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Al Ansaar Souk and the Deen Squad

Allah has advised us in the Qur’an to hold on to the Sunnah and abstain from everything else. The Sunnah of Nabi ﷺ is our blueprint for success in our businesses, marriages, dealings and life in general. There is no other lifestyle that will yield Allah’s pleasure. Allah has informed us of this in the Qur’an and Nabi ﷺ has made it clear too.

Unfortunately, time and time again we forget this principle. Knowingly or unknowingly, we make the kuffar lifestyle our blueprint. We assume we are doing well under the banner of Islam, but know that there is little Islam left when we stray so far from the Sunnah. If you want to understand how nafs and Shaytaan work, just observe a child. He will always push the boundaries, trying to get away with a little more each time. If that child is left undisciplined, he will continue until his behaviour becomes unmanageable. Likewise, if Ulama do not speak out against Shaytaan’s work, it will continue to spread until it reaches unmanageable heights.

Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه warned us about souks like the Al Ansaar Souk. Every year, they push the boundaries little by little, hoping to get away with it. When our Ulama would speak out against this Souk, the community would say that we are just exaggerating! Now this year, they bought the “Deen Squad” to perform like rock stars on a stage in front of young, screaming, modestly-dressed Muslim girls. There is nothing deeni about their squad. They sing songs with musical instruments promoting Shias in their music.

How can that be classified as Nasheeds – a spiritual piece, recited to bring people closer to Allah? Furthermore, when Shia music is played, how can such an event still be considered Islamic – Islamic implying that it will bring people closer to Allah?

The reality is, this event is not at all Islamic. Nasheeds have existed since the prophetic era, recited to bring people closer to Allah. The kuffar blueprint for musicians is to work on the tune, make a music video, perform, become famous and make money. It has become an industry, far from the Sunnah. Remember, straying from the Sunnah will only take matters from bad to worse.

People make excuses that perhaps the organisers did not know. When people organise an event, they do their research before inviting speakers and artists. They must have researched and known how these two musicians would perform but they went ahead anyway, because making money seems to be more important than upholding the Deen. When that is the case, call the event an event, not “Islamic”. However, of course, that will not be profitable for them. Hence, they, the Ship Cruise organisers and all such event organisers refrain from doing so.

If you want to see “Islamic”, do not look towards a lone Maulana/Mufti endorsing such events. Look towards the akaabireen. They have been tirelessly serving Allah’s deen for decades, they are pillars of guidance for us. Akaabireen like Hazrat Ml. Abdul Hamid Ishaq (DB), Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (DB), Hazrat Ml. Shabbir Saloojee (DB) and Dr Hansa (DB). Hold on to them, for they held on to their seniors, who held on to their seniors, who held on to the tabieen, who held on to the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم, who held on to Rasulullah ﷺ. That is our link, the Sunnah is guaranteed Islamic, there is no “Islamic event” that can do better than the Sunnah.

When a person gets wounded, he will clean it first with dettol. That will burn and pain. After a while, he can put a plaster on and perhaps rub cream or vaseline on the area. That will soothe, moisturise and feel nice against the skin. It will feel relieving. However, the truth is, the main benefit came from the burn. If he was not prepared to go through the burn to clean the wound and he just applied cream instead, chances are, the area will get infected. This is precisely what is happening in the Ummah. We think we are benefitting people but underneath the hype is a deep wound, that will never heal. Not until we swallow the bitter truth, burn our desires and follow Islam for what is – simply the Qur’an and Sunnah.

The truth has to be spoken for the sake of Allah. And that bitter truth is, we are following the western lifestyle more than the Sunnah. Not only in our events, but in our weddings too. Then we wonder why there is a sharp rise in marital breakdowns. In our businesses, we wonder why there is little barakah whist playing music, selling haram and engaging in interest dealings. In our families, we wonder why the kids have strayed, whilst upgrading our TVs at every given opportunity. Isn’t the answer so obvious? We are leaving the Sunnah, and that can only and will only take matters from bad to worse. The Al Ansaar Souk is just one example, there are many more all around us. May Allah enable us to realise, change, and turn to the Sunnah before it is too late, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 25/12/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

Be wary of whom you take your deen from

To read this article/transcript, please click on the PDF below:

Be wary of whom you take your deen from

Introductory Note: On the 22nd of August 2017 a marriage conference was held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. Scholars flew in from all over the world to give speeches. The conference was branded as Islamic. However, on the day many laws of the Shariah were violated. This includes free-mixing, acts in which very dirty jokes were made, insults towards the marriage of Nabi ﷺ and utter disrespect towards the noble Abu Hurairah (RA).

In this talk, Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat (DB) spoke about these violations and their great, long-term consequences. Hazrat also made mention of the Eidgah in Durban and the Ship cruise. The commonality between all three events is the modernisation of deen caused by lack of ilm and not seeking the guidance of true, upright Scholars. This modernisation is a global problem. The primary advice contained in this transcript deals with the causes of modernisation and how to combat them in light of the Sunnah. Hazrat further speaks about whom we can take our deen from and whom we should avoid, making this transcript one that is applicable to all.

