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Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu)

Good Character

akhlaaqHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

People have a misunderstanding of tasawwuf and therefore feel it to be difficult, whereas it is something which is manageable for every believer. One of the main aspects in tasawwuf is good character.

Good character could be defined thus, “Conducting oneself in a way that is pleasing to the Creator and to the creation.” If a person parks his car incorrectly and blocks the musjid driveway to get the virtue of the first takbeer, this is not good character, because although outwardly he has pleased the Creator, he has displeased the creation by inconveniencing them. Good character is the foundation of spiritual progress.

Anyone who adopts the character of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) will be honoured and receive respect. Even if a kaafir adopts good character, he will earn respect among people in this world. 

Imitating the West in our Dressing

green dome 1Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The hadeeth informs us that a person will be raised with those whom he loves. Therefore, it is imperative that our deepest love and true loyalty be for Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). Their ways should find a special place in our hearts and should be preferred over all others. The styles and fashions of the West actually distance us away from the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and take us closer to the Kuffaar. A distinguishing feature between us and the Kuffaar is our dress code. This is our identity and cannot be compromised at any cost. Although it may seem insignificant to some people, such as wearing the topee, however we should never ever discard it. 

Jealousy and Taqwa

taqwaHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The first crime to be committed on the surface of the earth was jealousy. Qaabeel felt jealous of his brother Haabeel and murdered him. Haabeel explained to his brother that the criterion for divine acceptance is taqwa. Really, our prosperity as well as that of our progeny lies in taqwa. We should make a moderate effort for ourselves and our children as far as material things are concerned, but primarily a concerted effort has to be made to inculcate within them the golden values of taqwa etc., for these will assure them comfort here as well as in the aakhirat.

Importance of a Guide

guide directionsHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

In matters of deen we need to have a guide. The Mashaayikh state that the one who does not have a guide for his deeni matters then Shaytaan will become his guide and lead him. When this happens then one will go astray. 

Enjoyment in the Zikr of Allah Ta’ala

tasbeehsHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

When we keep Allah Ta‘ala before us and build an affinity with Him, we will experience such enjoyment which is unimaginable. There was a person who related that whenever he took the name of Allah Ta‘ala, he literally felt as if someone is placing a toffee on his tongue.