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Vol. 12 No. 31 09 Dhu al Qa’da 1438/
02 August 2017
Comment and Analysis
Ending Violence against Women
in our Community
Ibn ‘Abbas radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrated that
Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “The
best of you is the one who is best to his wife, and I am the
best of you to my wives.” (Ibn Majah)

Throughout the ages, women and children have always been the
primary victims of both emotional and physical violence. This
abuse is found throughout every race, religion and
socio-economic sector of society.

South Africa experiences an exceptionally high rate of Gender
based violence and the current stats do not accurately represent
these high numbers due to victim under reporting, but it is
estimated that 1 in 5 women over the age of 18 have experienced
physical violence.

In recent times, due to the high profile deaths of certain women
in our society, South Africa has had to face the fatal outcomes
of this unabated violence against women. The Muslim community in
South Africa is not safe either from the effects of violence
against women and children, despite certain protective factors
that are evident.

The Islamic Careline has found that Muslim communities
experience far lower rates of physical abuse within families
that the overall demographic. This, however, does not discount
the fact that Muslim communities still experience very high
rates of emotional and verbal abuse.

Reasons for the lower prevalence of physical violence are
speculated to be due to the lower intake of alcohol and drugs
due to religious prohibitions. Emotional and verbal abuse,
however, are not seen as serious forms of abuse and many victims
view it as a normal aspect of relationships.

Parents are known to justify this form of abuse as a form of
discipline. In this way, abusive behaviours are passed down
through the generations without any acknowledgement of its
detrimental effects.

Women in Muslim communities find it harder to report abuse due
to the stigma attached to being divorced as well as the fear of
being blamed for their husband’s behaviour. Very often, families
of Muslim women will encourage the victim to return to the
abusive relationship and “make it work”.

Women who are married to abusers who are high profile members of
the community face far more discouraging challenges. These high
profile men are often protected by their community, who will
either, disbelieve the victim’s claims, stigmatize and blame her
for his behaviour or turn a blind eye to the abuse. For this
reason, these instances of abuse are often kept a secret. It is
clear that the challenges faced by Muslim communities with
regards to abuse need to be addressed by both educating the
community as well as empowering the victims to seek assistance.

It needs to be made clear that regardless of race or religion,
victims need to understand that if physical violence has been
perpetrated against them, for their own safety, they need to
leave the relationship. If more women felt supported when trying
to leave a violent partner, there would be fewer fatalities
linked to gender based violence.

Islamic Careline, a confidential counselling service based in
Fordsburg, offers a variety of services to both the victims and
perpetrators of abuse. Services include individual and marital
counselling, play therapy and trauma debriefing for victims of
recent violent attacks. Media coverage in the form of radio
programmes and newspaper articles are regularly released to
raise awareness in the community.

For more information or to book an appointment, please call:

Islamic Careline (Fordsburg) — 011 373 8080
Islamic Hopeline (Pretoria) — 012 374 7876
Islamic Helpline (Lenasia) — 011 852 1930

Sermon of the Week
The Dignity of
a Muslim (2 of 3)

• Anas radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “Many a dishevelled person
who is covered in dust, clothed in old sheets and is turned away
from peoples doors, (may have such an attachment with Allah
that) if he swears by Allah, certainly Allah will fulfil his
words.” (Tabarani)

• Sahl ibn Sa’d As-Sa‘idi radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that once
a person passed by Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam (and)
he asked someone sitting with him: “What do you think of the
passer-by?” He replied: “He is amongst the respected of the
society. By Allah! If he proposes to a woman, he will be
married; should he recommend (something), his recommendation
will be accepted.” Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam
remained silent. Then another person passed by, and Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam asked (the same person again): “What
is your opinion about this man?” He answered: “O Rasulallah! He
is amongst the poor Muslims; if he proposes (for marriage), it
will not be accepted; should he recommend (something), his
recommendation will be rejected; and if he speaks, nobody will
pay heed.” Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “This
man (the poor Muslim) is better than a whole world full of the
like of the first one.” (Bukhari)

• Mus‘ab ibn Sa’d radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that (my father)
Sa’d radhiyallahu ‘anhu considered himself superior to those who
were less than him (in bravery and wealth). So Nabi sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said (with an intention to reform) him:
“Undoubtedly you are helped and provided sustenance for due to
the blessings of the weak and destitute amongst you.” (Bukhari)

• Abu Darda’ radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “Look for me amongst the
weak; for you are provided sustenance and help due to the weak
amongst you.” (Abu Dawud)

• Harithah ibn Waheb radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Nabi
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying:
“Should I not inform you of the people of Jannah? Anyone who is
weak, not harsh in dealings and behaviour, but moderate and
soft; people (also) consider him unimportant, (but he is so
close to Allah that) if he swears by Allah, He will fulfil his
words. And the dwellers of Hell are miserly, insolent and
arrogant.” (Bukhari)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn ‘Aas radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that
Rasullullah Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam while mentioning the
Hell-Fire said: “The people of the Fire are all those who are
violent, pompous, arrogant, amass wealth and property
excessively (not giving to the needy). The dwellers of Paradise
are the weak and the oppressed.” (Musnad Ahmad)

• Jabir radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “Anyone with these three qualities shall
be under the shade of Allah’s Mercy (on the Day of Resurrection)
and will be admitted into Paradise: (1) Courtesy towards the
weak (2) Compassion to parents (3) Kindness to slaves
(subordinates).” (Tirmidhi)

• Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that Nabi
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The Shaheed (martyr) will be
brought on the Day of Resurrection and made to stand for
reckoning. Then the giver of Sadaqah (charity) will be brought
and made to stand for reckoning. Then, those people will be
brought who suffered many trials and hardships in the world. For
them neither the Scale (of justice) will be established, nor
will any Court (of accountability) be established for them. They
will be bestowed with such immense rewards from Allah that
people who had lived in ease and comfort would wish that their
bodies had been cut with scissors for the reward, it would have
bestowed upon them. (Tabarani)

• Mahmud ibn Labid radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “When Allah loves a people, He
afflicts them with trials. Anyone who forbears patiently, (the
reward) for patience is written down for him. Anyone who becomes
impatient, impatience is written down for him (he keeps on
grumbling).” (Musnad Ahmad)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “(When) Allah grants a higher
status to a person, but his deeds do not entitle him to such a
status, then Allah continues to afflict him (with trials and
hardships) that cause him inconveniences because of which he
reaches the higher status.” (Abu Ya’laa)

• Abu Sa‘id Al-Khudri and Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhuma
narrate that Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Whenever a
Muslim faces fatigue, illness, worry, grief, hurt and sorrow,
even gets pricked by a thorn, in lieu of his sufferings Allah
removes his sins.” (Bukhari)

• ‘A’ishah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “No Muslim is pierced by a
thorn, or is inflicted with something even less, except that he
is elevated by one rank (in Paradise) and a sin is erased for
him.” (Muslim)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “A believing man or a
believing woman continues to remain under trials and afflictions
on his own self, on his children, and his wealth, until he meets
Allah in such a condition that not a single sin remains on him.”
(Tirmidhi)

• Anas ibn Malik radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “When Allah afflicts any of
His Muslim slaves with a physical ailment, Allah commands an
angel: “Keep recording all those good deeds which he used to do
(in health). Then if He gives him health, He cleans and purifies
him (by washing his sins). If He recalls his soul, He forgives
and blesses him.” (Abu Ya’laa)

 
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
Abdullah ibn Amr Radhi-Allahu ‘anhu
reported: The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam
said, “Those who are merciful will be shown mercy by the
Merciful. Be merciful to those on the earth and the One above
the heavens will have mercy upon you.”

(Sunan At-Tirmidhi)
Quote of the Week
"This is an awful misunderstanding of the
conflict. The West demands from us that we stop the resistance.
Instead of asking the occupiers to leave our land, they ask us
to surrender to the occupier."

(Shaykh Ahmad Yassin)
Saying of the Week
Why should you talk about
others’ weaknesses instead of yours?

(Swahili Saying)

Question and Answer

Question:

Is it true that an irrevocable divorce equals to two divorces?

What are the rules of reconciliation while the wife is passing
the ‘iddah of an irrevocable divorce?

Was salaam.

Answer:

It should be borne in mind that one Talaaq Baa’in is equal to
one irrevocable divorce.

After a Talaaq Baa-in is issued, the wife will commence her
‘iddah immediately. Upon the termination of the ‘iddah the wife
will be out of Nikah and will be allowed to enter into a new
Nikah with another person other than the former husband.

If the couple wish to reconcile within the iddah or thereafter
then they may do so by having a new nikah performed. In this
case the one Talaaq Baa-in will not be cancelled because of the
reconciliation. In future there will only be two Talaaqs left to
reach the maximum three.

Economic
Indicators
Item/Commodity Value
1 US Dollar R13.22
1 Saudi Riyal R3.52
24 Carat Gold/g R541.16
22 Carat Gold/g R497.03
18 Carat Gold/g R406.55
14 Carat Gold/g R316.50
9 Carat Gold/g R204.82
Silver/g R7.68
Zakaat Nisaab R4705.50
Minimum Mahr R235.27
Mahr Faatimi R11763.74
1 Krugerrand (1oz) R17642.06
All Commodity Values
Exclude VAT (14%)
Updates
Qurbani Arrangements
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa has this year, once again, arranged for Qurbani /Udhiyya both locally and in India. The
costs per share respectively are: R1900.00 and R400.00.

Details of the arrangements and how you can sponsor a Qurbani
are
here

JUSA Branches Meet at
Baitul Hamd
Today, the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa
convened a scheduled meeting with all the staff members from its
seven branches and agencies. About seventy officers were in
attendance of this gathering at Baitul Hamd, the ulama body’s
head office in Fordsburg.

On the agenda was an appraisal of the various issues of
legislation and compliance. Detailed discussions were held
around financial compliance within NPO/PBO regulatory framework.

A review of the provisions in the constitution of the branches
was also conducted in line with a series of work that has been
on-going over the last few months.

A presentation on the history of the organisation gave attendees
some insight into the various phases of development and
progression of the ulama body, since its inception in 1923.

The meeting ended with a discussion on some policies as well as
an update of recent activities and projects.

Fundraisers’ Letters of
Recommendation:
Online Verification
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Ulama South Africa assesses the credentials of fund
raisers and collectors, and the institution they represent.
Thereafter, Letters of
Recommendation (Collection) are issued.

The donor community needs to be more circumspect when making
donations to stamp out many malpractices of unscrupulous
collectors operating with fraudulent Letters.

Confirm the bona fides of fund-raisers by checking
here:

verify.islamsa.org.za
OR Call 011 373 8000

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
Muslim AIDS
Programme
011 373 8080
 

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