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Selfies and Social Media

When a supervisor says “I am watching you”, it is said in a threatening manner. Allah regularly reminds us in the Qur’an that He is the All-Seeing in a loving, merciful and compassionate manner. I was pondering over this, and social media came to mind.

In our day and age, technology is considered the way forward and an obsession in our modern era. Whether young or old, you would be hard-pressed to find someone without a handheld device. Though a phone was designed to call and text, nowadays, the camera is a greater selling point. That is how Shaytan has made common the sin of taking pictures of living beings.

Selfies which were once unheard of, have become very common now. It made me wonder, why do people do it? Why do people who would once upon a time, cycle to simply unwind, now cycle and video their journey? Or keep a log of their activities on social media, which they would have previously kept to themselves? Often it is an act of ostentation or vanity. Our concern lies with impressing people online, thus we share private aspects of our lives to draw attention. But in reality, only a few people may notice, some may be jealous and most people do not care.

In contrast, Allah cares about what we do, He is the All-Seeing. Even when our cameras are off, His are still on. He is watching even when no-one else can. Technology can fail us. At times the camera dies whilst a person may think it is still on and recording. Allah never fails to watch and record us.

Therefore, if you desire to show someone, show Allah. Want to impress someone? Impress Allah. If you impress people on social media you may just get a few likes, comments and shares and that is all. However, if you impress Allah He will grant you Jannah, a reward far greater than we can possibly imagine. A seeker will always find what he seeks. Seek people, you will never be able to acquire their pleasure. Seek Allah and you will acquire Him, via His mercy in this life and His honorable presence in the afterlife.

May Allah rid our hearts of ostentation, vanity and all such evil qualities, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 25/09/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

Be content with Allah’s plans for you

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Be content will all that Allah has given you. Beauty, wealth, health, intelligence, kayfiyat, knowledge, and the spreading of our works of deen, are all blessings from Allah. Some people are given more of some qualities, others are given more of others.

Sometimes, you will find a tableeghi will leave for Jamat in rural areas. In such areas, who will put up posters announcing his coming? Who will even know him? No-one. Yet, he makes great sacrifices, often opting to sleep on the floor or in difficult conditions. Eventually, when his speech takes place there may be just a small crowd who attend. At times tableeghis enter and leave a village with little to no recognition. Compare that to an Islamic scholar who travels on all paid for flight to another town, picked up from there by car and dropped off to a masjid. Posters distributed days in advance, he is received by a large crowd eager to hear him speak. Then he is fed a hearty meal and driven back to the airport to catch his flight home. He endures little hardship with all his expenses paid.

Now both examples are on opposite ends of the spectrum, however the commonality is the decree of Allah that chose hardship for the former, and ease for the latter. In both, lies great reward. If the tableeghi did not go to the rural areas, who would? Someone has to, so Allah chose Him. For the Islamic scholar, a fancy poster advertising his programme beforehand coupled with the hype surrounding his visit is all Allah’s way of getting people to attend a bayan and learn deen.

Thus even in works of deen, Allah will take work from us all in different ways. Never assume the route He chose for you is insignificant due to external factors, because your heart impacts the weight of your deeds more than external factors ever could.

Hafiz Abdur Rahman Mia was the founder of Mia Farm. Many senior scholars of our country completed their hifzul Quran with him, and even during his illness in old age, he would teach saying that teaching is my sustenance. People would advise him to slow down but he would refuse. Towards the end of his life Hazrat Ml. Shah Hakeem Akhtar RA went to visit him. He asked him how many people became huffaz under him and considering he taught till the very end of his life, the number must have been quite high. But his answer was so beautiful, instead of quoting a number or even an estimate, he simply replied that I can only give you a reply on the Day of Judgement. Why? Because only the ones Allah accepted will count. How many completed is not the aim, how many are accepted is.

This is how our mindset should be in all matters. Focus less on quantity, more on quality, less on external factors that you may have little control over, more on internal factors. Because a quality heart filled with sincerity, piety, and humility, is more beloved in the sight of Allah and closer to acceptance than one devoid of good qualities, even if the former does little work of deen and the latter does many. Be content in all matters and inshaAllah, even your small efforts will become weighty in the hereafter.

May Allah grant us the ability to keep our gaze so heavily focused on Him and save us from the discontentment that arises when we do not, Aameen.

– Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله 

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s bayan on 27/3/2017)

Humble yourself before Allah, He will forgive you

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The greater the piety, the greater the humility a believer will show. Our pious predecessors, despite being great men, had such humble opinions of themselves. An example is Hazrat Zunoon Misri رحمة الله عليه from Egypt. Once the river nile dried up, this was a regular occurrence.

People had a belief that to make the nile flow ago, a virgin girl needs to be sacrificed for the nile and her blood needs to flow there. This was a terrible custom that people had reverted to in the days of Ameerul Mumineen Hazrat Umar رضي الله عنه. Seeing this, the governor of Egypt wrote a letter to Ameerul Mumineen, asking what to do.

Ameerul Mumineen sent back a letter. He said to the governor that take this letter and throw it in the nile instead of a virgin girl. As soon as the governor threw it in the water, the nile started to flow again. So the question is, what did the letter say?

It read: “From the slave of Allah Umar رضي الله عنه, Ameerul Mumineen, to the Nile of the people of Egypt. To proceed: If you only flow on your own initiative, then do not flow, for we have no need of you. But if you only flow on the command of Allah, the One, the Subduer and He is the One who causes you to flow, then we ask Allah, may He be exalted to make you flow.” The nile began to flow again.

So this also happened in the time of Hazrat Zunoon Misri رحمة الله عليه. The people of Egypt came to him because he was known for his piety and therefore, his duas were accepted. They asked him to make dua for the nile to flow again. But Hazrat Zunoon had such a humble opinion of himself, he immediately packed his bags and left Egypt.

Like Musa عليه السلام, He went to madyan and as He journeyed, He cried saying that Oh Allah! It can only be due to our sins that the nile has dried up and there is no greater sinner in Egypt than myself. I have now left Egypt so that my evil does not prevent the nile from flowing!

SubhanAllah, look at His humility! Despite his piety, his focus was still on his sins. Such humility is a prerequisite for our repentance to be accepted by Allah. We must make itirafe qusoor (i.e. admit our shortcomings). Never assume that you have only a few sins or just little sins. First recognise and admit your sins, then rely on Allah’s forgiveness.

Once there was a drought in an area, I cannot remember the name of the place, but they began making dua for rain. Eventually, the women of ill repute who would sell themselves, they came together. They said that the rain is being withheld due to our sins, so we must make dua. They admitted their mistakes, sought forgiveness and then had hope that Allah would accept.

In these stories are great lessons for us. We need to develop humility, admit our sins, seek forgiveness and then have hope in Allah. By following these steps, inshaAllah, we too will experience the divine acceptance of Allah.

May Allah grant us the tawfiq, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s bayan on 12/5/2017 at Darul Uloom Azaadville.)

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 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.)

Immediate wilayat (friendship with Allah)

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(By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه)

“…VERILY ALLAH LOVES THOSE WHO REPENT…”
[Surah Baqarah 2:222]

A young person, after listening to a talk, experienced a revolution in his heart. He asked me: “With my past, with the sins in my life, how is it possible for me to become a Wali?”

I said: “It is extremely simple. It takes just one minute to become a Wali (friend of Allah ﷻ ). Raise your hands and with deep regret and remorse in your heart, shed a few tears and pray to Allah, say: ‘O Allah ﷻ , I have wasted my life but I want to become Your Wali, I want to become Your friend. So forgive all the sins which I have committed since maturity, and grant me the ability to do that which pleases You in my future life.’

You have immediately become a wali. Now make an effort towards fulfilling those rights which had been violated. The effort made indicates to the sincerity of your tawbah/repentance.”

If salaah and fasts were missed then qaza (the religious duty performed after the expiry of its time) must be made. If Zakaah, Qurbaani and Sadaqatul Fitr were not fulfilled then such monies must be paid. The same applies to monies owed to people. Pay back to whomsoever, what is due or ask them to forgive you. If not, then that tawbah you made will not be complete. And if harm and injury was caused to another, then his forgiveness should be sought.

If there are a number of outstanding salaah or fasts due, then it is obvious that a person cannot read all the qazas in one day, or keep all his missed fasts in one day. This will take due time. However the intention of the person to fulfil all dues of Allah and His creation, and the effort made in that direction makes the person a friend and beloved of Allah ﷻ .

If the person does not make any effort in that direction after tawbah, then this is a clear sign that he was not sincere in his tawbah. Also in respect to his future life, every effort should be made not to return to sins.

(The above is an edited article, taken from 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)

Guarding the Gaze

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Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم said that the person who guards against the temptation of casting lustful glances, Allah ﷻ will grant him the sweetness of Imaan.

In our current era, it has become extremely easy to become involved in the sin of casting lustful glances. If one skims through a newspaper or what used to be regarded as ‘family magazines’, one will become overawed by the amount of near pornographic material that is available. The reality is – we no longer see this as a problem, due to the frequency and availability of such material.

There are so many other types of sins, but why is it that the sweetness of Imaan is so closely related to guarding against lustful glances (as stated in the hadeeth)?

This is due to a few reason. Firstly, sometimes when we avoid a sin, it is because our circumstances do not allow it. For example, a person who wants to commit the act of adultery, a willing partner is required and some logistical arrangements need to be made. If a person does not have a partner or arrangements then he cannot commit this sin. So it could be said that he abstained due to the inconvenience (not out of sincere desire to please Allah ﷻ).

However on the other hand, in the act of casting lustful glances, no willing partner is required. The secrecy of this sin is such that there is no physical evidence to prove it, most people may not notice, but Allah ﷻ sees and knows. Therefore, the abstention from this sin can only be attributed to the person’s love and fear of Allah ﷻ, and his high level of sincerity.

Secondly, for every other worship Allah ﷻ has stipulated a reward. However for fasting Allah ﷻ has mentioned Himself as the reward. Why? Because worship tends to have a physical form that people can see…e.g movement in prayers and hajj. But fasting has no form for people to see, so it’s a sincere act done only for Allah ﷻ, leading to its great reward. Similarly protecting ones gaze is only for Allah ﷻ, hence the tremendous virtue in it.

(Advice imparted by Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله)