2011 Musjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa .
Hazrat Moulana Dawood Seedat Saheb (DB)
Above transcript extracted from Haz. Mol. Dawood Seedat Saheb's Majaalis dated 16 Feb 2015. Should you wish to listen to the full programme, download the MP3 audio file from HERE
When the example of the thorn and the rose is used to explain the value of keeping the company of the pious, many different dynamics are used. Two parables can also be used.
• The thorn is something that is never recognized when one speaks of the beauty of the rose. The rose remains the central focus.
• The thorn never seperates itself from the rose.
Such is the relationship between the sheikh and mureed and the value of this association. The mureed, like the thorn, should not complain of his lack of apparent value in the eyes of people. By his association with the Ahlullah he will be counted from amongst them.
Hadhrat Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb (r.a.) narrated a comparison drawn by Hakeem Akhtar Saheb (r.a.) when Hakeem Saheb was on safr in South Africa. He mentioned that the sand that is excavated from the mineral mines takes on the similar properties of the mineral resource itself. He used the example of gold. If we look at the huge mine dumps in Gauteng, it is apparent the dumped sand has a distinctive yellow/gold colour. Similarly, by association, it is inevitable that the saalik will gain similar properties of the sheikh, depending on how sincere and how seriously he takes it.
The same is also true of the effect of sin. When a person will associate with people involved in sin, the hatred for that / those sins will leave him. When this happens it is inevitable that the person will now be drawn towards committing the sin.
As has been explained the company we associate with is extremely important. The bearing of this company has a great influence on the general outlook. “Company” is not restricted to human form, it also takes the form of print and visual media. Using these tools, the mind can be stretched in any direction. The use of print media is particularly destructive. There are no limits to perception and imagination when one reads and visualizes what is being read.
It is therefore extremely important that parents remain vigilant and aware of what they themselves as well as their children are reading, watching and DOWNLOADING FROM THE INTERNET.
Attachment through association