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Vol. 11 No. 25 16 Ramadan 1437/22 Jun 2016
Comment and Analysis
Projects of the Jamiatul Ulama
South Africa
We continue to highlight some of
our recent and on-going projects,
locally and abroad. With the permission of
the Almighty, these projects are made through the generous
contributions of the community.

The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa has a 100% zakaat disbursement
policy. This means that we require contributions in the category
of lillah in order to meet administrative expenses, even in the
course of discharging Zakaat.

Charity does not diminish one’s wealth. Rather, the parable of
those who spend their substance in the way of Allah is that of a
grain of corn: It grows seven ears and each ear has a hundred
grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases and
Allah cares for all and He knows all things. (2:261)

We appeal to all sponsors of projects to consider giving funds
in the category of lillah. Our banking details
are
here
. For more information, contact us on:
011 373 8000 and also via email: jamiat [AT] islamsa.org.za

Education Bursary Fund
It is well-accepted that education is one of the best ways of
empowerment. The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa utilises some of
the funds it raises to finance education of needy and deserving
youth through a bursary scheme. Specialisations such as
education, science and agriculture among others have had
preferential consideration in order to develop human resources
as well as skills to meet community needs.

Widow, Orphan and the Indebted Fund
Our
interventions
include care for the widowed,
orphans and the indebted. These are categories of our society
the care of whom has specifically been mentioned as meritorious
as shown by these traditions:

Narrated Sahl bin Sa’d Radhi-Allahu anhu: The Prophet Sallallahu
‘alayhi wasallam said, “I and the person who looks after an
orphan and provides for him, will be in Paradise like this,”
putting his index and middle fingers together. (Al Bukhari)

Narrated Safwan bin Salim Radhi-Allahu anhu: The Prophet
Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “The one who looks after and
works for a widow and for a poor person, is like a warrior
fighting for Allah’s Cause or like a person who fasts during the
day and prays all the night.” (Al Bukhari)

Easing another from straitened financial circumstances is one of
the virtuous deeds for which there is immense reward. “Whosoever
wishes that his prayer be answered and his misfortune be lifted,
should give respite to an insolvent borrower.” (Ahmad)

Operation Winter Warm
We have extended our support by distributing clothing in our

Operation Winter Warm
. Under this initiative, we
reach out to under-privileged learners in remote places and
townships. We distribute among them items of clothing that
mitigate the effects of severe winter cold they are exposed to
as they attend school.

Operation Hydrate: Bore-Hole Drilling Project
Following the extensive water distribution project code-named
#OperationHydrate, the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa has embarked
on a more sustainable initiative of drilling bore-holes in some
of the drought-stricken areas on the country such as Limpopo,
Mpumalanga and the Northwest, where at

Supingstad
(100km from Zeerust) water has
been found.

The costs associated with water-drilling have escalated due to
low water tables in the affected areas where drought conditions
have persisted for the past 3 years.

We are however grateful to all those making contributions
towards this and other relief initiatives of the Jamiatul Ulama
South Africa. It is through your generosity that we are able to
make a difference among the people living under such difficult
circumstances.

We ask the Almighty to reward all those who have supported
#OperationHydrate and indeed, all other relief projects, locally
and abroad.

We appeal to you to support this institution that helps those in
need, in a manner that preserves their dignity. Complete a Debit
Order or make a

Direct Deposit
so as to be a regular contributor to
the causes and projects we advance for the creation of a stable
Muslim community and society, for the Sake of Allah.

Question and Answer

Question:

When does Zakaah become due? When does the year commence?

Was salaam.

Answer:


The first day a person acquires wealth, equal to Nisaab, is
regarded as the date of the commencement of a Zakaah year. One
lunar year (Hijri) later, if they are still in possession of
such an amount of wealth, then Zakaah will be due. Zakaah is not
necessarily due in the month of Ramadan, butshould be calculated
according to the Islamic calendar.


NOTE: You can visit our facebook page:

www.facebook.com/zajamiat
for more
#RamadanReminders, a series of rulings pertaining to Ramadan and
related matters.

Sermon of the Week
Rasulullah
salallahu alayhi wasalam and Ramadan (III of IV):
Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasalam & his Ummah

“Verily, there has come unto you a Messenger (Muhammad SAW) from
amongst yourselves.

It grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty.
He is anxious over you (to be rightly guided); for the believers
(he is) full of pity, kind, and merciful.” (9:128)

• As compared to other days of the year, during the blessed
month of Ramadan Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasalam paid much
more attention towards the social, physical and spiritual
wellbeing of his companions and those around him.

• He sought various avenues and means in order to achieve these
goals:

1. His salallahu alayhi wasalam teaching the Sahabah
radhiyallahi anhum

Imparting education and the pristine teachings of Allah has been
always among the central activities of the Ambiyaa alayhimus
salaam and those who followed thereafter in their footsteps.
Describing this quality of the beloved of Allah salallahu alayhi
wasalam, Mu‘awiya bin Hakam radhiyallahi anhu narrates, ‘May my
parents be sacrificed for him, I have not seen a better teacher
than him; neither before him nor after him. By the oath of
Allah, he did not scold me, he did not hit me, and he did not
swear at me.’ (Muslim) Among his teachings during this month
include: ‘If a person forgetfully eats during the month of
Ramadan, there is neither a need to repeat the fast nor for any
compensation to be paid.’ (Ibn Khuzaimah) ‘If a person
involuntarily vomits whilst fasting, there is no need to repeat
the fast. However, whoever voluntarily does so will have to
repeat the fast.’ (Ahmad)

2. His salallahu alayhi wasalam encouragement towards
good deeds

Abu Hurairah radhiyallahi anhu narrated that Rasulullah
salallahu alayhi wasalam remarked, ‘Every good deed of the son
of Adam is multiplied. One good deed is multiplied ten times and
sometimes up to seven hundred fold. Allah says, ‘This is
excluding fasting. Fasting is for me and I will reward it
because the fasting person abstains from food and censual
desires for my sake. For a fasting person there are two moments
of joy: the joy at the time of breaking the fast and the joy
upon meeting his Creator. Certainly, the smell which emanates
from the mouth of a fasting person is more beloved in the eyes
of Allah than the fragrance of musk.’ (Muslim) Ibn Umar
radhiyallahi anhu narrated that Rasulullah salallahu alayhi
wasalam said, ‘Performing Umrah during Ramadan is equivalent in
reward to performing Hajj with me.’ (Bukhari)

3. His salallahu alayhi wasalam mercy towards his Ummah
The very mission of Nabi salallahu alayhi wasalam was
encompassed by his quality of mercy and compassion, as the
Qur’an declares, ‘And We have sent you (O Muhammad SAW) not but
as a mercy for the Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that
exists).’ (21:107) Among the many, one illustration of this was
his insistence of hastening the partaking of Iftaar as soon as
the time sets in and the eating of food at the time of Sehri.
Sahl bin Sa’d bin Sahl radhiyallahi anhu reports that Nabi
salallahu alayhi wasalam said, ‘People will continue to remain
on good so long as they hasten to partake of Iftaar (as soon as
the time sets in).’ (Bukhari)

4. His salallahu alayhi wasalam meeting with delegations
Despite his engagement in the worship of Allah during this
auspicious month, he continued to meet, welcome and fulfill the
needs of those who visited him. Ibn Is-haq writes that it was
during the month of Ramadan that Rasulullah salallahu alayhi
wasalam returned from the expedition of Tabuk and in the very
same month a delegation from the tribe of Thaqeef visited him.
He ordered a tent be erected for their accommodation in a corner
of the Masjid and Nabi salallahu alayhi wasalam made personal
arrangements for their food.

5. His salallahu alayhi wasalam encouragement of charity

More than any other time of the year, this is a month of charity
and giving. Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasalam mentioned,
‘…whoever gives to a fasting person something for Iftar, his
sins will be forgiven and he will be saved from Jahannam; he
obtains as much reward as the fasting person (to whom he had
given something for Iftaar) while the reward of the person is
not reduced in any way.’The people asked: ‘O Rasulullah! All of
us are not by the means to give something for the Iftaar of
another. Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasalam said, ‘This reward
is even for a person who gives another a date, or a drink of
water or milk (for Iftaar)…’ (Ibn Khuzaimah)

 
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
Abu Huraira Radhi-Allahu anhu reported: The
Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “On the
first night of the month of Ramadan, the devils are chained, the
jinn are restrained, and the gates of Hellfire are closed and
none of its gates are opened. The gates of Paradise are opened
and none of its gates are closed. A caller announces: O seeker
of good, come near! O seeker of evil, stop short! Allah will
save them from the Hellfire and that is during every night of
Ramadan.”

(Sunan At-Tirmidhi)

Quote of the Week
It is an accepted fact that cultural and
Intellectual servility is much more harmful and degrading than
political serfdom. Once a country has passed under the cultural
and intellectual domination of another, it becomes unnecessary
for the latter to annex it politically.

(Moulana Syed Abul Hasan Nadwi, in The World of Islam
Today)

Saying of the Week
One pound of learning requires
ten pounds of common sense to apply it.

(Persian Saying)

Economic
Indicators
Item/Commodity Value
1 US Dollar R14.77
1 Saudi Riyal R3.93
24 Carat Gold/g R605.28
22 Carat Gold/g R555.18
18 Carat Gold/g R453.94
14 Carat Gold/g R353.20
9 Carat Gold/g R228.30
Silver/g R8.90
Zakaat Nisaab R5451.96
Minimum Mahr R272.60
Mahr Faatimi R13629.91
1 Krugerrand (1oz) R19736.12
All Commodity Values
Exclude VAT (14%)
Updates
Dedicating Friday 1st
July to Al Quds
All praise is due to Allah and may His
choicest salutations continue to descend upon our Master and
Leader Muhammad – sent as a mercy to the worlds.

Al-Quds Day is meant to demonstrate our solidarity with the
oppressed Palestinians in their struggle against the
Zionist-Apartheid state Israel. It is usually observed on the
last Friday of Ramadhan. The United Ulama Council of South
Africa request Imams in all masâjid to dedicate Friday the 1
July 2016 to raising awareness about the continued Zionist
oppression in the blessed lands of Baitul Muqaddas.

Your participation will insha Allah rekindle the love, affection
and devotion of Muslims to Masjid Al-Aqsa and the blessed lands.
Zaid Ibn Thabit (ra) reports that the Prophet (saw) said, "How
blessed is Al-Sham"! The Companions (ra) asked, "Why is that"?
The Messenger (saw) replied, "I see the Angels of Allah
spreading their wings over Al-Sham". Ibn Abbas (ra) added, "And
the Prophets lived therein. There is not a single inch in
Al-Quds (Jerusalem) where a Prophet has not prayed or an Angel
not stood". (Tirmidhi, Ahmad)

Wasalaam

Yusuf Patel (Moulana)
UUCSA Secretary General
22 June 2016

Ramadan
1437
Sadaqatul
Fitr and Fidya Amounts
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa has
determined this year’s Sadaqatul Fitr as follows:

Fitrah:
Hanafi: R22.00
Shafi’i/ Hanbali/ Maliki: R28.00

Fidya:
Hanafi: R22.00
Shafi’i/ Hanbali/ Maliki: R7.00

Ibn Abbas RA narrates that Rasulullâh SAW has made obligatory
Sadaqatul Fitr as a means of cleansing the fasts from idle and
lewd talk and in order that it provides food for the poor and
destitute. (Abû Dawûd)

Timely payment of Fitra facilitates distribution before Eid in
accordance with the Sunnah.

Useful Links
Jamiatul Ulama South Africa
www.islamsa.org.za
South African National
Halaal Authority
www.sanha.org.za
Jamiah Ulum al Islamiyyah
www.jamiah.co.za
United Ulama Council of South Africa
www.uucsa.org.za
Rescue 786 Ambulance
Service Hotline
083 9000 786
 

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