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Vol. 13 No. 26 09 Dhu al Hijjah 1439/21 August 2018
Comment and Analysis
Isma’il Alayhis Salaam: A
Portrait of Obedience
As we mark yet another Eid-ul-Adha, by the
Grace of the Almighty, it is important to reflect on one of the
central rituals of the day which is sacrificial slaughter of an
animal.

This Sunnah of our father Ibrahim Alayhis Salaam is a
celebration of the spirit of his sacrifice which set him apart
among prophets Alayhimus Salaam, epitomising his total
dedication to the Almighty.

Here was a man who was prepared to follow a Divinely-Inspired
dream of offering his only son to the Almighty! The Almighty’s
intervention of substituting Ismail with a lamb came only after
Ibrahim’s resolve to complete the sacrifice was beyond doubt.

Ibrahim’s sacrificial spirit was total. However, Ismail’s
submission to the will of the Almighty was equally remarkable.
He was only a teenager who could have argued with his father to
the contrary.

He could have questioned his father’s sanity. Yet, Isma’il’s
Alayhis Salaam made no second-guesses. Isma’il’s Alayhis Salaam
only plea was asking his father to be quick in the execution of
the Divine Command so as to minimise his father’s emotional
anguish and his own pain.

As we let blood of animals flow to the ground, let’s think of
the place of Isma’il Alayhis Salaam. When we look at his
example, we realise that his character was a product of his
upbringing. His father nurtured and raised him as Allah-fearing.
For this reason, he understood what Divine Will was all about to
which he unconditionally submitted.

This level of father-son relationship sets a model for all of us
to emulate. It is a degree of obedience which among other things
earned Ibrahim Alayhis Salaam the title, Khaleel-ul-llah (Friend
of Allah). Out of such acts, Ibrahim Alayhis Salaam would alone
be called Ummah!

We are today forlornly poised, not sure where our youth are
heading to. Newspapers lead with stories of drug abuse,
circulation of children-originating obscene literature and even
raping of girls, of all places, in schools.
Laws for protection of children from predatory adults have been
rendered almost superfluous as the children themselves become
perpetrators of serious crimes among themselves.

Parental responsibility in nurturing obedience and instilling
discipline is paramount. It is an amanah which cannot be
abdicated. We have the responsibility of finding ways of
connecting to and understanding what our youth are up to. Errant
tendencies have to be nipped in the bud before they blossom into
incorrigible habitual traits and character.

When Isma’il Alayhis Salaam asked his father to be quick, he had
shown a dimension of his concern and expectation from his father
to hasten their prospective ordeal. The challenges facing our
children today constitute an ordeal they have to grapple with.
Let us be supportive in addressing their needs and expectations
without compromising the Divine Will.

May the Almighty protect our children. May He strengthen us in
creating communities in which children grow up Allah-fearing in
the same way Isma’il Alayhis Salaam was raised. Aameen.

Eid-ul-Adha Mubarak!

Kerala Flood
Devastation: Relief Appeal
The Jamiatul Ulama South
Africa has set up an Emergency Relief Fund for the flood-ravaged
Indian state of Kerala where heaviest rains in a century have
led to 40 rivers breaking banks and leaving:

– Over 700 people dead with the toll feared climbing
– 85 000 have been placed in nearly 300 camps
– Over 10 000km of roads washed away
– Public in fear of disease outbreak in camp shelters
– Over 1 500 000 have been either cut-off or displaced

We appeal to you to assist our fellow brethren in
disaster-stricken Kerala.

Your Zakât, Lillâh and other contributions may be forwarded to
any of JUSA Offices or deposited directly into our Relief
Account:

Jamiatul Ulama Transvaal—Relief Account
Branch & Code: Nedbank – Fordsburg (195305)
Account No.: 1953 285 937

Kindly email/WhatsApp a copy of your deposit slip to our offices
for record purposes and earmark it: ‘KERALA FLOOD
RELIEF’

Email: finance@jamiatsa.org    WhatsApp:
+27613738000

Question and Answer
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.

Question:Can I sell the meat or skin of the
sacrificed (Qurbani) animal?
Answer: The meat
and skin of the Qurbani animal cannot be sold, or given to an
employee (slaughterer or skinner) as payment for his labour.

Question: If two persons together slaughter an
animal (both of them holding a single knife), but only one of
them recites the “Tasmiyah“ during slaughtering, is the animal
Halaal?
Answer: If two
persons are slaughtering an animal and holding the same knife,
it is required for both of them to recite the Tasmiyah
(Bismillahi Allahu Akbar). If any one of them intentionally
omits reciting the Tasmiyah, the animal will be Haram for
consumption.

