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Misuse of the Tongue

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Misuse of the tongue can be extremely dangerous and disastrous. We don’t realise what trauma and disaster it can cause. The Hadeeth says: “Promise me the protection of the tongue, I promise you Jannat.” It is an extremely important matter. Even if you are right you need to think how to speak correctly.

Avoiding Things that do not Concern One

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.

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once quoted the above Hadith and thereafter explained:

Becoming involved in futile things that are of no concern will neither benefit one in his deen, nor benefit him in his dunya.

Once, some person wrote a letter to me in which he was asking irrelevant, unnecessary questions regarding some of his contemporaries. In reply, I asked him, “Will you be required to answer these questions in the grave? Will the angels, Munkar and Nakeer, ask you these questions? Why are you unnecessarily delving into these issues?”

My beloved brothers! This world is not a place of entertainment and relaxation. Rather, we have come to this world for a purpose, and should thus dedicate ourselves to fulfilling the purpose for which we have come. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 96-97)

Begging from Allah Ta’ala

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Du‘aa is a request and begging. How many of us actually make du‘aa in this manner, especially in the du‘aa after salaah. Our du‘aa is a mere repetition of words.

Looking at the present conditions we are facing, I suggest that we get together as a family and make a collective du‘aa. In this way, one will be making du‘aa and the others saying aameen. The possibility of acceptance is far greater. Through this there is the benefit of feeling the presence of Allah Ta‘ala.

Apart from that, you have passed on a great gift to your children; they will feel that our father has not left us as yateem (orphan). He has given us the gift of communication with Allah Ta‘ala. As a result they will feel strong and healthy and will be saved from depression.

Two Categories of People in Deen

Moulana Sayyid Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once wrote a letter to Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) in which he mentioned the following:

“Muslims can only be of two types and there is no third type. The two types of Muslims are those who personally go out and strive in the path of Allah Ta’ala, and those who do not personally go out, but they assist others to go out in the path of Allah Ta’ala.”

When Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) read this, he remarked, “Moulana has understood this and explained it very well!” Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) thereafter said, “Assisting others to go out in the path of Allah Ta’ala also includes encouraging them to go out in the path of Allah Ta’ala.” (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 37-38)

Islam for Convenience

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

In many instances, you will find that Islam is adopted only for convenience and not due to the love of Islam. The airport has salaah facilities, but this is out of convenience and not because of their love for Islam as such. It is just there to gain support from the Muslims while Islam is not of any concern to them. A bank displays Islamic terms, but again it is not Islam that is of major concern, rather it is the material gain.