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Understanding the power of the Qur’an

It is narrated from Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that Nabi ﷺ said: “No people gather together in one of the Houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, except that sakeenah descends upon them and mercy envelops them, and the angels surround them and Allah mentions them amongst those who are with Him.”

Sakeenah means tranquillity which only descends upon the hearts of believers. Disbelieving hearts are weakened due to lack of faith and therefore, they cannot contain it. When we were children we used to buy peanuts from the shops. The shopkeeper would shape a newspaper into a cone and fill it with the nuts. However, if we were to buy tea or coffee and put it in that newspaper the liquid would seep through, softening and ripping the newspaper. It does not have the correct properties to contain liquids. Likewise, the hearts of disbelievers do not have the spiritual strength and qualities to contain this sakeenah.

This sakeenah causes believers to grow in faith. Allah says in Surah Fath, ayah 4 that it is He who sent down Sakeenah into the hearts of believers, that they may grow more in Faith. This growth in faith becomes apparent in the amal of a believer. One’s actions are then aligned with the Shariah and the Sunnah. That believer, once this special sakeenah descends, he will not want to remain a mediocre believer who puts in mediocre effort. He will become of those who pray Ishraaq, Awabeen and Tahajjud, and those who exert themselves in their worship and efforts.

Nabi ﷺ further says that the mercy of Allah will envelop that reciter or student of the Qur’an. This mercy makes it easy to say no to sin. Nabi ﷺ would make dua that O Allah grant me your mercy, by enabling me to give up sins. He never sinned but he made this dua to teach us that Allah’s mercy will make it easy for us to give up sinful disobedience. Thus the barakah of the Qur’an is that tranquillity descends then Allah’s mercy which in turn, makes worshipful obedience easier.

Nabi ﷺ then says that the angels also envelop that gathering of the Qur’an. The effects of this are that angelic qualities will rub onto the hearts of those in the gathering too. The deception of the dunya is that a man in an illicit relationship will call his girlfriend an angel. She is no angel for him, even our language is a deception. For believers, when Allah gives us the tawfiq to do amal, that attracts real angels to our gatherings and their presence has a positive effect on us.

Lastly, Nabi ﷺ mentioned that Allah makes mention of these reciters of the Qur’an to those who are with Allah. Mullah Ali Qari رحمة الله عليه says that Allah mentions this to the senior angels who are very close to Allah, and to the souls of all the Prophets and the Messengers عليهم السلام. So imagine that you are sitting here in masjid reciting Qur’an and Allah is telling them that Muhammad the son of so-and-so, is sitting in such-and-such masjid reciting the Qur’an, what a great honour that would be!

Hazrat Ml. Muhammad Zakariyya رحمة الله عليه said, if we had to spend our entire lives to acquire just one of these virtues, it would have been well worth the effort. Yet how fortunate are we, that Allah is willing to give us all of them if we fulfill his conditions first. Therefore, we should never consider recitation and taleem of the Qur’an a light matter. Shaikhul Hind رحمة الله عليه was imprisoned in Malta for 4 years. Upon release, his first advice was to make taleem. He explained that the downfall of the Ummah is due to us being distanced from the Qur’an. He then made it his life mission to open up classes and reconnect people to the word of Allah.

The teacher of Maulana Qasim Seema رحمة الله عليه was Maulana Badriharam رحمة الله عليه. In 1958, one of his students went for Hajj. During his visit to Madinah Munawwarah, he was so touched being close to Nabi ﷺ that he decided to stay there. He made this intention and back in those days, it was easy to settle in Madinah Munawwarah too. However, that night he had a dream of Nabi ﷺ. Nabi ﷺ told him that you going back home and sitting on the mimbar of any masjid in your area teaching the Qur’an, is better than staying here and spending 20 years besides me.

May Allah enable us to really understand these great virtues of the Qur’an and may this understanding become a means of our guidance, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s Jumah lecture on 5/8/17 in Madrassah Tarteelul Qur’an. To listen to the full audio, please click here.)

Abstaining from modernism

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Recently one of our students went to a modern, islamic institute, where they do not allow thawbs. He went on a Friday intending to pray Jumah salah so naturally, he entered the masjid with a thawb on. However the committee in line with their modernistic policies, forced him to remove his thawb.

Leaving the thawb and shortening the beard, has become a key part of the modernism that is spreading within our communities. The kuffar have realised that they can not stop the rise of Islam. So now, they are trying to create fitna by painting a different, modern version of Islam, which is at odds with our true faith. Abstain from falling into this trap.

Hold firmly onto the original, true deen. This can only be done when we seek knowledge from the correct sources.

We have many different types of ‘scholars’ nowadays. Amongst them, we have a group of maulanas. These maulanas wear short kurtas, sit in humble classrooms and lack the 21st century modern look. Yet it is these maulanas that have preserved deen for us. In the way they dress, speak and carry themselves, they are the ones who have preserved its traditional teachings.

