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The Correct Procedure of Learning

In the time of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), when many tribes and clans began to accept Islam, it was practically impossible to send someone to every place to teach them deen. Hence, the tribe would send a delegation comprising of their intelligent and understanding ones to Madinah Munawwarah. They would live there in the environment of deen for some time, learn the essentials of deen and then return to their people.

This is the correct procedure of learning the finer aspects of deen, that a person should firstly be one of understanding, and secondly he should learn directly from a learned and experienced Aalim. It is very unfortunate that today every person feels that he has the right to express his own opinion regarding deeni issues, and these opinions are being discussed openly and freely on public forums. (Mufti Ebrahim Salejee)

Source: Al-Haadi

 

Adab (Respect) in the lives of the Tabi’een

Once, someone asked Imaam Abu Hanifah (Rahmatullahi Alayh) as to who was greater between Aswad and ‘Alqamah, both students of Ibn Mas’ood (Radiyallahu Anhu). Imaam Abu Hanifah (Rahmatullahi Alayh) answered saying: “The status of Aswad and ‘Alqamah are so lofty, that I am not even worthy of taking their names. How do you expect me to pass judgment between the both?”

Adab (Respect) in the lives of the Sahaabah

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

After the demise of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radiyallahu Anhu) was appointed as the khaleefah. It was noticed that whenever Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radiyallahu Anhu) ascended the mimbar of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) to deliver the khutbah, he always sat on the second step of the mimbar. Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radiyallahu Anhu) never sat on the third step, the step upon which Rasulullah (Sallahu Alayhi Wasallam) would sit when delivering the khutbah. This was done solely as a mark of respect and adab for Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Similarly, upon the demise of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radiyallahu Anhu), when Hadhrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu) became the khaleefah, Hadhrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu) descended one step lower and sat on the first step whenever he delivered the khutbah. This again, was done as a mark of respect for Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radiyallahu Anhu).

Importance of Adab (Respect) and Righteous Company

The era of the Sahaabah was the most blessed of eras in the history of Islam. It was an era replete with righteousness and piety. Despite the various means of acquiring Islamic information being non-existent in the time of the Sahaabah viz. the internet, CD’s, Islamic cassettes, radio stations, Islamic literature, etc., yet the entire ummah is unanimous upon this fact, that the Sahaabah possessed the greatest knowledge of Deen. Their consciousness and awareness of Allah Ta’ala was unparalleled. They were a nation absolutely devoted and committed to Deen. Their steadfastness upon the Sunnah was proverbial. In short, they were guiding stars for humanity till the Day of Qiyaamah.

In retrospect, when we examine the present situation, despite there being an explosion of Islamic information everywhere, in the form of the internet, CD’s, Islamic cassettes, radio stations, Islamic literature, etc., yet people’s understanding of Deen is extremely weak. Many people are stormed with doubts and misunderstandings in regards to Deeni issues. The desired level of commitment to Deen isn’t seen in the lives of the Muslims.

At this critical juncture, the question that arises is: “Why have the levels of Deen dropped so drastically? What is the missing link in the entire equation, that link which formed the corner stone of success in the lives of the Sahaabah, and today is missing in our lives?”

Hadhrat  Moulana Thaanwi (Rahmatullahi Alayh) explained that the cause for the current Deeni decline and spiritual retrogression is mainly due to two aspects lacking in the lives of the Muslims. Practising upon these two aspects will earn one success.

The first is acquiring a high degree of adab (respect) for everything related to Deen. The second is suhbat i.e. remaining in the company of the learned and righteous.

Hadhrat Haaji Imdaadullah (Rahmatullahi Alayh) is reported to have said: “Deen in totality is adab.”

Two Sunnats became the Cause of Embracing Islam

Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned: “Once I met a person who related to me the cause of him embracing Islam.” He explained: “I took a liking for the topee which I would see the Muslims wearing. So I also started wearing the topee though till then I had not yet embraced Islam. Not long thereafter I met a Muslim who greeted me with salaam – Seeing the topee on my head, perhaps he thought I was a Muslim -. I asked him to explain to me the meaning of Salaam. Thereupon he translated the Salaam for me, which translates as “May peace, mercy and the blessings of Allah Ta'ala continue to be showered upon you”. I was so emotionally touched by the greeting of Islam that I immediately embraced Islam.”

Hadhrat Mufti Saheb thereafter explained: “After analysing this incident, I concluded that it was just two Sunnats that became the cause of this person embracing Islam. The first was the love for the topee and the second was Salaam. Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

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“You will never gain entry into paradise unless you accept Imaan, and your Imaan will never reach perfection unless you have true love for one another. Should I not show you a formula which will generate love amongst yourselves? Make salaam a common practice amongst you.”