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Night majlis – Thursday 24th Ramadhaan / 1st August

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. We recite durood shareef as a token of appreciation to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Since it is a Thursday night (Friday eve) the recitation of durood should be increased and as much as possible durood should be sent upon Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) with true love and devotion.

2. We are all currently like a wet and green branch. As long as it does not dry out it will not catch alight. Likewise our nafs has not been dried out in order for our hearts to comply with the laws of Allah Ta‘ala and then catch alight with his love. It is like a horse. As long as it is not trained, it will not fetch a price nor will it comply with its master. Likewise, once we gain control over our nafs, we will be able to comply with the laws of Allah Ta‘ala.

 

Asr majlis – Thursday 23rd Ramadhaan / 1st August

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

Every person has his own idea of tasawwuf, and very few take the pains to find out what it really is? Tasawwuf basically comprises of 3 elements:

1. Constant obedience of Allah Ta‘ala: A person does not do anything which amounts to the disobedience of Allah Ta‘ala, whether it be a minor sin or a major one. He keeps his heart clean of all evils, like pride, jealousy, etc. This is far greater than merely engaging in nafl ‘ibaadat together with indulging in sins or having a corrupt heart. Shaitaan worshiped Allah Ta‘ala for seven hundred thousand years, yet he was rejected. This was because his intention for this ‘ibaadat was corrupt, i.e. to receive the position of vicegerency on earth. This was his hidden agenda although it only surfaced after so many years.

2. Good character: The gist of good character is that a person behaves in such a way that both Allah Ta‘ala and the creation are pleased with him. This is the basic definition of good character, not that you just give the person a smile on the outside, whilst your heart is full of ill-feelings towards him. An example of good character is that a person comes to the musjid for salaah and is considerate when parking his vehicle. If he parks inconsiderately in order to get the first takbeer or first saff, he may be trying to please Allah Ta‘ala, but he is displeasing his fellow brother. Hence this is not in keeping with good character. 

Once a man entered a musjid to make zikr and found that there was a traveller who was sleeping there. He was snoring so loudly that he could not concentrate on his zikr. Although he reprimanded him a few times, the traveller did not stop because he was in a very deep sleep. Finally this man pulled out a knife and slit his throat. Thereafter he sat down to make his zikr with ease. Here again he tried to please Allah Ta‘ala, but hurt the creation. This is against good character. Furthermore, this person had misunderstood tasawwuf, because he felt that was only about completing zikr, and had totally disregarded the aspect of good character.

3. Remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala: This could be done in different ways, e.g. reading the tasbeehaat, the morning and evening du‘aas, the various masnoon du‘aas for different occasions etc.

   

Morning majlis – Thursday 23rd Ramadhaan / 1st August

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

Allah Ta‘ala commands us in the Quraan Shareef to adopt taqwa. Taqwa means to abstain from all forms of disobedience at all times. It should not be that on selected occasions we refrain from wrong and other times we commit them. There should be consistency and taqwa should be applied everywhere at all times. However getting a complete hold over taqwa is not so simple. Hence Allah Ta‘ala out of his compassion shows us procedures as well. 

1. In one place Allah Ta‘ala says: “Fear Allah and every soul should inspect what it has sent forth to the Aakhirah.” The procedure of attaining taqwa which we are shown here is to ponder over the qabr and the life to come. We should be concerned of how we will fair there and not suffer any disgrace or embarrassment in that realm. This thought will then cause us to refrain from any type of disobedience. As a person keeps thinking on these lines then he slowly develops taqwa.

2. In another place we are told: “Fear Allah Ta‘ala as you ought to fear him and don’t die except as Muslims.” Dying and passing away is not in our control. So what is then meant by this verse? It is quite famous that ‘as you live so shall you die.’ Hence if we live as Muslims we will die as Muslims too. If we have our allegiance with Allah Ta‘ala and his Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and submit to them completely, we will die like that too. Imam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) lived for Islam and stood up against the prominent leaders of the time for the preservation of Islam. Hence we find he passed away like that also. He passed away as a true Muslim and was blessed with true honour. Hundreds of thousands of people attended his janaazah salaah, and thousands had accepted Islam on that occasion. 

3. The third aayat is: “Fear Allah Ta‘ala and speak correctly.” The aayat before this reads: “Do not be like those who harmed Moosa (‘alaihis salaam).” The method of adopting taqwa shown to us here is to look after the tongue and not to cause any distress to the people of Allah Ta‘ala.

   

Night majlis – Wednesday 23rd Ramadhaan / 31st July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. Many feel that the barkat and noor of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was restricted to the era when he was alive. However, this is incorrect. In fact, the noor of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is even greater after he has left this earthly life, since his focus and attention is now directed entirely to Allah Ta‘ala.

2. It is our duty that we study the lives of our ‘ulama of Deoband whom we hold as our leaders. Understand their salient qualities and emulate them. Hazrat Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih), the founder of Darul Uloom Deoband had several outstanding qualities. Among them was his austerity, aversion for material, disinterest in public name, humility and taqwa. (Hazrat Mufti Sahib (daamat barakaatuhum) related various incidents from the life of Hazrat Moulana Qaasim Saahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) which highlighted these qualities.)

   

Asr majlis – Wednesday 22nd Ramadhaan / 31st July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. The elder of the home is required to be a few steps ahead of the rest of the family in Deeni issues. The child feels that whatever my parents do is right. If the parent is chatting on his cell-phone secretly, or has a casual relationship with the opposite gender, the child feels that there is nothing wrong in this. The child then lands up in committing major wrongs and vices. Therefore the parent needs to be extremely careful, even in the choice of words. 

2. Many a times a child cannot concentrate on his studies because of the parents fighting and screaming at each other at home. This should never happen in front of the children as it has a very negative effect on them. If one spouse behaves incorrectly, the other needs to act responsibly and defuse the problem. In fact as spouses we should not be fighting and screaming at each other even in the absence of the children. 

3. As long as the child is not married, there has to be complete transparency between him and the parent. The child cannot be left free to do as he pleases without any rules and restrictions. Together with conducting ta’leem daily, we need to spend quality time with them, in which we take some report from them regarding the day’s happenings. In this way they would be able to discuss their problems with us and we would know what is running through their minds and be able to correct that which requires correction. If the child is given the correct direction, together with been fed halaal, insha-Allah it would come out straight. 

4. The father also needs to play a role in upbringing the child. He cannot expect the mother to do everything. Generally the father feels that my responsibility is only to make the money, and the mother feels that I need to see to the physical well-being of the child. In this way the child’s soul and moral upbringing is totally neglected.

   

Morning majlis – Wednesday 22nd Ramadhaan / 31st July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. One buzurg mentioned: “It is my habit to recite three verses of the Quraan Shareef every morning. Thereafter my mind is at ease and I am not worried at all what will happen for that day.” The three verses are:

a) “If Allah sends a difficulty to you then no one can remove it except him. And if blesses you with some good then he has power over everything.” 

In today’s times there is an abundance of frustration and anxiety. One way to remedy this is to program and channel the mind correctly. Having the correct mindset aids one in overcoming any difficulty and in keeping him calm and composed. The above aayat teaches us that whatever takes place good or bad is only through Allah Ta‘ala’s will. He has the supreme control. Whatever he decides to happen it is inevitable. A dessert Arab who owned a huge flock of sheep was once caught up in a desert storm and lost hundreds of sheep. We can well imagine what loses he must have incurred. However when he learnt of the extent of the damage, all he said was “maktoob” (i.e. All this was ordained by Allah Ta‘ala and was bound to happen. There is no need to fuss and make a noise). Although there were huge losses but when the mind is aligned correctly then even difficulties become easy. 

b) The second aayat is: “If Allah Ta‘ala bestows any mercy to anyone then no one can prevent it, and if He holds back any bounty, then no one can bestow that to anyone. Allah Ta‘ala is most powerful, most wise.” 

All the excellence and bounties we enjoy must be attributed to Allah Ta‘ala. At no point should a person ever feel that whatever I achieved is because of my own wisdom, acumen, experience, expertise etc. This type of mentality is the way of 

Qaaroon. When he was told to be kind to others he retorted: “Whatever I have is because of my knowledge and intelligence.” He attributed everything to himself and neglected his duty to Allah Ta‘ala, hence he was swallowed into the earth together with all his belongings.

c) The third aayat is: “Allah Ta‘ala will bring ease after difficulty.” 

Every difficulty is followed by ease. Look at the example of a doctor. He goes through so much difficulty whilst studying. He has to leave the comfort of his home, attend lectures punctually, sacrifice being away from his family and folks etc. Then

comes the internship. Many a times he is posted to some remote area and has to serve there for one full year. During this period he has to work around the clock. But once all this is over and he now settles as a qualified doctor, sometimes heading multiple surgeries and earning millions then all the difficulty is forgotten. 

