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The Need for a Senior in Deeni Matters and the Manner of Correcting Situations

 

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis – Saturday 30th November)

Western education shows us only external aspects of life, but Islamic education shows us the external and it also changes our outlook and mentality. It brings about mental discipline. However, this comes when you constantly consult with your elders. Hadhratjee (rahimahullah) would say that the corruption and problems that we have nowadays is on account of people not having any senior and guide. Each person feels that he is not questionable since there is no one above him. Even a small home cannot operate and function if there is no head. It has to have a head to move in the right direction. Among the reasons for the success of the tableegh jamaat is that they do the work for no material gain and benefit, and secondly they listen to what the ameer has to say; everything has to pass through him.

Man naturally looks for a role model and someone to follow. If he does not have this then it will be the media and environment that will rule his life. He will then want the latest fashion and follow what the rest of the people are doing. In worldly matters we agree that we need to have a head and senior to gain direction, but it is only in deen that we feel that there is no need to have a senior. In the past, people would just listen to what their elders had said to them without any reservations even if it was an elder brother who told the younger brother to do something.

There is a procedure in correcting a person. If we go against the procedure then it will only create fitnah and problems. Going against the procedure and adopting a hard approach is only for those who are divinely assisted, for if they adopt a harsh approach then through the aid of Allah Ta‘ala there will be no fitnah that will come about. The problem nowadays is that we like to spectate and look to see who is being insulted and smashed down. Hence, are we reading these articles for deeni reasons or for enjoyment? Will we ever enjoy reading about our father being disgraced?

The correct procedure of correction is to address and speak to the person directly. If you haveno authority and you make it public then you can face a lawsuit. If taken out in public then the public will get confused and they will lose confidence in the ‘Ulama, and this is what is happening nowadays. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) also corrected others, but he did not use vulgar language and lose his akhlaaq. If it is something in your place that is necessary and you cannot seem to get through then make your own arrangements. If the person is doing most of it right and has a certain amount of wrong then it is incorrect to rule the person out completely. As a senior, one is not supposed to be chasing people away, but to bring them closer. This was the way of our elders. They avoided causing any split in the Ummah.

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The Lofty Status of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and the Need to Respect them

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis – Saturday 23rd November)

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had secretly discussed among the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) of his plans to attack Makkah Mukarramah. However, Haatib bin Abi Balta’ (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had sent a letter to the people of Makkah Mukarramah informing them of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)’s intention. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) came to know of this and summoned Hadhrat Haatib. When he came forward, Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) requested permission to slay him as he had divulged the secret plan of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). However, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explained that he was a Badri Sahaabi (one who had participated in the battle of Badr) and Allah Ta‘ala had announced the forgiveness of the Badriyyeen. Hence, he should be left. The lesson we learn from here is that the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) may have had their mistakes, but Allah Ta‘ala had announced their forgiveness. Ibnu Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) says that Allah Ta‘ala knew from before that the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were going to make mistakes, yet He announced their forgiveness and His pleasure for them.

The sign of the progress of this Ummah is that they respect and acknowledge the efforts of the people of the past. Just as our parents are the means of our physical well-being and we will not tolerate the slightest type of disrespect to be shown to them, likewise the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were the means for our Islamic and spiritual well-being. Hence, we should not allow any type of disrespect to be shown to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).

Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) had made it clear to his people who were disbelievers that he is free from them and their ways. After all, the kuffaar don’t imitate us Muslims, so why should we imitate them. Imitating them and leaving our Islamic ways is a sign of suffering from an inferiority complex. When we begin following them then the following things happen:

1. Our values will change

2. Our clothing will change

3. Hayaa and shame will be lost.

4. Eventually we will feel that that there is no harm in marrying them.

Hence, we need to be totally different from them and they should not expect us to follow them. What we are required to do is to stay within the borders and parameters of deen and not go beyond.

An outstanding quality of our pious predecessors was that they were always searching for the truth. They never merely looked at personalities and based on their piety took their actions as the truth. Rather, they understood that the truth lied in the teachings of the Quraan and hadeeth and no matter how pious a personality may be his mere actions do not serve as a criterion for the truth.

