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Vol. 13 No. 38  Rabi al Awwal 1440/14
November 2018
Comment and Analysis
Invest in Yourself
As humans we are made up of four parts – the
physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. Our challenge
is to ensure that we grow not only physically but also
emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Self-development is
the ongoing process of improving yourself in all four aspects.
It requires discipline, commitment and consistency. Above all it
involves a change in attitude and routine.

Ibn ‘Umar RA mentioned that the Messenger of Allah g said: “One
whose two days are equal is a loser …” (Daylami) If your today
is the same as yesterday and if your tomorrow will be the same
as today in terms of your growth, your day is no more than a
lost opportunity. If each day we make only one tiny improvement;
suppress our anger, desist from being dishonest, do one
additional act of good, spend a little more time learning or
helping someone, we can reinvent ourselves over a period of
time. We need to take the time to invest in ourselves by:

Waking up early
Nabi g would often make the following du‘a: “O Allah, bless my
nation in their early mornings (i.e. what they do in the early
part of the morning)." (Ibn Majah) Waking up early means that
you are getting a portion of this incredible blessing. This is
the time of the day when all creatures on the earth start waking
up. The sun spreads its first rays across the horizon and the
environment is infused with a renewed sense of life. We
discharge the first Salaah of the day. Our minds are fresh and
alert, uncluttered and focussed. Studies have shown that morning
people exhibit character traits like optimism, satisfaction and
diligence, compared to night owls who are more likely to exhibit
traits like pessimism and anxiety.

Exercising
Nabi SAW has said: “Your body has a right over you.” (Bukhari)
This right includes physical nourishment, adequate rest,
wholesome nourishment and regular exercise. He SAW also said
that “…a strong believer is better than a weak believer…” A
physically stronger person is more loved by Allah because he is
more active, more agile, more energetic in the performance of
worship, and is better able to take care of others. We cannot
hope to enjoy emotional or spiritual well-being if we do not
have physical well-being. According to Imam Al-Ghazali: “A
proper understanding and implementation of religion, from the
standpoint of both knowledge and worship, can only be attained
through physical health and life preservation.” (Al-iqtisad fi
al-i’tiqad). Nabi SAW advised us to teach our children, “Teach
your children swimming, archery and horse-riding." (Muslim)
Exercising regularly is an obligation we owe to ourselves… a
sound mind requires a sound body. Aisha RA says: “I raced with
Nabi g and won him in the race. Later, when I had put on some
weight, we raced again and he won. Then Nabi SAW said, ‘This
cancels that,’ referring to the previous occasion.” (Ahmad)

Quiet Time
We have to take time out from our busy schedules to focus on our
inner selves. We tend to focus on the outside more often than on
our inner selves. We need to seclude ourselves for at least a
few minutes a day and spend them in silent reflection. Nabi SAW
advised Abu Dharr RA saying: “Display good character and observe
long periods of silence.” (Mu’jam al-Awsat)

Our righteous predecessors understood the wisdom behind the
adage: “silence is golden.” These moments of silence should be
spent reflecting on the meaning and purpose of life. Reflection
is a light to the heart, nourishment to the spirit and the
essence of knowledge. Without reflection, the heart is darkened,
the spirit is dysfunctional, and Islam is lived at a superficial
level devoid of spirit and meaning.

Helping someone in difficulty
We have been conditioned to believe that our joy and happiness
depends on satisfying our own need and wants. Yet helping others
is a source of far greater fulfilment, contentment and
happiness. Nabi SAW has said: “Whosoever removes a worldly grief
from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs of
the Day of Judgment. Whosoever alleviates (the lot of) a needy
person, Allah will alleviate (his lot) in this world and the
next. Whosoever shields a Muslim, Allah will shield him in this
world and the next. Allah will aid a slave (of His) so long as
the slave aids his brother” (Muslim) Productive people are
always looking for opportunities to help others. Ineffective
people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” When you help
someone you are actually helping yourself to become a more
confident, satisfied and positive individual.

Counting your blessings
“…Any who is grateful does so to the profit of his own
soul…” (31:12) Gratitude enriches you and makes you a better
human being in so many different ways. Grateful people are
generally more optimistic, relaxed and compassionate. Remember
that you do not have to be happy to be grateful; you need to be
grateful to be happy. Allah says: “If you are grateful, I will
surely increase you [in favour]; but if you deny, indeed, My
punishment is severe.” (14:7) The more we appreciate the
blessings we enjoy, the more Allah provides for us from His
treasures. The deeper our appreciation, the greater our
happiness and contentment!

Investing in ourselves is the biggest investment we will ever
make. “ There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow
man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”
(Hemingway) May Allah grant us the ability to become better,
stronger, healthier and happier individuals. 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
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.

Question and Answer

Question:

I would like to know if baby/wedding showers are permissible or
not.

Was salaam.

Answer:

The giving of gifts in Islam is meritorious and highly
commendable. It is a means of creating bonds of closeness and
affection between people. However, There is no basis in Islam to
arrange a special occasion for the exchanging of gifts.
Secondly, baby/wedding showers are from the way of life and
culture of disbelievers, regarding which Rasullualh (sallallahu
alaihi wasallam) has stated that a person that imitates a nation
is from them. Thirdly, there are many un-Islamic practices that
take place at such functions details of which require no
elucidation. Fourthly, many persons are placed under pressure to
present an "appropriate" gift for the occasion even if they are
unable to afford it.

One should therefore freely give gifts but abstain from
inculcating and adopting the mannerisms and practices of
disbelievers.

Sermon of the Week
Good Deeds in
the Path of Allah (4 of 10)

• Abu Sa‘id Al-Khudri radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that at the
Battle of Trench, we asked: “O Rasulallah! Is there anything to
invoke as our hearts are in our mouth (expression of fear).
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Yes. (Say this):
“O Allah! Hide our weaknesses and give us security from fear.”
Abu Sa‘id Al-Khudri radhiyallahu ‘anhu says: “(We started saying
these words and with its blessing) Allah sent a wind on the
faces of the enemies, and Allah defeated them by the wind.”
(Musnad Ahmad)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “He who contributes a pair of
anything in the Path of Allah, he would be invited by the
guardian of Paradise to enter. Every guardian will invite him
from his door: “O so and so! Come in.” Abu Bakr said: “O
Rasulallah! That person shall have no fear.” Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “I do hope that you will be
one of those.” (Bukhari)

• Thawban radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “The most rewarding dinar
(gold coin) is that dinar a man spends on his family, and the
dinar he spends on his horse in the Path of Allah, and the dinar
he spends on his colleagues in the Path of Allah.” (Ibn Hibban)

• It is narrated by Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu that I did
not see anyone consulting so frequently with his companions as
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam did. (Tirmidhi)

• ‘AIi radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that he asked: “O Rasulallah!
If we have a matter in which we do not have any specific order,
to do or not to do, what do you order in this regard to us?”
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Consult those who
have good understanding of Deen and are devout worshippers, and
do not decide on an individual opinion.” (Tabarani,
Majma-‘uz-Zawaa-id)

• Ibn ‘Abbas radhiyallahu ‘anhuma narrates that when this verse
was revealed: “And consult them in affairs… then Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Behold! Allah and His
Messenger are above consultation. However, Allah has made this a
source of blessing for my Ummah. So, anyone of my Ummah who
consults others, he remains on the straight path, and anyone who
gives up consultation he remains in distress.” (Baihaqi)

• ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affaan radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “To be a guard a
single night in the Path of Allah is better than a thousand
nights of worship standing by night and fasting in the day.”
(Musnad Ahmad)

• Sahl ibn Hanzalah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam (on the Day of Hunain) asked: “Who
will be our guard tonight?” Anas ibn Abi Marthad Al-Ghanawi
radhiyallahu ‘anhuma said: “I, O Rasulallah!” Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Mount your horse.” He mounted
his horse and came to Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam.
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam told him: “Go to that
mountain path till you reach its top. (Stand and guard there and
be very alert) lest tonight through your negligence we get
deceived.” In the morning Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam went to his place of Salah and offered two raka‘ah, he
then said: “Do you know about your horseman?” The Sahabah
radhiyallahu ‘anhum said: “O Rasulallah! We do not know.” Then
an announcement was made for Salatul Fajr. During the Salah the
attention of Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam was towards
the mountain path. When he completed the Salah and on Salam
said: “Be happy, your horseman has come. We began to look
between the trees in the mountain path from where Anas ibn Abi
Marthad radhiyallahu ‘anhu was coming, until he stood before
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam and offered his Salam
and said: “I went till I reached the top of the mountain path as
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam had commanded me (I
stood guard the whole night). In the morning, I looked down at
both sides of the mountain but saw no one.” Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam asked him: “Did you dismount during
the night?” He replied: “No, except for Salah or to relieve
myself.” Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “You have
made Paradise certain for yourself. Henceforth you will not be
blamed if you do not offer any optional deeds.” (Abu Dawud)

