Back to the Basics

أَ لْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَكَفَى وَ سَلاَمٌ عَلَى عِبَا دِ هِ الَّذِ يْنَ ا صْطَفَى اَ مَّا بَعْدُ

 I think inshaAllah the focus from what I’ve been instructed by speaking to my own shaykh regarding myself and all of us, is that because we are so weak in terms of our understanding of deen, small little things need to actually be taught to us as a dars, as a lesson. Therefore, our good akhlaaq , our bad akhlaaq, exactly what they are, need to be told to us very clearly, without any hesitation without any reservation. Those people that can handle it, then they can handle it, those that can’t, they can’t. Insha Allah I will try to make it as palatable as possible. Human beings sometimes do such things that are beyond the imagination of the normal average human being, nonetheless extremities teach us how to keep a balance and moderation. So my Shaykh (DB) says: Allah mentions in the Quran after taking numerous oaths in surah Shams, Allah Ta’ala says, “And by the soul, Allah ta’ala swears by the nafs of an insaan, and then Allah says then we inspired it, with fujoor, which is open transgression and sinning against Allah Ta’ala. Thereafter Allah Ta’ala mentions wa taqwaha, and then Allah inspired it with piety or taqwa or fear of Allah, or however you want to translate the word Taqwa. Nonetheless, Insaan innately has Fujoor first and taqwa afterwards. After stating all these oaths, Allah ta’ala says the person who purifies their soul is the one who has achieved falaah, success. Falaah could also mean that such a wealth after which there is no poverty, such health after which there is not sickness, such happiness after which there is no sadness or grief, and so on and so forth.  Allah Ta’ala then says and that person who has defiled their nafs and is in truly a state of loss. Hakeem ul Ummat Mujaddid ul Millat, Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Nawarallahu Marqadahu) says that reformation of oneself is Fardh ‘ayn, mandatory and obligatory on each individual. He would also say the verb to reform, “tazkiya,” is a transitive verb, so we learn that it is not such a verb which can be carried out by the person who does the verb. In other words, the person cannot purify themselves. It requires a purifier and the one being purified.

Those who understand the Quran, one of the purposes of prophethood is that Rasullullah was sent, Allah says “wa yuzakkeekum”, so therefore the job of purification and reformation of society is one of the purposes of prophethood so since there is a dire need for a reformer also since what leads to an obligation is also obligatory. Anything that leads to a Fardh is also Fardh. For example, wudhu on its own is not Fardh, but when you need to pray salat, it’s necessary to have wudhu. Similarly, tazkiya on its own is a Fardh, so anything that leads to that is also obligatory.  So it’s basically imperative to find such a person that can cleanse ones’ evil qualities and should seek out there company. Until a person does not have adequate knowledge regarding the praiseworthy and blameworthy traits of the self, of the person’s nafs, the person won’t be able to gauge what is good and what is bad unless they have some grounding some base knowledge. So instead, out of ignorance, what people do is take good as bad and bad as good. Similarly, many people go sit in the company of pious saints and pious people and what not, but since they’re unaware of their evil traits within themselves, or they are aware but don’t reveal it to those people to help themselves out, so what it is, is that they acquire company and that’s all they get. So a person can come, my shaykh gives this example , he says a person can come sit with me every day after ‘asr time and we’ll have a cup of tea, and we’ll chit chat, and we’ll be really good friends, but that’s all that person will get out of it. He really won’t get any benefit.  As far as the evil qualities within that person, they will never leave unless that person says “Shaykh I have this problem, what do I do? Can you please help me solve this problem of mine or this issue of mine?”  So the diseases which are in one’s heart or in one’s akhlaaq in one’s, for example we all know how to pray, its very easy to say these are the faraidh, these are the Sunnahs of salat etc, but can we really say that in our salah are we connected to Allah Ta’ala or not? If we can say that, then masha Allah the job is done. If we can’t, then that’s a serious issue. Basically it’s like a person comes to school and the teacher takes attendance and says “yes, this person showed up to school”, but after staying seven periods and leaves, does the student learn anything, now that’s another story. So that’s basically what this is suppose to be about, obviously we didn’t really start anything, but the idea is that to understand that these things have to be learnt. They have to be learnt by somebody who learnt them from somebody else etc.

Our deen is Islam, we need to learn how to submit and if we don’t, nothing really happens, nothing really works. If a person cannot submit themselves in the presence of a pious person or the servants of pious people, then beyond that, they will not receive any help; you can’t do things on your own. Those people who think they can solve their own issues are the biggest fools on earth. They’re fools not because I’m saying they’re fools but because Allah ta’ala is saying it’s not something you can do on your own. If it was, Allah would not have sent down so many ambiyaa, Allah would’ve instead just sent down one or two prophets and that’s it, and then Allah would say, “Hey this is what you need to do so on and so forth, figure it out. This is the Quran, this is the Torah, this is the Zaboor, this is the Injeel, figure it out on your own, there’s no need for ambiyaa,” if that was the case, but that wasn’t the case. There are only four books and there are hundreds and thousands of ambiyaa. So a person has to use their common sense and understand that’s how things work and if we can figure at least that much out, then InshaAllah our lives will be much better.

وَ آ خِرُدَعْوَا نَا اَنِ الحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ ربِّ الْعَا لَميْن

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3 Comments on “Back to the Basics”

  1. Jack Says:

    I wanted to buy Hazrat Hakeem Akhtar sahibs books in English. I wanted to read them myself.
    +1

  2. abdullah Says:

    MashaAllah.This is Haq.Beautifully explained and the way to go.May you be guided.Ameen.

  3. Abdul Says:

    Assalamualaikum Maulana,

    I wanted to buy Hazrat Hakeem Akhtar sahibs books in English. I wanted to read them myself.

    Wasalam
    Abdul Hameed


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