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The Majalis (programmes) of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb, are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays after `Asr  Salah at the Madrasah Taleemuddeen Musjid during those times of the year when Madrasah is open. In the month of Ramadaan, during which Hadrat Mufti Saheb spends the entire month in I`tikaaf, there are  three Majlis's daily. One at 9.30 a.m., a second after the Asr salah and a third at night after the taraweeh salaah daily.

Although these majalis of Hadrat have been conducted for many years recordings of only the past few years are available in audio format. Due to lack of space and bandwidth we will only be able to make available a few of these on this website.

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Allah Ta‘ala’s System of Deeni Revival

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Sunday, 13 April 2014 11:15

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 22nd March)

1. At the beginning of every century Allah Ta‘ala sends a mujaddid and a revivalist. It happens in different ways; sometimes it is just one individual and at times different individuals for different departments of deen. Around the 13th century there were several people whom Allah Ta‘ala had used to revive the different departments of deen. Hadhrat Moulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) in the field of hadeeth, Hadhrat Moulana Husain Ahmad Madani (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) in field of jihaad and striving, Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) for tableegh and Hadhrat Moulana Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) for tasawwuf.

As a token of appreciation to Allah, Moulana Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) used to say that I have been sent with work for a hundred years. It is almost seventy years since he has passed on yet his works are found everywhere. Though he is not around but his works are still around. So he is as good as alive. Thus, when Moulana looked at the department of tasawwuf, he found that people had misconstrued this whole branch of deen and he felt that this should be clarified and publicised.

2. Allah Ta‘ala loves that things be done in sequence and with planning. Look at the clouds; what a great system Allah has put in place for rain and Allah moves clouds that weigh tons. There are so many signs to show that there is a creator, that it will only be a madman who will reject the concept of a creator. Allah is Az-Zaahir (the one who is most apparent and clear), but our minds are poisoned by the secularist education that we receive and we are made to think incorrectly. He is so clear that we cannot even see Him. We say that we believe in that which we see. If we cannot see it then we do not believe in it. However, for example, if there is a person who is sane you will say that he has brains and intelligence. On the other hand, you have someone who is insane and you say that he does not have brains. But for a moment, can anyone see intelligence? It cannot be shown but you believe that he has brains and intelligence. So by signs and indications you accept and believe that he has intelligence. Thus, Allah’s signs are also so clear and apparent. Really, if we get our imaan right we will get the true taste of life. If we have the belief of taqdeer then life will be enjoyable. We will have no complains and ill-feelings. Our imaan is incomplete without the belief in taqdeer.

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The Correct Expression of Parental Love

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 07:31

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 15th March)

Allah Ta‘ala has created a natural bond of love between parent and child. There is no way that this can be erased and removed. Mashaayikh explain that there are two types of relationships where the senior wishes that the junior excels him. One is the father and child and the other is the shaikh and mureed. In any other relationship the one will want to outdo the other. However, the thing to see is how do we maintain this love. It shows itself in different ways and it is Allah Ta‘ala that has created it. But in the feeling of emotions not every person knows how to express this love.

Because of the bond you cannot say that all your decisions are right and that because I love my child I will make all the decisions in his life. At one level are our emotions, but above that is intellect and above that is the Sharee‘ah. Allah Ta‘ala wants us to express love, but at the same time we should consult because with emotions at times our reasoning becomes clouded. So you will take mashwarah, but the umbrella over everything is the Sharee‘ah.

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The Importance of Halaal and Haraam

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Thursday, 20 March 2014 15:15

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 8th March)

The first hadeeth in the chapter of business in Bukhaari Shareef starts off with ‘al-halaalu bayyinun walharaamu bayyinun’. Halaal is clear and haraam is clear. Water is halaal and there is no doubt in it. Similarly, fish is halaal and you do not need to ask whether it is halaal. On the other hand, pork is haraam and this is clear. You will not ask whether you get halaal pork. However, between the both you get mushtabihaat, that which is unclear and doubtful. So what must you do in such cases? The hadeeth instructs us that we should refrain from doubtful areas. Had Allah Ta‘ala wished He could have made all things abundantly clear without anything being doubtful. However, this world is a place of test and thus in His wisdom Allah has allowed these doubtful areas to come about in order to test a person.

