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Do not water down Islam to reach the masses


Our goal in life is to please Allah by following His laws, not appease people by watering down His laws. Our pious predecessors always spoke out against the fitna of their times, even if it made them unpopular. Before going to Samarkand, Imam Bukhari رحمة الله عليه entered a town where he was so popular; 20,000 people came to meet him. As he settled there and became aware of the fitan, he began to speak out. The people did not like this. Continue reading

The love Nabi ﷺ had for us

Nabi ﷺ once made a dua and then fell into prostration. After a while, he ﷺ sat back in the tashahud position and engaged in dua for the second time. Thereafter, he ﷺ fell into prostration again. He ﷺ repeated this process three times, making his sujood longer than his duas. Continue reading

A truck transporting pigs: An example from Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel (RA)

This post was written by Hazrat not the admin of this website. It was featured in the al-noor magazine.

Many people become perturbed when the thought of sinning comes to mind. We must remember that the mind is like the national highway. While traveling on the highway we sometimes pass some nice vehicles and at times, we pass a truck that is transporting pigs. Now when we find ourselves behind such a truck, we don’t have to be perturbed or get off the highway. All we have to do is indicate, (change lanes), accelerate and carry on. Continue reading

Insulate the heart: An example from Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel (RA)

This post was not written by the admin of this website. It was written by Hazrat Ml. Dawood (DB) based on advice of Hazrat Ml. Yunus (RA). It was featured in the al-noor magazine.

During Ramadaan Sharif, on auspicious nights and while in the company of one’s Shaikh, we find it easy to perform good deeds and to abstain from sins. However, once Ramadaan is over or we are not in the company of the Mashaaikh, then as soon as we are faced with some temptation towards sin, we fall prey to nafs and shaitaan. The reason for this is that during Ramadaan or while we are in the company of the Mashaaikh, we do not insulate ourselves.

Take for example, that it is an extremely cold winter’s day. While indoors we can use a heater to keep ourselves warm. However, when going outdoors we cannot take the heater with us. So in order to keep warm while outdoors, we will have to first insulate ourselves by wearing thick jackets, warm hats, socks, gloves, etc. We could also drink some hot soup to warm ourselves up from the inside. If one does all this prior to going outdoors then despite the cold being there, one will not be affected by it due to having insulated oneself.

In the same way during Ramadaan Sharif and while in the company of the Mashaaikh, we need to insulate ourselves with the qualities of Taqwa (piety), Sabr (patience), Shukr (gratitude), Zuhd (abstinence), Tawadu (humility) etc. Then when Ramadaan ends or we leave the company of the Mashaaikh, despite sins being all around us Allah Ta’aala will protect us and assist us to abstain from evil, because we have made some effort to insulate ourselves.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله


A Hindu’s story which teaches us to value Imaan

A non-Muslim randomly entered the the Masjid a short while ago (Hazrat is speaking of Masjid-ut-Taqwa in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa). After some time, I took him to the side and asked if he was ok? He simply replied, “I just wanted to pray”. He was visibly distressed. I enquired about his situation, and he began to share his worries with me.

He told me that he is a Hindu. His girlfriend is Christian with whom he has one child. After 9 years of dating, he wants to now marry her. However, her parents refuse to accept unless he becomes a Christian too. On one hand, he wanted to remain a Hindu. Yet on the other hand, if he were to do so, she would refuse to marry him and deny him the right to see his child.

Upon hearing this all, I advised him to pray to God. He said to me, “Which God? How do I pray? I have no God in my life.”

This reply really hit me. The fact that we can speak to Allah is such a great blessing that we take for granted. We can always take comfort in the knowledge that He is omnipresent, the hearer of our duas and our unspoken thoughts and the Seer of our struggles, both apparent and concealed. But non-Muslims do not have that understanding. We can always knock on His door and He will always open it and accept us into His court of mercy, whereas non-Muslims cannot find the door, let alone knock and seek His shelter.

He then asked me if he could watch us pray our Salah, so I allowed him to sit inside. After Salah I offered to drive him home. On the way he said to me that he appreciated watching our Salah, and that it was peaceful. Once again, I began to wonder. Just seeing the prayer put his heart at ease but he cannot pray due to lack of Imaan. Allah has gifted us with Imaan which allows us to actually perform Salah and experience a greater level of peace, yet we miss it out over small reasons.

