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
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
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 women
…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
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
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
“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.”
In another Hadīth, Rasulullah1said:
“No woman should travel except with a Mahram and no man may visit her unless
she has a Mahram with her.”
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
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, Sabr,
Ridha bil Qadha and Dua.
By doing so, great rewards will be secured.
Ta’ala mentions the response of His sincere servants:
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.
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.
 Sahih Muslim
 Sahih Al-Bukhari
 Tafweez: Accepting the Decisions of Allah
 Ridha bil Qadha: Being happy with the decisions
of Allah Ta’ala
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Let us make this Day of Aashura the start, walking
the path of obedience to Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (Sallallaahu 'alayhi
…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
by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh)
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.
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.
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 Ambiyaaعَليْهِمُ السَّلامand was the way of all our Akaabir and Aslaaf.
In the Malfuzaat of Hazrat
Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwiرَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ, Hazrat Maulanaرَحْمَةُ
اللهِ عَلَيْهِhad 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.
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
On one occasion,
a person said to Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwiرَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ: “The beard is
unnatural, so it should not be kept. The fact that we were born without beards
Ashraf Ali Thanwiرَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِreplied: “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!”
Hazrat Maulanaرَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِfurnished 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 Sahebرَحْمَةُ 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,
Hazratرَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِfurther
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
Those who shave their beards should keep in mind
‘alaihi wasallamcursed 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: “Glory be to Allah, who gave beauty to men
with their beards and who gave beauty to women with their locks of hair.” …A
of Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar
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
Rasulullah Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallamsaid: “Lengthen the beards and shorten/remove the
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.
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 Sahebرَحْمَةُ اللهِ
عَلَيْهِhad 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 Musaعَليْهِ
السَّلامin great detail. When Hazrat Musaعَليْهِ
السَّلامreturned 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 Haroonعَليْهِ
السَّلام, and asked him regarding the
situation of the Bani Isra’eel. In response, Hazrat Haroonعَليْهِ
“He said: ‘O son of my mother, do
not seize (me) by my beard or
by my head…’”
[Surah TaHa 20 : 94]
Hazrat Maulanaرَحْمَةُ اللهِ
عَلَيْهِexplained that Hazrat Musaعَليْهِ
السَّلامhad grabbed hold of the beard of Hazrat Haroonعَليْهِ 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
Hazrat Maulanaرَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِwould 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.
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 RasulullahSallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallamor 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 Sahebرَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِhad 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 RasulullahSallallaahu
‘alaihi wasallam. To progress in Deen,
we require both the Zaahir (external) and the Baatin (internal).
GIVING UP THE SIN OF SHAVING ONE’S
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
“O Allah, I have come with the outward form of
Your BelovedSallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam.
O Allah, You give me the Haqeeqat (reality).
I have come with the outer appearance.”
…One brother wrote to Hazrat
Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwiرَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِand said that he was keeping his beard as is Sunnah – one fist length.
However, people were laughing and mocking at him. Hazrat Maulanaرَحْمَةُ
اللهِ عَلَيْهِreplied: “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
“(Many) faces on that day shall be bright;laughing, joyous
(at good news).”
[Surah ‘Abasa 80 : 38/39]
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
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
So I asked the brother: “What
guarantee do you have that the Angel of death won’t 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.
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
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 wasallamreplied: “My Rabb commanded me to lengthen my beard and clip my moustache.”
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 wasallamturns 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)
 Akaabir: Seniors
 Aslaaf: Pious
 Malfuzaat: Words of
wisdom and sterling advices of pious elders.
 Tasbeeh : incantation / glorifying Allah Ta’ala
 Musnadul Firdous
 Sahih Al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim
 Glory be to Allah
 Composed by Khwaja Azizul Hasan Majzoob رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ
Tabaqatul Kubra of Ibn Sa’d, Al Bidayah Wan Nihayah