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Vol. 13 No. 25 03 Dhu al Hijjah 1439/15 August 2018
Comment and Analysis
Purity of Intention
Eid-ul-Adha is not simply commemoration of a
historical event of the past. The fact that we sacrifice an
animal each year to symbolically ‘re-live’ the heroic sacrifice
of Nabi Ibrahim (as) placing his sword on the neck of his son
Ismail (as), is meant to help us reflect on what it means to be
‘Muslim.’ The spill of blood is not some savage attempt to
appease an angry deity, but is intended to purge the heart from
hypocrisy and insincerity.

We are the authors of our lives. Our motives and actions, our
words and aspirations weave together the story of our lives. We
chart the course of our lives by the choices we make. Allah has
blessed man with the power of intention. Intention is not simply
an abstract thought or idea. Intention creates within us the
energy to change our world from the within!

“Say: Verily, my prayers, my sacrifice, my life, and
my death are for Allah, the Lord of All the Worlds." (6:162)

This declaration epitomizes the mission, purpose and motivation
in the life of a Muslim. If our actions, decisions, sacrifices
and values flow from sincerity of purpose, from a desire to
please Allah in all that we do, it will enable us to grow and
flourish both spiritually and emotionally. The purity of
intention is a life altering virtue which unearths our untapped
potential and which inspire us to become paragons of virtue.
Purity of intention enables us to:

• Be resolute
If your intention is to prepare for the everlasting
life after death, you will be able to meet the challenges and
difficulties you face with greater determination, wisdom and
faith. You are able to endure in the belief that the pain you
feel today is the strength you will feel tomorrow. “When Allah
tests you it is never to destroy you. When He removes something
in your possession it is only in order to empty your hands for
an even greater gift.” (Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah)

• Make sound choices
 If your intention is to live by the commands of
Allah, it will help you make correct decisions. Problem-solving
often involves decision-making. If we ring fence our options
within the parameters of the commands of Allah, it enables us to
make prudent and sound choices.

• Look beyond your immediate challenges
 If you know your purpose in this life you will
find strength in meeting the challenges of life – “If I desire
comfort in this world, I would harm my lasting comfort in the
hereafter, and if I desired the hereafter, I must renounce
comfort in this world, and hence, I decided to give up the
short-term (comforts). Therefore, if you find the same, then it
is surely better for you to endure a little discomfort in this
life.” (Umar ibn al-Khattab)

• Be tolerant
If your intention is to please Allah, you will be kind
to people even when they are crude and rude to you. Do not
respond to people on the basis of their response to you, but on
your relationship with Allah. If you do what you do for the
pleasure of Allah you will always remain positive even in the
face of provocation.

Ibrahim (as) dedicated his entire life to unveiling the
worthlessness and futility of idol worship. Today the idols
people worship are no longer made of wood and stone. The modern
manifestations of idol worship are found in worship of the self,
where we are preoccupied with feeding our egos through the
acquisition of wealth, fame, entertainment and gratification of
all sorts. Worship of the self’ includes:

• Self-centeredness — A focus only on
your own state of affairs and a disregard for the needs and
viewpoints of other people
• Self-admiration — Admiring yourself
and clamoring for attention
• Self-aggrandizement — Exaggerating
your own importance
• Self-justification — Describing
events in a way that preserves your pride

Purity of our intention inspires, motivates and purifies us from
our vain egos. It is the attitude of the heart; it gives us
wings that will allow us to soar to incredible heights of
righteousness and virtue. Purity of intention was the hallmark
of Nabi Ibrahim (as) through which he earned the title of
‘Khaleel ul Alllah’ (Friend of Allah)

May Allah bless us with sincerity of purpose in all our actions. 

Question and Answer

Question:
I cut my nails and hair before my Qurbani
animal was slaughtered. Is my Qurbani valid?

Answer: It is
Mustahab (desirable) for a person intending to perform Qurbani
to abstain from trimming the nails and hair from the first of
Dhul Hijjah until the Qurbani animal is sacrificed.

However, if one did cut his hair and/or nails during the first
ten days of Dhul Hijjah before sacrificing, it will not affect
the validity of his Qurbani.


Question:
Is it permissible to perform Qurbani on behalf
of a deceased relative?

Answer: After
securing one’s Waajib Qurbani, if a person has the financial
means, then it would be permissible to perform Nafl Qurbani on
behalf of a deceased relative.


Question:
If a person could afford to do Qurbani but due
to ignorance did not discharge it at that time, is it necessary
to do Qadhaa of those Qurbani?

Answer: Based on
the premise that an unfulfilled Fardh or Waajib act does not
fall away with the passage of time, Qurbani for the past years
would still remain on the individual. He/She would, therefore,
be required to discharge the monetary value of a share of
Qurbani, according to the current market value, among the poor
and needy.

