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Vol. 13 No. 35 14 Safar 1440/24
October 2018
Comment and Analysis
The Steadfast: No Reason to
Fear
All praise is due to Allah and may His
choicest salutations continue to descend upon our Master and
Leader Muhammad – who taught us the importance of perseverance
and consistency.

“Indeed those who say: "Our Rabb is Allah," and then remain
steadfast – the angels descend on them saying "Fear not!" – "Nor
grieve! but receive the Glad Tidings of the Garden (of Bliss)
which you were promised.” (41:30)

Sufyan ibn Abdillah Radhi-Allahu anhu narrates that: “I said, ‘O
Messenger of Allah, give me a (clear and concise) statement
regarding Islam which I need not ask anyone other than you
about? ’ Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said: ‘Say I believe in
Allah (Iman) and then remain steadfast (Istiqamah)”. (Muslim)

The two directives given to Sufyan Radhi-Allahu anhu in the
above hadith sets out in amazing brevity the formula for
success; Iman and Istiqamah.

Istiqamah means consistency and steadfastness in discharging
your obligation in the best possible manner and with the highest
possible enthusiasm. Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wasallam himself was
specifically instructed to execute his obligations with
Istiqamah in the following words: “Be steadfast (in discharging
your obligations) as you are commanded (by Allah).” (11:112) Ibn
Abbas Radhi-Allahu anhu states that this was the most difficult
verse of the Quran on Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wasallam to the
extent that he would say that: “(This verse of) Sura Hud has
made me grey.”
 
The differences between a believer and a hypocrite, between a
looser and a winner, between success and failure lie in the
level of your Istiqamah. With Istiqamah you can accomplish the
most difficult of tasks. The distinction between achievers and
defeatists lies in their ability to be steadfast and consistent
in what they do.
How do we achieve Istiqamah?

Commitment
“Winners make commitments – Losers make promises”. The most
important single factor in individual success is COMMITMENT.
Commitment ignites action. The best description of commitment is
“persistence with a clear purpose.” Commitment is what you do
immediately whilst a promise is what you hope to do in the
future “Speech by itself is worthless, unless it is followed by
action. Speech and action by themselves are worthless, unless
they have the right intention. And speech, action, and the right
intention are worthless unless they agree with the Sunnah.”
(Abdullah ibn Masud)

Company
"Man is influenced by the faith of his friends. Therefore, be
careful of whom you associate with.” (Abu Dawud) This means that
a person’s beliefs, values and character is shaped and
determined by those that he associates with. You are as
righteous, committed, motivated and as productive as your
friends are. “Tell me who your best friends are and I will tell
you who you are” The simple but true fact of life is that you
become like those you closely associate with- for the better or
worse.

Sincerity of Purpose
“The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions, and every
person will be rewarded according to his intention…” (Bukhari)

Our sincerity determines the true value of our actions and also
helps us to be consistent in what we do. “There is nothing more
difficult for me to correct than my intentions, for it
continually attempts to change.” (Sufyan Thawri)

Our sincerity of purpose purifies our actions and gives added
significance to what we do. A man approached three workers who
were doing the same job. “What are you doing?” he asked each one
of them separately and got different answers. “I am cutting
stones” replied the first. “I am earning my livelihood” replied
the second. “I am building a mosque” replied the third. The
value of what we do depends upon the inner purpose in our heart
with which we do our work.

Time
“Time is like capital in the hands of an investor, which he
invests for the purpose of profit. The greater the amount being
invested, the greater the returns. So whoever takes advantage of
doing good deeds in his life has achieved success, while whoever
wastes his investment will not see any profit but incur great
loss.” (Sharaf al-Din al-Tibi)

Imam Ghazali rahimahullah says: “It is incumbent on every person
who believes in Allah and the Last Day that he should not be
oblivious of evaluating himself. Every breath of life is a
precious jewel which can buy eternal treasures. Wasting these
breaths or using them for detrimental purposes is such a great
loss which no intelligent person could justify. When a person
wakes up he tells himself that the only commodity he has is his
life. When life perishes all his capital perishes.” (The
Provision of Believers)

Introspection
It is necessary for an individual to pause at the end of each
day that has passed, in order to check himself and run through
his achievements: What has he done in the course of the day? Why
has he done it? What has he omitted? Why has he omitted it? “You
will not meet a believer except he is evaluating
himself.”(Al-Hasan Basri)
 
Unfortunately, honest self-evaluation is one of the hardest
skills to master. We generally tend to be self-serving in our
thoughts.
 
Umar Radhi-Allahu anhu would often say: “Criticize and appraise
yourselves before you are criticized and appraised on the Day of
Judgment, and weigh out your deeds, before they are weighed out
for you.” A Sage once said: “We take delight in every day that
we have lived, yet each day that passes is a portion (gone) of a
lifetime.”

May Allah make us of those who persevere and remain steadfast in
doing good and abstaining from evil.

Question and Answer

Question:

What reply could be given to someone who says that only the
Qur’ân should be implemented since it is God’s word that is
immune to change?

Was salaam.

Answer:

The reply is simple. Numerous are the Qur’ânic verses that
require us to obey Allâh’s messenger. If one abandons what the
Prophet says, one is definitely going against this order,
repeatedly stated in the Qur’ân: ‘And whatsoever the messenger
gives you, take it and whatsoever he forbids, you abstain from
it’. (Surah 59, ayâh 7) Hence, his claim to follow the Qur’ân is
false. As for authenticity, the Prophet’s Sunnah has been
verified and its authenticity has been established beyond doubt.
This means that no one could ignore the Sunnah if he or she
wants to fulfill Allâh’s orders.

And Allâh Ta’âla Knows Best.

Sermon of the Week
Good Deeds in
the Path of Allah (1 of 10)

• ‘A’ishah radhiyallahu ‘anha, the wife of Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, narrates that she asked Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam: “O Rasulallah! Did you have any
other day harder than the day of the Battle of Uhud?”

He answered: “I have experienced much more at the hands of your
people. The hardest was the day of ‘Aqabah (Taif). I presented
myself to Ibn ‘Abdya Lail ibn ‘Abd Kalal and invited him to
Islam, but he did not accept what I offered. I left with deep
sorrow the signs of which were visible on my face and did not
feel relieved till I reached Qarn Tha’alib (name of a place). I
raised my head and saw a cloud shadowing me. When I looked up I
saw Jibra-il ‘alayihis salam in it. He called me and said:
“Indeed Allah has heard what your people have said to you and
their rejection to your offer. An angel in-charge of the
mountains has been deputed to you. Command him whatever you like
for them.”

The angel of the mountains called and greeted me with Salam and
said: “O Muhammad! Allah has heard what your people have said to
you, and I am the angel of the mountains; and your Sustainer has
sent me to you so that I may carry out your orders. What do you
want? (If you like) May I join the two mountains on them.”
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam replied: “No, but I do
hope that Allah may bring forth from their progeny, those who
would worship Allah the One, without ascribing anything as
partners to Him.” (Muslim)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that we were
on a journey with Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, when
we met a villager. When he came closer, Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam asked him: “Where do you intend to go?” He
said: “To my family.” Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam
said: “Should I tell you a good thing?” He asked: “What is
that?” Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Testify: I
witness that none is worthy of worship but Allah, Who has no
partner; and I witness that Muhammad is His slave and
Messenger.” He said: “Who is witness to your saying?”
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “This tree.” So
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam called it and it was at
far end of the valley. That tree came forward tearing the earth
and stood before him. Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam
ordered it to give testimony thrice. It testified whatever
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam had said. Then, the tree
returned to its place. The villager returned to his tribe saying
to Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam: “If my people follow
me, I will come back to you with all of them or else I will come
back and live with you.” (Tabarani, Majma ‘uz Zawaa-id)

• Sahl ibn Sa’d radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said to ‘Ali radhiyallahu ‘anhu on
the Day of Khyber: “Advance with contentment till you reach
their camping place. Then invite them towards Islam, and inform
them of the rights of Allah that have been imposed upon them. I
swear by Allah, if even a single person through your efforts is
blessed with guidance, it is better for you than to have red
camels.” (Muslim)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Convey from me
even if it be a single verse.” (Bukhari)

• ‘Abdur Rahman ibn ‘Aidh radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
whenever Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam sent any
expedition, he told them: “Develop good relation with people and
treat them kindly. Do not attack them until you have invited
them to Islam. All people on this earth, whether living in mud
or concrete houses, villages or cities, if you bring them to me
as Muslims, it will be much dearer to me than killing them and
bringing their women to me.” (Isaabah)

• Ibn ‘Abbas radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Today you listen to me about
Deen (religion); tomorrow you will be heard. And then it will be
heard from those, who heard from you.” (Abu Dawud)

• Ahnaf ibn Qais radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: “When I was
performing Tawaf of Ka’bah (to go around the house of Allah)
during the time of ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan radhiyallahu ‘anhu, a man
of Banu Laith came to me, and held my hand and said: “May I not
give you a glad tiding?” I said: “Do tell me.” He said: “Do you
remember when Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam sent me to
your people, Bani Sa’ad? I started presenting and inviting them
to Islam.” You said: “You are inviting us to good and enjoining
us to do good and Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam is
also inviting us to good and enjoining us to do good.” I
conveyed this to Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam. He
said: “O Allah! Forgive Ahnaf ibn Qais.” Ahnaf radhiyallahu
‘anhu used to say: “I have greater hopes with this du‘aa (of
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) than in any of my good
deeds.” (Mustadrak Hakim)

 
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
Malik ibn Al-Harith reported: The Messenger
of Allah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “Whoever embraces an
orphan of two Muslim parents by feeding him and giving him drink
until he is independent of him, Paradise will certainly be
necessary for him. Whoever emancipates a Muslim man, he will be
his freedom from the Hellfire; he will be rewarded for every
limb of his in equal measure.”

(Musnad Aḥmad)

Quote of the Week
The one who admonishes his brother secretly,
he has advised sincerely and has honored him. If he does it
outwardly (among others) then he has dishonored and shamed him.

(Imam Shafi’i RA)

Saying of the Week
If you do not agree with the
phases of the moon, get a ladder and repair it.

(Hausa Proverb)

Economic
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Updates
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.

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
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

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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