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Adopting the Correct Procedures in Deeni Efforts

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(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 26th April)

1. Allah Ta‘ala’s love for His servants is more than the love the servants have for themselves. Hence, it is on account of this love that Allah has placed procedures and systems for man to follow. A person conducts business following some procedure and system. He understands that if he follows the procedure then he will achieve his goal. He will do the presentation, marketing and pricing well and then he will see the customers coming in.

Likewise when working for the aakhirat, one needs to work for it, but using the correct procedure – was‘aa lahaa sa’yahaa. Allah Ta‘ala wants us to make an effort but we should do it correctly. So it will be wrong for one to justify his stance and say that he made an effort, though he had not followed the correct procedures. It is like a matric student who barely studies and after failing the exams says that he studied. However, he will be asked whether he studied following the correct procedure for studying. He cannot say that this was taqdeer.

For the dunya we are asked to be brief in our effort, but for the deen the effort has to be greater. However, if one is living in luxury then one cannot come to the level of bare minimum all at once, for we do not have that high level of tawakkul. Thus, the ‘Ulama will advise that the effort for the dunya should be gradually decreased.

2. These are concepts that take time to understand. They cannot be understood and implemented overnight. It will take time to develop. Normally what happens is that a person gains some concentration in salaah for a few days and then he feels that he has achieved concentration in salaah, but then it disappears. It is like a person who has been allowed to sit in the pilot’s seat and then he feels that he knows how to fly a plane. It takes a great deal of time to achieve these aspects entirely. Sometimes, youngsters have to be cautioned. They feel that their wives have to come to their level of piety etc. overnight. Just as it took them time to understand, these women will also take time to understand such concepts. So the plan that Allah Ta‘ala wants from you is to come gradually. You may get one thing after five years or ten years, but one should not feel that his time has been wasted. Rather it was an effort made in the right direction.

These are not academic points which one has to learn for a test and examination. Instead, these are concepts that will have to be practised and implemented, and this is the examination. Hadhrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) was commanded to slaughter his beloved and dear son. It was not announced before hand and in this way his level of conformity and endurance was tested. Allah Ta‘ala then announced that he had passed the test and he was then posted to the position of imaamat.

3. Allah Ta‘ala wants to see whether a person exercises patience and then only will Allah Ta‘ala allow one to progress. A person is in a situation where there are young girls around him. Allah Ta‘ala will now watch what is the response, whether he will be moved by temptations or whether he will lower his gaze and move away. The Mashaayikh understand people and guide them gradually. So the approach and mentality has to be right. You have to be focused. The second thing is that the intention must be correct.

4. If your child is studying for the matric exams, will you impress upon him to join you for ‘umrah? But then you would find parents coming and requesting leave from the madrasah for an ‘umrah trip. So what is greater in their eyes? Is the matric greater or the deeni ta’leem? In dunya our brains work, but do we apply the same to our deen. So the simple way is not to take a chance in anything that we are unclear about.

5. Someone complained that there are a lot of differences and problems in the area where he lives. So I told him that if you feel that the person will take to your correction and it will not lead to any problem then you should correct the person. But if he will not take heed or it will lead to some problem then make du‘aa for him and leave it. Further, each person needs to see to his personal reformation. So you need to look for an experienced guide whom you will follow. Thereafter, in the court of Allah Ta‘ala you will be absolved. Then hold on to him and listen to what he has to say. Thereafter you do not get involved in further discussions of people, that why did this one say this and that one say that. This is detested in the hadeeth.

The hadeeth says that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not like qeel wa qaal – getting involved in futile discussions and things that do not relate to us. Another meaning of qeel wa qaal is to relate different reports of a single incident, whereas you do not have the ability to decipher and give preference to what is most correct. These discussions come about because of our curiosity. We want to know what this person said and what the other person said. If one is really concerned then he will just hold on to one person and move on.

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