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The words of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) carried through the beautiful teachings of the Sunnah are a living example of life. The sayings, teachings, and actions of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) have deep meaning and a careful study of these will affect a person’s life immensely. It is precisely for this reason that our lives should be a ‘carbon copy’ of the life of our beloved Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the illustrious Sahabah (RA).

Life is a tangle of knots and tension. As part of our interactions and contact with each other, it is important to communicate correctly. Basically, we need to know when to communicate or get involved in discussion, and say anything only if need be. Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) advised that person who brings Imaan on the Day of Qiyamah, to either say something good or keep silent. In other words, if something has to be told, then it should either be from among the good things; otherwise it would be best to remain silent – an ideal way to keep from trouble. This is a suitable recipe for all kinds of people in every walk of life, especially the governments of the world. It is an excellent remedy to many disputes and discords.

Our Deen has been blessed with the most practical ways through the beautiful teachings of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Sahabah (RA).

Moulana Ahmad Kathrada

Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre

What are we celebrating today?

We are celebrating the Mubarak day of Jummah. Today we join with our brothers and sisters all over the world to celebrate our efforts in worshipping Almighty Allah Jallah Wa'ala. We are celebrating His Mercy, His Muhabbat and Forgiveness., Yes, indeed, we are celebrating all this today, but we are also celebrating something much more important.  Some of you might ask what can be more important than the glorious day of Jummah.  Yes, there is something far more important than all this - the fact that we are Muslims. Today, we are in fact celebrating our Islam. We are celebrating the greatest faith ever revealed to mankind and being believers in the most beautiful and the most comprehensive scripture that ever descended from the highest heaven to earth.


We are celebrating as the Ummah of the greatest man who ever walked upon the face of the earth - Nabee Muhammad Ibn Abdullah -  Rahmatul Liel Ala'meen Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam and being believers in Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala. Had we not been Muslims, we would not have been here today.  We would have not known about the great significance of Jummah, We would not have known about the months of Rajab, Sha'baan and Ramadan. We would not have experienced the sweetness of true brotherhood nor would we have tasted the beauty of praying shoulder to shoulder as a single Ummah united in the presence of our Most Exalted Creator and Sustainer.

Today we are  celebrating the greatest blessing of our lives: our Islam. Islam is the faith that defines us, Islam defines who we are, Islam defines our identity. Islam is the religion that Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala has chosen for us, has perfected for us, and has granted us, as the Most Holy Qur'an so eloquently expresses in part of verse 3 of Surah Al Maidah:

"This day have I perfected your religion for you, I have completed
My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as you religion."

Islam, the Din of Haqq is a great favour and blessing, Islam is a privilege, Islam is a bounty from Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala. All we have to do is to be grateful for such a great blessing and say as we are commanded in verse 43 of Surah Al-Araf: [7:43]

"Praise be to Allah who has guided us to this felicity. Never could
we have found guidance, had it not been for the guidance of Allah"

O People of Imaan!

During this most wonderful month of Sha'baan, let us not loose sight of the fact that the most holy and auspicious month of Ramadan, the month of the Most Holy Qur'an, the month of caring and sharing, the month of Tilawat and Ibadah; the month of Forgiveness and the month for the illumination of our hearts and the month for performing good deeds will soon be upon us. Having said so, are we prepared to take our guidance from the Divine Message of Islam, to build our character as true Muslims and to quicken our space of progress until we attain our rightful place as the true Vicegerents of Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen?

Are we prepared

on this most Mubarak Day of Jummah to raise our voices and our hearts and beg Almighty Allah for forgiveness for time lost without faith, for squandered lives and wasted wealth, for a long history of silence, for peace, courage, and justice. Let us all cry to the heavens and earth that we are rededicating our lives as true Muslims in faith and action. On this Day of Jummah, during this Mubarak month of Sha'baan we are reclaiming our faith, and our right to study our Din as revealed, to live in peace and justice in the world with honour, respect, and dignity.

