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There are many great “returns” that people experience in their lives. The returning of a missing child, finding a very valuable lost item or a close family member returning home after spending many years overseas are some instances of a great return. These are moments of immense joy and happiness. The greatest “Return,” however, is when a sinful servant who had abandoned Allah Ta'ala and fallen into sin makes sincere taubah (which literally means “to return”) and returns to his Creator. There can never be a happier moment for such a person.

Retuning to Allah Ta'ala in sincere repentance brings down the showers of the Mercy of Allah Ta'ala. Due to his repentance, the one who was previously known in the court of Allah Ta'ala as a faasiq (sinner) earns the title of Habibullah (the beloved of Allah). His crying and sobbing while begging for forgiveness is more beloved to Allah Ta'ala than the recitation of tasbeeh of those who are busy glorifying Allah Ta'ala. Can there be a greater return?


The object of the auspicious month of Ramadhaan is to truly return to Allah Ta'ala by repenting from all sin and adopting piety. The Qur'an-al-Kareem declares: “O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed upon you, just as it was pescribed upon those before you, so that you may acquire taqwa (piety)” (S2:183). Taqwa, in simple terms, refers to giving up every sin. The one who forsakes all sin is the greatest worshipper and the most pious person, even though he may not be performing nafil (optional) Haj and Umrah every year, giving thousands in charity or standing the entire night in tahajjud salaah. Indeed, these great acts of worship should be performed as much as possible. However, the yardstick of piety is taqwa – abstaining from sin. Taqwa cannot be acquired without first making sincere taubah. It thus follows that the one who does not make taubah has to a degree defeated the purpose of Ramadhaan, even though he may have performed many other good deeds in the blessed month.

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Amongst the nights of Ramadhaan, there is one called ‘Laylatul Qadr’,a night that is noted for its greatest blessings. The Noble Qur’an describes it as being greater in blessedness and spiritual virtue than a thousand months, which in turn means that it is more valuable than eighty three years and four months. Fortunate indeed is that person who attains the full blessings of this night by spending it in the worship of Allah, because he has then attained the reward of ‘Ibaadah’ (worship) for eighty three years,four months and even more. Indeed (the granting of) this night for the faithful Muslims is a great favour.

Regarding this night in a Hadith reported by Anas (RA) in Durre Manthur, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) is reported to have said: “Laylatul Qadr was granted to this Ummah (of mine) and not to any other ‘Ummah’ before this

” As regards the reason for the granting of ‘Laylatul Qadr’, various views are held.According to some Ahaadith, one reason is given thus: Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) used to ponder over the longer lives of peoples of the past ages and when comparing them with, the much shorter lives of his ‘Ummah’, he became greatly saddened, because if his ‘Ummah’ wished to compete with the people before them, then because of their shorter lives, it would be impossible for them to either emulate or surpass the previous ‘Ummahs’ in the doing of righteous deeds. Therefore, Allah in His Infinite Mercy granted them this night of great blessings. This means that, if any fortunate person of this ‘Ummah’ during his life-time spends ten such nights in the worship of his Maker, he would have gained the reward of ‘Ibaadah’ (worship) for eight hundred and thirty three years and even more.

Another report states that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) once related to the ‘Sahaaba’ the story of a very righteous man from among the Banu Israaeel, who spent one thousand months in ‘Jihaad’. On hearing this, the Sahaaba enviously felt that they could not attain the same reward, whereupon Allah granted them this Night (of Power). Still another report states that it so happened that our Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) once mentioned the names ofthe four most pious people from among the Banu Israaeel, each of whom spent eighty years in Allah’s sincere service, worshipping Him and not transgressing in the least. They were Nabi Ayyub, Zakariyya, Ezkeel and Yu’sha (Alayhimus salaam). The ‘Sahaaba’ heard this, wondering how to emulate their achievements. Then Jibraaeel (Alayhis salaam) appeared and recited ‘Surah Qadr’, wherein the blessings of this particular night were revealed.

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You have been given an opportunity of a lifetime. A business operates twenty four hours a day. The owner wishes to take a holiday and has requested you to run the business for one month. The arrangement is that for every second that you will personally man the business, you will get paid twenty rands. If you have to leave the business for any necessity, the person who relieves you will get the money for the duration of time that you are out! You have obviously grabbed the opportunity with open arms


First let the above scenario settle in the mind. Now imagine that the month of running the business has just commenced. A close friend phones to invite you to a lavish function. “You must come,” he urges. Your almost spontaneous reply would perhaps be: “I am sorry but I am very busy and will not be able to attend.” The first weekend comes. Your children want to “go out for a drive.” “Not today. I am very busy,” says their father. The children’s mother also wholeheartedly agrees. After all she is also dreaming every night about what she will do with the twenty rands per second that her husband is earning. Hence she does not ask to be taken anywhere. How can she even think of it. Twenty rands per second — and just for one month only! And you … well obviously you are working beyond the limits of overtime. No time to eat in peace . Only the minimal amount of sleep. No shopping. No “drives.” No time to sit around with friends over coffee. And entertainment? Whatever is that? The very word sounds unfamiliar. All this due to the once in a lifetime opportunity of earning twenty rands per second for one month.