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Nasheeds and Nazams in the Light of the Sharee‘ah

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Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:37

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 1st March)

The human ear naturally goes to good voices and sweet words. So the sharee'ah has laid down certain guidelines regarding this. In this time and age there is an explosion of knowledge. But for every piece of information to be understood you have to understand it in context, otherwise it will be harmful. When looking for direction in shar'ee laws we will look at the fuqahaa, those with a deep understanding of deen. We will not look at a sufi and we will not look at a muhaddith. Each one has his own field and we will acknowledge each one’s role. Even among the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) you will get one who narrates the hadeeth and you will get another who knows the proper application of the hadeeth. Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu 'anhu) was of this calibre. The position of the faqeeh is the highest.

The understanding of deen will not come overnight. It takes many years. It’s not only through books. The fuqahaa thus say that one should not listen to naats and nazams. Moulana Thanwi (rahmatullahi 'alaih) explains the reason that when these naats are sung in a good voice, then the listener’s emotions increase and get stronger. And not every person has the ability of controlling his emotions when they increase and it could then lead to evil.

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Employing Personal Reasoning in Deeni Matters and Unconditional Submission

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Thursday, 06 March 2014 15:39

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 22nd February)

Many a times when a person tries to explain something of deen using his own reasoning it turns out to be wrong. If you do not know something then say that you do not know. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) himself said that he does not know when he was asked what was the greatest spot on earth. The malaaikah themselves announced that there they have no knowledge except for that which Allah had blessed them with. Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) was such a great imaam, yet it is reported that at times in a single sitting in reply to 30 to 40 questions he would say, “I do not know.” If they could say it, then what is so hard for us to say the same? If we adopt this approach then 70 to 80 percent of our problems would be solved.

Every person looks for justification in the Quraan and hadeeth, but this is not the way to go about doing things. This was the way of the Jews and Christians. Each one created a standard of success for themselves. The Jews would say that you have to be Jew to enter Jannah and you can only be a Jew if you are born a Jew. They made nationality a base. The Christians said that you can only enter Jannah if you are a Christian. But Allah Ta`ala has also laid down a standard of success: ‘balaa man aslama wajhahu lillaah’ – the one who submits and surrenders himself to Allah alone.

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The Downfall of the Ahle Kitaab

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 14:12

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 15th February)

1. A revert Muslim who previously was a pastor visited me. While discussing with him he said that he had asked his bishop that when the Bible declares swine as impermissible and forbidden, then why do Christians eat pork. He replied that in reality the Bible was addressed to the Israelites i.e. the Banu Israaeel who were the Jews, and the law applies to them. So Christianity is a completion of Judaism, but the failure on the part of the Israelites was that most of them rejected ‘Esa (‘alaihis salaam). The Muslim revert then asked the bishop that if it is addressed only for the Israelites then why we (the non-Israelites) follow Christianity. The reality is that the Christians had distorted their scriptures both in the words and meanings i.e. explanation and tafseer. Laws were also distorted and changed. The Jews also did the same.

2. What happened in Christianity is that a wholesale distortion took place. Some may be thinking that we are in the khanqah but the talk is about comparative religion. The reason is that the khanqah is not only for zikr and ‘ibaadat; it is for reconditioning the mind and understanding. Sometimes there can be a corruption in the mind and this leads to more problems. So where did this distortion start from? It started from Paul. When he was asked about swine, he said: “You are more concerned of what is going in and you are not concerned of what comes out.” So he created a permissive attitude. Everything goes and is allowed as long as you declare yourself to be a Christian. We Muslims, on the other hand are totally distinct.

