Submitting Ourselves to Allah and Overpowering our Nafs and Shaytaan

Darul Mahmood

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Submitting Ourselves to Allah and Overpowering our Nafs and Shaytaan

Allah Ta`alaa says:

خلق الإنسان ضعيفا

Human being is created weak. [1]

The weakness referred to in the verse also includes the weakness of the inner self (Nafs) which has pride, arrogance, greed, anger, argumentativeness etc.[2]. These traits lead one to evil and wrongdoings. Allah Ta`alaa says:

إن النفس لأمارة بالسوء

Surely, man`s inner self often incites to evil. [3]

The weakness of the Nafs leading to evil is aggravated by the Shaytaan (Satan), our avowed enemy. Allah records the vow of Satan:

فبما أغويتني لأقعدن لهم صراطك المستقيم. ثم لآتينهم من بين أيديهم ومن خلفهم وعن أيمانهم وعن شمائلهم ولا تجد أكثرهم شاكرين

Because You have sent me astray, surely, I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your straight path. Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right…

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When business is bad, and believe me it’s tough out there, then here is an excellent business opportunity for you. It’s called Peeri-Muridee, and here is an 8-step easy guide to fabulous riches:

You need to be a male in your 40’s, with a huge beard, preferably white or flaming red, with a huge exotic-coloured turban on your head;
You cannot trade in your own country because you will be easily identified. For maximum profits, you must be prepared to travel worldwide, never staying for more than a week at any destination;
You need the gift of the gab. Take a course in psychology or voice modulation as this will be your best asset. You also need some credibility, so you will maybe have a fake certificate from a Madasah, and a pair of fake sandals of your own Shaikh that you never seen in your dreams too;
You have to become a “Sayyid,” or forge a birth certificate saying that you are a Naqshbandi, or a Qadri, and that your grandfather was the water-carrier of A’la Hazrat;
You need to “look” pious and be prepared to wake up for tahajjud daily. However, you may sleep the entire day and even skip the Zuhr and ‘Asr prayers. You also need to have a huge sandal-wood tasbeeh in your hand and visit the dentist for a teeth-whitening treatment. Paan or cigarette stains are a put-off;
In order to attract customers, you either need a ghost-busting Jinn to help you, a beautiful voice to enchant others, a bit of scribbling experience to write fake taweezes (amulets), and some rare phrases from the works of Rumi or Sa’di to sweep the rich and gullible off their feet with phrases you don’t even know the meaning of;
You need to know exactly the weaknesses of the Muslims in terms of their belief and practice according to the area they live in. Wealthy areas are the best places to target where people are normally most gullible and ignorant. If you don’t know this, you will not know how to bait your hook, either with a mielie bomb or a worm, to trap your victim;
Lastly, you must be a real charmer and be able to convince any woman, even if her husband disagrees with her. The way to a man’s wallet is via his wife’s confusion!

Now, before anyone says that I’m against the pure science of tazkiyah and tasawwuf (the science of purifying the heart), let me state that an obvious fact: just like how you have genuine doctors and quack doctors, you also have genuine Murshids (spiritual guides), and fake one’s. These are called “Shark Sahibs.” They are becoming very popular nowadays because people don’t know what the role of a Murshid or a Peer is anymore. Our ignorance of their function in the spiritual realm has made them target our wallets, and not our hearts anymore.

The purpose of a genuine Murshid is to identify our spiritual weaknesses and guide us on the path of purity, ultimately reaching our Creator with a sound heart. A spiritual disciple (mureed) is asked to complete certainzikrs (incantations) daily, and confide his personal, business and social problems to his Murshid so he may be guided to do the correct thing. He is introduced to the Greatness and Uniqueness of his Creator, and is asked to emulate the example of the Noble Master, Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) in all facets of life. Questions pertaining to life, birth, death, the unseen, and the secrets of the Almighty’s workings – issues which cannot be attained from any university, – is normally to be attained whilst being humbly seated at the feet of a Murshid.

But, the above function sounds pretty boring. Who wants to attend school after spending 13 years at school? Adults are trailblazers, they don’t need to be told what to do, they do whatever they want to do. So, a Murshid, for us, doesn’t translate into entering into a binding contract to lead our lives with pious discipline, but a shortcut to Paradise. Worst still, we think it’s a back-door entry into Paradise! We can do any wrong or commit any amount of sins, our Murshid will be there to save us! This concept of “salvation guarantee” is very wrong.