May Allah guide him to Islam and guide us to gratitude. Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s night programme on 21/12/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

Life is full of choices

Life is full of choices. At times, we get carried away with our ability to choose between obedience and disobedience. We forget that this choice is a test, not a mark of our authority. In academic exams, those that studied hard would be able to answer correctly, whilst those that did not study would answer incorrectly. Both take the exact same paper, but the former will pass whilst the latter will fail. The exam is taken by all, not just the hardworking students.

Likewise, is life. We are living an exam, those that sin unrepentantly are exercising their choice for which they will soon pay the price. Upon death, this ability will cease to exist. Have you ever seen a deceased man come out of his grave, refusing to be buried? No, because he has no choice. We must not allow it to delude us into thinking we have control over our lives. On the Day of Judgement, our own limbs will speak out against us so what control do we assume, when our own limbs will be out of our control?

When the adhaan calls, you can choose to sleep or wake up for prayer. That is a test. Do not be deceived, your choice will not last for long. When the trumpet is blown, no one will be able to continue sleeping. We will all awaken and march in the same direction, towards an inescapable reckoning.

Therefore, in this worldly life, choose wisely. Those that do not follow Deen, outwardly, it may seem that they are free and in charge of their lives. But in reality, their choices are answers being recorded on this exam of life, for which they will soon pay. Our choice is only given to write this paper. Upon death it will be taken away from all, and gifted back to those who enter Jannah. There in the gardens, their choice will no longer be a test. It will be a blessing via which they will live and do as they please.

May we be amongst them, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 07/11/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.)

6 points to be wary of when doing Qurbani

Here in South Africa, on Eidul Adha it is exciting to visit the farms and purchase our Qurbani animals. The enthusiasm to do Qurbani is beautiful and commendable. Our akaabireen would buy animals one year in advance. They would keep it and then do Qurbani the next year.
However, for the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم they would always have animals with them grazing in their yard. Whenever they needed meat, they would simply sacrifice an animal and eat. It was normal.

Therefore, when Qurbani became waajib, they asked Nabi ﷺ, “What is Qurbani?” In other words, what makes it different to a normal sacrifice? Nabi ﷺ responded that it is the Sunnah of your father Ibrahim عليه السلام. Adam عليه السلام also did Qurbani but Ulama explained that the sacrifice of Ibrahim عليه السلام was specified due to the magnitude of His submission to Allah. He was willing to sacrifice his own son, that is not a small matter.

This shows that whilst we should get into the spirit of Qurbani, we must not overlook the purpose of it all. The purpose is to please Allah by sacrificing with taqwa. Allah himself says that the meat will not reach Him, only the taqwa in our hearts will. It is this taqwa that will lead to acceptance. Taqwa means to fear Allah and to follow His commands as a result of it. Below are five ways that we can ensure our actual Qurbani is done with Taqwa:

  1. Protect the gaze: In Qurbani it is makrooh for us to allow one animal to see another animal getting slaughtered. Many people are cautious of this, ensuring that the animals are kept separate. Yet we allow our inner animal to see our sister in laws, the neighbour’s daughter and other women. If we allow a sheep to see another it is makrooh, but if we look at another strange woman it is haram. The sheep will not get a sin but we will so be careful in this regard.
  2. Backbiting: This is common on Eid day, people backbite about the way someone does Qurbani. Remember we all have our own techniques. It is fine to disagree on a matter but there is no need to overstep the line and backbite.
  3. Boasting and drawing comparisons: People boast about how much they spend on their Qurbani animal, comparing it with others. Your wealth does not reach Allah, so why boast? Furthermore, wealth is merely a gift from Allah and He will give and take as He pleases. So what is there to boast about?
  4. Photography and videoing: Some people follow a fatwa that photography is permissible. Despite this, it makes absolutely no sense to video yourself slaughtering. Allah has allowed for us to take the life of an animal to fulfil our waajib Qurbani and to earn in the process. Why do we turn it into a movie, making videos and sharing it on Facebook, boasting about our knives and slaughtering techniques? Think about it, ask yourself the reason as to why you are recording. It is done to show off and showing off reduces our hard earned rewards.
  5. Salaah: Many people miss Salah on Eid day. Some present the excuse that blood fell on my shirt making it dirty.Thus I was unable to attend Jamat. However, we know that our clothes will get dirty in the process. Brother, what else were you expecting, a bunch of flowers? Obviously, when you slaughter blood will be all over the place. Therefore, carry a clean set of clothing, change and then attend the masjid. Do not miss Salah, that excuse is not valid in the sight of Allah.
  6. Anger: Many people fall prey to anger and even become vulgar while carrying out our Qurbani thus reducing our reward and adding to our sins. We should be wary not to fall prey to anger.

