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Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu)

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.

The Need to Seek Clarification for all Deeni Matters

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) is reported to have said that it is better to undergo temporary disgrace by asking a question than to remain ignorant.

It is the system of Allah Ta‘ala that there will always be two classes of people; those who know and those who don’t know. It is the duty of those who do not know to ask and enquire. The benefit of asking is that one is clear and confident about what he is doing, while the consequence of not enquiring is that one will always be stormed with doubts and unclarity regarding certain aspects.

We generally confine our queries and questions to matters that relate to our outer-selves, whereas deen applies to the inner-self as well. The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) would enquire regarding aspects of ikhlaas etc. These are all related to the inner-self. They never felt shy to enquire about any matter.

Respecting the Means

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The favours that we enjoy (irrespective of what type of a favour it may be) come to us via some means. Hence, it is necessary that we respect and honour the means through which we gain the favour. This is what Allah Ta‘ala instructs in the Quraan Shareef.

This applies to all facets of deen, whether in the madaaris, tableegh or khanqah. The more we respect the elders through whom we gained these favours, the more we benefit and progress.