Majlis Audio Downloads
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:18
(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 28th December)
1. The mashaayikh normally boost a person’s morale based on the type of person it is and the level of his consistency etc. The reason being that a person will find it easier to move ahead and progress if his spirits and morale are high.
2. Tableegh can be done in different ways, it is not confined to a single way, though the best is to conform to the way of the tableegh jamaat since they have a proper system in place. The problem that many of us have is that we will only do something if we get the ideal. However this is incorrect. If we cannot get the ideal it does not mean that we should not acquire what is within our capability. What we can earn now, earn it. We may be sitting in our businesses and have a few spare moments. So don’t let those moments pass without gaining anything. We could take out the Quraan and make some tilaawat or make some zikr etc.
3. For one to get the right shape and understanding one needs to remain in the company of the pious for a long period of time. The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) as great as they were, had to remain in the company of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to achieve what they got. Hence, for those who come after them, they will have to associate themselves with their elders and pious. But in order to progress you will have to explain to these pious personalities your weaknesses and faults.
4. Generally, we would like that our name be preserved and maintained, and that people should speak greatly about us etc., but we do not worry about how we view others. However, the reality is that ‘we should look at others with respect and at ourselves with suspect’. We should always be suspicious of ourselves; is there any evil lurking in my heart, pride, vanity, etc. One’s personal ma’moolaat etc. are important, but keeping the heart clean and free from evils is even more important. If we have the ‘azmat and honour for deen then we will refer to someone for all matters that pertain to our islaah and deen.
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Thursday, 02 January 2014 15:15
(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 21st December)
In order for one’s advice to be accepted by the listener, the bare minimum is that his mind must be clear and free from biasness and prejudice. Just understanding the matter and having confidence is of no benefit if there is no love. Between love and confidence the greater thing is love. If someone’s father is involved in some wrong habit then he may lose confidence in his father but his love will actually increase. The same should be with one’s shaikh. Love and confidence are required. Though there may be some decrease in the confidence, but the love should be ever increasing.
Love comes with allegiance. At times, there is a clash between the love for Allah or Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the love for one’s personal benefit and self. This is where the hadeeth applies that one should love Allah more than one’s own self. Who is your allegiance greater to? Love is the thing that capsizes and motivates a person. One should look at his relationship with his wife and children. When mahabbat is in place then everything is easy.
Sunday, 22 December 2013 10:49
(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 14th December)
1. When the haq (truth) is pronounced then those who are seeking the truth will see it and accept it, but those who do not wish to see the truth will refuse. What can you do if the bat cannot see in the light of the sun? When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) started his message then people called him a soothsayer, magician and many other titles. When a person faces such challenges then he will go through agony and misery and there will be the need for him to consult with a senior. Otherwise, he will fall into depression and become a cabbage. There are two levels of mashwarah: (1) mashwarah pertaining to small matters and things – In this case you can make mashwarah with an ordinary person (2) mashwarah pertaining to things of an important nature – for this you will require the advice of someone professional. The same will apply to deen. The benefit of consultation is that the burden that was over a person is then removed. It is as if a whole mountain has been shifted.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 14:27
(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.
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