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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

The key ingredient to qubooliyah (divine acceptance)

Someone once asked Nabi ﷺ that what is the reward for the one who fights for the sake of fame? Nabi ﷺ responded that there is no reward for him. The questioner was shocked at this response. How can a person work so hard in the path of Allah, yet receive no reward for his efforts? 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

Sincerity in saying Salam

Saying “Assalamu Alaikum” when you greet a fellow Muslim was a command of Nabi ﷺ. He also told us that it will grow love in our hearts for each other and our sins will be forgiven. Therefore, it is an act of worship. For any form of worship, sincerity is required. In Salam, sincerity can be defined as saying Salam to everyone you come across. To limit it to just the people you know is to resort this act of worship to a social, rather than a religious greeting.

This happens when we lose focus of our ultimate goal – to please Allah. Thus, we pick and choose, opting to say Salam to greet friends but not the local musalli (brother at the Masjid) or other Muslims in our area. Or we walk right past other Muslims without saying a word. This is a sign of insincerity. Even if they are strangers to us, they are still our brothers and sisters in Islam. Thus, sincerity is to spread Salam to all and sundry, not just those we are familiar with.

May Allah make us sincere, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 02/10/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

Getting upset, angry or offended

It is human nature to get upset, angry and offended at times. When the thought comes to mind that a true saalik does not feel this way, this thought is actually from shaytan who is trying to irritate us. We do not possess angelic qualities, so it is fine to feel this way, provided that we muster the inner strength to swallow it. We must not show it via our facial expression, words or physical actions. Furthermore, a true Saalik will not seek revenge and offend the one who offends him. Otherwise, it shows his nafs is involved. Smile and stay calm and collected, that much is sufficient (for our Islaah/self reformation).

May Allah grant us the ability to restrain ourselves, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Abu Bakr (RA)’s balanced approach to business

Nabi ﷺ loved Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه the most and vice versa. They enjoyed each other’s company the most. However, that did not stop Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه from regularly travelling to Shaam for business, and it did not stop Nabi ﷺ from accepting and supporting his efforts to earn. From this, we learn the importance of balance.

I know one brother who works as a businessman. He gave his name to go for Jamat for four months. After doing so he informed me seeking duas for his acceptance but I said to him that you are in debts, you are struggling financially. How will you manage to go? He responded that I sold an old asset and used that money for the trip. I leave the business in Allah’s hands. So I advised him to use that money to pay off his debts instead. With regards to Jamat, work in the shop by day and by evening go Jamat locally. Later on when Allah blesses you with wealth and you can afford it, then go for four months. He refused this idea and ended up going for four months.

Once he returned, I did not hear much from him until one day, he emailed me saying that he was stuck. His debts had increased further and his financial situation was worse. He explained the situation eventually asking that why is Allah doing this to me? I am doing everything right in deen. The truth is, it is not Allah doing that to him, it is his own doing. Allah gave him a good business but he did not look after it when it needed his attention. Where is the itidaal/balance? This is what we need, we must learn to balance deen with our work life. Do not neglect your deen but do not neglect your work either.

Who wouldn’t love to sit in the company of Nabi ﷺ? Yet, the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم would leave his side for work. Who would understand the effort and importance of deen better than Nabi ﷺ? Yet, He ﷺ would encourage his companions to earn too. This highlights the need for balance. Sitting in front of me now is a Jamaat of Darul Uloom students. They took their exams in Darul Uloom and now that we have an extended weekend, they have decided to come in Jamaat. It is not possible to do Allah’s work and expect him to take care of their exams. So they have allocated time for study, exams and now in their free time, Jamaat. This is how we strike a balance.

May Allah grant us the tawfiq to understand this, 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.

The cause of sinful disobedience

An electric current flowing through a circuit cannot be seen, but it causes a light to switch on which can be seen. The current of Allah’s love flows through our heart and minds. We may not see it in ourselves or others, but it leads to obedience to Allah, which is a light that can be seen. The sign of a break in an electric current is that the light will not switch on. An electrician needs to be called now, to identify and fix the fault.

The sign of a break in the current of love for Allah, it that a Saalik (a follower of Sufism) will be inclined to disobedience. A Shaikh needs to be called now, to identify and fix the fault. What has caused his love for sin to overpower his love for Allah? Is it Nafs, Shaytaan, or a change in circumstance? The Shaikh is skilled in this regard. He will ask him all the relevant questions, enquiring until the fault is found. Once identified it can be fixed immediately, allowing the current of love to flow smoothly again.

If there is no electric current, the freezer will defrost. If the electrician is quick, he will save the day. However, if it is left broken for too long, the food will rot and emit a foul smell. Now it will take much longer to sort the problem out. Though the fault was small, he left it for long and now it has disastrous consequences. Likewise, when we notice a spiritual weakness, we need to seek help as soon as possible. Otherwise, as time elapses it will worsen leading to disastrous consequences.