No greater awakening shall this earth experience than the earthquake of a billion 250 million Muslim around the world proclaiming their servitude to Almighty Allah and to His Most Beloved Rahmatul Liel Ala'meen Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam; proclaiming to the world their willingness to live in peace and respect with all of Almighty Allah's humanity and defend the rights of the oppressed and down trodden. Almighty Allah's promise to the Believers is clear and He never breaks His Word: He informs us with words of Wisdom in verse 7 of Surah Muhammad (47:7).

"O ye who believe! If ye will aid (the cause of)
 Allah He will aid you and plant your feet firmly."

O Ummatul Muslimeen!

In 610 A.D., One Man, One Blessed Man, One Chosen Man, chosen by Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen, was given the Final Message for humanity's salvation, the Most Holy Quran. This message was to return humankind from the darkness of ignorance, immorality, greed, and idolatry to the light and enlightenment of worshipping the ONE and only true Creator of the heavens and the earth. Almighty Allah has shown His repeated mercy through His many Revelations and His many blessed Prophets from Hazrat Nuh A.S., to Nabee Ebraham , Ishak, Ishma'il, Yacoob, Dawood, Sulaiman, Moosa and Esa, Alayhim Salaam and finally, the Seal of the Ambiya - Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Rahmatul Liel Ala'meen Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam.

Almighty Allah's merciful message to humanity throughout history has been the same fundamental truth: ISLAM: A message calling for mankind to submit, surrender, and worship only Him. From one man accompanied by the most pious, faithful, courageous, selfless, and learned men, the illustrious Sahaba Ridwanullahi Ta'ala Alayhim Ajma'een rose a faith guaranteeing mankind the ultimate victory over worldly passions, weakness, greed, envy, immorality, racism, and hate. This faith offered a future reward in Paradise in the company of Almighty Allah. From a small group of the faithful rose one faith, one Ummah, one nation under the banner of Islam, the banner of Taqwa and Tawhid the banner of....

"La Illaha Illalah oo Muhammadoor Rasoolullah".

A nation and a civilization that straddled the world from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sea of China: one nation of brotherhood, sisterhood, classless and race less with no borders, no visas, but with a burning fire for faith, worship, unity, knowledge, curiosity, and peace and justice toward all. One Ummah of believers, One Ummah of Nations (the first United Nations) bonding with Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen and one another. All who believed in the One Creator were family of the Ummah. Almighty Allah declares in verse 90 of Surah Al-Nahl:

"Behold, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good, and generosity
towards one's fellow-men, and He forbids all that is shameful and all
that runs counter to reason, as well as envy; and He exhorts you repeatedly
so that you might bear all this in mind."

From the few rose the many of today, 1 Billion two hundred and fifty million Muslims found  on this planet. Islam has seen its peaks and its valleys. For the last 500 years Muslims have disproved the axiom that there is strength in numbers. If one is to understand why a faith or idea falters one must look back and analyze the reasons for the inexplicable, rapid and glorious rise of such a faith in the first place. Islam rose because of the strong belief of Muslims. Islam fell because of the fall of belief among Muslims.

O people of Imaan!

Muslims today need only search their hearts and souls, in truth and honesty, to discover their poverty of knowledge, of steadfast faith, worship, sacrifice, sanctity of life and brotherhood, hard work, patience, perseverance, and against worldly temptations. Many of us who carry the "Muslim Label" on the outside fall short in our faith on the inside. We can fool the world but Allah knows all that is within us. It is indeed very sad to admit that no one from the days of our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam would recognize Islam in our time as practiced by the Muslims of today. Today, Allah's Message of Surrender, Mercy, and Light to all Mankind, is facing a threatening crusade. This may temporarily harm the faith but will never succeed in defeating or diminishing the light that is protected by the One and Only Creator of the Universe and given to us as a gift of Love to All His Creations.

The Crusade against Islam that I am talking about is more insidious, yet more ominous, like a silent cancer spreading through the body of the Ummah. It is an Internal Crusade by Muslims themselves against Islam through their ignorance of faith, its teachings and practices, widespread illiteracy, loss of self respect and dignity, a demoralized and defeatist existence, acceptance of corrupt rulers, and centuries of silence in the face of threats to their faith. This Muslim Crusade against Islam is a "Crusade of Omission", an omission of knowledge about Islam, an omission of a strong faith in Almighty Allah and His Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam; an omission of Trust and Respect amongst ourselves, an omission of hard work and dedication to Islam, an omission of sacrifice of life and wealth, an omission of acquiring knowledge, an omission of perpetual learning to advance the cause of Islam.

