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Tuesday, 05 February 2013 15:08



Discourse 1 - Purification of the Soul

Discourse 2 - Durood and Salaam

Discourse 3 - Contemptibility of Pride

Discourse 4 - The Reality of Gratitude

Discourse 5 - The blessed month of Ramadhaan and the acceptance of du`aa

Discourse 6 - The Path of Salvation

Discourse 7 - The Importance of I`tikaaf

Discourse 8 - The Manner of attaining Taqwa

Discourse 9 - The passion of our Akaabir for Deeni knowledge

Discourse 10 - The Rights of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)

Discourse 11 - Etiquettes of Durood Shareef

Discourse 12 - Disorder caused by the love of wealth and its remedy

Discourse 13 - The Reality of Taubah

Discourse 14 - The Benefits of the Company of the Pious




Tuesday, 05 February 2013 14:59

باسمه تعالى

All praise and gratitude be to almighty Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala and salaat and salaam be upon our beloved master Sayyiduna Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), his companions, family members and those to follow till the Day of Qiyaamah.

It is through the sheer grace of Allah Ta’ala that the mawaa’iz (discourses) of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat have been translated into English. These mawaa’iz are the discourses of none other than the great wali and saint Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi رحمة الله عليه who was amongst the leading scholars and saintly figures of our recent past. Hadhrat’s discourses have brought about a revolutionary change in the lives of many and inspired many others to take up the path of righteousness and piety.

The discourses were recorded and transcribed by several students of Hadhrat and later published in Urdu.

We make du’aa to Allah Ta’ala that He accepts this translation, makes it a source of inspiration for all those who read it and allow it to be a means of thawaab-e-jaariyah for all those who had contributed towards its compilation and translation. Aameen

Ebrahim Salejee[1]

[1] Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Sahib دامت بركاتهم is a Khaleefah of Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Sahib رحمة الله عليه and he is the principal of Madrasah Taleemuddeen in Isipingo Beach.




Tuesday, 05 February 2013 14:56

Who was Hadhrat Faqeeh-ul-Ummat رحمة الله عليه? Born to pious parents in the town of Gangoh in the year 1325 A.H. he lived to become one of the greatest luminaries of his time. Nevertheless, describing the personality of Hadhrat Mufti Sahib رحمة الله عليه is an almost impossible task. The most eloquent words would hopelessly fail in truly describing the knowledge, brilliance, piety, kindness, compassion, humility, and the numerous other qualities which he embodied. He was an ustaaz to thousands of students, a mentor to thousands of disciples and a kind and compassionate father to all who came into contact with him.

His compassion and kindness knew no bounds. It was indeed his fundamental nature. Every year he personally took care of the monthly expenses of numerous students of Darul Uloom Deoband, Saharanpur and other institutions. And he also saw to their various needs. There were instances when he gave away his valuable, personal kitaabs and there were occasions where he even gave away the clothing he had been wearing at that time. Despite this, he never regarded himself as having shown any favour to anyone. He greatly loved the poor, he loved being with them and he loved living and had a desire of even passing away like them. Hadhrat رحمة الله عليه was also forever concerned about the deeni progress of others, especially the poor.

It was the normal practice of Hadhrat Mufti Sahib رحمة الله عليه for many years that he would recite 15 paras or more daily in salaah. During the month of Ramadhaan, he would complete one Qur’aan daily.

Hadhrat Mufti Sahib رحمة الله عليه taught Bukhaari Shareef for many years at Kanpur as well as at Darul Uloom Deoband. Besides teaching Bukhaari Shareef and other books of hadeeth at Deoband, he also graced the distinguished position of Grand Mufti of that august institution for many years.

His fataawa (Islamic verdicts) have been compiled into 29 volumes each of which spans over hundreds of pages. Besides the fatwas, he authored several books and booklets. Upon his instruction the publication of many magazines and newsletters was undertaken by various institutions. Together with this Hadhrat Mufti Sahib رحمة الله عليه travelled to many countries for the purpose of disseminating the deen of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). South Africa was particularly fortunate in that Hadhrat Mufti Sahib رحمة الله عليه repeatedly blessed our shores with his presence and benefited the ummah with his teachings. It was also the good fortune of South Africa that this country was blessed with his company during the last days of his earthly life.

May Allah Ta’ala allow this publication to be a source of guidance for the entire ummah.


Discourse 1 - Purification of the Soul


Tuesday, 05 February 2013 14:47

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم

فأعوذ بالله من الشيطن الرجيم    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن تَزَكَّى ﴿١٤﴾ وَذَكَرَ اسْمَ رَبِّهِ فَصَلَّى ﴿١٥﴾ بَلْ تُؤْثِرُونَ الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَا ﴿١٦﴾ وَالْآخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ وَأَبْقَى ﴿١٧﴾ إِنَّ هَـذَا لَفِي الصُّحُفِ الْأُولَى ﴿١٨﴾ صُحُفِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَى ﴿١٩﴾

Allah Ta’ala has stated in the Qur’aan-e-Kareem:

“Successful indeed is he who has purified his inner-self.” (al-A’laa:14)

Whoever has corrected his inner-self is surely successful. People’s understanding of success differs.

An individual feels that by acquiring a palatial house, he is successful. Another person reasons that attaining wealth is the ultimate success. A third person concludes that if he marries into a wealthy and noble family, then he too will be successful. A fourth person decides that if he graduates from college and becomes a professional, he also will be successful.

Elections have arrived and the nominated candidate reasons that succeeding in the electoral process and becoming a member of parliament, will make him successful. Every individual’s view of success differs.

The correct view of success, however, is the one outlined by the Creator of these views. What Allah Ta’ala explains as success is true success. Everything else is not success but merely a deception, which is temporary and will swiftly perish. Success is something that is everlasting.

Read more: Discourse 1 - Purification of the Soul


Discourse 2 - Durood and Salaam


Tuesday, 05 February 2013 06:45

الحمد لله و كفى و سلام على عباده الذين اصطفى ، أما بعد :

It is mentioned in the hadeeth that Allah Ta’ala has commanded a group of angels to disperse on the earth and present the greetings and salutations recited upon Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). They convey the greeting and say, “So and so, the child of so and so, has recited this greeting and salutation for you.” Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) becomes pleased and replies to the greeting.

Now a person may question that since we are reciting durood for a lengthy period, how is it that we have not seen any angels? The answer is that ‘seeing’ is not a pre-condition for existence. To ‘see’ or ‘witness’ something physical and use this as the benchmark for acceptance, is a grave error. Our rationale should be that whatever Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has stated, is sufficient for us to accept.

Read more: Discourse 2 - Durood and Salaam


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