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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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Preserving our Identity

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Saturday, 13 February 2016 15:55

(Summary of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 30th January)

One of the popular kings in Islamic history is Harooon Ar-Rasheed who was from the Abbasid khilaafat, powerful and mighty. The very unique thing in all of them was that they may have taken to luxury and comfort, but they maintained their independence. In the presence of the disbelievers living around, they did not show any weakness or inferiority complex. Rather the countries that they had captured, they had seen to it that it was their influence that will run. Most of these North African countries, in fact all of them were not Arabic speaking, be it Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, etc. they were not Arabic speaking. The moment Islam set foot in these countries then it was the Arabic language that flowed. Right up till Somalia and some parts of Ethiopia. They had seen that their language, culture and ways flowed. At no time did they feel inferior. This is a genuine challenge; when we live in an Islamic minority then we will have to do something to preserve our identity. We cannot just depend on some group like the tableegh jamaat feeling that they will do it and on account of their effort we will sustain ourselves. Each person needs to consider and count himself equally responsible.

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Islam is about Love and Compassion

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Saturday, 06 February 2016 14:05

(Summary of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 23rd January)

Islam is all about love and compassion. Allah Ta‘ala Himself declares that He has ordained mercy upon Himself. It is not an option; it is a duty taken upon Himself. Allah Ta‘ala also states: “My mercy overtakes My wrath.” In any situation you will see that His mercy overtakes His anger. In all occasions Allah Ta‘ala has made opportunities for us to show love and compassion, and also forgiveness. We will then become a minuscule reflection of the glory of Allah Ta‘ala. The glory of Allah Ta‘ala is found in His mercy and compassion. If a person falls ill, we will visit him and make it easy for him. But when we will not understand deen then instead of making it easy for him we will make it difficult for him. For example, an individual is ill and he needs to be taking a rest. However, one person will visit him and disturb his rest. A few minutes later a second person will go and visit. Now the whole essence of visiting is to make life easy for him. So in order to make it easy we will first enquire from someone close to him whether it is the time for his rest or not, and also in a manner that he does not feel constrained. For example, if it is a senior person that is enquiring and the sick person is informed of this he will feel constrained to ask him not to visit. Hence, when we don’t know the essence of the sunnah we will create problems for ourselves and for others. Therefore, it is very important that we understand the theme of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). When we understand this then we will know how to practise the hadeeth. That is why I discourage people from listening to too many talks and listening to too much of media news because each person feels that he is right and he wants to give his opinion. The mind then does not know what is right and what is not right and it creates confusion for oneself and for others.

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The World is a Place of Diversity

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Saturday, 02 January 2016 16:07

(Summary of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 5th December)

Allah Ta‘ala has created this world in diversity. If there is the earth then there is the heaven. If there are the Malaaikah that are spirited to do good and virtue then there are the Shayaateen that are spirited to do evil and vice. If there is adversity then there is prosperity, if there is sickness there is health. When we look all around we will notice that this is the nature of the creation, that there is diversity. It was there from the day the world started. The incident of Haabeel and Qaabeel is quite famous. Now we have a multiple problem before us. One is to recognise and identify the wrong. That is one task and challenge. It becomes a challenge in this day on account of the abundance of evil. Laa yastawil khabeethu wat tayyibu … – wrong and right, purity and impurity cannot be the same though the abundance of wrong may dazzle you. When that wrong reaches a limit then many a time many unwary people get confused that is this right or not.

One common thing is a pre-marital relationship. Because of the abundance of this, people think that there is no problem in this as long as there is a proposal in place, and the parents themselves feel that there is no problem in her dating her fiancé. Because of the abundance, some parents feel that it is alright and some feel that it is not so bad. When this ‘not so bad’ culture starts then you can fit anything and everything in this culture. So in this pre-marital relationship you have a casual conversation, then you have an informal talk, sometimes they are going out for the day or going for tea and coffee. All this is happening and the parents don’t feel that there is anything wrong; and the only cautionary warning they give is that don’t get messed up. They can do everything but not have any intimate relationship. But what do the parents know what they are up to? Hence, what are they giving their blessings for? Therefore, on account of the abundant evil the wrong seems to be right and the right seems to be wrong.

