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Night majlis – Monday 28th Ramadhaan / 5th August

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. A very important branch of Islam is mu‘aasharah, which would translate as social etiquette. However, nowadays many of us don’t even consider this as part of Islam. We confine Islam to just ‘ibaadat and zikr, and then think to ourselves that we have perfected our Islam, whereas these are things of our Deen.

2. The system of Allah Ta‘ala is that whoever will adopt these Islamic teachings then the cash benefit is that they will find success and respect in this world. Thus, we find that even those non-Muslims who adopted the Islamic teachings of social etiquette they also find success in their worldly endeavours. Obviously, they will not be rewarded for it in the hereafter.

3. Social etiquette covers many dimensions of our life. There are etiquettes for visiting the sick, etiquettes for husband and wife relationship, etiquettes when dealing and interacting with people etc. However, to gain an understanding of everything all at once is difficult. For those who do not know it, they should watch the approach adopted by their elders in different situations and after understanding it, they may practise it. However, an important point of note is that a certain custom or approach in one area will not necessarily be accepted in other communities. For example, in certain outlying villages, burping aloud is normal and acceptable. However, the same will not apply to a cultured and refined community.

 

Asr majlis – Monday 27th Ramadhaan / 5th August

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. The salient feature of the Muslims as opposed to the Jews is that they don’t use their intellect and apply their reasoning before the commands of Allah Ta‘ala. When the Bani Israaeel (Jews) were commanded to slaughter a cow, they asked various types of questions regarding the colour and description, until they finally made it extremely difficult for themselves. On the other hand, a Muslim has this mindset that when my Allah has commanded me to do it, then I must “do and die,” not ask “who and why?” 

2. A person will question the reasoning behind the commands of Allah Ta‘ala when he either lacks love or respect. When a person is intimate with his wife, he doesn’t question the reasoning behind every move that he makes. Rather he does it in the spirit of love. Hence if we have the love of Allah Ta‘ala, we will be prepared to sacrifice a hundred lives for him and still ask: “What more can I do?” In the same manner, when we have love for Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), then no sunnat will be too difficult. 

Likewise if we have respect for Allah Ta‘ala, we won’t question. A simple example for this is that a garden boy has respect for his employer, therefore he does not question him regarding the reasoning and wisdom behind his instructions, and regarding his personal issues. If he has to do this, the employer will not tolerate him and will dismiss him.

3. For the West, religion is an additional thing in their life. Therefore they fix certain days in the year for their celebrations and duties, and they use these events for socialising and celebrating, e.g. Christmas Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day etc. However as Muslims, Deen is part of our life, and in fact the priority in our lives, so it is an everyday affair. Our legacy is so rich that if we had to celebrate the birth, demise and important events of our great personalities, everyday and perhaps every hour would be a time to celebrate. 

4. We need to primarily submit to Allah Ta‘ala, then to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and then to the Ulul Amr (Deeni elders). The Deeni elders are of two types, those who have focused on the outward commandments (i.e. the Fuqahaa – jurists), and those who focus on those commandments that pertain to the inner-self (i.e. the Mashaayikh). Just as every other thing in this world is received via a means, progress in Deen is also received via these personalities. However the requirement is submission. 

 

   

Night majlis – Sunday 27th Ramadhaan / 4th August

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. We have to learn to plead to Allah Ta‘ala. Many a times, when we shed a tear or two we think that we do not need to make any further du‘aa. However, this is not the case. We have to go on pleading and crying to Allah Ta‘ala.

2. What is the purpose of the different du‘aas in the qa’dah position in namaaz. In the tashahhud we recite “Assalamu ‘alaika ayyuhan nabiyyu ...” The purpose for this is to acknowledge the favour of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam); he was our Nabi and divinely appointed by Allah Ta‘ala. Without this recognition, we will be total failures. We then go further and recite “Assalaamu ‘alaina wa ‘ala ‘ibaadillahis-saaliheen.” So this is to acknowledge the favour of those pious individuals – our asaatizah, their asaatizah etc., our parents and other deeni elders – who were the means of us gaining the imaan and little righteousness that we have. After the tashahhud we recite the Durood e Ebrahim in which we send salawaat upon Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and upon ‘aali Muhammad’. The word ‘aal’ refers to family and could also refer to followers. So in this durood, we recognise the favours of all the ummatis.

3. If a person really has true talab and yearning to gain something then he will humble himself before Allah Ta‘ala. To achieve this we will have to think of our humble beginnings and what position we hold in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala. This will then bring about a balance and one will not be consumed with pride.

 

   

Morning majlis – Sunday 26th Ramadhaan / 4th August

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. The greatest gift to mankind is the gift of Imaan. Through Imaan a person becomes connected to Allah Ta‘ala and now belongs to the Deen of Islam. In every step he is shown what to do and what to refrain from. Hence he feels a deep sense of belonging and also enjoys direction in life. He knows exactly what to make an effort for. In actual fact the more a person embraces Deen and connects himself to Allah Ta‘ala, the greater the comfort and sense of belonging he experiences. In the absence of this, people begin to fall into depression. They lack that sense of belonging, hence they feel down and insecure. The first effort of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was to build this Imaan and yaqeen. When this was strong and firm then it was easy to practice on the various other injunctions of Deen which came later on. 

