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(For Immediate Release)

The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa condemns the reported acts of brutality and mass murders of the people of the regions of Iraq and Syria where a group said to be led by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has declared an Islamic state, and, hence a caliphate.

A caliphate is an aspiration of Muslims who reflect of the golden era of Islam that was characterised by sound rule of law, protection of rights of non-hostile minorities as well as the entrenchment of justice and equity.

Warfare does not absolve the members of any Islamic caliphate, state or entity from the responsibility of observance of human rights and the rules of engagement where women, children and the elderly as well as all civilian non-combatants, their lives and property, are never targeted but safeguarded.

It therefore comes strange to us that an Islamic state would be founded on atrocities, massacres and extra-judicial punishments that include summary executions of individuals suspected of crimes.

Many years of foreign policies that prop up client regimes and illegally wage imperial wars of occupation have resulted in alienation and radicalism. It is this phenomenon that has brooked groups harbouring a sense of humiliation, leading to vengeance and giving rise to militarism and the upheavals we see in the Middle East.

Regardless of this reality, we see no reason why the Islamic state can position itself as a political order with an attractive prospect for the masses when their record of governance is no better than those polities it seeks to replace.

E.I. Bham (Moulana)
Secretary General
(083 786 2859)

19 August 2014


Hadhrat Aamir ibn Maalik, the leader of the tribe of Bani Sulaym requested the help of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) against the enemies of his tribe. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) accepted his request and sent seventy Sahaaba (Radhiallaahu Anhum) who were Qurraa (experts in the recitation of the noble Qur’aan). The tribe of Banu Sulaym surrounded these Sahaaba (Radhiallaahu Anhum) by a place called Bir Ma’oona and murdered them.

Jibraaeel (Alayhis salaam) informed Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) of the incident and conveyed to him the heartfelt message of the Qurraa:

‘Inform our people that we met our Rabb. He was pleased with us and (in turn) pleased us.’

This incident caused great grief to Rasulullah. Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (Radhiallaahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) recited Qunoot Naazila for one month continuously cursing the tribe of Bani Sulaym. (Bukhari vol.2 pg.586; Thanwi)

In view of the above, the Fuqahaa have ruled that when the Ummat is in a crisis, they should follow the Sunnah practise of Qunoot-e-Naazila and make Du’aa for the Ummah.

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1. The virtues of I'tikaf is not confined to men; women also can take advantage of it. However, women should not perform I'tikaf in the masjid. Their I'tikaf is only possible in the house. The procedure is as follows:

Women should sit for I'tikaf in that place in the house which has been set aside for Salah and ‘Ibadah. If no such place has been previously set aside, then a place must be so set aside prior to the commencement of I'tikaf, and I'tikaf must accordingly be performed therein. (Shami)

2. If no specific place has been built or set aside in the house for Salah, and it is not possible for some reason to so build or set aside a place therein, then in such event a woman may at her discretion demarcate any place within the house and perform I'tikaf there. (Alamghiri)

3. It is necessary for a married woman to obtain the consent of her husband for the purpose of performing I'tikaf. It is not permissible for a woman to perform I'tikaf without the permission of her husband. (Shami) However, husbands should not without reason deprive their wives of performing I'tikaf by refusing consent. On the contrary, they should grant consent.

4. If a woman has commenced I'tikaf with the permission of her husband and thereafter he endeavours to prohibit or prevent her from completing same, then he cannot do so. If he succeeds in preventing her, then the woman is not obliged to complete I'tikaf. (Alamghiri)

5. It is necessary for a woman to be free from menstruation and Nifas in order to perform I'tikaf ‑ that is, she cannot perform I'tikaf in a stage of menstruation and Nifas.

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اَللّهُمَّ لَكَ صُمتُ وَعَلى رِزقِكَ اَفطَرتُ

Oh Allah! Only for You have I fasted, and upon the sustenance provided by You do I terminate this fast.

Hadhrat Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘Ás رضي الله عنه narrates that he heard Sayyiduna Rasulullah صلّى اللهُ عَليهِ وَسَلَّمَ saying:
“At the time of Iftaar, one du’aa of the fasting person is definitely accepted.”
The narrator, Hadhrat Abdullah رَضِيَ الله عَنه, used to make the following Du’aa at Iftaar:

اَللّهُمَّ اِنِّي اَساَلُكَ بِرَحمَتِكَ الَّتِي وَسِعَت كُلَّ شَيءٍ اَن تَغفِرَ لِي

Oh Allah! I beg of You, through Your all-encompassing mercy, to forgive me.

Sayyiduna Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم used to read this du’aa after iftaar:

ذَهَبَ الظَّمأُ وَابتَلَّتِ العُرُوقُ وَثَبَتَ الأَجرُ اِن شَاءَ اللهُ

The thirst has vanished, the veins have been moistened, and – inshaa-Allah – the thawaab (reward) for fasting has been recorded.
(In other words, the difficulty is over and gone, but the reward has been earned and will remain-Insha-Allah.)





After shoppers spotted box juices containing alcohol on Shoprite shelves on Monday, 19 May 2014, being sold next to other, non-alcoholic juices, the Council of Ulama Eastern Cape approached a manager at one of the branches in Port Elizabeth.

He apologised and had the juices removed.

All stores should be contacted to point out the problem. Those Shoprites that stock alcohol will move the juices there, and those that do not, will remove it.

Update: Shoprite has contacted the Council of Ulama and instituted steps to investigate the matter as well as put in place measures to prevent such an event happening again.
Issued by:
Council of Ulama Eastern Cape
Halaal Department
1 Bell Road, Port Elizabeth
T. 041 457 5476
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2nd World Ulama Conference held at Darul Uloom Azaadville. Report by Moulana Abdul Hamid Ishaaq principal of Darul Uloom Azaadville

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