Tag Archives: Ml. Maseehullah Khan

Good Character: An example from the lives of the Pious

respect people

There was a well-known, respected Muslim scholar in India. Some people took advantage of his noble rank by using his name to get their own work done. For example, they would tell people that Hazrat sent me here e.t.c. This became common, so someone informed him that people are lying and using your name to get their work done. He responded that I can’t benefit them in person, so at least their dunya is being sorted out via my name. At least I can benefit people in this regard. Now Hazrat was a beacon of light in India and a guide for many! But due to his humility he was unaware of his greatness, and thus he would think little of himself.

Hazratjee Maulana Maseehullah Khan رحمة الله عليه once mentioned an incident about a man who was in search of a job. He went for an interview and in a desperate attempt to secure the job, he claimed that he was the son in law of this scholar. Now of course this was untrue, however, the employed did not know that he lied. Rather, the employer believed it, and feeling guilty to reject the son in law of such a noble scholar, he accepted. Thus he fell for the lie and gave him the job. After some time had passed, the owner happened to bump into Hazrat. He said to Hazrat that we are happy with your son in law, he is working well with us! It was kind of you to send him.

Hearing this, Hazrat became confused. Where did this son in law come from? However, he had such courtesy for all people that he never exposed the man. Instead, he nodded in agreement to the fabricated statement. After the owner left, Hazrat made enquiries about this “son in law”. Eventually He called for him to be bought, and asked about the matter. The man replied that I was so desperate for a job, I decided to use your name to help me. Now both he and Hazrat knew that this was a blatant lie but rather than becoming annoyed, angry or displaying bad character, Hazrat had mercy upon him.

Hazrat’s only concern was safeguarding the dignity of this one man. So he said that if I had a daughter, I would have married you to her. But i don’t, however, to make your statement true and to preserve your dignity and job, I can adopt your wife as my daughter. After adopting His wife, He began to treat her like his daughter too. He would give her gifts and when he invited his own daughters home, he would always invite his adopted daughter too. And that is how Hazrat went to such great lengths just to safeguard the dignity of just one believer!

May Allah elevate His status and grant us the tawfiq to display good character at all times, aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s bayan in Darul Uloom Azaadville, on 19/5/17.)

The power of the Mind

 

controlling outb]ursts-

Imam Ghazali رحمة الله عليه said that the mind/intellect has to be the king in the body, and anger/desires must be the servants. So if for example one’s desires are running wild towards the impermissible, the king must instruct his anger to arrest that desire. One’s intellect must question that if I were to carry out this desire of mine, what would the consequences be? If it’s negative, I cannot continue with this desire, and if it’s positive, then I can carry it out.

If the intellect does not command anger to arrest desire, then the same intellect will be used by desire to commit wrong. Do you not see how a teenager who wishes to go out for some wrongdoing, completely bluffs his father with a clever, concocted story? He is able to do this because the king has been made the slave of the servant.

Our emotions must be controlled by our intellect, and our intellect must be bound by the Shariah. When this principle is firmly in place, our lives will become peaceful and our hearts will become inclined towards dhikrullah. But when there is a weakness in this, then we will become like animals in our behaviour: out of control and unpredictable.

The companion of the Prophet ﷺ, Abu Talha رضي الله عنه, once embarked on a journey, leaving his wife and baby at home. On his way back home, his baby passed away.  Let us analyse the situation before continuing; her baby was alive before he left, and now, he has passed away. I ask you, what does her emotions want to do as soon as her husband enters the home? This is her husband: The one who she shares her child with. She can stand strong the whole time but when he comes home, she is just waiting to fall in his arms, looking for strength in him. Ready to break down. But you see she had Imaan, so she controlled it. Her intellect instructed her emotions that no, you will not break down like that because when he returns, whether you tell him immediately or after a few hours, it will not make any difference. The baby has passed away, he has moved on. If you tell him immediately he will not eat, or fulfil his desire out of sadness.

She understood this because she thought logically, deciding with her intellect rather than her emotions. So when he eventually returned home and enquired that how is the child? She simply replied that he is better than before. She proceeded to serve him food and she fulfilled his conjugal rights. After he was at ease, she was still contemplating how to soften the blow for him. So she began by posing a question. She asked him that if someone borrows something from a family, and that family asks for it back, can that person refuse to return it? Her husband replied that no, he cannot refuse like that. She responded saying that our child was a gift from Allah. Now, Allah has taken our child back.

Her composure and mannerisms at such a devastating point in her life, really reflects her high level of piety and trust in Allah. She did not act on her emotions and likewise, we should learn to not act on our emotions or anger either. Control it, do not be controlled by it.

