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Vol. 12 No. 35 08 Dhu al Hijjah 1438/
30 August 2017
Comment and Analysis
Isma’il Alayhis Salaam: A
Portrait of Obedience
As we mark yet another Eid-ul-Adha, by the
Grace of the Almighty, it is important to reflect on one of the
central rituals of the day which is sacrificial slaughter of an
animal.

This Sunnah of our father Ibrahim Alayhis Salaam is a
celebration of the spirit of his sacrifice which set him apart
among prophets Alayhimus Salaam, epitomising his total
dedication to the Almighty.

Here was a man who was prepared to follow a Divinely-Inspired
dream of offering his only son to the Almighty! The Almighty’s
intervention of substituting Ismail with a lamb came only after
Ibrahim’s resolve to complete the sacrifice was beyond doubt.

Ibrahim’s sacrificial spirit was total. However, Ismail’s
submission to the will of the Almighty was equally remarkable.
He was only a teenager who could have argued with his father to
the contrary.

He could have questioned his father’s sanity. Yet, Isma’il’s
Alayhis Salaam made no second-guesses. Isma’il’s Alayhis Salaam
only plea was asking his father to be quick in the execution of
the Divine Command so as to minimise his father’s emotional
anguish and his own pain.

As we let blood of animals flow to the ground, let’s think of
the place of Isma’il Alayhis Salaam. When we look at his
example, we realise that his character was a product of his
upbringing. His father nurtured and raised him as Allah-fearing.
For this reason, he understood what Divine Will was all about to
which he unconditionally submitted.

This level of father-son relationship sets a model for all of us
to emulate. It is a degree of obedience which among other things
earned Ibrahim Alayhis Salaam the title, Khaleel-ul-llah (Friend
of Allah). Out of such acts, Ibrahim Alayhis Salaam would alone
be called Ummah!

We are today forlornly poised, not sure where our youth are
heading to. Newspapers lead with stories of drug abuse,
circulation of children-originating obscene literature and even
raping of girls, of all places, in schools.
Laws for protection of children from predatory adults have been
rendered almost superfluous as the children themselves become
perpetrators of serious crimes among themselves.

Parental responsibility in nurturing obedience and instilling
discipline is paramount. It is an amanah which cannot be
abdicated. We have the responsibility of finding ways of
connecting to and understanding what our youth are up to. Errant
tendencies have to be nipped in the bud before they blossom into
incorrigible habitual traits and character.

When Isma’il Alayhis Salaam asked his father to be quick, he had
shown a dimension of his concern and expectation from his father
to hasten their prospective ordeal. The challenges facing our
children today constitute an ordeal they have to grapple with.
Let us be supportive in addressing their needs and expectations
without compromising the Divine Will.

May the Almighty protect our children. May He strengthen us in
creating communities in which children grow up Allah-fearing in
the same way Isma’il Alayhis Salaam was raised. Aameen.

Eid-ul-Adha Mubarak!

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

• ‘Abdul Malik ibn ‘Umair rahimahullah narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “There is a cure for all
ailments in Surah Fatihah, the opening of the Qur’an.” (Sunan
Darami)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “When anyone of you says
“Ameen” (at the end of reciting Surah Fatihah), the angels at
the same time also say “Ameen” in the skies. If the former
“Ameen” coincides with the latter, then all his past sins are
forgiven.” (Bukhari)

• Nawwas ibn Sam’aan Al-Kalabi radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I
heard Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “The Qur’an with
its people who acted according to it, will be brought on the Day
of Resurrection, led by Surah Al-Baqarah and ‘Aal Imraan.”
(Muslim)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Do not make your houses
graveyards (but fill your homes with the remembrance of Allah
with Salah and the recitation of the Qur’an). Indeed, Shaitan
runs away from the house in which Surah Al-Baqarah is recited.”
(Muslim)

