Refraining from Giving Preference to One Effort of Deen Over the Other
An Aalim once wrote a letter to Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya Rahmatullah Alayhi in which he asked the following question:
I was recently pondering over the thought that if Rasulullah Sallalahu alayhi wasalam had to be present in the world at this time, which work of Deen would he turn his attention to? Would he engage in the work of dawat and tabligh or would he be involved in the work of teaching and imparting the knowledge of Deen as is done by Ulama in the madrasahs? Would Rasulullah Sallalahu alayhi wasalam author kitaabs and compile Deeni literature for the masses to benefit from or would he establish khanqahs and encourage people to join in its effort?
After pondering over this, I felt convinced that Rasulullah Sallalahu alayhi wasalam would undoubtedly isolate himself from all other works of Deen and turn his attention to dawat and tabligh whereby he would repair the damaged structure of Deen and reform the condition of the Muslims. He would not merely turn his attention to this work. Rather, he would sacrifice his blessed life in fulfilling this goal. The reason for this is that every person who has the true value for Islam knows the great amount of sacrifice that was given for the establishment of the structures of this Deen. When Rasulullah Sallalahu alayhi wasalam would experience so much of anxiety and pain over the state of the disbelievers in his Mubaarak era, then one can well imagine the pain and concern he would feel over the degeneration of the Muslims had he been present today. Had he witnessed the decline in the Ummah today, the extent of his anguish and pain would certainly be inconceivable.
The Effect of Zikrullah and Durood
Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya rahmatullah alayhi once mentioned:
I have personally witnessed that in order for peace to prevail on the land, one effective method is turning to Allah Ta‟ala and reciting abundant durood upon Nabi Sallalahu alayhi wasalam. When a person turns to Allah Ta‟ala, reforms his ways and engages in zikr and durood shareef, Allah Ta‟ala removes his difficulties and misfortunes and causes good conditions to prevail. (Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya rahmatullah alayhi pg. 400)
Virtues of the Gatherings of Zikr
HADITH NO 9: Allah Taala takes pride in the groups of Muslim engaged in Remembrance of Him
Once Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) went to a group of Sahaba, (Radhiallaho anhum) and said to them, "What for are you sitting her?" they replied, "We are engaged in the Zikr of Almighty Allah, and are glorifying Him for His extreme kindness to us in that he has blessed us with the wealth of ISLAM"
Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) said, "By Allah, Are you here only for this reason? " "By Allah! Replied the Sahaba, (Radiallaho anhom) ; "We are sitting her only for this reason." Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) then said, "I asked you to swear not out of any misunderstanding, but because Jibrail (Alayhis salam) came to me and informed me just now that Almighty Allah was speaking high about youbefore angels."
Note: Inquiry of oath by the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was simply to ascertain whether there was any other special thing, besides Zikr, which might be the cause of Allah's pride. It became definite that it was only because of the zikr of Almgihty Allah that He was proud of them. How lucky were those people whose worship was accepted, and the news of Allah's recognition of the Zikr on their part was revealed to them in this very earthly life through Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam).
HADITH NO 10 The angels' announcement of reward for those gathered together for Zikr of Allah
Anas (Radhiallaho anho) reported that Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) had said, "When some people assemble for the Zikr of Allah with the sole purpose of earning His pleasure, an angel proclaims from the sky, "You people have been forgiven, your sins have been replaced by virtues."
Hadith No 13
Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) said. "When you pass the gardens of Paradise. graze to your heart's content." Someone asked. "O Rasulullah! (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). what is meant by the gardens of Paradise?" He replied. "Gatherings for performing zikr. "
What is meant is that if somebody is lucky enough to get access to such gatherings. he should take full advantage of this. as these are the gardens of Paradise on this Earth.
The Preservation of One’s Deen Depends on Remaining in the Company of the Ahlullah
Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi Rahmatullah alayh once mentioned:
This era is one of great corruption and vice. One is faced with trials and tribulations from all sides and one‟s Imaan is being constantly attacked. Therefore I regard it compulsory for the preservation of one‟s Deen that one aligns himself with the pious and righteous servants of Allah Ta‟ala and remains in their company.
I even issue the fatwa of it being fardh to remain in the company of the Ahlullah in these trying times. What doubt can there be in this? When the preservation of one‟s Imaan depends on the protection of one‟s Deen and with experience it is proven that one‟s Deen will only be safeguarded and protected through remaining in the company of the Ahlullah, then what doubt can one have in it being fardh? (Malfoozaat of Hakeemul Ummah The Preservation of One’s Deen Depends on Remaining in the Company of the Ahlullah 7/107)