Jamiatul Ulama South Africa Online Newsletter

Online Newsletter
Vol. 13 No. 19 20 Shawwal 1439/04 July 2018
Comment and Analysis
Racism: Self-Serving Prejudice
Man has evolved from a common parenthood as
members of one human family, without any inherent superiority of
one over the other. Mans’ evolution into nations and tribes is
meant to foster individuality and facilitate mutual
co-existence. It is not an appendage to determine nobility or
superiority of individuals or nations. The only criterion for
nobility is consciousness of Allah. Race and language are
convenient labels of recognition and not the yardstick to
determine nobility.

Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam has said: “O people,
Remember that your Lord is One. An Arab has no superiority over
a non-Arab nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an
Arab; also, a black has no superiority over a white, nor does a
white have any superiority over a black, except by virtue of
piety (Taqwa). Indeed the best among you is the one with the
best character.” (Baihaqi)

A man once visited the masjid of Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi
wasallam in Madinah. There he saw a group of people sitting and
discussing their faith together. Among them were Salman (who
came from Persia), Suhayb who grew up in the Eastern Roman
Empire and was regarded as a Greek, and Bilal who was an
African. The man then said: “If the (Madinan) tribes of Aws and
Khazraj support Muhammad, (it is understood because they are
Arabs like him) they are his people. But what are these
(foreign) people doing here?” (Implying an obvious dislike for
foreigners) Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam became very
angry when this was reported to him. He went to the masjid and
summoned people to prayer. Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi
wasallam then addressed them saying: “O people, know that the
Lord and Sustainer is One. Your ancestor is one; your faith is
one. The Arabism of anyone of you is not (by virtue of the
nobility of) your mother or father. It is no more than a tongue
(language).” Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam further
said: “Let people stop boasting about their ancestors. One is
only a pious believer or a miserable sinner. All men are sons of
Adam, and Adam came from dust.” (Abu Dawud)

As Muslims, we need to pioneer change beginning with our own
conduct and attitude:


We need to first acknowledge that we may have racial tendencies
that are inconsistent with our faith and beliefs. There has to
be a personal acknowledgement of wrongdoing and a commitment to
change. The door to rectitude can only be opened with the key of

If we have hurt or oppressed someone through our tongue or
attitude, we need to seek Allah’s forgiveness and seek pardon
from our victim. A false sense of superiority often blinds us to
our own injustice and prevents us from repenting or offering an

Watch your tongue:
We need to guard against making sweeping statements that smack
of arrogance, pride and racism. Neither are ethnic jokes an
innocent form of humour. They carry the virus of bigotry that
eventually sows seeds of animosity. If you observe something
wrong in some persons’ behaviour, do not generalise, nor relate
it to their ethnic origins. Attribute it to the person not his
race or nationality.

Challenge racism:
If someone is guilty of racist conduct in your presence, do not
become a passive spectator. You are bound to invite people to
good and prohibit them from all that is evil.

Learn the language of the masses:
One of the greatest impediments to racial harmony is class
distinction perpetuated by language barriers.

Have you visited a sick colleague, or a neighbour of another
ethnic group? Good relations are built not only in the good
times, but during difficult and tragic moments as well. Visit
the sick, console the bereaved, feed the poor, empower the
destitute without reserving your compassion and generosity to
those of the same skin colour as yourself.

How often do you smile? Who do you smile at? Do you limit your
grins to your own ethnic and cultural group? Smiling is charity
not just to your own people. Expand your smile to all as it
opens close hearts. It is not just words, but facial expressions
that also indicate racial degradation and intolerance.
May Allah help us all in our personal struggle against racism
and allow us to personify the noble teachings of Islam. Ameen.

Question and Answer


Assalaamu ‘alaikum

I have been told that since certain non-Muslim worshippers have
a habit of bobbing during prayer, if a Muslim does it whilst
reciting the Quran it will lead one out of the fold of Islam.
Please advise.

Was salaam.


Bobbing during recital of Quran does not lead a Muslim out of
the fold of Islam based on the premise that it is an aid towards
memorising and is also known to keep a person awake.

Therefore, if a person is able to easily memorise and also
remain awake without it, then it should be avoided.

Sermon of the Week
Da’wah and
Tabligh – Inviting towards Allah (5 of 6)

• Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn ‘Aas radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that
Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam recited the verses of Qur’an in
which Allah mentions the supplication of Ibrahim ‘alaihis
salaam: “O My Sustainer! They (idols) have led many of mankind
astray. But whosoever followed me, he verily is of me. And
whosoever disobeyed me. Indeed, You are Forgiving, Merciful.”
(Ibrahim 14: 36) He also recited the verse that mentions the
supplication of ‘Isa ‘alaihis salam: “If You punish them, they
are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, verily You are the
Mighty, the Wise.” (Al-Ma‘idah 5:118) Then he raised his hands
and prayed, “O Allah! My Ummah! My Ummah!” and wept. So, Allah
the Almighty and Majestic said: “O Jibra’il! Go to Muhammad,
though Your Sustainer knows everything; still ask what makes you
weep?” Jibra’il ‘alaihis salam came to him and asked the same.
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam told Jibra’il ‘alaihis
salam (about his anxiety for his Ummah). (Jibra’il ‘alaihis
salam went to Allah Who knows everything and conveyed that to
Him). Allah said: “O Jibra’il! Go to Muhammad and say that,
verily We will please you soon in respect of your Ummah and
would not grieve you.” (Muslim)

