Though we had envisaged to avoid the Sanha topic, we have nonetheless been inundated with requests for more information, especially with regard to the case initiated by The Scholars of The Truth. An ever increasing unbiased public simply do not trust the ceaseless propaganda of Sanha on their Radio “Islam”. It is vitally important to ensure that our fight with Sanha is not be tainted with Nafsaani motives. We constantly need to re-examine our intentions and to refresh our Niyah. Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam made Du’aa unto Allah Ta`ala for “sincere speech in anger”. And in him, we find an excellent example.
The cause for the Ummah’s downfall: A major cause for the downfall of this Ummah is the fear which has overwhelmed it. We are scared stiff – scared to act, scared to question, scared to speak, and tragically, even sometimes scared to think! A type of mental paralysis appears to have afflicted our minds. We seem to prefer the comfort of silence at the expense of Truth, even though this may lead to our Imaani ruin and Akhlaaqi destruction.
The numbers game: Instead of facing inconvenient Truths, we seek shelter and comfort in numbers. This is a fatal mistake which deviates one from the path of Truth. Thus, Allah Ta’ala has warned us. Says Allah: “And if you follow the majority upon earth, they will mislead you from the Path of Allah” (C6 V 116)
The Haq is not a numbers game. Rasullullah Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam had informed us that amongst the Ambiya there were those who had only one or two followers. Others had no followers at all. Furthermore, if the Haqq was based upon numerical superiority, then verily Christianity would be a religion of Haqq. After all, they do outnumber the Muslims.
The Motivation: What motivates people to stand up and speak up against falsehood? What causes people to spend decades in jail with dignity rather than to “enjoy freedom” which entails succumbing and engaging with falsehood? In the ultimate quest of Truth, what causes people to smile at gallows and gamble with their lives in battlefields? A true man can live in the shadow of death, but he cannot live with the self-contempt borne out of cowardice.
The Haq: The Haq is marvellous, awesome, dignified and exhilarating. It is heady and exciting. To its opponents it is bitter, astringent and poisonous. To its supporters it is wonderfully invigorating, the nectar of the Soul, the essence of life. The Haq is simple, yet demanding. Brighter than the sun; yet it is obscured from those who choose the dark path of the Devil. Independent as the wild winds, it blows and touches each and every one of us without surrendering itself to anyone’s whims and fancies or changing its course to suit the agendas of others.
Allah is Al-Haq: The origins of Haq is Allah Rabbul-Izzah. In a lengthy Du’aa which Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam used to recite at the time of Tahajjud, he re-affirmed his attachment to the Haq: ‘…And all praises belong exclusively to you (O Allah). You are Haq. Your promise is Haq. The meeting with you is Haq; Your Word is Haq, Jannah is Haq; Jahannam is Haq, The Ambiya are Haq; Muhammed is Haq; and Qiyaamah is Haq…”(Bukhari, Muslim- Mishkaat, v.1, page107-8).
A Salient Message: Amongst Allah’s Auspicious names is “Al-Haqq” which is followed immediately by “Al-Wakeel” and “Al-Qawi”. It is almost as if Allah is telling us: “Do not be afraid. See, I am Al-Haqq. I am your Wakeel and I am Qawi (Strong). Those who fight on My behalf are never weak”!
Subhanallah! How soothing for those who spend their lives fighting to hold aloft the standard of Haq. After all, the Haq is a unique Amaanah, fiercely independent, free of frills, trimmings and superfluities. It is not based on membership, constituencies, race and age. It is not the domain of any specific section of the Ummah. It nourishes Imaan and fuels A’amaale-Saaleha. Only upon basing the existence of one’s life on Haqq will one reach AL-HAQQ (Allah). Says Allah: “But after Haqq, there only exists Dhalaal.” (deviation).
“Ghayrat” (jealousy) for Haq: In a World which admires, propagates and defends falsehood and hypocrisy, there are yet many people who love the Truth, worship the Truth, and who have sufficient shame in their Souls to stand up for the Haq, especially when accused of deliberate falsehood. They will be prepared to spend their last cent for the cause of Truth. In every vein of their body lies the “Ghayrat” for Truth. They are never intimidated or bribed by the false glitter of power and wealth. They will gladly lay down their lives for the Truth. This is The Truth which the Ambiya (Alayhimus-Salaam) and the Sahaabah (Radiallahu anhum) stood for. No price was too great and no life to precious to spare in pursuit of it.
It is the flag of this Truth, which Muslims, despite their personal frailties, are now called upon to hold aloft at this critical time, lest they be answerable to Allah.
WHAT IS THE Court Case all about?
Though we are not part of the ‘Scholars of the Truth’ or the court proceedings, it is incumbent upon us and all Muslims who wish the truth to prevail to assist them with Du’aas and support.
Why the court case? Kuffaar chicken companies are deceptively advertising Haraam chickens as Halaal in order to promote profits. It is Waajib upon the Ummah to do everything in its power and to take legal steps in order to ensure that the Halaal characteristics of Islam are not misplaced or mutilated by capitalist companies whose only motive is greed. The sanctity of Halaal cannot be defiled due to the greed of non-Muslim companies to swell their profits. Our Halaal institution cannot be donated and gifted to non-Muslim commercial companies.
What is the evidence of the chickens etc. being Haraam and un-Islamic?
Some of the overwhelming evidence accumulated over several years are as follows:
1) On the 15th Jumadul-Ukhra 1423 (24th August 2002), at a meeting held at the MJC offices in Darul-Arqam (Cape Town), a document was presented by Sanha which detailed massive Haraam being peddled by the MJC to the unsuspecting public. Sanha was fully aware that the Ummah was being fed tons and tons of Haraam, yet they chose to remain silent.
2) About four years ago, the KZN Jamiat pulled out of Sanha after slaughterers from the Hammarsdale Plant complained to them that they were unable to recite Tasmiyah on every slaughtered chicken.
3) Slaughterers from the Rainbow chicken plant gave evidence in 2008 to the Independent Group of Concerned Muslims that Tasmiyah was not being recited on the chickens.
4) Mufti Elias (Daamat Barkatuhu) after inspecting the Rainbow Plant and observing the horrendous torture being perpetrated, stated that certification should be withdrawn if certain changes were not forthcoming. Not a single change has taken place.
5) N.I.H.T inspected a Sanha slaughtering plant in East London and found Tasmiyah not being recited and many chickens not being properly slaughtered.
None of the above role players contacted one another before coming to their own independent conclusions. In none of the above cases, was The Majlis or The Jamiatul-Ulama Gauteng involved.
6) Presently more than thirty slaughterers from different plants are standing firm on the affidavits they have given which unambiguously state that they cannot cope with reciting Tasmiyah on each and every of the chickens which they slaughter.
7) Mufti Siraj Desai stated on Sanha’s Radio station (13th Oct: Q&A) that stunning Qurbaani animals “causes harm and hurts the animal”. He labelled it as an un-Islamic practice. There simply is no difference between the pain and hurt a stunned Qurbaani animal experiences and a bull being stunned with a gun at any one of Sanha’s killing fields. To any intelligent person, both are equally un-Islamic and unfit for Muslim consumption.
What is the role of The Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng?
The Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng visited the Early Bird Plant on the 2nd April 2009 and issued a detailed factual report backed with evidence and affidavits which proves beyond doubt that the chickens are Haraam. Instead of answering the charge in a rational manner, Sanha, in a futile attempt to win public sympathy and to intimidate us into silence, deliberately resorted to a slandering campaign.
The slander: what was the objective?
Hereby follows some slanderous comments made by Sanha in public and on their Radio “Islam” which continues even until now: The Jamiatul-Ulama Gauteng are against the Tabligh Jamaat, against Hadhrat Sheikh Zakariya, against Mufti Mahmood Rahmatullahi alayh.
They make everything Haraam – chocolates, sweets, cheese and ice creams. We have on record the names of prominent and pious Ulama whom they have cursed. It is part of a power struggle! The slaughterers were bribed! They have a certifying contract!
We had invited Sanha six times to meet with us at a neutral venue to discuss all their allegations and provide all the evidence of their claims. The mere fact that they have not even responded to our invitations is sufficient to prove any sincere person the shallowness and hollowness of their claims.
Why would Sanha resort to such slander? Clearly they are clamouring for public sympathy.
Could this not be sorted out between the Ulama?
The Jamiatul-Ulama Gauteng, had extended, as mentioned, six invitations to Sanha and the Fordsburg Jamiat to attend a meeting at a neutral venue to resolve the issue in the presence of delegates from eminent Ulama bodies, institutions and important stake holders. Not a single invitation was acknowledged. Had Sanha responded to our well intentioned invitations in which the slaughterers could have clarified matters under oath, the court case may have been averted. Sanha spares no effort in its assertion that The Majlis, The Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng, The Scholars of The Truth, SA Muslims, the IGCMSA and in fact, anyone who exposes their lies and deception, belong to one group. Thus, had they taken up our invitation, the problem could have been resolved within the Muslim community itself. All the slaughterers could have been present. All documents, recordings, complaints and allegations etc. could have been examined by the eminent Ulama and the Haq could have been established.
Sadly, Sanha/Jamiat did not even consider it worthwhile to acknowledge our invitations, let alone respond to it! So much for calls for “unity”!
What happens now?
Sanha/MJC and some of their very prominent Ulama, could, Insha-Allah, soon be in the dock to answer some very, very interesting questions.
Remember, according to Sanha’s statements, a total of five million chickens are slaughtered daily. This amounts to 1.8. billion chickens annually. Where has all the millions in royalties, accumulated in the name of Islam and its sacred institution called Halaal, gone to? Slaughterers and supervisors will have to take the stand in court. Sanha’s allegations that they are a victim of a conspiracy will be possibly also examined under cross-examination. We all are indeed looking forward to getting to the Truth.
Insha-Allah, we will keep the public updated!