Hadhrat Mufti Shafi Uthmani Rahmatullahi Alayh says that,
I wrote a letter to my Shaykh, my Peer, my Murshid – Hadhrat Hakeemul Ummat Mujaddidul Millat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi Rahmatullahi Alayh…
As we know that Hadhrat Mufti Shafi Rahmatullahi Alayh was a famous Khalifa of Hadhrat Thanvi Rahmatullahi Alayh. At that time he was an Ustaadh in Darul Uloom Deoband and he is also the author of the famous Tafseer – Ma’ariful Qur’an.
These days we are in the exam period in Darul Uloom Deoband; the exams are going on in Darul Uloom Deoband. Due to being busy with the exams, I am not getting the time to make Tilawat of the Qur’an e Kareem and that is why I am missing the Tilawat.
In other words, days are passing by and I am unable to recite the Qur’an e Kareem.
He says to his Shaykh,
Please rectify me. Please do my Islaah.
This is how a Mureed is supposed to be. To mention the Haal as it is without any addition and subtraction and then request for Islaah.
Today, this is something which is not there in us.
We don’t request for Islaah. We don’t present ourselves, our Mamulaat, our actions and our words in front of our Shaykh for the sake of Islaah.
On the contrary, we hide our actions and our words that, ‘it shouldn’t be that my Shaykh finds out that I am doing this, or my Shaykh finds out that I am saying this…’
It is very strange because the whole point of having a Shaykh is that he should rectify us, correct and reform us.
If we have a Shaykh and we want to hide everything from him; we don’t want to present ourselves and ourselves in front of him and beg him to rectify us to make our Islaah, this is then a contradiction.
We need to ask ourselves this question…
- Why do I have a Shaykh?
- Why did I get connected to a Shaykh?
- Was my Niyyat something else?
This is something we need to ask ourselves. We need to correct our Niyyats. We need to focus on that which is the Maqsad and that is Islaah and that is the whole point.
So look here, despite Hadhrat Mufti Shafi Sahib Rahmatullahi Alayh being such a great Aalim, being an Ustaadh of Darul Uloom Deoband is presenting his Haal in front of his Shaykh and then he is requesting for Islaah.
So then the reply came from Hadhrat Thanvi Rahmatullahi Alayh,
Right now, you are busy with exams. When the exam will end and you will be one free from that responsibility and the work of exams, then something else, other work will come in front of you which will also be something that needs to be done, so do that also…and in that way what will happen?
You will continue to miss your Tilawat. If you are missing it now with the excuse that you are very busy then you will continue to miss, because you will always be very busy and then you won’t find free time in your entire life.
If you are looking for free time where there is no work and you are not busy in something, then you will not find time in your entire life.
There will always be some work or the other or some issue or the other.
Whatever needs to be done has to be done at all costs and that also on time. Do not allow yourself to miss even one day.
So if it is Tilawat which was the case here – recitation of the Qur’an e Kareem, it is something which needs to be done and it has to be done everyday regardless of how busy a person is.
This is a very great lesson for all of us because it is very easy for us to say that, ‘today I had a hard and difficult day, I didn’t get time, I was so busy…’
Look at Hadhrat Mufti Shafi Sahib Rahmatullahi Alayh…
He was not busy in Dunya. He was not busy in worldly affairs. He was busy in the examinations of no other Madrasah but those of Darul Uloom Deoband itself!
And yet Hadhrat Thanvi Rahmatullahi Alayh is telling him,
‘Even if you are busy with Imtihaan in Darul Uloom Deoband, still that is not an excuse for you to miss your Tilawat…’
Today our excuses are not even Deeni excuses. We are busy not in Deen, we are busy in Dunya and for the sake of that Dunyawi work, we are missing those things which we are supposed to be doing like the Tilawat of the Qur’an e Kareem.
He continues and says,
‘Think about this for a minute…
This missing happens only in Tilawat and in Dhikr. Why does it only happen in Tilawat and Dhikr?
Why doesn’t it happen in eating, drinking, sleeping and in all the different responsibilities of the Dunya?
This is something for us to think about…
When we get busy, then what gets missed?
I want everyone to ponder over this. Each person should think about his/her own life…
‘When I get busy, what do I miss?
- Do I miss eating? No. We eat even when we are busy.
- Do I miss drinking? No.
- Do I miss sleeping? No.
- Do I stop doing all my other Dunyawi work? No.’
The one thing which gets missed is Tilawat, Dhikr, Deeni A’maal, etc…
That is what gets missed.
He is asking,
Why is it only these A’maal which get missed, nothing else gets missed? If a person was truly busy and he truly did not have time then he should have missed everything! But that does not happen…
He answers the question,
‘The thing which is the actual cause of this is that there is no Fikr, no worry and concern.
It is because of Be-Fikri and lack of Fikr, focus and concentration on Deeni A’maal that it is the Deeni work which gets missed.
And because the Fikr, worry and concern regarding the affairs of Dunya is always there with us and riding upon us and very embedded in our hearts, that is why a person doesn’t tolerate any Dunyawi work and Dunyawi Amal.
If a person is getting a monthly salary and if he is going to miss work on any day, then according to the amount of days he misses, that is how much his salary is going to be cut off.
Is such a person ever miss going to work?
He will never miss going to work when he knows my salary is going to be reduced.
Regardless of whether he himself is sick, or his wife is sick or his children are Pareshaan and there is some issue going on with them, he will not allow himself to miss going to work.’
This is a reality which we are all in…
‘For a person to be so conscious and so worried for the sake of Dunya which is temporary and he makes such Fikr and Qadr, but we have not even anything close to that Fikr, value and Qadr for the Deen of Allah…
If the Tilawat of the Qur’an e Kareem is missed then that is something which is tolerated, but for a person to miss going to the office or shop is never tolerated.’
Let us think about this…
A lot of us will find ourselves doing this. Let us be critical and honest with ourselves.
We will never miss Dunyawi work but when it comes to simple A’maal like Tilawat and Dhikr then we have a long list of excuses that we were busy but we are never too busy for Dunyawi work for pampering our bodies.
But when it comes to A’maal then suddenly we are too busy and tired.
We need to change this. We need to have the same Fikr for Deen if not more…
May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala grant all of us the Tawfiq to understand and rectify ourselves, Inshallah.
—Hadhrat Maulana Aarif Umar (Daamat Barakaatuhum)