Sermon of the Week
Salah –
Obligatory Prayers (Part I)

• ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar radhiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “Islam has been built upon
five pillars: To testify that none is worthy of worship but
Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; to establish
Salah; to give Zakah; to perform Hajj, and to Fast (Saum) in
Ramadan.” (Bukhari)

• Jubair Ibn Nufair rahimahullah narrates that Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “It has not been revealed to
me that I should amass wealth and be amongst the merchants, but
it has been revealed to me: “Glorify and praise your Sustainer
and be amongst those who prostrate themselves to Him and worship
your Sustainer till the certainty (death) comes to you.”
(Mishkaat)

• ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar radhiyallahu anhu narrates that in reply
to a question of Jibr’ail alayhis salaam about Islam, Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “Islam is bearing witness that
none is worthy of worship but Allah and that Muhammad is the
Messenger of Allah; and that you establish Salah, and give
Zakah, and perform Hajj to the House of Allah and perform Umrah;
and take bath after Janabah and perform complete Wudhu; and Saum
(Fasting) in Ramadan. Jibr’ail alayhis salaam then said: “If I
do all of that, then am I a Muslim?” He replied: “Yes.” Jibr’ail
alayhis salaam then confirmed: “You have spoken the truth.” (Ibn
Khuzaimah)

• Qurrah Ibn Da’mus radhiyallahu anhu narrates that we met
Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam during the Farewell Hajj
and asked: “O Rasulallah! What do you enjoin upon us?” He
replied: “I enjoin upon you to establish Salah, and give Zakah,
and perform Hajj of the Sacred House of Allah, and Saum
(Fasting) in Ramadan, as verily therein is a night superior to a
thousand months; and likewise prohibit you from shedding the
blood of a Muslim and a Mu’ahid (a person granted safety) or
taking their property except to uphold justice; and advise you
to hold fast to that Deen of Allah and adhere to obedience (of
those who are steadfast in Deen).” (Bayhaqi)

• Jabir Ibn ‘Abdullah radhiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “The key to Jannah is Salah
and the key to Salah is Wudu.” (Musnad Ahmad)

• Anas radhiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah sallallahu
‘alayhi wasallam said: “The comfort and delight of my eyes has
been placed in Salah.” (Nasai)

• ‘Umar radhiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah sallallahu
‘alayhi wasallam said: “Salah is a pillar of Deen.”
(Jami-us-Saghir)

• ‘Ali radhiyallahu anhu narrates that the last words of
Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam were: “As-Salah!
As-Salah! Fear Allah about those whom your right hand possesses
(your slaves and subordinates).” (Abu Dawud)

• Abu Umamah radhiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam returned from Khayber and with him
were two slaves. So, Ali radhiyallahu anhu said: “O Rasulallah!
Grant us a servant.” He replied: “Take anyone you desire of the
two.” ‘Ali radhiyallahu anhu said: “Choose for me.” Rasulullah
sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam pointing to one said: “Take him, but
do not beat him; for I saw him offering Salah on our return from
Khayber, and I have been forbidden to beat those who perform
Salah.” (Musnad Ahmad)

• ‘Ubadah Ibn Samit radhiyallahu anhu narrates: “I heard
Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam saying: “Five times Salah
has been made mandatory by Allah. He who performs his wudhu
well, and offers Salah at their appointed time, performing
complete Ruku’, and with fear and devotion, for such there is a
covenant from Allah, that He will forgive him; and the one who
does not do so, no covenant for him is with Allah. If He wills,
He may forgive him and if He wills, He may punish him.” (Abu
Dawud) 

 
Words of Wisdom/strong>
Hadith of the Week
“The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘alayhi
wasallam sacrificed two rams on the Day of ‘Eid. When he turned
them to face towards the prayer direction he said:

‘Verily, I have turned my face towards Him Who has created the
heavens and the earth, as a monotheist, and I am not of the
polytheists. [6:79]

‘Verily, my prayer, my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are
for Allah, the Lord of all that exists. He has no partner. And
of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the
Muslims. [162-163]

‘O Allah! From You to You, on behalf of Muhammad and his
nation.’”

(Ibn Majah)

Quote of the Week
When fitna [corruption and disorder] comes,
it is recognised by a scholar. When it goes, it is recognised by
the ignorant.

(Hasan al Basri RA)

SSaying of the Week
Nothing is so difficult that
diligence cannot master it.

(Madagascar)

Economic
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1 US Dollar R14.14
1 Saudi Riyal R3.91
24 Carat Gold/g R552.95
22 Carat Gold/g R507.83
18 Carat Gold/g R415.39
14 Carat Gold/g R323.37
9 Carat Gold/g R209.23
Silver/g R7.55
Zakaat Nisaab R4621.79
Minimum Mahr R231.09
Mahr Faatimi R11554.47
1 Krugerrand (1oz) R18027.01
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

Eid-ul-Adha and
Takbirât of Tashrîq
Eid-ul-Adha, will be observed on Wednesday,
22 August 2014, insha- Allâh. We wish all Muslim Eid-ul-Adha
Mubârak!

It is wâjib [obligatory] upon every Muslim to recite aloud the
Takbirât of Tashrîq (once only) after every Fardh Salâh,
performed whether in jamât or alone.

Takbirât of Tashrîq should be recited from Salâtul-Fajr on the
9th of Dhû al-Hijjah (Tuesday, 21 August 2018) to Salâtul-Asr
on the 13th of Dhû al-Hijjah (Saturday, 25 August 2018).

Unlike males, women should recite Takbirât of Tashrîq in a low
voice. The Takbirât of Tashrîq is as follows:

Allâhu Akbar, Allâhu Akbar. Lâ Ilâha illallâhu Wallâhu
Akbar. Allâhu Akbar Walillâhil Hamd.

[[“Allâh is the Greatest, Allâh is the Greatest. There is no
deity besides Allâh and Allâh is the Greatest. Allâh is the
Greatest and all praises belong to Him Alone.”]

Useful Links/strong>
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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