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R175,000 parking fine story sparks hunt for wayward brother
If you find my brother, please tell him our dad died. With these words, the reality of the Knowles family feud became obvious.
What started as an intriguing search for the owner of an abandoned car at King Shaka International Airport has reopened old wounds — and a picture has emerged of the car owner as a pathological liar not trusted by even his own flesh and blood.
The Sunday Times last week carried an article on the Kia, which has been in the parking lot since 2011 and amassed a parking fee of almost R175,000. All four tyres are flat, the licence disc has long expired and mould is growing on its exterior.
The battered Kia Carens hatchback triggered the search for pilot Robin Patrick Knowles
Sunnah words of congratulations when a newborn arrives
It is mustaḥab (recommended) to congratulate the parent of a new born baby as mentioned by Imam Nawawī (d. 676/1277) in al-Adhkār (p. 289) and Ḥāfiẓ Ibn al-Qayyim (d. 751/1350) in Tuḥfat al-Mawdūd (p. 27). It is mentioned in authentic narrations that the Prophet ﷺ would supplicate and seek blessings for the new born baby. For example, when ʿAbd Allah ibn al-Zubayr (d. 73/692) (may Allah be pleased with him) was born, the Prophet ﷺ supplicated and sought blessings for him (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 3909). Similarly, when Abū Mūsā al-Ashʿarī (d. 44/665) (may Allah be pleased with him) had a baby, the Prophet ﷺ supplicated for blessings for him (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, 5467).
Several supplications are found in the books of ḥadīth:
(1) The most authentic supplication has been transmitted in Musnad al-Bazzār (7310):
“May Allah instil blessings in him for you and make him righteous God fearing.”
All the transmitters of this chain are thiqah (trustworthy) as affirmed by Ḥāfiẓ Haythamī (d. 807/1405) in Majmaʿ al-Zawāʾid (9: 261). It is also worth noting that this narration is marfūʿ (attributed to the Prophet ﷺ), unlike the two narrations below.
(2) There is another supplication narrated from some tābiʿūn (followers of companions):
“May Allah make him blessed for you and for the nation of Muḥammad ﷺ.”
This supplication has been transmitted from Ayyūb al-Sakhtiyānī (d. 131/748-9) in al-Nafaqah alā al-ʿIyāl (202), al-Duʿāʾ (946) and Hilyat al-Awliyāʾ (3: 8). The same supplication has also been narrated from Ḥasan al-Baṣrī (d. 110/728) in al-Duʿāʾ (945). Both narrations are ḥasan (agreeable).
(3) A third supplication has been transmitted from Ḥasan al-Baṣrī (d. 110/728):
“May you thank The Giver, may you be blessed in the gift, may the child reach the maturity of years, and may you be granted its righteousness.”
This narration from Ḥasan al-Baṣrī has been transmitted in Musnad ʿAlī ibn al-Jaʿd (3398) and via it in al-Nafaqah alā al-ʿIyāl (201) and al-Kāmil (8: 395). However, this narration is extremely weak because of Haytham ibn Jammāz, a repudiated transmitter (al-Kāmil, 8: 395; Mīzān al-Iʿtidāl, 4: 319; Lisān al-Mīzān, 8: 352). The narration has also been transmitted in Tārīkh Dimashq (59: 276) via another chain with a slight variation in the order of the phrases. However, the narration is also weak due to Kulthūm ibn Jawshan, a weak transmitter (al-Jarḥ wa al-Taʿdīl, 7: 164; Tadhkirat al-Ḥuffāz li Ibn al-Qaysarānī, p. 412; Tahdhīb al-Kamāl, 24: 201).
Nevertheless, scholars who have cited this supplication include Imam Ibn Qudāmah (d. 620/1223) in al-Mugnī (9: 464) and Ḥāfiẓ Ibn al-Qayyim (d. 751/1350) in Tuḥfat al-Mawdūd (p. 29). Imam Nawawī (d. 676/1277) also cites this supplication in al-Adhkār (p. 289) with a slight variation in the wording and adds the following based on the Prophetic advice to return a favour (Sunan al-Tirmidhī, 2035; Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Ḥibbān, 3413):
ويستحب أن يرد على المهنئ فيقول: بارك الله لك وبارك عليك، أو جزاك الله خيرا ورزقك مثله، أو أجزل ثوابك، ونحو هذا
“And it is recommended [for the parent] to reply to the person congratulating and say: May Allah bless you, and shower His blessings upon you, or [say:] may Allah reward you well and grant you its like, or [say:] may he reward you abundantly, and similar to this.”
