Hadrat Mawlana Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullah
Islām is a way of life, which guides and assists mankind through every situation. For dealing with moments of grief too, Allāh ta'ālā has conveyed instructions through His Messenger sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam. There can be few instances that cause greater grief than the death of a loved one. Following the instructions brought by Rasūlullāh sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam will help lessen the grief and sorrow of the bereaved immensely, and make those who console them worthy of great reward. This is done through the Sunnah of ta'ziyah.
Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is one of the four sacred months mentioned in the Glorious Qur'ān,
Lo! The number of the months with Allāh is twelve months by Allāh's Ordinance in the day that He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred: that is the right religion. So wrong not yourselves in them... (9:36)
Whenever Allāh sent a Nabee (Prophet), he provided various signs which served as proof that the Nabee was authentic in his claim. These signs took forms of various unusual and wonderful feats being performed by the Nabee by the Will, Power and Command of Allāh. These signs are called mu'jizāt (miracles). The miracles of the Prophets 'alayhimus salām were of such unique nature that no one else was able to perform them, no matter how hard he tried, and he was thus rendered reluctant and helpless and had to admit that the Nabee in question is a Divine Messenger. The word mu'jizah literally means "that which renders powerless or helpless", and a miracle of a Nabee is called mu'jizah because the feat performed by him cannot be emulated by anyone and disbelievers are therefore left helpless.
Many Muslims, nowadays appear to share the misconception that material progress and prosperity rather than moral grit are the most expedient means to success. This concept has become so popular today that it is accepted even by the people who are otherwise pious or stand for religious revival.
The Significance of Sha'bān
Sha'bān, the eighth Islamic month is second only to Ramadān in virtue, blessings and greatness. It is due to this virtue and greatness that the Prophet sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam used to emphasise its importance not only verbally but practically too.
Once again more than two million believers were honoured to become the ‘Guests of Allah’ and through Divine Guidance have completed the rituals of Hajj with great love and enthusiasm. How fortunate are these souls who are blessed with the following words from Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam:
Whoever performs Hajj for the Pleasure of Allah and therein utters no word of evil, nor commits any evil deed, shall return from it (free from sin) as the day on which his mother gave birth to him. (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)
Verily there shall be no reward for a Mabroor Hajj except Jannah. (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)
A compilation of three editorials by Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh encouraging the reverence and etiquettes of the Haramayn and also highlighting some important errors and inappropriate conduct people have become accustomed to:
Reverence and Love for the Haramayn Sharīfayn
The Mobile Phone, Photography and the Haramayn Sharīfayn
Adab of the Haramayn Sharīfayn
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Indeed, We have sent down the Dhikr [the Qur'ān], and indeed We are its guardian. (15:9)
In this verse Allāh ta'ālā proclaims that it is He, and He alone, who has revealed the Glorious Qur'ān to mankind, which means it is His Word. This claim is followed by a proof to validate it: that Allāh ta'ālā Himself is its guardian and protector. When Allāh ta'ālā protects something, nothing and no one can ever interfere with it, so the continual preservation of the Qur'ān is a proof that it is the Word of Allāh ta'ālā. There are many other proofs of the Divine origin of the Qur'ān, including its i'jāz (inimitability) – the challenge to mankind to invent even a single verse to match the Qur'ān in its perfection. However, the preservation of the Qur'ān is a proof that even a child can understand.
Everyone is aware of the devastation that natural disasters bring with them. Many lose their lives, hundreds of thousands lose relatives, entire communities are wiped out and countless buildings and properties are destroyed. Thousands, even millions are left homeless, having lost everything they once owned, living under open skies with nothing to eat and cover themselves with. Even after the calamity has subsided, the death toll continues to increase with the spread of disease.