2011 Musjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa .
Hazrat Moulana Dawood Seedat Saheb (DB)
A Viable Partnership
Above transcript extracted from Haz. Mol. Dawood Seedat Saheb's Majaalis dated 30 Nov 2014.
In the course of our everyday lives, we are faced with the inevitability of different interactions and partnerships. These acquaintances are generally made for a multitude of reasons, ranging from marriage and friendships to the complexities of business partnerships.
Among the various partnerships, perhaps the least sophisticated is the one between spouses, yet this ceremonial partnership has so much to offer the true saalik. The opposite spouse will easily decipher the shortcomings and failings of the other and can actually be a great motivating factor. This however is dependent on their ability to think and act in a clear and rational manner, with the laws of deen being their guiding light.
In the business world the formation of partnerships are common place. A simple example to illustrate the formation of the partnership would be, one person may have a good storage facility but no resalable item, while another may have a resalable commodity but no storage facility. The partnership is then formed, based on their need, and for their mutual benefit. A similar inference can be drawn from the formation of our general friendships that are based on superficial gain and the need to have a “good time.”
As Muslims we should look at our friendships and acquaintance from an Islamic perspective. We need to work out how our friendships are beneficial in helping us to attain the ma’arifat of Allah Taala. If a person is having difficulty waking up for Fajr salaat and his friend who has mastered the skill of waking up early for Fajr salaat assists him, then we will say that is a true friend, a person who has your best interest at heart. Likewise friends should be able to help each other to stay away from the various fitnahs that are so prevalent. This is the mettle of a true friendship.