Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [28-32]

28. It is sunnah to eat with the hands. However, if someone eats with a spoon then there is no sin, though one will not acquire the virtue of eating with the hands, except that the food is difficult to eat with the hands, or there is an excuse for not using the hand (like... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [26-27]

26. Only the right hand should be used for eating. However, if the need arises to use the left hand, it may be used to assist the right hand; keeping the right hand as primary and the left as secondary. To eat with the left hand is highly detestable and the way of Shaytan. It... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [22-25]

22. The sunnah of reciting ‘bismillāh’ before eating is general for men, women, one in the state of major ritual impurity and a menstruating woman. 23. If one forgets to recite ‘bismillah’ before eating, then during the meal, whenever one remembers, one should recite, بِسْمِ اللَّهِ أَوَّلَهُ وَآخِرَهُ or بِسْمِ اللَّهِ فِي أَوَّلِهِ وَآخِرِهِ. This... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [20-21]

20. In most prophetic narrations, there is explicit mention of taking the name of Allāh with the words, ‘bismillāh’. It is narrated from Aisha (r.a.) that the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “When one of you eats food, then let him say: ‘bismillah’. If he forgets in the... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [19]

19. It is sunnah to say ‘bismillāh’ before eating. It is a means of blessings and goodness, and a strong barrier for Shaytan from partaking of the food. Huḍayfah (r.a.) narrates that the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “The devil considers the food upon which Allah’s name (bismillah)... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [17-18]

17. To wear shoes while eating is contradictory to the sunnah method. Though it may not be a sin, but it is similar to the style of those who are non-Muslim and that of the arrogant. As a result, one should abstain from making this a habit. However, in cases of necessity, one may eat... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [15-16]

15. It is desirable that one sits on the floor to eat while the food is placed on a clean cloth. It is preferred that one is level with the food, neither the food or the person eating should be higher or lower than one another. The normal practice of the Messenger of Allāh (may... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [14]

14. The Messenger of Allāh disliked to eat while leaning. Abū Juḥayfah (r.a.) narrates that the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, "I do not eat my meals while leaning (against something).” (Bukhārī) Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Āṣ (r.a.) narrates that: “The Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him... Continue Reading →

Eating Only Gourd for 15 Years

Anas bin Malik narrates that, “A tailor invited Rasūlullāh ‎ﷺ to a meal which he had prepared. ” Anas bin Malik said, “I accompanied Rasūlullāh ‎ﷺ to that meal. He served Rasūlullāh ‎ﷺ with bread and soup made with gourd and dried meat. I saw Rasūlullāh ‎ﷺ taking the pieces of gourd from the dish.”... Continue Reading →

Being Extremely Mindful of Guests

Mawlānā Rashīd-ul-Waḥīd recounts that, if anyone ever acted rudely or harshly with the guests of Shaykh-ul-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī, he would be left enraged and furious. There was once a man who remained as a guest for approximately two months. He neither performed ṣalāh, nor attended the talks of Ḥaḍrat Madanī. Eventually, the chief... Continue Reading →

A Craft Which Needs to be Learnt

Mawlānā Sayyid Asghar Ḥusain was a prominent teacher who shaped the intellectual inclinations of Muftī Muḥammad Shafīʿ. In Dār al-ʿUlūm Deoband he was popularly known as Ḥaḍrat Miyān Ṣaḥib. One day Muftī Muḥammad Shafīʿ called on him after the Maghrib prayer. He offered him mangoes, which Muftī Muḥammad Shafīʿ gladly accepted. He brought two baskets,... Continue Reading →

Love for the Blessed Lands of Madinah

The immense love Hadrat Mawlānā Qāsim Nānotvī harboured for Rasūlullah ﷺ was indeed spectacular. When he travelled to the blessed lands of Madinah (where the ground was very stony and rugged), the state of his deep affection and infatuation was truly noteworthy. His travel companion Mawlānā Hakīm Mansūr Alī captures a scene from this memorable... Continue Reading →

Spiritually Immersed in Salah

Shaykh-ul-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī began leading the maghrib salah at Meerut train station when the train horn blared. Majority of the participants broke their salah and boarded the train. However, Ḥaḍrat Madanī peacefully completed the salah, supplicated and then boarded the train with great ease. One of his special attendants was surprised and enquired... Continue Reading →

If Only the Guests Are Served the Same

Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Bashīr Aḥmad FayḍAbādī writes that, one Ramadhan which Shaykh-ul-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī spent in Tanda, Uttarpradesh, was during the hot summer days, and a time when there was a severe heatwave. There were scores of guests arriving every day. The household members and close associates of Ḥaḍrat Madanī suggested that due to... Continue Reading →

Shopping for the Elderly

As to Muftī ʿAzīz ur-Raḥmān’s stature, it should be borne in mind that he held the position of chief Muftī at Dār al-ʿUlūm Deoband at a time when Dār al-ʿUlūm Deoband had many luminaries on its staff. Yet he was an extremely simple and modest person, as is evident from the following report narrated by... Continue Reading →

What Can he Take From Me?

During the time prior to the partition (of India and Pakistan), Ḥaḍrat Madnī was a very loyal supporter of the Congress political party. His remarkable commitments to the Congress are known to all. Opposing them was, Mawlānā Ashraf ʿAlī Thānwī and Mawlānā Ẓafar Ahmad, who were staunch supporters of the Muslim League political party. They... Continue Reading →

Warming the Water Vessel with Body Heat

Shaykh al-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī, during his imprisonment in Malta jail, served and looked after his teacher and spiritual mentor, Shaykh al-Hind Mawlānā Maḥmūd al-Ḥasan in an unrivalled and outstanding manner. Shaykh al-Hind was old, feeble and infirm. He was unable to use cold water and would be caused severe inconvenience by its use;... Continue Reading →

The Siege of Ta’if and the Pangs of Hunger

Shaykh al-Islam Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī was under siege along with his teacher and mentor Shaykh al-Hind Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Maḥmūd al-Ḥasan for two months and twenty days in the vicinity of Taif, Saudi Arabia. The suffering and ordeal they endured is beyond description. There was a shortage of food and water, the entire vicinity... Continue Reading →

I Obtained Benefit from the Heat

Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Haḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyyā Kandelwhī says that, during my father’s time the madrasah (Islamic seminary) did not yet have a kitchen to supply students, nor was there a cook or restaurant in the vicinity of the madrasah. Because my father’s family was not residing there, his food was arranged with a cook who had a... Continue Reading →

Precaution in Every Sentence

Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Haḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyyā Kandelwhī was once dictating a letter of condolence to the family of a deceased that he is supplicating and conferring rewards on their behalf. He then said that when Ḥakīm al-Ummat Mawlānā Ashraf ʿĀlī Thānwī would write a letter of this nature, he would recite Surat-ul-Ikhlās thrice and confer its... Continue Reading →

Racing with One’s Spouse

Ḥakīm al-Ummat Mawlānā Ashraf ʿĀlī Thānwī was once visiting a village a distance away from his hometown Thanabhawan to partake in a meal. His wife was also accompanying him. It was a walk through the woods and they were both alone. When they reached the middle of the jungle the thought crossed his mind that... Continue Reading →

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