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Vol. 13 No. 41 27 Rabi al Awwal
1440/05 December 2018
Comment and Analysis
The Value of Bo-Kaap is in its
People
The significance of Bo-Kaap in the history
of our nation in general, and the people of the Cape, in
particular, is great. Bo-Kaap represents an integral part of our
national heritage.

Once called the Malay Quarter, Bo-Kaap is sometimes considered
the most photographed area of the city of Cape Town. This is a
reflection of Bo-Kaap’s unique landscape and its architectural
character that has made it a special tourist attraction.

More importantly, however, the value of Bo-Kaap, lies in the
living memory of her residents, a community who simply call the
area, home. The residents’ historical ties to the area dates
back by generations.

Their laments that are getting louder and louder, as process to
drive them out of the area is underway, echo the cries of
distress of the past, when many of our people would be driven
out of their homes and had to be confined only to certain
localities, inside their hometowns.

Over the years, Bo-Kaap has been well-kept and has not suffered
desertion, state of disrepair or decay. Rather, her residents
have taken pride in their neighbourhood, painting homes in a
tapestry of colours, in a manner that symbolically showcases of
our nation’s vibrant tapestry.

We should resist the unbridled urbanisation whose only winners
would be those of high net-worth, driving the less-resource
endowed further into the periphery, an effective exclusion of a
section of society on economic basis.

Rather than pushing low income residents of cities through
purported ‘redevelopment,’ to the outskirts of the centres of
economic activity, sharing in the wealth of the city requires
that neighbourhoods such as Bo-Kaap should be part of the plan
of preserving the diversity of our urban centres.

It will be a sad day when Bo-Kaap will be remembered only in
models that will deny future generations to walk its roads and
experience the atmosphere that many have come to associate with
the area.

Even sadder, will be the day when we will see residents of
Bo-Kaap, driven out of their homes, into destitution, while we
claim to fight inequity and poverty.

We support the people of Bo-Kaap in their resistance to the
so-called ‘gentrification’ of the area. Bo-Kaap should be
considered a national heritage site, preserved and not destroyed
by the dictates of insensitive urbanisation.
Bo-Kaap should be a turning point.

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

Question and Answer

Question:

Can something like a verbal contract be binding?

Was salaam.

Answer:


It is important to bear in mind that there is a difference
between a promise and a verbal contract. Fulfilment of a promise
is morally binding. However, the one who takes a promise cannot
be held accountable in a court of law.

In contrast to the above, fulfilment of a verbal contract is
binding upon an individual and he can be held liable for
contravention in a court of law.

Reference: Kitaabul Furooq, Qaraafi, Clause 2594, Vol 4, Pg 1141
(Darus Salaam).

Sermon of the Week
Good Deeds in
the Path of Allah (7 of 10)

• Ma‘qil ibn Yasar radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that he heard
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “Anyone who has
been made Ameer for the governance of the affairs of the
Muslims, and he does not endeavour for their welfare, but he
will not enter Paradise along with the Muslims.” (Muslim)

• Ma‘qil ibn Yasar radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Anyone made responsible for
the governance of the affairs of Muslims dies acting dishonestly
towards them, Allah will forbid Paradise for him.” (Bukhari)

• Abu Maryam Al Azdi radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates: I heard
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying: “If Allah puts a
man in authority of the affairs of the Muslims, and he turns his
face away from their needs, destitution and poverty, Allah will
turn away from his needs, and will not help him in destitution
and poverty.” (Abu Dawud)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “If anyone who is made Ameer
over ten or more persons and does not deal with them equitably,
he will come chained and handcuffed on the Day of Reckoning.”
(Mustadrak Hakim)

• Abu Wail rahimahullah narrates that ‘Umar radhiyallahu ‘anhu
appointed Bishr ibn ‘Asim radhiyallahu ‘anhu of Hawadhin as a
collector of Sadaqah. But Bishr did not go. ‘Umar radhiyallahu
‘anhu met and asked him: “What held you up? Is it not necessary
for you to listen and to obey us?” Bishr replied: “Yes, verily!
But I heard Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam saying that
one who is made responsible for some affairs of the Muslims, he
will be brought and held at the bridge over Hell on the Day of
Resurrection.” (Bukhari)

• Abu Hurairah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Any Ameer over ten persons
will be brought on the Day of Reckoning with an iron collar
around his neck, till his justice gets him free, or his tyranny
destroys him.” (Bazzaar, Tabarani, Majma-‘uz-Zawaa-id)

