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Vol. 13 No. 30 09 Muharram 1440/19
September 2018
Comment and Analysis
Indeed with me is my Lord. He
will guide me.
The month of Muharram heralds the beginning
of a new year. Although the month of Muharram is a sanctified
month as a whole, the 10th day of Muharram is the most sacred
among all its days. The day is called ‘Aashuraa.
“Nabi g came to Madinah and saw the Jews fasting on the Day of
Aashuraa. He asked them about it. They replied, “This is a good
day, the day on which Allah rescued Banu Israel from their
enemy. So, Musa n fasted this day.” Nabi g said, “We have more
claim over Musa n than you.” So, Nabi g fasted on that day and
ordered (the Muslims) to fast (on that day). (Bukhari)
Nabi Musa n had a two-fold mission: To invite the Egyptians to
the oneness of Allah; and to free his people from being enslaved
by the Egyptians. When Musa n confronted Firoun, he responded by
saying: “…Verily, this is indeed a sorcerer of great knowledge
who wants to drive you out of your land by his sorcery…” (26:
34/35)

Two men from the oppressed community of the Israelites were
standing before the most powerful ruler of the time: they had no
military force with them, they belonged to a weak and
insignificant community, there was no sign of any rebellion in
any corner of the country, nor did they have the support of any
foreign power, yet as soon as the miracles of the snake of the
staff and the shining hand were shown, the tyrant desperately
cried out: “These two men want to seize power and deprive the
ruling class of their sovereign rights!” This he said despite
the fact that nowhere in the world has a political revolution
been ever brought about, nor a country taken, nor a war won
merely by force of magic.

Firoun and his people interpreted the message of Islam as a
threat to corrupt political hegemony, precisely because the
value systems it seeks to entrench: “Allah enjoins justice and
to adopt good behaviour and to give relatives (their due
rights), and forbids shameful acts, evil deeds and oppression.”
Islam-phobia is as old as Islam itself. In this day and age it
derives its munitions from the indiscriminate application of
Human Rights and from the repressive Anti-Terror legislation
found in certain countries.

Allah eventually instructed Musa n to flee with his people in
the darkness of the night. The route that they had to take was
to cross the Sinai desert and head for the Red Sea. According to
historic narrations, the Banu Israeel were approximately 600,000
in number. “So they (the people of Pharaoh) pursued them (the
people of Musa) at the time of sunrise. And when the two hosts
saw each other, the companions of Musa said, surely we are
overtaken. He said, “Never! Indeed with me is my Lord. He will
guide me.” So We revealed to Musa saying, “Strike the sea with
your staff.” Thereupon the sea split up, and then each became
like the mass of a huge mount.” (26: 61/2/3)

As soon as Nabi Musa n struck the sea with his staff, it tore
the sea asunder and the waters stood like two mighty mountains
on either side so that Israelite caravans consisting of hundreds
of thousands of the migrants were able to pass through safely,
and so that Firoun and his army enter the same pathway; only to
be drowned.

Aashuraa is a reminder that even though the ummah currently
seems to be between the sea and the ‘advancing army of Firoun’ –
overwhelmed, doomed, and heading for humiliating defeat, we can
prevail if we are prepared to migrate from the darkness of vice,
rebellion and reckless disobedience…, if we are prepared to
unreservedly submit to the directives of our Nabi g, if we are
willing to toil and struggle for the preservation and protection
of our faith. The message of Aashuraa is very clear: There can
be no worship without sacrifice!

The preservation of our Aqeedah (beliefs), the protection of our
Islamic identity is going to become the single greatest
challenge as we confront new challenges each year. “Hasten with
good deeds before calamities would appear like stages of a dark
night, (they will become darker in intensity and more consistent
in frequency) to the extent that a man will wake up in the
morning as a believer and by sunset he will become disbeliever
or he will be Muslim in the evening and a disbeliever in the
morning. He will sell his faith for some paltry material gain of
this world. (Muslim)

This prophetic prophecy points out that:

  • The space that you enjoy to lead your life as a Muslim
    is going to become narrower and narrower;
  • Religion will become a mundane issue, people will enter
    and leave Islam without any care or concern;
  • The level of faith will become so weak that people will
    barter their faith for some temporary worldly gain.
Aashuraa is not simply a commemoration of a
past event; it serves as a source of enormous hope of the ever
abiding help and mercy of Allah. It is a reminder that Imaan is
not an insurance against toil and struggle. It is about
reaffirming our commitment to Allah. Nabi g was asked regarding
fasting on the Day of Aashuraa. He said: “It will expiate the
previous year’s sins.” (Muslim)

