The Fazaail-e-Aamaal, of Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadith, Moulana
Muhammad Zakariyya Khandelwi (RA), is among the most famous
and well known Islamic books in the world. Allah Ta’ala has granted
this book great acceptance and popularity throughout the globe.
Thousands of people read this book and benefit from it. To date it has
been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Members of the Ta’limi Board (KZN)visited Hadhrat Moulana
Ya’qoob Saahib Rahmatul aliah, Hadhrat Moulana advised them to
commence the reading of the Fazaail-e-Aamaal to the children in
order to encourage them to carry out the necessary aamaal (good
deeds). He mentioned that we are teaching only the masaail (laws) of
salaah, etc., in the makaatib but the children will not be encouraged
to perform salaah by just learning the masaail. We will have to read
to them the fazaail (virtues and benefits) to encourage them to
Hadhrat Moulana Ya’qoob Saahib (daamat barakaatuhu) also
advised that the Fazaail-e-Aamaal be simplified and brought down to
the level of the children so that they are encouraged to engage in
Aamaal-e-Saaliha (good deeds). Therefore, in the light of Hadhrat
Moulana Ya’qoob Saahib’s advice, Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee
Saahib (daamat barakaatuhu), the principal of Madrasah
Taleemuddeen, initiated the simplifying of the Fazaail-e-Aamaal for
the benefit of the children in the makaatib.
This book is divided into 7 parts, viz. Stories of Sahaabah, Virtues
of Salaah, Virtues of reciting the Qur-aan, Virtues of zikr, Virtues of
Durood Shareef, Virtues of Ramadhaan and virtues of tableegh. A
part of each section should be read out and explained daily to the
children. This should be done 5 minutes before they leave for home.