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Oct 18, 2017

This morning Muslims have been offended by the publishing in the Mail & Guardian newspaper of a cartoon considered blasphemous.

Until late night, the Jamiatul Ulama had attempted unsuccessfully to apply for interdict to stop the circulation of the paper, as soon as news was received that the Mail & Guardian would carry the offensive cartoon.

It is important to note that there is place for humour in Islam. The companions of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam would enjoy lighter moments with him. They did not make it a preoccupation but were still able to see the ‘funny side of life.’

Cartoons are by their nature used to bring about humour. However, Muslim sensitivities have to be respected when such cartoons are used with respect to their beliefs and symbols they hold as sacred such as the Qur’an, the personality of the Prophet and his companions, mosques and manner of worship.

For a nation like ours, cartoons that perpetuate stereotypes and promote prejudice are unacceptable as they malign sections of the community, cultivating animosity instead of building bridges.

Freedom of expression is not absolute and should not be used as an excuse for

Furthermore, it is the nature of cartoonists to ‘push boundaries’ of what is sometimes generally and socially acceptable. Islam does not condone ridicule, crudity and indecency in any form regardless of the intention.

It is important to note that the defamation of the Prophet of Islam Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam is nothing new. Attempts at maligning his character or casting aspersions on his image are as old as Islam itself. Some non-Muslims of Makkah did it, the hypocrites of Madina did it, some of the Orientalists did it and their disciples continue to do it.

This is another face of the primal battle between good and evil and it will continue as long as the world remains. But today it seems to have acquired another face – open provocation.

Let us also note that the status and dignity of the Noble Prophet Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam is in no way diminished by such provocative cartoons. The hurt felt by all of us in linked to the love, respect and the reverence we have for the Prophet Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam.

In as much as we have been hurt by this attack on the Prophet Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, the Jamiatul Ulama appeals to all Muslims to register our disgust and protest in a responsible manner that will engender the cultivation of a harmonious atmosphere the world over.

The Jamiatul Ulama is committed to the defence of the honour of the Prophet Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam and will do all what we can to this end.

6 Jumadal Ukhra 1431
21 May 2010

Jamiatul Ulama Fordsburg


Q: Please advise on Ocean Basket Durban which is under non-Muslim ownership but certified Halaal by SANHA. Is it not against the Shariah to certify non-Muslim restaurants?

Answer Our ref: hl/273/03.10/m

Jazakumullah Khairan for your query and for the opportunity to be of service to you. 

We commend you for applying the Qurânic injunction of verifying the information you have received. We advise as follows:

SANHA certifies establishments according to policies that are guided by the Shari’ah and its broad membership that includes National Ulama bodies and community based organisations. SANHA's list of certified establishments includes both Muslim owned and many non Muslim owned food producers.

Certification of Ocean Basket stores is based on our agreement with Head Office that strictly governs operating standards that includes the sourcing of approved products only from regulated suppliers and stringent monitoring of the certified supply chain.

Ocean Basket Marine Parade deals exclusively in seafood which is a neutral food item that is not governed by the critical requirements of Halaal slaughter. A full time Muslim supervisor is employed as a safeguard to oversee the Halaal program, complimented by regular unannounced visits by our Inspectorate. Furthermore, all Halaal certified Ocean Basket outlets do not use, sell and/or allow any alcohol on their premises. Hence, the non Muslim ownership does not mitigate the Halaal status in anyway.

Remarkably the store is the first Halaal certified Seafood outlet in Kwa-Zulu Natal and has successfully maintained its Halaal status over the years. The store is centrally located in the Durban beachfront and accommodates the needs of both Muslim tourists and locals.

Accordingly Muslims may patronise the store with conviction and assurity of the SANHA Halaal mark.

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Every time you wrap your lips around a cigarette and inhale its noxious fumes, you are playing the hazardous game of Russian roulette with no return with that which is viewed as sacred and inviolable, i.e. your life given to you by Allah Almighty.

With a lit up cigarette burning up to 700 degrees at the tip and 60 degrees centigrade at the butt, you inhale up to 4000 different chemicals containing at least 50 known cancer-causing carcinogens. These chemicals when heated to this extent breaks down the tobacco stuffed inside to produce various toxins causing irreparable damage to your body. Tobacco smoke contains a substance called nicotine, a poisonous algoid. It also has substances such as carbon monoxide, acrolein, ammonia, prussic acid, aldehydes and tar that seriously affect the heart, lungs, blood circulation, bones, stomach, mouth, throat, eyes, skin, reproduction and fertility, making it the number one legal killer of our times.

The World Health Organization estimates that tobacco caused 100 million deaths over the course of the 20th century. There could be up to one billion deaths in the 21st century. And by the end of today, another 1000 people will die as they do daily from tobacco use and abuse. Why is it that today’s man with this knowledge at his disposal, continues on this path of destruction of himself and others affected through his passive smoking? Are we any less intelligent or have we not learnt from this danger since discovery of tobacco used as medicine by native Americans in the 14th century? The answer lies in the fact that the pharmacologic and behavioural processes that determine tobacco addiction are similar to those that determine addiction to drugs such as heroin and cocaine coupled with the most powerful marketing campaigns mounted by companies whose only mantra is profit at the cost of fellow man.

Does Islam permit smoking?

There is no Divine explicit text on the subject because cigarettes did not exist at the time of the revelation of the Qur'an in the 7th century CE. Therefore, one cannot find a verse of Qur'an, or narration of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, saying clearly that "cigarette smoking is forbidden. Muslim Jurists have however, based on various factors listed below, condemned smoking and ruled it to be either Makruh (detested and undesirable) or Haraam (forbidden):

Danger to one’s health - "...let not your own hands contribute to your destruction..." (Qur'an 2:195); "...nor kill yourselves..." (Qur'an 4:29).

