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Below is another brief, but extremely beneficial, transcription of a segment of a discourse by His Eminence, El-Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani. The dear reader will also notice this is an explanatory lecture on the hikmah that Allah, the Most High, reveals for mankind in Surah Luqman:
“And We bestowed hikmah upon Luqman: “Show thy gratitude to Allah, and whoever is grateful does so to the profit of his own soul.” – HolyQur’an Surah Luqman, Ayat 12.
Commentary by El Sheikh Gilani:
After Divine Revelation (wahi) and Messengerhood is hikmah. Hikmah is The Wisdom. In English we say: “[So and so], he is a very wise man.” What do we mean by this? It is a very crude meaning, because the whole terminology [of English] is very ambiguous and ever changing. The wise people twenty years ago are fools now, and those people whom they call wise today: they will become fools after ten years. So, hikmah is that gift from Allah (glory be to the Most High) that comes directly from Allah by which you can make differentiation between the falsehood and the truth. Hikmah is a gift. After Messengers come hakeems whom Allah has given hikmah. They are awliya (friends of Allah). Hazrat Luqman (to whom this Surah refers, peace be upon him) was a hakeem.
Now [as I said], hikmah is a gift that comes from Allah. It is not wahi, but Allah inspires the hearts of those people by giving them hikmah. It is a light, Allah’s Noor, by which they can differentiate between the falsehood and the truth. They know the reality of things (haqiqah) and the secrets of the deeds and act upon it.
For an ordinary person, he sees all that is in heaven and earth and thinks that he can cultivate land, raise flowers and cattle, do business and just thinks that Allah has given him this ability. But, for a hakeem, all of that which is between heaven and earth, in the physical world, are signs and similitudes to guide him, and they are all physical manifestations, physical or materialized forms of each and every word of Holy Qur’an. All that he sees are the physical manifestations or materialization of Allah’s Words.
The words of Allah are meant to guide you, so that you are not misguided. When you start doing research of the signs, or matter, or its growth, or its form, then one is short of a fool as an indicative sign is meant to lead you towards a direction! They are the signs along the way! And you should follow in that direction. But, when you stop there, [at the signs], making use of your microscope and your instruments, [focusing only on those instruments without attention given to their actual use, purpose and indication] and you start writing on your boards that it (the sign given by Allah) is made of so and so; it is so many years old, etc.; then, people will say: “He’s a madman! Put him in the lunatic asylum!”
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FROM THE DESK OF THE SULTAN:
Excerpts from discourses given by His Eminence, El Sheikh Muhyuddin Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani
The Holy Last Messenger, Peace be upon him, had the mildest of temperaments of all, he was the bravest of all, most just of all and most pious of all. His blessed hand never touched a woman not lawful to him. His generosity was incomparable, to such an extent that at the end of the day not a single dinar was left with him. If by chance any remained, he would not return till the late hours of the night, waiting for someone to take it away. Whatever assets the Almighty had given him he would use them only for his immediate needs, like food, the remaining would be distributed. His food, too, was very simple, mostly dates and barley. If anybody demanded anything of the Holy Last Messenger, Peace be upon him, he would oblige him. In addition, he would spend from his own budget in the way of Allah. He would sew his own shoes and clothes. He would also do the housework. Hence, he would cut meat with his blessed wives. The Holy Last Messenger, Peace be upon him, was more modest than anybody. His looks would never be fixed on anybody’s face. He would accept invitation of both freedmen and others. If a gift were sent (hadiya) he would except it even though it may be a drop of milk or the leg of a hare. He would always return the favor of hadiya by giving gifts. He would consume the hadiya but he would not consume goods sent as Sadaqah and Khairat. He would become angry with people for the sake of Allah but never for his personal sake. He would propagate truth even though it would apparently be detrimental to himself and his Holy Companions.
Some non-Muslims approached and requested his permission to assist him in eliminating his enemies. He replied that he would not take the help of non-Muslims even though at the time he was short of manpower. The Holy Last Messenger, Peace be upon him, in his entire life, has never eaten once for three days running chapati (of wheat) to his stomach’s full. These hardships he would undertake not because of poverty but as precautionary measures to keep his Nafs subdued. He would accept a Walimah invitation. He would visit the sick and accompany a Janaza. He would, without fear, walk alone amongst his enemy without any bodyguard. He possessed incomparable humility and was the most honorable. His talk would never be lengthy and boastful. He had a smiling countenance. He would wear whatever was available. At times, a small blanket and at times an expensive Yemeni chaddar. He would wear a woolen Jubba (gown) made from the wool of Halal animals.
