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A unique feature of Baitul Muqaddas

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(Summary of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis (Saturday 15th December)

The lands of Shaam, Palestine and surrounding areas are lands of blessings. The Mi`raaj of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) commenced from here. Allah Ta`ala Himself speaks of the blessings of this land in the Qur’aan: “We have blessed the lands around it.” Ebrahim (alaihis salaam) had moved from Iraq to the lands of Shaam and this then became the homeland of the Banu Isra’eel and all the Ambiyaa (alaihimus salaam) that were sent from them.

 Allah Ta`ala had warned the Banu Isra’eel that if they caused mischief and corruption on earth then the control of these lands and Musjid-ul-Aqsa will be lost. Allah Ta`ala also warned them that this will happen twice, and so did it happen. 

Bait-ul-Muqaddas has a very unique feature in that it serves as a gauge for the condition of the Muslims. If the Muslims are upright and straight then they will have control over it and if not then they will lose the control. The Muslims of that time were the Banu Isra’eel and as long as they remained upright and held to their scripture the control remained in their hands. The same applies to us. The control of these lands depends on the Muslims. If for example we inspect the masaajid at the time of Fajr then we will find that less than 25 percent of musallees are present at Fajr time.

Presently, we are in the holiday period and we all know the condition of people especially at the beaches. It will be unbecoming of any Muslim to visit any of these spots during this time. Even if a person presents the excuse of not casting any lustful glances etc. then too he will not be free of blame. Once, Hadhrat Shaikh-ul-Hind (rahmatullahi alaih) visited his shaikh, Hadhrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi (rahmatullahi alaih). It so happened that on that particular day, there was a urs celebration that was taking place in Gangoh, and to get to the residence of Moulana Gangohi (rahmatullahi alaih) one had to pass through the area where the urs was taking place. Shaikh-ul-Hind (rahmatullahi alaih) reached the residence of his shaikh late at night. Without any welcome, Hadhrat Gangohi (rahmatullahi alaih) instructed Shaikh-ul-Hind (rahmatullahi alaih) to immediately return to Deoband. The person accompanying Shaikh-ul-Hind (rahmatullahi alaih) interrupted and said that Shaikh-ul-Hind was unaware of the urs and should be allowed to remain in Gangoh. Hadhrat Gangohi (rahmatullahi alaih) replied, “I am not a simpleton that I do not know that he was unaware of the urs. However, what answer will he give on the Day of Qiyaamah when he will be asked regarding the hadeeth that states that the one who adds to the glory of a people will be counted amongst them. When he saw the urs in progress, he could have turned around and returned immediately.”

This was the way of the Akaabir. They always maintained a straight relationship with Allah Ta`ala. The moment the relationship goes crooked, it will affect all other matters of our life.

Date: 2012-12-15

Duration: 56:52

Format: MP3

Size: 9.8 MB

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