An omission of courage and strength in the face of adversity, an omission of patience and perseverance, an omission of the unity of the Ummah where the needs of "me" are subservient to the needs of "us". In short, Muslims have adopted the passions of the self and worldly gain. We have foregone the essence of Islam the Din of Haqq that emphasizes the beauty and goodness of the life to come over the game of life in this world. We possess a covenant and promise from Him that if we support Him, He will support us as He supported the small weak Muslims at the Battle of Badr. We have reached a Crossroad of Truth that will determine the future of our faith, our Ummah, and our children. We must not be the generation to lower the banner of Tawhid and Taqwa that gloriously spread the Truth of Islam throughout the world.

Ya Ayyuhal Muslimeen!

We cannot and must not submit to anyone in this world but to Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen. Our hearts must beat with the rhythm of love for Jannah and to join with our Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. Let us close our eyes and ears to this egotistical world of delirium and open our hearts and souls to Islam, to one another, to a life of faith, to a life of worship, to a life of joy, and to a life of peace, and charity.

We must not let violent misguided people commit crimes in the name of our faith. We must carry the banner of justice for all while defending our faith against all who aim to spread corruption, evil, and violence against humanity's innocent and faithful. In submitting our selves to the divine natural order, our way of life demands that we seek to bring peace, justice, and rationality to humanity as declared in verse 8 of Surah Al Ma'idah:

"O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair
dealing, and let not the hatred of others make you swerve to wrong and
depart from Justice. Be Just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah.  
For Allah is well aware of all that you do." (5:8)

O Almighty Allah! Keep the hearts of the entire Muslim Ummah ever lit with the light of Islam and the Most Glorious Qur'an. Shower Your Mercy, Your Muhabbat and Your favours upon us. Assist us and strengthen our hearts with hope and conviction. Accept our Duahs, our Ibadah, our supplications and our Taubah and all our good deeds every day of the year for the rest of our lives. O Almighty Allah! Keep us alive so that we may welcome the Glorious Month of Ramadan and the efforts of those who strive in Your Path with a goodly acceptance. Unite the hearts of all Muslims closer to one another every day and destroy the agents of disunity, Fithnah, and division. This then, my beloved brothers and sisters in Islam, is the message of Sha'baan.  

And all Praise is Allah's at every beginning and end.
And the end of all goals is the Love of the Exalted Creator.

And Almighty Allah knows best.

Baarak Allaahu Feekum wa-sal Allahu wa-Sallam 'ala
Nabiyyinaa Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam

Was Salamualaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu

Abdul Hamid



The Sahabah (RA) were the true followers of the mubarak sunnah of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Each one modelled and made the life of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) the way of his lifestyle. They recorded the minutest of details with precision and accuracy.

This is that blessed jamaa’ah (group) that surrounded Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) at all times and ultimately obtained the noor of the best of creation. They witnessed everything: manners, conduct, character, dealings, etc., which literally became a rubber stamp on their lives. They shared the moments of bitterness (in battles) and joy (days of Eid), and their total commitment and allegiance to Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was like the stars shining on a moonlit night. Spiritually, they enjoyed every moment being in the company of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

The status of Muhammad-e-Mustafa, Ahmad-e-Mujtaba (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was of such a high calibre, that seconds spent in his company qualified a person in the category of a Sahabi (companion). The Sahabah’s sacrifices and efforts in the deen of Allah are unparalleled. No other group has displayed such great courage and determination in terms of preserving the deen of Allah. It is perhaps for this reason that Allah Ta’ala expressed His happiness, saying, “Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him.” Elsewhere, Allah confirms their elevated rank, saying, “And those who believe in Allah and His Rasul, they are the Siddiqeen (trustworthy).” Undoubtedly, the Sahabah (RA) were conferred with this title. The Sahabah (RA) were considered to hold the highest position after the Anbiyaa (AS).

It is also a fact that the Sahabah (RA) understood, in theory and practice, the deen of Allah better than anyone else. They attained the highest rank in this ummah. The Sahabah (RA) were the true inheritors of this deen and therefore, our lives should be based on their lives, which in reality is the mubarak life of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). It was primarily through their sacrifices, that the entire deen was transmitted to us. Hence, we can never discard nor disregard the lives of the Sahabah (RA). Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that, “The Bani Israeel will be divided into seventy two groups and my ummah into seventy three groups, all of whom will be in the Fire except one group. The Sahabah (RA) asked, “Who are they, oh Rasulullah?” He replied, “Those who are on my path and the path of my companions (the Sahabah).” [Mishkaat].

It is true that this deen would not have reached us, with the explanation of the Qur’an and the teachings of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), without the presence of the Sahabah (RA). Allah Ta’ala has therefore honoured them with a very high and special position. We are also required to honour them and never speak a word of disrespect about them.


Moulnana Ahmad Kathrada

Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre 

 Virtues of Reciting the Quran

The Holy Qur'aan should be recited daily. Hereunder is mentioned some
Ahadeeth with regards the excellence of reciting the Holy Qur'aan:

Recite the Holy Qur'aan for It will come as an intercessor for its
reciter' on the Day of Judgement.

Allah Ta'ala says: "If anyone finds no time for My remembrance and for
begging My favours due to remaining engaged in the recitation of the
Qur'aan, I shall give him more than what I give to all those who beg
favours of Me." The superiority of the Word of Allah over all other
words is like the superiority of Allah over the entire creation.

Learn the Qur'aan and recite it, because the example of one who learns
the Qur'aan, reads it and recites it in Tahajjud is like an open bag
full of musk whose fragrance permeates the entire place. And the person
who has learnt the Qur'aan but sleeps while the Qur'aan is in the heart
is like a bag full of musk but with its mouth closed.

Whoever recites one letter of the Book of Allah, for him and one
blessing is equal to tenfold the like thereof in its reward. I do not
say that Alif Laam Meem is one letter, but' Alif is one letter, Laam is
one letter and Meem is one letter.

Envy is not permitted except in respect of two persons - one whom Allah
blesses with the recitation of the Qur'aan and he remains engaged in it
day and night, and the other is one who given abundance of wealth by
Allah and he spends it (in Allah's path) day and night.

It will be said to the reciter of the Qur'aan (on the Day of Qiyaamah):
"Go on reciting the Qur'aan and continue ascending the stages of Jannah;
and recite it in the slow manner as you had been reciting it in the
worldly life: your final abode will be where you reach at the time of
the last aayah of your recitation.

One who recites the Qur'aan and he is well versed in it ( i.e. its
recitation), he will be in the company of those angels who are scribes,
noble and righteous; and one who falters in its recitation and has to
exert himself, gets a double reward.


From "Al Hisnul Haseen"
By Allama Muhammad ibn Muhammad Al Jazari Ash Shafee'e


The Deen of Islam is adorned with exceptional values. Each of these values emerge as mountains pegged together, lending tremendous support to the believer. Sadaqah (charity) is one such value that immensely contributes to building a Mu’min’s life.

Sadaqah is broadly defined as “offering something good”. Anything that contributes to the welfare and well-being of others, especially towards Muslims, yields great rewards – this is termed as sadaqah. Obviously, in order for the sadaqah to be accepted by Allah Ta’ala, one’s intention (niyyah) must be for the pleasure of the Almighty Allah.

Many people understand sadaqah to be a monetary disbursement; however this is not so. In the understanding of the hadith, Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) referred to sadaqah in a variety of options, for example, offering a smile, or removing some harmful thing from the pathway of people. These acts are generally regarded as small and simple, but with the correct intention, carry lofty rewards.

We quote a few Ahadith in this regard:

  • Abdullah ibn Abbas (RA) reports that he heard Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) saying, “Whomsoever clothes a Muslim, then most certainly he will be in the protection of Allah as long as the clothing is worn on the person’s body.”

