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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

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

Prophetic Wisdom

Throughout our lives our parents regularly advise us. As children, we do not understand the wisdom in their words. Later on after he passes away, the son will sit and remember what papa said. He will remember how papa told him to do things and having followed his advice, he will realise how wise papa was. Following his advice prevented many headaches and heartaches. 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

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


Selfies and Social Media

When a supervisor says “I am watching you”, it is said in a threatening manner. Allah regularly reminds us in the Qur’an that He is the All-Seeing in a loving, merciful and compassionate manner. I was pondering over this, and social media came to mind.

In our day and age, technology is considered the way forward and an obsession in our modern era. Whether young or old, you would be hard-pressed to find someone without a handheld device. Though a phone was designed to call and text, nowadays, the camera is a greater selling point. That is how Shaytan has made common the sin of taking pictures of living beings.

Selfies which were once unheard of, have become very common now. It made me wonder, why do people do it? Why do people who would once upon a time, cycle to simply unwind, now cycle and video their journey? Or keep a log of their activities on social media, which they would have previously kept to themselves? Often it is an act of ostentation or vanity. Our concern lies with impressing people online, thus we share private aspects of our lives to draw attention. But in reality, only a few people may notice, some may be jealous and most people do not care.

In contrast, Allah cares about what we do, He is the All-Seeing. Even when our cameras are off, His are still on. He is watching even when no-one else can. Technology can fail us. At times the camera dies whilst a person may think it is still on and recording. Allah never fails to watch and record us.

Therefore, if you desire to show someone, show Allah. Want to impress someone? Impress Allah. If you impress people on social media you may just get a few likes, comments and shares and that is all. However, if you impress Allah He will grant you Jannah, a reward far greater than we can possibly imagine. A seeker will always find what he seeks. Seek people, you will never be able to acquire their pleasure. Seek Allah and you will acquire Him, via His mercy in this life and His honorable presence in the afterlife.

May Allah rid our hearts of ostentation, vanity and all such evil qualities, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 25/09/17 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.)

The purpose of Qurbani: To develop Taqwa

The moon has been sighted, the days of Hajj have begun and it will be Eid soon inshaAllah. Currently, everyone is talking about Qurbani animals. Some people travel the length and breadth of their province looking for a special Qurbani animal to buy. That is good alhamdulillah but what is the main purpose of Qurbani? Allah speaks about it in the Qur’an where He says, “It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is your piety that reaches Him.” [Surah Hajj, Verse 37]

Therefore, our main goal is to develop taqwa over the next few days in the hope that we reach Eid with taqwa in our hearts. Our amal of Qurbani will then be judged according to this. So of course, we need a Qurbani animal and many of us are looking into this. However, the key question we must now ask is that how we develop this taqwa?

There are a number of ways we can do this. Firstly, be careful in how you speak. Avoid swearing, lying or deceiving people. Remember that our Allah can hear every word and the angels are recording it all. Secondly, lower and protect your gaze. Do not go to places where there will be free-mixing and fitna like the casinos. Always avoid them at all costs. Otherwise, we may be tempted towards haraam. Thirdly, protect your ears too from haraam. If your phone has a musical ringtone or alarm, change that. Why accrue a few seconds of sin every time your phone rings? It is easily avoidable. Fourthly, protect your mind too from haram thoughts like fantasizing.

Following these points will inshaAllah help you to build taqwa. Yes, it is not the most exciting part of Qurbani but it is certainly the most important part. Lastly, in these 10 days of Dhul Hijjah turn to Allah. I know my weaknesses and you know yours. Speak about them to Allah, seek His forgiveness and clean your heart. Sort out any disputes you may have with people. Sometimes that can be hard but as far as possible, be the better person. Give them the benefit of the doubt, seek forgiveness, close that chapter and move on. Why allow disputes to eat you up inside? Why allow it to corrupt your heart? Let it go.

This world is not a place of justice. In the Hereafter, Allah will grant you justice and that is when we will realise how insignificant, small and unnecessary most of our current worldly disputes are. At times disputes continue because the two opposing parties do not want to humble themselves and apologise. This is wrong. We must learn to humble ourselves before the humbler of all souls humbles us on the day of Judgement.

May Allah enable us to develop taqwa and accept our Qurbanis as a result of it, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s dhikr majlis on 21/08/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.)

Be wary of whom you take your deen from

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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.