• ‘Abdullah ibn Mas‘ud radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “There will be
some of your Ameers who will cause corruption, and Allah will
bring reforms through them, more than their corruption. So, that
Ameer who works in obedience to Allah, will be rewarded, and
gratefulness is necessary from you. That Ameer who works in
disobedience to Allah, the sins thereof, will be on him; and you
will have to be patient.” (Baihaqi)

• Umm Husain radhiyallahu ‘anha narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “If a slave is made an Ameer
on you, whose nose and ears are cut and he is of black
complexion; but he leads you according to the Book of Allah, you
should listen to his orders and obey him.” (Muslim)

• Waa-il Al-Hadrami radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasullullah
sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Listen and obey the Ameer;
for on them shall be the responsibility of what they do, and on
you shall be the responsibility of what you do.” (Muslim)

• Irbadh ibn Sariyah radhiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that
Rasullullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said: “Worship Allah and
do not associate anything with Him. Obey those put in authority
of your affairs. Do not dispute with the Ameer about his
authority, even if he is a black slave. Hold firmly to the
Sunnah of your Nabi and his rightly guided Khalifahs, blessed
with Hidayah (guidance), and hold fast with your teeth to the
righteous way.” (Mustadrak Hakim)

 
Words of Wisdom
Hadith of the Week
Narrated Thawban Radhi-Allahu anhu: “The
Prophet Sallallahu ‘alayhi wassalaam said: ‘The people will soon
summon one another to attack you as people when eating invite
others to share their dish.’ Someone asked: ‘Will that be
because of our small numbers at that time?’ He replied: ‘No, you
will be numerous at that time: but you will be scum and rubbish
like that carried down by a torrent, and Allah will take fear of
you from the breasts of your enemy and last enervation into your
hearts.’ Someone asked: ‘What is wahn (enervation). Apostle of
Allah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wassalaam: He replied: ‘Love of the
world and dislike of death.’

(Sunan Abu Dawud)

Quote of the Week
Be aware of your own worth, use all of your
power to achieve it. Create an ocean from a dewdrop. Do not beg
for light from the moon, obtain it from the spark within you.

(Allamah Iqbal)

Saying of the Week
One falsehood spoils a thousand
truths.

(Ashanti of Ghana)

Economic
Indicators
Item/Commodity Value
1 US Dollar R13.71
1 Saudi Riyal R207.14
24 Carat Gold/g R547.57
22 Carat Gold/g R502.87
18 Carat Gold/g R411.36
14 Carat Gold/g R320.24
9 Carat Gold/g R207.14
Silver/g R6.92
Zakaat Nisaab R4239.29
Minimum Mahr R211.96
Mahr Faatimi R10598.22
1 Krugerrand (1oz) R17851.48
All Commodity Values
Exclude VAT (15%)
Updates
Bursary Applications
Applications for the Jamiatul Ulama South
Africa’s Bursary Fund for the academic year 2019 are now open.

Prospective applicants may obtain forms from any Jamiatul Ulama
South Africa branch and submit before the closing date of 31
January 2019.

For further information you may contact our Welfare Department
on:

Tel: 0113738000
Email: welfare@jamiatsa.org

The 2019 Jamiatul Ulama
South Africa Calendar/Salaah Time Table
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa Calendar for
2019 is now available from the ulama body’s offices or selected
outlets. The theme of this edition of the calendar is Mali, a
historic Muslim country on the African continent.

The calendar contains both Hijri and Gregorian dates, new
moon-sighting information, prayer times as well as monthly
messages of inspiration. The price is R40.00 a copy.

Get yours now!

Haven For The Aged:

Nirvana Drive, Lenasia
Our welfare department today provided health
screening, breakfast and lunch for the elderly at the Nirvana
Haven for the Aged in Lenasia.
Guests attending the event included a community dentist Dr Hawa
Bibi Mohamed who explained the importance of oral hygiene and an
optometrist, Dr Naeema Sayed who spoke on the aspects of
refractive error and also made the attendees aware of common eye
problems affecting the elderly.

The medical screenings for the Elderly were conducted in the
mobile clinics of Radio Islam and the Islamic Medical
Association which included blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol
checks.

For further information you may contact our Welfare Department
on:

Tel: 0113738000
Email: welfare@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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