2. Shaikh Abdul Qaadir Jailaani (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) explains that calamities are either a means of punishment or a source of blessings. It all depends on a person’s response and attitude to that calamity. If he is calm, composed and does not adopt a complaining attitude then the calamity becomes a blessing in disguise. Through this calamity a person’s status becomes elevated and he becomes closer to Allah Ta‘ala. On the contrary if he becomes distressed by asking questions like ‘why did this happen to me’ etc. and adopts a complaining attitude then this calamity becomes a punishment for him. When any calamity strikes then the right thing to do is to fall into sajdah before Allah Ta‘ala and beg his forgiveness for any misdeed we may have committed. Sometimes the reason for these questions and complaining attitude is our association and interaction with the West. Their culture is designed in this way. When we go through their training systems and channels like schools, universities etc. then their ways begin to take route in us. A believer always has his focus to Allah Ta‘ala and assigns his affairs to Him. 

3. Many a times the difficulty that a person goes through becomes a barrier between him and sin. But no sooner the difficulty is removed and he has excess wealth and free time, that he falls into sin.

   

Night majlis – Tuesday 22nd Ramadhaan / 30th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. All ‘ibaadaat are performed for one to get connected with Allah Ta‘ala. However, there is one ‘ibaadat that is carried out specifically for this purpose and that is i’tikaaf, where one sits in seclusion and gains a connection with Allah Ta‘ala. Prior to receiving nubuwwat, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) used to go into seclusion and it was something that was beloved to him. There is no doubt that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had the best connection with Allah Ta‘ala, but he felt the need of attaining a special connection. Anything that will affect this seclusion should be avoided.

2. To understand our life in this world, we should think that we have boarded a plane. When one boards a plane, he does so to get off after some time. He does not remain in the plane forever. Hence, we have come to this dunya to get off and return to the Aakhirat. We are not here to stay forever.

3. Ponder over the aayaat in Surah Faatihah. We tell Allah Ta`ala that it is only Him from whom we seek help. So everything happens through His help and planning. Thereafter, we beg Him for guidance, that we require His guidance all the time. It should not be that we get lost and end up with the maghdhoob ‘alaihim (those with whom Allah Ta‘ala is angry) or with the misguided. From the standing posture, we then go into ruku’. Contemplate that I am submitting myself entirely before Allah Ta‘ala because I want to reach Jannah. Upon rising from ruku’ we say “rabbana lakal hamd” (O our Rabb! To You alone belongs all praise.). Think that this was another opportunity given to me to receive rewards. Hence, I should praise Allah Ta‘ala.

4. Imaan and yaqeen grow in proportion to how much you put your mind into the Aakhirat. Our condition is such that the dunya seems to be real to us and the Aakhirat is just a dream. However, the enjoyment of this dunya is such that it is extremely short. It does not even remain with a person for even two days.

5. When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explained to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) that a time will come when the disbelieving nations will invite each another to attack the Muslim Ummah like how people are invited to a meal, they asked the reason for this. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explained two problems: (1) Love of this world (2) Dislike for death. Unfortunately, this is the condition we find ourselves facing. This is what needs to be remedied and thereafter all our problems will be solved. One way of remedying this is to frequently think of death for at least 15 – 20 minutes daily. If we become afraid at the thought of death and the spectacle of the grave etc. then think of the great rewards in Jannah.

 
   

Asr majlis – Tuesday 21st Ramadhaan / 30th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. Due to the abundance of technology, we begin to mix things up. At times we feel that we are receiving some inspiration to do something, whereas it is nothing more than an illusion and our mind getting the better of us. When the pious receive an inspiration, then it comes with such force that they are compelled to carry it out. However they would not go by it on their own, rather they would consult their elders. When Ml. Ilyaas Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was inspired with the work of da’wat and was told: “Work would be taken from you,” he became afraid since he was physically weak. He consulted his elders and they comforted him saying: “You were not told that you would do the work, rather you were told that work would be taken from you, hence there is nothing to worry about.”

2. We should not follow a person merely because of his popularity and large following, rather we need to look for the following things:

a. He must be committed to Deen and to the sunnat. 

b. His followers are mainly those that have knowledge and understanding of Deen. Similarly they are not mainly the wealthy class, because when this class are mainly his followers, it implies that he is also interested in wealth, since the saying goes: “Birds of a feather flock together.”

 
   

Morning majlis – Tuesday 21st Ramadhaan / 30th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. When sitting in the company of the Mashaayikh we need to identify our weaknesses. This can be resembled to a medical scan. The scan may identify the ailment but would not cure it. One will have to now go for treatment to some qualified doctor in order to get cured of his sickness. Similarly whilst in the company of our Mashaayikh, we may identify our sickness. We will then have to take up the initiative to get them corrected. The failure of which will result in those weaknesses still being in our systems. As a result of misunderstanding this, many complain: “I have attended so many programs, yet I find myself to be the same.” These are two separate efforts. One is to identify the problem and the other is to remedy it. When both are implemented then only the desired change will be perceived. 