May the current of Allah’s love flow through our bodies causing us to live in His obedience and pleasure. Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 13/11/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

3 ways to develop an Attitude of Gratitude

If we are grateful by being obedient to Allah, He will increase his bounties upon us. Whether it is from a worldly or religious perspective, there is so much we have to be grateful for. Below are three ways to express gratitude:

1. Attribute your success to Allah: When we face difficult moments we make lots of dua for a way out. However, when our duas are accepted and the difficulty is removed, we do not even attribute it to Allah. Instead, we forget him, attributing our relief to our own intellect, luck, money, or a friend who helped us out. What about Allah who helped you out? How quick we are to forget Him.

It is not the means which pulls us out of difficulty, it is the creator of the means who pulls us out of difficulty. Therefore, one way to express gratitude is to thank Him first and most, then thank everyone else. When your child does well in school, thank Allah first then the teacher. When you have medication and you get better, it was not because the doctor cured you. Allah cured you, thank Him first then the doctor.

2. Look at those who have less than you, not those who have more than you: Life can take a wrong turn at times. Rather than complaining at every given opportunity, look further towards people who are suffering more. This will silence our complaints and fill our hearts with the gratitude Allah wishes to see in us. When we were children, it was a norm for people to drive through plush suburbs on Sunday afternoons, when they had nothing else planned. It was a pastime activity, people would drive past marvelling at the big houses and the beautiful gardens.

However, once they would return home, their houses would suddenly look too small or too ugly. This is what happens when we look up towards that which we do not have. We will become discontented with our share of life, greedy and ungrateful. Instead, we should go to poorer areas and see how they live in their small shacks. Once you return to your humble home you will realise, it is not so small and humble after all. In the eyes of many, you live in a palace that they can only dream of having.

To us, life may seem problematic but there are many poor people that would dream of having all your “problems” instead of theirs. A man went to the masjid with no shoes on. He began complaining until he saw a man with no legs. Immediately, he sought Allah’s forgiveness. Therefore, look towards those who have less, not those who have more.

3. Be obedient to Allah: Our late Shaikh Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه used to always give the following example. Sometimes a person holds a family function or a wedding. In that function, a lot of sins take place like photography, intermingling, missing Salah and the playing of music. The event is planned in a way that is contrary to the Sunah. Yet at the end of it when someone asks the host, “How did it go?” he will reply, “Shukr, Alhamdulillah.” In other words, he will thank Allah for making his event run smoothly, though the event was riddled with sin. Hazrat رحمة الله عليه would say that sometimes, this type of gratitude may fall under utterances of kufr. This is because our gratitude is upon sin.

Thanking Allah with our tongues is not gratitude. True gratitude is to please Allah by doing good deeds. If our actions are in line with the Shariah, then even if we do not say “Shukr Alhamdulillah”, we will still be regarded as grateful servants. However, if we limit our gratitude to mere lip service whilst totally violating the laws of Allah, then that is hypocritical, not gratitude. It is like someone bumping into you by accident, apologising and then punching you. Does that make any sense? Would you even accept his apology? No, we would not. Therefore in our relationship with Allah, we must endeavour to make our actions in sync with our words. Express gratitude verbally but more importantly, show it in all that you do.

May Allah grant us the ability to be grateful, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 19/09/17 in Masjid Hamza, Effingham Heights, Durban. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

How to become a Friend of Allah

Mujahadah means to strive for the pleasure of Allah. In the early days of Islam, Mashaaikh would prescribe intense spiritual exercises and thousands of dhikr. Sins were not as common, so this required great strength, making it a suitable form of Mujahadah for them.

As time has elapsed, sins have become extremely common making restraint very difficult. Therefore, the greatest form of Mujahadah in the 21st century is to abstain from sins. For example, before the invention of mobile phones, acquiring obscene material was difficult, now it is in our pockets. Just having a phone and not going on filthy sites for the pleasure of Allah is Muajahadah.

Furthermore, back in the days it was difficult to phone an illicit beloved. It was a great risk because what if someone else picked up the house phone? You would have to make an excuse on the spot to hide your haram intent. Now we all have mobile phones there is no need to call the house phone anymore, eliminating the risk of someone finding out. In fact, you do not even need their number anymore! You can just search for them on social media and you are bound to find them somewhere. Maintaining haram relationships is so much easier than it used to be, therefore, abstaining is much more rewarding than it used to be.

After fulfilling the basics of Islam, this is the secret to attaining wilayat (friendship with Allah) and a catalyst to reaching Allah. Without it, the chances of attaining wilayat are slim. May Allah grant us the tawfiq, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 13/11/17 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.