Lesson 16, Value for time

Lesson 16 Value for time   Time is a very valuable ni’mah (bounty) of Allah Ta’ala. Time is life. To demonstrate how great a ni'mah it is to mankind, Allah Ta’ala has taken an oath on ‘time’ in the Quran. Our Nabi (sallallahu ’alayhi wa sallam) would not…

Lesson 15 – Maintaining relationships

Lesson 15 - Maintaining relationships As humans, we are prone to having various types of relationships with others. As Muslims, we are taught to honour good relationships. On one occasion, an elderly lady visited Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam). He enquired…

Lesson 14 – Love for the symbols of Islam

Lesson 14 - Love for the symbols of Islam Allah Ta’ala says in the Holy Quran: ومن يعظم شعائر الله فإنها من تقوى القلوب 'And whoever honours the symbols of Allah, it is certainly out of the piety of the heart.' (Surah Haj: verse 32) Hazrat Moulana Haroon…

Lesson 13 – The Power of Du’a

Lesson 13 - The Power of Du'a Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) said: ‘Make du’a to Allah with conviction of acceptance.’ (Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3479)   When asking from Allah Ta’ala, one…

Lesson 12 – The Sunnah of Gifting

Lesson 12 - The Sunnah of Gifting Offering gifts (hadiyyahs) to each other is a noble trait and well encouraged in Islam. People around the globe have the habit of gifting each other on special occasions. In a famous Hadith, Nabi (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam)…

Lesson 11 – Bringing joy to a Muslim

Lesson 11 - Bringing joy to a Muslim Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu ’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) said: ‘Whoever does for his brother what pleases him, solely to bring him joy, Allah will bring joy to him on the day of Qiyamah.’…

Lesson 10 – Spread the Salam

Lesson 10 - Spread the Salam Nabi (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) was once asked: ‘Which qualities of Islam are the best?’ He replied: ‘feeding the people and saying Salam to those whom you know and those whom you do not know.’ (Sahih Bukhari)   Hazrat…

Lesson 9 – Constant engagement in Dhikr

Lesson 9 - Constant engagement in Dhikr Sayyidah ‘Aishah (radiyallahu ’anha) said: ‘Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) would be engaged in the Dhikr of Allah, all the time.’ (Sahih Muslim)   The life of a true believer is always centered around Allah…

Lesson 8 – Love for the Sunnah

Lesson 8 - Love for the Sunnah It is the belief of every Muslim that the only way to successfully enter Jannah is by following the Sunnah of our Beloved Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam). The Sunnah is all encompassing and absolutely simple as well…

Lesson 7 – Love for the Quran Karim

Lesson 7 - Love for the Quran Karim My Beloved Father; Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) had a deep love for the kalam of Allah; the Holy Quran. He could spend hours reciting it, listening to its recital from others as well as pondering over its…

Lesson 6 – Expecting the rewards of deeds (ihtisab)

Lesson 6 - Expecting the rewards of deeds (ihtisab) The Quran and Hadith are filled with warnings against sins and the virtues of good deeds. A believer ought to have yaqin (conviction) on the incentives mentioned by Allah and His Messenger (sallallahu…

Lesson 5 – Pondering over Allah’s Creation

Lesson 5 - Pondering over Allah’s Creation Marvelling over the power of our Creator through His creation is a potent spiritual booster. It is one of the most effective ways of recognising Allah Ta’ala. In many verses of the Quran, Allah ‘Azza wa Jall, asks of…

Lesson 4 – Feeling the pain of the Ummah

Lesson 4 - Feeling the pain of the Ummah my Beloved Father, Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) considered himself in relation to the Ummah, as one limb of a single body. Sayyiduna Nu’man Ibn Bashir (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah…

Lesson 3 – Support for all forms of service to Islam

Lesson 3 - Support for all forms of service to Islam Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) was blessed by Almighty Allah with a very intelligent mind, big heart and broad horizons. Allah Ta’ala chose him to actively serve Islam in several forms, like…

Lesson 2 – No Racism in Islam

Lesson 2 - No Racism in Islam My Beloved Father (rahimahullah) was very vocal against racism and xenophobia in all its ugly forms. He lectured on this topic in many venues. He would always quote the famous Hadith on this topic: ‘There is no superiority for an…

Lesson 1 – Having multiple intentions

Lesson 1 - Having multiple intentions Among the most popular Hadiths is the one that says: إنما الأعمال بالنيات All actions are rewarded according to the intentions. (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1)   My Beloved Father, (rahimahullah) would encourage his…