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.
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
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.
Fitra/Fidya same for Hanafi
Hazrat Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahmatullahi alayh)
By Mufti Siraj Desai, 5 June 2013