3. Many a times we play games with Allah Ta‘ala and are doing some sort of a bribery with Him. We will contribute to deeni avenues and then think that when we are doing this then we can continue with all other haraam. The Quraan speaks of two groups; the first being maghdhoob ‘alayhim – they incurred the wrath of Allah Ta‘ala. The reason for this was that they did the wrong despite knowing it to be wrong. So this invites the anger of Allah Ta‘ala since it is as if you consider Him as non-existent. The other group was dhaalleen – they were the misguided and lost ones because they did not worry about finding the truth; they were unconcerned. Hence, both approaches are incorrect and wrong.

4. The frightening thing is that whatever had happened to the Banu Israaeel will happen to this Ummah as predicted by Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that both Ummats will be identical as one shoe resembles the other. The game that they had gone into was legitimising and legalising. So this is the very same thing that is happening nowadays, that whatever seems to be difficult should be removed and allowed.

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Deen stands for Purity

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Thursday, 13 February 2014 18:04

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 1st February)

Deen speaks for honesty and truth. It also comes from the word ‘diyaanat’ which means truthfulness and purity. When Islam speaks of purity and cleanliness it refers to all types of cleanliness, not only physical and apparent cleanliness. It also refers to the cleanliness in imaan, dealings, akhlaaq and character. Why do we make istighfaar? To cleanse ourselves. It is like the filth within the body. You need to remove it in order to function correctly. Therefore, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) used to make the du‘aa ‘wa zakkiha anta khayru man zakkaha’ (Purify my soul). Hence, we need to cleanse and purify ourselves. But it is such a discreet thing that even after cleansing oneself you cannot think yourself to be clean. You may be viewing it from one angle and not another. It is only Allah Ta‘ala who knows who is pure and clean. Therefore, praise is for Allah alone.

Normally when one is attracted to something due its beauty, then it’s mainly on account of colour and shape. We go mad and head over heels just for these two things. This is the magnificence of Allah Ta‘ala. Why do you pay so much just for one tile? It is just the colour and shape. The beauty and excellence that we have is not ours; it belongs to Allah Ta‘ala. It is just on loan.

Our problem is that at times we try to assume the role of Allah Ta‘ala. Allah has asked us to look at His beauty, but only in some aspects and not all. Your father asks you to look at him and follow him. This does not mean that you should look at him in all occasions, such as in the toilet or while undressing. So Allah says in certain matters you won’t look at His beauty, such as strange women, young lads, etc. Similarly, He has asked us to enjoy His bounties, but in some respects and not all. You will enjoy your wealth, but not the wealth of others.

Even the goodness that you have within you is the blessing of Allah Ta‘ala. It is not your personal achievement. It is a favour, not a personal right. When you are not clear about any matter then do not clear it by yourself. Clear it through adopting the correct procedures. In worldly matters we do not take a chance and clear things by ourselves, instead we refer it to someone who has expertise in it, so why don’t we apply this in deen. The bottom line is that we have to understand what needs to be shown importance.

Sometimes we don’t get what we ask for, but we do not know the secrets of the unseen. What we don’t get is to our advantage, not to our disadvantage. It will take some time for the mystery to unravel. A normal person who acquires wealth later in life thinks to himself since that I did not have this money to enjoy when I was young I must give it to my children, but then all hell breaks loose. Hence, he thought that the money was the solution but he did not know that it was to his disadvantage.

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Working Gracefully and the need for Associating with the Mashaayikh

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Thursday, 06 February 2014 15:02

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 25th January)

1. The hadeeth advises that one should occasionally relax the mind. The mind gets exhausted just as the body gets exhausted. Sometimes the exhaustion piles up and one then explodes. So if you find that you are becoming exhausted in a situation and the situation is getting serious then end it off as there will be no end to such situations and discussion since each person wants to have the last say.

2. One is to impress the opposite party and the other is to get the point across. What you need to achieve is the right goals and merely get the point across. Therefore, for most people it is better not to get into discussions and debates as each person does not want his ego to be trampled.

3. In any deeni work you will have to work gracefully and gradually in order for it to remain and last. You will have to gain the confidence of those being addressed. Even when working in a home you will have to work on a love-path and not a warpath. Normally we try to find faults in the person and run the person down. So, rather than doing that, look at your own weaknesses and faults and instead of polishing others, first polish yourself.

4. Companionship gives you the true taste and maturity of deen, but it has to be for a long period of time. Look at our elders. They remained for a long period of time in the company of their mashaayikh and thereafter only did Allah Ta‘ala allow them to shine. Without spending that time you will get the wrong end and understanding of deen. Sometimes you will not have your priorities right, and things that are less important will be counted as necessary and important.

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Giving Credit to those who Deserve it and the Manner of Understanding the Quraan

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Thursday, 30 January 2014 15:12

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday18th January)

1. Among the rulers from the Banu Umayyah, the most popular of them was ‘Umar bin Abdul Azeez (rahmatullahi alaih). His rule is likened to the rule of the khulafaa-e-raashideen. The unique coincidence is that ‘Umar bin Khattaab (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was the one who initiated the compilation of the Quraan Shareef during the khilaafat of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and ‘Umar bin Abdul Azeez (rahmatullahi alaih) was the one who initiated the compilation of the ahaadeeth. So the Quraan and the ahaadeeth were taken over by the two ‘Umars. Those who reject the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) have the greatest hatred for ‘Umar (radhiyallahu anhu). Further, ‘Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) was the one who initiated the performing of taraweeh salaah in congregation. Hence, he is responsible for the preservation of the Quraan. Imagine if there was no taraweeh, what would the young huffaaz do to preserve the Quraan?

2. We need to acknowledge and give credit to those who deserve it. This is the teaching of Islam. Fortunate is that child who remembers and recalls all the good his parents had conferred upon him. Similarly, in deeni matters we need to acknowledge those who strove to preserve deen. The preservation of deen is by respecting the pious and the friends of Allah Ta‘ala. Everyone has some mistake or the other. You will not get someone as perfect as the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and you will be wrong in testing people with the standard of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and then criticise them. The moment respect is lost your deen is suspect. Therefore, we find that those who are against deen, they target the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) for they understand if one loses the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) then there is no deen left.

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The Reality of Tasbeeh

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Saturday, 18 January 2014 15:02

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 04th January)

1. The Quraan and hadeeth are replete with encouragement to make tasbeeh. The different du‘aas that are prescribed for different times of the day contain tasbeeh. When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was approaching the end of his worldly life, Allah Ta‘ala instructed him in Surah Nasr to recite tasbeeh. The hadeeth also recommends the recitation of the surahs that start with tasbeeh when going to bed.

2. So what does tasbeeh mean and what does it entail? It means that we declare the purity of Allah Ta‘ala. However, what are we declaring that He is pure from? There are basically two things: (1) Dependence. Allah Ta‘ala is totally independent. On the other hand, the creation depends on others. We should have the feeling of dependence that we are always in need. The wealthy require the poor and the poor require the wealthy. At no point can one claim that he is totally independent. When one expresses his independence, then Allah Ta‘ala will show him how weak and dependant he is. (2) Declaring that Allah Ta‘ala is pure and free from the limits of time and place. This means that He has direct authority and immediate power. We may have authority and power, but it is limited and indirect.

3. Allah Ta‘ala is that being who is alone in the quality of khalq. There is no English equivalent for this, because we may translate it as ‘the act of creation’ but it actually means to create something from total non-existence. Allah Ta‘ala introduces Himself through His creation. So reflect over the handiwork of Allah Ta‘ala and try to understand Him. Each creation has a different program for itself, which has been instilled within it by Allah.

4. Maturity marks decline. Once old age approaches it is a sign for one that it is time to depart from this worldly life, and no matter how much one may try to cover the old age by applying dye etc. it will not make one any younger.

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