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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.)

What do we do after Ramadan? 4 tips on how to keep going

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During Ramadan, our constant worry is how will we maintain this momentum and worship schedule after Ramadan? We must understand that Ramadan is a spiritual month which changes our mood and strengthens our focus on deen. With this month comes a special form of tawfiq/God-given strength, making us more spiritually energetic and more able than usual. Thus outside of Ramadan, it is not possible to maintain that all.

The same applies for Umrah; during Umrah people can get by on less food. What you eat during Umrah, try to eat the same foods back home and you will see how difficult it is to get by! And why is that the case? It is because in Haramain Shareefain, during Ramadan e.t.c there is a lot of nooraaniyat and this has a spiritual effect on us. For those who doubt religion, this experience itself authenticates our deen further.

However naturally, that effect begins to dwindle once we leave Haramain Shareefain, or once Ramadan is over. Therefore, we cannot continue that level of worship but what we must do is increase the worship we did before Ramadan started. To be specific, there are a few areas we should prioritise:

1. Tilawat of the Quran: Increase it but do not make unrealistic goals otherwise, we will burn out very quickly. Increase slowly but surely as the actions Allah loves most are those which are done consistently, even if they are little.

2. Sunnahs: Learn masnoon duas, read a few extra per day, add a few extra Sunnahs per day into your timetable. This is true taraqqi/spiritual progress.

3. Character: This is the department we need the most improvement in. Remember that the weightiest deed on the scales on the Day of Judgement will be good character. Not worship, good character! And bad character, that will contaminate even our good deeds! When we do Qurbani and remove the liver, if you do not take out the poison bag properly without it spilling then although liver is delicacy, the taste will become spoiled. If it goes on the carcass, that too will become spoiled. But if it is removed carefully, everything will be safe. Bad character is like that poison bag, if we are not careful it will spoil even our good deeds.

4. Quality of Salah: Yes in Ramadan we are more focused but now that it has gone for another year, we cannot allow our focus in Salah to vanish for another year too! Make an effort to improve that too.

Now with regards to these four points, how can we practically ensure that we are improving? By managing our time correctly. We have to be systematic in all that we do. Have a plan of action and execute it. In madrassa, school or work, our day is timetabled allowing us to get a lot of work done. Outside of this, we must timetable our day too. If you sit in traffic on the way to work, turn off the radio and make some dhikr, recite durood or play Surah Yasin on a CD and memorise it.

If you have a few spare moments at work, finish off your adhkaar for the day. In other words, identify the time you are using which can be used even more, capitalize on that time and profit further. Once you make such a timetable, stick to it and at the end of the day look through and see how much you have completed. If you have left some out, finish it off before you sleep.

Otherwise, our nafs will get the better of us and one day off will lead to several days off adhkaar, which will eventually turns to weeks and then months, and that is how good habits die overtime. But if we structure our day, centre it around worship and slowly improve on the four points listed above, then inshaAllah we will continue to ascend out of Ramadan just like we did within it.

— Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from one of Hazrat’s lectures during Ramadan. To listen to the full audio please click here.)

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.)

 

Ramadan: A month of Reflection

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Ramadan is a month of reflection, a time to rectify our hearts, families and homes. We can sit for hours watching a movie or the build up to a football game but can we spend that long reading the Quran? Or an Islamic book? If not, then this month is an opportunity to change that, to develop and increase our love for deen. Shaytan is caged up, the mist is cleared, the path becomes clearer so think, reflect and act.

Immerse yourself in the love of Allah, and this will give you the spiritual strength to combat sins. I was going to apply for something the other day but I thought to myself that they will give me forms to fill out. Therefore, if I apply now I will have to spend some portion of Ramadan engaged in this work. Why do it in Ramadan when I can do it later? So I left it and if Allah gives me life, then I will do it in Shawwal.

We must look into our lives and the minor duties that can wait, put them on hold otherwise we will lose focus. Usually, we suggest balancing between our worldly and religious duties. But during Ramadan we exert ourselves as much as possible. It is the month of action. So whilst usually it is good to attend islamic lectures in Ramadan, our main focus should be individual worship.

The Ummahatul Mumineen have said that Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم would tighten his waistbelt in the last 10 days of Ramadan, spending His nights in prayer and keeping His family awake to do the same. If a person undertakes physical labour, he tightens his belt to stop it falling while he works. So tightening one’s belt is a figure of speech, and in this hadeeth, it shows that Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم would go that extra mile during this blessed month. He would spend so long leading salah, the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم would fear missing suhoor.

That is a stark contrast to our community here in South Africa, where some people are busy searching for the masjid that leads taraweeh the quickest! And then we have men like Hafiz Ismail Jassat from Darul Uloom Azaadville, may Allah preserve Him. Last year in Taraweeh Salah, he read 29 juz’ in one rakah, and the last juz’ in the remaining 19 rakahs of Taraweeh.

We visited Darul Uloom Azaadville a few days ago and we met Hazrat Ml. Abdul Hamid Ishaq حفظه الله. As we ate lunch together he told us that whenever an area is secured in gauteng for an ijtima, Hafiz saab visits, walks around the area and recites the whole Quran. Then he ends by making dua..all in just one walk!

Another Maulana mentioned to Hazrat Ml. Abdul Hamid حفظه الله that this year, I would like to ask hafiz saab to read one whole Quran in the first rakah and read another in the next. SubhanAllah look at how they think. We wonder where the quickest Taraweeh is prayed, and their concern is how can we extend our prayers and increase our rewards? May Allah make us like them, Aameen.

Turn to Allah, become an ardent worshipper and lover of Allah. Life has no guarantee this world keeps changing so I ask you, what permanent benefit can a temporary world offer you? Buy and use worldly items, but do not become attached. Coming back to a few days ago when I saw my principal Hazrat Ml. Abdul Hamid Ishaq حفظه الله, he looked the exact same as he did twenty years ago.

He walks the same, talks the same and dresses the same because he has peace, contentment and happiness in his heart. So there is no need to change. But when you look at those who attach themselves to the dunya, they are constantly changing their hairstyle and dresscode. They do not know what they want, they are just following trends and changing every other day. There is no peace in that. But the Sunnah? You will always find peace in the Sunnah.

May Allah enable us to reach Ramadan and spend it in His obedience, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s bayan on 22/5/17.)

8 points to remember on the day of Aashura

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Monday 10th October/ 8th of  Muharram 1438

From an informal talk by Hazrat Moulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله, addressing the ladies in the ladies classes. Below are some points taken:

The authentic events that took place on the day of Aashura/10th of Muharram

1. Hazrat Moosa عليه السلام was protected by Allah ﷻ from firawn and his army.

2. Hazrat Nooh عليه السلام was protected by ALLAH ﷻ from drowning in the floods.

3. It is more meritorious  to fast  on the 9th and 10th of Muharram, than the 10th and 11th of Muharram.

4. It is makrooh to fast only on one day which is the 10th of Muharram the day of Aashura.

5. The day of Aashura is a day  when Muslims are supposed to be happy. When we are happy  we show gratitude to Allah ﷻ by keeping fasts and making extra Ibaadah.

6. There is no specific type of food that should/needs to be prepared.

7. The husband/the father who has dependents should be more generous on the day of Aashura. For example if he gves his wife 1000 rands/pounds nafaqa, then on the day of Aashuraa, he should give her something extra and to his unmarried children.

8. Moulana mentions we are stretching expenditure on Aashura too much by giving gifts to family, friends e.t.c. One can spend something on one’s married daughters as they are one’s immediate family. However we must not make it a formal exchange of gifts. If we want to give gifts to others, give at another time. Don’t consider it compulsory to give on aashura! We must break all these customs that are creeping in.

May Allah ﷻ give me and the rest of the Ummah hidayah to act upon what has been said, Aameen.

Please note: The events at Karbala have no bearing on Aashura as they took place after Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم. Therefore, always remain on the Sunnah  as when we go off we can cause a lot of problems.

Ramadan Tips!

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Alhamdulillah, we are now at the doorstep of Ramadhaan Shareef. Below are a few points we should bear in mind, in order to reap maximum rewards from this blessed month:

  • Fasting is fardh/compulsory. It has become a trend for people to avoid fasting, by using invalid excuses. Remember we can fool people but ultimately, we will have to answer to Allah ﷻ and there is no fooling Him.
  • Those who take medication should alter dosage times around their fasting hours. However if they are suffering from major illnesses, proper medical advice should be sought from a Mutaqee/pious physician.
  • Make taleem/Learn about the rulings of Fasting from a good Fiqh book.
  • Partake in the pre-dawn meal, as this is an essential ingredient in fasting. Nabi ﷺ mentioned that the difference between our fasts and that of the Jews is that we partake in the pre-dawn meal. This meal should be eaten before Fajr, in the last portion of the night.
  • Set aside some time daily, to perform Tahajjud Salah and dua just before the pre-dawn meal.
  • As far as possible, pray Fajr Salah in congregation in the Masjid.
  • At least for this month avoid anything, anyone or any place that distracts you from worship. Do not get involved in idle conversations over coffee, or after Taraweeh barbecues/braais. Rather, remain focused on the fact that we are in Ramadan, and we need to reap abundant rewards while this month lasts.

Lastly…be passionate about fasting and do not treat it like a burden!

(The above is an edited transcript from the website of Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله. To view similar transcripts, please click here. To listen to Hazrat’s lectures in Ramadan 2010-2015, please click here.)

 

3 effective ways to prepare for Ramadan shareef

1461934377777.jpg1. READ MORE QURAN: Set aside some time to make tilaawat of the Quraan Shareef. This must be made daily, whether it is a few rukus or a quarter, in anticipation of increasing many fold by the time Ramadhaan Shareef comes.

2. MAKE MORE DUA: If we are not making dua, then we should start now! Ramadhaan Shareef is a time to make duaa and Allah ﷻ will readily accept these duaas. If one is not in the habit of making duaa then start by making duaa for at least five minutes daily, and time yourself. An easy way would be; at one minute intervals:

  • Praise Allah ﷻ.
  • Read Durood Shareef

Ask Allah ﷻ for:

  • Forgiveness
  • Ones worldly needs
  • Our needs of the aakhirat
  • End by praising Allah ﷻ and reading some Durood Shareef.

3. PRAY MORE SALAH: Increase your salah. If one is reading five times Salah daily, then he should now check if he is reading all the sunnat –e-muakkadah, ghair muakkadah and nawaafil salaat. If he is reading salaat in a Musallah then he should make attempts to now start reading salaat in the Musjid.

This is where our preparation should start. Once we increase our tilawat, Duas and Salah, InshaAllah they will become a permanent feature in our daily lives, allowing us to reap the benefits of this blessed and auspicious month from the very first day.

(The above is an edited version of one of the transcripts on Hazrat’s website. To view it on Hazrat’s website, please click here)