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  • ‫<ے‬èư ‫ل‬PĺÃ‫ا‬ Š Priceless DiamondsThis booklet was written by Shaykh-e-Ṭarīqat Amīr-e-Aĥl-e-Sunnat, the founder of Dawat-e-Islami ‘Allāmaĥ MaulānāMuḥammad Ilyās ‘Aṭṭār Qādirī Razavī ‫ دَاﻣـﺖ ﺑَـﺮﻛـﺎ ُﺗـﻬـﻢ اﻟْـﻌَـﺎﻟِـﻴَـﻪ‬in Urdu. ْ ُ ُ َ َ ْ َThe Translation Majlis has translated this booklet into English.If you find any mistake(s) in the translation or composing,please inform the Majlis on the following postal or emailaddress and gain reward [Šawāb].Translation Majlis (Dawat-e-Islami)Alami Madanī Markaz, Faizān-e-Madīna, Mahalla Saudagrān,Old Sabzī Mandi, Baab-ul-Madīna, Karachi, PakistanContact #: +92-21-34921389 to 91translation@dawateislami.net
  • ٰ ۡ ۡ ۡ ٰ ٰ ۡ ٰۡ ۡ ۡ ‫ﻟـﺤـﻤـﺪ ﻟـﻠـﻪ رب ﻟـﻌـﻠـﻤ و ﻟـﺼـﻠـﻮة و ﻟـﺴـﻶﻹم ﻋـ ﺳـﻴـﺪ ﻟـﻤـﺮﺳـﻠـ‬ ۡ ‫ﻣـﺎﺑــﻌـﺪ ﻓـﺎﻋـﻮذ ﺑـﺎﻟـﻠٰـﻪ ﻣـﻦ ﻟـﺸـﻴـﻄﻦ ﻟـﺮﺟ ۡ ﺑـﺴﻢ ﻟـﻠٰـﻪ ﻟـﺮﺣـﻤﻦ ﻟـﺮﺣـ‬ ٰ ۡ ۡ ٰ ۡ ۡ ۡDu’a for Reading the Book ead the following Du’ā (supplication) before studying aR religious book or Islamic lesson, ‫ـﻪ ﻋَﺰَوﺟﻞ‬ȹ‫ﺂءَاﻟـﻠ‬ˠ‫ ,اِن  ﺷ‬you willremember whatever you study: َّ َ َ ّ َ ْ ْ ٰ ْ‫اﻟـﻠـﻬـﻢ اﻓْـﺘـﺢ ﻋـﻠـﻴـﻨﺎ ﺣﻜﻤـﺘـﻚ واﻧْـﺸـﺮ‬ ْ ْ ْ ْ ْ ْ ْ ‫ﻋـﻠـﻴـﻨﺎ رﺣـﻤـﺘـﻚ ﻳـﺎ ذااﻟﺠــﻼل واﻻﻛـﺮام‬TranslationYā Allah! Open the portal of knowledge and wisdom for us, andhave mercy on us! O the One Who is the Most Honourable andMagnificent! (Al-Mustaṭraf, Vol. 1, pp. 40)Note: Recite Ṣalāt-‘Alan-Nabī once before and after the Du’ā ii
  • Transliteration Chart A/a Ř/ř L/l A/a Z/z M/m B/b X/x N/n P/p S/s V/v, T/t Sh/sh W/w Ṫ/ṫ Ṣ/ṣ Ĥ/ĥ Š/š Ḍ/ḍ Y/y J/j Ṭ/ṭ Y/y Ch Ẓ/ẓ  A/a Ḥ/ḥ ‘  U/u Kh/kh Gh/gh  I/i D/d F/f Ū/ū Ḋ/ḋ Q/q Ī/ī Ż/ż K/k Ā/ā iii View slide
  • Table of ContentsDu’a for Reading the Book ........................................................................ iiTransliteration Chart ................................................................................ iiiPRICELESS DIAMONDS ...........................1Excellence of Ṣalāt-‘Alan-Nabī .......................................................... 1Moments of life are priceless diamonds.................................................. 2Life is short .................................................................................................. 4The string of breaths .................................................................................. 4The day announces... ................................................................................. 5Mister or Late .............................................................................................. 5Death comes suddenly ............................................................................... 6Regret even in the Heaven ........................................................................ 6Nib of the pen ............................................................................................. 7Get trees planted for you in Paradise ...................................................... 7Excellence of Ṣalāt-‘Alan-Nabī .......................................................... 8Better than 60 Years’ worship................................................................... 9Five before five............................................................................................ 9Two favours .............................................................................................. 10Grandeur of Islam .................................................................................... 11Value of priceless moments .................................................................... 11Sayings of those who valued time .......................................................... 11Make a timetable ...................................................................................... 13Blessings of the morning ......................................................................... 1515 Pearls of wisdom regarding sleeping and waking .......................... 16 iv View slide
