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Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu)

Resisting Temptations

Ramadaan 3Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

In this world, different types of temptations are put before us, such as women, wealth, peer pressure, etc. Allah Ta‘ala wants to see our loyalty to Him and our perseverance. This is the test of sabr and this is what Ramadhaan teaches us when we are ordered to resist from permissible temptations in this month. On the other hand, Jannat is a place free from the test of temptations and sabr. 

The Brilliant Lamp of Nubuwwat

madina-shareef-21Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has been likened to a brilliant lamp (siraajam-muneera) in the Quraan instead of a shining sun. Various reasons have been given. Among them is that a lamp is something that is accessible and which man is familiar with. This was evident in the life of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Another reason is that one lamp can light up thousands of other lamps whereas this is not the case with the sun.

Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Shafee’ Saahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) explains that the manner in setting alight our lamps through the lamp of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is by emulating the sunnat of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and sending abundant durood upon our beloved Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). 

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.