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Friday Bulletin
New constitution will
outlaw Terror law
Shaban 04 1431/July 16 2010

The draconian anti-terrorism legislation will not see the light of the
day in the event that the proposed
constitution comes into force.
Constitutional lawyer Murshid Abdallah said the document has put
in place safeguards which respect
and protect human rights principles and laws like the anti-terrorism law would not be accepted in
the countrys law books.
That is why some security agencies moved to insert an illegal
amendment of national security
in the proposed constitution to
create an avenue which would
give legal standing to the antiterrorism bill, he said while addressing Imams and preachers
during a one-day civic education
workshop on the proposed constitution in Nairobi.
The illegal additional of "national
security" added to clause 24(1)
(d) on the limitation of the Bill of
Rights would have allowed all
fundamental rights to be curtailed
at any time on grounds of national security. Police commissioner
Mathew Iteree promised to make
public this week a report probing
the illegal amendment which generated concerns about attempts
to scuttle constitution process.

The Weekly Muslim News Update

Issue No. 376

Dr. Abdullahi Labo from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria receives a present of the Muslim Yes
Campaign T-Shirt from the NAMLEF chairman Abdullahi Abdi

The lawyer who is a commissioner with the Interim Independent Boundary Review Commission (IIBRC) further said Muslims are set to gain immensely as the proposed constitution has put in place
measures to address the concerns of minority and marginalized communities
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Referendum: Maintain peace and unity

Kenyans have been advised to ensure that they maintain unity and tolerance during the
ongoing campaign period for the proposed constitution and even after the outcome of the
referendum to ensure peace prevails in the country.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of an Islamic centre and mosque at the Department of Defence (D.O.D) headquarters in Nairobi, the former Chief Kadhi Hammad Kassim said that it was important for Kenyans to maintain calm irrespective of which side carries the day on the referendum. We have maintained peace and unity, whether the new
constitution passes or not, we should continue to uphold peace so that we may continue
to built a better nation, he said.
He asked Kenyans to be tolerant pointing out that what happened during the 2008 post
election violence should not be repeated.
Sheikh Hammad, who was the guest of honour at the ceremony, praised the Kenyan
military for their excellent performance in international peacekeeping missions in different
parts of the world saying that they had brought Kenya great pride over the years.
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Da'wa

The Virtues of the Month of Sha'ban

Women Issues

Umm Salama Hind bint Abi Umay

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Youth and Children


The Gift of Youth

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Shaban 04 1431/July 16 2010

The Friday Bulletin

SUPPORTING THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION

Imams from various parts of the country pose for a group photograph after a forum on the constituton organised by NAMLEF and
the Kenya Council of Imamns and Ulamaa (KCIU). The Imams with one voice endorsed the document and adviced Muslims to vote
YES during the referendum on August 4.

Churches using Muslims to create division


community.
The Sheikh made the remarks during a NAMLEF organized civic
education programme on the constitution for Imams and preachers.
Murshid Abdallah who is a commissioner with the Interim Independent Boundary Commission (IIBC) said some of the misinformation being spread by the group endangered national cohesion
warning that they risked being arrested by the National Cohesion
and Integration Commission.
The so-called Muslims for No group is operating at the Red Card
Centre which is an initiative of evangelical churches whose main
principals include Bishops Margaret Wanjiru of Jesus is Alive Ministries and Jesse Kamau of the Deliverance Church. The two have
been crisscrossing the country with other clerics calling for removal
of the Kadhis courts.
During a recent campaign trip in Rift Valley, the defacto leader of
the No camp William Ruto also took issue with the presence of the
Kadhis courts in the proposed constitution saying that Islam was
being elevated over other religions.
According to redcardcentre.com, religion (read Islam) and the Kadhis courts are listed among the main issues which have not been
in favour with the No camp.

A section of Muslims have fallen prey to the theatrics of the No


camp and are being used by Christian fundamentalists to divide
the community on the new constitutional dispensation.
Sheikh Ahmad Msallam who sits on the religious advisory board of
Jamia mosque, cautioned Muslims to be wary of people who are
bent on creating divisions among Muslims. He accused the group
calling itself Muslim for No for spreading malicious information
and propaganda to mislead Muslims not to support the proposed
constitution. No Muslim in his right sense can sit together with
people who have not hidden their hatred for Islam and Muslims,
he said.
He added that some of the issues cited by the group are not consistent with Islamic principles. Islam stands for truth yet these
people are spreading falsehoods in an attempt to justify their objectives. This is totally against the principles of Islam, he said. They
even fear to come out in public as they have no basis about what
they are saying, the added.
Sheikh Msallam said the No camp which is mainly composed of
evangelical church groups was resorting to unethical methods of
spreading propaganda to lure Muslims to bolster its numbers.
He adviced Muslims to remain united and support the proposed
constitution which he maintained had considerable gains for the
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New constitution will outlaw Terror law

Murshid said the rights of Muslims had been violated over the years
and expressed optimism that with the new constitutional dispensation, a new dawn will follow where historical injustices will be addressed.
Speaking at the same forum, Nominated MP Sheikh Muhammad Dor
said the discrimination and denial of the rights of Muslim children in
schools will also be a thing of the past if the constitution comes into
effect. The document is very clear against discrimination based on
religion which many schools especially those run by churches are
practicing. Many of our children have not only been banned from
wearing the hijab but are being forced to attend church services
and learn Christian Religious Education (CRE) against their will,
he said.Section 32 (4) of the proposed constitution states; A person
shall not be compelled to act, or engage in any act, that is contrary
to the persons belief or religion.
The Sheikh urged Imams to undertake their role of educating Muslims about the gains in the constitution saying that their role was vi-

tal in spreading the message widely to members of the community.