• Abu Umamah Al-Bahili radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “Recite the
Qur’an, because on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an
intercessor for those who recited it. Recite the two shining
ones, Surah Al-Baqarah and Surah ‘Aal Imran for these will come
on the Day of Resurrection as two clouds or two shades or two
flocks of birds in rows pleading for those who recited them.
Recite Surah Al-Baqarah, because its reciting, memorizing, and
understanding are blessings; and giving it up is grief and
regret. The wicked are unable to exploit it.” Mu‘awiyah ibn
Salam says that it has been reported to him that by wicked
people is meant magicians. (Muslim)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: There is one verse in Surah
Al- Baqarah that is the chief of all the verses of the Qur’an.
Never is this verse recited in a house in which Shaitan is
present except that it flees from it. This verse is Ayatul
Kursi.” (Mustadrak Hakim, Targhib)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu said: Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam deputed me for the safekeeping of the Zakat of
Ramadan. Someone came and began to take up handfuls of food. I
got hold of him, and told him: “I am certainly going to take you
to Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam.” He said: “I am
needy, I have children dependent on me and my need is severe.” I
let him go. In the morning Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam
asked: “O Abu Hurairah! What did your prisoner do last night?”
(Allah informed him of this) I replied: “O Rasulallah! He
complained of dire need, and of having children dependent on
him, so I had pity on him and let him go his way.” He said:
“Beware! He lied to you and will come back.” I was sure that he
would return, because Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam
had told me so. Therefore, I laid down, waiting for him. When he
came and began to take handfuls of food, I got hold of him and
told him: “I must take you to Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam.” He said: “Leave me for I am a needy man, I support a
big family. I shall not come again.” I had pity on him and let
him go his way. In the morning, Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam said: “O Abu Hurairah! What did your prisoner do last
night?” I replied: “O Rasulallah! He complained of pressing
wants and support of a family, so I had pity on him and let him
go his way.” Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said:
“Beware, he has certainly lied to you, and will come back.” So I
laid down, waiting for him for the third time. When he came and
took handfuls of food, I got hold of him and said: “I must take
you to Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, and this is the
last of the three times. Verily, you claimed that you will not
return, but you have returned.” He said: “Leave me, I shall
teach you some words through which Allah will give you benefit.”
I asked: “What are those?” He said: “When you go to bed, recite
Ayatul Kursi all the way till the end of the verse. Allah will
appoint a guard for you who will stay with you and no Shaitan
will come near you till the morning.” So I let him go his way.
Next morning Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam asked me,
“What did your prisoner do last night?” I answered: “O
Rasulallah! He claimed to teach me some words, by which Allah
will benefit me. So I let him go his way.” Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “What are those?” He (the
prisoner) told me: “When you go to bed, recite Ayatul Kursi,
from its beginning to the end. Allah will appoint a guard for
you who will stay with you and no Shaitan will come near you
till the morning.” The narrator says the Sahabah were eagerly
desirous of all that was good. Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam
said: “Verily, he has spoken the truth to you, though he is a
great liar. Do you know with whom you have been speaking for the
past three nights, O Abu Hurairah?” I said, “No.” Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “That was Shaitan.” (Bukhari)
According to what was narrated by Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari
radhiyallahu ‘anhu, Shaitan said: “You should recite Ayatul
Kursi in your house, as no Shaitan, or anyone else will ever
come to you.” (Tirmidhi)

• Ubayy ibn Ka’b radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam asked: “O Abu Mundhir! Do you know
which verse from the Book of Allah is the greatest?” I replied:
“Allah and His Messenger know best!” Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam asked: “O Abu Mundhir. Do you know which verse
from the Book of Allah is the greatest?” I said: “Ayatul kursi.”
He then struck my chest and said: “By Allah! Congratulation to
you for this knowledge, O Abu Mundhir!” (Muslim) It is narrated
in another tradition, in regard to Ayatul Kursi, Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “I swear by the One in whose
Hand my soul is, that this verse indeed has a tongue and two
lips which glorify the Lord under the ‘Arsh, the Divine Throne.”
(Musnad Ahmad, Majma-‘uz-Zawaa-id)

 
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
Ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah,
peace and blessings be upon him, took hold of my shoulder and he
said, “Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveler
along a path.” Ibn Umar said, “If you enter the evening, then do
not wait for the morning. If you enter the morning, then do not
wait for the evening. Take from your health for your sickness
and from your life for your death.”

(Sahih Bukhari)

Quote of the Week
The first step in self development, …, is
to concentrate single-mindedly on Paradise. Indeed, the one who
is unsure of his destiny in life, torn between this world and
the Next, like one standing with his feet in two separate boats
– will be thrown off balance. Many of the difficulties that we
face are due to this lack of commitment and inability to focus
on the real and ultimate goal. If you can keep your focus on
Jannah, then everything else will be possible.

(Khurram Murad, In the Early Hours)

Saying of the Week
If you have much, give of your
wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.

(Arabian Proverbs)

Economic
Indicators
Item/Commodity Value
1 US Dollar R13.08
1 Saudi Riyal R3.47
24 Carat Gold/g R555.54
22 Carat Gold/g R510.23
18 Carat Gold/g R417.33
14 Carat Gold/g R324.88
9 Carat Gold/g R210.25
Silver/g R7.99
Zakaat Nisaab R4895.27
Minimum Mahr R244.76
Mahr Faatimi R12238.17
1 Krugerrand (1oz) R18111.72
All Commodity Values
Exclude VAT (14%)
Question and Answer

Question:

I would like to find out what Mehr did the Prophet Muhammed
Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam give to his wives and what the
current value calculates to?

Was salaam.

Answer:


It is reported from Abu Salamah radiallahu anhu that he asked
Aa’ishah radiallahu anha, "How much was the dowry of Rasulullah
sallallaahu alaihi wasallam (that he gave his wives). She
replied, "His dowry for his wives was twelve Awqiya and Nash".
She asked, "do you know what is Nash". "I (Abu Salamah
radiallaahu anhu) replied, No". She said, "it is half an Awqiyah
which therefore adds up to five hundred Dirhams". (Sahih Muslim)

500 Dirhams is equivalent to 1530.9g of silver. The value of it
today (23 September 2015) is R10,903.84.

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

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

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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