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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The final moments of Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel (RA)

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Grave of Hazrat (RA)

Below is an unedited article written by the son of Hazrat (RA). It details Hazrat (RA)’s last few moments and actions before passing away. May Allah have mercy on him, Aameen. 

Many of us had the good fortune of witnessing Hazrat (RA) performing salaah in the musjid, whilst some had the good fortune of witnessing Hazrat (RA) performing salaah at home, the madrassa or at times whilst he was on safar and had few or no other commitments at that time. In all these cases Hazrat (RA) would perform salaah with so much humility and his ruku and sujood would at times be so long that one would think that hazrat’s mind was absent from Salaah.

However his level of devotion was so intense that one would come to the conclusion that Hazrat (RA) was practising on the hadeeth of performing ones salaah as if it is the last. Hazrat (RA)’s character was such that the rich and the poor together vied for his attention and the poor till today say that Hazrat (RA) took out his time for us and never shun us even though we came daily with our problems to him and sometimes late at night.

Hazrat (RA) would even attend to some calls and problems after midnight as he was concerned about the ummat of Nabi ﷺ. We have lost that personality and only Allah knows when we will get another man of this calibre in our midst. In this issue of An Noor we will commence with the last moments of Hazrat (RA) and my experience with Hazrat (RA) in the last few hours of his safar (travel) in this world.

Alhamdulillah with the fazal (bounty) and karam (benevolence) of Allah I together with my family were afforded the opportunity to perform the last umra with my beloved father Hz Ml Yunus Patel (RA). Hazrat (RA) had many bashaarats of his meeting with Allah Ta’aala being
close by dreams of people seeing him with Nabi kareem ﷺ and Nabi ﷺ receiving him or welcoming him or informing him that their time for being united was very close. This is the mafhoom or rather interpretation of the dream as the dream was a detailed and lengthy one.

The above dream was in his inbox from a person who was in contact with him and was a mureed as well. This message was retrieved by me while I was in Makkah and a few hours after his janaaza. Just prior to Hazrat (RA)’s demise he came with my son Ahmed to see a mureed of his (Zaheer Vorajee) who was not well as he was very close to Hazrat (RA) and was in Hazrat (RA)’s khidmat.

Hazrat (RA) then came to an apartment in which a close friend of his and mine were staying and visited for a short while after Asr with his grandson Ahmed Patel (my son) who was with him fulltime on this trip. Hazrat (RA) came into the room knowing that I was there and said he had come to visit us. We offered him some fruit which he ate and also gave some advice. The advices that were given were very simple, yet beautiful.

1) Never ever accuse or put any allegations on anyone even if you feel there is proof, as you could be wrong and end up in such a condition that you might regret.
2) Always keep the mouth clean from impurities as the name of Allah is taken from the very same mouth.
3) Keep your tongue moist with the zikr of Allah and abundant recitation of durood on Nabi ﷺ.
4) Always keep a smile on your face and be humble to all, including the beggars, especially in Haramain Sharifain.

From this room he went with my son Ahmed to his daughter’s room (wife of Mohammed Essack from PE) and spent few minutes there and had some fruit there as well. He then went to his room to make a fresh Wudhu and partake of his last small meal. From there Hazrat (RA) made his way towards the Haram to perform tawaaf . As it was routine to give everyone a chance to push Hazrat (RA), all or most of those present in that last tawaaf were afforded this opportunity in which Hazrat (RA) would lift his hand and make special duaa for those people who pushed him on the wheelchair.

He called for my other 2 children to join him for this last tawaaf as he must have known that this might have been his last tawaaf. On the last 2 rounds Hazrat (RA) said that I should push him only and he had his hand up in duaa right till the end of the tawaaf. After tawaaf Hazrat (RA) went behind the Hateem and made dua as it was after Asr and the 2 rakaats waajib-ut-tawaaf had to be read after Maghrib sets in. After the dua Hazrat (RA) walked towards the aircon section and then made a u-turn towards the mataaf and told his companions to make 2 rows instead of one long row, so as to make it easy for the people to pass.

