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Vol. 13 No. 36 21 Safar 1440/31
October 2018
Comment and Analysis
Managing Careers with the
Hereafter in Focus
On the back of high educational attainment
levels, Muslim individuals have made it into high echelons of
corporate South Africa with remarkable progress.

It is no longer uncommon to see Muslim names on boards of
directors, lists of senior partners of multi-nationals as well
as managerial teams of firms.

It is also undisputable that for many, high educational
attainment levels that prelude top professional careers often
come at the expense of Deeni education. As a matter of
consequence, without firm grounding in Deeni knowledge, one’s
Islamic identity easily becomes a victim of circumstance.

It is possible that one can look for his Muslim identity long
after establishing oneself in a corporate setting. However, the
probability of one succeeding in doing so may tend to be
minimal. And, who knows whether you will have that opportunity?

We are aware of those who have maintained their Muslim identity
while in the corporate world without compromising their faith.
Yet for a substantial number of others, without a career roadmap
that prioritises a Muslim identity, one is easily lost.

The urge to ‘fit in’ is but natural: it is within human’s
psychological need to belong. However, just as an Islamic
identity is part of an Islamic culture, organisations also
evolve and foster their own culture. To straddle two cultures
may end up in belying one of them.

The need to ‘fit in’ so as to belong comes with a perception
that if you are seen to be the ‘peculiar’ one, given the profile
of its clientele, you may not represent the organisation’s
interests very well.

At the social level, the peer pressure one survived at school
seems not to let go as the new peers turn to be the colleagues
with whom you spend much of the day’s time. The desire to gain
acceptance as an ‘easy-going team-player’ for career success may
entail foregoing one’s religious identity.

As stereotypical as this may read, it is a reality of many
Muslims. Tell-tale signs include missing of prayers as ‘the
schedule’ does not allow; partaking in events that are
un-Islamic and a wavering outlook of one’s religious belief
system.

Unlike elsewhere, where Islamophobia is becoming a norm, in a
South Africa that recognises all faiths, Muslims should have the
confidence of making their religious identity known. In
workplaces where cultural and religious diversity is respected,
it has paid off to organisations in attracting and retaining
excellent talent. It just makes good business sense!

It is up to individuals to approach their employers to create
space for observation of religious obligations such as prayer
and dress code among others while also seeking exemption from
matters that compromise one’s Muslim identity.

At the Jamiatul Ulama we motivate firms, government departments
as well as other institutions in different ways on how a Muslim
identity can be served. The response is largely favourable. We
have also packaged presentations for Islamic awareness which can
be incorporated into an organisation’s human resource diversity
management programme.

We invite Muslim individuals, firms, government departments,
organisations as well as institutions to approach us for support
in this important area. For a believer, the present is just a
means for attaining the Hereafter. It does not all end here.

Question and Answer

Question:
Is it allowed to make more than one intention for a single form
of worship and will then both intentions be fulfilled under
following instances, for example?

1) When praying for example the 4 rakat Sunnah of Zuhr making
the intention for the Sunnah and together for a missed Qadha
salat. Will then both intentions be fulfilled i.e. the Sunnah of
Zuhr and also a Qadha salat is offered with a single salah?

2) When in the Mosque for example making a intention for the
Sunnah of Zuhr and also the Tahiyyaat al Masjid prayer. Will
then both i.e. the Sunnah of Zuhr and Tahiyyaat al Masjid be
fulfilled with one single prayer?

3) When one have 6 missed Sawm days, if one offers it in
Shawwaal with both intention for Qadha and Shawwaal, will one
gain the reward for Shawwaal as well as that his 6 days Qadha
are paid back?

Was salaam.

Answer:

1. In this instance the Salaah will be considered for the Qadhaa
and not the 4 Sunnats of Zuhr.
2. In this instance the Salaah will be considered for both the
Sunnats of Zuhr as well as the Tahiyyatul Masjid.
3. In this instance the fast will be considered for the Qadhaa
and not the six Nafl fasts of Shawwaal. It is therefore, clear
that one will not reap the rewards of the six days of Shawwaal
fasts by keeping them together with the Qadhaa fasts of
Ramadhaan.

