On Wednesday 2 May 2018, the Jamiatul Ulama
South Africa (JUSA), hosted the “Witnesses to a Massacre”
documentary-maker Shafiur Rahman, and German-based Rohingya
activist, Nay San Lwin in a round-table discussion event.
During the event, there was a screening of the documentary by
Shafiur Rahman, on the massacres of Tula Toli, a five-hamlet
village in Rakhine state, Myanmar, where at the behest of
Buddhist community leaders, hundreds of Rohingyas were
slaughtered, burnt alive, maimed or shot and killed by the
Myanmar army, during August 2017.
The two guests also interacted with participants, who included
activists, journalists and representatives of relief agencies,
on issues surrounding the humanitarian tragedy that has
characterised the Rohingya situation.
It became particularly evident during the round-table that
geopolitics of the region has paralysed efforts in getting a
lasting solution for the Rohingya, who in a series of laws over
the past 50 years, have been disenfranchised and stripped off
their national identity, rendering them stateless.
Following the massacres of 2017, hundreds of thousands of
Rohingya fled across the border into Bangladesh, where the
government have restricted them to refugee camps.
The indignity of the refugee camps for mostly jobless Rohingyas
is dire poverty, hopelessness, exposure to human-traffickers as
well as the extreme weather conditions of the region. The coming
monsoon rains spell more misery and hardship as the existing
structures for shelter may not cope with the seasonal torrential
rains and flooding.
As repatriation is merely in political talk, hundreds of
thousands of Rohingya youth do not have access even to basic
education, let alone health and other social amenities. There is
also an acute need to rehabilitate and empower those traumatised
by the massacres at the hands of the Myanmar army.
At Tula Toli, a community chief assured Rohingya residents of
their safety. Yet, they were herded towards open areas where
they were rounded up, shot at and dismembered. A survivor as he
narrates in the documentary, recounts how he overheard the chief
making a call to an army commander, summoning him and his troops
to come to start with the operation.
Few survivors who live to tell, somehow escaped, some with
extensive burns, from piers of bonfires that did not spare even
new-born babies. All this took place as homes were set on fire.
Their emotional anguish is etched on the faces… Yet indelible
scars remain unseen in their memories of nightmares.
The story of Tula Toli is one that is echoed many times over, as
a modus operandi of Myanmar operatives, who terrorise the
Rohingya refugees across the Rakhine state.
JUSA appeals to all to specially pray for the Rohingya, a people
whose crime is only being of different skin hue, race and
Muslim. Let us all extend our helping hand to them by supporting
relief initiatives towards the Rohingya.
It is our duty to create awareness of the genocidal Rohingya
situation, among other humanitarian crises. It is our obligation
to remind our government, to voice out at multilateral forums
about the Rohingya, ‘the most persecuted people in the world’,
according to the United Nations, and many other accounts of the
‘witnesses to massacres’.
The round-table was organised in collaboration with
Protect the Rohingya, an advocacy group highlighting
the plight of the Rohingya, with the aim of increasing awareness
and the urgency of their need for humanitarian relief.
For more details on the Rohingya SA Tour 2018 which continues up
to 7 May 2018, please contact Sister Shabnum Mayet on:
072 178 6102 and on Twitter: @ProtectRohingya
Question and Answer
I would like to know whether it is a requirement for a wife to
obtain written proof that her husband has divorced her so that
she can perhaps re-marry?
If Talaaq has been issued verbally, it is
not a condition for the validity thereof that it be reduced to
writing. It is however advisable that the husband confirm the
verbal Talaaq in writing so that such written confirmation may
serve as proof that the marriage has formerly ended and that the
woman is able to marry someone else.
Sermon of the Week
against harming Muslims (6 of 6)
• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: People possess two
characteristics of infidelity: Sarcastic criticism of lineage
and loud weeping and wailing on the dead. (Muslim)
• Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas Radiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that Nabi
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: Do not quarrel with your
brother, nor joke with him (in a manner which will hurt him),
and do not make a promise to him which you do not honour.
• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said; There are three signs of a
hypocrite- When he speaks, he lies; when he promises, he breaks
it; when he is entrusted, he violates the trust. (Muslim)
• Hudh aifah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: A tell-tale will not enter
• Khuraim ibn Fatik radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam offered Salatul-Fajr, after which he
stood up and said: False witness has been equated to associating
a partner to Allah. He said this thrice and then recited a verse
of the Qur’am "So, avoid the filth of idols and avoid speaking
falsehood, as people pure of faith to Allah, not associating
anything with Him." (Abu Dawud)
• Abu Umamah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: If anyone acquired what
rightly belongs to another Muslim, by his (false) oath Allah has
made Hell obligatory for him and prohibited his admission to
Paradise. A man asked: Even, if it is a small thing, O
Rasulallah! He replied: Even if it is a branch of the Arak tree.
• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that Nabi
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: Whoever unjustly occupies a
piece of land, on the Day of Resurrection, he will be made to
sink down the distance of seven earths. (Bukhari)
• Imran ibn Husain radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that Nabr
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: Whosoever plunders is not from
• Abu Dhar radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: Three men to whom Allah would neither
speak on the Day of Resurrection, nor look at them, nor purify
them; for them is a painful punishment. Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam repeated this thrice. Abu Dhar radhiyallahu
‘anhu said: They are unsuccessful and losers. Who are they O
Rasulallah!? He said: The one who wears a trailing lover
garment, the one who keeps recounting people of his generosity
to them and the one who sells the commodity by false swearing.
• ‘Ammar ibn Yasir radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: Whoever beats his
slave unjustly, will be retaliated against on the Day of
Resurrection. (Tabarani, Majma’uz-Zawaid) .
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
On the authority of Masruq Radhi-Allahu
anhu, who said: We asked Abdullah (i.e. Ibn Masud) about this
And do not regard those who have been killed in the cause of
Allah as dead, rather are they alive with their Lord, being
(Quran Chapter 3 Verse 169).
He said: We asked about that and the Prophet Sallallahu ‘alayhi
wasallam said: Their souls are in the insides of green birds
having lanterns suspended from the Throne, roaming freely in
Paradise where they please, then taking shelter in those
lanterns. So their Lord cast a glance at them and said: Do you
wish for anything? They said: What shall we wish for when we
roam freely in Paradise where we please? And thus did He do to
them three times.
When they say that they would not be spared from being asked
[again], they said: O Lord, we would like for You to put back
our souls into our bodies so that we might fight for Your sake
once again. And when He saw that they were not in need of
anything they were let be. It was related by Muslim (also by at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’i
and Ibn Majah)
Quote of the Week
Knowledge is that which benefits, not that
which is memorised. (Imam Ash-Shaafi’ee RA)
Saying of the Week
Beware of a naked person who
says will give you clothes.
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With the aid of Donors, the Jamiatul Ulama
South Africa (JUSA) has been conducting Iftaar feeding
programmes during the month of Ramadan for the past 3 years,
The project entails JUSA along with volunteers going to
disadvantaged areas and preparing Iftaar meals for communities.
Alternatively, communities are given food items and ingredients
with which they prepare meals for themselves.
An average of about 33,000 meals were provided in the past 3
years at 26 venues.
For more information or to be a volunteer, or how one can
contribute, please contact the Welfare Department on:
AGM Notice: Islamic
The Islamic Careline will on Wednesday, the
9th of May 2018 hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The venue for this year’s AGM will be at the Islamic Careline
premises at 32 Dolly Rathebe Road, Fordsburg, from 10:30 to
The Islamic Careline is a counselling service associated with
the Jamiatul Ulama
Kindly RSVP to: