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Vol. 13 No. 37 28 Safar 1440/07
November 2018
Comment and Analysis
Jamaats: Local Level Units of
the Ummah
The recently held jamaats meeting convened
by Jamiatul Ulama South Africa (JUSA) hosted more than 80 jamaat
representatives from as far afield as Venda in the north, and
Zeerust, to the west.

The meeting by the brought to the fore a number of issues and
talking points for consideration. Apart from a staple of an
agenda covering issues related to governance, compliance,
employee benefits, indigenous empowerment initiatives, the
meeting also discussed a number of community challenges facing
the Ummah.

Jamaats have a number of alternatives for regulatory compliance
and governance frameworks. It is important to be properly
constituted. Legal vehicles such as Trusts, NPOs and NPCs have
specific legal and tax implications. It is important for jamaats
to consult on such aspects.

Participants were also introduced to the Muslim Mediation and
Arbitration Council (MMAC). MMAC was established as a
partnership between the ulama and the legal fraternity, as an
alternative dispute resolution process to litigation, through
mediation and/or arbitration.

The office of the imam is an important concept that jamaats can
implement by providing resources with which to empower imam so
that they serve to their potential. The importance of
acquisition of relevant skills, learning and communicating
through indigenous languages among imams in particular and ulama
in general, was highlighted.

During a presentation that touched on the welfare of jamaat
employees such as imams/muezzins and muallims, Jamaats were
urged to consider suitable medical cover and pension schemes for
their employees. Challenges on this issue were acknowledged and
communities were urged to explore ways through which such
concerns can be addressed.

Jamaats were also encouraged to consider and institute economic
empowerment initiatives, especially with the indigenous in
focus. A call was also made to all jamaats to be amenable to,
and be proactive in appropriate community programmes and civic
duties for better social cohesion, eradicated racism, in all its
baneful forms.

Better resourced jamaats were implored to adopt and support
under-resourced ones, in a spirit of goodwill and not mere
control. In the same vein, it was pointed out that while charity
is good, it also has the side-effect of perpetuating dependency.
The response to the challenge should be the introduction of
sustainable and responsible initiatives.

Moulana Yusuf Patel, Secretary General of the United Ulama
Council of South Africa UUCSA), introduced the work of the
umbrella Ulama formation whose affiliates come together, in
order to forge unity at a national level, so as to protect and
represent Muslim interests.

The Muslims in South Africa are admired for the community
infrastructure and level of organisation. It is crucial to
realise that there is also scrutiny in what Muslims do. It is
important to be and act responsibly in all endeavours.
Participants commended the work of JUSA and affirmed their
continued support of the Ulama body. May the Almighty overlook
shortcomings and accept the work as service to His creation.

In closing remarks, Moulana Ebrahim I Bham, JUSA’s secretary
general, spoke on Allah’s blessings and help which comes to a
united lot. Our jamaats are the level of leadership which can
give expression and a sense of common Muslim purpose.

“The difficulty of unity is far less than the challenges that
come with disunity. We have to be tolerant and remain united.

“Proper running of our affairs requires planning. The Prophet
SAW exemplified this.

He urged jamaats to the best of their capacity, and no matter
how small, to consider themselves as a local level functional
unit for greater aspirations of the Ummah.

Question and Answer

Question:

I would like to distribute my assets among my children during my
lifetime. What would be the best way to go about doing this?
What are the conditions for a valid gift?

Was salaam.

Answer:

If a person wishes to give his children anything during his
lifetime, then the correct way would be to distribute equally.
It would not be correct to give one more than another without a
valid Shar’i reason. Nevertheless, if someone does alienate in
unequal proportions, it would not render the gift null and void.

Any asset given away during a person’s lifetime would be
regarded as the possession of the giftee and would not form part
of the original owner’s estate when he passes away, if the
conditions for a gift are fulfilled. They are, inter alia, that
the person giving the gift should not be in Maradhul Maut (final
illness), that the gift should be presented to the giftee and
the giftee should accept it, that the giftee should have full
control and ownership over the gift, that if it is a portion of
an asset then the gifted portion has to be demarcated, etc. If
any of the conditions are not fulfilled then the asset would
still belong to the original owner, and as such it would form
part of his estate and be distributed to all his heirs.

Sermon of the Week
Good Deeds in
the Path of Allah (3 of 10)

• ‘Amr ibn ‘Abasah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who fasts for a day in the
Path of Allah, the Hell-Fire will be kept away from him by a
distance of hundred years of journey.” (Tabarani,
Majma-‘uz-Zawaa-id)

• Abu Umamah Bahili radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “If anyone fasts for a day in
the Path of Allah; Allah puts a trench between him and Hell,
which is as wide as the distance between the heavens and the
earth.” (Tirmidhi)

• Anas radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that we were with Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam; the one amongst us who used his own
sheet for shade had the maximum shade. Those who were fasting
could not do any work. Those who were not fasting arose and set
up the tents, watered the animals, and did all the painstaking
hard work. Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Those
not fasting have earned all the reward today.” (Bukhari)

• Abu Sa‘id Al-Khudri radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that we used
to go on expeditions with Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam during the month of Ramadan. Some of us fasted, and
some of us did not fast. Those fasting were not displeased with
the ones who were not fasting, nor were those who were not
fasting displeased with those who were fasting. They knew that
those who had strength enough kept fast and that was good for
them. Those who felt weak did not fast, and that was good for
them. (Muslim)

• ‘Abdullah Al-Khatimi radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that when
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam wanted to bid farewell
to the troops, he used to say: “I hand over to Allah your Deen,
your Amanah and your final deeds, (in whose custody things are
not lost).” (Badhl-uI-Majhud)

• ‘Ali ibn Rabi‘ah rahmatullahi ‘alaihi narrates: I was present
with ‘Ali radhiyallahu ‘anhu when an animal was brought to him
for riding. As he put his foot in the stirrup, he said:
“Bismillah (In the name of Allah).” When he sat on its back, he
said: “Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah)”, and then said:
“Glory to Him, Who has made this subservient to us, for we had
not the strength to control it, and verily to our Rabb we are to
return.” He then said thrice: “Alhamdulillah (Praise be to
Allah),” and thrice, “Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest).”
Then he said: “Glory be to You, I have wronged myself, so
forgive me, as none except You can forgive.” Then he smiled. It
was asked, “O Amirul Mu’mineen (Commander of Faithful)! What
makes you smile?” He said: “I saw Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam doing as I have done and when he smiled, I asked: “O
Rasulallah! What makes you smile?” He replied: “Your Sustainer
is pleased with His servant when he says: “Forgive my sins; as
he is well aware that none except Him forgives sins.” (Abu
Dawud)

• ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that when
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam used to mount his animal
for setting out on a journey, he would say, “Allahu Akbar (Allah
is the Greatest),” three times and then pray: “Glory to Him Who
has made this subservient to us, for we had no strength to
control it, and verily to our Sustainer do we return. O Allah!
We seek virtue and piety from You in this journey and those acts
that please You. O Allah! Make easy for us this journey and fold
up its length for us. O Allah! You are our companion in the
journey, and the One Who looks after the family. O Allah! I seek
refuge with You from the hardships of this journey and of
witnessing undesirable events and finding undesirable changes in
property and family on return.” When he would return from the
journey, he used to say the same words and made this addition:
“We are returning, repenting, worshipping and praising our
Sustainer.” (Muslim)

• Sohaib radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that whenever Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam intended to enter into a town, he
invoked on seeing the town: “O Allah! The Sustainer of seven
skies and of all the things which the seven skies shade; and the
Sustainer of seven earths and of all the things which the seven
earths contain; and the Sustainer of Shaytans and of those who
were led astray by them; and the Sustainer of winds and those
things which blow by these winds, we ask You of the good of this
town and the good of its inhabitants and the good which is there
in this town; and seek refuge with You, from the evil of this
town, and of the evil of its inhabitants and the evil of
everything that is in this town.” (Mustadrak Hakim)

• Khawlah bint Hakim As-Sulamiyyah radhiyallahu ‘anha narrates:
I heard Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “Whoever
on arrival somewhere says: “I seek refuge in Allah’s perfect
words from the evil of what He has created.” Then no evil will
befall him, till he departs from where he arrived.” (Muslim)

 
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
Narrated Abu Hurayrah Radhi-Allahu anhu: A
man came and said: Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘alayhi
wasallam, fix prices. He said: (No), but I shall pray. Again the
man came and said: Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘alayhi
wasallam, fix prices. He said: It is but Allah Who makes the
prices low and high. I hope that when I meet Allah, none of you
has any claim on me for doing wrong regarding blood or property.

(Sunan of Abu Dawud)

Quote of the Week
Always hate what is wrong, but don’t hate
the one who errors. Hate sin with all your heart, but forgive
and have mercy on the sinner. Criticize speech, but respect the
speaker. Our job is to wipe out disease, not the patient.”

(Imam Shafi RA)

Saying of the Week
A frog in a well does not know
the great sea.

(Japanese Saying)
Economic Indicators

Item/Commodity
Value
1 US Dollar R14.21
1 Saudi Riyal R3.73
24 Carat Gold/g R563.64
22 Carat Gold/g R517.61
18 Carat Gold/g R423.40
14 Carat Gold/g R329.61
9 Carat Gold/g R213.20
Silver/g R7.25
Zakaat Nisaab R4441.53
Minimum Mahr R222.08
Mahr Faatimi R11103.82
1 Krugerrand
(1oz)
R18376.09
All Commodity Values
Exclude VAT (15%)
Updates
JUSA Holds Jamaats’
Workshop
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa on Sunday 4
November 2018, hosted a jamaats’ workshop at Baitul Hamd in
Johannesburg.

The workshop drew participants from committee members and
trustees of mosques or mosque-managing organisations, from as
far afield as Venda and Durban.

A select number of topics pertaining to the management of
mosques, mosque-based entities and other congregational affairs
were  discussed.

At least 180 participants attended the programme, which lasted
between 9:00am and 1:00pm.

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

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

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.

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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