ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue No. 60
08th Dhul Qa'dah 1437 / 12th August 2016
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Humility: A Sign of Strength, Not Weakness

“The servants of the All-Merciful are those who walk on the earth in modesty, and if the ill-mannered offend them, they say: “Peace.” (Sura 25: Verse 63)
Nabi Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “He who humbles himself for the Pleasure of Allah, Allah will elevate his status (so that) he regards himself as ‘insignificant’ yet in the eyes of people he is held in high esteem. He who behaves arrogantly, Allah will humiliate him (so that) he regards himself as ‘great’ whilst he is more despised in the eyes of people than a pig or dog.” (Bayhaqî).
Those who are truly humble do not attribute the fruits of their work and efforts to themselves, nor do they regard their efforts and successes as a mark of superiority. They do not care how other people regard them, and do not demand acknowledgment of their services or presence.
Many people confuse humility with self-loathing. They look down upon themselves for some reason or think they are not worthy of being where they are in life or that they don’t deserve the chances that others get. Humility is not the same as low self-esteem, and it is not the opposite of confidence. Nor is humility wallowing in self-pity.
Humility is a sign of strength, a virtue and it is extremely empowering. It is a reflection of spiritual, mental and emotional maturity while haughtiness and self-conceit indicate an imperfect, immature and lowly self. Nabi Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam has said: “The most perfect of believers in terms of their faith are those who have the best of characters.” (Abu Dawud)
Humility empowers you to avoid argument with the ill mannered: “and if the ill-mannered offend them, they (continue their way) saying: “Peace” Indeed, the sin of Iblis (Satan) was his arrogant refusal to humble himself to the will of Allah. He believed that he was superior – better than any other creation – and therefore disputed with Allah when he was told to prostrate before Adam Alayhis Salaam. Get past the impulse to judge others, and you’re able to focus much more clearly on matters of real and lasting value.
Humility elevates you: You may regard yourself as unimportant but Allah will elevate your esteem in the eyes of people.
Humility allows you to serve instead of help: When we say we are helping someone we often feel a little superior to the person we are helping. Instead, if we use the term ’serve’, we recognize the full worth of the person we are serving, and we feel grateful for the opportunity.
Humility is a sign of power and not weakness: “Free yourself from the demands of your ego, and there is no limit to where you can go.”
• Humility creates enlightenment: “Let go of your desire to control others, and you vastly improve the ability to control, focus and direct your own actions. Let go of the illusion that you already know it all, and you open yourself to higher levels of enlightenment.”
Humility opens up a new world: “Give up the thought that you’re better than everyone else, and a whole new world of opportunity opens up to you. Stop seeking unfair advantage and you’re free to develop an unstoppable effectiveness.”
Nabi Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam has referred to three things that result in the opposite of normal human experience. He says: “Wealth does not decrease because of charity, and Allah increases His slave in honour when he forgives others. And no one humbles himself before Allah but Allah will raise him (in status).” (Muslim)

May Allah make us among those that walk this earth humbly and may He protect us from arrogance and pride.
Mufthi M.I.M. Rizwe's addressed the gathering at the Special Felicitation Ceremony for Hon. Ruwan Wijeyawardena, State Minister for Defence, organized by the Forum for National Unity, on the 05th of August @ The Excellency, Colombo.
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The 3rd session of the Ulama Training Program on Coexistence organized by the ACJU Council for Cooperation and Coordination (CCC) was conducted from the 05th to 10th of August at the ACJU Head office.

The first meeting of the newly selected Executive Committee was held on 6th of August at the ACJU Head office, in which, as per the ACJU Constitution, 8 new members were selected to the Committee and Secretaries for Divisions were appointed. 

The ACJU Education Division organized the 11th Session of  training on "Certification Psychological Counseling" for selected teachers of 18 Muslim Govt. Schools of Colombo was conducted by Counselor Ash Sheikh Lukman Hakeem on the 10th of August at Colombo.

The Secretary General of the Jeddah-based Muslim World League (MWL) Dr. Abdullah bin AbdulMohsen Al-Turki and the accompanying delegation visited the ACJU Head office on 10th of August.

President of the ACJU, Mufthi M.I.M. Rizwe addressed the gathering at the inauguration ceremony of the International Conference on "Muslims and the Prospects for Co-Existence" held at the Temple Trees, Colombo on the 11th of August.

Selected members of the ACJU staff participated at the International Conference on "Muslims and the Prospects for Co-Existence" organized by Muslim World League in collaboration with the Islamic Centre in Sri Lanka at the auditorium of Sport Ministry, Colombo, on the 11th & 12th of August.

'Aishah (Radhiyallahu Anha) reported: I heard Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying: "A believer will attain by his good behaviour the rank of one who prays during the night and observes fasting during the day." Abu Dawud

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