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Anjuman Sunnat-ul-Jamaat Association
SHA'BAAN 1436 A.H.
Virtues and Events of the Month:
Sha'baan is the eight (8th.) month of the Islamic Calendar and it's meaning is " Consecutively escalating
Beginning of Sha'baan:- Blessings are initiated which progressively escalate so that by mid-Sha'baan the
blessings have reached a considerable amount and finally such blessings reach their peak by the end of
Example supporting the above :- Just as a farmer prepares for a fruitful harvest by harrowing his acreage
so that the soil may readily retain water, in contrast our souls are geared by the presence of such
blessings in Sha'baan effectively preparing us for a fruitful and completely advantageous Ramadaan.
Our Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) has said, "Sha'baan is my month and Ramadaan is the month
of Allah Ta'aalaa." (Daylami)
Events of Sha'baan:-
1) "Laila-tul Baraa'at (Night of forgiveness) the fifteenth(15th.) night of Sha'baan.
2) "Qibla", the direction to be adopted within salaah was reverted back to the "Ka'aba" in Makkah
(after being coverted to Baitul Maqdis in Jerusalem for a period of 16 or 17 months). This took place
two years after the Hijraah on the 15th of Sha'baan.
3) Fasting in the blessed month of Ramadaan was made compulsory in 2 A.H. on the 25th of Sha'baan.
4) In 3 A.H. Hadhrat Hafsa (R.A) was joined in matrimony with The Prophet (upon whom be peace).
5) In this very month forty two (42) years later Hadhrat Hafsa (R.A) took leave from this world.
6) The birth of the Prophet's (upon whom be peace) grandson Hadhrat Hussain (R.A.) took place four
years on the 5th.of Sha'baan.
7) The battle of Banu Mustaliq took place in Sha'baan.
8) During the above mentioned battle, the "Aayah of Tayammum" (Purifying with sand before salaah) was
revealed in 5 A.H.
9) The daughter of the beloved Prophet (upon whom be peace) Umme Kulthum (R.A.) took leave from
this world in 9 A.H.
The Anjuman Sunnat ul Jamaat Association (ASJA) wishes to confirm that the New Moon for the month of
Sha'baan 1436 A.H. was sighted on May 19th. 2015.
Accordingly, the month of Rajab completed it's thirtieth (30th) day on Tuesday, May 19th. Therefore, the
first (1st.) day of the month of Sha'baan corresponds to 20th. May 2015 in the English calendar.
Imam Raffaic Mohamed
Chairman, Moon Sighting Committee
THE HAGUE---The three chal-
lengers bidding to oust Sepp Blatter
as president of FIFA have discussed
joining forces against the 79-year-
old Swiss incumbent.
A spokesman for Dutch soccer
federation president Michael van
Praag said yesterday in a written
statement that the three share a col-
lective goal "to achieve change within
"It is good that there is a growing
international coalition striving for
that goal," Van Praag s spokesman,
Sebastiaan van der Laan, said in the
statement. "That is our main focus
now, it is too early to talk about
which candidate might have the best
Van der Laan, however, did not
address a report in Dutch daily De
Volkskrant that said Van Praag will
likely quit the race. The story was
based on anonymous FIFA sources.
Former Portugal great Luis Figo
and FIFA vice president Prince Ali
bin al-Hussein of Jordan are also
running against Blatter.
At least one candidate is expected
to withdraw before the May 29 elec-
tion to help present a united oppo-
sition against Blatter, who is strongly
favored to win a fifth term.
Van Praag announced his candi-
dacy in January, saying he had the
support of five federations: Belgium,
Sweden, Scotland, Romania and the
Faeroe Islands, as well as the Nether-
lands. It is unclear how much back-
ing he has managed to secure since
then. He proudly announced last
month that Suriname, a former
Dutch colony that still has close ties
to this country, had given him its
In his campaign, Van Praag has
cast himself as a strong and expe-
rienced administrator who wants2
to reform FIFA and then step aside
after a single term in office to make
way for a new generation.
He said when launching his cam-
paign that FIFA under Blatter "is
constantly under suspicion. Of con-
flicts of interest, of nepotism, of cor-
Van Praag is a member of UEFA s
executive committee but has
appeared to be the most independent
of the three challengers.
Prince Ali and Figo have both been
advised by London-based consult-
ants, whose services Van Praag said
considering joining forces
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, receives a gift from FIFA
President Sepp Blatter, during their meeting in the West Bank city of
Ramallah, yesterday. FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Tuesday he is on a
"mission of peace" to resolve tensions between the Israeli and Palestinian
soccer federations in the hope of staving off a Palestinian bid to oust Israel
from the world governing body. AP PHOTO
Retired AC Milan standout Paolo
Maldini and TV rights entrepreneur
Riccardo Silva are launching the
Miami Football Club in the North
American Soccer League.
