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Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu)

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.

Hubb-ud-Dunya (Love for the World)

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Among the weaknesses of man is ‘hubb-ud-dunya’ which is regarded as the root of all sins. However, we need to understand what ‘hubb-ud-dunya’ is.

Hazrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) had made this du‘aa:

رَبِّ اجْعَلْ هذَا الْبَلَدَ  اٰمِنًا

O my Lord! Make this town (of Makkah Mukarramah) safe

Seeking safety and security for one’s family is not incorrect. A Nabi has a comprehensive understanding of this life and the next. So his du‘aa will be most comprehensive as well.

The second part of Hazrat Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam)’s du‘aa is,

وَّاجْنُبْنِی وَبَنِیَّ اَن نَّعْبُدَ الاَصْنَامَ

Save me and my progeny from idolatry

One type of idolatry is worshipping idols, but another form of idolatry is ‘kullu ma alhaaka ‘an rabbik fa huwa sanamuk’ (Whatever distracts you from Allah Ta‘ala is your idol). Amongst such things are our desires.

Unquestionable authority is for Allah Ta‘ala alone. It cannot be given to others. However, at times, it shifts from Allah Ta‘ala to our family or possessions. This is that world that turns you away from your real course. It comes in the form of wealth or in the form of one’s children or wife. Priorities are mixed and haraam is committed because of them. Hence, this du‘aa teaches us what the world is.

The Quraan also teaches us what the world is,

کَلَّا بَلْ تُحِبُّونَ الْعَاجِلَة

Nay, but you give preference to the worldly life

Though the address is to the kuffaar, but when one analyses the situation, then the kuffaar have two aspects. One is their existence and person. In this there is no difference between ourselves and them. The other is their outlook and behaviour, and it is this that deprives them of the mercy of Allah Ta‘ala. So if we adopt this, we will face the same consequence.

Allah Ta‘ala’s Assistance for those who Strive

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

When a person has the true concern and strives to fulfil all that is outstanding, Allah Ta‘ala will assist him and will not forsake him. Allah Ta‘ala will take care of him, and not only him, but generations to follow.

The assistance of Allah Ta‘ala will definitely be there for this person even though it may come after some time in certain instances. Look at the incident of Hazrat Moosa (‘alaihis salaam). The assistance of Allah Ta‘ala came at the last moment when the Bani Israaeel felt that the army of Fir‘oun were about to intercept them. The sea parted and they were saved while Fir‘oun and his entire army were destroyed.

Live for Deen as if you will Die Tomorrow

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

It appears in a maxim: “Live your life for deen as if you will die tomorrow, and live your life for the world as if you will live forever.”

What this actually means is that when it comes to matters of sharee‘ah, there should be no delay in discharging our duties. What needs to be done should be accomplished immediately, as though you feel that you will die tomorrow. Normally, when a person knows that he is about to die, he will make up for whatever is incomplete. So whatever outstanding duties to Allah Ta‘ala one has, monies owed to people etc. should be discharged without any delay. These are things for which we will be taken to task and questioned by Allah Ta‘ala.

‘Live your life for the world as if you will live forever’ does not mean that one should project his life for so many years and strive to accumulate wealth for that period of time. Rather, it means that there is no need to be concerned about fulfilling a material need immediately. You have plenty of time to fulfil it. If it is not completed today, it could always be completed tomorrow or the following day. It is not a major problem if the shop is opened two hours late.

In essence, one should not be consumed by the love of the world. What is meant by being ‘consumed by the love of the world’? The answer is in the Quraan Majeed where Allah Ta‘ala says:

کَلَّا بَلْ تُحِبُّونَ الْعَاجِلَة ﴿۲۰﴾ وَ تَذَرُونَ الْاٰخِرَۃَ

“You give preference to the fleeting world and abandon the hereafter.”

Deen and matters of the hereafter should always be given preference over worldly and material matters.

Importance of Observing Purdah

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Among the things that the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) enquired from Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) was a woman’s relationship with her brother-in-law. Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) replied that he (the brother-in-law) is death.

We tend to restrict purdah to outside the home, but in the home we leave out these aspects. There is free mixing between cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law etc. We do not understand the harms and consequences that arise from this.

The children need to be educated regarding the laws of purdah. If nobody speaks about these aspects now, then the consequences are serious. If it’s not in school then it will be through the media and internet that they will become enticed with all sorts of related evils.