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Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu)

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.

Misuse of the Tongue

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Misuse of the tongue can be extremely dangerous and disastrous. We don’t realise what trauma and disaster it can cause. The Hadeeth says: “Promise me the protection of the tongue, I promise you Jannat.” It is an extremely important matter. Even if you are right you need to think how to speak correctly.

Begging from Allah Ta’ala

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Du‘aa is a request and begging. How many of us actually make du‘aa in this manner, especially in the du‘aa after salaah. Our du‘aa is a mere repetition of words.

Looking at the present conditions we are facing, I suggest that we get together as a family and make a collective du‘aa. In this way, one will be making du‘aa and the others saying aameen. The possibility of acceptance is far greater. Through this there is the benefit of feeling the presence of Allah Ta‘ala.

Apart from that, you have passed on a great gift to your children; they will feel that our father has not left us as yateem (orphan). He has given us the gift of communication with Allah Ta‘ala. As a result they will feel strong and healthy and will be saved from depression.

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.