Pride and it’s Remedy! ~ Moulana Naeem Motala Saheb DB


 An explanation on one of the Wa’aaz of  ‘Arif Billah Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahab Damat Barkatuhum’, dealing with the aspect of Pride and it’s Remedies … by Moulana Naeem Motala SB

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “He who has even a mustard seed’s worth of pride in his heart will not enter Jannah.”  (Muslim)

 Pride is such a sickness … Such an illness … Such a disease … It keeps on returning and it is therefore necessary for a person to check his Nafs all the time and to see whether this Bemari (sickness) is there or if it has disappeared. If we don’t rid our hearts of Pride, then the consequence is that a person will be deprived of the Wilayat of Allah Subhanahu~Wa~Ta’ala.

All Greatness, Loftiness, Supremacy belongs only to Allah Subhanahu~Wa~Ta’ala! We are the Makhlooq (creation) of Allah … There is no need for us to behave in a manner in which we think others to be inferior and we think of ourselves to be superior! How can one display pride and arrogance in this world, when the true results will only become manifest on the Day of Qiyaamah?

A person can never become a Sahib-e-Nisbat (A Wali of Allah) until one regards himself to be insignificant … “I am the worst sinner…. I’m trying but I haven’t fulfilled the right of Allah Subhanahu~Wa~Ta’ala’s worship! I am drenched in sins” …. When a person genuinely and sincerely feels this unworthiness, then in the eyes of Allah he becomes honored! And the person who deems to be something great, then in eyes of Allah he is nothing!

So many years of Ibadat (Zikr, Tilawat, Hajj, Umrah, Roza) made by a person who is connecting himself to Allah Subhanahu~Wa~Ta’ala, can be destroyed the moment one speck of pride sets in and this connection (Muhabbat) with Allah breaks…

Pride is likened to an atom bomb that can destroy our possessions in a instant … Hence, when a person has pride in his heart then he has to remove this pride from his heart otherwise all the good deeds he has accumulated will all be destroyed!

What was the sin of shaytaan? … Pride! … I am better than Aadam … “Oh Allah! You created me from fire, you created him from sand … What’s better … Sand or fire? Why should I bow down to Aadam!” … So this was the pride! And what was the result and consequence … Allah expelled him from Jannah!




Justice in Islam ~ Moulana Naeem Motala Saheb DB

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنْكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ ۚ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ
Innallaha ya’muru bil adli wal-ihsani wa-eeta-i-zil qurba wayanha ‘anil fahsha-i walmunkari walbagh- ya-i-zukum la’allakum tazzakkaroon 
Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition. (Surah An-Nahl 16:90)

An explanation of a verse from the Qur’aan Shareef with numerous examples of incidents between the Sahaba RA, which outline the laws pertaining to ‘Justice’ in Islam …

Every Friday (Yaum’ul Jum’muah) before the second Khuthbah terminates we hear this verse (above) being recited. Known as the most comprehensive verse of the Holy Qur’aan, it is condensed with all the teachings of Islam and Shariah. The laws of Islam and Shariah are so beautiful and full of Justice. Islam commands us to be just and fair. Our Nabi Sallallahu~Alaihi~Wasallam and the Sahaba RA were living examples of how to deal with people justly and how one should not be oppressive.

Allah is absolutely ‘Just’. One of His beautiful names is Al A’dl (The Just). Allah Subhanahu~Wa~Ta’ala judges in the best of ways and in the most accurate way … He does not oppress ‘any’ person! Not even that amount which is equivalent to an atom! Allah is fair! Allah has made oppression Haraam upon believers. A person will be in hardship, misery and utter darkness on the day of Qiyamah because of Oppression. Allah Subhanahu~Wa~Ta’ala, bids morals of high value and forbids those things which are immoral and low.


Don’t Lose Hope in the Mercy of Allah! ~ Moulana Naeem Motala Saheb DB

وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مَخْرَجًا وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ ۚ وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَالِغُ أَمْرِهِ ۚ قَدْ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدْرًا

Wa may yattaqillaa ha yaj-‘al lahu makhraja – wa yarzuqhu min haythu la yahtasib – wa may-yata-wakkal ‘a- lallaahi fahuwa hasbuh – innallaha balighu amrih – qad ja ‘a lallahu li kulli shayin qadra

“… And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out, And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion. (Surat at-Talaq, 65:2-3) 

 An inspiring and motivating talk which gives “Hope” to a group of addicts undergoing rehabilitation, expounding on the qualities and attributes manifested in two beautiful Names of Allah Subhanahu~Wa~Ta’ala (Ar-Raheem, the Most Merciful and Al-Ghafoor, the Most Forgiving). The Greatness of His Forgiveness and Mercy is so vast that no one should despair of it, despite the amount of sins he may have committed …



Excerpts and Quotations taken from the Talk >>>


“This test is not something that we do not know the answers to. We know the questions and we know the correct answers, hence its not a difficult test at all!”


“When we come into this world … Nobody’s perfect … We make mistakes … We make errors … We make blunders … but, Allah is so Forgiving and Loving (Al Ghafoor ul Wadood)”


“Allah wants us to turn to Him! Allah is there for us all the time! Allah never abandons us!”


“We make mistakes and we turn to Allah Subhanahu~Wa~Ta’ala. Allah is there for each and every one of us! Allah is too loving, too kind! He has the doors of forgiveness wide open for us. All we need to do is turn to Him. But when we turn to Allah, we don’t play games with Allah.”


“Allah observes every single thing! A tiny little black ant which is under a rock on a dark night … Allah Subhanahu~Wa~Ta’ala can even hear the footsteps of that ant!”


“We have to connect ourselves to Allah! Allah is there for us all the time! The rest of mankind may leave us … They may abandon us … They may forsake us … But Allah is not like that! … We have to have this conviction! We have to believe in this! And until we don’t believe in this, then Shaytaan will play games with us! He will make you feel low, spiritually low, lazy …”


“When you feeling low what do you do? Talk to your Allah! He hears you! He is As-Samee! He is Al-Baseer! He is watching you and hears you and knows your condition.”


“There are hundreds of examples of people who were totally away from the Deen of Allah Subhanahu~Wa~Ta’ala … and ‘overnight’ they became the ‘True Friends’ of Allah! Why? They were sincere. They were dedicated. And when they made this pledge to Allah they kept to it.” 


“When you say Allahu Akbar! What is the meaning of that? Allah is Great! There is nobody greater than Allah. We are talking to Allah! Do you think that, that Allah, who you are praising and calling out to is not going answer your Du’aas? Impossible! Allah answers our Du’aas … It’s a matter of time, conviction, dedication, loyalty, sincerity ….”


“You can make Du’aa to Allah in any language you wish … English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Arabic! Speak to Him!”


“You see a flock of sheep … And suddenly you see a wolf coming … What is the wolf going to do? … He is going to wait for just ‘one sheep’ to stray onto one side … And then it will attack the ‘one sheep’! As long as the sheep are all together, the wolf won’t take a chance! Like that, if we keep ourselves in ‘good company’, then we will be safe from Shaytaan …”


“Be strong … Be positive … Don’t go backwards! There is no question of going backwards > Once the milk is taken out of the udder of the cow you can’t put it back in!”




Upbringing of Children ~ Moulana Naeem Motala Saheb DB

…In the closing verses of Surah Furqaan, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala has mentioned and awarded the title of  ‘Ibaad ur Rahmaan’ (True Slaves of Allah) to His honourable and favoured servants. There are ’12 Qualities’ displayed by these bondsmen which will indeed gain them unique honour in the Court of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala …

In a discussion, extracted from this series, Moulana emphasizes on the ‘Upbringing of Children’ 

رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا

Rabbana Hablana min azwaajina wadhurriy-yatina, Qurrata a’ayun wa-jalna lil-muttaqeena Imaama

  O my Rabb! Grant unto us wives and offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and give us (the grace) to lead the righteous [25:74]

A child is one of the greatest asset of society (of any nation) … Therefore it is important that the upbringing (Tarbiyat) of the child must be done in an ‘excellent manner’ … If we want children to become leaders of society and the community, then we have to ensure that they are brought up in a manner which is pleasing to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. The Tarbiyat of the child does not begin ‘after’ it comes into the world. From the time it is in the womb of the mother the child is already being affected. Whatever affects the mother affects the child … A twig or a branch, (in it’s initial stage) is easy to twist and bend in any way we wish but as it becomes dry it is impossible to mould … Similarly, it is easier to influence the development of a child in its preliminary (infant) stages …

When a child is born, the first thing Shariah tells us to do is: “Give the Adhaan in the right ear and Iqaamah in the left ear”… You are already manifesting and teaching the child on the Greatness of Allah … He has come into this world through the command of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and has to obey Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala … We teach the child Tauheed (the Oneness of Allah) … We are already directing the attention of the child towards Salaah! … Adhaan and Iqaamah are given and thereafter what takes place? Salaah … After Adhaan and Iqaamah there is not much time before Salaah takes place … Similarly is our life in this world … We have come into this world … Adhaan and Iqaamah has been given and we are just waiting for our Janaazah Salaah to take place!

Parents have extremely great rights over their children … Jannah lies under the feet of the mother .The father also has great virtues and rights. The children are expected to give them their due but when the Tarbiyat is not made correctly and parents themselves are not ‘Role Models’ , then we are faced with challenges …Parents do not have Taqwa (piety), their lives are not simple and they do many things that are displeasing to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala … How is the child then going to inculcate good and noble habits and restrain himself from evil practices?

“A child’s mind is like a slate and whatever you are going to draw there is going to be etched into the child’s mind”

There is a manner of reprimanding the child that is disobedient and many a times we ‘Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child‘ . If they do not listen after that, we beat them up or we curse them! Is the coolness of the eyes waking up in the middle of the night to see your child performing Tahajjud Salaah or is the coolness of the eyes seeing your child battling in the Rehab or having an illicit affair? Showing and teaching children with love is very important! Most of us ‘abuse’, ‘threaten’ or ‘instill fear in the child’s heart’ and after the child has grown up, then we are trying to change the child’s condition … Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam showed so much of Muhabbat (love) for children. How often have we heard that he was in Sajda or Ruku, when his grandchildren jumped on his back! Whenever he would return from Safar he would give the little children a ride on his camel and then enter Medina Munawwarah. Whenever there was a first fruit of the season, Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam would give it to the children and make them happy … He would never deceive or lie to a child … Why do we lie and make false promises to a child? If we promise a child something we are bound to fulfill that promise otherwise the child will lose confidence in the parent …

Some Rights of a Child

• The father should choose a (pious wife) good mother for the child

• The parents should choose a good name for the child

• The child should be taught Deeni Taalim (Qur’aan,Hadith etc)

Like a sponge that is immersed in water … A mind of a child takes in everything it sees and views … If the child’s mind is kept ‘pure’ with Salaah, Zikr, Tilawat, Ibadat and Du’aa then his Tarbiyat is being made correctly!