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Asr majlis – Sunday 22nd Ramadhaan / 20th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. Enjoining good and forbidding evil is compulsory. However there are different approaches that need to be used for this. This will be learnt by sitting in the company of the Mashaayikh and being in constant contact with them. They will show us application. Otherwise, we may try to rectify one thing, but open the door to ten other wrongs.

2. Sometimes we become over concerned about correcting others and neglect our own family and household, whereas in numerous verses the Quraan Majeed commands us to instruct our family members. When the home environment is right then a person remains motivated and speaks from a point of strength. Otherwise he may become slack or people may say that if what he is inviting to is right, why aren’t his family members practising on it?

3. Spending a little while in the company of one’s shaikh is not sufficient. We think that by spending one i’tikaaf we will complete all the stages of sulook. However this is only like a scanning machine, where a person’s weaknesses and faults are pointed out. Thereafter he will have to keep constant contact to correct and rectify them.

4. The hadeeth explains that one of the major problems before Qiyaamah is that people will become self-opinionated. When a person feels that I am not competent enough then he will keep asking his elders. But when he feels that I can read in between the lines and I can understand it by myself, he will not ask. This amounts to ‘ujb (self-admiration), which is a major problem and obstacle on the path of progress. It is so serious that in the Battle of Hunain the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) had to suffer because of it.

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Night majlis - Friday 21st Ramadhaan / 18th July

1. If we develop the true love of Allah Ta‘ala then deen will become extremely easy to practice and we will be able to overcome all hurdles.

2. In the world, the system of Allah Ta‘ala is that there is a source for everything and one will have to respect that system. If you wish to acquire secular education then you will enrol in a school and go to university. A person wishes to become a doctor, he will go to medical college. Likewise, for acquiring piety you will have to sit in the company of the pious.

3. Allah Ta‘ala’s mercy is unrestricted and limitless. It is like an ocean without shores. His mercy is for everyone.

4. People of the past would give up their comforts and riches to attain piety. However, for weak people like us who cannot make such a drastic change, then there is still a chance for us as well. The hadeeth speaks of those with whom Allah Ta‘ala is pleased. They are the ones who lie on their soft cushions and beds but they still remember Allah Ta‘ala.

5. When a person expresses remorse and regret over his wrongs, Allah Ta‘ala becomes extremely pleased with such a person.

   

Asr majlis – Saturday 21st Ramadhaan / 19th July

1. The goal and ambition of a believer is to link up with Allah Ta‘ala. Everything else in his life is by the way. The example of this is that if a person has a very smart looking phone, but no connection, it is worth nothing. On the other hand, if his phone is not so smart looking, but it has all the connections, it is of benefit. The hadeeth teaches us that two things are very effective in connecting us with Allah Ta‘ala: (1) Silence, and (2) Good Character.

2. It is very disgusting to see people laughing, joking and talking in the qabrustan (graveyard). This is a time for deep reflection and du‘aa for the deceased. This behaviour is also being very inconsiderate to the family of the deceased. How would you feel if your near one passes away and people behave in this manner?

3. Once you pass away, people will remember you for the good you did to others and not for your good clothes, good home etc. We need to be kind and spend on others and not only worry about ourselves. If we take our children to visit our relatives and the sick, they will understand that this also their deeni duty.

4. The people of the past had some very good values. Although certain things were not right, by and large their conduct was flavoured with the Islamic spirit. Two things were outstanding in the women of the past. One was that if they prepared something special, they would share it with their neighbours and relatives. The second thing was that their dressing was extremely modest. These two things are becoming extinct nowadays and we need to revive them. 

   

Night majlis - Thursday 20th Ramadhaan / 17th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. The hadeeth speaks of du‘aa being the essence of ‘ibaadat. In fact, one hadeeth states that du‘aa itself is ‘ibaadat. Apart from the various forms of ‘ibaadat that we do, we still need a way to secure the favours of Allah Ta‘ala. So this is through du‘aa.

2. Allah Ta‘ala teaches us the manner of du‘aa via the incident of Zakariyya (‘alaihis salaam). The first aspect is that it was “nidaa-an khafiyya” – he was not shouting out to Allah Ta‘ala and demanding from Him, rather it was silent with humility. The second aspect is that he expressed his weakness and inability – “My bones have become feeble and my hair has turned white.” We also need to show our weakness to Allah Ta‘ala, that we are always in need of Him. The third aspect is that we build our hope in Allah Ta‘ala – “I have never been turned down by You, O my Rabb.”

3. Du‘aas are always answered, they are never rejected. It is just that some du‘aas take time to materialise. It is like different seeds that you plant. Some may take one year to bear fruit and some may take ten to fifteen years. One should therefore go on begging from Allah Ta‘ala. And Allah Ta‘ala loves the tears of His servants. Therefore, at times there is a delay in the du‘aas being answered.

   

Asr majlis – Friday 20th Ramadhaan / 18th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. The Quraan Majeed speaks about two learned people who were misled, viz. Bal‘am Baa‘ooraa and Ka’b bin Ashraf. Mufti Shafee’ Saahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) says that this teaches us that knowledge is not sufficient. Rather together with knowledge, rectifying one’s inner-self is necessary.

2. Initially when a person does a wrong, there is reluctance and hesitation. This is a favour of Allah Ta‘ala which needs to be appreciated and taken advantage off. When a person ignores this inspiration a few times, it stops and then he does not feel anything in doing the worst of sins. On the other hand, if he appreciates it, he will be blessed with more of these inspirations.

