Human Instinct

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(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 20th April)

Allah Ta`ala states in the Qur’aan Majeed: “Turn away from everything and keep your face erect and firm for that Deen that is absolutely straight and correct.”

Allah Ta`ala speaks of two aspects in this aayat. The first is to remain firm and straight on Deen. This is the test of man, for he has been created with feelings. A pillar can remain firm and straight and will not be affected with conditions. However, a human has feelings and gets affected with surrounding conditions.

The other aspect that Allah Ta`ala later speaks of in this aayat is that of fitrat. Fitrat could be translated as ‘natural disposition’ or ‘instinct’. Every creation has a fitrat. We study the fitrat (instinct) of ants, honey bees, and many other creations, but what about the fitrat of man. As long as everything remains within the demands of its natural characteristic and instinct then it seems pleasant. Hadhrat Shah Waliyyullah Sahib (rahmatullahi alaih) who was one of the greatest ulama and philosophers in the past three centuries explains that man’s fitrat is to seek his Creator and understand who He is. Once a person identifies his Creator, then the very next question is that how do I appreciate Him? What must I do to please Him?

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