ATTITUDE AND METHOD OF NASEEHAT OF THE MAJLIS ULAMA OF SOUTH AFRICA

Our attitude and method of naseehat are spontaneous and stems from the heart. It is difficult to change one’s style——a style which emanates from the heart and which is the product of Deeni concern. While superficially it appears to be logical to argue that more people may be attracted to our message if we adopt a softer attitude, at the back of our minds we discern that in practice this will not be so. Inspite of our outward “harshness”, in actual fact there is no real harshness. We simply state the Haqq and we detest to leave people in ambiguity regarding any Deeni issue. Over the years many thousands of people from all over the world and from all walks of life have referred to us for Deeni guidance. Even modernists, university students, professionals, doctors, lawyers, young girls who do not observe Purdah, fussaaq and others, all refer their hearts’ problems to us, and this despite the fact that they are modernists and aware of the orthodox and strict stand of the Majlis. Something is attracting them in spite of their modernity. We believe that, that something is the Haqq. When a word comes from the mouth it reaches only the ears of the audience. But when it emanates from the heart, it penetrates the hearts of the audience.
Brother, we do not choose deliberate hard words to convey our naseehat. Allah Ta’ala has created people with different attitudes and different dispositions. In this world there is a need for all types. At times, the normal and usual ‘soft’ naseehat is not sufficient to jolt people from their slumber of indifference. A strong injection or an amputation is sometimes necessary. Sometimes a sweet medicine simply is of no avail. Just as there was Isaa alayis salaam so too was there Musaa alayhis salaam. Both had different attitudes and dispositions, poles apart. In the same way, there was Umar radhiallahu anhu on the one extreme and Uthmaan radhiallahu anhu on the other extreme. But both were on the Haqq and both had their respective successes. Anyhow, in this matter Allah Ta’ala knows best. Make dua for us that Allah Ta’ala grants us good hidaayat and the ability and taufeeq to give naseehat in the proper and in a beneficial manner. If we are wrong in our attitude, may Allah Ta’ala forgive us and rectify our wrong.
We are not perturbed by what others comment in regard to our style. We firstly endeavor to recognize the Haqq and for the sake of Allah Ta’ala the naseehat is made in the way in which we think is only proper. We have seen considerable dividends over the years in our style. Even if initially some people may conclude that we are crazy, ultimately the very same people, if they are sincere, will be attracted by the Haqq in some way or the other.
The writer has nothing much to tell about himself. He is just as ordinary as you. He is in need of your duas and the duas of other friends and well-wishers. His Ilm is deficient and he lacks in Taqwa. However, by the Fadhl of Allah Ta’ala and the barakat of his Sheikh, Hadhrat Masihihhullah rahmatullah alayh he has managed to walk a tight-rope and remain on the Haqq while surrounded by baatil. This is not due to any goodness or virtue of the writer, but due solely the Fadhl of Allah Ta’ala and the duas of the Asaatizah and the illustrious Sheikh who has guided us when we were plunged in darkness.

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