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Vol. 13 No. 18 13 Shawwal 1439/27 June
2018
Comment and Analysis
Have we become Better People?
Ramadan and the Day of Eid are slowly fading
in our rear view mirror. The challenge remains how we sustain
the spirit of Ramadan in the next 11 intervening months before
the next one.

The Prophet Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam has said, “For every
people there is a feast and this is our feast.” (Bukhari)

Unlike most other festivities, Eid has no connection with any
particular personality nor is it related to a particular
historical event. Eid-ul-Fitr is not a commemoration of a
historical past but is the celebration of the resolute spirit of
Muslims, the power of endurance, the strength of our willpower
and the resilience of faith. To voluntarily give up
life-sustaining nourishment for the better part of the 24-hour
cycle goes beyond a mere test of self-control, it entails the
power of faith followed by unparalleled submission. Eid is a day
where we celebrate our submission…we celebrate in anticipation
of earning His forgiveness. “Whoever fasts Ramadan with faith
and with hope of reward, will have his previous sins forgiven.”
(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

The acquisition of taqwa results in our mental, physical and
spiritual growth. We need to measure our holistic growth in the
month of Ramadan by asking ourselves to what extent we have
attained:

  • A love for virtue and a dislike for vice
  • Greater self-discipline, patience and steadfastness
  • A higher level of Allah consciousness
  • A lesser inclination towards selfishness
  • Greater humility, kindness and compassion
  • Stronger unity among fellow Muslims
We need to measure our growth in terms of
the qualities mentioned in the following verse:

“For all Muslim men and women, who have surrendered
themselves unto Allah and for all believing men and women, and
for all devout men and women, and for all men and women who are
true to their word, and for all men and women who are patient in
adversity, and for all men and women who humble themselves, and
for all men and women who give in charity, and for all men and
women who fast (and deny themselves), and for all men and women
who guard their chastity, and for all men and women who remember
Allah unceasingly, FOR THEM HAS ALLAH PREPARED
FORGIVENESS AND A MIGHTY REWARD.”
(33:35)

Our challenge is to keep alive the spirit of Ramadan… to
strengthen our bond with our Creator and with each other. Islam
is the religion of worship, ‘ibadah. But worship in Islam is not
a mere collection of rituals. It is a whole way of life. If we
pray, yet others are not safe and secure from our words and our
actions, if we pray and continue doing injustice to others, if
we pray and ignore the cries of the poor and those in pain, if
we pray and do not care for those who are suffering in our
neighbourhood and around the world, then we have not understood
the purpose of our prayers or the true meaning worship!
 
‘Ibadah or worship goes beyond prayer. The Quran states: “And
whatever you are given (here) is (but) for the passing enjoyment
of this world; whereas that which is with Allah is better and
more lasting: (it shall be given) to those who believe and put
their trust in their Sustainer; those who avoid major sins and
shameful deeds, and, whenever they are moved by anger, readily
forgive.

Those who respond to the call of their Sustainer, and establish
regular prayer; who (conduct) their affairs by mutual
consultation; who spend out of what We bestow on them as
sustenance; and those who, when an oppressive wrong is inflicted
on them, (are not cowed but) help and defend themselves.”
(42:3639)

The people of Allah are the models of virtue and goodness. They
stand for peace and justice in the world. They are not only
satisfied with their own personal righteousness and salvation,
but they work to bring justice, peace, and happiness to the
world.

May Allah Ta’âla make us of those who have earned His pleasure
and of those who are able to better ourselves.

Question and Answer

Question:

Could you kindly expound on the difference between a Masjid and
Jamat Khana (Musalla)?

Is it true that a place is only classified a Masjid when Jumu’ah
is performed there?

Best Regards,

Was salaam.

Answer:


The difference between a Masjid and Jamaat Khana is that the
former is a classified as a Shar’ee Masjid while the latter is
not. It is not a requirement for a place to be classified as a
Shar’ee Masjid that Jumu’ah Salaah be performed there.

Rather, when a piece of ground is donated as Waqf for the
purposes of building a Masjid, Therefore, if a Waqf land is
prescribed as a Masjid then that is sufficient for it to be
classified as a Shar’ee Masjid.

Reference: Shaami Vol. 2 Pg. 518/9, Vol. 3 Pg. 6 – Rasheediyyah
edition, Fataawaa Mahmoodiyya Vol. 12 Pg. 318, 320, 323, 324,
325, 326 – Mahmoodiyyah edition.

Sermon of the Week
Da’wah and
Tabligh – Inviting towards Allah (4 of 6)

• Ibn Abbas radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He is not one of us who does
not show kindness to our youngsters, does not show respect to
our elders, and does not enjoin unto good and does not forbid
from evil.” (Tirrhidhi)

• Hudhaifah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “A man’s wrongdoing regarding
his family, his property, his children and his neighbours may be
atoned by offering Salah, Sadaqah (charity) and enjoining good
and forbidding from evil.” (Bukhari)

• Jabir radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “Allah commanded Jibra‘il ‘alayhis salaam
to overturn such and such city with its inhabitants. Jibra‘il
‘alayhis salaam submitted: “O my Sustainer! Amongst them is your
slave who has never disobeyed You, even to the blinking of an
eye.” Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said that Allah
commanded Jibra‘il ‘alayhis salaam: “Overturn the city on him
and on all the inhabitants; for his face did not ever change
colour for a while on My disobediences.” (Mishkat-ul-Masaabih)

• Durrah bint Abi Lahab radhiyallahu ‘anha narrates that a man
stood before Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam when he was seated
on the pulpit and asked: “O Rasulullah! Who is the best amongst
the people?” He replied: “The best amongst the people is he who
recites the Qur‘an, the most; and fears Allah, the most; and
enjoins unto good and forbids from evil, the most; and
strengthens the ties of kinship, the most.” (Musnad Ahmad,
Tabarani)

• Anas radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam wrote to the Persian emperor, Kisra; to the Roman
emperor, Qaisar; to the king of Ethiopia, An-Najashi; and to
every mighty dictator, inviting them to Allah. This Najashi was
not the same for whom Nabi Sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam offered
funeral Salah.” (Muslim)

• ‘Urs ibn ‘Umairah Al-Kindi radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “When a sin is committed
on the earth; he who sees it and disapproves it, will be like
the one who was not present. The one who was not present when
the sin was committed but approves of it, will be like the one
who was present there.” (Abu Dawud)

• Jabir radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “My example and that of yours is like
that of a person who ignites a fire and moths and other insects
start falling into it. He tries to prevent them from falling in
the fire. Similarly, I am grasping your waists and holding you
back from the fire, and you are trying to escape from my hands
(into the fire).” (Muslim)

• ‘Abdullah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that it is as fresh in
my memory as if I am looking at Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam
when he narrated about an apostle from amongst the apostles. His
people beat him so severely that he was blood stained; he was
cleaning the blood from his face and saying: “O Allah! Forgive
my people for indeed they do not know.” (Bukhari)

• Hind ibn Abi Hala radhiyallahu ‘anhu (while explaining the
qualities of Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) narrated
that Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam was continually
grief- stricken; all the time thoughtful and concerned; there
was no comfort for him; he had prolonged periods of silence and
he would not speak unless necessary. (Tirmidhi)

• Jabir radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Sahabah radhiyallahu
‘anhum complained: “O Rasulallah! The arrows of (tribe of)
Thaqif have tortured us, so curse them.” He said: “O Allah!
Bless the tribe of Thaqif with guidance.” (Tirmidhi)

 
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
It is narrated on the authority of Abu Ayyub
that a man came to the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wasallam and
said: “Direct me to a deed which draws me near to Paradise and
takes me away from the Fire (of Hell). Upon this he (the Holy
Prophet) said: You worship Allah and never associate anything
with Him, establish prayer, and pay Zakat, and do good to your
kin. When he turned his back, the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu
alayhi wasallam remarked: If he adheres to what he has been
ordered to do, he would enter Paradise.”

(Muslim)

Quote of the Week
I want that a person of knowledge should
(independent) have all of his basic needs, for faults come more
quickly to him than they do to anyone else, and (the) tongues
(of people) are quicker to criticise him than they are to
criticise anyone else.

(Sufyān al-Thawrī)

Saying of the Week
It is easier to wage war with
wise enemies than be at peace with foolish friends.

(Afghan Proverb)

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All Commodity Values
Exclude VAT (15%)
Updates
Moulana Tariq Jameel’s Visit and
Lecture Programme in South Africa
A world-renowned Muslim preacher and leader,
Moulana Tariq Jameel, will be in South Africa soon,
in-sha-Allah.

The Pakistani scholar has been scheduled for three programmes as
follows:

Sunday: 1 July 2018
Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand
1:30pm (Males only)

Monday: 2 July 2018
Orient Hall, Durban
7:15pm (Males only)

Wednesday: 4 July 2018
Masjid al Furqaan, Midrand
1:30pm (Ladies facilities arranged)

Due to an anticipated high turn out, participants are advised to
bring along their prayer mats for convenience.

The events will be broadcast live on Radio Islam International
which is also available on DSTV Channel 826 as well as
Free-to-air- satellite,
audio-stream,
as well as via YouTube and Instagram.

For details: 011 854 7022 OR @radioislam

Breaking the Silence:
 Campaign against Gender Based Violence
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa, in
collaboration with Islamic Careline, have embarked on a project
for 2018 that addresses the awareness, management and outcomes
of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in our community.

This project will be initiated from July 2018 through August
(Women’s month) and will culminate in the first week of
December, which are the final days of the 16 Days of Activism.

On Monday 25 June 2018, a briefing ceremony held at the Baitul
Hamd, highlighted to a group of stakeholders on aspects of the
campaign.

For more information, please contact the
Social Department on:
Tel: 0113738000 or the
Islamic Careline
on: Tel: 0113738080

WAMY Officials Visit Baitul Hamd
On Monday, the 25th of June, 2018, a
delegation from the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) in
Riyadh, visited the Baitul Hamd, JUSA’s head office in
Fordsburg.

The delegation comprised of Sheikh Abdur Rahman Tamami, Sheikh
Abdullah al-Esa and Dr Abdullah al Muajel

The group is in South Africa to conduct a Seerah competition on
behalf of the Muslim World League (Rabitah) and wished to pay a
courtesy visit to the JUSA.

Sheikh Abdur Rahman Tamami is the head of the Africa committee
of WAMY and is active in teaching the Seerah of Nabi Muhammad
Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallamﷺ. Sheikh Abdullah al-Esa is the
former dean of the college of Sharee’ah at the Imam Muhammad ibn
Saud Islamic University whereas Dr Abdullah al Muajel is a
professor of economics at the same university.

The delegation later met the trainees under the Imam Development
Programme (IDP) which is coordinated by Durban-based Sheikh
Bilal Ismail.

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
Radio Islam
www.radioislam.co.za
Muslim AIDS
Programme
011 373 8080
 
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