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Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu)

The Path of Salvation

pathway2Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were practical and realistic. They did not pose questions to merely appease their intellectual curiosity; rather they asked pertinent questions. Once they received the answer, they strictly adhered to the instruction contained therein.

One of their overwhelming concerns was that when confronted with fitnah from all sides, what is the way forward? Hence they asked Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam): “What is the path of salvation (against all fitnahs)?” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) gave them a three point plan:

1. Guard your tongue at all times.

2. Don’t leave your home unnecessarily.

3. Weep over your sins. 

Showing Affection to the Creation

love-word1Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

After his appointment as khaleefah, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was approached by the children of the neighbourhood who told him that they feared he would not be as affectionate to them as before he became the khaleefa. Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) assured them that he would continue showing them the same kind of affection and love he used to show them before the khilaafat.

Despite him holding such a lofty and exalted position, he didn’t feel it below his dignity to show affection to the children of the neighbourhood. This is what we need to instil in our lives. The very first people who we should commence showing kindness to are our immediate family members.

Showing Respect

respect2Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Respect is a fundamental aspect in a person’s deen, without which a person lies in great danger. A salient feature in all our pious predecessors is that they always maintained a very high level of respect for their elders, as well as all the pious and learned scholars before them. Our progress in deen depends on revering and honouring our pious predecessors. Although they may have had differences in certain issues among themselves, this does not authorise us to degrade them in any way. The teachings of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), as well as the lives of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and the Aimmah Mujtahideen are replete with examples of respect. 

Confession of Sins – An Act Greatly Loved by Allah Ta‘ala

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Allah Ta‘ala loves the one who confesses his wrongs and mistakes. Our father Sayyiduna Adam (‘alaihis salaam) taught us this lesson. When he committed the mistake, he admitted his wrong and repeated the words رَبَّنا ظَلَمنا أَنفُسَنا. On the other hand, Shaytaan displayed arrogance and an attitude of haughtiness which earned him the eternal curse of Allah Ta’ala.

The Benchmark of Imaan

benchmarkHazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

Imaan is the foundation of a believer. When the foundation is firm, so too will be the structures erected upon it. There will always be a clash between the demands of imaan and the demands of people, the demands of occasions and gatherings etc. But as Muslims we need to ensure that we always give preference to the demands of imaan over everything else.

What is the benchmark by means of which a person can gauge whether his imaan is on par or not? Allah Ta‘ala mentions in the Quraan Majeed:

فَلا وَرَبِّكَ لا يُؤمِنونَ حَتّى يُحَكِّموكَ فيما شَجَرَ بَينَهُم ثُمَّ لا يَجِدوا فى أَنفُسِهِم حَرَجًا مِمّا قَضَيتَ وَيُسَلِّموا تَسليمًا

“They will not be true believers until they make you (Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) the judge to decide over all their affairs, and thereafter they do not have any reservations within their hearts and accept (your decision) wholeheartedly.”

The teachings and instructions of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) should serve as final and one should not have reservations and complaints regarding any aspect of deen.