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Abu Bakr (RA): The most respected companion

Once Nabi ﷺ was sitting in a gathering when Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه approached him. He greeted him and then he said Ya Nabi ﷺ! Umar رضي الله عنه and I had a heated disagreement about some matter. I said something incorrect which I immediately regretted. I knew I should not have said that, so I sought his forgiveness but he refused to forgive me. Nabi ﷺ said three times that Oh Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه! May Allah forgive you. Continue reading

Enduring hardships and grief: How Nabi ﷺ coped and how we can too

The most beloved to Allah was Nabi ﷺ. Despite this, his life was far from the ease many of us enjoy. Before he ﷺ was born his father passed away. At the age of 6, his mother passed away too and soon after, his grandad passed away. In his childhood and adolescent years, he ﷺ grew up in an environment alien to his temperament. He ﷺ was perfectly mannered in every way but his society was the opposite. At the age of 25, he ﷺ married a mature lady who had wealth, whilst he ﷺ did not. Nowadays, young people aspire to become financially stable before committing to a wife. In stark contrast, he ﷺ had no wealth when he ﷺ made Nikaah. 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

Salah Ad-Din Ayyubi’s conquest of Palestine

Salah Ad-Din Ayyubi رحمة الله عليه conquered Palestine in 1187; a victory that we are still benefitting from today. Due to his efforts Allah has continued to protect Al Aqsa – the cream of the crop and the most prized city in the vicinity – for the Muslims to enter and pray.

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The rise of Islam in Turkey and Erdogan’s vision

This article is a continuation of our previous article, “the crucial role of Tasawwuf in the conquest of Constantinople/Istanbul”. To read that article, please click here.

Please note: the article below highlights some positive points. Highlighting the good does not negate the evil, therefore, do not assume that this article negates, undermines or overlooks the wrongdoings of the group in question.

Less than 500 years after the conquest of Constantinople, Ataturk assumed power serving as the founder and first president of Turkey. He banned the Arabic language and distanced the masses from the Ulama, leaving them spiritually lost. If Ulama were to teach, they would be imprisoned. Deeni taleem (acquiring Islamic knowledge), tazkiyyatul qalb (spiritual reformation) and nisbat-ma-Allah (connecting with Allah) are key ingredients to a successful Islamic empire. Ataturk knew this and strove to abolish all three, leading to the eventual breakdown of the Ottoman empire. He served until his death in 1938. Continue reading

The crucial role of Tasawwuf in the conquest of Constantinople/Istanbul

Constantinople, a city in Turkey which is now known as Istanbul, was the capital of the Roman Empire. Nabi ﷺ once said to His companions, “Verily, Constantinople shall be conquered. What a wonderful leader will her leader be, and what a wonderful army will that army be” (Musnad Ahmad). Throughout Muslim rule, whenever a leader came into power conquering Constantinople was their primary goal as they wanted to be recipients of the glad tidings aforementioned. Continue reading

3 examples of pious people who tried their best in difficult situations

What happens in life is ghair ikhtiyaar (not within our control), nor will we be held accountable for it. But how we react is within our ikhtiyaar (control), and we will be held accountable for it. Difficult moments are a test from Allah. When we are faced with one, we should not blame ourselves and question why it has happened, as that has no benefit. Rather, we should handle them in a manner pleasing to Allah, for that will be beneficial for our worldly life and the hereafter.

Shaikhul Hind, Mahmud Al-Hasan رحمة الله عليه was wrongly imprisoned in Malta. Every Jumah, he would make whudu, walk to the prison gate and then walk back to his cell. His fellow inmates enquired about this strange practise, to which he responded that I know I cannot leave and go for Jumah Salah. However, walking to the gate is in my ikhtiyaar. Leaving the prison is not, so I do what is in my ikhtiyar and leave the rest to Allah.

On another occasion, he asked the guards to bring an animal into the prison for Qurbani. The inmates laughed at his idea, saying that the guards will never listen to you. To their surprise, the guards did. As requested, they provided him with an animal and Shaikhul Hind was able to do his Qurbani.

While Ibrahim عليه السلام and Sara عليها السلام were travelling, they passed through the land of a king who used to interfere with women that travelled through his land. Ibrahim عليه السلام could not control the King, but he could make dua to the King of all kings. Therefore, they both turned to Allah for help and the King had no power to harm her.

