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The attack on Charlie Hebdo has rightfully attracted massive media attention worldwide, and the United Ulama Council of South Africa remains committed to its responsibility to unequivocally condemn extra-judicial killing. The attack on Charlie Hebdo will forever remain a blight on the lives of those affected by the murders. Their lives have irreversibly changed with the loss of their near and dear ones. Most publishing houses responded by adopting the “Je suis Charlie!” slogan in solidarity with the murdered members of the magazine's staff. A significant number of media practitioners have opted to publish the offending cartoons ostensibly as an avowal of their commitment to freedom of speech.

Whilst it is only human to feel revulsion for indiscriminate murder; those who claim solidarity with Charlie Hebdo, gloss over the fact that it has in the name of journalism produced some of the most racist and inflammatory cartoons directed at Muslims, Arabs, North Africans and other religious communities, which contributes to the culture of hatred and violence. Often times an inappropriate reaction to an atrocity can do more harm to society than the atrocity itself! A callous slur against 1.8 billion people is hardly an appropriate manner to demonstrate aversion to the criminal actions of two or three individuals. Is aggression under the veneer of satire not as harmful as physical violence itself? Is divisive, derisive and disparaging posturing in the name of freedom of speech not tantamount to the tyranny of freedom?

The chilling extra judicial killings on one side of the social spectrum contrasted with the brazen xenophobic and Islamophobic demonstrations on the other side of the spectrum clearly exhibit the fault lines of a society at war with itself. This tragic cycle of malevolent reaction is bound to infuse rather than defuse hatred and religious bigotry. The Charlie Hebdo massacre underscores the importance of balancing freedom with responsibility.

Provoking the six million Muslims in France and the larger 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide through constant insults and indignities is not only reprehensible but also an affront to inter-religious harmony and social stability. Freedom of expression is not the freedom to denigrate and desecrate millions and millions of Muslims. Surely, the right to protect one’s dignity, more so, the dignity of a global faith community is also a fundamental human right. The reality is that South African law, in line with international conventions, proscribes the absolute application of the right, and deems certain forms of speech illegal and unconstitutional.

According to the SA Constitution any speech which is deemed hate speech or incites to violence is illegal, and falls outside the ambit of this freedom. Humanity across the spectrum is in need of a new ethic which does not oversell rights and undersell obligations. Our destiny in this world is integrally linked together; we will have to navigate these turbulent times respecting each other's differing beliefs, emphasizing our common humanity or we will perish on account of our racist and, supremacist attitudes.

United Ulama Council of South Africa

Yusuf Patel, Secretary

Ighsaan Taliep, General President


Imam Muhammad ibn Ahmad Qurtubi says in al-Jami’ li ahkam al-Qur’an

It is the inviolability of the Qur’an:

1. not to touch the Qur’an except in the state of ritual purity in wudu, and to recite it when in a state of ritual purity;

2. to brush one’s teeth with a toothstick (siwak), remove food particles from between the them, and to freshen one’s mouth before reciting, since it is the way through which the Qur’an passes;

3. to sit up straight if not in prayer, and not lean back;

4. to dress for reciting as if intending to visit a prince, for the reciter is engaged in an intimate discourse;

5. to face the direction of prayer (qiblah) to recite;

6. to rinse the mouth out with water if one coughs up mucus or phlegm;

7. to stop reciting when one yawns, for when reciting , one is addressing one’s Lord in intimate conversation, while yawning is from the Devil;

8. when begining to recite, to take refuge from in Allah from the accursed Devil and say the Basmala, whether one has begun at the first surah or some other part one has reached;

9. once one has begun, not to interrupt one’s recital from moment to moment with human words, unless absolutely necessary;

10. to be alone when reciting it, so that no one interrupts one, forcing one to mix the words of the Qur’an with replying, for this nullifies the effectivness of having taken refuge in Allah from the Devil at the beginning;

11. to recite it leisurely and without haste, distinctly pronouncing each letter;

