Sheikh Ibrahim Mia (ra)

A few days before Ramadaan 1432 ,Sheikh needed to speak to me after Zohr Salaat. I was unaware that he needed to speak to me.

Sheikh waited for me to complete my Sunnat Salaat. He stood some some distance behind such that I was totally unaware of his presence. Only after I had made the second salaam I noticed Sheikh waiting for me. Allah reward Sheikh abundantly. If it is us waiting for somebody who is performing salaat we will sit on the side and make sure he is made aware of our waiting and distract him from worshipping Allah.

In March 2012, Sheikh toured KZN promoting the recitation of durood. On Sheikh's Stanger leg of the tour, the programme took place in Musjid-e-Nur in Stanger.

Supper followed at Br Ahmed Gora Moolla's home. The next programme was scheduled for Esha the same night in Shakaskraal.

The timing was tight to travel to Shaka's and the trustee of the Shaka's musjid still had to be contacted to "ok" the programme for immediately after the fardh salaat.

At the very last minute before Sheikh could leave for Shaka's, Hafez Abubakr Ismail requested Sheikh to visit a group of hifz class boys who were having a braai.

Ahmed Gora and myself were against the idea as the time was now "real right."

Sheikh, however said that he will visit the boys. As I walked with Sheikh to visit the boys, he told me that we should strive to make people happy. Allah loves those who make others happy.

A few days later Sheikh and myself had supper at with Mufti Ebrahim Desai, Sherwood, Durban. Mufti Saheb is a khalifah of Mufti Mahmood (Rahmatullah Alayh)

Sheikh and myself shared the plate. Sheikh took a liking to the "bhaji" and mince curry saying that the bitterness was good for his sugar. As he result he dished out a second helping in our plate. The result was that neither Sheikh nor myself really had an appetite for the chicken curry that was served. Sheikh then told told me to dish out some chicken curry as the ladies of the house had made great efforts to prepare the food. We should at least eat some chicken curry and thus make their hearts happy.

On many occasions I have heard how Hazrat Aisha (RA) mentioning how she could tell just by looking at the plate she would know which plate Nabi (Sallalahu alayhi wasalam) ate from, as his was the cleanest plate.

Sheikh's habit is that his plate is always cleaned thoroughly. Not only that, but should soup/haleem be consumed the bowl too is thoroughly cleaned by Sheikh. He would use his fingers to wipe every last morsel from the utensil.

Our Sheikh has an excellent habit of communicating to people.

Calls, SMS's and emails are always attended to. Hazrat usually attends very promptly, unless he is on safar when they may be a slight delay.

Should Hazrat find a "missed call" on his mobile phone, Hazrat will not ignore it but will respond to it.

How often do we ignore missed calls, sms's and emails especially when a response is required?

I have noticed on more than one occasion that Hazrat was perturbed when he received sms's with no name attached to it. Hazrat indicated it would be more easy to assist the person with their problem if they had indicated their name. Nevertheless, Hazrat did respond to their SMS's.

My humble opinion is that people should indicate their name when corresponding with someone for 2 reasons:
1. It creates no doubt or worry for the recipient.
2. It is a Sunnah to start letters with your name.

Comment from Sheikh Ml Ishaak Mia Saheb:


With regard to if it is a sunnat to start a letter with your name. indeed this is a sunnah of the ambiya as well as Nabi Sallahu Alaihi Wassallam, if you look at the quraan A'ayat regarding Sulaiman Alaihis Salaam it is mentioned "verily it is from Sulaiman . . ." and if you see all the letters of Nabi Sallahu Alaihi Wassallam it had his Mubarak Name in the start of the letter.

Mol Ishaak

I usually give Sheikh detailed feedback regarding the Itikaaf programme every year after Ramadhaan.

Once, in my feedback I complained that in that particular year we had too many youngsters. The result was that we experienced much talking and some disturbance.

Sheikh responded and said to me that if we are not going to experience any difficulty then how are we going to practise sabr and tolerance.

On many occasions Sheikh has requested me to make dua for him. One day I plucked up the courage to ask Sheikh, "What dua should I make?"

Sheikh responded, "I want two duas. 1. Death with Imaan & 2. A good death."

Subsequently I have heard mention in his majlis that over his lifetime Sheikh has met many of our pious mashaikh and akabireen and their common request for dua was for death on Imaan.

Many organisations and companies tend to flounder after the founder of the organisation retires, leaves or passes on.

The reason is that the founder did not learn how to "take work from people."

As simple as it sounds, this is a very important skill and one which very few people harness and master.

Our Sheikh has sometimes subtlety and other times directly got not only khulafa but others too to do some khidmat of deen.

From the kitchen to jalsas and to zikr/durood majaalises, Sheikh has engaged mureeds to the extent that scores of people are engaged in some effort of deen.

I remember one occasion in 2011. It was a Shab Guzzar night in KZN. Sheikh specially called a few of us to sit with him while having supper. Sheikh motivated and encouraged us to give some of the mureeds "portfolios" and responsibilities and engage them so that work can be taken from them. He went to the extent of saying that we should make them feel "important" so that they become encouraged.

Let us also start using this skill. Often we complain that it is the same people who are doing the work. This is an indication that we are not effectively utilizing the skill and we are not effectively utilising our human resources.

May Allah grant us the taufique.

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