The Sign of Prosperity

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(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 21st September)

1. Each person measures his prosperity differently; someone feels that if he has an anchor tenants then he is successful, another feels that if he achieves a good pass then he is successful and yet another feels that if he gets a booming business then he is successful. However, Allah Ta‘ala measures prosperity differently. His gauge of success is: “Indeed successful is he who has cleansed and purified his heart.” A heart without purity is like a honey without its sweetness. It is just there and taking space without any benefit.

2. We have two great oppositions, temptations and ego. In proportion to the opposition one will grow. In worldly matters, if the opposition is strong you will grow because you will make greater preparations. Likewise, in imaan if the opposition is strong then your imaan will strengthen and you will be elevated from one level to another. As long as the nafs is not trained and disciplined, it has no value. It is like a dog. As long as it is not trained nobody wants it, but after it is trained then people are prepared to pay whatever you ask for. Without the nafs being trained there will be great disaster. How do we then train this nafs and beast within us? Keep it away from those things that it desires.

3. The hadeeth speaks of the intelligent person being the one who has a check and control over his nafs and prepares for the life after death. We need to realise that the life in this world is like a jail. Hence, we have to see how we can be released from this jail comfortably. When you subject yourself to your nafs and temptations then you will not worry about the command of Allah Ta‘ala.

4. Man is really ungrateful for the bounty of a wife. These women remain at home and tire themselves solely for the husband and yet he does not take note of this. There are so many instances when women complain that they do not want to engage in haraam or accompany their husbands to a haraam place, but he then forces them to comply with him. Does he feel that he can overrule the authority of Allah Ta‘ala Who has declared a certain action as haraam, yet she must be compelled to do it because he is the husband.

5. In the past people used to work with the sweat of the brow and their income used to be pure. Hence, the results used to be good. Nowadays, people’s motive is merely accumulating and gathering more. There is no concern shown towards the manner in which the wealth is earned. Therefore, we do not find the fruit and results that we used to find in the past.

6. Generally we turn a blind eye to problems when they are in their initial stages, but when it grows out of hand and it becomes a threat to our integrity and family reputation then we make a big hue and cry of the evil and wrong. However, the uproar is not for the sake of deen or because a law of shari`ah was violated, it is only because our reputation will be tarnished.

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