Thursday, 10 November 2016

The End Result

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem


by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh)


IN A HADĪTH[1], RASULULLAH (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam) mentioned the creation of the human being and the end result of some people. The gist of the Hadīth is that sometimes a person spends almost his entire life doing those deeds which are characteristic of the people of Jannah, until there is only an arm span between him and Jannah. However, towards the end of his life, he commits Kufr and enters the fire, to remain therein eternally. May Allah Ta’ala protect us all.


On the other hand, another person may do the deeds characteristic of the people of Jahannum (hell) until he is only an arm span from Jahannum, yet near the end of his life, he brings Imaan in Allah Ta’ala, does righteous deeds and enters Jannah – to remain therein forever and ever.


The question may arise: What is the benefit of good deeds, if at the time of death one can lose one’s Imaan?


Once, when I was in the company of Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ, Hazrat Mufti Saheb رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ explained this Hadīth and said that those people who suddenly lose their Imaan before death, or give up Islam openly, had in actual fact lost their Imaan long before that time. Due to their criticism of the Ahkaam (Laws) of Allah Ta’ala, or their condemnation of Islam and Shari’ah, or rejection of some teaching of Islam – all of which is frighteningly common in these days – they had already committed Kufr. Allah Ta’ala then exposes the person’s Kufr before death.


So the Kufr that was concealed or hidden in the person’s heart – despite his outward, pious actions such as Salaah, Zakaah, Hajj, ‘Umrah, etc. – is exposed at the time of his death. Before dying, he utters something or does something which is clearly Kufr and then dies in that condition and consequently enters the fire. His Kufr was not something sudden, it was perhaps even life-long. May Allah Ta’ala protect us all.


How many people pass their time in mocking, ridiculing and condemning the laws of Allah Ta’ala: the Hijaab and Niqaab, the laws of inheritance, Talaaq, the Command to lower the gaze, etc.? They belittle the noble teachings and practices of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam)  like the beard, Miswaak, men wearing their pants above their ankles and so forth. This criticism and mockery are really directed to Allah Ta’ala since these are His Laws. Such an attitude has a destructive impact on one's Imaan – as outlined in the Hadīth.


On the other hand, another person may have been leading a life of Kufr, but at heart he may have admired the Islamic way of life – its purity, perfection and beauty. He may have appreciated and respected the Commandments of Allah Ta’ala and the teachings of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam). Allah Ta’ala then creates the means for his guidance. He accepts Islam, dies on Imaan, gains salvation in the Hereafter and enters Jannah. There are many known incidents of people who accepted Islam in the latter stage of their lives and were also granted very blessed deaths.


The Hadīth does not mean that we should sit complacent, thinking that what has been destined will happen – whether Jannah or Jahannum. A person works and strives for his or her portion of the Hereafter. We should not allow shaytaan to make us use Taqdeer as an excuse to be lazy in the matter of Deen. Thousands of Sahabah-e-Kiraam رَضِىَ الله عَنْهُمْ heard this narration, but we have never found any one of them giving up doing good, and giving up striving for the Aakhirah. On the contrary, we find that they made very concerted efforts and they strived sincerely to earn the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.


Allah Ta’ala has granted man intelligence and willpower; He has granted man guidance through His Ambiyaa عَليْهِمُ السَّلام and His Kitaabs (revealed books). He has informed man as to what is right and what is wrong, what is Jannah and what is Jahannum, and what leads to each destination. The decision then rests with man. If he accepts, it is to his gain. If he rejects, it is to his loss.


‘Whoever works righteousness benefits his own soul; Whoever works evil, it is against his own soul: Nor is your Lord ever unjust (in the least) to His servants.’
[Surah Fussilaat 41 : 46]


May Allah Ta’ala grant us Hidayah, Istiqaamat on Deen, Ikhlaas in all undertakings and death on Imaan. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the Taufeeq of learning Deen from our ‘Ulama-e-Haq so that we understand Deen correctly, value the beautiful teachings of Islam and work towards the goals of Allah Ta’ala’s Pleasure and Jannah.