Consideration for others were always first on Hazrat (RA)’s mind. Hazrat (RA) sat till the Azaan of Maghrib then read 2 rakaats waajib-uttawaaf and then Maghrib Salaah behind the Imam. Hazrat (RA) also drank a few cups of Zam-zam between the Tawaaf and Maghrib salaah. (Infact at the time of sakaraat Zam zam was placed in Hazrat (RA)’s mouth and a few drops went down Alhamdulillah. We realise from this that whatever sustenance is destined for us we will most certainly get it. Hazrat (RA) was not a big eater yet on the last day of his life in a short space of time he ate food, fruits, drank tea and also quenched his thirst with zam zam).

After Salaah Hazrat (RA) read his sunnat and when he turned around to walk towards the back; as the crowd was building up for tawaaf; he met someone and the moment he shook his hand he suddenly turned towards the qibla and sat down. After seeing this, I, together with those around Hazrat (RA) rushed to his aid. We seated him on his chair and he asked for his wheelchair. I asked him whether I should massage him as his neck and shoulder were very tight the previous day before umra. Hazrat (RA) agreed and I began massaging his shoulders. Then came a Dr Ashraf who made salaam and he says he could feel the pulse getting weak.

Hazrat (RA) engaged himself in dua while I was pressing his shoulders. Dr Kadwa who was full time with Hazrat (RA) suddenly told me to pick up Hazrat (RA)’s legs as he could now see that Hazrat (RA) was in some kind of sakaraat and in duaa at the same time. As we picked up Hazrat (RA) leg, Hazrat (RA) began to fall back. We then moved the chair and layed Hazrat (RA) down.

During this process Hazrat (RA)’s hand dropped from dua and Hazrat (RA)’s gaze was only on the Kaaba Sharif and beyond. Kalima had been recited and Hazrat (RA)’s lips were moving as the kalima was being recited. Hazrat (RA) passed away in my lap and for me this was a great honour as he was a great wali of Allah. In short, these were the last moments as it is too painful to give the full experience. Hazrat (RA) was taken to the haram hospital in which he was pronounced in beautiful words (became beloved to Allah).

Funeral arrangements were made whilst Hazrat (RA) was gone to the main hospital and for ghusal. A beautiful and radiant smile was seen and witnessed by all those who were present and partook in the ghusal. Those who work at the ghusal khaana and were involved in the gusal process said that this was a very rare sight and this man lying here is definetly a friend of Allah.

Janaaza Salaah was performed by Sheikh Shuraim and alhamdulillah I was afforded the golden opportunity together with my brother in law Mohammed Essack and hajee Mamoor from Makkah to go down in the qabr.

We make dua that Allah gives us a beautiful death like my beloved father (RA). Aameen. Please do take out the time to read sura ikhlaas 3 times and send sawaab to Hazrat (RA) and all akaabireen, marhoomeen and even those who are living.

— Hazrat Ml. Hafiz Muhammad Patel حفظه الله

76 ~ Inception and transition ~

SWIMMING THROUGH THE WAVES

My inception was from sand

A passing homeland

Upon it I humbly stand

Alongside varieties of bands

Entwined with alike hands

Submitting to divine plans.

Divergent regions on 1 map

Engraving plenty stamps

Warily we tramp

And roll up ramps.

Beware of adorned traps

Veiled by internalcrap.

The devil strikes bats

Out bounces his callous pranks

Bolting us into a tightenedlatch.

So grab the bitter-sweet facts

Of the steps we chaseto catch

Comprehend the objects

Our souls subconsciously clasps,

Lest we stumble upon our tracks

Solo, only to glimpse his retreatingback

Abandoning us with suffocated sacks

Choked around the neck.

Bleeding from the jabs

As we wriggle & gasp

Jeering with a smug he claps.

I fall whilst climbing for high ranks

Of cleansing which my actions lack.

When the blueness of our veins blank

People will arrive to bid farewell

Scooping &…

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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The Maqaam-e-Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam)


فِيهِ آيَاتٌ بَيِّنَاتٌ مَّقَامُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ

In it are clear signs (among which is) the Maqaam-e-Ebrahim.

