The Sheikh’s Reprimand
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Sometimes a sheikh repeatedly corrects a mureed and still the mureed
does not do as advised. If this Sheikh is a true and Kaamil Sheikh
then his anger upon that mureed will not be because of his nafs.
It will be due to the fact that this mureed is disobedient to Allah
Ta’ala. As such, the Sheikh will constantly reprimand his mureed.
That Sheikh who is not ‘kaamil’ and ‘mut’taqee’,
will get offended, if after the second reprimand, the mureed does
not conform. His anger is based on the fact that he keeps before
himself, his status as a Sheikh, whose every instruction has to be
heeded and followed through by his mureeds. Due to him considering
only himself, he gets angry when his mureed does not listen.
This anger is not for Allah Ta’ala but it is because : “I
told him three times and he still has not kept a beard. I told
him half a dozen times and he is still taking drugs. I told him
so many times and he is still committing zina.”...This
anger is not because the mureed is indulging in Haraam, displeasing
Allah Ta’ala and inviting the wrath of Allah Ta’ala.
A Kaamil Sheikh sympathises and feels for his mureeds. His repetition
and anger is because : “If he continues indulging in such
Haraam, then one day he will destroy himself.” …What
a world of difference between the two forms of anger.
Brothers, these are facts and matters which are not discussed in
many Majaalis. These are serious weaknesses and deficiencies pertaining
to the Baatin, to the heart. This is something that we tend
to neglect because we don’t attach much importance to the dimension
of our inner selves. And yet, the Qur`aan Sharief places such emphasis
and attaches so much of importance on Tazkia (purification).
Allah Ta’ala states :
“Indeed he succeeds who purifies his
“And indeed he fails who corrupts his
[Surah Ash-Shams 91 : 9 /10]
We are concerned about ‘zaahiri’ (outward)
actions only. Yet, even in this, there are numerous flaws, faults
and failings. What is the condition of our Salaah ? …We are
fully aware of the weaknesses in our Salaah.