ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue No. 84
27th Rabeeunis Saani 1438 / 27th January 2017
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Women are not oppressed by Islam!
Fourteen hundred years ago Islam gave women rights.
O those who believe, it is not lawful for you that you should forcibly take women as inheritance. And do not hold on to them so that you may get away with some of what you have given them, unless they commit a clearly shameful act. And live with them in the recognized manner. And if you dislike them, then it is quite likely that you dislike something and Allah has placed in it a lot of good.
(Quran 4:19)
The religion of Islam demands that women be treated with respect, honour, and justice. It condemns oppression of any kind. In Islam women, like men, are commanded to believe in Allah and to worship Him. Women are equal to men in terms of reward in the Hereafter.
And whoever, male or female, does good deeds and is a Believer, they shall enter Paradise and they shall not be wronged in the least.” (Quran 4:124)
Women in Islam have the right to own property, to control their own money to buy and sell, and to give gifts and charity.  It is not permissible for anyone to take a woman’s wealth without her consent.  Islam gave women formal rights of inheritance. Women in Islam have the right to an education; seeking and acquiring knowledge is an obligation on all Muslims, male or female.
Muslim women are given the opportunity to submit their consent on  marriage proposals, and married women are completely free from the obligation of supporting and maintaining the family. Women have the right to seek divorce if it becomes necessary.
The religion of Islam declares that women are worthy human beings deserving of respect, and the right to be free from oppression.  Women have the right to a decent life, without facing aggression or abuse of any kind.  They have the right to pursue a life that is pleasing to them within Islamic boundaries. Nobody has the right to force women to be less then they want to be. The true teachings of Islam, declare that women should be held in a position of high regard.
Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said, “None but a noble man treats women in an honourable manner. And none but an ignoble treats women disgracefully.” (Tirmidhi)
Islam recognizes that the role of wife and mother is of paramount importance. Islam defines marriage as half of the religion. Islam goes much further than just recognition; it clearly defines the roles that women play and states rights and obligations with clarity and common sense.
The role of a mother in bringing up children is greater than that of a father. She is responsible for their emotional, behavioral, and intellectual development.  She is responsible for instilling the love of Islam in them, especially in their early formative years.  When a woman understands the teachings of Islam and her own role in life, she understands her complete responsibility for the upbringing of her children.
The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), was sent with a message for all mankind, in all times and in all places. The guidelines sent down to us by our Creator, Allah Almighty, are perfect and cover all situations. Allah made it clear that a woman’s first responsibility is to her Creator, then to her husband, and then to her home. 
A special delegation of the ACJU Council for Coordination & Cooperation (CCC Division) visited Venerable Sagara Thero at Sri Saddarma Ramaya Temple in Maligawatta, member of Amarapura Nikayaat, on the 25th of January.
ACJU CCC Division and ACJU Kurunegala District organized a program on 'Introduction of ACJU and Introduction on the Samaaja Sanwaada Book Series' at the ACJU Pannawa Branch on the 22nd of January, in which Ash Shaikh Omardeen, member of the ACJU ExCom and a delegation from the ACJU Head office participated.

An orientation program for the newly recruited Social Service Volunteer members for the Project 'Post Flood Livelihood - Kollonnawa', which is headed by the ACJU Social Services Division along with Muslim Aid - sri Lanka, was conducted on the 23rd of January at the ACJU Head office.

The ACJU Fatwa Committee meeting was held at the ACJU Head office on the 24th of January. 

The ACJU Maktab Division conducted the 117th Muallim Training for 46 Ulama at the Bambalapitiya Jumua'ah Masjid on the 21st January and the 72nd Mualliamah (Ladies) Training was conducted on the 17th of January. 

Ash Shaikh Nooh from China visited the ACJU Maktab Division on the 25th of January and he was provided an introduction of the Maktab operations.

ACJU Publication - 'Compilation of Responses to the Baseless Allegations Towards Islam (Sinhala)’ - Download

ACJU Education Division Events & Updates
A Spiritual motivation session was conducted at the Dr. Badiuddin Mahmud College on the topic 'Respecting parents,teachers and senior citizens', on the 25th of January.

Another Spiritual motivation session was conducted at the Al Iqbal Maha Vidiyalaya on the topic 'Respecting parents,teachers and senior citizens', on the 24th of January.

The 4th Training session on 'Certification Psychological Counseling' for selected Teachers of 6 Muslim Government Schools of Kandy was conducted by Counselor Shaikh Lukman Hakeem at Al Jinnah Hall, Kandy, on the 25th of January, which was organized by the ACJU Education Division.

It Is narrated on the authority of Abdullah bin Mas'ud that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), observed:
He who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of pride shall not enter Paradise. A person (amongst his hearers) said: Verily a person loves that his dress should be fine, and his shoes should be fine. He (the Holy Prophet) remarked: Verily, Allah is Graceful and He loves Grace. Pride is disdaining the truth (out of self-conceit) and contempt for the people.
Sahih Muslim
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