[1] Sahih Al-Bukhari, Hadith: 3208 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2643



Thursday, 27 October 2016

Towards Reformation of the Heart | Book 3


Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem


"This book is the third compilation of inspiring advices and lesson-giving analogies of Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel (Rahmatullahi alayh) which will, Insha-Allah, be found to be very effective in the process of reformation. Alhamdulillah, each discussion offers 'food for thought' and wonderful incentive and encouragement to give up sins and practise on Deen."

READ THE BOOK HERE






Saturday, 22 October 2016

Upbringing of Children


Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem


“The child is a tape recorder, a computer, a camera ... It will play back whatever it records. So give the child the best in upbringing.”
-          Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh)





Friday, 14 October 2016

Traveling Without A Mahram


Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem



by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh)


IN THE EARLY YEARS, Allah Ta’ala granted us the opportunity of performing Hajj. We departed from Johannesburg for Jeddah.  At 6 a.m. an announcement was made that we were landing in Brussels. Where we were supposed to land and where we ended up! …There was some problem due to the sanctions against South Africa because of Apartheid.  


We spent one night in Brussels and the next day we flew to Beirut. At that time, Beirut was known as the sin city. Unfortunately, the hotel that we were booked into, by the airline, also had song and dance. The second night was spent in Beirut and the next day we left Beirut only to be taken to Athens. So we reached Athens on the third day. None of these cities were on our itinerary.


There are always lessons derived from travel, and in that trip, there were women who were traveling alone. They had no husband, no father, no brother – no Mahram accompanying them. Being alone, and in that unanticipated situation, moving from one foreign city to another, they experienced a lot of difficulty. There was also no technology as we have in these days, of cell phones, tablets, WiFi, etc., where a person can keep in touch with family and be updated on any situation. As passengers, none of us really knew where we would be taken next and what would happen thereafter.


That experience made me reflect over the Command of Allah Ta’ala, that a woman must travel with a Mahram – that is, if it is the Safr distance.


Alhamdulillah, we find that Islam prioritises the safety, chastity and well-being of women. Allah Ta’ala has established various laws which offer a shield and protection for women – so that they are not exploited, abused, harassed, or left alone and vulnerable. Unfortunately, modernists, feminists and others take these same beautiful laws and present them as prejudiced and biased and as undermining womenنَعُوْذُ بِاللّٰه.


…There is a condition found in certain people called colour blindness. A person who is colour blind has difficulty or inability to distinguish between certain colours; usually between the red and green. This condition arises because of some kind of defect in the eye nerves. Similarly, we have people with the condition of spiritual colour blindness – who cannot see the colour of Truth, due to a weakness or defect in their spiritual hearts. They see the colour of falsehood and thus do not appreciate the beauty and perfection of Islam.


In these times, we read and hear of women who are promised work with high salaries and other perks, in foreign countries. They fall for the bait and travel out on their own, or travel with strangers who give them all kinds of assurances. However, their passports are thereafter taken away from them, and they are then drawn into prostitution, pornography and drugs.


Human trafficking has become the fastest growing criminal operation in the world. An article, which presented statistics regarding human trafficking, stated that the largest group of victims are women and young girls – who are bought and sold like slaves. Besides prostitution, many are used as cheap labour – which also entails very oppressive and abusive treatment. They live in harsh conditions, without any family support or protection. They are not given proper food and clothing and suffer various physical sicknesses and emotional trauma.


We have also read of planes being hijacked and of the distress that passengers have to endure. …Presently, throughout the world, Muslims are being targeted due to Islamophobia. There is so much of aggression against Muslims. Muslim women especially have been harassed, attacked, beaten and even killed. Here, in South Africa, rape and hijackings are everyday occurrences.


Allah Ta’ala is our Creator and knows our vulnerability as well as the evil that is inherent in human beings, which leads to exploitation and injustices. His Laws are to protect us as well as curb the evil within us. We should appreciate His guidance and understand that it is best for us.


…In this day and age, travel is promoted and advertised because it has become a business and a commercial venture. Advertisements seek to create the desire within us to visit other countries and experience different cultures. ‘Globe-trotting’ is a term that has been coined for those who travel often and it is looked upon as something glamourous.


Added to this, nowadays, the means of travel have become so advanced that you just board a plane, and within a matter of hours you can be in a country, thousands of miles away. Similarly, we find so many people traveling locally – because of the ease of flight travel.


Traveling is not Haraam. If it is for a noble purpose – such as acquiring the knowledge of Deen, it is extremely rewarding. If it is to engage in Haraam, then of course, such traveling will not be endorsed by the Shari’ah. Many people now travel with the sole intention of participating in some Haraam entertainment, such as attending concerts and other entertainment places and events.


Sadly, we find that many Muslim women are also carried away by the western culture and they too start “living it up” by working in foreign countries, traveling for business, or for leisure and pleasure, or even to visit family or attend a Nikah or Walimah – and they do so without a Mahram accompanying them. Often, it is plain disregard and disrespect for Allah Ta’ala’s Commandments.


We should consider and deeply reflect over the Ahādīth of Rasulullah 1: “It is not permissible for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to travel the distance of one day, except with a Mahram.”[1] 
      
                                                                                                    
In another Hadīth, Rasulullah 1 said: “No woman should travel except with a Mahram and no man may visit her unless she has a Mahram with her.”[2]


A woman should be accompanied by her Mahram when traveling. The Mahram too must be of sound and good character. Shari’ah forbids traveling with a Mahram or being alone with him – whether he is one’s father, brother, uncle, nephew or anyone else, if he is of loose morals, corrupt character, and a risk to one’s chastity and modesty. Although he is a Mahram, he is now the danger and threat. Traveling alone with him or being alone with him should be avoided.


The Ahādīth and the clear ruling found in them takes into account all forms of travel. Of course there are exceptions to the rule and this exception would arise when there is some emergency. But generally, in these times, the reasons for traveling without a Mahram are flimsy and carry no weight.


Some women say that they do not have a Mahram for traveling long distances. They should understand that this is Allah Ta’ala’s choice for them – and there is wisdom and great khayr (good) in all His Decisions. We need to nurture the qualities of a true Believer. In this case, the qualities of Tafweez[3], Sabr, Ridha bil Qadha[4] and Dua. By doing so, great rewards will be secured.


Allah Ta’ala mentions the response of His sincere servants: 


“The only reply of the (true) believers, when they are summoned to Allah and His Messenger, that he (the Messenger) may judge between them, is that they say,We hear and obey.’ Such people are the successful.

Whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger and has awe of Him and observes Taqwa for His sake, then such people are the victorious.”

 [Surah An-Noor 24 : 51 / 52]


May Allah Ta’ala grant us the concern and the understanding, grant us appreciation and the Taufeeq to practise on the beautiful way of life called Islam.




[1] Sahih Muslim
[2] Sahih Al-Bukhari
[3] Tafweez: Accepting the Decisions of Allah Ta’ala
[4] Ridha bil Qadha: Being happy with the decisions of Allah Ta’ala


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Aashura | 10th of Muharram


Bismihi Ta'ala




The Day of Aashura

By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh)

Allah Ta’ala is Forgiving and Loving and has given us this blessed day of Aashura, so that we repent and make changes in our lives. If we do, then Allah Ta’ala is willing to accept us. Allah Ta’ala does not want us to go into Jahannum; He wants to see us enter Jannah. Allah Ta’ala forgave a nation on this Mubarak Day of Aashura; so we should maximise on the opportunity with abundant Istighfaar and Taubah.

The Day of Aashura is not a day to engage in sins. It should be a day free of sins. Completely free. And our entire lives should then become the same.