For most of us, a Murshid is there to be revered, and to be massaged to attain his blessings. He is supposed to perform some karaamats (miracles) and have kashf (inner illumination), know something of the unseen, and be able to extract “hidden” meanings from the Qur’an. The most dangerous, self-defeating belief that we have is that we, the ordinary masses, are gross sinners and are unable to reach our Creator on our own, or get our prayers answered. For these things, we are in need of an intermediary, a pious man called a Sheikh or Peer Sahib, who will get us close to our Creator if given unconditional obedience. Our Peer Sahib is our passport to paradise, we just need to give him the best type of jalebi (sweetmeats) daily.

This ignorance and our own lack of faith, or wrong concept of it, has led many Peer Sahibs to make such ridiculous claims such as:

When you take the bai’at (oath of allegiance) at his hands, he becomes your representative to your Creator, your official lawyer. So, at the time of death, he will be there to recite the shahaadah(testimony of faith) on your behalf, he will be there to answer the three questions in the grave posed by the fearsome angels, and he will take your hands and lead you straight into paradise;
He claims to be present, in body and shape, in several places at a time. He also claims to perform several miracles, including producing two moons in one night, being able to converse with the dead, and being excused from praying in the nearest Masjid, as his soul migrates to Makkah five times a day;
He exaggerates in the virtue of certain verses. For example, he says: ““Whoever recites this ayah even a single time, will attain the rank of a certain saint.” He also makes Islam very simple by saying: “You are leading a very hectic life and you are very weak. Just choose one Sunnat a day, and it will be suffice for you.”
If you cannot complete your devotions for the day (some Peer Sahibs require daily SMS notifications at a certain time), then you can confess it to him without fear. He can forgive you for it, or even adjust your religion to suit your life!

This type of blind following has placed the Peer Sahib above the Qur’an and Sunnah, making him near-divine and creating a rival with the Creator Himself. We no more open the Qur’an and study, or do some religious studies, Peer Sahib is our crutch. He knows everything! We need to realize that our Creator is nearer to us than our own “jugular veins,” and even the biggest of sinners need only left their hand in sincere repentance to be heard by the Creator Himself. Peer Sahib doesn’t know himself whether he is going to heaven or hell, how will he take you to paradise? As for performing miracles like flying in the air and walking on water, these are done effortlessly by birds and fish. Flying or swimming are not signs of piety, anybody can do so if they practice, rather piety and strict adherence to Islam are.

As Peer Sahib becomes accustomed to easy money in his religious fraud, his “consultation fees” also becomes more. As he gains the trust of people, he even becomes more important to them than their own spouse or parents. He commands wives to travel with him to foreign places without the permission and the accompaniment of their husbands, they ask brothers to break ties with each other, and threaten “bad luck” and “divine punishment” if any of his orders are disobeyed! He studies your responses before the time, and answers all your misgivings even before you can ask him!

And when a rival Peer Sahib arrives in town, then it’s an all-out turf war! In fact, many fake Peer Sahibs have made much wealth for themselves by proving the falsity of other fake Peer Sahibs, and diverting all the money from them to him. Such trickery only comes from much experience, and recognizing such trickery by the people also only comes from experience.

And who said Peer Sahibs cannot be professional? Some even have rate lists. If you want them to pray for a son, its R2000-00, for blessings in business, its R5000-00, and to keep your wife young forever, R8000-00! Of course, a small damm (blowing) would at least expect a small gift like a box of Ferreros in return! These scam artists paint the “Men of the Cloth” in bad colours, yet, people fall for them all the time, hook, line and sinker!

Finally, we need to realize that no one can have a relationship or be an intermediary with our Creator, besides oneself. We cannot “outsource” salvation. This is a deeply personal and sacred matter. The fact that people are so involved in it shows how superstitious they are. Such people are trapped in a spider web. The punishment for those who don’t have correct faith is that they will catch a man who stole his R1-00 in his shop, but he will not be able to see the man who is stealing his millions, and destroying his paradise with his own money. And he still thinks he is the most wise man!

Maulana Khalid Dhorat

Cleaning Your Inner-self

Just think, if for any reason a person does not take a shower for a few weeks, what would be the state of his body?

Obviously his body would start emitting a very awful stink!

