The Importance of Ta’leem in the Homes (Majlis of Mufti Ebrahim Salejee)

(Highlights of Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee’s (d.b) majlis – Saturday 8th June)

Our pious elders would normally encourage that ta’leem be conducted at home. However, in this time and age with the type of environment we are exposed to it is has become almost fardh to do ta’leem daily at home. The ta’leem should be of kitaabs that are endorsed by our elders which have proven to be successful and effective.

Therefore, ta’leem should be conducted of Behishti Zewar and the fazaa’il kitaabs (Fazaa’il-e-Aa’maal and Fazaa’il-e-Sadaqaat). It should be preferably in the original language that they were written in i.e. Urdu. These kitaabs are more than sufficient for women to practise deen correctly.

Allah Ta‘ala states in the Qur’aan Shareef that it is only the knowledgeable from His servants who have fear. However, what does it mean to have knowledge, for you will find Christians and Jews who have more knowledge of the Qur’aan and hadeeth than any of us, yet they do not have the fear of Allah Ta‘ala. The actual meaning is that a person has knowledge in proportion to the fear of Allah Ta‘ala he has. The seeds of knowledge have to be sown into the fields of khashiyyat (fear of Allah Ta‘ala).

It is this khashiyyat that brings about the revolution in knowledge. It is like a child who only realises the enjoyment of wealth and women when he gains maturity. Prior to that he does not understand what these enjoyments are. Thus, to gain the true enjoyment of knowledge one requires khashiyyat.

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