generally found that people celebrate on the birth of a boy and show
dissatisfaction when a girl is born. Islam disapproves of this kind
of behavior. Children are great gift from Almighty Allah and we
should be thankful and rejoice irrespective of the gender of the
new-born child. The birth of a daughter is a blessing and the
Prophet of Islam (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said that they would
be a shield for the parents from Hell.
It is stated in the Quran Shareef, Surah an-Nahl, Verse 58: “… when
news is brought to one of them of the birth of a female child his
face darkens, and he is filled with inward grief”. This was the
belief of the Kufaar prior to Islam.
The woman that gives birth to a girl as her first child is indeed
fortunate as the first born of the Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu
alaihi wasallam) was a girl.
On the birth of a child, gifts or alms should be distributed among
the poor. Nafils should be read instead of having parties, playing
music and distributing sweetmeats, which is totally unnecessary.
When a child is born, he or she should be given Ghusal as soon as
possible and the Azaan must be read in the right ear and the Takbeer
recited in the left ear. The after-birth (placenta, etc.) of the
child should be buried.
It is also Sunnat that some pious person chews something sweet like
dates (Khajoor) and place in the baby’s palate (Thaneek). It is
established from the Ahadith that the Sahabas took new-borns to the
Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) for Thaneek .
It is preferable to have a Meelad Shareef or Fateha on the birth of
a baby. All other unnecessary customs, which has no basis in Islam,
should be completely stopped.
AQEEQA AND CIRCUMCISION:
It is Sunnat to make Aqeeqa on the 7th day after the birth of a
child, but if this is not possible, it should be done on the 15th or
It is required to make Aqeeqa of two sheep for a boy and one sheep
for a girl. The Aqeeqa meat should be divided into three parts: one
part is to be given to the poor, one to friends and family and one
part to be used in the house.
It is preferable that the bones should not be broken but be
separated by the joints and buried after eating.
It is also better that the child be named by the 7th day from the
time of birth. A good name, preferably one of the names of the
Ambiya or of a Sahabi would be of Barakat. “Mohammed” is the best
name and names such as this should never be mispronounced.
During Aqeeqa (7th day) the child’s hair can also be removed and the
equivalent weight in Silver should be given in Sadaqah. Soaked
Saffron can be rubbed on the child’s head after the hair is removed.
It is also permissible to make Aqeeqa of one cow for a few children,
meaning 2/7 part of a cow for a boy and one part for a girl.
One should not borrow money to make Aqeeqa as it is not compulsory
on a person that cannot afford it. Aqeeqa is not Fardh or Waajib but
it is a Sunnat.
Circumcision is Sunnat for males between the ages of 7 to12 years.
To circumcise after the age of 12 is prohibited. It is best to
circumcise at an early age, even during Aqeeqa (7th day) as the
child heals very quickly and does not suffer much. There is no need
to have functions to celebrate the process of circumcision.
UPBRINGING OF CHILDREN:
A child should be weaned off breast milk at the age of two.
When the child is learning to speak, first teach him or her to say
the name of Allah and teach the child Kalima Tayyibah at a later
When making a child sleep, mothers should read Naaths or Qasida
instead of singing songs or playing the radio.
Try to set a good example and practice what you preach as children
have a habit of imitating what they see.
Read your Namaaz in their presence, recite Quran Shareef and take
them to the Masjid with you.
Read stories of good pious people as children love listening to
stories and can learn valuable lessons and form good habits from
Hadith and such stories.
When children reach the age of 7 years, they should be ordered to
perform Namaaz, learn the five Kalimas, Imaan-e-Mujmal and
Send children to Madressa to learn Dua’s, to read the Quran Shareef
and other Islamic Books and magazines.
Children should be taught to keep their body, clothes and
surroundings pure and clean.
They should be given responsibilities as well as certain duties or
tasks to perform in the house.
They must be taught to do their own work and should also be taught
to make Salaams when entering the house or when meeting people. They
should be taught the importance of respecting their elders.
