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Vol. 13 No. 24 25 Dhu al Qa’da 1439/08
August 2018
Comment and Analysis
Launch of a Campaign against
Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
The noble companion of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon
him), Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) stated: The
Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) said, “The most perfect of
believers in belief is the best of them in character. The best
of you are those who are the best to their women.” (Tirmidhi)

Introduction
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa (JUSA), the Johannesburg-based
council of Muslim theologians, and the Islamic Careline (IC) are
proud to announce the launch of their programme that aims at
addressing the high growth of Gender Based Violence (GBV) within
South African communities.

As both organisations have been providing social services to
families in Johannesburg for over 25 years, we are increasingly
alarmed at the high rates of family and community violence
experienced in the various communities of Johannesburg.

Noted especially is the abuse and oppression against women and
children, who find themselves in vulnerable positions due to the
highly violent and difficult circumstances of South Africa.

No level of society is free from Gender Based Violence. From the
most affluent of homes to the informal settlements within this
city, we are facing a situation that is fraying the very fabric
of society. Dysfunctional homes are a great contributor towards
maladaptive social behaviours witnessed in society, such as
school violence, unhealthy sexual relationships, homelessness,
poor economic participation, the erosion of self-worth and a
perpetuated cycle of violence, ultimately leading to the utter
denigration of safety and security in our homes and communities.

Resources
Traditionally, family elders and community leaders were regarded
as an integral part of helping families through difficult
situations. With the shift in society towards a more
nuclear-family focus, obtaining support and other forms of
assistance wen experiencing GBV is a great challenge. This is
how people often access many lay community members, who are
ill-equipped to cope with the intensity of addressing GBV.

We also recognise the strain that other service providers in the
field of GBV are facing with regards to the high workload, lack
of resources and bureaucratic red tape.

It is for this reason that the joint JUSA-IC Gender-Based
Violence Campaign will reach out to these members of the
community and other service providers, in terms of support and
development. Through various training initiatives, we intend to
capacitate community service structures in terms of
psycho-social assistance and delivery.

The Campaign
The joint GBV programme is intended to work towards social
change via a range of holistic interventions. These will be
implemented on individual/family, community and societal level.

We have approached this programme in providing structure that
will ensure sustainability and endurance of this programme in
order to promote a marked shift in GBV. To this end, we have
formulated a vision to build and promote healthy, functional and
respectable gender relationships in central Johannesburg and
surrounding areas within the next 12 months. We have focused
this campaign on the central Johannesburg area as both JUSA and
the IC and are based in the heart of the city.

Our mission to achieve this is to launch a comprehensive
campaign against gender-based violence to commence in August
2018 and continue until December 2018, hence to include both
Women’s Day and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based
Violence

Specific objectives to achieve the above Vision
• Enable positive perceptions, attitudes and behaviour patterns
between genders.
• Encourage ownership and responsibility for personal safety and
preservation.
• Upscale and enhance existing psychosocial and other support
services to ensure holistic healing of survivors.
• Empower and mobilize the community to effectively address
gender-based violence
• Robust use of mainstream and social media to engage all
stakeholders, partners, and beneficiaries.

This GBV Campaign will utilise a variety of approaches to appeal
to all areas of society. From hosting Awareness programs,
Workshops, Dialogues, and marketing strategies, we also intend
to involve young people, elders, community safety personnel,
community leaders and other stakeholders in order to empower all
levels of society.

Our Campaign Ambassadors
We have initiated an ambassadorship component to this GBC
Campaign as a means of ensuring wide representation and
effective networking. The identified ambassadors have been
selected due to their sterling work in their professional fields
as well as service to their communities.

The following individuals have graciously accepted the roles and
responsibilities of this voluntary position:
1) Yousha Tayob: Attorney
2) Farhana Ismail: Attorney
3) Abu Bakr Sebeela: Social Activist
4) Zaahira Karrim: Educator/ Counsellor

Each ambassador has undertaken to promote and further this
campaign within their fields of influence.

Future events
This campaign endeavours to be visible and accessible to all
areas of society. We will be embarking on a social media
awareness campaign to reach a broad audience as well as various
media outlets to work hand in hand with us in promoting this
campaign.

We currently are offering a 3-hour GBV awareness/empowerment
workshop to school and community organisations as a means of
capacitation development.

