Mon, 29th Nov, 2021 / 23 Rabī ath-Thānī , 1443
الإثنين ٢٩ , نوفمبر , ٢٠٢١ / 23 رَبِيع ٱلثَّانِي , 1443
Mon, 29th Nov, 2021 /
23 Rabī ath-Thānī , 1443
الإثنين ٢٩ , نوفمبر , ٢٠٢١ / 23 رَبِيع ٱلثَّانِي , 1443

 

كلمة الأمين العام لدار الفتوى المجلس الإسلامي الأعلى الأسترالي سماحة الشيخ سليم علوان الحسني حفظه الله في الإفطار الرمضاني السنوي يوم الجمعة 14-10-2005 الموافق 11 رمضان 1426 هـ ألقاها فضيلة الشيخ فواز عبد الله

 

The address of the Chairman of the High Islamic Council of Australia-Darulfatwa, His Eminence, Sheikh Salim Alwan, may Allah protect him- at the Annual Dinner on Friday the 14/10/05 coinciding with 11 of Ramadan 1426H, delivered on his behalf by the honorable Sheikh Fawaz Abdullah.

 

In the name of Allah Allah the Merciful, the Lord of the worlds.

Praise be to Allah the Lord of the worlds, the One, the Indivisible who has no partner or a comparable, nor is He attributed with a place nor a direction. May Allah raise the rank of Prophet Muhammad and may His obedient angels bless him with supplications as well as his brothers in Prophet-hood and Messengers, the first of whom is Adam, also his companions, Al and righteous followers.

 

Thereafter:

Allah the Exalted said:

شهر رمضان الذي أنزل فيه القرءان هدى للناس

وبينات من الهدى والفرقان فمن شهد منكم الشهر فليصمه

 

{{ The month of Ramadan in which the Quran was sent down in its entirety, is guidance to the people and signs of truth dividing between good and evil, so, for whoever witnesses the month of Ramadan must fast. }}

 

The Prophet peace be upon him said: “Those who fast Ramadan in belief and to seek reward only from Allah, Allah will forgive all their sins”; related by Al-Bukhariyy and Muslim.

 

Dignified guests:

 

Here we are today in the blessed month of Ramadan after counting the days approach it and waiting anxiously for its arrival. Ramadan is the Master of all the lunar months. Ramadan is the month that overflows with joy. Ramadan is the month that carries Laylatul-Qadri. Ramadan is the month of purifying the self of all sin and shame. Ramadan is the month of blessings and goodwill. Ramadan is the month, the beginning of which releases mercy, the midst of which releases forgiveness and the end of which releases a shielding from hellfire. Ramadan is the month for increased compassion, the month for increased giving, the month for increased recitation of the Quran; the month of worship and dedication; the month, the fasting of which is determined only by two methods- sighting the crescent with the naked eye or completing 30 days of Sha^ban, not by pre-scheduled dates and timetables.

 

Ramadan is the month during which one should increase ones knowledge of the religion in order for one to know what Allah has permitted and forbidden and what Allah rewards and dislikes. Becoming informed does not happen by merely reading books and self interpretations. Becoming truly informed happens by carefully seeking the upright, trustworthy knowledgeable teacher who had taken the knowledge from predecessors who have acquired it by a continuous chain of ascription. From such we can obtain the knowledge of the religion in all accuracy and purity; a knowledge that is free from conspiring mindsets, and perverted opinions, distanced and further distanced from condemned extremism and detestable violence and from exaggeration and excessiveness.

 

In the event that one neglects to choose the right teacher, one has given oneself to becoming a barometer of destruction to the whole society. To prevent this and to help the seekers of knowledge to better distinguish between the truly qualified teacher and those self appointed impostors, the people of knowledge have rushed to identify the attributes of the true teachers of the religion, including distinguishing the honest, the stable and the trustworthy from the deceitful and unstable- the sycophant who bends with the swaying breeze to guard his chair or wealth.

 

To put our words into action and in response to the demands put forward in written feedback after the public Forum we held in August entitled: ‘the followers of Muhammad fight extremism’, we have organized a short course for the duration of Ramadan, teaching people in both Arabic and English about the attributes of imams- the leaders in prayer. The number of completed enrolment forms has indicated high public demand and appreciation for such material.

 

There is no doubt in the necessity for such course material, now more than ever before; especially with the high volume of people deceitfully claiming to have knowledge they lack. Such people mislead prospective students of Islam to draw them in and to eventually corrupt them into assisting in more bombings and assassinations, be it in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, New York, Madrid, London, Bali or other places. They do all this hiding behind the banner of Islam deceitfully, yet Islam is clear of such corruption and evil acts.

 

Islam is a noble religion ordering fairness, justice, goodness and ties between kins; forbidding the evil, the atrocities and unfairness. Hence there is no need to lie for it or about it because it is a complete and perfect religion relayed to us from Allah the Lord of the worlds and send down to His Prophets and Messengers through revelations.

 

Dignified guests:

 

Darulfatwa- the Islamic High Council of Australia has been established in harmony with the Quran and in synchrony with the methodology of Prophet Muhammad, to serve the Australian Muslim community in ways including the spread of the pure and authentic knowledge of Islam which repels from the ideologies of extremism. Hence, no one will succeed in eclipsing its brilliant beam with a black veil. So, let us all hold hands in supporting it and furthering its cause by acquiring the correct teachings and spreading them to others and in building beneficial organizations.

 

Dear guests:

 

We at Darulfatwa progress in such a way, considering the past, acting in the present, and planning for the future. Our arms are extended ready to accept anyone who is loyal to that cause so, together we can progress into a better tomorrow. Assistance supports and cooperation helps. We all aspire to construct high rise buildings; so let us be hopeful and let our ambitions become reality so we can together raise the minaret of guidance and stabilize the followers on the moderate path.

 

Allah is the only One who grants success and upon Him we rely.

 

Present guests:

 

We cannot avoid the mention of what happened to the people in Pakistan and India who were afflicted with this devastating calamity recently. In turn, let me remind you that the doors for donations for the relief of those effected by the earthquake is open through the Muslim Community Radio 2MFM 92.1. Tomorrow 2MFM will be live on air all day accepting your donations, so please dig deep.

 

In the end, we ask Allah to enable us to welcome the return of the month of Ramadan next year in good health, security and safety. May every year be a blessed one for all.

 

Let us recite the Fatiha and dedicate its reward to the souls of those who died in the Quake.

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