ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue No. 87
19th Jumaadal Oola 1438 / 17th February 2017
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The Steadfast: No Reason to Fear
All praise is due to Allah and may His choicest salutations continue to descend upon our Master and Leader Muhammad (ﷺ) – who taught us the importance of perseverance and consistency.
“Indeed those who say: "Our Rabb is Allah," and then remain steadfast – the angels descend on them saying "Fear not!" – "Nor grieve! but receive the Glad Tidings of the Garden (of Bliss) which you were promised.” (41:30)

Sufyan ibn Abdillah Radhi-Allahu anhu narrates that: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, give me a (clear and concise) statement regarding Islam which I need not ask anyone other than you about? ’ Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said: ‘Say I believe in Allah (Iman) and then remain steadfast (Istiqamah)”. (Muslim)

The two directives given to Sufyan Radhi-Allahu anhu in the above Hadith sets out in amazing brevity the formula for success; Iman and Istiqamah.
Istiqamah means consistency and steadfastness in discharging your obligation in the best possible manner and with the highest possible enthusiasm. Nabi
(ﷺ) himself was specifically instructed to execute his obligations with
Istiqamah in the following words: “Be steadfast (in discharging your obligations) as you are commanded (by Allah).” (11:112) Ibn Abbas Radhi-Allahu anhu states that this was the most difficult verse of the Quran on Nabi
(ﷺ) to the extent that he would say that: “(This verse of) Sura Hud has made me grey.” 
The differences between a believer and a hypocrite, between a looser and a winner, between success and failure lie in the level of your Istiqamah. With Istiqamah you can accomplish the most difficult of tasks. The distinction between achievers and defeatists lies in their ability to be steadfast and consistent in what they do. 
How do we achieve Istiqamah?
“Winners make commitments – Losers make promises”. The most important single factor in individual success is COMMITMENT. Commitment ignites action. The best description of commitment is “persistence with a clear purpose.” Commitment is what you do immediately whilst a promise is what you hope to do in the future “Speech by itself is worthless, unless it is followed by action. Speech and action by themselves are worthless, unless
they have the right intention. And speech, action, and the right intention are worthless unless they agree with the Sunnah.” (Abdullah ibn Masud)
"Man is influenced by the faith of his friends. Therefore, be careful of whom you associate with.” (Abu Dawud) This means that a person’s beliefs, values and character is shaped and determined by those that he associates with. You are as righteous, committed, motivated and as productive as your friends are. “Tell me who your best friends are and I will tell you who you are” The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those you closely associate with- for the better or worse.
Sincerity of Purpose
“The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions, and every person will be rewarded according to his intention…” (Bukhari)
Our sincerity determines the true value of our actions and also helps us to be consistent in what we do. “There is nothing more difficult for me to correct than my intentions, for it continually attempts to change.” (Sufyan Thawri)
Our sincerity of purpose purifies our actions and gives added significance to what we do. A man approached three workers who were doing the same job. “What are you doing?” he asked each one of them separately and got different answers. “I am cutting stones” replied the first. “I am earning my livelihood” replied the second. “I am building a mosque” replied the third. The value of what we do depends upon the inner purpose in our heart with which we do our work.
“Time is like capital in the hands of an investor, which he invests for the purpose of profit. The greater the amount being invested, the greater the returns. So whoever takes advantage of doing good deeds in his life has achieved success, while whoever wastes his investment will not see any profit but incur great loss.” (Sharaf al-Din al-Tibi)
Imam Ghazali rahimahullah says: “It is incumbent on every person who believes in Allah and the Last Day that he should not be oblivious of evaluating himself. Every breath of life is a precious jewel which can buy eternal treasures. Wasting these breaths or using them for detrimental purposes is such a great loss which no intelligent person could justify. When a person wakes up he tells himself that the only commodity he has is his life. When life perishes all his capital perishes.” (The Provision of Believers)
It is necessary for an individual to pause at the end of each day that has passed, in order to check himself and run through his achievements: What has he done in the course of the day? Why has he done it? What has he omitted? Why has he omitted it? “You will not meet a believer except he is evaluating himself.”(Al-Hasan Basri)
Unfortunately, honest self-evaluation is one of the hardest skills to master. We generally tend to be self-serving in our thoughts.
 Umar Radhi-Allahu anhu would often say: “Criticize and appraise yourselves before you are criticized and appraised on the Day of Judgment, and weigh out your deeds, before they are weighed out for you.” A Sage once said: “We take delight in every day that we have lived, yet each day that passes is a portion (gone) of a lifetime.”
May Allah make us of those who persevere and remain steadfast in doing good and abstaining from evil.
ACJU Council for Coordination & Cooperation (CCC Division) and ACJU Hambantota District organized a program on 'Introduction of ACJU and Introduction on the Samaaja Sanwaada Book Series' at the Hambantota Markaz Masjid on the 10th of February, in which Ash Shaikh Arqam Nooramith, member of the ACJU ExCom and a delegation from the ACJU Head office participated.

