ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue No. 50
25th Sha'baan 1437 / 02nd June 2016
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Ramadhaan is here.
All praise is due to Allah and may His choicest salutations descend upon our Master and Leader Muhammad Sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam.

This world is no more than the planting field of the Hereafter. Ramadhaan is a time for tilling the land. Those who toil, plant seeds of virtue, irrigate their lands with tears of repentance and draw out the weeds of transgression and passion by fasting, those who draw the clouds of mercy through tilawah and dhikr will eventually yield the harvest of Jannah and save themselves from the scorching and parched terrain of Jahannam. You will reap as you sow! It is time to toil in earnest, it is time to cultivate taqwa and make our hearts fertile and receptive to the commands of Allah.

Ramadhaan offers us an opportunity to draw from the unlimited treasures of Allah. It is a month of receiving for those who are prepared to take. Our fast must go beyond abstention of food and drink. The eyes, ears, tongue and heart must also consciously be made to fast. The minimum requirement of Ramadhaan is to stay away from all that is forbidden and to fulfil all that is fardh. The spirit of Ramadhaan however requires that we fulfil every nafl [optional] act with the conviction that it will open the door to the love and recognition of Allah. Allah runs to those who walk towards Him and He embraces those who stretch their hands to Him. If we continue to be heedless and continue committing sin even while the devil is chained, it displays the extent to which we have become the disciples of Shaytan.

Ramadhaan is a time for introspection. A time to look within and re-evaluate our faith and commitment. “During every day and night of Ramadhaan, Allah sets free a great number of souls from Jahannam. Certainly every Muslim’s du’as are accepted during the nights and days of Ramadhaan.”

Ramadhaan is also a time for generosity, compassion and charity, not only in terms of wealth but also in terms of our character. Lend a helping hand, use your skills to benefit the needy, and forgive those who may have hurt you, if you hope to enjoy Allah’s help and forgiveness. Allah’s mercy rains upon those who are merciful to others. Allah’s forgiveness pours upon those who forgive others. “Whoever feeds the hungry, clothes the naked and grants shelter to the traveler, Allah shall save him from the terrors of Qiyamah.”

Ramadhaan is an exercise in sabr. Sabr at the time of temptation; sabr in fulfilling the commands of Allah; and sabr in trying and testing circumstances. Sabr breeds yaqin [conviction in Allah]. It entrenches our belief in taqdir and infuses humility into our character. If we become heedless, lethargic and intolerant it will be a sign that we have lost sabr. “This is indeed the month of patience, and the reward for true patience is Jannah.”

“This is the month the first part of which brings Allah’s mercy, the middle of which brings His forgiveness and last of which brings freedom from the fire of Jahannam.” The doors of Jannah are open while the doors of Jahannam are shut. Allah’s mercy abounds. He calls out every day and night. “Is there anyone begging of me so that I may grant him his heart’s desire?”
A meeting held between ACJU, RCC and selected Muslim Parliamentarians at ACJU head office to discuss about ongoing flood relief works, on 26th of May.

ACJU Education Division had a meeting with the principals of Kandy city schools and two other schools, to discuss about conducting a research in Kandy city Muslim schools, under the project ''Jaariyah''. Event was held at Kandy Jinnah Hall auditorium, on 28th of May.

ACJU representatives had a meeting with the Police Officials headed by Inspector General of Police Mr. Pujitha Jayasundara to discuss about inter religious issues, national reconciliation and how to react in disaster situations. This event was held at the ACJU head office, on 29th of May.

Under the project "Transforming Every Child" the ACJU Education Division organized Booster Classes for the A/L Students of Fathima Muslim Ladies College, on 27th, 30th and 31st of May and Booster classes for Grade 5 students of Al Hijra Maha Vidyalaya on 28th of May.

ACJU Maktab Division held a Thajweed Training Exam for Maktab Muallim at Puttalam with 128 participants, on 30th of May.

The 10th Day session of the "Certification in Psychological Counseling", for selected teachers of 18 Muslim Govt. Schools in Colombo, was conducted by Psychological Counselor Ash Sheikh Lukmaan Hakeem on 01st of June at Islamic Centre Colombo, which was organized by the ACJU Education Division.

ACJU Maktab Division organized a full day Mu'aawin workshop with more than 70 participants at the YMMA Conference Hall Dematagoda, on 02nd of June.

Crescent of Ramadhaan 1437 might be visible on the 6th of June (Monday) from 6.24 pm onwards (Colombo). If sighted please inform 0112 432110.

ACJU Media Release (Tamil)


An-Nu`man bin Bashir (Radiyallahu Anhu) Narrates:

Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "You see the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, resembling one body, so that, if any part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness (insomnia) and fever with it."

Sahih al-Bukhari 6011

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