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Vol. 12 No. 34 01 Dhu al Hijjah 1438/
23 August 2017
Comment and Analysis
Dangerously Upwards: ‘Poverty
Trends in South Africa’
It is official. Numbers don’t lie. It has
been reported through a new release from Stats SA that over 30
million of South Africa’s inhabitants now live below the poverty
line. The general decline in poverty from 2006 bottomed at 53%
in 2011, only to see a poverty headcount increasing to about 56%
in 2015.

It is a shocking statistic yet not very startling. It has always
been well known that South Africa is one of the most unequal
societies of the planet.

As one once put it, the difference between first class
neighbourhoods, that would make some of the super-rich of first
world turn green with envy, and the most squalid of townships,
is just another off-ramp from a freeway that runs through.

Low economic growth rates have militated against the expansion
of the national economic cake. Yet, the growth condition, though
necessary, is not sufficient in order to address the stark
inequities in income and wealth that have become recognized as
sources of deepening discontent that can feed into political
instability.

In spite of a succession of strategies and calls for economic
transformation, the answer to the question of redistribution has
always been elusive.
A case in point has been the long-proposed minimum wage. Low
wage rates imply that a high proportion of the working class
perpetually remain in poverty. Yet, a mandatory minimum wage
could spell loss of employment, especially among the least
skilled.

The wealth gap has been characterized as dangerous. Survey after
survey indicates how bad the situation stubbornly persists. In
fact, Oxfam, reported in January this year that the situation
was far worse than originally feared.

In the report entitled ‘An economy for the 99%,’ released in
January 2017, Oxfam demonstrated how skewed the global wealth
trends have become. "The richest are accumulating wealth at such
an astonishing rate that the world could see its first
trillionaire in just 25 years." According to the report, in
South Africa the richest 1% of the population own 42% of the
total wealth.

We however, cannot afford to give up on interventions for a more
equitable society. Neither is it is about immiserating the
wealthy. Rather, it is all about building a more stable society,
where poverty does not translate into, or exacerbate racial and
class tensions.

Alongside the poverty patterns, it is often observed, are other
social ills that bedevil the low income earners. Some of these
societal challenges whose prevalence tracks poverty are violence
against women and children, poor access to education and
healthcare, susceptibility to crime and substance abuse.

Talking about wealth alongside income is important.
Sustainability of longer term living conditions depends more on
wealth than income. In spite of a paucity of data on wealth,
experts agree that South Africa’s wealth inequality is far worse
than income inequality.

In a piece in the Daily Maverick (22 Aug 2017), Ben Turok
writes: …”the Gini for income inequality stands at 0.65, but
the wealth Gini is about 0.93. So when people say that South
Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world based
on income data, it may be a gross understatement.”

It should become our concern that tackling the many social ills
that confront us cannot succeed when such gross inequities
remain the feature of South Africa’s socio-economic landscape.

Question and Answer

Question:
1. I would like to know if Qurbani meat can be given to
non-Muslims?

Answer:

Yes, Qurbani meat can be given to non-Muslims, as long
as it is not given as a form of payment. (Behishti Zewar v.1 p.
380 – Published by Maktabah al-Ma’arif)


2. Question:
Please assist. I would like to know if I can make a Qurbani (on
Eid Day) on behalf of a deceased family member / spouse.

Answer:
Yes this is permissible. However, you should ensure
that your Waajib Qurbani is fulfilled first and then Nafl
Qurbani on behalf of deceased family members.

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

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Allah never pays so much
attention to anything as He pays to the voice of a Prophet
reciting the Qur’an in a sweet tone.” (Muslim)

• Baraa’ radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “Beautify the Qur’an with your voices.
For indeed a beautiful voice adds to the beauty of the Qur’an.”
(Mustadrak Hakim)

• ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that he heard
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “The one who
recites the Qur’an aloud is like the one who gives sadaqah
openly, and the one who recites it quietly is like the one who
gives sadaqah secretly.” (Tirmidhi)

• Abu Musa radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam told him: “If you would have seen me
last night listening to your recitation keenly, it would have
definitely pleased you; as indeed you have been given a share
from the pleasant voice of Dawud ‘alayhis salaam vocal gifts.”
(Muslim)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates from Nabi
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam: “It will be said to the man devoted
to the Qur’an: “Recite and ascend (the ranks of Paradise),
recite slowly and distinctly as you used to recite in the world,
for indeed your abode will be where you come to the last verse
you recite.” (Tirmidhi)

