Importance of Adab (Respect) and Righteous Company

The era of the Sahaabah was the most blessed of eras in the history of Islam. It was an era replete with righteousness and piety. Despite the various means of acquiring Islamic information being non-existent in the time of the Sahaabah viz. the internet, CD’s, Islamic cassettes, radio stations, Islamic literature, etc., yet the entire ummah is unanimous upon this fact, that the Sahaabah possessed the greatest knowledge of Deen. Their consciousness and awareness of Allah Ta’ala was unparalleled. They were a nation absolutely devoted and committed to Deen. Their steadfastness upon the Sunnah was proverbial. In short, they were guiding stars for humanity till the Day of Qiyaamah.

In retrospect, when we examine the present situation, despite there being an explosion of Islamic information everywhere, in the form of the internet, CD’s, Islamic cassettes, radio stations, Islamic literature, etc., yet people’s understanding of Deen is extremely weak. Many people are stormed with doubts and misunderstandings in regards to Deeni issues. The desired level of commitment to Deen isn’t seen in the lives of the Muslims.

At this critical juncture, the question that arises is: “Why have the levels of Deen dropped so drastically? What is the missing link in the entire equation, that link which formed the corner stone of success in the lives of the Sahaabah, and today is missing in our lives?”

Hadhrat  Moulana Thaanwi (Rahmatullahi Alayh) explained that the cause for the current Deeni decline and spiritual retrogression is mainly due to two aspects lacking in the lives of the Muslims. Practising upon these two aspects will earn one success.

The first is acquiring a high degree of adab (respect) for everything related to Deen. The second is suhbat i.e. remaining in the company of the learned and righteous.

Hadhrat Haaji Imdaadullah (Rahmatullahi Alayh) is reported to have said: “Deen in totality is adab.”

Two Sunnats became the Cause of Embracing Islam

Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned: “Once I met a person who related to me the cause of him embracing Islam.” He explained: “I took a liking for the topee which I would see the Muslims wearing. So I also started wearing the topee though till then I had not yet embraced Islam. Not long thereafter I met a Muslim who greeted me with salaam – Seeing the topee on my head, perhaps he thought I was a Muslim -. I asked him to explain to me the meaning of Salaam. Thereupon he translated the Salaam for me, which translates as “May peace, mercy and the blessings of Allah Ta'ala continue to be showered upon you”. I was so emotionally touched by the greeting of Islam that I immediately embraced Islam.”

Hadhrat Mufti Saheb thereafter explained: “After analysing this incident, I concluded that it was just two Sunnats that became the cause of this person embracing Islam. The first was the love for the topee and the second was Salaam. Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

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“You will never gain entry into paradise unless you accept Imaan, and your Imaan will never reach perfection unless you have true love for one another. Should I not show you a formula which will generate love amongst yourselves? Make salaam a common practice amongst you.”

Is Taqleed supported by the Qur’an?

The injunction of Taqleed is established through many verses of the Qur’an. By way of example, a few verses will be cited below:

Ayah_57_15Follow the path of those who turn to Me [Allah Ta’ala] (Surah Luqman 31:15)

Ayah_16_43Ask the people of knowledge if you do not know. (Surah An-Nahl 16:43)

Ayah_4_59O you who believe obey Allah, the Rasul and the people of authority amongst you. (Surah Nisa 4:59 )

The Mufassireen (the likes of Abu Bakr Jassaas, Allama Aaloosi and Imaam Raazi) commentate that “ulil amr” in this verse refers to the Ulama and the Fuqahaa of the ummat. Hence, the compulsion of Taqleed is established from this verse.

The renowned Aalim of the Ahle Hadith (those who claim to be following the hadeeth), Nawaab Siddique Hasan confirms the above commentary in his kitaab Al-Junnah [1] thus saying:

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According to Ibn Abbaas, Jaabir (Radiyallahu Anhuma), Hassan, Abul Aaliyah, Ataa’, Dahaak, Mujaahid and Imaam Ahmad (Rahmatullahi Alayhim) ulil amrin this verse refers to the Ulama.

Nawaab Siddique Hasan further states that if this verse is with reference to the Islamic Rulers, then too taqleed of the Ulama cannot be disproven. The reason being that obedience to the rulers is subject to the approval of the Ulama, as the rulings of the Ulama are subject to being in conformity with the teachings of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

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What is Taqleed?

Taqleed is to accept the view of an Imaam with complete certainty that his view conforms to the Qur’an and Sunnah though one may be unaware of the proofs of the Imaam[1]. Continue reading What is Taqleed? →

A Blessing In disguise

Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ” Indeed Allah Ta’ala tests his servant through sickness until that sickness wipes out all his sins.”