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Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu)

Reflecting over the Greatness of Allah Ta’ala

takbeerAllah Ta‘ala is that being who is alone in the quality of khalq (creating). There is no English equivalent for this, because we may translate it as ‘the act of creation’ but it actually means to create something from total non-existence. Allah Ta‘ala introduces Himself through His creation. So reflect over the handiwork of Allah Ta‘ala and try to understand Him. Each creation has a different program for itself, which has been instilled within it by Allah.

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The Reality of Tasbeeh

tasbeehThe Quraan and hadeeth are replete with encouragement to make tasbeeh. The different du‘aas that are prescribed for different times of the day contain tasbeeh. When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was approaching the end of his worldly life, Allah Ta‘ala instructed him in Surah Nasr to recite tasbeeh. The hadeeth also recommends the recitation of the surahs that start with tasbeeh when going to bed.

So what does tasbeeh mean and what does it entail? It means that we declare the purity of Allah Ta‘ala. However, what are we declaring that He is pure from? There are basically two things: (1) Dependence. Allah Ta‘ala is totally independent. On the other hand, the creation depends on others. We should have the feeling of dependence that we are always in need. The wealthy require the poor and the poor require the wealthy. At no point can one claim that he is totally independent. When one expresses his independence, then Allah Ta‘ala will show him how weak and dependant he is. (2) Declaring that Allah Ta‘ala is pure and free from the limits of time and place. This means that He has direct authority and immediate power. We may have authority and power, but it is limited and indirect.

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Look at others with Respect and at Ourselves with Suspect

Rose gardenGenerally, we would like that our name be preserved and maintained, and that people should speak greatly about us etc., but we do not worry about how we view others. However, the reality is that ‘we should look at others with respect and at ourselves with suspect’. We should always be suspicious of ourselves; is there any evil lurking in my heart, pride, vanity, etc. One’s personal ma’moolaat etc. are important, but keeping the heart clean and free from evils is even more important. If we have the ‘azmat and honour for deen then we will refer to someone for all matters that pertain to our islaah and deen.

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Striving in the path of Allah Ta’ala

sceneryThe problem that many of us have is that we will only do something if we get the ideal. However this is incorrect. If we cannot get the ideal it does not mean that we should not acquire what is within our capability. What we can earn now, earn it. We may be sitting in our businesses and have a few spare moments. So don’t let those moments pass without gaining anything. We could take out the Quraan and make some tilaawat or make some zikr etc.

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Method of Reciting the Qur’an

QuranAllah Ta‘ala instructs that the Qur’aan should be recited with tarteel. With regards to tilaawat, there are two levels of recitation: (1) Preservation of what has been memorised. For this a haafiz is required to read at a swift pace to cover a good amount of recitation. Otherwise, by reciting slowly he will not be able to frequently complete a khatam. (2) General recitation with tarteel. This basically covers 3 aspects: (1) A melodious tone (2) Slow measured reading with the correct pronunciation. (3) Concentration and contemplation over the message of the Qur’aan. The third aspect is something which is greatly neglected nowadays. If we begin to recite the Qur’aan in this manner, then there will be no need for all these nasheeds and nazams. Moulana Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was very particular in this aspect that when any new mureed would come he would send him to learn the proper recitation of the Qur’aan with tajweed. The main thing is to get the basics right. You do not have to become like Shaikh Abdul Baasit and Shaikh Minshaawi etc. Presently our attention is only towards the display and show, whereas the more important thing is that how much effect is the Qur’an having on the heart. When we come across aayaat on Jannah and Jahannum we should cry and beg Allah Ta‘ala from our hearts.

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