The Reality of Tasbeeh

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(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 04th January)

1. The Quraan and hadeeth are replete with encouragement to make tasbeeh. The different du‘aas that are prescribed for different times of the day contain tasbeeh. When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was approaching the end of his worldly life, Allah Ta‘ala instructed him in Surah Nasr to recite tasbeeh. The hadeeth also recommends the recitation of the surahs that start with tasbeeh when going to bed.

2. So what does tasbeeh mean and what does it entail? It means that we declare the purity of Allah Ta‘ala. However, what are we declaring that He is pure from? There are basically two things: (1) Dependence. Allah Ta‘ala is totally independent. On the other hand, the creation depends on others. We should have the feeling of dependence that we are always in need. The wealthy require the poor and the poor require the wealthy. At no point can one claim that he is totally independent. When one expresses his independence, then Allah Ta‘ala will show him how weak and dependant he is. (2) Declaring that Allah Ta‘ala is pure and free from the limits of time and place. This means that He has direct authority and immediate power. We may have authority and power, but it is limited and indirect.

3. Allah Ta‘ala is that being who is alone in the quality of khalq. There is no English equivalent for this, because we may translate it as ‘the act of creation’ but it actually means to create something from total non-existence. Allah Ta‘ala introduces Himself through His creation. So reflect over the handiwork of Allah Ta‘ala and try to understand Him. Each creation has a different program for itself, which has been instilled within it by Allah.

4. Maturity marks decline. Once old age approaches it is a sign for one that it is time to depart from this worldly life, and no matter how much one may try to cover the old age by applying dye etc. it will not make one any younger.

5. Qaroon had the feeling of independence and said that all the wealth he has is on account of his intelligence. On seeing his wealth, the worldly-minded wished that they had treasures like him, but the knowledgeable and the ‘Ulama spoke against it and against the love of dunya. Likewise, the ‘Ulama in this time also say the same that one should get rid of the love for the dunya.

In many cases taking our children for umrah or holidays is a cause for destroying their tarbiyah and education, for during that entire duration of three to four weeks the child’s education is interrupted. Further, the parent does not take out time to correct the child for his/her wrongs. They do not have any values in them. What we feel is that we should give them everything that we did not get, but in doing so, we are harming them. This is not what life is all about. Rather, life is about the Quraan, and what is the message of the Quraan? The message is the purification of oneself. This refers to purity in aspects of our physical self like our clothing, body, etc. and purity regarding aspects related to our spiritual self, such as pride, arrogance, etc.

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