Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Attractions and Distractions

Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh)

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

In an accident, or due to a slip or fall, if the joint of the shoulder or leg is dislocated, traction is normally the means adopted in the healing process.

The sinful, immoral attractions and distractions which form the entertainment of those who have forgotten Allah Ta’ala are such, that they dislocate the joints of Imaan.

…The traction for indulgence in sins is sincere Taubah (sincere repentance), distancing oneself from sins and from venues of sins; together with attending good, Deeni programmes and associating with the pious.

…There are so many, so many, who have gone towards some Haraam (forbidden) attraction, never to return therefrom : So many have lost their identity as Muslims, and sometimes they have even lost their Imaan and suffer the loss of their Aakhirah.

Thousands have died engaging in Haraam entertainment; whether at the casinos, discos, raves, prostitute quarters, massage parlours, in adultery, etc.

One earthquake, one tsunami, one gale-force wind, one fire, and death comes upon thousands – many of whom are also engaged in sins. What guarantee do we have that we won’t be singled out this holiday, for our return to Allah Ta’ala?

So think…

And think again!

What would be the condition of that person who comes face to face with the Angel of Death whilst engaged in gambling, drink, dance, raves, adultery or fornication? …Which Muslim wants to return to Allah Ta’ala in a state of sin?

Such matters should not be taken lightly. (Allah Ta’ala protect us all.)

The holiday period is a time of great test and trial : Invitation to sins, promotion of sins, temptation to sins, enticement and encouragement towards all kinds of Haraam is the order of the day.

Beach partying, intermingling and courting, immodest dress, loud music and dance, smoking and drinking and drug-taking then become even the programme and timetable for many Muslims. …Salaah becomes a forgotten duty for holiday-makers. The Islamic dress and identity are discarded so that there is freedom to engage in more sinful activities.

Shaytaan’s trump card to Haraam entertainment is even held up by Muslims, who also invite to Haraam just as the non-Muslims do. …Inna Lillahi wa-inna ilayhi ra`ji-oon.
Is this what we were created for?

Allah Ta’ala asks, “Did you think that We created you for nothing, and that you will not be brought back to Us?”
[Surah Mu`minoon 23 : 115]

The shocking behaviour of our Muslim youth (and even many Muslim adults) leaves us numb, disturbed, distressed and deeply, deeply grieved… What shocks does the heart have to contend with.

The Muslim youth are supposed to be tomorrow’s leaders for the Ummah, are expected to be the representatives of Deen, inviting the non-Muslims to Islam, with the modesty and purity of thought, speech, dress and actions which should be characteristic of every Muslim.

Deen and Shariah do not stifle us, do not deprive us of pleasure and enjoyment, do not deny  us happiness and celebration. Deen and Shariah accommodate leisure and pleasure. Islam is beautiful. Most beautiful. Islam is not ‘dry’. It is enjoyable. …Allah Ta’ala has only placed certain boundaries through His Divine prohibitions for our own benefit, safety and well-being.

So let us make the effort and avoid the temptations towards sins. Let us not walk the route towards sins. Let us keep clear of the venues of sins like how we would if we had fore-knowledge that there will be an earthquake, tsunami or bomb-blast devastating such places. …We fear for our lives. The greater need is to fear for our Imaan and that of our children’s Imaan.

Let us not forget that we are Muslims.

Let us not forget our relationship with Allah Ta’ala.

Let us not forget that death can visit very unexpectedly.

Let us not forget that there is accountability.

Let us not forget Jannah.

Let us not forget Jahannum.

This world is a prison for the Believer and a paradise for the disbeliever. … What will be ‘good’ for the disbelievers will not be good for the Believers. If they find enjoyment in Haraam, the Muslim will find HARM in that same Haraam.

Every person is given the choice. A person either makes a wise decision or an unwise decision.

If we adopt Taqwa, we restrain and abstain from disobedience to Allah Ta’ala, then when we leave this world, we leave behind a prison. When we leave this world, we leave free. When the disbeliever leaves this world, he leaves behind his paradise. When he leaves this world, he enters a prison; wherein there is no release, no bail, no escape and no parole.

This worldly life is short. Very short. Understand the reality: Every passing second is delivering us closer and closer to the bridge of death. And there is no choice. We have to cross that bridge.

My Shaykh, Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (DB) says in poetry:

 “Strange is the visa of life;
It can be cancelled at any time.
The duration of its validity is unknown
And its extension too, impossible."

Time is running out.  

The journey is long. The life after this is eternal. There is no return to this world.

…What preparation have you made? What provision have you procured?

Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) said: “The intelligent one is he who suppresses his desires and practises for what is after death, and the foolish one is he who makes his nafs follow its desires and (he) places (baseless) hope on Allah.”