In conclusion, it is desirable to congratulate the parents of a new born baby and seek Allah’s blessings for the child. It is preferable to use the first supplication cited above. However, this is not necessary and one will be rewarded for invoking blessings through the other two phrases or indeed any other similar phrase.
Zuma-Gordhan battle takes centre stage in SA budget
A year after President Jacob Zuma began feuding with his Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan over control of the nation’s purse strings, the conflict appears to be coming to a head.
When he presents his annual budget in Parliament on Wednesday, Gordhan will seek to keep state spending in check and fend off a junk credit rating. Zuma, meanwhile, wants to spend billions of rand on new nuclear plants and embark on “radical economic transformation” to target yawning racial inequality and widespread poverty. Those factors contributed to the ruling African National Congress’s worst electoral performance in a municipal poll in August.
The two men have scrapped over the management of state companies and the national tax agency as well as a decision by the country’s biggest banks to close accounts of companies controlled by members of the Gupta family, who’re in business with the president’s son.
Speculation that Gordhan is on the verge of being fired has been fuelled by an announcement that the ANC will install Brian Molefe, the former chief executive officer of the state power utility, as an MP, easing the way for Zuma to name him to his Cabinet.
“Gordhan is under a lot of political pressure” and could be replaced in “a matter of months,” said Mzukisi Qobo, an associate professor at the University of Johannesburg and co-author of “The Fall of the ANC: What Next.”
“The budget is a major battleground for Gordhan and the Treasury. He doesn’t want the economy to implode under his watch.”
Zuma tapped Gordhan as finance minister in December 2015 after his decision to install a little-known lawmaker to replace the respected Nhlanhla Nene pummelled the nation’s bonds and currency and spurred ANC and business leaders to plead with him to reconsider.
S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings endorsed Gordhan’s economic stewardship in December by keeping their investment-grade ratings on the nation’s debt. But they warned that political turmoil, low growth and any budget-target slippage would heighten the risk of a downgrade.
Firing Gordhan would have “a very negative market effect,” said John Ashbourne, an economist at Capital Economics in London.
“To sack one respected finance minister may be regarded as a misfortune. Sacking two looks like a conspiracy against the economy.”
Zuma, who’s due to step down as ANC leader in December and as president of the country in 2019, denies he’s at war with his finance chief or that he intends dismissing him.
Yet Zuma has said a police investigation into allegations that Gordhan oversaw the establishment of an illicit investigative unit when he headed the tax agency that’s dragged on for more than a year must run its course. He also rebuffed his request to fire tax chief Tom Moyane for insubordination.
And while Gordhan has asked the high court to order that he can’t intervene in the banks’ decision to shut the accounts operated by the Gupta-controlled companies after an anti-money laundering unit implicated them in irregular transactions, Zuma suggested the lenders may have been guilty of collusion.
The National Treasury said last week that disinformation was being circulated to discredit its leadership before the budget. Two days later, the ANC’s youth wing, a close Zuma ally, said Gordhan had failed to exercise proper oversight over more than a dozen banks accused by an antitrust regulator of having rigged foreign-currency trades, and called for him to be held accountable.
Local newspapers have speculated that a cabinet reshuffle is imminent and that Zuma may tap Molefe to replace either Gordhan or his deputy Mcebisi Jonas, who last year accused the Guptas of offering him the finance ministry post in exchange for business concessions. The family denies the allegation.
Molefe resigned as the head of state power company Eskom in November last year after the nation’s graft ombudsman indicated he may have given the Guptas preferential treatment by awarding them coal-supply contracts. Molefe, the Guptas and Eskom all deny wrongdoing.
While it’s clear Molefe has been earmarked for a senior government post, Gordhan has proved his staying power and Zuma’s authority is waning as his term draws to a close, said Dirk Kotze, a politics professor at the University of South Africa in Pretoria.
“President Zuma will think more than twice before he kicks out Gordhan and replaces him with Brian Molefe,” Kotze said.
“There is a growing sense in the ANC that they don’t want to be seen as ridiculous and they don’t want to support people who are almost a laughing stock.”