ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue No. 65
13th Thul Hijjah 1437 / 15th September 2016
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Alhamdulillah: The Perfect Praise

“All praise is due to Allah – The Sustainer of all the worlds” (1: 1) This is the opening verse of the Glorious Quran. It is the very first declaration, lesson and message to humanity from Allah. It is also the opening statement of each rakaah of every salaah. Moreover it is an expression that Muslims repeatedly utter to demonstrate their indebtedness and gratitude to their Creator under all circumstances. The Quran opens with these words …these words will be the ultimate exclamation of joy when Muslims are admitted into Jannah: “And their call (in paradise) will close with (the words) “Alhamdullilah – All praise is due to Allah, The Sustainer of all the worlds” (10:10) 
• It defines the relationship between the Believer and His Beloved: Expressing praise (Hamd) is different from showing gratitude (Shukr). Shukr is acknowledgement of a favour or blessing; Hamd is expressing gratitude together with acknowledging the perfect attributes of Allah. Allah needs no praise; His glory is not derived from those that praise Him. We praise Allah because it increases our dignity and human worth and helps us connect with Him.
• It is an expression of the incredible power of Allah: Allah instructed Nuh (as) when he and his people boarded the ark thus: “ And as soon as you and the people who are with you are settled in the ark, say: “ All praise is due to Allah, who has saved us from an oppressive people” (23:28) 
• It is a manifestation of the inconceivable ability of Allah: When Ibrahim (as) was given the glad tidings of a son in his old age his wife could hardly believe the good news. She responded by saying "Alas for me! Shall I bear a child seeing I am an old woman and this husband of mine is an old man? That would indeed be a strange thing!" They (the angels) said: "Do you deem it strange That Allah should decree what HE wills? (11:71-73) Ibrahim (as) retorted by saying: "All praises is due to Allah Who gave me Isma’il and Ishaq in my old age." (14:39)
• It is an expression of profound gratitude and appreciation: Dawud (as) and Sulayman (as) were both kings who enjoyed innumerable blessings of Allah. They expressed their gratefulness by declaring: "All praise is due to Allah Who has preferred us above many of His believing servants." (Al-Qur’an 27:15)
• It is an acknowledgement that the favours we enjoy are not because of our cleverness but because of the mercy of Allah.
• It is declaring our faith in Divine Decree. Both prosperity and adversity are blessings from Allah. “Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer for if he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks Allah, thus there is a good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation (endures into patiently), there is good for him in it.” (Muslim)
• It is the prerequisite for living a content life: It is better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings while counting your troubles. Count your blessings and do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. Gratitude unlocks the ability to turn a negative into a positive. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. “And remember when your Lord proclaimed, “If you are grateful, I will surely increase you in favour. But if you deny indeed, my punishment is severe.” (14:7)
• It's an investment for the hereafter: “Cleanliness is half of faith and Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) fills the scale, and SubhanAllah (Glory be to Allah) and Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) fill up what is between the heavens and the earth…(Muslim) “The dearest words to Allah are four: SubhanAllah (Hallowed be Allah), Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah), La ilaha illallah (There is no god but Allah), and Allahu Akbar (God is the Greatest)… (Muslim)
Count your blessings; you have so much to be grateful for. Saying ‘Alhamdulillah’ is a life altering expression. It teaches us to be patient, humble and grateful. It is our special way of chanting the praise of our Beloved Allah and connecting with Him!
An event was held on the 09th of September, where 35 families who were flood victims of the Kolannawa Division, were provided 'Livelihood support', under the 1st phase of the Emergency Flood Recovery Project “Back to Business”, which was supported and implemented by Sri Lanka Muslim Cultural Centre(SLMCC)- East London, Inter Build Aid(IBA) UK, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama and Muslim Aid Sri Lanka.

Some prominent Ulama of the Fatwa Committee attended a meeting with regard to an issue on permissability of commencing Jumu'ah at a Masjid, in Matale on the 14th of September.

ACJU Media Division had a meeting with a team of volunteers, who have extended their support in carrying Media related activities, at the ACJU Headoffice on the 14th of September.

A special ACJU Executive Committee Meeting was held at the Head office on the 15th of September.

2016.09.11 - Clarification on the Fatwa issued by the ACJU on the Niqaab (Tamil). Link
Ubadah bin As-Samit Radhiyallaahu anhu said:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "Whenever a Muslim supplicates Allah, He accepts his supplication or averts any similar kind of trouble from him until he prays for something sinful or something that may break the ties of kinship." Upon this someone of the Companions said: "Then we shall supplicate plenty." The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "Allah is more plentiful (in responding)."
[At- Tirmidhi]

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