Usmani, Mufti Muhammad Taqi

Refrain from debates

Even if you are in the right refrain from debates and arguments. This is also a great calamity from the calamities of the tongue. These are such that they destroy the inner self of a person and the radiance of knowledge. If you must discuss do it from this aspect that it should be with seeking the truth. As in, speak to another seeking the truth, present your stance, and listen to them. If you understand, accept it, if you do not understand, discard it. That is it! Do not debate!

Cost is controllable, income is not

My father, Mufti Muhammad Shafi Usmani (may Allah have mercy upon him) used to say something very useful in regards to wastage. He would say that to increase income is not within one’s control. In that a person acquire however much one desires is not in one’s control. At most they can make an effort but there is no guaranty that as a result income will increase. This is not in the control of humans; however, reducing cost is in within control of humans.

Miya Sahib and his neighbours

[Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani relates regarding Ml. Asghar Hussain (also known as Miya Sahib),]

His house and living quarters were made of mud. Every year, during the rainy seasons, the plastering of the house was inevitable. This cost significant amount of time and money. Once, my father (Mufti Shafi Usmani) said to Miya Sahib, “Sir! The amount it cost to plaster the house yearly, if you built a brick house the amount will be recouped in two to three years and you will be forever free of this labour”.

Pray for knowledge

"Oh Allah! In truth we are not deserving of gaining this knowledge or becoming its student; we have no capacity. The reality is that our smutty mouths and filthy tongues are not even good enough to be permitted to say the name of Muhammad Rasul Allah (صلي الله عليه و سلم) let alone be given the opportunity to study his Ahadith and utterances. Oh Allah! We have absolutely no capacity to study the words of your beloved (صلي الله عليه و سلم), however, Oh Allah! You are the creator and maintainer of capacity.

Create weight in your actions

To create weight in your actions, develop sincerity. Every action, whatever the action, do it for the pleasure of Allah almighty. Become free from the complements and contempt of creation. Forget that and work solely for Allah almighty.

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