I’m not saying other scholars are not serving deen. We have many arab ulama, but often, asal deen it found amongst deobandi ulama and those that follow a madhhab. The drive against them is dangerous for our traditional teachings.

Youtube and other online outlets poison the minds of people, making them believe that islam needs a reformation and the mazahib are outdated and incorrect. People hear an individual speak arabic online and they get carried away instantly, sacrificing years of traditional, deeni practises, in favour of these new ideas.

Do not be easily swayed and led astray. Be careful who you take your deen from. Hold onto three Ts: Tableegh, Tassawuf and Taleem, they will keep you guided and grounded.

Furthermore, in times of need, turn to the ulama. Why do so many of us learn deen online? Websites that teach islamic sciences, are there to cater for those who cannot access ulama in their locality. If there are ulama local to you from whom you can directly learn, then why go to a site? Why opt to sit behind a screen?

Sit with the ulama, learn directly from them, because the benefit derived from a scholars presence cannot be felt online. Online caters for those who do not have local islamic madrassahs; if you do, go to a madrassah.

In an attempt to appease people and the public, we are confusing ourselves and ruining our beautiful deen. Sometimes, we shave our beards to appease. Sometimes, we remove the purdah of female voices and put them on the radio to appease.

We sound like we are progressing in deen by keeping up to date with the times, but what we are doing is very wrong. Stick to the asal. There is no other Islam, there is no need for modernism. The true, original, traditional deen is what we need to implement and spread in our lives. That is where happiness lies.

May Allah make us from amongst those who preserve deen Aameen.

— Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from a dhikr majlis delivered by Hazrat on 18/7/2016. To listen to the full audio, please click here.)

A reality check!

imageWhen a person loves an illicit beloved, he becomes mad to serve them. This is because where there’s love, there’s passion and where there’s passion, there’s sacrifice. It is precisely due to this lack of love, passion and sacrifice that we are nothing like the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم. We have such little love compared to them therefore; we can’t even come close to the sacrifices they made for deen. For example, in the battle of badr the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم said that Ya Rasulullah صلي الله عليه وسلم! Worry not, we will never leave your side like bani Israeel left Musa عليه السلام…we will stand with you and fight with you! This shows their desire to sacrifice for deen.

We on the other hand, have passion for everything in life except deen. When it comes to soccer, no tiredness or problem gets in the way of our game. In every other dunya matter, we are passionate and dedicated.

Come school time, each child goes to school. Thus, the teacher can feel happy knowing the students will attend. This is good but come salah time when the muadhin calls the Adhan, can he feel happy knowing every Muslim in the town will come for prayer? This is not any normal call, this is the call of Allah ﷻ.

I met a person the other day. He told me, “I’ve stopped going to the masjid for fajr salah. It’s so dangerous, criminals are holding people up”. I replied, “you’re right…criminals are holding people up in the business/shops too!” So people miss salah, yet they don’t close their shops. Why? Because they say, we need to earn our rozi/livelihood, but don’t we need to earn our Jannah too?

We send our children to study deen in madrassas and we rely on madrassas, but shouldn’t we also create a deeni environment at home, making it a way of life for our children to follow? We worry less by convincing ourselves we won’t live til qiyamah. The reality is, death is our personal qiyamah. Time is running out, we don’t know when our name will be called. So we must take deen seriously!

One simple way of taking deen seriously and bringing it into our homes is to conduct regular taleem. Allocate a time; it doesn’t have to be long. Get the whole family together, if someone can’t make it due to some reason, then start anyway. A family member should read a passage from an Islamic book, loud enough for everyone to hear. There are many books you can read through as a family, pick one of your choice. Once this taleem is done regularly and consistently, a lot of barakah will enter our homes.

This is because Allah’s words have noor in them. This noor will bring a sense of peace and tranquillity within the family home. Thus overtime, you will see the positive effects of this taleem in yourself and your family. Children, for example, are sharp ones. They pick up very quickly. If we conduct these taleems, you will see how your child becomes a police at home. Meaning even when you do a little wrong they will point it out; highlighting the awareness of deen a child develops through taleem.

Another way of taking our deen seriously is to consciously work on building love for Allah ﷻ in our hearts. The only lasting, real love is the love between Allah ﷻ and his slave. Every other love will come to an end.

May Allah ﷻ grant us ability to give up our sins Aameen. Oh Allah ﷻ! May our hearts beat with your name and may our minds be engrossed in your thought. Aameen.

– Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

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

Believers VS. hypocrites

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(Below is an extract from last week’s Jumah lecture. To listen to the full audio, please click here)

In the Quran Sharif in surah Noor, verse 40-51, Allah ﷻ speaks about the characteristics of the Munafiqoon/the hypocrites. He begins by saying, “We have surely sent down clear-cut ayahs, and Allah guides whom He wills to the straight path. They say, “We have believed in Allah and in the messenger and have adopted obedience”, [but] then a group from them goes back after all this. Those are no believers.”