Encourage a life of simplicity including simple dressing and eating
It is advisable that at least one of the children should become
Hafiz or an Aalim as it has been stated in a Hadith that three
generations of one Hafiz and seven generations of one Aalim will be
Instill good constructive hobbies in them, those that can be means
for them to earn a Halaal Rozi (sustenance) at a later stage in
According to Islam, children must be educated in religious and
worldly affairs. In this connection, there is also a famous Hadith
of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) which says: “The
acquisition of knowledge is incumbent on every Muslim man and
woman.” But the education of the females should be in accordance
with her temperament and the immediate needs of society. She should
be educated in such a manner as could make her a good Muslim, wife,
mother, educator and an ideal citizen. Girls should be taught
handicrafts, cooking, sewing, etc. It is very important that with
any career one should gain Islamic knowledge and practice good
Islamic way of life and values.
If a child is not given proper Islamic training and as a result
adopts evil habits and commits sins, the sins thereof will be upon
NIKAH OR WEDDING :
The qualities that one should look for in a marriage partner are
piety and God-fearing.
Neither the boy nor the girl should be forced into a marriage.
The bride’s mother’s consent is just as important.
According to the Shari’ah it is necessary that when permission is
being sought from the bride for marriage that the name of the
bridegroom, his father’s name and the amount of Maher (dowry) be
mentioned. Nikah only takes place when the bride accepts this.
Some excuse should be made for the boy to see the girl without the
The Quran Shareef states: “The affairs according to the consultation
amongst them.” The elders of both parties should have a discussion
concerning the forthcoming union so that in the event of a
misunderstanding between the couple after marriage, their elders can
help in resolving the matter.
An engagement is not necessary. The purpose of an engagement is to
confirm or promise a Nikah, so if in some cases it has to take
place, it should be done without extravagance.
When setting the date for a wedding it is better that it is set on a
Monday or Friday since these days are of Barakat.
The tradition of Haldi (putting Tumeric powder) and of Mehendi
(putting Henna powder) is also unnecessary and should be stopped, as
this has no basis in our religion. Everything besides the performing
of the Nikah itself has no validity in Islam.
The wedding of Bibi Fathima Zahra (radi Allahu anha) should be used
as a guideline. The Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)
could have had an elaborate wedding for his dearest daughter but he
made it a simple affair. He knew that the Ummah would use this
wedding as an example. Therefore, the custom of songs, dancing,
mixing of sexes and many other western practices should be stopped
as these are all against the teachings of Islam.
Unnecessary financial expenses should be avoided so that the rich
and the poor may have similar weddings.
It is not necessary to provide a meal during the wedding as this was
not done during the wedding of Bibi Fathima Zahra (radi Allahu anha).
Yes, it is Sunnat to distribute dates.
It is preferable to have the Nikah at the Masjid as this is Mustahab.
The bride’s residence as a venue for the Nikah is also acceptable.
A man once came to Hadrat Imaam Mohammed (radi Allahu anhu) and
related that he had promised to give his daughter everything in this
world as dowry and now he finds this task impossible, as even a king
cannot accomplish this. Hadrat Imaam Mohammed (radi Allahu anhu)
advised him to give the Quran Shareef in dowry as everything is
contained in the Holy Quran.
It is Sunnat for the bridegroom to have a Walima the day after the
wedding. This should be done in accordance with his means. A loan
should not be taken to have a Walima. The poor and the needy should
be invited to the Walima. It is stated in a Hadith that the most
blessed Nikah is the one in which the least expenses are involved
and is simple.
After the marriage has taken place, the couple should give time to
adjust and be polite, kind and understanding to each other. A
husband should provide as best maintenance as he can and also show
love, affection, protection, comfort and happiness. He should
encourage his wife to follow the Islamic way of life. He should not
speak ill of her parents or relatives and should allow her to visit
In the same token a wife should also be kind to his relatives
especially his parents and treat them with respect. A wife should
manage the household affairs wisely.
The wife is given the right of Maher, which can be claimed from her
husband at the time of marriage. The Maher should be set with the
consideration of the husband’s financial status and the wife’s
living standards, her qualities and her family background. The Maher
is a personal property of the wife and nobody can claim a share in
it without her consent. Greed for excessive dowry should be avoided.
In case of any disagreements, a husband should not be hasty in
giving Talaaq as in most cases the act is immensely regretted
bringing about a lot of pain and misery. In most cases of
differences or problems, it is the man that walks out, gets married
again and lives a happy life and it is the wife who is left
helpless, as the man refuses to give Talaaq.