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solation and Good Company

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis – Saturday 9th November)

Among the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) there were 2 groups that spent their wealth and strove in the course of deen. The first were those who spent and strove before the conquest of Makkah and the second were those who did so after the conquest of Makkah. Allah Ta‘ala says that both groups cannot be equal. The reason being that the first group were striving etc. without knowing what was the future going to be like; whether Islam will prevail and be dominant or not. On the other hand, the second group strove after seeing the success of Islam. However, despite the difference in both, Allah Ta‘ala announces that for each one will be husna i.e. Jannah. Hence, people may say what they wish to say regarding the Sahaabah, but Allah Ta`ala has already announced that they are the recipients of His everlasting bounties.

In the hadeeth, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has explained that isolation is better than evil company and good company is better than isolation. Presently, going for nafl umrah and nafl hajj has become a like fashion. But what we need to see is whether we are investing in the right things. From the very beginning, we start talking to the air-hostesses, having casual discussions with them etc. Allah Ta‘ala has placed a balance within ourselves to judge our actions. Your heart and mind tells you that it is not right, but you still go ahead. By interacting with these non-mahrams all the good that we have is washed away.

A plane needs wheels and wings to fly. Without any of them it cannot fly. These are the basic things. So we too have to get the basics right so that we can move ahead. Sometimes we do not know what will touch and shake the heart. It can just be a smile, a wink of the eye or a smirk. Thus, the hadeeth says that isolation is better than bad company. Then on our way, how many of our namaaz become qadhaa; either our namaaz or the namaaz of our wives and children. Then when we reach the Haramain, then there are the T.V.’s in the rooms, and then we complain of the ‘Saudis’. So what was the benefit in going? So for people like us, we should ask ourselves whether we are going for entertainment or purely for ‘ibaadat. Then on our return, we try to bribe airport officials when we are over-weight and we are always worried about custom officials. So the better thing is to first correct ourselves and thereafter go. In this manner we will gain the true benefit. So we should go, but we should learn to discipline ourselves in order that we are not affected with the bad company.

Then good company is better than isolation. But here again it should not be just for the sake of convenience and worldly motives. In the past even the wealthy and monarchs would visit the mashaayikh. In general, the mashaayikh would not go to them, but they would desire that the wealthy come to them as this will be a means of honour for the wealthy. These wealthy would be affected by these pious for their hearts are connected to the King of Jannah who has all the treasures of happiness by Him.

We understand the prime for television and all other things. But have we understood the prime time with Allah Ta‘ala. The prime time is at tahajjud towards the last moments of the night. But for that we need to have a light stomach so that we can concentrate and focus. That is when one will receive the true enjoyment, and it is a different sweetness which you always wish to escalate. It is even better than the sweetness that one will get when being intimate with one’s own wife.

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he Solution to our Problems

 

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis – Saturday 2nd November)

One of the chief reasons to the never ending cycle of problems is that we refuse to accept a third person’s decision and verdict. When it comes to matters that relate to one’s personal matters only, then one can choose what he wishes. If someone wants to eat a certain dish for meals then no person can force him to eat another dish. However, when it comes to matters that are of a collective nature then in such instances one needs to conform to the decision of a third party. Just for the sake of a peaceful settlement, great Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) would abide by the decision of a third individual.

What happens in many cases is that one party will get a fatwa from one mufti and the other party will get a contradictory fatwa from another. Hence, there will be no end to this problem. This stems from us having the mentality of not wanting to be bound by any law and system. Thus, the only solution is for all to agree to abide to the ruling of one person. Another aspect is that we should look at the problem from different dimensions and angles. Don’t only look at it from the angle that appeals to us. Look at the problem from the dimension that if I have to remain with the problem then it will be a means of ease for others. And why should I not allow the other party to have the benefit of the doubt?

