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When Aishah (RA) lost her necklace

The Prophet ﷺ and an army of Muslims were once travelling home, when Maa Aishah رضي الله عنها lost her necklace. Nabi ﷺ and the army stopped at a place called Baydaa to search for it. However, it was nowhere to be seen. Before we continue, just look at His exemplary character. Continue reading

A truck transporting pigs: An example from Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel (RA)

This post was written by Hazrat not the admin of this website. It was featured in the al-noor magazine.

Many people become perturbed when the thought of sinning comes to mind. We must remember that the mind is like the national highway. While traveling on the highway we sometimes pass some nice vehicles and at times, we pass a truck that is transporting pigs. Now when we find ourselves behind such a truck, we don’t have to be perturbed or get off the highway. All we have to do is indicate, (change lanes), accelerate and carry on. Continue reading

Planning a bright future for your children

Nowadays, many parents prepare their children for a bright future in this world, by sending them to school and ensuring their child is excelling. Yet, they do not prepare their children for a bright future in the hereafter, by bringing their sons to the Masjid for Salah, or encouraging their daughters to dress modestly. Many men come for Salah but leave their boys at home. It is unfortunate that our love is so shallow, it is only limited to this worldly life. We are only concerned about their worldly success. What about the hereafter, where your child will live forever? Are you not concerned about what will happen to your child once they die?

This attitude is akin to taking your child to the highway, helping them cross through one lane and then leaving them to cross the rest of the highway on their own. How will the child pass when there are trucks and cars speeding past? How can we have the heart to help them cross just one lane and leave them to cross the rest on their own? This is how we are. We worry about how they will cross this bridge of life, but we do not care about how they will cross the Sirat bridge in the hereafter. This bridge is thinner than a hair and sharper than a knife. Only believers will be able to cross it and reach Jannah. We must ask ourselves; are we equipping our children with the faith required to cross this bridge, which will determine their destiny?

May Allah enable us to fulfill our duty as parents, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 19/09/17 in Masjid Hamza, Effingham Heights, Durban. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

3 examples of pious people who tried their best in difficult situations

What happens in life is ghair ikhtiyaar (not within our control), nor will we be held accountable for it. But how we react is within our ikhtiyaar (control), and we will be held accountable for it. Difficult moments are a test from Allah. When we are faced with one, we should not blame ourselves and question why it has happened, as that has no benefit. Rather, we should handle them in a manner pleasing to Allah, for that will be beneficial for our worldly life and the hereafter.

Shaikhul Hind, Mahmud Al-Hasan رحمة الله عليه was wrongly imprisoned in Malta. Every Jumah, he would make whudu, walk to the prison gate and then walk back to his cell. His fellow inmates enquired about this strange practise, to which he responded that I know I cannot leave and go for Jumah Salah. However, walking to the gate is in my ikhtiyaar. Leaving the prison is not, so I do what is in my ikhtiyar and leave the rest to Allah.

On another occasion, he asked the guards to bring an animal into the prison for Qurbani. The inmates laughed at his idea, saying that the guards will never listen to you. To their surprise, the guards did. As requested, they provided him with an animal and Shaikhul Hind was able to do his Qurbani.

While Ibrahim عليه السلام and Sara عليها السلام were travelling, they passed through the land of a king who used to interfere with women that travelled through his land. Ibrahim عليه السلام could not control the King, but he could make dua to the King of all kings. Therefore, they both turned to Allah for help and the King had no power to harm her.

Yusuf عليه السلام was faced with a situation where Zulaikha tried to seduce him in her personal quarters. He at the time was a mere slave, and she was the master’s wife. She called Yusuf عليه السلام to her room. Once he entered, she locked the doors and seduced him. This situation was ghair ikhtiyaari, however, his response was ikhtiyaari. Fearing accountability, he sprinted towards the doors. They were locked but as He neared, Allah opened the doors for him.

Therefore, do what you can rather than worrying about what you cannot do. In that process, if you face hardships and the way out seems closed, continue running towards the exit anyway. Because you and Yusuf عليه السلام have the same Allah Ta’ala.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 27/11/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

Lessons from a Monkey, Moth and a Bird

I was walking with my children a few days ago and we came across a monkey. A moth flew into his hands and began hopping around until eventually, the monkey caught him in its grip. He was ready to devour the moth but suddenly his grip loosened, and the moth flew away. The moth began soaring high into the sky. The monkey jumped behind trying to catch him, but he was too high to reach. Just then, a bird came flying in that direction. The moth literally flew into the bird’s mouth and thus, the bird had his meal for the day.

From this little incident we can extract many valuable life lessons. In the search for wealth we are often like that monkey. We jump behind many opportunities to make as much money as possible, taking on our shoulders far more than we can bear. Understand no matter how hard you try, if it is not decreed for you, you will never acquire it. Just like the moth that flew right out of the monkey’s grip. So, do not be so hard on yourself.

In contrast, the bird did not exert any effort, yet his food flew right into his mouth. A little while later the monkey searched the bins and found something to eat. Therefore, never become despondent. Your efforts never go in vain. Perhaps Allah has also decreed your sustenance elsewhere. His treasures are unlimited, and He always has something in store for you.

To acquire it, we should not allow ourselves to be humiliated in our jobs. Some of us have bosses who swear and shout whilst we work like slaves for them. This is not what Allah wants from us, He does not expect us to endure humiliation. If you are not respected as a human being where you work, search for work elsewhere. On the other hand, never be the one to humiliate those that work for you. You are not paying them, Allah is paying them via you so be kind.

The second lesson we can learn is on perspective. When the moth was trapped in the hand of the monkey, it appeared that he would be eaten in his hands. Whereas in reality, he was safe there. As soon as he flew out he thought he had acquired freedom. Little did he realise, he was flying to his death. Likewise, we often find ourselves trapped in the hands of difficulty. The measures we take to come out of it must always conform with Shariah. If it does, then know that you have pleased Allah and this temporary difficulty of yours will be a means of permanent ease in the hereafter. However, if it does not, then no matter how free we may seem death will eventually catch us out.

For example, in a financial problem it is impermissible to take a loan with interest. Those that do may seem to be flying high financially with a stable home and job. Little do they realise; the angel of death is waiting, and this financial freedom will eventually lead to destruction. Therefore, do not fall in love with mere worldly delights. Know that nothing is fool proof in life, never be too sure of yourself or your means. Understand that life will be full of tests, do not reduce yourself or sacrifice your faith to come out of them. Rather, adopt dignified means coupled with reliance in the almighty, and your tests will soon turn into blessings in disguise.

May Allah make it so, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 31/10/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. 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.


Humble yourself before Allah, He will forgive you


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.)

The power of the Mind


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Imam Ghazali رحمة الله عليه said that the mind/intellect has to be the king in the body, and anger/desires must be the servants. So if for example one’s desires are running wild towards the impermissible, the king must instruct his anger to arrest that desire. One’s intellect must question that if I were to carry out this desire of mine, what would the consequences be? If it’s negative, I cannot continue with this desire, and if it’s positive, then I can carry it out.

If the intellect does not command anger to arrest desire, then the same intellect will be used by desire to commit wrong. Do you not see how a teenager who wishes to go out for some wrongdoing, completely bluffs his father with a clever, concocted story? He is able to do this because the king has been made the slave of the servant.

Our emotions must be controlled by our intellect, and our intellect must be bound by the Shariah. When this principle is firmly in place, our lives will become peaceful and our hearts will become inclined towards dhikrullah. But when there is a weakness in this, then we will become like animals in our behaviour: out of control and unpredictable.

The companion of the Prophet ﷺ, Abu Talha رضي الله عنه, once embarked on a journey, leaving his wife and baby at home. On his way back home, his baby passed away.  Let us analyse the situation before continuing; her baby was alive before he left, and now, he has passed away. I ask you, what does her emotions want to do as soon as her husband enters the home? This is her husband: The one who she shares her child with. She can stand strong the whole time but when he comes home, she is just waiting to fall in his arms, looking for strength in him. Ready to break down. But you see she had Imaan, so she controlled it. Her intellect instructed her emotions that no, you will not break down like that because when he returns, whether you tell him immediately or after a few hours, it will not make any difference. The baby has passed away, he has moved on. If you tell him immediately he will not eat, or fulfil his desire out of sadness.

She understood this because she thought logically, deciding with her intellect rather than her emotions. So when he eventually returned home and enquired that how is the child? She simply replied that he is better than before. She proceeded to serve him food and she fulfilled his conjugal rights. After he was at ease, she was still contemplating how to soften the blow for him. So she began by posing a question. She asked him that if someone borrows something from a family, and that family asks for it back, can that person refuse to return it? Her husband replied that no, he cannot refuse like that. She responded saying that our child was a gift from Allah. Now, Allah has taken our child back.

Her composure and mannerisms at such a devastating point in her life, really reflects her high level of piety and trust in Allah. She did not act on her emotions and likewise, we should learn to not act on our emotions or anger either. Control it, do not be controlled by it.

