The Responsibility of the Learned
Lesson from Our Guiding Stars
When the verse ‘those who eat the wealth of orphans unjustly put fire into their bellies’ was revealed, then the Sahabah Radi Allahu Unhum were concerned. Those who had orphans wondered whether it meant that their food had to be prepared separately. To do this on an ongoing basis is not so easy, so they enquired ‘what do we do with regards their rights?’ from Rasulullah Sallallahu `alayhi wasallam. This is indicative if their concern for every aspect of Deen.
O you who believe! Fear Allâh and give up what remains (due to you) from usury, if you are (really) believers. And if you do not do it, then take a notice of war from Allâh and His Messenger; but if you repent, you shall have your capital sums. Deal not unjustly, and you shall not be dealt with unjustly.
Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Whoever performs Hajj for the sake of pleasing Allah and does not utter any obscene words, nor commits any evil action shall return from it as free from sin as the day his mother gave birth to him.” (Bukhari #1521and Muslim #1350 – Mishkaat 1/221)
The 27th of April in South Africa is celebrated yearly as “Freedom Day”. It was the day when South Africa was liberated from Apartheid and all South Africans would be given an equal right and a fair chance in life. It was the first time when all South Africans were allowed to vote for the political party of their choice. It was freedom from the shackles of apartheid and oppression of certain race groups.