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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.)

Be wary of whom you take your deen from

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Be wary of whom you take your deen from

Introductory Note: On the 22nd of August 2017 a marriage conference was held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. Scholars flew in from all over the world to give speeches. The conference was branded as Islamic. However, on the day many laws of the Shariah were violated. This includes free-mixing, acts in which very dirty jokes were made, insults towards the marriage of Nabi ﷺ and utter disrespect towards the noble Abu Hurairah (RA).

In this talk, Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat (DB) spoke about these violations and their great, long-term consequences. Hazrat also made mention of the Eidgah in Durban and the Ship cruise. The commonality between all three events is the modernisation of deen caused by lack of ilm and not seeking the guidance of true, upright Scholars. This modernisation is a global problem. The primary advice contained in this transcript deals with the causes of modernisation and how to combat them in light of the Sunnah. Hazrat further speaks about whom we can take our deen from and whom we should avoid, making this transcript one that is applicable to all.

Lastly, any mistakes are the error of the compiler for which I seek Allah’s forgiveness and the reader’s pardon. May Allah accept Hazrat’s work and efforts, aameen.

 

Dealing with trials and the way out

A friend of mine went fishing and managed to hook a big fish. However, he could not pick it up with his rod so someone came to help him. They held the line together and pulled it out but suddenly, the rod snapped and the fish fell back into the water. I told my friend that in this, lies a great lesson. Look at the situation from the point of view of the fish. Whilst swimming, all of a sudden it is pulled in a direction that it is not swimming towards. The fish understands that there is a problem here so it tries to swim and set itself free, but it fails and now it is pulled out of the water.

Unable to breathe or swim, the fish has reached a point of despair. Survival seems absolutely impossible. However, Allah decreed life for that fish so the line snapped and all of a sudden, the fish got its freedom back. This is the cycle of a trial. On a spiritual level, nafs and shaytaan are constantly pulling us towards sin. Together their pull can become so strong that our attempts to escape go in vain. Once they get a grip on your spiritual heart they will try to suffocate it but if you remember Allah, He will cause their rope to snap in seconds and immerse you back into the waters of ease. When we are faced with a difficulty in life too, sometimes no matter how hard we try there seems to be no way out. Life goes on but the trial continues to weaken and hurt us. During such moments hold onto Allah, remember Him and take heed of His comforting promise that “whoever fears Allah, He will make a way out for him and he will provide for Him from places he did not expect”.

Every creation is a masterpiece handmade by Allah. He is here to help us and when that mighty help of Allah descends, though your world may seem bleak now, your fate can and will change instantly. Just like the rainbow comes after the rain, the sweetness of ease will always come after the bitterness of hardship. There was a famous man in the time of Umar  رضي الله عنه who used to play the harp and sing in a melodious, beautiful voice. Crowds of people would gather around him to hear him sing, so he was used to fame and attention. However as time went on, he aged. His looks faded away and his ability to sing slowly faded away too. That is the nature life, a motorcar that was once the talk of the town causing heads to turn every time it drove past, a few years later, that motor car is thrown in the scrap yard because now there’s a new motor car that has stolen the limelight. We too may live in the limelight for a while but once our talents are no more, we too will be forgotten.

The only people that are remembered are the people of Allah. For example, there are many who have passed away years ago but their Islamic books are still read today and thus, they are still remembered on earth. However, those whose talents are restricted to just worldly earnings, they will be forgotten as the world moves on to a new craze. So this old man, as his looks and talents faded away his fame did too. He became saddened so one night he went to the graveyard, entered an empty grave and laid there waiting for death to come. His entire life was spent in disobedience so far but now he made a change and spoke to Allah, seeking his refuge and forgiveness. That same night Umar  رضي الله عنه had a dream. He was told to wake up because there is a servant of Allah who is in a difficult position in the graveyard. Give him food, shelter him and take care of him.

Imagine his situation, everyone that once loved him deserted him. No-one wants to hear his voice anymore or see his fingers stroke the strings of the harp. In that condition, he raised his fragile hands and with a coarse, broken voice, he sought help from Allah. Despite those years of disobedience, Allah answered him in the most beautiful of ways.

Therefore, from this story we learn that we must have hope in Allah at all times. Disconnect from sins, connect to Allah and maintain that connection. He is the friend of those who believe and like the loving Friend he is, He will take you out of darkness into a light that will light your path. Allah himself is light, guided are those who seek His light and then fortunate become those who are blessed to see the light of His countenance.

May we be amongst them, Aameen.

— Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above in an extract from Hazrat’s bayan on 22/07/17. To listen to the full audio, please click here.)

Pornography

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(Below is an article by Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه, taken from www.yunuspatel.co.za)

WE ALL KNOW THAT FISH LIVE IN WATER. They generally cannot survive long out of water. However, when fish move towards the surface of the ocean, they become easy catch for fishermen – like we find with the sardine run. People just grab, net and catch sardines from the surface of the water.

And when a fisherman catches a fine fish, he reels it in. He does not throw it back into the sea. Once it is hooked … once it is caught … it is pulled out. …Why? Because fish out of water, when scaled and washed, when ‘masaalaad[1] and fried, tastes nice.

In my Dua, I normally say: O Allah, make us the fish that swim deep down in the ocean of Your Ma’rifat.

Like the fish, the Believer is swimming deep in the safety of Allah Ta’ala’s ocean of love. If he moves towards temptation, he makes an easy and fine catch for shaytaan.

Do we want to become a meal for shaytaan? …Because this is exactly what happens to the heart of the Believer who dashes for the bait of sins: His Imaan is ‘scaled’, his good deeds are ‘washed away’, his heart and soul are ‘marinated’ in darkness and fried in the fire of restlessness – to the delight of shaytaan. Allah Ta’ala forbid that this restless soul has to also one day contend with the fire of Hell.

Many write that they are hooked onto porn films and porn magazines. They fall for the bait which shaytaan tempts them with, get hooked and end up ruining their spiritual, mental and physical health.

Pornography is one of the root causes of insanity.

Those who have the habit of viewing pornography generally do so at night. They spend the day working and the night watching filth. They are overcome with restlessness and are deprived of sleep. Sleep deprivation is a one way ticket to mental instability. In the long-term, the brain is badly damaged, and the person loses his sanity. He ends up in an asylum or shoots himself.

One young brother contacted me saying that he had a porn addiction. He knew it is haraam but said he just could not give up the sin. He would secretly watch pornography, late at night, after the family went to sleep. And then, one night, whilst watching porn, there was a tremor.

The building began to shake and everyone got up, running down the stairs in their pyjamas, running helter skelter, fearing the worst, expecting that was their end. He said that at that time, my Dua hit his heart: “O Allah! Do not let the Angel of death find us in any sin, in gambling, drinking, pornography!”

He immediately made sincere Taubah. But it took a real life shake up to get him to give up the sin. He was fortunate that he was granted the opportunity of repenting, otherwise what would have been the condition, returning to Allah Ta’ala whilst viewing pornography?

I generally give the following reply to those who write saying they are addicted to porn:

Allah Ta’ala forbid, if some criminal has to put a gun to your head, will you say: ‘It is difficult for me to stop watching this porn. I am addicted. Please allow me to watch all these filthy pictures first before you blow my head.’ …Or will you start reading Duas for Allah Ta’ala to protect you?

Similarly, death is following us all. What if the Angel of Death visits at that time to extract your soul? Would you want your life to end while watching porn – because the Angel of Death will not give you time to switch off the computer and make Taubah?

Imagine if you die when viewing pornography. What an embarrassment and disgrace! Thereafter, people will ask – as is common: “How did he die? When? Where? What was he doing?” – Would you like that people say: “He died in front of the computer and he was watching a dirty film.”

Rasulullah ﷺ  was asked: ‘What is Imaan?’

Rasulullah ﷺ  replied: When your good deeds give you happiness and when your evil deeds cause you grief.’[2]

If reading porn magazines, watching filthy movies, being involved in some illicit relationship, drinking, gambling and indulging in other sins does not create any remorse and sorrow and instead we are expressing happiness over sins, where is our Imaan?

One situation is that the person engages in some sin but then genuinely regrets. However, when there is persistence and enjoyment in sins,where is Imaan? Deriving pleasure in Haraam indicates to pollution in the heart. The heart needs to be washed and cleaned with sincere Taubah and needs to be polished with Zikrullah.

At least recognize sin as sin. Detest it. This is Imaan. The person has Imaan if he is feeling unhappy and grieved when he has displeased Allah Ta’ala. Understand that whatever Allah Ta’ala enjoins upon us and forbids us from is in our best interests; for our benefit, advantage, well-being and success.

Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Mubarak رحمة الله عليه who was a great Wali of Allah Ta’ala, summed up the consequences of sins, saying: “I see that sins cause death to the heart and becoming addicted to the sins brings about humiliation and disgrace. On the other hand, abandoning sins gives life to the heart. So it is best for you to disobey the nafs.”

May Allah Ta’ala grant us the Taufeeq to give up all sins and purify our hearts and souls and may Allah Ta’ala grant us death, when He is pleased with us.

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)

Letter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wassalam

(Hazrat Maulana) Dawood Seedat (حفظه الله)

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