Churches are moving around and spreading lies and disinformation
about the constitution to their congregation. It is our responsibility
to give the true picture about the gains espoused in the proposed
constitution, he said.
Imams from various parts of the country unanimously endorsed the
document and urged Muslims to come out in large numbers on August 4 to vote Yes for the document. In the past many Muslims
have not been enthusiastic about casting their votes, this time we
should come out in large numbers to vote for the proposed constitution, said Sheikh Anas Abdallah, the Imam of Machakos Jamia
mosque.
The seminar was organized by the National Muslim Leaders Forum (NAMLEF) as part of its civic education programme to educate
Muslims on the new constitution. NAMLEF chairman Abdullahi Abdi
said similar programmes will be organized in various parts of the
country to educate Muslims on the proposed constitution.

Shaban 04 1431/July 16 2010

The Friday Bulletin

DA'WA

The Virtues of the Month of Sha'ban


Sha'ban is the name of the eighth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and it is so called because in this month the Arabs used to
disperse (tasha'aba) in search of water, or it was said that it is so
called because it sha'aba (branches out or emerges) i.e., it appears
between the months of Rajab and Ramadhan.
Fasting in Sha'ban
'Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: "The Messenger
(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to fast until we
thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought
he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allah fasting
for an entire month except in Ramadhan, and I never saw him fast
more than he did in Sha'ban." (Bukhari and Muslim). According to a
report narrated by Muslim, "He used to fast all of Sha'ban, he used
to fast all but a little of Sha'ban."
Usamah ibn Zayd (may Allah be pleased with them both) said: "I
said, 'O Messenger of Allah, I do not see you fasting in any other
month like you fast in Sha'ban.' He said, 'That is a month to which
people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadhan, and
it is a month in which deeds are lifted up to the Lord of the Worlds.
I like for my deeds to be lifted up when I am fasting.'" (Narrated by
al-Nasa'i).
Ibn Rajab (may Allah have mercy on him) said: "Fasting in Sha'ban
is better than fasting in the Sacred Months, and the best of voluntary fasts are those that are (observed in the months) closest to
Ramadhan, before or after. The status of these fasts is like that of
al-Sunan al-Rawatib which is done before and after fardh (obligatory prayers) and which makes up for any shortfall in the number of
obligatory prayers.
The same applies to fasts observed before and after Ramadhan.
Just as al-Sunan al-Rawatib is better than other kinds of voluntary
prayers, so fasts observed (in the months) before and after Ramadhan are better than fasts at other times.
The phrase "Sha'ban is a month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadan" indicates that because it
comes between two important months, the Sacred Month of Rajab
and the month of fasting, people are preoccupied with those two
months and they do not pay attention to Sha'ban. Many people
think that fasting in Rajab is better than fasting in Sha'ban, because
Rajab is one of the Sacred Months, but this is not the case.When
Sha'ban began, if the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam still had
some voluntary fasts outstanding that he had not fasted, he would
make them up during Sha'ban so that his nafl fasts would be complete before Ramadan came.
Similarly, if he had missed some Sunnah prayers or he had missed
Qiyam al-Layl (night prayer), he would make it up. 'Aishah used to
make the most of this opportunity to make up any obligatory Ramadhan fasts that she had missed because of menstruation; during
other months she was too busy with the Prophet salallahu alayhi
wa sallam to fast.
We should also note here that anyone who has any missed fasts to
make up has to make them up before the next Ramadhan comes.
It is not permissible to delay it until after the following Ramadhan
except in cases of necessity (such as a valid excuse that continues
between the two Ramadhans).
Whoever is able to make them up before the (second) Ramadhan
and does not do so, has to make them up after the (second) Ramadhan and in addition to that, he has to repent and to feed one
poor person for each day that he missed. This is the view of Malik,
al-Shafa'i and Ahmad.
Another benefit of fasting in Sha'ban is that it is a kind of training for the Ramadhan fast, in case a person finds it difficult to fast

