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Referring to One’s Seniors

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned: A person should always have confidence in his seniors and refer to them when accomplishing any important task (which requires their guidance). It has been proven through experience that without referring to one’s seniors, the work one wishes to carry out …

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Make the Best of Life whilst you Can

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following: My beloved friends! After one passes away, people will no longer think of him and remember him. Even one’s immediate family, wife, children, brothers and sisters will all forget about him. Perhaps on some occasions, certain people will remember …

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Turning to Allah Ta‘ala at All Times

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following: If a beggar comes to one’s door, begging with humility and helplessness, then one will give him something and will not let him go hungry. In fact, even if one finds a hungry dog at his door, then he …

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Showing Kindness and Compassion

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned: The pious servants of Allah Ta‘ala are not only kind to their friends, but rather they ensure that they do not bring any hurt to the heart of even their enemies unnecessarily. In fact, they aspire not to even hurt to an animal. …

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Make the correct effort

(By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) In an attempt to justify some Haraam and explain the reason for being involved in Haraam, some say: “Because of this … because of that …we had to do so.” …But have we made the correct effort to run from sin? Have …

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Remedy for Depression

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned: Daily we hear of the depression rate increasing and escalating. It got me thinking that what is the solution to this? The following hadeeth came to mind: “Show mercy to those on earth, and in turn Allah Ta‘ala will show mercy to you.” …

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The Mindset of a Believer with regards to Sustenance

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned: If Allah Ta‘ala blesses a person with halaal livelihood without difficulty, then this is indeed a great favour and bounty of Allah Ta‘ala. However, at times, a person who acquires livelihood without difficulty falls into self-admiration, pride, attributing good towards himself, …

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The Value of Istiqaamah

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned: If a person is punctual and consistent on his ma’moolaat (i.e. after fulfilling all the faraa’idh, waajibaat and sunan actions of deen), then this is such a great achievement that even if he does not introduce any new nafl a’maal into …

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The Need for a Spiritual Guide in Self-Reformation

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned: This path of self-reformation leading to Allah Ta‘ala is extremely sensitive. Therefore, it is necessary for one to have a spiritual guide who is completely acquainted with the path. At times, a person does not understand the limits and begins to …

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The Mother of all Spiritual Maladies

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned: Greed is the root cause of all problems. It is such an evil trait and spiritual malady that it should be regarded as the mother of all spiritual maladies. It is on account of greed that disputes and fights occur, and …

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