Hafiz Patel Sahib

All praise is due to Allah ﷻ, Lord of the worlds and May His peace and blessings be upon His final prophet and messenger, Muhammad ﷺ.

…But give good tidings to the patient, who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah and indeed to Him we will return.

(2:155/6)

Assalaamualaykum and peace be upon you!

On Thursday 18th February 2016 (9thJamadil Oola 1437), Allah ﷻ looked down at His garden on earth, picked one of His prettiest flower and took its soul away. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon.

For those of you who may not have heard, on this day Hafiz Muhammad Ahmad Patel sahib became dearer to Allah ﷻ. He was a man completely devoted to Allah ﷻ, who spent his life inviting people towards Islam. He was the leader of Tableegh and Allah ﷻ took great work from him for His cause.

The reader may wonder, what possible connection could a blogger have to such a great personality like Hafiz sahib? In truth we had no such connection. We had never met nor corresponded in anyway.

But for as long as I remember, this was a man about whom no one ever spoke ill of. Why? Because Hafiz sahib was one of rare jewels on earth who dedicated his entire life to Allah ﷻ. He was a man who touched the hearts of many and inspired them to follow the path of Islam and live by its rulings.

How accepted must Hafiz sahib be in the sight of Allah ﷻ, for his life was lived in accordance to the ayah:

“And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims.”

(41:33)

Subhanallah! Words cannot do justice in describing him. The more I read about this man and the more I hear about him, the more I find myself thinking; he was a man who strived in the path of Islam, walked the footsteps of Rasulullah ﷺ and undoubtedly gained the pleasure of Allah ﷻ. Surely, he attained success in both the worlds. And astagfirullah! Then there are people such as myself.

We tend to think to ourselves that whatever we have done to bring people closer to Allah ﷻ is enough and that we have played our parts well. However, just one glance into the life of Hafiz sahib will tell us that we have not done even an atoms worth in comparison.

Such was his worry for the people that the beginning of his life in the UK was spent in knocking on doors and calling people for Salaah. He would walk to the houses in the cold snowy weather and call them towards the masjid.

How many of us can say that we have encouraged at least one person close to us to read Salaah? If you are one of those rare people, then May Allah ﷻ bless you. Ameen. But if you’re not, then maybe it’s time we do something to change that. Hafiz sahibs worry and concern should make us take a look at our lives. For most of us, our concern extends only towards ourselves. But the thought of a person being far from the path of Allah ﷻ was a burden for Hafiz sahib and he made it his primary concern to see to it that people came close to Allah ﷻ.

Wherever Hafiz sahib went, he spent the time in making a difference in people’s lives and undeniably he always left people in awe. He dedicated his life to serving the religion, attending to the creation and spreading the words of Allah ﷻ and His messenger ﷺ. I am sure wherever he went, Hafiz sahib left a seed of hope for Allah’s mercy in the persons heart.

Those who knew him will definitely feel a void in their lives. without a doubt for them it will be as if they have lost their own parent. But they should take consolation in the reminder that Hafiz sahib is in a better place. Whilst we remain in this deceitful world where each person selfishly tries their best to outdo the other, Hafiz sahib is most likely residing amongst the pious and beloved to Allah ﷻ in Jannah.

Back to the question; what possible connection can a blogger have with Hafiz sahib? Though in reality Hafiz sahib did not know me, I still feel I have a connection to him. Through the eyes of people whose hearts he touched, I have come to realize that my work in this world is unfinished. He left behind a great legacy and he will forever remain a role model in my life. A reminder to exceed and excel in practicing, propagating and preaching the religion of Allah ﷻ. My bond with Hafiz sahib is not a personal one but spiritual one.

As I laid my eyes to rest last night, my last thought was; whilst I remain in this world as a stranger, Hafiz sahib most likely sitting amongst the company of the angels and the pious enjoying his life in paradise.

As Allah ﷻ says in His glorious Quran;

For them who have done good is the best (reward) and extra. No darkness will cover their faces, nor humiliation. Those are the companions of paradise; they will abide therein eternally.

(10:26)

I pray that Allah ﷻ smiles upon the hearts of those who feel Hafiz sahib’s void, gives them patience and keep them steadfast on Islam and through His mercy, May Allah ﷻ accept Hafiz sahib’s sacrifices and grant him an everlasting high place in Firdaws. Ameen.

All praise is due to Allah ﷻ at the beginning and at the end.

May you be rewarded for visiting my page and may we all benefit. Ameen.

The Katibah.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. BS
    Feb 19, 2016 @ 13:17:21

    Beautifully written. No words can do justice to Hafiz sb. He was exceptional and is irreplaceable. He made everyone feel he loved him the mist and he made dua fir each and every person by taking their name. His memory was excellent. Dawat was his life. He would advise everyone he met on the importance of ourr responsibility of the dawah work. Even until his last moments when he couldn’t talk properly..he was giving dawat and doing fikr of the Ummah. Its such a great loss..a huge loss…

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  2. peaceloveanunity
    Feb 19, 2016 @ 14:01:49

    Ameen. A rare gem has departed from this world indeed and the heavens have surely embraced him.
    I met him once as we flew on the same plane! SubhanAllah the noor radiating from his beloved face was apparent and he was always smiling.
    May Allah keep us steadfast on Iman and grabt Hafiz saheb jnnatul furdaus.

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  3. IsmailSatia
    Feb 20, 2016 @ 00:06:33

    Ma Sha Allah! An amazing piece, I just sat to write something myself. After returning from his Janazah, I thought of what to write. But I don’t think there is a need, you have more or less covered everything I wanted to, in sha Allah.

    Jazak Allah

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