Remember, he cannot get rid of that stink even if he decides to put on new, branded, expensive clothes or by lavishly spraying his body with a designer perfume.

The only way he can overcome that stink is by thoroughly washing his body and getting rid of all that filth that has gathered on his body.

However, this is all about cleaning our outer self.

What about cleaning our ‘inner-self’ [the real state of our nature, mind, nafs (soul) and heart]?

Please bear in mind that in order to achieve the genuine piety and proximity to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala it is of vital importance to clean our inner-self. If our inner-self is not free from filth then we can never achieve the required level of piety even if we put on the ‘outer garments and perfumes of piety’ because Allah is fully aware of the state of our inner self!

 Maintaining Family Ties

One kind of inner-filth that is commonly witnessed today is possessing ill-feelings for our relatives. This ill-feeling in most cases leads to breaking family ties.

In Islam the bonds of kinship and the rights of other Muslim brothers and sisters play a pivotal role in our lives. All Muslims are to show kindness, generosity, and respect towards both their nearest and the most distant relatives.

Shariah has emphasized on maintaining family ties (Sila Rahmi), and has strictly warned against breaking them (Qata Rahmi).

Our Creator has stressed the importance of maintaining good relationship with the next of our kin as per the hadith given below:

Narrated Abu Huraira (RadhiAllah ‘anhu): Nabi Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘alayhi Wasallam) said,“The word ‘Ar-Rahm’ (womb) derives its name from Ar-Rahman (i.e., one of the names of Allah) and Allah said: ‘I will keep good relation with the one who will keep good relation with you, (womb i.e. Kith and Kin) and sever the relation with him who will sever the relation with you, (womb, i.e. Kith and Kin).’” [Sahih Bukhari Hadith No. 5988].

Nabi Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam has also said“He who desires ample provisions and his life be prolonged, should maintain good ties with his blood relations”.[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Yet in another hadith narrated by Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (RadhiAllahu ‘anhu), Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam said, “There is no sin more likely to bring the punishment of Allah in this world as well as what [punishment] Allah has in store in the Hereafter than transgression [oppression/rebelling] and severing family ties.”[Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2511, Sunan Abu Dawud, Hadith: 4866 and Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 4211]

Quite often you tend to drift apart from some of your close relatives for any wrong they might have done to you. You stop communicating with them and at times you are not even ready to visit them if they fall ill or are hospitalized.

We hear of siblings not on talking terms with one another for years, a son breaking ties with his parents, youngsters not on speaking terms with their uncles/aunts, cousins at loggerheads with each other, one-time best friends not ready to even look at each other – the list is endless.

Islam does not teach us that. You not only have to forgive them for the wrong that they might have done to you but to reciprocate it by being good to them. This is the most difficult thing to do, but then it is the real test of your Imaan!

Nabi Sallallahu ‘alayhi Wasallam has said in one hadith:“Al-Wasil [the one who keeps good relations with his kith and kin] is not the one who recompenses the good done to him by his relatives, but Al-Wasil is the one who keeps good relations with those relatives who had severed the bond of kinship with him” [Bukhari]

We have a perfect example in the Golden Pages of Islamic History!

Among many people who benefited from the generosity of Abu Bakr Siddiq (RadhiAllahu ‘anhu) was his cousin Mistah (RadhiAllahu ‘anhu). The latter, unfortunately was one of those who were involved in spreading the false rumours related to the Mother of Believers, Ayesha (RadhiAllahu ‘anha).  When the verses of Surah An-Noor in which Allah declared the innocence of Ayesha (RadhiAllah ‘anha) were revealed, Abu Bakr Siddiq (RadhiAllahu ‘anhu) took an oath that he would no longer support his cousin Mistah (RadiAllahu ‘anhu).

Regarding this issue Allah Almighty then revealed the celebrated verse: The high ranking and wealthy ones among you should not take an oath not to spend on their relatives, the poor and those who migrate in Allah’s path. They should forgive and pardon. Do you not like Allah to forgive you? Allah is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful. [Qur’an 24:22]

No sooner did Abu Bakr (RadhiAllahu ‘anhu) come to know about this verse, he not only resumed his cousin’s financial assistance, but increased it over what he used to regularly give him!