He would wear a ring on the small finger, either on the left or right hand. When riding an animal, he would always ask either his attendant or someone else to mount the animal behind him. Whatever animal was available he would ride it, be it a horse, camel, mule, or donkey. At times he would walk on foot. At times, without the chaddar and cap, he would go to the other end of Madinah to inquire about the welfare of someone. He liked perfumes, but disliked stench, smell, and pungent powder. He would sit with the poor and the needy and would feed the poor. He would respect those exhibiting good conduct. By dealing kindly with notables he would win their hearts. He would extensively meet the members of his family, but never allowed their interference whilst bestowing position. He would gradually try to develop relationship with all. He would not burden anybody. He would accept the apology or explanation of the defaulter. He would never lie, even for the sake of humor. He would witness a Halal game and would not forbid others from witnessing it. In light heartedness, he would even run a race with his blessed wife, Hazrat Sayyidah Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her). If there were noise and tension around he would adopt patience. He had a camel and goat whose milk he and his household used to drink. He had both male attendants and maid servants, who would live in the same conditions as his own household.
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From the Desk of the Sultan: El Sheikh Muhyuddin Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani
Excerpt from a lecture on the episode of the vendetta of the Banu Ummayyad against the Banu Hashim, culminating in Karbala with the martyrdom of Imam Hussein.
Unfortunately, though Yazeed (the person who ordered Imam Hussein to be martyred) died, Yazeediyat still lives; the Banu Hashim are still being victimized.
More than 500 years have passed since Jesus, son of Mary (peace be upon them both), foretold the coming of the Messiah, the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him), for whom everyone was waiting. The Jews had settled down in Yathrib (the present city of Medinah) awaiting the arrival of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him). But when he came, Allah, the Most High, had a different design. Instead of selecting from a powerful and wealthy family of the Quraish, Allah chose an orphan of the Banu Hashim and put the crown of nubuwwat (messenger hood) upon his head, signifying that he was sent from the Most High with a message for mankind, and called him Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and his family.
About him, Jesus, son of Mary (peace be upon them both) said, “I have met him about whom Allah, the Most High, has spoken: ‘Oh Muhammad (peace be upon him), if I had not created you, I would not have created anything… And now I must depart from you so that he, the Comforter, about whom I have foretold to you, may come unto you, and his name shall be Ahmad.”
This was the state in which the Messiah came. It was very difficult for the pagan Quraish to accept him. Instead they mocked him.
Amongst those who not only mocked, but also tried to eliminate him, was Abu Sufyan. If he was a snake, his wife, Hinda, was a serpent. They forced the Blessed Messenger of Allah, the Most High, to leave Makkah (Mecca), his homeland, and take refuge in Medinah. But even then, Abu Sufyan attacked with an army 1000 men strong. They were all defeated. Both Abu Sufyan and Hinda decided to take revenge upon the Banu Hashim for their defeat. They tried to wipe out the Banu Hashim from the face of the Earth.
They didn’t believe the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family), was a messenger of God. They called him a liar and a cheat and one possessed. They attacked again and again. A war was fought at Uhud in which Hinda’s hired assassin was able to martyr Imam Hamza. Hinda and Abu Sufyan left behind a legacy to wipe out the Banu Hashim and denounce the messenger hood of the Blessed Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (peace be upon him).
On the 11th of Hijra (of the Muslim calendar) Makkah was conquered by the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him), and both of these criminals were hiding for fear of being executed. Imam Abbas petitioned for their amnesty.
They embraced Islam, though they were inwardly boiling with rage at seeing their idols, Laat and Manaat, being razed to the ground. Being shrewd and politically motivated, they decided to infiltrate the Islamic system and cut it down from its roots.
Muawiya, the son of Abu Sufyan and Hinda, cleverly offered his services as a scribe of Holy Qur’an.. He was always pleasant in his mannerisms, but had inwardly evil designs. Later on we find that when Hazrat* Ali (son-in-law of our nabi, peace be on him) becomes the caliph (ruler), Muawiya rises against him in a rebellious attack which killed thousands upon thousands of Muslims, including many Holy Companions.
This was the worst battle which had ever taken place with Muslims fighting against Muslims, and with this the bitter reality comes to surface: Many people who were apparently with the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) were only with him because he was the undisputed king and ruler. When he passed away, he left a mighty kingdom to be ruled! Thus people forgot about their loyalty to him and to his family and the old pagan Arab ways came to the surface once more.
When Hazrat Ali was martyred, Muawiyah was very happy to hear the news. He also could not wait for Hazrat Imam Hassan to finish his caliphate, so he had him poisoned by his wife. He taught his children never to let their guard down against the Banu Hashim, and appointed his son, Yazeed, a devout drunkard and adulterer, to be his heir. When the head of the beloved grandson of the Holy Last Messenger, Imam Hussein, was brought to him, Yazeed proclaimed his joy out loud. According to Tafsir Ruhul Ma’anee by Allama Mahmood Alousi, that accursed son of Muawiyah and Hinda said, while hitting the teeth of Hazrat Imam Hussein: “I wish today my ancestors killed at Badr were alive. They would have been proud to see how I have taken revenge by killing Hussein. The Bani Hashim have played a big fraud for ruling the country, no news from Heaven came, nor any wahee [Divine revelation].”
With this background, one should have the understanding that Karbala was a war of racist pagans against the family of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him). There were Muslims at that time whom people tend to call Holy Companions, but which we do not because they were not Holy Companions, nor were they educated in Islamic knowledge. They were simply new Muslims at the time of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him). Had these people any love for their Divine Messenger (peace be upon him) they would not have sided with Yazeed against Imam Hussein, nor would they have shut themselves in their homes in Makkah and Medinah.
This was a clash of dynasties spawned by the Banu Ummayyad who were still holding on to their paganistic ways. It was a continuity of the struggle of truth against falsehood, and this will go on. Yazeediyat is proclaimed throughout the electronic and print media. Banu Hashim are hunted, and when the opportunity avails itself, they are martyred, even up to this day.
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By El Sheikh, Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, Hashmi
IQOU Vice Chancellor, Islamic Post Chief Editor
Over 4,000 years ago, after the Ark of the Holy Messenger Noah (peace be upon him) eventually settled down at Mt. Judi –which is also known as Mount Ararat– he came down into a valley and established the first town for his progeny, raising them in the best tradition of the religion of the One God. This town was given the name of “Ard Bail,” meaning “Land of God.” From here, the family of Noah spread out. He had three sons Haam, Saam, and Yaafis. Within a half century this family grew and they were assigned destinations to go and populate.
One thousand years after this time, one of the descendants of Noah, the Holy Messenger Ibrahim, which eventually came to be “Abraham” from “Abram” in the Hebrew language, was living in the land Between two Rivers which was being ruled by Nimrod –who had proclaimed himself to be God. These are the details surrounding the story of the Holy Messenger (Abraham), who was a true monotheist and was proven unfaltering and steadfast through enormous tests and trials in various ways, for Allah, the Most High, declares in Holy Qur’an:
“O Mo’mineen seek help by remaining steadfast and in excessive prayers and indeed Allah is with those who are steadfast.” (Baqara:153)
And, “We shall put you to test with something of fear and hunger, and some loss in goods or lives or the fruits of your labor, but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.” (Baqara:155)
I begin by invoking Allah’s mercy and blessing upon the Holy Last Messenger (peace be on him) and his most blessed family, or Ahli Bait, and particularly on Hazrat Ali about whom the Holy Last Messenger (peace be on him) has said, “Whosever’s master I am, Ali is his master also.” And may Almighty God bestow mercy upon Imam Hassan and Hussein and their mother Syeda Fatimah Tuz Zahra.
And now I avail this opportunity to write a few lines in memory of the world’s most tragic incident, which took place at Karbala, in which the entire family of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) with the exception of a few, were wiped out by deviate fanatics, led by Yazeed bin Abu Sufyan, in retaliation for the defeat their ancestors suffered at a battle won at Badr by the Muslims in their quest for independence from long-term oppression. Nowhere in the history of mankind do we find such cruelty and systematic genocide committed upon the family of a Messenger of the Almighty Creator, particularly by those who claim to follow him (may peace be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family). Such an incident never happened before. This incident happened on the 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, and it is commemorated by hundreds of millions of Muslims from all backgrounds, who show an enormous level of respect and honor for the event, while expressing mournful sorrow over the atrocities committed against the grand children of the Holy Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him), as well as the insults and humiliation to which the ladies of the holy family were subjected.
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An everyday Muslim feels immense grief when they hear of the incident, and their eyes shed tears of blood. At the same time, they know that Imam Hussein successfully passed a great test and trial to which he was subjected by the Almighty Creator. Every Muslim man and woman derives immense inspiration, conviction, and innumerable lessons from the final struggle of Imam Hussein at Karbala. The world must know the real story from the Imam’s descendants [to which group El Sheikh belongs], for whom there is an event of Karbala waiting everywhere and a Yazeed around every corner.
The descendants of Imam Hussein are still being murdered in cold blood up to today, in the spirit of the same tragic incident of Karbala. The 10th of Muharram is sadly being celebrated in Saudi Arabia with dinners and parties where collective marriages take place. All over the world. subordinates of these groups, Wahhabis and Salafis, namely Lashkar-E-Tayyaba and Lashkar-E-Jhanghvi, are present at such festivities.
