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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.

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.

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.

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.)

Hazrat’s reflections on his Umrah trip

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Hazrat went for Umrah and returned a few days ago. On 10/4/2017 in his dhikr majlis, Hazrat shared His reflections on the journey and lessons that we can all benefit from. Below is a written summary of that majlis. When the full audio is uploaded on taqwa.co, we will link it here inshaAllah

Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه would say that if you go to Niagara falls with a bucket, you can collect plenty of water within seconds. However, your bucket will never fill if you were to hold it upside down, even if you stood there for years. Haramain Shareefain has so much anwaraat, Islam spread from these places. The seeds of deen were planted in Makkah Mukarramah, watered with blood and sacrifice, but the flowers bloomed in Madinah Munawwarah.

The fragrance of these flowers were so strong, it reached the four corners of the world. Now, if Allah allows us to visit the source of the fragrance of Islam and it does not permeate and change our hearts, then we must really question, what is wrong with us? This fragrance is so strong it has changed the world, why then are we not impacted?

We intended having some programmes in Madina Munawarrah but when we arrived the hotel was full, and none of the people who I travelled with had an apartment to accommodate. In the midst of this dilemma, we left to visit the haram and I came across a brother there who was from South Africa too.

I did not recognise him but he approached me and reminded me how we met years ago. Then he told me that he had an apartment with big rooms and he would be happy for us to conduct our programmes there. He gave us exactly what we needed. SubhanAllah…do you see how if you make a small effort, Allah will open the doors for you? He will create the means for you, we just have to try and put our trust in Him.

We have it so easy compared to those that came before us. For example, yesterday we left Madina Munawwarah and after some delays, we reached home around 24 hours later. We felt tired but it made me wonder how kind Allah is. We left yesterday and we returned home today. In the prophetic era, they travelled for months on camels with little food. Our akaabireen would travel on donkey or by ship for many weeks before reaching their destination. Travel was not easy, you can read these stories in ‘Aap Beti’. They had to make such great sacrifices but for us, we have it easy. We must thank Allah for this.

Whilst we were there, in the programmes in Madinah Munawwarah one of the points we mentioned was about taking gifts home. Most parents that come here desire to take gifts back home for their children. We tend to buy scarves, toys, gadgets or other items for them. But the speciality of the holy lands is that it caused Imaan, deen and the Sunnah to spread across the world, therefore, these are the greatest gifts we can bring back for our children. We visited haramain shareefain to change, so bring this change home. Constantly ask yourself that am I improving in deen? Am I bringing new Sunnahs into my life?

Out of love many people focus on the structures and buildings there, but these big mimbars were not present during the prophetic era. The Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم did not see them yet their hearts were filled with love for deen because their focus was on Allah and His rasool, not the buildings and their structures. Nowadays people say they are ‘die-hard’ Manchester United fans, but as believers our concern must be: are we die-hard followers and lovers of Nabi ﷺ?

If we are, then everything in Madina Munawarrah will become beloved to us. Before leaving Madina Munawwarah Hazrat رحمة الله عليه would always say: O land of Madina Munawarrah! If only I could put you in my eyes. You are a Jannat of Nabi ﷺ. May Allah bless us and make us amongst those who love and follow Him.

In our hotel we met a brother from Paris. He was a young man who told us that his heart feels very heavy leaving such a beautiful place. Speaking to him made me think that in life, there are many types of sugars that one can consume but until you do not mix it with something, you cannot enjoy its sweetness. Likewise, the love of Nabi ﷺ has to be mixed in our lives and shown in our actions. Then, its sweetness will enter our hearts in the right proportion. But if we do not follow the Sunnah and just claim to be lovers, we will eventually fall into bidat.

Therefore, this love may be sweet but it will become detrimental for our spiritual health, just like a teaspoon of sugar may be sweet but it is detrimental for your physical health, because it is an overload of sweetness. Like this young man naturally, we will all leave with a heavy heart but we must remember to direct our love towards following the beloved.

Don’t just accumulate the sugar by listening to dhikr and poetry and desiring to enter into a state of ecstasy or kafiyyat. That is not the goal, the goal is to follow the practical lessons, to mix it in our lives and the result will be adhering more to the Sunnah.

Another great lesson we learnt there is that a believer must have himmat. He must muster the courage and will power to change and then Allah will grant him the ability to do so. Umrah can be challenging but like everything in life, the determined ones will find a way to overcome it, the rest will find an excuse to avoid it.

May Allah grant us the tawfiq to follow the Sunnah and to implement these lessons, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Pornography

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(Below is an article by Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه, taken from www.yunuspatel.co.za)

WE ALL KNOW THAT FISH LIVE IN WATER. They generally cannot survive long out of water. However, when fish move towards the surface of the ocean, they become easy catch for fishermen – like we find with the sardine run. People just grab, net and catch sardines from the surface of the water.

And when a fisherman catches a fine fish, he reels it in. He does not throw it back into the sea. Once it is hooked … once it is caught … it is pulled out. …Why? Because fish out of water, when scaled and washed, when ‘masaalaad[1] and fried, tastes nice.

In my Dua, I normally say: O Allah, make us the fish that swim deep down in the ocean of Your Ma’rifat.

Like the fish, the Believer is swimming deep in the safety of Allah Ta’ala’s ocean of love. If he moves towards temptation, he makes an easy and fine catch for shaytaan.

Do we want to become a meal for shaytaan? …Because this is exactly what happens to the heart of the Believer who dashes for the bait of sins: His Imaan is ‘scaled’, his good deeds are ‘washed away’, his heart and soul are ‘marinated’ in darkness and fried in the fire of restlessness – to the delight of shaytaan. Allah Ta’ala forbid that this restless soul has to also one day contend with the fire of Hell.

Many write that they are hooked onto porn films and porn magazines. They fall for the bait which shaytaan tempts them with, get hooked and end up ruining their spiritual, mental and physical health.

Pornography is one of the root causes of insanity.

Those who have the habit of viewing pornography generally do so at night. They spend the day working and the night watching filth. They are overcome with restlessness and are deprived of sleep. Sleep deprivation is a one way ticket to mental instability. In the long-term, the brain is badly damaged, and the person loses his sanity. He ends up in an asylum or shoots himself.

One young brother contacted me saying that he had a porn addiction. He knew it is haraam but said he just could not give up the sin. He would secretly watch pornography, late at night, after the family went to sleep. And then, one night, whilst watching porn, there was a tremor.

The building began to shake and everyone got up, running down the stairs in their pyjamas, running helter skelter, fearing the worst, expecting that was their end. He said that at that time, my Dua hit his heart: “O Allah! Do not let the Angel of death find us in any sin, in gambling, drinking, pornography!”

He immediately made sincere Taubah. But it took a real life shake up to get him to give up the sin. He was fortunate that he was granted the opportunity of repenting, otherwise what would have been the condition, returning to Allah Ta’ala whilst viewing pornography?

I generally give the following reply to those who write saying they are addicted to porn:

Allah Ta’ala forbid, if some criminal has to put a gun to your head, will you say: ‘It is difficult for me to stop watching this porn. I am addicted. Please allow me to watch all these filthy pictures first before you blow my head.’ …Or will you start reading Duas for Allah Ta’ala to protect you?

Similarly, death is following us all. What if the Angel of Death visits at that time to extract your soul? Would you want your life to end while watching porn – because the Angel of Death will not give you time to switch off the computer and make Taubah?

Imagine if you die when viewing pornography. What an embarrassment and disgrace! Thereafter, people will ask – as is common: “How did he die? When? Where? What was he doing?” – Would you like that people say: “He died in front of the computer and he was watching a dirty film.”

Rasulullah ﷺ  was asked: ‘What is Imaan?’

Rasulullah ﷺ  replied: When your good deeds give you happiness and when your evil deeds cause you grief.’[2]

If reading porn magazines, watching filthy movies, being involved in some illicit relationship, drinking, gambling and indulging in other sins does not create any remorse and sorrow and instead we are expressing happiness over sins, where is our Imaan?

One situation is that the person engages in some sin but then genuinely regrets. However, when there is persistence and enjoyment in sins,where is Imaan? Deriving pleasure in Haraam indicates to pollution in the heart. The heart needs to be washed and cleaned with sincere Taubah and needs to be polished with Zikrullah.

At least recognize sin as sin. Detest it. This is Imaan. The person has Imaan if he is feeling unhappy and grieved when he has displeased Allah Ta’ala. Understand that whatever Allah Ta’ala enjoins upon us and forbids us from is in our best interests; for our benefit, advantage, well-being and success.

Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Mubarak رحمة الله عليه who was a great Wali of Allah Ta’ala, summed up the consequences of sins, saying: “I see that sins cause death to the heart and becoming addicted to the sins brings about humiliation and disgrace. On the other hand, abandoning sins gives life to the heart. So it is best for you to disobey the nafs.”

May Allah Ta’ala grant us the Taufeeq to give up all sins and purify our hearts and souls and may Allah Ta’ala grant us death, when He is pleased with us.

