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Vol. 12 No. 36 15 Dhu al Hijjah 1438/
06 September 2017
Comment and Analysis
A Press Statement: Stand up
for the Rohingya!
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa is deeply
disturbed as the international community continues to turn a
blind eye to the most recent crackdown by the Myanmar government
on the Rohingya Muslims. These atrocities are tantamount to
ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Since the latest violence which erupted on August 25, nearly
85,000 Rohingya Muslims are reported to have tled to
neighbouring Bangladesh, while in excess of a 100,000 remain
internally displaced.

More than 40 villages have been burnt to the ground and over
400,000 Rohingya are in need of urgent humanitarian aid.
According to aid officials, "Most of the people coming in are
completely exhausted, some of them say they haven’t eaten in
days and some are completely traumatised by their experiences."

Myanmar officials blame the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army
(ARSA) for the violence, however fleeing Rohingya civilians
maintain that a campaign of arson, rape and killings by the
Myanmar army is aimed at forcing them out of the country. In the
most recent violence, more than 2,000 people have been killed.

According to the UN the Rohingya in Myanmar are the world’s most
persecuted minority. Human rights violations against the
Rohingya have been recorded since the late 1970’s and in 1982
the Burmese military junta revoked their citizenship. They are
denied their rights to education, land, and freedom of movement,
employment and to marry without state permission. They are also
subjected to both forced labour and forced sterilisation.

As South Africans, having lived through a racist and brutal
oppressive regime, it is our duty to stand up for those still
living under apartheid. Burma should NOT be allowed to continue
this genocide of Rohingya.

The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa calls upon:
• Imams to recite Qunut Naazilah in their masaajid for the
plight of the Rohingya Muslims.

• The Muslim community to register our protest and dismay with
the Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Pretoria,
South Africa.

• The South African Governmentto intervene and take a decisive
stand against Myanmar for these human rights violations which
have continued for so many decades.

May Allah ease the plight of the oppressed throughout the world.
Ameen.

Issued by:
Ebrahim I Bham (Moulana)
Secretary General

4 September2017

Question and Answer

Question:

Assalamu ‘alaikum

I recently lent a sum of money to another Muslim in order to
assist that person with the purchase of their first home. The
loan has been recently repaid and he is so grateful for the
gesture that he wishes to invite me to his home for a meal as a
token of appreciation.

I have declined the invitation for fear that it would be
regarded as taking benefit from the loan which would be like
receiving interest. However, I also don’t want my action of
declining the invitation to be seen as arrogance on my part.

Please advise me on what would be the best action in the eyes of
Allah.

Was salaam.

Answer:


In the given scenario, there would be no harm in accepting their
invitation as they are merely expressing their appreciation
towards you. Their invite is not part of adherence to a
condition that you placed at the time of giving the loan. Hence,
it would be acceptable to honour the invitation.

Reference: Shaami 5/166

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

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “For everything there is a
pinnacle, and indeed the pinnacle of the Qur’an is Surah
Al-Baqarah. In it there is a verse, which is the chief of all
the verses in the Qur’an, and that is Ayatul Kursi.” (Tirmidhi)

• Ibn ‘Abbas radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that once Jibrail
‘alayhis salaam was sitting beside Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam when they heard a rattling sound from the sky. He
(Jibrail ‘alayhis salaam) raised his head and said: “This is a
door which has been opened in the sky today, which was never
opened before except today, and an angel has descended from it.”
He (Jibrail ‘alayhis salaam) said, “This angel had never come
down on earth except today.” The angel offered salutation and
said: “Take glad tidings! You have been given two lights, which
were not given to any prophet before you. Surah Al-Fatihah and
the last (two) verses of Surah Al-Baqarah. You do not recite
even a word from them, but you are rewarded for it.” (Muslim)

• Nu’man ibn Bashir radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Indeed Allah inscribed a
book, two thousand years before creating the heavens and the
earth. He sent down two verses with which He ended Surah
Al-Baqarah. When these verses are being recited in a house for
three nights, Shaitan will not come near it.” (Tirmidhi)

• Abu Mas‘ud Al-Ansari radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who recites
the last two verses of Surah Al-Baqarah at night these will
suffice for him.” (Tirmidhi)

• Shaddad ibn Aws radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “None amongst Muslims goes to
bed and recites any Surah of the Book of Allah, except that
Allah deputes an angel and nothing harmful will come near him
until he awakes, (no matter) whenever he awakes.” (Tirmidhi)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who recites one hundred
verses of (the Qur’an) in a night, would be written amongst the
devout worshippers of Allah.” (Mustadrak Hakim)

• Fadalah ibn ‘Ubaid and Tamim Ad-Daari radhiyallahu ‘anhuma
narrate that Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The
one who recites ten verses in a night, (the reward of) a qintaar
is written for him. A qintaar is better than the world and
whatever it contains.” (Tabarani, Majma-‘uz-Zawaa-id)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The one who recites ten
verses at night is not written amongst the negligent.”
(Mustadrak Hakim)
• Jabir radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam said: “The one amongst you who is apprehensive of not
being able to wake up in the last part of the night, he should
offer his witr in its first part. The one who expects to get up
in the last part of night, should offer his witr then, because
as the angels are present during recitation of the Qur’an in the
last part of the night, and this recitation is better.”
(Tirmidhi)

