Building a Mosque Uthman ibn Affan reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: Whoever builds a mosque for Allah, then Allah will build for him a similar house in Paradise.” Al-Qur'an 9:36 Source: Sahih Bukhari 439, Sahih Muslim 533
As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu About 2 years ago, you signed a petition in support of the Thornton Islamic Society being granted a long term lease with the view of setting up a permanent place of worship. We are pleased to announce that negotiations are moving along, although somewhat slow, and we now find ourselves at a crucial junction in need to rally support to endorse our offer to purchase the land in order to build a Masjied insha'Allah. As part of the formal process, an advert is being circulated asking for comments, support or objections to the sale of the property. We therefore, humbly request your endorsement for this sale to go in favour of the Thornton Islamic Society as highlighted in the procedure below: Thornton Bowling Club to be sold The City has advertised the sale of the old Thornton Bowling Club to the Thornton Islamic Society. If you want to comment or object on advertising the intention to sell you can lodge your objection, comment or representation in writing to: Saul Jacobs which may be, emailed to saul.jacobs@capetown.gov.za or fasx 021 425 3605 or posted to 3rd Floor, Media City Building, Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town the address mentioned above by no later than 16:00 on Monday 21 December 2015. Please make the subject of your email: Sale of erven 1102 & 1217 Thornton, Poplar Avenue, Thornton Enquiries can be directed to Saul Jacobs, tel 021400 6419 or email- saul.jacobs@capetown.gov.za. Further particulars in this regard may be inspected during normal weekday hours (08:00-16:00) on the by appointment. 3rd Floor, Media City Building, Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town. We ask that you kindly circulate the email in order for us to gain as much support and momentum as possible. Once again, we thank you for your support and with the grace of the Almighty we shall be successful in our endevours insha'Allah Wa-Alaikum-Salaam Ganief Salie Chairman  
Anytime a Muslim is making a decision, he or she should seek Allah’s guidance and wisdom. Allah alone knows what is best for us, and there may be good in what we perceive as bad, and bad in what we perceive as good. If you are ambivalent or unsure about a decision you have to make, there is a specific prayer for guidance (Salat-l-Istikhara) that you can do to ask for Allah’s help in making your decision. Should you marry this certain person? Should you attend this graduate school? Should you take this job offer or that one? Allah knows what is best for you, and if you are not sure about a choice that you have, seek His guidance. Salat al-Istikhara is a powerful tool that Allah has given us to ask His guidance in all matters. We should not hesitate to pray Istikhara before making any choice in our lives, big or small. It’s important to do this prayer with sincerity, knowing in our hearts that only Allah can give us the guidance we seek, and resolved to follow the guidance He gives us, even if it clashes with our own desires. We should also say the dua with firm conviction, not begging or pleading, but asking Allah clearly for guidance. And we should not be impatient after our dua. We do not put Allah on a timetable. And we should not expect some sort of miracle, or a dream full of signs and symbols. These things are not necessary. We simply say our prayers and trust that Allah has heard us and will answer us in the way that is best. Salat-l-Istikhara is described in the Hadith narration below. Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: The Prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam used to teach us the way of doing istikhara (istikhara means to ask Allah to guide one to the right sort of action concerning any job or a deed), in all matters as he taught us the Surats of the Quran. He said, “If anyone of you thinks of doing any job he should offer a two Rakat prayer other than the compulsory ones and say (after the prayer): اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيمِ فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلَا أَقْدِرُ وَتَعْلَمُ وَلَا أَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الْغُيُوبِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ شَرٌّ فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَاقْدُرْ لِيَ الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ ارْضِنِي بِهِ ‘Allahumma inni astakhiruka bi’ilmika, Wa astaqdiruka bi-qudratika, Wa as’alaka min fadlika al-‘azlm Fa-innaka taqdiru Wala aqdiru, Wa ta’lamu Wala a’lamu, Wa anta ‘allamu l-ghuyub. Allahumma, in kunta ta’lam anna hadha-l-amra Khairun li fi dini wa ma’ashi wa’aqibati amri (or ‘ajili amri wa’ajilihi) Faqdirhu wa yas-sirhu li thumma barik li Fihi, Wa in kunta ta’lamu anna hadha-lamra shar-run li fi dini wa ma’ashi wa’aqibati amri (or fi’ajili amri wa ajilihi) Fasrifhu anni was-rifni anhu. Waqdir li al-khaira haithu kana Thumma ardini bihi.’ (O Allah! I ask guidance from Your knowledge, And Power from Your Might and I ask for Your great blessings. You are capable and I am not. You know and I do not and You know the unseen. O Allah! If You know that this job is good for my religion and my subsistence and in my Hereafter–(or said: If it is better for my present and later needs)–Then You ordain it for me and make it easy for me to get, And then bless me in it, and if You know that this job is harmful to me In my religion and subsistence and in the Hereafter–(or said: If it is worse for my present and later needs)–Then keep it away from me and let me be away from it. And ordain for me whatever is good for me, And make me satisfied with it). The Prophet added that then the person should name (mention) his need. Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 21 Hadith 263 * When making the dua, the actual matter or decision should be mentioned instead of the words “hathal-amra” (“this matter”). What needs to be noted is that the answer to one’s istikhara prayer does not come simply in the form of dreams and feelings but in how Allah facilitates and unfolds events for an individual after he or she genuinely strives to do what is best. Take the most effective means, which includes consulting those whose knowledge and wisdom one has confidence in, and place your trust in Allah. Lastly, one needs to be patient in terms of receiving the answer to their prayers. Remember the words of our Prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam, “The supplication of everyone is granted as long as he does not show haste and does not say that he made a supplication but it was not accepted.” [Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah] And Allah knows best, He is the All-Seeing, All-Hearing, the best Planner. May He guide us and ease all our difficulties. Ameen. Source: Hadith of the day
Some of you may be aware that the Thornton Islamic Society established a TRUST DEED on the 20th September 2005. We are in the process of updating due to the resignation of two members namely Zayed Brown and Shafiek Dollie who have since moved out of the area and do not wish to serve on the TRUST but will continue to support TIS in the future. The remaining three members are Mogamad Samodien, Ganief Salie and Riaad Isaacs. Two new members has been nominated to replace the two members namely B.Achmat Abrahams and B. Abubaker Dolliein a meeting held 9th September 2015. It was agreed that they are both regular musallis that has been residing in Thornton for several years. They are both very successful businessman and can add value and provide the current committee with sound advice, insight, experience and guidance if called upon. We wish to take this opportunity to invite the community to raise objection or comment within 7 days of this post on the appointment of these two gentleman onto the THORNTON ISLAMIC SOCIETY TRUST.  
Prophet Muhammad’s SAW Farewell Sermon / خطبة الودا, Khutbatu l-Wada 9 DhulHijjah 10 AH (9 March 632) at Mount Arafat Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) undertook his farewell pilgrimage in the year 10 A.H. His farewell pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the most significant historical events in the minds of Muslims, for it was the first and last pilgrimage made by Prophet Muhammad, as well as being the model for performing the fifth pillar of Islam, the Hajj. Prophet Muhammad’s final sermon was delivered during the Hajj of the year 632 C.E., the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah, the 12th month of the lunar year, at Arafat, the most blessed day of the year. There were countless Muslims present with the Prophet SAW during his last pilgrimage when he delivered his last Sermon. Even today the Last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad SAW is passed to every Muslim in every corner of the word through all possible means of communication. Muslims are reminded about it in mosques and in lectures. Indeed the meanings found in this sermon are indeed astounding, touching upon some of the most important rights Allah has over humanity, and humanity has over each other. Though the Prophet’s soul SAW has left this world, his words are still living in our hearts. After praising and thanking Allah, Prophet Muhammad SAW said: “O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and TAKE THESE WORDS TO THOSE WHO COULD NOT BE PRESENT HERE TODAY. O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. ALLAH has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity. Allah has Judged that there shall be no interest and that all the interest due to Abbas ibn Abdul Muttalib (Prophet’s uncle) shall henceforth be waived… Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things. O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under Allah’s trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste. O People, listen to me in earnest, worship Allah, say your five daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadan, and give your wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to. All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves. Remember, one day you will appear before Allah and answer your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone. O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the QURAN and my example, the SUNNAH and if you follow these you will never go astray. All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O Allah, that I have conveyed your message to your people”.
********************************* ايها الناس اسمعوا مني ابين لكم فأني لا ادري لعلي لا القاكم بعد عامي هذا في موقفي هذا. ايها الناس ان دماءكم واموالكم حرام عليكم الى ان تلقوا ربكم كحرمة يومكم هذا في شهركم هذا في بلدكم هذا الا هل بلغت ؟ اللهم فاشهد فمن كانت عنده امانه فليؤدها الى من ائتمنه عليها. ان ربا الجاهليه موضوع. وان اول ربا ابدا به ربا عمي العباس بن عبد المطلب ، وان دماء الجاهليه موضوعه ،واول دم أبدأ به دم عامر بن ربيعه بن الحارث ،وان مأثر الجاهليه موضوعه غير السدانه والسقايه والعمد قود وشبه العمد ما قتل بالعصا والحجر وفيه مائة بعير ،فمن زاد فهومن اهل الجاهليه . ايها الناس ان الشيطان قد يئس أن يعبد في ارضكم هذه،ولكنه قد رضي أن يطاع فيما سوى ذلك مما تحقرون من اعمالكم . ايها الناس ان النسيئ زياده في الكفر يضل به الذين كفروا يحلونه عاما ويحرمونه عاما ليواطئوا عدة ما حرم الله وان الزمان قد استدار كهيئته يوم خلق الله السموات والارض، وان عدة الشهور عند الله اثنا عشر شهرا في كتاب الله يوم خلق الله السموات والارض،منها اربعة حرم ثلاث متواليات وواحد فرد: ذو القعده ،ذو الحجه،محرم،ورجب الذي بين جمادي وشعبان . الا هل بلغتّ؟ اللهم اشهد أيها الناس ان لنسائكم عليكم حقا ولكم عليهن حق. الا يوطئن فرشكم غيركم،ولا يدخلن احدا تكرهونه بيوتكم الا بأذنكم ولا يأتين بفاحشه ،فأن فعلن فان الله أذن لكم أن تعضلوهن وتهجروهن في المضا جع وتضربوهن ضربا غير مبرح ،فان انتهين وأطعنكم فعليكم رزقهن وكسوتهن بالمعروف،وانما النساء عندكم عوان و لايملكن لانفسهن شيئا ، أخدتموهن بأمانة الله واستحللتم فروجهن بكلمة الله فاتقوا الله في النساء واستوصوا بهن خيرا الا هل بلغت؟ اللهم اشهد ايها الناس انما المؤمنون اخوه ولا يحل لامرئ مال اخيه الا عن طيب نفس منه الا هل بلغت؟ اللهم اشهد فلا ترجعن بعدي كفارا يضرب بعضكم رقاب بعض ،فاني قد تركت فيكم ما ان اخذتم به لم تضلوا بعده : كتاب الله الا هل بلغت؟ اللهم اشهد ايها الناس ان ربكم واحد وان اباكم واحد كلكم لآدم وادم من تراب اكرمكم عند الله اتقاكم ،ليس لعربي فضل على عجمي الا بالتقوى. الا هل بلغت؟اللهم اشهد ايها الناس ان الله قد قسم لكل وارث نصيبه من الميراث ولا تجوز لوارث وصيه ولا تجوز وصيه في اكثر من الثلث والولد للفراش وللعاهر الحجرمن ادعى الى غير ابيه اوتولى غير مواليه فعليه لعنة الله والملائكة والناس اجمعين لا يقبل منه صرف ولاعدل . والــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــســــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــلام عليكم ورحمة الله ايها الناس ان الله قد قسم لكل وارث نصييبه من الميراث ولا تجوز لوارث وصيه،ولا تجوز وصيه في اكثرمن الثلث والولد للفراش وللعاهر الحجر ،من ادعى الى غير ابيه او تولى غير مواليه فعليه لعنة الله والملائكه والناس اجمعين لا يقبل منه صرف ولاعدل والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وفي هذا اليوم امتن الله على المؤمنين بقوله(اليوم اكملت لكم دينكم واتممت عليكم نعمتي ورضيت لكم الاسلام دينا)
    Source: Hadith of the day
AL-AQSA  IN  DANGER A press release was held on the 17th March 2010 in which the Al-Quds Foundation and the MJC  expressed its outrage at the recent actions of the Israeli Occupation forces and at the same time making the Muslim community aware  that the Masjid Al – Aqsa-al Mubarak is in serious danger. In the article the Al-Quds foundation and the MJC  condemn the actions by the Israeli Occupation Forces  to block off and limit access to the Masjid Al-Aqsa al-Mubarak, an Islamic holy site  ,for the past five days while the Hurba Synagogue has been re-opened. They further state that they support the Palestinians for having  expressed outrage at this decision as this act signifies the destruction of the Majid. More than thirty people have been injured in clashes with the Israeli police. They  further support Hamas’ Political Chief, Khaled Meshaal’s call for a” day of rage “ In the light of the Islaeli action as well as his call to Palestinian leaders to take serious measures to protect the Masjid from destruction and judaization and launch a campaign to protect Islamic and Christian religious sites. The Al-Quds Foundation  and the MJC further calls on the international regulatory bodies to curtail Israel’s brazenly racist ,oppressive and disrespectful actions as they continue to desecrate Islamic and Christian Holy sites without any concern. The MJC Executive call upon ALL MUSLIM community to fast on Thursdays in support of the Masjid Al -Aqsa and call upon ALL IMAMS TO PERFORM QUNUT IN JUMUAH ,FRIDAY 19th MARCH 2010. THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY ARE KINDLY REQUESTED TO ATTEND THE WEEKLY THURSDAY NIGHT PROGRAM IN OTTERY MASJID .(OFF OLD STRANDFONTEIN ROAD).  Members of the Al-Quds foundation and the MJC  have  undertaken the fast every Thursday  until  the third holiest site of the Muslim Ummah  is  liberated and to spread awareness  and update the community about the inhumane way and conditions  the Palestinian are treated in their own country . The Al –Quds Foundation has decided to do a road show  and go out to the communities  to keep the Muslim Ummah well-versed  on what is happening with our (the Muslims ) brothers and sisters  and  our holy religious site Al_Quds. We urge all to  attend the gathering at the Thornton Islamic Centre on the 27th August 2015 between Magrieb and Eshai. You are welcome to come and break your fast at the Mosque  .

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