approach it: such a one is called observant. It is as though this name refers to knowledge and protection together, but with regard to its being constant and persistent, in addition to there being something forbidden and protected from access.
In the Qur’an
It is mentioned three times in the Qur’an.
مَا قُلْتُ لَهُمْ إِلَّا مَا أَمَرْتَنِي بِهِ أَنِ اعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ رَبِّي وَرَبَّكُمْ ۚ وَكُنْتُ عَلَيْهِمْ شَهِيدًا مَا دُمْتُ فِيهِمْ ۖ فَلَمَّا تَوَفَّيْتَنِي كُنْتَ أَنْتَ الرَّقِيبَ عَلَيْهِمْ ۚ وَأَنْتَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ
I never said anything other than what You commanded me to say, that is to worship Allah, Who is my Rabb and your Rabb. I was a witness over them as long as I remained among them; but when You called me off, You were the Watcher over them and You are a Witness to everything [Surah Maa’idah:117]
This is the episode of ‘Isaa AS when Allah ta’ala asked him if he had told the people to worship him (i.e. ‘Isaa AS) and ‘Isaa AS replied saying he had told them what Allah ta’ala had commanded him to say.
In Surah Ahqaaf, Allah ta’ala says He is watchful over everything.
We should know and feel that Allah ta’ala is الرَّقِيبُ and Scholars say the best way to do that is to make Dhikr and reflect (Muraaqabah).
A man came to the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam and said, “Messenger of Allah, the laws of Islam have become too many for us, so [give us] a means of access to which we can cling which is comprehensive.” He, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “Let not your tongue cease to be moist with the remembrance of Allah.”
The feeling that Allah ta’ala is watching me should always be present. This is similar to being aware of security cameras being there in a shopping mall which prevents a person from doing anything wrong. So to know that Allah ta’ala is ever watchful.
Be watchful over your own heart and its intentions. Ask yourself why you did a certain act or said certain words and in this way be watchful over your Nafs and Shaytaan’s tricks. By being Raqeeb over our own hearts in this way we can work on our own selves in a productive way.
Imam Ghazali (Rahimahullah) says, the attribute of watchfulness is only praiseworthy in man if his watchfulness is directed to his Lord and his heart. And that will be the case when he knows that God the most high observes him and sees him in every situation, as well as knowing that his own soul is an enemy to him, and that Satan is his enemy; and that both of them take the opportunity to prompt him to forgetfulness and disobedience. So he becomes wary with regard to both of them by noticing their abode, their deceptions, and the occasions of their eruption, so that he can block both of them from using the entrances and the exits to his heart — that is his watchfulness.
Allah Ta’ala declares:
“And whatever strikes you of calamities – it is due to what YOUR own hands have earned (i.e. misdeeds); although He overlooks much.” (42:30)
“And verily, We will make them taste of the near lighter torment prior to the greater torment (32:21)
In the Tafseer of Ibn Katheer it is related that Hadhrat Ibn Abbas (radhiyallahu anhu) said regarding the aforementioned verse:
“The near torment means diseases and problems in this world, and the things that happen to its people as a test from Allah to His servants so that they will repent to Him.”
These verses are general and apply to everyone, except the sinless (and virtually sinless) such as the Prophets (alayhis salaam). The trials and tribulations of Prophets, rather than cleansing their non-existent sins, serve instead to raise their ranks and also as an inspiration for their Ummah and future nations.
As for the rest of us who are sinful (i.e. virtually everyone), we should reflect on the verses above, introspect, do Tawbah, and resolve sincerely to abstain from the sins which have caused trials and calamities to descend upon us.
Allah’s Punishment is commensurate with the crime. The worse the crime, the greater the calamity.
Remember! Far far worse than sins are justification (Halaalization) of those sins, and even worse than justification of those sins is propagating your justification by which the doors are opened for others to also soothe their consciences while sinning. The trick of hiding behind scholars who legalize (Halaalize) doubtful matters does not work with this Divine Rule of calamities.
Humble yourself, repent and turn to Allah wholeheartedly, make proper amends (e.g. seek forgiveness of someone wronged), adopt Taqwa (fear of Allah which leads one to abstain from all Haraam and doubtful matters), and you will experience first-hand the Help of Allah and Deliverance from Calamities as guaranteed here by Allah Ta’ala:
“Whosoever adopts Taqwa of Allah, He will make a way out for him (from difficulties), and He (Allah) will provide for him from places he (the afflicted person) could never have imagined.” (65:3)