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Vol. 12 No. 33 23 Dhu al Qa’da 1438/
16 August 2017
Comment and Analysis
Humility Opens Up a New World;
It’s Strength, Not Weakness
All Praise is due to Allah and may His
choicest salutation continue to descend upon our Leader and
Master Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam.
“The servants of the All-Merciful are those who walk
on the earth in modesty, and if the ill-mannered offend them,
they say: “Peace.” (25:63)

Nabi Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “He who humbles himself
for the Pleasure of Allah, Allah will elevate his status (so
that) he regards himself as ‘insignificant’ yet in the eyes of
people he is held in high esteem. He who behaves arrogantly,
Allah will humiliate him (so that) he regards himself as ‘great’
whilst he is more despised in the eyes of people than a pig or
dog.” (Bayhaqî) Those who are truly humble do not attribute the
fruits of their work and efforts to themselves, nor do they
regard their efforts and successes as a mark of superiority.
They do not care how other people regard them, and do not demand
acknowledgment of their services or presence.

Many people confuse humility with self-loathing. They look down
upon themselves for some reason or think they are not worthy of
being where they are in life or that they don’t deserve the
chances that others get. Humility is not the same as low
self-esteem, and it is not the opposite of confidence. Nor is
humility wallowing in self-pity.

• Humility is a sign of strength, a virtue and it is extremely
empowering. It is a reflection of spiritual, mental and
emotional maturity while haughtiness and self-conceit indicate
an imperfect, immature and lowly self. Nabi Sallallahu ‘alayhi
wasallam has said: “The most perfect of believers in terms of
their faith are those who have the best of characters.” (Abu
• Humility empowers you to avoid argument with the ill mannered:
“and if the ill-mannered offend them, they (continue their way)
saying: "Peace" Indeed, the sin of Iblis (Satan) was his
arrogant refusal to humble himself to the will of Allah. He
believed that he was superior – better than any other creation –
and therefore disputed with Allah when he was told to prostrate
before Adam u. Get past the impulse to judge others, and you’re
able to focus much more clearly on matters of real and lasting
• Humility elevates you: You may regard yourself as unimportant
but Allah will elevate your esteem in the eyes of people.
• Humility allows you to serve instead of help: When we say we
are helping someone we often feel a little superior to the
person we are helping. Instead, if we use the term ’serve’, we
recognize the full worth of the person we are serving, and we
feel grateful for the opportunity.
• Humility is a sign of power and not weakness: “Free yourself
from the demands of your ego, and there is no limit to where you
can go.”
• Humility creates enlightenment: “Let go of your desire to
control others, and you vastly improve the ability to control,
focus and direct your own actions. Let go of the illusion that
you already know it all, and you open yourself to higher levels
of enlightenment.”
• Humility opens up a new world: “Give up the thought that
you’re better than everyone else, and a whole new world of
opportunity opens up to you. Stop seeking unfair advantage and
you’re free to develop an unstoppable effectiveness.”

Nabi Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam has referred to three things
that result in the opposite of normal human experience. He says:
“Wealth does not decrease because of charity, and Allah
increases His slave in honour when he forgives others. And no
one humbles himself before Allah but Allah will raise him (in
status).” (Muslim)

Ibn al-Qayyim states: “Humility comes from knowing about Allah
and His names and attributes, His greatness, venerating Him,
loving Him and being in awe of Him. (It also comes from) knowing
about oneself and one’s faults, and weaknesses. From that may
develop the attitude of humility, which means feeling helpless
before Allah, and being humble and compassionate towards His
slaves, so that the person does not feel superior towards
anyone, or think that he has any rights over anyone else; rather
he thinks that others are better than him, and that their rights
come before his. This is a characteristic that Allah gives to
those whom He loves, honours and draws close to Him.”
May Allah make us among those that walk this earth humbly and
may He protect us from arrogance and pride.

Question and Answer


Upon whom is Qurbani Waajib? Is it Waajib on a minor?

My son has recently started working and would like to know if
Qurbani would be Waajib on him.

Was salaam.


1) Besides the necessity of being a free Muslim and a Muqeem

(not travelling), it is also necessary to be in possession of
surplus cash or goods equivalent to the value of Nisaab (Shaami
6/312). Surplus wealth refers to wealth that is over and above
basic necessities. When this requisite is met, Qurbaani will be
Waajib, whether a complete year has past since one acquired
cash/goods to the value of Nisaab or not. (Aalamgiriyyah 5/294)

Qurbaani is not Waajib upon minors. However, it is Mustahab
(preferable) for a parent to slaughter at his own expense on
behalf of his minor children. (Shaami 6/315). However, if the
minor children possess sufficient cash, then the parent/guardian
will be allowed to carry out Qurbaani from the cash accumulated
by the minor. (Aalamgiriyyah 5/294)

2) If your son is in possession of the Nisaab amount,
irrespective of how long he has owned it, Qurbaani will be
Waajib upon him.

Sermon of the Week
Excellence of
the Qur’an (I of V)

• Abu Sa’eed radhiyallahu ‘anhu reports that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam narrated in a Hadith Qudsi that
Allah says: “He who is unable to do my Dhikr and make
supplications because of preoccupation with the Qur’an, I grant
him better than what is given to the supplicators. The
Excellence of Allah’s words (Qur‘an) over all other words is
like the Excellence of Allah over all His creations.” (Tirmidhi)

• Abu Dhar Ghifari radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “There is nothing that
facilitates nearness to Allah better than that which has come
directly from Allah, that is Qur’an.” (Mustadrak Hakim)

• Jabir radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam said: “The Qur’an is an accepted intercessor and a
disputant whose claim is upheld. He who keeps the Qur’an in
front of him, it will lead him to Paradise, and he who kept it
behind his back, it will drive him into the Fire.” (Ibn Hibban)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrated that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: Fasting and the
Qur’an, both will intercede for the slave of Allah on the Day of
Resurrection. Fasting will say: “O my Rabb! I kept him away from
food and human desires, so accept my intercession for him.” And
the Qur’an will say: “I did not let him sleep at night, so
accept my intercession for him. So both of them will intercede
for him.” (Musnad Ahmad)

• ‘Umar radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam said: “Indeed, Allah elevates through this Book
(Qur’an) many people and degrades others by it.” (Muslim)

• Abu Dhar radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Make the recitation of the
Qur’an and the Dhikr of Allah, the Mighty and the Exalted,
obligatory on yourself, because it is indeed, a remembrance for
you in the heavens and a light (guidance) for you on the earth.”

• Ibn ‘Umar radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that Nabi sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “It is not permissible to have jealousy
except for two persons: A man whom Allah has blessed with the
Qur’an and he recites it during some hours of the day and some
hours of the night; and the man on whom Allah has bestowed
wealth and he spends (to please Allah) during some hours of the
day and some hours of the night.” (Muslim)

• Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The example of a
believer who recites the Qur’an is like the citron, its
fragrance is pleasing and its taste is good; and the example of
a believer who does not recite the Qur’an is like a date, which
has no fragrance but its taste is sweet. The example of a
hypocrite who recites the Qur’an is like a flower, its fragrance
is good, but its taste is bitter; and the example of a hypocrite
who does not recite the Qur’an is like colocynth, which has no
fragrance, and its taste is bitter.” (Muslim)

• ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who recites
one letter of the Qur’an, it is one good deed for him, and one
good deed is rewarded ten times. I am not saying that
Alif-Laam-Meem is one letter, but that Alif is one letter. Laam
is one letter and Meem is one letter.” (Tirmidhi)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Learn the Qur’an and then
recite it. For indeed, the likeness of the one who learnt the
Qur’an, recited it, and (then) stood up reciting it (in
Tahajjud), is like a bag filled with musk, whose fragrance
spreads all over the place. The likeness of the one who learnt
the Qur’an and slept at night and did not recite (in Tahajjud
Salah), while he had the Qur’an within him, is like a bag of
musk whose mouth was sealed.” (Tirmidhi)

• ‘Imran ibn Husain radhiyallahu ‘anhu said: I heard Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “Anyone who recites the
Qur’an let him ask by it from Allah alone. For soon such people
will come who will recite the Qur’an and ask for their reward
from people.” (Tirmidhi)

• Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas radhiyallahu ‘anhu said that he heard
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “Indeed, this
Qur’an has been revealed to create a deep grief and
restlessness. So when you recite it, weep; and if you are unable
to weep, then make a weeping face. And recite it with a pleasing
voice, as one who does not (try to) recite with a pleasant voice
is not from us.” (Ibn Majah)

Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
Anas ibn Malik RA reported: The Messenger of
Allah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “Verily, when the
unbeliever performs a good deed he is given a taste of its
reward in the world. As for the believer, Allah will store his
good deeds for him in the Hereafter and provide his sustenance
in the world due to his obedience.”
(Sahih Muslim)
Quote of the Week
“Allah purifies good deeds and makes them
correct. Indeed, if deeds are sincere and incorrect, they will
not be accepted. If deeds are correct and insincere, they will
not be accepted, but rather they are only accepted if they are
both sincere and correct. Sincere means they are done for Allah
alone and correct means they are done according to the Sunnah.”
(Fudayl ibn Iyad RA)
Saying of the Week
If a rich man ate a snake, they
would say it was because of his wisdom.
(Portuguese Proverb)
Item/Commodity Value
1 US Dollar R13.40
1 Saudi Riyal R3.51
24 Carat Gold/g R548.05
22 Carat Gold/g R503.36
18 Carat Gold/g R411.71
14 Carat Gold/g R320.52
9 Carat Gold/g R207.42
Silver/g R7.86
Zakaat Nisaab R4810.70
Minimum Mahr R240.54
Mahr Faatimi R12026.75
1 Krugerrand (1oz) R17867.12
All Commodity Values
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Moonsighting and
The Central Hilaal Committee of
the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa appeals to all jamaats and
moon-sighting parties to go out in the evening on Tuesday 22
August 2017 to seek the sighting of the hilaal marking the start
of Dhu al Hijjah 1437. In Johannesburg, at sunset, the crescent
age will be 21hrs20mins.

In case of a confirmed moonsighting, 1st Dhu al Hijjah shall be
on Wed 23 Aug 2017 with Eid-ul-Adha, 10 Dhu al Hijjah 1438,
falling on Fri 1st Sep 2017. Otherwise, Dhu al Qa’da shall last
30 days with 1st Dhu al Hijjah falling on Thu 24 Aug 2017 and
Eid-ul-Adha falling on Sat 2nd Sep 2017, in-sha-Allah.

JUSA’s Central Hilaal Committee coordinates moonsighting, on
behalf of the United Ulama Council of South Africa, in order to
facilitate the determination of the start of every new Hijri
calendar month.

In case of a sighting, please report news via Tel: 011 373 8000.

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

Resources for
Prospective Pilgrims
We have uploaded resources in form of slides
for prospective pilgrims. The links are herebelow:

Preparing for the Journey


Five Days of Haj

The Ziyarah of Madinah

Qurbani Seminar
Masaajid of Laudium, namely Masjidus Salaam;
Masjid al Noor; Masjid Ansaar and Masjid Hamzah have arranged a
Seminar on Qurbani with the following presentations:

History of Qurbani: Ml Abu Bakr Manjra

Virtues of Qurbani: Ml Riaaz Hassim

Etiquette & Rulings of Qurbani: Mufti Abdurrahman Ebrahim

A panel of Muftis will also be available for a Question & Answer
session, in-sha-Allah.

The seminar has been scheduled to take place at CIS Hall in
Laudium, on Fri 25 Aug 2017, starting after Esha Salah (Jamaat:
7:30pm), in-sha-Allah.

Useful Links
Jamiatul Ulama South Africa
South African National
Halaal Authority
Jamiah Ulum al Islamiyyah
United Ulama Council of South Africa
Muslim AIDS
011 373 8080

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