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Developing a Successful Mindset

A person once approached Hazrat Ml. Zakariyya رحمة الله عليه to seek his advice. He told him that for the past two months when I return home from work, I ask my wife, “Is there anything to eat?” We are experiencing severe poverty. When she replies that there is nothing, I opt to spend the day fasting. Hazrat رحمة الله عليه replied, “Alhamdulillah. You are acting upon the Sunnah.”

In other words, Nabi ﷺ did the exact same because he lived a life of poverty too. Therefore, although the situation is difficult, it is close to the Sunnah and reaps rewards. This was Hazrat رحمة الله عليه’s mindset. He would notice the Sunnah more than the difficulty. In contrast, our mindset has drifted far away from the Sunnah. For example, if a man happily announces that he bought a spacious home in a posh suburb with a loan from his bank, what would our response be? Parents would gleefully remark, “Son, you have done well!” His new purchase would become talk of the town. Now his parents would want to purchase items for his new home, like a frame with the Kabah on it. He would be hailed a success.

Yet in reality, what has the son done by taking an interest loan? He has waged war with Allah (Qur’an, 2:278-279). He has incurred his wrath and anger. Yet we are too drunk and intoxicated in the love of this world to notice or care. Considering him successful for indulging in haram shows that our mindset is more materialistic than Islamic.

Allah tells us in the Qur’an that Jannah is being prepared as we speak for the righteous. Righteousness is the criteria. It is the ticket we need to enter the gardens of Jannah, but what does it mean to be righteous? It means to tread carefully and cautiously on earth, avoiding displeasing Him as far as possible. That is success. Not indulging in interest and sins. No matter how common it becomes always remember, a sin is a sin. There is no good outcome for it in the hereafter, even if its worldly state appears beautiful in our eyes.

May Allah align our mindset with Islam and save us from sins that tempt us to displease Him, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 08/12/17 in  Masjid Siraatul-Jannah, Ormonde, Johannesburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

6 points to be wary of when doing Qurbani

Here in South Africa, on Eidul Adha it is exciting to visit the farms and purchase our Qurbani animals. The enthusiasm to do Qurbani is beautiful and commendable. Our akaabireen would buy animals one year in advance. They would keep it and then do Qurbani the next year.
However, for the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم they would always have animals with them grazing in their yard. Whenever they needed meat, they would simply sacrifice an animal and eat. It was normal.

Therefore, when Qurbani became waajib, they asked Nabi ﷺ, “What is Qurbani?” In other words, what makes it different to a normal sacrifice? Nabi ﷺ responded that it is the Sunnah of your father Ibrahim عليه السلام. Adam عليه السلام also did Qurbani but Ulama explained that the sacrifice of Ibrahim عليه السلام was specified due to the magnitude of His submission to Allah. He was willing to sacrifice his own son, that is not a small matter.

This shows that whilst we should get into the spirit of Qurbani, we must not overlook the purpose of it all. The purpose is to please Allah by sacrificing with taqwa. Allah himself says that the meat will not reach Him, only the taqwa in our hearts will. It is this taqwa that will lead to acceptance. Taqwa means to fear Allah and to follow His commands as a result of it. Below are five ways that we can ensure our actual Qurbani is done with Taqwa:

