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Hadhrat Mauláná Muhammad Masíhulláh Khán Sáhib علیھ الله رحمة was born in Sarai Barlah in the
district of Aligarh in the year 1329 or1330 H. Hadhrat’s علیھ الله رحمة lineage is linked to the noble
Sharwání family of landed nobility and, being linked to Sayyid Hussain Ghaurí علیھ الله رحمة, the lineage
is also Sayyid. Hadhrat علیھ الله رحمة attended the local government school up to standard six but did not
continue with his secular education, rather preferring to study Dín which he studied initially in his
hometown and, thereafter, completing his studies in Deoband. Hadhrat علیھ الله رحمة became bai’at to
Hadhrat Ashraf Alí Thánwí علیھ الله رحمة, from whom Hadhrat علیھ الله رحمة received his Khiláfat. This was
in the same year that Hadhrat علیھ الله رحمة qualified from Deoband. Hadhrat Ashraf Alí Thánwí علیھ الله رحمة
stationed Hadhrat علیھ الله رحمة in Jalálábád, where Hadhrat علیھ الله رحمة established the madrasah, Miftáhul- Ulúm, and a khánqáh where sálikín stayed for their self-rectification. Hadhrat علیھ الله رحمة passed away
in Jalálábád on the 17th Jamádul-Ulá 1413 H. (14th November 1992).
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Number Twenty Four
Shawwál 1434 - August 2013
ISSN 1019-2409

بِسْمِ اللَّـھِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِیم

Alhamdulilláh, with the fadhl of Alláh Ta'álá and the barkat of our Sheikh’s علیھ الله رحمة du'ás, this 24th
booklet is now in front of you. All those who have a very busy schedule, especially professionals, have to be very conscious
of time and appointments. Due to changing circumstances, adjusting schedules is almost a daily
challenge. It therefore becomes very important for such a person to prioritise his tasks. It becomes
essential for him to be able to give precedence to what is of primary importance and what is not.
In this majlis our Sheikh علیھ الله رحمة discusses this very topic of “objectives” and giving priority
to tasks. He spells out quite clearly what needs to be given priority and importance and what is not
to be given priority and importance.
Part of our Hadhrat’s technique of teaching was to ask questions, many of which are rhetoric.
The whole purpose was to make the listener think and ponder. In order that the topics and different
points become firmly embedded in the minds and hearts of the listeners Hadhratjí علیھ الله رحمة would
discuss the same topics from different angles. He would give simple, easy to understand
illustrations, making it possible for the listeners to comprehend many points which appear to be
very complicated.
This is not a very lengthy majlis. However, the basic principles and rules that have been
explained in this majlis are very basic. If one were to ponder on them and try and see how it impacts
one in one’s life one will see that it impacts on all 24 hours of our daily life activities. One can go
further and say that impacts on every minute of every hour of our life and even on every breath that
we take. What is the objective of every breath that we take?
May Alláh Ta'álá make us all understand the issues discussed and may He grant us the taufíq
to act according to these teachings.
Dr. I.M.