3. The whole trial is that of resisting of temptation. This temptation comes in various ways. Sometimes it is in what we look at, what we listen to, or even what kind of deals we get involved in. If we leave out temptation, 90% of the battle is won.

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Asr majlis – Thursday 19th Ramadhaan / 17th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. The philosophers used philosophy in order to defend and promote their wrong beliefs. Hence the ‘Ulama of their time had to learn philosophy and use it to combat them and save the beliefs of the masses. Likewise, in every era there would be deviant groups that would try to deface the true deen. It would be the responsibility of the ‘Ulama of that age to explain the reality to the people so that the deen that is passed on to the coming generations is not diluted and distorted. The ‘Ulama cannot become over awed by the abundance of wrong or by the large number of its perpetrators.

2. When the ‘Ulama explain the wrong in anything, they cannot be blamed for causing problems. Just as a doctor only declares that a person is dead, they only explain that certain acts constitute kufr. Hence one cannot blame them that they are making the people kaafir. Otherwise he would have to also say that the doctors are killing the people.

   

Asr majlis – Wednesday 18th Ramadhaan / 16th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. Hazrat Moulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thaanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) has explained that a person needs to do two things and abstain from two things in order to acquire a special relationship with Allah Ta‘ala. The two things to do are abundant zikr and constant obedience, and the two things to abstain from are sins and vain things. Then one more aspect is extremely beneficial, and that is a long companionship with your shaikh.

2. One needs to have a very high level of trust and faith in his shaikh. He needs to believe that he is the best person for my needs. The reason for this is that a person can only be productive when his mind is settled and he is not confused. Hence if he does not believe his shaikh to be the best for him he will constantly be in a state of confusion that is he the right person. In this way he will not be able to progress.

3. As far as possible, a person needs to regard himself as a total non-entity. He needs to completely annihilate himself, his knowledge and his opinions. Like a seed. When it allows itself to be buried and completely annihilated, it becomes so productive that it bears thousands of fruit which are then exported throughout the world.  However if it is not prepared to be buried and trampled, it would not be of any benefit.

   

Asr majlis – Tuesday 17th Ramadhaan / 15th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. Many a times the dispute is just about a definition (i.e. two people are disputing about something merely because they define it differently). One such example is ‘ilm e ghaib. Those who claim that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had ‘ilm e ghaib, don’t even believe in it fully, since ‘ilm e ghaib refers to an all-encompassing and natural (i.e. not gifted or acquired) knowledge of the unseen. This type of knowledge only belongs to Allah Ta‘ala.

2. Sometimes the shaikh discusses a person’s personal problem without him even telling the shaikh about it. This does not mean that the shaikh has ‘ilm e ghaib (knowledge of the unseen), rather he has ‘ilm e ‘aib (knowledge of the fault). He picks this up through certain symptoms and indications, just as a doctor picks up a sickness through its symptoms.

3. Just as the sun is a manifestation of Allah Ta‘ala’s quality of giving light, the shaikh is a manifestation of His quality of giving guidance. In order to derive benefit from the sun, one’s solar panels need to be placed correctly. Similarly one needs to place the panels of his heart correctly to derive from the guidance of the shaikh.

   

Asr majlis – Monday 16th Ramadhaan / 14th July

1. Every servant and creation has some connection with Allah Ta‘ala because of which it is blessed with existence. When this connection terminates, it seizes to exist. Thereafter every believer enjoys a connection with Allah Ta‘ala because of which he remains in imaan. Then there is an even more special connection with Allah Ta‘ala. In order to acquire this special connection, one has to do something special as well.

2. Special relationships and privileges in this world are short-lived. They are only there till the person is in a certain position. However when it comes to Allah Ta‘ala, then once He has declared His pleasure for someone and ushered him in, there is no termination, rather it is perpetual.

3. There are certain actions the rewards of which continue recurring all the time whatever condition the person may be in, like imaan, being in nikaah and keeping a beard. This person may be sleeping also, but his rewards are continuing. However the opposite is also true. If a person does not keep a beard, then he will be in sin all the time. He could be in salaah or tawaaf but still sinning.

4. One of the benefits of being in nikaah is that a person’s imaan is safe, since his mind does not wander all around thinking about other women. So the wife is like a fort for one’s imaan. Now when she is guarding your greatest asset, you are supposed to be extremely good towards her and overlook her shortcomings.

   

Asr majlis – Sunday 15th Ramadhaan / 13th July

Highlights of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb's Majlis

1. There is nothing more efficient in warding away the punishment of Allah Ta‘ala than imaan, taubah and righteousness. Everyone and everything is in His control so the right thing is to make up with Him. In the Battle of Badr, the hearts of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were totally towards Allah Ta‘ala and they gave themselves entirely to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hence they were assisted by Allah Ta‘ala.

2. The Quraan Majeed speaks about types of people. The first is the one that is only concerned about amassing the world immaterial of its nature. His focus is on quantity and not quality. He is also totally unconcerned of the Hereafter. The second is the one who asks for good in this world and the next. Good means that it has quality (i.e. it is pure) and it also culminates in goodness. This good could refer to wealth, knowledge or even a wife. So he is not only concerned about the beauty of the wife, rather he is more concerned about her qualities. When a wife has good qualities then she can make a revolution in her husband’s life. On the other hand if she only has good looks, then she becomes a pain in the neck for him.

   

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