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The country tethers on the edge of uncertainty as the ailing symbol of peace and justice; Nelson Mandela remains critically ill in hospital. The unprecedented reaction to his hospitalisation bears testimony to his iconic stature both locally and globally. His charisma, humour and lack of bitterness against the regime that robbed him of twenty seven years of his life, explains his extraordinary global appeal. His achievements can be gauged by the fact that he has received more than 695 awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize and the US Congressional Medal.

He was driven by a sense of justice as well as his unshakeable belief in dialogue and reconciliation. His endearing smile will forever remain etched in the memories of people and his legacy characterised by forgiveness and compassion will hopefully continue to colour the South African political and social landscape. His exodus from public life marked by his witty retort: "Don't call me; I'll call you” best encapsulates the need for the public to respect his privacy during the twilight period of his existence.

When the inevitable hour comes, the most important thing will be to re-dedicate ourselves to the enduring legacy of Madiba in taking hard choices of reconciliation that saw us through the darkest hours of our nation.

Thank You
Yusuf Patel
Secretary General, United Ulama Cpouncil of South Africa
4 July 2013


• Hanafi: R16*
• Shafi Fitra: R21*

• Hanafi: R17*
• Shafi Fitra: R21*

Western Cape:
• Shafi Fitra: R30¤
• Shafi Fidya: R10¤

Eastern Cape:
• Shafi Fitra: R30»
• Shafi Fidya: R15»
• Hanafi: R16•

Free State:
•Hanafi: R20~

* Jamiatul Ulama SA
¤ Muslim Judicial Council
» Eastern Cape Islamic Congress
• Darul Uloom Abu Bakr
~ Musjidun Noor Welkom

Fitra/Fidya same for Hanafi


Hazrat Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahmatullahi alayh)

By Mufti Siraj Desai, 5 June 2013

On Sunday 22 Rajab (2 June 2013) a great luminary on the firmament of Islamic Spirituality was lost to the Ummah: Aarif Billah, Hazrat Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar sahib (rahmatullahi alayh). The passing on of this great Wali of Allah leaves yet another vacuum in the lives of Muslims that shall never be filled.  Rasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) predicted that among the signs of Qiyaamat will be the passing away of Ulema and thereby, the removal of Knowledge from this world. I deem it appropriate to cite the hadith the whole hadith here.

“Verily Allah shall not take remove knowledge by snatching it out of the hearts of Ulema; instead knowledge shall disappear with the passing away of Ulema, until not a single Aalim will remain. Then people will take ignorant leaders (as guides). These ignoramuses shall issue iftaa without any knowledge. They will go astray and lead others astray as well.”

Aarif Billah Hazrat Moulana Shah Hakim Mohammad Akhtar (R) is arguably one of the most influential Sufi Shaikhs of current times. Hazrat’s real name is Mohammad Akhtar but  he was more popularly known as Hakim Akhtar because of a degree he held in Hikmat (Eastern Medicine), although Hazrat never reportedly operated a full time clinic or medical practice. Born in 1928 in the (then) undivided India, Hazrat was raised attending regular school and studied ‘Tib’ (Oriental Medicine) at A.K. Tibiyya College, Allahabad.

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A request came to the Darul Iftaa for a Fatwā clarifying the motives of the Tablīghī Jamāt in order to present to the Kazakhstani court. According to the letter, the Kazakhstani government banned the movement of the Tablīghī Jamāt. The Tablīghī Jamāt is no longer considered a religious movement in Kazakhstan and is classified as an extremist movement.

The Fatwā was presented to Sheikhul Hadith Hadhrat Moulana Fazlur Rahman Azmi Saheb Damat Barakatuhum. Hadhrat checked the Fatwā and approved it.

The Fatwā:

The Honourable Judge,

In response to a request seeking clarity on the Tablīgh Jamāt movement, we hereby present the following.

An independent investigation on any issue is the corner stone of justice and fairness as also understood from the following verse of the Holy Quran:

O’ those who believe, if a sinful person brings you a report, verify its authenticity, lest you harm a people out of ignorance then become remorseful on what you did. (Qurān 49:6)

We understand the importance of political stability and the need for the intelligence of the Government to closely observe and monitor the activities of various organizations. We appreciate that and welcome such scrutiny as that process helps to filter the true and sincere organizations working for the general welfare of mankind from disruptive ones.

We take this privilege to introduce your honourable self to the noble activities of the Tablīgh movement.

At the outset, the Tablīgh movement is apolitical and has no political agenda at all.

The core of the movement is to create Allāh consciousness in people and make them obedient slaves of Allāh. The aim and objective of the Tablīgh movement is to secure eternal success for every human being and to prepare for life after death and accountability to Allāh.  

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