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The Difference between the Dunya and Aakhirah

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 09:00

(Summary of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 28th November)

The circumstances and conditions in this world are different to the conditions of the hereafter. In the hereafter there is no pain and anxiety. Therefore, this leads one to the fact that those things that will lead to pain and anxiety will be removed from the system in the hereafter. In this world we have jealousy, so when we see someone excelling we feel the pain and a bit uncomfortable. You will feel that why am I not as popular as him, or as rich as him. Hence, this is the system of the world. In the hereafter these things won’t be there. When these feelings won’t be there then when you will see someone with something better you will not feel any pain or be grieved. In this world if you have an old VW Beetle and especially when it is making a loud noise you will not feel comfortable driving it in an area like Ballito, etc. But in Jannat, the variances in the ranks will not cause any pain.

This world has been designed in such a way that it is a mixture of goodness and pain. If both are not there then this world cannot run. If there is only good, piety, and righteousness then how can this world run, for will there be any need for an ‘aalim, for gusht and going out in four months, etc.? By the same token, in this world you have to work, otherwise how will you have a roof over your head? In the aakhirah there is no real need to eat. Even if you do not eat there will be no hunger. You will always be satisfied. Whatever you eat will be just for the enjoyment of the eye and to relax. It is not like the eating of this world. Everything else in Jannah is on the same standard, that it is not for need, it is just to experience the excitement. In our terms, Jannat is a place of different experiences and not need. In this world if there was no such a thing as hunger, will there be a need for people to work and strive? So for the world to function you will need to have a combination of both.

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Begging from Allah Ta‘ala with Humility

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015 15:02

(Summary of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 21st November)

It is the command of Allah Ta‘ala: “Ask of me and I will answer you. Those who are too proud to serve Me will enter Jahannum disgraced.” Being the command of Allah Ta‘ala, the one who executes the command, Allah Ta‘ala will be pleased with him. If he does not then Allah Ta‘ala will be displeased. A gift that was exclusive to the Ambiyaa of the past was that their du‘aas were readily accepted. The same gift has been given to every Ummati of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

The hadeeth says that du‘aa is ‘ibaadat. One explanation that the ‘Ulamaa give is that when a person is making du‘aa, he is showing his desperation, helplessness and limitation, that I cannot make it happen; I can put systems and procedures in place, but to make it happen is Your work. I can advertise and display the commodity but to get the client is Your work. What I can do is put the morsel of food into my mouth, chew it, and swallow it, but then to digest it and turn it into blood, etc. is Your work. Hence, when can I say that I am independent of You. Hence in du‘aa you show your desperation and helplessness before Allah Ta‘ala, and in ‘ibaadat you are lowering and humbling yourself. You are saying ‘Allahu Akbar’ as if you are saying ‘hands up’ and then you go into sajdah as if you are saying that if I could go any lower I would have gone. So in du‘aa there is total submission. It is as if you are saying, “I cannot make it happen, You are the only being that I can trust and have hope in. If it is anybody else, then either he has it and does not want to give me, or he does not have it at all.” You go to a doctor; it can be that either he has the medication but he does not want to give you, or he wants to help you but you are so sick and the illness is so advanced that he cannot be of any help to you. The cancer has gone to the last degree. Now, this will be the nature of every creation. Either it does not want to give it or it doesn’t have it. But when you look at Allah Ta‘ala, what doesn’t He have. Whatever it may be, He has treasures of it, food, wealth or any other commodity for that matter, but then for the smooth administration of the world Allah Ta‘ala says: “wa maa nunazziluhoo illaa be qadarim ma’loom” – We send it down in limited proportion. So whatever it may be Allah Ta‘ala has treasures of it. The reason for sending things in limited proportion is obvious, because if Allah Ta‘ala sent things in immeasurable proportion then you will not be able to control it. If Allah Ta‘ala had to send down one million litres of water, will you be able to store that water, take care of it, sanitize it, etc. Similarly if Allah Ta‘ala had to send maize and wheat in large quantities, how will we be able to store it? Everybody will have to end up building silos in their homes to preserve that wheat for that duration and then put insecticides, etc. to prevent insects from devouring it. So do you see the wisdom of Allah Ta‘ala? May Allah Ta‘ala give us the taufeeq to take out some time and reflect over His wisdom, beauty, love, and compassion.