2. Hazrat Mu‘eenud Deen Chishti (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) terms three aspects as the essence of tasawwuf:
a) Rajaa: To inculcate a strong hope in the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala and His rewards. When a person thinks that I will receive so many rewards for any action then automatically he will feel motivated to do it. To attain this we should read Fazaaile A’maal, Fazaaile Sadaqaat and Fazaaile Durood daily. Our hopes need to be planted firmly in Allah Ta‘ala, not in people or material. Everything else is bound to perish, whereas the being of Allah Ta‘ala is eternal and everlasting. Hence one who places his hopes in Allah Ta‘ala will never be disappointed.
b) Khauf: to have a high level of fear for disobeying and displeasing Allah Ta‘ala. We hear the hadeeth that every Monday and Thursday the believers are forgiven, except those people who harbour malice for each other. This should now create a fear within us not to have ill feelings or hatred for anyone, as this becomes an obstacle in receiving Allah Ta‘ala’s special mercy and blessings. The same applies to every other warning we come across. We should inculcate such a fear so as not to embark on that misdeed. 
c) Muhabbat: Through the journey of life every one of us are faced with a host of challenges. Hence we need a solution to overcome them. The secret to achieve this is love. When a person has love then even the greatest of difficulties are taken in its stride. A Sahaabiyyah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) came to the battlefield only to find out that her immediate male family members were all martyred. We can well imagine her plight. But when she saw Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) she said: “After seeing you, every calamity is insignificant.” Her love for Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was so great that the mere fact that he was alive gave her so much joy that the loss of even her near and dear ones was taken in its stride. This is the result and effect of having true love for Allah Ta‘ala and His Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

 

   

Asr majlis – Sunday 26th Ramadhaan / 4th August

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. The catalyst for Shaytaan becoming a kaafir was pride. It seems small and insignificant, but the problems that it gives rise to are numerous and enormous. The Mashaayikh have realised that this is the root for most of the problems, therefore they place great emphasis on eliminating it from the system.  

2. The hadeeth says that: “Backbiting is worse than fornication.” Why is this so? There are two apparent reasons for this:

a) Generally the one who fornicates becomes very remorseful over his action, whilst the one who backbites does not even bat an eye.

b) The catalyst behind backbiting is pride. Therefore a person does not backbite someone who he believes to be more superior than him. So when pride is the catalyst, then the hadeeth says that the one who has an iota of pride will not enter Jannat. On the other hand, another hadeeth explains that even a fornicator will be entered into Jannat on account of his imaan. 

3. We need to ponder over our beginning and our reality. When we ponder over this, we will realise that we are from sand and are returning to sand. Whatever excellence we may have is not our personal achievement, rather is only through the grace of Allah Ta‘ala. Hence there is nothing that we can be boastful about. When we lose focus of this reality, we become intoxicated and our entire mind goes off. Hazrat Moulana Yusuf (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) used to say: “The intoxication of wine wears off by the morning, but the intoxication of wealth never wears off.” 

   

Night majlis – Saturday 26th Ramadhaan / 3rd August

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. Moulana Habeebur Rahman Ludhyaanwi had asked Hazrat Shaikhul Hadeeth (rahmatullahi ‘alaih), “What is this tasawwuf all about?” Hazrat Shaikh replied: “It commences with the rectification of intention and terminates with the state of ihsaan (to be conscious of the presence of Allah Ta‘ala at all times).” As long as one’s intention is not correct, there can be no progress. People have different agendas and reasons for linking with a shaikh, but the only purpose should to reform and rectify oneself.

2. One should not get involved any type of laaya’ni. In essence, laaya’ni refers to that which does not concern one’s necessary worldly aspects or one’s Jannat and Aakhirat. At times these things border with sin or they are sin. These vain talks are a ‘killer’ in the path of reformation. Mashaayikh go to the extent of saying that one should even refrain from vain glances, where one allows one’s sight to wander about.

3. In this time and age, the thing that is lacking the most in us all is fanaaiyyat. To understand fanaaiyyat, look at the concept of taqleed of one of the four Imaams of fiqh. We follow our respective Imam without asking for the proof for any masalah. We wholeheartedly accept that he has the proof by him and he is correct in his judgement. In the same way, one should have that level of confidence in the Shaikh in matters pertaining to islaah that we wholeheartedly accept what he asks us to do without any reservation.

4. Without fanaaiyyat a person at times will take a year to achieve something which normally could be acquired within days. This is what the people of the past possessed resulting in their steady progress. They never asked why they needed to do anything. They merely complied with the teachings of their Mashaayikh.

   

Asr majlis – Saturday 25th Ramadhaan / 3rd August

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. Our elders were very firm on preserving the sharee‘at in it’s pure way without making any changes or adjustments. They did not make any compromise and consideration for anyone, even for their elders. Whilst they never compromised their respect for the elder, they did not follow him in his mistakes and slips. The elder also would not get upset if they had to correct him, rather he would feel more pleased with it. The reason for this was that everyone’s mindset was that the sharee‘at is divine and it must take preference over everything else, even our own respect and honour. They would even abstain from those permissible things which could cause confusion in the minds of people. 

2. Those who hold leading positions in Deen, need to be extremely cautious regarding their actions, since people look up to them and emulate what they do. Hence they should not conduct themselves in a way that leaves suspicion or doubts in the minds of people.   

 
   

Night majlis – Friday 25th Ramadhaan / 2nd August

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. In executing the commands of sharee‘ah we are required to exhaust all our efforts and leave the rest to Allah Ta‘ala. He will then open the way for us. Hazrat Shaikhul Hind (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would say that if Allah Ta‘ala were to announce that by touching the sky you would reach me then I would have searched for the tallest mountain and climbed it. Thereafter I would have searched for the highest peak and climbed it as well. And if there was a tree on it I would climb till the tallest branch of the tree and then jump up, after which I would tell Allah Ta‘ala that I have done all that which is within my capability.

2. In all situations we have to check the levels of taqwa and the fear of Allah Ta‘ala. It will be a short period of difficulty experienced when restraining from haram, but Allah Ta‘ala will grant the same in a halaal manner.

3. Nowadays, most of the sins are committed either by the eye or by the ear, yet many do not even consider such vices as evil and sinful. We consider them as trivial. Even if the situation is such that there is a very remote chance of any lustful feeling then too refrain from it. Many people have receptionists and females attendants. We have to be extremely careful when coming in contact with them. There should be no type of seclusion with them whatsoever or casual talk.

4. When a sin becomes widespread and general then Allah Ta‘ala’s punishment also worsens. Thus, we find diseases like aids etc. Hence, be thankful to Allah Ta‘ala for what He has blessed you with and be patient. In this world, you will not be able to get everything that you desire. That is exclusive to the Aakhirat.

   

Asr majlis – Friday 24th Ramadhaan / 2nd August

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. We need to establish the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala in our hearts. Everything else is secondary, whether it be the wife, name, position or any other thing. Furthermore this remembrance must continue to increase all the time. Some awliyaa were so engrossed in this remembrance that no other thought would cross their mind. 

2. Hazrat Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was a very great saint. Hundreds of thousands of people had accepted Islam at his hands and would flock to him. Even the wealthy and high profile government officials would visit him. Hence gifts and wealth would pour upon him. However he would distribute everything to the poor by the evening and would live a life of austerity. I had seen the same with Ml. Saeed Ahmad Khan Saahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). Although he lived in Madeenah Munawwarah for +/- 30 years, and many wealthy Arabs would do anything for him, he still remained in the same simple condition in which he came from India. 

3. The Sufis of the past had rendered great services for Deen. Millions would accept Islam at their hands. If we have to trace our ancestry, then we would discover that most of our ninth or tenth ancestors were Hindus who had accepted Islam at the hands of these Sufis.  

 
   

Morning majlis – Friday 24th Ramadhaan / 2nd August

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. The Mashaayikh of the past would focus more towards islaahe malakaat (redirecting and adjusting the temperament of a person) in comparison to islaahe aa’maal (correcting the actions), because reshaping the temperament fixes the problem from the root, whereas correcting the actions is tantamount to merely treating the symptoms. For example, if a person has an inordinate love and craving for wealth, then he will do anything to get it. Initially he may steal some money in order to fulfil his craving. If you stop him from stealing, then he may go into gambling, and if you prevent him from this then he may get involved in interest. Hence, instead of correcting these individual actions, the constructive approach will be to adjust his inner temperament, i.e. the deep craving for wealth that he has.

2. It is impossible to change human temperament, however it can be reshaped and redirected. Hazrat Abu Zar Ghifaari (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was involved in robbery and theft before accepting Islam. Whenever he saw wealth by anyone he disliked it being by him and snatched it from him. After accepting Islam, this inner temperament was now redirected. He still disliked people owning too much wealth, but now he would not steal it rather he would instruct them to give it away in sadaqah. Before accepting Islam, Hazrat Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) embarked to assassinate Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and was prepared to the take the life of any person who opposed his way. After accepting Islam he would still be ready to take a person’s life, but now for the sake of Deen. On numerous occasions he would say to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam): “Allow me to behead this hypocrite.”

The question is that how is this temperament redirected and adjusted? The way the Mashaayikh adopt is that they make you think of death and the Aakhirat. When your thought becomes engaged in this, you begin to ask yourself: “What arrangements have I made for that realm? When I go into my qabr (grave) then what will happen to me?” You also begin to realise the despicable nature of this world and it will really appear to you even more insignificant than the wing of a mosquito. When this is your frame of mind, you will not neglect any of your duties to Allah Ta‘ala nor to the people.

   

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