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The Challenges Facing the Truth and being Judgemental


(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.

2. People use the word ‘judgemental’, but very often it is used incorrectly. For any small matter that one points out, people begin saying that one is being judgemental. However, the reality is that if it is an aspect within your jurisdiction and you commented regarding it or pointed it out then you are not judgmental. Yes, if it is beyond your jurisdiction then you are wrong. When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) had no sanctuary after returning from Taa’if one of the prominent people of Makkah, Mut‘im bin Adiyy had offered his security. Later in the Battle of Badr, when the captives of war were brought before Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), he acknowledged the good of Mut‘im and applauded him for it saying that if he was alive and he did the negotiations for the disbelievers then they would have been set free. Similarly, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) spoke of the equality and fairness of the kaafir king Najaashi. Hence, these comments etc. were within Nabi’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) jurisdiction and therefore he could comment in this manner. However, one the other hand, to say things which one does not have knowledge of like whether a person is jannati etc. then this is now going beyond one’s jurisdiction. This is something which Allah Ta‘ala alone can decide on. Now this is being judgemental as one is now judging over the judgement of Allah Ta‘ala. You cannot force a person to be regarded as Muslim and that he died as a Muslim.

3. Hazrat Moulana Thaanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) explained there are two reasons for people leaving this world without imaan though they might have been Muslims throughout their lives. (1) Considering things that are not of a definite and categorical nature in deen as categorical. Hence, one begins to regard things that are not necessary as necessary. In such cases at the time of death Shaytaan begins to show the person that he was wrong in believing those aspects which were not categorical as definite and categorical. However, at that moment in time this person then begins to doubt his belief regarding those aspects which are definite and categorical. (2) Overwhelming love of the world. At the time of death such a person realises that he is now being separated from his beloved i.e. the world and he begins hating the one who is causing the separation i.e. Allah Ta‘ala.

4. In Surah Muzzammil, Allah Ta‘ala comforts Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) in a loving and affectionate manner addressing him with the title ‘Muzzammil’ – the one wrapped in cloth and garments in isolation. It was as if Allah Ta‘ala was comforting Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) saying to him: “Let the people do what they want to do, you continue keeping your focus on me.” But how? Stand up in ‘ibaadat during the night, but not the whole night, rather half or slightly less than half or a little more than half. This is the main way to remain focused, especially in this holiday season when you will be invited from all quarters; your wife, your children, family and friends.

5. The hadeeth says that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) has got nothing to do with the one who joins up with the kuffar. There are different explanations given to this Hadeeth, but the preferred explanation is that this refers to adopting their styles, customs and ways. Hence, when this is their season of celebration and you join them in their celebrations, then this shows that you have a liking for them. Our pious predecessors were very firm in this aspect. They never tried to do a balancing act and try to appease all people.

6. Allah Ta‘ala then instructs that the Qur’aan should be recited with tarteel. With regards to tilaawat, there are two levels of recitation: (1) Preservation of what has been memorised. For this a haafiz is required to read at a swift pace to cover a good amount of recitation. Otherwise, by reciting slowly he will not be able to frequently complete a khatam. (2) General recitation with tarteel. This basically covers 3 aspects: (1) A melodious tone (2) Slow measured reading with the correct pronunciation. (3) Concentration and contemplation over the message of the Qur’aan. The third aspect is something which is greatly neglected nowadays. If we have to recite the Qur’aan in this manner then there will be no need for all these nasheeds and nazams. Moulana Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was very particular in this aspect that when any new mureed would come he would send him to learn the proper recitation of the Qur’aan with tajweed. The main thing is to get the basics right. You do not have to become like Shaikh Abdul Baasit and Shaikh Minshaawi etc. Presently our attention is only towards the display and show, whereas the more important thing is that how much effect is it having on the heart. When we come across aayaat on Jannah and Jahannum we should cry and beg Allah Ta‘ala from our hearts.

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