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Miftah-ul-Janna (Booklet for way to Paradise)

person, whether it be a

person, whether it be a Muslim or a non-Muslim, leads a life in accordance with this religion, regardless of whether he does so knowingly or unknowingly, he will not suffer any trouble in this world. Examples of this maxim are European and American disbelievers working in a manner agreeable with this religion. However, disbelievers will not be given any thawâb or reward in the Hereafter. If a person who works likewise is a Muslim and intends to obey Islam, he shall attain endless bliss in the Hereafter as well.] ISLAM’S BUILDING Islam’s building has five component parts, In other words, Islam has been built on five essentials. The first one is to say the Kalima-i-shahâdat, and to learn and believe the meaning it carries. The second one is to perform (the prayer termed) namâz (or salât) five times daily within their prescribed times. The third one is to fast every day throughout the blessed month of Ramadân. The fourth one is to pay zakât and ’ushr annually, after it becomes farz to do so. The fifth one is to perform Hajj once in a lifetime, if doing so is within one’s means. [1] [Doing these five commandments of Allâhu ta’âlâ, along with avoiding (His prohibitions termed) harâm, is called doing worship. It is nâfila (supererogatory) worship for a Muslim who does not fulfil its conditions in the categories called wujûb and adâ to perform Hajj, and so is it for a person who has already performed Hajj to reperform it. It is not jâiz (permissible) to perform a supererogatory act of worship that will entail committing a bid’at or harâm. Hadrat Imâm Rabbânî ‘quddisa sirruh’, in his twentyninth, hundred and twenty-third, and hundred and twenty-fourth letters, and (’Abdullah Dahlawî ‘quddisa sirruh’,) in the twentysixth letter of Maqâmât-i-Mazhariyya, do not give permission for nâfila Hajj or ’Umra. (’Afîf-ud-dîn ’Abdullah bin Es’ad Yâfi’î ‘rahmatullâhi ta’âlâ ’alaih’, 698 [1298 A.D.], Yemen – 768 [1367], Mekka, states as follows in his discourse on the grade of ‘zuhd’, one of the grades called maqâmât-i-’ashara [ten grades], in his book entitled) Nashr-ul-mahâsin-il-ghâliyya: “When Imâm Nevevî (or Nawawî), a great Islamic scholar and a Walî, was [1] The second one of these five essentials and also the third, fourth and the fifth ones are explained in detail in the fourth and fifth fascicles, respectively, of Endless Bliss. – 60 –

asked: ‘You observe all kinds of sunnat. But you omit one act of sunnat, and a grand sunnat, too: It is nikâh,’ he replied, ‘I am afraid that I may commit lots of acts of harâm as I perform one act of sunnat.’ ” Imâm Yahyâ Nevevî passed away in Damascus in 676 [1277 A.D.]. Prof. Habîb-ur-Rahmân, Dean of Pâkistân’s Jâmi’ai-habîbiyya, went on a hajj in 1401 [1981 A.D.]. When he saw that the wahhâbî imâm was conducting the namâz (in jamâ’at) by using a loud-speaker, he performed his namâz individually. Thereupon he was handcuffed, sent to prison, and questioned (on why he had not joined the jamâ’at. When he said that it was not permissible for an imâm to conduct public prayers with a loudspeaker, he was prevented from performing a hajj and was extradited. The first thing incumbent on a person, no matter in what place of the world, is to learn their faith and îmân. Of old, it was quite easy to learn religion from Islamic scholars. As we live in the latest time today, there are no Islamic scholars left anywhere. Ignorant people and idiots sold to British plotters have spread far and near in the name of religious people. The one and only way of learning faith and îmân properly now is by reading books written by scholars of Ahl as-Sunnat. Finding these books is a great favour granted by Allâhu ta’âlâ. Enemies of Islam are spreading false religious books for the purpose of misguiding young people, so that it has become rather difficult to find true religious books. Youngsters are being enthralled by the mesmerizing inanity of various silly games and thereby being deprived of finding and reading true books. It is being witnessed in dismal helplessness that many yougsters are thinking of nothing but games. This disease is spreading among young people. It is absolutely necessary that Muslim parents should protect their children against this pandemic. For doing so, they ought to inform their children about their faith and accustom them to reading religious books. And this, in turn, should be made possible by protecting their children against fondness for harmful pastimes. We see that some of our acquaintances’ children are so deeply engrossed in playing harmful games that they forget to eat their meals. It is impossible for such children even to read their school books and pass their courses. Parents have to somehow steer their children towards book-reading. Ethics of Islam, for instance should be read. A person who reads that book will not only learn their faith and îmân but also penetrate the disguises assumed by Islam’s enemies and know how they work. If parents neglect this duty of theirs, an – 61 –

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