Lastly, any mistakes are the error of the compiler for which I seek Allah’s forgiveness and the reader’s pardon. May Allah accept Hazrat’s work and efforts, aameen.

 

Aqsa under attack: what is the solution?

The Muslims in Palestine are going through great trials. It is a duty upon us as an Ummah to find some solutions. There are many ways to assist and be of help but the most important is for us to turn to Allah sincerely and as a result, His help will come at the forefront. It is only who Allah can reverse difficult conditions in Palestine and all other war-torn countries. Unfortunately, we lack this greater realisation. We become very emotional in these times turning to social media to vent our anger and to partake in online protests. But the only way out from such difficulties lies in Qur’anic solutions and Prophetic guidance, not apps on our phones.

Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم has instructed us that when a problem befalls the Ummah, engage in Qunoote Nazilah. This is a prayer performed after Fajr. Now my question is, where is the Ummah at Fajr? Many of us are sleeping it away, how then can we even pray Qunoote Nazilah together? Our assumptions are that a protest in the day is more effective and then we wonder why the mercy of Allah is not descending!

We can stand on the streets holding placards and banners, we can write letters after letters but if we continue to violate the laws of Allah, we will never be able to attract His mercy. Those who are involved in Tableegh are often criticised for wasting time speaking about the six points, rather than joining politics. Or those in Darul Ulooms are criticised for just teaching/studying, rather than taking a so called active role in assisting the Ummah.

We need to understand that these works of Deen are a means of strengthening our Imaan. They are teaching us deen and how we must take our gaze away from the creation and turn it towards Allah. Had we all collectively followed this golden advice, surely Allah’s help would have descended. Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم mentioned to the effect that a person with disheveled hair, dust-covered body and raised hands cries out to Allah, but where will his pleas be heard when his body is nourished with haraam. In other words, how can one who is engaged in major sins expect the help of Allah to descend?

Today as an Ummah we are exactly like this on a collective level. Sins have entered so stealthily in our lives, it can be difficult to even notice them. For example, many people do not take interest from the bank however, they accept their ebucks and loyalty points. This is from the bank’s pocket which is riddled with haram interest money. Therefore, it is not permissible for us to use, but do you see how easy it is to not notice and become involved in this haram? People pay for Umrah tickets with these rewards from the banks. Yes, there may also be fatawa of permissibility regarding the rewards but in these matters, it is best to tread the path of caution. Then there are those who take interest knowingly. Their cars, homes, even their businesses are running on it. Then we go on to wonder why Palestine is in the state that it is in and why our duas are not accepted?

Read the tasfseer of the Qur’an. Allah has made it clear that the first two holiest sites in Islam, Makkah Mukarramah and Madina Munawwarah, will always be protected by Him. Even the Dajjal will not be able to enter. However, the protection of third holiest site in Islam, Masjid Al-Aqsa, is dependent on the amaal (i.e. actions) of the Ummah. Thus if we ever need an insight into the condition of the Ummah at large, all we need to do is look at Aqsa. If it is in peace and under the Muslim rule, know that the Imaan of this Ummah is at a good stand. If it is drowned in problems, know that we have a lot of work to do.

It is due to our sins that Aqsa is struggling today. The solution lies with me, you and every individual in this Ummah. If we still think it lies in the United Nations office, then we have not understood the basic lesson of the Kalima we read. That Allah does – with means, without means or against means. Everything happens by His will. All we need to do is to turn to Him. Once we all do that, He will shower his mercy by accepting our duas and this Ummah will return to the favourable condition it was once in.

May Allah save Aqsa and Juresalem from unworthy hands, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

What we have to do before Ramadan ends

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Riots and unrest in our country are a serious problem. But right now, more serious is the curse of Jibreel عليه السلام who made the following dua; may that person enter the hellfire, who reaches Ramadan and is not forgiven. Now let’s analyse this dua. The greatest angel made this dua and thereafter, the greatest man to walk this earth – Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم – said aameen. It took place in Riyadhul Jannah; a place which most people just enter and feel hopeful that their duas will be accepted! And here we have a dua that took place right inside, on the Mimbar of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم.

This dua is very weighty, we can’t afford to ignore it. With only 2 days left of Ramadan, ensure that you secure Allah’s forgiveness. If we do not, we will have to live with that curse…can we bear that? We can’t afford to live with that. So as the end of this auspicious month nears, make it count. The people of Yunus عليه السلام were on the brink of punishment. It loomed over their heads but at the last moment, they quickly repented and Allah forgave them. Likewise, we are on the brink of the end of Ramadan but if we repent, Allah will forgive us too. It is never too late. Tonight could be laylatul Qadr, there is no surety that it has already passed.

Furthermore, if Eid is on Monday, then alhamdulillah we have the whole weekend left. I know a lot of us are off from work on weekends. Use this time wisely. Turn to Allah, repent and make a change before this month ends. And then your eid will be much more than just tasty food, new clothes and meeting families. May Allah accept from us, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s Jumah bayan on 23/06/17.)