Sheikh Ibrahim Mia (ra)

I used to have a mulberry tree that grew on the side of the pathway to my house. Whenever, Sheikh Ibrahim Mia rahmatullah alayhi visited he used to enjoy the mulberries. Sometimes, we used to send mulberries to him as well.

Unfortunately, this tree used to bear so much that the pathway often becomes messed with dropped fruit. We thus cut down the tree. When Sheikh rahmatullah alayhi visited us thereafter, he told us that fruit trees are sadaqah jaariyah (they are means of earning perpertual reward) and we should not cut them down. When we moved to our new home, Sheikh rahmatullah alayhi used to take walks in the garden and identify various plants. If he saw a fruit tree he would remind us about earning sadaqah jaariyah through that tree.

 

On many occassions when people asked Sheikh a mas'ala, Sheikh used to refer them to an Aa'lim who was a mureed, rather than answer himself even if he was aware of the answer.

He also preferred to give the view of the respected Mufti Rida-ul-Haq (db) of Darul Uloom, Zakariyya.

Our Hazrat (ra) used to make extremely loud zikr. Zikr used to be in the small room at the back of the musjid. At times our Hazrat's zikr used to be so vociferous and audible that it could be heard at a cafe known as Zam Zam Cafe which was approximately 100m from the musjid. The intensity of the heat of the zike used to be so severe that Hazrat (ra) would unwittingly remove his head gear (topee) from his head.

When Mol Abrarul Haq (ra), Khalifa of Hazrat Thanvi (ra), on one of his visits to SA performed salaah in Musjid Abraar (now known as Abraar Courtyard, part of KMSZ Masjid) our Sheikh stood up in front of the whole gathering and told Mol Abrarul Haq, “I am not sure if my ruku is according to Sunnah.”

Sheikh made ruku and Mol Abrarul Haq then showed him how to make ruku according to the Sunnah.

A mureed relates...

Once I was walking out of the musjid with Sheikh Molouna Ibrahim Mia (Rahmatullah Alayhi). Sheikh was in a hurry to get home (home was a few doors away) as he had a runny tummy.

I told Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayhi) that his runny tummy was probably the result of something he ate.

Sheikh responded by saying, “Never say such a thing. That is a minor shirk. Everthing is from Allah.”

Lesson: Our Imaan demands that we attribute all good and bad from Allah.

During March 2012, Sheikh Hazrat Mol Ibrahim Mia (Rahmatullah Alayhi) toured KZN promoting the recitation of Durood. I accompanied Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayhi) to Durban. The plan was to conduct programmes at May Street Musjid (Zohr), Musjid-us-Saliheen, Sherwood (Maghrib) and Westville Juma Musjid (Esha).

Enroute to Durban, we received a call from the Imam of Westville Juma Musjid that the ameer of the Tabligh work there had requested Sheikh to address the musallees during the weekly Tabligh Bayaan slot.

Further, Mufti Ebrahim Desai (db) of Darul Iftaa, Sherwood, requested Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayhi) to address the students of the Darul Iftaa after supper.

In my mind, I thought this was an ideal opportunity for Sheikh to promote the work of the zikr & islhah.

It came as a surprise then that Sheikh when addressing the students, spoke nothing in that line. In fact, Sheikh went on to advise them how to be good muftis and I remember him cautioning them to very careful when issuing fatawa. They were advised to research their work properly and not feel shy to say they don't know rather than say the wrong thing. If they slipped up, there was a chance of the community also slipping on the wrong path.

After Esha at the Westville Juma Musjid, Sheikh now took the weekly Tabligh slot. Here, Sheikh gave a “pukka” Tabligh bayan and even did a good tashkeel for the brothers to go out in the path of Allah. I clearly remember the Tabligh ameer shaking his head in surprise during the bayan. After the bayan, the ameer came to me and expressed his astonishment at the good Tabligh bayan Sheikh had delivered. He had expected something different and told me his regulars must be thinking he “paid” Sheikh to speak on those lines.

Lesson: Even though we may be involved primarily in a certain work of deen, we should not look down upon other efforts of deen and support those works in whatever way we can.

A mureed relates his story thus...

In Ramadaan of 2008 or 2009 a fire broke out in the yard of my business and started spreading fast. Containers in the yard were burnt and soon the fire started sweeping towards the building. Alhamdulillah, through Allah's mercy and the timely intervention of the local fire brigade the fire was extinguished before more damage could be caused.

During the same Ramadhaan I went to the Khanqah musjid for itikaaf and during my consult with Sheikh Maulana Ebrahim Mia (Rahmatullah Alayhi) I mentioned the incident.

Sheikh's (Rahmatullah Alayhi) only comment was that my zakaat was not discharged properly. Now that year I had made it a point to properly calculate my zakaat and even got an Aa'lim to check my working paper. Foolishly, I told Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayhi) that I had indeed properly worked out my zakaat. Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayhi) responded that fires are caused when zakaat is not discharged properly.

Allah only knows my condition for the next few days. To me it seemed that the result of my offering an explanation or excuse to Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayhi) was now the cause of severe spiritual trauma for the next few days. Although I was in itikaaf in the musjid, I felt that my Imaan was hanging onto me by the weakest of threads. All my deeds felt empty and hollow. Never did I feel so down and out spiritually. After much taubah, a few days later, Alhamdulillah my condition returned to normal.

It was then I realised that Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayhi) was correct. I had recently inherited some gold jewellery from my late mother and had forgotten to take that into account when calculting my zakaat.

The incident showed to me the firasat (insight) of our Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayhi) and the foolishnesh of offering lame excuses to the friends of Allah.

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) had said :
“Beware of the Firasat (insight) of the Mu`min, for verily, he sees with the Noor of Allah.”

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