2. Three primary elements are required to achieve a deep connection with Allah Ta‘ala:

a) Tazkiyah: To refine the inner self from all evil characteristics, jealousy, pride, malice etc. This may take time since these qualities are intrinsic in man. One needs to shun all the traits of evil character and conform to the noble character of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

b) Dawaam-e-Taa‘at: To remain constantly in the obedience of Allah Ta‘ala. In any situation one is always conscious of obeying and upholding the injunctions of Deen and refrains from any type of disobedience to Allah Ta‘ala. 

c) Kasrat-e-Zikr: Remembering Allah Ta‘ala in abundance.

3. Good character comprises of the following aspects: 

a) Never take your own part in an argument. Rather look at the situation from your opposition’s angle. Generally you will always find a way to prove that you are right, even it may be your fault. So the safer route is to look at the problem through the next person’s eyes. If there are 99 possibilities that you are right and one possibility to prove that you are wrong then take the blame on your head.

b) Have a smiling countenance. Don’t pull up your face. Sometimes you get home from work and for some reason your wife is upset with you over something. Hence she starts yelling and shouting at you. One response is to pull up your face and show her that you are upset. This however is not a wise and intelligent approach. The better response is to keep the cheer on your face and cheer her up as well. This would be done by tolerating her comments and then asking her for maaf for whatever may have upset her. In this way everyone will be happy.

c) Tolerate others and overlook their shortcomings. We should focus on this fact that Allah Ta‘ala will be happy and reward us immensely by us overlooking others. After all we anxiously desire to be pardoned and forgiven by him. So why shouldn’t we also pardon others. The lives of our former people are replete with instances where they forgave others. Once an Arab’s son was murdered by his nephew. When the option of taking his nephews life was presented to him, he told the judge: “If my left hand chops off my right hand then would it make sense to chop off my left hand as well?” In other words if my son was like my right hand then my nephew is like my left hand. After all he is also my blood relative. So why should I cause more bloodshed and kill him also. Hence I pardon him. However since my son’s mother would be deeply affected by his death, I request that some portion of blood money be given to her in order to comfort her heart.

d) Don’t bear any malice in your heart for anyone. It becomes an impediment in the path of you doing good to others. This is apart from you feeling miserable from within yourself. Someone said very beautifully: “If you harbour malice then happiness will dock elsewhere.”

4. We marvel at the Auliya who have attained high and lofty positions in the site of Allah Ta‘ala. They gained whatever gained because they thoroughly cleansed themselves and adorned themselves spiritually with the noble character of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hence they were posted to high positions in the Aakhirah. 

 

   

Night majlis – Monday 21st Ramadhaan / 29th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. Allah Ta‘ala describes the manner of the du‘aa of Hazrat Zakariyya (‘alaihis salaam) in the beginning of Surah Maryam. The purpose of this is to teach us the etiquette of du‘aa. The manner of his du‘aa was nidaa’an khafiyya (softly). Du‘aa should not be made by screaming and shouting, rather softly with extreme humility. He then expressed his weakness before Allah Ta‘ala of his old age, but explained that he desired a son to take charge after him. Hence, in du‘aa one should not challenge or show an attitude to Allah Ta‘ala. Instead, express your weakness and inability before Him. Even in this world, if you disobeyed a person and thereafter sought his forgiveness together with expressing your weakness and inability, his heart will melt and he will forgive you.

2. Sometimes, we find that our du‘aas do not seem to be getting answered yet we have made du‘aa for such a long period of time. One of the reasons is that Allah Ta‘ala loves to see us crying and begging of him. It brings joy and happiness to him, just as the chirping of birds in a cage bring joy to its owner.

3. Nowadays we always look for shortcuts and an easy way to get our work done. So what is the shortcut and easy way to gain the maximum on Laylatul Qadr. Two ways came to mind: (1) The night starts from Maghrib (sunset) and ends at subh saadiq. Normally we are still fresh and have control of the time between Maghrib and Esha and by the time taraaweeh is over we are tired. Hence, maximise by doing ‘ibaadat after Maghrib. (2) We are advised in the hadeeth to recite this du‘aa on Laylatul Qadr:“Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni” (O Allah! You are the One who forgives and You love forgiving. So do forgive me.) Hence, in the intervals between every four rakaats in Taraaweeh Salaah, you can easily recite this du‘aa approximately 10 times.

   

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