Given below are some of the ways in which you can practically implement this great virtue in your life:

  1. Make restoring the broken family ties as one of your important responsibilities in life!
  2. If you realise you have messed up then instantly admit your wrongdoing and extend your apologies, even if you have to humiliate yourself while doing so! At times, overcome by arrogance and pride, we do not want to apologise. ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (RadhiAllahu ‘anhu) reported: Rasul Sallallahu ‘alayhi Wasallam said,“No human being will enter Jannah if there is as much as the weight of a mustard seed of arrogance in his heart,” [Musnad Aḥmad 6526].
  3. Reach out!Be the first one to extend an ‘Olive Branch’ (say or do something in order to show that that you want to end a disagreement or a quarrel) regardless of who really is at fault.
  4. Before you extend that ‘Olive Branch’ make sure it is a fresh one(and not a rotten one!) which means whatever you do, you do it with full sincerity and with the sole intention of acquiring the pleasure of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. 
  5. Let bygones be bygones!Your intention should be to resume the old ties with even more cordiality than before.
  6. Try constantly to keep in touch with them by visiting them or by regularly communicating with them. Also, send them an occasional gift.
  7. Invite them at your home once in a while for lunch/dinner/a cup of tea or for Iftar during the month of Ramadhan.
  8. If you are not fully acquainted with some of your far relatives sit down with the elders of your family and ask them about these relatives. Draw a Family Tree and keep a copy for yourself and also distribute to the rest of the family members.
  9. Spend your Sadaqah (Charity)/Zakat on your poor relatives. We have clear instruction from Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala that our Sadaqah/Zakat should be for our relatives as well as the poor and needy ones in other parts of the world.
  10. Even if you are not at odds with any of your kin but you know about certain people who do not see eye to eye then you should try to intervene as a mediator.In that case you are even allowed to speak something that is not true.According to a hadith narrated by Umm Kulthoom (RadhiAllahu ‘anha) Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alayhi Wasallam said“He is not a liar who reconciles (quarreling) people by relaying or saying good (but untrue) things.”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim] 

Remember, Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala has promised to keep good relations with those who keep good relations with their family members.

May Allah Subhahanu wa Ta’ala  make us of those who maintain their Ties of Kinship…Ameen.

M.B.Ahmed

THE BID’AH OF KHATME KHWAJGAN

THE BID’AH OF KHATME KHWAJGAN

QUESTION

Madrasah Arabia Islamia of Azaadville has published an article on the virtues of the Khatame Khwajgan practice which is observed with such constancy and fervour that the idea of this practice being Sunnah has been created. Is this a Sunnah practice?
ANSWER

Although Khatme Khwajgan is a practice consisting of thikr and dua, it has attained Bid’ah proportions. It is most certainly not Sunnah. The format of the practice is inimical to the Sunnah. The abhorrence of a form which has no Sunnah substantiation has been conspicuously portrayed by Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu anhu) when he had harshly expelled from the Musjid a group who had initiated a practice of thikr similar to Khatme Khwajgan.
Only morons and bigoted peer-worshippers will have the stupid audacity to claim that Hadhrat Ibn Mas’ood (Radhiyallahu anhu) was anti-Thikr, having “insufficient knowledge, foolishness and having evil thoughts”, as the U.K. Molvi Kholwadia states in the article extolling the virtues of the non-Sunnah Khatme Khwajgan practice.
If Allah Ta’ala wills, we shall publish a detailed refutation of the article of Madrasah Arabia Islamia. The proponents of this practice have presented an exaggerated picture of its virtues, and the importance accorded it has definitely ushered Khatme Khwajgan into the domain of Bid’ah.
Instead of khatame khwajgan, adhere to Khatme Qur’aan, Durood Shareef, Istighfaar, Nafl Salaat and Dua in solitude and individually. All these collective/congregational practices which have no origin in the Sunnah, invariably develop into hardcore Bid’ah Sayyiah (Evil Innovation). This has been the downfall of the Barelwi-Qabar Pujaari Bid’atis and of Bid’atis of other hues. They eventually become “Kilaabun Naar” (Dogs of the Fire).
About the people of Bid’ah, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Verily, Allah deprives every man of bid’ah from making Taubah.” This should be more than adequate for overwhelming the follower of the Sunnah with fear. Before indulging in a practice which has the form of ibaadat, ascertain whether it was Ibaadat during the age of the Sahaabah. If it was not, then stay far from it. What induces men to accord preference to practices which have no Sunnah origin. Shaitaan is our open enemy. Bid’ah is his snare with which he entraps even the Aabideen, hence Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“One Faqeeh is harder on shaitaan than a thousand Aabideen.”

