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Dec 18, 2017


A child is in absolute comfort and ease in the lap of its mother. If someone grabs the child from the lap of the mother, what does that child undergo? It becomes restless in the remembrance of the parents. Remember that the love of a mother is also creation (created by Allah). No one has a continual concern about our well-being besides Allah. Mercy of parents (on their children) is not of their own initiative but an endowment from Allah.

If Allah removes this quality from them, they will not express mercy on their children.

When Calcutta was stricken with drought and people were dying because there was no food, parents slaughtered their own children and ate them. When the trains passed through 'Bawra', skeletons of these children were seen strewn around. Thus, there is no reliance in the love of anyone.

We have also seen such offspring who wish the death of their parents. They plan and scheme the murder of their parents. We have also heard of such wives who poisoned their husbands so that they could marry other men.

There is no trust, no reliance on the love of anyone, except the love of Allah who is with us on this earth and also when we are in it (in life and death).

There is no one in this universe more loyal, more worthy of love, more beloved, One who keeps us in comfort, than Allah.

Those who erroneously think that there is enjoyment and pleasure in gazing at women and in their song and dance, should question those who are involved in these types of illicit relationships. Place a Qur'aan Shareef on their heads and ask them how their lives are? They will take an oath and admit that "since we have discarded fasting and Salaah, we have become distanced from Allah, we are burning in Jahannam."


Alas! How gloomy is the world of the sinner
Filled with celestial lights is the world of the pious ones

Even the kings (although they possess wealth and glory, but are disobedient to Allah) are deprived of the peace and tranquillity possessed by those close to Allah.

The heavy crowns on the heads of the kings mostly causes headaches
In the hearts of the faithful flows a river of Noor

In the hearts of those who are obedient to Allah, flows a river of celestial light and peace.

May Allah Ta'aala make us from among them, Aameen.

Translated by Moulana Yusuf Laher

Three Ibaadat Nabi (sallalahu alaihi wasallam) used to increase during Ramadaan:
1) He used to strive more in ibaadat (worship).
2) He used to give more charity.
3) He used to supplicate more in dua.

Ramadaan, the most important month of our calendar is a tremendous gift from Allah to uplift and empower muslims. The most important message of Ramadaan is that we are not just body but body and soul. And that's what makes us human beings and that determines our value as human beings is the soul and not the body. During Ramadaan we deprive the body to uplift the soul. Ramadaan liberates us from all of this. Taking a break from the endless and futile pursuit of happiness in sensory pleasures helps to rediscover our inner self that has been buried deep under it. Devoting our time to the reading of the Qur'an, to extra prayers and supplications to Allah allow us to reflect and review the direction of our lives and establish priorities.

And amongst His innumerable blessings is that our bodies automatically receive a wealth of physical health benefits while we spiritually uplift our soul.

Rest and Rejuvenation
The entire digestive tract from the mouth down the stomach, liver, pancreas and intestines is at rest during the fast. Organs rested this way have time to repair and renew themselves for sustained work with renewed vigour.

The food we consume gives us life-sustaining nutrition as well as toxic by-products which are excreted in urine, stool and sweat. The detoxification process is undertaken by the liver which has ample time to catch up with its pending work during the hours of fasting.

Prevention of cell choking
Each cell in the body is a chemical factory. By the constant supply of digested products, the cell gets ‘choked’, and fasting gives it ample time to clear pending work.

Weight loss
Fasting leads to modest weight loss which results in a host of benefits like improvement in blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep, atherosclerosis, heart diseases, lung diseases, obesity, digestive disorders, fatty liver, infertility and prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

However, these benefits only come to those who adhere to their fasts the way it has been laid out in the Noble Qu’ran and Ahadith (Prophetic traditions) and not to those who fast all day and feast all night, as fasting in Ramadaan has widely become prevalent these days. Islam’s prescription of month-long fasting if done correctly, can act as an insurance against the obesity pandemic overtaking our society.

Tuning and Toning
During fasting, every day the glycogen storage in the liver gets depleted during the day and replenished in the night. Similarly, the dormant fat in the body cells gets renewed. This dormant fat is committed into active participation of energy generation.