  1. Protect the gaze: In Qurbani it is makrooh for us to allow one animal to see another animal getting slaughtered. Many people are cautious of this, ensuring that the animals are kept separate. Yet we allow our inner animal to see our sister in laws, the neighbour’s daughter and other women. If we allow a sheep to see another it is makrooh, but if we look at another strange woman it is haram. The sheep will not get a sin but we will so be careful in this regard.
  2. Backbiting: This is common on Eid day, people backbite about the way someone does Qurbani. Remember we all have our own techniques. It is fine to disagree on a matter but there is no need to overstep the line and backbite.
  3. Boasting and drawing comparisons: People boast about how much they spend on their Qurbani animal, comparing it with others. Your wealth does not reach Allah, so why boast? Furthermore, wealth is merely a gift from Allah and He will give and take as He pleases. So what is there to boast about?
  4. Photography and videoing: Some people follow a fatwa that photography is permissible. Despite this, it makes absolutely no sense to video yourself slaughtering. Allah has allowed for us to take the life of an animal to fulfil our waajib Qurbani and to earn in the process. Why do we turn it into a movie, making videos and sharing it on Facebook, boasting about our knives and slaughtering techniques? Think about it, ask yourself the reason as to why you are recording. It is done to show off and showing off reduces our hard earned rewards.
  5. Salaah: Many people miss Salah on Eid day. Some present the excuse that blood fell on my shirt making it dirty.Thus I was unable to attend Jamat. However, we know that our clothes will get dirty in the process. Brother, what else were you expecting, a bunch of flowers? Obviously, when you slaughter blood will be all over the place. Therefore, carry a clean set of clothing, change and then attend the masjid. Do not miss Salah, that excuse is not valid in the sight of Allah.
  6. Anger: Many people fall prey to anger and even become vulgar while carrying out our Qurbani thus reducing our reward and adding to our sins. We should be wary not to fall prey to anger.

May Allah enable us to act with taqwa and may He accept our sacrifices as a result of it, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 29/08/17 in Masjide Ayesha, Marburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.)

The purpose of Qurbani: To develop Taqwa

The moon has been sighted, the days of Hajj have begun and it will be Eid soon inshaAllah. Currently, everyone is talking about Qurbani animals. Some people travel the length and breadth of their province looking for a special Qurbani animal to buy. That is good alhamdulillah but what is the main purpose of Qurbani? Allah speaks about it in the Qur’an where He says, “It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is your piety that reaches Him.” [Surah Hajj, Verse 37]

Therefore, our main goal is to develop taqwa over the next few days in the hope that we reach Eid with taqwa in our hearts. Our amal of Qurbani will then be judged according to this. So of course, we need a Qurbani animal and many of us are looking into this. However, the key question we must now ask is that how we develop this taqwa?

There are a number of ways we can do this. Firstly, be careful in how you speak. Avoid swearing, lying or deceiving people. Remember that our Allah can hear every word and the angels are recording it all. Secondly, lower and protect your gaze. Do not go to places where there will be free-mixing and fitna like the casinos. Always avoid them at all costs. Otherwise, we may be tempted towards haraam. Thirdly, protect your ears too from haraam. If your phone has a musical ringtone or alarm, change that. Why accrue a few seconds of sin every time your phone rings? It is easily avoidable. Fourthly, protect your mind too from haram thoughts like fantasizing.

Following these points will inshaAllah help you to build taqwa. Yes, it is not the most exciting part of Qurbani but it is certainly the most important part. Lastly, in these 10 days of Dhul Hijjah turn to Allah. I know my weaknesses and you know yours. Speak about them to Allah, seek His forgiveness and clean your heart. Sort out any disputes you may have with people. Sometimes that can be hard but as far as possible, be the better person. Give them the benefit of the doubt, seek forgiveness, close that chapter and move on. Why allow disputes to eat you up inside? Why allow it to corrupt your heart? Let it go.

This world is not a place of justice. In the Hereafter, Allah will grant you justice and that is when we will realise how insignificant, small and unnecessary most of our current worldly disputes are. At times disputes continue because the two opposing parties do not want to humble themselves and apologise. This is wrong. We must learn to humble ourselves before the humbler of all souls humbles us on the day of Judgement.

May Allah enable us to develop taqwa and accept our Qurbanis as a result of it, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s dhikr majlis on 21/08/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.)

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.)

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.)

Good Character, Fashion and Designer brands

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A believer cannot attain love for Allah without good character. All religions promote it so we all believe in it, but we all practise it differently. For example, to a non-Muslim shaking a lady’s hand is good manners but for us, we know it is haram. Their benchmark is their religion and our benchmark is ours.