[Shaami Vol. 2 Pg. 153-6 – Rasheediyyah edtion, Ashbaah Vol. 1
Pg. 64-67 of Ibn Nujaim – Idaaratul Qur-aan edition, Ahsanul
Fataawaa Vol. 4 Pg. 440, Aap Ke Masaail Vol. 3 Pg. 81, 326, 339]

And Allâh Ta’âla Knows Best.

Sermon of the Week
Good Deeds in
the Path of Allah (2 of 10)

• Anas radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam deputed a Sahabi to one of the chiefs from the
chiefs of the polytheists to invite him to Allah. The chief
said: “Is the deity, towards whom you are inviting me, made of
silver or copper?” His remark displeased the heart of
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam’s envoy. He returned to
Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam and informed him. He asked the
Sahabi to go back and invite him to Allah. So, he went back and
invited him again. The chief repeated his earlier remark. The
Sahabi again came to Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam and
told him about his remark. He said: “Go.” and invite him to
Allah again. Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam was on his
way, and did not know (what happened) when that Sahabi came to
Nabi sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam and informed him that Allah had
killed him (by lightning), and Allah revealed this verse to
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, “He (Allah) sends down
lightning on the earth, to strike whomsoever He wills, and these
people dispute concerning Allah.” (Musnad Abu Ya’la)

• Ibn ‘Abbas radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam told Mu‘aadh ibn Jabal radhiyallahu
‘anhu while sending him to Yemen: “You are going to such a
nation who are the people of the Book. When you reach them
invite them to testify: “None is worthy of worship but Allah and
Muhammad is His Messenger.” If they accept this, tell them Allah
has made obligatory for them five times Salah in a day and
night. If they accept that too, then tell them Allah has made
Zakah obligatory for them, which is to be taken from their rich
and given to their poor. If they accept that too, then refrain
from taking the best of their property. Protect yourself from
the curse of the oppressed, for there is no barrier between him
and Allah.” (Bukhari)

• Bara radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah sallallahu
‘alaihi wasallam deputed Khalid ibn Walid radhiyallahu ‘anhu to
the people of Yemen to invite them to Islam. Bara says: “I was
included in that group accompanying Khalid. We stayed there for
six months. He invited them to Islam but they did not accept
Islam. Then, Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam sent ‘Ali
ibn Abi Talib radhiyallahu ‘anhu and ordered him to send Khalid
back and those accompanying him, but those who wanted to stay
with ‘Ali radhiyallahu ‘anhu could stay with him, Bara
radhiyallahu ‘anhu says: “I was among those who stayed with ‘Ali
radhiyallahu ‘anhu. When we reached close to the people of Yemen
they came out facing us. ‘Ali radhiyallahu ‘anhu advanced and
led the Salah. Then, he lined us in a row and then stepped
forward from us and read to them the letter of Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam. The entire tribe of Hamadan
accepted Islam and ‘Ali radhiyallahu ‘anhu wrote a letter to
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam about their accepting
Islam. The letter was read before Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam who then went into prostration. Then raising his head,
he prayed: “Peace be on Hamadan, peace be on Hamadan.” (Bukhari,
Baihaqi, Bidayah-wan-Nihayah)

• Khuraim ibn Fatik radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who spends in the Path of
Allah, seven hundred times of that is recorded in his book of
deeds.” (Tirmidhi)

• Mu‘aadh radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Verily, the reward of
offering Salah, Fasting and Dhikr in the Path of Allah is
enhanced seven hundred times over the spending in the Path of
Allah.” (Abu Dawud)

• Mu‘aadh radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Verily, the reward of
remembrance of Allah in the Path of Allah is enhanced seven
hundred times over the spending thereof.” In another narration,
“…the reward is increased seven hundred thousand times.”
(Musnad Ahmad)

