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

Lesson 6 – Expecting the rewards of deeds (ihtisab)

Lesson 6 – 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 …

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Lesson 5 – Pondering over Allah’s Creation

Lesson 5 – 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. My Beloved Father, Hazrat Moulana Haroon Abasoomar saheb (rahimahullah) had this noble …

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Lesson 4 – Feeling the pain of the Ummah

Lesson 4 – Feeling the pain of the Ummah my Beloved Father, 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 and if his head pains, his whole body pains.’ (Sahih …

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Lesson 3 – Support for all forms of service to Islam

Lesson 3 – 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 …

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Lesson 2 – No Racism in Islam

Lesson 2 – No Racism in Islam My Beloved Father (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 and Tabarani) …

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Lesson 1 – Having multiple intentions

Lesson 1 – Having multiple intentions Among the most popular Hadiths is the one that says: إنما الأعمال بالنيات All actions are rewarded according to the intentions. (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1)   My Beloved Father, (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 …

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