Ulama Council of New Zealand


Posted on 27 October 2013

By Sheikh Khalid Kamal Abdul Hafiz
Date: 28 June 1996
Hijri Date: 11 Safar 1417

IbadAllah, recently we have been asked again about ‘kava’ or
‘yagona’. The earlier question was asked in Auckland, but unfortunately,
at that time we were unable to receive some basic information about the
nature of kava, and its effect on the human body. When we began seeking
information from some people and Ulema we became a little confused as
many points were not clear. Anyhow, kava is derived from a plant in the
family of ‘pepper plant’. It was first discovered in the South Pacific
by the army of Captain Cook. Continue reading →

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The Blessed Month of Ramadhan
Posted on 25 August 2011

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
رمضان المبارك

Ramadhan is the most blessed month of the Islamic calendar in which Allah S.W.T. guides us to good deeds. It is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed as clear guidance and judgment to all people. It is the month in which good deeds are multiplied and sins are forgiven. This is a month, the first part of which brings Allah’s Mercy, the middle of which brings Allah’s Forgiveness, and the last part of which brings emancipation from Hellfire, and in which is a night better than one thousand months. Allah S.W.T. has enjoined fasting during the day as a pillar of Islam and made the extra prayers during the night voluntary. If anyone observes fasting believing in its obligation and anticipating its rewards, all his previous sins are forgiven. In this month, the gates of paradise are opened and faithful increase good deeds, the gates of Hell are shut and sinful acts reduced. Devils are chained, so they are no longer able to affect faithful people as they do in other times.

The fast of Ramadhan is Fardh (obligatory) according to the Qur’an, sunnah and Ijmaa’ (consensus).

The evidence from the Qur’an consists of the following two verses: “O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for the people before you in order for you to gain God consciousness.”(2:183) And, “…The month of Ramadhan, during which the Qur’an was revealed, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance and the criterion; and whoever of you is resident, let him fast the month”. (2:185). Continue reading →

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Laylatul Qadr
Posted on 25 August 2011

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Allah Ta’ala says in the Holy Quraan:

“Verily we revealed it (the Quraan) on the night of Qadr.

Do you know what the night of Qadr is?

The (blessings of the) night of Qadr is better than a thousand months.

The angels and the Rooh descend with every decision on this night by the command of their Rabb.

It (this night) is full of peace and it lasts until the break of dawn.” (Al-Qadr)

Laylatul Qadr means the night of Grandeur, Excellence and Honour. Amongst the nights of Ramadhan there is this most holy and auspicious night called Laylatul Qadr, a night that is noted for its glory and untold blessings. The most holy and Glorious Quraan describes it as being greater in blessedness and spiritual virtue than a thousand months which in turn means that it is greater than eighty three years and four months. Regarding this holy night, in a Hadith reported by Hazarat Anas Radhiallahu Anhu, our beloved Nabi Sallallho Alayhi Wasallam is reported to have said Laylatul Qadr was granted to my Ummah and to no other Ummah before this. Continue reading →

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ZAKAH – زكـاة
Posted on 25 August 2011

The Importance of Zakah

One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to Allah SWT, and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust.

The obligatory nature of Zakat is firmly established in the Quran, the Sunnah, and the consensus of the Companions and the Muslim scholars.

Zakah or alms can be defined as that portion of a person’s wealth which is designated for the poor. The term is derived from the Arabic verbal root meaning “to increase”, “to purify”, and “to bless”. It finds its origin in Allah’s command:

خذ من أموالهم صدقة تطهرهم وتزكيهم بها

“Take Sadaqah (charity) from their property in order to purify and sanctify them”

(Quran 9:103).

That is why this kind of Sadaqah is called Zakah, for by paying it one is aspiring to attain blessing, purification, and the cultivation of good deeds. Continue reading →

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