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The Vision of our Elders

Summary of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's after Asr majlis on the 19th of Ramadhaan 1433

After the mutiny in India, the Muslims were in a very bad situation. Certain individuals like Sir Sayyid (the founder of Aligarh University) were concerned about the securing the worldly interests of the Muslims, and they were prepared to make any compromise for this. Our elders were of the opinion that the Deeni interest need to be taken care off. If Deen is secure, the material will be taken care off. Deen is like the object and Dunya is like the shadow. If the object is there, the shadow will definitely be there. On the other hand, if one chases after the shadow, neither will he get the shadow, nor the object. Deen and Dunya both will be lost.

A music file 19th_Ramadhaan_Asr.mp3 [6.1 MB] [2012-08-08 21:52:15]

 

Our beginning point of reformation

Summary of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's night majlis on the 20th of Ramadhaan 1433

The motive of being here is that we wish to get Allah Ta`ala’s mercy. There has to be a beginning point with all the trials around us. But we have to start off gradually. The simple starting point is to guard the eyes and tongue.

Not everyone knows how to handle news. People very quickly publicise news without understanding the repercussions of it. Conceal the faults of others. Allah Ta`ala loves this. On the Day of Qiyaamah, Allah Ta`ala will conceal such a person’s faults as well.

Whatever we are going to start must be started at home. The home is like the heart. If everything is right and in order at home then the outside will also be in order. Even if we face problems from the wife, we should understand that this is the nature of women and that is what is expected of her.

A music file 20th_Ramadhaan_Night.mp3 [4.2 MB] [2012-08-09 21:13:34]

   

Three Elements of Good Character

Summary of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's after Asr majlis on the 20th of Ramadhaan 1433

The essence of righteousness is two:

  1.  Fulfilling the commands of Allah Ta'ala and abstaining from his prohibitions becoming natural.
  2.  Good character.

Good character has been summarised into three:

  1. Having a smiling countenance – One should smile when he is required to, eg. with his wife, children etc. Not in the wrong places, like with strange women.
  2. Not hurting/harming others. This should commence first with one's close circle, ie. his wife, children and immediate family.
  3. Spending goodness on others – This refers to any type of goodness, eg. wealth, time, advice etc.

A music file 20th_Ramadhaan_Asr.mp3 [6.35 MB] [2012-08-09 21:11:14]

   

Writing of Durood Sharif

Summary of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's night majlis on the 21st of Ramadhaan 1433

A unique feature that we will find in the famous books of hadeeth like the Sihaah Sitta i.e. Saheeh Bukhaari, Saheeh Muslim, Tirmizi etc. is that when the authors recorded the ahaadeeth they always wrote the durood on Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) in full. They never used abbreviations as we find nowadays like ‘S.A.W.’. It didn’t matter even if the duroods took up a third of the kitaab. Hence, we find that upon their demise, Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) personally came to welcome and receive them. Thus, they lived for the sunnat and died in the laps of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).

Through the barkat of the hadeeth and the abundant durood, they were honoured during their lifetimes and even after death. The grave of Imaam Bukhaari (rahmatullahi alaih) would give out a fragrant smell. Some even perceived this fragrance until now.

A music file 21th_Ramadhaan_Night.mp3 [3.81 MB] [2012-08-10 21:12:47]

   

Where does the Ummah's Salvation Lie?

Summary of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's morning majlis on the 21st of Ramadhaan 1433

Today the Muslim Ummah is facing problems from all sides. Everyone is concerned to find a solution and different methods have been implemented in an effort to restore the peace and strength the Ummah once enjoyed. But what is the way the Quran advocates and what was the way of the Sahabah (radiyallahu anhum). Allah Ta'ala says: "Allah Ta'ala will not change the condition of a nation until they change themselves." 

History bears testimony that when people obeyed Allah Ta'ala and held on to Deen, then everything worked in their favour. And the moment they changed their approach, then so did the favourable conditions change. India was under Muslim rule for eight hundred years, but when disobedience crept into their lives, then their rulership also fell away. Similar is the case of Spain and Palestine. It is about time that the Ummah adopts this attitude of loyalty and obedience to Allah Ta'ala in order to attract his divine aid and assistance.

