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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

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.

The effects of Sins and repentance

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

When a person indulges in sins, in disobedience to Allah Ta’ala, then the heart immediately connects with the fire of Hell. As such, one result of sins is heat. The proof of this is drawn from a Masnoon Dua, which was brilliantly and inspirationally explained by Hazrat Maulana Shah Abdul Ghani Phulpoori رحمة الله عليه, a great Shaykh of his time. From the Ahaadeeth we learn different Duas for different occasions. One Dua that was taught to us by Nabi ﷺ is:

“O Allah, wash off my sins with the (melted) water of ice and snow, and purify my heart of sins, just as white clothes are cleansed of filth.”

Let us consider the explanation and meaning of this dua. Hazrat Maulana Shah Abdul Ghani Saheb رحمة الله عليه related that on one occasion he had a most respected guest present during his lesson of Bukhari Shareef. The guest was Hazrat Maulana Dr. Abdul Hayy Saheb رحمة الله عليه who was a senior Khalifa of Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi رحمة الله عليه.

During this lesson, Dr. Abdul Hayy رحمة الله عليه posed a question to Hazrat Maulana Shah Abdul Ghani رحمة الله عليه. He asked: “Why did Nabi ﷺ use the words ‘ice and snow’ in this particular Dua?” Hazrat رحمة الله عليه being inspired with an answer from Allah Ta’ala, replied:

“There are two major effects that follow the commission of sins. Darkness in the heart

1)       Darkness in the heart

Rasulullah ﷺ explained: “When a Mu’min (believer) sins, a black dot appears on his heart. If he repents and seeks Allah’s forgiveness, his heart becomes cleansed and polished. If he continues to commit more and more sins (without repenting), the spot continues to spread and ultimately covers all of his heart.”

2)       Heat

By means of sins, a person links himself to the fire of Hell. As a result, such a person’s body also produces a kind of heat.

My Shaykh, Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb رحمة الله عليه has mentioned, that generally, when a person is committing a lot of sin, especially if he is entangled in illicit love, then the effect of his sins is so intense and severe, that even his head becomes heated. Of course, this does not mean that every person whose head is heated is involved in sin. It may be that the person is ill or suffering with high temperature, e.t.c.

So consequently, the second quality of sin is that it produces heat. Hazrat Maulana Shah Abdul Ghani Saheb رحمة الله عليه then explained that the attribute of ice is its coolness and the apparent characteristic of snow is its whiteness.

Thus, the two effects of sins are removed with the two effects of snow and ice. The whiteness removes the darkness and the coolness effaces the heat. SubhanAllah!

Moreover, why is ‘white’ cloth used in the Dua? This is because a black cloth will not disclose the spots and marks of dirt, even after having been washed, but white cloth is sure to reveal the slightest trace of dirt. These are explanations that should be most appreciated by students of Deen as well as Saalikeen.

My Shaykh had also explained that if we are deficient in our Love of Allah Ta’ala, and our hearts have become dark and heated due to the commission of sins, then an easy route to giving up our sins, sincerely repenting, purifying our hearts and becoming the friends of Allah Ta’ala is to make friends with His Friends.

May Allah Ta’ala grant us the Taufeeq of Rujoo Ilallaah and His Friendship.

The humility and piety of Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel (RA)

 

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(The article below has been taken from the Council of Ulama website. It is not my personal encounter with Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel (RA), the writer is unknown to us.)

Humility

As an indication of his extreme humility, Moulana used to tell me when I asked for his biography, that his life story could be fitted on the back of a postage stamp! Nothing could be further from the truth.

It was the great good fortune of Port Elizabeth that Moulana’s daughter and her family settled in Port Elizabeth. This brought Moulana, who had great love for his family, to our city many a times. Moulana used to not give the Ulama a chance to come and visit him first as he used to go and visit the junior and senior Ulama alike at their homes and places of work. The Ulama of Port Elizabeth benefited tremendously from Moulana’s advices especially with regards to setting up the Council of Ulama Eastern Cape.

