Sheikh Ibrahim Mia (ra)

Shortly before Sheikh Ml Ibrahim Mia's (Rahmatullah Alayh) demise a few of us from Kzn visited Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayh) at his home in Lenasia.


After enquring about Sheikh's health we told Sheikh about a home visit we had done in order to encourage someone towards deen. This person was far from deen, but Alhamdulillah, Allah opened the heart towards understanding.

Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayh) was greatly pleased about this and advised us thus:

  1. The effort of connecting the peoples heart to Allah must also be done on a one to one basis.
  2. Allah will be greatly pleased by those who will visit the people in order that they may turn towards Him.
  3. Sheikh advised that the effort of the Khanqa must start adopting the methods of the Tabligh Jamaat i.e.
    - Door to door visits to mureeds and general muslim public
    - Have special programs for those doing the work to keep them motivated
    - Have regular mashwerah with workers

May Allah accept us all for deeni work.

A khalifa of our Sheikh Hazrat Moulana Ebrahim Mia (Rahmatullah Alayh) narrates: "I accompanied Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayh) on one his KZN lecture tours. We were invited as guests for most of our meals and our hosts really fed us well.

After our Stanger programme, Hafez Abu Bakr invited us home for tea. Now, as we were leaving his home (we were in his driveway), Hafez Abu Bakr rushed to us with a container of biscuits. Full as I was with a heavy lunch, supper and tea, I declined the biscuits. Hafez Saheb insisted I take the biscuits yet I repeatedly declined the offer. All the while, Sheikh remained silent. The end result was that I didn't take the biscuits and we proceeded to Durban to spend the night there.

We had booked ourselves in an apartment and reached there quite late. As we settled down, Sheikh reminded me that we had spent the day serving the people and now we must not neglect our own daily mamools. He then proceeded to complete all his mamools before retiring for the night.

We read fajr salaat the next day at the West Street Musjid. On our way back to the apartment, I asked Sheikh if he would like some biscuits with his tea. Sheikh replied in the affirmative and I proceeded to a cafe to buy a pack of biscuits. Biscuits are usually stocked at all cafes in South Africa.

Upon asking the Cafe staff for biscuits I was told they had none. Strangely, the next cafe I tried also had no biscuits. I was totally perplexed and so I walked out with 2 Kit Kat chocolates instead.

Sheepishly I told Sheikh what happened. Sheikh rebuked me and said that when Allah sent you biscuits last night you refused. Now , even with money in your pockets you will not get biscuits!

I learnt the lesson well that when Allah sends something without you asking, you should not refuse it.

Below is an excerpt from Fazail Sadaqaat.

Khalid Ibne Ali Radiallahu anho reported Rasulullah Sallallaho alaihe wasallam as saying: If anyone happens to receive something from his brother Muslim, without his asking for it and without his feeling inwardly greedy for it, he should not reject it but rather accept it, for it is his sustenance which has been sent by Allaha Ta'ala.

Note: There are quite a number of Abadith to the effect that, if anyone receives a gift from someone, without asking for it and without being greedy for it, he should accept it; for its nonacceptance amounts to a rejection of the Bounty of Allah Ta'ala and implies ingratitude towards Him. That is why most of the Sheikhs (Divines)  accept gifts from people, even against their own sweet will.

Hazrat Sheikh Moulana Ibrahim Mia (Rahmatullah Alayh) from time to time use to advise Imams on how to carry out the Imamat fuction.

Some of these advices were:

1. Be considerate of the mussallees.
Do not read very long qiraat.
Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayh) was VERY PARTICULAR ABOUT KEEPING TO TIME when it came to bayaans. Bayaans were kept to time and not dragged on.

2. Read the qiraat at a moderate pace. Not too fast or too slow.
On one occasion the Imam in Mt Vernon, Kzn read qiraat of the Esha salaat very slowly. After the Salaat, Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayh) called the Imam and advised him not to read so slowly and to read at a moderate pace.

3. Use your position of Imam to advice the mussallees on the deen. Don't just perform the salaat.

4. Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayh) used the advice the Imams to pause after every ayat of Surah Fatiha, rather than to read by joining the ayats.

5. Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayh) was very particular of the reading salaat with the correct postures according to the Sunnat and used to train the mureeds practically to do the same.
Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayh) himself on occasion specially visited Hazrat Moulana Abrarul Haq (ra) to ask him to correct his postures of salaat.

6. Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayh) used to advise Imam's to allow musallee's time to make their intentions for salaah & also advised them to practice on the Sunnah of saying 'straighten the saff's'

7. The Imams were advised to read the Sunnah Qiraat in Fardh Salaat as follows:

  •    Fri Fajr: Surah Sajdah, Surah Dahr.  
  •    Fajr (On occasion and as per sunnah, Surah Falaq, Surah Naas)
  •    Fri Maghrib: Surah Kafiroon, Surah Ihklaas
  •    Witr: Surahs A'la, Surah Kafiroon, Surah Ihklaas

Additionaly the Sunnah Surahs as below was emphasised:

  • Fajr & Zuhr:  Surah Hujuraat to Surah Inshiqaaq
  • Asr & Esha:   Surah Burooj to Surah Qadr
  • Maghrib:       Surah Bayyinah to Surah Naas

It is reported that Sayyiduna ‘Ali Radhiyallahu Anhu used to say: “I cannot understand how any intelligent Muslim would go to bed without reciting Ayatul Kursi.” [Azkar – page 80]

It is narrated in another Hadith that, if a person recites Ayatul Kursi at bedtime, an Angel will be appointed to protect him, and Shaytaan will not be able to approach him until morning. Whoever recites Ayatul Kursi while lying on his bed - he will be in Allah’s protection, and even the surrounding homes [neighbours] will be protected. [Marginal notes of Hisn Hasin, page 139]

Note: The recital of Ayatul Kursi – especially at bedtime – wards off many misfortunes, including the whisperings of Shaytaan and black magic. Women especially should regard it as compulsory upon themselves to recite it together with the Mu’awwathatayn every night.

[The Sublime Conduct of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam – by Mufti Muhammad Irshad Ahmed Qasim mudda zilluhu]

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.

When Mol Abrarul Haq (ra), Khalifa of Hazrat Ml Ashraf Ali Thanvi (ra), on one of his visits to SA performed salaah in Musjid Abraar (now known as Abraar Courtyard, part of KMSZ Masjid, Lenasia, South Africa) 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.

In the last week of October 2011 (Dhul Hijj, 1432) I drove Sheikh from Westbrook to Empangeni and back.

This was because Sheikh was the Juma speaker there.

Along the way Sheikh recited the Quran Shareef and engaged in Zikr.

Upon our return to Westrbrook, Sheikh in passing mentioned that one could comfortably read 1000 x 3rd Kalimah going to Empangeni and 1000x 3rd kalimah on the return trip.

This I took to mean that Sheikh himself read that much on the trip.

Alhamdulillah, I have been fortunate to drive Sheikh to a few places over the years. I have never seen Sheikh to waste time. He is always busy in Zikr. If he is early in the musjid, he likes to recite the Quran Shareef.

Whenever, I visited Sheikh while he was staying at the Westbrook flat, he is usually busy reading and writing kitabs,

As for Ramadhan, what can I say! All are witness to how Hazrat values his time. It reminds one of the stories of Hazrath Sheikh (ra). Not a moment is wasted and meeting with people is kept to an absolute minimum. In fact it seems to be an ordeal for Hazrat to meet people in Ramadhan.

May Allah grant us a spark of this quality that our beloved Sheikh (ra) possesses.

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