Mental acuity and stamina
Fasting also improves mental acuity as well as increasing the physical and mental stamina of the fasting person. The more athletes practice, the more stamina they acquire. Fasting works the same way; making the body get used to working without the instant gratification provided by food and drink.

Doctor’s advice
Kindly break your fast with some dates, fruit and juice for instant energy, drink water and take a small, bland and easily digestible meal like porridge. Take your usual night meal and do not make your Sehri (pre dawn meal) too heavy or too light. Make sure to drink water at regular intervals. (Dr Ashraf Ali)

We wish all our readers, friends, certified plants, staff members, associates and Muslims the world over, a fulfilling Ramadaan of prayer, peace and contentment.
Ramadaan Mubarak


“We know that there is a perception held by too many Pakistanis that America's commitment to them begins and ends with security,” said Hillary Clinton. "But security is just one piece of this vital partnership.

These were the words of the US secretary of state during her recent visit to Pakistan. Pakistanis are however not deluded by the sweet-talking Hillary Clinton trying to project a multi-faceted relationship with Pakistan.

Clinton’s efforts are seen for what they are. They are part of a strategy for saving face in Afghanistan where the occupation is in quagmire and the war increasingly seems unwinnable.

The recent talks are a gesture rooted in the perception that the ‘insurgency’ in Afghanistan has connections with Pakistani agencies and authorities that have leverage to nudge the Taliban towards a political solution.

Few in Islamabad have an illusion about this Clinton’s aid agenda seen as a dangling of a carrot in front of Washington’s ‘key ally’ in the War on Terror. It is not a new move. Rather, it is part of the implementation of the Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill which approved $7.5million aid to Pakistan over five years.

This is however a far cry to what Pakistan has lost by being designated the frontline of War of Terror. According to President Asif Zardari, “Pakistan had suffered a huge loss of over $40 billion during the last eight years as a result of the fight against militancy besides unquantifiable cost in terms of social and human losses.”

Zardari cited the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) commonly called drones which the US has continued to use attacking the frontier provinces where it is believed senior Al Qaeda and Taliban officials have sought refuge.

The civilian toll of these operations has been exacting on Pakistan. Speaking to Clinton when they met in Islamabad, Zardari said that the use of drones “undermined the national consensus against the war on militancy”, a fresh indication of the domestic distaste for the attacks and their political ramifications.

It is estimated that close to 1500 people have been killed in these drone attacks with reports indicating that the Obama administration granted secret permission to the CIA to carry out more indiscriminate drone missile strikes in the country earlier this year.

It remains to be seen whether the mango talks, (Clinton said that she loves Pakistani mangoes) will be matched by actions that go far enough in assuring Islamabad that Washington really cares about the welfare of the people of restive Pakistan.


Born in Damascus on the 13th of Dhul Hijja, 1382 AH (1963 CE), Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Abul Huda al-Yaqoubi is from a noble family of scholars that descend from the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him).

From this household have emerged numerous renowned men of Allah who have taught the sacred sciences for many centuries. Shaykh Muhammad's father, the light of Damascus and master of the Islamic disciplines, Sayyid Ibrahim al-Yaqoubi, was one of the greatest scholars of The Levant in recent times. Shaykh Muhammad's grandfather was a great scholar and Gnostic, Sayyid Ismail al-Yaqoubi; his father's maternal uncle was Shaykh Arabi al-Yaqoubi and his paternal uncle was the famous Gnostic, Shaykh Sharif al-Yaqoubi. Amongst his blessed ancestors, three have held the Maliki Imamate at the Grand Umayyad Mosque in Damascus - may Allah envelope them all in His mercy.

Shaykh Muhammad traces his lineage back to the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) through the great Mawlay Idris al-Anwar who built the city of Fes, a descendant of Sayyiduna al-Hasan the Second, who is the son of Sayyiduna al-Hasan (may Allah be pleased with him), the grandson of the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) and son of Sayyiduna Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah ennoble his countenance). Shaykh Muhammad studied over 500 works with his father, in the sciences of Qur'an, Hadith (Prophetic traditions), Fiqh (Jurisprudence), Mantiq (Logic) and many more. He even wrote a thabat (detailed list) of the names of the books he studied under his father entitled, "The Concealed Pearls". His father gave him full authority to narrate Hadith, to teach and to issue fatawa (legal rulings).

