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Preserving the Blessings of Ramadhaan

Ramadaan 2Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Just as water brings about life, so too do the blessings of Ramadhaan bring life to the soul. Once it is stored in the soul, fulfilling the orders of Allah Ta‘ala in the remaining months of the year become easy. It is preserved by protecting the inlets to the soul from sins, i.e. the eyes, ears and tongue.  

The Essence of I’tikaaf

ReservedHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The purpose of I’tikaaf is to create mental seclusion with the Beloved (i.e. Allah Ta‘ala). This is the beginning of spiritual progress. The hadeeth says that before nubuwwat, seclusion was made beloved to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The mind has to be completely free from all other worries, concerns, desires and aspirations. Like a reserved parking, the mind doesn’t only need to be paak (pure), but also needs to be reserved solely for Allah Ta‘ala.

Resisting Temptations

Ramadaan 3Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

In this world, different types of temptations are put before us, such as women, wealth, peer pressure, etc. Allah Ta‘ala wants to see our loyalty to Him and our perseverance. This is the test of sabr and this is what Ramadhaan teaches us when we are ordered to resist from permissible temptations in this month. On the other hand, Jannat is a place free from the test of temptations and sabr. 

The Condition for the Acceptance of Du‘aas

acceptance of duaasHazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) writes:

It is necessary to bear in mind that there are certain conditions for the acceptance of du‘aas. In the absence of these conditions, du‘aas may often be rejected. Among these conditions is the consumption of Halaal food. When Haraam is consumed, du‘aas are not accepted. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Many a greatly distressed person raises his hands to the heavens, praying and crying, ‘O Allah! O Allah!’ But his food is Haraam, what he drinks is Haraam and his clothes are of Haraam. In such a case, how can his du‘aa be accepted?”

A story is related about a group of people in Kufa whose du‘aas would always be accepted. Whenever a (evil) ruler was placed over them, they would make du‘aa against him due to which he would soon be destroyed. When Hajjaaj, the oppressor, became the ruler there, he hosted a feast to which he specifically invited these people. After they had all eaten, he said, "I am now safe from the du‘aa of these people as Haraam food has entered their stomachs.”

At this stage let us ponder over how much haraam is being consumed in these times when people are even trying to make permissible the earnings of interest money. We find people go so far as to think that bribery and what is obtained from it is permissible, while our traders very often, when dealing with people, deceive them. (Fazaail-e-A’amaal [urdu], Fazaail-e-Ramadhaan pg. 23)

The Brilliant Lamp of Nubuwwat

madina-shareef-21Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has been likened to a brilliant lamp (siraajam-muneera) in the Quraan instead of a shining sun. Various reasons have been given. Among them is that a lamp is something that is accessible and which man is familiar with. This was evident in the life of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Another reason is that one lamp can light up thousands of other lamps whereas this is not the case with the sun.

Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Shafee’ Saahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) explains that the manner in setting alight our lamps through the lamp of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is by emulating the sunnat of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and sending abundant durood upon our beloved Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).