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Practical Lessons From the Life of Shaykhul Hadith, Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah)

Practical Lessons From the Life of Shaykhul Hadith, Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah)
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Having multiple intentions

Among the most popular Hadiths is the one that says:
إنما الأعمال بالنيات
All actions are rewarded according to the intentions.

Moulana Haroon (rahimahullah) would encourage his companions to make multiple intentions, for every deed.
For example:
When going to the masjid or to attend a Jalsah or ijtima’ (Islamic/tabligh gathering)
He would say,
Let’s make the intention of:
1. Offering salah with jama’ah.
2. Meeting and greeting fellow Muslims. (He was very particular about spreading the salam)
3. Smiling at fellow Muslims, thereby bringing joy to them. (This was a unique feature of Hazrat, & will be expounded on in a future broadcast insha Allah)
4. Benefitting from the learned ‘Ulama. (Another unique feature in his life, like the next one)
5. Visiting any sick person if possible.
Based on a Hadith, he would say, by making this particular intention, we will be in Allah’s mercy throughout the journey. He would make this intention too when travelling far away, even overseas.
6. If there is anybody in need we will try to assist him.
7. If we pass by scenic areas, we will marvle at Allah’s creation. (Mushahada -e-Qudrat)
8. We will learn about our Deen.
9. If the opportunity allows, we will impart/teach Deen to others & revive the Sunnah in some way or the other.
10. With each of these we seek Allah’s pleasure.

This was Hazrat’s (rahimahullah) habit for many other deeds, he would always make multiple intentions, be it for Nafl salah, Quran recitation, charity, travel etc.

May Allah Ta’ala inspire us to do the same, thereby acquiring maximum reward for all deeds.
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Practical Lessons From the Life of Shaykhul Hadith, Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah)
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No Racism in Islam

Hazrat Moulana Haroon saheb (rahimahullah) was very vocal against racism and xenophobia in all its ugly forms.
He lectured on this topic in many venues.
He would always quote the famous Hadith on this topic:
‘There is no superiority for an Arab over a non Arab, nor for a white person over a black person, but by virtue of their taqwa.’
(Ahmad & Tabarani)

In addition to lecturing, he practically demonstrated exemplary character towards our indigenous Muslims & foreign Muslims.
Hazrat (rahimahullah) had the extraordinary habit of cheerfully greeting such people & embracing them in his arms.
He would say:
‘These brothers feel inferior, we should make them feel superior.
See how happy they get when we greet them properly.’
👌🏽When foreign Muslims migrated to the area from their countries, he would try -in different ways- to make them feel most welcomed and comfortable. He would instruct his family to do the same.
He would light heartedly say to any Indian Muslim who relocated to our country: You are better than us, we troubled our forefathers to migrate from India [a century ago]. You came yourselves.’
This was his way of making them comfortable and to show that we are no different.

💡To emphasise on the brotherhood of Islam & to remove any indifference, he (rahimahullah) would tell his associates to refer to them as:
Our Pakistani/Indian/Somali brothers.
Or
Our African Muslim brothers.
Ensuring to include the word ‘brother’ to demonstrate the unity of Islam.
💎On many occasions when he visited a different masjid, he first greeted the muadhin in his cheerful manner. He would also greet them in their language, which would bring smiles to their faces.
He considered such Muslims most worthy of charity.
He also admired those who served the indigenous community in any form; be it charity, other support and through madrasahs.
He considered every Muslim part of his family & would take sincere pity on those who deserved pity.
In his final lecture too (10 days prior to his demise) he spoke on this topic.
🤲🏼 May Allah fill his qabr with noor & grant us the ability to follow in his footsteps.

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Practical Lessons From the Life of Shaykhul Hadith, Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah)
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Support for all forms of service to Islam

Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) was blessed by Almighty Allah with a very intelligent mind, big heart and broad horizons.
Allah Ta’ala chose him to actively serve Islam in several forms, like being an Imam, a teacher, a lecturer/ Da’i, a reformer and a community leader.
Despite most of his service being in the field of Islamic knowledge, da’wah and islah (reformation), he showed unique admiration, appreciation and support for all avenues of service to Islam.
He admired those who served Islam sincerely on any front. This quality was a uniting force and made all feel welcomed.

