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Vol. 13 No. 34 07 Safar 1440/17
October 2018
Comment and Analysis
Witnesses Over the Nations
"Thus have We made of you an
Ummah justly balanced, that you might be witnesses over the
nations, and the Messenger may be a witness over
yourselves,"(2:143).

The Ummah of Nabi Sallallahu ‘alayhi wassallam is defined by its
universal character as well as its balanced outlook and
worldview. It is an Ummah that supports a balance between the
material and spiritual; the earthly and the eternal. This Ummah
has been crowned the ‘best of all nations’ on account of its
salient characteristics which include the following:

A Balanced Ummah: "Thus have We made of you an
Ummah justly balanced, that you might be witnesses over the
nations, and the Messenger may be a witness over
yourselves."(2:143). The hallmark of this Ummah is that it keeps
an equitable balance between extremes. It adopts a path between
exaggerated renunciation of all that is carnal and extravagant
indulgence in all that is gratifying.

One Ummah: "Verily this Ummah of yours is one
Ummah” (21:92) Nabi Sallallahu ‘alayhi wassallam integrated the
people of Medina who were of different races, ethnicities and
social classes into one united brotherhood.. This one community
is meant to "help each other in righteousness and piety but not
in evil and enmity" (5:2) and they are "to stand firmly for
justice, for the sake of Allah, , even if it is against
themselves, their parents or relatives" (4:135)

An Ummah of Brothers: "The believers are but on
single brotherhood." (49:10). The bond of fraternity between
Muslims is best explained in the following hadith of Nabi
Sallallahu ‘alayhi wassallam: "Whoever relieves a calamity that
has struck a believer in this world, Allah will relieve for him
one of the calamities of the Day of Judgement, and whoever makes
things easy for a person in trouble, Allah will make his matters
easy in this life and in the hereafter, and whoever shields the
faults of a Muslim, Allah will shield his faults in this world
and the hereafter, and Allah will help and support his servant
as long as he is helping and supporting his brother" (Muslim)

The Best Ummah: "You are the best of peoples,
evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is
wrong and believing in God" (3:110). This Ummah has been blessed
with the mission of the Ambiyaa; to motivate people to be
virtuous and to persuade them against the commission of evil. It
has been honoured as ‘The Best of Nations’ because it has the
obligation of sensitizing society to ills of vice and creating
the moral environment for people to become paragons of virtue.
This promise of ‘best of nations’ is contingent upon Muslims
becoming advocates of virtue and activists against vice.

A Collaborative Ummah: "…their affairs are
decided by mutual consultation” (42-38). Consultation is one of
the salient qualities of this Ummah and an important pillar
within its societal structures. Shura [mutual consultation] is
the basic principle which should guide Muslims in the
transaction of their national affairs. Abu Hurairah y states
that “I never saw anyone consult his companions more often than
the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wassallam.” (Ahmad)
Shura allows for broad based consultation and lends itself to
making an informed decision as well as securing consensus,
building trust, enhancing cooperation and implementation.

An Ummah between hope and fear: "My punishment
I inflict upon whom I will but My rahmah embraces all things…”
(7:156) Nabi Sallallahu ‘alayhi wassallam states: “If a believer
knew the severity of Allah Ta’ala’s punishment, none will have
hope in attaining Jannah and if a disbeliever knew how merciful
Allah Ta’ala is none will lose hope of attaining Jannah.”
(Muslim) The Ummah of Nabi Isa Alayhis Salaam went astray
because it fixated on ‘LOVE’ of the Almighty to the exclusion of
‘FEAR’; it preach salvation through faith and not deeds.

The Ummah of Musa Alayhis Salaam also went astray because it
focussed on ‘FEAR’ over ‘LOVE’; his followers grudgingly obeyed
the commands of the Almighty void of any affectionate servitude
to Allah. The Ummah of Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alayhi wassallam
subscribe to a balance between ‘LOVE and FEAR’; they thus
subscribe to faith and action as the pathways to salvation.
Faith without action is a pretence whilst action without faith
is deficient

An Ummah of equals: "O mankind! We created you
from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into
nations and tribes, that you may come to know each other (not
that you may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of
you in the site of Allah is one who is the most conscious of the
ever presence of Allah and Allah has full knowledge and is well
acquainted (with all things).” (49:13). We are all the children
of Adam Alayhis Salaam and Adam was made of dust. Men’s
evolution into “nations and tribes” is meant to foster mutual
co-existence by appreciating their outward differentiations.

May Allah grant us the true appreciation and value of being from
among the ‘Best of Nations.’

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
Indonesia.

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 – Relief
Bank: Nedbank – Fordsburg
Account Number: 1953 285 937
Branch Code: 195 305
Ref: Indonesia Tsunami Relief
(Specify Your Name / Zakah or Lillah)
Email: finance@jamiatsa.org
WhatsApp: +27613738000.

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:

My ex-husband married me some time ago and did not give me Mahr
(Dowry). He is fully aware that i had not waived the amount due.
Now that he has divorced me, I would like to know if the amount
still has to be paid to me or does it fall away?

May the Almighty reward you for your effort.

Jazaak Allahu Khairan

Was salaam.

Answer:


Unpaid Mahr remains a debt upon the husband. The issuing of
Talaaq does not absolve the husband of this responsibility. If
it is not paid up unto the time that the husband passes away,
then it may be claimed from his estate.
Sermon of the Week
Seeking
knowledge (IV of IV)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who is asked something
about knowledge (of Deen) and he conceals it, Allah will put a
bridle of fire on him on the Day of Resurrection.” (Abu Dawud)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The example of the person who
acquires knowledge of Deen and then does not convey it to
others, is like the one who has collected a treasure but does
not spend (and benefit) from it.” (Tabarani, Targhib)

• Zaid ibn Arqam radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam used to invoke: “O Allah! I seek
refuge in You from that knowledge which does not give benefit,
and from that heart which does not fear You, and from that
inner-self which does not get satisfied, and from that
supplication which is not accepted.” (Muslim)

• Abu Barzah Aslami radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The feet of the slave of
Allah will not move from its place on the Day of Judgment until
he is questioned about his life, how he spent it; about his
knowledge of Deen, whether he practiced it; about his wealth,
from where he acquired it and where he spent it; and about his
body (in which activities) did he age it.” (Tirmidhi)

• Jundub ibn ‘Abdullah Al-Azdi radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The example of
the person who teaches people good and neglects himself (does
not practice himself), is like a lamp which is a source of
illumination for people and burns itself.” (Tabarani, Targhib)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Some people
having knowledge of Deen, lack its understanding. He whose
knowledge does not benefit him, his ignorance will harm him. You
will indeed be considered amongst those who recite the Qur’an as
long as it restrains you from the forbidden. If it does not
restrain you, then you are not from those who recite the
Qur’an.” (Tabarani, Majma-‘uz-Zawa-id)

• Anas radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that we were sitting by the
door of Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam and were
discussing. One man was arguing and quoting one verse of the
Qur’an, and the other quoting another verse. At this,
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam came out to us. His face
was red (in anger), as if (the juice of) pomegranate was spread
on his face and he said: “O people! Have you been sent for this,
or have you been ordered to do so? Do not return to infidelity
after me by cutting one another’s necks!” (Tabarani)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates from Nabi
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam that ‘Isa ibn Maryam ‘alaihis salam
said: “Indeed matters are of three kinds: A matter whose
righteousness is evident to you, so follow it; a matter whose
error is evident to you, so leave it; a matter which is
disputable, so refer it to an ‘Alim who is knowledgeable about
it.” (Tabarani)

• Ibn ‘Abbas radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Avoid relating a hadith from
me, unless you know it for a certainty. He who deliberately
narrates from me falsely, then let him prepare for himself an
abode in the Hell-Fire. And he who interprets the Qur’an
according to his own opinion, then let him prepare for himself
an abode in the Hell-Fire.” (Tirmidhi)

• Jundub radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam said: He who interprets the Qur’an according to
his opinion and that happens to be correct, even then he has
erred.” (Abu Dawud)

• ‘Abdullah ibn Mas‘ud radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam asked me to recite the
Qur’an, I submitted: “Shall I recite the Qur’an to you while it
has been revealed to you?” He said: “I like to hear it from
someone else.” SoI, I recited to him Surah An-Nissa. When I came
to the verse: “So how will it be with them, when We bring of
every people a witness; and We shall bring you O Muhammad, a
witness against these people i.e. your Ummah.” He said: “Stop,”
I saw tears were rolling from his eyes.” (Bukhari)

 
Words of Wisdom/strong>
Hadith of the Week
Narrated ‘Abd Allah (b. Mas’ud) Radhi-Allahu
‘anhu: The Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:
He who has in his heart as much pride as much pride as grain of
mustard-seed will not enter paradise. And he who has in his
heart as much faith as grain of mustard-seed will not enter
Hell.

(Abu Dawud)

Quote of the Week
“If you see a man walking on water and
flying in the air, then do not be amazed by him until he
demonstrates that he follows the commands of the Book (Quran)
and the Sunnah.”

(Imam Shafi’i RA)

Saying of the Week
Nobody who spits upward does
not spit on his face.
 
(Filipino Proverb)
Economic Indicators

Item/Commodity
Value
1 US Dollar R14.26
1 Saudi Riyal R3.78
24 Carat Gold/g R565.01
22 Carat Gold/g R518.87
18 Carat Gold/g R424.43
14 Carat Gold/g R330.40
9 Carat Gold/g R213.72
Silver/g R7.30
Zakaat Nisaab R4472.26
Minimum Mahr R223.61
Mahr Faatimi R11180.66
1 Krugerrand
(1oz)
R18420.81
All Commodity Values
Exclude VAT (15%)
UUpdates
Caring Brothers:br />
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

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

End of Year’s
Examinations
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa’s Taalimi
Board has today commenced with the oral examinations that will
conclude on the 28th of November. Both Muslim schools and junior
madāris will be assessed during this time.

Along with this, the year-end written examinations, coordinated
by the Taalimi Board, have been confirmed to be conducted on the
following days:

Fiqh – 1st November
Taareekh – 6th November
Aqaaid – 12th November

The Taalimi Board’s area of operation extends as far North as
Musina, as far South as Bloemfontein, East as Malalane, West as
Gaborone and all major towns within the region.
For more information, please contact the Taalimi Board on:
Tel: +27113738000
Email: taalimi@jamiatsa.org.

Gauteng Coaches Donates
a Mobile Clinic Van to the Muslim AIDS Programme
On Thursday, 11th of October 2018, Gauteng
Coaches in Johannesburg hosted a presentation ceremony where a
kitted mobile clinic van was donated to Muslim AIDS Programme,
the Islamic Careline and the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa

The mobile clinic will be integral in HIV counselling and
testing campaigns as well as collecting data with which to
determine trends in other non-communicable diseases at various
sites.

JUSA expresses gratitude to Gauteng Coaches for this kind
gesture. May the Almighty reward and accept all those who have
made this act of  service to humanity as reality.

For more information, please contact MAP on:
Tel: +27113738080

Inheritance Workshop
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa’s Darul Ifta
Department conducted an Inheritance Workshop at the Zeerust
Jumu’ah Masjid for the town and surrounding areas on Friday,
12th October 2018.

The aim of such a workshop is to raise awareness and inform
communities regarding the rules and regulations pertaining to
the important subject of inheritance.

Those who wish to arrange a workshop in their area can contact
the Darul Ifta on:
Tel: 0113738000
Email: ifta@jamiatsa.org

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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