  • Anas (RA) reports that Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “That Muslim who plants a tree or plantation and it bears fruit / vegetation which is then eaten by any person, bird or animal, then for that person it is recorded as sadaqah (reward).” [Muslim]

  • Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated, “Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) informed us that a person was walking on a pathway and was confronted by the branch of a tree (obstructing the people’s path). This person thought to himself that, by removing this branch, people will not be inconvenienced (and he did that). So, by this act of his, he earned entry into Jannah. [Bukhari]

  • Murshid ibn Abdillah Taabi’ee (RA) explains that some companions of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) are reported to have heard Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) saying, that on the Day of Qiyamah a person’s sadaqah will become his shade. [Musnad Ahmad]


The famous saying, “Charity begins at home”, speaks for itself. This concept is fundamentally embedded in Islam. Essentially, a Muslim is required to spend on his wife and children according to their needs.

Islam profusely advocates generosity, especially on the poor and needy. Having said that, it is equally important to first attend to one’s family needs. It is indeed unfortunate that some people spend / contribute even large sums of money and hence neglect their dear ones. Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) invariably encouraged spending on one’s family. In one hadith, Abu Hurairah (RA) reports that he once asked Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), “Oh Prophet of Allah! Which kind of sadaqah is the best?” Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) replied, “The best of sadaqah is of that poor person who earns a living and spends firstly on whom he shoulders responsibility. (i.e. wife and children)” [Abu Dawood]

Based on the individual’s intention, he will be rewarded accordingly. Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), on the authority of Abu Mas’ood Ansari (RA), said, “A Muslim person who spends on his family with the intention of acquiring rewards, then this will be recorded as sadaqah on his behalf and Allah will reward him accordingly.” [Abu Dawood]

Spending on one’s wife and children is an important social responsibility. The care, comfort, love and interaction are but some of the contributing factors in building a healthier family unit. Probably the most simple and regular form of sadaqah is to offer a smile to the wife and children. Indeed, a small but very rewarding deed. It is deeds like these that immensely contribute to a strong and powerful family structure.

In conclusion, the Ahadith are replete, expressing great emphasis on spending on one’s wife and children, monetarily as well as offering sadaqah in every way possible as explained earlier – even with a smile.

Abu Hurairah (RA) reports that a person once came to Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and said, “I have in my possession one dinar (where do I spend it?) Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) advised him to spend it on his needs. He said that he had made arrangements for that. Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) thereupon remarked that he should spend it on the children.The man assured that he had made arrangements for that. Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) suggested that he spends it on his wife. Again, the reply was the same. Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) then suggested that he spends it on his servant. Once again, the reply was the same. At that instant, Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) replied, “You will know best who from your relatives is in need.” 

Daughters – What they Mean


Some communities in this age and time still regard the birth of females as a liability. Pagan Makkans resorted to some of the most heinous crimes, for example, burying their daughters alive, since a female was regarded to be a total liability as opposed to a male or a son.


Islam invariably corrected this uncivilized behaviour and once again gave honour and dignity to the females. In the Court of Allah Ta’ala, there is no superiority in so far as rewards and good deeds are concerned, because each would have to earn them in this life. The Noble Qur’aan makes no distinction between the male and female, saying, “Indeed the most honoured among you by Allah, is the one who has most taqwa.” So many women in the books of history have excelled as leading personalities because of their piety and closeness to Allah Ta’ala.


Our Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), who was “Rahmatul lil Aalameen” (mercy to mankind), truly demonstrated, as a role model, compassion, kindness, honour, love and respect for the female gender. There is no distinction in class and stature; however, the differences in strength, responsibilities, looks, etc. are obvious. For example, it is the man’s responsibility to take care of the family. Equally, the woman has the household responsibility of taking care of the children, etc.


By nature, women are much more tender and weaker emotionally, as well as in general. Daughters need more attention and a more caring hand in comparison to sons. It is therefore a far greater task to care for daughters; hence, the rewards of caring for them are also greater. In a hadith reported by Anas (RA), Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said about that person who has two daughters and nurtures them until adulthood (provided the necessities, marriage, etc.), on the Day of Qiyamah, Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and that person will be this close – Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) placed two fingers together to practically show by way of example. [Mishkaat]


Fortunate are those fathers who have succeeded in bringing up their daughters with the correct Islamic ethos and understanding. The reality of a daughter usually dawns upon the parents once they leave home. Their absence is felt most at that point, and possibly then would one appreciate the real value of the daughter.

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