13 Chapters of Good Advice (Part 2)
22nd April 2011
A’uzubillah himinash shaitan nirrajeem
Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem
Assalamu’alaikum wrh wbkt
(These Chapters are brief snippets of salient advice, given as Maulana spoke to different guests, for us to lead safe and blessed lives. This second Part deals with the later 9 Chapters.)
Chapter 5 – Take care of poor people
- Poor people are weak ones. Give them a chance in life to grow – help them. Most governments have ignored them for ages, individual Muslims must start to care for such under-privileged ones.
- Maulana had said in earlier Suhbahs, that the fall of every government, was because they did not look after the poor ones. They enriched themselves, and left their citizens starving, and that is always the flash point for the start of an uprising.
- There are many ways of helping the poor. Feeding them by opening soup kitchens, and providing basic necessities, are some of the ways. But long term projects, that help them with self-sustaining projects through micro-financing are better. Infrastructural development like arranging for clean water and electricity, can often transform a community. Maulana has been funding the digging of wells in Africa for years now. Sponsoring of teachers to work in local schools is a good way to raise educational levels and to implant skills in the workforce.
- In one village in Cambodia where we started such a project (Kampung Cham), the simple introduction of generators allowed mosques and schools to be open at night, hence religious classes could be held after isha’ prayers. By sponsoring the salary of an English teacher, we were able to introduce English as a subject in school, and begin the planting of the seeds of a literate and employable workforce.
- So there are many ways to help the poor, it is best to do it oneself, and not trust the many so-called non-profit organisations to do so. We will be happy to share our experience, should you wish to engage in similar projects, as we have been doing these types of projects across Indonesia and Pakistan since the 1990s, and only recently in 2009 in Africa (Sierra Leone) and Sri Lanka (2010). With Maulana’s barokah and permission, we intend to do much more this year!
Chapter 6 – Mobile Spiritual Services
- For Naqshbandi groups in countries without a Dergah/Zawiyah yet, and who wish to atrract more followers, they should rent a Council Hall for two hours a week, and announce that it is a Spiritual Center or a Healing Center. Prepare free drinks (coffee, tea) for attendees, and open the session to anyone who has questions on Spirituality, it must be open to people to attend and to ask questions freely, so that they may gain an understanding of the meaning of existence.
- One of the guests then said to Maulana, “Maulana, you come too (to these Spiritual gatherings), insyaAllah. You come, insyaallah, all the time with me. Be with me all the time.” Maulana replied, “If you call me, I will come.”
- In an earlier Suhbah, Maulana said, “Those mureeds who cannot come to me, I will go to them.”
- In Haqiqatul Haqqani, Maulana said, “I have been ordered to make clear to you, that anytime when anyone is losing control over themselves, or is in a difficult position, they can be in contact with my heart immediately. If they just think about me, they will make a relation (contact) with me immediately. They just need to remember me, and that will make me look at him or her. That connection will make a power run through you quickly, and you will be protected from falling into a dangerous situation. It is not my Spiritual Power, but I am in contact with a chain, a chain that is connected to our Lord through Saints. I am the last part of the chain which reaches you. It is like a plug which you can connect with electricity.”
- Also, in the same Kitab, it is written, “If at any time a Mureed calls for Shaykh Nazim, saying, “Madad, Ya Sayyidi”, Maulana immediately sends a Divine Look to his heart, and the heart of the mureed is lit up by a Divine Light.” You must believe!
Chapter 7 – Do not go out at night
- Maulana advised the guests to keep the Ways of the Prophet (saw), in order to be safe here and in the hereafter. He then reminded them to keep their children home at maghrib, as shaitan is now going on a full scale attack on Mankind; it knows we are approaching the Day of Resurrection and it wants to drag as many humans down into the Fire, by leading Mankind off the Straight Path.
- Shaitan is most active at night, hence Rasulullah (saw) left this wasiyyah (advice) for the Ummah, ““When night falls (maghrib), keep your children indoors, for the devils are out and about at this time.”
- Shaitan knows that youngsters are impressionable and gullible. They are in the prime of their lives, and are overflowing with lust and desires – so they are easy picking, ripe for the plucking.
Chapter 8 – Avoid big cities
- Maulana says it is dangerous to remain in big cities. The guests were advised to move to the safety of small villages in the countryside. Major catastrophes will hit the big cities first, there will be much death, and massive destruction of the buildings there. Maulana reminded them to always pray for him, and to keep the Ways of good ones.
- Maulana dedicated an entire Suhbah to this earlier.
Chapter 9 – Teach your children practical skills
- Maulana advised the guests to teach their children practical skills, skills that would help them feed their families later on eg carpentry. So many universities were churning out graduates with paper knowledge, and these poor graduands have been unable to find employment of late.
- So seek practical skills like working with their hands, instead of theoretical paper knowledge, that had no actual applications in the real world. A degree is simply a worthless piece of paper if it cannot secure a job. Train children from a young age to acquire practical skills; such ones never go hungry, they are always needed in the community.
- Again this has been tackled in depth by Maulana in an earlier Suhbah.
Chapter 10 – Get your sons married!
- Maulana said that this is a Wasiyyah (advice) that he was leaving for the guests, that they should marry off their sons when they came of age, as this is a very terrible time and age for youngsters to be left unmarried.
- Shaitan has recruited hundreds and thousands of women, who are now working for shaitan, to tempt men and to drag them into adultery and fornication. Shaitan is using them to destroy youngsters. Maulana reminded them that they should try to live lives, that do not harm anyone.
- Free-mixing leading to casual sex, is shaitan’s ultimate weapon today. Due to the extreme permissiveness of today’s society, there is liberal attitude towards it, and men and women are harming each other and destroying each other’s morals and dignity when they indulge in intercourse outside marriage. Again, this matter has been extensively dealt with in an earlier Suhbah.
Chapter 11 – Daily practice of families
- Maulana advised the guests to “recite Robbunallah, Hasbunallah, and He will protect you.”
- As for youngsters it was not necessary to force them to go to mosques, and they were advised to pray at least two raka’ats daily at home.
Chapter 12 – About your women
- Maulana advised the guests not to leave their wives and daughters alone at home, without a male member of the family accompanying them. It was dangerous to do so!
- Unless working, it is best that women stay indoors. If they needed anything from outside eg groceries, it is best that the menfolk do the buying on their behalf. Maulana said, “If you leave them to go out, they may not be able to make it home safely.”
- As head of the household, one must always know where the family members are heading for, when they leave the house, as these are indeed uncertain times.
Chapter 13 – Set up a Baitul Mal in your community
- This is like a Community fund, from which the members can borrow from, interest-free. It is an Islamic Association, and all must contribute to it, each according to his/her means. Each Muslim household must have a ‘home donation box’ into which a daily donation for each member of the family is made, and once a week, the contents of this box are to be emptied out and sent to the Baitul Mal.
- As the amount grows, Allah will shower barokah on it, it is a blessed savings of the Community. It can be used to help outright, or to loan without interest, for essential needs, just like what we see in micro-financing projects that help build financial independence in small time entrepreneurs.
- Literally translated, Baitul Mal means House of Wealth. In reality, it is like a central savings account of the Community, into which all contribute according to their ability, and this is used as a safety net to help less fortunate members of that particular Community.
- There may be members who are afflicted by illness or accidents, unemployment or other unexpected burdens, so donations and interest-free loans can be disbursed from that fund to help all who need it. It is like a Social Welfare Scheme, but it is not meant to be abused or misused like what we see today in Western countries.
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