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Vol. 13 No. 21 04 Dhu al Qa’da 1439/18 July 2018
Comment and Analysis
Loneliness: The Paradox of the
Modern World
Loneliness has been identified as a hazard
threatening the wellbeing of many people. The paradox of our
time is that while there are so many of us on the planet,
millions lead lonesome lives.

Not-so-long ago, international magazine recently highlighted the
phenomenon which has been identified as a public health issue
whose impact on lives is being equated to obesity and substance
abuse.

Reporting on the findings of a recent study, researchers have
made a distinction between subjective feelings of loneliness and
actual social isolation. Though both scenarios were reported as
damaging to personal wellbeing, the latter situation was found
to be more devastating as individuals lived alone, lacking any
social connection.

Factors that have contributed towards the risk of this modern
social challenge include the pervasive use of technology
especially through social media and accommodation trends that
tend towards splitting families. We have lonely people in
housing compounds, in vehicles stuck in traffic jams, in old-age
homes, in hospitals and perhaps even next-door.

Our Deen has made certain obligations community-based in order
to encourage social interaction. Congregational prayers are one
such obligation that offers us an opportunity to meet others and
thereby promote the sense of community. It should therefore be a
remedy against loneliness.

The Almighty declares in the Qur’an (57:27) not to have ordained
monasticism, an extreme form of self-isolation for devotion
certain groups of people invented for themselves. So, even acts
of dedicated worship have to be moderated to give way to social
interaction.

A Muslim therefore has to be part of society where he enjoins
what is right and forbids what is evil. In that role, there are
a myriad ways in which believers would keep themselves busy.
Those who busy themselves with productive lives of learning,
work and service to others are often rewarded with a sense of
purposeful and meaningful lives. Feelings of loneliness which
are in part a byproduct of idleness tend to be remote for a busy
person.

There are circumstances when one finds him/herself lonely.
Rather than being stressed, anxious and feeling lost, these are
moments of opportunity to engage in the remembrance of Allah
(dhikr) and the reading of the Qur’an (tilawah). …Indeed, in the
remembrance of Allah do hearts find comfort. (13:28)

The decline in interpersonal skills that we are noticing within
our communities, is a result of the insular and limited social
interaction we have subjected ourselves to. The tools that are
meant to help us to be productive leading to more leisure, have
instead made us more and more isolated in those long spare
moments.

The Prophet Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam taught us the six duties
of a Muslim towards another. These are duties which show
practical ways of connecting with others and hence minimising a
sense of loneliness. These duties are outlined in the following
hadith:

On the authority of Abu Hurairah Radhi-Allahu anhu who said that
the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “The
rights of a Muslim over another Muslim are six.” So it was said:
“And what are they O Messenger of Allah?” And he replied: “When
you meet him the give him the greetings of Salam (i.e. As Salamu
alaikum), and if he invites you, respond to his invite, and when
he seeking your advice then advise him, and when he sneezes and
then says “All praise is for Allah” (i.e. Alhamdulillah) then
say to him: “May Allah have mercy on you!” (i.e. Yarhamukallah)
and when he is sick then you should visit him and when he dies
you should follow his funeral procession.” (Muslim)

May the Almighty help us realise the blessings that He bestows
on the community that keeps together. Aameen.

Question and Answer

Question:
May Allah Ta’aala accept your noble work. My question is a s
follows.

While a person is alive, is it compulsory to adhere to the ratio
of inheritance distribution when giving gifts to relatives? I
have heard people say that even when a person is alive, his
assets must be distributed according to the Quranic stipulations
on inheritance i.e. two parts for a male and one part for a
female.

Please be kind enough to enlighten me on this important point in
inheritance.

Was salaam.

Answer:

The general rule is that during a person’s lifetime he is free
to give any gift to any person he wishes to, but with regard to
gifts to one’s children a person is advised to give equally to
sons and daughters. While not gifting equally does not
invalidate the gift, it is nevertheless Makrooh.

The rule that a male receive two shares for every one share that
a female receives is an inheritance rule, and it does not apply
to gifts.

Sermon of the Week
The Dignity of
a Muslim (1 of 3)

• ‘A’ishah radhiyallahu ‘anha narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam ordered us to treat people according
to their status. (Muqadma Sahih Muslim)

• Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam looked at the Ka’bah and
said: La ilaaha illallah, how pure you are, and how sweet is
your fragrance, and how great is your honour! However the honour
of a Mu’min (believer) is greater than yours. Indeed, Allah has
made you respectable; (likewise) the wealth, the blood, and the
honour of a Mu’min has been made respectable; and Allah has
forbidden us to suspect him of wrongdoing.” (Tabarani)

• Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The poor among
the Muslims will enter Jannah forty years before the rich.”
(Tirmidhi)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The poor Muslims will enter
Jannah half-a-day earlier than the rich. This half-day will be
equivalent to five hundred years of this world.” (Tirmidhi)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that Nabi
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “When you will gather on the
Day of Resurrection, an announcement will be made: “Where are
the poor and the destitute of this Ummah?” Hearing it, they will
rise. Then, it will be said to them: “What were the deeds you
performed?” They will reply: “O our Sustainer! You tried and
tested us and we endured with patience, whereas You gave wealth
and authority to others.” Allah will say: “You have spoken the
truth.” Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “These
people will enter Jannah before the rest of mankind.
Subsequently, a strict accountability will be left for the
wealthy and the rulers.” (Ibn Hibban)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Do you know who
will be the first to be admitted to Jannah amongst the creations
of Allah?” The Sahabah said: “Allah and His Messenger know
better.” He said: “The first to enter Paradise, amongst the
creations of Allah, will be the poor emigrants (the poor Sahabah
who migrated to Madinah prior to conquest of Makkah). Through
them frontiers are guarded and in difficult times they (are put
on the front lines to) provide a protection for the security of
others. When any of them dies, his needs remain buried in his
chest, unfulfilled. Allah will say to the angels: “Go to them
and greet them with Salam.” The angels will say: “Our Sustainer!
We are the inhabitants of the Heavens and from the best of Your
creations, despite this You command us to go and greet them with
Salam?” Allah will say: “These are those of My slaves who
worshipped Me and ascribed no partners to Me. Through them
frontiers were defended; in difficulties they were used on the
front lines and security was ensured through them. When any of
them died, his needs remained within his chest, unfulfilled.
Thus, the angels will come to them from every door of Jannah,
saying: “Peace be upon you for your (enduring) patience; indeed,
what a supreme end you have achieved.” (Ibn Hibban)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “On the Day of
Resurrection, some people of my Ummah will have a Noor (light)
like that of the sun.” We asked: “O Rasulallah! Who they will
be?” He replied: “They will be the poor emigrants; in difficult
situations, protection was ensured through them; when any of
them died his needs remained in his chest; they will be brought
together from various parts of the world.” (Musnad Ahmad)

• Abu Sa‘id radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “O Allah! Grant me life as a
poor and humble man; let me die a poor and humble man; and
resurrect me in the company of the poor and humble man.”
(Mustadrak Hakim)

• Rafi’ ibn Khadij radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “When Allah loves a slave, He
protects him from the traps of the world as anyone of you
protects his sick from water (that may harm him).” (Tabarani)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Love the poor and keep your
sittings with them. Love Arabs from your heart. And your faults
should prevent you from criticizing others.” (Mustadrak Hakim)

 
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
It was narrated that ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr
Radhia-Allahu anhu said: “It was said to the Messenger of Allah
Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam: ‘Which of the people is best?’ He
said: ‘Everyone who is pure of heart and sincere in speech.’
They said: ‘Sincere in speech, we know what this is, but what is
pure of heart?’ He said: ‘It is (the heart) that is pious and
pure, with no sin, injustice, rancour or envy in it.’”

(Tirmidhi)

Quote of the Week
As Islam in the past was the intermediary
between the ancient cultures and the West, it must again today,
in a time of dramatic dilemmas and alternatives, shoulder its
role of intermediary nation in the divided world. This is the
meaning of the third way, the Islamic way.

(Alija Izetbegovic in Islam between the East and the
West)

Saying of the Week
A weak person goes where he is
smiled at.

(Herero Proverb)

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Updates
 On Mandela Day:
#MandelaDay #67Minutes of Activism
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa in
association with the Islamic Careline have today joined the
community of Bekkersdal and officials of Mogale City to honour
the elderly residents for #MandelaDay and the #67Minutes of
activism campaign.

Two hundred food hampers have been distributed, along with
blankets, sanitary hampers and sandwiches at the Bekkersdal
Centre for the Aged.

Mandela Day memorialises the legacy of Mr Nelson Mandela, South
Africa’s former President, and his values, through voluntarism
and community service. It is a day which serves to bring
together people around the world to fight poverty, promote
peace, reconciliation and embrace cultural diversity, while
promoting the idea that each individual has the ability to make
an impact.

The #67Minutes service campaign on Mandela Day, is symbolic of
Mandela’s 67 years of struggle for social justice.

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: R2400.00 and R400.00.

Details of the arrangements and how you can sponsor a Qurbani
are
here

lmaam Khateeb Workshop
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa’s Da’wah wal
lrshaad will host an lmaam Khateeb Workshop on Sunday 5 August
2018.

The programme will highlight the responsibilities of an imam has
been scheduled to take place at Nurul Islam Hall, Lenasia, Ext
5, from 9:30am till Dhuhr, after which lunch will be served,
in-sha-Allah.

The speakers will include: Moulana Hassan Dockrat, Moulana Abbas
Sarigat, Moulana Ebrahim Bham, Qari Saleh Peck, Mufti Farouk
Minty, Moulana Yusuf Abed and Moulana Anis Munshi.

For more information, contact Da’wah wal lrshaad as follows:
Phone: 011 852-4631 or
SMS / WhatsApp on:  083 786 7414 / 071 676 1757. Da’wah wal
lrshaad’s email address is: dawah@jamiatsa.org

Dhul Qa’dah 1439
There was no reported sighting of the
crescent in the evening of Friday 13 July 2018.

As such, the month of Shawwal 1439 ended with 30 days.

Consequently, the United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA)
had determined that the first day of Dhu al Qa’da 1439, in South
Africa, corresponds to Sunday, 15 July 2018.

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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