By Mufti Ahmad Khanpuri Edited by ‘Abd Allah bin Muhammad al-Afriqui
A summary of an ‘Ulama address by Mufti Ahmad Khanpuri (Allah protect at him) of Jami’ah Islamiyyah Dabhel at Madrasah Talim al-Din, Isipingo Beach on Sunday, 1 Sha’ban 1434; 9 June 2013.
We all take pride in linking ourselves to our akabir (elders) who had laid the foundations of the various dini (religious) works that we are involved in.
However, what is required of us is to see what were the sifat (qualities) that they possessed which enabled them to achieve success and progress. There were two outstanding qualities in their lives that are decreasing in our ‘ulama presently.
By Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh al-Haq Edited by Ibn Rashid Ahmad al-Qasmi
Foreward: A compilation of notes taken from the dars of hadith number 535 of al-Tajrid al-Sarih, the abridged Sahih al-Bukhari, by Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh al-Haq which was delivered on the 31st of March 2006. A comprehensive commentary of the hadith was presented in the dars, this article contains brief notes from the dars. The topic pertains to the virtuous days of Dhu ‘l-Hijjah.
Narrated by Muhammad bin Abu Bakr al-Thaqafi; While we were going from Mina to ‘Arafat, I asked Anas bin Malik (Allah be pleased with him), about talbiyah, “How did you use to say talbiyah in the company of the Prophet of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace)?” Anas said: “People used to say talbiyah and their saying was not objected to and they used to say takbir and that was not objected to either.” (al-Tajrid al-Sarih, hadith 535)
By Mufti Rashid Ahmad Ludhianwi
Translated by Mufti Afzal Hoosen Elias
Edited by Mawlana Bilal ‘Ali Ansari
What is the esteemed opinion of the ‘ulama regarding the now customary gathering of people in the masjid on the nights of the two ‘Ids, 15th Sha’ban, the last ten nights of Ramadan and other auspicious nights, to recite Qur`an, make dhikr, etc.? Some masjid even make special arrangements for the delivering of lectures on these nights. What is the Shar`i status of these actions?
By Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi Translated by Mawlana Abū Zaynab
Translator’s Foreword: In this era many young Deobandis, while claiming to love and follow the Akabir (elders), are falling prey to participating in those actions that the elders of Deoband frowned upon and which are considered contrary to their minhaj.
The following is a short translation of a passage by Hakīm Al-Ummah Mawlānā Ashraf ‘Alī al-Thānawi (1863-1943), which was included in Tadhkirat al-Rashīd, the biography of Imām Rabbāni Mawlānā Rashīd Ahmad al-Gangohī (1829-1908) that was written after his demise. Subsequently, this was reproduced by Shaykh al-Hadīth Mawlānā Muhammad Zakariyyā al-Kāndhalwī (1898-1982) in his autobiography, Aap Beetī.
The piece contains the viewpoints of Hakīm al-Ummah and Mawlānā Gangohī with regards to the above-mentioned issues – this is the viewpoint of all the other elders of Deoband and those who claim to follow the akābir. Its subsequent inclusion by Hadhrat Shaykh in his Aap Beeti is a clear attestation to the importance and authenticity of the subject matter by one of the leading hadīth scholars and sūfis of the last century. Hakīm Al-Ummah’s stance on the issue, therefore, is equally relevant to all who are connected to the Chishtī-Sābrī-Imdādī tarīqah – whether it is through Hakīm Al-Ummah or Imām Rabbānī.
I am a simple layman who truly wishes to change his life. However, due to so many differences of opinion prevailing amongst the ‘ulama, I am very confused as to how to go about this. Please advise me.
Firstly, clearly identify your objective. Objectives differ. Some people seek information and merely wish to be educated. Others love to be updated with controversy and enjoy being part of a debate. Yet, others find solace in knowing or befriending a pious person or a shaykh. Whilst each of the above has some merits, the ultimate objective should be to forge a strong bond with Allah. You can have all the education, win all the debates, and know and befriend the greatest ‘ulama, but if you do not focus on the objective, you will be lost and confused until you meet a certainty called death.