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Asr majlis – Monday 20th Ramadhaan / 29th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. In the past, once a student completed his formal studies, he would be concerned about his islaah (self-reformation). This is absolutely essential, otherwise one may know many facts and even speak about them, but these things are not found in his life. This is not a complete package. 

2. We need to take Deen from that person who gives us the true version without making any compromises. In our worldly life we appreciate that person who warns us of impending danger although it may sound very bitter. The same approach needs to be adopted in Deen.

3. Ml. Abdul Qaadir Raipuri (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was a very determined person. When he wanted to do something he would undergo any sacrifice to achieve it. In the initial years of his studies he underwent great difficulties, but he never stretched his hand to anyone, neither directly nor indirectly. The benefit of this was that Allah Ta‘ala thereafter made arrangements for him. When he went for his islaah as well, he bore all the difficulties patiently, but then Allah Ta‘ala made him from among the auliyaa of his time. Even great giants like Ml. Manzoor Nu’maani and Ml. Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (rahimatullahi ‘alaihima) would go to him for their reformation.    

 
 

Morning majlis – Monday 20th Ramadhaan / 29th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. When wealth becomes a person’s goal and primary objective then unfortunately he adopts any and every means possible to acquire it. Regardless of whether it is halaal or haraam. Rasulullah (sallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) mentioned: “Love of the world is the root of all evil.” Love here refers to an inordinate one. Such an obsession for wealth that a person does not discriminate between permissible and impermissible. He doesn’t spend his wealth on others through compulsory and optional charities and in some instances the person does not even spend on himself. His only concern is to increase whatever he possesses. This is such a mentality which brings nothing but misery and anxiety to a person in this world as well as the next. To illustrate this as an incident is narrated of a king who made a public announcement that whoever comes to me tomorrow morning at a certain time I will give him whatever he asks of me. Everyone came and as per his promise the king gave them whatever they asked for. However one person came late. He also requested something, but the king told him that the time has elapsed and the offer is now over. He pleaded and the king felt sorry for him. He made him an offer that he has 3 hours to run as far as he can. Whatever amount of land he covers in that time will be his. So not wasting a second this man began to sprint as fast as he could in order to achieve maximum gain in minimal time. Within half an hour he covered a considerable distance but he was huffing and puffing and out of breathe. He thought to himself “I have a bargain here which I cannot afford to lose. So come what may I have to carry on.” He continued running for the next half hour but was now even more tired. Again he thought I have to carry on. He now reached a stage where he could no longer run, so he began to walk. After some time he could no longer walk so he began to crawl. Exerting himself for over 2 hours in the intense heat and suffering from extreme thirst his body could not cope, hence he dropped dead there and then. Neither did he cover the land he desired, nor was he able to enjoy the land which he toiled to death for. Had this man being content with what he received in the first half an hour, he would have been far better off. But this quest for more had the better of him and caused him to lose out miserably.

2. The fitnah of this age is that everyone runs behind figures, whether it is a figure of a woman or money figures. Whereas the more important thing is what is inside the figure and not the figure itself, e.g. when purchasing a house or car, we don’t suffice on merely the paintwork or colour, rather we look if the home is spacious and convenient, and the car is mechanically sound. These internal aspects motivate and prompt us to then make the purchase, not merely the outer shell. Similarly is the case with woman. We run behind a woman with the perfect figure and in turn totally ignore inner perfection and character. Whereas those internal habits are actually the things we are going to value and appreciate with time, her service, attitude, loyalty etc. The beauty, charm and adornment must eventually fade away one day. On the other hand the effect of noble traits and qualities continue after death. The same applies to wealth. Our focus has to be on what’s inside and not on the outer shape and figures of wealth. At times, outwardly the figures maybe as long as telephone numbers but inwardly it lacks the fundamental aspects of being halaal. So it can bring no joy and comfort. Rather it will open up a can of worms. On the contrary wealth which outwardly seems to be little as far as figures and digits are concerned, but is completely pure and halaal, brings tons of relief and benefit. It also becomes a means of contentment for the one utilizing it. He always feels from within himself that I posses much more than what I need.