  • ٰ ۡ ۡ ۡ ٰ ٰ ۡ ٰۡ ۡ ۡ ‫ﻟـﺤـﻤـﺪ ﻟـﻠـﻪ رب ﻟـﻌـﻠـﻤ و ﻟـﺼـﻠـﻮة و ﻟـﺴـﻶﻹم ﻋـ ﺳـﻴـﺪ ﻟـﻤـﺮﺳـﻠـ‬ ۡ ‫ﻣـﺎﺑــﻌـﺪ ﻓـﺎﻋـﻮذ ﺑـﺎﻟـﻠٰـﻪ ﻣـﻦ ﻟـﺸـﻴـﻄﻦ ﻟـﺮﺟ ۡ ﺑـﺴﻢ ﻟـﻠٰـﻪ ﻟـﺮﺣـﻤﻦ ﻟـﺮﺣـ‬ ٰ ۡ ۡ ٰ ۡ ۡ ۡ Priceless Diamonds*No matter how lazy Satan makes you feel, read this booklet from thebeginning to the end defeating Satan’s tricks. ‫ـﻪ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬ȹ‫ﺂءَاﻟـﻠ‬ˠ‫ ,اِن  ﺷ‬it will َّ َ َ ّ َ َ ْbenefit you in the worldly life and afterlife.Excellence of Ṣalāt-‘Alan-NabīA’lā Ḥaḍrat Imām-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat Maulānā Shāĥ Imām ْ َّ ُ َ ْ َ ِAḥmad Razā Khān ‫ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ  رﲪﺔ  اﻟﺮﲪٰﻦ‬has mentioned in Fatāwā-e-Razaviyyaĥ, Volume 23, Page 122: ِSayyidunā Abul Mawāĥib ‫ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻨْﻪ‬ʝ‫ ر‬said: I saw the Most Blessed ُ ٰ ُ َ َRasūl ‫  اﷲُ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ  واٰﻟ ِٖﻪ  وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬ʄ‫ ﺻ‬in my dream. Rasūlullāĥ ‫  اﷲُ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ  واٰﻟ ِٖﻪ  وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬ʄ‫ﺻ‬ ََ َ ِ ٰ َّ َ ََ َ ِ ٰ َّ َsaid to me, ‘You will intercede for 10,000 people on the Day ofJudgement.’ I asked, ‘Yā Rasūlullāĥ! How did I gain such a greatstatus?’ Rasūlullāĥ ‫ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ واٰﻟ ِٖﻪ وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬ʄ‫ ﺻ‬said, ‘Because you recite Ṣalāt ََ َ ِ ٰ ُ َّ َand convey its reward to me.’ (Al-Ṭabqāt-tul-Kubrā lish-Sha’rānī, pp. 101) ٰ ٰ ٰ ‫ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ‬Ơ‫ ﻋ‬ƕ‫ اﻟـﻠـﻪ ﺗﻌﺎ‬Ơ‫ﺻ‬ ۡ ْ ۡ ‫ اﻟﺤﺒﻴﺐ‬Ơ‫ﺻﻠﻮا ﻋ‬* This discourse (Bayān) was delivered during Dawat-e-Islami’s 3-Day Sunnaĥ-inspiring Ijtimā’ inṢeḥrā-e-Madinaĥ, Bāb-ul-Madinaĥ, Karachi on 25 Ṣafar-ul-Muẓaffar, 1430. It is presented inwriting after necessary amendments. Majlis Maktabaĥ-ul-Madinaĥ 1
  • Priceless DiamondsIn order to convey the reward, make the intention of conveyingthe reward in your heart whilst you are reciting Ṣalāt-‘Alan-Nabī, or say, ‘I am conveying the reward of this Ṣalāt to theBeloved Rasūl ‫  اﷲ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ  واٰﻟِﻪ  وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬ʄ‫ ’ﺻ‬either before or after invoking ٖ ِ َ َ َ ٰ ُ َّ َṢalāt-‘Alan-Nabī.It is said that once a king who was passing by a garden (fruit farm)along with his companions saw someone throwing pebbles; oneof the pebbles struck even the king. He ordered his servants tobring the person throwing the pebbles. The servants brought avillager.The king asked, ‘Where did you get these pebbles from?’ Theterrified villager replied, ‘I saw these beautiful pebbles whilewandering at a desolate place, so I put them into my pocket; whenI reached this garden I used these pebbles to pluck fruits from thetrees.’ The king asked, ‘Do you know the value of these pebbles?’He replied, ‘No.’ The king said, ‘These little pebbles were, in fact,priceless diamonds which you have wasted out of foolishness.’ Onhearing that, the villager regretted a lot but his regret was uselessbecause he had lost the priceless diamonds forever.Moments of life are priceless diamondsDear Islamic brothers! Likewise, the moments of our life arealso priceless diamonds. If we waste them in useless activities,we will possess nothing except grief and regret on the Day ofJudgement. 2
  • Priceless Diamonds َّ َ ّ َAllah ‫ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬has sent the human beings in this world for a limited َperiod of time in order to fulfil a specific objective. Therefore, itis mentioned in Sūraĥ Muminūn, Verse 115: ً ۡ ٰۡ ﴾١١٥﴿ ‫ﺴﺒ ۡ ﻧﻤﺎ ﺧﻠﻘﻨﻜﻢ ﻋﺒﺜﺎ و ﻧﻜﻢ ﻟﻴﻨﺎ ﻵﻹ ﺗﺮﺟﻌﻮن‬ ۡ ۡ ۡ ۡ ۡ So do you think that We have created you needlessly, and that you do not have to return to Us?[Kanz-ul-Īmān (Translation of Quran)] (Part 18, Sūraĥ Muminūn, Verse 115)Regarding this verse, it is written in Khazāin-ul-‘Irfān: ‘Don’tyou have to be resurrected for reward on the Day of Judgement!You have been created for worship which is obligatory on you,so you could return to us and be rewarded for your deeds.’Explaining the aim of the creation of life and death, it is mentionedin Sūraĥ Mulk, Verse 2: ً ۡ ۡ ۡ ‫ﻢ ﻳﻜﻢ ﺣﺴﻦ ﻋﻤﻶﻹ‬ ۡ ٰ ۡ ۡ ۡ ۡ ‫ﻟﺬي ﺧﻠﻖ ﻟﻤﻮت و ﻴﻮة ﻟﻴﺒ‬ The One Who created death and life to test you - who among you possess the better deeds; [Kanz-ul-Īmān (Translation of Quran)] (Part 29, Sūraĥ Mulk, Verse 2) 3
