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Saying “Assalamu Alaikum” when you greet a fellow Muslim was a command of Nabi. He also told us that it will grow love in our hearts for each other and our sins will be forgiven. Therefore, it is an act of worship. For any form of worship, sincerity is required. In Salam, sincerity can be defined as saying Salam to everyone you come across. To limit it to just the people you know is to resort this act of worship to a social, rather than a religious greeting.

This happens when we lose focus of our ultimate goal – to please Allah. Thus, we pick and choose, opting to say Salam to greet friends but not the local musalli (brother at the Masjid) or other Muslims in our area. Or we walk right past other Muslim without saying a word. This is a sign of insincerity. Even if they are strangers to us, they are still our brothers and sisters in Islam. Thus, sincerity is to spread Salam to all and sundry, not just those we are familiar with.

May Allah make us sincere, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 02/10/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

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3 examples of pious people who tried their best in difficult situations

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What happens in life is ghair ikhtiyaar (not within our control), nor will we be held accountable for it. But how we react is within our ikhtiyaar (control), and we will be held accountable for it. Difficult moments are a test from Allah. When we are faced with one, we should not blame ourselves and question why it has happened, as that has no benefit. Rather, we should handle them in a manner pleasing to Allah, for that will be beneficial for our worldly life and the hereafter.

Shaikhul Hind, Mahmud Al-Hasan رحمة الله عليه was wrongly imprisoned in Malta. Every Jumah, he would make whudu, walk to the prison gate and then walk back to his cell. His fellow inmates enquired about this strange practise, to which he responded that I know I cannot leave and go for Jumah Salah. However, walking to the gate is in my ikhtiyaar. Leaving the prison is not, so I do what is in my ikhtiyar and leave the rest to Allah.

On another occasion, he asked the guards to bring an animal into the prison for Qurbani. The inmates laughed at his idea, saying that the guards will never listen to you. To their surprise, the guards did. As requested, they provided him with an animal and Shaikhul Hind was able to do his Qurbani.

While Ibrahim عليه السلام and Sara عليها السلام were travelling, they passed through the land of a king who used to interfere with women that travelled through his land. Ibrahim عليه السلام could not control the King, but he could make dua to the King of all kings. Therefore, they both turned to Allah for help and the King had no power to harm her.

Yusuf عليه السلام was faced with a situation where Zulaikha tried to seduce him in her personal quarters. He at the time was a mere slave, and she was the master’s wife. She called Yusuf عليه السلام to her room. Once he entered, she locked the doors and seduced him. This situation was ghair ikhtiyaari, however, his response was ikhtiyaari. Fearing accountability, he sprinted towards the doors. They were locked but as He neared, Allah opened the doors for him.

Therefore, do what you can rather than worrying about what you cannot do. In that process, if you face hardships and the way out seems closed, continue running towards the exit anyway. Because you and Yusuf عليه السلام have the same Allah Ta’ala.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 27/11/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

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How to become a Friend of Allah

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Mujahadah means to strive for the pleasure of Allah. In the early days of Islam, Mashaaikh would prescribe intense spiritual exercises and thousands of dhikr. Sins were not as common, so this required great strength, making it a suitable form of Mujahadah for them.

As time has elapsed, sins have become extremely common making restraint very difficult. Therefore, the greatest form of Mujahadah in the 21st century is to abstain from sins. For example, before the invention of mobile phones, acquiring obscene material was difficult, now it is in our pockets. Just having a phone and not going on filthy sites for the pleasure of Allah is Muajahadah.

Furthermore, back in the days it was difficult to phone an illicit beloved. It was a great risk because what if someone else picked up the house phone? You would have to make an excuse on the spot to hide your haram intent. Now we all have mobile phones there is no need to call the house phone anymore, eliminating the risk of someone finding out. In fact, you do not even need their number anymore! You can just search for them on social media and you are bound to find them somewhere. Maintaining haram relationships is so much easier than it used to be, therefore, abstaining is much more rewarding than it used to be.

After fulfilling the basics of Islam, this is the secret to attaining wilayat (friendship with Allah) and a catalyst to reaching Allah. Without it, the chances of attaining wilayat are slim. May Allah grant us the tawfiq, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 13/11/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.)

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The Simple Solution


‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates the following incident:

A certain Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) once encountered a male jinn. On meeting the jinn, the Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) engaged him in a wrestling match and beat him!

After beating the jinn, the Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) remarked, “I find you to be small and thin. Your small forearms seem to be the forearms of a dog! Are all the jinn like you (i.e. weak and thin) or are only you like this?” The jinn replied, “By Allah! I am actually one of the strong jinn! Let us wrestle a second time. If you beat me again, I will teach you something that will benefit you.”

The Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) agreed and beat the jinn once again. As the jinn had promised to teach the Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) something that would benefit him, he asked the Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “Do you recite Aayatul Kursi?” When the Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied in the affirmative, the jinn responded, “You will not recite Aayatul Kursi in any home except that Shaitaan will leave that home while expelling wind (in fright) as a donkey expels wind. Thereafter, Shaitaan will not be able to enter that home until the morning.” (Sunan Daarimi #33381)

It has similarly been narrated that ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) once wrestled a jinn and beat him. The jinn begged ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to release him saying, “Free me, and I will teach you something through which you will gain protection from us (the jinn).” When ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) released the jinn, he said, “You will gain protection from us through reciting Aayatul Kursi.” (Tafseerul Qurtubi vol. 4, pg. 263)

Lesson:

When the topic of troublesome jinn is broached, many people feel that the solution and remedy will only be effective if it is complicated and exotic. They think that something as simple as reciting Aayatul Kursi is exactly that – too simple to have effect. This notion could not be further from the truth. After all, it takes only one small and simple bullet to bring down even the strongest of lions. Similarly, the power and effectiveness of Aayatul Kursi should not be underestimated on account of it being short and easy to recite. On the contrary – the ease with which it can be recited actually contributes to the benefit that a person will derive from Aayatul Kursi, as he can easily recite it multiple times daily, at home, at work, and at his ease.

