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Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu)

A life of Da’wat and Sincerity in all Works

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

A Muslim’s entire life is a da’wat (invitation). This is not restricted to any situation; instead every action of his should be a da’wat.

Just as there are conditions for all other ‘ibaadaat and acts of worship, likewise there are conditions for inviting towards Islam. One should not adopt such an approach that would turn people away from Islam. The Quraan Shareef even advises us that in the process of inviting we should not pick on the religions of others, for they will in turn pick on Islam.

Among the most important aspects in inviting to righteousness is sincerity. This is the lesson that we learn from qurbaani. Allah Ta‘ala explains that it is not the meat or the blood that He looks at. Rather, it is the state of taqwa – referring to the state and condition of the heart. With what frame of mind is a person carrying out his ‘ibaadat? Is it being performed solely for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala or not? Whether we are going to sit in the company of some pious person or going for Hajj etc., it should all be for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala. It should not be for merely gaining some barkat.

Sincerity applies to our speech and our manner of dealing with situations as well. Sometimes, we utter certain statements just to gain the attention and favour of our superiors or people.

Oppression and Injustice

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The hadeeth warns us that for every wrong a person commits, he will have to face the consequence of it in the Hereafter. However, there are two such wrongs that their consequences befall a person in this very earthly life. One is disobedience to parents and the other is zulm (oppression).

There are many instances where employers oppressed and ill treated their employees and faced the consequences of their injustice in this very life. There was a person who owned more than twenty shops but now, he is employed by one of his previous employees. This is as a result of the injustice meted out to one’s employees and staff. We have to be very careful about this.

The Sacred Months of the Year

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

In principle, the Qur‘aan and hadeeth do not discuss matters of physics or geography etc. If there is any aayat or hadeeth in this regard then it is not for the purpose of explaining any aspect of physics, instead it is on account of the shar‘ee law that is related to it. For example, the year having twelve months etc. is discussed because of the shar‘ee laws of Hajj, fasting, zakaat etc. that are linked to it.

Among these twelve months there are four that are sacred in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala. They are Zul Qa’dah, Zul Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab. In the past, it was impermissible to wage war during these months. Hence, the mushrikeen would refrain from commencing any war during this time. However, if a war was still ongoing and these months began, they would alternate the months and move the month to another part of the year so that the war could be completed.

If we compare ourselves to the mushrikeen of that era then there is no difference between them and us. We do the very same when it comes to matters of halaal and haraam. Where it goes against our desires, we are ready to change and adjust deen.

Making an Effort to Acquire the Wealth of Taqwa

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The real commodity for one to earn and purchase is taqwa. The hadeeth teaches us that the one who has taqwa will remain safe even if he is in the territory of his enemy. So make an effort to acquire the wealth of taqwa. Taqwa is for one to have the consciousness of Allah Ta’ala at all times. At any given moment one should not be unmindful of His presence and one should have the conviction that Allah Ta‘ala is watching him at all times.

Enhancing the Spirituality of our ‘Ibaadaat

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

We carry out our ‘ibaadaat merely as a routine. This is good, but for how long are we going to continue like this? We need to bring the true love of Allah Ta’ala into our ‘ibaadaat. At times, one minute of the ‘ibaadat of a lover of Allah Ta‘ala is better than years of our ‘ibaadat. The lovers of Allah Ta‘ala may not do too many optional good deeds, but their minds are constantly engaged in the thoughts of the love of Allah Ta’ala and in meditation over His favours. When they eat as well, they ponder over the blessings and favours of Allah Ta‘ala and are in constant communication with Him.

 On the other hand, we are like immature children who don’t appreciate the various aspects of love. Since that horizon hasn’t yet opened up to us, we do not understand it. Hence, we need to explore this horizon of love.