The ACJU CCC Division, ACJU Puttalam Branch  and Ash Shaikh Abdullah Mahmood, a member of the ACJU Executive Committee,  visited some Temples & Churches in Puttalam Town on the 14th February.

ACJU Education Division
Spiritual motivation programs were conducted on the topic 'Respecting Elders' at:-
-St Sebastian Maha Vidyalaya on 13th of February.
-Al Hijra Maha Vidyalaya on 15th of February. 
-Sir Razick Fareed Muslim Vidyalaya on 16th of February.

Other spiritual motivation programs were conducted at:
-Al Hidaya Maha Vidiyalaya on the topic 'Porn is a Thorn' on 14th of February.
-Khairiya Muslim Ladies College on the topic 'Faith & Life' on 17th of February.

Jumu'ah Khutbahs were conducted on the 'Importance of Parent's Contribution Towards Children's Education' at the Dikwella Grand Jumu'ah Masjid & at the Negombo Grnad Jumu'ah Masjid on the 10th of February.

A complete Survey to identify the barriers for learning & Teaching for students & Staffs by a research team was conduced at Usmaniyyah College, Jaffna last week.

The 7th Training session on 'Certification in Psychological Counseling' for selected Teachers of Muslim Government Schools in Kandy was conducted by Counselor Shaikh Lukman Hakeem on the 15th of February.

Spiritual Motivation program for upper grade students on "What are the barriers to learning" and "what are the indicators to learning" and for parents on "Parent's contribution towards children education" was conducted at Al Hilal Central College Assembly Hall, Negombo, on the 17th of February, which was organized in collaboration with NPWA.

Under The Project "Transforming Every Child" Education Division of ACJU with the collaboration of Arabic Colleges in Sri Lanka, has organised a 3 Month Teacher Training Program for Arabic College Teachers.
This Course will be conducted by The Open University Of Sri Lanka (OUSL) for the first time. Inauguration ceremony of this course was held on the 16th of February at ACJU Head office.
The head of Faculty of Education & Tertiary Dr. Mrs. S.T Kugamoorthy & Deen of Faculty of Education Prof. P.C.P Jaffer, with few other University Lecturers participated from the OUSL. Importance of the course & details were presented to the students.
Ash Shaikh Jawfer - President of The Federation Of Arabic Colleges delivered a talk on the need of conducting such a training for Arabic College Teachers while Ash Shaikh Arqam Nooramith made a speech on the importance of Teachers. The course is scheduled to commence on the 18th of Feb 2017 Insha Allah.

The 3rd & 4th workshop sessions for Maktab Mudeers (principals) was conducted at the ACJU Head office on the 14th & 16th of February, by the ACJU Maktab Division.

The ACJU Hilaal Division conducted a visit to Peelikara Deltota for Qiblah identification on the 13th of February.

The ACJU Propagation Division organized the first Committee Members meeting at the ACJU Head office on the 16th of February.

The ACJU Hemmathagama Divisional Branch organized 'Manaakibus Sahaabah' programs at Kegalle for ladies in the morning and for gents in the evening of 12th of February.
Independence Day Programs 
ACJU Kegalle Divisional Branch organized a 'Shramadaana' in collaboration with Golden Welfare Association - Kegalle, on the 4th of February.

ACJU Wattala Divisional Branch organized a special program on the Independence Day at Wattala.

Another Independence Day program was organized by the ACJU Thihariya Divisional Branch at Thihariya on the 4th of February.
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