JULY 2013


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    SANZAF has created a wonderful Excel Zakaah Calculator for calculating your Zakaah.

    Download here or visit http://www.sanzaf.org.za/zakah-resources/zakah-calculator

    Pay your zakaah – It’s a compulsory action and a pillar of Islam.

    Note: If you are unsure please contact an Alim/Ulema


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    I always maintain, even at the time of leaving a job/company, try and be professional and keep a good relationship. We all want to write that professional resignation letter, as usually that’s the last note your company will remember you by.

    Check out these samples here

    Credits to http://www.optometry.co.uk/uploads/jobs/hand_in_notice.pdf

    All the best and keep your head up – sometimes when one door closes another one opens.



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    Prince Amr bin Mohammed Al-Faisal said “after 1967 and the fall of Jerusalem to the Israelis, that was a turning point in King Faisal’s life. He never smiled again. I didn’t see him smile much, and he became very quiet and contemplative.”

    During the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Faisal withdrew Saudi oil from world markets, in protest over Western support for Israel during the conflict. This action quadrupled the price of oil and was the primary force behind the 1973 energy crisis. When King Faisal cut off oil supplies and deprived the west from oil in October 1973, Henry Kissinger met up with King Faisal so he could make him change his mind
    Kissinger told King Faisal: “If Saudi Arabia doesn’t lift the boycott, America will come and bomb the oilfields”
    The King Faisal replied back “you are the ones who cant live without Oil, You know, we come from the desert, and our ancestors lived on dates and milk and we can easily go back and live like that again”

    Henry Kissinger also said in his memoirs that when he met King Faisal in Jeddah he was sad, so he made a joke and told King Faisal, ” My plane ran out of oil so will your majesty order it to get supplied with oil and we are ready to pay at international rates ? “
    King Faisal didn’t laugh and he raised his head and looked at him and said :
    ” And I’m an old man who wishes to pray in Al-Aqsa before I die so will you help me in my wish ? “

    This meeting and dinner with Henry Kissinger was organized in the middle of nowhere – the dark, cold deserts of Saudi Arabia that the Arab lands are so famous for. Then King Faisal said “You must have noticed, nothing in this dinner tonight carries foreign mark. The meat on the table comes from locally hunted camels. The delicacies all made on Arab land, from Arab resources. The lamps that give us light tonight, burn on fuel extracted from camel fat. If you dare come here, we would set our wells on fire and wander into the deserts. We, as you see, would survive. What would you do?”

    King Faisal ended relations with more than 42 countries that stood with Israel. King Faisal was also a strong supporter for Islamic revivalism and called for the Khilafah. He was against Arab nationalism, socialism, communism, Zionism and wanted nothing but a unification of the Muslim lands to revive the Khilafah.

    Grand Mufti of Saudi said right in front of King Faisal’s face, that the Muslim rulers are the cause of problems in the Muslim world. King Faisal not only allowed his comments but agreed. Nowadays any criticism a leader gets, they imprison those who criticise.

    On one occasion, Mawlana Ali Miyan Nadwi was invited to meet King Faisal. The guards showed Mawlana Ali Miyan in, and he entered the meeting area in the palace to meet the king. Mawlana looked around, not cursorily, but closely, as if in wonderment. The king inquired as to why he was looking around with such amazement.
    Mawlana answers, “We too once had a king who ruled over the (present) India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nepal and other places, and out of the fifty-two years of his rule he spent twenty on the horseback. Muslims, in his time, enjoyed freedom and happiness. Life was easy for them. Yet, the king was such that he wore patched clothes. He scribed the Qur’an and knitted caps to earn his living, and used to stand crying before his Lord in night vigils. Those were the times when simplicity and poverty characterised the lives of the rulers, and contentment and fulfillment was the masses’ share. Today, on seeing this palace of yours I wonder how times have changed! Today, our kings and rulers enjoy the riches of this world when the Muslims are rendered homeless in Palestine, their blood having lost all worth in Kashmir, and stripped of their identity in the middle-east. Today, when I stepped into your palace, I got lost in the bewildering comparison (between these and the earlier times),”
    Then Ali Miyan falls silent.

    Tears start streaming down the king’s face. Soon the streaming tears turn into profused weeping. The king is heard weeping and The guards, all worried, rushed in to see what the matter was. The king gestured them to leave. Then he addresses the Mawlana: “those kings were like that because they had advisers like you. (I wish) you keep coming here and advising us, the weaker ones!”

    Faisal in his time in power had made a close alliance with Pakistan. In Pakistan, Lyalpur the third largest city was renamed to “Faisalabad” (city of Faisal) in 1979 in honour of King Faisal. Also the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad was named after King Faisal. The main highway in Karachi was renamed Shahrah-e-Faisal and a suburb close to Karachi Airport was also renamed Shah Faisal Colony. One of the two major air force bases in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, is named “PAF Base Faisal” in honour of King Faisal.

    In King Faisal’s last speech to the Muslim world, he said:
    “My brothers, what are you waiting for? For the worlds conscience to rise by itself? Where is it? Masjid Al Aqsa is calling for you, crying for your help, my brothers, to save it from the catastrophe-plague its going through. So what are we fearing? Whats stopping us? Do we fear death?! Or is there a better death, a more honourable death than dying while fighting for the sake of Allah. Oh my Muslim brothers! We want a revolution? And an Islamic revival! A non-communist, non-racist rise! And undivided. But an Islamic call, for the jihad for the sake of Allah! For the sake of our religion and our faith! Defending our Holy places. And I ask Allah, That if he destined for me to die, That I die a martyr! Shaheed for the sake of Allah! Please forgive me if im shaken but when I see Al Aqsa and our holy places gets violated, degraded and offended with blasphemies and moral decays. For I sincerely pray to Allah, that if he didn’t destine for us to do Jihad and liberating the holy lands, THEN HE DOESN’T KEEP ME ALIVE FOR ONE MOMENT LONGER!”

    Later after this speech, he was assassinated on March 25, 1975, his last word before his death was “Allah”. He was assassinated by his nephew. When King Faisal was being taken to the hospital after the gunshots, his dying wish was for his nephew to be spared from execution (although he was executed anyway). Even when death was knocking on his door, he was still wise and humble.