۱۰رمضان المبارک۱۴۴۰ھ



Rang-o-Noor (BY SA'DI)

(Shumara: 592)

Allah, Allah, Allah! How dear is the name Makkah! How sweet is the name Madinah!
The Heart Shuddered: A few days ago, a beggar gripped me. Our elders have told us that it is a great sin to pay the professional beggars particularly those who beg in the Masaajid under different guises narrating different tales to the people. These people upset prayers of the devotees and atmosphere of Masaajid. The learned people say that it is not good to give them charity. That wealth should be invested in a good task. The beggar who gripped me also seemed professional from all angles. The non-professional leaves for his home as soon as his need is fulfilled but these people beg all the time all the day long. May Allah bless us with their yearning of begging so that we may also become Allah's beggars. We should keep begging from Allah all the time, all the day long and the whole night. Hazrat Syed Ahmad Shaheed was blessed with this taste in abundance. He was never tired of begging from Allah. That's why; he found so long eternal life at so tender an age. His deeds are operative even today and there is rise in his stages. Then I witnessed another saint, named Qari Muhamamd Irfaan. He knew how to demand from Allah and how to make Him be kind to him. On the other hand, we demand from Allah for a few times, get disappointed and indulge ourselves in doubts but those who know the delight of demanding keep invoking even a single supplication for thousands of times daily for eighty years without getting tired. Mr. Majnu used to go to Laila again and again to beg for a morsel of bread or any other thing with the wish not to be blessed so that he might visit her again hoping for the chance to have a glimpse of her, sit by her, request her and talk to her. The supplicant goes near his Lord and His High Throne and talks to his Lord sitting beside him. That professional beggar encircled me. I was sitting in my car. I bowed down my head so that he might go away but he kept changing sides and praying. But I was adamant to my stand not to pay him. All of a sudden, he said, "My Allah take you to Madinah!" Hearing the word Madinah, my hand lept to my pocket, took out a currency note and gave it to him. O yes, deception in the name of Madinah seemed good to me. The yearning to visit Madinah made me forget all. Lo! See! The Holy Prophet ﷺ is going to Madinah with injured feet. The holy blood trickling from his feet is colouring the stones and Hazrat Abu Bakr is carrying him on his shoulders. O my dear, is it an ordinary thing to go to Madinah? Is it a small task to go to Madinah?
Caravans of Hajj and Umrah: Hajj is an authentic pillar of Islam. So persuading the Muslims to perform Hajj arousing in them love for Makkah and Madinah is a worship. Allah be praised, I wrote two columns on the topic of Hajj last year. Alalh made them popular with the Muslims. Recently, a gentleman has sent me the message to write on the reminder of Hajj and Umrah. He is in the right. As long as the hearts of the Muslims are attracted to Ka'bah, Black Stone, Makkah and Madinah, their hearts remain safe against so many negligences and mistakes. When love for Ka'bah, the Holy Grave and the Sanctuaries arises in their hearts, distances shrink. This year, more than 300,000 individuals applied for Hajj under the government scheme. Eighty-five thousand individuals stood successful in the draw. Now, applications under private scheme will start at exorbitant rates.
The common mistake with wealthy Muslims these days is to create dearness for the sake of their trifling comforts when they should not do so. In the past, wealthy Muslims made their best efforts not to injure the hearts of the poor due to their wealth. However, private seats will also be occupied. Then so many Muslims will continue their efforts through other methods and visas to reach the holy Sanctuaries. Love for the Holy Sanctuaries is really very wonderful. Once, our Hajj visas in Karachi were banned. Our elders were greatly upset. It seemed that they would die out of grief. Hazrat Mufti Jamil would set out in the morning and continue making efforts till late night. The month of Zulhajjah started. The last Hajj Flight was to take off on 7th Zulhajjah. Every effort failed till the 5th Zulhajah but none stopped supplicating nor let the yearning and effort become dim. By the 6th instant, Allah granted the supplication. The Saudi consullat stood up at once and issued forty visas. It seemed that two Eids had occurred. Some people stuffed clothes in shopping bag whereas others without them and, at last, that caravan was standing before Ka'bah on 7th Zulhajjah with tears of gratitude in their eyes. Yearning for a good thing is, no doubt, a very strong spiritual dose. It turns the impossible into possible.
O Muslims, scratch out the love for mobile, videos, pictures, Europe and America from your hearts. Nothing is found there. Fill the yearning for Makkah and Madinah as much as is found there. Instil love for Makkah and Madinah. By the Lord of Ka'bah, much is found there. We have offered no sacrifice for Makkah and Madinah. Ask venerable Sahaabah, "What is Makkah? What is Madinah?" Makkah and Madinah are big things. The hearts steeped in love for Makkah and Madinah become precious, fragrant pious, and powerful. O pilgrims, understand Makkah and Madinah before going there. O caravans for Umrah, pay our compliments to the atmospheres there explaining that their lovers are not only those who have come but many true lovers are also there who are ready to reach them at the cost of their lives but can't. Allah! Allah! How dear is the word Makkah and how sweet the word Madinah!
The Status of The Mujaahid: Makkah and Madinah remind every Muslim of emigration. When the Polytheists did not let Makkah remain as Makkah, faith had to emigrate to Madinah. Madinah provided shelter to faith. So, Madinah has always been a sheltering place. Faith found Jihaad in Madinah, brought faith to Makkah on the van of Jihaad making it Makkah again. Then riding the carriage of Jihaad, faith began to connect the entire world with Makkah and Madinah. In this way, the syllabus for success came to the view of every Muslim i.e. Makkah, Madinah, emigration, Jihaad and assistance. If you study the last part of Surah Al-Anfal, you will be beside yourselves with joy. The Mu'min should look into his heart to know whether there is love for Makkah and Madinah in it or not. If it is found there, it is all good. If there is deficiency, it is a dangerous thing. In the same way, every Mu'min should peep into his Recording Book to see whether love for Makakh, Madinah, emigration, Jihaad and assistance is found in it or not.
Now, let us come to the actual point i.e. yearning and fondness. Have we yearning for Makkah, Madinah, emigration, Jihaad and assistance or not? If answer is positive, it is good luck. We have witnessed Mujaahideen at the war fronts whose souls are in Makakh and Madinah. If they are advised to stop fighting but go to Makkah and Madinah, they bow down their heads with eyes sparkling with tears but do not retreat from the battlefield. At last, they get nationality of that place which is linked with Zam Zam, the Uhud mountain and Shahaadat. Then their souls visit Makkah and Madinah. Their Makkah and Madinah extend to the Paradise. O Allah! We are not worthy of Shahaadat still we demand Shahaadat. Allah! Allah ! How dear the word Makkah and how sweet the word Madinah!

لا الہ الا اللّٰہ، لا الہ الا اللّٰہ ،لا الہ الا اللّٰہ محمد رسول اللّٰہ

اللہم صل علی سیدنا محمد والہ وصحبہ وبارک وسلم تسلیما کثیرا کثیرا

لا الہ الا اللّٰہ محمد رسول اللّٰہ

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