The problem is, we often make the western lifestyle our benchmark by drifting away from the Sunnah and following their ways. This causes our akhlaaq to deteriorate in the sight of Allah. One example of this is fashion. Through designer brands western culture promotes pride, arrogance and excessive concern over appearance. We buy into it, desiring to make an impression everywhere we go. Thus we become busy in showing off.

How then can we display good character, consideration and humility whilst our hearts are immersed in the desire to show off and outdo others? This is precisely the selling point of designer brands; using the name of one disbeliever to brand numerous items, in an attempt to make the owner feel superior when they wear/use it. Not only is this pure silliness, but it is deeply unbecoming of a believer who is meant to follow Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم.

Some of us become Maulanas or scholars of deen so we cannot take our kurtas/thawbs off, but we get as close as possible to western fashion. We want both the Sunnah clothing and western fashion. This attitude is dangerous because if we get too close, we may start grazing on the other side. Remember, the lifestyle of westerners is not our benchmark. The Sunnah of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم is.

Once we follow this Sunnah we will be able to develop good character. A smile, a kind word, a friendly gesture and all good traits do not require extra time to do. They just require consideration and a bit of thought. Yet, they are the most valuable and weighty on the scales of Allah. Ummul Mu’mineen Aishah رضي الله عنها said that one who adopts good character will receive the same reward as one who prays all day and night. Jannah is a bargain and easy to attain for those with good character therefore, we must make an effort to develop it. Then we can spread its fragrance wherever we go and light up the earth with the Sunnah of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم.

The akaabireen mastered this field by drawing examples from the life of Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم. Once a bird came to Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم flapping its wings in grief. Immediately, Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم enquired as to who had troubled this bird by taking away its nestling. Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم instructed that the nestlings be released.

SubhanAllah! See how Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم had love for even animals? Now when we have such a fine example, why then do we seek to dress, behave and follow western ways? Be wise and follow Allah’s beloved Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم and then you too will become His beloved. May Allah grant us the ability to follow the Sunnah and may He refine our character through it, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s bayan in Darul Uloom Azaadville on 19/5/2017)

Lessons from the life of Ml. Yunus Patel (RA): Dawah at the airport

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If we leave the door of sins open in our lives, the fruits of our deeni efforts will make an exit. Therefore, although we acquire the noor of taqwa via dhikr and duas, its heat cannot bake the love of Allah ﷻ in our hearts, because we have left the oven door open. We must close this door of sin. Nowadays, almost every person who requests bayat asks, “what adhkar must I make?” The first, most important step is to give up sins. Major sins are not only music and TV, there are many others that we need to avoid.

If we do not, then through our amal we may have a garden of dhikr, but we will ruin it by growing the weeds of sin. Overtime this garden that was once beautiful becomes a jungle, its beauty hidden under sin. Due to this, the kuffar cannot see the beauty of islam. Those who live as pious muslims, they do not have to say much. Their character is dawah in of itself.

Once Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه was at the airport, going from international to local flight. Hazrat had a box of books that were given to Him. When He reached the counter with this box, the employee behind the desk said that the box is too heavy, it cannot go through.
So Hazrat said that no problem, I will take the box out. The employee changed his tune and began bribing Hazrat, offering to allow the box through for a sum of 100 rands. He refused this offer but the employee was adamant. He further bribed Hazrat saying that look! No-one is watching, just give the 100 rands and no-one will know!

Hazrat’s reply was so simple, yet so reflective of His profound taqwa. He replied that yes your supervisor is not looking. But my supervisor is Allah and He is looking at me! He will not allow it! I would rather take the box out. This response had a deep impact on the employee. Hazrat continued on His journey. He walked off, went to one side and requested water. The Johannesburg brothers that were travelling with Him bought water and Hazrat sat down and drank.