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The Responsibility of a Leader

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Tuesday, 08 December 2015 14:47

(Summary of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 14th November)

In the time of ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), there was a prominent Syrian who used to frequent his gathering. For some time ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) noticed that he was not coming, whereas he used to come regularly. So he enquired regarding him. This is called tafaqqud, it is to enquire. When a person is in a position of authority and people have vested their confidence in him, how should he conduct himself? The way of the pious of the past was that they would find out regarding those under them; perhaps the person may be in some constraints and difficulty and I have neglected the person. ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) considered himself to be responsible. On account of this responsibility he would say that if a wolf has to devour a sheep on the banks of the Euphrates River then I will be held responsible for it. They never considered position and rulership as a thing to glorify or be boastful of. People would take it with a lot of fear and concern. It was pushed on to them and they had to accept it, and sometimes it was pushed on to them with the force of the sword. Nonetheless, when ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had taken on the helms of the kingdom, he used to make tafaqqud. We hear the incidents of him patrolling the streets and outskirts of Madeenah at night. In proportion to the wealth and power they enjoyed they considered their responsibilities greater. People normally yearn and desire for these two, wealth and power, but they don’t realise the responsibility that comes with it. Hence, the pious of the past viewed it differently and understood that they will have to take care of those who are lesser privileged, not to pile it up.

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The Lessons Learnt from Sulaiman’s (‘alaihis salaam) Construction of Baitul Muqaddas

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Monday, 23 November 2015 14:42

(Summary of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 7th November)

When Hazrat Sulaimaan (‘alaihis salaam) had completed the construction of Baitul Muqaddas he got on to the sakhrah –  the rock beneath the dome of the rock and expressed his gratitude saying that O Allah, you have allowed me to complete this, so give me the taufeeq of offering shukr and gratitude for accomplishing this. Every step of the path of a nabi is a lesson. First, he is offering thanks for he has been allowed to complete the construction and then thanks that he has been granted the opportunity to construct this. He had a big feast and couple a thousand animals were slaughtered and he invited many people. At that time he made several du‘aas, that whoever comes here without any ulterior motive but to perform namaaz and remember Allah Ta‘ala then allow him to leave the musjid with all his sins forgiven like the day he is born. If he comes with any need then fulfil his need, if he is suffering from any ailment then cure him, if he is seeking asylum from his enemy then grant him refuge and asylum.

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The Oaths that Allah Ta‘ala Takes and the Importance of Consulting

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Saturday, 14 November 2015 16:27

(Summary of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 31st October)

An oath is generally taken to impress upon the listener that what I am saying is the truth. But when Allah Ta‘ala takes an oath then there is no need for Him to impress, for there can be nobody more truthful than Allah Ta‘ala. Further, everything is subject to Him. There isn’t anything that is above Him. When we speak we need to impress on people about our might, glory and power. But Allah Ta‘ala does not need that. When He speaks, He speaks to us at our level out of compassion for us in order that we understand. It is like a father who has a young child in pre-primary school; if he wishes to explain to him a concept he will come down to his level and explain it. Hence, at times Allah Ta‘ala will impress by taking an oath and at times He will impress by witnessing Himself.

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Understanding the Position of Allah Ta‘ala

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Monday, 09 November 2015 14:48

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 24th October)

Hazrat Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had written to Mugheerah bin Shu’bah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), who was one of his governors, and at that time the Islamic empire had spread far and wide, up to part of Russia and reaching up to China. When the state had expanded so far, it was required that different areas be managed separately. Hazrat Mugheerah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was perhaps dispatched to Egypt. Hazrat Mu‘aawaiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), in spite of his might and glory, and extensive empire, did not see himself not in need to increase his knowledge. Hence, he writes up to Mugheerah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) asking him, “Tell me something that you heard directly from Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) as far as what Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would read after salaah.” This was the style of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) that they always wanted to progress and wanted to know about their deen. 

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Being Mindful of Allah Ta‘ala

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Monday, 02 November 2015 13:53

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 17th October)

1. Hazrat Dawood and Hazrat Sulaimaan (‘alaimas salaam) were great kings of their times and it is quite popular of Hazrat Sulaimaan (‘alaihis salaam) that he was from among those people who ruled over the entire world. Perhaps why Allah Ta‘ala speaks of them is to impress on us that in riches and wealth you can still be a devout Muslim. Many a times, we misinterpret and say ‘chasing and running after the dunya’, but we do not understand what we are speaking about. Moulana Room (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) says that what is meant by chasing after the dunya, and that a person is soaked in the dunya? He says that the essence of it is: ‘az khuda ghaafil budan’ – to become unmindful of Allah Ta‘ala. 

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