Maqaam-e-Ebrahim refers to the stone on which Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) would stand when he was building the Ka‘bah. As the height of the building rose, the stone would automatically rise, lifting Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) so that he could continue to build the Ka’bah, and when it was time for Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) to return to the ground, the stone would automatically descend.

The impression of the blessed footprints of Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) can be seen in the stone until today. It is obviously a miracle for a stone to automatically rise and descend, based on the need of the person standing on it, and for a hard stone to soften sufficiently so that it could be imprinted with his footsteps. It is for this reason that Allah Ta‘ala says that the Maqaam-e-Ebrahim contains clear signs (that will guide one to recognize Allah Ta‘ala).

The Maqaam-e-Ebrahim is housed in a round structure made from glass and metal, located on the mataaf, close to the door of the Ka‘bah.

‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “The Hajr-e-Aswad and Maqaam-e-Ebrahim are two precious stones from the precious stones of Jannah. Allah Ta‘ala has extinguished their radiance. Had Allah not extinguished their radiance, they would have illuminated everything between the east and the west.” (Sunan Tirmizi #878)

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A Saint’s Advice to his Daughter


The respected daughter of ‘Aarif Billah Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammed Akhtar (rahimahullah) had always harboured the desire and longing to perform ‘umrah at least once with her father. Accordingly, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammed Akhtar (rahimahullah) decided to perform ‘umrah, but was thereafter forced to postpone the trip on account of his illness and weakness.

The respected daughter of Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammed Akhtar (rahimahullah) was naturally disappointed that she would not be able to perform ‘umrah with her father. Nevertheless, her husband, Manzar Mia, decided that they would proceed with the trip.

On that occasion, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammed Akhtar (rahimahullah) advised his daughter on the phone, with tears in his eyes, saying, “Remain happy and pleased with that which pleases your husband. Choose that which makes him happy, as your success in this world and the next lies in pleasing him.” Hearing this, his respected daughter mentioned, “I am sad and disappointed because I have never performed ‘umrah with you.”

Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammed Akhtar (rahimahullah) replied, “I know that you are disappointed, but be happy with that which pleases your husband! The pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala lies in pleasing your husband, and the pleasure and happiness of Allah Ta‘ala is greater than every other happiness. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned, ‘If I had to command any person to make sajdah (prostrate) before another person, I would have commanded the wife to make sajdah before her husband.’ (Sunan Tirmizi #1159) Though it is not permissible to make sajdah before anyone besides Allah Ta‘ala, this hadeeth highlights the high rank and importance of the husband. This can also be gauged by the fact that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not mention this in regard to anyone besides the husband. The pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala is most valuable.”

With great emotion and love, Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammed Akhtar (rahimahullah) then said, “Ensure that you please Allah Ta‘ala! Ensure that you please Allah Ta‘ala! Ensure that you please Allah Ta‘ala! Sacrifice all your wishes, hopes and desires before the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala! Allah Ta‘ala is pleased with that which makes your husband happy.”

His respected daughter then said, “Abba (My beloved father)! If I went for ‘umrah with you, then you would have been happy!” Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammed Akhtar (rahimahullah) responded, “Don’t look at the happiness of your Abba (father)! Look at what will be pleasing to your Rabba (Allah Ta‘ala)! The pleasure of your Rabba (Allah Ta‘ala) lies in the pleasure of your husband, so ensure that you make your husband’s happiness your first priority! The right of the husband is even greater than the right of the mother, father and siblings. Don’t look at the happiness of your father! What will cause me great happiness is that you go to perform ‘umrah with your husband.”