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Considerate Even in Death


(Lessons from the Final Moments of ‘Umar [radhiyallahu ‘anhu] – Part Three)

During the final moments after ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was fatally stabbed, he sent his son ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) to the home of ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha). ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) instructed him thus, “Say to her that ‘Umar conveys salaam. Do not say that Ameerul Mumineen conveys salaam, as today I am no longer Ameerul Mumineen (as I am about to pass away). Tell her that ‘Umar bin Khattaab requests permission to be buried alongside his companions, (Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam] and Abu Bakr [radhiyallahu ‘anhu]).”

(The area in which they were buried formed part of the home of ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and thus belonged to her. Hence, ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) sought her permission to be buried there).

Following the instruction of his father, ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) proceeded to the home of ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) where he found her sitting and crying (over the loss that the Ummah would suffer through the demise of ‘Umar [radhiyallahu ‘anhu]). He conveyed the salaam of ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to her and then said, “‘Umar requests permission to be buried with his companions.” Hearing the request, ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) mentioned, “I was hoping to be buried there myself (beside Rasulullah [sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam], and Abu Bakr [radhiyallahu ‘anhu], her father). However, I will today give preference to ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) over myself.”

When ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) returned, and mentioned that ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had granted permission for ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to be buried alongside Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then further instructed his son, ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) saying, “After I pass away, carry my body (for the burial). Then ask ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) again by saying, ‘‘Umar requests permission to be buried with his companions.’ If she again grants permission, then bury me there. If not, then bury me in the cemetery of the Muslims.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #3700)

Lessons:

1. Who would not desire the good fortune of being buried alongside Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu)? Despite this being his ardent desire, ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) considered it more important to ensure that ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was not inconvenienced or oppressed in the process. Hence, he insisted that the request be placed before ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) for a second time, after his demise, in case she had a change of heart or had initially acceded to his request as she found it difficult to refuse due to her respect for him.

2. Although ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had the full right to decline the request of ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), especially as she herself wished to be buried in that area, she had such respect and reverence for ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), as the senior in Deen, that she happily gave up her own right and gave preference to him over herself.

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Mujahadah means to strive for the pleasure of Allah. In the early days of Islam, Mashaaikh would prescribe intense spiritual exercises and thousands of dhikr. Sins were not as common, so this required great strength, making it a suitable form of Mujahadah for them.

As time has elapsed, sins have become extremely common making restraint very difficult. Therefore, the greatest form of Mujahadah in the 21st century is to abstain from sins. For example, before the invention of mobile phones, acquiring obscene material was difficult, now it is in our pockets. Just having a phone and not going on filthy sites for the pleasure of Allah is Muajahadah.

Furthermore, back in the days it was difficult to phone an illicit beloved. It was a great risk because what if someone else picked up the house phone? You would have to make an excuse on the spot to hide your haram intent. Now we all have mobile phones there is no need to call the house phone anymore, eliminating the risk of someone finding out. In fact, you do not even need their number anymore! You can just search for them on social media and you are bound to find them somewhere. Maintaining haram relationships is so much easier than it used to be, therefore, abstaining is much more rewarding than it used to be.

After fulfilling the basics of Islam, this is the secret to attaining wilayat (friendship with Allah) and a catalyst to reaching Allah. Without it, the chances of attaining wilayat are slim. May Allah grant us the tawfiq, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

(Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 13/11/17 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.)

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Etiquettes of Serving and Assisting Others


1. As far as possible, assist people in need. If you cannot personally assist the person, try to arrange for others to help him.

2. If a person is uncomfortable with accepting one’s service and assistance, then one should not force his service and assistance onto this person.

3. By assisting orphans, one will be blessed with the companionship of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in Jannah.

4. Those who assist widows and needy relatives obtain the reward of jihaad.

5. If one is able to assist a person who is oppressed, it will be necessary to do so.

6. Providing people with water to drink is an act of great reward, even in areas where water is freely available. However, the reward is even greater when water is scarce.

7. Even assisting people with seemingly insignificant items brings great reward e.g. if a person is cooking and requires salt, then by giving the salt, one will earn great reward.

8. It is not permissible to assist or serve a person in anything that is impermissible.

9. If one failed to serve his parents and secure their happiness during their lifetime, he should make du‘aa for them and seek forgiveness on their behalf. It is hoped that through these actions, Allah Ta‘ala will cause his parents to be pleased with him.

10. Service to neighbours is very emphasized in Islam.

11. When serving or assisting anyone, ensure that it is done solely for the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala, not to gain favour with the person and extract favours later on.

12. If one is asked to carry out some service, he should ensure that he informs the person when the service is completed. Similarly, if he was unable to complete the service, he should inform the person. Failure to do so will leave the person in a state of apprehension and uncertainty which will cause him inconvenience.