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The leaking bucket

Every time the owner of a home steps up his security system, a thief will step up his stealing skills. Before our cars had a locking system on the door, then thieves learnt how to unpick the lock and steal the car. Then we used steering locks, gear locks, and alarm systems but thieves overcame them one by one.

Shaytan is also a thief but the commodity he is chasing is Imaan. If he cannot snatch our Imaan, he will deprive us of the ability to do good deeds. If he cannot deprive us of the ability to do good deeds like praying Salah or reading the Qur’an, he will try his hardest to contaminate it. For example, he will make the knowledgeable proud over their knowledge and the generous haughty or insolent towards the poor.

If he cannot contaminate the deed, he will try to make a hole in the container carrying the good deed. For example, he will make a person backbite. All his past efforts put into acquiring good deeds will now fall out of the bucket. Therefore, be wary of the tricks of Shaytan, do not let him deter you and be wary of the leaking bucket, do not let it stagnate your spiritual progress.

May Allah save us from his tricks, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk in ladysmith. To listen to the full talk 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.)

Warding off shaytan

imageHave you ever tried driving a car with a misted windscreen and no demister? If you do not stop, you will surely cause an accident. However, if we either get out of the car or keep wiping the mist away, we have a chance of reaching our destination safely.

The devil’s work is to mist the windscreen and break the demister. He mists the windscreen by:

  1. causing us to sin.
  2. Bringing evil thoughts and doubts to the mind.

Once this happens, we cannot see the path clearly. The solution is to put on the demister meaning we should repent, engage in dua and complete our muáamalaat (which means our daily quota of worship). But then this enemy breaks the demister by making us lose hope in Allah. Once one loses hope, then one will not turn to Allah. If we do not turn to Allah, then the windscreen is only going to thicken with the mist until we cannot see at all.

So when you feel hopeless and upset, force yourself to turn back to Allah, increase your duas and stay focused. Because that is the demister we need to ward off evils. In a short while, the devil will back off.

(Advice of Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat  حفظه الله)

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا تُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ تَوْبَةً نَصُوحًا عَسَىٰ رَبُّكُمْ أَنْ يُكَفِّرَ عَنْكُمْ سَيِّئَاتِكُمْ وَيُدْخِلَكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ يَوْمَ لَا يُخْزِي اللَّهُ النَّبِيَّ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مَعَهُ ۖ نُورُهُمْ يَسْعَىٰ بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَبِأَيْمَانِهِمْ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا أَتْمِمْ لَنَا نُورَنَا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

“O you who believe! Turn to Allah, with sincere repentance. It may be that your Lord will expiate from you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow, on the Day when Allah will not disgrace the Prophet and those who believed with Him. Their light will run before them and to their right hands. They will say, Our Lord! Perfect for us our light and forgive us. Indeed, you are powerful over everything.” (Quran, 66:8)

~ Never lose Hope ~

The worshipper who sold his A’amal for 3 gold coins!

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When our intentions are pure, the divine assistance/nusrat of Allah ﷻ will guide our every move, but once sincerity leaves the heart, this divine assistance leaves with it. Imam Ghazali رحمة الله عليه gives an example of the gravity of this nusrat. He mentions the incident of a person who was not an aalim but he was an aabid. An aabid means a great worshipper. So this aabid, He spent most of his time engrossed in worship. Though now, our shariah forbids staying aloof and obliges us to interact with others and give dawah, in the previous nations, secluding oneself for the sake of worship was permissible.

So this aabid, he did exactly that, he remained secluded. But one day, he came across the news that people were worshipping a certain tree. Infuriated over this, he decided to chop the tree down. He grabbed his axe and went on his way until suddenly; shaytan came and stopped him, disguised as an elderly man. “Where are you going?” Shaytan asked.

“I’m going to chop the tree down” replied the aabid. Shaytan tried to stop him. First, he tried verbally. He said that why are you worried about people? You’d rather pray at home! Don’t worry…this is not your job! The aabid further explained himself. The aabid said that chopping the tree is also an act of ibaadah for the pleasure of Allah ﷻ. Seeing his determination, shaytan then tried to physically stop him. They got into a scuffle and the aabid won. Again, the aabid advanced towards the tree. Another scuffle began and the aabid defeated shaytan again. So shaytan said that fine, I’ll propose a settlement.

The abid decided to give shaytan a hearing. This was his biggest mistake, which often happens to be our biggest mistake too! We mustn’t even *listen* to Shaytan’s whispers…don’t ever give him a hearing. So shaytan continued, saying that look, I know you’re poor. You must really desire to help people, but it must be difficult. So if you don’t chop the tree, I’ll give you three gold coins/dinaars every day. You’ll find it under your pillow and with this you can attend your own needs, and help others too. Cutting the tree will only be one virtue, once it’s done people will only go and worship another.

Do you see shaytans plot here? Nowadays shaytan still uses this same plot. We know we shouldn’t watch TV, let alone go on it! But what do people say? Well, if you don’t go on TV, someone else will…so I’d rather you go and preach on TV. So the abid contemplated over Shaytan’s settlement and eventually he gave in. He left the tree and walked away. The next 2 days, he saw two dirhams under his pillow just like shaytan promised. But on the third day, there was no dirham so he got angry. Once again he took his axe, and headed toward the tree to chop it down.

On the way shaytan met him, once again, disguised as an old man. Shaytan asked the abid that where are you going? “I’m going to chop the tree” he replied. Shaytan did not allow him and once again, they got into a scuffle. But this time, it was different. Because this time, shaytan overpowered. Shaytan won. The abid then asked him, “who are you?” Shaytan replied, “I’m iblees”.

Now I just want to digress for a second (to discuss what just happened). The old man reveals himself as shaytan, but not just any shaytan, this is ibless. The big shaytan. Yet, the abid managed to wrestle him to the ground two times. Did the abid need an amil? A taweez? Water that had been prayed upon? No, he didn’t! He just wrestled him twice. So then why can’t we wrestle the small shayateen? Why do we think we need an amil and a taweez around the neck?

Make Ibadah *properly*. Clean your heart. Keep a connection with Allah ﷻ. Read ayatul Kursi and the Duas Allah prescribed….and you wouldn’t need anything else. We read the same surahs as the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم. The knots of black magic would open as Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم  would recite! So it’s not the prescriptions that are faulty, it’s us. We do not read with yaqeen and ikhlaas, our actions are not right. So how will we benefit? A bullet can be the most powerful in the world, but without a firearm to put it in, the bullet will not have the desired effect. Likewise, without sincerity, our deeds won’t have the desired effect.

(Now the abid has just realised, this elderly man was actually shaytan all along.) So he said that tell me something, how is it that 2 times I was able to wrestle you to ground, you had to plead mercy…yet this time, you defeated me?! So this abid received this reply and this is very important.

Shaytan informed him that initially, your anger was for Allah ﷻ, so you overpowered and defeated me. Now just for a few dinaars, your niyyah changed. Your niyyah became contaminated, so Allah’s nusrat left and that’s why you can’t overpower me now! 

That too, is our condition. This abid sold his amal for three dinaars, thereby depriving himself of the nusrat of Allah ﷻ. And as for us? Well, we must question ourselves…what are we doing wrong, due to which we can’t see the nusrat/divine help of Allah ﷻ in our lives?

May Allah ﷻ grant us sincerity and His nusrat, Aameen.

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