His respected daughter then mentioned, “I benefited greatly from your advice and found consolation. Even the little disappointment that I perceived has vanished. I will happily go with my husband.” Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammed Akhtar (rahimahullah) then mentioned, “Show your husband that you are happy to go with him for ‘umrah, and do not show him the least disappointment or sadness. Whatever advice I have given you, ensure that you share it with your own daughters-in-law and share it with people wherever you go.” (Khazaa-in-e-Sharee‘at wa Tareeqat pg. 415)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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Steadfast on Salaah


Hasan bin Saalih (rahimahullah) was a pious person who was born in the year 100 A.H. and passed away in the year 169 A.H. Hasan (rahimahullah), his twin brother, ‘Ali (rahimahullah), and their mother, would divide the night into three portions between them. They would then take turns to perform salaah, thus ensuring that throughout the night there was one person standing in salaah in their home. After their mother passed away, Hasan (rahimahullah) and his brother divided the night into two portions between them, taking turns to stand in salaah. Finally, when his brother ‘Ali (rahimahullah) passed away, Hasan (rahimahullah) began to stand for the entire night performing salaah.

Hasan bin Saalih (rahimahullah) once sold his slave girl to a certain household. That night, while the entire household was asleep, the slave girl awoke them calling out, “O household! Salaah! Salaah!”

The members of the household awoke in a state of confusion asking, “Has the time of fajr already dawned?” The slave girl asked them, “Do you people only perform the fardh salaahs?” When they replied in the affirmative, and confirmed that they did not perform nafl salaah such as Tahajjud Salaah, she went back to Hasan bin Saalih (rahimahullah) and pleaded with him, “O master! You sold me to a household who only perform the fardh salaah! Please take me back from them!” Understanding her distress and pitying her, Hasan bin Saalih (rahimahullah) purchased her back.

(Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 7 pg. 361, 369 & 371 and Lataaiful Ma‘aarif pg. 278)

Lessons:

1. The very first effort in a person’s life, after bringing imaan, is to establish the five daily fardh salaah. After establishing the punctual performance of the five daily salaah, the next effort is for one to perform the qadhaa for all the salaahs that he had missed. Finally, once the fardh salaah are correctly established and the qadhaa salaahs are completed, we should not become complacent. Rather, we should strive to also perform the various nafl salaah through which Allah Ta‘ala will bless us and make us His beloved servants.

2. When a person remains with pious, saintly people, his Deen and imaan accordingly benefit, as their company motivates him towards righteousness. Hence, even the slave girl in the above incident understood the value of remaining in the company of pious people. As a result, she did not wish to remain in a house which was void of nafl salaah.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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Water-Wise


Did you know:

– Globally, the average water consumption is 173 liters per person daily?

– In South Africa, the average water consumption is 235 liters per person daily?

– A 5 minute shower uses approximately 80 liters of water?

– A running tap can use up to 8 liters a minute?

South Africa is among the world’s ‘water-scarce’ countries. In the midst of the ‘water worries’, all South Africans are generally encouraged to be ‘water-wise’ (save water).

However, as Muslims, we do not wait to be struck by a water crisis before we learn to appreciate and save water. Rather, our Deen teaches us to always appreciate and save water – even if there is an abundance of water – as it is an invaluable blessing from Allah Ta‘ala that should never be taken for granted, lest He withhold it from us.

On one occasion, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) passed by Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) while he was performing wudhu. Observing him perform wudhu, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) asked, “What is this wastefulness?” Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asked, “Is there wastefulness in wudhu?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “Yes, even if you are at a flowing river.” (Sunan Ibni Maajah #425)

Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), who was blessed to be the special attendant of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), mentioned that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would perform wudhu using just one mudd of water (under 800ml), and ghusal using approximately one saa’ of water (under 5 liters). (Saheeh Muslim #737)

We should thus take stock of the water consumption within our own homes and after identifying the areas in which we are wasteful, work out ways to curb the waste. Furthermore, we have to instill good water-usage habits into our children as well, as we will all have to answer, on the Day of Qiyaamah, for the water that we used. If we cannot manage having a bucket-bath, which is closest to the sunnah and far more effective in restricting the amount of water that we use, we should at least make a conscious effort to conserve water by limiting our shower time as well as limiting the flow of water. Similarly, while brushing our teeth, we should not leave the water running. The same applies to closing the tap at the time of making masah of the head during wudhu.

