2011 Musjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa .
Hazrat Moulana Dawood Seedat Saheb (DB)
WHY SAHABA (R.A) INFLUENCED SOCIETY AND WE ARE INFLUENCED BY SOCIETY
During the advancement of Islam, people practicing completely different ways of lives had come to accept Islam at the hands of Sahaba (R.A). Such was the impact of Sahaba (R.A) that they were not only the catalyst for people changing their lives, but also their language, which in itself is a major feat. A clear illustration of this is Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa where Arabic is the spoken language of vast tracts of people.
The question that follows is, why aren’t we influencing our societies on such dramatic scales, if at all? In fact, to a greater degree, we need to ask ourselves why are we being so easily influenced by the the evil influences of the western society? The answer to these questions can be found in the lives of Sahaba (R.A). Hadhrat Moulana Yunus Patel (r.a) used to say that Sahaba (R.A) had two outstanding features that will answer our questions.
· Their love for Allah and Nabi (Salallahualaihiwasalam) was of such a level that once they entered Islam, whatever sacrifice was required, regardless of health or wealth, life or death, they were prepared to sacrifice it for Islam. Not only did they make the ultimate sacrifrice, but they did it happily and with a great degree of love and sincerity. Their love for Allah superceded everything else.Their love for Nabi (Salallahualaihiwasalam) can only be aptly explained as being the epitome of the hadith wherein Nabi (Salallahualaihiwasalam) commanded us to love him more than we love ourselves.
· The second outstanding feature they possessed was following the sunnah of Nabi (Salallahualaihiwasalam). Regardless of where they were or whatever the situation, making amal on the sunnah of Nabi (Salallahualaihiwasalam) was always of paramount importance.
How do we develop these qualities?
To develop love for Allah Taala we need to become involved in the deen of Allah Taala and in doing some work of deen. Regardless of which work it is; social welfare, tabligh and dawat, khanqah etc., we will continuously be taking the name of Allah Taala. With continuous effort and remaining in the zikr of Allah Taala then awareness of Allah Taala will come into the heart and eventually the chain of love with Allah Taala will become established. When we will walk towards Allah Taala, Allah Taala will come running to us.
For sunnah to come into our lives, a concerted effort is required. We need to make a study of the sunnah and an effort to practice. An easy prescription is to firstly get a kitaab detailing the sunnats of Nabi (Salallahualaihiwasalam). Open to the first page and see which sunnats we are practicing on and tick them off. Then find the easiest of the remaining sunnats that we are not practicing on, and start practicing on that until it becomes part of our lives. Then move to the next one and soon we will become embodiments of sunnah.
Once we have gained love for Allah Taala and Nabi (Salallahualaihiwasalam) and we make our lives embodiments of deen and sunnah, then slowly but surely we will become the great influences that Sahaba (R.A) were. Allah Taala will then use us as inspirations for others. Hadhrat Moulana Yunus Patel (r.a) used to say that we write our history with the ink of a pen, Sahaba (R.A) wrote history with their blood.
This Majlis was conducted in Shallcross on 20 May 2014. Download the Audio file HERE