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).