Yusuf عليه السلام was faced with a situation where Zulaikha tried to seduce him in her personal quarters. He at the time was a mere slave, and she was the master’s wife. She called Yusuf عليه السلام to her room. Once he entered, she locked the doors and seduced him. This situation was ghair ikhtiyaari, however, his response was ikhtiyaari. Fearing accountability, he sprinted towards the doors. They were locked but as He neared, Allah opened the doors for him.

Therefore, do what you can rather than worrying about what you cannot do. In that process, if you face hardships and the way out seems closed, continue running towards the exit anyway. Because you and Yusuf عليه السلام have the same Allah Ta’ala.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 27/11/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

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 of Abu Bakr (RA): His fear of Allah

Out of the fear of Allah Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه would sometimes say, “If only I were grass (so that I would not be held accountable).” He was the greatest companion and the best friend of Nabi ﷺ, yet such was his fear of the almighty! Compared to this we are so complacent in our deen. Such is our complacency if someone were to point out our wrong we would turn around and lecture them on their wrongs, rather than taking heed. Or sometimes people say that only Allah can judge me. They say it as though it is something comforting. Whereas in reality the judgement of Allah alone, is far scarier than the judgement of every single human being on earth.

So if someone advises you, be grateful they are helping you change. Accept it and thank them for pointing it out. Ask them to make dua that Allah grants you the ability to act upon it. This is the response of a person imbued with humility and good character. Even if the adviser has a million faults that is not the time to point it out. That is the time to rectify our own flaws. May Allah make us humble and may His fear enter our hearts as a result of it, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 10/08/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

6 Ahadeeth: Forgiveness of sins for One performing Hajj

1. Hazrat Abu Hurayrah رضي الله عنه narrates that Rasulullah ﷺ said: “Whoever performs Hajj for the sake of pleasing Allah and does not utter any obscene words, nor commits any evil action shall return from it as free from sin as the day his mother gave birth to him.” (Bukhari #1521 and Muslim #1350 – Mishkaat 1/221)

2. Hazrat Ibnu Shammasah رضي الله عنه narrates that we were present around Hazrat Amr ibnul Aas رضي الله عنه when he was in his last moments. He cried for a long time and then related the story of his embracing Islam. He said: “When Allah caused Islam to enter my heart, I came to Rasulullah ﷺ and said: ‘O Rasulullah ﷺ! Put forth your hand that I may swear allegiance.’ When Rasulullah ﷺ stretched forth his hand, I withheld my hand. Rasulullah ﷺ inquired: ‘What troubles you O Amr?’ I said: ‘I want to lay down a condition that Allah shall forgive my previous sins.’ Rasulullah ﷺ replied: ‘O Amr, do you then not know that Islam washes away all sins committed in disbelief, and that the Hijrah washes away all sins committed before it, and that Hajj destroys all sins committed before it.” (Muslim #121)

3. Hazrat Abdullah ibn Umar رضي الله عنه narrates that Rasulullah ﷺ said: “When you meet a Haaji (on his way home) then greet him, shake hands with him and ask him to beg forgiveness of Allah on your behalf before he enters his home, because his dua for forgiveness is accepted since he is forgiven by Allah for his sins.” (Musnad Ahmad #5372, #6112, Mishkaat 1/223)

4. Hazrat Abu Hurayrah رضي الله عنه narrates from Nabi ﷺ that he said: “The Haaji and the one who makes Umrah are members of the delegation of Allah. If they make Duaa to Allah, Allah answers them. If they ask Allah for forgiveness, Allah forgives them.” (Sunan ibn Majah #2892, Mishkaat 1/222)

5. Hazrat Abu Hurayrah رضي الله عنه narrates that Rasulullah ﷺ once made Duaa: “O Allah, forgive the sins of the Haaji and forgive the sins of the one for whom the Haaji seeks forgiveness.” (Mustadrak al Haakim #1612)

6. It is reported that Hazrat Umar رضي الله عنه said: “The Haaji has the forgiveness of Allah until the 20th of Rabiul Awwal. The one who he seeks forgiveness for is also forgiven in this time. (Ithaaf)

Jannah is the reward for Hajj

Hazrat Abu Hurayrah رضي الله عنه narrates that Rasulullah ﷺ said: “Umrah to Umrah is an atonement for what is between it. There is no reward for a righteous Hajj except Jannah.” (Bukhari #1773, Muslim #1349, Mishkaat 1/221)

The article above has been taken from here.)