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Influenced by Wrong Environments

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(Highlights of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s majlis - Saturday 10th October)

1. Hazrat ‘Abbaad bin Bishr and Usayd bin Hudhayr (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) asked Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that when a woman is in her menses then the Jews cut themselves off completely from her, they don’t eat or drink together, and they don’t even sleep in the same room. On the other hand, we eat and drink together and sleep in the same room. Shouldn’t we also be sharing the bed together to oppose them completely? Their question seemed correct since we are commanded to oppose the Jews and Christians. However, what we need to understand is that Islam has asked us to oppose all their ways and follow one way, as the hadeeth says ‘maa ana ‘alayhi wa as-haabee’ – the group that conforms to me and my Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) i.e. it conforms at every level; in belief, deeds, socialising, clothing, weddings and waleemahs, interacting and associating, etc. Therefore, at every level, we should oppose them and we need to make it clear that we are different. Their constant effort is that we become identical to them. They will try in different ways for you to follow them. Your Islam will then just be a surface Islam.

We will come across simple things which we do not consider as matters of concern, but they have entered into our systems. For example, not very long ago a thing like a swine was extremely despised. We would not even want to take its name. But they needed to crack into our system. So the simplest way is through education, as everybody needs education. Hence, they will teach the child maths and ask that if there were 2 pigs and 5 pigs, how much do they amount to? 7 pigs. So you were at one extreme where you did not want to talk about it. Therefore, they had to break that away from you, and they put that into education. Now the educator will think that the child will get concepts better when he will see something tangible, not knowing what is their plot. Another example is that they will have a topic on birthdays and very innocently, they will discuss it. Gradually what are they doing? They are making you take a liking for it. Thus, you will feel that it is not as bad as it is made to seem. When this first wall is cracked down then they will go deeper. The Quraan is saying it so clearly: “Do not take My enemy and your enemy as friends.”

It does not stop there. When you buy into them then you will want to imitate them, and wear their clothing and jerseys. You are now showing that you have a liking and an affinity for them, whereas the Quraan is saying that don’t take them as friends. Sometimes their jerseys have the photo of a Shaitaan and a devil. Deen teaches us that we must seek protection from Shaitaan, but from our clothing, we are showing that we do not want to break away from Shaitaan. Look at how serious this is. You wanted to get married to a girl, but she then got to know that you are interested in another girl. Her first question will be that are you interested in another girl. So you will deny it, but then when you get married to her you have the picture of the other girl on your top pocket. How will she feel? We are treating Allah Ta‘ala in the same manner. Once you get soaked into their environment and ways, your mind will then feel that they are not so bad after all. Nevertheless, what have they done? They have stripped you off the disgust that you are supposed to be having. Your whole understanding and your mind will corrode and get corrupted. A simple thing is that the way of a normal respectable Muslim is that he will shake with two hands, but have you ever seen a kaafir shaking with two hands. So by us shaking with one hand, who are we following?

The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who were asking were not asking for ulterior motives, but for a genuine reason of opposing the Jews. It was being put across with the right intention, yet Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) showed his strongest displeasure, for their question translates as if they were asking to legalise a haraam. So what Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was teaching was that we will oppose them in everything that is allowed in sharee‘ah, but where it is an obligation for us we will not oppose them in that.

2. I was discussing the aspect of photography the other day and I explained that we cannot dispute the benefits that it has as far as security is concerned and in some cases, education. But weigh the benefits against the harms. Statistics show that most of the crimes committed are due to imitating visuals. The visual gets imprinted so hard in the mind of the viewer that he wants to carry it out. Hence, innocent people then become victims. So what will your take on it be? If it is not your child that is the victim, then it is definitely someone else’s child. Another harm is that you get people at the age of 55 and 60 who are stuck into porn and they cannot leave it, and these are the most viewed sites. As a result, never before were there so many marital problems as you have today. Sometimes the husband complains and sometimes the wife complains, and she does not have the guts to enquire because the husband will just threaten to leave her. So it’s hurting her, but she cannot talk about it. You are not sharing quality time with your wife, but with the sewerage and filthy woman. And really, this will be the case on the Day of Qiyaamah, as the worst stench will come from the people of zina, and by watching all these things are you not committing zina of the eyes? If it was your daughter who was a victim of this abuse, will you appreciate it? So spend that quality time with your children. The greatest thing that you need to be sharing with them is correct values.

The hadeeth says that there are some activities due to which the angels run away. One is when there are pictures of animate objects being displayed. Don’t worry about what this ‘aalim has to say and what that ‘aalim has to say; ask yourself, is this a picture or not? Don’t look for escapism. What we are presently doing is that we are looking for escapism.

The second thing is dogs. The third is when you are not being properly clad, both men and women. A woman can open her face or palms, but she must cover her head. In the initial days of nubuwwat when Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was concerned about receiving nubuwwat, Hazrat Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) asked Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to inform her the next time that Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) comes to him. When he informed her, she removed her scarf covering her hair and asked Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) whether Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) was still there. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied that he had left. She then said that had it been Shaitaan he would not have felt ashamed, but since he is an angel he has left due to his shame. Therefore, by uncovering yourself, you are actually chasing away all the angels and inviting all the Shaitaani dogs. As a result, you find that you don’t have the right motivation for ‘ibaadat. The house will be full of gloominess; there will be problems in that home. When these Shaitaani dogs begin flooding that home, what else do you expect? Then your dear poor wife is either cursing you, or she is feeling miserable. The hadeeth says that there are three people whose du‘aas are readily accepted and there are three punishments for which Allah Ta‘ala’s stick comes straight away. One is where a sin is done openly. You are watching those beauty queens who are actually supposed to be called ‘ugly Shaitaans’ and you are bringing them into the homes. Then you will be earning the curses of your wife and the whole family will be in misery. It is just time for the stick of Allah Ta‘ala to strike. So you are the one who invited all of this.

3. Instead of wasting the quality time on all these nonsense sites and channels, spend it in ta’leem with your children. Then if you require masaail, refer to one experienced ‘aalim. If Allah Ta‘ala has to ask you whether you are making ta’leem with your child, and whether you are shaping his mind, what answer will you be able to give? You feel that you are too innocent and everybody else is wrong and I am beyond correction. Whereas our buzurgaan-e-deen say that the worst thing is that a person feels that I am above all, I have nothing to be corrected. I am always right.

4. What we require is a haal? The only haal we know is the haal at the time of a qawwaali, and we will count such a qawwaali as a successful qawwaali. Our ‘Ulama explain that there are two types of songs. One is poetry read just with a sweet voice. We will say that this is permissible. But if you make it conform to musical laws then this is impermissible. This is what Hazrat Moulana Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) has said. We have to thus ask ourselves, that most of the nazams that are sung today, are they in conformity with these musical notes or not? Hazrat Moulana Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) says that, had going into a haal been a sign of acceptance then on one occasion two English officers attended a qawwaali and they also went into a haal, whereas they are disbelievers. It is a time that people just go by feelings and spiritual experiences. This is not the yardstick and criteria you will follow. These concepts that are taught in the khaanqah have to become haal. It means that they have to become a constant feature in one’s life, ways and action.

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