13 Zil Hajj 1440 – 15 August 2019

QAARIS AND SHEIKHS

JUHHAAL AND FUSSAAQ

Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallahu anhu) narrated that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “During Aakhiruz Zamaan (the era in close proximity to Qiyaamah) there will be juhhaal ubbaad and fussaaq qurraa’.” The ‘worshippers’ will be juhhaal – absolute morons. They will interpret bid’ah as Sunnah and rejection of bid’ah as rejection of Sunnah. The qaaris will be fussaaq – vile, flagrant sinners. Both categories of villains are in abundance in this era. The so-called khaanqah sheikhs are among these juhhaal. They are scandalously ignorant of the meaning of Tasawwuf. Their brand of sufi’ism is in fact satanism. They are in the fake ‘sufi’ business for monetary and other worldly motives. The qaaris are among the worst fussaaq. A mockery of the Qur’aan is made in qiraa’t competitions and displays by these clean-shaven qaaris as well as by other reciters who extravagate money for their Qur’aan recitation. In other narrations they are described as munaafiqeen and absolutely rotten – rotten to the core.

RAMADHAAN – ADORNING THE ROOH

RAMADHAAN – ADORNING THE ROOH

Once Hadhrat Moulana Maseehullah Rahmatullahi alayh advised a person who complained bitterly about his evilness and extreme weak spiritual state that: “Do not focus so much about your sins. Rather use your energies to reform yourself by making Taubah.”

The person responded by saying “Hadhrat, every time I make Taubah, I break my Taubah. So what is the sense of making Taubah?”

Hazratjee replied: “Clean clothing gets dirty after a day or two. It is understood that the clothing needs to be washed. No one says: “What’s the sense of washing my clothing. It will get dirty again. Similarly, the soul gets dirty when sin is committed. Just as one regularly washes and changes one’s clothing, so is there a need to “wash” the soul regularly even though you fear that you will sin again.”

Subhanallah! What a brilliant method of explaining the need for continuous Taubaah. What a wonderful remedy to cure the wasaawis (whisperings) of Shaytaan. We did sin and soil ourselves but, with the Fadhl of Allah, we shall humbly walk through the doors of Taubah, with cap in hand… again and again. His is the Court whose doors never close. His is the Mercy which embraces the worst of the worst. His is the Forgiveness which with just one heartfelt “Astaghfirullah” (I seek forgiveness), an entire life of sins is forgiven though the sins may be more than the foam of the oceans.

Yes, Ramadaan is here! Yes, it is the month of Mercy and Forgiveness. Yes, it is time for a good scrub which paves the way to Taqwa. Taqwa is obtained by combating the nafs. The nafs feeds upon excessive eating, excessive sleeping and excessive association. Ramadaan is a time when Allah Ta’aala has compelled us to restrict the eating, drinking, sleeping and cohabiting.

The benefits of combating the nafs is that its power to incline towards evil, vice and wickedness is substantially diminished. The reprehensible qualities such as greed, malice, pride, jealousy, love of the world, vanity, love for fame, love for wealth and anger is diminished substantially. Obliteration is impossible for man is saddled with this basic animalism called nafs until death. He is not under any obligation to uproot his nafs, he is only obliged to control it. Fasting snips, cuts and smothers the power of the nafs. It removes the sting and steam from it.

The rooh, which is the opposite of the nafs, is strengthened whenever the nafs is opposed. The rooh is the source of good qualities. It is the engine of goodness, purity and nobleness. When the rooh is strong and pumps with vitality, virtuous qualities flow freely from that person. Tauheed, sincerity, truth, generosity, patience, tolerance, humility, and fear of Allah etc. becomes secondary to one’s disposition. Ramadaan is a month to lessen our association with the Creation and bond ourselves to our Creator. This bond cannot be acquired by indulging in fanning the flames of greed and negligence by entering competitions, shopping, feasting and indulging in an abundance of socialising, amusement and fun.

Ramadaan is a time for training the rooh to submit to Allah’s Will. Food there is plenty but a true Muslim submits and refrains from eating, the bed is comfortable but a true Muslim stands for Taraweeh and trains his nafs to submit to the Shariah. After the scrubbing, comes the adorning of the rooh with the apparel called Taqwa. “And the clothing of Taqwa, that is best” (Qur’an)