The employee continued serving other passengers but as He did so, He kept a close eye on Hazrat. He watched as Hazrat went, sat and drank. Eventually he asked someone that who is this man?! They replied that He is our Hazrat, our maulana, our teacher. The employee expressed his desire to meet Hazrat. This message was passed onto Hazrat, who was still sitting on the side drinking water. He sent a note back saying that look, you are on duty and you cannot make khiyanat (i.e. deceive them). You still have passengers to serve. So I will wait for you. When all the passengers have checked in, then come to me…I will speak to you.

So once all the passengers were checked in, this employee made his way to Hazrat. But this time round his request to Hazrat was very different. He did not want the wealth of dunya, as he did previously. This time, he wanted the wealth of the heart that Hazrat had.
He simply asked Hazrat that what religion do you follow? I want to follow it too.

We can learn so much from this incident. Hazrat did not give dawah to him, this employee came to islam by just observing Hazrat. Actions speak louder than words and this case certainly exemplifies that. So Hazrat made him read the kalima and He gave contact numbers of the Johannesburg brothers that were with him. Thereafter, He gave him 200 rands saying that this is a gift from me to you. You see, you wanted to make 100 rands in a haram way, but now Allah ﷻ has given you 200 rands in a permissible, clean way. This is what bayat is all about, to rectify our hearts and improve our manners. Once we do that even our actions will become dawah.

May Allah make grant us the tawfiq, Aameen.

— Hazrat Maulana 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.)

Dear son: Correspondence of Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel (RA)

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(Below is an Islaahi letter that was sent to Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel (RA) and Hazrat’s reply)

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Asalaamu ‘alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh

Respected Maulana, I will soon be turning 15 years of age and I have become extremely interested in girls and also in a sexual way. I find the temptations around to be very great and fear falling into sins. Please guide and advise me. I need your help.

Reply

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Wa ‘alaikumus Salaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh

Dear Son

  1. The feelings you are experiencing as a 15 year old are normal for the youth of the day.
  2. Youth is described as a period of “madness” – where a person can easily give into the temptation and invitation towards sins, and the demands of his own ego and evil desires. So it is important for a young Muslim, who has come of age, to keep before him that he is considered as a Muslim adult in sharee‘ah and he is now accountable to Allah ﷻ.

As a young adult, the command from Allah ﷻ is to adopt taqwa – that is to resist the temptations of sins; to be obedient to Allah ﷻ and His Rasul ﷺ.

The hadeeth makes mention that that young person who spends his youth in the obedience and worship of his Creator, will be granted the tremendous honour of being provided with the shade of Allah ﷻ’s ‘arsh (throne) on the Day of Resurrection. Moreover, one’s life becomes full of blessing and goodness and Allah ﷻ grants success as well.

I have also mentioned, when addressing youth, that in the word “youth” is the word “you”. You are in youth. So you either make your youth a means of goodness and success for yourself – or you make that youth a means of disaster, damage and harm to your life and deen.

Sadly, a large number of youth have destroyed their lives and futures, by fantasizing or engaging in haraam activities. So you should not go the same route of disaster; rather you should look after your youth and not fall for the temptations of sins.

  1. Keep pondering over the aayah: “And He is with you wherever you are”. By developing the conscious awareness of the presence of Allah ﷻ at all times, the person will naturally feel ashamed to commit sins, knowing that Allah ﷻ is watching, hearing, and aware. And we should also keep in mind the angels that are always in attendance, writing down every single action carried out.
  2. Follow these few guidelines for protection and goodness InshaAllah:

– Perform your 5 times Salaah daily.

– Stay in good, pious company,

– Adopt the dress of the Sawliheen (the pious). Keep the beard one fist length and the pants above the ankles.

– Lower the gaze from haraam. By protecting the gaze, the heart and mind will be protected, InshaAllah; and the person will lead a chaste life.

– Guard the heart from Haraam.

– Read good literature and listen to good talks. InshaAllah you will be protected

– Make a lot of istighfaar and taubah over shortcomings and weaknesses.

