MY TRAVEL WITH MY BELOVED TEACHER, HAZRAT MUFTI EBRAHIM DESAI SAHIB (HAFIDHAHULLAH)
By: Huzaifah Yakub Deedat (Second Year Iftaa Student)
17th March 2017 will be etched in my heart forever. It was the day I was granted the opportunity to accompany my beloved teacher, Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Desai Sahib (Hafidhahullah) on a trip to my home country, Zambia. Hadhrat Mufti Sahib was invited by Jamiah Islaamiyyah for discourses on inheritance and wills, Shariah compliancy on business and a woman’s discourse.
We landed in Lusaka at approximately 9:00 P.M. Hadhrat Mufti Sahib’s students and other Ulama were present to welcome Hadhrat Mufti Sahib. We had a light meal and prepared to rest. I was astonished and lost for words as Hadhrat Mufti Sahib was more worried about me taking a rest when it should be vice versa. The love and affection shown by Hadhrat Mufti Sahib cannot be expressed in words.
The following morning Hadhrat Mufti Sahib was invited to Al Falaah Academy after Fajr for a Dhikr Majlis and a short Naseehah program. Hadhrat Mufti Sahib enjoyed taking part in the Dhikr majlis as that is also his daily routine. After the zikr majlis, Mufti Sahib gave a short talk on the benefits of having a Qalb-e-Saleem (Having a heart free of contamination). Hadhrat Mufti Sahib apprised me that he spoke about Qalbe Saleem due to Al Falaah Academy being under the patronage of Hadhrat Moulana Saleem Dhorat Sahib (Hafidhahullah).
At around 10:00 AM, Hazrat Mufti Sahib addressed the women.
SUMMARY OF THE WOMEN’S PROGRAMME
Venue: LICEF School Boys Hall
Duration: One Hour 20 Minutes
Topic: Identifying pitfalls in a marriage
Hadhrat Mufti Sahib commenced his talk by highlighting the power of a spousal relationship. The world population is approximately seven billion which constitutes people of diverse colours, casts, creeds, religions and nationalities. This is the outcome of only two people, Hadhrat Adam & Hadhrat Hawa Alaihima (Alayhi Salaam).
Hadhrat Mufti Sahib stated that a husband and a wife could be a father and mother of an unknown future generation. A husband and wife should understand the magnanimities of their marriage union. He stated it is because of this union, Shaytaan has made it his priority to attack this union and quoted a Hadith to that effect. He then presented examples of marriage differences in the lives of the Sahabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum). He then highlighted five issues to overcome challenges in a marriage.
Hadhrat Mufti Sahib explained this with a verse of the Holy Qur’aan in which Allah Ta’ālā refers to the spouses as clothing for the other. He deduced the point of not being selfish and self-centred in a marriage. If the wife accommodates the husband, it will be she who will ultimately benefit.
- Express Love.
Hadhrat Mufti Sahib stated that merely having love is not sufficient. Expressing love is what is required in a marriage. If one has a bottle of perfume but is not sprayed, how will one appreciate the fragrance. Many examples from the sunnah were cited regarding this point.
A married woman should act as a wife, not just a woman. Never neglect your husband. Hadhrat Mufti Sahib advised on what a wife should do when a husband goes to work and when he returns from work. Many wise words regarding this point and building trust were mentioned under this point.
- Make your husbands home your home.
Never ever make your husbands home subservient to your mother’s home and her rules. Make his interests your interests. Make his concerns and problems, your problems. Some incidents were mentioned to expound the above point.
- Biological needs of the husband.
The purpose of Nikah is to maintain chastity and be pure. In this era of technology when just about everything stirs a person’s carnal desires, the wife should co-operate in achieving the objective of chastity and purity.
Lastly Hadhrat Mufti Sahib shared a recipe of 10 points for a happy and successful marriage.
The talk can be downloaded here.
The next programme was on the laws of inheritance after Maghrib Salaah.
SUMMARY OF TALK ON INHERITANCE
Venue: Jaame Masjid
Duration: One and Half hour
Hadhrat Mufti Sahib commenced his talk by expounding on submission to Allah. He explained the laws of Inheritance are by divine order and we have no choice in this matter. He explained a person’s slavery (abdiyyat) is tested in the laws of inheritance. Mufti Sahib presented many Ahadith on the importance of Islamic laws of inheritance, succession and wills. The following points were covered in the talk,
- Sequence of estate.
- Burial Expenses.
- Pregnancy, adoption, simultaneous deaths.
- The actual inheritance.
- Withholding divorce, Second marriage, secret marriage.
- Business of the deceased.
- Fixed property, trust deeds, gifts.
Alhamdulillah, Hadhrat Mufti Sahib spoke for one and half hour. I noticed that the audience was very much attentive as many of these issues were given with practical examples. Moreover, this was first of a kind programme specifically on inheritance in Zambia.
Thereafter we had Q&A session wherein questions received email were presented. This was quite riveting for the audience as factual questions were read out.
Thereafter an article written by Hadhrat Mufti Sahib wherein a deceased parent is addressing the child with some thought provoking advices was read out. Many hearts were touched and some eyes were left watery and we received numerous messages and emails requesting the article to be broadcasted. Mufti Sahib then concluded the program with a heartfelt Dua.
