Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sahaba-Ikram (companions), said: "There is a person in my Ummah
(followers) whose prayers would bring forgiveness to as many sinners as
the number of hair of the sheep in the tribes of Rabia and Mazar." The
two tribes were well known for raising sheep during the time of the Holy
Prophet. The disclosure made the Sahaba-Ikram very curious. They asked
the Holy Prophet about the name of that person and the place he lived
in. The Holy Prophet first hesitated, but on their insistence told them
the name of a person who lived in Qarn, Awais Qarni.
The Holy Prophet continued: "On the Day of Judgment, Awais would be
accompanied to paradise by 70,000 angels who'd resemble him." The reason
the Holy Prophet gave for this was: "Since Awais prayed all his life in
seclusion so as not to be noticed, Allah would also keep his purdah
When people asked the Holy Prophet whether Awais Qarni had even come to
see him, he said: "No, he never saw me, but he has the privilege of
seeing me through Kashf (spiritual revelation), and he has reasons for
not being able to see me. He is the only one to take care of his blind
Again Sahaba-Ikram asked if they could see him, to which the Holy
Prophet replied: "No, only Umer bin Khattab and Ali would meet him, and
his identification is - he has thick hair all over his body, and a white
patch on his left hand." He directed Hazrat Umer and Hazrat Ali: "When
you see him, convey to him my salaam (greetings) and ask him to pray for
"And who'd be the right person to receive your Abaya (the cloak the Holy
Prophet used over his clothes) after you leave the world?" the Sahaba
"Awais Qarni," said the Holy Prophet.
When the Holy Prophet left the world and Hazrat Umer became the caliph,
he, along with Hazrat Ali, went to Qarn to look for Awais Qarni. No one
knew about him. However, the people of Qarn told them that outside the
town there lived an insane person who laughed at the crying people and
cried for those who laughed. When Hazrat Umer and Hazrat Ali reached
there they saw a person praying amidst the grazing sheep. When he
finished his prayers, he saw the visitors and said: "It is the first
time anyone has ever seen me praying."
"What's your name?" Hazrat Umer and Hazrat Ali asked. "Abdullah (the servant of Allah)."
"Tell us your real name?"
"Show us your hand," Hazrat Umer and Hazrat Ali immediately kissed the
white patch the Holy Prophet had talked about. Then they presented to
him the holy dress and asked him to pray for the Ummah as directed by
the Holy Prophet.
Hazrat Awais Qarni took the dress and stepped away to offer prayers: "O
Allah, unless you forgive the sins of the followers of the Holy Prophet I
won't wear his dress." Then they heard a voice: "I've forgiven some of
them." All of a sudden came in front of him Hazrat Umer and Hazrat Ali.
"Why did you come in front of me? Unless I had sought Allah's
forgiveness for the entire Ummah I would not stop my prayers." Then he
donned the Abaya of the Holy Prophet and disclosed that Allah had
forgiven the number of people equivalent to the hair of the sheep of the
Rabia and Mazar tribes.
Afterwards, Hazrat Umer asked him why he didn't receive the honour of
seeing the Holy Prophet. In response to this Hazrat Awais asked them to
tell whether the brows of the Holy Prophet were wide or dense? Both
Sahabas could not answer the question. Then he asked another question:
"Which tooth of the Prophet was martyred in the battle of Uhad? Why
didn't you break all your teeth for the love of your Prophet?" Saying
this, he showed his toothless mouth. "When I broke my first tooth I
thought it might be the other one. Then I broke the other one. Still I
was not satisfied. When I had broken all my teeth only then I received
Seeing so much devotion to the Holy Prophet and his extraordinary
Tasawwaf, Hazrat Umer wished to give up his Khilafat and adopt the ways
of Hazrat Awais Qarni. Sensing his thought, Hazrat Awais said, "You
should have given up Khilafat for anyone else, and dedicated yourself
entirely to Allah."
Hazrat Umer asked him for some advice. "O Umer, you recognize Allah and
there is nothing better than the sense that no one recongizes you but
Allah." Then he thanked them for taking all the trouble to come and see
him. Very much impressed, Hazrat Umer and Hazrat Ali returned home
filled with great regard for Hazrat Awais Qarni.
Soon after that, the people of Qarn came to know about his spiritual
excellence and they started regarding him as a great saint of Allah.
Since he didn't like to be known as a saint, he left for Kufa where,
while fighting for Hazrat Ali in the battle of Safain, he was martyred.
Hazrat Awais Qarni always considered worldly life a temporary sojourn
and often said, "Sleep with the remembrance of death, and rise with the
thought that you will not live long." He received spiritual training
directly from the Holy Prophet.
Often the Holy Prophet said: "Awais is the best amongst Ta'beens (the successors of the companions of the Holy Prophet)."
Sunday, November 21, 2010
In a Hadith Qudsi Allah says:
"O son of Adam, as long as you call upon Me and put your hope in Me, I have forgiven you for what you have done and I do not mind.
O son of Adam, if your sins were to reach the clouds of the sky and then you would seek My forgiveness, I would forgive you.
O son of Adam, if you were to come to Me with sins that are close to filling the earth and then you would meet Me without ascribing any partners with Me, I would certainly bring to you forgiveness close to filling it."
Monday, November 15, 2010
5 Must-Read Life Lessons from Gandhi:
1. Be the Change
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
Be the example, be the leader. If you lead properly people will follow, and together you will change the world. Anyone can complain, anyone can blame, and most do, but if you desire to change, then “you” be the change.
2. Ask the Right Questions
“The power to question is the basis of all human progress.”
The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the quality of the questions that you dare to ask. Are you asking the right questions? Are you asking the right people? You can’t get answers, without questions; you can’t make progress, without an inquiring mind.
