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Vol. 13 No. 33 30 Muharram 1440/10
October 2018
Comment and Analysis
Lessons from Indonesia
Indonesia is made up of more than 17,000
islands with over 1.9 million square miles of land, which makes
it the 15th largest country. Indonesia is the world’s most
populous Muslim-majority country, which boasts more than 700
spoken languages. Due to its position on the Pacific Ring of
Fire (an area with a high degree of tectonic activity),
Indonesia has to cope with the constant risk of volcanic
eruptions, earthquakes, floods and tsunamis. In 2017, Indonesia
was plagued by 787 floods, 716 tornadoes, 614 landslides, 20
earthquakes and two volcanic eruptions.

The recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia has claimed the
lives of almost 2000 people, and counting, with more than 70,000
displaced. The disaster was followed by a volcanic eruption
spewing ash 6,000 metres into the sky.

Indonesian link to Islam in South Africa:
The Cape became a place of political exile for those who had
resisted Dutch occupation in Indonesia. Apart from thousands of
slaves who arrived at the Cape, 182 princes, emirs, advisors and
imams were banished from Indonesia to the Cape. Tuan Guru or
Imam Abdullah, who belonged to the royal family from Indonesia
was banished to the Cape as a political prisoner. The Dutch made
it a point to remove the Qur’an from Imam Abdullah and his men,
before they were sent into exile to Robben Island, thinking that
without religious literature they would eventually lose their
Muslim identity, nor will they be able to propagate Islam in
South Africa. Imam Abdullah was a hafiz of the Qur’an, and
during his time on Robben Island, he wrote several copies of the
Qur’an entirely from memory – one of the handwritten copies is
still on display at the Auwal Mosque in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town.

What we learn from the above is that:
Activism and the quest for social and political justice are
deeply rooted in the very DNA of Islam in South Africa.

The banishment of Muslims in one part of the world actually
planted the seeds of Islam in another part of the world.

The critical need for education, preservation and propagation is
accentuated by the writing of the Qur’an from memory.

Islam is not the preserve of one racial group. Muslims are not
defined by race but by a creed which creates a bond of
brotherhood irrespective of our racial moorings.

The country with the largest Muslim population so prone to
repeated catastrophe and devastation, is a very clear indication
that belief is not an insurance against hardship nor does
disbelief guarantee adversity in this world. In fact, the
opposite holds true; the closer you are to Allah, the greater
the difficulty.

Hardship is part of the TEST of human faith, “And We will surely
test you with instances of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth
and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient. Who,
when disaster strikes them, say, "Indeed we belong to Allah, and
indeed to Him we will return.” (2:155/6)

Hardship and adversity is also a means of cleansing our souls
from the grime of sin.
“No fatigue, nor disease, nor anxiety,
nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it
were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates
some of his sins for that.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

Hardships contribute to character development. We grow mentally,
emotionally and intellectually through our experiences. We
become more understanding, more patient, more resolute and more
compassionate because of adversity. Two things define our
character – our patience when in difficulty and our attitude
when in prosperity.

Hardship is often a knock on the door. A reminder not to take
life for granted. Sometimes we grow distant from our Creator, we
take our blessings for granted and our bond with Him weakens.
“And when We bestow favour upon man, he turns away and distances
himself; but when evil touches him, then he is full of extensive
supplication.” [41:51] Hardships are sometimes a means of
drawing us back to Allah.

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to
you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what
happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”

May Allah relieve the people of Indonesia from their difficulty,
may He protect them, provide for them and preserve our faith in
Him under all circumstances. Ameen.

Indonesia Tsunami Relief
In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean
tsunami that struck the South East Asia region the most, the
Jamiatul Ulama South Africa set out to develop infrastructure
for the long-term use of the community of Banda Aceh in

The project which was supported by the South African community,
including corporations, saw the erection of an entire village of
homes, school blocks as well as a mosque. These facilities
remain in use today, alhamdulillah.

In the same spirit, following the latest destruction of
livelihoods, homes and infrastructure due to yet another
tsunami, we appeal to South Africans of goodwill to commit and
make contributions that will go towards a fund for the provision
of relief and rehabilitation of humanity in need in Indonesia.

Kindly channel contributions as follows:

Account Name: Jamiatul Ulama South Africa – Reliefbr />
Bank: Nedbank – Fordsburg
Account Number: 1953 285 937
Branch Code: 195 305
Ref: Indonesia Tsunami Relief
(Specify Your Name / Zakah or Lillah)
WhatsApp: +27613738000.

Question and Answer


Assalaamu Alikum!

I would appreciate it if the following questions could be

A woman was issued one Talaaq Baa’in (irrevocable) and she has
sat the full ‘iddah period without the husband revoking the
divorce or attempting a new Nikah. She would like to know
whether she can marry someone else and whether it is necessary
for the former husband to issue the remaining two divorces?


Was salaam.


The person under question is not Islamically married to her
previous husband anymore as there exists no link between the two
of them after the husband had issued the divorce and the wife
has already sat through the ‘iddah period. Therefore, she is
allowed to marry another person in future.

In the given scenario, it is not necessary for the husband to
issue the remaining two divorces.

Sermon of the Week
knowledge (III of IV)

• Tha’labah ibn Hakam As-Sahabi radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Allah when seated
on His Throne to judge His slaves on the Day of Resurrection,
will say to the ‘Ulama: “I blessed you with My knowledge and My
kind forbearance in order to pardon you despite your faults, and
I care not as to the magnitude of your sins, as forgiving you is
of no consequence to Me.” (Tabarani)

• Abu Darda’ radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “Whoever travels on a path
in search of knowledge, Allah will enable him to travel on one
of the paths to Paradise. Verily the angels spread their wings
with pleasure for one who seeks knowledge. Indeed the
inhabitants of the skies and the earth and the fish in the
depths of the water, all supplicate forgiveness for the ‘Alim
(Islamic Scholar). Verily, the eminence of an ‘Alim over a
devout worshipper is that of the full moon over the stars. And
indeed, the ‘Ulama are heirs of the prophets. Verily the
prophets did not leave behind as inheritance any Dinar or
Dirham, rather they leave ‘Ilm as inheritance. So, whoever
acquired this received an abundant portion.” (Abu Dawud)

• Abu Darda’ radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “The death of an ‘Alim is
such a calamity that it can neither be made up nor compensated
for; and he was a star (of guidance and due to his death) his
light is lost. The death of a whole tribe is less significant
than the death of an ‘Alim.” (Baihaqi)

• Anas ibn Malik radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Indeed the example of the
‘Ulama is like that of stars in the sky by which guidance is
obtained in the darkness of the land and water. When stars lose
their radiance, it is likely that travellers will go astray.”
(Musnad Ahmad)

• Ibn ‘Abbas radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “One faqeeh (learned man) has
more power over Shaytan than a thousand devout worshippers.”

• Abu Umamah Al-Bahili radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that two men
were mentioned to Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, one
of them learned and the other devout worshipper. Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The superiority of a learned
person over a worshipper is like that of mine over the least
amongst you.” Then Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said:
“Indeed Allah, His angels, the inhabitants of the skies and the
earths, even the ants in their holes and even fish invoke mercy,
grace and honour on him who teaches people good deeds.”

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “Behold! Indeed the world is
accursed, and all that it contains is accursed except the
remembrance of Allah and that which brings one closer to Allah,
an ‘Alim or a seeker of knowledge of Deen.” (Tirmidhi)

• Abu Bakrah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Nabi
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “You should become either an
‘Alim, or seeker of knowledge of Deen, or an attentive listener
to the knowledge of Deen, or a lover of knowledge of Deen and
‘Ulama. Do not be of the fifth kind, otherwise you will be
ruined. The fifth kind is that you bear malice towards knowledge
of Deen and those who possess it.” (Tabrani)

• Ibn Mas‘ud radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “There are only two people
worthy of envy: A person whom Allah has given wealth, and
empowers him to spend it in righteous causes; and the other,
whom Allah has given knowledge by means of which he makes sound
judgements, and teaches it to others.” (Bukhari)

Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him)
reported: The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam
said, "Every Muslim has five rights over another Muslim (i.e.,
he has to perform five duties for another Muslim): to return the
greetings, to visit the sick, to accompany funeral processions,
to accept an invitation, to respond to the sneezer [i.e., to
say: ‘Yarhamuk-Allah (may Allah bestow His Mercy on you),’ when
the sneezer praises Allah]."

(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Quote of the Week
 "I advise you O seeker of knowledge to have
a sincere and pure intention in your search for knowledge, and
that you exert yourself in acting upon what it mandates (from
action). This is since knowledge is a tree and action is its
fruit. And one can never be considered knowledgeable so long as
he doesn’t act upon what he knows."

Imam al-Khateeb al-Baghdadi quoted in Iqtidaa-ul- ‘Ilm
al- ‘Amal (Knowledge Mandates Action)

Saying of the Week
When you show the moon to a
child, it sees only your finger.
(Zambian Proverbh
Economic Indicators

1 US Dollar R14.91
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24 Carat Gold/g R569.13
22 Carat Gold/g R522.65
18 Carat Gold/g R427.52
14 Carat Gold/g R332.81
9 Carat Gold/g R215.28
Silver/g R7.41
Zakaat Nisaab R4540.16
Minimum Mahr R227.01
Mahr Faatimi R11350.40
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Exclude VAT (15%)
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’
WhatsApp: +27613738000.

Caring Brothers:
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

Breaking the Silence:

Gender-Based Violence
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa, in
collaboration with the Islamic Careline as a primary partner,
continues implementing various activities under this year’s
specific project 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. It has
been scheduled to last until the first week of December, being
the final days of the 16 Days of Activism against violence on
women and children.

For more information, please contact the Social Department on:

Tel: 0113738000
Or the Islamic Careline on:
Tel: 0113738080

Useful Links
Jamiatul Ulama South Africa
South African National
Halaal Authority
Jamiah Ulum al Islamiyyah
United Ulama Council of South
Muslim AIDS
011 373 8080

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