• Abu Darda’ radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “The one who recites the three verses of
the beginning of Surah Al-Kahf will be protected from the trial
of Dajjal.” (Tirmidhi)

• Abu Darda’ radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who memorizes the first ten verses of
Surah Al-Kahf will be protected from the trial of Dajjal.” In
another narration, it is the last ten verses of Surah Al-Kahf.
(Muslim)

• Thawban radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “The one who recites the last ten verses
of Surah Al- Kahf, this will indeed be for him a protection from
Dajjal.” (‘Amalul Yawmi wal Lailah by Nasai)

• ‘Ali radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who recites Surah Al-Kahf on Friday,
will be protected from all kinds of trials for eight days and if
Dajjal appears, (during these eight days) he would be even saved
from him.” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir)

• Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The one who
recites Surah Al-Kahf as it was revealed, it will become a Nur
(light) for him on the Day of Resurrection from his place to
Makkah. The one who recites the last ten verses of it, even if
the Dajjal appears, the Dajjal will not be able to overpower
him.” (Mustadrak Hakim)

• Ma’qil ibn Yasaar radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The pinnacle and apex of
Qur’an is Surah Al-Baqarah. With every verse of it eighty angels
descend. The Ayatul Kursi has been revealed from beneath the
Divine Throne, and then it was integrated into Surah Al-Baqarah.
Surah Yasin is the heart of the Qur’an. Whoever recites it to
please Allah and for the Hereafter, he is pardoned. So recite
this near your dying people.” (Musnad Ahmad)

• Jundub radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “One who recites Surah Yasin in the night
to please Allah, he is forgiven.” (Ibn Hibbaan) 

 
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
Abu Huraira Radhi-Allahu anhu reported: The
Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “You will
not enter Paradise until you believe and you will not believe
until you love each other. Shall I show you something that, if
you did, you would love each other? Spread peace between
yourselves.”

(Sahih Muslim)

Quote of the Week
"Lord, I ask Thee to grant me
faith that never ceases growing, blessings that never end, and
comfort in Thy presence that will never be veiled again."
 
(Supplication of Abdullah ibn Mas’ud)
Saying of the Week
The wasp says that several
regular trips to a mud pit enables it to build a house.
(Ewe Proverb)
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Updates
The Islamic Careline’s
Parenting in Practice Series
The Islamic Careline will on Saturday 16
September 2017, between 9:00am and 12:30pm, conduct a workshop
on Understanding Your Child’s Misbehaviour.

The presenter of the workshop, Erika Hitge, is an experienced
psychologist who specialises in play therapy and work with
children.

The venue of the workshop is the Nana Memorial Hall, along Foyle
Ave in Crosby. There will be a participation fee of R50.00 per
person.
 
Prior registration is required for all prospective participants.
For reservations and enquiries, kindly contact the Islamic
Careline on 011 373 8080 or 078 727 1334.

A Thought for the
Rohingya:
Oppressed Muslims of Myanmar
In the wake of the on-going
persecution of the ethnic Rohinghya, the Muslims of Rakhine
State in Myanmar (Burma), the United Ulama Council of South
Africa (UUCSA) made anappeal to Imams to read out this statement
to Eid congregations:

As we join the 1.6 billion Muslims around the globe to celebrate
Eidul Adha today, let us include the oppressed Rohingya in our
duas and help create awareness around their heart-breaking
plight. The Rohingya have been described as the world’s most
persecuted minority by the United Nations. They live in Arakan
State, Myanmar where they have been denied citizenship, freedom
of movement, access to education and health services. They have
been subject inter alia to land confiscations, arbitrary
arrests, forced sterilisation, extortion, torture, rape and
collective punishment. Their citizenship was revoked by the
state in 1982.

More recently since 2012 the brutality against them has only
been exacerbated by the state’s unwillingness to punish
right-wing nationalists who spew hatred against them, address
its apartheid policies and keep its security forces in check.
Their persecution has forced over 168 000 Rohingya to flee
Myanmar during the last five years.

The military has been engaged in a violent crackdown against the
Rohingya which left 75 000 displaced and many massacred last
October 2016 and this was compounded last Friday, 25 August 2017
when the military, claiming it was attacked by terrorists, once
again began arbitrary killings, helicopter air-strikes and the
burning of thousands of Rohingya homes and businesses, the
blocking of humanitarian aid and raping of Rohingya women and
girls.

To date 20 000 Rohingya have fled gunfire and mortar to
Bangladesh and are waiting for the border to be opened. The
numbers of dead are somewhere between 100’s and 1000’s, there is
no way to verify the magnitude of the atrocities as media is not
allowed into affected areas and humanitarian aid agencies have
been forced to shut.

O Allah extend Your protection over them, take mercy on their
children and women, protect their dignity, their lives and their
property..

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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