Presently the “Darus Salaam” movement, a Wahhabi publishing company that receives billions of dollars from the Saudi Arabia, is strategically accusing Imam Hussein of being a rebel against the so-called Ameer ul Mu’mineen, Yazeed. Dr. Zakir Naik, widely recognized as a clown by Muslim scholars, stands for lectures with suit and tie and causes unimaginable confusion amongst the Islamic world. The chief priest of the Wahabbis, Dr Israar Ul Haqq, asserts similar misinformation about the situation that developed between Imam Hussein and Yazeed, the Accursed, projecting hatred and cruelty for the close descendents of the Holy Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him). This man, after receiving grants and assistance from the Wahhabis, tried to have his daughter married on the 10th of Muharram in Lahore; but so many people opposed it, recognizing it to be a purposefully disgraceful and instigating act. Seeing that this ever-growing propaganda against Imam Hussein and the upright Muslim community has resulted in bloodshed and murder of the Ahli Bait all over the world, the family of Banu Hashim has now come to gather on an international level, and is taking due measures to protect their lives and honor.
It is imperative that I pause here to write a few relevant notes about Imam Hussein and his position in Islam according to the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is narrated by Ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with him) that the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “Hassan and Hussein both are flowers for me in this world.” (Mishkat, Volume 2- in the chapter on the excellence of Ahli Bait.) Hazrat Huzaifa, a Holy Companion, said that the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) stated, “Indeed Hassan and Hussein are the chiefs of the youth, in Paradise.”
In the same compilation of Mishkat hadith, it has been quoted by Syeda Umm Fadhl bint Haris (may Allah be pleased with her) who said: “One night I saw a very frightening dream and in this state of shock I presented myself before the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) and said, “Oh Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), I saw a very disturbing dream.” The Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “What is it that you have seen?” She said, “That was a very frightening dream.” He said, “Do not worry, state it.” She stated, “Oh Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), I saw a piece of flesh from your body had been cut and laid in my lap.” He said, “Oh Umm Fadhl, do not worry, this is a very good dream and the interpretation of this ruyah (vision seen in sleep state) is that Allah will grant a son to my daughter, Fatimah, whom you will hold in your lap.”
These are most authentic traditions from the Holy Companions. This also proves that Allah gives knowledge of the unseen to the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him). He knew what would be born to his daughter Fatimah.
Syeda Umm Fadhl was the daughter of Haris, and the aunt of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him). She was the wife of his uncle Abbas.
Some time passed when on the 4th year Hijra, which was in the sixth century of the Christian era, the 5th of the Islamic month of Sha’baan when a son was born to Syeda Fatima tuz Zahra. When the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him), was informed he called the Adhan, or call to prayer, in his right ear and Takbir, saying God is Greatest, in his left ear. He put his saliva on the child’s tongue, recited a prayer, and named the boy Hussein. He said: Aqiqa should be performed –the ceremony for blessing the child– on the seventh day; to shave his head, and give in silver the weight of his hair as charity. Imam Hassan (Imam Hussein’s older brother) was at the time still being nursed by Syeda Fatima, therefore the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) requested his aunt, Syeda Umm Fadhl to please nurse baby Hussein. Thus the interpretation of the flesh of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) falling in her lap.
Hazrat Jabir bin Abdullah stated: “I heard the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) saying, ‘Whosoever wants to see the chief of people of Paradise, let him see Hussein.’”
It became a well-known fact when Imam Hussein was born that he would one day be martyred.
The following tradition, or hadith, is from Mishkat, page 556:
One day the aunt of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him), Umm Fadhl bin Haris the wife of Abbas Bin Abdul Mutallib went to the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) and he placed Imam Hussein in his lap. She stated, “After looking towards something I looked back at the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) and saw tears falling from his eyes as he was weeping. I said, ‘Oh Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)! May my mother and father be sacrificed for you! What makes you weep?’ He replied, ‘Jibraeel (Archangel Gabriel) just came to me and told me that from my Ummah (followers), my [grand]son will be murdered.’ She repeated, ‘Will it be like that?’ He said, “Yes, I’ve been shown the clay from that place where he will be murdered and it was reddish.’” From this news, the Ahli Bait of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his Holy Companions were terribly shaken. It seemed as if the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) would be fulfilling the true sacrifice of the Holy Messenger Ibrahim (peace be upon him).
-This introduction was graciously provided by the Vice Chancellor of the International Quranic Open University, El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani. Any mistakes are the responsibility of the editors, may Allah forgive them their faults.
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From the Desk of the Sultan: El Sheikh Muhyuddin Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani
Let us celebrate the birth of Jesus, the son of Mary, who is the Second to Last Messenger of Islam, in a befitting manner. Let us pay him befitting tribute by following the law, by virtue of which he was called savior.
Greetings, oh lovers of Jesus! On this happy occasion, when his so-called followers commemorate by committing adultery, perversion, drinking and gambling in such a manner as if these heinous sins were associated with the teachings of Jesus Christ, let us join hands in upholding the law. Jesus, the son of Mary, came to uphold the Ten Commandments, and exhorted mankind to practice them so that they may be saved. Today, priests and devils have legalized what Jesus forbade, but they cannot save mankind from the evil consequences of sins, some of which are mental diseases, murders, earthquakes, and tornados.
We Muslims want our Christian brothers to know about our book, the Holy Qur’an, (which was revealed to the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad, peace be upon him and all the messengers of God). The Holy Qur’an is the only evidence in the world which confirms the existence of Jesus, the son of Mary.
Lies and Reason.
The priests during the time of this Holy Messenger were not different from the likes of Jimmy Swaggert and James Baker. They invented lies and incorporated heathen mythology and paganism into the Gospel, held Jesus up as the son of God, and invented the fable of dying on the cross for mankind.
To refute this lack of logic, I quote Thomas Paine, a great thinker and moralist, who arrived at the following conclusion when he used reason to understand the Bible: “The Bible and Old Testament are impositions upon the world,” wrote Thomas Paine in the Age of Reason (p. 202), “The opinions I have advanced… that the fall of man, the account of Jesus Christ being the Son of God, and of his dying to appease the wrath of God, and of salvation, by that strange means, are all fabulous inventions, dishonorable to the wisdom and power of the Almighty; that the only true religion is…the belief of one God.” –Age of Reason, p. 202)
I also quote Saint Barnabas, one of the disciples of Jesus, son of Mary, who was deputed by the Holy Messenger, Jesus, to record the Gospels. These were known as the Gospel of Barnabas, and remained in circulation until the 4th century of the Christian era. Later, this Gospel was banned by a papal decree as not being canonical. In the Gospel according to Saint Barnabas, Jesus is quoted by him as saying:
“I therefore say unto you that the Messenger of God is a splendor that shall give gladness to nearly all that God hath made, for he is adorned with the spirit of understanding and of counsel, the spirit of wisdom and might, the spirit of fear and love, the spirit of prudence and temperance, he is adorned with the spirit of charity and mercy, the spirit of justice and piety, the spirit of gentleness and patience, which he hath received from God three times more than he hath given all creatures. Oh blessed time when he shall come to the world!
“Believe me that I have seen him, and have done him reverence even as every prophet hath seen him, seeing that, of his spirit, God giveth to them prophecy. And when I saw him, my soul has filled with consolation, saying: ‘Oh Muhammad, God be with thee, and may He make me worthy to untie thy shoe latchet for, obtaining this, I shall be a great prophet and holy one of God.”
It is ironic to observe that, despite the fact the Jews tried to murder Jesus, the son of Mary, the so-called church raised in his name has no authentic evidence that he ever existed. Our Holy Qur’an is the only evidence of the existence of Jesus, of his mission, and of his raising up alive to the Almighty [as it proven, by God and man, to not have been tampered with]. I now quote from the Holy Qur’an, which also contains the Gospel:
“Behold! The angel said: ‘Oh Mary, God giveth thee glad tidings of a word from Him. His name will be Christ Jesus, son of Maryam (Mary), held in honor in this world and in the Hereafter, and of those nearest to God. He shall speak to all the people, from the cradle and in maturity, and he shall be of the company of the righteous.’
“She said: ‘Oh my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?’
“He said: ‘Even so, God creates what He willeth. When He decrees a plan, He but saith to it, Be, and it is!
“‘And God will teach him the Book and wisdom, the law and Gospel, and (appoint him) an apostle to the Children of Israel, (with the message): I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, in that I make for you, out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by God’s leave. And I heal those born blind and lepers, and I quicken the dead, by God’s leave. And I declare to you what ye eat, and what ye store in your houses. Surely there is a sign for you, if ye did believe.
“‘(I have come to you) to attest the law, which was before me, and to make lawful to you part of what was before forbidden to you. I have come to you with a sign from your Lord. So fear God, and obey me. It is God who is my Lord and your Lord. Then worship Him. This is a way that is straight.’” –House of Imran, Holy Qur’an
In conclusion, I hope this greeting, which contains an invitation for all who identify with Jesus, son of Mary, to join us in upholding the laws of the Almighty and the Ten Commandments, in order to save mankind from the most horrible disasters, incurable diseases, and all kinds of social and moral ills.
Please contact us for further discussion in regards to our mission of bringing Muslims and Christians together on common terms, based on the Unity of God, which will enable us to combat priesthood ignorance, and the exploitation of man by man.
*This document was originally published twenty years ago. Christians and Muslims have since united across the world. The United Muslim Christian Forum was henceforth established by El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani to accommodate the ever-growing unity based upon the Ten Commandments, and an effort to save mankind therewith. To join, contact us:
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“Know that in the remembrance, dhikr, of Allah (also following the guidance in the Holy Qur’an) lies the peace of quloob (hearts).” –Holy Qur’an
In this, the Creator of the physical and non-physical bodies, Allah, the Most High, has declared the very basis of the immutable law governing a person’s health.