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when Ramadhan starts; if he fasts in Sha'ban he will have gotten


used to fasting and he will feel strong and energetic when Ramadhan comes. Sha'ban is like an introduction to Ramadhan and it has
some things in common with Ramadhan, such as fasting, reciting
Qur'an and giving in charity. Salamah ibn Suhayl used to say: "The
month of Sha'ban is the month of reciters (of the Qur'an)." Habeeb
ibn Abi Thabit used to say, when Sha'ban came, "This is the month
of reciters (of the Qur'an)." When Sha'ban came, 'Amr ibn Qays
al-Mala'i used to close his store and devote his time to reading the
Qur'an.
Fasting at the end of Sha'ban
There are three scenarios for fasting at the end of Sha'ban:
The first scenario is when a person fasts at the end of Sha'ban with
the intention of being on the safe side and not missing the first day
of Ramadhan. This is forbidden.
The second scenario is when a person fasts with the intention of
fulfilling a vow or of making up a day of Ramadhan that he missed
or as an act of expiation (kaffarah), etc. This is permissible according to the majority.
The third scenario is when this is purely a voluntary fast. This is
regarded as makrooh (disliked) by those who said that we should
differentiate between Sha'ban and Ramadhan by not fasting for a
while. It is makrooh to observe a voluntary fast one or two days before Ramadhan for those who do not habitually fast on those days
and who have not previously fasted until the end of Sha'ban.
It may be asked: why is it makrooh to fast just before Ramadhan
(for those who do not have a prior habit of fasting)? The answer is
that there are a number of reasons why this is so, such as:
Firstly: lest extra days be added to the fast of Ramadhan that are
not part of it. Fasting on the day of Eid is prohibited for the same
reason, lest we fall into the same trap as the People of the Book
with regard to fasting, as they added to their fasts because of their
own whims and desires.
For the same reason it is also forbidden to fast on the "day of doubt".
'Ammar said: whoever fasts on this day has disobeyed Abu'l-Qasim
salallahu alayhi wa sallam. The "day of doubt" is a day when people are not sure whether it is Ramadhan or not, when news of the
sighting of the crescent moon comes from one whose word cannot
be accepted. As for a cloudy day, some of the 'ulama' said that this
was also a 'day of doubt' and said that fasting was not allowed on
this day.
Secondly: to make a distinction between fard (obligatory) fasts and
nafl fasts, because making a clear distinction between fardh actions
and nafl actions is prescribed in Islam. Hence it is haram to fast on
the day of Eid, and the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam forbade
following an obligatory prayer immediately with another prayer unless they are separated by saying salam or speaking, especially in
the case of the Sunnah prayer performed just before Fajr.
It is prescribed to make a clear separation between this prayer and
the obligatory prayer. Hence it is prescribed to pray it at home and
to lie down afterwards. (missionislam.com)

We should also note here that anyone who has any missed
fasts to make up has to make them up before the next Ramadhan comes. It is not permissible to delay it until after
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WOMEN ISSUES

Umm Salama Hind bint Abi Umayya


Umm Salama Hind bint Abi Umayya, may Allah be pleased with
her, was married to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him) in 4 AH at the age of twenty nine, after her first husband, Abdul Asad, had died from the wounds he had received while
fighting at the battle of Uhud. Umm Salama and Abdal Asad had
been among the first people to embrace Islam in the early days of
the Muslim community in Makkah. They had suffered at the hands
of the Quraish who had tried to force them to abandon their new
faith, and had been among the first group of Muslims to seek refuge under the protection of the Negus in Abyssinia. When they had
returned to Makkah, believing that the situation of the Muslims had improved, they had
found instead that if anything it was worse.
Rather than return to Abyssinia, Abdal Asad
and Umm Salama had received the Prophet's
permission to immigrate to Madina, but this
proved not to be as easy as they might have
imagined.
In the words of Umm Salama: "When Abu
Salama (my husband) decided to leave for Madina, he prepared
a camel for me, lifted me up onto it and put my son Salama on my
lap. My husband then took the lead and went straight ahead without
stopping or waiting for anything. Before we were out of Makkah,
however, some men from my tribe, the Banu Mahkhzum, stopped
us and said to my husband: "Although you may be free to do what
you like with yourself, you have no power over your wife. She is
our daughter. Do you expect us to allow you to take her away from
us?' They then grabbed hold of him and snatched me away from
him. Some men from my husband's tribe, the Banu Abdul Asad, saw
them taking both me and my child and became hot with rage: "No,
by Allah!' They shouted. 'We shall not abandon the boy. He is our
son and we have a rightful claim over him.' So they took him by his
arm and pulled him away from me. Suddenly, in the space of a few
minutes, I found myself all alone. My husband headed out towards
Madina by himself; his tribe had snatched away my son from me;
and my own tribe had overpowered me and forced me to stay with
them. From the day that my husband and my son were parted from
me, I went out at noon every day and sat at the spot where this
tragedy had occurred. I would remember those terrifying moments
and weep until nightfall.
"I continued like this for a year or so until one day a man from the
Banu Umayyah passed by and saw my condition. He went to my
tribe and said, 'Why don't you free this woman? You have caused
both her husband and her son to betaken away from her.' He went
on like this, trying to soften their hearts and appealing to their emotions, until at last they said to me, 'Go and join your husband if you
wish.' But how could I join my husband in Madina, and leave my
son, part of my own flesh and blood, in Makkah among the Banu
Abdul Asad? How could I remain free from anguish, and my eyes
free from tears, if I were to reach the place of hijrah not knowing
anything of my little son left behind in Makkah?
"Some people realized what I was going through and their hearts
went out to me. They approached the Banu Abdul Asad on my behalf and persuaded them to return my son. I had no desire to remain
in Makkah until I could find someone to travel with me, for I was
afraid that something might happen that would delay me or stop me
from reaching my husband. So I immediately prepared my camel,
placed my son on my lap, and set out in the direction of Madina.
I just had reached Tan'im (3 miles from Makkah) when I met Uthman ibn Talha (He was in charge of looking after the Ka'ba, but did
not embrace Islam until the Conquest of Makkah). "'Where are you
going, Bint Zad ar Rakib?' he asked. 'I am going to my husband
in Madina.' 'And isn't there anyone going with you?' 'No, by Allah,
except Allah and my little boy here.' 'By Allah,' he vowed, 'I will not
leave you until you reach Madina.'
He then took the reins of my camel and led us on our way. By Allah,
I have never met an Arab more generous and noble than he. Whenever we reached a resting-place, he would make my camel kneel
down, wait until I had dismounted and then lead the camel to a tree