In a marital problem, don’t only think of how much you have done. Think of how much the other partner has done. When you think in this way then there will be no problem. The right type of thinking is to look at your own faults and be concerned about that. This will then occupy you from looking at the faults of others. In the past, when faced by any problem, people would inspect the weaknesses within themselves and thereafter seek Allah Ta‘ala’s forgiveness.

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Morning majlis – Monday 13th Ramadhaan / 22nd July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb’s Majlis

The amount of comforts and luxuries we see around us today was probably never experienced before. But strangely the more the items of luxury, the more the discomfort and depression. The same applies to medicine. Doctors have progressed to this level that a man’s heart can be removed from his body, get treated and then replaced. But here also every coming day there are more and more complications. Similar is the case with security. We enjoy so many levels of security yet we still feel so insecure. The reason for all this is that we have removed Allah Ta‘ala from the equation. We need to firmly believe that Allah Ta‘ala does. The controls are solely in his hands. The stronger this conviction becomes the more comfort, mental ease, guidance and direction we will find. On the contrary the more godlessness comes into a person the more he will find himself falling into depression and despondency.

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Asr majlis – Monday 13th Ramadhaan / 22nd July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb’s Majlis

1.At times the cause for a person going off-track is an external one, eg. Bad company, whilst at other times it is due to some concealed corruption that he has within his heart. Shaitaan enjoyed the excellent company of the angels, yet he was rejected due to this concealed corruption. Most the times, this concealed corruption is pride, as was in the case of Shaitaan as well.

2.The simple explanation of pride is that a person wishes to be distinguished from others. He wants to show that “I can do this, I have this type of influence, I enjoy these privileges” etc. It takes years to rid the heart from this evil.

3.Our whole effort it to get connected with Allah Ta‘ala. However at times, there are obstructions that come on our path and a type of fog settles on the heart. An easy way to remove this is to make istighfaar 20 times after every salaah, or for 2 minutes before every salaah. This should be done with true remorse and with a heavy heart.

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Night majlis – Monday 14th Ramadhaan / 22nd July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb’s Majlis

1.There are those auliyaa of Allah Ta‘ala who are known to people and their positions are also known. On the other hand, there are those auliyaa who are not known at all. Both these classes are manifestations of Allah Ta‘ala’s qualities of Az-Zaahir (the Apparent Being) and Al-Baatin (the Concealed Being).

2.In this world, we do not have the ability to experience or even see things of the Aakhirat. The Aakhirat is a totally different realm.

3.For physical progress, you will have to follow a diet etc. Likewise, to progress spiritually you have to go against the physical by destroying the lust, temptation etc.

4.One needs to abandon two things: (1) Temptation (of wealth, women, etc.) (2) Ego. We have come to the khanqah to break ourselves, but at the same time we desire that everybody should honour and respect us. Lose sight of yourself and you will get sight of Allah Ta‘ala.

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Morning majlis – Tuesday 14th Ramadhaan / 23rd July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb’s Majlis

In contemporary times people become obsessed with some hobby or past time. Some get into sport. Others into politics and the list goes on. Their obsession becomes such that whenever they get a chance then this is their topic of discussion. As believers we are exhorted to regularly reflect on the Aakhirah (Hereafter) as it is a fundamental aspect of our faith. Pondering over the Aakhirah was a common feature in the lives of our pious predecessors. But sadly today sometimes days or even weeks pass without our mind going in that direction for even a single moment.

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Asr majlis – Tuesday 14th Ramadhaan / 23rd July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb’s Majlis

1.One should not make a display of his wealth, especially expensive food items. Others will get tempted by this, and the least that will happen is that by them staring at it the barkat (blessings) is lost.

2.For reformation, one has to surrender himself to someone. Otherwise he will present some reasoning and his nafs (carnal self) will counter reason. This cycle will never stop. Therefore he will have to shut-off at some point and listen to someone.

3.The shaikh (spiritual guide) that one chooses must be someone who has seen the entire path thoroughly. If he is an amateur he will be experimenting and the progress would be very slow. The mureed (seeker) must also be very committed.

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Night majlis – Monday 14th Ramadhaan / 22nd

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