Allah Ta‘ala’s System of Deeni Revival


Sunday, 13 April 2014 11:15

(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 22nd March)

1. At the beginning of every century Allah Ta‘ala sends a mujaddid and a revivalist. It happens in different ways; sometimes it is just one individual and at times different individuals for different departments of deen. Around the 13th century there were several people whom Allah Ta‘ala had used to revive the different departments of deen. Hadhrat Moulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) in the field of hadeeth, Hadhrat Moulana Husain Ahmad Madani (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) in field of jihaad and striving, Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) for tableegh and Hadhrat Moulana Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) for tasawwuf.

As a token of appreciation to Allah, Moulana Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) used to say that I have been sent with work for a hundred years. It is almost seventy years since he has passed on yet his works are found everywhere. Though he is not around but his works are still around. So he is as good as alive. Thus, when Moulana looked at the department of tasawwuf, he found that people had misconstrued this whole branch of deen and he felt that this should be clarified and publicised.

2. Allah Ta‘ala loves that things be done in sequence and with planning. Look at the clouds; what a great system Allah has put in place for rain and Allah moves clouds that weigh tons. There are so many signs to show that there is a creator, that it will only be a madman who will reject the concept of a creator. Allah is Az-Zaahir (the one who is most apparent and clear), but our minds are poisoned by the secularist education that we receive and we are made to think incorrectly. He is so clear that we cannot even see Him. We say that we believe in that which we see. If we cannot see it then we do not believe in it. However, for example, if there is a person who is sane you will say that he has brains and intelligence. On the other hand, you have someone who is insane and you say that he does not have brains. But for a moment, can anyone see intelligence? It cannot be shown but you believe that he has brains and intelligence. So by signs and indications you accept and believe that he has intelligence. Thus, Allah’s signs are also so clear and apparent. Really, if we get our imaan right we will get the true taste of life. If we have the belief of taqdeer then life will be enjoyable. We will have no complains and ill-feelings. Our imaan is incomplete without the belief in taqdeer.

3. When Moulana Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would initiate people in tasawwuf he would not rush them into the process of bay‘at because many a times a person regrets and feels that he should have taken bay‘at with someone else. Hence, in such a case he will not be committed and he will not progress. Moulana would also tell people that they should visit the various buzurgs that are around and see with whom they have a degree of compatibility and through whom they find their weaknesses coming to the fore. Thirdly, he would ask the person to spend some time in the company of the buzurg so that he may understand the buzurg. However, pious in latter times advise that people should not remain for very long periods of time with the mashaayikh, as one sometimes sees something being done by the buzurg – which he may incorrectly feel to be contrary to piety whereas it is not – and he then loses confidence in the buzurg. The fourth thing that Moulana would say was that they should study and read his kitaabs. When these four steps are taken an understanding and affinity and bond is created. Now the journey of reformation will be enjoyable. Another aspect that Moulana would want was that his mureedeen should be abreast with all departments of deen, whether it is tasawwuf, masaa’il of namaaz etc., mannerisms and conduct, etc. so that when one would appear before Allah one will go through freely.

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