• ‘A’ishah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The one who is proficient in
Qur’an will be in the company of the angels who are scribes,
honoured and righteous. The one who falters in reciting and
endures difficulty thereby will have a double reward.” (Muslim)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “The man devoted to the Qur’an will come
on the Day of Resurrection and the Qur’an will submit to Allah:
“O my Rabb! Grant him an apparel,” so he will be made to wear a
Crown of Honour. The Qur’an will again request: “O my Rabb! Give
him more,” then he will be given a complete Robe of Honour. The
Qur’an will again request:” O my Rabb! Be pleased with this
person.” So Allah will express His pleasure to him; and then he
will be asked to recite and ascend (in the ranks of Paradise).
One virtue for each verse will be increased for him.” (Tirmidhi)

• Buraidah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I was sitting with Nabi
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam and I heard him saying: “When the
man devoted to the Qur’an will come out of the grave upon its
splitting on the Day of Resurrection, indeed the Qur’an will
meet him like a person whose colour has changed due to weakness.
The Qur’an will ask him: “Do you recognize me?” He will say: “No
I do not recognize you.” The Qur’an will ask him again: “Do you
recognize me?” He will say: “No, I do not recognize you.” The
Qur’an will say: “I am your companion, the Qur’an, which kept
you thirsty at the midday’s heat and kept you awake at night.
Every trader wishes to earn a profit from his trade, today you
are exceptionally rewarded in your trade.” So he will be given a
kingdom in his right hand; and in the left a certificate to live
in Paradise for eternity, and a crown of dignity will be placed
on his head. His parents will be given to wear two such pairs of
dresses whose value cannot be paid by the people of this world.
His parents will say: “Why have we been given these dresses to
wear?” It would be said: “For your son’s memorizing of the
Qur’an.” Then the man devoted to the Qur’an will be asked:
“Recite and rise in ranks to the upper storeys and adorned rooms
of Paradise.” He will ascend as long as he recites whether it is
fast and fluently, or slowly with pauses and distinctly.”
(Musnad Ahmad, Fatah-ur-Rabbani)

• Anas radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “Indeed for Allah from amongst people are
some (like people) of His Household.” Sahabah radhiyallahu
‘anhum asked: “O Rasulullah! Who are those people?” He said:
“The people of the Qur’an, they are the Household of Allah and
His favoured ones.” (Mustadrak Hakim)

• Ibn ‘Abbas radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He in whose heart there is no
part of the Qur’an, is like a deserted house.” (Tirmidhi)

• Sa’ad ibn ‘Ubadah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “There is not a person who
learns to read the Qur’an and then forgets it, except that he
will meet Allah on the Day of Resurrection as a leper.” (Abu
Dawud)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who recites
the complete Qur’an in less than three days cannot understand it
well.” (Abu Dawud)

 
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
Aisha Radhi-Allahu anhu reported: The
Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said,
“There is no day upon which Allah frees His servants from the
Hellfire more than the day of Arafat. He draws near and then He
praises them to the angels, saying: What do these want?”
(Sahih Muslim)
Quote of the Week
The hijab is a symbol of freedom from the
male regard, but also, in our time, of freedom from subjugation
by the iron fist of materialism, deterministic science, and the
death of meaning. It denotes softness, otherness, inwardness.
She is not only caught in a world of power relations, but she
inhabits a world of love and sacrifice.
(Abdal Hakim Murad)
Saying of the Week
The chameleon changes
color to match the earth, the earth doesn’t change color to
match the chameleon.
(Senegalese Saying)
Economic
Indicators
Item/Commodity Value
1 US Dollar R13.21
1 Saudi Riyal R3.51
24 Carat Gold/g R546.38
22 Carat Gold/g R501.82
18 Carat Gold/g R410.46
14 Carat Gold/g R319.54
9 Carat Gold/g R206.79
Silver/g R7.81
Zakaat Nisaab R4780.63
Minimum Mahr R239.03
Mahr Faatimi R11951.58
1 Krugerrand (1oz) R17812.50
All Commodity Values
Exclude VAT (14%)
Updates
Hilaal: Dhu al Hijjah
1438
Following reports of moon-sighting in
different parts of the country, the United Ulama Council of
South Africa has determined that, in South Africa, the 1st Dhu
al Hijjah 1438, shall be on Wednesday, 23rd August 2017.

The 10th Dhu al Hijjah 1438, Eid-ul-Adha, will therefore be
observed on Friday 1st September 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
are
here

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

Preparing for the Journey

Umrah


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
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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