Danger To Your Family's Health and the Environment - "Those who annoy believing men and women undeservedly bear on themselves a glaring sin" (Qur'an 33:58). And the Prophet peace be upon him said: "Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not hurt his neighbour." (HADITH)

Inconvenience, harm and discomfort to others - "A Muslim is he who safeguards fellow Muslims from the evil of his tongue and hands." (ie causing verbal or physical harm) (HADITH)

Waste of Money“..But spend not wastefully (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift. Verily spendthrifts are brothers of the devils...” (Qur'an 17:26-27)

Haraam Ingredients“He (the Apostle) forbids (those who follow him) from what is bad and impure” (Quran 7:157). According to Dr Yussuf Saloojee of the National Council Against Smoking who has confirmed the research of Sydney University, "that cigarettes may contain traces of pig's blood. The hemoglobin from pig’s blood may be used in the manufacture of some types of cigarette filters. Alcohol can also be added but tobacco companies are not always open about these claiming that some of the added ingredients are “trade secrets”.

We ask Allah to give courage, perseverance and steadfastness to all who endeavour to stub out the habit and guide family members to support those affected, Aameen.

Kick out the butt or kick the bucket!



This couldn't be said more beautifully....

"Be careful if you make a woman cry,

Because Allah counts her tears.

A woman came out of a man's rib,

Not from his feet to be walked on,

Not from his head to be superior over,

But from his side to be equal Under the arm to be protected

And next to the heart to be loved."


PARIS – Amid a heated debate about the Muslim veil, the French Catholic church warned Monday, February 1, against banning face-veils, calling on the European country to respect rights of its Muslim minority.

"The result could be the opposite of what is desired and lead to a reaction that increases the number of women wearing this garment,” said Bishop Michel Santier, the top French Catholic official for interreligious dialogue in a statement cited by Reuters.

He said that very few women wore face-veil in the country.

“We should in our country respect the rights of all believers to practice their faith,” Santier said

A French parliamentary panel recommended last week slapping a partial ban on face-veils in hospitals, schools, public transport and government offices.

Santier regretted that the panel did not invite Christian or Jewish leaders to give their views during the six-month-long hearings, which ended in December.

French Jewish leaders have already expressed concern about a veil ban.

France has seen a heated debate on the face-veil since President Nicolas Sarkozy described it last June as being "unwelcome" in France.

On Sunday, Claude Gueant, a top aide to Sarkozy, said he doubted a total ban would be legally possible.

According to the Interior Ministry, only about 1,900 Muslim women are estimated to being using face-veils.

The European country is home to nearly seven million Muslims, the biggest Muslim minority in Europe.

A burqa is the all-enveloping cloak, often blue, with a woven grill over the eyes, that many Afghan women wear, and it is almost never seen in France.

The niqab, a garment that is often black, covers the face but leaves the eyes uncovered.

Respect Muslim Rights

The top Catholic Bishop urged the government to respect the rights of the Muslim minority.

"If we want Christian minorities in Muslim majority countries to enjoy all their rights, we should in our country respect the rights of all believers to practice their faith,” he said.

"The French, including the Catholics among them, should not let themselves be gripped by fear or a 'clash of civilisations' theory."

Santier also called on the government to distinct between the majority of peaceful Muslims and a minority of radicals.

"A dialogue in truth among believers will help us go beyond mutual mistrust,” he said.

“The path will be long and hard."

France banned hijab in schools and public places in 2004, with many European countries following suit.

While hijab is an obligatory code of dress for Muslim women, the majority of Muslim scholars agree that a woman is not obliged to wear the face veil.

Scholars believe it is up to women to decide whether to take on the veil or burka.

Prominent Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan has said that the French debate on the wearing of burka reflects growing self-doubts inside the society.

Courtesy: Islam Online


The Muslim community of Lilongwe, Malawi hosted the 5th biennial Southern African ulama conference over the first weekend of May.

Two representatives from the Eastern Cape Ulama Council joined the forty strong South African delegation to Malawi. A total of 160 ulama from various countries in Southern Africa attended this forum with the intention of “establishing a collaborative relationship between Ulama within the Southern African region.”

The conference constituted discussing the challenges Muslims in each of the countries were facing and finding solutions for them.

Also, presentations on a myriad of current issues were undertaken to give greater insight into the respective topics. These power point presentations were well conducted and dealt with challenges faced on the social and academic levels.

Topics included Islam in prisons, the influence of the media, arbitration and faskh committees, problems facing the youth, social and welfare problems, to mention but a few.

Time was awarded for open discussion, where any topics not discussed in the program could be brought up.

Representatives from most Ulama bodies  were present and had a chance to interact with one another allowing Muslim organisations  to work hand in hand to uplift the Muslim community.

By Moulana Yusuf Bemath


A new and much-needed Salaah facility has opened at Port Elizabeth Airport. It caters for males and females and has Wudhu facilities as well. The Council of Ulama Eastern Cape (CUEC) was consulted on the planning phases and was instrumental in getting permission for the facilities.

Members of the CUEC officially opened the facilities. Muslim tourists and journalists will be able to make use of the Musalla. It also adds convenience for local Muslims and their families when leaving for Hajj and Umrah, as well as Muslims travelling within South Africa.

The Musalla serves as a visible sign of Islam at a venue which sees a large number of non-Muslims passing through daily.

The Musalla is situated upstairs at Departures

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