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The NNB Jamiat of Fordsburg justifies the Salaatul Istisqa’ performances on the basis of the Fatwa of Mufti Mahmoodul Hasan (Rahmatullah alayh). His fatwa appears in Fataawa Mahmoodiyyah, Vol.8, page 566.  What are your comments?

(Question posed by United Muslims of S.A.)


What Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood (rahmatullah alayh) says in Fataawa Mahmoodiyah is correct, but it does not affect the validity of our stance regarding the mock ‘istisqa’ organized by the charlatans of the NNB Jamiat of Fordsburg. We are not saying that there is no such thing as Salaatul Istisqa’. Hadhrat Mufti Sahib  explains a valid Salaatul Istisqa’ while  we are saying that these evil molvis are making a mockery of the Deen by staging a mock istisqa’. 

Firstly, not even the kuffaar authorities have introduced water restrictions. Swimming pools are being used. Car Wash businesses are operating. Lawns are being watered, and millions of litres of waters are used daily by industry. 

Secondly, a prerequisite for Salaatus Istisqa’ is Taubah. The chaps who had organized the Istisqa’ indulge publicly in television. These facebook characters have halaalized haraam television, haraam videoing, carrion, kuffaar sport, intermingling of sexes, e.g. the Benoni Madrasah immoralities, shaitaani wedding ceremonies, and a host of other evils all halaalized in the name of the deen under the subterfuge of ‘benefits’ and ‘hikmat’. They have no intention of abandoning their flagrant acts of fisq and fujoor. They are perpetrating their haraam villainy full blast. They are unfit to organize Istisqa’. 

Thirdly, they have organized the Istisqa as a publicity stunt, hence they allowed the proceedings to be videoed. 

Fourthly, whilst they are eager to display their stunt, they refuse to  select the appropriate venue and adopt the correct stance which accompanies Salaatul Istisqa’. No one who participated in the mock event is suffering as a consequence of water shortage because there is no real water shortage in the vast majority of areas in the country. 

Fifthly, the average water in the dams in the country is over 60% full with Gauteng’s having been 72% about two weeks ago. 

Sixthly, if there are Muslims in the genuinely drought-stricken regions, they may perform Salaatul Istisqa’ on condition that it is not a mock parade. All the conditions, both Fiqhi and Akhlaaqi, should be observed. 

Seventhly, the water position in places such as Lenasia and in most of the towns/areas where mock performances were staged – where they performed for the gallery – does not justify Salaatul Istisqa’. 

Eighthly,  our  objection is directed at the insincerity, the ostentation, the lack of humility, the lack of suffering, the lack of genuine water-shortage, the  current massive water wastage, the absence of Taubah, and the continued flagrant indulgence in fisq and fujoor of the molvis and the masses – at the mass mockery of an act of Ibaadat. In such circumstances, Salaatul Istisqa’ is a mockery of the Deen.


Mufti Bhoja of Benoni had severely criticized The Majlis from the mimbar on Friday for its stance on Salaatul Istisqa’. Although the Mufti did not mention you by name, it was clear at whom he was making his dig. Please comment on the criticism of the Mufti.  His full statement  is attached.


According to our Math-hab, we do not respond to personal criticism. We only apprehend and throttle the progeny of Shaitaan for attacks on the Deen. Salaam to the Juhala. May Allah Ta’ala guide the Ulama-e-Soo to the Path of Rectitude. May Allah Ta’ala transform them into Ulama-e-Haqq. Nothing is difficult for Allah Azza Wa Jal.

3 Safar 1437 (16 November 2015)


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