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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

Work your way up in Business

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I remember years back, some ulama asked me to be the chairman for their society. I consulted Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه who advised me to refuse the offer explaining that in the Jameat office, he started off packing hampers. Then after some time and experience he took on a higher post, and once he mastered that he took a post higher until eventually, he became chairman for the society. From this we learn that in any business or organisation, we must work right at the bottom first, and then work our way up.

This will allow us to thoroughly understand each stage and department in our organisations. Otherwise, if an individual goes straight for the chairman seat he will be unaware of how each department works, leading him to making the wrong decisions. Furthermore, people will be able to pull the wool over his eyes easily because this man may be a chairman, but he has no clue what goes on at grass root levels, he’s too high up to see and notice what the labourers see and notice!

Many times, we see a young person go into his dad’s business but he wants to work in the office immediately. No, this is not the way it works. First, he must be given a broom and he should sweep the floor. Then he can pack the shelves, offload the van and do stock rotation. Slowly he will work his way up until eventually, when the time is right, he will become experienced enough to sit in the office and meet the representatives and seniors.
That opportunity will come but first, our sons should start off from the bottom, learning what the business is all about.

When a person goes straight to the top, he will not appreciate what the labourers do because he hasn’t done it himself. But for example, if he has experienced offloading, he will know how long it takes. Say it took your son half an hour. Now when your son reaches the chairman seat and his employers are taking an hour, he will know they’re wasting time. But if they’ve been away for 15 minutes, he will understand that they need more time. So rather than shouting, he would be empathetic.

Often rather than our sons requesting a senior position, we as parents make the mistake of putting our sons right at the top. That’s why the business goes down; the father spends a lifetime struggling and working his way up in someone else’s shop, and now years later, he’s successfully running his very own business. But when he brings his son into the business, he says that my son is a prince, he can’t sweep or pack shelves…he’s going to go straight to the office! That’s a mistake – this son will never understand the business that way. Plus, it is possible that pride and arrogance will enter the heart of this child.

So we must first give them an opportunity to learn from the bottom, otherwise, how will they teach others from the top?

May Allah grant us all the tawfiq, Aameen.

— Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(The above is an extract from Hazrat’s majlis on 14/4/2016.)

Valentine’s day

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Valentine’s day has no rooting in Islam. It has nothing to do with deen, but it has everything to do with shirk. Its origins are soaked in shirk. In adherence to modern customs, many Muslims ignore this and choose to celebrate it anyway. Some men argue that I do not have an illicit beloved therefore I am not doing anything haraam, I am merely taking my wife out for dinner. How can this be wrong? My wife is my Valentine’s.

Some womenfolk 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. They remind their men with subtle hints such as putting the volume up when Valentine’s is spoken about on the radio. 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, “What is the date today?” so that in case he forgot, he can still make last minute arrangements.

This is all Shaytan’s plot. Allah has permitted and encouraged us to show love everyday, 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 those who invented it on the Day of Judgement. Do we really want this? If the founder of Valentine’s day died upon disbelief, the doors of Jannah will not open for him. Do we actually want to follow his footsteps in the hereafter?

Look into the history of Valentine’s and you will find filthy customs took place on this day. It has links to Christianity 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, should make tawba (i.e. repent).

Remember, a believer must make sabr. And a part of making sabr is to stay very far away from that which has nothing to do with deen. And Valentine’s 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.