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

• Hanzalah Al-Usaidi radhiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The person who guards the
five times Salah, its Wudhu, its prescribed time, its proper
Ruku’ and Sujud, while perceiving it to be the right (order) of
Allah on him, he is forbidden upon Fire.” (Musnad Ahmad)

• Abu Qatadah ibn Rib‘i radhiyallahu anhu reported that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam narrates in a Hadith
Qudsi that Allah has said: “Verily, I have enjoined upon your
Ummah five times Salah, and I have taken upon myself an oath
that anyone who observes them at their appointed time, I shall
admit him into Jannah; if anyone does not offer them regularly,
there is no such guarantee from Me for him (I may punish him or
forgive him).” (Abu Dawud)

• ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan radhiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who believes that Salah is
the obligatory right (of Allah) will enter Paradise.” (Musnad
Ahmad)

• ‘Abdullah ibn Qurt radhiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “On the Day of Judgement, the
first thing a slave of Allah will be held accountable for is
Salah. If it is found sound and satisfactory, the rest of his
deeds will also be sound – and satisfactory, and if found
corrupt and rotten, then the rest of his deeds will also be
corrupt and rotten.” (Tabarani)

• Jabir radhiyallahu anhu narrates that a man said to Nabi
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam: “Verily so and so offers Salah,
then at the break of dawn he steals.” He replied: “Shortly his
Salah will prevent him from that sin.” (Bazzar)

• Salman radhiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “Verily a Muslim, when he performs Wudhu
and performs it excellently, then offers the five times Salah,
his sins are shed just as these leaves shed.” Then, he recited:
“And perform Salah at the two ends of the day and in some hours
of the night (the five mandatory Salah); verily good deeds
remove evil deeds. This is a reminder (advice) for the mindful
(those who accept advice).” (Hud 11: 114) (Musnad Ahmad)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The five times Salah and the
prayer of Friday to Friday, and the fasting of Ramadan to
Ramadan, are atonements for sins that have been committed
between them, provided the sinner avoids major sins.” (Muslim)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who guards the obligatory
Salah will not be written amongst the neglectful.” (lbn
Khuzaimah)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr radhiyallahu anhu narrates that one day,
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam mentioned Salah and
said: “For him who remains mindful of his Salah, it will be a
light and an argument in his favour and a means of his salvation
on the Day of Judgement; and for him who is not mindful of his
Salah, there shall be neither a light, nor an argument in his
favour, nor a means for his salvation. And on the Day of
Judgement, he will be with Fir’aun, Haman and Ubayy ibn Khalaf.”
(Musnad Ahmad, Tabarani)

• Abu Malik Al-Ashja‘i radhiyallahu anhu narrates from his
father, who said that whenever a man accepted Islam during the
time of Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, the Sahabah used to
teach him Salah. (Tabarani) 

 
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud said: The Messenger of
Allah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam narrated to us – and he is the
truthful and entrusted one: ‘Indeed the creation of one of you
is gathered inside his mother in forty days. Then, for a similar
period, he is a clot. Then, for a similar period, he is a piece
of flesh. Then Allah sends the angel to him to blow the soul
into him, and he is ordered to write four (things): To write his
provision, his life-span, his works, and whether he will be
wretched or happy. By the One besides Whom there is none other
worthy of worship! One of you will do deeds of the people of
Paradise, until there is between him and it but a forearm span,
then he is overcome by what is written for him, and he is sealed
off with the deeds of the people of the Fire, so that he enters
it. And indeed one of you will do deeds of the people of the
Fire, until there is between him and it but a forearm span, then
he is overcome by what is written for him, and he is sealed off
with the deeds of the people of Paradise, so that he enters
it.’"

(Tirmidhi)

Quote of the Week
I try to do the right thing at the right
time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the
difference between winning and losing.

(Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former NBA star)

Saying of the Week
The cobra will bite you whether
you call it cobra or Mr. Cobra.

(India)

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Updates
Eid-ul-Adha and
Takbirât of Tashrîq
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.”]

Eid-ul-Adha Venues and
Programmes
On behalf of the Jamiatul Ulama South
Africa, we wish the Ummah Eid-ul-Adha Mubarak. May the Almighty
accept all acts of devotion of these auspicious 10 days of
Dhu-al-Hijjah, accept all pilgrims in the Sacred city of Makkah
and all the sacrifices of Udhiyyah.

Meanwhile, we collated the venues and times of many major places
for Eid-ul-Adha congregational prayers. The schedule is here:

https://goo.gl/w34UFE

Eid Mubarak!

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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