2020.11.05 (1442.03.17)

 

Health officials have announced that the second wave of Coronavirus spread is much severe than before and the country is in a vulnerable situation. We are aware that the government has taken various initiatives to further curb the spread of this disease. Every one of us must adhere to the related guidelines issued by the Government to the public and cooperate to ensure to prevent the further spread of this disease in Sri Lanka.

 

It is incumbent upon every Mu’min to believe that all matters in this world happens in accordance to the ‘Will of Allah’. Generally, Almighty Allah, has revealed the cure for all diseases. Abu Huraira (RA) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) has narrated that “Allah has not revealed any disease without having revealed its cure.”

 

Furthermore, the ACJU requests all Muslims to adhere to the following guidelines in order to protect everyone from being affected from this virus:

  1. Those who are living in the areas where the curfew is imposed should adhere the related regulations. And to act responsibly, understanding that the curfew has been enforced for the benefit of all in order to prevent the spread of the corona virus. (Media statement released on 06.04.2020: https://acju.lk/en/downloads/download-posters/file/245-an-important-announcement-jointly-issued-by-sri-lanka-police-headquarters-and-acju?start=20)

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “If you hear about it (an outbreak of plague) in a land, do not go to it; but if plague breaks out in a country where you are staying, do not run away from it.” (Saheeh Bukhari: 5729, Saheeh Muslim: 2219)

 

  1. Follow the guidelines issued by the Health officers completely. Especially guidelines such as wearing of face masks, regular washing of hands and maintenance of 1 meter distance, should be strictly adhered.

 

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Do not put a patient with a healthy person” (Saheeh Bukhari: 5771, Saheeh Muslim: 2221)

 

  1. Those who live in areas where the curfew is not in effect, should refrain from going out except for essential needs and should avoid gathering in public places.

 

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Those who remain at home to protect themselves and the others, are in the path of Allah” (Musnad Ahmed)

 

  1. Perform the five obligatory Prayers at home at the prescribed time in congregation. (Poster released on 10.05.2020: https://acju.lk/en/downloads/download-posters/file/263-performing-salaah-in-congregation-with-the-family?start=20)

 

  1. Follow the complete guidelines issued by the Waqf Board on matters related to the Masjids.

 

  1. In accordance with the previously issued guidelines, recite Qunooth-An-Naazila for a Month in the five obligatory Prayers, abstain from sinful acts, engage in Dua, Dhikr, Isthighfaar, observe Fasts and Sadaqa, and pray for the country and its people.

 

(Detailed explanation on the Qunooth-An-Naazila is included in the statement released on 26.10.2020: https://acju.lk/en/news/acju-news/item/2015-let-us-recite-qunooth-an-naazilah-briefly-during-the-regular-five-times-prayers-for-a-month-seeking-protection-from-coronavirus-covid-19)

 

Furthermore, recite the following Dua excessively:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبَرَصِ وَالْجُنُونِ وَالْجُذَامِ وَمِنْ سَيِّئِ الأَسْقَامِ ‏

(Meaning: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from leprosy, madness, elephantiasis, and evil diseases." Abu Dawud: 1554)

 

  1. Aalims should remind the public frequently regarding the above matters by creating awareness and providing religious guidance.

May Almighty Allah protect the people of our Motherland and the entire world from these deadly diseases, Aameen.

 

Ash Shaikh M.S.M. Thassim

Asst. General Secretary

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

 

Note: We kindly requests the ACJU Branches and Trustees of Masjids to make arrangements to read out these guidelines to the public through the mosques for three days consecutively.

2018.08.13 / 1439.12.01

Uldhiyya is an important Sunnah in Islam. Allah Swt says in the Holy Quran "So, offer Salāh (prayer) to your Lord, and sacrifice" (Surah 108 Verse 02).

This act of worship should be performed observing all guidelines prescribed in Islam, only by which the complete virtues could be attained.