• He would marvel at the brothers who would go out in tabligh and spend their own time, wealth and lives in that cause for Islam.
Their sincerity and simplicity moved him.
He made time to sit with them in the masjid & they were often invited for tea to his home.

• He would regularly get updates from those engaged in serving the poor and needy, locally and abroad.

• He (rahimahullah) actively supported the ‘Khatm Nubuwwat’ effort, which seeks to uphold the seal of Prophethood of our beloved Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam). They combat those who erroneously claim that new prophets came after Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam). Na’uthu billah! like the Qadiyanis, for example.

• He constantly kept in contact with senior ‘Ulama & Mashayikh locally & abroad, many of whom he would phone regularly.
He made a point of [as far as possible] visiting/attending the programs every senior ‘Alim or Shaykh that visited our shores. He never allowed his ill-health to be an excuse for him to miss these opportunities.

• Those who were working with the indigenous Muslims were very dear to him, & applauded by him at all times. He frequently visited their institutions.

• The establishment of Madrasahs and Masjids were extremely crucial projects in his eyes.
A month before his sad passing away, he contributed towards a Masjid in a Syrian refugee camp inside Syria. He named it: Masjid Abrar
(Masjid of the pious)
Taraweeh salah was also performed in this masjid in Ramadan.
This Masjid also serves as a maktab/madrasah for the children in that camp.

All of the above avenues, as well as others, he admired & supported through du’as, advice/guidance and with financial assistance when possible.

• Despite his busy schedule, coupled with his ill health over the last years of his life, Hazrat Moulana (rahimahullah) took out time to sit with those involved in tabligh, social work, humanitarian work, etc. to listen to there kaarguzaari (reports/updates) and to advise them, as well as take lessons from them, which he would share with others.
• Those who were afar, he would regularly phone them for updates and to share his advice and experience.

• He felt it his duty to make du’a for such people.
In his du’as, he specifically mentioned all of the above, as well as the: authors, lecturers, teachers, reformers, aid workers, and every one serving Islam & the truth sincerely.

He would remind others to do the same and explain that by making du’a for such people, we get a share in their rewards too.

This is based on the following Hadith:
Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that when the Muhajirun came to Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) and stated that the Ansar have served them so well, & they feared that the Ansar would take all the rewards.
Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) replied:
‘That will not happen, as long as you make dua for them and praise them [for their efforts].’
i.e, If you do so, you will also be rewarded.
(Sunan Abi Dawud, Sunan Tirmidhi & others)
Truly, it felt like Hazrat (rahimahullah) perceived himself to be physically as well as spiritually part of the efforts of those whom he made du’a for, & he expected his share of reward from those efforts too…
It was as if he took all as his own.

🤲🏼 May Allah Ta’ala grant us such big hearts, like Hazrat’s, which will unite us in upholding the flag of Islam.
May Allah Ta’ala fill the grave of Hazrat Moulana Haroon saheb with noor & grant us the ability to follow in his footsteps.

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Practical Lessons From the Life of Shaykhul Hadith, Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah)
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Feeling the pain of the Ummah

Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) considered himself in relation to the Ummah, as one limb of a single body.

• Sayyiduna Nu’man Ibn Bashir (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said: ‘The Muslims are like [the body of] one man; if his eye pains, his whole body pains & if his head pains, his whole body pains.’
(Sahih Muslim)

This Hadith was a reality in the heart of Hazrat (rahimahullah).
He genuinely felt part of the same body.
The suffering of any Muslim, in any part of the world would grieve him.

• He would often say: ‘How can we be at ease when so many brothers & sisters are suffering throughout the globe.’

• With the help of Allah, Hazrat Moulana initiated a relief project for the Syrian refugees from his Masjid. In this regard, a few years ago, a huge orphanage as well as a bakery was set up under his guidance.
They continue to function till this day.
Thousands of Syrian refugees receive bread daily from this bakery.
• Hazrath Moulana (rahimahullah) held special programs for the women folk at the time of various crises and exhorted them to contribute in the path of Allah Ta’ala.
On more than one occasion, the women folk would happily part with their wealth & jewellery for these noble causes.
This reminds one of the life of the Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum). Our Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) also encouraged the Sahbiyyat to donate to charity from their jewellery, and they aptly did so.

Moulana (rahimahullah) would also contribute from his personal money towards relief projects for suffering Muslims throughout the world.

• In the wake of the tsunami disaster in southeast Asia in 2004, Hazrat (rahimahullah) travelled [& encouraged other influential businessmen to also travel] to the affected areas and provide support in whatever way possible.

• During the xenophobic attacks in our country, the Isipingo Beach Masjid was active in assisting the misplaced brothers & sisters.

• Any person he encountered that was in genuine need, he made a sincere effort to assist him, either by himself, or by instructing others to attend to it.
Our Din is so beautiful, that if one cannot personally assist the needy, he can still acquire reward if he intercedes on their behalf to someone who can assist. (Sahih Bukhari)

The state of orphans & widows always pitied him.
Whenever possible he tried to support them with his personal means.
Hazrath Moulana (rahimahullah) had a special affinity with orphans. He had made arrangements that everyday, at least one hot meal must be sent to the home of 3 orphan children. Alhamdulillah this was done daily during his lifetime and still continues to this day. May Allah Ta’ala make it a means of Thawaab jaariyah for Moulana. Aameen.

• Every month Hazrat Moulana (rahimahullah) would send money from his own wages to a particular widow in the locality to assist her financially.
In addition to her being a widow, her late husband used to serve and make khidmat of Moulana’s late father (rahimahumallah). Two months before Hazrat Moulana passed away, he even increased the stipend. Among the last instructions that Moulana (rahimahullah) gave on his way to the hospital the day he passed away, was to ensure that this widow receives her allowance. Alhamdulillah this legacy is also continuing to this day.

• He always encouraged fervent du’as for all Muslims, especially those who are suffering.
Du’a is a great weapon, whose value we unfortunately do not realise.

🤲🏼May Allah Ta’ala fill the grave of Hazrat Moulana Haroon saheb with noor & grant us the ability to follow in his footsteps.

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Practical Lessons From the Life of Shaykhul Hadith, Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah)
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Pondering over Allah’s Creation

Marvelling over the power of our Creator through His creation is a potent spiritual booster.
It is one of the most effective ways of recognising Allah Ta’ala.

In many verses of the Quran, Allah ‘Azza wa Jall, asks of man to look at the creation for the purpose of recognising Him.
Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar saheb (rahimahullah) had this noble habit of seeing Allah in His creation.

• From lush pastures to colourful arrangements of flowers, to the birds, animals, the Ocean & fish, he would always be awestruck at the Qudrat (power) of Allah, always reciting loudly:
Allahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest)
Or
Subhaanallah (Glory be to Allah).
He would encourage those with him to do the same: marvel at Allah’s qudrat, & recite Allahu Akbar/Subhaanallah.

• When going on a journey, one intention that he would always make was: to see the power of Allah in His creation (Mushahada-e-Qudrat).

•He would keenly visit well kept gardens or orchards just to appreciate the different types of flowers & trees.
The huge ocean, the countless grains of sand or even just a single leaf 🍃 would grab his attention, while often reciting the verses of the Quran that discuss those topics.

• His fascination with animals was such that he frequently asked friends to research information about them in encyclopaedias or from the Internet. He had stacks of Print-outs with such information.
Among the many, were the Blue whales, the cows, goats & sheep, the bees & ants, different parts of the human body etc.