and tether it. Then he would go and rest in the shade of a different
tree to me. When we had rested, he would get the camel ready
again and then lead us on our way. This he did every day until we
reached Madina. When we reached a village near Quba (about
two miles from Medina), belonging to the Banu Amr ibn Awf, he
said, 'Your husband is in this village. Enter it with the blessings of
Allah.' Then he turned round and headed back to Makkah."
Thus after many difficult months of separation, Umm Salama and
her son were reunited with Abu Salama, and in the next few years
that followed, they were always near the heart of the growing
Muslim community of Madina al Munawarra. They were present
when the Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allah be upon him) and Abu Bakr (may
Allah be pleased with him) arrived safely
from Makkah, and at the battle of Badr
Abu Salama fought bravely. At the battle
of Uhud, however, he was badly wounded.
At first his wound appeared to respond
well to treatment, but then his wounds re
opened after an expedition against the Banu Abdul Asad, and after
that they refused to heal and he remained bedridden. Once while
Umm Salama was nursing him, he said to her, "I once heard the
Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
that whenever a calamity afflicts anyone he should say what Allah has commanded him to say: 'Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un!'
'Surely we come from Allah and surely to Him we return!' and then
he should say, 'O Lord, reward me for my affliction and give me
something better than it in return, which only You, the Exalted the
Mighty, can give.'"
Abu Salama remained sick in bed for several days. One morning
the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to
see him. The visit was longer than usual, and while the Prophet
was still at his bedside, Abu Salama died. With his blessed hands,
the Prophet closed the eyes of his dead Companion and then
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Mothers of the
Believers

The Friday Bulletin Kitchen

chicken in coconut curry sauce

Ingredients
Chicken, cut into pieces
Onion, chopped
Hot peppers, chopped -- 2 or 3 (optional)
Ginger, peeled and chopped -- 2 tablespoons
Garlic, chopped -- 2 tablespoons
Oil or ghee -- 1/4 cup
Curry powder -- 1 tablespoon
Cumin seeds -- 2 teaspoons
Chopped tomatoes or tomato sauce -- 2 cups
Coconut milk -- 2 cups,
Salt and pepper -- to taste
Method
Add the onion, pepper, ginger and garlic to a food proces or
blender and process until smooth. Add a little water if necessary
Heat the oil or ghee in a large pot over medium flame. Add the
onion puree, curry powder and cumin and saut, stirring
frequently, for 5 to 8 minutes, or until cooked down
Stir in the tomatoes and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Then add
the chicken, coconut milk, salt and pepper.
Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until the chicken is
cooked through and tender, anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Add more water as needed
Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and serve with rice
or chapatti
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Shaban 04 1431/July 16 2010

The Friday Bulletin

YOUTH AND CHILDREN


By Alveena Salim

The Gift of Youth

The Holy Prophet has told us to appreciate five things before


they go, one of which is youth before old age. Youth possess
phenomenal amount of energy, and if this energy is channelled
in the correct way it can guarantee a place in Paradise.
A person is physically and mentally the most active when they
are young. It is during this stage in life that they can greatly
benefit society around them. their lives as good Muslims.
"I will change in the future" is a common procrastination employed by many of us which helps us to self-justify why we are
not living our lives according to the limits ordained by Allah
subhana wa taala.
After all, most of our grandparents turned to Islam in their old
age, after living their lives according to their own whims and
desires. We tell ourselves that we'll enjoy our life to the max,
get married, go to Hajj, ask for forgiveness for our sins and
then live the rest of our lives according to the teachings of
Islam.
The problem with this mentality is that, people die at all ages.
We associate death with old age, but I'm sure we all know of
young people who were killed in fatal accidents. Imagine if a
boy and girl were killed in a car accident, would the excuse
"We did intend to repent, get married and change in the futurebut we died before we could do all that" be valid in the Court of
Allah subhana wa taala)?
Furthermore, how can one intentionally sin with the intention
of repenting later on in life? Such repentance is not even valid
in Islam. In addition, if one is used to sinning how can they assume that they will change and give up their ways in the future,
aren't old habits hard to break?
When a person enters old age his needs, whims, desires and
demands begin to diminish. The things that used to bring him
delight and pleasure do not appeal to him any more, so due to
obvious reasons the worship of a teenager is worth more then
the worship of an elderly person.
Furthermore, the punishment of an old man who commits
adultery is harsher then the young man who commits the same
sin, this is because it is easier for him to keep away from wrong
actions.
Negative characteristics such as pride, arrogance, and being
shameless are most prominent when an individual is neither
too old nor too young. These unlawful needs, whims, and desires are most prominent when one is in his youth.
It is difficult to commit oneself to the laws and commands of
Allah) when an individual is young; this is because of all the
temptations that surround us. When we look at society around
us, we can see that most of the worldly distractions, such as
music, relationships, clubs, magazines, fashion, media are all
specifically targeted at the young.
When an individual is young it is extremely difficult to stay on
the straight path. This stage is indeed both difficult and hazardous and this is why Allah has promised seven people His
shade on the Day of Judgement, as a mark of distinction and
honour. Youth who spend their years as devout and conscious
Muslims in the face of overwhelming temptations and seductions are one of the seven people. The fact that Allah grants
such a distinguished position to them shows how difficult these
challenges are.
In order to taste the sweetness of faith, we must refrain from
succumbing to temptations.
Yes, it is difficult because we live in morally degenerate society
and yes, it does demand a lot of self-control and discipline.
However we should realise that difficulties, hardship and inconvenience suffered for the sake of Allah will bring us immeasurable rewards and a multitude of spiritual benefits.
We are the future of Islam. We have a great role to play in society and must emulate the examples of our great predecessors
in order to positively benefit society.
The reward and status of one who sacrifices his youth for the
pleasure of Allah are immense.
May Allah give us the tawfeeq to do so, Ameen.

Cleanliness
Cleanliness is a very important part of being a Muslim. Maintaining good personal hygiene shows for oneself and for
those with whom one associates. The way a Muslim presents
himself is a reflection on all Muslims and Islamic teachings.
This is why one should try to keep good habits of cleanliness. Allah says, "And your garments keep free from stain!
And all abominations shun!" (Al-Muddathir 74:4-5)
The Prophet salallahu alayhi was sallam is reported to have
said: "(The religion of) Islam is clean. Hence, you should also
keep yourself clean. No one will be allowed to enter Paradise
except he who is clean. This cleanliness is of both the body
and the mind."
Why is it Good to be Clean?
A dirty body, dirty hair, dirty teeth, and dirty clothes are
not only unpleasant to look at, but give off a bad smell. They
offend other people. They attract lice and disease-causing viruses. The dirty person may scratch his body which
may cause sores resulting in infection. Dirty teeth become
yellow and rotten, causing pain. They may even have to be
pulled out. But, clean, white teeth and a clean body in fresh
clean clothes is beautiful.
In the same way, if a person's mind and heart are clean, his
character is good and pleasing. But if his mind is unclean, it
is a place of bad thoughts and a source of bad deeds.
How Should a Muslim keep Himself Clean?
The body: A Muslim should try to bathe daily, if water is
available.
The hair: The hair should be washed when bathing, whenever
possible. The hair should always be combed and brushed.
The teeth: The teeth should be brushed several times a
day with a toothbrush or a Miswak. It is recommended to
brush the teeth at the time of Wudhu. To brush teeth with
a Miswak at the time of Wudhu is a sunnah of the Prophet
salallahu alayhi was sallam
The mind: A Muslim should have a clean mind and pure
heart. He should follow the guidance of the Qur'an and the
Sunnah. He should do what is good and avoid what Allah
has forbidden. If a Muslim does something wrong, he should
repent and try not to repeat his sin. Regular prayers and
fasting also help a Muslim to remember Allah and cleanse
the heart and mind.
Cleanliness for Salah
A Muslim should be particularly clean and nicely dressed for
the Salah. He is about to stand before Allah, the Almighty,
and must present himself in the best way possible. Therefore, cleansing oneself through Wudhu, making sure that
the clothes are clean and neat, and clearing the mind of bad
thoughts are all parts of necessary purification in preparation for Salah.
Cleanliness of Surroundings
A person cannot stay clean if he lives in a dirty environment. Therefore a Muslim should keep his/her room, his/
her house, his/her neighborhood and his/her environment
clean. He should not use roads or sidewalks or public places
to throw waste or garbage. Following these teachings shows
respect for Allah, respect for our neighbors, respect for
the regulations of the society and respect for ourselves.
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Sheikh Hammad calls for peace and unity

