2011 Musjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa .
Hazrat Moulana Dawood Seedat Saheb (DB)
FOR DEEN OR NAFS ?
Through the progression of time, we have become an ummat of justification, an ummat that looks to justify its actions to meet its own ends. An example of such can be borne out by the young adult, in the cusp of adulthood, looking to take on the world. He will look to justify every action for his own satisfaction and in the interim breaking numerous commands of Allah Taala. After a while he settles down and Allah Taala grants him Basirat and Hidayat. Now when his children attempt to go down the similar path that he went down when he was at that age, he will advise them on the folly of their action/s. this is the benefit of hindsight, and the parent will even say, “If I could change those days, I would.” The attitude of the child would be to justify the action by suggesting that the parents practiced similar deeds when they were young.
An indictment on this ummat is the reverse of the above scenario. Unfortunately adults have now sort to justifying their actions whilst being correctly educated on matters of deen, by those same beloved children that we have sent out to the various institutions of deen. It is indeed calamitous that as parents we have reduced great and sacred works of deen and knowledge to places where we send our children to “get themselves sorted out” because we as parents are too naïve to listen to them. When these children now return as ambassadors of deen and are keen to practice on what they learnt, they are met with trepidation and nonsensical justifications from those same parents who took great joy in announcing that their child was out in the path of Allah. What confusion is now being created in this child’s heart? Have we sent that child in the path o Allah’s deen for deen or to satisfy our own nafs.
Another important facet of deen that receives huge amounts of justification is the issue of purdah. From our conduct at family functions and events, it has become glaringly obvious that we have surpassed the mantra of shariat regarding the laws of purdah and reduced it to excuses and justifications on how we need to breed family unity by having these events and breaking essential laws of deen in the process. Hence we need to introspect and ponder over the question, are we practicing for Allah’s deen or for the pleasure of our nafs.
Amongst the various remedies to rid ourselves of continuously justifying our actions, is this very simple meditation. When one is contemplating the justification he is about to set forth, then consider if such justification would hold any weight in the court of Allah Taala. Ultimately that is what matters, for tomorrow, on qiyaamat day, without doubt we will have to stand before Allah Taala and answer for our justification.
Above transcript extracted from Haz. Mol. Dawood Seedat Saheb's Majaalis in dated 02 June 2014. Should you wish to listen to the full programme, download the MP3 audio file from HERE