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Nabi's (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) Teaching of Advanced Preparation

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(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 3rd May)

1. Allah Ta‘ala speaks of the love and concern that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had for his ummah and it is on account of this love that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) looked for ways whereby we would be able to progress and be successful. Thus, he has shown us the way of preparing before the arrival of any event. Hence, it was Nabi’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) habit to have the wudhu water prepared for tahajjud before going to sleep. He discouraged us from sleeping before ‘esha in case we miss our salaah. Likewise we should not engage in futile discussions and actions after ‘esha as this will cause us to miss the tahajjud salaah. Thus, he wants us to win and not be losers. He is showing us procedure and mannerisms.

2. As Ramadhaan approaches we read the fadhaail and virtues of Ramadhaan so that we can motivate ourselves. A businessman markets and advertises his products and then he sees the customers coming in. Likewise, these ahaadeeth will motivate us to prepare and be ready for the month of Ramadhaan.

3. Then there are the do’s and don’ts. We know the do’s but what about the don’ts. Check the loose ends. More important than gaining, is the maintaining and securing of what we have earned. The hadeeth speaks of disobedience to the mother in specific, and also to both parents. It is the duty of the father to ensure that his children are obedient to their mother as she holds greater respect.

4. Overall, there are two types of elders that the hadeeth tells us to respect. One are the family elders and the other are the deeni elders. If a person is able to manage the both then such a person is successful. The word used in Quraan and hadeeth is ihsaan. The simple translation is to see to it that they are happy. Hence, if they are near then visit them and take something for them. If they are very close then visit them daily, otherwise once or twice a week. If you cannot spend your time and wealth on them then of what good is your wealth and all that you have. The advantage of this is that du‘aas are accepted. You get to introduce your children to their relatives. Sometimes, children don’t even know that someone is their own blood cousin. Another point is that we should at least learn our vernacular language, as this will assist in maintaining contact with them. So before Ramadhaan arrives, one should get this in order so that one may earn the du‘aas of people. One of the reasons for the success of Hadhrat Haji Bhai Padia (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was the maintaining of family relations. Even if the family members are not behaving correctly, you should still do what you need to do.

5. One is the family elders and the other is respecting your deeni elders. When you analyse deen, you will find that sixty to seventy percent revolves around adab and respect. If you are going to check every person with a fine comb then you will have nobody to lead you. Every person has some weakness or the other. So as long as the person seems committed to deen and he is not commercialised and after money then look up to the person and listen to him.

6. Another aspect is showing kindness and regards to others, even if it be to your wife and children. Sometimes, we wish to give logical explanations for everything, but what really wins the hearts of others is the love and kindness shown to them. Obviously this kindness has to also be within the parameters of the sharee‘ah.

7. The hadeeth speaks of the prohibition of burying daughters alive. This was in the pagan times of ignorance. However, from the Qur’aan we understand that there is a latter period of ignorance as well. This is what we are experiencing. So in this time, when the mother fears that her reputation will be lost if she is going to conceive a down syndrome child as suspected by the doctor, she will mercilessly kill her own child and just polish it with another name, ‘early termination of the pregnancy’. Nowadays, all fancy and polished words are used but the haraam and filth remains haraam and filth. A person commits zina and says that it is an ‘extra marital relationship’. Hence, we are so consumed with our reputation that we constantly remain worried about how others are going to view us, whereas in reality, we should be concerned of what Allah Ta‘ala thinks of us. As long as you are abiding by the laws of sharee‘ah you should not be worried about how people view you.

8. Another aspect that the hadeeth speaks of is that Allah Ta‘ala dislikes ‘man‘an wahaat’. One meaning is that you hold back from spending your wealth in the avenues you were supposed to spend and instead spend it in wrong avenues. Hence we find that at times R 300 000 are spent on doing up the bathroom. ‘Wahaat’ will mean that an undeserving person asks for something that he was not supposed to ask for.

9. The manner in which we live nowadays, where with the types of advertising, we want a new car, a new house, new furniture, etc. So we then go and ask the banks, whereas we could suffice with lesser than that. Now this is how the banks thrive. They thrive on our greed. If we live just to our needs then the banks will have no business. What we need is contentment and the satisfaction of the heart. Look at the labourers we have. They enjoy life and appreciate the R 100 or R 200 that they earn for the day. They have this contentment. If we have this mindset then we will be happy for everyone. We should learn the masnoon du‘aa: “Allahummaghfir lee zambee wa wassi’ lee khuluqee wa tayyib lee kasbee wa qanni’nee bema razaqtani wa laa tuzhib talabee ilaa shay’in sarraftahu ‘anni”. The meaning of “wa wassi’lee khuluqee” is: broaden my chest i.e. I will be able to accommodate all situations and have a broad charisma. For example, the daughter lost her husband. Now you do not feel that I have to sit for four months with my daughter and I have to take care of her. Instead you will understand that the best sadaqah is money spent on the daughter that has come back to your home.

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