3. Daily we hear of the depression rate just going on the increase. It got me thinking to what is the solution to this? The following hadeeth came to mind: “Show mercy to those on earth, and in turn the one in the sky (Allah Ta‘ala) will show mercy to you.” The remedy is so simple, i.e. bringing some joy and cheer to the next person. This in actual fact is the fundamental teaching of Islam. The pious servants of Allah Ta‘ala are not only kind to their friends rather they do not bring any hurt to the heart of even the enemy unnecessarily. They aspire not to bring hurt to even an animal. One buzurg purchased sugar and brought it home. On opening the parcel he noticed an ant. He realised that this ant got into the sugar at the shop he purchased it from. Hence he took the pain of going all the way back in order to return the ant to its colony only out of this concern that it may have felt hurt being away from its folks. Although this is not something we need to emulate, the point to take note is that what level of kindness flows through these people’s hearts. We may not be able to match the kindness and good nature of others. But we should do what we can. If we cannot do everything then at least we can do something. Even if it be a kind word to an orphan or someone who deserves love and compassion. We might find the bathroom in an unpleasant state, why not do others a favour and clean up whatever we can? All that is required of us is to show some consideration. Think and be considerate. One youngster who was about to get married came to me. Unfortunately he had the bad habit of smoking. I asked him: “How would you feel if your wife came to you with a foul smell emanating from her mouth.” He replied that it would be heart breaking. I told him: “Then how do you expect her to tolerate the disgusting smell of cigarettes emanating from your mouth?” All we are required to do is use our minds and show some consideration to others. Islam teaches us to bring cheer to someone’s heart, to be kind to others and not to only be concerned about me and my children. By adopting this attitude your future becomes bright. Your children turn out to be pious because there are so many people making du‘aa from their hearts for you. This approach attracts mercy, love and security from above.

   

Night majlis – Sunday 20th Ramadhaan / 28th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. We should endeavour to become grateful slaves. The difference between a slave and a worker is that a worker can make demands if what is promised to him is not given to him. However, a slave just has to accept whatever the master gives him and plans for him. Together with this slavery, we need to be grateful. Gratitude and appreciation are extremely great qualities.

2. From the various nations on earth, the Arabs were selected for the companionship of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Among the reasons for this was that they possessed such qualities that cannot be found in others. One of these qualities was that of appreciation and gratitude. No matter what the favour may have been and how many years had passed by, but they would never forget the good that others did to them.

3. When Shaytaan was rejected, he vowed to Allah Ta‘ala that on account of him misguiding man, very few would be grateful. When a person has the quality of gratitude, then he will always obey the one who was kind to him. In order to harness this quality, do 4 things: (1) Think of your humble beginnings and how Allah Ta‘ala enabled you to progress. (2) Admit that it is Allah Ta‘ala alone who does everything and that all that we have is from Him. (3) If you have something that is pleasing to you then say: “Mashaa Allah” i.e. it is only through the will of Allah Ta‘ala that I have received this. (4) Don’t think that it will last and remain with you forever. Rather, it is subject to the will of Allah Ta‘ala.

 
   

Asr majlis – Sunday 19th Ramadhaan / 28th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. Many people have had experiences where they saw and met with shuhadaa (martyrs) after their martyrdom. Their life is a reality and the Quraan Majeed tells us that we shouldn’t even call them “dead.”

2. Allah Ta‘ala opens up some scenes of the unseen for certain people. This is not ‘ilm-e-ghaib (knowledge of the unseen), rather it is termed kashf. Allah Ta‘ala merely removes the veil and one is able to see certain things that were hidden. Neither is it a sign of acceptance, nor should one aspire for it. Certain kuffaar even witness lights, angels etc. However this is not the objective. The main thing is one needs to submit himself to the commands of Allah Ta‘ala. 

