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Oppression and Injustice

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The hadeeth warns us that for every wrong a person commits, he will have to face the consequence of it in the Hereafter. However, there are two such wrongs that their consequences befall a person in this very earthly life. One is disobedience to parents and the other is zulm (oppression).

There are many instances where employers oppressed and ill treated their employees and faced the consequences of their injustice in this very life. There was a person who owned more than twenty shops but now, he is employed by one of his previous employees. This is as a result of the injustice meted out to one’s employees and staff. We have to be very careful about this.

Practising on the Entire Deen

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) selected five Ahaadith from five hundred thousand Ahaadith. These five Ahaadith are such that through practising on them, one will be practising on the entire Deen.

After Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), Imaam Abu Dawood (rahimahullah) selected four thousand eight hundred Ahaadith from five hundred thousand Ahaadith and compiled them into his kitaab, Sunan Abi Dawood. From these Ahaadith four thousand eight hundred Ahaadith which he compiled into his kitaab, he selected four Ahaadith and stated that the one who practises on them will be practising upon the entire Deen. All these four Ahaadith are among the five Ahaadith that Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) had selected. Imaam Abu Dawood (rahimahullah) did not select the fifth Hadith as he understood that the meaning of the fifth Hadith can be included in the other four Ahaadith.

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) passed away in the year 150 A.H. Imaam Abu Dawood (rahimahullah) was born fifty two years later, in the year 202 A.H. From this, it seems possible that Imaam Abu Dawood (rahimahullah) had taken this view from Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah).

These four Ahaadith are:

إنما الأعمال بالنيات إلخ

(The acceptance of) all actions are based on the intentions (with which the actions were carried out).

لا يكون المؤمن مؤمنا حتى يرضى لأخيه ما يرضى لنفسه

One will not be a true believer until he wishes for his brother that which he wishes for himself.

من حسن إسلام المرأ تركه ما لايعنيه

From the beauty of a person’s Islam is that he leaves out that which does not concern him.

الحلال بين والحرام بين وبينهما مشبهات لا يعلمها كثير من الناس فمن اتقى المشبها استبرأ لدينه وعرضه إلخ

Halaal is clear and haraam is clear, and between the halaal and haraam are such things which are doubtful and many people do not know it. The one who abstains from these doubtful things will protect his Deen and his honor.

(Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 94-97)

The Sacred Months of the Year

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

In principle, the Qur‘aan and hadeeth do not discuss matters of physics or geography etc. If there is any aayat or hadeeth in this regard then it is not for the purpose of explaining any aspect of physics, instead it is on account of the shar‘ee law that is related to it. For example, the year having twelve months etc. is discussed because of the shar‘ee laws of Hajj, fasting, zakaat etc. that are linked to it.

Among these twelve months there are four that are sacred in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala. They are Zul Qa’dah, Zul Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab. In the past, it was impermissible to wage war during these months. Hence, the mushrikeen would refrain from commencing any war during this time. However, if a war was still ongoing and these months began, they would alternate the months and move the month to another part of the year so that the war could be completed.

If we compare ourselves to the mushrikeen of that era then there is no difference between them and us. We do the very same when it comes to matters of halaal and haraam. Where it goes against our desires, we are ready to change and adjust deen.

The Formula for Subjugating the Entire Universe

A businessman from Delhi once joined the Tableegh Jamaat and travelled to Sindh. On his return, he gave a report back to Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) of the manner in which the work was carried out. Thereupon, Hazrat Moulana mentioned the following:

“Friends! This work which Allah Ta’ala has blessed us with (of striving in the path of Allah Ta’ala and inviting people towards Deen) is a formula for subjugating the entire universe. The one who becomes loyal to Allah Ta’ala, Allah Ta’ala makes everything work out for him. If you continue to fulfil Allah Ta’ala’s commandments and remain obedient to Him, He will cause the sky, the earth, the winds and everything in the universe to be subservient to you. When you have made such sacrifices, that you have left your homes and businesses to come out in the path of Allah Ta’ala, you will witness, with your own eyes, the immense barakah that Allah Ta’ala will bless you with in your lives and businesses. Continue to serve the Deen of Allah Ta’ala and have hope in receiving His Divine help and mercy. Never ever lose hope in His Divine help and mercy. The one who loses hope in Allah Ta’ala’s Divine help and mercy is a sinner and a total loser in the sight of Allah Ta’ala.” (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 90)

Associating with People

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

I do not, of my own accord, associate with the wealthy. However, if they associate with me, then I fulfil their needs and do not turn away from them. Many a wealthy person is such that when someone wishes to meet and associate with him, he gets the impression that the person wishes to associate with him on account of his wealth. On the contrary, if one merely speaks kindly to the poor, many of them are appreciative of the kind treatment shown to them and feel obliged towards you. (Malfoozaat Husnul Azeez pg. 218)