• ‘A’ishah radhiyallahu ‘anha narrates that once I saw Nabi
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam delighted, I said: “O Rasulallah!
Supplicate to Allah for me.” He supplicated: “O Allah! Forgive
‘A’ishah, all her past sins and future sins and her secret sins
and her open sins.” Hearing this ‘A’ishah radhiyallahu ‘anha was
delighted with pleasure such that her head touched her lap.
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Are you very
happy with my du’aa?” She replied: “Why should I not be happy
with your du’aa for me!” He said: “I swear by Allah! This is my
du’aa for my Ummah in every Salah.” (Bazzar, Majma-‘uz-Zawaid)

• ‘Amr ibn ‘Auf radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Indeed, Deen (Islam) started
as a stranger and will again become a stranger. So, glad tidings
for those who would be considered as strangers, because of Deen.
They would revive my Sunnah which had been spoiled by the people
after me.” (Tirmidhi)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that it was
requested: “O Rasulallah! Curse the polytheists!” He said: “I
have not been sent as one who curses; Indeed, I have been sent
only as a mercy.” (Muslim)

• Anas ibn Malik radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Make things easy and do not
make them difficult. Comfort people and do not scare them (from
Deen).” (Muslim)

• Anas ibn Malik radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who calls towards the
right path, and people act upon it (even) after him, Allah
continues his reward till the Day of Resurrection, then Allah
would give him his total reward on the Day of Resurrection.”
(Musnad Ahmad)

• Abu Mas‘ud Badri radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Whoever guides others to do
good, his reward is like the one who does it.” (Abu Dawud)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Whoever invites towards
righteousness, his reward would be equal to the rewards of all
those who followed him, without diminishing their reward in any
respect. Whoever invites towards wrongdoing, the sin of which he
is guilty would be equal to the sins of all those who followed
him, without diminishing their sins in any respect.” (Muslim)

Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of
Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, Allah the
Exalted is pleased with you by three things and displeased by
three things. He is pleased for you to worship Him without
associating anything with Him, to hold fast to the rope of Allah
altogether, and to not become divided. He is displeased for you
to gossip among yourselves, to ask many unnecessary questions,
and to waste your wealth.”

(Sahih Muslim)

Quote of the Week
“Indeed when Allaah intends good for a
servant, He strips away sight of his good deeds from his heart,
and their mention from his tongue, and causes him to become
preoccupied with his sins, and they continue to be before his
eyes until he enters Paradise.

(Ibn al-Qayyim)

Saying of the Week
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Moulana Tariq Jamil’s Visit and
Lecture Programme in South Africa
A world-renowned Muslim preacher and leader,
Moulana Tariq Jamil, has been in South Africa where he has
completed a number of lecture engagements in Johannesburg,
Durban and Cape Town.

Moulana Jamil programmes have attracted thousands of
participants to venues where his message has had, among others,
the central themes of understanding, unity and responsibilities
of Muslims.

Meanwhile, it has been announced that the Pakistani scholar will
have one more public programme in Johannesburg scheduled as

Thursday: 5 July 2018
Image Lifestyle Centre, Mint Rd, Fordsburg, Johannesburg
7:15pm (Males only)

Due to an anticipated high turn out, participants are advised to
bring along their prayer mats for convenience, and also attend
Esha congregational prayers in the surrounding masaajid.

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

For details: 011 854 7022 OR @radioislam

Moonsighting for the
Start of
Dhu al Qa’da 1439
The crescent of the
next month of Dhu al Qa’da 1438 will be sought in the evening of
Friday 13 July 2018. In Johannesburg, at sunset, the hilaal will
be 12 hours 44 minutes.

In case of a confirmed sighting, 1st Dhu al Qa’da 1439 shall be
on Saturday 14 July 2018. Otherwise, Shawwal 1439 shall last 30
days with 1st Dhu al Qa’da 1439, shall be on 15 July 2018.

The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa’s Central Hilaal Committee acts
on behalf of the United Ulama Council in the coordination of the
sighting of the moon.

In the light and spirit of the Sunnah, we appeal to jamaats to
go out and seek the sighting of the next month’s crescent as
well as every new crescent.

Please report news
of sighting to: 083 786 2859.

Useful Links
Jamiatul Ulama South Africa
South African National
Halaal Authority
Jamiah Ulum al Islamiyyah
United Ulama Council of South Africa
Muslim AIDS
011 373 8080

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