E. M. Sasia said that the opening up of the Islamic centre, the first
of its kind in Kenyan military will help coordinate the work of the
Muslim chaplains in the armed forces of the country to ensure all the
Muslims members of staff have an opportunity to practice their religion effectively. He urged Muslim members of the armed forces to
fully utilize the facility to ensure that they maximize and fully benefits
from it adding that the Department of Defence will give the facility
the accorded support it needs.
The Principal Imam of the armed forces, Lt.Col. Abdikadir A. Muhammad said that the centre will work to ensure that Muslim soldiers build strong moral as well as fostering better working relationship amongst themselves.
He added that it will also ensure that every Muslim soldier get Islamic education thus building enough lecture halls and classrooms
within the centres premise to ensure that staff got relevant information about Islam while working.
The centre was initiated by Lt.col (rtd) Hassan Noor to undertake
and cordinate activities of Muslims members of the armed forces
across the country.
The completion of phase one of the centre comprises of office blocks, main prayer hall for both male and female and a well
equipped library. Phase two of the project will see the construction
of madrassa classrooms, multi purpose halls, accommodation block
for Imam and extra administrative offices as well as lecture halls for
staff.
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Sheikh Hammad Kassim, the former Chief Kadhi is assisted to


plant a tree at the Department of Defence Islamic Centre. Standing in the centre is the Principal Imam of the armed forces Lt.
colonel Abdikadir A. Muhammad

Umm Salama Hind bint Abi Umayya

raised them in prayer. "O Allah, grant forgiveness to Abu Salama;


elevate him among those who are near to You; take charge of his
family at all times; forgive us and him, O Lord of the worlds; make
his grave spacious for him and fill it with light. Amin."
Once again Umm Salama was alone, only now she had not one
child, but several. There was no one to look after her and them.
Recalling what her husband had told her while she was looking after
him, she repeated the dua'a that he had remembered: "Inna lillahi
wa inna ilayhi raji'un!" "Surely we come from Allah and surely to
Him we return!" she repeated. "O Lord, reward me for my affliction
and give me something better than it in return, which only You, the
Exalted and Mighty, can give." Then she thought to herself, "What
Muslim is better than Abu Salama whose family was the first to emigrate to the Messenger of Allah?" All the Muslims in Madina were
aware of Umm Salama's situation, and when her idda period of four
months and ten days were over, Abu Bakr proposed marriage to
her, but she refused. Then Umar asked her to marry him, but again
she refused. Then the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him) himself asked for her hand in marriage. "O Messenger
of Allah," Umm Salama replied, "I have three main characteristics: I
am a woman who is extremely jealous and I am afraid that you will
see something in me that will make you angry and cause Allah to
punish me; I am a woman who is already advanced in age; and I am
a woman who has many children."
"As for your jealousy," answered the Prophet, "I pray to Allah the
Almighty to take it away from you. As for your age, I am older than
you. As for your many children, they belong to Allah and His Messenger."
The Prophet's answered eased her heart, and so they were married
in Shawwal, 4 AH, and so it was that Allah answered the prayer of
Umm Salama and gave her better than Abu Salama. From that day
on, Umm Salama was not only the mother of Salama, but also became the 'Mother of the Believers' 'Umm al Muminin'.
Umm Salama was not the only wife to have been widowed as a
result of the battle of Uhud, and thanks to this marriage, many of
the Companions followed the Prophet's example, marrying widows
and thereby bringing them and their children into the circle of their
families, instead of leaving them to struggle on their own.
A'isha said, "When the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of
Allah be upon him) married Umm Salama, I felt very unhappy when
he mentioned her beauty to us. I waited until I saw her and she was
even more beautiful than her description." She was also from a very

noble family and known for her keen intelligence. On more than one
occasion, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
asked her advice in tricky situations.
Like A'isha and Hafsa, Umm Salama learned the whole of the
Qur'an by heart, and an indication of her high station with Allah can
be found in the fact that she was permitted to see the angel Jibril
in human form: It has been related by Salman that Jibril came to
the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
while Umm Salama was with him, and had a conversation with him.
After Jibril had left, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him) said to Umm Salama, "Do you know who that was?" and
she replied that it was a man called Dihya al Khalbi. "By Allah," said
Umm Salama, "I didn't think it was anyone else until the Messenger
of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) told me who it
really was."
She also had a home for her four children: Salama, Umar, Zaynab,
and Durra who were the foster children of the Prophet. Once she
was with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
with her daughter Zaynab when Fatima came with al Hasan and al
Husayn. He embraced his two grandsons and said, "may the mercy
and blessings of Allah be upon you, People of the House. He is
Praiseworthy, Glorious." Umm Salama began to weep and the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) looked
at her and asked tenderly, "Why are you weeping?" She replied,
"O Messenger of Allah, you singled them out and left me and my
daughter!" He said, "You and your daughter are among the People
of the House." Her daughter Zaynab grew up in the care of the
Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and
became one of the most intelligent women of her time. Once Zaynab came in while the Prophet was bathing and he splashed water
in her face. Afterwards her face retained its youthfulness even into
her old age.
Her son Salama later married Umama, the daughter of Hamza, the
martyred uncle of the Prophet. Umm Salama was married to the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) for seven years
until his death in 10 AH and accompanied him on many of his expeditions: Hudaybiyya, Khaybar, the Conquest of Mecca, the siege of
Ta'if, the expedition against Hawazin and Thaqif, and the Farewell
Hajj. She continued to live for a long time, outliving all the other
wives of the Prophet, may Allah be pleased with them, until she died
in 61 AH, at the age of eighty four, may Allah be pleased with her,
and Abu Hurairah said the funeral prayer over her.

Shaban 04 1431/July 16 2010

The Friday Bulletin

NATIONAL NEWS

Initiate waqfs to create income generating projects


Mosques and institutions should initiate endowment (waqf)
projects to reduce dependency on donor funding.
Such initiatives act as regular sources of income which will ensure the smooth running of the projects without depending on
financial support from individuals and organisations within and
outside the country.
The director of Kinderworld Junior School Abdulghani Bashir
said the closure of international Muslim non-governmental organisations had negatively affected the operations of many institutions in the country and it was imperative that local sources
of funds be explored to support existing projects. We need to
establish many endowment projects so as to bridge the gap that
was created after the government shut down International Islamic organisations that were very helpful in the propagation of
Islam and funding of Muslim institutions, Abdulghani said during
the fundraising event for Aisha Centre.
He asked Muslims to channel their resources to support projects
which are pivotal in promoting the welfare of the community adding that dependency on aid from foreign countries was counterproductive to dawa activities.
On education, he advised Muslims to give special consideration
to the education of the girl child pointing out that in Islam women
had a vital role to play in the growth and development of the
society.
Gulf African Bank CEO Najmul Hassan who was the chief guest
during the fundraising for the ladies reverts centre stressed on
the need for Muslims to financially support the education of the
underprivileged in the society to ensure that every Muslim got
access to education. He said for knowledge to spread widely,
immense efforts and resources need to be invested so as to
achieve this objective.
The coordinator of the Aisha centre, Bhaudin Khares said endowment facilities were embodied in the Islamic social welfare

Youth set to benefit from


Kazi kwa vijana initiative
Over 200 youth from Malindi district are set to benefit from the
programme of Kazi kwa vijana initiative worth about seven millions shillings. The programme that will take over four months will
see youth over 18 years of age to 35 years from all the wards in
the district benefit.
Speaking during the inauguration of the programme, the mayor of
Malindi municipality Samson Mapinga said that the programme
which comes from the prime ministers office will deal with cleaning up the town as well as dealing with the drainage system of
the town.
He said that those who will be given the first priority are youth
who have completed their secondary education but were unable
to get their academic documents due to lack of fees clearance.
The mayor however, said that although the funds allocated were
not enough at the moment, he was optimistic that more funds will
be given only after the first allocation becomes successful in alleviating the status of job creation in the area.
The initiative has been welcomed by anti-drug activist who said
the programme will reduce idleness among the youth. The chairman of Maarufu Community Policing group, an anti-drug group
Mzee Muhammad Famau lauded the initiative saying that the
project will help reduce drug abuse among young people.
He said idleness was a contributory factor for the rising cases of
drug abuse and expressed optimism that that this will reduce as
the initiative will create employment for many youth in the area.
Mzee Famau added that many youth tend to abuse drugs because of idleness and the initiative will go along way in keeping youth busy thus reducing the likelihood of them engaging in
drugs.
The group has been in the forefront in fighting drug abuse and
trafficking in the district for along time.

system and this was an important programme benefiting the disadvantaged in the society.
Over 11 million shillings was colleted from the fund raising that was
attended by among others the chairman of Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) Ahmed Issak Hassan, Sheikh Abdullatif Abdulkarim of the Kenya Council of Imams and Ulamaa as well as Sheikh
Ishaaq Ismail of Mahad Dahwa Organisation.
More than Sh60 million is required to purchase the endowment facility
which is expected to reduce the dependency on donor funds to run
the centre which is currently experiencing a cash crunch. Contributions towards the project can be channeled to New Dawn Community
Development Project Gulf African Bank account number 0710000501
or First Community Bank account number 09992571.
Located in Sigona, Kiambu district, Aisha Centre is among the few reverts centre in the country providing basic Islamic educational to new
female Muslims.