Often, saalikeen remark that I am not in the mood to make dhikr. I feel like I will fall into sin, I am so tempted. My response is that these problems will continuously occur, it is natural. But if we keep the king in charge, we will manage to overcome such temptations. Look at a person who works at a shop or the CEO of a business firm. Some days he will feel energetic at work, other days he will feel lethargic. But can he allow these ‘feelings’ to dictate how much work he completes in the day? No, not really because he has to finish his paperwork or organise his files, so he will exert himself whether he likes it or not. Work is work, it needs to get done. Deen is deen, it needs to be followed.

Hazrat Maulana Maseehullah Khan رحمة الله عليه would say that we undermine the strength of the mind. We undermine the power of it. A hunter who owns a horse and a dog will train them both until they become submissive, attacking and running only at his command. The hunter will control them both and that is how the mind should be. The intellect holds the reins of our emotions in its hands, and they will move in accordance to its instructions.

Sometimes when you go to the park, you come across a man who is taking his dog for a walk, but it looks like the dog is taking him for a walk. The dog is running wild in every direction and he is running behind it, whilst the leash is tangling around his hands. Whereas a trained dog will walk submissively behind its master, even if other dogs bark at it, it will still remain focused.

Likewise, the nafs needs to be trained, our desires needs to be reined in, our anger needs to be put on a leash and our intellect must be in control. Once we master this, only then will we be able to live in harmony with ourselves and those around us, displaying good character in all situations as a believer should.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s Seerah majlis on 23/2/2017. To listen to the full audio, please click here.)

3 Blessings for a Sincere Saalik

imageHazrat Maulana Maseehullah رحمة الله عليه explained in a gathering that if a saalik is sincere, he will be blessed with three things:

1) BASIRAT/INSIGHT: When he makes an intention to reform, the first thing he is blessed with is Basirat. This is given to different people at different levels, as Allah ﷻ wishes. The effect of this is that his thinking becomes aligned with Shariah. He now thinks with greater consideration of deen. For example, Nabi صلى الله علىه وسلم prohibited men from wearing their pants/trousers below the ankle. When the saalik hears this, his reaction is to check within himself first and see if he has this problem. If he is guilty, he will seek guidance on rectifying his wrong. The person without basirat will seek to justify his position, but the saalik will always take the route of precaution and rectify his position. If the saalik has issues with everything, then Allah has not blessed him with basirat due to lack of sincerity.

2) HIDAYAH/GUIDANCE:  After being blessed with basirat and having persevered, he is now blessed with Hidayat. For the saalik, this is the catalyst to make amal. At this point he will still be prone to making mistake, but he perseveres anyway. The tug of war between shaytaan and the saalik will continue, but the chain of love between the saalik and Allah ﷻTaala must never break.

3) QURB WA QABOOL/CLOSENESS AND ACCEPTANCE:  Continuous amal with istiqamat regardless of trials and circumstances, bears fruit. This fruit is the third blessing from Allah ﷻ, Qurb wa Qubool. The saalik now gets very close to Allah ﷻ. He continues with his amal and Allah ﷻ accepts him. Allah ﷻ will now be his guide. At every juncture his gaze will be on Allah ﷻ. Once this happens and the saalik remains with istiqaamat, humility and sincerity, then there is no end to the heights he can attain in reaching Allah ﷻ.

Allah ﷻ mentions this succession of events in the Qur’an Shareef; Surah Al-Jaathiya:

هَٰذَا بَصَائِرُ لِلنَّاسِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّقَوْمٍ يُوقِنُونَ

“This Qur’an is enlightenment for mankind and guidance, and a mercy for those who possess firm faith.”

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

What is a Khanqah and what do we do there?

khanqah

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

Hazratjee Maulana Maseehullah Khan رحمة الله عليه once addressed His murideen with regards to those staying in the khanqah. Before we go into the address..what is a khanqah? Nowadays this concept is so alien, many don’t even know what the term means or what to do there! Back in the days it was so common in countries like India. Here in South Africa, it is just known as a good place where meals are served!

Really, a khanqah is a place where we stay for our islah. Hazrat Maulana Abdul Hamid Ishaaq حفظه الله has one that’s running in their Darul Uloom. Besides this, I don’t know of any proper khanqah here in South Africa. May Allah ﷻ fill my fathers qabr with noor, Aameen. He sent us to the khanqah in India when were younger. What we saw, and what we see now…we wonder, what’s going on? It’s chalk and cheese.

So Hazratjee رحمة الله عليه had people coming to stay in the khanqah on a regular basis. Everyday, Hazratjee رحمة الله عليه would hold a majlis. In this one He addressed his murideen with regards to staying in the khanqah. Hazratjee رحمة الله عليه said:

“After staying in the khanqah, there’s no question of feeling upset over someone telling you off. If your wife bought a knife out with the intent of using it on you, you’d complain and ask her…what are you doing?! But in an operational theatre, if the doctors and nurses come with knives and sharp objects and you protest, they’d say that you’re here for an operation and we cannot operate without these tools! If you wish to be operated upon, you must accept us using these tools as part of the process to your recovery.

So why have you come here (to the khanqah)? You have come with the intention of islah. So that even if someone was to take a basket full of faeces and throw it on me, I’ll accept. I will not let anger overtake me. That’s why I came here; to crush my nafs. If you didn’t know about this before you came, now be informed. This is what needs to be done here in the khanqah. If you feel uptight or angered (by someone telling you off), this indicates a deficiency within you. The Shaikh (like a doctor) will operate and remove this anger.”

So Hazratjee رحمة الله عليه has explained here that if you’re feeling upset over a telling off, then there’s a deficiency in islah and the Shaikh needs to remove it. However, we must take the first step by informing the Shaikh of our deficiencies. For those who are truly seeking Allah ﷻ, if months go by and we are not praying fajr with jamat, we need to tell our Shaikh. This is more important than outward affection towards the Shaikh.

A true talib is not the one who is most affectionate towards their Shaikh, it is the one who informs the Shaikh of his deficiencies in order to get help! The one who, as soon as he sees a problem he thinks no I won’t delay asking, I need to inform my Shaikh and sort myself out. If he thinks no I’m alright, it’ll be ok, then he is nafsparast (a slave to his desires). So be a talibe saadiq.

To become this sincere, true talib we must correct our internal environment. Remember the whole world has not been made your responsibility. Your spiritual reformation is your responsibility. On a hot day if we turn the fan on, we can cool ourselves and a few others, but can we cool the whole world? That we cannot do.

(Hazrat then explains how to correct the internal environment. To read the transcript on correcting the internal environment, please click here.)

How to keep your Imaan strong

image

(The article below is a continuation of this article.)

To become a believer who is sincere and firm in faith, we must correct our internal environment first. Remember the whole world has not been made your responsibility. YOUR spiritual reformation is your responsibility! On a hot day if we turn the fan on, we can cool ourselves and a few others, but can we cool the whole world? That we cannot do.

The internal environment of  the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم was so strong and firm, the external environment was not frightening to them. Hazratjee Maulana Maseehullah Khan رحمة الله عليهexplained this saying that when the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم went for battle, diamonds and rubies were thrown in front of them to tempt them. But because their internal environment was sorted out, they were firm and unmoved. So much so when they acquired the extravagant tents of the Romans in war booty, they sold them in the market place for a cheap price, rather than keeping them or selling at a high price!

So they didn’t get immersed in dunyawi things. In certain aspects of the dunya we are detached, and in other aspects of the dunya we get immersed. Some people have no interest in wealth, but when it comes to women? Or casinos? Or drugs? They’re finished, they can’t control themselves, they just can’t resist!

The Christians once handpicked exquisitely beautiful young girls, and sent them to sell items to the muslims. They gave the girls instructions to entice the muslims towards haram. So the women tried their hardest to entice the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم but they stood no chance against such great men! Instead they returned insulted, saying that forget falling into sin, these people don’t even look at us! Eventually a high priest told the Christian that look, you’re wasting time with these people. We throw wealth and women at them, and they treat it like its nothing. It means nothing to them. You can’t change these people, you can’t shake their faith and you can’t break them or weaken them!

But how, how did they manage to stay so strong against these fitnas? Because their internal environment was firm upon deen. The Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم their gaze was not on women or wealth. Their gaze was on Allah ﷻ and Allah ﷻ alone! We often complain that how can we protect our gaze when there are filthy pictures everywhere?! But wasn’t that environment filthy too?

Of course it was! However the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم had dominated the nafs, they had total control over bad character traits like anger. This is Tassawuf – to rectify the inside. If this internal environment is corrected in line with deen, then that inner will go with a person whether he is on the plane, in a submarine, in a foreign hotel with the curtains drawn, or standing before the kaba sharif. If the inside is right, no matter where we go and no matter how corrupt the outside environment is, we will be safe from fitna and the whispers of shaytan.

May Allah ﷻ give us the tawfiq to correct and rectify our internal environment Aameen.

(The above is an extract from a bayan delivered by Hazrat, in Masjid ut Taqwa’s overnight programme last month. To listen to the full audio, please click here)