3. Always Act
“Have a bias towards action – let’s see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.”
If you’re going to be biased, be biased towards making something happen today. Tomorrow never comes, any progress to be made, must be made today. It must be made right now!
If you don’t act now, you don’t have a future, just a longer today. Gandhi said, “The future depends on what we do in the present.”
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
It’s not “weaklings” who are quick-to-forgive; it’s those who are strongest. The ability to forgive quickly is a sign of strength. How strong are you?
If you’ve been weak in the past, you can begin today to be strong.
5. Monitor Your Beliefs
“Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.”
In short, your beliefs will create your destiny. What do you believe? What do you believe about yourself, your future, and your potential? What you believe, you will surely become.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
far just to get a few questions answered. Following is the dialogue
between the traveler and the Prophet [PBUH]
Traveler: I do not want adhaab (AZAAB/GUNNAH) to be written in my account.
Prophet [PBUH] : Behave well with your parents
Traveler: I want to be known amongst people as an intelligent person.
Prophet [PBUH] : Fear Allah always
Traveler: I want to be counted amongst Allah's favorites.
Prophet [PBUH]: Recite Qur'an every morning and evening
Traveler: I want my heart to always be enlightened. (Roshan and Munawer)
Prophet [PBUH] : Never forget death
Traveler: I never want to be away from Allah's blessing.
Prophet [PBUH]: Always treat fellow creatures well
Traveler: I never want to be harmed by my enemies.
Prophet [PBUH]: Always have faith in only Allah
Traveler: I never want to be humiliated.
Prophet [PBUH] : Be careful of your actions
Traveler: I wish to live long.
Prophet [PBUH]: Always do sile rahm. (Goodness towards blood relations)
Traveler: I want my sustenance to increase.
Prophet [PBUH]: Always be in Wudhoo
Traveler: I wish to stay free of Adhaab (AZAAB-E-QABR) in the grave.
Prophet [PBUH] : Always wear pure (Paak) clothes
Traveler: I never want to burn in hell.
Prophet [PBUH]: Control your eyes and tongue
Traveler: How do I get my sins forgiven?
Prophet [PBUH]: Always ask forgiveness from Allah with a lot of humility
Traveler: I want people to respect me always.
Prophet [PBUH]: Never extend your hands of need at people
Traveler: I want to always be honored.
Prophet [PBUH]: Never humiliate or put down anyone
Traveler: I don't want to be squeezed by fishare qabr. (Squeezing in the grave)
Prophet [PBUH] : Recite Sura-e-Mulk often
Traveler: I want my wealth to increase.
Prophet [PBUH] : Recite Sura-e-Waqia every night
Traveler: I want to be safe and at peace on Day of Judgement.
Prophet [PBUH] : Do Zikr of Allah from dusk to night
Traveler: I want to be in full attention and concentration during prayers.
Prophet [PBUH] : Always do Wudhoo with concentration and attention
Friday, November 5, 2010
Syed Murtadha was a great aalim (scholar) who lived many years ago. He had many students who attended his classes.
At one of his classes he noticed that one of the students always came late. One day Syed Murtadha asked the student "Why are you always late?"
The student replied that he lived across the river and always took the first ferry across but the ferry service did not start any earlier.
Syed Murtadha wrote something on a piece of paper, folded it and gave it to the student. "Keep this with you" he said "and you will be able to walk across the river from tomorrow - but do not open the paper."
The next day the student got to the river and put his foot tentatively on the water. He could not believe that he could actually walk on the water.
For the next few days, he got to the classes on time.
One day, he could not hold back his curiosity. He looked inside the folded piece of paper. On it was written Bismillahirrahmanirrahim (In the name of Allah, the beneficent the merciful).
For a moment he thought - "Is this all that helps me walk on water!" He put the paper in his pocket as usual and went to the river to go to his classes. This time he could not walk on the water and had to wait for the ferry. This meant that he was late for his class.
When the class was over, Syed Murtadha called him over and said "You looked into the paper when I had told you not to!"
With Bismillahirrahmanirrahim (In the name of Allah, the beneficent the merciful) you can move mountains provided you have trust and faith in Allah.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
and the Almighty says, "My Mercy extends to all things." (7:156)
Abu Dharr reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Allah the Mighty and Exalted, says, 'Anyone who comes with a good action will have ten like it or more. If anyone comes with a wrong action, the repayment of a wrong action is a wrong action like it or I will forgive him. If anyone approaches Me by a hand-span, I come to him an arm-span. If anyone approaches Me by an arm-span, I come to him two arm spans. If anyone approaches Me walking, I come to him running. If anyone meets Me with mistakes equivalent in weight to the whole earth, having not associated anything with Me, I will meet him with the same amount of forgiveness."
Abu Ayyub Khalid ibn Zayd said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, 'If you had not sinned, Allah would have created other creatures who did sin and ask forgiveness so He could forgive them.'" [Muslim]
Ibn 'Umar said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, 'On the Day of Rising, a believer will be brought near his Lord until His mercy descends on him and He will ask him to acknowledge his sins and say, 'Do you confess to such-and-such a sin? Do you confess to such-and-such a sin?' He will say, 'Lord, I confess.' He will say, ' I veiled it for you in the world and I forgive you for it today,' and he will be given the page of his good actions."
note to self:
Even if our sins were to be as big as a mountain,we must not lose hope.For losing hope is the work of the devil.
‘We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope’
(Martin Luther King)
‘Do not despair. Be happy in yourself,and call for help from Him who will respond.
Saying, ‘You who love forgiveness, forgive us,O healer of the pain of this old gangrene’