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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.

 

3 Golden Life Lessons

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Remember! Life is full of tests and Allah is the examiner. At times, people will be used to hand out the paper but always remember that it is Allah who sets each and every paper. Therefore, whatever we experience is our taqdeer, bear it all with patience. Never forget Allah in the good times and never become despondent in the bad times. Use every condition to get closer to Allah and earn His pleasure. This will lead you to Jannah. Know that this world is temporary. So do not become too excited over your worldly, material accomplishments. At the same time, do not lose sleep or get upset over its losses or lack of materialism.

Remember! Never worry about who is not fulfilling your rights or who is unfair to you, as you will not be questioned regarding this in the hereafter. However, always make sure that you fulfill everyone else’s rights, as you will be questioned regarding this.

Remember! Your only real, true friend and benefactor is ALLAH. The only human who loves you the most is Rasulullah صلي الله عليه وسلم. So keep your relationship strong with your creator and your Prophet. Then you will be able to weather any storm, cross any mountain no matter how high, swim any ocean no matter how deep, face any calamity no matter how dangerous…because you won’t be alone! Your Allah will be with you. Loving you, caring for you, looking out for you, guiding you and protecting you. Keep Him close and you will always be fine with a smile!

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

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

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.

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.)

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 alchemy of Tassawuf: Turning thorns into roses

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A believer with bad character is like a thorn troubling people whilst a believer with good character is like a rose; he gives fragrance to all those around him. If you look at him from far, he reminds you of Islam. When you speak to him, he speaks of deen and when you sit in his company, you benefit from his piety.

The alchemy of scientists is to turn dust into gold, the alchemy of mashaaikh is to turn thorns into roses. In nurseries we plant seeds and roses grow but this is no kamaal. It is the system of Allah.

In a khanqah thorns come (meaning people with bad character, in need of islaah/spiritual reformation). If you plant a thorn in the ground nothing grows. But a thorn that stays in a khanqah with sincerity grows into a rose. When he leaves people will enquire that which maulana is this? But he is not a maulana. He is just a thorn that became a rose.

The same children of his who went into hiding the minute he would enter the home, fearing his wrath, now rush to the door to embrace him. The same wife of his who feared his return, now, she looks forward to seeing him because now he is a rose, everyone likes roses. Who would want a thorn? Nobody. But roses? Everyone likes roses.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from a dhikr majlis delivered by Hazrat on 23/1/2017. To listen to the full audio, please click here.)

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.)

“Rejecting gifts from God”: The worries of a Medical Student

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(Below is an extract from an upcoming book of Hazrat’s called letters of the seekers. Hazrat receives letters on a regular basis in which people seek advice on personal matters and we felt Hazrat’s wise responses would be of benefit to the wider public. Therefore we are currently gathering a small selection of these letters in this book to be published soon inshaAllah. For the sake of privacy and confidentiality, each letter was completely depersonalised before being sent to us for inclusion. We request you to make dua for its completion. JazakAllah u khair)

Asalamu alaikum. I am a 6th year medical student in university. I read a couple of books and saw some lectures on YouTube and I finally understood the reason why we are created. But even after reaching the conclusion that God creating us is a gift and eventually he will reward the righteous ones, I still can’t feel a desire to be rewarded with paradise. I don’t live a sinful life because I just don’t want to, not because of the fear of punishment. I don’t want to do anything at all and I don’t want to exist.

I politely reject his gift of being tested on earth and then rewarded in paradise. It is okay to reject someone’s gift without offending them, right? Some time ago I carried on living because I wanted him to be proud of me when I finally see him. But lately, even that desire vanished like giving up on trying to impress a parent or competing for someone’s approval. I can’t stop thinking about death and I want to put an end to my useless existence. I would greatly appreciate it if you could reply with an answer to my thinking problem. Thank you. 

Waalaikumsalaam, May Allah ﷻ make you successful in your studies, use you to benefit mankind and bless you with the best of both worlds, Aameen. Alhamdulillah, at least you were blessed to realise the reason we have been created. Many people go through life without this realisation ever dawning upon them.

You seem to be a person who looks at things very realistically, so let us analyse your thinking problem in the same way.

  1. You don’t feel the desire to be rewarded and neither do you fear hell. However, at the same time you don’t live a sinful life. Regarding this challenge, already half your battle is won as you don’t live a sinful life. Now all we have to do is find the motivation to be righteous for the pleasure of Allah ﷻ, which we will address later on.
  1. You don’t want to exist. Regarding this, there isn’t any choice. You do already exist and the only way to put an end to this existence is suicide, which is not even an option. Allah ﷻ has warned us of a severe punishment for the one who commits suicide. Now on the one hand you may not fear this, but why chance it and why choose punishment for yourself, when you could save yourself from it?
  1. It is ok to refuse a gift in a nice way. However this isn’t about refusing a gift. This is about the rules that the Almighty has laid down. We will be rewarded or punished in accordance to our compliance or non compliance of His commands and rules.
  1. You have given up on trying to make Allah ﷻ proud of you, just like one who loses the drive of trying to impress a parent. This can also be remedied, just like many disobedient, uncaring children drastically changed their lives, becoming the most obedient and caring children.
  1. You say you can’t stop thinking about death. This is a very good thing. Nabi Muhammad صلى الله علىه وسلم has exhorted us to think of death often, as this will assist us in giving up impermissible deeds.

Now you may be thinking; why should I live a righteous life and be rewarded if I do, or subjected to punishment if I don’t, when I never opted for all of this? Let’s look at your situation by means of 2 examples:

Example 1 – A doctor is employed by a hospital and has to see to the patients. One day, if the doctor just loses motivation to see to the patients and he neglects his duties, he will definitely face some disciplinary action or hearing. Now if he says to them, you can keep your salary but I just don’t feel like working anymore, the hospital will dismiss him. He will then face the difficulties of unemployment.

Now at this stage, he cannot argue that why am I being reprimanded or penalised for how I feel, because his unemployment is due to his own fault. On the other hand, if the doctor very diligently continues his duties even though he lacks motivation, not only will he continue receiving his salary and perks, he may also get a promotion and enjoy even more benefits. Now despite him not really enjoying what he is doing, he is still receiving benefits.

In the same way, we humans go through different phases and emotions in our lives. We will not be taken to task for this as long as whatever the situation is, we comply with what our Allah ﷻ wants of us. We are the creation of our Creator therefore, we are not in a position to question His authority or question His rules. He will make the rules and our function is to comply. As long as we comply we will be fine.

Example 2 – You wake up one night and find yourself in a cave. You didn’t ask for this but you are there. In front of you is a paper with some information and guidelines. It reads that further in the cave, there are some dangerous creatures that have already perceived your presence here, and are advancing towards you. Your only route to salvation is to immediately make your way to the entrance of the cave. Once you reach the outside, you will be taken to safety.

Now you can sit there and argue that why should I move? I never asked to be here in the first place. I would like to just sit here or be nonexistent. Who wants to be taken to safety? I politely refuse this offer of being taken to safety. Now you yourself will agree that at this point, these arguments are futile and if you go on like this, it will lead to your destruction once those creatures reach you. Now even though you may not fear those creatures and what they could do to you, it is still a foolish choice to remain there, when there is a way to save yourself and be protected.

Bring this example to our lives. We find ourselves in this cave called “Planet Earth” and we are being told by our Allah ﷻ that death is on its way to us. However, if we follow certain commands and abstain from certain prohibitions, our Allah ﷻ will take us to the hereafter with safety and bless us with eternal bliss. On the other hand if we fail to comply, we will be punished. Now the choice is ours. We can either argue or try to rationalise, or we can accept, comply and work towards our salvation.

You are an intelligent person and I am confident that with Allah’s help, you will make the correct choice. In order to motivate yourself try to listen to more talks on deen. Read some good Islamic Literature and keep good company. Try and pray to Allah ﷻ daily. Speak to Allah ﷻ and ask Him to remove all the negativity and guide you to Him. Please pray for me as well. I hope that there will be some benefit in this correspondence. If ever there is anything else, please feel free to correspond.

May Allah ﷻ bless you and your family with the best of both worlds, Aameen. Please remember me in your duas.

Wassalam

(Hazrat Maulana) Dawood Seedat (حفظه الله)

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)