Therefore, during Nikah an affidavit should be drawn up by the
bridegroom saying that if he goes missing or remarries while still
married to his wife, or is cruel, or unfair towards her, or even
does not perform his rightful duties towards his wife, etc. then the
wife has the right to take Talaaq. This should be done after making
necessary affirmation of Nikah. The Qazi (Muslim Judge) should make
negotiations from the man’s side and the women must accept by laying
her conditions, that in case of so and so, etc. she should have the
right to take Talaaq and be free of her husband. Insha-Allah, the
husband will not ill-treat his wife and he will be just and fair to
her safeguarding her from misery. According to Shari’ah there is no
objection to this kind of solution.
A wife should not be forced to live or to perform any services for
her in-laws as Islam offers her the right to choose. If she chooses
to do so as a favour to her husband, she will be rewarded.
It has been stated by the Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) that if it was allowed to make Sajdah (prostration) to
anyone after Almighty Allah, he would order the women to make Sajdah
to their husbands, and on the husbands, remember that you have four
fathers in this world: one is your biological father, second is your
father-in-law, third is your Ustaad (teacher) and fourth is your
Peer (spiritual guide). If you speak ill of your father-in- law,
know that you have spoken against your father as well.
A successful man is one whose wife and children are happy and
content with him. The Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)
has declared: “Fear Allah regarding women. Verily, you have married
them with the trust of Allah, they have rights over you in respect
of their food, clothing and lodging.” (Bukhari)
The Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has also said:
“The most perfect of the believers is he who is the best of them in
conduct, and the best of you are those who are the best to their
Women enjoy a very high status of respect and honor in an Islamic
Society. As a wife she is the queen and mistress of the house. She
manages the house and brings up and trains the children. She enjoys
full and complete social, religious, cultural, legal and economic
rights. She has the rights in her father’s and husband’s properties.
In many professions, it is required that a person dresses in a
certain manner or has to wear a uniform to identify his profession.
If these rules are not followed, then one is dismissed. Similarly,
in Islam, different codes of dressing have been set aside for
Muslims so that they can be recognized among the Kufaars. If this
dress code is not followed, then we deserve to be punished as well.
As Muslims everything about us from our character to the dressing
should serve as an example to people. We should be proud of showing
that we are Muslims by adhering to the Islamic way of dressing and
not following the west blindly and trying to look like them.
It is Fardh on a male to keep the area between his navel and knees
covered at all times. It is Sunnat for a male to wear a full-sleeved
Kurta. A Muslim male is recognized by a Topi (hat).
If one is wearing a Turban, a Topi should be worn under it as well.
The keeping of a beard is Waajib. The moustache should no be
completely shaved off but kept well trimmed so that it does not come
on the upper lip.
It is also Sunnat to shave underarms and the area below the navel.
The nails should be neatly trimmed as well. This should be done at
least once a week but never left for longer then 40 days.
Men have been commanded to restrain their gaze and avoid looking at
Women should wear clothing that provide comfort and not restrict
movements, such as tight- fitting clothes, see through clothes and
clothing that attract attention should be avoided completely. Women
should also not reveal their adornment in public or in front of any
Non-Mahram (one whom Shari’ah allows them to marry).
A women’s clothing must be such that it covers her from head to toes
(with exception of her face and palms in Namaaz).
Shari’ah also commands that women should not leave their homes
without necessity. When traveling, it is very important that a woman
be accompanied by a Mahram (one whom Shari’ah does not allow them to
To preserve her modesty and honour it is necessary that she adopt
the Islamic way of dressing.
For a Muslim it is Haraam to wear anything that represents the
Females should not cut the hair to resemble males.
Death can come to anyone at anytime and at any place. Therefore, it
is very important for every Muslim to know the rules and procedures
regarding Ghusal, Kaffan and the burial.
To talk of worldly matters in the funeral house is wrong and people
should rather engage themselves in Tilaawat (recitation) of the Holy
Quran, Zikr and the recitation of Yaseen Shareef.
Loud crying, beating of the chest or pulling of hair, etc. is
prohibited in Islam. Mourning in silence and crying softly is
Unnecessary delaying of the Mayyit to its final destination by
waiting for people to arrive from afar is not permissible. The dead
should be buried as soon as possible.
When the funeral procession is on it’s way to the Masjid, Durood and
Kalima Tayyibah should be recited instead of indulging in worldly
After the Janaza Namaaz it is Sunnat to read Fateha and send the
Sawaab (reward) to the Marhoom (deceased) and make Du’a in abundance
for the Marhoom.
After the burial, it is also good to give Azaan at the head-side as
this lessens the Azaab (punishment) of the Qabar (grave) and makes
it easy to answer the questions asked by Munkar and Nakeer.