The talk can be downloaded here.
The next day Hadhrat Mufti Sahib had a short Majlis after Fajr at Masjid-e-Umar on the reality of spiritual reformation. Hadhrat Mufti Sahib thereafter made Dua on the site of the new madrasa opening up near Masjid-e-Umar.
Hadhrat Mufti Sahib was then invited to Jamiah Islaamiyyah for breakfast by the principal, Hadhrat Moulana Yusuf Sahib (Hafidhahullah). I was also yearning to see my Darul Uloom, Jamiah Islaamiyyah and meet my teachers. It is a place where Allah Ta’ala chose for me to acquire Ilm-e-Deen.
Hadhrat Mufti Sahib was then invited to make dua at the proposed new building coming up next to the Jamiah Islaamiyyah premises.
Thereafter Mufti Sahib had allocated a private audience to individuals who wished to discuss business related issues with Hadhrat Mufti Sahib at Jamiah Islaamiyyah’s guest house from 09:30 to 01:00.
After Dhuhr we visited Makeni Orphanage which was quite an amazing experience too. When Hadhrat Mufti Sahib was requested to make Dua, he stated he is in more need of the Duas of these orphans.
The next programme was regarding Shariah compliancy in business after Maghrib Salah.
SUMMARY ON THE SHARIAH COMPLIANT BUSINESS TALK
Venue: Jaame Masjid
Duration: Two hours with Q & A
Hadhrat Mufti Sahib commenced his talk by emphasizing on adopting a singular approach to Deen and avoiding a pick and choose attitude. He explained one possible reason for not conducting our dealings according to Shariah is the lack of conviction in Allah being the Ultimate provider. On this Hadhrat Mufti Sahib presented some very inspirational and motivational incidents. He then stated we live in this world of means and we should adopt means for our sustenance. He then presented Ahadith on the importance of trade and business and the importance or respecting and valuing businessmen.
Hadhrat Mufti Sahib then presented some amazing incidents of the wealth of the Sahabah, Hadhrat Abbas, Hadhrat Abdur Rahman bin Awf and Hadhrat Zubair bin Awwam (Radhiyallahu Anhum). He then furnished some astronomical numbers referring to the extent of the wealth of these Sahabah. It appeared the crowd was confounded with those numbers.
Hadhrat Mufti Sahib then presented the following points:
- Search for true values of economics in Islamic economics and not in the conventional economic system.
He referred to how interest is an unjust economic system and explained the alternative that is the Musharakah system.
- Morals in our dealing.
Many examples were cited here and we could hear the expressions of the crowd.
- Empowering each other.
Hazrat Mufti Sahib referred to two political and economic competing powers. He stated that Muslims should support each other and become an economic power base.
- Documenting one’s dealings.
Many disputes and misunderstandings are due to not documenting one’s dealings. This leads to disputes and depriving one of barakah.
Our businesses should be a base for Dawah. It is not only for enriching oneself. He cited how Islam came to Bahrain through one businessman.
Mufti Sahib emphasised in educating ourselves in the various business transactions and correcting our dealings. In this he referred to the BEEP (Business Education Empowerment Programme) from the Darul Iftaa.
In conclusion Hadhrat Mufti Sahib presented two points,
- Never be proud and arrogant with one’s wealth
- Abstain from committing sins
On both he presented some fearsome incidents. There was a Q & A session too which highlighted some pertinent business issues. Hazrat Mufti Sahib ended the programme with another heartfelt dua.
The talk can be downloaded here.
On Monday after Fajr, Hadhrat Mufti Sahib had a Dhikr Majlis at Moulana Muhammad Majid Sahibs Madrasa. There was a short Q & A session with the teachers as well. Unfortunately, the time was up to return to Durban. The journey had been short. However, it was filled with memories to last for a life time.
Alhamdulillah, there was a positive response from the public on the program. May Allah Ta’āla reward Hadhrat Mufti Sahib for availing his time to go to Zambia despite his busy schedule and may he keep his shadow over us for a long time. Ameen.
Hadhrat Mufti Sahib imparted to me many priceless gems during the journey. Hereunder are some,
- Do not disregard any student even if he is weak. The challenge is to educate a weak student.
- Make Dua that Allah Ta’ala take the work of Fatawa from you till your last breath.
- Your parents have spent a hefty sum on you. They have dreams of what you will become in the future. Do not ever let their dreams be shattered by doing actions which may displease them.
- Guard yourself at all times against your nafs.
- Never ridicule a student of Deen.
- Always show love and respect to your students.
Do not pay attention to negative comments about you. Carry on doing your work for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.
- Never disregard your Dhikr at any point in your life.
- Never hold any past grudges in your life.
- Respect to your elders should never be compromised.
- If wealth is lost nothing is lost. If health is lost, something is lost but if character is lost all is lost.
- Always take the Duas of your elders.
- Never ever impose your opinion on others.
- Respect the opinion of others. Do not undermine their academic capabilities.
- You will always come across people having jealousy and ill feelings and being intimidated by you. Give them a smile and pursue your objective.
- Don’t focus only Qaabilyyat (academic capabilities). Be concerned about Qubuliyyat (divine acceptance).