Often, saalikeen remark that I am not in the mood to make dhikr. I feel like I will fall into sin, I am so tempted. My response is that these problems will continuously occur, it is natural. But if we keep the king in charge, we will manage to overcome such temptations. Look at a person who works at a shop or the CEO of a business firm. Some days he will feel energetic at work, other days he will feel lethargic. But can he allow these ‘feelings’ to dictate how much work he completes in the day? No, not really because he has to finish his paperwork or organise his files, so he will exert himself whether he likes it or not. Work is work, it needs to get done. Deen is deen, it needs to be followed.

Hazrat Maulana Maseehullah Khan رحمة الله عليه would say that we undermine the strength of the mind. We undermine the power of it. A hunter who owns a horse and a dog will train them both until they become submissive, attacking and running only at his command. The hunter will control them both and that is how the mind should be. The intellect holds the reins of our emotions in its hands, and they will move in accordance to its instructions.

Sometimes when you go to the park, you come across a man who is taking his dog for a walk, but it looks like the dog is taking him for a walk. The dog is running wild in every direction and he is running behind it, whilst the leash is tangling around his hands. Whereas a trained dog will walk submissively behind its master, even if other dogs bark at it, it will still remain focused.

Likewise, the nafs needs to be trained, our desires needs to be reined in, our anger needs to be put on a leash and our intellect must be in control. Once we master this, only then will we be able to live in harmony with ourselves and those around us, displaying good character in all situations as a believer should.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s Seerah majlis on 23/2/2017. To listen to the full audio, please click here.)

Coping with Life Challenges and Stress

coping with life challenges and stresses

Life is full of tests and challenges. There are times when it will upset us or it will not go our way. Look at Nabi ﷺ, when Allah asked him to stand on Mount Safa to give dawah for the first time in his life. He must have put so much thought and effort into preparing his first speech, but the people dispersed and ignored his call. Was this the reaction Nabi ﷺ was hoping for, or was it the total opposite? He tried so hard yet it did not go according to plan, the people refused to listen. At another stage in his life, He invited His whole family over for a meal and before they left, he invited them to Islam. He asked them that who will help me? No-one responded except Hazrat Ali رضي الله عنه.

Yet again, His efforts did not go according to plan. In Taaif He was stoned by the street urchins until He bled. He experienced boycotts against Him, moments when there was no food at home, loved ones passing away including His own children whom He buried with his own hands. A time came when He even got upset with His wives and separated from them for a month!

The point that I am trying to make is that the conditions of life will not be favourable at all times. However, as Muslims, our character is expected to be favourable at all times. We must be patient with the trials of life. Some days life will go well, other days it will not. When you return home, some days your favourite meal will be ready on the table, other days you may return hungry or in a hurry, but the food is still getting cooked.

Regardless of the situation, we are expected to rise above and display good manners. And who expects this from us? Allah himself. And how do we manage to act favourably during a difficult moment? How is it possible? By being in love with Allah. One who is in love remains unaffected because he is on cloud nine. He is so immersed in his own happiness that nothing can phase him.

When we have deep hearted love for Allah, he will rectify our hearts. Then in Salah, tilaawat and dhikr, we will feel peaceful and tranquil. This tranquillity immunizes the heart against all the adversities taking place. Now, though adversities will continue to occur, he will be able to manage due to the peace emanating from his heart.

However, when we remove religion from our lives, all of sudden, everything and anything becomes a cause of sadness for us. These adversities were happening all along but now we are feeling it because we forgot to take our immunization. If we neglect deen, our spiritual arteries become clogged, our hearts suffer, we no longer experience peace inside and therefore everything begins to irritate, upset or hurt us.

But when our relationship with Allah is strong, our spiritual arteries become unblocked and the noor of ibadah will light up our lives. When one is in a game park where predators are roaming freely, then one will not be seen strolling casually. However, in a zoo where the predators are caged, notice how people stroll through relaxed, calm and happy with an ice cream in their hands and a smile upon their faces. Because in this zoo, he knows that there are walls and cages. Therefore, although he is in the midst of predators he remains peaceful because he knows that they cannot affect him.

Likewise is the case of a believer. We all face adversities which prey on our weaknesses, but those who are immunized are unaffected. They stroll cheerfully down the thorniest of paths because the thorns cannot affect him. Whereas those who neglect deen neglect their own souls until every trail causes restlessness and worry.

Allah gave us dhikr and Salah for our own benefit and spiritual nourishment, they have great worldly benefits too. Nabi ﷺ said that the coolness of my eyes is Salah. That is a property of Salah, provided the Salah is performed properly. When one wakes up for Fajr and speaks to Allah, makes dua and reads the Quran, by the time morning comes he is mentally ready to face the jungle (i.e. work). Slowly he loses his stamina and by the time Zuhr Salah comes in, he cannot take it anymore.

Now he needs to reset, he needs a detox to refresh himself and get his sanity back. So he goes to pray Zuhr. Now he returns to the jungle again, mentally equipped and ready to work. But again he loses himself, so he returns to the Masjid for Asr. In the evenings at home, the day-to-day pressure of family life can be difficult to bear but rather than losing himself by displaying anger and bad character, yet again he returns to Allah for Maghrib and Ishaa.

A lady’s situation is similar. Every day brings with it a series of challenges, but praying Salah in the way it should be prayed will enable us to cope. Rather than losing it she also turns to Allah, her first love. She turns to Allah, He turns to Allah and Allah sees both, He sees that they are both turning towards him. So now Allah cements their hearts together.

This is deen: a soothing balm for hearts blistered with sins, an oasis for travellers of the spiritual world, ever-ready to quench our thirst for peace, ever-ready to calm our worries, silence our fears and eliminate our stresses, but we lack the sight to see it, the ability to recognise it and the motivation to act upon it. May Allah enable us to return to Him and to realise the reality of life, Aameen.

— Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s dhikr majlis yesterday. Once the full audio is uploaded on taqwa.co we will link it here inshaAllah.)

The importance of accepting deen in totality


When an enemy invades a country, they try to control the airbase and airport first. This is done in an attempt to prevent medical, military and emergency aid from entering into the land. If they are successful, the people within this land will become trapped and deprived of possible aid and supplies. Now, the enemy has officially taken over. Now, the enemy can easily bring in their own weaponry and people to defeat the country.

Similarly, Allah promises us aid in the form of ‘sakeenah’, which means peace. But often this sakeenah cannot land in the hearts of believers, because shaytan has taken over the airport of heart. We are no longer at peace. In an attempt to regain a sense of contentment, we begin following the ways of the kuffar. We start dressing like them, conducting our weddings like them, and then we call these weddings “walimas”. We are making a mockery of this deen of Allah. How can we sit comfortably in a walima like this, knowing the sunnah is being trampled upon?

It is because the heart is taken over. Our heart is in the hand of shaytan, so he gives us comfort in that which would have caused the pious discomfort. Sakeenah is not landing, Iman is not increasing and deen is not giving us peace. So how do we regain peace and control over our heart? By entering deen into totality. A believer will only find happiness and contentment when he turns to deen in totality. We cannot accept deen part time, we have to accept it full time.

Sometimes when our environment changes, our attitude towards deen changes too. A young person may have committed certain sins with his old friends but as he enters into adulthood, he gives up his past sins and Allah guides him to the straight path. Now after a while when he meets up with these old friends; all of the sudden, he feels that he must play the role that he played the last time he was with them. All of a sudden, he feels that he cannot practise deen and be the person Allah has allowed him to grow into.

Allah has allowed him to become a better believer, but they do not know that..so he thinks that I will just behave like them. I need to have those conversations we used to have again. I need to do what we used to do again. This is foolishness. One minute we behave one way, the next minute we behave another way; that is the job of a chameleon, not a Muslim! If we made mistakes in the past, then that is history. Why do we feel obliged to dig up our past, and change our behaviour depending on our company?

Do we worry that people will assume us pious? I was telling my young friends today, that we will travel to Estcourt straight after maghrib Salah, rather than staying behind in the masjid to read Quran. However as we travel, there is plenty of time to read your Quran. But shaytan will make us think that my friends are here and they are all talking, how can I be reading the Quran, when they want to talk to me?

You are worried about your friends but the day you die, they will not enter your grave with you. However, those extra Quran Sharif pages will. Your conversations with them will not come into any assistance, but your conversations with Allah will. They may think you are displaying piety, let them think that, let people pass comments. People passed comments on Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم, often they were very negative. So what makes us think we will be spared?

If such negative comments were made against our sons, even if they were untrue we would still hide it. Allah loves Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم more than we love our own sons, yet, Allah does not hide these negative comments. He explicitly mentions them in the Quran for us to read. Why? To teach us a profound lesson; do not waste your time by worrying about the opinion of others, rather, invest your time by worrying about the opinion of Allah. As ultimately when we enter the home of the grave, people will not save us, only Allah will. So always prioritise Allah. Always.

“And let them not prevent you from Allah’s verses after they are sent down to you, and call [people] to your Lord, and never become one of those who associate partners with Allah.” (Surah Qassas, ayah 87)

May Allah allow us to enter deen into totality, and to remain consistent in our adherence to deen, Aameen.

— Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(The above is an extract from a dhikr majlis delivered by Hazrat in Estcourt on 10/5/2016. To listen to the full majlis, please click here. The above picture was taken from ishaatulhaq-linnisaa.co.za)