  1. It is generally bad company and exposure to bad reading material or media (such as the internet, mxit, facebook, magazines, novels with an immoral content, etc) that result in a lot of spiritual harm and damage. So be very cautious not to get caught up in what will lead to and even trap in sins.
  2. Read the articles: Giving up sinsGiving up Haraam Fantasizing and Lowering the Gaze. InshaAllah, they will offer benefit and guidance in overcoming the weakness.
  3. If you have the opportunity, then attend or listen to the weekly programmes. These are also audio-streamed. Alhamdulillah, many young people, in different parts of the world, find the weekly advices a means of protection for them.
  4. We are all vulnerable to sin and whilst we have to make an effort to protect ourselves from sins, we have to continuously make du‘aa that Allah ﷻ grants us His special protection, grant us courage, as well as His mercy and forgiveness.

Was Salaamu ‘alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh

Yunus Patel (Maulana)

– Taken from www.ibnuabbaas.co.za

Brief life sketch of Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel (RA) by Hazrat Ml. Dawood (DB)

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(Below is a brief life sketch of Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه, covering Hazrat’s academic studies, Hazrat’s experience with Hajee Bhai Padia رحمة الله عليه and the story behind the establishment of Hazrat’s girls madrassah – Masjid-e-Noor. This life sketch was penned by Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله approximately one year before his demise)

28 Jamad-as-Thani 1431 AH  corresponding to  12 June 2010

All praise is due to Allah ﷻ who created man, gave him the gift of expression and revealed for him the Holy Quran that Divine Book which is a source of advice, healing, guidance and mercy for those who have faith.  Abundant and perfect salutations be on Muhammad Rasulullah  صلي الله عليه وسلم, the personality who is the best of all creation, whose Nur illuminated the hearts of people whose appearance was a bounty for the whole universe. Peace be upon His Descendants and Companions and upon all the believers.

The annals of Islamic history are filled with accounts of the lives of the pious.  It is from these carefully documented extracts from the life of Rasulullah  صلي الله عليه وسلم all the way down to the personalities of the present era, that Muslims have always drawn inspiration and guidance.  Alhumdulillah, our history has no shortage of those who have served this Deen by preserving the lives of the pious in its most pristine form.

When reading the autobiography of Hazrat Shaikh Zakariyah (RA) Aap Beeti, my awe and inspiration for this great Qutb increased many folds.  We are often fortunate to hear his many kitaabs being read as daily taleem in the home and Musjid, but the true understanding of the greatness of this Wali-Allah (friend of Allah ﷻ) only penetrates our hearts when we undertake a detailed study of his life.  It is only when we delve into the depths of the lives of the Auliya (pious servants of Allah ﷻ) that we are able to truly understand and appreciate the lofty heights that they had reached.

After reading his autobiography, the desire arose in my heart to undertake a similar project of documenting key points in the life of my beloved and honoured Sheikh, Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (RA).  This is not an official biography but rather the assembling of a variety of incidents in the life of Hazrat (RA) which will, Insha Allah, inspire us all to attain the muhabbat (love) of Allah ﷻ and Nabi ﷺ in our hearts.

WHY SHOULD WE STUDY THE LIVES OF OUR AKAABIREEN?

I have already discussed what prompted me to embark on this epic journey of documenting certain aspects of Hazrat’s (RA) life.  After speaking to some of Hazrat’s (RA) close friends and mureeds (spiritual disciples), the thought occurred to me that I should perhaps write a brief note on the importance of reading this publication.

Thousands of people have either sat in or listened to Hazrat’s (RA) majaalis over the past years.  Almost everyone has been affected in some way or other by these programmes.  This is the pattern of our akaabireen.  Irrespective of how hard they try to seclude themselves and remain unknown, Allah ﷻ softens the hearts of mankind towards them and make them fountains of spiritual guidance.  Time does not permit me to go into detail regarding the various people I have spoken to and the impact Hazrat (RA) has had in their lives.

