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ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue No. 90
10th Jumaadal Aakhirah 1438 / 10th March 2017
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Women in Islam
“O Mankind! Be conscious of your Sustainer, Who created you out of one living entity, and out of it created its mate and from this pair scattered countless men and women. And remain conscious of Allâh in whose name you demand (your rights) from one another…” (4:1)

Women in Islâm have made a considerable contribution to the rich heritage of Islâm. Khadîjah Radhi-Allâhu 'anhâ, the wife of Nabî Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam was the world’s first Muslim. Her fortitude, her resilience, her financial and emotional support served as the most critical contribution to Islâm, making her the ‘mother of believers.’ Her conduct as an ideal wife, mother, and companion makes her one of the most revered personalities in the annals of Islâmic history.

Likewise, ‘Âishah Radhi-Allâhu 'anhâ and Umm Salamah Radhi-Allâhu 'anhâ became renowned transmitters of hadîth after the demise of Nabî Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam. Hishâm Ibn ‘Urwa Radhi-Allâhu 'anhu quotes his father as saying: "I have not seen any one who was more knowledgeable in theology, medicine and in poetry than Âishah Radhi-Allâhu 'anhâ." Abû Mûsâ Radhi-Allâhu 'anhu reports that every time we were confronted with a hadîth that we could not understand, we would refer it to Âishah Radhi-Allâhu 'anhâ, who (always) had information about it.” (Tirmidhî) The wives of Nabî Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam, on account of their close proximity to him, became particularly important figures in the development of Islâmic jurisprudence after his demise.
It will however be a great injustice to measure the contribution of women solely in terms of their contributions outside the confines of their home. If we consider home as the starting unit of society, the architects of good homes are women; thus women are indispensable role players in moulding and developing their societies. It's easy to overlook the important role they play as wives and as mothers. A mother provides love, encouragement, hope, counsel, discipline, and understanding. She serves as the light of the home, offering unending selflessness. In the same vein, a wife serves as the foundation of tranquillity and peace, as so aptly mentioned in the Qur’ân:  "Among His signs is that He has created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts). Verily in that are Signs for those who reflect." (30:21) There can be no peace or tranquillity, no sense of fulfilment without the love and mercy that women infuse into our homes and lives. Nabî Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam has said: "This world is but a passing delight; and the best of passing delights of this world is a pious and virtuous woman" (Muslim)
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ACJU Islamic Economics & Finance Division (ACJU-IEF) conducted an awareness program on Baithuz Zakath for Ulama and Masjid Trustees in Mawanella,  Aranayaka on the 02nd of March.
 
ACJU Education Division
Academic motivation programs organized by the ACJU Education Division with the collaboration of civil organizations, were conducted for the 2017 O/L students at: 
- Al Hamza Maha Vidiyalaya, Mattakkuliya on the 02nd of March.
- Dr Badiuddin Mahmud Maha Vidyalaya, Kotahena on the 06th of March.
- Al Nasser College on the 07th of March.
- Fathima Muslim Ladies College on the 8th of March.
- Al Hikma Maha Vidyalaya on the 9th of March.

The 11th Training session on 'Certification Psychological Counseling' for selected Teachers of Muslim Schools in Kandy was conducted by Counselor Shaikh Lukman Hakeem at Al Jinnah Hall, Kandy, on the 08th of March by ACJU Education Division with the collaboration of Kandy Jamiyyathul Ulama & with the assistance of Civil Organisation.


A special meeting was organized by ACJU Education Division and the Masjid Based Service Team (MBST) in Jaffna on the 09th of March, with the School Principals of Usmaniyyah College & Khadeejah College, Teachers, Old Boys Association, University Students on the implementation of projects of the Education Division.

The ACJU Branches Coordination Division conducted Branch reorganizing sessions in which the ACJU Executive Committee members also participated at:

-ACJU Batticoloa District & Divisional Branches were reformed on the 04th & 05th of March, in which around 200 ACJU members participated.
-ACJU Akurana Branch office was visited on the 04th of March.
-ACJU Kattankudy Branch office was visited on the 05th of March.

The monthly ACJU Executive Committee meeting was held at Kattankudy on the 05th of March.


The ACJU Youth Affairs Division conducted a session at a Rehabilitation program organized by the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB) at Moratuwa on the 07th of March.

A workshop for Maktab Mudeers (principals) was conducted at the ACJU Head office on the 07th of March, by the ACJU Maktab Division.
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