Practical Lessons from the Life of Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah)

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.’ (Al-Mu’jamus saghir, Hadith: 1178)   Other narrations have labelled this deed as: ‘The most virtuous of deeds’ and ‘A sure means of forgiveness.’ (Tabarani; Targhib, Hadith: 3878/9) …

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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 Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) was extremely particular about the Salam. He would always be the first to greet one and all, whether the person was known …

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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 Ta’ala and His Messenger (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam). Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar saheb (rahimahullah) had the Noble habit of being engaged in the Dhikr of Allah as much as possible. This …

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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 as easy to implement. Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) possessed unique love for the Sunnah. He would always ensure that every deed is done in …

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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 meaning. In fact, whenever he recited Quran he pondered over its meaning. Hazrat (rahimahullah) had great admiration for the Huffaz and would diligently attend …

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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 ’alayhi wasallam). This is the most effective way of being inspired to obedience. One who has the rewards of deeds in mind, will not shy away from those …

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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 man to look at the creation for the purpose of recognising Him. My Beloved Father, Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar saheb (rahimahullah) had this noble …

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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 (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) said: ‘The Muslims are like [the body of] one man; if his eye pains, his whole body pains and if his head pains, his whole body pains.’ (Sahih …

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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 being an Imam, a teacher, a lecturer/ Da’i, a reformer and a community leader. Despite most of his service being in the field of Islamic knowledge, da’wah …

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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 Arab over a non Arab, nor for a white person over a black person, but by virtue of their taqwa.’ (Ahmad and Tabarani) …

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