A music file 21th_Ramadhaan_Morning.mp3 [4.75 MB] [2012-08-10 21:10:44]

 

   

Approach to Differences

Summary of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's after Asr majlis on the 21st of Ramadhaan 1433

Our elders were very firm on what they believed to be the truth. They would clearly explain their stance and not shift from it in the least, even if a senior held the opposing view. This was also the way of the Sahabah (radiyallahu anhum). However they did not attack the personality of the one who held the opposing view by labeling him and using derogatory titles etc. 

(Hazrat Mufti Saheb (daamat barakatuhum) narrated many incidents of our elders to explain this point).

A music file 21th_Ramadhaan_Asr.mp3 [5.21 MB] [2012-08-10 21:12:25]

 

   

Sincerity and Priority

Summary of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's night majlis on the 22nd of Ramadhaan 1433

There are two important aspects which we tend to overlook: (1) Sincerity (2) Priority

It just takes some time to reflect over why we are doing an action. Our rewards largely depend on this. At all times check our intentions.

We have to prioritise ourselves. This is the lesson of the incident that was read tonight. (The incident of Rabee bin Sulaiman who sacrificed his journey of Hajj to assist the plight of a destitute family who turned out to be the family members of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). – Refer to Fazaa’il-e-Hajj for the entire incident.)

We generally have the habit of moving all the time and going on an outing. Just change it a bit and together with the outing make it a point of visiting a relative or family friend etc. We do not realise the value of these small visits. At times, that visit becomes the means of saving a person’s Imaan.

A music file 22nd_Ramadhaan_Night.mp3 [6.17 MB] [2012-08-11 21:47:59]

   

Method of Protecting the Precious Gift of Imaan

Summary of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's morning majlis on the 22nd of Ramadhaan 1433

The most precious commodity is Imaan. The nature of anything precious is that if it is looked after then it's benefits are tremendous, and on the contrary if it is neglected then the consequences are disastrous. If this Imaan is strengthened then it can cause a person to transcend even above the angels. But if it is neglected then it can demote a person so low that even the Shayateen are left surprised. Hence there is a need to guard and secure this invaluable asset of Imaan. For this the Quran e Kareem enjoins two things, viz. Adopting Taqwa and associating with the pious. (Thereafter Hazrat Mufti Saheb discussed the aspect of Taqwa in great detail.)

A music file 22nd_Ramadhaan_Morning.mp3 [9.48 MB] [2012-08-11 21:49:08]

   

What is Tasawwuf?

Summary of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's after Asr majlis on the 22nd of Ramadhaan 1433

People have weird ideas regarding Tasawwuf. Some feel its only about Zikr whilst others feel it is about seeing some good dreams or having some good experience etc. However, the essence of Tasawwuf is Taqwa and Ihsaan. Taqwa means to resist from all impermissible and doubtful things, and Ihsaan means to have the consciousness of Allah Ta'ala at all times. Not only during Salaah, rather even when one is in his business or with his family. Like a person who is working in a company and he knows that his employers are watching every move of his on the CCTV, and if his performance is good he will qualify for a 30% salary increase. When one has this level of consciousness of Allah Ta'ala, committing sins become impossible.

A music file 22nd_Ramadhaan_Asr.mp3 [7.27 MB] [2012-08-11 21:45:05]

   

Earning the proximity of Allah Ta`ala

Summary of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's night majlis on the 23rd of Ramadhaan 1433

The more one sacrifices for Deen and faces the challenges of the time the closer he becomes to Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). This was the case of Umar bin Abdul Aziz (rahmatullahi alaih) who stood up to the challenges of the time.

When a true believer draws near to his end, Allah Ta`ala unveils the scenes of the hereafter to him and the dunya now becomes worthless in his sight. He longs now to meet his beloved, Allah Ta`ala. When Bilal (radhiyallahu anhu) drew close to his end, his wife was crying in grief. He told her with joy that there is no need to grief for: “Ghadan nalqal ahibbah – Muhammadan wa hizbah”(Tomorrow I will meet my friends, Muhammad [sallallahu alaihi wa sallam] and the Sahaabah].

We need to ponder over Jannah and its various bounties. But, don’t stop there. Rather, continue further and think of ways how we could reach up to Jannah. We are weak and cannot strive as we are supposed to. However, Allah wants to see the initiative from us and then He will come and grab us.

A woman has a greater chance of attaining the friendship of Allah Ta`ala, because when a man becomes pious, his popularity increases and people begin praising him. But this is not the case with a woman and in this way she can make greater strides and faster progress.

A music file 23rd_Ramadhaan_Night.mp3 [5.94 MB] [2012-08-12 21:19:28]

   

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