Miami FC plans to start playing in
2016. The NASL is the United
States second-tier competition, below
Major League Soccer.
The team will play "in one of the
existing world-class stadiums of
Miami," a statement said from the part-
ners said Wednesday.
Maldini and Silva are backed by a
group of international investors led by
Antonio Barreto, a longtime sports and
media entrepreneur and Miami resident
who will be CEO of the club.
"I m proud and excited to be part of
this venture," Maldini said. "I strongly
believe in the growth of soccer in USA,
and this is the perfect project to develop
a top-class soccer team in one of the
most important cities of the world.
"We believe that the fast-growing
NASL will be the perfect platform to
develop a successful team and a valuable
business," Maldini added. "Miami has
been my second home for 15 years, so
I look forward to spending more and
more time here as co-owner of the
Miami FC, giving my enthusiastic (con-
tributions) for its success."
Maldini retired in 2009 after playing
for Milan for 25 seasons, winning seven
Serie A titles and five Champions
Silva, the president and founder of
the MP & Silva media agency that holds
rights to the English Premier League,
NBA and Serie A and various other
leagues, lives in Miami.
"I m proud to support a venture that
not only is bringing world-class pro-
fessional soccer to Miami but also a
project with an active charity program
for the local community," Silva said.
The NASL currently contains 11
teams in the United States in Canada,
highlighted by the New York Cosmos.
Separately, David Beckham is plan-
ning to start an MLS team in Miami.
His group has been searching for a
downtown site to build a stadium.
NASL commissioner Bill Peterson
called the Miami FC announcement
"another testament to the strength of
our rapidly growing organisation, our
owner-friendly structure, and the
growing popularity of NASL soccer
"Riccardo Silva is a world leader in
soccer media, and he has decided, along
with his partners, that Miami and the
NASL are part of an important future
for the game globally," Peterson added.
"Miami finally has an ownership group
with a global vision and the experience
to build a proper club that all of Miami
will be proud to support."
Paolo Maldini in group
to launch Miami FC club
LONDON---FIFA came under pres-
sure from sponsors Coca-Cola and
Visa yesterday to ensure Qatar
improves conditions for migrant
workers as the country rapidly
expands to host the 2022 World
The calls from high-profile com-
mercial backers of soccer s flagship
tournament come amid ongoing con-
cerns from rights groups over labour
laws and living conditions for workers.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter also told
Qatar s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin
Hamad Al Thani, during a visit to
Doha in March that the Gulf nation
must do more to improve guest work-
The statement from credit card
company Visa is the strongest public
expression of unease yet from a FIFA
sponsor about the plight of workers
in the tiny oil and natural gas-rich
"We continue to be troubled by
the reports coming out of Qatar relat-
ed to the World Cup and migrant
worker conditions," Visa said in a
"We have expressed our grave con-
cern to FIFA, and urge them to take
all necessary actions to work with
the appropriate authorities and organ-
izations to remedy this situation and
ensure the health and safety of all
FIFA financial accounts indicate
that Visa and Coca-Cola pay around
$30 million a year to sponsor world
soccer s governing body, which sur-
prisingly selected Qatar as the first
Middle East country to host the
Since the 2010 vote, Qatar has
faced twin-pronged scrutiny over
alleged corruption in the bid and
conditions for low-paid migrant
workers. Coca-Cola stressed in a
statement that it "does not condone
human rights abuses" but, like Visa,
did not threaten to withdraw its spon-
sorship of the Qatar tournament.
"We know FIFA is working with
Qatari authorities to address questions
regarding specific labor and human
rights issues," the Atlanta-based soft
drinks manufacturer said in a state-
ment. "We expect FIFA to continue
taking these matters seriously and to
work toward further progress.
"We welcome constructive dia-
logue on human rights issues, and
we will continue to work with many
individuals, human rights organisa-
tions, sports groups, government offi-
cials and others to develop solutions
and foster greater respect for human
rights in sports and elsewhere."
Qatar is yet to introduce long-
planned labor reforms that could
eventually end the controversial
"kafala" system that ties migrant
workers to a sponsoring employer.
Rights groups have repeatedly urged
Qatar to scrap the system, saying it
encourages exploitation and abuse.
FIFA sponsors Coke,
Visa express concern
over Qatar labour
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