3. Once zikr starts to take effect on a person, his interest in the world decreases. He becomes totally content with his lot and experiences inner-enjoyment, without having any desire for the wealth of others.  

   

Night majlis – Saturday 19th Ramadhaan / 27th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. We all wish to secure our rewards that are earned through ‘ibaadat. Hence, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in a lengthy hadeeth explained to the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) that the manner in which one would secure and preserve his rewards will be through the protection of the tongue. The misuse of the tongue can be extremely disastrous. A 50 year long standing friendly relationship can be shattered just by uttering one sentence. A long lasting marriage can be broken just by the utterance of the words of divorce. Controlling the tongue is a means of earning oneself immense rewards.

2. This world in which we live is like a soccer field. We have a goal to achieve and there are oppositions and hurdles in our way to reach the goal. Just as in a football match, a player has to dribble and manoeuvre his way around the opposite team we need to do the same in achieving our goal in life. Hence, in a football match, a player needs to be careful of two things: (1) Not to injure the opponent whether physically or verbally. Otherwise, he will be sent off the field and disqualified. (2) Focus on the ball. If he loses focus then he will lose the ball. Thus, in this life one needs to ensure that he passes the hurdles in life without hurting anybody in any way and at all times he should focus himself on the goal and purpose of life, which is the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala.

3. There will be one of two people that will confront and obstruct you in your path to progress; an understanding person or an unintelligent person. If he is of the former then it is possible to reason with him and save oneself from getting embroiled in any problem. If he is of the latter then it will not be possible to reason with him. Hence, one needs to think of a way of avoiding such a person without confronting him.

   

Morning majlis – Saturday 18th Ramadhaan / 27th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. Every believer enjoys a connection with Allah Ta‘ala merely on account of his imaan. Allah Ta‘ala says: “Allah Ta‘ala is the friend of the believers.” Just as a phone gets connected to a network through a sim card, similarly the so called connecting sim card of a believer is his imaan. Whilst every Mu’min enjoys a basic connection with Allah Ta‘ala there are some who work on that connection and make it stronger. They are classified as the auliyaa, (the special friends of Allah Ta‘ala) regarding whom the Quraan says: “Indeed the friends of Allah Ta‘ala will not have fear nor will they be grieved.” 

2. The procedure of working on ones imaan and making it stronger will have to be sought from our Mashaayikh. They will direct us on how to attain that perfection as they have been trained for this by their elders. One method they prescribe is to engage in zikr. Whilst every zikr is definitely beneficial, there however lies greater benefit in making zikr collectively. This does not refer to zikr in a chorus form where one person recites and the rest follow him, rather it refers to when a group of people sit closely together in one place and each one of them engage in zikr individually. This type of collective zikr is also sanctioned in the Quraan and hadeeth. Moulana Thaanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) says that one added benefit of collective zikr is the passing on of good qualities from person to person. What is meant here is that every person has some brilliant and outstanding quality and trait in his heart. One person may have generosity and then another may have gratitude whilst the third person may have patience and so forth and so on. When people engage in zikr collectively then these qualities begin to rub on from person to person.

3. Zikr is the greatest thing as the Quraan says: “Indeed the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala is the greatest.” All our efforts are simply to achieve this zikr. The hadeeth tell us that the best mujaahid is the one who remembers Allah Ta‘ala the most. The same applies to all other acts of worship. Their value increases based on how much more remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala is in them. The effort of the khanqah is to instil this zikr deep into our systems. Whatever we do must be firstly lillah i.e. only for Allah and for his pleasure. Secondly it must be fillah i.e. according to the way Allah Ta‘ala wants them to be as shown to us by his Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). And thirdly it must be billah i.e. we must believe that whatever we do is not of our own accord. Rather it is only through the grace and permission of Allah Ta‘ala. To achieve this we will have to close our eyes from everything else. 