Lessons from the life of Ml. Yunus Patel (RA): The etiquette of giving gifts

 

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Musahafah is an act of worship. Nabi ﷺ said that there are no two Muslims who meet and shake hands with one another, except that they will be forgiven before they part. Therefore, to place money in one’s palm and to hand it over whilst shaking the hand of another Muslim, is against etiquette. We should not contaminate this act of worship with a worldly deed. For example when we go to Makkah Mukarramah/Madinah Munawwarah and meet a cleaner there, often, we intend to give him a bit of money as a gift.

Now if we put a note in our hand and hand it over to him during musahafah, then the next time we see him, we may want to simply make musahafah this time but what will he think when he sees you approaching? He will assume that there is another note coming his way. And this time when you shake his hand without passing a note on, he will feel disheartened. So now the worship of musahafah is forgotten, the fact that our sins are erased is forgotten, because we contaminated it by giving notes. Therefore, it is against etiquette to crumble a note and pass it over during musahafah.

A hadyah (i.e. gift) should be given out of love with no strings attached. Once, Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه came to Pietermaritzburg to give a speech at a madrassa. After the speech, the organisers brought an envelope (with money inside) and gave it to Hazrat. Hazrat refused to accept it. So he said that please accept it; it is a hadyah. But He still refused to accept. The person became insistent and he even attempted to put the envelope in Hazrat’s pocket. At this point, Hazrat became upset so he pushed his hand away and firmly refused.

As we walked back to the car, Hazrat said to me that even if there was one million rands in that envelope, I would still not have accepted it. Because although they say it is a hadyah in reality, they are compensating me for my time and petrol, they are giving it to me because I did a speech. Therefore, this is not truly a hadyah, if it was, then why did they not give it another time, why all of a sudden did they choose to give it today?

They gave it to reimburse Hazrat, whereas a hadyah in its true sense is gifted out of sincere love only. This also means that we should not expect anything in return either. Often when people say that you should not have gone to the trouble of giving me a hadyah e.t.c, we tend to reply that it’s fine, it’s no trouble, just make dua for me. With regards to this, Hazrat Ml. Thanwi رحمة الله عليه said that we should not seek duas at this time as that indicates an expectation, which one should not have at all.

Furthermore, when giving a hadyah we should take the time to present it properly with humility. It is a sign of pride to assume that our hadyah is so great and worthy of accepting, that we can give it anyhow and anywhere. Be humble, we should not consider ourselves great. Go to his house if possible and gift it to him. Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه would instruct us to never give him islaahi letters in front of a crowd. Hazrat would say that if you do, how will I explain the envelope to everyone in the crowd? They will assume that you are paying me a monthly subscription for being your Shaikh!

So to perfect our character, we must learn and adhere to these adaab/etiquettes. Only then will we be able to display good manners in all situations, like a believer ought to.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from a Dhikr Majlis delivered by Hazrat on 13/2/2017. To listen to the full audio, please click here.)

Valentine’s day

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There are many people who feel the need to express their love on this day. Men say that I do not have an illicit beloved therefore I am not doing anything haraam, I am merely taking my wife out for dinner! I am going to buy roses for her, I am going to buy a ring for her…it is for my wife, not anybody else! So how can this be wrong? my wife is my Valentine’s.

We have the womenfolk who are also guilty (of encouraging husbands to recognise and celebrate Valentine’s day). They know a man very conveniently forgets these dates because it is expensive for them. Womenfolk are sharp, when the radio is playing and they say something on Valentine’s, she puts it a little bit louder so her husband can hear. Or if there is a newspaper with an article on Valentine’s day, she puts that newspaper in his way to ensure that he sees it. On the day she may ask him, “Hey, what is the date today?” she does not ask any other day but on that day she is curious. Why? So if he has forgotten, he can make last minute arrangements.

Now this is all Shaytan’s plot. Allah has permitted and encouraged us to show love everyday, so why choose this day specifically? The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said that whoever resembles a nation, he will be counted from amongst them.

Therefore, if we anticipate Valentine’s day and encourage the public sin by celebrating ourselves, we will be counted amongst them on the day of judgement. Do we really want this? If the founder of Valentine’s day died upon disbelief, the poor fellow is busy frying now. Do we actually want to follow his footsteps and fry too in the hereafter?

Look into the history of Valentine’s and you will find filthy customs took place on this day. We need to ask ourselves; does this day have anything to do with our deen and sunnah? No. However, we will find links with Christianity, atheism and polytheism. Therefore, those men who are intending to impress their wives on this day and those women who are expecting their husbands to impress them on this day, should make tawba (i.e. repent). Because we know that Valentine’s day has nothing to do with deen but it has got everything to do with shirk! Its origins are soaked in shirk.

Remember, a believer must make sabr. And a part of making sabr is to stay very far away from things that have nothing to do with deen. And this Valentine’s nonsense is definitely one of them.

