A 19th Century British Manual On Eradicating Islam: How Far Have These Strategies Affected Us Today?

Below is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 04/09/18. It is an explanation of an article about the book “Modern Egypt.” To listen to the talk, click http://dawoodseedat.co.za/?wpfc_sermon=new-world-order-zikr-majlis. To read the book, click https://archive.org/details/modernegypt00crom.

Colonialism in the Muslim World has repercussions far worse than the occupation of land. It is an insidious, carefully-planned attempt to derail and disintegrate the Muslim Ummah. History bears witness to this. Everlyn Baring who is also known as Lord Cromer, was a British general in occupied Egypt between 1877 and 1907. Egypt was firm upon the laws of Islam. Cromer’s job was to assess the situation and devise a plan of action on how to eradicate Islam. He wrote a book on this strategy called “Modern Egypt.” Listed below are a few of his strategies:

1⃣ *The west will not tolerate an Islamic government (anywhere in the Muslim world).* Here an Islamic government does not refer to a Muslim country, it refers to Shariah law. For there are many Muslim countries, businesses, schools and homes, which are Muslim by name but not necessarily Islamic. Cromer comments that it would be “absurd” to assume that Europe would tolerate a “government based on purely Muhammadan ﷺ principles and obsolete oriental ideas.” (page 565)

2⃣ *Muslims must be forced to adopt the principles of Western civilization.* Though the term “civilization” may not be befitting here, because civilised people do not steal from other countries. In our Muslim countries, we are witnessing these principles being adopted and they are considered better than the principles set by Islam. Ask the Hujjaj, many returned from Hajj shocked. Saudi has become increasingly and quickly westernised in the recent months, they saw some of these changes. As Muslims we don’t notice the effects of westernisation, slowly but surely, it chips our deen away. Our Ulama have this foresight. I recall Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه would say in his duas, “O Allah we have drifted so far from Deen, we can no longer see the shore.” (page 538)

3⃣ *Westernisation must be introduced under the guise of women’s rights.* Cromer explains, “the position of women” in Muslim countries and her modesty, was a “fatal” obstacle in the introduction of colonial values. And today we see feminism introduced as a concept in Islam. (page 539)

4⃣ *The west must educate young, secular Muslims to become the rulers of Muslim countries.* Cromer hoped these secularists would cause a Muslim to “lose his Islamism”, and to “no longer believe that he is always in the presence of his Creator”, and only hang onto “the least worthy portions of his nominal religion” for the sake of convenience. (page 230)

We see this happening in Saudi Arabia after the young ruler Muhammad bin Salman became crown prince. Even in our communities we have Islamic events and functions that are more western than Islamic. How many of us say Walima is Sunnah, whilst being extravagant in them, playing music and allowing free-mixing? How many of us are guilty of using religion for convenience, picking and choosing when it suits us?

5⃣ *The west must reform Islam.* Cromer said the goal is to “demuslimise Muslims” until people are Muslim by name, but practise as an “agnostic”. He further admits this is because “Islam (itself) cannot be reformed”. (page 228 – 229)

When I read this, an example of Hazrat رحمة الله عليه  again came to mind. Hazrat رحمة الله عليه  said if a shop has a sign outside that indicates it is a clothes shop, or it is named as such, you would expect to find clothes inside. If the sign outside says butcher, you would expect meat. Imagine you walked inside and they were selling clothes, wouldn’t you be confused? Outside the sign says meat yet inside there are clothes, that is contradictory. Hazrat رحمة الله عليه  would say our Islamic names are signs that we are Muslim. Yet our actions are sometimes far from that of a true Muslim, presenting mixed signals to those who cross paths with us.

6⃣ *Muslim reformers would hate Ulama more than the Europeans do.* A westernized Muslim would consider Islamic scholars to be a “social derelict”, use him when it suits him, otherwise, disrespect him. On the other hand, European Christian intellectuals would look at him with sympathy as a “representative of an ancient faith”. This too, we see prevalent in our Muslim countries and communities, to the degree that pious Ulama are jailed for their Islamic views, in so called Islamic countries! (page 299 – 230)

7⃣ *Modernised Muslims will become diests.* They “will cast aside much of the teaching of Muhammad ﷺ”, establishing a different code to hold society together. (page 234)

The writer then concluded his article saying, “We can see therefore that Islamic reform started as a colonial project. A project that has been devilishly designed by European intellectuals to undermine Ulama, introduce secular humanist institutions, and gradually and inconspicuously lead Muslims away from the central tenets of their tradition. They knew that this reformed, liberal Muslim would not be a Muslim at all, but just a Europeanized invertebrate (i.e. a spineless being) who would manoeuvre the religion to his needs (to suit his nafs).