• Mu‘aadh Al-Juhani radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who recites a thousand
verses (of the Qur‘aan) in the Path of Allah, Allah will reckon
him amongst Prophets, truthful followers, martyrs, and
righteous.” (Mustadrak Hakim)

• ‘Ali radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that no one was riding a
horse on the day of Badr except Miqdad. I observed that we were
all asleep except Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam, who
was offering Salah under a tree, and weeping till it dawned.”
(Musnad Ahmad)

• Abu Sa’id Al Khudri radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who fasts for
a day in the Path of Allah, Allah will keep him away from Hell
by a distance of seventy years of journey.” (Nasa-i)

 
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
Abu Huraira reported that he heard Allah’s
Messenger (peace be upon him) as saying: Avoid that which I
forbid you to do and do that which I command you to do to the
best of your capacity. Verily the people before you went to
their doom because they had put too many questions to their
Prophets and then disagreed with their teachings.

(Muslim)

Quote of the Week
If a person truly recognizes his worth, then
what will he gain from the praise of the people?

(Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal RA)

Saying of the Week
Education adds another head to
your head.

(Kirghiz Saying)

Economic
Indicators
Item/Commodity Value
1 US Dollar R14.61
1 Saudi Riyal R3.91
24 Carat Gold/g R576.37
22 Carat Gold/g R529.28
18 Carat Gold/g R432.95
14 Carat Gold/g R337.03
9 Carat Gold/g R217.98
Silver/g R7.32
Zakaat Nisaab R4479.59
Minimum Mahr R223.98
Mahr Faatimi R11198.98
1 Krugerrand (1oz) R18791.82
All Commodity Values
Exclude VAT (15%)
Updates
Bursary Students
Programme
On Saturday, 27 October 2018, JUSA’s W’s
elfare Department hosted an students who are currently
recipients of the JUSA Student Bursary Fund an event held at
Baitul Hamd, the ulama body’s head offices in Johannesburg.

At least 80 students who attended the event were given a brief
overview of the various activities of JUSA. Furthermore, a
select number of speakers highlighted the importance of giving
back to the community as well as working to improve the lives of
others.

For more information on this project, please contact the Welfare
Department on:
Tel: +27113738000
Email: welfare@jamiatsa.org

JUSA to Hold Jamaats’
Workshop
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa will on
Sunday 4 November 2018 host a jamaats’ workshop at Baitul Hamd
in Johannesburg.

The workshop will draw participants from committee members and
trustees of mosques or mosque-managing organisations.

A select number of topics pertaining to the management of
mosques, mosque-based entities and other congregational affairs
will be discussed, in-sha-Allah.

It is expected that at least 200 participants will attend the
programme, which has been scheduled to last between 9:00am and
1:00pm, in-sha-Allah.

Inheritance Workshops
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa’s Darul Ifta
Department will be conducting Inheritance Workshops in the
Ekurhuleni region of Gauteng on Friday, 2 November 2018.

The programme will see a group of muftis visiting masaajid in
the region, conducting Jumu’ah talks as well as other programmes
after ‘Isha. Ladies of the area will be catered for with a
specific programme before ‘Asr at designated venues in the
respective areas.

The aim of these workshops is to raise awareness and inform
communities regarding the rules and regulations pertaining to
the important topic of inheritance.

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

Shaykh Hamzah Maqbool
Pays a Courtesy Call at Baitul Hamd
Shaykh Hamzah Wald Maqbool recently visited
our offices as well as the Jāmi’ah al-Uloom al-Islamiyyah,
JUSA’s institute of Islamic higher learning. During the visit,
the Shaykh conducted a programme with the teachers focusing on
contemporary issues in education.

Shaykh Hamzah currently resides in Chicago and holds a
Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and Near Eastern Languages and
Civilizations from the University of Washington in Seattle.
He has pursued traditional Islamic studies in Mauritania, Syria,
Morocco, Egypt and Pakistan and has also studied the Maliki
Madhab as well Hanafi Fiqh.

Shaykh Hamzah is listed by the University of Washington as an
expert on Islam. He has been in the country where he has
addressed a number of engagements.

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.

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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