The question we are then forced to ask ourselves is what is it that attracts us so strongly to Hazrat (RA).  There is no money nor food being distributed via his programmes nor is anyone given any major government contracts or special business deals by virtue of their association with Hazrat  (RA).  The only way we can answer this question is to undertake a detailed study of Hazrat’s (RA) life so that we may be able to extract those pearls and gems which have shaped him through the course of time.  It is these incidents which are little in nature but enormous in lesson that have cultured Hazrat’s (RA) heart into a spiritual reservoir.

In reading these incidents we will Insha Allah be exposed to various sifaat (qualities) in Hazrat’s (RA) life such as generosity, compassion, selflessness, kindness and consideration.  These are the noble qualities of all the Ambiyaa (Prophets) and pious servants of Allah ﷻ.

We are sometimes only able to appreciate the advises of an individual when we understand his background.  The Ustaadh (lecturer) commands greater respect when the students are aware that he himself was an excellent student.  In the same way we will Insha Allah be able to implement the akhlaaqi (character related) and islaahi (spiritual) advices of Hazrat (RA) when we become aware of his own impeccable behaviour and character.

LIFE SKETCH

An overview of Hazrat’s (RA) life has been given in various places to date.  It has been discussed often during the majaalis.  Maulana Moosa Olga (damat barakaatuhum) has also accurately reproduced it in his account of the life of Hajee Bhai Padia (RA).  Most recently Hazrat (RA) gave a heart rendering account of his life in an interview with Channel Islam.  The material from these various sources has been put together here so that the reader may be able to place the incidents in this publication in context.

Hazrat (RA) spent his early childhood days in the town of Stanger, KwaZulu Natal.  This town is approximately 60km to the north of Durban. Hazrat’s (RA) initial days in Grade 1 were spent in a missionary school due to other schools being far away from his residence. Hazrat’s (RA) beloved father once heard the children imitating one of the Christian hymns that they were taught at school.  He became extremely perturbed and immediately had the children transferred to another school.

Alhumdulillah, Hazrat (RA) was blessed with intelligence and always came in the first or second position in class from primary school through to high school.   Due to Hazrat’s  (RA) remarkable grades, it was expected that he would further his tertiary studies and become a teacher or a doctor.  Allah ﷻ however had another plan.  How could the intelligence and brilliance of this luminary scholar be wasted on trivial worldy pursuits?  Allah ﷻ is the Supreme architect of everything and He had a great plan for Hazrat’s (RA) future.  Due to the intense apartheid struggle at the time, the government chose to fail 60 of the 90 students in the Grade 11 (Standard 9) class in order to prevent them from proceeding to the matric class.  Naturally, Hazrat (RA) was extremely disappointed.

On the very day that Hazrat’s (RA) results were released, he saw a poster on a billboard in town stating that Hajee Bhai Padia (RA) had just returned from India and would be delivering a lecture in the Grey (Dr Yusuf Dadoo) Street musjid in Durban.  Hazrat (RA) attended the lecture.  Hajee Bhai Padia (RA) delivered the lecture in Urdu and then made tashkeel (invitation to join the jamaat) in English.  Hazrat (RA) had barely understood a single word of the lecture.  Something however stirred in his compassionate heart and he felt pitty for Hajee Saheb (RA).

Hazrat (RA) mentioned that he thought to himself that here was a man who was so passionate about  inviting people towards Islam and pleaded to them to assist yet no one was willing to help.  Subhanallah.  This sifat (quality) of compassion and love was not something that was taught to Hazrat (RA) in a Darul Uloom.  It was engrained in his heart and has been one of the salient and most attractive attributes that draws people towards him.

Hazrat (RA) was one of the three people who accepted Hajee Saheb’s (RA) invitation and proceeded to spend the night with Hajee Saheb (RA) in the musjid.  It was an extremely uncommon practice at that time for people to stay in the musjid except for performing I’tikaaf (seclusion) in Ramadaan.  It was also an extremely cold and windy night.

Due to these factors, Hazrat (RA) could barely fall asleep.  At about 2am Hazrat (RA noticed that Hajee Saheb  (RA) awoke, made wudhu and proceeded to perform tahajjud (night prayers).  Thereafter for approximately two hours, Hajee Saheb (RA) wept bitterly before Allah ﷻ over the plight of the Ummah.  Hajee Saheb (RA) made dua in Gujarati and Hazrat (RA) who was pretending to be asleep, was able to understand fully.

