Aap Beti - Extracts

This is an extract of letter written by Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki Rahmatullah Alayhi) to someone
Extracted from Aap Beti, by Hazrat Sheikh Zakariyya (Rahmatullah Alayhi)

A very big fault made by the rich and nobility is that because of their ill- understanding, they have discarded the Sunnat of Mashwarah (consulting with others). For the sake of teaching the muslims, Allah commanded His Rasul Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam:

"And consult with them in the organisation of affairs...." [Aayat]

The Christians have acted upon this command by establishing numerous councils and have given every newspaper and every person the right to voice his opinion. Whatever the result thereof can be, is known.

Muslims have this insanity in them that they feel, that if they should consult with others, people will look at them as being men of little intelligence or that people will then become participants in governing their affairs or that they do not consider others as being capable of giving advice!

Hence I give this well-meant advice to all those whose welfare I have at heart, that before they come here, they should first arrange their affairs at home well, Even if their stay here will only last for about four or five months, because if they come here having only done half the work, they will continuously be plagued with concern and worries.

To find such people who are intelligent and at the same time honest and trustworthy is difficult, but if you do, you should praise and thank Allah for such persons (to take over your responsibilities in your absence). They should be appreciated, because Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: "He who does not thank people, is not grateful to Allah,"
Allah Ta'ala Himself appreciates and He is the praised One. He treats every one according to their characters. Good deeds are rewarded up to at least ten times and evil deeds are only punished once.

"Is he who is a believer equal to him who is an evildoer? No, they are not."

On this point too, the foreigners (British) have acted thoroughly and you can see how they
express their gratitude for good acts performed by even the lowest of their employees or subjects. If it is an employee you will find his name mentioned quite often in despatches or reports praising him and increase in salary and rank. Similarly they honour their employees by means of giving them titles, whereby the loyalty and devotion of such subjects are cemented.

It stands to reason that if you treat the loyal and devoted subject in the same manner as you treat the non-devoted and unfaithful one, the faithful one will tend to become inclined towards acting in a non-devoted and unfaithful manner towards the ruler. Then all affairs will go out of control.

It is a major fault of muslim nobles and rulers that they do not make a distinction between the capable and the incapable. They know that a certain person is intelligent and honest but because of arrogance and lack of understanding do not give the man due recognition. Some have this insane idea that if we praise him, we will cause him to become spoiled. (Na-oozu billah). They consider their brains to be even better than the rules of Shari'at. But this humble one has seen numerous instances where the Ruler himself has caused an honest worker to become an unfaithful, deceiving person.

This is because the poor employee had made use of his time in the service of his master, and asked for some needs for himself and instead of fifty, the master gives him twenty-five. So from where could he settle his affairs except through dishonesty? But if the master acted in accordance with the laws of Allah and his Rasul Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam all these affairs could be properly rectified.

This is a series of letters between Hazrat Sheikh Zakariyya (rahmatullah alahi) & Hazrat Ml Ashraf Ali Thanwy (rahmatullah alahi). Extracted from Aap Beti, Vol 4/5

The actual talbeena recipe is given at the end of the article.

To Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwy.

Assalaamu Alaykum.

I hereby wish to present a little gift. In the Hadith, there is mention of a certain thing called talbeena, which Mullah Ali Qari says is made up of milk, honey and flour, and I have added a little saffron for flavour and taste. Once, some time ago, I prepared it and it turned out to be very delicious and I got the feeling that perhaps Hazrat will also like it. Only Allah knows how it has turned out this time, but I have again mixed the same ingredients.

In Bukhari it is reported from Hazrat Aisha Radhiallahu Anhaa who says: "I have heard Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam say: "Verily talbeena cures the heart of the sick one and takes away his sorrows'." According to Bukhari, she ordered that talbeena be taken and that it is a beneficial medicine. Hafiz Ibn Hajar says in 'Fath ', it is reported by Ahmed and Ibn Majah that Aisha Radhiallahu Anhaa reported "Make use of talbeena, the beneficial medicine," And Nisai adds: "I swear by Him in whose hands is the life of Muhammad, that talbeena cleans the stomach in the same Way as any of you uses water to wash dust from his face."

Read more: Talbeena - A Cure for the Heart

Extracted from Aap Beti, by Hazrat Sheikh Zakariyya (Rahmatullah Alayhi)

My father often told us a very interesting story with a good lesson. Once there was a king who had a bad habit of great interest in 'kemia' (an art that turns things into gold with usage of certain herbs; alchemy). Everyone who does that becomes addicted to it and it is worse than addiction to chess. You lose track of yourself and of your mind even moreso.

(I have met many friends who are victims of this hobby. You see them walking along, with their eyes glued on their feet looking this way and that and when they have any doubt about any herb they stare at it, touching it and smelling it).

The king was also interested in herbs, medicines etc. One of the ministers told him: "Huzoor, why are you so troubled? In your kingdom there is a certain water-carrier who is an accomplished chemist and knows this art of kemia quite well."

He replied: "So there is an expert of this art and I worry myself to death. Send four soldiers to bring him here!"

The water-carrier was brought before the king. He was dressed in torn, tattered clothes, loin cloth and a torn thick blanket. When the king saw his condition, he already had a great dislike for him. He asked him: "Do you know kemia?"

Read more: The King And The Saqqa (Water Carrier)

Aap Beati – Volume 7

[Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Rahmatullah ‘Alayh]

Some of the students who arrived (for the Ramadhaan program – 1394) were students who had spent many a Ramadhaan in the company of Hadhrat Raipuri. Amongst them were some brothers of great calibre. The Raipur attendants often asked them why their Sheikh had still not given them Ijazat. By remaining in the company of Hadhrat Raipuri, they reached even greater heights. Due to what they heard from these people, they started considering themselves to be ‘something’. That was very destructive. The secret of this art is that, as long as a person considers himself to be nothing, he will be successful. However, the moment he starts to consider himself as being great, he will never succeed. This is a fact that I have experienced many times in my life amongst the attendants and mureeds of my Elders.


 I remember one of Hadhrat Madani’s answers to me. In a rather sharp tone he said: “Who is there that enters people into Bay’ah because he considers himself to be capable? Everyone who considers himself as competent is in fact incompetent. The successful ones are those who look upon themselves as being incompetent.”


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