Experience of the Ahlullah

Whilst the following is not a Hadeeth, it is the experiences of the Mashaa’ik and Ahlullah …and we limit it to that. We do not say that it is Qur`aan and Hadeeth, but we can draw benefit from the good and wise counsel of the Mashaa`ik:

If a person makes up his mind, is sincere and is determined, and commences some good deed on the Day of Aashura or brings about a change in his life for the better, giving up his bad habits and weaknesses, then Insha-Allah, this will be the medium of Taufeeq to continue in that line of righteousness.

It may be that the person has a drug addiction or porn addiction or gambling addiction – but he makes up his mind that on this day of the 10th of Muharram, he will restrain himself, give it up, and makes Dua that Allah Ta’ala makes this a means of total change, then Insha-Allah, through the Barakah of Aashura, he will maintain Istiqaamat … so long as he keeps far away from those avenues and venues of sins, and distances himself from company that will take him back to sins.

So many people gave up some bad habit on the 10th of Muharram and Alhamdulillah, they did not return to it. They were sincere in their Taubah. They cried and teared before Allah Ta’ala and asked for courage and himmat. Allah Ta’ala assisted them in giving up their sins.

The Day of Aashura is a day wherein Allah Ta’ala accepts duas and gave salvation to people in the past. Allah Ta’ala’s doors of Maghfirat and forgiveness are ever-open. Just as we have Laylatul Qadr and Laylatul Bara`ah, we have blessed days such as Eidhul Adha, Eidul Fitr and Yaume Aashurah.

Just as we prepare ourselves for the big nights, let us also prepare ourselves for this blessed day and set aside some time for Ibaadah, for Istighfaar and Taubah.

Let us make this Day of Aashura the start, walking the path of obedience to Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam).


…Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Where there is a sincere effort in the right direction, we will most certainly find the assistance of Allah Ta’ala.

Extract from "Lessons from Muharram and Aashura" 
by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel (RA)


Saturday, 8 October 2016

Seclusion


Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem


by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh)


SECLUSION should not be with the intention of protecting ourselves from the mischief and evil of others. Staying away from people should be with the Niyyat (intention) of protecting others from the evil and mischief within ourselves.


Whilst, at times, we are required to seclude ourselves from others, we should be wary that such seclusion does not cause pride and a feeling of superiority in our hearts. This would cause spiritual havoc.



Monday, 3 October 2016

The Beauty and Awe of a Man


Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem



THE BEARD IS A GREAT AND DISTINGUISHED SUNNAH, as well as a salient and outstanding sign (Shi’aar) of Islam. It was the practice of all the Ambiyaa عَليْهِمُ السَّلام and was the way of all our Akaabir[1] and Aslaaf[2].

In the Malfuzaat[3] of Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ, Hazrat Maulana رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ had encapsulated the distinction and excellence of the beard, saying that it is something so wonderful, which enhances the dignity and handsomeness of a man and makes one’s appearance noble. Unfortunately, this Sunnah is disregarded and looked down upon in these days. …It is belittled and mocked at. Many people make up excuses and reasons to discard this Sunnah.


Alhamdulillah, Allah Ta’ala has blessed our ‘Ulama and Mashaa’ikh with great insight and intellect as well as the ability to negate any disparaging opinions and unfounded arguments.


On one occasion, a person said to Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ: “The beard is unnatural, so it should not be kept. The fact that we were born without beards proves this!”


Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ replied: “If this is your argument, then take out all of your teeth as well. Your teeth should also not be kept, since you were born without teeth!”

Alhamdulillah, Hazrat Maulana رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ furnished a fine response, which was sufficient to silence the man.


THE FACE OF A FATHER


Once, a person, who was highly educated and who had a distinguished post in the society, visited an ‘Aalim, in Bombay. The person had his infant child with him. When the baby saw the ‘Aalim, he started crying. The father, who was clean-shaven, said: “The child got frightened seeing your beard.”


In response, the ‘Aalim said: “There is a reason behind the child’s fear. All along, this child thought that he had two mothers. When he touched your face, it was smooth. When he touched his mother’s face, her face too was smooth. This is the first time the child is seeing the face of a father… therefore there is some fear; otherwise children are not frightened by the beard.”


BE LIKE THE LION
                                                 
My respected Shaykh, Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ, had presented an apt example regarding the beard. Hazrat رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ said that the beauty and awe of the lion is in its mane. Similarly, the beauty and awe of a man lies in his beard. It symbolises his bravery and manliness.


Stressing the importance of keeping the beard, Hazrat رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ further said, by way of correcting this failing in many men, that the lion does not seek to emulate the lioness because the lion knows that he is a lion, and that his awe and beauty lies in his mane – yet man, who has been blessed with ‘Aql (intelligence) seeks to look like his counterpart – a female – by removing that splendid sign of his awe, strength and handsomeness. Even a lion seems to know better!


Those who shave their beards should keep in mind that Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam cursed those men who emulate or seek to resemble females and vice versa.


The beauty of a man is his beard. There are a group of angels who read the following Tasbeeh[4]: “Glory be to Allah, who gave beauty to men with their beards and who gave beauty to women with their locks of hair.”[5] …A Khalifah[6] of Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ, who also composes poetry, said: “If the beard was going to make a person look ugly, it would not have been the Sunnah of my Beloved Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam.”

                        
COMPULSORY SUNNAH


Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Lengthen the beards and shorten/remove the moustaches.” [7]


To keep the beard one fist length is Waajib (compulsory) and to shave or shorten it less than this is forbidden. Of course, the beard should not be unkempt. The person should maintain the Sunnah length, as well as the neatness of his beard.


In this day and age – more than fourteen centuries later – research confirms that there are health benefits and various advantages for men to keep beards. The same has been proven with many other Sunnats, such as wearing the pants above the ankle, etc. …We do not need to wait for medical proof or scientific research to prove the benefits of the Sunnah. Our belief in the supremacy of the Sunnah and Shari’ah is not dependent on scientific proofs.


On a lighter note, there was a survey that was taken in Europe and the majority of women there said that they would choose a man with a beard over a man without a beard. So this is the “Fatwa” of the European women.


BEAUTIFUL PROOF


There are many Ahadīth which clearly convey the obligatory nature of the beard and the importance of keeping the beard one fist length. Alhamdulillah, there are many detailed articles and even Kitaabs on the subject matter of the beard, with authentic, strong proofs. Our Shaykh, Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ had presented a wonderful proof from the Qur’aan Shareef, of the beard being one fist length.


In Surah TaHa, Allah Ta’ala relates the story of Hazrat Musa عَليْهِ السَّلام in great detail. When Hazrat Musa عَليْهِ السَّلام returned to his people from Mount Toor, he found them gone astray in the worship of the gold calf. Angered by their ignorant behavior, he grabbed hold of the beard of his brother, Hazrat Haroon عَليْهِ السَّلام, and asked him regarding the situation of the Bani Isra’eel. In response, Hazrat Haroon عَليْهِ السَّلام said:


“He said: ‘O son of my mother, do not seize (me) by my beard or

by my head…’”
[Surah TaHa 20 : 94]

Hazrat Maulana رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ explained that Hazrat Musa عَليْهِ السَّلام had grabbed hold of the beard of Hazrat Haroon عَليْهِ السَّلام, which clearly indicates that the beard could not have been anything less than one fist length. To grasp or catch hold of someone’s beard, there has to be length in that beard! سُبْحَانَ الله[8]


Hazrat Maulana رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ would also say that Jannah is the place where men will be beardless. So long as we are in this world, we have to follow the Shari’ah. We should not try to be Jannatis “in advance”. To do so, would place us in the displeasure of Allah Ta’ala.


EXCUSE

Sadly, many Muslims avoid this great Sunnah. If not, then to appease themselves, some keep a short beard – a goatee or a designer beard – as some describe the different look beards. 


