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Zikr – the Soul of all Ibaadaat

Allah in heartHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

We all have been created for the ‘ibaadat of Allah Ta‘ala. However, There are different types and levels of ‘ibaadat. Some are direct, such as salaah, tilaawat, and zikr, while others are indirect and ultimately become ‘ibaadat, like eating and wudhu. The soul and rooh of all ‘ibaadat is the zikr (awareness and remembrance) of Allah Ta‘ala. This brings life to the ‘ibaadat and enhances its value. ‘Ibaadat without zikr is like a dead corpse. 

Source: Stepping Stones-Part One

Ill Opinions – The Root of all Evil

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

It is generally witnessed that many of those who do not subscribe to the following of any mazhab harbour ill thoughts and negative opinions regarding those who follow an Imaam. This quality of thinking good of oneself and harbouring ill thoughts regarding others is a root cause of all evils and wrongs. Thereafter, this evil quality within such a person progresses to the point where it causes him to run down those who follow a mazhab and criticize them. Even if such a person is not guilty of these wrongs, then too treading upon such a path (i.e. remaining unrestricted and uncommitted to the following of one mazhab) is an extremely dangerous path to tread on in one’s Deen. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 8/274)

Showing Honour and Respect to the Symbols of Deen

imagesHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Hazrat Moulana Badre ‘Aalam (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was one of the great muhadditheen and auliya that lived about 60 years ago. He passed away in Madeenah Munawwarah and is buried in Jannatul Baqee’. It is a system in Jannatul Baqee’ that the graves are recycled after a few years since with the heat and weather conditions the bodies decompose very quickly. 15 years after his demise when they dug up his grave they found his body intact in the exact manner that they had buried him. Many South Africans would spend some time with Moulana when they would go for hajj. He used to be informed of the kind of life people in the western countries were living, whether in Europe or South Africa. Hence, he made some recommendations. He would say that in Islam the greatest day of the week is Friday. So make this day distinguished from the rest of the days of the week. If you are preparing a special dish then let it be on Friday. If the children are wearing good clothes then let it be on a Friday and if you are giving them some pocket money then also give it to them on a Friday. We don’t need to identify with the non-Muslims nor follow their ways. They have made Sunday the main day of the week, hence we as Muslims should not emulate them and make this day the main day of the week. They do not follow us and nor do they force us to identify with them. Then why should we identify with them or anything that is attributed to their customs and celebrations. If we want to give a gift to a worker or friend, then we should not do it around their times of celebration. We will do it perhaps in Ramadhaan or on a Jumu‘ah or ‘Eid Day; on an occasion that relates to us or the day that is important and significant to us. If they ask us why are we giving the gift on this day then we will have a chance to give them da’wat. Muslims are not cold they are warm, but it does not mean that they will identify with other cultures. Muslims are understanding and when they are understanding , they will explain politely to those who wish to find out. Who knows that just on account of showing this type of respect we will earn our salvation in Jannah.

The Dynamic Effect of Salaah in the Life of a Believer

Musjid Nabawi 3Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

The sequence in reforming one’s life is that after Imaan, the first and foremost effort one should make is to concentrate on and endeavour to improve one’s salaah. Through perfecting one’s salaah, one will be able to correct and rectify all other departments of one’s life. Hence salaah is the field upon which one needs to work in order to reform one’s entire life. When salaah is performed in the proper manner fulfilling all its etiquettes and requirements (i.e. the wudhu is done properly, and the salaah is performed in the Musjid with jamaat, with concentration and devotion, and fulfilling all the postures according to the sunnah method), one will witness a notable change and improvement in all the other spheres of one’s life. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 87)

The Independence of The Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum)

SahabahHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were moving into different countries and on one occasion Hazrat Khaalid bin Waleed (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was invited by the Persian king for dialogue. Out of honour, they spread out silken carpets for him to walk on. The silken carpets in that time were so expensive that if evaluated in today’s times, they would be worth millions. So this was what they had spread out for him. However when Hazrat Khaalid (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reached there, he removed the carpet and walked on the bare ground. The Persian king told him that I have rolled out the silken carpet to honour you and you opted to walk on the bare ground thereby bringing disregard to yourself. Hazrat Khaalid’s immediate reply was that there cannot be anything more honourable than the carpet of Allah Ta‘ala, He has prepared the land beneath. So you cannot show me additional respect than the respect that Allah Ta‘ala has shown me. I don’t need this silken carpet for my respect. It may be something that is the glitter of your eye but not the glitter of my eye. Look at the outlook of Sahaabah and the independence they showed before the kings and rulers. They did not suffer from any inferiority complex and were pleased and content with their own culture.