The fast of the Day of Aashuraa is an acknowledgement of our
desire to seek the forgiveness of Allah, it is our affirmation
‘that Allah is with us’ no matter the circumstances and that we
Muslims should never despair of the help of Allah. Nabi g also
said: “He who amplifies his spending on his family on the Day of
Aashuraa, Allah will provide amply for him for the whole year.”
(Al-Bayhaqi)

We begin our new year with gratitude and appreciation which is
expressed by a token of generous provision for our families on
this day. The family unit is the strongest fortress within the
social context that is able to provide an identity, a sense of
belonging and which serves as a refuge for the perplexed and
confused. The family unit serves as our compass, as our
inspiration and as our comfort. Work passionately towards
creating the appropriate environment within it.

May Allah shower His mercy on the Ummah, free it from tyranny
and oppression and may He protect our faith.

Question and Answer

Question:

Kindly tell me the significance of The Islamic New year in
Islam, what should one do on this day?
 
Jazakallah khairan.

Was salaam.

Answer:


There is no significance of the first day or night of Muharram
in the Shari’ah. There is general significance for the month of
Muharram as it is one of the sacred months. There is also
significance for the 10th Muharram which is a day on which it is
Sunnah to fast. One who fasts on the 10th Muharram should also
fast on the day prior to it or on the day after it.
Sermon of the Week
Seeking
knowledge (I of IV)

• Abu Musa radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Nabi sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “The guidance and knowledge with which
Allah sent me is like abundant rain that falls on land (which
has three different terrains). A part of the land was fertile;
it absorbed the water and sprouted lush plantation and pasture.
Another part was barren, it held up the water and Allah made it
beneficial for people who drank from it, gave (cattle) to drink
from it, and irrigated from it. The rain fell on the third part
which was a hard plain; it neither held the water nor sprouted
grass. (Likewise there are three types of persons). For example:
The one who acquires understanding of Deen of Allah and benefits
from what Allah has sent me with, he learns and teaches. The
other is he who did not benefit himself but others were
benefited through him. The third is he who does not show regard
to that and does not accept Allah’s guidance with which I have
been sent.” (Bukhari)

• ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affaan radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The best among
you is he who learns the Qur ‘an and teaches it.” (Bukhari)

• Buraidah Al-Aslami radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who recites
the Qur’an and learns it, and then acts upon it, he will be made
to wear a crown of Nur (light) on the Day of Resurrection, which
will be as radiant as the sun. His parents will be dressed with
two garments, which the whole world cannot match. So they will
ask: “For what have we been dressed like this?” It will be said:
“This is the reward of your son’s acquiring Qur’an.” (Mustadrak
Hakim)

• Mu‘aadh Al-Juhani radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who recites the Qur‘an and
acts upon it, his parents will be made to wear a crown on the
Day of Resurrection, whose light will be better than the light
of the sun; if it rises amongst you in your worldly houses, what
do you think about the person who himself acts upon it?” (Abu
Dawud)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn ‘Aas radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who recites
the Qur‘an, indeed secures the knowledge of prophethood within
his ribs, though Divine Revelation is not sent upon him. It does
not befit one endowed with the Qur‘an that he gets annoyed with
those who are in anger, nor should he indulge in any act of
ignorance with those who are ignorant, while he has the Book of
Allah inside his heart.” (Mustadrak Hakim, Targhib)

• Jabir radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “Knowledge is of two types: Firstly,
knowledge that penetrates into the heart, this knowledge is
beneficial. Secondly, knowledge that is merely on the tongue,
this will be Allah’s evidence against the son of Adam.”
(Targhib)

• ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam came out to us when we were in
Suffah and asked: “Who amongst you would like to go out every
morning to Buthan or Al-‘Aqiq (the markets of Madinah
Munawwarah) and bring two large humped she-camels, without being
guilty of sin or severing the ties of relationship?” We replied:
“O Rasullullah! We would all like that.” He said: “Your going to
the masjid every morning to learn or recite two verses of the
Book of Allah, the Almighty and Magnificent, is better for you
than two she-camels. And three verses are better than three
she-camels and four verses better than four she-camels, and an
equal number of camels.” (Muslim)

• Mu‘awiyah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Nabi sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam saying: “The one for whom Allah intends good,
He guides him towards the understanding of Deen. Indeed I am
only a distributor and Allah is the One Who grants.” (Bukhari)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam embraced me and
supplicated: “O Allah! Grant him knowledge of the Book.”
(Bukhari)

• Anas radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: “Indeed, among the signs of the Last Hour
(the Day of Resurrection) is that knowledge will be lifted,
ignorance (of Deen) will take root, liquor will be drunk, and
adultery will prevail.” (Bukhari)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “While I was
asleep, I was given a bowl of milk. So I drank from it to my
fill, until I felt its freshness reaching my nails. Then I gave
the rest of it to ‘Umar. The Sahabah radhiyallahu ‘anhum asked:
“So, what is your interpretation about the dream, O Rasulallah?”
He said: “Knowledge.” (Bukhari)

• Abu Sa‘eed Al-Khudri radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “A believer’s
thirst for knowledge is never quenched. He continues to hear and
learn until he enters Paradise.” (Tirmidhi)

 
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
It was narrated that An-Nu’man said:
"My mother asked my father for a gift and he gave it to me. She
said: ‘I will not be contented until you ask the Messenger of
Allah to bear witness.’ So my father took me by the hand, as I
was still a boy, and went to the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu
‘alayhi wassallam. He said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, the mother of
this boy, the daughter of Rawahah, asked me for a gift, and she
wanted me to ask you to bear witness to that.’ He said: ‘O
Bashir, do you have any other child apart from this one?’ He
said: ‘Yes.’ He said: ‘Have you given him gifts like that which
you have given to this one?’ He said: ‘No.’ He said: ‘Then do
not ask me to bear witness, for I will not bear witness to
unfairness.’"

(An Nasa’i)

Quote of the Week
Sedentary culture is the goal of
civilization. It means the end of its lifespan and brings about
its corruption.

(Ibn Khaldun)

Saying of the Week
It is easier to stop the mouth
of a river, than the mouth of a man. (Tausūg)
Economic
Indicators
Item/Commodity Value
1 US Dollar R14.87
1 Saudi Riyal R3.93
24 Carat Gold/g R574.57
22 Carat Gold/g R527.63
18 Carat Gold/g R431.60
14 Carat Gold/g R335.98
9 Carat Gold/g R217.31
Silver/g R7.33
Zakaat Nisaab R4491.35
Minimum Mahr R224.57
Mahr Faatimi R11228.39
1 Krugerrand (1oz) R18733.02
All Commodity Values
Exclude VAT (15%)
Updates
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.

Launch of Male
Counselling Service
With the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa’s
experience over a number of decades with respect to the
stereotyping of men and the resultant effect thereof, our Social
Department, in conjunction with the Islamic Careline, has
embarked on the establishment of a separate counselling service
that will be manned by male counsellors with the primary focus
on the male client.

The service, named Caring Brothers, has been in operation in its
pilot phase during the past year. This launch is a special and
unique moment in the history of our organisation and community.

For further information you may contact our Social Department:

Moulana Muhammad Bham
Tel: 0113738000
Email: mbham@jamiatsa.org

JUSA Annual General
Meeting
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa held their
Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Nurul Islam Hall in Lenasia
this past Sunday, the 16th of September.

At the AGM, the Ulama body reviewed work of the past year, both
on the departmental and regional levels, approved financial
reports as well as discussed pertinent issues affecting the
organisation and the community it serves.

This year’s AGM was also an elective one where the executive was
chosen. The former and new appointees are as follows:
Amīr: (Unchanged) Moulana Abbas Jeena
Nā`ib Amīr: (Unchanged) Moulana Ayyub Kachwi

Deputy Nā`ib Amīr: (Unchanged) Moulana Abbas Ali Zubair Ali

Secretary General: (Unchanged) Moulana Ebrahim Bham
Deputy Secretary General: (Former) Moulana Ahmed Mia
(Current) Moulana Mohammed Yusuf Minty
Treasurer: (Unchanged) Moulana Dawood Cassim
Deputy Treasurer: (Former) Moulana Yusuf Patel
(Current) Moulana Ahmed Mia
This year, the AGM attracted almost 200 member and guest
participants from across the country.

Breaking the Silence:
Campaign Against Gender Based Violence
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa, in
association with Islamic Careline, continue with the year’s that
addresses the awareness, management and outcomes of Gender Based
Violence (GBV) in our community.

This project was launched during the Women’s month on the 7th of
August 2018 at the Palm Continental Hotel in Mayfair, and will
culminate with the final days of the 16 Days of Activism in
December.

For more information, please contact the Social Department on:

Tel: 0113738000
Email: social@jamiatsa.org
Or the Islamic Careline on:
Tel: 0113738080
Email: islamicareline@gmail.com

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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