So why are they not true believers when, like us, this group of people also claim to posses faith? Allah ﷻ continues to explain their plight.

“When they are summoned to Allah and His messenger so that judgement may be passed between them, a group of them turns away.” Why? Because they don’t want a ruling that will cause worldly loss! So when it goes against their own whims and hidden agendas, they turn away from the rulings of deen. But ”If the right is theirs, they would come to Him as [if they are] submissive ones.”

Then Allah ﷻ asks, “Do they have a sickness in their hearts, or do they have doubt [due to which they are unable to accept the overriding decree of Allah Ta’ala], or do they fear that Allah and His messenger will do injustice to them? [No, they don’t,] Rather they themselves are the unjust.”

So this ayah was revealed because in the Prophetic era, there was a man who would attend salah and the gatherings of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم. However, he was not a Muslim, he was a hypocrite! So why did he follow deen outwardly, yet harbor hypocrisy inwardly? Because he was deeply engrossed in the love of the world and thus like all hypocrites, his only concern was worldly gain. So if a battle would lead to the acquisition of booty, the hypocrites were eager to join, yet they backed out from battles like Uhud! When sacrifice for the sake of Allah ﷻ was required, they were nowhere to be seen.

So these hypocrites were selective in deen, they used to follow deen when it would suit them. From this example, we must ask ourselves, how much am I doing for Allah ﷻ? Am I in Allah’s deen for my own benefit? Or am I here for Allah ﷻ alone…am I sincere? There are so many cases where people only give preference to deen when it suits them, otherwise they hanker after the dunya. In the case of inheritance, you find a man cannot attend the masjid for fajr salah, yet when it comes to dividing his dad’s wealth, he is suddenly eager to uphold the laws of Shariah. Why? Because he knows if he does, he will get a bigger slice of the cake! So is he really worried about shariah, or is he worried about filling his pockets?

We mustn’t be like this. Don’t pick and choose; don’t enter a few fingers into deen, leaving the rest of your body hanging on the other side. True believers, when they are called to the hukm of Allah ﷻ and Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم immediately they say we have heard and obeyed. They are not looking for loopholes. Nor are they greedy. Rather, true believers are sincere; they are willing to follow deen even if it means they have to endure a few knocks and trials! Their only concern is that how do I make my Allah ﷻ happy? What must I do to please him?

The Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم epitomised this level of sincere devotion to Allah ﷻ. A Sahabi invested all his wealth in a wine business before wine became haram. In those days Arabs would drink more wine than water, so it was as good as cash. Now this Sahabi was on his way back to madina with a caravan full of fresh wine, ready to sell on the market. However on his return someone stopped him and inquired that what are you doing with this wine?! Allah ﷻ has just declared wine to be haram for us, so we are not allowed this item anymore!

Immediately, the Sahabi covered up his stock of wine, left it in the mountains, and returned to Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم without it. He explained his situation to Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم, how he invested every last penny into this business and now he has nothing left…how he didn’t know it to be haram when buying it. Despite his dilemma, Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم reiterated that it is now haram and selling leftover stock will fall under this category. Upon hearing this, the Sahabi obediently returned to the mountains and destroyed his stock…no ifs, not buts, He heard and He obeyed!

So in every facet of life, the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم were willing to sacrifice for the sake of Allah ﷻ. Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم didn’t just call them stars for nothing. They were called stars because whatever they did they were committed, dedicated and sincere! This is how they delivered and years on, still deliver the message of deen.

In contrast to the hypocrites, Allah ﷻ then speaks of the character of an obedient person. “And whosoever obeys Allah and His messenger, fears Allah and keeps his duty [to Him], they are the successful ones.”

Umar رضي الله عنه was in masjid nabawi when a man came, stood next to him and began reciting the shahadah.  Umar رضي الله عنه responds saying that what’s wrong? The man said that I’m well versed in the Torah, Zabur and Injeel. But I’ve come across an ayah in the Quran which I haven’t found elsewhere. The man then began reciting this ayah and explained; being obedient to Allah ﷻ refers to accepting all of His commands and the teachings of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم, both positive and negative.

Thereafter comes “fear Allah”. The man wisely explained that this is with regards to the past life, we must always be afraid of the mistakes we made and the sins we have incurred over the years. And with regards to the present and future, we must learn from the past and adopt taqwa. And this taqwa will lead to good deeds and then, only then, does Allah ﷻ say we can be successful! This success refers to salvation from the fire…not dollars and pounds or paper money! True success comes from Allah ﷻ in the form of His pleasure, salvation and entry into Jannah.

So if we want to be successful in deen, we must become like the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم. We must listen to, and obey the commands of Allah ﷻ, learn to sacrifice for the pleasure of the one who created you. And how is this art learnt? By attending deeni programmes. We travel the world for dunya, isn’t it time we travelled in search of deen too?

May Allah grant us the tawfiq to be sincere, Aameen.

— Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله