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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Enduring hardships and grief: How Nabi ﷺ coped and how we can too

The most beloved to Allah was Nabi ﷺ. Despite this, his life was far from the ease many of us enjoy. Before he ﷺ was born his father passed away. At the age of 6, his mother passed away too and soon after, his grandad passed away. In his childhood and adolescent years, he ﷺ grew up in an environment alien to his temperament. He ﷺ was perfectly mannered in every way but his society was the opposite. At the age of 25, he ﷺ married a mature lady who had wealth, whilst he ﷺ did not. Nowadays, young people aspire to become financially stable before committing to a wife. In stark contrast, he ﷺ had no wealth when he ﷺ made Nikaah.

Most of us experience ups and downs throughout our early years but by the age of 40, life is somewhat calmer and stable. By then most people are married with children, a stable income and a roof over their heads. We are more settled in life and life is, for most, an easier, smoother ride.

However, for Nabi ﷺ the situation was once again quite the opposite. He received Prophethood at the age of 40 and with that, came a special mission to spread the light of faith across the earth. At this precise moment, Waraqah bin Nawfil said to him, “If only I was young, I could have lent you my support when people would throw you out.” Astonished at the mere idea of being thrown out of his homeland, Nabi ﷺ replied, “Will people really throw me out?” Waraqah replied in the affirmative. His life then proved this prediction to be true.

In Makkah Mukarramah, he ﷺ experienced one hardship after another. Life was far from easy. The taunts, persecution, verbal and physical abuse became so unbearable, that at the age of 53 he ﷺ left his homeland. When our parents age and we ask them to move cities, more often than usual they refuse. They would respond that I have lived here all my life, how can I leave? My friends are here, I know the area and this is the place I call home.

Nabi ﷺ was at this age, settled in Makkah Mukarramah when he ﷺ had to bid it farewell. As he ﷺ set off for Madinah Munawarrah, he ﷺ stood on a little hillock and turned around. Looking at Makkah Mukarramah, he ﷺ expressed his love for it and said, “Had your people not turned me away, I would never have left you.” Such was his love for his homeland. Like this, his life continued in hardship until he ﷺ breathed his last. May His blessed soul rest in everlasting peace, Aameen.

So from this very brief timeline of his blessed life, 1400 years later what can we Muslims learn? We learn that life is not easy. This world is not a place of justice or fairness. If a person is pious, it does not mean that he will lead a life of ease. Sometimes a good, pious young lady ends up marrying the worst of man. Or a criminal is sustained in prison via the taxes of the one he wronged, or he gets away with a short sentence whilst the victim is scarred for life. Some women who crave children are decreed to be childless, whilst others who do not want children are blessed with them.

Is that fair? No. But it is the decree of Allah which governs our path. Thus from the Seerah we learn that this rocky road we call life is rocky for a reason. It is a test, the examiner is Allah. He is watching us constantly and marking our performance. He is seeking from us a beautiful patience and those who display this will get their justice in full in the hereafter. Once we get there and take our first steps into Jannah, it is only then that we will realise that our short-lived, worldly trials were all worth it.

For they lead to a reward so perfect our minds cannot possibly comprehend it. And that reward is worth acquiring, even if it means that our worldly life will be a little difficult in the process. Besides, everyone struggles. Turning to Allah and getting Jannah at the end of it, is quite a bargain for those who believe. Fortunate is the one who realises that and secures his home in the gardens of bliss.

May Allah make us from amongst them, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 05/09/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Getting upset, angry or offended

by admin

It is human nature to get upset, angry and offended at times. When the thought comes to mind that a true saalik does not feel this way, this thought is actually from shaytan who is trying to irritate us. We do not possess angelic qualities, so it is fine to feel this way, provided that we muster the inner strength to swallow it. We must not show it via our facial expression, words or physical actions. Furthermore, a true Saalik will not seek revenge and offend the one who offends him. Otherwise, it shows his nafs is involved. Smile and stay calm and collected, that much is sufficient (for our Islaah/self reformation).

May Allah grant us the ability to restrain ourselves, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

When Aishah (RA) lost her necklace

The Prophet ﷺ and an army of Muslims were once travelling home, when Maa Aishah رضي الله عنها lost her necklace. Nabi ﷺ and the army stopped at a place called Baydaa to search for it. However, it was nowhere to be seen. Before we continue, just look at His exemplary character.

When we go out we just get ourselves ready and go. Women have to clean the house, get their children ready, pack their bags etc. We assume they take too long to get ready. Whereas in reality, that is because they have to help the rest of the family first. Forgetting this, many of us are quick to scold and shout. Yet observe how loving of a husband Nabi ﷺ was. Not only did he sympathize with his wife, he stopped an entire army to search for her jewellery.

As they continued to search, the time for prayer drew closer and closer and with that came another dilemma – they had no water. Baydaa was a desert, water was not easily accessible. This upset the companions, for how can one perform ablution without water?

Noticing this Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه went to her to speak to her about the matter. When he reached her, he saw Nabi ﷺ sleeping on her lap. So as to not awaken His friend Nabi ﷺ, he began to quietly reprimand her for holding everyone back. In his condemnation lies a pertinent lesson for those young women who assume their fathers cannot reprimand them after marriage, as they are no longer under his guardianship. This is incorrect. A father always maintains a right to correct and guide his daughter even if she has married and moved on.

Eventually he began to poke her but she did not move so as to not awaken Nabi ﷺ. Like father, like daughter. Many years before this Nabi ﷺ was once sleeping on the lap of Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه and a scorpion bit him. Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه did not move because he did not want to awaken Nabi ﷺ. This love had passed onto his children which shows here in Baydaa, as his daughter did the same.

Nabi ﷺ later woke up for Fajr and the believers were still in the same predicament – there was no water available to perform ablution. Allah revealed a Surah permitting tayammum (using mud to perform ablution). Usaid bin Hudhair  رضي الله عنه then approached Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه. He said to him that this is not the first blessing that has come to us due to your family. In other words, if her necklace had not gone missing, we would not have been blessed with tayammum. Therefore, it was due to the virtue of the family of Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه that this blessing was revealed and years on, we still benefit from it.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 20/7/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The rise of Islam in Turkey and Erdogan’s vision

This article is a continuation of our previous article, “the crucial role of Tasawwuf in the conquest of Constantinople/Istanbul”. To read that article, please click here

Less than 500 years after the conquest of Constantinople, Ataturk assumed power serving as the founder and first president of Turkey. He banned the Arabic language and distanced the masses from the Ulama, leaving them spiritually lost. If Ulama were to teach, they would be imprisoned. Deeni taleem (acquiring Islamic knowledge), tazkiyyatul qalb (spiritual reformation) and nisbat-ma-Allah (connecting with Allah) are key ingredients to a successful Islamic empire. Ataturk knew this and strove to abolish all three, leading to the eventual breakdown of the Ottoman empire. He served until his death in 1938.

Owing to their history, currently, a lot of Muslims in Turkey are unable to recite the Qur’an and generally, the importance of modesty is undermined. The western culture introduced by Ataturk still has its influence today. However, under Erdogan’s rule many positive changes are taking place.

We visited a small village in Istanbul where Shaikh Muhammad Efendi resides. In the city, we barely came across Muslims dressed in Islamic attire like the Abayah, Niqaab and Kurta. In this village, we barely came across Muslims who weren’t dressed in Islamic attire. Most men also wore a turban. This is a commendable move for a people whose history banned Islamic clothing.

We grew up being taught the principles of modesty, they did not. Due to this, some societies may not seem very modest but they have a high level of Imaan. For example, in Turkey, most Musallis stay behind after Salah to recite the Qur’an and after Fajr to recite their morning duas. How many of us do that here in South Africa? My cousin is married in Turkey. He was also informing me that in the city centres you don’t see it much but in the villages, the change is obvious. However, unfortunately half the populace supports the move, the other half does not and they are upset with Erdogan’s vision.

Though alcohol is a profitable commodity, Erdogan wants to ban it. However, he knows that the masses are not ready. Bearing this in mind, the Ulama have advised him to first make the food halal and then slowly move on to a total ban of alcohol. He has close contact with Ulama and takes their advice on various matters, so by the end of the year he intends to ban imported meat from entering the country and to rely on local, halal sources instead.

Over the years, Erdogan has been supportive of those in war-torn countries. They have accepted a large number of refugees and provided their basic needs. In a bid to keep Aqsa alive, he has facilitated a flight to land in Tel Aviv, Israel every Thursday. The passengers pray Jumah on Friday in Masjid Al Aqsa and on Friday night, they return back to Turkey. This happens weekly.

We were told by the Turkish that when his mother was alive, he would kiss her feet every day, despite being president. His efforts have caused the masses to become more conscious of Salah, Madaaris are being established and the works of Tableegh is slowly growing. It is clear that Islam is on the rise there as it is everywhere. It is now for us to decide whether we want to rise with it, or be left behind. May Allah elevate His deen and take it from strength to strength, aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 15/01/18 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Insulate the heart: An example from Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel (RA)

by admin

This post was not written by the admin of this website. It was written by Hazrat Ml. Dawood (DB) based on advice of Hazrat Ml. Yunus (RA). It was featured in the al-noor magazine.

During Ramadaan Sharif, on auspicious nights and while in the company of one’s Shaikh, we find it easy to perform good deeds and to abstain from sins. However, once Ramadaan is over or we are not in the company of the Mashaaikh, then as soon as we are faced with some temptation towards sin, we fall prey to nafs and shaitaan. The reason for this is that during Ramadaan or while we are in the company of the Mashaaikh, we do not insulate ourselves.

Take for example, that it is an extremely cold winter’s day. While indoors we can use a heater to keep ourselves warm. However, when going outdoors we cannot take the heater with us. So in order to keep warm while outdoors, we will have to first insulate ourselves by wearing thick jackets, warm hats, socks, gloves, etc. We could also drink some hot soup to warm ourselves up from the inside. If one does all this prior to going outdoors then despite the cold being there, one will not be affected by it due to having insulated oneself.

In the same way during Ramadaan Sharif and while in the company of the Mashaaikh, we need to insulate ourselves with the qualities of Taqwa (piety), Sabr (patience), Shukr (gratitude), Zuhd (abstinence), Tawadu (humility) etc. Then when Ramadaan ends or we leave the company of the Mashaaikh, despite sins being all around us Allah Ta’aala will protect us and assist us to abstain from evil, because we have made some effort to insulate ourselves.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Mango trees: An example from Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel (RA)

by admin

This post was not written by the admin of this website. It was written by Hazrat Ml. Dawood (DB) based on advice of Hazrat Ml. Yunus (RA). It was featured in the al-noor magazine.

If a person plants a mango tree but it grows with no branches, then no one will refer to it as a proper mango tree. Similarly, if it grows with a trunk and branches but bears no fruit then too, it will not be called a proper mango tree. The only time we will refer to it as a proper mango tree is if it has a trunk, branches, leaves and it bears fruit. In the same way bringing Imaan is like the trunk. Practising on the compulsory aspects such as Salaah, Zakaat, fasting and Hajj are like
the branches. Bringing all the Sunnats into our lives are like the leaves and inculcating good character is like the fruit. So the only time a person can be a true and sincere believer is when he brings all these things into his or her life. We need to ensure that our outer selves, as well as our inner selves, are all according to the commands of Allah Ta’aala and the teachings of our
beloved Nabi e Kareem ﷺ.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Plan a bright future for your children

by admin

Nowadays, many parents prepare their children for a bright future in this world, by sending them to school and ensuring their child is excelling. Yet, they do not prepare their children for a bright future in the hereafter, by bringing their sons to the Masjid for Salah, or encouraging their daughters to dress modestly. Many men come for Salah but leave their boys at home. It is unfortunate that our love is so shallow, it is only limited to this worldly life. We are only concerned about their worldly success. What about the hereafter, where your child will live forever? Are you not concerned about what will happen to your child once they die?

This attitude is akin to taking your child to the highway, helping them cross through one lane and then leaving them to cross the rest of the highway on their own. How will the child pass when there are trucks and cars speeding past? How can we have the heart to help them cross just one lane and leave them to cross the rest on their own? This is how we are. We worry about how they will cross this bridge of life, but we do not care about how they will cross the Sirat bridge in the hereafter. This bridge is thinner than a hair and sharper than a knife. Only believers will be able to cross it and reach Jannah. We must ask ourselves; are we equipping our children with the faith required to cross this bridge, which will determine their destiny?

May Allah enable us to fulfill our duty as parents, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 19/09/17 in Masjid Hamza, Effingham Heights, Durban. To listen to the full talk, please click here.