He also received many other ijazat (licenses to teach) from the most prominent scholars of Syria such as: the Hanafi Mufti of Syria, Shaykh Muhammad Abul Yusr Abidin; the Maliki Mufti of Syria, Sayyid Makki al-Kittani; Shaykh Ali al-Boudaylimi of Tlemcen; Shaykh Salih al-Khatib; and Shaykh Abdul Aziz Uyun al-Sud. In the summer of 1973 at the age of 11, Shaykh Muhammad started teaching a regular Qur'an and Tajwid class composed of a group of boys at the Darwishiyya Mosque in Damascus. He began giving public speeches in Ramadan after Asr prayer in the same mosque at the age of 12. At the age of 14, he made his debut as Friday speaker in the mosque known as al-Saadaat, where Sayyiduna Mu'adh ibn Jabal is buried. At the age of 17, he was appointed Friday Imam and speaker and as a teacher of the Sacred Knowledge at the age of 20. Since then, he has been teaching the Islamic sciences to students of all levels from all parts of the world.

Shaykh Muhammad memorized Jawharat al-Tawhid when he was 5 years old, al-Arba'in al-Nawawiyya when he was 6, and later on, dozens of famous didactic odes and poems along with most of al-Qur'an al-Karim. He also memorized considerable parts of al-Mufaddaliyyaat and al-Hamasah of Abi Tammam. The first poem he wrote was at the age of 13, and it was a plea to the Prophet. His collection of poetry is growing, and a few poems in English have been added to it.

Throughout the years of his study, Shaykh Muhammad went through extensive spiritual training in the path of Tasawwuf under his father, who was a great saint and spiritual guide known for his righteousness and asceticism. Shaykh Muhammad studied the major works of Tasawwuf under him. As well as accompanying him, he was his servant, his student and the bearer of his shoes, which he considers the key to the opening he received. The company of his father exposed him to a wealth of light, wisdom and knowledge, an experience that was far beyond what one may attain from books or from occasional meetings with teachers. He is an authority in the science of Hadith; his asanid (chains of transmission) are of the highest amongst scholars of our time. Students and scholars visit him in Syria or when he travels, to hear the masalsalat and take ijaza in narration of Hadith.

In his efforts to revive the tradition of Hadith recitals, he has taught al-Muwatta of Imam Malik, Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih al-Muslim, Sunan Abi Dawud, Jami' al-Tirmidhi and he intends to finish all the main six books of Hadith in the coming terms insha'Allah. He has travelled extensively and participated in conferences, delivered lectures and taught intensive programmes. Additionally, he has delivered Friday speeches in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Pakistan, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Canada, the United States, Indonesia, Singapore, Morocco and the UK. Over a thousand people have embraced Islam at his hands and many have repented after listening to him. He is a scion of the prophetic household, a torch bearer in this time and a charismatic public speaker in both Arabic and English.

After having accomplished so much, he still felt the need to travel and share his knowledge with the rest of the world. He travelled through Europe and then to the USA where he undertook numerous English classes until he mastered the language within a short space of time. Being able to communicate more freely with the larger community, he soon became the source of many people drawing closer to Deen. Sayyid Muhammad al-Yaqoubi's incredible training at the hands of several luminaries of this ummah, most notably his father, have propelled him to rank among the leading scholars of Islam in the world today. He currently resides in Damascus and is a public teacher at some of the most prestigious institutions there. He teaches Aqida (theology) at the Grand Umayyad Mosque; he holds the position of Jumu'a Khatib (Friday speaker) at the Jami' al-Hasan Musjid (better known as the Musjid of Shaykh Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi); he teaches from al-Risalah of Imam al-Qushayri and al-Shama'il al-Muhammadiyyah of Imam al-Tirmidhi. Both these classes are well attended by locals and foreigners alike. I had the good fortune of regularly attending his lectures during my brief stay in Damascus last year.