Imam Shafi (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) summed up this life very simply and aptly:

“This worldly life is a just a moment; let it be a moment of obedience.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Gems 51 - 55

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Selected and concise advices / sayings of
Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh)


Plug your heart to the Qur'aan Sharief! Start reading, start understanding,  start practising and start propagating its beautiful message.


True beauty is in Ilm (knowledge of Dien) and Adab (etiquette).


Hasad is a cause of a lot of mischief; a cause of lies and a cause of defaming others. It also results in many other spiritual ailments and destroys good deeds. The Haasid (one who is jealous) moves in the direction of Jahannum.


Ghaflat (negligence / heedlessness) deadens the nerves of spirituality!


Like an elevator that goes up and comes down; Imaan goes up with good deeds and it comes down with sins. Whilst an elevator can only reach a certain level, there is no limit to the stages of Imaan.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Book | His Character was the Qur`aan

Sayyidah Ayeshah (Radhiyallahu 'anha), the wife of Rasulullah , was once asked: "What was the character of the Nabi?"

She replied:
“His character was the Qur’aan.”
[Sahih Muslim]


“And You Are Surely On An Excellent Standard Of Character.”
[Surah Al-Qalam 68 :4]

“The night was dark. The caravan had lost its way. Light was extinguished. Heavy rain and darkness invaded the jungle. Danger intensified.’

…This was the picture of the Jahiliyya (era of ignorance) before the arrival of Nabi Muhammad .

People were in a kind of intoxication – intoxicated by vices and crimes. No one had any kind of direction in life. The world out there was nothing but a jungle. It was a question of ‘survival of the fittest’. Everyone was out to grab, grab and grab...

The whole world was submerged in zulumaat (darknesses). There was just darkness upon darkness – layers of darknesses…

The darkness of tyranny and injustice, the darkness of kufr, the darkness of shirk, the darkness of bid’aat, the darkness of suppression of the rights of the women, the darkness of suppression of the rights of the children, the darkness of cruelty upon the parents, the darkness of stealing, the darkness of gambling, the darkness of every crime … the darkness of every evil infiltrated the lives of people.

…In that compounded darkness, Allah Ta’ala sent Nabi Muhammad  as a guide and as a light, and darkness was overcome by the brightness and shine of Nubuwwah and the Message of Islam.

Read the book HERE

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Who is a Friend?

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

A FRIEND IS ONE who is concerned about his friend’s goodness, welfare and health. A friend wishes to see his friend progress in life, be happy, and enjoy respect and success in both worlds.

A true and sincere friend is a helper, supporter and protector of one’s spiritual well-being. He encourages towards what is good and discourages that which is evil and destructive.

An enemy, on the other hand, desires the destruction of a person’s life, health, wealth and respect. So can the ‘friend’ who encourages you or offers you drugs or alcohol, or takes you to the rave clubs, gambling dens, prostitute quarters or introduces you to pornography, be called a friend?

Nay, he is your enemy!

If you befriend such a person, you will then have shaytaan, nafs, as well as this ‘friend’ / ‘friends’ as your enemies!

Allah Ta’ala mentions the reality and outcome of such ‘friendship’ in the Qur`aan Shareef:
اَلْأَخِلَّآءُ يَوْمَئِذٍم بَعْضُهُمْ لِبَعْضٍ عَدُوٌّ إِلَّا الْمُتَّقِيْنَ
 “Friends, on that day, will become enemies to one another, except the God-fearing.”
[Surah Az-Zukhruf 43 : 67]

On the Day of Qiyamah, many a person will be extremely remorseful for having befriended a person who encouraged him to evil and sin.

One of our respected Scholars, Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi (رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ) related in his Tafseer, Ma’ariful Qur’aan, an incident narrated by Hazrat Ali (رَضِىَ الله عَنْهُ) regarding two Muslim friends and two non-Muslim friends – which should make us reflect over the friends we are and the friends we have.

One of the Muslim friends died. When he was given the glad-tidings of Jannah, he remembered his friend and supplicated in his favour: “O Allah! That friend of mine would advise me to obey You and Rasulullah . He would direct me towards virtuous deeds and prevent me from evil deeds. He kept reminding me that one day I would have to meet You. So O Allah! Do not misguide him after me, so that he may also see the scenes of Jannah as You have shown to me. Be pleased with him, as You have been with me.”

In reply, it will be said to him: “Do not worry. If you know what reward I have stored for your friend, you will weep less and laugh more.” Later, when the friend will also have died, both the souls will meet and Allah Ta’ala will direct them to praise each other. Thereupon, they will say about the other: “He is the best brother, best companion and best friend.”

As against this, when one of the non-Muslim friends will die, and he will be told that he will go to Jahannum, he will recollect his friend and will supplicate thus: “O Allah! That friend of mine would insist upon me to disobey You and Your Messenger . He would direct me towards vices and prevent me from good deeds and would say that I would never meet You. So O Allah! Do not give him guidance after me, so that he may also see the scenes of Hell, as You have shown to me, and be displeased with him, just as You have been displeased with me.”

Later, when the other friend will also have died, their souls will be brought together and they will be directed to condemn each other. Each will say about the other: “He is the worst brother, worst companion, and worst friend.” [1]

Rasulullah cautioned us regarding our choice of friends: “A person is on the Deen (way of life) of his friend, so every one of you should look at who he befriends.”[2]

A friend in ‘Deen’ is a friend indeed!

…The most common cause of sins amongst the youth is peer pressure. Almost every person divulges being introduced to sins through ‘friends’.

When pressured to engage in sins, be firm on Deen and be courageous. Say: “I do not want to displease my Kind and Loving Allah Ta’ala. I do not want to walk the path to Jahannum. I do not want invite the fire of Jahannum in my life.”

May Allah Ta’ala grant us the courage and the Taufeeq, and make us good, righteous friends and grant us such friends who will benefit us in our Deen. (Aameen)

[1] Ibn Khatir
[2] Abu Dawood / Tirmidhi 

Monday, 16 November 2015

Prescription | Quit Smoking

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh)

There are many who write to me, complaining of their addiction to smoking, and sincerely wanting to quit the bad habit. The prescription I give, which Alhamdulillah many have found effective as a remedy, is as follows :

1.)         As Muslims, we are always taking the pure name of Allah Ta’ala and praising Him in some way or the other. Consider the Salaam (or greeting) that we are encouraged to offer to others, in abundance: Beside the fact that it is a Dua and a form of Ibaadah (worship), it contains the pure name of Allah Ta’ala: ‘As-Salaam’.

Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi (رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ), had quoted the following Hadeeth in his Tafseer (commentary) of the Qur`aan Shareef, ‘Ma’ariful Qur`aan’:

Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (رَضِىَ الله عَنْهُ) related that Rasulullah said: Salaam is one of the names of Allah Almighty with which He has blessed the people of the earth. So make Salaam a common practice among you because, when a Muslim goes to a gathering of people and offers his salaam to them, he is blessed with a station of distinction in the sight of Allah Ta’ala as he reminded everyone of Salaam; that is, reminded everyone of Allah Ta’ala…

Does it then befit a Mu’min (Believer) to utter the name of Allah Ta’ala with the accompanying odour of tobacco? …No.

2.)           In relation to the above point, we should keep in mind that the Qur`aan Shareef as well as the Ahaadeeth encourage us to occupy the tongue in the Zikr of Allah Ta’ala.

Allah Ta’ala states in Surah Ahzaab:

يٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِيْنَ اٰمَنُوا اذْكُرُوا اللّٰهَ ذِكْرًا كَثِيْرًا
“O you who believe, remember Allah abundantly.”
[Surah Ahzaab 33 : 41]

Rasulullah mentioned in one of numerous Ahaadeeth relating to the Zikr (Remembrance) of Allah Ta’ala: “Keep your tongue always moist (i.e. busy) with the Zikr of Allah.”[1]

We have to read Duas when wearing clothes, before and after leaving the toilet, when driving, entering and leaving home, before and after eating and drinking, etc. …On different occasions, Duas are to be recited. All of these contain the name and Hamd’ (praise) of Allah Ta’ala. Often, Aayaah (verses) of the Qur`aan Shareef are read in the form of Dua.

Furthermore, a Muslim has to sometimes say, regarding a future action: ‘Insha-Allah’[2], or sometimes congratulate by saying : ‘Masha-Allah’[3]; in his grief and sorrow he will say: ‘Inna Lillah…’[4] and for the bounties which he is blessed with, he will say: ‘Alhamdulillah[5], when thanking someone, he will say: ‘JazakAllah’[6], etc.

We have also been encouraged by Rasulullah to read Durood[7] and Salaam[8] upon him in abundance. In fact, the practice of conveying Durood is rendered by Allah Ta’ala, Himself.

Allah Ta’ala mentions:

إِنَّ اللّٰهَ وَمَلٰٓئِكَتَهٗ يُصَلُّوْنَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ  ط  يٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِيْنَ اٰمَنُوْا
 صَلُّوْا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوْا تَسْلِيْمًا

 “Verily, Allah and His angels send blessings on the Nabi: O you who Believe, send (you) blessings on him and salute him with all respect.”
 [Surah Ahzaab 33 : 56]

3.)  Consider the fact that when in the mother’s womb, Allah Ta’ala preserved our mouths from being polluted, by having us nourished with our mother’s blood, through the medium of the umbilical cord attached to the navel, and not the mouth. Why? …Because the Shari'ah classifies and catergorises blood as najis (filth).

Thus, from the inception of our physical creation, Allah Ta’ala preserved the mouth from impurity and reserved it for the Tilawah (recitation) of the Qur`aan Shareef, Zikrullah, Durood Shareef upon Rasulullah as well as Nasihah (advice) tended for the benefit and goodness of others.

When Allah Ta’ala took such care in protecting our mouths from filth, we too should take care in preserving the cleanliness of our mouths.  

4.)  Added to this, we should abstain from smoking out of respect for the Malaa`ikah (angels) who are exceptionally and extremely sensitive to smell. Our Beloved Nabi instructed that a person who has eaten garlic and onions stays away from the Masjid (mosque), until he rids his mouth of the odour, due to the fact that annoyance is caused to the angels as well as Musallies[9]. What then would be said of the smell of cigarettes and tobacco?

Some of the Sunnats of the Ambiyaa[10] (عَليْهِمُ السَّلام) are hayaa (modesty), itr (scent) and siwaak (tooth-stick). Why the ‘siwaak’ or miswaak? …Nabi used the miswaak in abundance, even though there was never any bad odour emitted from the mouth or even the body of Rasulullah . Beside the fact that Hazrat Jibra`eel[11] (عَليْهِ السَّلام) was delivering Wahi (revelation) from Allah Ta’ala, this practice of miswaak was to also teach us the importance of maintaining the cleanliness of the mouth.

5.)  Moreover, we should consider the fact that we generally cause distress and inconvenience to so many non-smokers, who find smoking a very disagreeable habit. This then is a violation of their rights.

So many women endure this offensive and bad habit of their husbands. Had these women been the smokers and the husbands, non-smokers, then they would know how unpleasant and disturbing the habit is.

I, personally, get a headache if I have to sit in a car, in which the driver or passengers or even the ashtray has a cigarette smell. Although I adopt Sabr (patience), the truth is that I feel like stopping the driver and getting off. If, in the Masjid, I happen to stand next to a person with the filthy smell of cigarettes, I feel like moving away if the Salaah has not commenced. …Just imagine how many others must be feeling the same way.

…An important branch of Shari'ah is Islamic Social life (Mu’aasharaat). Simply explained, it is to consider others before ourselves – i.e. by refraining from annoying, inconveniencing and hurting others. This is one of the branches of Shari'ah which the true Walis (friends) of Allah Ta’ala greatly emphasize and impress upon.

It is unfortunate that we do not give importance to such matters. Due to scant regard for Mu’aasharaat, we are losing the Noor of our Zikr and Ibaadat[12].

6.)  I always tell the persons interested : So much of money is saved in giving up smoking. …Consider as to how many Hajj you have already burnt. How many widows, orphans, poor and needy could have been sustained with that which you burnt... And the fact of the matter is that all those cigarettes were of no benefit to your physical health and well being.

When so many have given up drug addictions, what then are cigarette addictions?

The next time you take a cigarette, reflect over the following: I am burning money, harming my health, inconveniencing others, and my mouth is so filthy that no angel or human being wants to be near me.

Make Dua to Allah Ta’ala: I have got this weakness. Give me the strength to give it up. 

Request the pious ones to make Dua for you. Virtue and acceptance are realized with the Duas of the pious.

May Allah Ta’ala make it easy for us and all brothers and sisters to give up all bad and evil habits.

[The above advice will, insha-Allah, make a Muslim, conscious of Deen, quit the habit. To the others, all the arguments by anti-smoking activists should be sufficient.]

[1] Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah
[2] Insha-Allah : Allah Willing (This is said when intending to do something)
[3] Masha-Allah: As Allah willed (This is said when expressing appreciation or congratulation)
[4] To Allah we belong and to Him is our return. (This is said when some loss occurs)
[5] Alhamdulillah: All Praise is due to Allah
[6] JazakAllah: May Allah reward you. (This is said when expressing gratitude to someone)
[7]  Durood: Seeking Allah’s Blessings on Nabi .
[8]  Salaam: Salutation to Nabi .
[9] Musallies: The persons performing the Salaah.
[10] Ambiyaa: Messengers of Allah Ta'ala
[11] Jibra`eel: The Archangel who conveyed Divine Revelation to Rasulullah 
[12] Ibaadat : Worship