May Allah enable us to act with taqwa and may He accept our sacrifices as a result of it, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 29/08/17 in Masjide Ayesha, Marburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.)

Does Nabi ﷺ know us all personally?

Nabi ﷺ was shown the whole Ummah. When we recite durood it is presented to him and he knows whose durood is being presented. Therefore, there is a great possibility that Nabi ﷺ knows us all personally. Furthermore, we know that he will be able to recognise us. Those who do whudu regularly, on the day of Judgement the limbs they washed will be shining. This will be our ID card to show we are followers of the Sunnah.

The Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم once asked Nabi ﷺ, “How will you recognise us on the day of Judgement?” He replied, “Say if a man has white-footed horses with white foreheads among horses which are pure black, will he not recognize his own horses?” They said; “Certainly, O Messenger of Allah ﷺ!” He said, “They (my followers) will come with bright faces and white limbs because of Wudu and I will arrive at the Haud (Al-Kauthar) ahead of them.” [Muslim]

This hadeeth shows that those who commit to whudu and prayer, their shining limbs will make them recognisable to Nabi ﷺ. As a result of this, they will be blessed to drink from his hands. Nabi ﷺ further said that those who wish to increase their shine must do so. In other words, complete your whudu properly. After hearing this Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه started washing his hands up to his shoulders, rather than his elbow. This was due to his firm conviction in the words of Nabi ﷺ. Likewise, we must also make an effort to commit to prayer and whudu so that we can also be amongst the recognised ones.

May Allah bless us to be amongst those fortunate souls, Ameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s dhikr majlis on 02/03/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg.)

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

Work your way up in Business


I remember years back, some ulama asked me to be the chairman for their society. I consulted Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه who advised me to refuse the offer explaining that in the Jameat office, he started off packing hampers. Then after some time and experience he took on a higher post, and once he mastered that he took a post higher until eventually, he became chairman for the society. From this we learn that in any business or organisation, we must work right at the bottom first, and then work our way up.

This will allow us to thoroughly understand each stage and department in our organisations. Otherwise, if an individual goes straight for the chairman seat he will be unaware of how each department works, leading him to making the wrong decisions. Furthermore, people will be able to pull the wool over his eyes easily because this man may be a chairman, but he has no clue what goes on at grass root levels, he’s too high up to see and notice what the labourers see and notice!

Many times, we see a young person go into his dad’s business but he wants to work in the office immediately. No, this is not the way it works. First, he must be given a broom and he should sweep the floor. Then he can pack the shelves, offload the van and do stock rotation. Slowly he will work his way up until eventually, when the time is right, he will become experienced enough to sit in the office and meet the representatives and seniors.
That opportunity will come but first, our sons should start off from the bottom, learning what the business is all about.

When a person goes straight to the top, he will not appreciate what the labourers do because he hasn’t done it himself. But for example, if he has experienced offloading, he will know how long it takes. Say it took your son half an hour. Now when your son reaches the chairman seat and his employers are taking an hour, he will know they’re wasting time. But if they’ve been away for 15 minutes, he will understand that they need more time. So rather than shouting, he would be empathetic.

Often rather than our sons requesting a senior position, we as parents make the mistake of putting our sons right at the top. That’s why the business goes down; the father spends a lifetime struggling and working his way up in someone else’s shop, and now years later, he’s successfully running his very own business. But when he brings his son into the business, he says that my son is a prince, he can’t sweep or pack shelves…he’s going to go straight to the office! That’s a mistake – this son will never understand the business that way. Plus, it is possible that pride and arrogance will enter the heart of this child.

So we must first give them an opportunity to learn from the bottom, otherwise, how will they teach others from the top?

May Allah grant us all the tawfiq, Aameen.

— Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(The above is an extract from Hazrat’s majlis on 14/4/2016.)