Someone had once asked Moulana Raipuri : “What is nisbat?” Hadhrat Raipuri replied: “To be blessed with practising akhlaaq-e-faadhilah (good character) and carrying out good deeds is termed as nisbat.”

This means that one should adopt each quality of Nabi Sallalahu alayhi wasalam, carry out those actions that are pleasing to Allah Ta`ala and Nabi Sallalahu alayhi wasalam and refrain from those actions that will displease Allah Ta`ala and Rasulullah Sallalahu alayhi wasalam.

In short, this is nisbat.

It was the habit of Nabi  Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam to enquire about those who were absent from the musjid. Once, Hadhrat Hanzhalah  did not come for salaah and Nabi  enquired regarding him. Abu Bakr  then went to his house for an enquiry.  On enquiry from his household, they informed him that he was seated in the corner crying away. Abu Bakr  went up to him and asked him the reason for him crying. He replied, “Hanzhalah has turned a munaafiq (hypocrite).”

Abu Bakr  asked him the reason for saying this. He said, “When we are seated with Nabi  then it is as if we are seeing Jannah and Jahannum, but no sooner do I come back home and get involved
with my family, these feelings no more remain.”

On hearing this, Abu Bakr  said, “If this is nifaaq (hypocrisy) then I am a munaafiq as well because this is also my condition.”

Thereafter both of them came to the company of Nabi  and explained the entire discussion. Nabi  said, “If the condition you experience when seated by me continuously remains, then the angels would greet you in your beds and on the road. (Mishkaat with reference to Muslim, Vol 1, Pg 197)

NOTE: This Hadeeth will be a means of consolation for those saalikeen who do not find the yearning and enthusiasm to carry out ibaadat as they do when in the company of their mashaayikh.

One popular explanation of the hadeeth: "Do not make your houses into graveyards." (Muslim Shareef, Vol 1, Pg 265) is that one should make it a habit of performing nafl salaah at home.

Another explanation is that one should feed the guests that come home. Guests should not leave one’s home without partaking of anything in the manner that one returns from the graveyard. One should at least offer them something to eat or drink.

Extracted from Malfoozaat of Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (rahmatullah alayhi)

Moulana Abdur Rahman Sahib had related the following incident:
There lived in Ambala a person who was bay`at to a shaikh who lived in the mountains. This mureed used to be called Punjabi Mulla. He would pay his shaikh an annual visit. As he grew older, climbing the mountains became difficult for him. Once, whilst climbing the mountain he began thinking to himself that it would be much better if he received permission to derive benefit from the grave of a certain buzurg buried in Ambala. With these ideas still lingering in his mind he eventually reached his shaikh. Upon reaching, the peer sahib told him, “A certain buzurg is buried in your area. Go to his grave and derive benefit from him as climbing the mountain has become difficult.”

The mureed was overjoyed since he had received permission without even requesting. After returning home, he began frequenting the grave of this buzurg in Ambala who set his mind straight (in the following manner).  When he got up for tahajjud the buzurg in the grave said, “My son lives in a certain area and he does not have fodder for his horses. Provide them with fodder.”  Thus, he made the fodder available for them and returned. As he sat to make zikr, the buzurg instructed him clean the stables as they were filthy.

This mureed thought to himself that it would have been better to climb the mountains once a year. When he returned the buzurg reprimanded him from his grave, “You do not need to come to us. Return to the buzurg who you used to previously visit on the mountains.”

This is the effect of not acquiring tauheed-e-matlab. The saalik is unable to do anything and he thus remains deprived

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