• Moulana (rahimahullah) once visited a farm in Port Elizabeth that had several dozens of breeds of chickens! Keenly observing Allah’s Qudrat.
The huge number of the animal species was of much interest to him, as it showed how Great a Creator our Allah is.
إن ربك هو الخلاق العليم
Indeed your Rabb is the Knowing Creator.
(Surah Hijr, verse: 86)

• Together with marvelling at Allah’s creation privately, he also spoke about it in his lectures.

Attention to the perfection in the detail of Allah’s creation

• He was often taken aback by the affection that Allah Ta’ala placed in the mother’s of the animal kingdom for their young.

• Similarly, child psychology would amaze him & He would admire the understanding that Allah granted children.

• Hazrat (rahimahullah) would quote about one of his Egyptian teachers from the madrasah in Karachi, that on one occasion a very elderly person who was still healthy, extremely fit and active walked passed the classroom. The Ustad remarked:
سُبحانَ مَنْ أعطاه الصحة!
Glory be to the One (Allah) who granted this man such wonderful health!

It was as though everything he saw reminded him of Allah Ta’ala.
Such recognition (Ma’rifat) of Allah is attained by chosen slaves of Allah.

• On these occasions, Hazrat Moulana (rahimahullah) would frequently quote the famous Arabic couplet:
وفي كل شيء له آية، تدل على أنه واحد
Every single thing has a sign of Allah’s Oneness.

💡It’s definitely there, for those who want to see it…
🤲🏼May Allah Ta’ala fill the grave of Hazrat Moulana Haroon saheb with noor & grant us the ability to follow in his footsteps.

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Practical Lessons from the Life of Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah)

Lesson 6️⃣
Expecting the rewards of deeds (ihtisab)

The Quran and Hadith are filled with warnings against sins and the virtues of good deeds. A believer ought to have yaqin (conviction) on the incentives mentioned by Allah and His Messenger (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam). This is the most effective way of being inspired to obedience.

One who has the rewards of deeds in mind, will not shy away from those deeds.

💡One quality of our Beloved Nabi (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) with which he has been repeatedly described in the Quran is: Al-Mubash-shir (The conveyor of glad tidings). Our Nabi (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) has mentioned innumerable glad tidings for various deeds of obedience.
Every branch of Islam has a virtue attached to it.

💡Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar saheb (rahimahullah) would always remind himself and his associates of the rewards of acts of virtue when the opportunity for those deeds arose.

💳When passing by a shopping area, no matter how small an area it may be, he would recite the du’a for the market place. He would always encourage his companions to do the same and remind them of the ‘million rewards’ that are achieved through its recital, in addition to ‘the million sins forgiven and a house in Jannah.’

🏥When visiting the sick, he would quote the Hadiths that promise huge rewards for this noble deed.

🕋When in the Haramayn he would love to give charity to attain the multiplied rewards of virtuous deeds in the blessed lands. In fact, he would send sadaqah with others, to be given to the beggars of the Holy lands with the expectation of those rewards.

💰When discharging zakat or even voluntary charity (sadaqah) he would look for the most worthy and rewarding causes. He would even discuss this with his associates to decide which was the most rewarding avenue.

🤝🏻Even when engaging in mundane deeds like greeting an elderly Muslim, or putting a smile on the face of a Muslim etc. he would be fully cognisant of the merits of those deeds.

🏝️When at the ocean, he would remind those he was with to recite Allahu Akbar forty times with the crashing of each wave as this is a means of forgiveness of sins.

🌳When encouraging the recital of Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah and Allahu Akbar, he would mention the incentive of each sentence yielding a tree in Jannah.

This noble habit of Moulana (rahimahullah) has had a profound effect on all, young and old.
Several people recall these reminders of Hazrat (rahimahullah) and attribute their steadfastness on a particular practice to this.

🤲🏼 May Allah Ta’ala grant us all this unique quality of ihtisab (expectation of reward). May Allah grant Hazrat the highest of stages in Jannah. Amin

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