4. Zikr is actually the missing ingredient in our lives. We are doing a lot of other works of deen but we fall short in the aspect of zikr. Whereas with this zikr all the other good deeds we carry out gets a different shine. Whether it be our ‘umrah, tilaawat, namaaz or whichever act of worship, they all have a new life in them. Hazrat Shah Waliyyullah (rahmatullahi ‘alahi) expounding on the importance of zikr says: “Zikr is actually like the soul in the body.” Zikr brings flavour not only to our ibaadaat but to our earthly life. Hence a man in zikr is always happy at heart and is not stormed by frustration, anxiety and uneasiness. Every little thing doesn’t begin to irritate and frustrate him. He is not constantly stuck in these thoughts that why are people not respecting me, why do people make things so difficult for me. Qari Tayyib Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) explains that each limb receives its fulfilment accordingly, the tongue through something tasty, the nose through some pleasant smell, the ear through a soothing sound, the eye through a beautiful scene. None of these can be swopped around. You cannot expect to soothe the eye through a pleasant smell. And nor can you try to soothe the ear through a beautiful scene. Each limb needs to be given its respective form of fulfilment. So similarly the heart too craves for its satisfaction. It has also got its own unique way of enjoyment like the rest of the limbs. Its enjoyment lies in zikr. Nothing else can give it the satisfaction it needs besides zikr. Beautiful scenery, pleasant smells, tasty food and soothing sounds may satisfy their respective limbs but they can bring no joy to the heart. Going that route is rather foolish. When the heart is starved from zikr then does it fall into despondency and depression.

5. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) likened the one making zikr to a person with life, and the one who doesn’t make zikr to a dead person. So this negligence is equivalent to death. Every other action has an amount, whereas for zikr we are instructed to do it in abundance. The more the merrier. However a point to note is that if we wish to achieve the desired results of zikr, then it is imperative that we contact our elders and engage in zikr under their guidance and instruction. If someone prints a copy of a R200 note with all the necessary details, then despite having all the similarities, he won’t be able to purchase something worth even R2. Just because his note has not received official endorsement. So in the same way if we want to receive the complete benefit of zikr, we will have to get our method endorsed by our elders.

6. In the age and time we live in, there is a calculated effort to remove Allah Ta‘ala from the equation, and in turn defeat the entire objective of zikr. This is actually the meaning of secular, i.e. to promote godlessness. In my analysis I feel that this is the root cause for the various problems we encounter today. The need is to acknowledge and accept that this is the biggest problem of the age and then work on remedying it. 

 
   

Asr majlis – Saturday 18th Ramadhaan / 27th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

After the British took control of India, different Muslim movements commenced. Some were more concerned of sustaining the Muslims materially, like the Aligarh University movement. Although their intentions were good, they had to make many compromises and adulterate many injunctions of Deen in order to achieve their goal. This is quite similar to most of the Muslim schools that we have. Since their primary concern is to excel in secular studies, many deeni compromises are made. 

However our ‘Ulama of Deoband felt that seeing to the deeni well-being of the Muslims was more important. Hence they commenced the Darul ‘Uloom with this objective that they will prepare such students that will preserve Deen and save Islam in totality. Thereafter these ‘Ulama and their students made every sacrifice in working towards this objective and achieving this goal, so much so that in most parts of the world, the deeni activities that are taking place are somehow linked to the ‘Ulama of Deoband. We need to appreciate the great sacrifices that they have rendered. If it wasn’t for them we would have had an adulterated version of Islam. 
 
   

Night majlis – Friday 18th Ramadhaan / 26th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. Respect and adab outwardly seems to be something small and insignificant. However, when it is added to anything, then it only adds to its beauty. It allows one to progress in deen as well as dunya.