How many are wont to say: ‘The heart has to be clean.’? …Had there been any thought to this statement, we would find it to be a flimsy excuse and a feeble justification from the nafs. …We should think: Was not the heart of Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam or the hearts of his companions, and all the righteous ones who followed them, clean? Are our hearts really so clean, or cleaner than theirs? …If the heart of the eagle is sound, but its wings are clipped, will it ever soar in the skies? ...No.


Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ had given the example of a plane: If the plane has the best engine but has no wheels, or if one wheel of the plane is punctured, will the plane be able to fly? …No.


No doubt, the beard, itself, is not the only requirement. Both the outer and inner self have to conform to the teachings of Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam. To progress in Deen, we require both the Zaahir (external) and the Baatin (internal).


GIVING UP THE SIN OF SHAVING ONE’S BEARD


There are many laws governing Municipal gardens and parks and public areas.  No person can cut down, damage, destroy or remove plants, trees or other shrubs. Any person who violates or fails to comply with these laws is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine, if convicted.


The beard is the garden of Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam. There are laws that govern this beautiful Sunnah garden. A person cannot remove this garden from his face; cannot disfigure it by shaving off the sides, etc. or by shortening it. The regulation is to keep it one fist length. If a person does not comply with this law of Allah Ta’ala, then the person is guilty of a very serious offence.


The person who is clean-shaven is as if announcing: I am not happy with the face of Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam. … نَعُوْذُ بِاللّٰهِ. It may not be said in words, but we know that actions speak louder than words!


When a person stands in front of the mirror to shave his beard, then he should say to himself: What a sinful person I am, that I choose to shave off this beautiful garden; this beautiful Sunnah of the beard! This action of mine causes great grief and sorrow to my Nabi Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam… My shaving my beard is shaving the sensitive heart of my Nabi Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam!


Each time the razor is taken to shave one’s face, talk to Allah Ta’ala and acknowledge the wrong. Say: O Allah, I am so foolish by committing this sin. Even worse is that I do this knowingly and I place myself under Your anger 24/7. I am acknowledging my weakness, and I ask for Your assistance to overcome this terrible failing from my side, and to bring alive the Sunnah of Your Beloved Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam, on my face and in my life!


Keep addressing oneself in this manner. Insha-Allah, this will hold one back from shaving one’s beard and will be a quick remedy in giving up a very grave sin. Insha-Allah, this will offer incentive to grow the beard one fist length, to have some resemblance to the Beloved Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam.


If we adorn our faces with the Sunnah of the beard, and we adopt the libaas (dressing) of the Beloved of Allah Ta’ala (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam), at least on the Day of Qiyamah, we can say:


“O Allah, I have come with the outward form of
Your Beloved Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam.
O Allah, You give me the Haqeeqat (reality).
I have come with the outer appearance.”[9]


…One brother wrote to Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ and said that he was keeping his beard as is Sunnah – one fist length. However, people were laughing and mocking at him. Hazrat Maulana رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ replied: “Let them laugh. At least you will not cry on the Day of Judgment!”


Do not allow the teasing and mocking of people to discourage you from the obedience of Allah Ta’ala. They will be of no assistance to you in the grave or in the Court of Allah Ta’ala, on the Day of Judgment. So be strong and courageous. Make Allah Ta’ala happy. Then you too will enjoy happiness. On the Day of Judgment, you will be laughing and rejoicing.


 “(Many) faces on that day shall be bright; laughing, joyous

(at good news).”
[Surah ‘Abasa 80 : 38/39]


TEST OF LOVE

Some incidents really take be us by surprise and sometimes stun us. The level of our Imaan becomes evident in the face of even small tests.


A young person, with a beard, Deeni libaas (attire) and who is a five-time Namaazi requested me for permission to shave his beard. Why? …Due to an application which was made for a visa to a certain country. The person in charge of the department told him that he stands no chance with his beard. So he said: “I just want permission to shave my beard and get the application through. Once I’ve got my papers, I’ll keep my beard again.”