Jointly Issued by:
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa and the Islamic Careline at

the launch of the campaign, held at Palm Continental Hotel
(Mayfair-JHB), on 07 August 2018

Sermon of the Week
The Excellence
of the Masjid

“The Masjids of Allah are only to be maintained and served by
those who believe in Allah and the Last Day, establish Salah,
give Zakah, and fear none save Allah, for (such) it is expected
that, they will be of the (rightly) guided.” (9:18)

“In houses (masjids) which Allah has ordered to be raised (to be
honoured), in them His Name is remembered. Therein glorify Him
(Allah) in the mornings and in the evenings.

Men whom neither trade nor sale (business) diverts from the
Remembrance of Allah, nor from establishing Salah, nor from
giving Zakah. They fear a Day when hearts will be shaken and
eyes will be rolled (out of the horror of the torment of the Day
of Resurrection).”
(24: 36-37)

• Abu Hurairah radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The parts of the land liked
most by Allah are its Masjids, and the parts of land disliked
most by Allah are its markets.” (Muslim)

• Ibn ‘Abbas radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Masjids are the
houses of Allah on the earth. They shine to the dwellers of the
sky, just as the stars shine to the dwellers of the earth.
(Tabarani)

• ‘Umar ibn Khattaab radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard
Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying, “Anyone who
builds a Masjid where the name of Allah is remembered, Allah
will build a palace for him in Paradise.” (Ibn Hibban)

• Abu Hurairah radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Whoever goes to the Masjid in
the morning or in the evening, Allah prepares for him a good
hospitality in Paradise as often as he goes to the masjid,
morning or evening.” (Bukhari)

• Abu Umamah radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Going to the masjid in the
morning or evening is part of Jihad in the path of Allah.”
(Tabarani)

• ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Amr ibn ‘Aas radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam used to say upon entering
the Masjid: “I seek refuge in Allah the Greatest, and in His
Noble Being, and in His Eternal Domain, from the accursed
Shaytaan.” When this du‘aa is being recited, Shaytan exclaims:
“He is protected from me for the rest of the day.” (Abu Dawud)

• Abu Sa‘eed Khudri radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Whoever loves the Masjid,
Allah loves him.” (Tabarani)

• Abu Darda’ radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying, “The Masjid is the house of
every pious person who fears Allah. For the one who spends most
of his time in the Masjid, Allah has taken upon Himself to
comfort him, to bestow Mercy upon him, to make the crossing over
Bridge of Siraat easy for him, and to grant him His Pleasure and
Paradise.” (Tabarani)

• Mu‘aadh ibn Jabal radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Verily, Shaytaan is the wolf
to man, like the wolf that catches sheep; the one which is
solitary and the one which stays away from the flock. So avoid
staying alone in valleys. Hold firmly to Jamaat
(collectiveness), to live with the common people, and to the
Masjid.” (Musnad Ahmad)

• Abu Sa‘eed radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “If you see a man frequenting
the masjid, bear witness to his Imaan. Allah says: Only he will
frequent the masjids, who believes in Allah and the Last Day.
(Tirmidhi)

• Abu Hurairah radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “A Muslim that makes the
Masjid his abode for Salah and Dhikr, Allah is overjoyed with
him as a family is overjoyed by the return of an absent
relative.” (Ibn Majah)

• Abu Hurairah radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Whoever has made the Masjid
his abode, and then was pre-occupied by some matter or illness,
and subsequently returned to the Masjid as before, Allah is
overjoyed with him just as a family is overjoyed by the return
of an absent relative.” (Ibn Khuzaimah)

• Abu Hurairah radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The people who frequent the
Masjids are (like) their pegs. The angels are their companions.
If they are absent the angels search for them, and if they
become sick the angels visit them, and if they are in need the
angels help them.” He (also) said: “The one who sits in the
Masjid, derives at least one benefit from these three: Either he
meets a Muslim brother from whom he may benefit in terms of
Deen, or he hears a word of wisdom, or receives a Mercy from
Allah for which every Muslim waits for.” (Musnad Ahmad)

• ‘A’ishah radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasulullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam ordered us to build Masjids in various
localities, and to clean and perfume them. (Abu Dawud)

• Anas radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that there was a woman who
used to collect dirt from the Masjid. When she died, Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam was not informed of her burial.
Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “If a person from
amongst you dies, then inform me. He then offered Salaatul
Janazah upon her and said: “Verily, I saw her in Jannah because
she used to remove dirt from the Masjid.” (Tabarani)