Hajee Saheb  (RA) also made fervent dua for the well being of Hazrat (RA).  Alhumdulillah it is these duas that have been instrumental in paving the way for Hazrat’s  (RA) ascension to such lofty heights of spirituality. Hazrat (رحمه الله) then joined Hajee Saheb (RA) on a tour of South Africa as part of the first jamaat.  They went to various towns in KwaZulu Natal, Transvaal and Cape in order to invite people towards Islam through the blessed work of Tabligh.  This was a time when the work of Tabligh was unknown in South Africa.  Never had a jamaat gone out in South Africa nor had any gusht taken place.  There was no taleem in the masaajid nor did anyone spend any time in the path of Allah ﷻ.

During the December holidays, Hajee Saheb (RA) encouraged Hazrat (RA) to go to Darul Uloom Deoband to become an Aalim.  Hazrat (RA accepted this invitation on the advice of his late father and grandfather and thus proceeded by ship with 55 others to India to become an Aalim. Upon his return from India 7 years later, Hazrat (RA) took up a post as an Imaam in Mooi River, KwaZulu Natal.  At that time, there were very few Ulama in that area.  The salary was minimal and for approximately four and a half years, Hazrat (RA) was unable to afford a car.  In order to visit his family in Stanger, Hazrat (RA) had to stand on the side of the highway with his wife and children in order to get a lift.  Despite these hardships, Hazrat (RA) promised the community that he would not leave them except if there was more Islamic work that needed to be done somewhere else or for health reasons.

It was from this time that Hazrat (RA) had absolutely no attachment to the material comforts of this world.  Many years thereafter, Hazrat (RA) moved to Asherville in Durban.  He accepted no salary from the Musjid or Madrasah.  No profits were taken from the thousands of copies of tapes and cd’s that were sold at the Musjid tape library.  Not a cent was accepted from the many kitaabs published under Hazrat’s (RA) name.  In fact the kitaabs were published on the express condition that they must be distributed free of charge.  It is this attitude that represents Hazrat’s (RA) unwavering sincerity in the service of Islam and the community.  There are no ulterior motives nor was Hazrat’s (RA) judgment ever impaired by financial objectives.

In the early 1980’s Hazrat (RA) moved to Asherville in Durban where Musjid-e-Noor was established. Hazrat (RA) had been based at this musjid ever since. A girls madrasah, Mudrasatus-Sawlehaat was also established in the area. The madrasah was established to provide the correct tarbiyah (upbringing) for Muslim girls in the community.

The story behind the establishment of the madrasah is an amazing one.  A mother once came to Hazrat (RA) complaining that her daughter did not want to perform salaah.  Despite the home environment being deeni inclined and the correct Islamic education being provided to the child, the girl simply did not perform her salaah.  The girl was then attending the Durban Indian Girl’s High School.

Hazrat (RA) called the girl in for consultation and questioned her about the problem.  The girl replied that her science teacher had convinced her that God did not exist.  Imagine a girl, born a Muslim, raised in a Muslim home with the necessary Islamic education rejecting the very existence of Allah ﷻ. This incident deeply affected Hazrat (RA). He realised the dangers of the current education system and the exposure of the Muslim females to such institutions.  Hazrat (RA) therefore resolved to establish an institution which would provide basic western education within the correct Islamic environment while maintaining the respect and correct belief system of the young girls of the community.  After all, these girls were soon going to become mothers and would form the nucleus of the future community.

As discussed earlier, the intention behind this section was merely to highlight some key aspects in Hazrat’s (RA) life.  It is by no means a detailed account of his life but rather the tip of an enormous iceberg.  To write a comprehensive biography of Hazrat (RA) would require a lifetime.  It would also require an author who is fit for such a magnanimous task.

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