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Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu)

Acknowledging the Favours of Allah Ta‘ala

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

It is the good fortune of man that he acknowledges the favours of Allah Ta‘ala. Whatever we have is from Allah Ta‘ala as He alone is the Controller and the Conferrer. But the moment a person begins to feel that he has acquired whatever he has on account of his own doing and attaches his absolute ownership to everything that he has, it is the stepping stone to his peril.

Imagine for a moment, a person lends his brand-new Porsche to his friend for a month or two. However, the friend connives and tries to forge the log book and transfer the car on to his name. How upset and distraught will he feel!

Similar is the case with the favours of Allah Ta‘ala. When man begins to claim complete ownership over them on account of his actions and forgets Allah Ta‘ala, then this is the worst of crimes he could ever commit.

Inculcating True Sifaat (Qualities)

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The criteria by Allah Ta‘ala is sifaat and the beautiful qualities of Islam. Food prepared with quality fetches a great price, but if there is no quality in it then nobody will want to even pay for it. Our values have become so corrupt nowadays. If someone excels in stupidity, in lahw and la‘ib (sports), people are prepared to pay millions for him. So one can imagine if one excels in things that have worth in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala then what will Allah Ta‘ala give for him excelling in that? People have limitations, whereas Allah Ta‘ala has no limitation in His treasures. What Allah Ta‘ala wants to see is the sifaat and the beautiful qualities of Islam in us.

Man – The Noblest of Allah Ta‘ala’s Creation

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Allah Ta‘ala states in the Quraan Shareef:

وَلَقَدْ کَرَّمْنَا بَنِی اٰدَمَ

“Indeed We have honoured mankind”

Compared to the rest of the creation, man is unique in every aspect. Man has been created with a balance. He is a combination of bestial qualities as well as angelic qualities. However, in this entire equation, what is the purpose of man on earth? Every creation of Allah Ta‘ala remembers Him. Allah Ta‘ala says:

وَ اِن مِّن شَیءٍ اِلَّا یُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِہ

“There isn’t a thing that does not make the tasbeeh of Allah Ta‘ala”

This is one aspect that the various creations are engaged in the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala. But Allah Ta‘ala has specifically mentioned regarding man that he has been created for His ‘ibaadat.

To understand what ‘ibaadat means, understand the following analogy: There are two types of workers. One is the person who has been contracted for a specific work, such as an accountant who has been hired for his services. If you tell him to manage a shop for you or to cook a meal he will refuse because he has not been trained for this. The other type of a worker is like a slave. Whatever work he is asked to do, he will do it, whether to serve your guests, or to clean the toilets, or to run your business. This is the position of man, and therefore he has been exalted above the rest of the creation because he has been made in charge of handling all the affairs of the entire creation for Allah Ta‘ala. This is what is meant by the worship and service of Allah Ta‘ala; that man will be acting as a representative of Allah Ta‘ala in fulfilling His commandments on earth. Therefore, man cannot be selective and choose what he wants to do.

Desiring a Beautiful Death

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

A common perception among people is that if a person passes away in Makkah Mukarramah or Madeenah Munwwarah, or on a Friday etc. then he has ‘cashed in’. However, passing away in these places or days, does not necessarily mean that this person has struck a ‘jackpot’. Instead, you would look at the life of this person, the way he conducted himself and his level of submission to Allah Ta‘ala. If outwardly he seemed to be a righteous person and he passes away in this beautiful manner then it would be like a ‘cherry on the top’. On the contrary, if he was not an outwardly righteous person, then Allah Ta‘ala knows best, but it does not necessarily mean that he has struck the ‘jackpot’. Though we all desire to have such deaths, but the more important thing is the way we lead our lives and the level of our submission to Allah Ta‘ala.

Holiday Season

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Presently, we are in the holiday period and we all know the condition of people especially at the beaches. It will be unbecoming of any Muslim to visit any of these spots during this time. Even if a person presents the excuse of not casting any lustful glances etc. then too he will not be free of blame.