Therefore, the very structure of spiritual health rests on “peace of heart.” If this does not exist, many psychological disorders, such as nervousness, leading to neurosis, and other similar disorders will develop.
The meaning of Islam is peace or total surrender, meaning thereby surrendering one’s own will before the will of the Almighty. The foundation for inner peace rests on the following:
One must acknowledge that he has a Creator who has created him for some purpose in this earthly life.
One must follow the manual of the Creator which the Almighty sent for His creatures-the guidance in the shape of the revealed books, i.e. the Holy Qur’an, and earlier books (now no longer valid).
One must acknowledge that the Creator has been sending guidance and Messengers (peace be upon them) to lead mankind towards physical and spiritual prosperity and the life hereafter.
One must believe that the Almighty has created many other intelligent beings such as angels and jinn beings.
One must believe that his/her earthly life is very short, so much so that it has been compared with a short nap which one traveler might take under the shadow of a tree while traveling on the road and then goes on his way.
One must believe that this worldly life is full of tests and trials. All these hardships must be borne with patience, steadfastness, taking all calamities, losses, and adversities from the Almighty as a test of his Iman. [Iman signifies not just faith, but the faith by which a person upholds Islamic practices and ideals.] Therefore, he should not grieve over losses or show joy over any gain.
One must not believe in any man or deity as his/her creator. Nor should he deny the existence of the Creator. No one can deny Allah without first affirming Him. By saying “I don’t believe in Allah” can only mean that Allah does indeed exist, but one refuses to believe in Him. It also amounts to saying “I don’t believe in the sun”—though the sun is there. Therefore all such persons can be compared with bats whose eyes don’t open before the sun.
Denial of the Creator takes away peace, and the light of reason and intellect from the heart of a person and fills it with doubt. This is the worst disease of the qalb (heart), which causes every imaginable psychiatric (spiritual) malady.
Those who doubt the existence of the Almighty Creator will manifest all or some of the following characteristics: arrogance, anger, cruelty, cowardliness, miserliness, jealousy, hatred, hypocrisy, greed, ignorance, stubbornness, dissension, sloth, lying, selfishness, ill manners, despair, mischievousness, craftiness, lewdness (lack of modesty), perversion, and overpowering sexual desires, etc.
Thus, when the qalb is diseased, some or all of the aforementioned characteristics will be manifested in the conduct of any individual, depriving him of peace, tranquility, sleep, and good health. Deprived of peace, a person will try to find solace in drugs, alcoholic drinks, sexual activities, hoarding wealth or getting power. Ultimately, they fall victim to the most horrible physical and psychiatric (non-physical) diseases.
Look at the fate of many of the world’s multimillionaires, Hollywood film stars, rulers of the world, and even “psychiatrists.” What a miserable end they usually have! As long as people keep doubting the existence of the Almighty there will be no end to their psychiatric diseases. The Almighty will keep on increasing their miseries by subjecting them to the control of the messengers of darkness, ignorance and deniers of the truth-the Freudians, pseudo-psychiatrists, and other atheists.
In order to have inner peace one must believe in the hereafter, raising of the dead, accountability, judgment, hell and paradise, and the eventually meeting with the One and Only Lord Almighty of the Holy Messengers Adam, Nuh (Noah), Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), Dawud (David), Sulaiman (Solomon), ‘Isa bin Maryam (Jesus son of Mary), and Muhammad the Last and Final Messenger (peace be upon them all!). Even if the non-Muslims follow the Ten Commandments in letter and spirit they will be saved.
The following will give, in a nutshell, the teaching of all the Messengers mentioned above. Those who wish to have perfect physical and spiritual health, as well as those who are suffering and want to be cured of their diseases, will have to follow this code as explained by the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (may the peace of Allah be upon him and his family):
You should believe:
In Allah, i.e. in His Person and Attributes and
The Last Day, and
The Angels, and
The earlier (Divine) Books (no longer available with original content), and
All the Messengers, and
The rising after death, and
The destiny, i.e., all that is good or bad is from Allah, and
That you bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His Messenger, and
That at the time of each salaah –or five-times prayers– you establish the salaah at its proper time after performing a perfect wudhu. (Perfect wudhu is the ablution performed with due regard to every adab [proper custom] and mustahibbat [desirable actions])
Pay the zakat (obligatory charity on wealth exceeding a prescribed limit), and
Fast during the month of Ramadan, and
Perform Hajj, the sacred pilgrimage, if you have wealth. (The availability of wealth has particularly been mentioned because want of wealth is generally made an excuse for non-performance of Hajj. Otherwise, evidently, the other prerequisites that make the Hajj obligatory should also exist.)
You should perform the twelve rak’at sunnat-e-mu’akkadah salat every day. [These are the prayers that were done each day by the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad, may the peace of Allah be upon him.] (According to other Hadith, the twelve rak’at are detailed as two rak’at before the two fard (obligatory) rak’at of Fajr Salat, four before and two rak’at after the four fard rak’at of Zuhr, two after the three fard rak’at of Maghrib and two after the four fard rak’at of ‘Isha).