By taking steps in this direction, we will avoid falling into the sin of wastefulness and will be expressing appreciation to Allah Ta‘ala for His invaluable bounty of water. If we do this, there is hope that Allah Ta‘ala will bless us, in His infinite mercy, with more water and will not withhold this vital resource from us.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The importance of forbidding the evil

by admin

Nabi ﷺ described the Ummah as one body (Bukhari). When we walk down the streets, we look ahead to avoid slipping. Our brains remain alert so if a stick is on the floor, we bend our back and use our hand to remove it. In this process, the eyes do no close and the brain does not turn off. Rather, the whole body works in unison to protect us and this continues until we die. Since the Ummah has been described as one body, we have to behave like a body. Every person in this Ummah should look out for others and we should all be an asset to our communities, ever-ready to lend a helping hand.

An important part of helping other believers is to advise them against evil. Allah mentions in the Qur’an that the hypocrites enjoin evil and forbid good, whereas believers enjoin good and forbid evil (Qur’an, 9:67, 9:112). If we slack in acting upon this, evil will become widespread until it sneaks its way into our lives, our homes and our families. It then becomes a norm so no one bats an eyelid. For example, television is haram but some people argue that there is good in it. Allah says in the Qur’an that in wine there is some good, but the harm is greater than the benefit accrued. So yes, there may be educational and other good programmes on television but just like wine, it does not negate the 99.9% haram content and filth within it.

Therefore a television set is not meant to exist in the house of a believer. Yet nowadays most people have a television, is it considered strange anymore? Do Muslim homeowners feel ashamed? No we do not because television has become the norm. Due to us not forbidding it, people do not recognise the gravity of this sin! This is why Nabi ﷺ has said that you must forbid evil, or else Allah’s punishment will descend and your duas will not be accepted.

A Sahaabi رضي الله عنه saw his nephew playing with a pebble and he instructed him to stop, reminding him that Nabi ﷺ prohibited it. It was prohibited because the pebble being thrown can cause harm to someone. Some time later the Sahaabi رضي الله عنه saw his nephew playing like that again. He said to him that how can you continue doing this, after I have told you that Nabi ﷺ has prohibited it? I take an oath that I will never speak to you again! This is an example of how seriously the Sahaaba رضي الله عنه took this deen and the instructions of Nabi ﷺ.

We must be careful in this regard. If our sons sought our permission to attend a party where there is free mixing and music, would we allow them? No, of course not! He may be a hafiz and a Muslim, how can he attend a party like that? Alhamdulillah we will refuse. However, so many of our sons go to the gym where there are also women and music. They exercise in a semi-nude environment, whilst others dance at parties. Is there really any difference between the two? No, yet we will refuse parties but allow them to go to such gyms. This is because when the kuffar promote ideas, they conceal haram within it.

We do not ponder whether it is halal or not and then we fool ourselves and follow blindly. This is how the dunya becomes deceptive; by mixing a permissible act like exercise with multiple harams, and then promoting it as though it is a good thing. Television and gyms are just two examples. There are many other sins in our communities and homes, I say this with a deep-hearted cry. We have reached this state because we are not doing enough nahi anil munkar.

We have to start negating haram or our identity will become lost. Then our homes will not be Muslim homes anymore, our businesses will not be Muslim businesses anymore, and even our Masaajid will not be Masaajid anymore. When you visit haramain shareefain, the two main Masaajid in the world, some mothers give their kids tablets to watch cartoons and movies. The mother stands up to read Salah, whilst a child is sitting close by with music playing from her screen. There are no kuffar in Haramain Shareefain, only muslims, so how is that allowed? Because no one says anything. No one tells her that it is haram. How our daughters dress, the mischief our sons get up to, no one wants to speak up anymore.

Some people have ‘ilm but they are are frightened to talk. So what use is our ‘ilm if we are afraid to spread it? Speak the truth sincerely and humbly for the sake of Allah. Some people may dislike you for it but remember, even Nabi ﷺ was disliked by some due to his preaching. They drove him out of Makkah Mukarramah hoping to see the end of Him, but years later, He returned victorious. May Allah make us like Him and may He enable us to not fear the reproach of the reproachers.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 18/4/2017 in Westville Masjid.