  • Priceless DiamondsLife is shortDear Islamic brothers! Besides these two verses, the purpose ofthe creation of human beings has also been described in manyother verses. Man has to live in this world for a very limitedperiod. In this little life, he has to make preparations for thegrave and the Day of Judgement. Therefore, the time that wehave at present is very valuable. Time is passing very fast. It canneither be controlled nor be stopped. The breath, which oncebreathed will never return.The string of breaths ٰ ِ ُ َْ َSayyidunā Ḥasan Baṣrī ‫ رﲪﺔ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬would say, ‘Hurry up, Hurryup! What is the reality of your life - your life consists of just afew breaths. If they cease, your actions and deeds whereby you َّ َ ّ َget the pleasure of Allah ‫ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬will also cease. May Allah ‫ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬ َّ َ ّ َ َ َhave mercy upon the person who took account of himself and ٰ ِ ُ ْ َshed some tears remembering his sins!’ Saying that, he ‫رﲪَﺔ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬recited verse 84 of Sūraĥ Maryam: ً ﴾٨٤﴿ ‫ﻧﻤﺎ ﻧﻌﺪ ﻟ ۡ ﻋﺪ‬ ۚ We are only completing their number.* (Kanzul Īmān [Translation of Quran])* The number of days left for them or their evil deeds. 4
  • Priceless DiamondsḤujja-tul-Islām Sayyidunā Imām Muhammad bin MuhammadGhazālī ‫ ﻋَﻠَﻴﻪ رﲪَﺔ اﷲِ اﻟﻮاِﱃ‬said, ‘This counting refers to the number of َ ُ ْ َ ِbreaths.’ (Iḥyā-ul-‘Ulūm, Vol. 4, pp. 205)The day announces... ِ َ ِ ُ َ ْ َ ِ َSayyidunā Imām Bayĥaqī ‫ـﻪ اﻟـﻘـﻮی‬ȹ‫ ﻋـﻠَﻴْﻪ رﺣـﻤﺔ اﻟـﻠ‬has written in Shu’ab-ul-Īmān: The Prophet of Raḥmaĥ, the Intercessor of Ummaĥ‫ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ واٰﻟِﻪ وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬ʄ‫ ﺻ‬said, “The day makes the announcement daily ٖ ِ َ َ َ ٰ ُ َّ َat the time of sunrise ‘if you want to perform any good deedtoday, then do it because I will never come back’.” (Shu’ab-ul-Īmān, Vol. 3, pp. 386, Ḥadīš 3840, Dar-ul-Kutub-ul-Ilmīyah, Beirut)Mister or LateDear Islamic brothers! We should perform as many gooddeeds as possible taking the advantage of each and every day ofour life as we may meet our death at any time. The people whocall us today with the title ‘mister’ may call us tomorrow withthe word ‘late’. It is an undeniable fact that we are moving fasttowards our death even though we realise this or not. Thus, itis mentioned in Sūraĥ Inshiqāq, Verse 6: ۡ ٰ ً ۡ ٰ ٌ ۡ ۡ ٰٓ ﴾ۚ٦﴿ ‫ﻳﺎﻳﻬﺎ ﻵﻹ ﺴﺎن ﻧﻚ ﺎدح رﺑﻚ ﻛﺪﺣﺎ ﻠﻘﻴﻪ‬ O man, indeed you have to surely run towards your Rab, and to meet him. [Kanz-ul-Īmān (Translation of Quran)] (Part 30, Sūraĥ Inshiqāq, Verse 6) 5
  • Priceless DiamondsDeath comes suddenlyO those who waste their precious time in idle activities! Pondercarefully. Our lifetime is finishing too fast. You might have seenseveral times that a healthy man dies all of a sudden. We dontknow what would be happening with him inside the grave;however, the reality of life must have been exposed to him.O you who hanker after the wealth of this world! O you whoconsider the acquisition and accumulation of wealth as theonly aim of your life! Hurry up! Prepare yourself for theafterlife in case you are put into the dark grave in the morning َّ َ ّ َdespite sleeping normal tonight. For the sake of Allah ‫ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬get َ َّ َ ّ َrid of the veil of heedlessness. Allah ‫ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬has said in the first َverse of Sūraĥ Anbiyā: ۡ ۡ ٍ ۡ ۡ ﴾ۚ ١﴿ ‫ﻗ ب ﻟﻠﻨﺎس ﺣﺴﺎﺑ ۡ و ۡ ۡ ﻏﻔﻠﺔ ﻣ ﺿﻮن‬ The people’s reckoning is near, whereas they are in neglect, turned away! [Kanz-ul-Īmān (Translation of Quran)] (Part 17, Sūraĥ Anbiyā, Verse 1)Regret even in the HeavenDear Islamic brothers! It is necessary for us to realize theimportance of our time. Spending the precious moments of lifeuselessly is a great loss as the Holy Prophet ‫ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ واٰﻟ ِٖﻪ وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬ʄ‫ ﺻ‬said, ََ َ ِ ٰ ُ َّ َ‘The people of the Heaven will never regret anything of the world 6
  • Priceless Diamondsexcept the moment which they spent without remembering َّ َ ّ َAllah ‫( ’.ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬Mu’jam Kabīr, Vol. 20, pp. 93-94, Ḥadīš 172, Dārā-ḥayā-ul- َTurāš Al-‘Arbī, Beirut)Nib of the penḤāfiẓ Ibn ‘Asākir has written in Tabyīn-u-Każib-il-Muftarī: ِ ُ ْWhen the pen of Sayyidunā Salīm Rāzī ‫( رﲪَﺔ  اﷲ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬a great ٰ َscholar of the fifth century) would wear out because of excessive ٰ ِ ُ َْ َuse, he ‫ رﲪﺔ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬would sharpen his pen (though doing so forIslamic writings was itself a virtuous act, but like killing twobirds with one stone) he would start invoking the Żikr of Allah َّ َ ّ َ‫ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬taking double advantage of his time. When the pen of َ ٰ ِ ُ َْ َSayyidunā Salīm Rāzī ‫ رﲪﺔ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬wore out because of excessive َّ َ ّ َuse, he would start praising Allah ‫ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬whilst abrading the nib َof the pen, (However, abrading the nib does cause Šawāb whenit is written within the purview of Islam, but it was a mereintention to perform two tasks at a time) so that the time shouldnot only be consumed abrading the nib.Get trees planted for you in ParadiseThe importance of time can be realized by the fact that one canget a tree planted for himself in the Paradise within a second ofthis mortal life. The method of getting a tree planted inParadise is very easy as a Ḥadīš mentioned in Ibn-e-Mājaĥ says,‘A tree will be planted in the Paradise for the one who invokesany of the following:’ 7
  • Priceless Diamonds ٰ ٰ ‫ﻵاﻟٰـﻪ اﻻ اﻟـﻠـﻪ‬ 3 ٰ ۡ Ɠ‫ﺳﺒﺤﻦ اﻟـ‬ 1 ْ ٰ ٰ ْ ْ ‫اﻟـﻠـﻪ اﻛـﱪ‬ 4 ‫اﻟـﺤـﻤﺪ ﻟـﻠـﻪ‬ 2 (Sunan Ibn-e-Mājaĥ, Vol. 4, pp. 252, Ḥadīš 3807)Excellence of Ṣalāt-‘Alan-NabīDear Islamic brothers! See, how easy it is to have a tree plantedin Paradise for you! If one of the aforementioned words isinvoked, so one tree and if all four are recited then four treeswill be planted for you in Paradise. Now try to realize theimportance of time; trees are planted for us in the Heaven justby slight use of our tongue.Would that we get heavenly trees planted for us by reciting ٰ ٰ ٰ ٰ“‫ ”ﺳﺒﺤﻦ اﻟـﻠـﻪ ﺳﺒﺤﻦ اﻟـﻠـﻪ‬instead of wasting our time in uselessconversation. No matter if we are standing, walking, sitting,lying down or even working; we should try to invoke Ṣalāt-‘Alan-Nabī in abundance, as its reward is huge. The Belovedand Blessed Prophet ‫ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ واٰﻟِﻪ وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬ʄ‫ ﺻ‬said, ‘The one who recites ٖ ِ َ َ َ ٰ ُ َّ َ َّ َ ّ َṢalāt upon me one time, Allah ‫ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬showers 10 mercies upon َhim, 10 of his sins are forgiven and his rank is elevated by 10times.’ (Sunan Nasāī, p. 222, Ḥadīš 1294, Dār-ul-Kutub, Beirut)Remember! Whenever you lie down and recite something, youshould fold your legs. 8
  • Priceless DiamondsDear Islamic brothers! Would that we make the habit ofconsideration before conversation in this way: whether the thingI am going to say has any worldly and religious benefit or not; ifit appears to be useless, we should invoke Ṣalāt-‘Alan-Nabī or َّ َ ّ َstart doing the Żikr of Allah ‫ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬instead of indulging in َpurposeless conversation so that we get the treasure of reward. ٰ ٰ ۡ ٰ ْ ْ ٰOr we should say: ‘‫ ’ﻵاﻟٰـﻪ اﻻ اﻟـﻠـﻪ‘ ,’اﻟـﺤـﻤﺪ ﻟـﻠـﻪ‘ ,’ﺳﺒﺤﻦ اﻟـﻠـﻪ‬or ْ ٰ‘‫ ’اﻟـﻠـﻪ اﻛـﱪ‬so that trees are planted for us in the Paradise.Better than 60 Years’ worshipIf you don’t want to recite anything, you can still earn rewardeven in silence. Instead of thinking about useless worldly َّ َ ّ َthings, remember Allah ‫ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬and His Beloved Rasūl  ‫ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬ʄ‫ﺻ‬ ِ ٰ ُ َّ َ َ‫ واٰﻟِﻪ  وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬in imagination. Ponder over Islamic knowledge or the َ َ ٖ َtroubles of death, the loneliness in the grave and the fearfulsituation of the Day of Judgement. In this way, your time willnot be wasted and every breath will ‫ـﻪ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬ȹ‫ﺂءَاﻟـﻠ‬ˠ‫ اِن  ﺷ‬be counted as َّ َ َ ّ َ َ ْworship. It is mentioned in Jāmi’-uṣ-Ṣaghīr that the BelovedProphet ‫  اﷲ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ  واٰﻟِﻪ  وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬ʄ‫ ﺻ‬said, ‘To contemplate (in matters of ٖ ِ َ َ َ ٰ ُ َّ َafterlife) for a moment is better than 60 years’ worship.’ (Al-Jāmi’-uṣ-Ṣaghīr, p. 365, Ḥadīš 5897, Dār-ul-Kutub Ilmīyah, Beirut)Five before fiveDear Islamic brothers! Surely, life is very short. In fact, thepresent time is the only time which we have in hand; any hope 9
  • Priceless Diamondsfor having time in future is nothing but a deception. It is quitepossible that we face our death the very next moment. Rasūlullāĥ‫ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ واٰﻟِﻪ وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬ʄ‫ ﺻ‬said: ٖ ِ َ َ َ ٰ ُ َّ َ ْ ْ ْ ْ ً ْ ْ ْ‫اﻏـﺘﻨﻢ ﺧﻤﺴﺎ ﻗﺒﻞ ﺧﻤﺲ: ﺷـﺒﺎﺑﻚ ﻗـﺒﻞ ﻫـﺮﻣﻚ وﺻﺤـﺘﻚ ﻗـﺒﻞ‬ ٍ ْ ْ ْ ْ ْ ْ‫ﺳﻘﻤﻚ وﻏﻨﺎك ﻗﺒﻞ ﻓﻘﺮك وﻓﺮاﻏﻚ ﻗﺒﻞ ﺷﻐﻠـﻚ وﺣﻴﺎﺗﻚ ﻗﺒﻞ ﻣﻮﺗﻚ‬Value five (things) before five (other things): (1) youth beforeold age, (2) health before sickness, (3) wealth before poverty,(4) leisure before being busy and (5) life before death. (Al-Mustadrak, Vol. 5, pp. 435, Ḥadīš 7916, Dār-ul-M’arifat, Beirut)Two favoursThe Prophet of mankind, the Peace of our heart and mind, theMost Generous and Kind ‫ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ واٰﻟِﻪ  وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬ʄ‫ ﺻ‬said, ‘There are two ٖ ِ َ َ َ ٰ ُ َّ َsuch favours about which many people are in deception. Oneis health and the other is leisure (free time).’ (Ṣaḥīḥ Bukhārī, Vol.4, pp. 222, Ḥadīš 6412, Dār-ul-Kutub Ilmīyah, Beirut)Dear Islamic brothers! A sick person can better realize the valueof health as compared to a healthy person and an extremelybusy person knows well the significance of time. Those whohave a lot of free time are not normally aware of the importanceof these precious moments. Value your time and utilize it inthe best-possible way refraining from unnecessary talk, uselessactions and useless company of friends. 10
  • Priceless DiamondsGrandeur of IslamIt is mentioned in Tirmiżī Sharīf: The Mercy for the universe,the Most Honourable Prophet ‫  اﷲ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ  واٰﻟِﻪ  وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬ʄ‫ ﺻ‬said, ‘Leaving ٖ ِ ََ َ ٰ ُ َّ َ(the act) that is not beneficial to him is one of the grandeurs thatman gets by virtue of Islam.’ (Jāmi’ Tirmiżī, Vol. 4, p. 142, Ḥadīš 2344,Dār-ul-Fikr, Beirut)Value of priceless momentsDear Islamic brothers! Life is comprised of limited days, hoursand moments. Every breath is a priceless pearl. Would that wevalue every breath and spend every moment performing gooddeeds! If we waste our time in useless and sinful activities wemay have to shed tears of grief and regret on the Day of Judgementas a result of seeing our Book of Deeds deprived of righteousacts. Take account of every moment of your life and considerhow you are spending your time. Try to spend every momentof your life in useful and righteous deed. Refrain from wastingtime in jokes and useless matters; otherwise we may have toregret on the Day of Judgement.Sayings of those who valued time1. Amīr-ul-Muminīn, Sayyidunā ‘Alī ‫ـﻪ ﺗَـﻌَـﺎﱃ وﺟـﻬَـﻪ اﻟـۡﮑـﺮﻳۡﻢ‬ȹ‫ ﮐَـﺮم اﻟـﻠ‬said, ِ َ ُ ۡ َ ٰ ُ َ َّ ‘These days are the pages of your life, decorate them with good deeds.’ 11
  • Priceless Diamonds2. ِ Sayyidunā ‘Abdullaĥ Ibn Mas’ūd ‫  اﷲُ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋـﻨْﻪ‬ʝ‫ ر‬said, ‘I feel ُ َ ٰ َ َ sad and ashamed on the day which I spend without increasing my good deeds.’3. ِ Sayyidunā ‘Umar bin ‘Abd-ul-‘Azīz ‫  اﷲ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋـﻨْﻪ‬ʝ‫ ر‬said, ‘Your ُ َ ٰ ُ َ َ lifetime is shortening every day, so why are you lazy in performing good deeds!’ Once someone said to him, ‘Yā Amīr-ul-Muminīn! Postpone this work until tomorrow.’ ِ He ‫  اﷲُ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋـﻨْﻪ‬ʝ‫ ر‬said, ‘I hardly complete a day’s work in one ُ َ ٰ َ َ day; if I postponed today’s work until tomorrow, then how would I be able to complete two days work in one day?’4. ٰ ِ ُ ْ َ Sayyidunā Ḥasan Baṣrī ‫ رﲪَﺔ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬said, ‘O man! Your life consists of days. When a day passes, a part of your life also passes.’ (Ṭabqāt-ul Kubrā lil Manāwī, Vol. 1, p. 259, Dār Ṣadr, Beirut)5. ِ Sayyidunā Imām Shāfi’ī ‫ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋـﻨْﻪ‬ʝ‫ ر‬said, ‘I remained in the ُ َ ٰ ُ َ َ company of pious people for a certain time and got spiritual benefits. I learnt two significant things from their company: (1) time is like a sword, you should cut it with good deeds or else it will cut you (by keeping you busy in useless things) and (2) safeguard your Nafs (lower self); if you do not busy it in good things it will busy you in bad things.’6. ٰ ِ ُ َْ َ َّ َ ّ َ Imām Rāzī ‫ رﲪﺔ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬said, ‘By Allah ‫ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬I get very sad at َ the time of eating because I have to leave religious activities (writing or studying). Time is a very valuable asset.’ 12
  • Priceless Diamonds7. ٰ ِ ُ َْ َ Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Ḥajar ‫ رﲪﺔ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬wrote about Sayyidunā Shams- ٰ ِ ُ َْ َ ud-Dīn Aṣbaĥānī ‫( رﲪﺔ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬a great Shāfi’ī scholar of the ٰ ِ ُ َْ َ th 8 century): He ‫ رﲪﺔ  اﷲ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬used to eat less out of fear of the wastage of time in going to the toilet again and again. (Ad Dar-ul-Kalimaĥ ‘Asqalānī, Vol. 4, pp. 328, Dār Aḥayā-ul-Turāš Al-‘Arbī, Beirut)8. ِ ُ َْ ‘Allāmaĥ Żaĥbī ‫ رﲪﺔ  اﷲ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬has written in Tażkira-tul- ٰ َ ٰ ِ ُ ْ َ Ḥuffāẓ that Khaṭīb-e-Baghdādī ‫ رﲪَﺔ  اﷲ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬would remain engaged in study while even walking (so that the time it takes to go from one place to another is not wasted). (Tażkiraĥ-ul-Ḥuffāẓ, Vol. 3, pp. 224, Dār-ul-Kutub Ilmīyah, Beirut)9. ِ ُ ْ Sayyidunā Junaīd Baghdādī ‫ رﲪَﺔ  اﷲ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬was reciting the ٰ َ Holy Quran at the time of his death. Someone asked ٰ ِ ُ َْ َ surprisingly, ‘Recitation even at this time!’ He ‫رﲪﺔ  اﷲ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬ replied, ‘My book of deeds is going to be closed, so I am trying to add good deeds to it quickly.’ (Ṣīd-ul-Khāṭir Ibn-ul- Jauzī, pp. 227, Maktabaĥ nazar Muṣṭafā-ul-Bāz) ٰ ٰ ٰ ‫ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ‬Ơ‫ ﻋ‬ƕ‫ اﻟـﻠـﻪ ﺗﻌﺎ‬Ơ‫ﺻ‬ ۡ ْ ۡ ‫ اﻟﺤﺒﻴﺐ‬Ơ‫ﺻﻠﻮا ﻋ‬Make a timetableDear Islamic brothers! If possible make a daily timetable. Firstly,try your best to sleep within two hours after offering Ṣalā-tul-‘Ishā. Chatting and gossiping with friends (when there is noreligious benefit) in hotels, etc. is a big loss. It is stated in Tafsīr 13