You should never miss the Witr salat at night, which is wajib (compulsory) and is, therefore, specially emphasized.
You should ascribe no partners unto Allah.
You should not disobey your parents (if they obey the Almighty).
You should not devour the property of orphans unjustly. (Unjustly implies that there is no harm in using the belongings of an orphan in a lawful manner as in the case under certain circumstances.)
You should not drink wine.
You should not commit adultery.
You should not indulge in false oaths.
You should not give false evidence.
You should not yield to your base desires.
You should not backbite a Muslim brother.
You should not bring a false charge against a chaste woman (or a chaste man).
You should not bear ill-will towards your Muslim brethren.
You should not indulge in useless amusements.
You should not join the idle spectators.
You should not call a short-statured person “O, you short-statured one!” with the intention of finding fault in him.
You should not indulge in jokes at the cost of others.
You should not indulge in slandering others.
You should be ever grateful to Allah for His bounties.
You should be steadfast in suffering and calamity.
You should not be heedless of chastisement by Allah Ta’ala.
You should not sever your ties of kinship with your (believing) relatives.
You should discharge your obligations to your relatives.
You should not curse any creature of Allah.
You should remember and glorify Allah by repeating SubhanAllah (Glory belongs to Allah), Al-Hamdu lil-Lah (All Praises is for Allah), La ilaha il-Lallah (There is no god but Allah), Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest) with frequency.
You should not miss the Friday and ‘Eid salat.
You should believe that whatever good or bad lot befalls you was predestined and could not be avoided, and whatever you have missed, you were predestined to do so, and,
You should not give up the recitation of the Holy Book under any circumstances.
Filed under: August Volume 1 - 2008, Education, From the Desk of El Sheikh Sultan Muhyuddin Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, Magazine/ Culture, Religion | Tags: Advice, Gilani, Holy Quran, Sura Ra'ad
Excerpts from the works of El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, Chief Editor of the Islamic Post
“The ways of Allah are very difficult to understand. He puts people through many changes to prepare them to play their role in life.” –From the Introduction to the Holy Qur’an
“Allah, the Almighty Creator, alone, is enough to bring about a change in this world. We must turn to Allah with our whole heart and soul, seek forgiveness and come back to the fold of Islam. Be regular in your salaah, being the five-times daily prayers, and read Holy Qur’an. Be kind to your non- Muslim and Christian brothers. Try to bring them back again to the fold of Islam. Jesus is the second Messenger of Islam (may the peace of the Almighty be upon him).” –Selection from the Discourse on Sura Ra’ad
Filed under: From the Desk of El Sheikh Sultan Muhyuddin Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, July Volume II - 2008, Magazine/ Culture | Tags: Gilani, Religion
By El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, Hashmi Hasani, wal Hussaini, Islamic Post Chief Editor, Vice Chancellor IQOU
Staff Writer Introduction:
The following narration, from the desk of El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, affords you the opportunity to examine your salaah –or five-times prayers– and its performance from the time of its initiation to its standing before Him for acceptance:
Know and Understand Your Salaah
Allah the Most High, ta’ala, has said in the Holy Quran Majeed in the very beginning, in Surah Baqara, “And they establish salaah and spend from what We give them.” (Surah 2: Ayat 3)
Here Allah Ta’ala means those who completely establish the salaah phenomenon. Meaning thereby, to strive for perfection in salaah. Therefore, just by going to the masjid and offering salaah five times a day, one cannot be sure of his or her salaah being accepted by Allah Ta’Ala. Therefore before offering salaah, we must know how a perfect salaah is made.
A perfect salaah begins with a perfect wudu (wudu kamil), and is made in the following way:
Declare your intention for performing wudhu; use pure and clean water in a vessel not exceeding one kilogram.
Sit on a raised place, a settee or stool, facing Qibla, if possible.
Then wash each and every limb thrice, or the prescribed amount, along with the du’a, or prescribed supplication, for every limb in Arabic, English, or Urdu.
Wudhu will not be proper if nails are dirty or long, unnecessary hair has not been removed, or nail polish is still on the fingers.
A wudhu performed in a bathroom is acceptable provided the toilet area and wudhu portion are separate, or separated by a plastic curtain or glass partition.
The Holy Last Messenger, Allah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon him, has defined perfect salaah in a very famous hadith called Hadith-i-Jibrail, upon him be peace, the second hadith in Arbaeen Nawawi.
