Mending your A’maal with Sincere Taubah (Taubatan Nasooha)


يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ تُوبُوٓا۟ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ تَوْبَةًۭ نَّصُوحًا

O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance! ~ Surah At-Tahreem 66:8


What is Taubatan Nasooha?

 When a garment has holes in it, then one will mend and stitch that garment, put in patches and fill in all the holes, to restore it.  

Similarly …True Taubah is correcting the deficiences in one’s A’amaal and patching up the holes that were found in them. The tear that was caused in ones deeds by sins, is now being mended again. 

Taubahtun Nasooha is the mending of ones A’maal (deeds).


Just as it is impossible to push back the milk into the udders of a cow after it has been milked, the same should apply to one who sincerely wishes to repent over his sins, that he does not return to the sins for which he has repented …

This is Sincere Taubah ~ (Taubatan Nasooha)

The Doors of Taubah are still open and a person who makes sincere Taubah, Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala will wipe out his sins!


The Effects and Benefits of Zikr Become Manifest Gradually


The Zikr of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala is an extremely powerful Ni’mat unto us and is highly emphasized in the Quraan and Sunnah. By making Zikr, Allah gives us an opportunity to rid all the filth of sins that we have accumulated in our hearts.

Day and night, we are attracted by evil, sin, temptations and challenging environments. Hence we are in dire need of making a strong mujaahadah on our nafs, lest we become victims of the vice that overwhelms us. Thus one has to refrain from all sin and cling onto the Zikr of Allah.

However, sometimes when one begins to make Zikrullah, he gets the thought that he is making Zikr, but feels that he is not benefitting … This is not the case!

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Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi RA explains : He gives an example of a little child that is growing. Each day the child is growing but nobody can say for sure how much the child has grown each day. After a considerable amount of time, we suddenly see that the child has grown taller and bigger. In the beginning, we could not make out the difference. This child was growing but we could not perceive it growing, but only after some time, we saw a big difference in this child’s growth…. 

In a similar vein ,when a person makes the Zikr of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala continuously … then only after some time, will he see the true effect. Each day we are making Zikr, and we are spiritually growing and deriving benefit, even though we may not perceive this or gain some enjoyment from the sweetness of the Zikr on our tongues or the Sukoon in the heart, in the initial stage…

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Another common concern we have is that at times we can’t concentrate well.  Hazrat Thanwi (RA) has explained that we should not be too perturbed by this concern. One should NOT exert himself too much in trying to concentrate during Zikr. A cursory concentration is sufficient. Then as one becomes more regular with Zikr, his concentration levels in Zikr will improve and increase…

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“When you are in love with someone, then you will keep mentioning his/her name. When Allah Ta’ala is our Most Beloved … then how much more should we be taking His name!”
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“When we will polish our hearts with the Zikr of Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala, then we will experience a floodgate of Noor (effulgence) pouring into our hearts….”
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An Explanation of Some Selected Malfoozaat of Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (RA) 3


1. Advices Regarding Overcoming Calamaties, Difficulties, Trials & Tribulations 

a) Adopt Sabr

A Mu’min is rewarded for exercising Sabr.

A mu’min is always in either one of 2 conditions: Sabr or Shukr. If difficulty befalls him, he adopts Sabr and when blessed with good, he makes Shukr. 
Both these attitudes are beneficial unto him.

b) Ponder over the fact that if difficulties were a bad thing, then they would not have been placed on the Ambiyaa (AS), who are the closest to ALLAH. 

c) Never become despondent of the Mercy of ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala. Allah will give relief.

d)  Because of the calamity, don’t become negligent with regard to the commandments of the Shariah of ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala.

e)  Make lots of dua for the removal of the difficulty and adopt the correct means of removal.

f) Make abundant Taubah and Istighfaar.

2. The Acquisition of Peace

The less a person has of Dunya, the more sukoon (peace) he enjoys. Don’t let Greed engulf the heart and dont hanker after Dunya.

3. Stray Thoughts

The remedy for stray thoughts is to totally ignore them.
By entertaining the thoughts, ones mind becomes weak and Shaytaan  plagues the mind with stray thoughts more and more …frustrating the person and causing him misery.

One can also read:
‘La hawla wa la quwwata illah billah’ or Aamantu billahi wa rusulihi’ or spit thrice to the left (without spittle)

4.  Method of Reaching ALLAH

Engage in Zikr (remembrance) and Fikr (contemplation) of ALLAH Rabbul Izzat and adopt  2 matters firmly, in order to reach ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala:
* Discard Sins
* Speak less

5.  The Benefit of keeping the company of the Pious

This is two-fold, as it helps rectify a persons Deen and by keeping contact with the pious person, one may also be blessed with Dunya. It is important, however, that the maqsad (intention) is to make ISLAAH and NOT to attain Dunya.


Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Etiquettes of Seeking Permission when Entering the Home


يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَدْخُلُوا بُيُوتًا غَيْرَ بُيُوتِكُمْ حَتَّىٰ تَسْتَأْنِسُوا وَتُسَلِّمُوا عَلَىٰ أَهْلِهَا
O ye who believe! enter not homes other than your own, until ye have asked permission and greeted those in them (Surah An-Nur 24:27)

Hadeeth :


1.Hazrat Anas bin Malik (RA) reported: Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said to me, “O son, when you enter your house, say As- Salamu ‘Alaikum to your family, for it will be a blessing both to you and to your family.” ~ [At-Tirmidhi].

2. Hazrat Sahl bin Sa’d Radiyallahu-Anhu reported: Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “Seeking permission to enter (somebody’s house) has been prescribed in order to restrain the eyes (from looking at something we are not supposed to look at).” ~ [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

3. Hazrat Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari Radiyallahu-Anhu reported: Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “Permission is to be sought thrice. If it is accorded, you may enter; otherwise, go back.” ~ [Al- Bukhari and Muslim].

 4. Hazrat Jabir Radiyallahu-Anhu reported: I went to Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said and knocked at the door (to seek permission). He asked, “Who is there?” I said: “I”. He repeated, ” I, I?!” as if he disliked it. ~ [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].