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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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Ponder and Endure

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned: The weightiest thing in the scales is good character. The essence of character is ta-ammul (ponder before doing anything) and tahammul (endurance). Ponder and reflect. Think before doing any action as to what will be the consequence. In doing so, you will save yourself from many wrongs. …

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The Cure for Pride

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following: Pride is the root of all spiritual maladies and is an extremely destructive sickness. It causes a person to fall very hard (and lose all the good that he has acquired). A person should be greatly concerned about safeguarding …

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Happiness lies in following the Sunnah

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following: It is an accepted fact that each person finds solace and comfort in the things which he likes. For example, a person finds enjoyment in leading a life of luxury, eating good food and wearing expensive clothing. Such a person …

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The Effect of Sins on the Heart

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned: People have become very brazen and bold in committing sins, and these sins thereafter result in various spiritual illnesses. Through committing sins, the heart continues to lose its noor and lustre and the darkness within it increases. Sins, in their very …

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Safeguarding the Tongue from Evil

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned: The tongue plays an important role in causing one to earn distinguished positions. If a person utilizes the tongue for good, and makes it the means for carrying out righteous works (e.g. he commands people to obey Allah Ta‘ala, recite the Quraan …

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Patience or Revenge?

  Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following: When people plot and scheme against you, then it is only natural for you to feel disappointed, hurt and grieved over their behavior. However, you should not entertain thoughts of taking revenge from these people. The reason is …

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