Sheikh is generally apolitical, but when the government-appointed Grand Mufti of Syria made statements unbefitting the status of Nabi SAW a few months ago, he was so overtaken with the love of Nabi SAW that he openly denounced these statements and demanded the resignation of the Grand Mufti. This unfortunately led to Sheikh being dismissed from his position as Khatib of Jami al- Hasan Musjid (all Imams/Khatibs are government-appointed.) Sheikh was due to arrive in South Africa on the 14 July and stay for a period of two weeks delivering lectures and teaching al-Shama'il al-Muhammadiyyah of Imam al-Tirmidhi to some Ulama. Shortly after his arrival in Syria from the UK last week, he was summoned by the Syrian Police and subsequently banned from travelling. His trip was therefore cancelled. May Allah preserve him and his family and save him from possible imprisonment in Syria. Amin

Moulana Yusuf Bemath


A six-man delegation of the Jamiatul Ulama’s Taalimi Board has just returned from Thailand where they completed an intensive programme of workshops and seminars in different areas of the country.

Methodology of teaching the Qur’an was the main theme in the workshops. Emphasis was also placed on ways on integrating Islamic education into the in the country’s school programme.

On-going interaction yielding positive results

The delegation also visited rural areas of Thailand, in particular on the Southern end where a supervisors’ workshop was held.

Thailand is one of the countries where the Tasheel Series has been adopted in the madrasa curriculum. The series has since been translated into the Thai language.

The delegation also fulfilled a number of other engagements on a stopover in Hyderabad. Upon the invitation of Azaan International School which offers an integrated curriculum, they shared their experience on the introduction of Islamic education into the school programme.

Unlike in Thailand where language poses a barrier in interaction, the workshops for teachers and a seminar for other role players went on well. More than 30 schools attended the sessions which were followed by question and answers.

At the Maahadul Islam conference which was being held in Hyderabad, Moulana Ayoob Kachwee spoke on challenges facing the ulama.

While in Hyderabad, the delegation was also guests of Brother Yawar Baig at his weekly class session. Here, Moulana Kachwee spoke of the role of the Jamiatul Ulama and Brother Ismail Variawa spoke on Challenges of the media.

The delegation also visited Hyderabad’s Darul Islamiya.


Many visitors who have been to our shores recently have a lot to say about the vibrant atmosphere of our country. Save for few incidents, those now returning to their homes have a different tale to tell about the Rainbow Nation.

It is a different tale because they were warned about South Africa. A South Africa they read from their local papers and other media outlets told them of ‘bushes’ in a South African town where venomous still cobras roam, ready to strike at any time.

They were told of machete-wielding tribesmen in perpetual state of war, fighting all the time. They had to take extra caution not to be caught in between while visiting the country.

Our capacity to keep and maintain a level of security that would assure a reasonable degree of safety to all visitors was in doubt. So too was our willingness to welcome the guests to our country.

So far, the myths of Afro-pessimists of the kind have been debunked. The experience of many has been a wonderful one, to say the least. In months and years to come, South Africa will be remembered as a destination of choice to which they will return. At their recommendation, many more will be motivated to visit and experience ‘the world in one country.’

From the horizon, however, this scenario is under threat. Locally-based foreign nationals have been reporting of intimidation which is simmering below the surface. A number of reports suggest ‘planned attacks on foreigners once the World Cup is over.’ It is sad that the calendar for many hardworking and enterprising non-South Africans, in legitimate engagements, has been set to end on July 11, 2010.

Authorities have dismissed these claims and have been at pains to assure that everyone will be protected, now and in future. Nothing should be taken for granted, however. After the ugly and fatal flares up in winter of 2008, the community at large is asked to be vigilant to elements which stoke up hatred of people from other lands.

It is well-known that among those of foreign origin, some live here legitimately. They are those who have actually been naturalised (becoming South Africans), hence compatriots!

Others are refugees fleeing from their troubled lands and many more are engaged in services and professions in which there is short supply of locally-developed human resources such as medicine, science education and other rare skills.

Xenophobic tendencies pull back the clock of the gains we have made as a nation. Unemployment and poor service delivery cannot be solved by xenophobic attacks.

Those in privileged positions such as in law-enforcement and healthcare should be true to their professional pledges and oaths by showing exemplary conduct and not be agents that perpetrate abuse of those at their mercy.

What we have put together as a show for the world should not be just a façade of a nation in crisis. Rather, it should be a stage on which we celebrate our achievements, acknowledge our shortcomings and use appropriate ways and means to confront our challenges.

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