This seven-step process is exactly what is happening to Muslim youth in the West. They volunteer
themselves to Western academia and pop culture, and are led away from a truly Islamic worldview. And while they fool themselves into calling themselves “Muslim reformers”, or “Muslim feminists”, or “moderate Muslims”, or “liberal Muslims”, their puppet masters know that these are all contradictions in terms. Times change, but right remains right, and wrong remains wrong.”

That is the end of the article I received. They demonise us, make us feel apologetic, make us feel like we are the thorns in humanity, causing people and even Ulama to bend the rules of Islam to “fit in” with the very group of people, that are plotting against us. The question we must ask is – how far have these strategies affected us? Let’s look at one hadith to understand this. Nabi ﷺ said, “Do not delay in three things; 1) Salah when its time arrives, 2) Offering the Janazah Salah when the bier is present and 3) Marriage of a woman whose match is found”. (Tirmidhi)

Praying 5 times a day is done by a few in this Ummah rather than the majority or all, if a Nikaah is done in a few days the community would be shocked at the speed as delaying is the norm, and burials are often delayed rather than hastened. Thus, in these matters our actions are opposite to the directives given by Nabi ﷺ! We are supposed to be upholders of the Sunnah but this can only be done through acting upon the Sunnah.

The solution to overcome their attempts and that of Nafs and Shaitaan, is to strengthen our Imaan. Hold onto the Mashaaikh, Akaabireen and Ulama. We must not allow ourselves to get influenced by Music, TV, the fashion industry and western culture. Do not fall into the trap of justifying haram as halaal.

If someone were to make a list of all the harmful creatures that are found in the sea. It may sound dangerous; how will we cross? But the answer is simple – don’t go inside. Likewise, these strategies can only harm us if we allow them to enter inside our hearts, and we intentionally expose ourselves to sins and vices. Then we will have no one to blame but ourselves. But if we turn to Allah, He will be our protecting guardian and there is no strategy that can overpower the protection of Allah. May Allah protect us, guide us and keep us firm, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Lailatul Jaaizah And How To Ensure Your Qurbani Is Accepted

_Below is an extract taken from Hazrat’s talk. To listen to the full talk, visit http://dawoodseedat.co.za/?wpfc_sermon=4-things-to-be-wary-of-during-qurbani
The night preceeding Eid is known as lailatul Jaaizah (the night of Reward). For those celebrating Eid tomorrow (22/08/18), tonight is lailatul Jaaizah. Nabi ﷺ said, “Whoever spends the night of (Eid) al-Fitr and the night of (Eid) al-Adha in prayer, his heart will not die on the Day when hearts will die.” Meaning, owing to his worship on lailatul Jaaizah he will not be gripped with fear and anxiety on the Day of Judgement.

Any efforts made during this day and our ability to slaughter and sacrifice on Eid Al-Adha, is Allah’s grace upon us and His overriding will. When we do Qurbani, we are absolved of the waajib duty. The extent to which we are rewarded depends on the extent of our sincerity. Ibrahim عليه السلام was the sincerest and just like we copy his actions in slaughtering, our goal is to copy the sincerity of his heart in intentions too. When we do not do that and shamefully reduce this noble deed into bragging on social media, we water down our own rewards and efforts. This can be likened to a person who works hard all month but does not receive a paycheque at the end of the month. What was the point of all that hard work?

A group of Islamic Scholars will be amongst the first to be thrown into the fire. When they enquire why, Allah will respond, “You acquired knowledge so that people might call you a learned (man), and you read the Qur’an so that they might call you a reciter, and they have done so.” Know that a mere few likes, comments and fleeting attention is not worth your good deeds going unrewarded on the day of Judgement.

When cleaning up the blood and mess caused by Qurbani, it is easy to get ratty and irritable. Be careful to avoid this by guarding your tongue against swearing and vulgarity. Do not have fun at the expense of the animal and abstain from causing it excessive pain, otherwise, they will also reduce our hard-earnt rewards.

Lastly, be as modest as possible for “modesty is a branch of Faith”. (Bukhari)

The hadith that Nabi ﷺ called Faatima رضي الله عنها to see her Qurbani animal being slaughtered, cannot be quoted out of context to justify free-mixing. Yes, the incident occurred but in accordance to the laws of modesty. Thus, on Eid Al-Adha guard your eyes from roaming around and gazing at strange women. Have segregated seating at home because your extended family, cousins, and sister in laws/brother in laws, are not your mehrams.

Considering the importance of being modest, sincere and proper, some people question that where is all the fun then? But understand that Qurbani is not about fun. It is about fulfilling an obligation upon us in a manner pleasing to Allah.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

HAJJ: A JOURNEY OF LOVE AND SUBMISSION

Hajj is a journey of love and submission. From a perspective of logic, it would be easier to perform Hajj in other months, when it is less congested. However, we never do this, as it is from the submission of a believer to regularly defy logic and follow the commands of Allah instead. That is true servitude.

The pilgrims leave behind majority of their belongings to make a journey to Allah’s house. There they go from staying in a hotel, to sleeping in tents in Mina and on the ground in Muzdalifah, with the sand as their bed and the sky as their roof. Yet in such a humble state, they are happy – a happiness unachievable back home where our luxuries are.

That is because our sadness and stress in this world is due to our lack of deen, not lack of dunya. We don’t have Allah in our hearts as much as we should, so we live life with little reliance in Allah causing much worry. The entire journey consists of leaving behind luxuries and adopting simplicity. Even the Ihram consists of just two simple white cloths. It is a lesson for our hearts – in simplicity followed by worship, lies peace and happiness.

Thereafter in arafah, they raise their hands before Allah. Throughout the journey they may not remember our names in their duas, but they will remember the entire Ummah in general. Hazrat Ml. Yunus Patel (RA) would say that they are like delegates sent from all over the world. Allah has invited them to His court, to present the case of the Ummah to Him and to seek forgiveness on our behalf. Upon completing the rituals, they return home like a baby that has just been born – forgiven and pure.

So, this journey of Hajj, is a journey of love and submission. Not every believer can go due to various reasons, but we must at least have the desire. To be able to go is the grace of Allah upon us, He blesses whomsoever He wishes. May we soon be amongst them.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

How do I know when it’s Lailatul Qadr?

Nabi ﷺ said, “Search for Lailatul Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.” (Bukhari). Search is an instruction and anything Nabi ﷺ instructed is an act of worship. Worship is any act that leads to reward. Thus, making an attempt to spot Lailatul Qadr (the night of power) is worship and has its own merit, blessings and rewards. Our akaabireen informed us of various signs. If they are found on a specific night, it indicates that it could be Lailatul Qadr. Below are a few:

🔸 It is not too hot or cold outside. The temperature is just right.
🔹 You won’t hear dogs barking excessively.
🔸 The moon looks like half a “jafna” (i.e. half a plate).
🔹The night is calm, serene and peaceful.
🔸 At the end of Ramadan, you may realise that on one particular night, you felt at greater peace/worship on that night felt a little more special.

Signs indicate towards the night but they do not hold a guarantee. Therefore, after searching, exert yourself every odd night with faith, sincerity and humility. Go the extra mile and then a mile further. Once done, have faith and conviction that you have found it. End Ramadan on this positive note, and this will secure you the rewards of this night and the entire Ramadan InshaAllah. Afterall, “Deeds [are rewarded] by their final actions.” (Bukhari)

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

RAMADAN IS THE MONTH TO FAST, NOT FEAST!

Allah says in the Qur’an, “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed to those before you, so that you may develop taqwa”. The goal of fasting is to develop taqwa. Wise is the one who prepares accordingly by reducing sins and increasing his a’maal. Unfortunately, for most of us our goal has become filling our bellies with as many savouries as we can eat. Before Ramadan, our womenfolk are busy worrying about savouries and food in general, spending hours in the kitchen preparing them. During Ramadan we are meant to eat less than we normally do. We tend to do the exact opposite, eating better foods than normal! Our eating habits kill the roohaniyah that was meant to develop from controlling our appetite.

After all the samosas, pakoras, pies and laddus we consume, our bodies become lazy and tired. This makes it difficult to pray Taraweeh and Tahajjud and the essence of Ramadan is lost. This Ramadan put an end to this habit of over indulgence and extravagance. Speak to your wife and kindly tell her that you are not interested in over indulging. This will give her a chance to focus on worship rather than the kitchen. For the women reading this, sit your husband down and speak to him.

If he refuses then do not allow food to lead into an argument. There are already enough marital disputes in our Ummah as it is, so continue as normal with the intention to please Allah. If you have little children, preparing different savouries and desserts may be one way to get them into the spirit of Ramadan. This is fine but remember that our religion is one of moderation. Do what is required but do not overdo it. If you have little time for worship and most of your worries are on food, that is overdoing it. This may fill our bellies with food but it will empty our hearts of the noor of Ramadan which is such a shame and such a waste of reward, considering we may not even live to see the next. May Allah grant us the understanding, strength and willpower required to make this Ramadan a month of change, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

A Hindu’s story which teaches us to value Imaan

A non-Muslim randomly entered the the Masjid a short while ago (Hazrat is speaking of Masjid-ut-Taqwa in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa). After some time, I took him to the side and asked if he was ok? He simply replied, “I just wanted to pray”. He was visibly distressed. I enquired about his situation, and he began to share his worries with me.

He told me that he is a Hindu. His girlfriend is Christian with whom he has one child. After 9 years of dating, he wants to now marry her. However, her parents refuse to accept unless he becomes a Christian too. On one hand, he wanted to remain a Hindu. Yet on the other hand, if he were to do so, she would refuse to marry him and deny him the right to see his child.
Upon hearing this all, I advised him to pray to God. He said to me, “Which God? How do I pray? I have no God in my life.”

This reply really hit me. The fact that we can speak to Allah is such a great blessing that we take for granted. We can always take comfort in the knowledge that He is omnipresent, the hearer of our duas and our unspoken thoughts and the observer of our struggles, both apparent and concealed. But non-Muslims do not have that understanding. We can always knock on His door and He will always open it and accept us into His court of mercy, whereas non-Muslims cannot find the door, let alone knock and seek His shelter.

He then asked me if he could watch us pray our Salaah, so I allowed him to sit inside. After Salaah I offered to drive him home. On the way he said to me that he appreciated watching our Salaah, and that it was peaceful. Once again, I began to wonder, that just seeing the prayer put his heart at ease but he cannot pray due to the lack of Imaan. Allah has gifted us with Imaan which allows us to actually perform Salaah and experience a greater level of peace, yet we leave it out over small reasons. May Allah guide him to Islam and guide us to gratitude. Aameen.

Extract from a Bayaan of  Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

An Unsuccessful Mindset

A person once approached Hazrat Ml. Zakariyya رحمة الله عليه to seek his advice. He told Hazrat رحمة الله عليه that for the past two months when I return home from work, I ask my wife, “Is there anything to eat?” The couple were experiencing severe poverty at the time. When she replies that there is nothing, I opt to spend the day fasting. Hazrat رحمة الله عليه replied, “Alhamdulillah. You are acting upon the Sunnah.”

In other words, Just as Nabi ﷺ had fasted during times of poverty, this person would also be emulating Nabiﷺ. Therefore, although the situation is difficult, it is close to the Sunnah and reaps rewards. This was the mindset of Hazrat رحمة الله عليه. Hazrat would notice the Sunnah more than the difficulty. In contrast, our mindset has drifted far away from the Sunnah.

For example, if a man happily announces that he bought a spacious home in a posh suburb with a loan from his bank, what would our response be? Parents would gleefully remark, “Son, you have done well!” His new purchase would become talk of the town. Now his parents would want to purchase items for his new home, like a frame with the Kabah on it. The son would be hailed a success.

Yet in reality, what has the son done by taking an interest loan? He has waged war with Allah (Qur’an, 2:278-279). He has incurred his wrath and anger. Yet we are too drunk and intoxicated in the love of this world to notice or care. Considering him successful for indulging in haram shows that our mindset is more materialistic than Islamic.

Allah tells us in the Qur’an that Jannah is being prepared as we speak for the righteous. Righteousness is the criteria. It is the ticket we need to enter the gardens of Jannah, but what does it mean to be righteous? It means to tread carefully and cautiously on earth thereby avoiding displeasure of Allah as far as possible. This is success. Success is not the indulgence in interest and sins. No matter how common it becomes always remember, a sin is a sin. There is no good outcome for it in the hereafter even if its worldly state appears beautiful in our eyes.

May Allah align our mindset with Islam and save us from sins that tempt us to displease Him, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

THE CAUSE OF SINFUL DISOBEDIENCE

An electric current flowing through a circuit cannot be seen, but it causes a light to switch on which can be seen. The current of Allah’s love flows through our heart and minds. We may not see it within ourselves or others, but it leads to the obedience of Allah which is a light that can be seen. The sign of a break in an electric current is that the light will not switch on. An electrician needs to be called now, to identify and fix the fault.

The sign of a break in the current of love for Allah, it that a Saalik (a follower of Sufism) will be inclined to disobedience. A Shaikh needs to be called now, to identify and fix the fault. What has caused his love for sin to overpower his love for Allah? Is it Nafs, Shaytaan, or a change in circumstance? The Shaikh is skilled in this regard. He will ask him all the relevant questions, enquiring until the fault is found. Once identified it can be fixed immediately, allowing the current of love to flow smoothly again.

If there is no electric current, the freezer will defrost. If the electrician is quick, he will save the day. However, if it is left broken for too long, the food will rot and emit a foul smell. Now it will take much longer to sort the problem out. Though the fault was small, he left it for long and now it has disastrous consequences. Likewise, when we notice a spiritual weakness, we need to seek help as soon as possible. Otherwise, as time elapses it will worsen leading to disastrous consequences.

May the current of Allah’s love flow through our bodies causing us to live in His obedience and pleasure. Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Life is full of Choices

 

Life is full of choices. At times, we get carried away with our ability to choose between obedience and disobedience. We forget that this choice is a test, not a mark of our authority. In academic exams, those that studied hard would be able to answer correctly, whilst those that did not study would answer incorrectly. Both take the exact same paper, but the former will pass whilst the latter will fail. The exam is taken by all, not just the hardworking students.

Likewise, is life. We are living an exam, those that sin unrepentantly are exercising their choice for which they will soon pay the price. Upon death, this ability will cease to exist. Have you ever seen a deceased man come out of his grave, refusing to be buried? No, because he has no choice. We must not allow it to delude us into thinking we have control over our lives. On the Day of Judgement, our own limbs will speak out against us so what control do we assume, when our own limbs will be out of our control?

When the adhaan calls, you can choose to sleep or wake up for prayer. That is a test. Do not be deceived, your choice will not last for long. When the trumpet is blown, no one will be able to continue sleeping. We will all awaken and march in the same direction, towards an inescapable reckoning.

Therefore, in this worldly life, choose wisely. Those that do not follow Deen, outwardly, it may seem that they are free and in charge of their lives. But in reality, their choices are answers being recorded on this exam of life, for which they will soon pay. Our choice is only given to write this paper. Upon death it will be taken away from all, and gifted back to those who enter Jannah. There in the gardens, their choice will no longer be a test. It will be a blessing via which they will live and do as they please.

May we be amongst them, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Lessons from a Monkey, Moth and a Bird

I was walking with my children a few days ago and we came across a monkey. A moth flew into his hands and began hopping around until eventually, the monkey caught him in its grip. He was ready to devour the moth but suddenly his grip loosened, and the moth flew away. The moth began soaring high into the sky. The monkey jumped behind trying to catch him, but he was too high to reach. Just then, a bird came flying in that direction. The moth literally flew into the bird’s mouth and thus, the bird had his meal for the day.

From this little incident we can extract many valuable life lessons. In the search for wealth we are often like that monkey. We jump behind many opportunities to make as much money as possible, taking on our shoulders far more than we can bear. Understand no matter how hard you try, if it is not decreed for you, you will never acquire it. Just like the moth that flew right out of the monkey’s grip. So, do not be so hard on yourself.

In contrast, the bird did not exert any effort, yet his food flew right into his mouth. A little while later the monkey searched the bins and found something to eat. Therefore, never become despondent. Your efforts never go in vain. Perhaps Allah has also decreed your sustenance elsewhere. His treasures are unlimited, and He always has something in store for you.

To acquire it, we should not allow ourselves to be humiliated in our jobs. Some of us have bosses who swear and shout whilst we work like slaves for them. This is not what Allah wants from us, He does not expect us to endure humiliation. If you are not respected as a human being where you work, search for work elsewhere. On the other hand, never be the one to humiliate those that work for you. You are not paying them, Allah is paying them via you so be kind.

The second lesson we can learn is on perspective. When the moth was trapped in the hand of the monkey, it appeared that he would be eaten in his hands. Whereas in reality, he was safe there. As soon as he flew out he thought he had acquired freedom. Little did he realise, he was flying to his death. Likewise, we often find ourselves trapped in the hands of difficulty. The measures we take to come out of it must always conform with Shariah. If it does conform, then know that you have pleased Allah and this temporary difficulty of yours will be a means of permanent ease in the hereafter. However, if it does not conform to the Shariah, then no matter how free we may seem death will eventually catch us out.

For example, in a financial problem it is impermissible to take a loan with interest. Those that do may seem to be flying high financially with a stable home and job. Little do they realise; the angel of death is waiting, and this financial freedom will eventually lead to destruction. Therefore, do not fall in love with mere worldly delights. Know that nothing is fool proof in life. Never be too sure of yourself or your means. Understand that life will be full of tests so do not reduce yourself or sacrifice your faith to come out of them. Rather, adopt a dignified means coupled with reliance on the Almighty, and your tests will soon turn into blessings in disguise. May Allah make it so, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله