THE NEED TO HAVE AN ELDER

Western education shows us only external aspects of life, but
Islamic education shows us the external and it also changes our
outlook and mentality. It brings about mental discipline.
However, this comes when you constantly consult with your
elders.
Hazratjee Moulana Maseehullah Khan (rahmatullahi ‘alaih)
would say that the corruption and problems that we have
nowadays is on account of people not having any senior and
guide. Each person feels that he is not questionable since there is
no one above him. Even a small home cannot operate and
function if there is no head. It has to have a head to move in the
right direction.

Among the reasons for the success of the Tableegh Jamaat is
that they do the work for no material gain and benefit, and
secondly they listen to what the ameer has to say; everything
has to pass through him.
Man naturally looks for a role model and someone to follow.
If he does not have this then it will be the media and
environment that will rule his life. He will then want the latest
fashion and follow what the rest of the people are doing.
In worldly matters we agree that we need to have a head and
senior to gain direction, but it is only in deen that we feel that
there is no need to have a senior. In the past, people would just
listen to what their elders had said to them without any
reservations, even if it was an elder brother who told the
younger brother to do something.

 

 

Advices of Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (d.b.) – Stepping Stones