  • Priceless DiamondsRūḥ-ul-Bayān, Volume 4, Page 166, ‘One of the causes of thedestruction of the nation of Lūṭ was that they would sit by theroadside and would laugh and joke.’Dear Islamic brothers! No matter how pious your friends look,you should avoid and repent of every such company which َّ َ ّ َmakes you heedless of Allah ‫ .ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬Sleep early after completing َyour religious activities of the night because rest at night isbetter for health and this is natural too. It is mentioned inSūraĥ Qaṣaṣ, Verse 73:ۡ ۡ ۡ ۡ ۡ ۡ ۡ‫ﻢ ﻟﻴﻞ و ﻟﻨﻬﺎر ﻟ ﺴﻜﻨﻮ ﻓﻴﻪ و ﻟﺘﺒﺘﻐﻮ ﻣﻦ‬ ۡ ۡ ‫و ﻣﻦ رﺣﻤﺘﻪ ﺟﻌﻞ‬ ٖ ۡ ۡ ۡ ﴾٧٣﴿ ‫ﻢ ﺸﻜﺮون‬ ۡ ‫ﻓﻀ ٖ و ﻟﻌﻠ‬And with His mercy He made the night and day for you, so thatyou may rest during the night and seek His munificence during the day, and for you to be thankful. [Kanz-ul-Īmān (Translation of Quran)] (Part 20, Sūraĥ Qaṣaṣ, Verse 73)Commenting on the foregoing verse, Ḥakīm-ul-Ummat Muftī ِ َAḥmad Yār Khān ‫ ﻋـﻠَﻴْﻪ رﺣـﻤﺔ اﻟـ ْﻤـﻨَّﺎن‬has written on page 629 of Nūr- ْ َ ُ َ ْ َul-‘Irfān, ‘This verse makes it clear that resting at night andearning livelihood during the day is better. Do not remain awakeat night unnecessarily, nor spend the day in useless activities.However, if someone sleeps during the day and works duringthe night due to his job, there is no harm in doing so.’ 14
  • Priceless DiamondsBlessings of the morningIt is also important to take the nature of your work in considerationwhile making the timetable. For example, the Islamic brotherswho sleep early are fresh in the morning. Therefore, the morningtime is very good for academic activities. The followingsupplication of Rasūlullāĥ ‫  اﷲ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ  واٰﻟِﻪ  وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬ʄ‫ ﺻ‬has been stated in ٖ ِ َ َ َ ٰ ُ َّ َ َّ َ ّ َTirmiżī: ‘Yā Allah ‫ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬add blessings in the time of morning َfor my Ummaĥ.’ (Jāmi’ Tirmiżī, Vol. 3, p. 6, Ḥadīš 1216) ِ َRegarding this narration, Muftī Aḥmad Yār Khān ‫ﻋـﻠَﻴْﻪ  رﺣـﻤﺔ  اﻟـ ْﻤـﻨَّﺎن‬ ْ َ ُ َ ْ َ َّ َ ّ َsaid, ‘Meaning, (O Allah ‫ )ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬bless all the religious and worldly َtasks which my Ummaĥ performs in the morning. (e.g. journey,seeking knowledge, business, etc.).’ (Mirāt-ul Manājīḥ, Vol. 5, pp. 491)Plan properly all of your daily routines from the time of risingto sleeping. For example, Taĥajjud at such-and-such time,academic activities, Fajr (and all other Ṣalāĥ as well) in theMasjid with primary Takbīr, Ishrāq, Chāsht, breakfast, Ḥalālearning, lunch, domestic activities, evening activities, goodcompany (if this is not possible, then loneliness is far better),meeting Islamic brothers for religious purpose, etc.All these activities should be worked out and appropriate timeshould be allocated to all of them. Those who are not used todoing so might face difficulty in the beginning, but gradually itwill inculcate in their habits and they will see its blessingsthemselves, ‫ـﻪ ﻋَﺰَوﺟ َّﻞ‬ȹ‫ﺂءَاﻟـﻠ‬ˠ‫.اِن ﺷ‬ ََّ َ ْ 15
  • Priceless DiamondsDear Islamic brothers! In the ending of my speech, I wouldmention the excellence of Sunnaĥ as well as some Sunan andmanners. The Prophet of Raḥmaĥ, the Intercessor of Ummaĥ,the Owner of Jannaĥ ‫  اﷲ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ  واٰﻟِﻪ  وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬ʄ‫ ﺻ‬said, ‘He who loved my ٖ ِ ََ َ ٰ ُ َّ َSunnaĥ loved me and he who loved me will be with me in theParadise.’ (Mishkāt-ul-Maṣābīḥ, Vol. 1, p. 55, Ḥadīš 175, Dār-ul-KutubIlmīyah, Beirut)15 Pearls of wisdom regarding sleeping and waking1. Dust your bedding down properly before using it for sleeping to remove the insects or creatures, if there is any.2. Recite the following supplication before sleeping: ٰ ٰ ۡ ْ ْ ‫اﻟـﻠـﻬـﻢ ﺑـﺎﺳـﻤﻚ اﻣﻮت و اﺣـﻲ‬ َّ َ ّ َTranslation: O Allah ‫ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬I die and live with Your name (meaning َsleep and wake up). (Ṣaḥīḥ Bukhārī, Vol. 4, pp. 196, Ḥadīš 6325)3. Do not sleep after ‘Aṣr Ṣalāĥ as it could cause insanity. Rasūlullāĥ ‫ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ واٰﻟ ِٖﻪ وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬ʄ‫ ﺻ‬said, ‘The one losing his intellect ََ َ ِ ٰ ُ َّ َ as a result of sleeping after ‘Aṣr Ṣalāĥ should blame only himself.’ (Musnad Abī Ya’lā, Vol. 4, pp. 278, Ḥadīš 4897)4. Having a siesta (a nap) during the afternoon is desirable. (Fatāwā Alamgīrī, Vol. 5, pp. 376) Ṣadr-ush-Sharī’aĥ, Badr-uṭ- Ṭarīqaĥ ‘Allāmaĥ Maulānā Muftī Muhammad Amjad ‘Alī ٰ ِ ُ َْ َ A’ẓamī ‫ رﲪﺔ اﷲ ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ‬has written, ‘This is probably for those 16
  • Priceless Diamonds people who stay awake at night offering Ṣalāĥ remembering َّ َ ّ َ Allah ‫ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬or remaining busy with study. Siesta removes َ the tiredness caused by staying awake at night.’ (Baĥār-e- Sharī’at, Part 16, pp. 79, Maktabaĥ-tul-Madinaĥ)5. It is Makrūĥ to sleep at the start of the day or between Maghrib and Isha. (Fatāwā ‘Alamgīrī, Vol. 5, pp. 376)6. It is desirable to sleep in the state of purity.7. It is also desirable to sleep on the right side with the right hand under the right cheek facing the Qiblaĥ for a short while and then to sleep on the left side. (Fatāwā Alamgīrī, Vol. 5, pp. 376)8. Whilst going to sleep, ponder over ‘sleeping’ in the grave where nobody will accompany you except your deeds.9. َّ َ ّ َ Whilst going to sleep, remember Allah ‫( ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬Meaning, keep َ ٰ ٰ ٰ ْ ْ ٰ ۡ saying ‘‫ ’ﺳﺒﺤﻦ اﻟـﻠـﻪ‘ ,’ﻵاﻟٰـﻪ اﻻ اﻟـﻠـﻪ‬and ‘‫)’اﻟـﺤـﻤﺪ ﻟـﻠـﻪ‬ until you fall asleep as a person will awaken in the same state in which he falls asleep and will get resurrected on the Day of Judgement in the same state in which he dies. (Fatāwā Alamgīrī, Vol. 5, p. 376)10. After waking up, recite the following supplication: ْ ْ ْ ْ ْٓ ٰ ْ ْ‫ اﻟـﺬي اﺣﻴﺎﻧـﺎ ﺑـﻌـﺪ ﻣـﺂ اﻣـﺎﺗـﻨﺎ واﻟـﻴـﻪ اﻟـﻨـﺸـﻮر‬Ɠ‫اﻟـﺤﻤﺪ ﻟـ‬ َّ َ ّ َAll praise is for Allah ‫ ﻋﺰَوﺟﻞ‬who gave us life after death and we َare to return to Him. (Ṣaḥīḥ Bukhārī, Vol. 4, pp. 196, Ḥadīš 6325) 17
  • Priceless Diamonds11. After you get up, make the firm intention of adopting piety and refraining from distressing others. (Fatāwā ‘Alamgīrī, Vol. 5, pp. 376)12. When the girl and the boy reach the age of 10, they should be made to sleep on separate beds. A boy of this age should not sleep with his peers or men on the same bed. (Dur-re- Mukhtār, Vol. 9, pp. 629)13. When husband and wife sleep on the same bed, they should not allow a ten-year old child to sleep with them. When a boy reaches puberty, rulings of men will apply to him. (Dur-re-Mukhtār, Vol. 9, pp. 630)14. Use Miswāk (to clean your teeth) when you wake up.15. Waking up at night to perform Taĥajjud is a great virtue. The Prophet of Raḥmaĥ, the Intercessor of Ummaĥ ‫  اﷲُ  ﺗَﻌَﺎﱃ  ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪ  واٰﻟِﻪ  وﺳﻠَّﻢ‬ʄ‫ ﺻ‬said, ‘After the Farḍ Ṣalāĥ, the supreme ٖ ِ َ َ َ ٰ َّ َ Ṣalāĥ is the one offered during the night.’ (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, pp. 591, Ḥadīš 1163)To learn various Sunan, purchase the booklet entitled ‘Sunnataynaur Ādāb’ (Sunan and Manners) from Maktaba-tul-Madīnaĥ.Travelling with the Madanī Qāfilaĥs of Dawat-e-Islami in thecompany of the Prophet’s devotees is also an excellent andeffective way of learning and acting upon Sunnaĥ. ٰ ٰ ٰ ‫ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ‬Ơ‫ ﻋ‬ƕ‫ اﻟـﻠـﻪ ﺗﻌﺎ‬Ơ‫ﺻ‬ ۡ ْ ۡ ‫ اﻟﺤﺒﻴﺐ‬Ơ‫ﺻﻠﻮا ﻋ‬ 18
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