Almighty Allah Swt states in the Holy Quran:

"It is neither their flesh nor their blood that reaches Allah, but what does reach Him is the Taqwā (the sense of obedience) on your part. Thus He has made them (the animals) subjugated to you, so that you proclaim Allah’s glory for the guidance He gave you. And give good news to those who are good in their deeds." (Surah 22 Verse 37)

And special attention should also be given to the Sri Lankan Legal rulings stated in 'Animal Act No.29 of 1958'.

Islam honors all lives, prohibits causing pain and enjoins to show kindness to animals.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) warned a person by asking him to Fear Allah with regard to his animal to which he showed negligence in feeding.

The following guidelines should be observed when performing this act of worship:

  1. The Uldhiyya could be performed from the time the Eid Salaah and both Khutbah are completed upto the time of Sun set on the 13th of Thul Hijjah.
  2. It is Sunnah for the person who intends to perform Uldhiyya, to refrain from removing hair and clipping nails from the commencement of the Month of Thul Hijjah up to the performance of Uldhiyyah.
  3. The animal should not be tortured at any circumstance.
  4. The animal should fed sufficiently until it is slaughtered.
  5. The knife to be used for the sacrifice, should be well sharpened.
  6. The place allocated for the slaughter, should be clean and the waste such as blood, bones etc. should be buried in an appropriate manner.
  7. The slaughtering of the animal should not be visible to the other animals.
  8. The places utilized for slaughter and burial of wastage, should be sprayed with insecticide and cleanliness should be maintained.
  9. As law abiding citizens of this country, all necessary documents such as animal's ownership certificate, health certificate, and permit to transport the animal etc. should be obtained at the beginning.
  10. Transporting Animals without permits and carrying animals more than the number permitted, should be refrained.
  11. As we are living in a multi ethnic society, we should avoid any act that would hurt others or incite hatred among other communities.
  12. Honoring the sentiments of the Buddhists, slaughtering animals on the Poya Day should be refrained, to avoid unnecessary issues.
  13. Photography or videoing of the act of Uldhiyya should be avoided and especially such content should not be posted on Social Media.
  14. Those who intend to perform Uldhiyyah are advised to coordinate with the local ACJU Divisional Branches, Masjids and local Federations and are encouraged to perform this Ibaadah, collectively.

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama kindly requests all Masjid Imams and Khateebs, in their lectures on virtues and importance of Uldhiyyah, to give prominence to the related rulings, guidelines and especially advice the public to perform this Ibaadah in a manner that does not hurt or arouse the feelings of other communities.

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak
General Secretary - ACJU

2016.03.04 (1437.05.23)

ACJU/NGS/03-16/002

Some Guidelines & Advices to Da’wah Workers

Islam is a pleasant religion, accepted by Allah. Its preaching is attracted by the people of all folks of life. Islam preaches softness, kindness, propriety, prudence and accommodating others interests. It advises to call others, who are different in opinions and non-Muslims, with graceful manners.

Islam that guides to adopt softness, eloquent and elegance in preaching others, advises to follow softness and elegance in all matters.

Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) says, ”The religion most liked by Allah  is the easy religion that stands in truth forever apart from false.” (Musnad Ahmed -  5/266)

Once Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Religion is easy, and no one overburdens himself in his religion but he will be unable to continue in that way”. “Saheeh Al-Bukhari-39”

Therefore, we should always follow the way of elegance in all our activities, namely, in our Khutba preaching, speeches in the services of Da’wah as Allah likes this good manners of elegance and kindness.

Once Rasoolullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) said to Aiysha (Raliyallahu Anha), “O, Aiysha  “Allah is Kind and He loves kindness in all things.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari - 6024”

Allah ordered Moosa (Alihissalam) and Haroon (Alaihissalam) to go to Firoun, who claimed he was the Creator, and speak to him softly. Thus, Allah says this in al Quran,

“So, (both of you) speak to him in soft words. May be, he accepts the advice or fears (Allah)” (Sura Thaha: 44)

When the prophets were striving in the Da’wah field even though they came across the worst opposing they behaved in good manners and spoke softly. Following incident is witnessing this:

Prophet Ibrahim’s (Alaihissalam) father warned him saying,

 “He said, Are you averse to my gods O Ibrahim? Should you not stop, I will definitely stone you. And leave me for good.”  (Sura Maryam: 47)

He (Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam) said, Peace on you. I shall seek forgiveness for you from my Lord. He has always been gracious to me. (Sura Maryam: 47) Allah has recorded this in the Holy Quran.

Similarly, when the Prophets Nooh,Hooth, Salih and Shuaib (Alaihimussalam) went to their people strived in the work of Da’wah how much they were soft, and elegant in calling them was explained in Soorathul A’raaf.

It was written in many Ahadeeth Books how Prophet Muhammed (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) accommodated the opposing Mushriqs and Munafiqs, he handled them softly and elegantly.

The basics of Hiqmah in the services of Islamic Da’wah means with intelligence and beautiful advices.  Al Quran says as follows:

“Invite (people) to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good counsel.” (Soora An Nahl: 125)

When you are in the field of Da’wah if any opportunities come across for argument Al Quran guides us to undertake it in a very beautiful manner.

“And argue with them in the best of manners. Surely, your Lord knows best the one who deviates from His way, and He knows best the ones who are on the right path...” (Soora An Nahl: 125)

When striving in the field of Da’wah if we lose softness and elegance we will have to even lose our closest people. Allah says the following to the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam):

“So, (O Prophet) it is through mercy from Allah that you are gentle to them. Had you been rough and hard-hearted, they would have dispersed from around you. So, pardon them, and seek Forgiveness for them. Consult them in the matter and, once you have taken a decision, place your trust in Allah. Surely, Allah loves those who place their trust in Him.  ’ (Soora Aala Imran: 159)

When elegance is lost, all merits will also be lost. The following prophetic saying is a good example:

Jareer Bin Abdillah (Rariyallahu Anhu) informs as Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam) narrated,

“Whoever is deprived of kindness is deprived of goodness.’ (Muslim - 2592)                                                                                                                                    

Ulamas are heirs to the Prophets. And, in the activities of Da’wah, especially, during Khutba Speeches you should approach and address the people in the similar way how the prophets approached and addressed in their Da’wah.

When clarifying to the public on the issues of anti-Islamic principles or people of any incorrect dogma in Khutba speeches or any other speeches should choose the best and soft words while following the Islamic discipline.

When clarifying to the public on the issues of anti-Islamic principles or people of any incorrect dogma in Khutba speeches or any other speeches should choose the best and soft words while following prudence and the Islamic discipline. It is the best quality of a truthful propagator, who speaks with good words, protecting his tongue.

When any opinions crop up against the fundamentals of Islam in the social media, clarifications should be given to them patiently and intelligently within the boundaries of Islam. Unscrupulous words or words of hatred humiliating others or other communities should be strictly avoided.

You should also strictly avoid showing your happiness if any person of other religions is in trouble, difficulty or any loss. Islam is guiding to pray for even the enemies for showing the right path. It is important to guide all towards this advice.

Khutba should be done in the usage of simple and easy language so that an ordinary layman could understand. The following Ahadeeth clarifies this:

Anas (Raliyallahu Anhu) informs that Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) narrated, “Make things easy (for people) and do not make things difficult, give glad tidings and do not put people off.”

If all our Da’wah workers follow the above guidelines fruitful results could be achieved. The following matters also have to be taken into consideration:

  1. All our propagation should be done only for the sake of Allah.
  2. We should pray with the true thirst of the restoration and guidance of the people of incorrect opinions.
  3. We should be friendly with them on humanitarian grounds.
  4. Our purpose of speech should be correcting the wrong-doers, but, not pointing out the faults and insulting or warning with hard words.

May Allah Ta’ala bless all of us to understand the truth and follow according to the soft and kind ways with the people in striving in the path of Allah.

 

Ash-Sheikh M.M.A. Mubarak,
General Secretary,

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama.