Ashara 1435 – 8th Moharram

Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (TUS) is our Dai, our father, our source and a spiritual magnet towards whom we always remain attracted. The force of this attraction can be seen evidently in these days of Ashara Mubarakah when thousands and thousands of mumineen travel from far and wide towards Maula, to cling to Allah’s rope that stretches out from him towards us. In turn Maula (TUS) provides us with food against hunger and security against fear, like how his predecessors did.

Syedna Abde ali Saifuddin (RA) gave refuge in Surat to 11,000 mumineen who were hit by drought in Kutch. Not only did he feed them for 11 months but also provided them with implements to work and earn their livelihood and made sure that, when they returned to their homes, they had enough savings to meet their needs. Similar was Syedna Yusuf Najmuddin’s (RA) generosity on mumineen. When Surat was flooded, he sent food on rafts. The knowledge and wisdom one gains in these majalis fulfil the hunger of the souls and by performing matam and buka on Imam Husain (SA) and cleansing oneself from sins one is guaranteed security from all kinds of fears.

Cautioning against sin, Aqa Maula (TUS) strongly condemned the use of alcohol as it is the source of all evil. Exercising restraint is important in many things, but not in the consumption of alcohol. At no cost should one indulge in it. One should not get influenced by the company and circumstances and drink. Even a sip from an intoxicating drink is haraam. Equally haraam is every intoxicating substance like beedi and cigarette. A mumin should not look at other people, who indulge in forbidding things with no qualms. A mumin is like a white cloth on which a tiny speck becomes visible; whereas others are like coloured or black cloth on which stains make no difference. Mumineen are different and distinct from others. We should not compare ourselves with others or concern ourselves with what others do. We should be concerned with ourselves; a brother should caution his sister; a sister her brother; a mother should control her child.

Praying for the prosperity of mumineen, Aqa Maula (TUS) advised mumineen not to seek alms from anyone. If a mumin is needy, he should approach Maula only and not others. Maula will provide him from the bounties of Allah, without ever making him obliged. Indeed due to the benevolence of Aqa Maula (TUS) and his mansoos Aali Qadr Maula (TUS) no mumin ever has the need to fear hunger or any other danger in this life and hereafter.

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