Being asked by the angel Gabriel, peace be upon him, “What is Ihsan?” the Holy Last Messenger, peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, said, “You should worship your Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) in such a manner that you should be able to behold Him, and if not, then you must believe that He beholds you.” This is a very challenging position. In Holy Qur’anic terminology, only Muhsineen, (or those who possess the quality or virtue ‘ihsaan’, who live and conduct themselves fully aware of the Presence of The Almighty), can achieve this distinction. Also, the Sufia are those blessed with this virtuous quality of ihsaan.
In performing perfect salaah, one has to struggle a lot to change one’s habits and outlook. The Holy Last Messenger, Allah’s peace, blessing, and mercy be upon him, has said, “Indeed perfect salaah is the Mir’aj of Mumineen, and the key to paradise (Jennah).” (Mi’raj is spiritual ascension which enables that blessed person entrance into the spiritual realm, by His Grace.)
Next, Allah Ta’Ala has said in Holy Quran that those who offer their salaah with Khashi’a indeed are successful. Khashi’a means driving away every ungodly thought. Remaining in a state where one is completely absorbed in Him is the manner in which one should stand before Him.
Other than that, salaah must be made on time, in congregation wherever it is applicable, and wearing proper dress.
Clothes should be clean, hair combed, with nice cap (scarf or chaddar for ladies), and everything about the Musalee, the male or female worshipper, should reflect his or her eagerness, zeal, and longing to stand before the Almighty in inward purity, and outward purity of dress.
I am presenting before you the most important topic of Deen ul Islam (our way of life in Islam); and if we ignore that topic we do not remain Muslim. That is Salaah, or as it is called in Urdu, Namaz. This is the only prayer in Islam; words by which Allah Himself invites, gives an extensive invitation Himself, -five times a day. By calling people to offer Salaah, He has made it compulsory for us, for the Ulema, for other people, and assures people by saying ‘Haya ala-s Salaah, Haya alal Falah,’ come to salaah, come to success. It is so important! You must pay attention!
Allah says come to success; if you offer Salaah you are given success, falah. Haya al Falah. What is meant by success? The first ten ayaat of Sura Al Muminoon start with salaah, and draw to a close in the ninth aya with salaah. Allah Subhana wa Ta’Ala says, “Indeed, verily of course, those Mumineen found success who observed, or found, Khashi’a in their salaah.”
In Holy Quran Allah has commanded salaah seven hundred times. Here in Sura Al Muminoon, Allah says, “Those mumineen found success who observed Khashi’a.
What is Khashi’a? One must know there are preconditions of salaah. If these conditions are not fulfilled, you might be making salaah all of your life and it will not be accepted, and it will be thrown back like a dirty piece of cloth on your face. It happens every day, Allah does not accept the salaah of many people. We should know what are those conditions which render our salaah null and void.
Allah, Subhana wa Ta’Ala, says to those people who observe Khashia, “Had We sent down this Holy Quran on a mountain, you would have seen it falling apart, out of Khashi’a of Allah, Fear of Allah. The word taqwa also has its levels, with the highest degree being that you do everything out of respect and love of Him.
So, when you stand before Allah, your heart should be full of awe. Fearing Allah means not wanting to displease Him. You must be very aware of this; that you are offering proper salaah in a proper manner, and with all the conditions fulfilled. You must be very careful!
The first condition is this. Khashi’a is that you must cut yourself away from everything, and stand before Allah Ta’ala, only knowing that you are standing before Allah for salaah, and you should be able to behold Him! If not, then you should know that He is watching you. When you develop this ‘Allah- awareness’, then Khashi’a will enter your heart.
So, we know that Khashi’a is essential. Safeguard your salaah. This is in Surat-ul- Baqara, ayaat 1-5: who safeguards salaah. This person, who safeguards salaah, offers salaah on time and observes all the conditions; the clothes not too loose or too tight; there is no haraam food in the stomach; and the person does not watch dirty movies or filthy videos.
Filed under: From the Desk of El Sheikh Sultan Muhyuddin Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, July Volume I- 2008, Magazine/ Culture, Religion | Tags: Gilani
From the Desk of Sultan Muhyuddin El-Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani Hashmi Al Hassani Wal Husseini:
A selection of one of the Forty Pearls from the ocean of Wisdom of the Holy Last Messenger Hazrat Muhammed
(may peace and blessings be upon him).
The Holy Last Messenger (may peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“Whoever is not thankful to the people is not thankful to Allah.”
To show ingratitude to one who has done a favor is considered the worst kind of crudeness and lack of proper adab (manners). In contrast, paying thanks to someone who has done a favor to you, amounts to thanking Allah, because it is Almighty Allah who is, in fact, the real Bestower of bounties and favors though these reach us through others. Many ignorant people, when given something, have thanks for Allah only and rudely disregard the donor.
Source: Arba’een Jami (Maulana Abdur Rehman Jami’s 40 Hadiths*, translation and commentary by Vice Chancellor IQOU
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*Hadiths=sayings of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammd, may peace and blessings be upon him.
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