Moulana generally did not like to have a program prepared in advance in Port Elizabeth. His talks, announced late, drew good crowds for the city. A unique feature was that the audience always consisted of a large percentage of Ulama.

Moulana loved the poor and once, on a visit to Port Elizabeth, I pointed out to him a poor student from one of the countries in Africa who sacrificed a lot to come and study Islam. Moulana called him aside in secret and gave him some money.

On one occasion, the maid of Moulana’s landlord needed to go to hospital to deliver her baby in the middle of the night. When the landlord refused, Moulana, together with his wife, took the maid to hospital and waited for her to be discharged before bringing her back home.

Moulana practically demonstrated the Islamic teachings of anti-racism and many a person from a different race group was won over by his impartial respect that he showed to one and all.

Piety

Anyone who saw him for even a little while would be impressed by Moulana’s adherence to the Sunnah and wonderful character. His granddaughter mentioned that in the months in which she lived with him, Moulana never once expressed anger towards his wife. Moulana recounted that all his maids who worked for him over the years accepted Islam, with three months being the most time required. Moulana lived a very simple, frugal life. He was accessible to people from all walks of life at all times.

Death

The death of Moulana was an indication of his love for the holy cities of Makkah Mukarramah and Madinah Munawwarah. He performed Tawaaf, read Maghrib Salaah and experienced a heart attack in front of the Ka’bah in the Mataaf area. He breathed his last in the Haram. His Janaza Salaah was performed by Sheikh Shuraim at the Ka’bah. Moulana was buried in Jannatul Mualla, the blessed graveyard of Makkah Mukarramah, where Hazrat Khadijah رضي الله عنها is buried. This is extraordinary in itself as foreigners are not normally buried here.

Moulana was 65 when he passed away. He had two daughters and a son.

Moulana was not only a fountain of knowledge, wisdom and piety, he was also a pillar of strength for all, Ulama especially. I personally know many Ulama who relied on Moulana’s advices and support to continue their service of Islam. In fact, while the Muslims of South Africa in general feel at a loss on the demise of Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه, it is the Ulama who feel totally orphaned. Moulana had a knack of encouraging Ulama and directing them to better service of Islam. He was the confidante of the innermost feelings of many an Aalim.

The adoration of his followers is a reminder of how the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم adored the Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم. The sadness and shock at the news of his passing makes one think of how the demise of the Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم affected those who loved him, the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم.

He guided even the biggest sinner with a marvelous hand of wisdom.

The Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم said: ‘Allah does not take away the knowledge by taking it away from (the hearts of the) people, but takes it away by the death of the religious learned men till when none of the (religious learned men) remains, people will take as their leaders ignorant persons who when consulted will give their verdict without knowledge. So they will go astray and will lead the people astray.’

(Bukhari 1:32)

‘This saint with Madinah Muawwarah’s love at heart,
His praises we cannot fulfill; merely start.
His character a reflection of He صلي الله عليه وسلم who lies,
Under the green dome, beneath Arabia’s skies.’

(From: An Ode to Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه)

 

The demise of Hazrat Ml. Abdul Hafeez Makki (RA)

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One day we were travelling and at Cape Town airport we saw Hazrat Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki  رحمة الله عليه. He was surrounded by young people who were embracing him as He departed. This was the character of Hazrat, even young people loved him and learnt from him despite his old age. Hazrat made a lot of deeni effort in different countries. Even in Makkah and Madina where tassawuf is not common, Hazrat had a khanqah established there. He spent his life like this, so Allah took him away while he was doing what he loved doing (i.e. dawah).

He had a programme scheduled for today and tomorrow here in Pietermaritzburg. Before he left home, he already had chest pains but he still undertook the journey. Once he reached Pietermaritzburg, he had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. The last message we received was that he was stable, but after ‘Asr I went home and received the message that he passed away.

And that is it. At the end of the day it all boils down to that. How we live is how we will depart. The car we drove, the food we ate, our worldly accomplishments e.t.c will not matter once we breathe our last. A maulana who had a very close relationship with Hazrat invited me to have supper with them all this evening. Maulana was telling me that Hazrat will be having supper with us so please come. We planned here whilst Allah had already planned there.

Such is life, we plan but the reality is our lives are subjected to the ultimate plan of Allah. People will pass away and lamenting is natural, but our main goal should be to benefit as much as we can whilst our ulama are alive. After their death you can benefit by reading books, but we cannot derive islaahi benefit. This is the system of Allah whether we understand it or not.

There are some people, rijalullah, Allah has blessed them with a connection to Allah. If we want to connect with Allah we have to connect with them. Those who do this can benefit tremendously but those who do not bother about their islaahi talluq with their Shaikh, failing to correspond on serious matter like missing faraaidh, they will not benefit much from islaahi talluq. We must benefit from our mashaaikh whilst they are alive. Then choose one Shaikh for islaah/spiritual reformation and take your Islaah seriously.

Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel  رحمة الله عليه once mentioned an incident of a Shaikh who had passed away but had no khulafa. The mureeds became concerned, they did not know who to turn to now for Islaah. The Shaikh had a son so the mureeds, who were villagers, took bayat to him. The son did not know much about tassawuf as he did not take an interest in his father’s work, so he informed them of this. However the mureeds were adamant and requested bayat. They asked him what dhikr to make but the poor son had no idea so instead, he instructed them to get a spade, go to a field and dig the soil.

They took his instruction seriously and with sincerity, they carried it out. He began worrying and with sincerity, he turned to Allah and said that ya Allah! Do something, help us! Allah saw the sincerity of the mureeds and the sincere concern of the son, so Allah blessed each one of them in the khanqah with wilayat. They were just tilling the soil in the field yet Allah blessed them. We must question ourselves, in our talluq with our Shaikh, how much sincerity and talab (i.e. desire) do we have?

Make ittilaa’ (i.e. explain you spiritual weaknesses to your Shaikh for reformation) and itiaaat (i.e. follow your Shaikh’s advice after making ittilaa’) and Allah will give you spiritual benefit in your islaahi talluq. Otherwise if we maintain a mediocre attitude towards our islaah we will only get mediocre benefit.

May Allah enable us to benefit from our ulama whilst they are alive, and He grant us tawfiq to take our spiritual reformation seriously, Aameen.

— Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s dhikr Majlis on 16/1/2017. To listen to the full audio, please click here.)

How to deal with fleeting thoughts from Shaytan

 

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When a person begins to make changes in his life, Allah will grant Him the tawfiq to give up major sins. Shaytan then tempts him into other sins like backbiting, jealousy, enmity e.t.c
Slowly as a person progresses, he learns these tricks of the devil and overcomes them too. He concentrates on developing good character traits like soft-heartedness and selflessness.
So now, shaytan makes him worried about things he shouldn’t worry about.
Often, people at this stage worry over whudu. They wash each limb repeatedly thinking it’s piety to be careful. In reality, he has fallen for another trap from the traps of shaytan. There is no extra reward for one who washes a limb more than thrice in whudu. Rather, this is wastage (of water).

The mind is amazing, nobody can reign it. It’s unlike a hand that can be restrained. Often we can keep our outer in line but the mind runs wild inside. Shaytan knows this, so he makes a person become perturbed over thoughts that he won’t be questioned over. A person becomes worried until he thinks that I’m just a hypocrite, I’ve lost iman so I may aswell watch TV..I’ve lost anyway!

Understand the mind. We will not be questioned about fleeting thoughts which come involuntarily. If you are, for example, in a queue at a doctor’s room or a government department and a lady joins the queue behind you. You ensure that there is a safe gap between the both of you, but shaytan will play mind games. Shaytan will keep enticing and keep suggesting you to look…don’t try it. Imaan gets towed away when we cast lustful glances.
So the mind is running wild but he is ignoring it. He is abstaining from the sins shaytan calls him towards. So is he sinning? No! In actual fact he is attaining rewards! In that state he may even experience the sweetness of iman.

We are human beings. To think we will never think like this, is to misunderstand the mind. Every human has a nafs and shaytan who will constantly play games. Provided we abstain and keep our gaze lowered, we will not be answerable to Allah for fleeting thoughts.

Other times, people get unrealistic, fleeting thoughts about future matters that may not even occur. This often translates as fantasising. Don’t plan future sins and play a game for both parties…that you will do this and she will do that, then you will say this and she will say that. Stay in your lane because this “planning” is a huge sin, even if it does not actualize!

Deflect these thoughts with dhikrullah. Allah has given us enough weaponry in our arsenals to deflect whatever shaytan throws. We just have to learn how to reverse the mind rather than becoming frustrated over fleeting thoughts. Yes shaytan will change his tricks, once he fails in one avenue, he will try getting at you with something else. He won’t leave you until death, so we must win over him with dhikrullah.

Recently I’ve received many emails on this matter. Someone said that I have filthy thoughts. I asked what thoughts? He explained to which I responded…ok. Can we stop a truck of pigs ahead of our car in the motorway? No. But what we can do is overtake and pass ahead of that truck. So when these thoughts enter use your indicator, switch lanes and accelerate ahead. Move forward and leave the filth behind.

May Allah make grant us tawfiq, aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(The above is an extract from Hazrat’s dhikr majlis on 19/09/2016. To listen to the full audio, please click here.)

The soft hearts of the Yemenis

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Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم described the people of Yemen as soft-hearted. But in order to maintain a balance, a person needs to know when to adopt a firm approach and when to adopt a lenient approach. Understanding this is a skill but how will we learn this art? By making mashwara with the Shaikh first before making any change in life (i.e seek his advice). Many instances, people do not do this and land themselves in trouble.

A person sent an email saying that I cannot afford to go for Umrah, but an agent is prepared to sell us a package, on the condition that we pay monthly once we return. Now this person took the right step by making mashwara first, asking if he should take the offer. He was informed that he must not because umrah is nafl, why get yourself in debt to go? Make dua to Allah ﷻ, read Ishraq salah everyday and you will get the reward of Umrah inshaAllah. Do what you can afford and do not get involved in debt.

Other times, we are given mashwara but we operate and dissect it to suit our needs. One friend asked me, “Maulana there’s a warehouse available, shall we take it?” I replied, “Do you need it?” He said, “No.” So I said, “don’t.” Then he says ”No, but I’ll need it one day!” If we are not willing to take the advice given, why ask?

Sometimes we turn to deen yet when it comes to certain aspects in our life, we are still nafsparast (slaves of our own desires). What is bayah? When a person takes bayah, he is handing his heart over to the Shaikh. Now he’s plasticine in the Shaikh’s hands, the Shaikh will mould him and shape him. Does plasticine protest against a child who shapes it? No – because it’s soft and willing to change! Likewise we need to become soft and willing to change, otherwise, how will we make our islah?

It’s easy to remove a strand of hair from plasticine, yet that same strand of hair is so difficult to pull out of cement that has hardened. In the same way if one’s heart is soft, it will be easy to remove the evil traits. But when the heart is hard, then it is extremely difficult to remove the evil traits. A hard heart is hard to work with.

So allow yourself to be moulded by the Shaikh. This is islah. Coming to the lectures alone is not islah, true islah means to rectify our hearts, ridding it of its evil qualities. Look at life differently. Look at each person as a servant of Allah ﷻ, as an ummati of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم. Is Allah ﷻ not watching me? This is an ummati, will Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم – the one who would even embrace his enemy – be happy with the way I treat His ummati?

Coming back to the topic of being firm and lenient, sometimes we don’t know when to be lenient and when to be firm. Our kids read Quran from Monday to Friday yet when they slack a little the dad says that what should I do with these kids?! I’d say, adopt a lenient approach and calm down. Other times, when the son wants to go for a braai/barbecue late at night then adopt a firm approach.

Our Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه once gave an example of a person who decided not to attend wedding functions that were conducted in halls, but his family wanted to go. So Hazrat رحمة الله عليه did not tell him to go home and shout at his family, asking them; “Why are you acting like shayaateen? You go to the function but I’m not taking you by car, you can walk there!” Rather, Hazrat رحمة الله عليه advised him to drop the family off to the wedding and then pick them up when they’re done.

