ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue No. 64
07th Dhul Qa'dah 1437 / 09th September 2016
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Isma’il Alayhis Salaam: A Portrait of Obedience
As we mark yet another Eid-ul-Adha, by the Grace of the Almighty, it is important to reflect on one of the central rituals of the day which is sacrificial slaughter of an animal.
This Sunnah of our father Ibrahim Alayhis Salaam is a celebration of the spirit of his sacrifice which set him apart among prophets Alayhimus Salaam, epitomising his total dedication to the Almighty.
Here was a man who was prepared to follow a Divinely-Inspired dream of offering his only son to the Almighty! The Almighty’s intervention of substituting Ismail with a lamb came only after Ibrahim’s resolve to complete the sacrifice was beyond doubt.
Ibrahim Alayhis Salaam’s sacrificial spirit was total. However, Ismail’s submission to the will of the Almighty was equally remarkable. He was only a teenager who could have argued with his father to the contrary.
He could have questioned his father’s sanity. Yet, Isma’il’s Alayhis Salaam made no second-guesses. Isma’il’s Alayhis Salaam only plea was asking his father to be quick in the execution of the Divine Command so as to minimize his father’s emotional anguish and his own pain.
When we look at his example, we realise that his character was a product of his upbringing. His father nurtured and raised him as Allah-fearing. For this reason, he understood what Divine Will was all about to which he unconditionally submitted.
This level of father-son relationship sets a model for all of us to emulate. It is a degree of obedience which among other things earned Ibrahim Alayhis Salaam the title, Khaleel-ul-llah (Friend of Allah). Out of such acts, Ibrahim Alayhis Salaam would alone be called Ummah!
Parental responsibility in nurturing obedience and instilling discipline is paramount. It is an amanah which cannot be abdicated. We have the responsibility of finding ways of connecting to and understanding what our youth are up to. Errant tendencies have to be nipped in the bud before they blossom into incorrigible habitual traits and character.
When Isma’il Alayhis Salaam asked his father to be quick, he had shown a dimension of his concern and expectation from his father to hasten their prospective ordeal. The challenges facing our children today constitute an ordeal they have to grapple with. Let us be supportive in addressing their needs and expectations without compromising the Divine Will.
May He strengthen us in creating communities in which children grow up Allah-fearing in the same way Isma’il Alayhis Salaam was raised. Aameen. 
Eid-ul-Adha Mubarak!
Programs on 'Uldhiyyah Guidelines' were conducted by the ACJU Propagation Division at the Rosevilla Garden Jumu'ah Masjid, Wattala and at the Gintota Jumu'ah Masjid, Galle, on the 28th of August.

The ACJU Youth Affairs had a meeting with University Undergraduates on the 3rd of September at the ACJU Heads office, in which creating a bond with ACJU and carrying out Youth based Projects, and modes of voluntary contribution to ACJU were discussed.

Under the project "Every Child Matters", the ACJU Educaton Division, initiated the project of providing breakfast for around 75 under priviledged students of the Sir Razick Fareed Muslim Ladies College, Colombo, on the 05th of September.

The ACJU Fatwa Division published a Fatwa on "Ruling on deciding the price of the animal for Uldhiyyah after Zabiha" (Tamil).

ACJU Media Release on - "ACJU Uldhiyyah Guidelines (Tamil)"

The ACJU Ulama Affairs Division conducted programs on 'Introduction of ACJU' and Ulama Membership Campaign at 08 Madarasas in the Ampara District on the 06th & 07th of September.
-Saad Al Islamiyya Arabic College - Mawadipalli 
-Hamiyya Arabic College - Kalmuunai
-Sahwa Islamiyya Arabic College - Palamunai
-Kashiful Uloom Arabic College - Ninthavur
-Sabeelur Rashad Arabic College - Pottuvil
-East Ceylon Arabic College - Addalachenai
 -Abubakr Siddeek Arabic College - Akkaraipattu
-Thableegul Islam A.C. - Sammanthurai

The Training program on "Certification Psychological Counseling" of 15 weekly sessions for selected teachers of 18 Muslim Govt. Schools of Colombo, conducted by Counselor Ash Sheikh Lukman Hakeem, was successfully concluded on the 08th of September.The program was organized the ACJU Education Division. 
It was narrated from Abu Qatadah Radhiyallaahu anhu that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah, I hope from Allah, expiates for the sins of the year before and the year after.”
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