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Oct 22, 2017

Swiss ban on building new minarets is prompting dismay and anger across the world, amid warnings the ban reflects the deep-seated anti-Muslim feelings in the West. "My first reaction is one of surprise and disappointment," Babacar Ba, the Geneva ambassador of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), told Swissinfo on Monday, November 30.

"It is a bad answer to a bad question. I fear that this kind of thing is simply a gift to extremism and intolerance."

Swiss voters approved Sunday by 57.5 percent a far-right initiative to ban the construction of new minarets in the country.

"It's very regrettable,” Maskuri Abdillah, the head of Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s biggest Muslim group, told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

“Obviously this is a narrow-minded way of thinking about Muslims."

The Swiss People's Party (SVP) -- Switzerland's biggest party -- had forced a referendum under Swiss regulations to ban the minarets after collecting 100,000 signatures within 18 months from eligible voters.

The SVP claims minarets are a symbol of Shari`ah and are thus incompatible with the Swiss legal system.

Abdillah, whose group has 40 million members in the world's biggest Muslim country, said the ban reflects the anti-Muslim feelings in Switzerland.

“They don't want to see a Muslim presence in their country and this intense dislike has made them intolerant."

Islam is the second religion in Switzerland after Christianity, with Muslims estimated at nearly 400,000.

There are nearly 160 mosques and prayer rooms in Switzerland, mainly in disused factories and warehouses.

Only four of them have minarets, none of them used to raise the Azan, the call to prayer, which is banned.

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It is mentioned in a Hadith that when you meet a haji, make salaam to him, shake his hands, and ask him to make dua for forgiveness on your behalf. You should do this before he can even enter his house, i.e. the moment he returns from his hajj. You should ask him to make this dua for you because his sins have been forgiven. The person who returns from hajj is an accepted person in the sight of Allah Ta'ala. There is, therefore, great hope in his duas being accepted. Inform him of whatever dua you wish him to make on your behalf irrespective of whether it be for this world or for the hereafter. However, you should do this before he can reach his house.

man can be divided into five parts -
1) His soul which the angel of death takes,
2) His flesh which the worms eat,
3) His wealth which his inheritors take,
4) His bones which the soil reduces to dust,
5) His good deeds which those people whose rights he had trampelled in this world will take.


MILK: The Prophet (SAW) said that milk wipes away heat from the heart just as the finger wipes away sweat from the brow. It strengthens the back, increases the brain, augments intelligence, renews vision and drives away forgetfulness.

HONEY: Considered to be the best remedy for diarrhoea when mixed in hot water. It is the food of foods, drink of drinks and drug of drugs. It is used for creating appetite, strengthening the stomach, eliminating phlegm, as a meat preservative, hair conditioner, eye salve and mouthwash. It is extremely beneficial in the morning in warm water and is also a sunnah.

OLIVE OIL: Excellent treatment for skin and hair, delays old age, treats inflammation of the stomach.

MUSHROOM: The Prophet (SAW) said that mushroom is a good cure for the eyes, it also serves as a form of birth control and arrests paralysis.

GRAPES: The Prophet (SAW) was very fond of grapes, it purifies the blood, provides vigour and health, strengthens the kidneys and clears the bowels.

DATES: The Prophet (SAW) said that a house without dates has no food, also to be eaten at the time of childbirth.

FIGS: It is a fruit from paradise and a cure for piles.

BARLEY: Good for fever in a soup form.

MELON: Melon contains 1000 blessings and 1000 mercies, The Prophet SAW said, "None of your women who are pregnant and eat of watermelon will fail to produce offspring who are good in countenance and good in character."

POMEGRANATE: The Prophet (SAW) said it cleanse you of Satan and
evil aspirations for 40 days.

WATER: The Prophet (SAW) said the best drink in this world and the next is water, when you are thirsty drink it by sips and not gulps, gulping produces sickness of the liver.

Praise be to our beloved Nabi (SAW) who provided us with marvellous knowledge which dazzles the wisest minds.


The well of Zam-Zam is 18 X 14 ft and 13M deep.

It started 4,000 years ago & has since NEVER dried up.

The taste of the water has never changed in these 4,000 years.

No algae or plant life exists in the well thus no diseases are present in the water.

This small pond provides water to MILLIONS of people (at any given time) through heavy motors pulling 8000 ltrs/second - think of the billions who have quenched their thirst from this tiny well over the years.

After every 24hrs it reaches its level again after just 11 minutes - thus the water level never really decreases.


Recently, one of the senior scholars of Egypt was invited to address a group of young female high-school students. His gaze fell on a girl who was wearing a face-veil (niqab). This annoyed the Shaykh and he proceeded to ask the supercilious girl to remove her veil. The girl refused to comply, claiming that it was her habit to cover her face in front of strangers. The Shaykh immediately retorted “The niqab is nothing but culture – it has absolutely no place whatsoever with the religion of Islam.”

The Shaykh repeated his command and added, in a crude Egyptian dialect, “…and I know the religion better than you your parents.” A teacher also tried to intervene and said to the Shaykh that it was only because of his presence that the young lady was veiling her face. But the Shaykh insisted that the veil be removed. Finally, the young girl had to give in the senior most authority and helplessly unveiled herself.

The Shaykh was still not satisfied and humiliated the innocent girl further buy saying in a crude expression Egyptian vernacular “Ama law kunti hilwa shuwaya la-amilti eh?” (If you had even a little beauty I wonder what you would have done?)

He then went on and threatened to banish the niqaab in all public schools affiliated with Al-Azhar. We were also horrified to hear that a month prior to this incident, girls who had their faces covered were not allowed to enter Al-Azhar.

We, the Ulama of South Africa, take exception to all that has transpired. Not only is there mention of the covering of the face in the Quran, Hadith and works of scholars from all four Madhabs, this has also been the continued practise of Muslims for the past fourteen centuries. We implore the scholars and government of Egypt to ponder over these evidences and reconsider whether they really want to ban the Niqab.

We pray that Allah the Almighty guide’s one and all and show us the truth as truth. Ameen.


ALMONDS: To remove the skin of almonds easily soak them in hot water for 15-20 minutes.

ANTS: Putting 3-4 cloves in the sugar container will keep the ants at bay.

BISCUITS: If you keep a piece of blotting paper at the bottom of the container, it will keep biscuits fresh for longer.

APPLES: Apply some lemon juice on the cut surface of the apple to avoid browning.They will look fresh for longer.

BANANA: Apply mashed banana over a burn on your body to have a cooling effect.

CELERY: To keep celery fresh for a long time,wrap it in aluminium foil and refrigerate.

BURNT FOOD: Place some chopped onion in the vessel,pour boiling water in it, keep for 5 minutes and then clean.

CHOPPING: Use a wooden board to chop. It will not blunt the knife. Don't use a plastic board, small plastic pieces may go with the vegetables.

COCKROACHES: Put some boric powder in kitchen corners and other places. Cockroaches will leave your house.

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