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.

Sunnats and Aadaab of Greeting (Salaam) – Part 18

1. If one promises to convey the salaam of a person to someone else, it becomes waajib on him to fulfil the promise and convey the salaam.

2. One should not make salaam to non mahrams. If a non mahram woman makes salaam to a man, then if she is an old woman, regarding whom there is no fear of fitna, then one may reply to her salaam. However, if she is a young woman making salaam, then one should not verbally reply to the salaam. Rather, one may reply to the salaam within one’s heart.

Loving for Others what You Love for Yourself

لا يكون المؤمن مؤمنا حتى يرضى لأخيه ما يرضى لنفسه

One will not be a true believer until he wishes for his brother that which he wishes for himself.

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once quoted the above Hadith and thereafter explained:

If one has to practise on this Hadith and inculcate its teaching in his life, then all internal disputes and arguments will come to an end. However, when we wish to receive more while we wish for others to receive less, then how can these quarrels ever be resolved? (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 96)

Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Fourteen

Caution in Narrating Hadith

There are many Ahaadith narrated from Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). However, whenever he narrated Ahaadith, he exercised a lot of caution, out of fear that he should not wrongfully attribute anything to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). The following incidents illustrate the deep caution that Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) would exercise:

Hazrat Saa’ib bin Yazid (rahimahullah) narrates that he travelled with Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) from Madinah Munawwarah to Makkah Mukarramah. Saa’ib (rahimahullah) further mentions, “I did not hear him narrate a single Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) during the journey (due to his caution in narrating Ahaadith from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)).”

A few people once went to Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and asked him a question. However, Hazrat Sa’d (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) did not answer them and said, “I fear that if I narrate one Hadith to you, you will make it into a hundred Ahaadith.”

(Tabaqaat ibn Sa’d 3/106)


Duaa when entering the Musjid – 2

It is sunnah to recite the following Duaa when entering the Musjid:

السَّلاَمُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللهِ اَلَّلهُمَّ افْتَح لِي أَبْوَابَ رَحْمَتِكَ

May peace descend upon Hazrat Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). O Allah, open the doors of Your mercy for me.

عن عبد الملك بن سعيد بن سويد قال سمعت أبا حميد أو أبا أسيد الأنصارى يقول قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا دخل أحدكم المسجد فليسلم على النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم ثم ليقل اللهم افتح لى أبواب رحمتك فإذا خرج فليقل اللهم إنى أسألك من فضلك. (أبو داود رقم 465)

Hadhrat Abdul Malik bin sa’eed bin Suwaid (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) narrates that Abu Humaid or Abu Usaid, (either one of the two Sahaabah) (Radhiyallahu Anhuma) had reported that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “When anyone of you enters the Musjid, then he should recite durood upon Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Thereafter, he should recite the following duaa:

اَلَّلهُمَّ افْتَح لِي أَبْوَابَ رَحْمَتِكَ