Cohesion commission on the spot


over hate speech
The Council of Imams and Preachers (CIPK) organizing secretary
Sheikh Khalifa Muhammad has warned the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) against taking measures that might sow
seeds of hatred among Kenyans.
The commission, he said should endear at uniting Kenyans rather than
coming up with measures which will be detrimental to the countrys
cohesive structure.
Sheikh Khalifa said the recent allegations by NCIC against nominated
MP Sheikh Muhammad Dor did not reflect the ideals of the commission which rushed into conclusion without carrying out proper investigations and coming up with proper evidence to convict a person.
The commission should not become a stumbling block itself while it
is the one charged with the responsibility of uniting Kenyans, he said.
Last month, the commission accused the Nominated MP of involvement in incitement the public during his Madaraka Day speech in Mombasa, charges which Sheikh Dor dismissed terming them as baseless
and unfounded.
Sheikh Khalifas remarks came during a recent workshop organized by
the commission in Mombasa where it was announced that a strategic
plan which will spell out the commissions activities to promote integration, cohesion and peace in the country will soon be unveiled.
We have been conducting workshops and calling on people to tell us
what the thorny issues are and we will harmonize them with what we
have so that we publish the report in a months time, said vice chairperson Mary Onyango.
Commissioner Ahmed Yassin said considering the existing divisions
among Kenyans on tribal lines, there was danger of these differences
widening with the introduction of counties if the proposed new constitution becomes law. We need to put in place structures that will prevent
this from happening because such a situation would put the country
into even worse problems, he said.
Views from participants ranged from their discontent in the way land issues have been handled in the past, inequalities in employment among
people from various communities, access to education and allocation
of resources among other issues, painting a huge task ahead of the
commission.
Omari Mbuli, finance chairman of coast provisional stakeholders forum said land distribution at settlement schemes that had been established at the coast had not been carried out correctly because locals
had been locked out of the process.

FROM THE BOOK OF ALLAH


Hearken to your Lord, before there come a Day which there
will be no putting back, because of (the Ordainment of)
Allah! that Day there will be for you no place of refuge nor
will there be for you any room for denial (of your sins)!
The Quran 42:47
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French entrepreneur offers to pay Niqab fines


A French businessman is offering to sell properties to help Muslim women pay any
fines that they may receive for wearing the full veil in public if a law is voted through
France's Parliament.
Lawmakers on Tuesday voted for the Bill which if passd by the Senate would see
women fined 150 euros if they wear the full veil, known as niqab, in public places.
In a statement published in several newspapers, Rachid Nekkaz, who tried to stand in
the presidential elections in 2007, said he would use proceeds from property sales for
a 1 million euro fund to help women pay any fines.
France, home to the Europe's largest Muslim minority with about 5 million Muslims, is
the second country after Belgium to want to ban the veil on its own soil.
Nekkaz is setting up an association, 'Hands off my Constitution', which he said viewed
banning the veil in the street as unconstitutional.
Critics also see the bill as difficult to enforce and say only a tiny minority of Muslim
women wear the full veil and that the legislation is a step toward tighter restraints on
individual freedom. The country already bans Muslim head scarfs and other religious
symbols from schools and voters have indicated support for a ban of the full veil.
(Agencies)

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Outstanding Examples From


The One Shilling Foundation
During the inauguration of the One Shilling Foundation, the chairman, Abdullatif Essajee, coined
the famous catchphrase my shilling, your shilling, his shilling, her shilling, our shilling! Ever
since, many people have heeded this call and
have endeavoured to bring development through
this upstanding but simple way of raising monetary resources. There are some people who have
particularly taken especial sacrifice and determination to make this noble system work.
Brother. Awadh Barafa is an illustration of an
industrious man who, after reaching retirement
age, has settled his mind to do charity work (Fisabilillah) and same can be said of brother Abdallah Nasib. Awadh is the One Shilling Foundation
Chief Coordinator, Mombasa bureau while Nasib
is one of the Senior Coordinators in the same
city.
They both have a wealth of working experience
in the management of some of the best organizations in the country. Brother Awadh, an active
member of the Kenya Council of Imams and
Muslim Preachers (CIPK), was a sales manager
for Car and General and has worked in similar
positions in McKenzie(K) Ltd as well as Davies
and Shirtliff in Mombasa.
He is one of the most renowned football referees
in Mombasa. Brother Nasib has also worked in
senior positions at the defunct Kenya Posts and
Telecommunications for many years.
In the coordination activities, there is Sheikh
Lali Hamza the Imam of the Taqwa Mosque in
Masimba area of Kayole, Nairobi, and Sheikh
Muhammad Rashid, the Imam of Neema Mosque
in Mombasa. They both have to experience the
challenging tasks of coordinating both the activities of the Mosque as well as the One Shilling
Foundation.
Among the salient examples of determination is
the Tom Mboya Primary School, Mombasa. This
is a school wihich provides special education to
children with celebral palsy is determined to work
side by side with the rest of the Muslims to make
the One Shilling Foundation a winner. They have
taken the responsibility to make a weekly donation to the One Shilling Foundation.
The One Shilling Foundation honours these great
people. For those who wish to dedicate their time,
effort and money to the One Shilling Foundation
for the sake of ALLAH subhana wa taala please
contact us on the following address:
The One Shilling Foundation
The Village plaza, Ngara Road,
Block A,Suite A3,
P.O. Box 58717-00200, Nairobi
Tel: 0717 613 3333/ 0732 613333
Email: info@oneshillingfoundation.org
Web: www.oneshillingfoundation.org

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