Lessons from the life of Ml. Yunus Patel (RA): Dawah at the airport

If we leave the door of sins open in our lives, the fruits of our deeni efforts will make an exit. Therefore, although we acquire the noor of taqwa via dhikr and duas, its heat cannot bake the love of Allah in our hearts, because we have left the oven door open. We must close this door of sin. Nowadays, almost every person who requests bayat asks, “what adhkar must I make?” The first, most important step is to give up sins. Major sins are not only music and TV, there are many others that we need to avoid.

If we do not, then through our amal we may have a garden of dhikr, but we will ruin it by growing the weeds of sin. Overtime this garden that was once beautiful becomes a jungle, its beauty hidden under sin. Due to this, the kuffar cannot see the beauty of islam. Those who live as pious muslims, they do not have to say much. Their character is dawah in of itself.

Once Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه was at the airport, going from international to local flight. Hazrat had a box of books that were given to Him. When He reached the counter with this box, the employee behind the desk said that the box is too heavy, it cannot go through. So Hazrat said that no problem, I will take the box out. The employee changed his tune and began bribing Hazrat, offering to allow the box through for a sum of 100 rands. He refused this offer but the employee was adamant. He further bribed Hazrat saying that look! No-one is watching, just give the 100 rands and no-one will know!

Hazrat’s reply was so simple, yet so reflective of His profound taqwa. He replied that yes your supervisor is not looking. But my supervisor is Allah and He is looking at me! He will not allow it! I would rather take the box out. This response had a deep impact on the employee. Hazrat continued on His journey. He walked off, went to one side and requested water. The Johannesburg brothers that were travelling with Him bought water and Hazrat sat down and drank.

The employee continued serving other passengers but as He did so, He kept a close eye on Hazrat. He watched as Hazrat went, sat and drank. Eventually he asked someone that who is this man?! They replied that He is our Hazrat, our maulana, our teacher. The employee expressed his desire to meet Hazrat. This message was passed onto Hazrat, who was still sitting on the side drinking water. He sent a note back saying that look, you are on duty and you cannot make khiyanat (i.e. deceive them). You still have passengers to serve. So I will wait for you. When all the passengers have checked in, then come to me. I will speak to you.

So once all the passengers were checked in, this employee made his way to Hazrat. But this time round his request to Hazrat was very different. He did not want the wealth of dunya, as he did previously. This time, he wanted the wealth of the heart that Hazrat had.
He simply asked Hazrat that what religion do you follow? I want to follow it too.

We can learn so much from this incident. Hazrat did not give dawah to him, this employee came to islam by just observing Hazrat. Actions speak louder than words and this case certainly exemplifies that. So Hazrat made him read the kalima and He gave contact numbers of the Johannesburg brothers that were with him. Thereafter, He gave him 200 rands saying that this is a gift from me to you. You see, you wanted to make 100 rands in a haram way, but now Allah has given you 200 rands in a permissible, clean way. This is what bayat is all about, to rectify our hearts and improve our manners. Once we do that even our actions will become dawah.

May Allah make grant us the tawfiq, Aameen.

— Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

The above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 19/09/2016 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full audio, please click here.

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