I said: “Bhai, have I made the Shari’ah that I can give you permission to shave your beard? …What about the displeasure of Allah Ta’ala? If you want to shave and displease Allah Ta’ala, why make me a partner in your sin?”


…If there is deficiency in our love for Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam then there will be weakness in being steadfast on Deen. Love is the catalyst to practise on Deen happily and submit to the Commandments of Allah Ta’ala eagerly and sincerely. If there is genuine love, then we won’t waver and weaken in the obedience of Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam, rather we will persevere and become stronger, Insha-Allah.


This love for Allah Ta’ala, for Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam and for Deen is most easily obtained from the hearts of those who have the reality of it in their hearts. In their company, we will get that steam of love. Otherwise, shaytaan will easily convince us to indulge in Haraam in spite of our Ibaadaat and work of Deen.


So I asked the brother: “What guarantee do you have that the Angel of death wont extract your soul while the razor is moving down your face? What guarantee do you have that even if you get those documents, you will live to see a few more months, so that the beard grows one fist length?”


Alhamdulillah, the brother made sincere Taubah and kept his beard.


THE DISPLEASURE OF RASULULLAH Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam


A doctor also mentioned to me that he had made an application, in a certain country, for work purposes. He too was told the same thing: People will not give him much consideration because of his beard and Kurta. He was told that if he shaved his beard and wore a suit, he would get some prominence. So he said that he fell for the temptation. He shaved his beard, wore the suit and went for the interview.


He is a pious doctor, a Namaazi, with concern for Deen and Shari’ah, but he fell for the trap of shaytaan and nafs and shaved his beard. …He related: “I swear Maulana that I am speaking the truth. That same night, I saw Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam in a dream and he stared at my face with anger. I could see the anger on his face. When he walked into the room, in my dream, the room became brightly lit. He then stared at me; his face, red with anger. He then suddenly left and the room went dark. And I got up with a fright.”


He did not know what to do and it worried him greatly. Of course, he made sincere Taubah and grew his beard again.


Naturally, it should go without saying, that Islam is not just the beard. Islamic teachings cover all aspects of life. However, let us understand that the beard is a significant feature in the life of a Muslim and a distinguished Sunnah. …Those of us who have beards should not consider ourselves better or superior. This attitude or pride will certainly bring spiritual destruction.


It is also narrated in the Ahādīth that on one occasion two emissaries came to Madinatul Munawwarah. They were from the court of the Emperor Kisra and were clean shaven and had long moustaches. Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam disliked their appearance very much. He Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam turned his blessed face away from them and asked: “Who ordered you to make your appearance like this?”


They replied: “Our Lord, Kisra, orders us to shave our beards and lengthen our moustaches.”


Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam replied: “My Rabb commanded me to lengthen my beard and clip my moustache.”[10]


We should reflect over this incident and the dislike and aversion that was evident from Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam, and ask ourselves: On the Day of Judgment, would I want that my Nabi Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam turns his face away from me for having forsaken his Sunnah and adopting the way which he disliked and disapproved so much?


May Allah Ta’ala grant us such Imaan that we are steadfast on Deen. May Allah Ta’ala give to us such intense love for Him, that it becomes extremely easy to do that which is pleasing to Him and stay away from everything that is Haraam and forbidden. May Allah Ta’ala grant us true love and appreciation for the Sunnah of the Beloved Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam.




by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh)



[1] Akaabir: Seniors
[2] Aslaaf: Pious Predecessors
[3] Malfuzaat: Words of wisdom and sterling advices of pious elders.
[4] Tasbeeh : incantation / glorifying Allah Ta’ala
[5] Musnadul Firdous
[6] Khalifah: spiritual appointee
[7] Sahih Al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim
[8] Glory be to Allah
[9] Composed by Khwaja Azizul Hasan Majzoob رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ
[10] At Tabaqatul Kubra of Ibn Sa’d, Al Bidayah Wan Nihayah