• Ibn ‘A’idh radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam came out to a man’s funeral. When
the bier was laid down, ‘Umar ibn Khattab radhiyallahu ‘anhu
said: “Do not offer his funeral Salah, O Rasulallah, for he was
sinful.” Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam turned towards
the people and inquired whether any of them had seen him doing
any deed of Islam. A man replied: “Yes, O Rasulallah! He guarded
one night in the Path of Allah.” Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi
wasallam offered his funeral Salah and spread dust over his
grave. Then he said (to the demised): “Your companions think
that you are one of those who will go to Hell but I testify that
you are one of those who will go to Paradise.” (Baihaqi)

 
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
Narrated Abu Huraira Radhi-Allahu anhu:
Allah’s Messenger Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “Allah says,
‘If My slave intends to do a bad deed then (O Angels) do not
write it unless he does it; if he does it, then write it as it
is, but if he refrains from doing it for My Sake, then write it
as a good deed (in his account). (On the other hand) if he
intends to do a good deed, but does not do it, then write a good
deed (in his account), and if he does it, then write it for him
(in his account) as ten good deeds up to seven-hundred times.’ ”

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

Quote of the Week
The most precious things are three: To be
generous despite your poverty, to be pious and God-fearing when
not watched, and to say a word of truth before someone of power.

(Imam Shafi’i RA)

Saying of the Week
Keep your eyes wide open before
marriage, half shut afterward.

(Japanese Saying)

Economic Indicators

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Value
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1 Saudi Riyal R3.84
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22 Carat Gold/g R513.83
18 Carat Gold/g R420.32
14 Carat Gold/g R327.21
9 Carat Gold/g R211.64
Silver/g R7.04
Zakaat Nisaab R4308.36
Minimum Mahr R215.42
Mahr Faatimi R10770.90
1 Krugerrand
(1oz)
R18242.02
All Commodity Values
Exclude VAT (15%)
Updates
Jami’ah Al-‘Ulum
Al-Islamiyyah’s
9th Annual Bukhari Jalsa
.
Jami‘ah al-‘Ulum al-Islamiyyah, the Instistute of Islamic Higher
Learning of the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa will host their 9th
annual Khatmul Bukhari/Graduation Jalsa on Sunday, the 2nd of
December, 2018 at the Mayfair Jumu’ah Masjid. Proceedings will
commence at 9am and expected to conclude at Dhuhr. The programme
for the Jalsa is as follows:

Bukhari Completion by:
Moulana Mansoorul Haq Nazir. Moulana is a senior Hadith Ustadh
at the Jami‘ah. He is also a former student of Allamah Binnori
RA, the Khalifah of Hakim Mohammed Akhtar RA

Keynote Address by:
Mufti Ismail Abdur Rahim. Mufti Ismail is the senior Hadith
ustadh at the Jami‘ah. He is also the principal and Shaykhul
Hadith at Jameah Mahmoodiyah (Springs) and Madrasah Mueinul
Islam (Zakariyya Park)

.

Six-Year ’Alim Fadil
Course
The Jami‘ah al-‘Ulum al-Islamiyyah, the
institute of Islamic higher learning under the auspices of the
Jamiatul Ulama South Africa, invites applicants wishing to enrol
for a six-year full time ’Alim Course to apply before the
closing date, 16th November 2018.

This traditional course of study follows the core framework of
the curriculum of Darse Nizaami with additional learning areas
and skills development to enhance the learners’ knowledge and
skills in dealing with challenges faced by the 21st century
’Alim.

The ’Alim programme commences on the 14th January 2019 and one
can Apply at:
www.jamiah.co.za

For more information on these programmes as well as other online
offerings, please contact the Jami‘ah al-‘Ulum al-Islamiyyah on:

Tel: 011 373 8041/072 680 3046
Email: admin@jamiah.co.za
Website: www.jamiah.co.za.

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

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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