This is wisdom. Why? Because his family went once or twice but this time, his wife noticed the fitna even more than usual. She started to feel guilty so she stopped going and her kids followed suit. If he was to adopt a harsh stance then yes, maybe the family wouldn’t have gone, but they’d do so begrudgingly. By adopting a lenient stance and following the advice of his Shaikh, the entire family happily gave up going to these types of functions. The problem was solved with no fuss or fight.

Once, there was a person who would watch T.V. He made talluq with a Shaikh and learnt T.V was haram. He tells his wife and she says, “no problem, I’ll stop watching but I can’t give up Dallas”. Now he doesn’t know what to do. On one hand he thinks this T.V is haram, it must go out, but then on the other hand he realises if I act harsh then why did I take bayat? So after discussing with his Shaikh, he was advised to encourage his wife to totally give up T.V but not to force her, as she was not ready just yet for this change. However, the Shaikh also told him that he must not watch and he must not sit with her while she is watching. Alhamdulillah by following the Shaikh’s advice, in a short while she gave up T.V totally and willingly.

So in the above case he had conflicting, confusing views. The solution is…I must tell my Shaikh and follow his advice. However if I’m going to follow what’s in my mind then you’re not bayat to your Shaikh, you’re bayat to your mind. What hurts the Shaikh is when the mureed does not follow his teachings, not when people talk bad about him.

Defending a Shaikh when people talk bad about him yet not following his advice is not muhabbat. This is nafsaaniyat. The Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم wanted to retaliate to those who would speak rudely to Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم but Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم responded by saying that no, don’t retaliate. So the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم wouldn’t. Many times Umar  رضي الله عنه wanted to take out his sword but he would ask Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم first. When Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم would say no, he’d put that sword straight back into its sheath, because His mindset was…I’m not here to do what I want to do, I’m here to do what Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم told me to do. That’s what’s right.

This is what a Shaikh is for – to guide us back to the Sunnah.

So Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم said the ashariyeen were soft-hearted people. Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم further explained; due to this reason, imaan is Yemeni and wisdom is Yemeni. Meaning the hearts of these people due to its softness, will be warehouses of imaan and marifah. Fountains of ilm will flow out from this type of heart because when noor is on the inside, that will shine on the outside too. There are so many Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم here, yet Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم is saying the Yemeni heart is an embodiment of imaan.

So islaah will sort out the root problems in our lives. But for this to happen, we must become soft-hearted like the Yemenis, take the knocks in life and allow ourselves to be totally moulded and shaped in the hands of our Shaikh. Then we will see the real change happen.

May Allah soften our hearts, Aameen.

– Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(The above is an edited extract from a lecture delivered by Hazrat Maulana. 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)

Unexplained sadness and its possible causes

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A saalik/seeker should not worry too much about emotions. Sometimes a saalik will feel unmoved during a dua, other times, he will feel as though he has ascended to the heavens. Sometimes he will be really into his dhikr, other times, he will read it in an apathetic, mechanical manner.

Throughout these ups and downs, a saalik must remember; he is not an ABDULLAZZAT – A slave of enjoyment (i.e. the highs and peaks of life). He is an ABDULLAH – A slave of Allah ﷻ! So we do what’s pleasing to Allah ﷻ, even if it’s not pleasing to us. Why? Because this bond with Allah ﷻ is a bond of love. When a person wants to buy his wife chocolate, he will buy the flavour she wants, not the flavour he wants. She may like nuts, whilst he goes nuts when his chocolate has nuts. But he will buy this nutty chocolate anyway. Why? Because he’s not buying it for himself, he is buying it for her. It’s not about him, it’s about her.

Likewise, even if we are not feeling motivated to do our muamlaat and dhikr, we must still persevere and continue with it. Why? Because our bond with Allah ﷻ is a bond of love. It’s not about us, it’s about Allah ﷻ. So today we will touch upon this topic of feeling spiritually low. Sometimes in life, a person just feels down, apathetic, and unmotivated. He feels a lull. This situation can be due to a few factors:

🔸 HEALTH: A person may not be feeling well and he’s about to come down with something. So he’s not feeling up to it anymore.

🔸EXERCISE: A person may feel lethargic because he’s not exercising his body. His mind is not active, his body is lethargic. At this stage some people sleep it out…only to feel more miserable in the morning due to oversleeping! Then when he puts his body into action by exercising, he feels chust – active. Otherwise he feels sust – lazy.

🔸 GOING THROUGH A NEW PHASE IN LIFE: A person may be going through a phase in life that he’s not used to. For example, having builders over. Whilst trying to get used to it and accommodate for all, he may get a bit ratty and snappy with the family.

Now these are all outside factors that can cause this lull. However, sometimes this sad feeling is nothing to do with the above reasons. In fact, everything is going fine in his life..but all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he feels lull and stagnant.

So at times, this feelings comes just before Allah ﷻ allows us to progress to a higher stage of spirituality. Like a child is excited to ascend heights, but to do so he must endure a boring, frustrating and restricting lift journey…likewise, for us to ascend heights in spirituality, sometimes, we have to endure a short journey of lulls and unexplainable sadness.

So provided no major sin has crept in, a saalik feeling down could actually be a sign that Allah ﷻ will soon progress him to another level of spirituality. However, we must be very wary in this condition, as we are very vulnerable at this time, and can slip and fall prey to nafs and shaitaan. Just as he can advance, he can also go backwards. How? By giving up muamalaat and returning to old sins.

But if he perseveres and turns to Allah ﷻ more, then overtime, there will be a taraki/spiritual advancement. But it comes with effort and striving. Like a father will hold a sweet tightly in his hand, and he will tell his child that if you want it, open my fingers and take it! So this child will try his hardest to grab the sweets and the father enjoys watching his efforts, so he starts to hold it even tighter. Now eventually the father plans on giving him the sweet, maybe even more..but for that moment, he enjoys watching the child put in effort.

Likewise, when we go through a lull, Allah ﷻ is telling us to turn to him more. That’s all; Allah ﷻ wants us to make that effort and qurbani, to show Him that we really want Him. And once we do that, in a short while, Allah ﷻ will open the door.

Once, when Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه went for umrah, he felt very weak. By the time He reached Makkah mukaramah, he had no energy left to walk! So for the first time in his life, he had to sit in a wheelchair. He felt really upset over this, but he had no choice. He then told us that when he made tawaf in his wheelchair, it was actually one of the best in his life. Why? Because he’s being pushed, he doesn’t have to worry about not bumping into women when walking e.t.c. So in this state, He just closed His eyes and made tawaf with full concentration.

Therefore, at first Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه felt saddened but then, Allah ﷻ opened up something he had never experienced. So throughout our lives we must just focus on continuously worshipping Allah until mawt comes. Just remain with istiqamah until death. Death isn’t a long way away, so it’s not a long period of time that we have to remain with istiqamah. Qiyamah itself will last 1000 years, so if we have to live for 30,40 or 50 years more, what is that in comparison to 1000 years? Nothing.

So if we continue with istiqamah, then like the lift ascends yet when we’re inside, we don’t feel like it’s moving, we too will ascend in our low moments, even if inside, we don’t feel like we’re moving.

May Allah grant us the tawfiq to continue with steadfastness Aameen.

(The above is an extract from the Dhikr majlis of Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله . To listen to the full audio, please click here)

What is Bayat?

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When a person takes bayah, he is handing his heart over to the Shaikh. Now he’s plasticine in the Shaikh’s hands, the Shaikh will mould him and shape him. Does plasticine protest against the child that shapes it? No because it’s soft and willing to change! Likewise we need to become soft and willing to change, otherwise, how will we ever attain closeness to Allah ﷻ and the jannah we crave for?

So like herbal medication, islah will sort out the root problems in our lives. But for this to happen, we must take the knocks in life with humility and sincerity, allowing our hearts to be totally shaped in the hands of an upright Shaikh. That’s when the real change will happen.

“Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves” (Quran, 13:11)