Rang-o-Noor (BY SA'DI)
May Allah grant us all with forgiveness!
Precious Words For Forgiveness: Some sentences do not contain the word of Repentance and Istighfar but they are so weighty and elevated that forgiveness is granted when they are recited sincerely i.e. sins are absolved. For example:
The Messenger of Allahﷺ said to Hazrat Ali, "May I not tell you the words that Allah may grant you forgiveness when you recite them despite the fact that you have already been granted forgiveness." Then heﷺ taught him the following words: ’’لَآ اِلٰہَ اِلَّااللّٰہْ الحَلِیمْ الکَرِیمْ،لَآ اِلٰہَ اِلاَّ اللّٰہْ العَلِیّْ العَظِیمْ،اَلحَمدْ لِلّٰہِ رَبِّ الَالَمِینَ‘‘ (Musnad Ahmad)
This tradition encompasses a big trait of Hazrat Ali that he was granted forgiveness from Allah. May Allah bless us with true love and sincerity for Hazrat Ali! Some people count down the areas of land conquered by the caliphs giving much credit to three caliphs but no credit to Hazrat Ali. They think that in this way, he loses his dignity whereas Hazrat Ali fought against the seditions during his reign that if they had not been crushed, all the conquered lands of the Muslims would have been destroyed. Jihaad achievement of Hazrat Ali from the Ghazwah Badr to the battle of Nehrwan war is very elevated and weighty.
Think Over A Point: Recite the supplication on forgiveness given above attentively and sincerely once and think that of the bounties that we find in life are acquired in the hour of trouble. Allah's mercy attends on man more in the hours of calamity. Man's senses also work better in the hours of capture, captivity, disease, separation, injury, poverty, disloyalty, oppression and jealousy of the relatives etc. The sick man who observes patience at his sickness acquires the high stages of spiritualism and recognition which the holy devotees cannot acquire after years' worship and labour. Spare a few moments from Mobile phone and think over this fact recalling the days of calamity and the bounties acquired during those days, you will then be blessed with gratitude. A man was sent to jail. His senses were brightened due to oppressions there and he realized that he used to make a mistake in observing ablution and taking a bath. Then he wept in gratitude that his prayers for the whole life have been protected otherwise he used to worship uselessly. This is a detailed topic. I have given an indication to you to meditate on this aspect. So many of our comrades are arrested these days. Their families and relatives are leading a painful life. So, they need patience and perseverance in this situation. Allah does not like to oppress His slaves.
Glimpses of Punishment: The Holy Quran tells us that Allah is not unmindful of the misdeeds of the wrong-doers َلَا تَحْسَبَنَّ اللّٰہَ غَافِلاً عَمَّا یَعْمَلُ الظَّالِمُونَ . All the oppressions exercised by the government are in Allah's knowledge. When will they be punished: only Allah knows but its impacts and glimpses are clearly discernible. The ruling families have been so much exposed in fiscal malpractices that everyone is cursing them. How greatly unlawful are the people who tie and kill people in the name of law. All have witnessed this with open eyes. Reality has started to be exposed. Let's see, what happens next. The sighs and curses of the oppressed will not go waste.
Amplitude in Meals: The actual method of amplitude in living is that it should be from lawful wealth and be taken according to the Sunnah. I am to explain two more points about it. Do two things if you want to avail yourselves of Allah's bounties. First, recite the following supplication in the midst when you eat and drink anything besides milk as اللّٰہُمَّ بَارِکْ لَنَا فِیْہِ وَ ارْزُقْنَا خَیْراً مِنْہُ "O Allah, bless us with amplitude in it giving us better than this." This supplication invites better living and ordains the Paradise because bounties in the Paradise are better than those in the world. Whoever makes provisions for it, amplitude in his living occurs. Recite the following supplication while drinking milk اللّٰہُمَّ بَارِکْ لَنَا فِیہِ وَزِدْنَا مِنْہُ O Allah, bless us with amplitude and give us even more.
Secondly, mealing should not be hidden. Some people conceal their mealing. When someone says, "Have you taken meals they either refute the fact that they have eaten nothing since morning or take up the responsibility for a few morsels. Whenever you meet such people, you will find them ever hungry saying "What should I do? I do not feel inclined to eating these days. I have eaten nothing since morning." Whereas they have stuffed much. As these people are thankless to Allah, their livelihood begins to abate. Someone is banned by the doctor but some other is visited by any other calamity. Consequently, his livelihood abates. Think a little, "What need hiding your eating?" The Satan tells them that the people will sympathise with them thus whereas it is wrong. What sympathy and love someone has for the one who remains hungry or eats less?" Some people fear of evil-eye that if they tell of their food and eat more in the presence of others, they will cast an evil-eye whereas it is also wrong and pretension. Whatever the case, whoever conceals his eating or tells less about its quantity, is considered neither dear nor compassionate in the eyes of the others rather he causes his own loss. His living decreases due to ingratitude but the sin of pretension and lie is recorded in his Recording Book. May Allah protect us all!
Method of Eating: Food is a great bounty of Allah. It should be taken fondly not half-heartdly. The Holy Prophetﷺ says, "I take meals as a slave takes it," as the slave used to get very little in the hour of dire need. That's why; he used to begin to take meal fondly like a wise person when he got meals. Tasting one morsel and talking in between goes beyond his powers. In the same way, he would take meals humbly and mildly without wasting any moment. The words of the Holy Prophetﷺ are always very comprehensive. Heﷺ gives so great meaning in one word. These days, there are no slaves at all. You can take the example of a labourer who works for eight hours from dawn to dusk. How will he take meals when he is served with it? These days, there is a lot of wastage, pretension and pride in food. Much correction is needed. The Muslim who wishes to make his life precious should waste the least time in eating, drinking and stooling. Mealing should be within twenty minutes not hours. Also spend smallest hours in the toilet because there are more of Satanic impacts there. If you take less meals, you will have to visit the toilet less.
The Tale of a Fake Poet: Some people spend a lot of time in the toilet. It is very bad. Note the time and begin to decrease the moments in the toilet. The disease of evil-suggestions, doubts and useless griefs will vanish due to its blessings if Allah wills. Toilet is not the place of meditation, eating, drinking, playing, listening to the music and over-thinking. These things breed diseases. I recall the tale of a poet who knew nothing of poetry but called himself a great poet. Once, he visited a great poet and began to recite his couplets as his wont. Hearing those unrhymed and unmetered couplets that poet felt bored. Reciting his couplets, the fake poet began to say, "My dear, I hit upon these grand couplets during toilet and I made up my mind sitting there." Hearing this, that learned poet blurted out, "Now I perceive, why is there so pugnent ill-smell in the couplets?"
Two Grand Breaths: Gratitude and Istighfar are very grand gifts. There should be, "Allah be praised" with one breath and "May Allah forgive!" with the next breath. As much a man is blessed with these two gifts, he is so much lucky. Offer gratitude to Allah and ask forgiveness for the bounties you have with you. Then these bounties will be fortified with you.
لا الہ الا اﷲ، لا الہ الا اﷲ، لا الہ الا اﷲ محمد رسول اﷲ…
اللّٰھم صل علیٰ سیدنا محمد والہ وصحبہ وبارک وسلم تسلیما کثیرا کثیرا…
لا الہ الا اﷲ محمد رسول اﷲ