It is also Sunnat to cook food and take the food to the bereaved
family and feed them, instead of expecting them to feed everybody.
This food should only be used to feed the bereaved family members
and their relatives who have come from afar and not feed everybody
present at the funeral house. If the family does wish to cook food,
it should be for the poor and needy.
SIGNIFICANT DAYS IN ISLAM
The month of Muharram is a very auspicious month especially the Day
of Ashura, which is on the 10th of Muharram (on a Friday). On this
Hadrat Nooh (alaihis salaam) alighted from his Ark.
Hadrat Moosa (alaihis salaam) was victorious over Firaun
The Martyrdom of Imaam Husain (radi Allahu anhu) occurred on this
day in Karbala, and
Qiyaamat will also occur on this day.
Just as the reward for good deeds are awarded abundantly on this
day, the Azaab (punishment) for your sins committed on this day will
The practices of the procession of Tazia, Matam, following of Jaloos,
fire tramping, etc. are not allowed as these are the acts of the
followers of Yazid. These acts were not done by the Ahle Bait and
are against the teachings of Islam. However, it is acceptable if one
makes a real copy of the dome of Karbala as remembrance of Hadrat
Imam Husain (radi Allahu anhu), to make Ziarat, to pay their
respects and show love and devotion. It is also of great Sawaab to
have Majlis, Quran Khwaani and Fateha in remembrance of the Ahle
It is very rewarding to fast on the 9th and 10th of Muharram. It is
of Barakat to spend on your family and cook nice food on the 10th.
The Barakat remains for the whole year on the crops that have been
cooked on this day, therefore it is good to cook Kichra or Haleem as
it contains many ingredients, grains and crops. Fateha should be
made on these and the Sawaab sent to Imam Husain (radi Allahu anhu)
and the rest of the Shuhada-e-Karbala.
This month is most joyous and contains lots of Barakat. It is a
month of celebration as our Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) was born on the 12th of this month. It is of great Sawaab
to fast and to celebrate the birth-day of our Prophet Muhammad (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam). The hosting of Meelad or Moulood functions
or partaking in it brings about peace and lots of Barakat in the
house for the whole year. It is recommended to have Ghusal, wear new
clothes, apply attar and celebrate this night by staying up and
reciting Naaths and reading Duroods in abundance.
The Fateha of Sheikh Abdul Qaadir, Hadrat Ghaus Paak Sarkaare
Baghdad (radi Allahu anhu) is made on the 11th of this month. It is
very rewarding to have Majlis, gives talks on Ghaus Paak, make
Fateha and feed everybody including the poor and needy as the
Barakat of this stays for the whole year.
On the 22nd of this month, Fateha should be made for Hadrat Imaam
Jafar (radi Allahu anhu). To have this Fateha is very good as it
brings about lots of Barakat and many problems are solved with the
Barakat of this Fateha. Generally sweet Puris are cooked to make
Fateha on this day and like any other Fateha these can be
distributed out of the house as well.
To fast on the 13th, 14th and 15th of this month is very rewarding
as the Sawaab of these Rozas are equivalent to the Sawaab of one
The 27th of Rajab is the celebration of Me’raj-un-Nabi or the
Ascension of our Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). On
this night, the Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was
called by Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala to journey to the Heavens. On
this night, one should celebrate by having Jalsa, reciting Naaths in
the praise of our Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) and reading
The 15th night of Shabaan is known as Shabbe Baraat. This night, the
night of forgiveness and blessings is the most auspicious night. On
this night the Amaal Nama (Book of Deeds) of a person containing all
his deeds of the past year are closed and new ones are started. The
doors of mercy and forgiveness are opened, and those who sincerely
grieve and repent for their past sins and seek forgiveness from
Almighty Allah, they are pardoned and many needs are granted as
One who fasts on the 13th, 14th and 15th of this month, then one’s
all past sins are forgiven. One should also pay off loans on this
night, visit the cemetery and read Fateha. It is also Sunnat to make
Fateha on something sweet and distribute it to the poor. One should
engage themselves in Zikr, Istighfaar, Tilaawat, Wazaa’if and Nafils
till the next morning.
Every moment of this auspicious month is full of Barakat. In this
month, Ibaadat is made excessively at all times. To keep Fasts, make
Tilaawat of the Holy Quran, perform Taraweeh, and partake in Sehri
are the daily practices of this month. The last Friday (Juma-tul-Wida)
is also a very auspicious day. The giving of Sadaqah and Fitra is
also very important. The needs of the poor should be considered and
taken care of.
The 27th of Ramadaan is the night of Shabbe Qadr (Night of Power).
One should stay up the whole night reciting Quran Shareef and
completing it, offering special prayers and reading Nafils. One is
rewarded seventy times more for Ibaadat made on this night. The
reading of Salaatul Tasbih on this night is also very rewarding. One
should take advantage of this night and make lots of Du’as.
On the day of Eid it is Sunnat to make Ghusal, wear new clothes and
use fragrance. To wish each other on this day is also very good. One
should eat dates before going to Eid Gaah and read Takbeer softly on
the way. It is better to use different ways for going to and
returning from Eid-Gah.
IMPORTANCE OF SUITABLE OCCUPATIONS
The only reason that we are saved from the Azaab (punishment) of
Almighty Allah and are still alive today is because we are from the
Ummat of Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu laihi wasallam).
We are committing more sins than the previously dead tribes. The
tribe of Nabi Shuaib (alaihis salaam) was guilty of cheating by
weighing less during business. The tribe of Loot (alaihis salaam)
was guilty of forbidden acts, particularly adultery and fornication.
But we are the worst tribe of all as we left our ancestors far
behind and crossed all the limits in bad behavior and living a life
of deceit. It is about time that we as Muslims consider this matter
seriously and think of the consequences.
Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu laihi wasallam) has stated that the
best food is that which comes from one’s hard earned money. It is
stated in Bukhari that Nabi Dawood (alaihis salaam) also ate from
his hard earned money.
Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu laihi wasallam) has stated that the
most scented thing comes from your earnings and your children are
your earnings, therefore parents can live on their children’s
Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu laihi wasallam) said that there will
come a time when nothing else besides your money will be of help.
Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu laihi wasallam) has said that Halaal
earning is Fardh after Fardh, meaning after Namaaz and Roza a Halaal
profession is Fardh.
Just as Almighty Allah commanded His Messengers, he has ordered the
same for the Muslims. He had ordered the Messengers: “O Paigambars,
eat from your Halaal earnings and perform good, pious deeds.”
And he ordered the Muslims: “O Muslims, eat Halaal things that is
given by us.”
Many people make Du’as and ask Almighty Allah to grant their wishes.
But, how can their Du’as be fulfilled if the clothes that they wear
and the food that they eat comes from Haraam earnings.
It is stated by Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu laihi wasallam) that
besides three people, it is not Ja’iz for anyone to ask for anything
– Firstly, one who has to pay his debts, second are those whose
goods are destroyed by natural causes, and thirdly, those that have
BENEFITS OF WORK:
It is Sunnat-e-Paigambar (Sunnat of the Prophets) to earn a Halaal
By you earning a living, there is an increase in wealth, which can
be used for Sadaqah, Khairat, Haj, Zakaat, and the building of
mosques and Islamic Institutes. Hadrat Uthman (radi Allahu anhu)
bought Jannat with the aid of his wealth. When one is occupied with
work, he is saved from many disasters and sins such as stealing,
gossiping, getting into fights and unnecessary arguments and other
mischief which happens when one is idle.
When working, one gets accustomed to hard work and does not have
When earning, one lives a life of peace unlike in poverty which
brings about lots of pain and misery.
Whosoever leaves home in order to earn money, the Angels that write
his deeds make Du’a, asking Almighty Allah to make Barakat in his
earnings, and all the Angels say Aameen to this Du’a.
THE OCCUPATIONS OF THE AMBIYAS:-
All the Prophets that came, engaged themselves in some kind of work.
Hadrat Adam (alaihis salaam) weaved clothes and later started
farming, Hadrat Nooh (alahis salaam) occupied himself with
carpentry, Hadrat Idrees (alaihis salaam) did tailoring, Hadrat Hud
(alaihis salaam) and Hadrat Saleh (alaihis salaam) were traders,
Hadrat Ibrahim (alaihis salaam) did farming as a hobby, Hadrat
Shuaib (alaihis salaam) ran a dairy farm, Hadrat Loot (alaihis
salaam) was also a farmer, Hadrat Moosa (alaihis salaam) took goats
for grazing for years. Although Hadrat Sulaiman (alaihis salaam) was
a king he made made fans out of leaves with his hands. As a little
boy Prophet Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu laihi wasallam) was a
shepherd (took the goats for grazing) and later was a trader for
Hadrat Khatija (radi Allahu anha). Therefore, any form of Halaal
earning is Sunnat-e-Ambiya and to degrade it is foolish.