2. The hadeeth advises that we restrain our tongues from discussing 3 things: 

a. Taqdeer – the human brain has a certain capacity and can only comprehend to a certain level. It is just like any other limb. You can see to a certain distance and not beyond. Thus, taqdeer is a subject that the human brain cannot comprehend. Therefore, do not discuss it. 

b. Astrology – to make predictions of events via the stars. It is not something concrete and there is a greater chance of it being incorrect. Further, if it does turn out to be correct, then one’s belief will get affected, that it was on account of these stars that a certain event unfolded. Therefore, refrain from this as well. 

c. Speaking ill of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). They may have had some weakness or the other, but their spirituality was so great that it had the strength to wipe out the weakness. They were far greater than the rest of the Ummat.

3. The lack of respect for the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) causes ones understanding to become corrupt. Those who have made the insulting of Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) their goal, then the consequence of it is: (1) They are the only religion to legalise prostitution (mut‘ah). (2) Only religion to regard hypocrisy as holy (tabarra). (3) They do not become hafiz of the Quraan. (4) Whilst other religions, like Christianity and Judaism even accept the Quraan as true, they contend that the Quraan is distorted and changed.

 
   

Morning majlis – Friday 17th Ramadhaan / 26th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1.    Every age has a different challenge. When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) left this world then there was the challenge of those who reneged from Islam. Then in one age there existed the challenge of preserving the ahaadeeth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). These challenges always existed throughout every era and will continue to surface in different ways till the Day of Qiyaamah. But there will always be the group who will stand out for the truth. They will work hard to preserve Islam in the face of these challenges and clear the way for the rest of the Muslim Ummah.
2.    Although it is the desire of every believer to settle down in the holy lands of Makkah Mukarramah and Madeenah Munawwarah, we need to see what is the most prudent thing to do? A person can go for his own personal benefit but looking at the broader interests of the people it would be better for him to stay in the land he is in, and work on those who are not so committed to Deen. This applies more to those who have a higher level of deeni commitment like ‘Ulama etc. People feel at ease and find a direction when deeni elders around.
3.    We need to do whatever we can to uphold and promote deen. Perhaps others will come after us and continue and advance these deeni efforts. What is required of us is to remain firm and to do our best. One advantage we have is that whatever challenges and trials we are encountering now have already taken place in India and Pakistan. All we need to do is look at what was the response of our elders and how did they curb it. We will have to just do a little searching and we will find the solutions. But the vital element to achieve this is to stay connected to our elders.
4.    Allah Ta‘ala says in the Quraan Majeed: “We have made for everyone of you a sharee‘at to follow and a path.” The goal is to get every aspect of deen into our lives and to reach Allah Ta‘ala. But there has to be a route and pathway to get there. This path is called tareeqat.  Just as when someone intends going for haj, then the goal is the Ka’bah Shareef, but he must also adopt the necessary means to get there. He will have to have a passport, apply for visa, get accreditation etc. So similarly in Deen also, there is a means and procedure which a person will have to adopt to reach his goal. This means is known as tasawwuf. The shaikh knows the path as well as the goal, hence he will guide you using different methods. At times he may tell you to do zikr in a loud voice, or to remain silent and not to associate and speak unnecessarily, or to move the head in a certain way whilst making zikr etc. These are all different procedures to reach the goal. Whilst none of them will be classified as farz, waajib, or sunnah, they are vital in achieving the objective. Just as going to school and university are procedures which have to be adopted in becoming a doctor. No one says that they are farz or waajib, but generally in today’s time no person turns out to be a successful doctor without them. So similar is tasawwuf. The methods adopted may not be sunnat etc. but they are vital procedures without which a person will generally not reach his goal.

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Asr majlis – Friday 17th Ramadhaan / 26th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. Despite all his virtue and piety, Shibli (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was forgiven on account of some kindness that he showed to a dog. We don’t know which act will be a means of our forgiveness, hence we need to continue working, fearing Allah Ta‘ala and hoping in his mercy. 

2. During ones youth, one needs to have greater fear of Allah Ta‘ala so that he does not become bold on committing sins. However as a person ages he should have greater hope in the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala and should not become despondent. 

3. We don’t have the right to look down upon anyone. So many people lived their lives in vice and passed away in virtue. 

 
   

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