Fire in Mina
"None of you can be a believer till he likes for his believing brother what he likes for himself."
Bukhari & Muslim
An event concerning Hazrat Shaikh Rahmatullah Alayh:
In 1398 A.H., a violent fire erupted at the site of Mina during Haj. Owing to extraordinary disabilities, Hazrat Shaikh Rahmatullah Alayh’s stay was in a house, (tents being the usual accommodation for people making Haj), which was located far away from the place where this accident took place. The rest of Hazrat Rahmatullah’s relatives and friends were staying in the endangered tents of Hazrat Rahmatullah Alayh’s special Khadim, Al Haaj Malik Abdul Haq. Upon receiving the news about the fire, Hazrat Shaikh Rahmatullah Alayh at once engaged himself in making dua, and instructed others to do the same. Many tents caught alight and huge losses of life and property were sustained. By the Grace of Almighty Allah, when the fire was extinguished, I went to Hazrat Rahmatullah Alayh’s residence and found him weeping bitterly. I conveyed the good news that the fire had been extinguished and added, “Hazrat! Alhamd-o-lillah, no loss was incurred in our tents. All the tents of relatives and friends are safe”. Hazrat Rahmatullah Alayh responded with a deep hurt and grief-filled voice, “The tents that burnt were also mine”.
Extracted from Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Rahmatullah-Alayh’s Adherence To The Sunnah And Love For Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam) by Hazrat Sufi Iqbal Rahmatullah-Alayh
To Feel Superior
Hadhrat Maulana Shah Abrarul Haq Hardoi Sahib نوراللہ مرقدہ said,
“When a doctor gives a Prince an injection, he doesn’t consider himself superior to the Prince. In the same way the one speaking about Deen should not consider himself superior to the listeners. Regarding the expert of a field as perfect [Akmal] is permissible, but to regard as superior is Haram. Because the criteria of virtue/superiority is based on acceptance by Allah Ta’ala [Qubuliyat inda’Allah], which can not be found out about in the Dunya.
The dignity of every believer should be in the heart. It’s not permissible for any ‘Alim or Shaykh-e-Kamil even to consider a sinful Muslim despising. If a small child urinates on the father, the clothes of the father would be considered impure but there won’t be any decrease in the dignity of the father. Hadhrat Thanvi نوراللہ مرقدہ used to say, ‘Whenever I take care of someone[‘s affairs], I consider him superior to myself.’
Similarly, I consider my mother & sisters and you people superior to myself too, but am [at the same time] telling the commands of Allah Ta’ala.”
Lesson from a Hospital Visit
Recently one Hazrat's khulafa together with some friends visited a sick patient at the hospital. The patient was very pleased to have visitors and spoke for a while.
Whilst leaving the hospital it was mentioned that just see how the patient looks forward to a visitor while he is in hospital. A friend responded and said, "here in the dunya, when the patient has people around, see how a person looks forward to visitors. What will be the condition in the grave? How much will a person look forward to people sending him sawaab?"
What have we done to ensure our comfort in the grave?
Hazrat Sheik & The Miswak
Rasulullah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam has said that offering two rakaats salaah after having used the ‘miswak’ is more superior than offering seventy rakaats without miswak.
In another hadith we are urged to be regular about using miswak, as it has ten advantages:
It cleanses the mouth.
It is a means of Allah’s pleasure.
It makes the Shaitaan angry.
Allah makes the user of miswak His friend.
The angels make the miswak user their friend.
It strengthens the gums.
It eliminates saliva.
It results in a pleasant fragrance emitting from the mouth.
At the time of death, it will enable the dying person to recite the Kalima.
Over and above all this it is the Sunnah.
Making the miswak was the last act of Rasulullah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam.
The Ulema have stated seventy advantages in the use of the miswak. On of the most significant being the opportunity of reciting Kalima Shahadat at the time of death.
Hazrat Rahmatullah Alayh’s use of miswak:
Hazrat Rahmatullah Alayh was always very particular about using the miswak. Even though he had no teeth left, he used it on his gums. Due to weakness, the khadim who assisted him in making Wudhu also helped him with the miswak. If the khadim forgot Hazrat Rahmatullah Alayh reminded him of it.
Extracted From Qutub-Ul-Aqtaab Hazrat Shaikh Ul Hadith Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Rahmat-Ullah-Alayh’s Adherence To The Sunnah And Love For Rasulullah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam