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The Invitation to Darus Salaam

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

1. On one occasion Hadhrat Yahya bin Mu‘aaz (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) addressed some people and said: “Allah Ta‘ala extends an invitation to Darus Salaam (Jannah). Darus Salaam means a place of peace, because Jannah is an embodiment of peace.” The world is not a place of peace; something works out and something else does not work out. Something or the other will make life difficult and miserable. The business takes a dip whilst something else comes up. A person is relaxing on holiday and suddenly he hears that his father has passed away. This is the world we live in and its reality. We constantly hear all these stories. They are not isolated and remote. However, what man feels is that it will happen to others and not to me. This is his naivety and foolishness. 

Sometimes the comfort leaves you and sometimes you have to leave the comfort. When it is something that has to cut off then you cannot put your heart to it because it will be extremely difficult at the time of separation. At no time will you suffer anxiety and worry in Jannah. This will never happen in this world. This is only for Jannah; it is problem-free. A person feels that once he gets his children married then all his worries are over. But it never ends there; then a person gets worried about his grandchildren. Therefore, the home that Allah Ta‘ala is inviting us to is without worries.

2. Yahya bin Mu‘aaz then told his people: “The time for starting this journey is now and at this point, and if you have the mindset of postponing it then the time may never come.” You will wait for one business opportunity to end before starting off, but before it ends the second will start. It may be postponed to such a point that maut and death is hovering over your head. At that time if you change then though you may earn some rewards but it will not be the greatest. The carrot is dangling before you and it is extremely difficult to resist the temptation.

3. The enemies of Islam tried using power and might against the Muslims but they could not defeat them. So they dangled the carrots of wealth and women and in this way they overpowered the Muslims.

4. Once a saintly person went out with a chopper to chop a tree that people were worshipping. On the way he comes across Shaytaan. Shaytaan tries to stop him but he floors Shaytaan. Shaytaan then tries to reason with him that if you cut this tree the people will start worshipping another tree. Hence, instead of going to chop the tree I will give you a gold coin everyday. So he fell for this trick of Shaytaan and did not go ahead. After some time, Shaytaan stopped supplying the gold coin. This is the way of Shaytaan. He takes you to the point of addiction and right to the edge, and then leaves you at the last moment. Now you cannot reverse it. When he noticed that Shaytaan stopped the supply, he decided to go and chop down the tree, but this time it was not for Allah, but for Shaytaan not supplying him with the coins. Shaytaan is like the pilot fish. He will navigate you and when you are in danger he will leave you and abandon you. En-route this person meets Shaytaan. This time with one stroke, Shaytaan floored him. Surprised by this he asks Shaytaan as to why he was not able to floor him. Shaytaan replied that initially he was enjoying the support of Allah Ta‘ala, but no more. This relationship you have with Allah Ta‘ala is priceless. The more you take the initiative, the greater will be the support of Allah Ta‘ala.

5. In deen you have to show the azmat and respect. If you have the azmat and respect for deen you will not face any dilemma. You will not be confused when there is a clash between deen and anything else. You will understand that everything else can be pushed aside. Hadhratjee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) used to say that azmat is indicative of the doors of progress opening. If you look at the incident of the person who returned home at night and his parents had fallen asleep, yet he waited the entire night at their bedside to feed them, you will realise that he had done this due to the azmat he had. Allah Ta‘ala looks at this level of respect. There are many that do the amal, but what is the level of azmat. Sometimes a person has an addiction in even something permissible, but then due to the lack of azmat he disregards and encroaches on the rights of Allah Ta‘ala.

6. These months of December and January are the season of sin and stupidity. What you won’t do in the rest of the year you will do it in this time of the year. And then to appease yourself you will say that Islam is not so hard, you have to enjoy yourself. But this is no excuse. In this time, the safest place is the musjid and the home. How can you be around people who are involved in wining and dining? When you end up in such environments then you will begin to complain that I cannot find the enthusiasm and drive for ibaadat anymore. By going into such environments, it is as if you are provoking the punishment of Allah Ta‘ala; despite you understanding the severity of the wrongs yet you are bold enough to venture there. Nobody stops you from enjoying yourself out of season. Don’t risk your imaan and feel that your imaan is secure and safe. Today’s world is like Dajjaal, where outwardly it is glamorous and shining, but from inside it is filthy. With regards to Dajjaal, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said that you should keep away from him because you do not have the strength to withstand him.

7. Islam is a simple religion and it shows you simple solutions. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) once told Ibnu ‘Abbas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma): “Take care of Allah Ta‘ala and He will take care of you.” Is this difficult to understand and practise? Yes, if we get entangled in other types of lifestyles then it will be difficult to come out of it.

8. The little wealth and material possessions you have and that with which you are breaking even is best. The hadeeth says that the little that you have and you are grateful for is better than the excess which will make you forget. To have a liking and to enjoy wealth and material is not haraam. In everything we want the best. So which wealth is the best? Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said that it must not be so much that it makes you proud and not so less that it makes you stretch out your hand. A sahaabi wanted a lot of wealth and requested Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) for du‘aa. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) cautioned him but he insisted. Eventually Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) made du‘aa for him and his wealth increased until his flock of animals grew so large that he had to leave the pastures of Madeenah Munawwarah and go further out. Hence, he was deprived of performing namaaz in the musjid and with Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). Is this is a wise bargain?

9. What is wrong with excessive wealth and material possessions? You become complacent and negligent. It is like a person who is at work in his employer’s factory, but his concern is only about recreation and about the break hour. If the boss comes to know of it, will he appreciate it? Hence, will Allah Ta‘ala appreciate it if your concerns are also like this, for this world is like the factory of Allah Ta‘ala. The other wrong is that your love for it will be greater than the love for Allah Ta‘ala though outwardly you would express your love for Him. A girl noticed that she was being followed. Hence, she turned around and asked the person what the matter was. He replied that he was infatuated in her love. So she told him that she has a sister much prettier than her and she was behind. Immediately, this person turned around to see and she gave him a slap across his face, for his expression of love was not sincere. Thus Allah Ta‘ala wants this love, that we give preference to Him over everything else. Therefore, there will be those tests to prove your love and loyalty.

10. The missing element in life is sincerity. To gain it you need dhun and dhiyaan. What does it mean? An easy translation will be “focus with an obsession”. However it will not come by the way. This will then bring you to ikhlaas. This is a shart-e-`aadi – a condition that is normally required, though not necessary at times. This is what tasawwuf is all about. When you will have this, then you will be concerned at every step of the road. For example, you bought a new car, if you don’t have ikhlaas then you will feel that now when I go to the musjid people must respect me because of this car and because of my wealth. However, if you have ikhlaas, then you will feel that you did not deserve this but it is only the favour of Allah Ta‘ala and the blessings of someone’s du‘aa. Hence, you will feel that you need to go to the musjid to offer a few rakaats out of shukr and make du‘aa that it must not be a cause of pride. In this way, a person will not be heedless.

11. When you come to musjid you should have clean clothes, put on ‘itr and understand that this is the house of the beloved, and since it is the beloved’s house I have to do something that will attract His love. But if you have no concern then you will not be worried about how you come to the musjid and as to what is the frame of your mind. Why is namaaz with miswaak more rewarding? It is on account of the focus that a person has. He feels that how can I perform namaaz before my beloved without having my mouth clean.

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