May Allah safeguard us, Aameen.

— Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(The above is a transcript of Hazrat’s short lecture on Valentine’s day. To listen to that short audio clip, please click here.)

Attribute success to Allah ﷻ

 

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Monday 10th October/8th of  Muharram 1438

Below are brief points that have been slightly edited, from the ladies class taught by Hazrat Moulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله.

When one has extreme love for Allah ﷻ, then he will attribute every successful moment in his life to the grace, kindness and mercy of Allah ﷻ.

When engaged in worship or when attending a deeni programme, he should think that he hasn’t come by his own means, rather, he has been allowed by Allah ﷻ. It is the grace of Allah ﷻ, not his own doing. Such thoughts will save him from the evils of pride.

We can derive lessons about absorption from our children who sit with their cellphones. Very seldom do they immediately respond to our calling them, as what they love has totally absorbed them. This is the relationship we ought to have with Allah ﷻ.

Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه had extreme love for Allah ﷻ and Nabi-e-Kareem صلي الله عليه وسلم. Such was the intensity of His love, when anybody intended to go to Madeenah Shareef, they would first visit Hazrat رحمة الله عليه to absorb his love and spiritual connection to that Mubarak place. Hazrat رحمة الله عليه would say, “How do you explain sweetness to a person who has never tasted sugar? The only way would be to add sugar to his tea and let him taste for himself!”

Love is a very strong quality, but we are immersed in love for everything besides Allah ﷻ and Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم. The lifestyle of the kuffaar has become beloved to us, thus, many find their path easy to follow. When we inculcate Allah ﷻs love, then the commands of deen shall become very easy for us to follow.

And how do we do this? Take Allah ﷻ’s name and beg Allah ﷻ for His love and the love of Nabi  صلي الله عليه وسلم.

 

A reality check!

imageWhen a person loves an illicit beloved, he becomes mad to serve them. This is because where there’s love, there’s passion and where there’s passion, there’s sacrifice. It is precisely due to this lack of love, passion and sacrifice that we are nothing like the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم. We have such little love compared to them therefore; we can’t even come close to the sacrifices they made for deen. For example, in the battle of badr the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم said that Ya Rasulullah صلي الله عليه وسلم! Worry not, we will never leave your side like bani Israeel left Musa عليه السلام…we will stand with you and fight with you! This shows their desire to sacrifice for deen.

We on the other hand, have passion for everything in life except deen. When it comes to soccer, no tiredness or problem gets in the way of our game. In every other dunya matter, we are passionate and dedicated.

Come school time, each child goes to school. Thus, the teacher can feel happy knowing the students will attend. This is good but come salah time when the muadhin calls the Adhan, can he feel happy knowing every Muslim in the town will come for prayer? This is not any normal call, this is the call of Allah ﷻ.

I met a person the other day. He told me, “I’ve stopped going to the masjid for fajr salah. It’s so dangerous, criminals are holding people up”. I replied, “you’re right…criminals are holding people up in the business/shops too!” So people miss salah, yet they don’t close their shops. Why? Because they say, we need to earn our rozi/livelihood, but don’t we need to earn our Jannah too?

We send our children to study deen in madrassas and we rely on madrassas, but shouldn’t we also create a deeni environment at home, making it a way of life for our children to follow? We worry less by convincing ourselves we won’t live til qiyamah. The reality is, death is our personal qiyamah. Time is running out, we don’t know when our name will be called. So we must take deen seriously!

One simple way of taking deen seriously and bringing it into our homes is to conduct regular taleem. Allocate a time; it doesn’t have to be long. Get the whole family together, if someone can’t make it due to some reason, then start anyway. A family member should read a passage from an Islamic book, loud enough for everyone to hear. There are many books you can read through as a family, pick one of your choice. Once this taleem is done regularly and consistently, a lot of barakah will enter our homes.

This is because Allah’s words have noor in them. This noor will bring a sense of peace and tranquillity within the family home. Thus overtime, you will see the positive effects of this taleem in yourself and your family. Children, for example, are sharp ones. They pick up very quickly. If we conduct these taleems, you will see how your child becomes a police at home. Meaning even when you do a little wrong they will point it out; highlighting the awareness of deen a child develops through taleem.

Another way of taking our deen seriously is to consciously work on building love for Allah ﷻ in our hearts. The only lasting, real love is the love between Allah ﷻ and his slave. Every other love will come to an end.

May Allah ﷻ grant us ability to give up our sins Aameen. Oh Allah ﷻ! May our hearts beat with your name and may our minds be engrossed in your thought. Aameen.

– Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(The above is an extract from a lecture delivered by Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله. To listen to the full audio, please click here.)