 
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
Narrated Thawban Radhi-Allahu anhu: “The
Prophet Sallallahu ‘alayhi wassalaam said: ‘The people will soon
summon one another to attack you as people when eating invite
others to share their dish.’ Someone asked: ‘Will that be
because of our small numbers at that time?’ He replied: ‘No, you
will be numerous at that time: but you will be scum and rubbish
like that carried down by a torrent, and Allah will take fear of
you from the breasts of your enemy and last enervation into your
hearts.’ Someone asked: ‘What is wahn (enervation). Apostle of
Allah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wassalaam: He replied: ‘Love of the
world and dislike of death.’

(Sunan Abu Dawud)

Quote of the Week
Be aware of your own worth, use all of your
power to achieve it. Create an ocean from a dewdrop. Do not beg
for light from the moon, obtain it from the spark within you.

(Allamah Iqbal)

Saying of the Week
“One falsehood spoils a
thousand truths.”

(Ashanti of Ghana)

Question and Answer

Question:

I would like to know the Shari’ah guidelines in terms of setting
the time for Eid salaah?

Was salaam.

Answer:

The entry time for ‘Eid Salaah is when the sun has risen about
one or two spear lengths from the horizon (approximately fifteen
minutes after sunrise).

It is Mustahab (recommended) for the Imaam to lead the prayers
early on the occasion of ‘Eidul Adh-haa (so as to give more time
for slaughtering) and to delay it a little on the occasion of
‘Eidul Fitr (so as to give more time for discharging one’s
Sadaqatul Fitr).

Economic
Indicators
Item/Commodity Value
1 US Dollar R13.31
1 Saudi Riyal R3.57
24 Carat Gold/g R519.76
22 Carat Gold/g R477.38
18 Carat Gold/g R390.50
14 Carat Gold/g R304.01
9 Carat Gold/g R196.74
Silver/g R7.15
Zakaat Nisaab R4376.72
Minimum Mahr R218.84
Mahr Faatimi R10941.80
1 Krugerrand (1oz) R16943.20
All Commodity Values
Exclude VAT (15%)
Updates
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

Resources for
Prospective Pilgrims
We have uploaded resources in form of slides
for prospective pilgrims. The links are herebelow:

Preparing for the Journey

Umrah


Five Days of Haj


The Ziyarah of Madinah

Repairs at Bekkersdal
Following the extensive damage to the
Iimam’s quarters and two classrooms at the Bekkersdal Masjid due
to a fire few months ago, the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa
Welfare Department responded with assistance.

So far, the entire roof of the damaged structures have been
replaced with beams, roof and ceiling.

There is still more work outstanding in order such as electrical
installation and plumbing.

For more information on this project, contact the Welfare
Department on:
Tel: +27 11 373 8000
Email: welfare@jamiatsa.org

Taalimi Workshops in
Thailand
A delegation of the Jamiatul Ulama South
Africa’s Taalimi Board returned recently from Thailand where
they facilitated workshops on supervision of schools and junior
madaaris for teachers in five cities.

Workshops covered topics such as skills-development, effective
delivery of lessons, effective time-management and methodology
of conducting examinations, to name a few.

Locally, the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa Taalimi Board has 287
junior madaaris and 67 schools affiliated to it. It also has 47
supervisors across the country.

A number of countries overseas have adopted the curriculum of
the Taalimi Board which uses the Tas-heel series of textbooks
for instruction.

For more information, contact the Taalimi Board on:
Tel: +27 11 373 8000
Email: taalimi@jamiatsa.org

lmaam Khateeb Workshop
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa’s Da’wah wal
lrshaad hosted an lmaam Khateeb Workshop on Sunday 5 Aug 2018,
at Nurul Islam Hall, Lenasia.

The workshop  focussed on the responsibilities of an imam
in the community. Approximately 200 Ulama attended the event,
coming as far afield as Venda in the north, Malalane in the
north-east and Vereeniging to the South.

The speakers included: Moulana Ali Asmaljee, Moulana Abbas
Sarigat, Moulana Ebrahim Bham, Qari Saleh Peck, Mufti Farouk
Minty, Moulana Dr Sulaiman Ebrahim and Moulana Anis Munshi.

The event was organised by the Dawah wal Irshaad who can be
contacted by email on: dawah@jamiatsa.org as well as by phone
on: 011 852 4631.

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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