12. to use one’s mind and understanding in order to comprehend what is being said to one;

13. to pause at verses that promise Allah’s favour, to long for Allah Most High and ask of His bounty; and at verses that warn of His punishment to ask Him to save one from it;

14. to pause at the accounts of bygone peoples and individuals to heed and benefit from their example;

15. to find out the meanings of the Qur’an’s unusual lexical usages;

16. to give each letter its due so as to clearly and fully pronounce every word, for each letter counts as ten good deeds;

17. whenever one finishes reciting, to attest to the veracity of ones’s Lord, and that His messenger (Allah bless him and grant him peace) has delivered his message, and to testify to this, saying: “Our Lord, You have spoken the truth, Your messengers have delivered their tidings, and bear witness to this. O Allah, make us of those who bear witness to the truth and who act with justice”: after which one supplicates Allah with prayers.

18. not to select certain verses from each surah to recite, but rather the recite the whole surah;

19. if one puts down the Qur’an, not to leave it open;

20. not to place other books upon the Qur’an, which should always be higher than all other books, whether they are books of Sacred Knowledge or something else;

21. to place the Qur’an on one’s lap when reading; or on something in front of one, not on the floor;

22. not to wipe it from a slate with spittle, but rather wash it off with water; and if one washes it off with water, to avoid putting the water where there are unclean substances (najasa) or where people walk. Such water has its own inviolability, and there were those of the early Muslims before us who used water that washed away Qur’an to effect cures.

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Qurbani is derived from the Arabic root word Qurbaan meaning closeness or nearness i.e. to Allah Ta’ala. In the Arab world the preferred terminology is Udhiyyah. It is undertaken by Muslims worldwide through animal sacrifice in keeping with the tradition of the Prophet Ebrahim or Abraham (peace be upon him), the Patriarch of the three monotheistic religions who was commanded to sacrifice his son Ismail according to Muslims and Isaac according to others.

The period for Qurbani commences after the Eid prayer (10th Zul Hijjah) and ends before Maghrib (evening prayer) on the (12th Zul Hajjah).


Oxen, buffalos and Camels are permissible. Oxen and buffalo should be two years old or more. Camels should be five years old or more. Seven persons can be partners in the Qurbani of these large animals.

They should be one year old or more, but in the case of sheep, at least six months old.

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The Reality Behind the Independent Article on the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam's Grave » MuslimMatters.org




Every year The Independent seems to recycle the same story regarding the destruction of Masjid Nabwi, Makkah and/or the Prophet's (peace be upon him) tomb:

2011- http://t.co/c9fjNaSQKV

2012- http://t.co/hcaWIbzZE8

2013- http://t.co/Joad5uuCws

2014- http://t.co/Kywt5DHL20
By Hasib Noor

Yet another article about the destruction of the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam's grave is published and I catch the story early as it's released.

Wincing at the title of the article in the Independent, the UK national daily newspaper”…Muslim division… proposal… Mohamed's tomb,” I think to myself as I'm reading, “oh no, not again.”

Social media is absolutely livid. I'm getting tags, messages, and posts directed at me as everyone is inquiring about what is going on.

Why me? Living and studying in the City of the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is a mix of having a guilty conscience wrapped in a blessing.

We constantly question ourselves.

We constantly say it's not something we ever deserved.

But it's a blessing we have to constantly be thankful for and live up to the legacy of this city.

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This topic of discussion is one of many modern issues that have arisen due to the encounter of Islam with other, non-Islamic, cultures. One of the situations that arise is that Muslims eventually adopt the standards of these alien cultures in terms of their dress and appearance (among other things). Many (Muslim) men and women begin to believe that beauty is as seen on television, billboards and in magazines. True beauty, that of an ideal Muslim woman, is not marketed.  The result is that women undertake various measures and expenses in an effort to achieve what is (erroneously) defined as beauty by the modern world. Perhaps even more unfortunate is that many Muslim men expect and encourage their wives to match the appearance of television ‘stars’ and ‘models’. Among the measures and expenses undertaken by women in an effort to attain this ‘beauty’ is the fashion and styling of the hair.

Something that may be seen as insignificant, by us or the global society, is not necessarily insignificant in the sight of Allah and His messenger (صلّى اللّه عليه وسلّم).  As such, this issue in itself, that of women cutting (styling and fashioning) their hair, has been adopted as the primary focus of this article.


Allah (سبحانه و تعالَى) has designed His creation in a brilliant and magnificent manner. Everything has been created with a special nature, with certain qualities, for a particular reason; all based on the great wisdom of Allah. As long as this arrangement and design is respected, no hardships or problems will be experienced. Everything can be used and utilized as intended by the Creator. Allah (سبحانه و تعالَى) revealed to us in the Quran that one of the schemes of Satan to lead human beings astray is to instigate them to tamper with this creation and design of Allah:

“He (Satan) said, ‘Surely, I will take an appointed share from your servants and I will lead them astray and I will tempt them with false hopes and I will command them whereby they shall slit the ears of cattle and I will command them whereby they shall alter the creation of Allah.’” (Surah Nisaa: 118-119)

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By: Wm. Halim Breiannis | Cordoba Institute

Today we are inundated with news from around the world and the strife facing our ummah around the globe. Muslims in China not permitted to fast Ramadhan and persecuted for no other reason than their Islam, in Sri Lanka Muslims are attacked by Buddhists, in Burma Muslims are being massacred, in Chechnya the war rages on as it does in Afghanistan, Iraq, And Syria. In Palestine the Muslims continue to be oppressed and murder while the world watches the apartheid Israeli state justify its actions through slogans. In Iraq the Sunni and Shi’ite puppets of the West continue to sow discord and unrest. The new group, ISIS, claims it is establishing a new Caliphate, yet instead of establishing any form of capitol based on social justice or humanitarian efforts (which are the real hallmark of an Islamic Caliphate) they speak of only continuing war, and worse, spreading the war even further. The traditional lands of Islam are becoming increasingly westernized, even proud of their advancement in imitations, is there any need for more evidence of this than the new foreboding clock tower that has been erected, overshadowing the most sacred of sanctuaries upon the earth?

From those unfortunate consequences of the constant inundation are the feelings of frustration and anger that so many are left with. With so many fronts, the focus remains scattered as are the resources of the ummah. This is on the world wide scale, and there are still matters that need our attention in our own communities. The exodus of the youth from the masajid; the diaspora of Muslims to the lands of the disbelievers; the break down of the traditional family structure (the infrastructure of any healthy society); the overall lack of concern for religion as love for the shiny new techno-gadgets arrests the attention of the masses, add to this the need to work like slaves to be able to afford the objects of desire and we find our masajid falling into disrepair. But who has the time to worry about these things when our very households are is disarray? An entire generation being brought up to put career before family, to put the expectations of western norms ahead of the living sunnah of Allah’s beloved. An entire generation of children watching their parents put our elderly in homes, fathers always busy at work, mothers absorbed by Facebook and their peers calling them to enjoy the paradise on earth. Parents on the other hand try to compete  for the attention of their children, competing with the latest YouTube clip; movie, song, or video game. They try to educate their children about truth, virtue and upright character while the children are being educated by a system designed to poison all of that…in the western lands and the Islamic countries that imitate them. The truth is, perhaps this barely scratches the surface of the current state of our ummah.

As if this was not distressing enough, we should reflect upon the fact that our beloved, the beloved of Allah (may the best benedictions and peace be upon him) is informed concerning the state of his ummah every week. He stood on swollen feet crying out to Allah with tears so profuse that they dripped from his blessed beard…”My Ummah, my Ummah”! He was distressed and concerned for us whilst he was among his companions, what sadness is it that we are causing to him in our time?  We claim to love him, is it normal that we injure the ones we love?

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