GOOD OCCUPATIONS: -
The best occupation is Jihad, then trading and then farming. Any
occupation that is beneficial for this world and the Hereafter is
recommended. Weaving of clothes and tailoring is good as it is used
to cover one’s body. Making things that gives light is also good as
it’s a necessity. An occupation of building and construction is just
as important as it gives people a roof over their head. Making of
things that are not necessary in life has not much value in Islam.
Almighty Allah has provided us with hands and feet for a purpose and
we should be thankful and use it for constructive work. To sit idle
is a crime and do to sinful work or Haraam occupation is even worst.
In any occupation one should not go against the principles or
teachings of Islam.
The occupations of singing, dancing, music, photography, selling of
liquor, gambling, taking of interest and being a false witness are
all Haraam. Previously, it was even Makrooh to accept salary for
Imaamat or for any work done for the Mosque , but when the Ulema of
the earlier times realised that the Mosques will then be deserted if
it was allowed. Another reason for it not being allowed was to
attract Muslims to the Mosque and increase the spread of knowledge
of our Deen.
Any occupation that requires a person to have no conscience, be
insensitive and ruthless, a person that washes dead bodies before
burial (as this requires a totally honest person, one who does not
disclose or mocks and secrets or defects found during the Ghusal of
the dead body because it is completely private matter which he or
she should keep to themselves), being an attorney or a broker is
Makrooh, but in time of need the latter two is acceptable on the
condition that he is honest and truthful at all times.
Trading is the occupation of our Ambiya and has many advantages. It
is mentioned in a Hadith Shareef that a trader is Marzooq (one who
has been given sustenance by Almighty Allah) and one who stores
goods and does not sell it in time of need but waits for the prices
to rise and then sells it is Mal’oon (cursed). It is also mentioned
that on the Day of Qiyamat a truthful and honest trader will be
among the Martyrs.
The world depends on commerce and trading. The towns, markets, etc.
are livened because of trading. The materials required for
construction of a Mosque, Musallas, Kaffan, papers needed for
publishing of Islamic books, etc. are all bought from a trader.
Thus, trading is a very important aspect of our lives.
When one is in the business of trading, one should be friendly,
honest and truthful at all times.
Customers should be able to trust him. He should know ways of
attracting customers. Nothing in this world is achieved easily. One
has to make every effort and work hard. Trading requires one to be
very hardworking, efficient consistent and clever. One cannot
achieve success through laziness or from being idle. To mislead or
cause confusion in order to attract customers is not the Islamic way
Muslims should keep studying the Islamic History, Seerat and
Biography of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam),
his Sahaba, the Awliya and the pious servants of Almighty Allah. By
doing so one will be granted with the spiritual link with all the
Muslims should also keep away from bad company and try to keep
others away from bad company and from an environment that will deter
them from progress. A daily time schedule should be established in
such a manner that fulfils your own rights, the rights of your
family, your neighbours and your friends rights, and not forgetting
the rights of Almighty Allah as well.
If one earns wealth to such an extent that it becomes unnecessary
and that which makes you busy all the time in business will deprive
you from the real test of family life and will make you selfish. To
adopt simplicity, prudence and honesty in all your dealings will
grant you Barakat, peace and satisfaction. There should be a balance
between the love for material possessions and for the Hereafter.
Maulana Jalaaluddeen Rumi (radi Allahu anhu) has furnished a
beautiful example in his famous “Masnavi”. He says: “Human life is
similar to a boat which needs sufficient water to keep afloat and
water is similar to human necessities. This water should always be
under the boat in a limited quantity to help keep it afloat. If the
water increases, floods and enters inside the boat, then the boat
and all the passengers will be in risk.” The tragedy of this modern
age is that this Dunya and all its materials trappings have become
the main object of our lives. It has blindfolded the hearts of the
people and made them oblivious to death and of the Hereafter. For a
Muslim, to believe in the Hereafter and to think about death is part
of our fundamental beliefs. Muslims will find in this book written
by Hakeem-ul Ummat, Hazrat Mufti Ahmed Yaar Khan Naeemi (rdai Allahu